June eNews - El Centro de la Raza


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Have you marked your calendar for the Building the Beloved Community Gala coming up October 5th? Each year at the gala, we take the opportunity to honor those in our community who have demonstrated a committment to Building the Beloved Community by presenting two individuals with the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award. Consider nominating yourself or someone you know who is eradicating poverty, racism and social inequity by building multiracial unity. From the nominees, we will select one man, and one woman. Each award recipient will have $1,500 donated in their name to an organization of their choice, and will be honored at the Gala on October 5th. The deadline for nominations is July 9th, click here to access the application.

I have some updates to share with you on the Plaza Roberto Maestas kickoff campaign! We have assembled a steering committee with Broadcast Journalist Enrique Cerna as Co-Chair! The Steering Committee will help us to draft a fundraising plan, with a $4 million dollar fundraising goal, which we expect will take about a year to complete. I can't tell you how honored I am to work with with so many diverse individuals in the community in completing this project that we believe will help reshape our community economically, and provide a path to greater environmental sustainability. We can't do it without YOU, so mil gracias for all your support!


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Estela Ortega
Executive Director

P.S. - And of course, visit our website to stay up-to-date on the happenings at El Centro de la Raza and in nuestra comunidad - our community.

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013!

Congratulations to graduating Seniors! We celebrated and honored graduating high school and middle school students on May 31st at El Centro de la Raza with a graduation luncheon and ceremony. We were honored to hear from three truly remarkable individuals: Anita Garcia Morales, our Key Note Speaker, a 20-year SPS Teacher and Proyecto Saber supporter, Carlos Padilla, recent Chief Sealth graduate and Proyecto Saber Alumni and community organizer for the Washington DREAM Act, and Diana Guillén, 2013 Ballard High School graduate. This year, 99% of the Seniors enrolled in our Hope For Youth Program will graduate, and 63% will be going on to college in the fall. That is a huge accomplishment! Says Estela Ortega, Exceutive Director, "It is more important than ever to recognize the hard work and dedication of so many Latino students in the Seattle Public School District. You have successfully completed your coursework and community service amidst the many challenges our communities face." Our graduating seniors are well-deserving of the $241,362 they have earned in scholarships collectively. We could not be prouder, or more excited for the wonderful things their futures hold. Graduating Seniors: Your time in Hope For Youth may be finished, but we want you to know that we are always here for you! Nuestra casa es tu Casa! In the spirit of Roberto Maestas, Viva las Jovenes!

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And....Congratulations to the 73 Middle School students enrolled in our Hope For Youth Program who are graduating to High School! We look forward to another four years of working with you, keep up the great work!

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Diana Guillén Turns Struggle into Success
Diana Guillen
As a proud and hard-working Chicana, Diana is in her final days of high school. Her diploma is within her grasp, however this was not always how Diana felt. In her sophomore year, her mother faced deportation back to her home country. Saying goodbye to her mom was devastating, but Diana continued to pursue her education, riding the bus at 5 every morning on a 1.5 hour commute from her closest relative's home. Diana has had to become independent in managing her studies through her Junior and Senior years at Ballard High School. She has been active all four years with Proyecto Saber and our Hope For Youth and College Readiness programs, and has advocated for these programs in her school. Says Hope For Youth Coordinator Alex Bautista, "Diana really shined at Latino Legislative day when she met with representatives to advocate for the Plaza Roberto Maestas. That was the moment we realized, Wow!...Diana is a powerful speaker." Diana has served as President of Ballard HS Union Latina, co-founded a school conference to promote higher education among students of color, and attended the competitive UW pre-med program U-DOC, where she officially decided to become a doctor while providing basic healthcare to migrant farmworkers. "It was heart-wrenching to see what my people had to go through," says Diana, "I wanted to do more, but I knew I had to prepare myself first. I became even more motivated to pursue a medical career when my mom was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease that greatly impacts the Latino community. It was difficult to see my mom extremely sick and unable to afford to go to the doctor." Diana is the recipient of the University Women's Club Active Woman Scholarship and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, totaling about $25,000! As the first person in her family to go to college, Diana will attend the University of Washington this fall. Way to go Diana! We are so proud of you, and we know that the wisdom and compassion you have gained through your experiences will help you to become a great doctor.

