Mission, History and Partners


Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a racial justice, member-led 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.

History and Overview

Colorado People’s Alliance was founded the winter of 2015 to honor the legacy and shared histories of Rights for all People (RAP) and Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC).  Rights for All People was founded in 1995 by a group of attorneys and activists in response to the growing immigrant population as well as the growing anti-immigrant sentiment in the state of Colorado. Colorado Progressive Coalition was founded in 1996 to fight, build, and win progressive change for Colorado voices that refuse to be marginalized. Over the years, both CPC and RAP achieved victories in the areas of immigrant rights, health care access, transportation access, payday-lending reform, minimum wage, police accountability and more.  

See our launch video here.

Colorado People’s Alliance started with a commitment to racial justice, community-led organizing and to working with those most directly impacted by the issues. We work to build power to improve the lives of all Coloradans through leadership development, organizing and alliance building. We are working for climate, economic and immigrant justice.

Our work is guided by community, and all of our issue areas look to make the lives of all Coloradans better, specifically Coloradans’ who are struggling to make ends meet, who live in fear of being separated from their families and who are most directly impacted by corporate polluters. We look to build a community in which everyone has the opportunity to not only survive but thrive.


We are proud to be the Colorado affiliate of People’s Action. “People’s Action is a powerful new force for democracy and economic fairness. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, we’re fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations”.

We are proud members of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)“The Fair Immigration Reform Movement is a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. We are led by a group of 44 organizations from across 32 states around the country committed to immigrant rights”.