April Noticias and Articles Relevant to Our Community

Vendor Food Schedule

Nominate or self-nominate community members for El Centro de la Raza’s Felipe Maestas Legacy Award. 

Each year at our Building the Beloved Community Gala, we celebrate two individuals in the community who exemplify Building the Beloved spirit through multi-racial unity and work to eliminate poverty, racism, and social inequity, with a Felipe Maestas Legacy Award. We will celebrate our 2021 awardees with a humble $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice and recognize each awardee at our 2021 Building the Beloved Gala on October 2nd. 

Meet our past nominees here

Nominate a community member or self-nominate by May 31st, 2021, here

May Day Fest streaming on May 1st at 6p

Register for the event, here.

Upcoming Events in the Community

Nia Tero & SIFF’s cINeDIGENOUS showcase

Nia Tero and Seattle International Film Festival’s cINeDIGENOUS showcase

This program focuses on global Indigenous filmmakers sharing Indigenous stories and culture. Centering Indigenous art and artists amplifies voices and perspectives that are essential to our global well-being. cINeDIGENOUS is curated and presented in partnership with Nia Tero.

Articles of Interest

Biden & Treasury Secretary Yellen; Latinos will Help with COVID Recovery

An Overview perspective of the U.S / Mexico Border

White House Releases State-by-State Fact Sheets to Highlight Nationwide Need for the American Jobs Plan

Pew: 5% of 2019 US Black Population Identifies as Afro-Latino

Study indicates the Jan. 6 riots were motivated by racism and white resentment, not ‘election theft’

CDC Director Says Racism Is ‘serious public health threat’

Who Are The Insurrectionists and Where Did They Come From?

On Tuesday, March 30th Washington State Senate Voted to Ban For-Profit Prisons

What WA can learn from Native communities’ vaccination plan

March Noticias and Articles Relevant to Our Community

Latino Legislative Day

“Allow yourself to ask your community for help” – Nina Martinez Board Chair of Latino Civic Alliance.
on March 16th, LCA hosted the annual Latino Legislative Day. The program featured experts on COVID-19 and the Latino community, advocates for safer policing in crisis, and folks working towards reopening schools safely. We look forward to continuing to participate in this day and advocating for our Latino community. Latinos have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and are disproportionately forgotten when it comes to the vaccine. We appreciate points of view from our diverse Latino community advocating for the safety and support of our community.

Articles of Interest

Union leader Pedro Espinoza named to Housing Finance Commission

The ‘Crisis’ at the Border Won’t End Until We Admit We Need Immigrants at Least as Much as They Need Us (OPINION)


Free Multilingual Tech Support

Seattle NAACP among dozens of groups now supporting full ban on credit scoring in insurance

Important Statements from AAPI Community Orgs in Seattle

National CAPACD is Devastated by Loss of Lives in Atlanta Shootings

Love to all Massage Parlor Workers & Those Harmed by White Supremacist Violence – API Chaya

ACRS Mourns Georgia Shooting Victims, Calls for Solutions to Root Causes of Anti-Asian Violence

Youth Job Readiness Training

Over these past several months, Washington State was one of the epicenters of the Coronavirus pandemic in the USA, resulting in the closure of all public and private schools.

The Youth Job Readiness Training (YJRT) team equipped our participants with tools and resources to continue their schoolwork and involvement in the YJRT program. We have stayed connected with participants throughout these past several months by helping to provide each of them with a laptop and helping them apply to Comcast’s Internet Essentials program to get in-home internet. So far, we have completed the application for ten families, of which six families were approved to receive internet services.

We held regular virtual sessions with our YJRT participants over Zoom to cover concepts, such as the voting process, immigration and voting, community education, and crafting their resumes for the internships they have now secured. Internship sites include: the Port of Seattle, Consulate of Guatemala, Sunrise, Global Visionaries, and El Centro de la Raza.

The YJRT program is not only providing these virtual training sessions to the students but also addressing their essential needs. YJRT families have voiced their concerns about eviction. To prevent evictions, we have been helping them complete rental assistance applications. To help mitigate struggling families’ crises, for instance, we are providing rental and grocery assistance and access to job opportunities. Mil gracias to our funders and individual contributors for making these emergency services possible to our community: rental assistance, a $100 Safeway gift card, the Plate Fund, Bank of America, and MAF.

While we are all experiencing chaotic and challenging circumstances because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parental participation has been nearly perfect. We focus on helping families become economically self-sufficient and providing students and parents with daily emotional support. They are grateful to have someone listen to them or to whom they can talk.

