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Our Newest Citizen

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Our Citizenship Classes have supported more than 55 students in becoming citizens in 2017. One student, Jose, wanted to share his excitement and his advice to others here.

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Today, October 30th, after preparing to become a citizen, I accomplished my goal. I can now say that I am a citizen of the United States. I can vote, and I can fight to improve our community and demand our rights. Before when I couldn’t vote I felt like I was enclosed in a dark room. And now there’s a light that’s brightening the room so together we can continue fighting together.

I came to the United States in 1981 and I received my residency thanks to Reagan’s amnesty. I decided to come to the US to make more money to support my family. I first arrived to California and later in 2000, we moved to Colorado.

I decided to become a citizen now because I saw the situation—the laws can change in any moment and I didn’t want to regret it if they did change. Especially since I had been a resident for 30 years. My wife and kids are citizenships and because of this I also wanted to become a citizen. Today they told me, “now all four of us are citizens.”

My advice for those who are residents and can take the steps to become citizens: Take initiative, don’t let time pass. You don’t want to regret it down the road.

Now I see that as a citizen I have the responsibility to vote, to take action in the community, and to make it possible for good laws to pass so that hurtful laws do not pass. Now being a citizen, I feel that no one can quiet me.


Nuestras clases de ciudadanía han apoyado más de 55 personas para hacerse ciudadanos en 2017. Un estudiante, Jose, comparte sus emociones y sus consejos a otros aquí.

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Hoy el 30 de octubre, después de prepararme para hacerme ciudadano, logré mi sueño de hacerme ciudadano. Puedo decir que soy ciudadano de los Estados Unidos. Puedo votar y puedo luchar para mejorar nuestra comunidad y para exigir nuestros derechos. Antes que no podía votar me sentía como encerrado como en un cuarto oscuro. Y ahora parece que la luz está iluminando más y así seguiremos luchando juntos.

Llegué a los estados unidos en el año 1981 y recibí mi residencia por la amnistía del presidente Reagan. Decidí venir a los EEUU para ganar más dinero para apoyar a mi familia. Llegué a California y después en 2000 nos mudamos a Colorado.  

Decidí hacerme ciudadano ahora porque vimos la situación — que pueden cambiar las leyes en cualquier momento y no me quería lamentar después si algo cambia. Especialmente que yo ya llevaba 30 años de ser residente. Mi esposa y mis hijos son ciudadanos y por eso quise hacerlo yo también. Ahora me dicen, “ahora los cuatro ya somos ciudadanos.”

Mi consejo para los que son residentes y ya pueden tomar los pasos para hacerse ciudadanos: Tomen la iniciativa, no dejen pasar el tiempo. No hay que lamentarnos después.

Ahora veo que al ser ciudadano tengo la responsabilidad de votar, tomar acción en la comunidad y hacer lo posible para que se pasen leyes buenas y que no pasen leyes malas. Con la ciudadanía me siento ya que nadie me puede callar.

 

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We Need You: CO Gives

Colorado Gives Day is coming up on December 5th…but you can already schedule your donation TODAY!

2017 has been full of attacks on our communities but also many victories. And now, more than ever, we are committed to continue our fight for racial justice through climate, economic, and immigrant justice. We need your continued support!

 

Your donation will support our work as we:

– Fight for an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few by working to ensure everyone has access to paid sick  leave and a higher minimum wage

– Engage voters and community to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water

– Fight against attacks from the administration on our immigrant community and families and work to ensure Colorado is a truly welcoming state for all regardless of status or race

– Organize and build power and activate our community to create a Colorado that serves the people and not corporate interests

 

Your contribution will help us build power so that we can keep creating changes that ensure a better life for everyday Coloradans – you can schedule your donation today through Colorado Gives.

Schedule your donation today by going here.

All donations made to COPA on CO Gives Day will be increased by the incentive fund and are free from all processing fees!

Thank you! Your contribution is vital to our work — I look forward to fighting, winning and resisting together in 2018!

