El Centro de la Raza - September eNews
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September 10, 2015

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In two recent articles by the Dallas News, El Centro de la Raza's own Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park was highlighted as a postive example of honoring the life of Santos as well as a way to "confront the way police interact with residents and how fairly it treats those who are not white."

Though this particular incident happened over 40 years ago, issues of police brutality and race are extemely relevant today. Take, for example, the decision
made yesterday by a Franklin County prosecuting attorney not to press charges on the officers involved in shooting Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Even after hearing about concerns about the already strained relationship between the Pasco Latino community and law enforcement, the Attorney's Office still dropped the charges against the officers. The Commission on Hispanic Affairs is still working on the case in hopes that the Department of Justice and Attorney's Office will conduct investigations behind the decision. Click here to read the full article.

It is very apparent that we still have work to do to bring awareness to injustices based on race, and it starts with acknowledging them as a systemic problem. We invite you to stop by the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park to enjoy the area, spend time in the community, and to remember the lives of those lost.

Photos: The original Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park and the newly renovated playgroud.

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Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Building the Beloved Community Gala

September 26th is quickly approaching, and preparations for our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala are in full swing. Don't miss out on this eventful night of celebration, socializing, and fun!

What: Reception, dinner, raffles
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Buy-a-Brick Campaign and Plaza Roberto Maestas

08282015_1 2We are so excited that Plaza Roberto Maestas is starting to take shape as construction continues! However, we are still working on raising money to finish this project. There are three ways you can help us ....read more

Seattle Youth Employment Program

Interns_with_Mayor_MurrayOver the summer, El Centro de la Raza had five amazing interns through the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP). As part of Mayor Ed Murray's Summer Youth at Work Initiative, SYEP employed ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

Tamale Class TY 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  ...read more

English Classes-Fall Program

Free English Classes start again on September 29th and go until December 15th. They are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM at El Centro de la Raza ...read more

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JMCDC Now Enrolling Students

We are now enrolling students ages 3-4 for the summer and fall! Our bilingual curriculum in Spanish and English focuses on kindergarten readiness, multicultural activities, and community involvement ...read more


Teaching Position Open

Denny International Middle School is looking for qualified candidates to apply for the lead Proyecto Saber Teaching Position to start in mid-September ...read more

Public Film Nights

Final PosterGarfield High School and El Centro de la Raza are putting on two public film nights and will be showing the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. Each night will consist of one hour of watching the documentary followed ...read more

Northwest Minority Business Expo

We invite you to an event hosted by Vulcan Inc, Centurylink Field, and Tabor 100 coming up on September 21st, 2015 from 3:30 PM-7 PM.
With close to 50 vendors at this year's event ...read more

Call for Literary Artists

King County's Equity and Social Justice Program is looking for submissions of literature pieces for their Equity and Social Justice Project. The project committee will choose up to eight artists to present their spoken word, poetry, essay, or fiction pieces
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Tutoring for Adults (in Spanish)

The Bellevue Library is offering tutoring in Spanish for adults starting on September 28th. These free classes will be on Mondays and Fridays from 10 AM-1 PM in Room 6. ...read more

ECDLR's Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking CessationIn King County, 10% of Latino adults are smokers and 10% of Latino high school students have smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days (Public health data watch 2012). ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a new transit fare program! The new reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Seattle Teacher Strike
1441748071-_mg_8029 2For most students in the Seattle area, school was supposed to start on Wednesday, September 9th. However, Seattle school teachers went on strike in order to work towards ...read more

State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Not to Receive Public Funding

On September 4th, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that charter schools were not categorized under "common schools" in the state constitution and therefore could not receive funding designated for Washington ...read more 

Update on Disappeared Students from Ayotzinapa

A report done by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights revealed new information about the students who disappeared from Iguala last year. Last September, students from Ayotzinapa teacher's college became under attack from police ...read more

Minimum Wage Raised to $15 at Sea-Tac Airport

We celebrate with the workers of the Sea-Tac Airport who have finally received their $15 minimum wage! After almost 2 years, the Washington Supreme Court overturned their decision that excluded the Sea-Tac Airport from the ...read more

Best Starts for Kids Proposal

El Centro de la Raza is asking for your support of King County Executive Dow Constantine's Best Starts for Kids proposal. "Best Starts for Kids" is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention ...read more

Please Join Communities of Color Advocating for Climate Justice

Communities of color and lower income communities are most affected by climate change and experience increasingly polluted neighborhoods, higher asthma rates, and lack of access to clean energy. Formed in ...read more

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

seattle city lightHaving 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, ...read more

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In This Issue:

Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park

2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala


Proyecto Saber Teaching Position   

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

Events Calendar:

Sept 26: Building the Beloved Community Gala
Oct 10: Tamale Class
Oct 24: Veg. Tamale Class
Nov 2: Dia De los Muertos event

Mil Gracias Funders:

Mentoring Works Washington. $6,000 for Youth Job Readiness.

The Seattle Foundation. $7,500 for general operating support.

NALCAB. $20,000 Advance financial capability of Latinos. Financial Empowerment.

WSHFC. $71,000 for Homeownership from Foreclosure Fairness Act.

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Board of Directors:

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

Room Rental Ad

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
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
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

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

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Bartells Ad

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