El Centro de la Raza - February eNews
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February 12, 2015

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

In less than one month, the groundbreaking of our mixed-use affordable housing development, Plaza Roberto Maestas, will take place. It is both exciting and heartwarming to know that construction of our long awaited development will begin. From El Centro de la Raza’s beginning, Roberto Maestas had a dream of creating a community that fully embodied the values of a world free from poverty, racism, and social inequality guided by Dr. King's vision of the "Beloved Community." 

Plaza Maestas, which will meet the need for a public gathering space in Beacon Hill, will honor Latino cultural heritage and bring together multiracial communities. O
ffering 112 units of one-to-three bedroom affordable rental housing, we are excited to help Seattle become a little more livable for 112 households. Residents of Plaza Maestas will no longer have to choose between paying the rent and buying food, paying the rent and keeping the utilities on, paying the rent and filling that prescription. This community-inspired affordable housing development will help us realize our shared vision of the Beloved Community.

The Groundbreaking will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00am! The ceremony will be outside on the South parking lot, rain or shine, with a reception immediately following on the top floor of El Centro de la Raza. You can support us at the groundbreaking event by purchasing a customized brick to be placed in the plaza! Admission is free, so please stop by for live music, food, refreshments, and special presentations. Please RSVP to Yunuen Castorena at (206) 957-4605 or email

Mil gracias to all those who have donated and supported Plaza Roberto Maestas. Your contributions will help us further develop the comprehensive programs and services that will strengthen our neighborhood, residents, and children. 

I also wanted to remind you that the last day of open enrollment for health coverage in 2015 is Sunday, February 15th! If you are not enrolled in a health plan, you will have to pay a $325/adult fine. If you need help registering for health coverage or would like more information about your rights under the Affordable Care Act, sign-up for a personal one-on-one meeting in our Health Coverage Enrollment Program with our Enrollment Navigator, Ramiro Reyes. You can contact him at e_navigator@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4625.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

P.S. - Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook, and "follow" us on Twitter. 

To make a donation to Plaza Roberto Maestas and help build a community where all can thrive, contact Stephen Deal, Capital Development Director, by phone (206) 957-4607 or email

El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Seattle Police Department Donates to ECDLR Food Bank

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El Centro de la Raza Food Bank

Every year for the last 10 years, the Seattle Police Department has donated to El Centro de la Raza through their Seattle Police Employee's Fund. This year they raised $2,000 and chose to donate it to our Food Bank. With this donation, our food bank is able to help families affected by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cuts as well as provide nutritious, emergency and supplemental food to low-income individuals and families in the Seattle area. Mil gracias, Seattle Police Department, for your indispensable support, and we look forward to working with you to accomplish even more great things in the years to come!


Save the Date for Latino Legislative Day!

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Latino Legislative Day 2014

Every year the El Centro de la Raza community participates in Latino Legislative Day, a day designed to engage in policy sessions, meet with legislators, participate in informal seminars, and meet with legislators regarding issues impacting the Latino community. This year, Latino Legislative Day is celebrating 10 years of civic engagement and advocacy! The event is organized by the Latino Civic Alliance, and will take place on Monday, March 16th from 8:00am-4:00pm at the Capital Campus in Olympia, WA. It is free to the public and will address issues such as economic development, labor, civil rights, education, health care, and immigration. Click here for more information or to register to participate in this year's Latino Legislative Day. 

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Our 2015 Cooking Classes Today!

Chile Verde Class (2)

El Centro de la Raza has expanded its popular Tamale Making Classes to include a wider variety of cooking classes! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes.

Please help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey. 

Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611.


Save the Date: Cinco de Mayo Celebration

El Centro de la Raza’s 10th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm at the Jefferson Community Center. Our celebration, free to the public, features live entertainment, local vendors, a health and social services fair, and traditional food for sale. We are also seeking local vendors to engage with our community, share information and sell crafts, textiles, and more! Vendors will pay a flat fee, and we will gladly provide you with promotional Cinco de Mayo flyers or posters if you would like to advertise the event.

For more information about vendor booths, please
call (206) 957-4630 or contact cultura@elcentrodelaraza.org. 

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Free Tax Prep at El Centro de la Raza

United Way of King County offers free tax preparation at 21 locations in King County with sites opening on Tuesday, January 13th. El Centro de la Raza is one of the sites! More information is below. Click here for information in Spanish.

Free-Tax-Prep Flyer

For site locations, hours of operation, maps and more information visit uwkc.org/taxhelp or call 2-1-1. Anyone making under $58,000 annually can also file online by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com/kingcounty. 

New Low-Income Transit Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center now has a low-income transit fare program! The new reduced fare for low-income riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. The new fares will go into effect on March 1, 2015 and will be available to adults who have incomes that are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Click here to learn more about the changes. El Centro de la Raza will be one of the agencies partnering with King County Metro to verify program eligibility. If eligible, stop by El Centro de la Raza with proof of income to receive a special low income ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link Light Rail. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 957-4634.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like our Health Enrollment Program and Low-income transit fare program, click here or call (206) 957-4652.  

