July Noticias and Articles Relevant to Our Community

A speech on Child Tax Credits by our José Martí Child Development Center Director Hilda Magana

Good Morning, my name is Hilda Magaña. I am the program Director for the José Martí Child Development Center at El Centro de la Raza.

We are here today to spread the good news about this important benefit for our Children and Families. The American Resource Plan Expands the Child Tax Credit to Provide Support to more families during the 2021 Tax year. Families could get up to Three-thousand Six Hundred dollars per child under six years old and three-thousand dollars for Children up to 17 years of age.

This benefit will reach about thirty-nine million households by making the credit fully refundable. Nearly 90% of all the American children will now benefit from the Child Care Tax Credit.

Our champion representative Suzan DelBene was working hard to make the Child Care Tax Credit a reality. She is fighting to make this expansion permanent. This long-term goal is estimated to cut childhood poverty in half. El Centro de la Raza since our founding has always been committed to helping our families and children fight poverty.

Representative DelBene, El Centro de la Raza is committed to Support the financial benefits to our families and children. We support families with tax prep support in conjunction with the United Way of King County every Tuesday this summer here at El Centro de la Raza.

Our families who will not want to receive the 2021 child tax credit in advance can opt out through the IRS.

The IRS created two websites to allow non-filers to sign up and receive the monthly payments. Including the households that did not file in 2020-2019.

Thank you so much.

A note from our Tobacco & Marijuana Prevention & Cessation Program for NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY – July 25, 2021

DÍA NACIONAL DE LOS PADRES – 25 de julio de 2021 | Nacional hoy , se celebra para apreciar a los padres, reconocer su trabajo en equipo en la crianza de los hijos, y simplemente bañarlos de amor y afecto. Recuerda que incluso si la persona o las personas que te criaron con amor no están biológicamente relacionadas contigo, han estado allí durante los buenos y malos momentos. ¡Honrémoslos a todos!

Muchos jóvenes y adultos jóvenes en nuestra comunidad LatinX están en medio de una epidemia de tabaco y vapeo. A nivel nacional, el consumo de tabaco sigue siendo la principal causa prevenible de enfermedad y muerte. ¡Nuestros hijos son un reflejo de nosotros! Todas nuestras peculiaridades y manierismos son reflejados por nuestros hijos; promovamos una generación libre de humo/vapeo. Obtenga ayuda para dejar de fumar :: Washington State Department of Health


NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY – July 25, 2021 | National Today, is celebrated to appreciate parents, recognize their teamwork in raising children, and just shower them with love and affection. Remember that even if the person or people who raised you with love aren’t biologically-related to you, they have been there during good times and bad. Let us honor them all!

Many youth and young adults in our LatinX community are in the midst of a tobacco and vaping epidemic. Nationally, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Our children are a reflection of us! All our quirks and mannerisms are mirrored by our children; let’s promote a smoke/vape-free generation. Getting Help to Quit Tobacco :: Washington State Department of Health

MJ Resources available at/Recursos de MJ disponibles en:: Marijuana Use Prevention – El Centro de la Raza

Tobacco Resources available at/ Recursos para el tabaco disponibles en: Tobacco/Vape/E-cig Use Prevention & Education – El Centro de la Raza

For more information, please contact us at/ Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con nosotros: Tobacco & Marijuana Prevention Contacts – El Centro de la Raza.

¡Hablamos español!

​Heidi López at (206) 973-4404 or hlopez@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Ileana Garakani at (206) 957-4601 or igarakani@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Updated vendor schedule for la Plaza Roberto Maestas!

Articles of Interest

DACA recipients, families and advocates will push for permanent immigration status

Is It Time for Free Transit?

Proclamation by the Governor Amending and Extending Emergency Proclamations: Ratepayer Assistance and Preservation of Essential Services

OPINION: ‘Best Start for Kids’ Provides Vital Educational Support

An estimated 2,600 Latinos were killed by police or in custody in the past six years, preliminary report says

COVID-19/Coronavirus Impact Rent Assistance: Burien

Free Tax Support at El Centro de la Raza & Info on the Earned Income Tax Credit

South King County Health Fair

June Noticias and Articles Relevant to Our Community

Updated vendor schedule for la Plaza Roberto Maestas!