El Centro de la Raza’s Public Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Haga clic aquí para leer en Español.

The modern-day lynching of George Floyd by Minneapolis police is a devastating tragedy. Nearly six years after Eric Garner’s death in New York, the horrifying scenes captured on video and the eerily reminiscent cries of “I can’t breathe” demonstrate an absence of meaningful change as police continue to take the lives of Black people with callous brutality.

El Centro de la Raza condemns the senseless murder of George Floyd – in the strongest possible terms – as we remember Breonna Tayor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and Philando Castile; at a local level, we remember John T. Williams, Che Taylor, Charleena Lyles, and countless others whose names never made headlines but whose lives were also cut short by anti-Black racism and police violence.

We stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters in saying enough is enough; the time for change is overdue. We demand justice and accountability, not only for the perpetrator, but also for the other officers who stood by in silence. We demand better from our leaders to stop police brutality for our children, families, and communities. There is no excuse to look the other way; no excuse to be complicit; no excuse to oppress communities of color to uphold white supremacy. It falls on us collectively to organize and mobilize.

The waves of uprisings that have ignited across the country is a natural culmination of the anger and pain at the continuous racial terror and violence that police regularly perpetuate in our Black communities. Pain exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionally ravaged the Black community, and a deep economic crisis is hitting those hardest who are at the bottom of the economic ladder.

At the same time, it has been deeply disturbing to witness the frequently violent responses by police toward protestors. Police have violently charged peaceful protestors, driven police vehicles through crowds, shot rubber bullets, sprayed protesters with harmful gases, and punched, kicked, beaten, arrested, and detained people for doing nothing wrong. These assaults on protesters are unacceptable violence. Our communities should be able to protest injustices in our streets without suffering from police violence and militarized responses.

El Centro de la Raza is committed to combatting institutional racism and police brutality in all its forms. Despite decades of effort through multi-racial coalitions to address police misconduct, which has yielded some successes, we are challenged to recognize that our communities are still plagued with police brutality, which was evident this past weekend.

Twelve thousand (12,000) complaints were filed after this past weekend’s demonstrations with Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability. One complaint included an officer placing his knee on the neck area of two people who had been arrested. All this despite the Seattle Police Department (SPD) being under a Federal Consent Decree.

Several weeks ago, the City of Seattle filed a motion with the court to terminate the sustainment areas under the Federal Consent Decree, stating that the Police Department had achieved full and effective compliance for two years under ten key areas. Police Accountability continues to be an area that needs to be addressed by the City.

Discipline and Use of Force are two other areas within the sustainment plan, which should clearly remain on the table for the community, especially in light of the recent and ongoing events that have transpired in Seattle since this past weekend’s protest, and as noted in the sheer number of complaints received in the last few days by the OPA.

In 2015 and 2016, the Community Police Commission submitted recommendations to the use of blast-balls during demonstrations to the Mayor and SPD. Those recommendations are still relevant and necessary. The Mayor’s Office has not fleshed out a methodology for sustaining the reforms needed, and sadly, the need for this has now become front and centered over the weekend.

We will continue to work with Black Leaders and other leaders of color to call for concrete policy proposals to address systemic targeting and violence against Black communities. These policy proposals should include de-militarization, budget reductions, and enhanced transparency, particularly around misconduct and community oversight of police functions.

More often than not, police budgets comprise a significant proportion of discretionary spending and grow steadily year on year. The scope, militarization, and intensity of law enforcement have rapidly increased. In contrast, police have been mistakenly tasked with addressing social problems within communities of color, such as education, mental health, homelessness, and drug abuse.

These dynamics have, in turn, resulted in the criminalization and over-policing of communities of color, often with destructive and deadly consequences and minimal accountability for wrongdoing. As allies, our job is to work with the Black community to demand resources that are invested in Black communities in ways that enhance public safety and enrich our communities rather than simply expand and further militarize police ranks.

The United States is not yet a place where Black lives matter as equally as they must. As we raise our collective voices to demand justice for George Floyd and his family, we do so in continued support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We will support this movement until Black people no longer have to encounter police violence and die at the hands of law enforcement; until they no longer experience higher levels of poverty, income inequality, lack of access to jobs, and when they no longer face discrimination in housing, educational segregation, and limited access to public transportation.

The complex, hard, and necessary work to undo decades of discrimination and prejudice requires unity, leadership, and action. We will continue to work with Black community leaders and other leaders of color towards creating a more inclusive, safe, and just nation, which we believe the vast majority of Americans want. We stand ready to pursue the policy changes that will begin to root out the structural racism and injustice that led to George Floyd’s tragic death and those of many others.

