June-July 2022: Call to Action & News Affecting the Community

A signature to advance gun responsibility legislation to protect our families and future

From our partners at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, tell Congress we need commitments to create enhanced background checks for gun buyers aged 18-21, address the dating partner loophole, crack down on gun trafficking, fund implementation of state Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and more. Sign here.

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Mayor Harrell Statement on SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: 

“The Supreme Court’s decision is dangerous, outrageous, and an unacceptable step back for generations of women now and to come. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court limited states’ ability to regulate guns, but today declared states can regulate bodies. We know too many states will react quickly and severely to this ruling and we know the consequences of those efforts to restrict reproductive health care will be dire. 

“Maternal mortality will increase. Infant mortality will increase. Poverty will rise and positive health outcomes will decline. Women, transgender, and non-binary people will be forced to seek unsafe abortions. The implications of this decision will disproportionately impact women of color, who are already bearing the brunt of child care in this country. Where we can counter this, we must. Seattle will remain a place where we lead with reproductive justice and where abortion and reproductive health care are available to all who seek it. 

“More people will come to Seattle from out of state to seek safe and accessible reproductive care, which is why we’re responding to this unprecedented moment in our supplemental budget proposal. Our administration is seeking to invest $250,000 in efforts to expand access to reproductive health care through the Northwest Abortion Access Fund. 

“This will complement the City’s support for ongoing efforts led by Seattle-King County Public Health to link residents to reproductive health care through Community Health Partnership, School-Based Health Centers, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Mobile Medical Vans. 

“As states enact and engage in punitive and reactionary efforts to enforce this regressive assault on their constituents’ bodies, our Seattle Police Department will not participate in enforcing the criminal laws of other states that are inconsistent with Washington laws and values. 

“Men have an obligation to stand with the women in our country who have seen their constitutional rights eliminated. A decision like this makes hope difficult and threatens our most precious rights and liberties. However, in Seattle, we reject this decision – full stop – and will ensure our response is based in a united commitment to maintain and expand our city’s embrace of privacy, freedom, and shared values.” 

NALEO Educational Fund Urges Census Bureau to Release More Data on State and Local Undercounts

Census estimates revealed a severe and devastating 4.99 percent undercount of Latinos in Census 2020; detailed state and local data are critical to understanding and ameliorating the undercount’s impact on the community 

“With several factors likely contributing to the Latino undercount in the 2020 Census, it is imperative that the U.S. Census Bureau rebuilds its trust with the public by releasing data that provides insight into the severe undercount of the Latino community.”
– NALEO Educational Fund CEO Arturo Vargas

WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today called for the U.S. Census Bureau to provide data that would better illuminate the just-released Census 2020 state Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) results.  In March, the national-level PES results confirmed a severe 4.99 percent undercount of Latinos in Census 2020, a 3.3 percent undercount of Black residents, and a 2.79 percent undercount of very young children (ages 0–4). However, as the Bureau previously announced, today’s state estimates do not include demographic characteristics such as race and Hispanic origin and are not available for geographies below the state level.  This lack of detail raises more questions than answers about the accuracy of the 2020 Census.  

“With Latinos accounting for nearly one of every five U.S. residents, the PES estimates confirming the national undercount of Latinos is very alarming,” said NALEO Educational Fund CEO Arturo Vargas.  “We have urged the Bureau to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the undercount on the Latino community and the options to ameliorate it.  The Bureau must move forward with this undertaking transparently and in partnership with the full range of public and private stakeholders, including data experts, state and local governments, and community and civic leaders.  However, we cannot achieve this goal without relevant data on the undercount of Latinos by state and for different localities throughout the nation. 

“For example, New York City has a population larger than 40 states and Washington, D.C., and over one-fourth (28.3 percent) of the city’s 8.8 million residents are Latino.  Without additional undercount data, we will not be able to fully gauge the total severity of the Latino undercount within each state and in different parts of the nation.

