El Centro de la Raza - October eNews
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October 14, 2015

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Mil gracias to all who were involved with the 2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala. From attendees to donors, volunteers and sponsors, we couldn't have done it without you! The evening included silent and live auctions, live music, dinner, and an awards ceremony. There were over 700 guests in attendance who enabled us to raise over $332,000 in necessary funds to continue strengthening and growing our 48 programs and services.

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Congratulations to our two Roberto Maestas Legacy Award winners, Aiko Schaefer and Mauricio Ayon, and to our scholarship winners José Maldonado, Magdalena Angel, Fabiola Saurez-Alanis, and José Iraheta. Muchísimas gracias to all of our donors and sponsors, and to our top sponsors Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeart Media, Comcast, Chase, and Muckleshoot. We also say mil gracias to the many people who helped make the event a success: our Master of Ceremonies, Fé Lopez, Presenters Mayor Ed Murray and Roxana Amaral, our auctioneer, Kip Toner, announcer César Amaral, Raise the Paddle speaker Fabiola Saurez-Alanis, for the invocation given by Rev. Aaron Williams, and to all 92 amazing volunteers.

Another event El Centro had the privilege to be a part of was the second Indigenous People's Day celebration on October 12th. On the day we honor and celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people, we must also tell the truth concerning Indigenous people and the historical wrongs set in motion by Columbus. I was honored to speak on behalf of El Centro de la Raza for the United Indians of All Tribes event at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. I shared my hope that residents of our city will be moved to action to support Indigenous people's struggle for social justice as a result of the knowledge of the past. The dehumanizing boarding school experience of Native American children and the supression of language, spirituality and religious ceremonies are hurtful to hear and remember, but must be recounted. We celebrate the signing of a resolution by the City of Seattle that acknowledges the harms resulting from the United States' American Indian Boarding School Policy, encourages steps to be taken by the U.S. Congress to promote truth and healing, and to fund reconciliation and justice for those harms. Our children and grandchildren are the benefactors of these positive steps, and will relish the honoring of their heritage and culture. Know that El Centro de la Raza will always stand with Indigenous people in the struggle for self-determination and sovereignty.

I also want to encourage you all to register to vote. You have an important voice and your vote matters in changing and improving our city and our country. Get registered to vote today, and spread the word to your family and friends about the importance of voting. Start the process here, and find out more information through the National Council of La Raza and voting here.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Día de los Muertos Event

diaEl Centro de la Raza is putting on our 11th Annual Ofrenda Exhibit Opening and Celebration on Monday, November 2nd! Come join us from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for dinner...read more

Meet the Award Winning Activists

flyerDon't miss out on hearing two amazing Honduran activists speak at El Centro de la Raza on November 16th from 3:30 PM-5 PM... read more

Youth Art Voices Program

YouthVoicesAt the end of the summer, ten youth showcased their art pieces at a community art show here at El Centro de la Raza after completing the Youth Voices Art Program. ...read more

Senior Program Participant Highlight

flavorbdayFlavor Booker is a participant in our senior program, an active member of the "Enhance Fitness Program" exercising twice a week, and just celebrated her 98th birthday! Flavor's grandson, Kyle Hill, recently started a business in ...read more

General Lynch Discussion with Teens

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a stop at El Centro de la Raza on the last Thursday in September to talk with teens about police and trust. General Lynch believes that youth can be one of the key factors towards improving ..read more

Buy-a-Brick Campaign and Plaza Roberto Maestas

PRM_banner-brickHave you been thinking about buying a brick but haven't yet? There is still time, because our Buy-a-Brick Campaign is still going on! We've already sold $21,250 in bricks, and we need to  ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Business Development Training

venturesEl Centro de la Raza is holding an orientation for a business development training course on October 20th from 5 PM-9 PM. The course is open to any current business owners ...read more 

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 started again on September 29th and run 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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Free Clinic at the Seattle Center

clinicThe Seattle Center is holding a free health clinic from October 22nd-October 25th in the KeyArena. This four day clinic will offer dental, vision, and medical care
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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

Tutoring for Adults (in Spanish)

The Bellevue Library offers tutoring in Spanish for adults that started on September 28th. These free classes are 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 People's Climate March

logoDid you know that communities of color and lower income communities are most affected by climate change? Do something about it and join Got Green in their participation in the Seattle People's Climate March today, October 14th, ...read more

Free Streaming Films for Latino Heritage Month

Even though Latino Heritage Month is over, you can still check out some great movies that are streaming for free online! The website chose 20 Latino PBS documentaries to feature for the month and beyond. What better way to celebrate wonderful Latino heritage than to watch some films about the culture? Check out the link here.

Giving Tuesday

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday on December 1st! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that starts off the giving season. Following a weekend of shopping and spending money on ...read more

SANA Cancer Survivor Support Group

SANAThe Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is looking for participants in a support group study. This is open to Hispanic and Latino cancer survivors ...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

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:

Gala Thank You  

Día de los Muertos

Youth Art Voices Program


General Lynch Discussion with Teens

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Events Calendar:

Oct 10: Tamale Class
Oct 24: Veg. Tamale Class
Nov 2: Día de los Muertos event

Mil Gracias Funders:

Seattle Office of Labor Standards.
$25,000 to conduct outreach and education on Seattle Labor Standards

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

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

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

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

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Liderazgo Sponsor:

Clear Channel Outdoor

Esperanza Sponsor:
iHeart Media

Dignidad Sponsors:
Chase Bank
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Honor Sponsors:
Ben Bridge Jewelers
Century Link
HomeStreet Bank
Walsh Construction

Comunidad Sponsors:
Bank of America
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare
Seattle City Light
Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union
Seattle Public Utilities

Amistad Sponsors:
Amerigroup RealSolutions
Beacon Development Group
Catholic Community Services
Collins Group
Community Health Plan of WA
Kantor Taylor
PNW Carpenters
Perkins Coie
Schroeter Goldmark Bender
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Office for Civil Rights
SEIU Healthcare

SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
United Way
US Bank
University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Washington Community Reinvestment Association
Washington Dental Service Foundation
Washington Education Association
Washington Federal
Watson McDonell

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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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