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May 26, 2016
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Last week the staff of El Centro de la Raza visited Seattle University's Matteo Ricci College (MRC) to meet and talk with the students of the MRC Student Coalition. The students have been occupying the space outside of Dean Jodi Kelly's office for the past 16 days to protest the college's issues of on-going racial oppression and a Eurocentric curriculum that does not include authors of color. These issues have been present since at least 2008 when students began to ask for curriculum changes and those requests went unanswered. Since then, students have gone through meetings with staff and administration about adding more books to the curriculum, and have continually brought up the problem with Dean Kelly's power and her perpetuation of white superiority within the college. Students say this is not personally against Dean Kelly, but that she has been a key player in upholding a racially oppressive climate within the college and inhibits the change necessary for the college to improve.
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The students made a list of formal demands which include the resignation of Dean Kelly, anti-racism trainings for faculty and staff, a system to be set up for external reviews of the MRC, and other practices to diminish the climate of racial tension and oppression within the college. Seattle University President Sundborg has agreed to the demands of the students except for Dean Jodi Kelly's resignation. However, the students remain firm that the resignation of Dean Kelly is necessary for the college to move forward, as she is not prepared to implement the proposed new curriculum. Their point is that her lack of experience in racial awareness and training would make radical change in the MRC simply impossible.

El Centro de la Raza stands in solidarity with the MRC Student Coalition on these important issues and hopes that the administration of the Matteo Ricci College responds soon with the changes necessary for the improvement of the college and the education of the students at Seattle University. Students fear that the Eurocentric curriculum glosses over the issues and valuable experiences of many populations of people, and one student says, "I am wary that my experience post-graduation will reveal the friction between our broken world and the education I never received." (read the article here)

A Eurocentric curriculum also does not speak to the histories of queer students, women of color, people of color, and people with disabilities, and diminishes their lived experiences. It is time for the social justice practices that Seattle University preaches to be put into effect at the school - all students deserve an education on a campus that celebrates their cultures and enables them to succeed regardless of their race, class, gender, or sexuality.

We urge you to learn more about this occupation and what you can do to help and support. President Sundborg has released statements to the Seattle University community regarding the occupation and denouncing hate speech that has been directed towards the MRC students. Call Provost Isiaah Crawford at 206-296-2595 to request the resignation of Dean Kelly based on her lack of qualification to move the college forward in these important matters. Read more about the occupation here, and sign the petition here. Keep up with the MRC Student Coalition on their Facebook page and learn about events they host throughout the occupation.


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Forterra Partners with El Centro de la Raza to Landbank for Future Affordable Housing Forterra and El Centro
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El Centro de la Raza is partnering with Forterra to search for future locations of affordable housing in the Seattle area. This will be a great partnership due to both organizations' shared commitment to sustainability and affordability in the Puget Sound region. The organizations are looking for land close to transit and resources for the community. With Forterra's expertise in property transactions and El Centro's experience with affordable housing projects, this is sure to be a successful partnership and continuation of bettering our community. Read an article about the partnership here.

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2015 Annual Report
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Learn more about El Centro de la Raza by reading our 2015 Annual Report! It is filled with success stories, photos, program information, donor lists, and funding information from 2015.

El Centro de la Raza is Hiring!
El Centro de la Raza is hiring Early Childhood Education Teachers! We encourage diverse teachers to apply in order to reflect the diversity of our children. Bilingual teachers - particularly Mandarin/English speakers - desired for some positions. El Centro de la Raza is also hiring for two new positions - a Maintenance Technician at Plaza Roberto Maestas and a Cook/Janitor at our new Child Development Center at Hirabayashi Place. Please send resumes to Shannon Armstrong, sarmstrong@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4626 with any questions.

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!
Learn how to cook your favorite Latin dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people by signing up for one of our amazing Latin Cooking classes! Already attended a cooking class? Leave a review on our new Yelp page! Upcoming classes include:

Regístrese Ahora/Register Now

Building the Beloved Community Gala
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Our 2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala will be on September 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Early bird prices are $125 for a single ticket, $625 for a half table (5) or $1,250 for a full table of 10. Register now, learn more here, and RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Homeownership Education Workshops
Homeownership El Centro de la Raza’s Homeownership Department invites you to a free seminar sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, where professionals can answer your questions about becoming a homeowner, provide an overview of the homebuying process, and share key concepts about mortgage loans. Each class is from 9:30AM – 3:00PM in Room 307 at El Centro de la Raza. The next classes will be held on
Saturday, May 28th, June 25th, or July 16th. Registration is required contact Stephanie Chavez at 206-957-4610 or intake@elcentrodelaraza.org. ...read more

