El Centro de la Raza - January 2016 eNews
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January 14, 2016

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As you may already know, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been conducting raids targeting individuals from Central America. Families have been living in fear as a result of these raids, oftentimes missing school, work, doctor's appointments, and so on. ICE officials are becoming the stars of many horror stories by inciting panic, using children to target their parents, and arresting children as young as 4 years old.

We are shocked and disappointed to hear of these raids not long after being told by ICE that only immigrants with criminal offenses would be targeted in these deportation raids. "Local ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice said the agency is "simply pursuing our routine, targeted cases" in the Seattle area." It is hard to believe that young children, being taken by ICE while walking home from school, are part of these targeted cases.

There is concern that ICE is not giving individuals access to their legal rights, affording them their right of due process, or even informing individuals of their rights. (Press release by Congressman Smith). It has been proven that, "Legal representation is the most important determinant in whether asylum is granted," yet chances are worse for victims of these raids if they are unaware of their rights. Furthermore, articles on the ICE website seem to only highlight arrests of criminals and felons from outside the United States. It fails to recognize the detainment of women and children who are to be sent back to the home countries they fled due to violence.

In this time of chaos and confusion, we are thankful for officials such as the Mayor of Auburn for addressing our concerns, and Congressman Adam Smith for questioning the practices of ICE and his position against tearing families apart. Congressman Smith echos our thoughts on the raids when he said, "I am extremely alarmed and frustrated by the lack of transparency about ICE’s actions and the poor communication between ICE, DHS, and Congress."
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El Centro de la Raza staff at Auburn rally
It is time to speak out against these raids. We encourage you to attend rallies, town hall meetings, and other events to protest these actions by ICE. Sign the petition to President Obama to stop the raids against immigrant families. Join El Centro de la Raza at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and rally. Learn about your rights (read below) and tell friends and family who may be living in fear of deportation.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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Know Your Rights Information

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. Casa Latina and OneAmerica also invite you to a Press Conference and Know Your Rights Training THIS Friday, January 15 at Casa Latina, 317 17th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144. read more...

"Con las noticias terribles de una nueva oleada de redadas y deportaciones en nuestra comunidad, nunca ha habido un tiempo mejor para conocer tus derechos. Te invitamos a una reunion el Viernes, 15 de enero, 2016 para una conferencia de prensa y capacitación de conocer tus derechos!"

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Rally

(flyer from mlkseattle.org)On Monday, January 18th, the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with workshops, rally and march will be held at Garfield High School. Don't let the day become just another holiday off of work - Join El Centro de la Raza at the largest Martin Luther King holiday celebration in the region. Workshops begin at 9:30 AM ...read more

(flyer from mlkseattle.org)

Buy-A-Brick to Help Build Plaza Roberto Maestas
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Brick sales end on January 31st! Don't miss out on this one-time opportunity to Buy-A-Brick and help Build the Beloved Community. Leave your own legacy as a part of Plaza Roberto Maestas, honor Roberto's dream, and help combat the affordable housing crisis in King County. Click here to read the 2016 Plaza update from Walsh Construction Plaza.

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

cooking The 2016 cooking class schedule is available now! Learn how to cook favorite Latin dishes, share in the culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Register today!

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Child Development at Hirabayashi Place Coming May 2016

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A new child development program is opening at Hirabayashi Place in May 2016. The research-based curriculum will use the latest research in early childhood development to provide the highest quality kindergarten readiness program possible...read more

'Eat Right When Money is Tight' Workshop Series

Come learn how your family might eat more nutritious meals on a budget! Starting February 2, 2016, the food bank will host a free monthly workshop series: Eat Right When Money is Tight. The purpose of the workshop will be to demonstrate and discuss healthy eating for cost-conscious families. Each class will be an interactive event that includes cooking, tasting, and recipes to take home! The workshop ...read more

Homeownership Education Workshops

HomeownershipEl Centro de la Raza's Homeownership department is hosting homebuyer education workshops every month through June 2016. These classes will provide an overview of the homebuying process and share key concepts about mortgage loans. Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with ...read more

English Classes/Clases de Inglés

English Classes (In spanish)It's not too late to join an English Class! Classes take place between January 5th-March 24th. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM in Rooms 309 and 310 at El Centro de la Raza. ...read more
En Español.

Free Tax Preparation

taxesGet help with your tax preparation this year! From January 12th - April 21st El Centro de la Raza will offer free tax preparation for those making under $62,000 per year. Hours are 5-9 PM Tuesday and Thursday and 10 AM-2 PM on Saturdays. It will be held in Room 106 at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144. Click here to view all free tax prep locations around Seattle. Read more...

Enroll in Health Coverage

healthcareEl Centro de la Raza offers help enrolling in a health coverage program specific for you. Dates of open enrollment are November 1st-January 31st. Find free one-on-one ...read more


Free Legal Clinic

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Sign up for a legal consulation at one of our free legal clinics. On-site attorneys will be available to provide general consultations in various areas of law. Click here for the schedule.



Procurement Committee Members Needed

On September 24th, 2016 El Centro de la Raza will hold our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala at the Westin in downtown Seattle.
To make this event a success, we are looking for volunteers to join our procurement committee. This position is perfect for volunteers who want to get involved on an on-going basis. ...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

Schools First Campaign
Elections are coming up in February and there are two levies to be voted on regarding schools. The Schools First Campaign asks you to Vote Yes to renew these levies and continue funding vital programs that schools need. Read about the Prop 1 Operations Levy and Prop 2 Capitol Levy before you head to the polls. Learn more about the Schools First Campaign.

Avina Gutierrez Selected As Yakima's New Mayor

Yakima City Council members unanimously voted Avina Gutierrez as Yakima's new mayor on Tuesday, January 5th. Mayor Gutierrez is the first Latina to hold the position and is among only 3 Latinos ever elected to the council. Congratulations to the new mayor, this is great news for both her and the Latina community! Read the article written by the Yakima Herald here.

Latino Outdoors Event

Kayak Outing EnglishLatino Outdoors Washington is hosting a kayaking event on February 20th from 10 AM - 12 PM. The kayaking outing will be held at Northwest Outdoor Center at 2100 Westlake Ave. N. Email michelle@latinooutdoors.org or call (628)-333-4803.

Healthy Home Check-up

HEAL Flyer Vertical - spanishThe Master Home Environmentalist Program through the American Lung Association is offering free home visits for those interested in learning more about improving their indoor air quality. ...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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MLK Day March and Rally


2016 Cooking Classes

Hirabayashi Child Development

Free Tax Prep

ECDLR Procurement Committee

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Events Calendar:

Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 23 Pozole Cooking Class

Jan. 28
Procurement Committee             Meeting 
Jan. 31 Buy-A-Brick Deadline
Feb. 2  Feb. Healthy Eating Workshop
Feb. 9   Election Day
Feb. 10 Free Legal Clinic
Feb. 11 Tortilla Español Valentine's
            Cooking Class
Feb. 13 Feb. Homeownership Workshop
Feb. 22 Latino Legislative Day

*Save the date*
May 7
- Cinco de Mayo

Mil Gracias Funders:

King County
 Subsidized Metro bus tickets valued at $1,725

Lucky Seven Foundation
$3,000 for general operating funds

Seattle Foundation
$20,000 for general operating funds

City of Seattle
$1,984 to purchase kitchen equipment through Senior program.

$30,000 in AGO funds for Foreclosure Counseling.

Major Individual Donors:
Kevin Cole and Mary Maddox
David Herrera


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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
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

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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
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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