ECDLR’s Tobacco & Marijuana Prevention & Cessation Program

As our current legislative session ends, El Centro de la Raza’s Tobacco & Marijuana prevention & cessation program would like to thank everyone in WA for their dedicated, hard work in fighting for tobacco laws that need to be changed. Our prevention efforts focus on educating our youth, young adults and members of our LatinX community about the health effects associated with the use of tobacco, vape and e-cigarettes. We continue to promote the prevention of nicotine dependence and provide the educational resources to do so successfully. Our hope is that our work will empower and encourage individuals in our Latino/LatinX communities to stop smoking/vaping by offering services/cessation tools that may be beneficial in helping them quit successfully.

One of our strongest collaboration efforts has been reflected in our teamwork with the Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs Coalition. We worked together in addressing our support to several bills that we believe will help make a change in our fight for a smoke & vape free WA. We testified via zoom during live hearings as well as provided written testimony supporting the following bills, which affect Vape and PUP bills:

  • HB 1345 – 2021-22: Concerning the regulation of products sold to adults age 21 and over
  • HB 1550 – 2021-22: Concerning methods to prevent nicotine addiction
  • SB 5129 – 2021-22: Concerning the possession of vapor, vapor products, tobacco, and tobacco products by minors.

We were happy to have learned that on April 29, 2021, the FDA announced a federal action to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars from gaining new generations of smokers. We have recently learned that US Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) is also in support of this federal ban on menthol.

We as Washingtonians can do our part in having our voice heard that we want this change too! We want to give a HUGE Thank you to everyone in WA fighting to make this possible. We plan to continue to spread our message for tobacco cessation within our LatinX community via virtual/interactive means; COVID-19 will not stop us!


Aunque la última sesión legislativa acaba de terminar, el programa de prevención y cesación de tabaco y marihuana de El Centro de la Raza desea agradecer a todos en Wa por su dedicado y arduo trabajo en la lucha por las leyes del tabaco que necesitan ser cambiadas. Nuestros esfuerzos de prevención se centran en educar a nuestros jóvenes, adultos jóvenes y miembros de nuestra comunidad latina sobre los efectos en la salud asociados con el uso de tabaco, vapeo y cigarrillos electrónicos. Continuamos nuestro trabajo en prevención contra la dependencia de nicotina y proporcionando los recursos educativos necesarios para hacerlo con éxito. Nuestra esperanza es que nuestro trabajo empoderará y alentará a las personas de nuestras comunidades latinas/latinasX a dejar de fumar/vapear ofreciendo servicios/herramientas de cese que pueden ser beneficiosas para ayudarlos a dejar de fumar con éxito.

Uno de nuestros esfuerzos de colaboración más fuertes se ha reflejado en nuestro trabajo en equipo con la Coalición Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs. Trabajamos juntos para abordar nuestro apoyo a varios proyectos de ley que creemos que ayudarán a hacer un cambio en nuestra lucha por un WA libre de humo y vapeo. Testificamos a través de zoom durante las audiencias en vivo, así como proporcionamos testimonios escritos que respaldan los siguientes proyectos de ley, que afectan las facturas de Vapeo y PUP (Posesión, Uso, Compra):

  • HB 1345 – 2021-22: Relativo a la regulación de los productos vendidos a adultos mayores de 21 años
  • HB 1550 – 2021-22: Relativo a los métodos para prevenir la adicción a la nicotina
  • SB 5129 – 2021-22: Relativo a la posesión de vapor, productos de vapor, tabaco y productos de tabaco por menores de edad.

Nos alegró saber que el 29 de abril de 2021, la FDA anunció una acción federal para poner fin a la venta de cigarrillos mentolados y cigarros aromatizados de ganar nuevas generaciones de fumadores. Recientemente nos hemos enterado de que la representante estadounidense Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) también apoya esta prohibición federal del mentol.

¡Nosotros como washingtonianos podemos hacer nuestra parte para que nuestra voz sea escuchada que también queremos este cambio! Queremos dar un enorme agradecimiento a todos en WA luchando para hacer esto posible. Planeamos continuar difundiendo nuestro mensaje para el cese del tabaco dentro de nuestra comunidad Latina a través de medios virtuales/interactivos; COVID-19 no nos detendrá!

ITIN Assistance

Opportunities in our Community

Articles of Interest

We can’t wait: Essential workers need a path to citizenship

Biden’s Plan for Jobs, Investments, and Fairer Taxes: Fact Sheet

Beacon Hill Resident Gene Moy Celebrated as One of the Oldest Living World War Two Vets

FDA Commits to Evidence-Based Actions Aimed at Saving Lives and Preventing Future Generations of Smokers

Utility Bill Assistance Available Now

May Noticias and Articles Relevant to Our Community

Updated vendor schedule for la Plaza Roberto Maestas!

