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Support Keep Washington Working (KWW)

We must support immigrants’ role in workplaces. The Keep Washington Working Act (KWW) would protect our communities, economy, and resources by getting local governments out of the business of federal immigration enforcement. Click to learn why we need your help to pass the KWW bill this session, and notify your representative that you stand with the immigrants community.

This bill is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27, at 1:30 PM. If you are unavailable to attend in person, you can still email your representatives by first clicking here to find which district you live in. After entering your address, your district number and legislators’ names will then appear. Some of your representatives may sit on the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Contacting them first is the highest priority. Click here to see the list of members for you to contact.

Update: Community Police Commission files federal court brief

In November, community leaders held a press conference at El Centro de la Raza to reject the City’s contract with Seattle Police Officer’s Guild, the City’s largest police union. Community groups still believe the City needs to keep its promise of upholding the accountability system made possible by the 2017 Accountability Ordinance. The contract’s detrimental impact could weaken public trust and the progress the City has made under the Consent Decree.

Last week, the Community Police Commission filed a brief to the Federal Court about the City’s contract with the SPOG. One of the CPC’s goals has been to ensure Seattle has a strong police accountability system that meets community standards. It is the only way to make sure the hard work done under the Consent Decree over the past seven years will be protected after court oversight goes away. The new police contract undermines that effort. Click to read CPC’s blog post.

 

PRM After School Program and Woodland Zoo Encounter

The Plaza Roberto Maestas After School Program serves 11 to 13-year-old scholars during a critical segment of their education: the middle school years. Our program supports youth academically through one-on-one mentoring and exposes them to a cultural enrichment curriculum affirming the contributions of people of color in American society. We plant the seeds of cultural advocacy and instill a passion for social justice.

We are excited to partner with the Woodland Zoo starting this March. In an effort to create a prosperous Zoology Career Pipeline, this collaboration provides youth the opportunity to ask a zoologist questions in an intimate setting and even receive a special visit from a critter. Also, our two programs will be hosting Up Close Encounters on-site at El Centro de la Raza and visiting the Zoo every other month to learn about the Zoo’s operations.

We are currently enrolling for the spring semester and accepting names for our summer waitlist. To learn more about the eligibility requirements, please contact Liz via email at lhuizar@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Survive to Thrive: L.F.’s Story

L.F. emerges from adversity and finds her outlet in social justice work. She appears to the right of the banner, dressed in a red shirt and pink pants. Photo credit: Lisa Hagen Glynn

L.F. was in case management from September 2015 until August 2017. During this time, she participated fully in our services. L.K. emigrated from Ethiopia when she was seven years old after spending two years in a refugee camp with her family. She was able to learn the English language, survived domestic abuse from family members, sexism, and adultism, as well as bullying from students, teachers, and administrators.

We started case management during her 8th grade year in school. She was referred because of her defiant behavior resulting in suspensions and discipline referrals, was very outspoken on social justice issues, and associated with friends who were prone to violence. The problems at school stemmed from the DV going on at home.

To find outlets, L.F. participated in Aggression Replacement Training, and Powerful Voices Activistas Program, worked at the Woodland Park Zoo’s Summer Program, and improved her grades by attending after-school tutoring. L.K. continued her social justice work by leading the 2019 MLK Rally & March. She will graduate from high school in June and continue her education at a local college.

Demand Bill Language is Inclusive of Beacon Hill Neighborhood

The Washington State legislature is considering House Bill 1847, an Act relating to aircraft noise abatement for impacted neighborhoods surrounding the Sea-Tac Airport. The Beacon Hill neighborhood is a “vertical fenceline” community located right underneath the fixed flight path where 70% of the flight arrivals fly over us about every 60 to 90 seconds.

Flight operations from the Port of Seattle adversely impact the Beacon Hill neighborhood of 35,000 residents, yet the bill’s current language excludes us from the “impacted area.” As a direct result of planes flying overhead and major roadways surrounding us, these unjust environmental and health conditions expose residents – both young and old as well as new to long-time – to air and noise pollution.

