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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1st 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Murphy, 720-515-6391

elizabeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Communities Demand Safe Drinking Water!

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Denver, CO  Community members  came together for a Water Justice meeting to launch Colorado People’s Alliance’s Water Justice campaign and to hear from folks in Montbello and Commerce City on the issue of clean and drinkable water.

During the meeting we heard from community members in Montbello and Commerce City as they shared about their lack of confidence in the safety of their drinking water, we heard unacceptable stories from people who don’t drink the water from the faucet as it makes them sick, so they have to rely on buying water in order to have safe drinking water in their homes.

Thirty Montbello and Commerce City leaders then discussed their priorities for addressing the issue, and their vision for a community led process to identify and address failing infrastructure issues. Our community was clear that this is only the first step, and collectively called on Denver Water to test the water and to take steps to address this critical issue. Community members and COPA leaders will continue to hold  Denver and Commerce City officials accountable for this crisis, it is unacceptable that our community doesn’t have access to clean water – we must work to ensure everyone regardless of where they live has  access to safe drinking water.

“Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right that is not being afforded to communities of color and low income communities. It is time that our elected officials pay attention to the water crisis those of us in Montbello have been living for a really long time, we all deserve access to clean water and I expect Denver to act to make sure my family can drink the water from our faucet.”  -Consuelo, Member of Colorado People’s Alliance and resident of Montbello

Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing and alliance building.

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

1 de junio 2017

Contacto: Elizabeth Murphy, 720-515-6391

elizabeth@coloradopeopleslliance.org

La Comunidad Demande Agua Potable!

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Denver, CO–Miembros la comunidad reunieron para lanzar la campaña de la Justicia de Agua y para escuchar de la comunidad en Montbello y Commerce City de la seguridad y accesibilidad de su agua.

Durante de la reunión comunitaria escuchamos de miembros de la comunidad en Montbello y Commerce City, acerca de la falta de confianza en su agua, escucharon historias inaceptables de personas quienes no pueden tomar su agua y que están poniéndose enfermos, y que necesitan comprar su agua para tener agua seguro en sus casas.

Treinta asistentes de Montbello y Commerce City hablaron de sus prioridades para abordar el problema, su visión para un proceso dirigido por la comunidad para identificar y mejorar programas de nuestra infraestructura. Nuestra comunidad llamó al distrito de Denver Water para probar el agua y tomar pasos para abordar este problema crítico. Miembros de la comunidad y líderes de COPA continuarán a asegurar que nuestros distritos de agua, gobierno, y elegidos son responsables para asegurar que todos tienen acceso al agua potable y seguro.

“El acceso al agua seguro y potable es un derecho humano que nuestras comunidades, comunidades de color y de bajos recursos, no tienen. Esto es debido a la falta de inversión económica y falta de priorización históricamente en el desarrollo de nuestras comunidades. Es tiempo que nuestros elegidos prestan atención a este crisis de agua que nosotros en Montbello hemos vivido por mucho tiempo, todos deben tener acceso al agua seguro y potable, y espero que Denver tome acción para asegurar que mi familiar puede usar nuestro agua”  -Conseulo, Miembro de COPA y residente de Montbello

Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and winning progressive social change locally, statewide and nationally. COPA builds power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing and alliance building.

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