 

In Solidarity,

Lizeth and the COPA Team

 

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El día de donaciones en Colorado es el 5 de diciembre…pero ya puede programar su donación HOY!

El 2017 ha estado llenado de ataques contra nuestras comunidades pero también muchas victorias. Y ahora más que nunca estamos comprometidos a seguir en nuestra lucha por la justicia racial por la justicia climática, económica y los derechos de los inmigrantes. Y necesitamos su apoyo!

 

Su donación apoyará nuestro trabajo en:

– La lucha por una economía que trabaja para todos, no solo los ricos, por asegurar el pago por la ausencia debido a la enfermedad y un aumento del salario mínimo para todos

– Involucrar a los votantes y la comunidad para asegurarnos que todos tengan acceso al agua potable limpia y segura

– Luchar en contra de los ataques de la administración contra nuestras comunidad inmigrante y familias para asegurarnos de que Colorado sea un estado que en realidad le da la bienvenida a todos independiente de su estatus o raza

-Organizar y construir poder y activar nuestra comunidad  para crear un Colorado que sirve al pueblo y no los intereses corporativos

 

Su contribución nos ayudará a construir poder para que podamos seguir creando cambios para asegurar una vida mejor para todos los Coloradenses — puede programar su donación ahora. Programe su donación al hacer clic aquí.

Todas las donaciones a COPA en el día de donaciones en Colorado estarán aumentadas por el fondo de incentivos y sin tarifas de procesamientos!

Muchas gracias! Su contribución es vital a nuestro trabajo —  Espero seguir en la lucha, ganar y resistir con usted en el 2018!

 

En Solidaridad,

Lizeth y el equipo de COPA

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DREAM Act: ACTION ALERT!/ALERTA DE ACCIÓN!

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Join us–Take Action for the DREAM Act!

We want to thank Coffman for his work and urge him to be a leader in getting his colleague Scott Tipton to sign the discharge petition. We will do a coordinated action outside Coffman’s Aurora office on Thursday the 5th from 4-5pm. We will have families with someone who has DACA share their story and why they need a clean DREAM act at a “Speak Out” outside the office. Families will also deliver letters to Coffman imploring him to take action!

Meet us outside at Coffman’s Aurora Office: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014

Thursday, October 5th, 4-5pm

Questions? Contact Ana at 720-722-4272.

 

Additional Ways to Take Action:

Help us put pressure on our Congressional representatives to pass a clean DREAM Act. We will be pressuring Congressman Scott Tipton and Congressman Ken Buck who have yet to take a stance in support of Dreamers – we need them to co-sponsor & sign the discharge petition (the discharge petition will force a vote on the DREAM Act by taking it directly to the house floor) in support of the Dream Act.

You can call Congressman Tipton at (202) 225-4761 and Congressman Buck at (202) 225-4676

You can say this:

“My name is (_____) I am a supporter of Dreamers and I want to urge you to support the Dream Act. I also want to ask you to sign the discharge petition on the Dream Act, we are waiting for you to stand in support of Dreamers, will you sign the discharge petition so we can pass the Dream Act?”

You can also use social media: Tweet us @COPAPower when you’ve tweeted @RepTipton and @RepBuck urging them to support the Dream Act and to sign the Discharge petition.

 


¡Únase con nosotros!–Toma Acción para la Ley del Sueño (DREAM Act)!

Queremos agradecer Coffman por su trabajo y urgirle ser un líder en mover su colega Scott Tipton firmar la petición de descarga. Haremos una acción coordinada afuera de la oficina de Coffman en Aurora el jueves, 5 de octubre a las 4-5pm. Algunas familias impactada por DACA compartirán sus historias y porque necesitan una ley del sueno limpia. Familias también darán cartas a Coffman urgiendo que toma acción!  

Nos une afuera de la oficina de Coffman en Aurora: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014

El jueves, 5 de octubre, 4-5pm

Preguntas? Contacta a Ana a 720-722-4272.

