El Centro de la Raza - June 2016 eNews (2)
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June 23, 2016

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

We are still in shock over the loss of 49 lives last week. On behalf of El Centro de la Raza, our heart goes out to the people who were at Pulse nightclub for "Latin Night" on June 12th in Orlando, Florida. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community as we send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this awful shooting. The Latin@ community was hit hard during this mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 wounded - one of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation's history. We mourn for the lives lost in this horrible act of violence and hate. We stand together as one community through this time of sorrow and pain. The hurt of one is the hurt of all.
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It is important now more than ever to stand in solidarity with each other. Join El Centro de la Raza at the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26th. We are honored to have been chosen as a grand marshal for this years' parade. The parade starts at 4th Avenue and Union Street at 11:00 AM on June 26th. Please RSVP to walk with us, and look for our banner (pictured above) at the event! More information about the parade is here and Pride Weekend here.

Today the Supreme Court failed to decide on the passing of DAPA and extended DACA, effectively moving it back down to the lower courts and blocking its progress. (See a basic explanation of the decision here.) We are painfully disappointed with this ruling since these deferred action initiatives would have provided an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants with work permits and relief from deportation.
It could have been a life-changing decision for millions of families who have been living in fear of deportation and the separation of their families. These families would finally have been able to come out of the shadows and take full advantage of the opportunities they came to this country to find. They would be able to work with a higher income and without fear.

Passing DAPA and extended DACA makes good economic sense for our government by creating opportunities for job growth, generating more tax revenue, and adding millions of dollars in income that would be spent in communities across the nation. These programs are within the president's authority and are fully legal, constitutional, and line up with decades of past action from presidents in both parties.

So where do we go from here? We need to work harder to elect officials that act in the interest of undocumented people and communities. It is imperative that our next president has these values, and that they can work with other officials who don't continue to impede the comprehensive immigration reform our country needs. Attend a webinar tomorrow, June 24th at 10 AM to learn about implications of the decision and what comes next. Participate in a National Community Call on the outcome of the ruling. Learn about the impact on immigrant women and families in a webinar next Monday (in English and Español). This may be a disappointing setback, but we will not stop fighting for justice until each member of our community can stop living in fear. We are confident that we will succeed.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Hunger for Justice: Frisco 5 Member Visits El Centro de la Raza
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On Thursday, June 9th, El Centro de la Raza had the pleasure of welcoming Edwin Lindo, community advocate and law professional; Brenda Williams, former board member at El Centro de la Raza and professor of law at University of Washington; and Roberto Vargas, poet and community researcher and advocate. These individuals came to El Centro de la Raza to talk about the hunger strike that Mr. Lindo participated in April and May in San Francisco. Lindo, Ike Pinkston, Sellassie Blackwell, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, and Ilyich “Equipto” Sato, referred to now as the ‘Frisco 5’, went on a 17 day hunger strike to protest police killings of people of color and to call for the resignation of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. ...read more

Youth Graduation Luncheon and Ceremony
Youth Graduation 2016 collageOn Friday, June 10th, El Centro de la Raza and Proyecto Saber celebrated the 125 youth graduating from our programs this academic school year! Combined, the youth earned over $201,800 in scholarship money over the past year, which shows just how hard these students worked to overcome the barriers they face. Donate now to help fund youth programs at El Centro de la Raza. ...read more

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 or $1,250 for a full table of 10. Get your tickets now! Learn more about the event here, and RSVP on Facebook!

Digital Connectors Graduation
13427869_10153736162826314_8810773046102053664_nThis month 16 youth completed our Comcast Digital Connectors Program, with 9 receiving additional certificates for EverFi’s Financial Literacy piece. Each graduate received a Dell Inspiron 3000 laptop for their 10 month commitment to the program. Congratulations to the students on all their hard work!

Lutheran Volunteer Corps Position Open at El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza's Volunteer Coordinator position through Lutheran Volunteer Corps is still open, with a start date in August. Learn more about what a year with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps could mean for you on their website. Click here to view the Volunteer Coordinator position.

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 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. See all open positions.

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:

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.

Regístrese Ahora/Register Now

Legal Clinics
Upcoming dates for legal clinics will be
July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9. Clinics will be held from 6-8 PM at El Centro de la Raza at 2524 16th Avenue S, Seattle, WA. Sign-ups for legal consultations is on a first-come first-serve basis, and the last sign-up time will be at 7 PM. Call 206-622-8000 for more information.
Inscripción para los consultas legales. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM serán por orden de llegada. Ultima inscripción se hará a las 7:00 PM. Para más información llame al 206-622-8000.

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

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

Front Desk Assistant: Frances Martinez Community Service Center

  • Greet program participants, answer phones, take messages, respond to emails, and other duties. Spanish proficiency required. Shifts - Monday & Tuesday: 8:30am - 12pm, Wednesday: 8:30am - 5pm, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am - 12pm ...read more

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

'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
Summer English classes will start again on June 28th. 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

Shades of Purple Conference
Shades of Purple EventThe 
Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment department in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD) at the University of Washington is hosting a summer student conference series for incoming high school seniors. This free conference is for underrepresented minority high school students who are interested in attending University of Washington. For more information and to apply for a conference near you, click here.

Women of ALPFA Event

2016 WOAWomen of ALPFA invites you to an event on Saturday, June 25th from 8 AM - 12 PM at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle. The day will consist of workshops, opportunites to gain leadership and management skills, networking, brunch, and more! Sign up for the event and learn more here.

Latinos Vote 2016 Campaign
Voting Widget
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


Seattle Housing Levy
Yes for HomesThe Seattle Housing Levy needs to be renewed by voters every 7 years, and it is especially important on the August 2, 2016 ballot. Renewing this levy will enable at least 2,150 units of affordable housing to be built or restored. Learn more about the Seattle Housing Levy, and endorse it here.
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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

Post-Season Tax Prep
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Free tax preparation services will be offered through October at the Downtown Seattle Public Library, and will be from 4 PM - 7 PM on Wednesdays. This service is available for individuals and families making less than $62,000, and there is no appointment necessary. ...read more

Seattle World School Grand Re-Opening
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Seattle World School is moving! Their new building will be open for the first day of school this coming Fall.
Their grand opening will be Friday September 2nd at 11 AM. Stop by to tour the new school and learn more about the Seattle World School. Learn more on their website.

Annual Lantern Floating Peace Ceremony
Lanterns 2014 Martha Brice (002)On Saturday, August 6, From Hiroshima to Hope, Seattle's annual peace event, will take place from 6 PM - 9 PM as a Lantern Floating Peace Ceremony at Green Lake. This year honors the 71st Anniversary of the atomic bombings. Read more about the event here.

DREAMer's Roadmap
DREAMersRoadmapDREAMer’s Roadmap is a new app to help undocumented students find scholarship opportunities. 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:

Frisco 5 Member Visits El Centro de la Raza

Youth Graduation

Seattle Pride Parade

Digital Connectors Graduation

Jobs at El Centro de la Raza

Shades of Purple Student Conference

Seattle Housing Levy

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Events Calendar:

June 25 Homeownership Workshop
June 26 Seattle Pride Parade
July 5 Eat Right When Money is Tight
July 13 Legal Clinic
July 16 Pozole Making Class
August 2 Ballots Due

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Mil Gracias Funders:

Seattle Parks & Recreation $2,500 for After School Drop-In field trips in 2016

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
$16,500 for the Work Readiness Arts Program – Youth Voices

National Council of La Raza
Three spots at the Leadership Institute for Latino Literacy training

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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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