King 5 News reported on the ceremony, and the success of our students! Click here to watch the video!

Litigating the Right to Peace: A Forum with Costa Rican People's Lawyer Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños

Roberto Zamora
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
7:00 p.m
Seattle University Law School
901 12th Ave, Seattle, Room C5

Roberto Zamora enforces the right to peace guaranteed by the Costa Rican Constitution and International Law. Among his accomplishments are compelling Costa Rican presidents to withdraw from the U.S. coalition against Iraq, forgo manufacturing nuclear fuel and reactors and annul an executive order allowing civilian police to use military weapons. Mr. Zamora alos works across borders and has advised defenders of "Peace" article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. FREE ADMISSION. Click here for more information.

Sponsors: World Peace Through Law Section, Washington State Lawyers Guild, Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild

Minority Racial and Ethnic Communities Call on Liquor Board To Pay Attention to Concerns About Implementation of New Marijuana Law

A group of leaders from Washington’s ethnic and racial communities, in collaboration with the ACLU of Washington, submitted comments addressing the State Liquor Control Board’s initial draft rules for Initiative 502. Passed by Washington voters last November, Initiative 502 requires the board to finalize regulations governing marijuana production and distribution by December 1. 
“It is important that the communities impacted most by the War on Drugs are at the table when reforms are being discussed,” said James Wilburn, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. “We don’t want to see our young people getting criminal records for marijuana use, but we also don’t want to see them increasing their marijuana use. Legal availability of marijuana must be coupled with greater access to prevention and treatment programs in our pubic schools so that we can cut off the pipeline that funnels our youth to prison.”
While the group expressed confidence that I-502 will lessen racial disparities in drug law enforcement, it remained concerned about how the new law and rules will impact communities of color. The group made fourteen recommendations and highlighted four issues:
  • Being sensitive to how youth may interpret the new law;
  • Building trust between community members and licensees;
  • Highlighting economic opportunities for community members; and
  • Decreasing health disparities and improving overall physical and mental health.
“Initiative 502 has the potential to establish a better, more public health-oriented approach to marijuana use,” noted Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza, “but we need to start off on the right foot and follow through with vigilant monitoring of the impacts in our communities.”

Read the full press release    Read the ACLU-WA Minority Community comments on I-502

José Martí Child Development Center Renews NAEYC Accreditation

NAEYC jpeg logo 2El Centro de la Raza and the José Martí Child Development Center are proud to announce that we have successfully achieved a renewed, five-year accreditation from the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)! The accreditation lets families and our community know that we are committed to providing students with the best care and early learning experiences possible.To earn NAEYC Accreditation, JMCDC went through an arduous process including an extensive self-study process, and an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to determine that all ten standards were met. In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. About 7,000 or 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are currently accredited by NAEYC. Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, Executive Director of NAEYC, said, “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that JMCDC is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.” The José Martí Child Development Center first became accredited in 2003 and was the first bilingual center on the West Coast to receive this distinction. We are happy to uphold and continue this high quality education for our children. For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.

We are also pleased to announce that the José Martí CDC has successfully expanded to fill 2 out of 3 additional classrooms, and the third one will be this summer. So far, the JMCDC has been able to reach an additional 29 new students in the community, and we will soon have a total of 50 new students attending the JMCDC. Many of the spaces in the JMCDC are funded by ECEAP or Step Ahead, which means that the JMCDC's state-of-the-art preschool education and kindergaten preparation services are highly accessible to low-income families! The JMCDC has also provided 4 additional jobs to benefit the community, and will eventually offer as many as 7 additional jobs when the expansion process is complete!

Support El Centro de la Raza by Shopping at Bartell's!
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El Centro de la Raza has enrolled in the 'B' Caring program at Bartell Drugs! When you sign up for a 'B' Caring card, and elect to support El Centro de la Raza, 4% of your purchase price will go to support El Centro de la Raza's life-changing programs! Signing up is easy and FREE! You can sign up for the 'B' Caring card at the store by asking at the register, or you can print the form, and bring it with you the next time you shop at Bartell's! Mil gracias to Bartell's for your generous involvement in the community!