 

Otras maneras de tomar acción:

Ayúdenos a presionar al Congreso para que apruebe una ley del Sueño limpia. Vamos a aumentar la presión sobre el congresista Scott Tipton y el congresista Ken Buck quienes aún no han co-patrocinados el proyecto de ley ni firmado la petición que obligaría un voto sobre la Ley del Sueño.

Puede llamar al congresista Scott Tipton a (202) 225-4761 y al congresista Buck a (202) 225-4676

Puede decir eso:

“Mi nombre es (_____). Yo apoyo los DREAMERS y quiero urgirle apoyar la Ley del Sueno. También quiero pedirle firmar la petición de descarga por la ley del sueño, estamos esperando por su apoyo de los Dreamers. Firmará la petición para que podemos aprobar la Ley del Sueño?”

 

También puede usar la media social: Mandenos un tweet @COPAPower cuando haya mandado un tweet @RepTipton y @RepBuck urgiendoles a apoyar la Ley del Sueño y firmar la petición.

 

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Trump Administration attempts to intimidate ‘Safe Cities’

 

 

 

 

 

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For Immediate Release 

Press contact:

Ana Rodriguez 832-567-8323, ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Jennifer Piper 720-301-1858, jpiper@afsc.org

Trump Administration attempts to intimidate ‘Safe Cities’

CO Rapid Response Network calls on Congress to support localities, restrict ICE’s funding

Colorado (September 29, 2017) This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports detaining almost 500 undocumented immigrants, supposedly targeting people in jurisdictions with policies that limit collaboration between ICE and local law enforcement. The Colorado Rapid Response Network condemned the actions and the rhetoric.

“These raids are a disturbing attempt to intimidate cities who are protecting constitutional rights and standing up for their immigrant community members,” said Ana Rodriguez of Colorado People’s Alliance. “’This is clearly a political move by ICE meant to bully cities who have taken steps to protect immigrants from federal overreach and ICE abuses. We will continue to stand for what’s best for Denver as a whole.”

The raids took place in cities and counties across the U.S., including in Denver, where 63 people were arrested. “These operations are business as usual for the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement agency. ”  said Jennifer Piper, Director of Interfaith Organizing at the American Friends Service Committee. “In Denver and across the country, local immigrant and citizen communities stand strong with our elected officials who have created Safe Cities where everyone can contribute to the health of our cities. We demand Congress create a path to citizenship and reign in wasteful and destructive spending increases for ICE.”

“The Administration’s rhetoric attempts to divide the immigrant movement by criminalizing entire groups of people and behaving as though they do not deserve due process or human dignity,” said Carla Castedo of Mi Familia Vota. “But we’re not buying it. ICE was already routinely targeting Denver and the surrounding metro areas even before the city passed its public safety policy, they were just doing it without fanfare. Our city is safest when all members of the community trust local law enforcement, when local governments do not engage in immigration policy enforcement, and that’s what the Denver policy ensures. If you see ICE enforcement, call our hotline immediately to report it 1.844.8648341.”

Organizers are pointing to the unjust and racially discriminatory criteria that is used to decide who is a priority for deportation. Pamela Resendiz of United for a New Economy elaborated “What does gang membership even mean? A resource officer in a school or parking lot sees a teenager with a tattoo, talking to three or more young men on a corner, and that’s enough to get you in a gang database that ICE has access to. These databases are have been proven to be nothing more than racial profiling. ”

In the face of these raids, the Colorado Rapid Response Network vowed to continue their work conducting “know your rights” trainings, mobilizing rapid response networks and advocating for policy changes that limit collusion between ICE and local law enforcement.

