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Supporting our immigrant communities – Casa Latina

If there was ever any doubt, it’s now gone: President Trump’s policies result in those who need the most receiving the least. This is especially true of the immigrant community. Men and women who came to the US looking to build a better life are finding themselves to be the targets of unjust policies and hateful rhetoric. Yet even as this injustice grows, we are surrounded by strongholds of progressive values.

Casa Latina is one of those strongholds. Casa Latina is a vibrant, immigrant worker rights organization that empowers low-wage Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing. Programs include day labor and housecleaning dispatch, English classes, job skills and safety trainings, and community organizing for almost 750 worker members—all of these take place at Casa Latina’s three-building campus at the southern edge of Squire Park and are now, more than ever, essential to helping immigrants in our community feel welcomed, safe, and empowered.

Since President Trump’s inauguration, Casa Latina staff have organized know your rights workshops and immigration forums to educate its members about how to protect themselves and advocate for themselves. This and other work supporting the immigrant community will continue indefinitely, but it’s not possible without considerable support. If you are interesting in contributing to Casa Latina’s work, please consider:

  • Donating at https://casa-latina.org/donate. Your gift fuels Casa Latina’s work welcoming, defending, and empowering Latino immigrants in our neighborhood.
  • Hiring a worker at https://Casa-Latina.org/get-involved/hire-worker.When you hire an immigrant worker from Casa Latina, you hire him or her with dignity at a fair, living wage. This act of solidarity with the immigrant community puts dollars directly in the pockets of those who need them.
  • Finding Casa Latina on Facebook at https://Facebook.com/casalatinanonprofit to learn more about their work and to be connected with opportunities for action.

While the current political climate attacks the immigrant community, THANK YOU for raising it up and celebrating it as irreplaceable and essential to the prosperity of our neighborhood, city, and country!

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Somos Vecinos (We Are Neighbors)

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Casa Latina, an immigrant rights organization that empowers low-wage Latino immigrants to move from economic insecurity to economic prosperity and to lift their voices to take action around public policy issues that affect them has been a valued part of the Squire Park neighborhood for almost a decade.  Casa Latina provides a suite of impactful programs—including day labor dispatch, ESL classes, job skills & safety trainings, and community organizing for almost 750 worker-members—out of a three-building campus on Jackson Street.

One Casa Latina program you might not know about is “Somos Vecinos”, Spanish classes for English speakers and English classes for Spanish speakers.  Classes are dynamic, interactive, and intended to help students feel comfortable conversing with native Spanish speakers. 

Somos Vecinos was inspired by long-time SPCC member, the late John Jeannot.  John saw the idea as a way for the neighborhood to get to know Casa Latina and its constituents better at the time Casa Latina was moving to Squire Park from another part of the City.

Somos Vecinos continues to be a way to learn a new language, make friends, and show support for community.

The next session of Somos Vecinos begins on January 23.  Two classes ---one for beginners and another intermediate and advanced --- are offered on one of two evenings a week.  Sessions are at Casa Latina at 17th and Jackson.  For more see http://casa-latina.org/, contact Emily Gaggia (206) 686-2618.  or emily@casa-latina.org

AND:  en una programa nueva, Casa Latina y UNAM Seattle ofrecen “Latinoamérica en sus cuentos” que comienza el 23 de enero.  Requisitos: Nivel avanzado de lectura y escritura en español.  Informes: AcademicaSeattle@gmail.com  (atención Claudia Cardenas) 

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