“The PES state estimates do not tell the whole story of the accuracy of the 2020 Census count for different population groups or areas in the states.  For example, New York is the nation’s fourth most populous state, and the national undercounts suggest that large numbers of persons from population groups that make New York their home were missed in Census 2020.  However, the PES estimates are net figures derived in part from both the 2020 Census omissions and persons overcounted in the enumeration.  Thus, in the 3.44 percent net New York overcount, the persons overcounted in the state may mask the impact of the persons missed in enumeration and other significant problems with the overall accuracy of census data for New York.  

“Based on our work with and research on historically undercounted communities, we believe it is likely that Census 2020’s accuracy varied in different regions of the states.  For example, areas with large concentrations of Latinos, Black residents, and young children — such as the Boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens — are likely to have had the highest undercounts, while places with large concentrations of non-Hispanic whites and wealthy residents — such as areas in Manhattan, Long Island, or upstate New York — likely had overcounts.

“However, without specific Latino undercount data and data on other New York population groups throughout the state, we cannot determine precisely where and to what extent these population groups were missed. 

“Data from the 2020 Census have already been used to apportion the U.S. House of Representatives and for redistricting, despite the considerable flaws in the number of Latinos.  In addition, unless the Bureau takes action to analyze and mitigate the impact of the undercount, these flawed data will now guide the distribution of more than $1.5 trillion in annual federal funding to states and localities based on an incorrect snapshot of our population.  Without reliable state-by-state data on the undercount for different population groups and localities, stakeholders cannot be fully engaged partners in the much-needed efforts to mitigate the effect of the undercounts on funding formulas and the fair allocation of resources.  These data will also enhance the ability of stakeholders to help the Bureau assess the impact of the undercounts on the enforcement of civil rights protections and other purposes for which census data are used.  Additionally, these data would also be invaluable for Census 2030 planning efforts. 

“We understand the Census Bureau’s position that the PES sample size is not adequate enough to produce data that meet the Bureau’s standards for every demographic group in each state or many localities in the nation.  Thus, we urge the Bureau to research and make available data from other sources that could help illuminate the accuracy of Census 2020 data for localities.  This research will also inform the Bureau’s work to ameliorate the impact of Census 2020 undercounts. 

“Ultimately, with several factors likely contributing to the national Latino undercount in the 2020 Census, the release of more detailed state and local data will also provide a crucial opportunity for the Bureau to rebuild its trust with the public.  The data would also enable stakeholders to work together with the Bureau on one of the toughest tasks it must undertake — making fundamental changes to how it counts the U.S. population in a manner that will significantly enhance the accuracy and fairness of the enumeration.”

Key Findings of the PES Data: PES Net Undercount Information – State The state net undercounts ranged from 1.92 percent in Texas to 5.04 percent in Arkansas. The states with undercounts include: Arkansas (5.04 percent) Florida (3.48 percent) Tennessee (4.78 percent) Mississippi (4.11 percent) Illinois (1.97 percent) Texas (1.92 percent)   PES Net Undercount Information – National The national PES data were the Census Bureau’s first official estimate of the accuracy of Census 2020.  It is a statistical analysis of a survey of the nation’s population.  Comparing the PES and Census 2020 data determines who was missed or counted in error in Census 2020. The PES data released in March revealed that Census 2020 undercounted 4.99 percent of the Latino population — 3.45 percentage points higher than the Census 2010 Latino undercount of 1.54 percent.  Moreover, the increase in this undercount is more than threefold from Census 2010. For the nation as a whole, the PES found a 1.64 percent overcount of those who identified exclusively as non-Hispanic white.   Youth Undercount Information  The PES did not provide an estimate specifically for Latino children or any children at the state and local level, and further statistical analysis is needed to illuminate 1.) the undercount of Latino children and 2.) where these undercounts occurred. At the national level, the PES revealed that Census 2020 undercounted 2.79 percent of very young children (ages 0–4), which is 2.07 percentage points higher than the Census 2010 undercount of this population group (0.72 percent).  The increase in this undercount is more than threefold from Census 2010. In 2016, research spearheaded by demographer Dr. William O’Hare found that the net undercount rate for very young Latino children ages 0–4 was 7.1 percent, compared to 4.3 percent for non-Latinos — with Census 2010 missing nearly 400,000 very young Latino children. Given that more than one out of every four American children are Latino, these figures represent a severe undercount of very young Latino children once again.