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

Info on Child Tax Credits for families with children who files their taxes by May 17th!

Articles of Interest

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

Gov. Inslee Signs Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax

How Native Communities on the Front Line of Climate Change Are Feeling the Heat

Cap-and-Trade Law, Is On It’s Way to Gov. Inslee’s Desk

Latino groups calling for federal investigation of Adam Toledo killing: report

What WA can learn from Native communities’ vaccination plan

Upcoming Events in our Community

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).

Submit Public Comment to Oppose USCIS’ Changes to Fee Schedule by December 16

On November 14, the administration published a proposed new fee schedule that would increase fees for some of the most commonly used immigration applications by our community, putting them out of reach for many low-income immigrants. We are encouraging our supporters to comment in opposition to the proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by December 16.*

·  Increasing the cost of citizenship application fees by 83%.

·  Requiring asylum-seekers to pay a $50 application fee and $490 for a work permit.

·  Increasing the cost of DACA renewals from $495 to $765.

·  Eliminating fee waivers for citizenship, lawful permanent residency, and others.

·  Transferring $207.6 million in application fees from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ICE for enforcement purposes, including denaturalization.

We will not tolerate this hatred and are taking action because everyone is welcome in our country. Stand with us in fighting back to protect and defend our communities by submitting a public comment to oppose this proposed regulation.

Instructions for submitting a public comment by December 16 at 11:59 PM (EST):

  1. Navigate to the proposed regulation by clicking here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0010-0001.
  2. In the top right corner of the webpage, you should see a blue button named “Comment now!” Click on that button and you will be directed to another page where you can either type in or paste your comment into the textbox. The website also mandates that you upload your comment as a file.
  3. After you finish writing your comment, be sure to verify that you completed all the required fields.
  4. On the next page, you will review your comment before submitting it.

If you would like additional guidance for submitting a public comment, please click here to view Clinic Legal’s step-by-step instructions.

*Credit: UnidosUS

All Three José Martí Child Development Center Sites are Early Achievers Centers of Excellence

We are very proud to announce that this spring, all classrooms of the José Martí Child Development Center (JMCDC) on Beacon Hill received designation as high quality centers of excellence by Early Achievers! Our longest-operating classes in the El Centro de la Raza building maintained their previously reached level 4, and our newest classrooms in Plaza Roberto Maestas reached level 3 for their first rating.

Early Achievers is Washington State’s Quality Rating and Improvement System and evaluates programs in five quality standards: child outcomes, interactions and environment, curriculum and staff support, family engagement and partnerships, and staff professionalism. The evaluation process includes a site visit from the University of Washington to review children and classroom files and an extensive File of Supporting Materials, as well as classroom evaluations using the CLASS and ERS assessments, which focus on the learning environment and interactions between teachers and children.

On Friday, June 21, the teachers and staff at JMCDC celebrated this wonderful accomplishment on Beacon Hill with a catered dinner and awards presentation to each of the staff who worked hard to reach and maintain this high level of quality. Congratulations to all of our JMCDC staff whose dedication and commitment made this possible, and also a huge thanks to our coaches Elidia Sangerman, Leah Breish, and Bob Findlay, who supported us throughout the entire process.

With the previous announcement that JMCDC at Hirabayashi also received a level 3 score, we are very proud that all three JMCDC sites have achieved this valuable designation, to continue providing high quality, dual-language education to our children and embodying our often-used quote by José Martí: “Para los niños trabajamos, porque ellos son los que saben amar, porque ellos son la esperanza del mundo.” This translates into, “It is for the children that we work, for they are the ones who know how to love, for they are the hope of the world.”

How to Contact your King County Councilmembers

To begin, click here to verify in which district you live. Your district number should correspond to that of the King County Councilmember. Click on your Councilmember’s name to be directed to their contact information:

Councilmember Rod Dembowski, District 1

Councilmember Larry Gossett, District 2

Councilmember Kathy Lambert, District 3

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, District 4

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, District 5

Councilmember Claudia Balducci, District 6

Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, District 7

Councilmember Joe McDermott, District 8

Councilmember Reagan Dunn, District 9