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Contacto de prensa:

Ana Rodriguez 832-567-8323, ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Jennifer Piper 720-301-1858, jpiper@afsc.org

La Administración de Trump intenta intimidar a las ‘ciudades santuarios’

La Red de Respuesta Rápida reclama al Congreso que apoye a las localidades, restrinja al presupuesto de ICE

Colorado (29 de septiembre de 2017) Esta semana, la Agencia de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) reporta que detuvo a casi 500 inmigrantes indocumentados, supuestamente atacando a las jurisdicciones “santuarios” con políticas que limitan la colaboración entre ICE y la policía local. La Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado condenó las acciones y la retórica de la Administración.

“Estas incursiones representan un intento de intimidar a las ciudades que están protegiendo los derechos constitucionales de, y defendiendo a, sus miembros de la comunidad inmigrante”, dijo Ana Rodríguez, de la Alianza del Pueblo (COPA por sus siglas en inglés). “Esta es claramente una política de manipulación de parte de la Administración para intimidar a las ciudades que han tomado medidas para proteger a los inmigrantes de los abusos federales y de la ICE. Seguiremos defendiendo lo que es mejor para todos los residentes del área metropolitano”.

Las redadas ocurrieron en ciudades y condados a través de los Estados Unidos, incluso en Denver, donde reportan que arrestaron a 63 personas. “Estas operaciones no son fuera de común para la agencia de inmigración bajo la Administración Trump.”, dijo Jennifer Piper, Directora de Organizaciones Interreligiosas del American Friends Service Committee. “En Denver y en todo el país, las comunidades locales de inmigrantes y ciudadanos se mantienen firmes con nuestros funcionarios electos quien han creado una línea de separación entre Inmigración y la policía local donde todo el mundo puede contribuir a la seguridad de nuestras ciudades. Exigimos que el Congreso cree un camino hacia la ciudadanía y elimine incrementos en gastos derrochadores y destructivos para ICE. ”

“La retórica de la Administración intenta dividir al movimiento inmigrante criminalizando a grupos enteros de personas y comportándose como si no merecen el debido proceso o la dignidad humana”, dijo Carla Castedo de Mi Familia Vota. “Pero no nos engañan. ICE ya estaba rutinariamente atacando a Denver y las áreas metropolitanas circundantes, incluso antes de que la ciudad aprobara su política de seguridad pública, solo que lo hacían sin fanfarria. Nuestra ciudad es más segura cuando todos los miembros de la comunidad confían en la policía local, cuando los gobiernos locales no se involucran en la aplicación de la política de inmigración, y eso es lo que garantiza la política de Denver. Si ve una redada, llame confidencialmente a nuestra línea de respuesta rápida inmediatamente para informar de ello 1.844.8648341.”

Los organizadores señalan a los criterios injustos y racialmente discriminatorios que se utilizan para decidir quién es una prioridad para la deportación. Pamela Resendiz de Unidos por una Nueva Economía elaboró “¿Qué significa la membresía de pandillas? ¿Quién se decide quien es miembro? Un oficial de recursos en una escuela ve a un adolescente con un tatuaje, hablando con tres o más hombres jóvenes en una esquina, y eso es suficiente para conseguir que usted se encuentra en una base de datos de pandillas. Estas bases de datos se han demostrado ser nada más que el perfil racial. ”

En respuesta a estas incursiones, la Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado se comprometió continuar con su trabajo realizando entrenamientos de “conozca sus derechos”, movilizando redes de respuesta rápida y abogando por cambios en las políticas que limiten la colusión entre ICE y la policía local.

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Meet Gerardo & Take Action!

*Adapted from our national affiliate People’s Action*

My name is Gerardo. I am a proud undocumented immigrant and a grassroots leader at Colorado People’s Alliance, where we fight for racial justice in Colorado and nationwide.

Growing up, I knew I shouldn’t tell other people about my immigration status. I thought it was shameful to be undocumented, but I didn’t quite understand why.

That changed when I turned 19.

I was pulled over one day because my license plate light was burnt out. When the officer saw that I’m Latino, he racially profiled me and questioned my right to be in the country. When he discovered that I didn’t have identification on me, he took me to jail.