###About NALEO Educational Fund
NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

June 2022 – Cuentos from Our Work

Felicidades to Graduates from El Centro de la Raza!!

Graduation is always an exciting time at El Centro de la Raza. From 8th grade promotion to high school graduation, scholars enrolled in our youth services programs are celebrating their accomplishments.

Latina/o Excellence is the main theme for the season. This year, all graduating scholars received a sarpe graduation stole, serving as a reminder that our cultures are part of our success.

For our middle school youth promotion, their graduation stole says ‘Class of 2026’. This is no error. Our hope is that this sash will serve as inspiration for them to reach high school graduation.

Inevitably the question comes up, what are you going to do next?

For Kimberly, a senior from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, the answer is, “Right now, I just want to live in this moment, soak in this celebration. There was a time that I didn’t know if we would have a ceremony, so just being able to walk the stage is a moment I want to remember forever!”

Our Work Study Program at El Centro de la Raza

The work at El Centro de la Raza would not be possible without the brilliant Work Study students from our community.  They bring a renewed sense of possibility and energy and rejuvenate organizations by bringing the latest research.

This last quarter, we benefited immensely from the relentless work of two Work Study partners in the field of Social Work who helped our development department.  They worked in our procurement efforts to secure gifts to auction for our major fundraising event, the Beloved Community Gala, and later they focused on supporting our communications efforts, to tell the stories of our work. 

Marla Perez and Juan Galvez, we are so grateful for your work and applaud your work in the community and the visions you hold for the community work you will continue to do! Congratulations on your graduation and attaining your Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington!

Juan Galvez

To Juan, El Centro de la Raza’s fifty years of work is “a testimony of real change, fueled by empathy and good will.”  El Centro’s work is not only about serving the community, it is the community.  For him, letting the multiracial, and especially the Latinx community, know what services are available to them was a big motivator for working with El Centro de la Raza. It also inspires Juan by showing him what is possible- his goal is to create a non-profit organization that supports immigrants in King County.

Juan was born and raised in Michoacán, Mexico and migrated to Washington when he was 16 years old. He attended high school at Lake Chelan, graduated from Western Washington University with a double major in Sociology & Spanish in 2018, and completes his Masters of Social Work at the University of Washington this June.

After graduation, he will be working for the Department of Children Youth and Families for the upcoming two years.  Thereafter, he will start working as a school social worker and plan the development of a non-profit organization that will support undocumented Latinx immigrants in King County.

Beyond his work, we asked Juan to tell us something that would surprise people about him.

“I am a singer and song writer that has music in all streaming platforms! I am also currently a part of a group called “Los Preferidos del Ejido,” a new project that includes multiple talented musicians from all over the state of Washington.”

Marla Perez

Marla chose to work at El Centro de la Raza because the organization is committed to serving and empowering the individuals and communities. She wanted to learn about the organization’s efforts and support in raising awareness about their services so that as many people as possible could access their programs and resources. 

“What I find to be really unique about ECDLR is that they take different approaches to address systemic issues causing inequality and oppression while simultaneously supporting the people impacted by it.  ECDLR takes a holistic approach to support their employees, community, and society and I truly admire all that they do.”

Marla was born in Compostela, Nayarit and raised in Bothell, WA by a single mother with the help of all her siblings. Her love for her mother, sisters, and family has given her the strength to work towards supporting her community and her family. She completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Western Washington University, while working for C2C a mentoring initiative. After graduating, she worked as a sexual assault therapist at Consejo Counseling for two years. This June, she graduates with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. 