Facebook_1200x1200_Generocity2016El Centro de la Raza is honored to be participating in the Third Annual Generocity event on June 15th from 6-10 PM. This showcase of nearly 30 nonprofits gives attendees the chance to sample hors d’oeuvres, sip specialty cocktails and brews, and enjoy live entertainment as they get to know participating nonprofits and learn about ways to get involved with their local, national, and global efforts. Tickets are $40 each or two for $70 - on sale now at www.seattlemet.com/generocity! ...read more

Volunteers Needed!
Interested in getting more involved? Current volunteer needs include:

  • Social Media Assistant: This volunteer would be working with El Centro's social media campaigns. Come in once a week to help with writing and distributing ads for all programs and to help the executive assistant with office assistance and misc. projects. Shifts: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm (Flexible within business hours)

Contact Carlos Reyes at volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org or 206-957-4602 for more information. See more volunteer opportunities.

Child Development at Hirabayashi Place Coming July 2016
Hirabayashi English BW - updated againA new child development program is opening at Hirabayashi Place in July 2016. We are also opening a new childcare center at Plaza Roberto Maestas on Beacon Hill in September. To enroll your child or for more information, please call 206-957-4619 or email jmcdc@elcentrodelaraza.org. ...read more

'Eat Right When Money is Tight' Workshop Series
Come learn how your family might eat more nutritious meals on a budget! The food bank hosts a free monthly workshop series: Eat Right When Money is Tight. The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss healthy eating for cost-conscious families. ...read more

English Classes/Clases de Inglés
Spring quarter English classes take place between April 5th and June 16th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM in Rooms 309 and 310 at El Centro de la Raza ...read more. 

Labor Standards Outreach and Education Program
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Our Labor Standards Outreach and Education Program helps Seattle workers with wage theft, paid sick/safe time, fair chance ordinance (for people with criminal backgrounds), and minimum wage. Please contact Enrique at 206- 973-4290 or eespinosa@elcentrodelaraza.org to learn more. ...read more

Latinos Vote 2016 Campaign
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Did you know that there are more than 10 million Latinos eligible to vote? National Council of La Raza teamed up with MiTú to make a voter registration website specifically for the Latin@ community. Be sure to make your voice count and register to vote now! ...read more

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Seattle Pride Parade
Seattle Pride ParadeJoin El Centro de la Raza at the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26th! We are honored to have been chosen as a parade grand marshal for this years' parade. The parade starts at 4th Avenue and Union Street at 11:00 AM on June 26th. Please visit our Facebook page to RSVP to walk with us, and look for our banner at the event! More information about the parade herePhoto from seattlepride.org.

May is Community Action Month
WSCAP photoThe 52nd Annual Community Action Month is this month. El Centro de la Raza is one of many
Community Action agencies in Washington State, who focus on creating local solutions to the needs of
(http://www.wapartnership.org/)  the local communities. ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program
Orca liftDid you know that our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a transit fare program? The reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro buses is $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community/Nuestra Comunidad

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra
Landfill Harmonic
Landfill Harmonic is a Paraguayan youth orchestra that plays musical instruments made entirely out of garbage from the landfill they live next to. Now globally-known, they tour around the world to play music and tell their story of hope for escaping extreme poverty. The group will be visiting Seattle on June 2 & 3 - be sure to make one of their concerts in West Seattle, Columbia City, and Green Lake. See more information here. ...read more

DREAMer's Roadmap

DREAMersRoadmapDREAMer’s Roadmap is a new app to help undocumented students find scholarship opportunities. Founder Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca has been recognized by the Voto Latino Innovator’s Challenge for her work on the project. Both the app and website compile state policies for undocumented individuals as it relates to who can qualify for in-state tuition and aid, and offer a growing list of scholarships available to all students regardless of immigration status. Learn more about
the project here. ...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:

MRC Student Coalition

Forterra/El Centro de la Raza Partnership

2015 Annual Report

Jobs at El Centro de la Raza

Latin Cooking Classes

Generocity Event

New Childcare Center at Hirabayashi Place

Landfill Harmonic Orchestra


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Events Calendar:

May 28 Homeownership Workshop
June 7 Healthy Eating Workshop
June 8   Legal Clinic
June 11
Tamale Making Cooking Class
June 18 Margarita & Carne Asada Class

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Mil Gracias Funders:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
$2,000 worth of Deseret Industries merchandise to support individuals and families in need

Washington Federal
$1,500 for the Food Bank

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Board of Directors:

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

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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
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment

Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Health Coverage Enrollment
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
Labor Standards Outreach and Education
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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