Ways to take action now
 Donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund.
 Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
 Donate to Black Visions Collective.
 Donate funds or supplies to the healthcare workers aiding and protecting protestors (Northstar Health Collective Medics).
 Support the activists working on the frontlines in Minnesota (Reclaim the Block).
 Register to vote or update your voter registration information by visiting your state’s Secretary of State’s website (King County | Washington State).

The Census and You! / ¡Tu y el Censo!

For months, many organizations have been promoting the Census, saying that it affects our everyday lives, but how do the outcomes affect you and on what scale? The Census determines each state’s apportionment of seats in Congress, how our districts are shaped, and the amount of federal funding for local health and social services that support our Beloved Community’s families in need. The Census also influences:

  • Where factories and their retail stores are built
  • Which types of products stores carry and in what quantities
  • Where bus stops and routes are placed
  • Where new homes are built and neighborhoods will go
  • Whether to fix roads and bridges
  • The availability of public benefits, including food stamps and health insurance
  • The number of teachers at each school
  • The number and placement of stoplights and streetlights, including in which communities

These examples are everyday things that will be shaped by your responses to the Census. That is why getting a complete count matters. Every 10 years, people across the country, including in Washington State, complete the Census to calculate an accurate count of all people in the United States.

Filling out the Census is easier than ever before, and it can be done in ten or fewer minutes. Simply go to https://my2020census.gov/ and select one of the 13 languages to fill out the Census. If you or someone you love needs help completing the Census, reach out to us at 206-957-4605.

Por varios meces, muchas organizaciones han estado promoviendo el censo, y han dicho que el censo afecta nuestras vidas cada día, pero ¿cómo te afectan los resultados y en que escala? El censo determina el número de representantes en cada estado para el congreso, determina como cada distrito o ciudades en los estados son formados, y la cantidad de fondos federales que están localizados para cosas como servicios sociales y para servicios de salud que ayudan nuestros familias y comunidades con necesidades.  El Censo también tiene influencia sobre:

  • Donde fábricas y sus tiendas están construidas
  • Que tipos de productos cargan y cuantas cantidades
  • Donde las paradas del autobús y rutas están localizados
  • Donde nuevas casas están construidas y en cuales vecindades se ponen
  • Cuales calles o puentes que arreglar
  • Disponibilidad de beneficios públicos, incluyendo estampías de comida o seguranza de salud
  • El número de maestras en cada escuela
  • El número y colocación de luces de tráfico y luces de la calle y en cuales comunidades se ponen

Estos ejemplos son cosas que pueden estar modelas por sus respuestas al censo. Por eso es muy importante de contar cada persona. Cada diez años, personas en todo el país completan el censo para calcular precisamente toda la gente en los Estados Unidos.

Llenando el censo es fácil y puede estar completado en menos de diez minutos. Simplemente visite el sitio https://my2020census.gov/ y seleccioné uno de los 13 idiomas para llenar el censo. Si tu o alguien que usted quiere necesita ayuda llenando el censo llámenos a el número 206-957-4605.

People over Profit during COVID-19

The pandemic is not dishing out its damage equally. Across Washington State, including King County, not all workers have the luxury or privilege to work from home. While working from home during the West Coast’s worst outbreak, farmworkers in Yakima Valley are getting pushed back to the frontlines to maintain our country’s food supply. We are ordered to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and self-isolation, yet the working conditions for farmworkers make those measures nearly impossible.

Farmworkers in the Yakima Valley are concerned about their employers’ weak enforcement of social distancing and sanitation procedures. As essential workers, they are requesting basic protections for all farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing no progress or promise in sight, farmworkers across six fruit processing plants in the Yakima Valley are peacefully striking back against substandard working conditions. They are asking for the minimum protections:

  • Specific measures to guarantee their health and safety
  • To stop employer retaliation if a worker complains about safety measures not being enforced
  • Hazard pay to reflect the risks they are taking as essential workers, and a permanent hourly wage increase to a just wage that extends beyond the timeframe of the pandemic

Before COVID-19’s onset, farmworkers’ work was characterized by low wages and no benefits, short terms of laborious employment, poor sanitation, and inadequate housing. Today, farmworkers are feeding our communities during a pandemic. They are not expendable and never have been. Yet, during COVID-19, they have to advocate for proper enforcement of protocols to protect fellow essential workers. You can do something to help farmworkers protect their livelihood amidst the COVID-19 crisis:

