By: Kamau Allen, Together Colorado Organizer When Colorado became the first state in the union to abolish slavery from its constitution last year — thanks to the efforts of a multi-year, grassroots campaign — people were shocked it hadn’t been done sooner. Many weren’t even aware that slavery was still legal. Yet, buried in our […]
We laughed, we danced, we lamented, we celebrated. Here are photos from last week’s Annual Celebration. It gives us strength and renews our spirits to see many of Together Colorado’s leaders and their families gather to celebrate our past year of organizing work. Thank you to all who attended, to SEIU Local 105 for sponsoring […]
Dear Honorable Members of the Colorado Legislature and Governor Polis: As a faith leaders with Together Colorado we watch with growing concern as anti-immigrant rhetoric erodes the moral fabric of our communities. Our various faith traditions call on us, as spiritual leaders throughout the state, to make sure that the immigrants in our community feel […]
Thank you to all who participated in the April 9th Faithful Tuesday gathering on Economic Inequality and Racial Equity. A special thank you to our speakers: Sharon Bridgeforth, Together Colorado Board President; Pastor Robert L. Davis, Park Hill SDA; Kris Fabiola Garcia, 9to5 Colorado; Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, Congregation Rodef Shalom; Kathy Partridge, Together Colorado Leader; Rev. Pedro S. Silva II, First Congregational Church […]
Community Voice in School Quality Coalition, a group of 12 diverse organizations from across Denver who represent community institutions, students, families, school leaders and teachers, has sent Denver Public Schools (DPS) a letter calling for a community discussion on how to measure school quality in Denver. The letter asks DPS to commit to engaging communities […]
Press Release For Immediate Release: April 5, 2019 Contact: Caitlin Rice, 720-908-0521, [email protected] Together Colorado is not affiliated with Together Denver, the organization opposing Initiative 300 on Denver’s May ballot. Since our members do not currently organize around issues dealing with homelessness, we have not taken a position on Initiative 300. Any advertisements opposing Initiative […]
Dear Honorable Members of the Colorado Senate and House, We the undersigned faith leaders with Together Colorado are excited to express our support of the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program, SB19-188, in this 2019 legislative session. All of our congregants, family members and neighbors have caretaking responsibilities at some point in their life, […]
View highlights from Together Colorado’s Annual Faith Leader Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day 2019 below. We discussed advancing an agenda of human dignity by supporting legislation that: provides healthcare for all Coloradans; allows cities and counties to raise the minimum wage to a level needed for workers to thrive; promotes and protects affordable housing; supports family values by passing paid family and medical leave; repeals the death penalty, and advances the dignity and safety of immigrant families through expansion of the existing driver’s license program. Thank you to all who attended!
A special thanks to our speakers and legislators who attended the event and those who spoke with us in the chambers:
Rep. Jeni Arndt for Colorado, Sen. Jeff Bridges, Rep. James Rashad Coleman, Elder Norm Davey, Rev. Kelly Groves Dignan, Rep. Monica Pema Duran, Presiding Elder Dr. Tony Henderson, Rep. Edie Hooton, Representative Cathy Kipp, Rev. Dr. Laura Sugg, State Representative Tom Sullivan, Colorado House District 37, Sen. Faith Winter Sen. Rachel Palmer Zenzinger
Almighty, Eternal and Merciful God, we thank you for being the Cornerstone of Peace, Justice, Equality and Equity. The tragedies, inequalities, disparities and injustice that we witness and experience makes us wonder, “Why, God, Why?” We are praying, for peace that seeks an end to oppression, that is historically rooted in racism. Hear our prayer, […]
On February 12, 2019, community members from Grand Junction joined with Together Colorado’s Western Slope Faith Leaders Table to hold an event in support of the Grand Junction Community Center Campaign – Measure 2C. “There are opportunities for some, but not all. I believe a community center would be able to provide access to all […]
On January 31, 2019, members of the Together Colorado Montbello Parent Organizing Committee held an educational event for parents and students to learn about organizing efforts in Montbello schools, how Montbello schools are doing compared to the district, and differences between traditional, innovative, and charter schools.
The event featured speakers from A+Colorado, the Montbello Organizing Committee (MOC), and Together Colorado Montbello Parent Organizing Committee Leaders. Over 50 parents and students attended the interactive event which featured a data walk, group activities, and Q&A.
A shout out to Together Colorado Leaders, Sharon Battle, Rosario Mendoza, Shirley Richard, and Angela Tzul, for organizing a powerful, interactive, and educational event for Montbello parents and students!
A special thanks to our presenters: Lisa Berdie and Laura Valle-Gutierrez from A+ Colorado; Chris Martinez, Montbello Organizing Committee; and
Together Colorado Leaders, Sharon Battle, Rosario Ivonne Mendoza, Shirley Richard, and Angela Tzul.
