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May 28, 2015

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On Tuesday, May 19th, hundreds of teachers in the Puget Sound region walked out of school to rally for better funding for public education. They explained that class sizes are too large and teachers are unable to meet the needs of their students, especially in high poverty schools or schools where many students use English as a second language. More teachers are needed but it is impossible to hire more staff without more funding. 

In solidarity with the teacher walk-outs, El Centro de la Raza invited middle and high school students to participate in a day of workshops and activities on the topics of “Why is my Teacher Walking-Out?” “Why Does my State Government Not Fully Fund Education?” and “Why don’t our schools have formal Ethnic Studies Programs?” It’s important that students understand our education system and what their teachers are fighting for. See pictures from the rally here
Nestora SalgadoThe Freedom for Nestora Salgado Campaign is asking for our help as they demand release of political prisoner and indigenous leader, Nestora Salgado. In August 2013, Ms. Nestora Salgado, a U.S. Citizen from Renton, WA, was unjustly imprisoned in Guerrero, Mexico on false charges related to her leadership position in an indigenous community police force. Since May 5th, Nestora has been on hunger strike and demands to be released from maximum security prison to receive better access to medical care. The U.S. Free Nestora Campaign is sending an emergency delegation to Mexico City on May 31st to pressure the government there for Nestora's immediate release. They ask for our help by calling the offices of Washington State’s Senators Murray (206-553-5545) and Cantwell (206-220-6400) today to ensure that Nestora is afforded due process and brought safely home to her family in Renton, Washington. Please visit FreeNestora.org for more news and information or to make a donation.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Lucha Castro Book Launch Event

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Please join us for a powerful evening with lawyer and human rights activist Lucha Castro as she discusses her non-fiction graphic novel, La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico. The event, which takes place on Thursday, June 4th from 6:00-8:00 pm, is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Autographed copies will be for sale the night of the event. Please RSVP at (206) 957-4605 or execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.  

Co-hosted by: Chief Sealth International High School Latina Girls Group; Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at UW; Women Who Rock; El Centro de la Raza Comadres Group
Special mil gracias to: Magdaleno Rose-Avila; Channel Foundation, Front Line Defenders 


Be a Part of History with Roberto Maestas

A great way to be a part of history and honor Roberto Maestas is to help us build a community Brick by Brick! From El Centro de la Raza’s beginning, Roberto Maestas had a dream of creating a community that fully embodied the values of a world free from poverty, racism, and social inequality guided by Dr. King's vision of the "Beloved Community." 


Buy a plaza brick and help us build affordable homes at Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buying a brick or making a donation will help complete construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas and help to provide housing that’s affordable for working families, quality early childhood education, a community that honors all cultures, and a chance at economic self-sufficiency. Your brick and your unique message will become a permanent part of the central plaza – the heart of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buy a brick and be a part of history at El Centro de la Raza. Help us realize our shared vision of the Beloved Community. Click here for more information or order your brick now.

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José Martí Child Development Center Bake Sale Tomorrow!
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The children in our José Martí Child Development Center have decided to hold various fundraising activities to purchase bricks in Plaza Roberto Maestas. The students of De Colores, one of the classes in JMCDC, invite you to visit the portable classrooms at El Centro de la Raza tomorrow, Friday, May 29th between 8:30am and 3pm for a bake sale! There will be baked goods, fruit, drinks and other goodies for sale. Please support this great cause, help build our plaza and build the future for our youth.

5th Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award
Nominations now being accepted

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Roberto Maestas’ life was dedicated to building Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.
In honor of Roberto and his legacy the Fifth Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals, a woman and a man, who have exemplified Building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.
El Centro de la Raza will celebrate awardees and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice.  Award recipients will be recognized at El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at The Seattle Westin.
Legacy Award applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.  Recipients are asked to participate in a video interview and attend El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala.
Deadline for application submission is Monday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00pm Pacific Time. Please see application hereE-mail applications to: execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Save the Date: 2015 Gala!

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  • What: Reception, dinner, raffles, silent auction, Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards, scholarship presentations, and live auction!
  • Where: The Westin Seattle 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
  • When: Saturday, September 26th @ 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Who: All are invited to join. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, and business partners! Earlybird tickets are $120 each, purchase yours now!

Become a Sponsor: More information on sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here.

Become a Table Ambassador: Recruit friends, family, and co-workers to fill your table and help us reach our fundraising goal! Register here.

Purchase an Ad in the Catalog: Promote your business or organization while supporting a meaningful event by purchasing an advertisement in our program booklet!

Donate an Auction Item: Help us have a successful event by donating an attractive item to be sold in our auction!

Volunteer: Volunteers are always needed for assistance before, during, and after the event. Sign up now!

For more information, contact our Events Coordinator at (206) 957-4649 or events@elcentrodelaraza.org.


Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

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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 at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes. Please help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey. 

Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611


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New 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. The new fares went into effect on March 1, 2015 and will be available to adults who have incomes that are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Click here to learn more about the changes. El Centro de la Raza will be one of the agencies partnering with King County Metro to verify program eligibility. If eligible, stop by El Centro de la Raza with proof of income to receive a special low fare ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link Light Rail. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 973-4405. See information in Spanish.

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having 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, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov

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In This Issue:

Teacher Walk-Outs in Seattle

Freedom for Nestora Salgado Campaign

Lucha Castro Book Launch Event


José Martí Child Development Center Bake Sale Tomorrow!

Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Nominations

Nuestra Comunidad

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Help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey.

Events Calendar:

May 30: Pozole Class
June 13: Tamale Class
June 27: Vegetarian Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

Arts & Culture
$16,495 for Youth Voices in our Work Readiness Arts Program and $3,400 over two years for Youth Arts for Dia de los Muertos. 

Parks and Recreation
$2,000 for RMYLI youth to attend Undoing Racism training. 

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Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Ofelia Alanis Torres
Francisco Calderon
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
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 / Spanish 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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