  1. Take one minute today to tell Governor Inslee to take immediate action to protect Washington State’s farmworkers
  2. Contacting the plant sites and urging them to negotiate with their workers, rather than retaliating against them for striking:
    – Allan Bros. Fruit in Naches, WA | (509) 653-2625
    – Hansen Fruit in Yakima, WA | (509) 457-4153
    – Jack Frost Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA | (509) 248-5231
    – Matson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA | (509) 697-7100
    – Monson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA | (509) 697-9175
    – Columbia Reach in Yakima, WA | (509) 457-8001
  3. Donating to farmworkers’ cause whether through their general GoFundMe page or individual pages by specific sites:
    General GoFundMe
    Matson Fruit
    Monson Fruit
    Jack Frost

Yakima County is the new epicenter of the global pandemic on the West Coast. We are not on the road to recovery until each community receives the assistance they need to make it through the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Inslee begins our state’s economic recovery efforts, we must not forget the people in our communities that call Washington home. Please join us in taking action.

Update: Emergency Response Fund

Mil gracias to our generous GiveBIG 286 donors who gave to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. You helped raise over $46,000! The Beloved Community’s support makes it possible to provide emergency assistance to families hit hardest by the pandemic. Mil gracias again for your generosity, compassion, and support! The needs continue to grow daily, so please consider making a donation if you have not already.

Due to our community’s needs, our staff have received cross-training to address and respond to assistance requests in a way that is coordinated, thorough, and streamlined. Another part of our Emergency Response Fund effort is staff following up with participants and determining their needs. Meanwhile, staff are also responding to new assistance requests.

From March 16 to May 8, our staff totaled 3,572 phone calls regarding requests for emergency assistance. We have served 150 households with housing assistance, including making rental arrangements with landlords and reminding them of the City of Seattle’s extended moratorium on evictions. We have also provided 100 households with cash assistance so that they can purchase diapers, refill prescriptions, and meet other critical needs. We have helped nearly 500 families with grocery gift cards so that they can buy groceries.

COVID-19 reveals the depths of socioeconomic disparities among racial and ethnic groups and across our systems. We are all hurting, including Latinas who are among those hit hardest by the COVID-19 job losses and the undocumented community. When a family lives paycheck to paycheck, having a job is their only safety net, especially during a pandemic. Among Hispanic or Latino people, confirmed cases jumped by nearly 10 percentage points since mid-April, to 31%, compared with their 13% share of the overall population. Undocumented workers are overrepresented in the restaurant, hospitality, landscaping, and construction industries, and they are most at risk of contracting illnesses.

Because of your support of our Emergency Response Fund, our staff will help struggling families navigate through this crisis by providing assistance with food and rent. If you have not had a chance to donate to our Emergency Response Fund, please consider making a donation now. Every dollar adds up and every dollar goes directly to families in need.


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

The Numbers are Coming In

Currently, King County’s response rate for the Census is 67.6%. The average for Washington State is 63.4%, and 58.1% for the country. By filling out the Census, our communities are saying that we care about what the next ten years are going to look like. Census statistics affect everything from the bus routes in our neighborhoods, the staffing at hospitals, and even who represents us in government. Every single household that fills out the Census is making a difference in their communities.

The response rate for the 2010 Census was only 70.3%. We are so close to meeting and exceeding that percentage from ten years ago. If you have a loved one that has not filled out the Census yet, let them know there is still time! The Census deadline has been extended to October 31st.

It is easier than ever before to fill out the Census. Filling it out online, over the phone, or by mail takes 10 minutes. Just visit https://my2020census.gov/ to start making a difference in your community. We still have time to make sure that every person is our community is counted. If you have any questions about filling out the Census, or need help filling it out, call us at (206) 957-4605.

Gracias, King County, for showing that you care and that we count!

¡Los números están entrando!

Actualmente, la tasa de respuesta del condado de King para el Censo es 67.6%. El promedio para el estado de Washington es 63.4% y 58.1% para el país. Al llenar el Censo, nuestras comunidades están diciendo que nos preocupa por cómo van a ser los próximos diez años. Los datos del censo afectan todos y influencia las rutas de autobuses en nuestros vecindarios, el personal en los hospitales, e inclusión quien nos representa en el gobierno. Cada hogar que llena el Censo está habiendo una diferencia en sus comunidades. La tasa de respuesta para el Censo de 2010 fue de solo el 70.3%. Estamos tan cercas de reunirnos y superar ese porcentaje de hace diez años. ¡Si usted no ha llenado el Censo, todavía hay tiempo! El plazo del Censo se ha extendido hasta el 31 de octubre.

