Together Colorado is committed to supporting transformative legislation in 2023 to build trust in our criminal justice system, keep families together, protect our shared earth, and keep Coloradans in their homes and communities, regardless of zip code, immigration status, or color. Juntos Colorado se compromete a apoyar la legislación transformadora en 2023 para generar confianza en nuestro sistema de justicia penal, mantener unidas a las familias, proteger nuestra tierra compartida y mantener a los Coloradenses en sus hogares y comunidades, sin importar su código postal, su estado migratorio o su color.
Children deserve to be treated with honesty and dignity. This bill will create higher standards for admissibility of information obtained during an interrogation with youth, and require that all youth interrogations be recorded. This means more honesty and trust in our criminal justice system.
This bill will raise the minimum age of arrest in Colorado from 10 to 12 years old.
HB23-1171: Just Cause Eviction Protection
This bill will clarify the conditions under which someone can be evicted so that tenants are protected and more Coloradans can stay in their homes and communities.
HB23-1115: Local Control of Rents
We support giving the power back to local governments to set rent stabilization policies that are best for their communities.
HB23-1100: Restrict Government Involvement in Immigration Detention
People navigating their civil immigration case should be able to do so with their families and in their communities, not behind bars. We are supporting a bill to end Intergovernmental Service Agreements between ICE and sheriffs and prevent additional privatized detention centers in Colorado.
Improve Air Quality and Reduce Ozone Pollution
We all need clean and healthy air, but Colorado lags far behind other states when it comes to regulating our air quality, and corporations and industrial polluters spew harmful toxins into the air we breathe every day – targeting communities of color on the front range. We are tracking and supporting legislation to improve air quality.
Sustainable Land Use (Bill Number TBD)
Housing justice and environmental justice go hand in hand. We are supporting legislation to ensure that people can stay in the communities they call home while also ensuring that newly built housing is affordable and sustainable- for our communities, state, and the planet.
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During the 2022 Legislative Session, Together Colorado, along with our partners, lobbied our legislature for a just and equitable Colorado, where everyone can thrive, no exceptions.
Durante la Sesión Legislativa de 2022, Juntos Colorado, con nuestros socios, presionaron a nuestra legislatura por un Colorado justo y equitativo, donde todos puedan prosperar, sin excepciones.
During the 2021 Colorado Legislative Session, Together Colorado encouraged our state elected officials to advance our human dignity legislative agenda. As a member-led organization, we identified three pieces of legislation to prioritize: SB21-173 to strengthen renters’ rights, HB21-1117 to expand affordable housing, and HB21-1142 to reform the discriminatory police practice known as a showup. Together Colorado Federated Committees supported additional legislation that will keep families together regardless of immigration status, improve conditions for agricultural workers, clean up our air and water, and make sure every child in Colorado has the resources they need to thrive. This session, Together Colorado Leaders and Faith Leaders demonstrated tremendous grassroots organizing power to stand with all our neighbors, no matter what we look like or where we come from.
In this year’s legislative summary, we highlight Together Colorado’s legislative priorities and the organizing done by Together Colorado Leaders to make Colorado a state where all of us – Black, brown, white, long-time resident or newcomer – can thrive.
To say the 2020 legislative session was unprecedented would be an understatement. As Coloradans, we know what it’s like to make tough choices, especially now. The role of our state government is to make our choices a little easier by making sure families have what they need: a safe and affordable home, the ability to earn a good living, stay healthy, and retire in dignity, the opportunity to provide a bright future for our children, and the chance to move through our communities without fearing for our lives or our loved ones.
We all have a role to play in creating the Colorado we want and we need our state government to step in in a crisis, not step away. That means more than just responding to an emergency; it means investing in us and our collective future. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we all depend on one another. But being in this together and recognizing our dependence on one another also means investing in the people and services that keep our communities safe and functioning during this pandemic and beyond. Now is the time for those we elected to unite across differences and make policy choices that help every-day people in pursuit of a safe and thriving Colorado.
During the 2019 Colorado Legislative Session, we encouraged our state elected officials to promote an agenda of human dignity by supporting legislation that provides affordable health care for all Coloradans, allows cities and counties to raise the minimum wage, promotes and protects affordable housing, supports family values by passing paid family and medical leave, and advances the dignity and safety of immigrant families through expansion of the existing driver’s license program.
Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols
As a faith driven, multi-faith organization, we are compelled to speak to the heinous and abhorrent murder that occurred in Memphis, Tennessee, last week.
Faith Voices: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen – Hymn for the Hurting
Poet Amanda Gorman stated that she wrote this poem after the massacre in Uvalde, Texas. This poem reminds me that we are in this together.
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 merciful, rehabilitative justice system that maintains the hope and human dignity of every person.
We desire a moral and communal economy based on the infinite value of human beings, not material objects.