I thought it would end there. But the officer decided to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who took me to an immigration office nearby. That was where they began processing a deportation order, before throwing me into a detention center.

I moved to Colorado when I was nine, and all of my friends and family live here. This is my home. It’s the place where I have my hopes and dreams. Being deported to Mexico would mean I’d have nowhere to go.

Thankfully, ICE decided I was not a high priority for deportation and closed my case. I was lucky.

Then, when President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I was saved. DACA protected me from being violently incarcerated and deported.

As a DACA youth, I was able to get a job, build a career, obtain health care insurance, and create a network of friends and loved ones without fear of being taken away from them.

But now, President Trump and the GOP are threatening to eliminate DACA. There are reports that an order could come down today. There are 800,000 DACA recipients who have stories like mine. Our lives, our dreams, are on the line.

Give now to support our work to defend DREAMers!

Your gift will support us in the fight for the DREAM Act. 

Give today and make a difference!

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Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act & Executive Order Signed Today in Support of Immigrant Community / El Acta de Prioridades de Aplicación de Seguridad Pública y Orden Ejecutiva Firmada Hoy en Apoyo a la Comunidad Inmigrante

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Today Mayor Hancock signed into law the Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act and an Executive Order to further protect immigrants and refugees in our community and establish a Legal Defense Fund. We are so proud of the work community has done to make this victory happen, this is the first step for Denver, and the first step for our community in moving our city in the right direction.

We have been living under attack and we have been resisting. One of our members has been living under such fear that, before opening the door to go to work, she looks out through the windows to make sure immigration is not waiting outside to take her away from her family. She celebrated with us on Monday after the Denver City Council voted 10-0 to pass this policy, and today as Mayor Hancock signed the policy into law, along with an Executive Order to stand with immigrants and refugees. Our member now feels a bit safer, but we know that this policy is only the first step. We have to do a lot more to combat hate, white supremacy and the deportation machine that has gotten bigger since Obama left office. We will continue to fight, we will continue to resist, and, most importantly, we will continue to allow ourselves to be visionaries for what Denver and Colorado can be for our immigrant and refugee community.

We want to thank those involved in this fight, those who have been working tirelessly for months to get to this moment:

To COPA members who are directly impacted by this issue and have spent hours working on the best possible language, leading our strategy and meeting/calling City Council members to gain support for this policy- thank you for your dedication, your passion and thank you for driving and leading COPA’s work! To our allies – Together Colorado, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Mi Familia Vota, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, American Friends Service Committee and the Meyer Law Office, thank you for fighting with us and we are looking forward to continuing to work with you all in the future! To our CO-Sponsors, Council Members Kniech and Lopez, thank you for working and listening to community on this important effort.

We are so glad to have worked with all of you on this first step for Denver and let’s keep fighting to make Colorado a truly welcoming state for all!

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Hoy el Alcalde Hancock firmó la ley de Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act y una Orden Ejecutiva para proteger más a los inmigrantes y refugiados en nuestra comunidad y establecer un Fondo de Defensa Legal. Estamos muy orgullosos del trabajo la comunidad ha hecho para que esta victoria suceda, este es el primer paso para Denver, el primer paso para nuestra comunidad en mover nuestra ciudad en la dirección correcta.

Hemos estado viviendo bajo ataque y hemos estado resistiendo. Uno de nuestros miembros ha estado viviendo bajo tal temor que antes de abrir la puerta para ir a trabajar, mira a través de las ventanas para asegurarse de que  inmigración no está esperando afuera para llevarla lejos de su familia. Ella celebró con nosotros el lunes después de que el consejo de ciudad de Denver votó 10-0 para pasar esta política y hoy el Alcalde Hancock firmó la política en ley junto con una orden ejecutiva para apoyar a los inmigrantes y refugiados. Nuestro miembro ahora se siente un poco más segura, pero sabemos que esta política es sólo el primer paso. Tenemos que hacer mucho más para combatir el odio, para combatir la supremacía blanca y la máquina de deportación que se ha vuelto más grande después de que Obama dejó el cargo. Seguiremos luchando, seguiremos resistiendo y, lo más importante, continuaremos permitiéndonos ser visionarios en lo que Denver y Colorado pueden ser para nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes y refugiados.

