by Emerald Staff
As we reported back in September, every ten years, all residents — including citizens and non-citizens from the very youngest babies to oldest elders and including those who are houseless — are counted. These counts help to determine the number of Congressional seats and Electoral College voters as well as federal funding for cities and states for all kinds of programs ranging from education to transportation.
Continue reading Trump Moves Deadline for 2020 Census to October 15
by Marti McKenna
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include information about a GoFundMe fund benefitting The Station.
For 10 years, Beacon Hill coffee and community hub The Station has been known to many in the South End as a place to get great coffee and snacks, meet friends, work, and hold community discussions. In that way, it’s like a lot of small, neighborhood cafes, though The Station has been a particular haven for People of Color and the space itself is a vehicle for activism on behalf of marginalized people. Luis Rodriguez and Leona Moore-Rodriguez have created an entity in The Station that extends beyond its walls and into the community itself. And now they’re turning to the community they’ve helped and asking for help to stay open.
Continue reading The Station Hopes to Avoid Being ‘One of the Closing POC Businesses’
by Luna Reyna
As a child, I can recall two groups of strangers coming to our door: census workers and religious groups. My Latinx family of 7 never opened the door for either. The fear and lack of trust in government-affiliated institutions has always been tangible, and rightly so, in many marginalized communities. This fear has contributed to federally-underfunded schools, hospitals, public transportation, and even Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the past. All federal funding is guided and allocated through the findings of the decennial census.
Continue reading “We Did Everything We Could”: Community Organizations Fear A Census Undercount
By Carolyn Bick
Ignoring the chilly evening air nipping about them, hundreds of laughing people thronged through Roberto Maestas Plaza at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, Washington, for the organization’s 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration on Nov. 1. Some wore extravagant, traditional Mexican outfits trimmed with lace, faces painted and decorated to look like bejeweled skulls. Others tucked up in puffy jackets eagerly waited in line for pan de muerto, or Mexican bread of the dead, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Continue reading PHOTOS: El Centro de la Raza holds 15th annual Día de Muertos celebration
by Rosalind Brazel
Just like postal workers, “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat” will stop Chris Lally of Outsider Pizza from slinging slices. He’s fearless in the face of any weather condition. It’s sort of a requirement of owning your own pizza cart that is stationed in the windy courtyard of Beacon Hill’s El Centro de la Raza. His strategic setup includes wind shielding and careful clothing selection. It helps him weather the storm, as it were, and focus on the important things: his pies.
Continue reading Take it Outside: Beacon Hill Pizza Cart Brings Years of Experience to Local Pies
by Susan Fried
El Centro de la Raza to unveiled and dedicated a bust of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Plaza Roberto Maestas on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. The bust was a gift from the sculpture Jeff Day.
Continue reading El Centro Unveils Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Carolyn Bick
A week before he died, Francisca Garcia’s brother asked her to make pozole, a Mexican beef soup with hominy and chili broth.
Continue reading Marigolds and pozole honor those remembered at El Centro de la Raza Día de los Muertos
by Susan Fried
Dozens of children and their families gathered together on Sunday, October 28, at the Centilia Cultural Center to hear from young people about how the government’s immigration policies affect them, their families, and their friends. The Families for Families Rally and March/Familias por Familias featured the voices of children who know very well how immigration policy can impact their lives.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Youth and Children Lead Familias Por Familias Rally
by Will Sweger
Sitting in the office of El Centro de la Raza, surrounded by colorful murals and creaking wooden floors, you would not guess you are in the epicenter of a modern apartment complex. In reality, though, it is the heart of something more—an alternative model for urban living. Continue reading El Centro de la Raza Offers Lessons for Community Land Use