Building the Beloved Community Gala October 5th, 2013
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This year’s Building the Beloved Community Gala will be held at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The evening will begin at 5:00pm with a silent auction and reception with mariachi music, appetizers and drinks. A three-course dinner will follow, accompanied by a live auction and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships. Auctioneer Laura Michalek will lead the exciting live auction (updates on our items coming soon!), and will be joined on stage by this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Patricia Lally! For more information on opportunities to purchase a table, buy tickets, make a donation or volunteer, please visit our Building the Beloved Community Gala webpage: www.LegacyAwardsGala.org


The Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival
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June 30th, 2013
CentruyLink Field
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$10/person -  children 0-4yrs, free

SSFC International Family Festival provides fans unique and memorable Sounders FC brand experiences that deliver meaningful connections between the diverse group of attendees, players, and coaches.
  • Sounders FC player/coaches meet and greet
  • Autograph sessions
  • Instructional activities by Sounders FC youth camp coaches
  • Locker room tours
  • Soccer celebration inflatables
  • Face painting
  • International cultural displays
  • 10% discount on all Sounders FC Pro-Shop merchandise
Click here to register

Financial Education Classes and Homebuyer Education Classes!

Looking to buy a home? Improve your credit? Obtain a loan or manage your bank account? Then these classes may be for you! Financial Education classes are offered in cooperation with local credit unions and banks to answer your specific money management questions. Two class series are offered in English, Español, or bi-lingually, depending on student needs. Click here for more information.
Youth Poetry
Maria "Marifer" Fernanda Fonseca Puga is from San Jaun Del Río, Querétaro, México. She does all kinds of art to pass time – drawing, martial arts, and music.The inspiration for her poems are the struggles of life. This particular poem is dedicated to her Proyecto Saber teacher.

Teacher for Life

One who taught me about life.
Serene and blooming
Giving life, teaching joy
Taught to Middle School, changing my life.
Studied in Mexico, where I was born.
Never gives in, always teaching something.
Teaching leadership all over her community.
Blooms from a seed, to a flower of power.
The north winds of hope
Frightening fear, welcoming joy.
Rabbit’s leap is how hard she tries.
Succeeding in life, teaching all good.
Who could this be?
All one teacher.
Liz Olsen.
Thank you for all.

El Centro de la Raza Events!            


               June 12:   Legal Cinic
               June 15:   Tamale-Making Class

               July 10:    Legal Clinic              
               July 16:    Summer Quarter Spanish Classes begin

               July 20:    Tamale-Making Class

Anuncios y Felicitaciones
Announcements & Congratulation


Clases Gratuitas de Inglés / Free ESL Classes

ESL graphicSe ofrecen clases de inglés como segunda lengua (ESL) para ayudar a las personas a comunicarse en inglés a traves del desarollo de cuatro habilidades fundamentales - escuchar,  hablar, leer, y escribir.

English as a Second Language classes are offered to help non-native speakers to communicate in English through the development of skills in listening, observing, speaking and writing.
25 de Junio a 13 de Agosto 
    June 25th - August 13th
Martes y Jueves                           Tuesdays and Thursdays
De 5:30pm a 8pm                    
    From 5:30 - 8pm

Para mas infomación / for more information:
206-957-4634 esl@elcentrodelaraza.org

Financial Education Classes and Homebuyer Education Classes!

Looking to buy a home? Improve your credit? Obtain a loan or manage your bank account? Then these classes may be for you! Financial Education classes are offered in cooperation with local credit unions and banks to answer your specific money management questions. Two class series are offered in English, Español, or bi-lingually, depending on student needs. Click here for more information.

Parking for a Cause at El Centro de la Raza!

El Centro de la Raza has opened its temporary light rail parking lot to the public located at 2524 16th Ave S in Seattle next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. The lot is minutes from downtown and the stadiums for Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games! Proceeds benefit El Centro’s 33 human services and community building programs. Please call (206) 957-4603 or email facilities@elcentrodelaraza.org for monthly parking or airport passes.