Queremos agradecer a los implicados en esta lucha, a aquellos que han estado trabajando sin descanso durante meses para llegar a este momento:
A los miembros de la COPA que están directamente afectados por esta cuestión y pasaron horas trabajando en el mejor lenguaje posible, liderando nuestra estrategia y reuniéndose / llamando a los miembros del Concejo Municipal para obtener apoyo para esta política. Gracias por su dedicación, pasión y gracias por conducir y liderar el trabajo de la COPA! A nuestros aliados – Juntos Colorado, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Mi Familia Vota, Colorado Coalición por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, American Friends Service Committee y la Oficina de Leyes de Meyer gracias por luchar con nosotros y esperamos continuar trabajando con todos ustedes en el futuro ! A nuestros co-patrocinadores, miembros del consejo Kniech y López, gracias por trabajar y escuchar a la comunidad sobre este importante esfuerzo.
Estamos muy contentos de haber trabajado con todos ustedes en este primer paso para Denver y vamos a seguir luchando para hacer de Colorado un verdadero estado de bienvenida para todos!

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Press Release: Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act Overwhelmingly Passes First Test

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Contact: Corrine Rivera-Fowler – (720) 296-8389; Lizeth Chacon – (720) 938-6588

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Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act Overwhelmingly Passes First Test

Faith leaders, advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and immigrant rights champions call on Denver City Council to support council ordinance

 

August 2nd, 2017 – (Denver, CO) On a 5-1 vote, Denver City Council’s Safety, Housing,

Education & Homelessness Committee voted to pass the Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act. The ordinance is now headed to the full city council for a first reading vote on August 21, 2017. Council members Paul López, Robin Kniech, Stacie Gilmore, Paul Kashmann, and Wayne New voted in support of the ordinance, while Councilman Kevin Flynn opposed. “The people who are directly impacted by this policy have demonstrated that this policy matters to make Denver a safer city,” said Denver At-Large Councilwoman Robin Kniech, one of the ordinance’s sponsors.

 

The vote happened less than 24 hours after Mayor Hancock’s staff informed the Denver Post of a potential executive order aimed at protecting the immigrant community. While the Mayor’s support is welcomed by many, Kniech and Lopez’s policy creates two critical protections absent from the Mayor’s current draft: 1) all Denver city employees would be prohibited from communication and collaboration with ICE, and 2) the Denver Sheriff Department would no longer send notification information to ICE about the time and place of an individual’s release from the Denver county jail without a warrant.

 

“Mayor Hancock, thank you for your renewed interest in the well-being and safety of our immigrant community. Help us make Denver stronger and safer by working with us to pass this ordinance that has been crafted with leadership and input from community members,” said Corrine Rivera-Fowler of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.

 

Responding to Councilman Flynn’s concerns that this proposal would create false hope, Salvador Hernandez of Mi Familia Vota responded, “False hopes is telling Denverites that weare safe and welcoming, while allowing Denver employees to continue communicating with ICE. In the last fiscal year, at least 279 undocumented Denver residents were deported as a direct result of Denver Sheriff Department’s compliance with ICE requests. This policy will defend Denver residents from ICE’s federal overreach.”

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Thoughts from an Intern: Thank You

For those of you I may have not met yet, my name is Carter Stripp, and I have been interning with Colorado People’s Alliance this summer. I am originally from Williamstown, Massachusetts, but I attend Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In two weeks, I will leave Denver and head off to school for the fall semester. It seems that right when I was just getting deeply involved in the community, developing relationships with many individuals, and feeling connected to the issues that COPA and its members are facing, the time has come for me to leave and say goodbye. Before I left, I wanted to express my gratitude to everyone at COPA: Members, volunteers and staff alike. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your stories with me. Thank you for opening up your minds to share your ideas at meetings and events. I appreciate you opening up your hearts and allowing me to fight with you against the dominant narrative and the forces that attempt to batter this community.