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Puget Sound Sage Executive Director Welcome Celebration

On Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm, join Puget Sound Sage in welcoming Rebecca Saldana as their new Executive Director. Felicidades Rebecca! Puget Sound Sage is a Seattle based non-profit organization focused on helping create sustainable jobs, affordable housing, and healthy communities. Stop by the Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainer Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118, for appetizers and drinks. Visit their website or contact ngam@pugetsoundsage.org for more information.  

School of the Americas Watch Puget Sound and ImaginAction present:

Theater of the Oppressed

Nightwind is based on Hector Aristizábal's true story of being arrested and tortured by the U.S.-supported military in Colombia. The play shows us how Hector learned to re-channel his desire for violent revenge into constructive action for a better world. It will take place Friday, March 13, 2015 from 7:00pm - 9:30pmGeneral Admission: $15.

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop


Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop with Hector Aristizábal-Saturday, March 14th at Southside Commons
Cost: $100Scholarships available; Lunch provided

Hector Aristizábal, founder and Artistic Director of ImaginAction, was raised in Medellín, Colombia when it was the most dangerous city in the world. He worked his way out of poverty to become a theatre artist and psychologist with an MA from Antioquia, then survived civil war arrest and torture by the Colombian military. ImaginAction helps people tap the transformative power of theatre throughout the U.S., Latina America and around the world.


NWIRP Hosting an Immigration 101 Training

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 1:00-5:00pm, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will have a training for service providers about the immigration system, immigration enforcement, and how immigration affects the community. It will take place at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. The training will provide an overview of the immigration system as well as answer important questions regarding the resources available to share with your community. For more information or to register, visit the NWIRP website


Carmen Boullosa Book Reading

Elliot Bay Book Company will be hosting a book reading by poet, novelist and playwright Carmen Boullosa on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00pm. She will be presenting on the topic of Texas and the Mexico Border and will be reading from her new novel, Texas: The Great Theft, which is set in 1859 shortly after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago was signed. Click here for more information about the novel, Carmen Boullosa and the event. 


Sin Fronteras Concert in Shoreline
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Catholic Heritage Lecture: “Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants”

This year, the Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is presenting the Catholic Heritage Lectures focused on the theme of The Church Pope Francis Invites us to Build. On February 19, 2015 at 7:00pm in Pigott Auditorium, there will be a lecture focusing specifically on immigration. The lecture, entitled “Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants,” will feature speakers presenting on Pope Francis’ call for the church to respond to the immediate suffering of migrants and immigrants in our communities. Please contact ictc@seattleu.edu or view their website for more information.  

Madama Butterfly at the Moore Theatre
Lyric Opera Northwest presents Madama Butterfly on Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th at the Moore Theatre. Eduardo Villa, a California native of Mexican heritage and an acclaimed tenor will appear as Pinkerton in the upcoming performances. To learn more about Eduardo Villa and how he got started in operatic training, click here.


Puget Sound Energy Pathway to Apprenticeship

Puget Sound Energy is seeking people interested in qualifying for future Pathway to Apprenticeship (PTA) opportunities in the energy sector. PTA jobs are entry level positions in the electrical trades that may lead into Apprenticeship opportunities. You can sign up online at pse.com/careers between February 2nd and March 1st. For more information, please contact pseapprentriceship@pse.com. Program standards can be viewed at http://www.lni.wa.gov.

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Plaza Roberto Maestas Groundbreaking

SPD Donation to Food Bank

Latino Legislative Day

Health Coverage Enrollment Program

Cooking Class Survey

Nuestra Comunidad

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

Tamale Class Ad 2

Help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey.

Events Calendar:

Feb 21: Tamale Class
Feb 24: Ceviche Class

Feb 28: Vegetarian Tamale Class
Mar 6: PRM Groundbreaking
Mar 14: Tamale Class
Mar 31: Paella Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

Attorney General's Office
$26,642 for Homeownership to do outreach in Pierce County.

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News Roundup:

Seattle's minimum-wage law
Report confronts racial inequity

Beacon Hill through the years

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Ofelia Alanis Torres
Francisco Calderon
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

Room Rental Ad

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Programs and Services:

Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Business Opportunity Center
Café con El Centro de la Raza
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
Comadre Monthly Workshops
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Organizing
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
DSHS People Point Washington Connections
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Health Coverage Enrollment
Healthy Cooking Classes/Nuestras Comidas
Historical & Educational Presentations
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

Low-Income Transit Fare Enrollment
José Martí Child Development Center
Latino Hot Meal Program
Legal Clinic Site
Local, State, National & International
Coalition Building

Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores
After School Program

Parent-Child Home Program
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park
Seattke Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

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