If you either live in Beacon Hill or have a relationship with the relevant legislators connected to this bill, please urge them to fully consider Beacon Hill for inclusion in HB 1847. Find your district here. You can defend Beacon Hill by commenting on the bill or emailing your legislators:

Representatives by District

District 11
Bob.Hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
Zack.Hudgins@leg.wa.gov
Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov

District 22
Mia.Gregerson@leg.wa.gov

District 30
Mike.Pellicciotti@leg.wa.gov
Kristine.Reeves@leg.wa.gov

District 33
Tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov

District 37
Rebecca.Saldana@leg.wa.gov
Eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov
SharonTomiko.Santos@leg.wa.gov


Members of the Local Government Committee

Chair: Gerry.Pollet@leg.wa.gov (District 46)
Vice Chair: Strom.Peterson@leg.wa.gov (District 21)
Ranking Minority Member: Vicki.Kraft@leg.wa.gov (District 17)  
Ast. Ranking Minority Member:
 Dan.Griffey@leg.wa.gov (District 35)
Member:
 Sherry.Appleton@leg.wa.gov (District 23)
Member:
 Keith.Goehner@leg.wa.gov (District 12)
Member: 
Tana.Senn@leg.wa.gov (District 41)
Research Analyst: Yvonne.Walker@leg.wa.gov
Legislative AssistantAlexis.Arambul@leg.wa.gov

Support the Passage of the HEAL Act

The disproportionate weight of the worst pollution impacts falls onto the shoulders of many affected communities statewide. This HEAL Act (SB 5489 | HB 2009) serves as the starting point for establishing a healthy environment for all. Let your representatives know how important it is to:

  • Establish a definition of environmental justice;
  • Entrust agencies to address health disparities; and,
  • Create a task force to recommend how environmental justice principles should be applied through agencies’ decision-making processes.

You can contact your representatives by clicking here to find which district you live in. Your district number and legislators’ names will then appear. Feel free to use this sample call script and email template to guide you through the process. Some of your representatives may sit on the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Contacting them first is the highest priority. Click here to see the list of members for you to contact.

In addition to contacting your representatives, there are many other ways to take action:

 

Recruiting Seven More Families for Growing & Learning Together Program

We have the vision that all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential. Growing & Learning Together is a family support home-visiting program for pregnant women or mothers of a child under 3 years old. Visits are bi-weekly for approximately one hour. We provide research-based information to support parent-child interactions, provide strength-based parenting support, and serve as partners in the well-being of the entire family. Our program also includes monthly group connections to connect with other families in the program, and we offer assistance with diapers, clothes, and books. We have space to enroll seven Seattle-based families right now, with more slots opening later this year. Click to read in Spanish and view the flyer in English.

Sign Up for Lending Circle – Four Spots Left!

Studies have found that loaners find some borrowers of color riskier than those who are non-White when making an investment. Communities of color are more likely encounter more hurdles because they may not have a full credit history or fall short of the minimum credit score. To increase one’s credit score or borrow money without any risks, El Centro de la Raza is offering assistance to help build borrowers’ credit safely with the support of a community. Click here to view the flyer in English and Spanish. For questions, please contact Elise Garcia via email egarcia@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-717-0085.

We Rallied and Marched in Honor of Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr.

All of El Centro de la Raza participated in the rally and march on Monday, January 21 to honor Dr. King’s messages of equality, democracy, and freedom. Featured above, children from our Child Development Center Chinatown International District location exercised their civic engagement. While discussing these values in the context of today’s political climate with young children could be challenging, it is important to educate them about the importance of equality and how to treat others including those who are different from them. Please support our teachers at José Martí Child Development Center to keep doing this important work by making a gift today.

Growing & Learning Together

Growing & Learning Together is a family support home-visiting program for pregnant women or mothers of a child under 3 years old. Visits are bi-weekly for approximately 1 hour. We have the vision that all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential. We provide research-based information to support parent-child interactions, provide strength-based parenting support, and serve as partners in the well-being of the entire family. Our program includes monthly group connections to connect with the other families in the program We also offer assistance with diapers, clothes, and books.

Creciendo y Aprendiendo Juntos es un programa de visitas en casa con apoyo familiar para mujeres embarazadas o madres con hijos menores de 3 años. Las visitas son aproximadamente 1 hora cada dos semanas. Tenemos la visión que todos los niños crecerán y se desarrollarán para alcanzar su máximo potencial. Proporcionamos información basada en la investigación para apoyar las interacciones entre padres e hijos, proporcionar apoyo basado en la fortaleza de los padres y servir como socios en el bienestar de toda la familia. Nuestro programa incluye conexiones de grupo mensuales para conectarse con las otras familias en el programa. También ofrecemos asistencia con pañales, ropa y libros.