Before coming to COPA, I was worried about being an outsider in the community and having limited opportunity to connect with our members in a meaningful way. And while there are so many faces I have yet to meet and stories I have yet to hear, your voices have provided me deeper insight into the issues that we are fighting for. While still COPA is still growing, it is inspiring to have been apart of a young organization with incredible power and such committed staff, members, and volunteers, who will show up for two hour meetings at the end of an already long work day. Embracing vulnerability, stepping in to uncomfortable roles or situations, and challenging both staff and fellow members are pillars of Colorado People’s Alliance. Who else could volunteer so much time to attend numerous trainings to move closer to building power for themselves and those around them?

I am happy and proud to say that I was apart of COPA for the summer. I wish I had more time to interact with this community; However, I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing about the change you all will create and the power you will all build. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

In Solidarity,

Carter Stripp

 

P.S. I’ll be in town for the next two weeks. If you’d like to reach out and say hello, you can contact me at carter@coloradopeoplesalliance.org.

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The People’s Party/La Fiesta del Pueblo

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Last Wednesday, we held our 2nd Annual The People’s Party and it was a tremendous success! Community gathered to celebrate the work of COPA in the last year and energize ourselves for the coming fight ahead. Delicious local food trucks and paletas made the evening a hit, along with talented performances.

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COPA also awarded The People’s Award to The Meyer Law Firm. Their incredible work goes beyond just running a business; it is a business that partners with community, not for profit, but to make real change. They use their expertise to make positive changes, not just with their cases, but at a community level through policy and advocacy. For always being there for our community and joining us in the fight for immigrant rights – Thank you! 

Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and donated making our People’s Party a night to remember! The fight continues! 

Were you unable to attend? You can still donate here! Thank you!

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El miércoles pasado, tuvimos nuestro segundo anual Fiesta del Pueblo y fue un gran éxito! La comunidad se reunió para celebrar el trabajo de COPA y darnos fuerza para la lucha que viene. Camiones de comida locales y paletas hicieron la noche exitosa, también con los talentosos artistas.

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COPA dio el Premio del Pueblo a la Oficina de Abogados de Meyer. Su trabajo increíble ha ido más allá de sólo dirigir un negocio; es un negocio que se asocia con la comunidad, sin ánimos de lucro, pero para hacer un cambio real. Utilizan su experiencia para hacer cambios positivos, no sólo con sus casos, sino a nivel comunitario a través de la política y la abogacía. Por estar siempre allí para nuestra comunidad y unirse a nosotros en la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes – ¡Gracias!

Gracias a todos que asistieron, fueron voluntarios y donaron para hacerla una noche para recordar! La lucha sigue!

No pudo asistir? Todavía puede hacer una donación aquí! Gracias!

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Boycotting Coors–Spreading Beer and Hate for Too Long

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Contact: Ana Rodriguez, 720-722-4272

ana@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Boycotting Coors–Spreading Beer and Hate for Too Long

(May 1, 2017) DENVER:  Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), SEIU Local 105, Fight for $15 Denver, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), and other local groups rallied at Coors Headquarters today to launch a boycott of Coors beer.  “We demand that Coors stop funding terror in our communities” stated Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director of COPA. “By supporting Trump and Gardner, the Coors Corporation sends a strong message to the community, that they do not support working families and our communities but solely their personal interest and profit.”

