Our new reality has made one thing abundantly clear, we are in this together. Our state’s strength is grounded in our ability to work together so all Coloradans can live a good life. No matter our race or economic status, we all want similar things for our families and loved ones: safety, health, a roof over our heads, the opportunity to provide a bright future for our children, or the ability to retire in dignity.
The new reality we live in has spotlighted many disparities that prevent us from having vibrant communities and thriving households. As we recover from this pandemic and enter into our new normal, we need to focus our energy on preparing for a future that is inclusive, compassionate, and fair.
That is why Together Colorado's priorities for the 2020 civic engagement season will be to pass a paid family and medical care ballot initiative (Colorado Families First).
Even under the best circumstances, qualifying for the Colorado ballot is a difficult task, and a lack of big funders makes it that much harder given today’s emphasis on paid signature gathering. Add a global pandemic and well-funded opponents, and an already-difficult task proves to be even more challenging.
Broad support for Initiative #271 and a vast volunteer network grew and fueled our momentum, but unfortunately, not enough to overcome this year’s extraordinary obstacles. It’s with great sadness we announce Initiative #271 will not be on the 2020 ballot.
While we didn’t make it this year, we will continue this fight because we know that standing up for all of us and organizing for an equitable tax code is the right path, especially given our new realities.
We’re in this together. No matter our race, religion, immigration or economic status, we all want similar things for our families and loved ones: safety, health, a roof over our heads, the opportunity to provide a bright future for our children, or the ability to retire in dignity.
Can you imagine what our neighborhoods and schools would look like if we had all the resources our communities deserve? While our schools and neighborhoods are at their limits, we see corporations and CEOs with unimaginable wealth, paying less than their fair share in taxes because of our state’s unfair and racist tax code.
Our state’s strength is grounded in our ability to work together so all Coloradans can live a good life. We look forward to continuing the fight for fairness in the months and years to come.
The Team at Together Colorado
We desire a world where our families and communities can take the time they need to recover from an illness, care for a sick family member, or to welcome the birth of a child.
Our current pandemic has tragically exposed how vulnerable workers are to health crises and how woefully inadequate the market-only response is to address the crisis.
Thankfully, Colorado voters have the chance to pass a paid family and medical care program that can give families breathing room when they have to deal with life’s twists and turns, like an unexpected illness or welcoming a new member to the family.
To learn more and endorse, visit Colorado Families First.
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.