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Together Colorado Hosts April 9th Faithful Tuesday

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 […]

Together Colorado Is Not Affiliated With Together Denver. Together Colorado Has Not Taken a Position on Initiative 300

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 […]

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155 Together Colorado Faith Leaders Urge State Legislators to Vote Yes on CO FAMLI Act (SB-188)

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, […]

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Together Colorado 2019 Faith Leaders Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day

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 HootonRepresentative Cathy Kipp, Rev. Dr. Laura SuggState Representative Tom Sullivan, Colorado House District 37, Sen. Faith Winter Sen. Rachel Palmer Zenzinger

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Western Slope Faith Leaders Hold Event to Support Measure 2C – GJ Community Center Campaign

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 […]

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Together Colorado Montbello Parent Organizing Committee Hosts Interactive Parent Summit

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.


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55 Together Colorado Faith Leaders Support Efforts to Strengthen Denver’s Office of the Independent Monitor and Citizen Oversight Board

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 […]

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Shorter Community AME Church Honors Together Colorado with Shoes of Justice Award

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 […]

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148 Colorado Faith Leaders call on Sen. Cory Gardner to end the government shutdown and decouple the budget approval process from the immigration policy debate

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 […]

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Colorado Springs Faith Leaders Testify Against Proposed City Ordinance that Increases Criminalization of Homelessness

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. […]

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Outgoing Governor John Hickenlooper Signs Amendment A to Abolish Slavery from the Colorado Constitution Into Law

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 […]

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Coloradans to Stop Predatory Payday Lending Submits Over 188,000 Signatures – Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones

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 […]

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10% TANF Increase Passes After Almost a Decade!

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 […]

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Colorado Senate committee kills effort to let cities, counties raise minimum wage – Denver Business Journal

“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 […]

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Colorado House passes bill to let local governments raise their minimum wage – Denver Business Journal

“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 […]

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Colorado Lawmakers Help Undocumented Workers Qualify For Driver’s License – Western Slope Now

“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 […]

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Watch: A Spotlight on Colorado’s Immigrant Driver License Program

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 […]