A letter was presented to a Coors staff member decrying the support Coors has provided to anti-immigrant, anti-worker candidates and elected officials such as Senator Cory Gardner and President Trump.  The groups demand that Coors stop funding politicians who attack working families, and since Coors is a funder of Senator Cory Gardner, the groups pushed Coors to demand Gardner meet with his constituents. Gardner is one of a few Senators who has refused to meet with his constituents in person.  “He is afraid to talk to his own constituents face to face” said Jordan T. Garcia, Immigrant Ally Organizing Director of AFSC.  “We will remember this in 2018.  If he doesn’t want to meet with us in Colorado, he shouldn’t be representing us in DC.”

Today’s action is part of the national movement RISE UP!. As Kica Matos of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)  described: “On Monday, May 1st, in 200 events (and still growing) across the United States, hundreds of thousands of immigrant Americans and their supporters will loudly make their voices heard. The immigrant rights movement, standing arm-in-arm with our allies in the faith community, the environmental movement, labor unions, business community and women’s groups will send a strong message: We will not stand for one dollar being allocated to Donald Trump’s hateful immigration policies.  We will not tolerate his continuing efforts to criminalize immigrants and separate families. Any support whatsoever for his deportation machinery is unacceptable to all Americans of goodwill.” 

“It is clear these politicians are not representing nor acknowledging their constituents and so it is time for us to take the fight to the funders.” said Michaela Miller, a member leader with COPA. “We are calling on communities across the nation to join us today.  Boycott Coors and stand up for democracy!”

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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Boicotear a Coors–Propagando cerveza y odio por demasiado tiempo

(Mayo 1, 2017) DENVER:  Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), SEIU Local 105, Fight for $15 Denver, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado, American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), y otros grupos locales protestaron en la oficina central de Coors para lanzar un boicot de cervezas Coors. “Demandamos que Coors deje de financiar el odio en nuestras comunidades,” dijo Lizeth Chacón, Directora de COPA. “Al apoyar a Trump y Gardner, la Corporación Coors manda un mensaje fuerte a la comunidad, que no apoyan las familias trabajadoras ni nuestras comunidades, solo a el lucro y sus intereses propios.”

Una carta fue presentada a un representante de Coors denunciando el apoyo que Coors ha brindado a los candidatos  y funcionarios electos anti-inmigrantes y anti-obrero como el senador Cory Gardner y el presidente Trump. Los grupos exigen que Coors deje de financiar a los políticos que atacan a las familias trabajadoras, y ya que Coors es un financiador del senador Cory Gardner, los grupos impulsaron a Coors a exigir que Gardner se reúna con sus electores. Gardner es uno de los pocos senadores que se ha negado a reunirse con sus constituyentes en persona. “Tiene miedo de hablar cara a cara con sus propios electores”, dijo Jordan T. Garcia, Director de Organización de Aliados a los Inmigrantes de AFSC. “Recordaremos esto en 2018. Si no quiere reunirse con nosotros en Colorado, no debería estar representándonos en DC”.

La acción de hoy es parte del movimiento nacional RISE UP!. Kica Matos, del Movimiento de Reforma de Inmigración Justa (FIRM), describió: “el lunes 1 de mayo, en 200 eventos (y aún creciendo) en todo Estados Unidos, cientos de miles de inmigrantes americanos y sus aliados harán oír su voz en voz alta. El movimiento por los derechos de los inmigrantes, unidos de brazo en brazo con nuestros aliados en la comunidad de fe, el movimiento ambientalista, los sindicatos, la comunidad empresarial y los grupos de mujeres enviará un fuerte mensaje: No vamos a defender ni un dólar asignado al odioso Donald Trump y sus políticas de inmigración. No toleraremos sus esfuerzos en criminalizar a los inmigrantes y separar a las familias. Cualquier apoyo para su maquinaria de deportación es inaceptable para todos los estadounidenses de buena voluntad.”

“Está claro que estos políticos no están representando ni reconocen a sus electores y por lo tanto es el momento para que llevemos la pelea a los financiadores”, dijo Michaela Miller, miembro líder de COPA. “Estamos llamando a las comunidades de todo el país a unirse a nosotros hoy. Boicotear a Coors y defender la democracia! “

 

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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