Sanctuary Leader holds Press Event for Husband Detained by Immigration Today

A Press Advisory from our partners, AFSC:


For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Jennifer Piper, jpiper@afsc.org720-301-1858




Ingrid Encalada Latorre of Denver, in Sanctuary


[Boulder, CO]  Ingrid Encalada Latorre’s partner, Eliseo, was detained, out of the blue, by six immigration and customs enforcement agents this afternoon.  Ingrid, her family, and her community will hold a press event at 6:00 pm this evening at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave.


Ingrid is a leader with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and is part of  national movement for immigrant rights. She claimed Sanctuary at UUCB last month.


Who: Ingrid Encalada Latorre, her family, and her community

What: Hold a press event regarding her husband’s detention

WhenThursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, CO

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FIRM Statement on the Sunset of TPS for Salvadorans

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018

Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org202-339-9330

New Year, Same Trump: Sunsets Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the statement below after the Trump administration announced the decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran people:

“This administration has started the new year pushing the same anti-immigrant, ethnic cleansing agenda. In a heartless and cruel attack on our community, DHS has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadoran people—the largest population to have their TPS ended. This is the fourth termination of TPS in a span of three months, and yet another attack to add to the list of executive actions and policies that target people of color.

People with TPS have fled devastating conditions in their native countries and have built their lives here. They work, pay taxes and give back to their communities. They have more than 270,000 U.S.-born citizen children who would be separated from their parents, or be forced to relocate to a country foreign to them by a group of racists who do not understand their sacrifices.

This is ethnic cleansing; it is a systematic forced removal of an ethnic group of people. Congress needs to step up and do what’s right: create a permanent solution immediately and give these families security.”


The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Colorado People’s Alliance is a part of the FIRM national network.


We Fight to WIN! #DREAMActNow

Our members are committed to pushing Congress to pass a clean #DREAM Act now because undocumented families can’t wait another day! COPA leaders have taken action since the end of October to push for a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year.

We continue to urge our members of Congress to demand Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote and to commit to withholding their vote for the must-pass spending bill that keeps the government open unless a clean DREAM Act has passed.

Through our communities’ continued pressure we have succeeded in pressuring Congressman Coffman to sign the DREAM Act discharge petition, be a leader in pushing his party to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year and standing up to Speaker Paul Ryan, in getting Congresswoman DeGette to commit to withholding her vote for the budget and using her leadership as minority whip to urge her colleagues to do the same, in getting Congressman Polis’ commitment to withhold his vote, and continuing to make the DREAM Act a priority for Colorado members of Congress. We will continue to fight until we pass a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform!

October 31st – We Want a DREAM, Not a Nightmare!

Our youngest members Karol and Humberto trick or treated at Congressman Coffman’s office and delivered notes asking him to push his colleagues to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year. One of our COPA families also delivered notes and letters to Congresswoman DeGette urging her to use her leadership as minority whip to ask her colleagues to withhold their vote on the budget until a DREAM Act is passed.

November 14th – Calls for a DREAM Phone Bank

Almost 20 of our members made over 80 calls to their members of congress continuing to push them to pass the DREAM Act before the end of the year, to withhold their votes on the budget, and to be leaders in passing a clean DREAM Act.

November 21st – DREAMers Give Back Thanksgiving Action

Our members Amado and Monserrat joined our allies at 9to5, SEIU Local 105, and Indivisible CD6 to deliver a gift basked to Congressman Coffman thanking him for his support but urging him to stand up to Speaker Paul Ryan to push for a vote on the DREAM Act before the end of the year. The basket included notes and pictures of expired work permits, Driver’s Licenses and job applications to drive the point home that while our dreams don’t expire, our permits do. Watch the whole action here.

December 1st – The Clock if Ticking for a Clean DREAM Act

COPA leaders sent 50 letters, notes, drawings, and notes, to Congressman Coffman and Congresswoman DeGette, and gathered hundreds of signatures on a DREAM Act petition. Other leaders made calls, sent emails, faxes and tweets. At the end of the day, a week before the supposed budget deadline, we hand delivered the petition, drawings and letters to remind Congressman Coffman that the clock is ticking on the DREAM act. Watch the action here.