Es demasiado fácil completar el Censo. Solo toma 10 minutos y se puede llenar en línea, por teléfono o por correo. Solo tiene que visitar https://my2020census.gov/

Para empezar a hacer una diferencia en tu comunidad. ¡Todavía tenemos tiempo para asegurarse de que cada persona cuenta! Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre como llenar el Censo, o necesita ayuda para llenarlo, llama al (206) 957-4605. ¡Muchas gracias, Condado de King, por demostrar que te importa y que contamos!

Vashon Island: A Model of Commitment and Support to Immigrants

On the occasion of the multiple and constant messages from the federal administration targeting and threatening immigrant people, particularly from Latin America, the community on Vashon Island has joined forces and directed its efforts to effectively protect its immigrant residents. To achieve this, the community has been educated on how to better serve immigrant members and has sought ways to protect them from immigration enforcement actions. For these purposes, the community of Vashon has been working closely with El Centro de la Raza.        

In October 2019, Vashon Youth and Family Services invited ECDLR to lead a Know Your Rights workshop for Latin immigrant families on their rights in the event that they have to interact with immigration agents. American citizens interested in contributing to building a safer and welcoming space for their immigrant neighbors also attended the workshop.

After the workshop, several representatives from educational institutions, healthcare centers and places of worship on the island expressed their interest in joining ECDLR’s initiative on sensitive locations. Sensitive locations are places where immigration agents have restricted access. ECDLR has been promoting sensitive locations through outreach that includes training sessions, educational materials and the use of a common symbol (created by ECDLR to aid in the identification of sensitive locations). ECDLR hosted an information session on sensitive locations on the island and diverse institutions have implemented the symbol by placing banners provided by ECDLR at no cost on their front doors. Chautauqua Elementary School, McMurray Middle School, Vashon Youth & Family Services and Havurah Ee Shalom are some of the institutions on the island that have implemented the symbol.

Vashon Island is a clear example of how communities can organize and join efforts to create welcoming and safe environments for immigrants and of how together we can explore ways to ensure the protection and effective exercise of their rights. ECDLR is committed in support of these efforts and will keep working closely with Vashon residents to help them continue to build and strengthen their response to immigrant people on the island.

Were you driven by this story? Would you like to host a Know Your Rights workshop or an information session on sensitive locations in your community? For further information on this topic and ideas on how to help, serve and welcome immigrants please contact Adriana Ortiz (Sensitive Locations Project Coordinator) at aortiz@elcentrodelaraza.org or (206) 519 4425.

Update and Call to Action: Airport Noise Abatement Bill

Mil gracias for taking action to move forward the Airport Noise Abatement bill (HB 1847). When passed, you will have helped include areas between Beacon Hill and Federal Way as part of the area that is advocating for noise abatement. Currently, the bill is in the Senate Rules Committee, of which Senator Bob Hasegawa is a member. Senator Hasegawa has committed to pulling HB 1847 onto the Senate Floor for a vote. Please help sustain this community-driven momentum by asking Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias to put this bill to a Senate vote. For your convenience, we are including a letter template for you to personalize and then send to Senate Majority Leader Billig and Floor Leader Liias.

The text in the brackets below is intended to prompt you for your information. Please delete the brackets and enclosed text before entering the appropriate information. To identify in which district you live, click here and enter your address. Doing so will help elected officials tally how many community members are in support of this bill’s passage.

To: Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig <andy.billig@leg.wa.gov>; Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias <marko.liias@leg.wa.gov>

CC: Senator Bob Hasegawa <bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov>; Maria Batayola <mbatayola@elcentrodelaraza.org>

Re: Bring HB 1847 to a Senate Vote

Dear Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias,

My name is {YOUR-FULL-NAME} and I live at {FULL-ADDRESS} in District {NUMBER}. I ask that you schedule HB 1847 for a vote as soon as possible. {I-MYSELF / I-HAVE-FRIENDS-AND-FAMILY-WHO} live in the affected neighborhood. Airplanes fly overhead every 90 seconds on average, and noise levels are from 70 to 90 decibels, which are well above the standard of 55 decibels during the day and 45 at night.

Please help expand the airport noise abatement area to include the affected neighborhoods between Beacon Hill and Federal Way. Airplane noise adversely impacts the health and well-being of children, adults, and families who live in the area. Passing HB 1847 will make a noticeable difference in {OUR / THEIR} lives. Thank you.