by Ari Robin McKenna
After participating in the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition’s (SESEC) Advocacy and Policy Cohort in 2020, Liz Huizar wasn’t sure how she would put what she’d learned to use. Then, El Centro de la Raza — where she worked at the time running a dozen educational programs — decided to open up a new location in southwest King County to serve people who had been displaced from Seattle. Huizar took out her cohort notes.
Continue reading Liz Huizar, New Executive Director of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
by Ronnie Estoque
On Wednesday, June 14, El Centro de la Raza hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for The Four Amigos – Beloved Community, a mixed-use building development at 3818 S. Angeline St. that is projected to provide 87 affordable apartment units. Construction for the project began last April and is scheduled to be completed in November of 2024.
Continue reading El Centro de la Raza Breaks Ground on Columbia City Housing Development
“[It’s] not just a superficial holiday [for people] to go and eat tacos and party and wear sombreros,” said Hilda Magana. “People need to know the history.”
by Amanda Ong
On Saturday, May 6, El Centro de la Raza will host its annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo, with a pop-up mercado (market) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in Beacon Hill at Plaza Roberto Maestas, and it will include a children’s fashion show, folkloric dancers, singers, rappers, and plenty of vendors and food. It is El Centro’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration since 2019, before the pandemic.
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by Agueda Pacheco Flores
You can’t tell Francisca Garcia’s story without telling the story of her family and her community.
“My mother was, in my view, a giant, a force to be reckoned with,” said her daughter Luna Garcia, between laughs as she recalled her mother. “If she decided something, no matter how outlandish, she made it happen.”
Continue reading Remembering Francisca Garcia: A Pillar of the South End Latino Community
by Ronnie Estoque
On Jan. 20, Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) hosted a ceremony for the groundbreaking of Building A of the North Lot Project, which will provide 160 units of affordable housing to the North Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Continue reading PHOTO ESSAY: North Lot Breaks Ground in Beacon Hill, Future Site of 160 Affordable Homes
by Victor Simoes
El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races), a Beacon Hill-based organization grounded in the Latine community of Washington State, celebrated 50 years of resistance and civil rights advocacy in the South Seattle community last October.
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by Patheresa Wells
The fifth Seattle Urban Book Expo (S.U.B.E.), known as The Black and Brown Literary Get-Down, returns on Aug. 14. The expo will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center and Courtyard at 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St. in Beacon Hill. The BIPOC-centered event provides a level of representation in the literary world that is usually lacking, giving BIPOC writers and publishers the opportunity to showcase their work to the community. S.U.B.E. is returning after a two-year break due to the pandemic.
Continue reading Seattle Urban Book Expo Is Back, Celebrating BIPOC Authors
by Agueda Pacheco Flores
Seattle has spoken, and they don’t just want better infrastructure, they want infrastructure that’s more pedestrian, bike, and business friendly.
That’s according to new poll results released today by the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI), a research and advocacy nonprofit based in Redmond, in partnership with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG).
The poll, which was conducted in October leading up to the most recent election, surveyed 617 “likely voters” and has a 4.1% margin of error. The results come at a pivotal time when Seattle is likely to benefit from the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden on Monday.
Continue reading New Polls Show Seattle Wants More People-Friendly Streets
by Mark Van Streefkerk
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and head to El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill tonight around 9 p.m. for a screening of Attack The Block, part of a free series of outdoor Black cinema hosted by Sankofa Film Society. Every Saturday night through the end of October, Sankofa will host Black Summer Camp, a series of movies based on the Black experience. Upcoming films include The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Moonlight, Jackie Brown, and much more, ending with Blacula on October 30.
Continue reading Watch Black Cinema Under the Stars Every Saturday Night With Sankofa Film Society