Whether we are Black or white, native or newcomer, Latino or Asian, we know that, for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. During the 2020 Civic Engagement season, we organized with our leaders and faith leaders for fair taxes, paid family and medical leave, and to get out the vote in Colorado.
We’re so grateful for our powerful leaders, faith leaders and partner organizations. Our sustained collective efforts place us further on the path for human dignity for all Coloradans – Black, brown, white, native or newcomer – no exceptions.
Most of us believe everyone counts, no matter our race, accent, or zip code. This year has tested us like no other — our health, our livelihoods, and our humanity. We’ve counted on one another to care for our loved ones, make ends meet, and make a better future.
We turned out in record numbers this year to vote for a healthy and thriving future for all of us. We voted for making America a place where liberty, justice, and human dignity applies to all, regardless of race, class, or zip code.
Colorado Voters Pass Prop 118: Paid Family and Medical Leave
We couldn’t have done it without all our leaders who have donated, volunteered, and dedicated their energy toward making Paid Medical and Family Leave a reality for all Coloradans, regardless or race, class, or zip code!
For too long, certain politicians and organized business interests have defeated paid family medical leave in the legislature, forcing individuals and families to choose between prioritizing family and a much-needed paycheck. This year, we became the first state to pass paid family and medical leave through a ballot measure. We made the way for our families and communities, and now paid family and medical leave is a reality in Colorado.
With paid medical and family leave, all Coloradans will be able to provide for their families and be together at critical moments without facing the burden of having to choose between caring for a loved one or losing a paycheck or even a job.
We want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who participated in text banking, shared social posts, dropped literature, and encouraged your friends and neighbors to support paid medical and family leave. This genuinely would not have been possible without your willingness to engage and get out the vote with us.
Together Colorado members dropped “Yes on 118” Literature at the doors of 18,000 voters in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Metro Denver, and Boulder and Larimer counties. We texted over 175,000 voters encouraging them to vote Yes on 118 and provided education materials to congregations throughout the state. Finally, we reached over 250,000 voters on various digital channels through our “Yes on 118” video.
Thank you, all. Together, we made history. We make the way for our families and communities and we will continue to organize for human dignity for all.
Colorado Voters Pass Propositions 116 and 117
No matter what we look like, where we come from or how we make a living, most of us pitch in for each other and hope to leave things better off for those to come. Yet, once again, the ultra-wealthy and greedy corporations used deceptive ballot measures to pad their own pockets while refusing to contribute to schools, roads and community services all of us rely on.
We will continue our efforts to join together across our differences in Colorado so that corporations who have done well in Colorado do right by Colorado. By resisting their ploys to divide us against each other, we can ensure we have the resources to provide the world-class schools and community services for all Colorado families, not just the wealthy few.
In such a time as this, we must think about how we support one another to organize around the changes we want to see in creating quality schools, a moral economy, accountability and voice in local and national policies, equal access to affordable health care and dismantling systems of racism and white supremacy. Please take a look at our work to become familiar with what we do.
The earth is sacred. We must live in balance with all of creation, using only what we need, and recognizing that there is enough for all.
We desire a moral and communal economy based on the infinite value of human beings, not material objects.
We have a moral obligation to provide equal access to affordable health care for all people.