Update: On February 19, 2019, the Denver City Council voted 10-0 to pass Bill 19-0029. “I applaud Denver City Council leaders Kniech, Kashmann and Lopez for their commitment to independent oversight in Denver. Community organizations were the catalyst for these critically important ordinance changes, and their work on this bill will help to improve public […]
On January 20, 2019, Together Colorado was among six recipients to receive the Shoes of Justice Award from Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church of Denver. It is with deep gratitude that Board President, Sharon Bridgeforth and Executive Director, Mike Kromrey, accepted the award on Together Colorado’s behalf for our organization’s commitment to faith-based, social […]
Senator Cory Gardner 354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 16 January 2019 Dear Senator Gardner: As faith leaders with Together Colorado, we are committed to working with our congregations and with you as one of the most powerful political leaders in our state to make sure that Colorado is a place where respect […]
The Colorado Springs Faith Leaders Table of Together Colorado is working on raising awareness and conditions for homeless citizens in Colorado Springs by organizing against the increased criminalization of homelessness in the area. On January 8, 2019, members of the Faith Table testified against the most recent ordinance to ban RV parking in residential areas. […]
3/11/19 Update: The $15 minimum wage bill for Denver City and airport employees passed on March 11, 2019! 3/5/19 Update: The $15 minimum wage bill for Denver city and airport employees 1st vote was passed by unanimous consent by Denver City Council on March 4, 2019. The bill will be voted upon a second, and […]
On November 6, 2018, Coloradans voted Yes on Amendment A to remove language from the Colorado Constitution that allowed involuntary servitude and slavery to be legal as punishment for a crime. On December 19, 2018, outgoing Governor John Hickenlooper honored the efforts of the Abolish Slavery Colorado Coalition by signing Amendment A into law. To […]
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? –Moses, Exodus 4:11 The program of fear mongering and dehumanization of people of color by the current domination system is expanding. Together Colorado’s faith leaders are not chaplains to the empire! Like Moses, we are prophets of […]
Compared to 2016, Together Colorado Leaders doubled the number of signatures collected, the number of congregations involved, and the number of voters we talked to! Our process started early in February 2018 when Together Colorado Leaders considered possible ballot initiatives. We voted in March 2018 to support Amendment A, Amendment 73, and Proposition 111. In […]
After a prolonged campaign to implement a RTD Youth Pass and Low-Income Pass, the RTD Board voted 10-5, in September, to adopt many of the Pass Program Working Group’s recommendations. The new fares will take place in January 2019. While not all of the Pass Program Working Group’s recommendations to RTD were approved, partners that […]
Dear Powerful and Prophetic Leaders, Amazed! Inspired! Grateful! On behalf of Coloradans to Stop Predatory Payday Loans and Together Colorado, we thank you for your excellent performance in achieving our target goal for signature collection. It is uplifting to be celebrating a terrific milestone this week, as we delivered 78 boxes of petitions which includes […]
Pueblo’s Energy Future, Beyond Coal Campaign, Pueblo League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club hosted a Town Hall forum to discuss Xcel Energy’s plans to retire two coal fired power plants near Pueblo and replace the generation with wind and solar. In an effort to inform the community, Pueblo’s Energy Future co-hosted a Clean […]
In April 2018, an incident occurred at Wyatt Academy in which the Restorative Justice Coordinator was caught on camera inciting two elementary-aged girls to fight physically. The incident was not handled properly by the administration of the school. As a result, in May 2018, the Restorative Justice staff member involved and three school administrators, the […]
“DENVER (CBS4) – A measure to increase school funding could be the first to make the 2018 ballot. Proponents of Initiative 93 say they turned in more than 170,000 signatures — almost double what’s needed to make the ballot. The measure is the first to meet a new bar for constitutional measures — securing signatures from at […]
On July 10, 2018, the Colorado Springs City Council voted 6-2 to pass an ordinance that bans camping within 100 feet of city waterways and concrete drainage canals. Violations of the new ordinance are punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and/or 189 days in jail. The Colorado Springs Faith Leaders Table of Together […]
We live in a country whose historic legacy as a democracy is the unalienable right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, and the role of government is to protect those rights against alienation. Apparently, however, these rights and freedoms are all contingent upon whether an individual is sheltered. The Declaration of Independence […]
Colorado’s Human Services Board voted 6-2 to increase the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) monthly grant by 10%, $46/month, on July 6. It had passed a first hearing in June, in the face of substantial opposition by some counties, who are reluctant to spend surplus TANF funds that they have on hand. This increase […]
Faith Leaders with Together Colorado held rallies and vigils in Pueblo and Grand Junction last week to protest the recent actions by ICE of separating families. ICE has been separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border. Parents are not told where their children will be taken. Communication is difficult or impossible. Some of […]
On June 13, Together Colorado leaders with the Loyola Social Justice Ministry held a public action to examine the school to prison pipeline. Thank you to all attendees for showing support for Denver Public School students. We truly need to put our faith into action and stop the school to prison pipeline crisis. Every student […]
“El DMV decidió reducir las tarifas que se cobran para los documentos que contiene la ley SB13-251. A partir del 1 de julio, el obtener una licencia de este programa tendrá un costo de 33 dólares lo que significa unos 46.58 dólares menos que la tarifa que los usuarios tendrían que pagar hoy en día. […]
We’ve recently learned that U.S. News & World Report has given a number one ranking to our state’s economy, and a number two ranking to Colorado Springs as a “best place to live.” This must be received as terrific news, no matter how one qualifies the criteria for such rankings. It’s hard not to notice […]
“A renewed effort to change Colorado law to allow cities and counties to raise their minimum wage above statewide levels came to an end Thursday at the Legislature. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed House Bill 1368, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge and Jovan Melton of Aurora, along a Republican-led, 3-2 party-line […]
“Colorado House Democrats pushed a measure through their legislative chamber Thursday that would allow cities and counties to raise their minimum wage above the level of the state’s… despite warnings about job loss to automation, claims of socialism and a party-line vote that seems likely to doom the bill in the Republican-controlled Senate. House Bill […]
“For 18,700 Coloradans protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs, getting a driver’s license wasn’t an option after August of 2014. This new state bill, SB18-108, which has currently passed the senate, aims to allow protected immigrants to use their social security numbers to qualify for a drivers license, rather […]
The first part of the video highlights the outstanding women behind Lady Justice Brewing and Meghan’s part starts at 1:50.
The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (SB13-251) is an indispensable program that provided driver’s licenses, permits and IDs to over 50,000 undocumented Coloradans since August 2014. However, there are inefficiencies in the program that limit access to all Colorado applicants. SB18-108 seeks to rectify these inefficiencies. Thank you, Laura Peniche, Together Colorado Leader and […]