In Marla’s experience, ECDLR encourages self-care, compassion, accountability, initiative, activism, respect, community, and empowerment. Those are all things she believes in and strives to incorporate into her own personal and professional life. Through her life experiences, she has realized the significant effects of the systemic and internalized racism in our society. She has also seen how much damage the lack of access to information, resources, and community can have on children, individuals, and families. Marla says, “I am now committed to empowering, supporting, and advocating for children and families who have experienced trauma and connecting them to the necessary information and appropriate services to promote their healing, stability, and success.” 

 Beginning this summer, Marla will be working for DCYF as a child and family welfare social worker. After completing her contract with them, she would like to eventually have her own practice serving survivors of trauma, specifically within the Latinx community. 

Something people might be surprised to know about Marla is that I travel every chance she gets! “After studying abroad in Spain when I was 19, I haven’t stopped. I loved Italy and would love to live there for a short period at some point of my life, maybe after a learn more of the language!”

Dental Health- A Community Effort

We would like to thank everyone for their partnership with this first event of the King County Adult Dental Program (KCADP) for our most recent dental clinic!

We scheduled 12 patients– the maximum we were allowed to schedule ahead of time! We had a total of 7 walk ins, four of which we were able to accommodate, and an additional three we referred to our public health dental clinics.

Folks were also enrolled into Apple Health (Medicaid), the Breast, Cervical, Colon Health Program (BCCHP) and distributed Orca Lift cards! We are grateful to volunteers and our community partners who made this possible!

Thank you once again.

Have a magnificent day!

Events: June – July 2022

July 16, 2022: Summer Market at El Centro de la Raza!

Come enjoy the summer with an outdoor market, local food vendors, and entertainment for the whole family! // Ven a disfrutar del verano con un mercado al aire libre, vendedores de comida locales, y entretenimiento para toda la familia!

Event: Summer Market // Mercado de Verano

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM  4:00 PM

Location: Plaza Roberto Maestras, 1650 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle WA 98144

July 16, 2022: Somos Seattle Pride Celebration at El Centro de la Raza!

Everyone is invited free event to celebrate our 4th Annual Seattle Latinx Pride Festival! Let’s celebrate our LGBTQ and Latino/a/x identities

Acompañanos en el cuarto festival del Orgullo LGBTQ Latino! Ven celebrar el orgullo de la comunidad Gay, Lesbiana, Bi, Trans Latina.


Event: 4th Seattle Latinx Pride Festival

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM -10:00 PM

Location: Plaza Roberto Maestras, 1650 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle WA 98144

August 13: Movie Night at El Centro! Noche de Pelicula!

El Centro de la Raza looks forward to our monthly market to support our local businesses and to host a movie night!

More information to follow as the date approaches in the link below!

Event: Noche de Pelicula y Mercado!

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 10:00 AM  8:00 PM

Location: Plaza Roberto Maestras, 1650 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle WA 98144

October 8: Reserve your tickets for our 5oth Anniversary Gala now!

Celebrate 50 triumphant years of El Centro de la Raza with us at our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on October 8th, 2022. It has been an honor to spend the last half-century dedicating our work towards serving our community, and we have so many people that we are grateful to. We want to dedicate this momentous anniversary year to:

  • Pioneers of social change, including advocates for mutli-racial unity, shepherds of anti-war movements, local faith communities, volunteers, and activists
  • The people who originally occupied the old Beacon Hill school in the name of dignity and for a better life for the Latino community
  • Our generous supporters from all walks of life, who have made it possible for us to continue our work, from 1972 to this present day

It is an honor to still be here today providing critical services, life-changing opportunities, developing resiliency, and hope. We are so fortunate to not only be surviving, but thriving, with all thanks due to our incredible community of supporters, donors, residents, and staff.


Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2022 for our 50th Anniversary Building the Beloved Community Gala and take part in an exciting live event that raises funds for vital programs and services that benefit more than 21,000 individuals and families across our region. The evening also includes the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards & Scholarships. Registration will become available later this year.

Please call (206) 957-4649 or email events@elcentrodelaraza.org for more information.