We have 2 Zipcars living in our South Parking Lot!

Conveniently located next to the lightrail station, this neighborhood now has access to "wheels when you want them"! Click here to visit the Zipcar website and set up a Zipcar membership in support of El Centro de la Raza's programs and services!


South Park: Gorund Zero in the War Against Foreclosure - Story
►"Poverty Moves to the Suburbs" - Story


►Analysis of NSA Leak - Article
►Obama-Backed TPP Expands Corporate Lawsuits Against Nations - Video
►Real Life Black Hair Exhibit - Story


Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute news and information!

El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave. South | Seattle, WA 98144
Tel: (206) 957-4605 | Email: donor@elcentrodelaraza.org



Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2013!

Diana Guillén Turns Struggle into Success

Litigating the Right to Peace: A Forum with Costa Rican People's Lawyer Roberto Zamora

Minority Communities Address Liquor Board Regarding New Marijuana Law

JMCDC Renews NAEYC Accreditation

Support El Centro de la Raza by Shopping at Bartell's

Building the Beloved Community Gala, October 5th

The Seattle Sounders FC International Family Festival

Youth Poetry
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Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class wil be June 15, 2013
Taught by Master Tamalera, Jaimie Bautista!
Click here to learn more!
Class fee: $75 per per class - includes recipe & a dozen uncooked tamales.
Fees support our Senior Wellness Program which provides balanced daily congregate meals, social & educational activities, exercise classes three times weekly and meal delivery for homebound seniors.
For more details: 206-957-4611 or email.

Spanish Classes
6-7:30 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays:
Summer 2013 Class Schedule:
July 16 – September 19, 2013
Learn Spanish from native speakers in a unique educational setting! Class fees help support our 33 Human Service and Community Building Programs. Adult beginner to advanced level classes are available.
Click here to sign up!
For more details: 206-957-4605 or email.

Un grupo de apoyo y de conversación para la mujer Latina!
Para más información favor de contactor a Brenda Mendoza: (206) 957-4641.

                    You're invited!
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Café con El Centro de la Raza:
At El Centro de la Raza
Next Café - Thursday, July 4th
8:00 AM
How can you become an integral part of the community at El Centro de la Raza? You can start by RSVPing to an upcoming Cafe con El Centro de la Raza!

The Café is a great way to introduce yourself to our executive director, Estela Ortega, a board member, and staff from our programs. Learn the history of our roots, tour our building and programs, learn ways to get involved and network with like-minded folks. Share coffee & pan dulce with us!

Café con El Centro de la Raza takes place the 1st Thursday of every month. Call 206-957-4652 or email to RSVP. 
Coffee generously donated by Starbucks!
Get more involved! Can you devote 2-3 hours or more a week, month, year, or just one time? We always have the need for volunteers.
For details contact our Volunteer Coordinator,
Taylor Skoglund:
(206) 957-4602 or by Email.
Also see our website's volunteer section!
El Centro de la Raza relies on donations from our individual supporters to keep our programs running.

We are also fortunate enough to have corporate and foundation sponsors and grants for many of our programs and services:

Harvest Foundation $10,000 for one year of Senior Wellness and Congregate Meal program funding

Verizon $10,000 for one year Science, Technology, and Math Education in the After School Program

Key Bank $3,500 in support of the Financial Empowerment Program

Mil Gracias to all of our wonderful funders, sponsors and donors!
Ramon Soliz, President
Jeff Middelton, Vice President
David Gasca, Treasurer
Roxana Amaral, Secretary
Victoria Kill, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon

Dorry Elias-Garcia
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Rhonda Gossett
Pablo Mendoza
Janet Jaime Rodriguez
Madrienne Salgado
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres
With over 24,950 volunteer hours, El Centro de la Raza serves 18,633 individuals and 9,389 families annually through the following programs and services:
Basic Healthcare Enrollment
Bebes!  Infant Mortality Prevention
Café con El Centro
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Healthy Cooking Classes /
   Nuestras Comidas
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights
  History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice  Advocacy
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
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training
Youth Violence Prevention
Volunteer Opportunities
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