December 6th – Rally and Mass Demonstration at Washington DC

One of our DACAmented organizers and one of our members traveled to Washington DC for visits with members of congress and a mass demonstration for a clean DREAM Act. They witnessed a historic moment in the immigrant justice history as nearly two hundred Dreamers, faith leaders, teachers, and other allies participated in a mass civil disobedience and risked arrest on the steps of the capitol.

December 8th – DREAM Act Speak Out at the Auraria Campus


We spoke to students and staff at the Auraria campus about what’s happening with the DREAM Act and helped them send a message to their members of congress. Watch the videos here.

December 14th – Congress: Time’s Up #DREAMActNow


Undocumented youth lead a press conference and rally at the Auraria campus to ask if Senator Bennet and Congressman Perlmutter are all in for the DREAM Act and hold them accountable for failing to withhold their vote for the budget unless a DREAM Act has passed. COPA leader Monserrat powerfully shared her story to demand a clean DREAM Act and our members showed up and showed out in full force. Watch the video here.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Delegation Heads To Washington, DC To Call On Congress to Pass a Clean Dream Act & Temporary Protected Status Residency Before 2018

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Media Advisory-seguido en español

Monday, December 4th, 2017



Shanta Farrington, United for a New Economy, 720-212-1221

Cristian Solano-Cordova, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 720-434-4632

Carla Castedo, Mi Familia Vota, 775-342-7612

Ana Rodriguez, Colorado People’s Alliance, 720-722-4272

Oscar Juarez-Luna, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, 720-203-6836

Alvina Vasquez, SEIU Local 105, 303-881-3875

Cesiah Guadarrama, 9to5 Colorado, 303-265-1973


Colorado Immigrant Rights Delegation Heads To Washington, DC To Call On Congress to Pass a Clean Dream Act & Temporary Protected Status Residency Before 2018


Colorado — On December 6th, a Colorado delegation of 23 immigrant rights activists will be in Washington, DC calling on Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act and permanent residency for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. This will be in solidarity with approximately 15,000 activists across the country of immigrant communities, leaders and supporters. Congressional DC visits will commence in the morning demanding that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act legislation and protection for TPS recipients before the end of the year. The event will be marked as the largest act of civil disobedience organized by immigrant groups in the history of the movement.


Locally in Colorado, during the National Week of Action, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), the Northern Colorado Dreamers United, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Colorado People’s Alliance, United For A New Economy, 9to5 Colorado, and others will be holding actions to put pressure on our elected officials to pass a clean DREAM Act by the end of the year:


  • December 5th, Glenwood Springs High School Action
  • December 6th, Member of Congress Delegation Visits
  • December 6th, Colorado Constituent Phone-Bank
  • December 7th, Colorado State Capitol Action
  • December 8th, Colorado Speak Out Action


Monica Acosta, Organizing Director for Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, said “Back then in 2001, my Member of Congress, assured me they were doing everything they could, to get a DREAM ACT passed. Now I’m 31 years old, still undocumented, still unafraid, still unapologetic asking Congress, to finally make good on all those promises they made years ago”


Immigrant activists have been building momentum across the nation throughout the year with a series of marches and Congressional actions aimed at raising the voices of more than a million immigrants working and studying here with temporary working permits. Tens of thousands will rally on Capitol Hill to continue putting pressure on Congress to include provisions that protect immigrant families and hundreds will take part in acts of civil disobedience.


Pamela Resendiz Trujano, Deputy Director for United for a New Economy, said “I feel the urgency to risk arrest for my siblings who benefit from TPS, for the undocumented workers who have been forced to migrate to find work and survive at jobs that don’t value their dignity, for the trans folxs in detention who continue to be attacked by a system that is killing them, and for my community who is resilient and unapologetic in reclaiming their humanity.”


Washington DC

Who: Colorado Rapid Response Network, Immigrant Rights Organizations & Advocates

What: Rally for Clean Dream Act & Temporary Protected Status

When/Where: Washington, DC: Wednesday, December 6th at NOON


Local Actions in Colorado


Glenwood Springs, CO – Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 5pm

“We are calling on Congressman Scott Tipton to show moral fortitude, leadership and courage to stand with us for the youth and future of the Roaring Fork Valley’s economic, social and cultural communities,” said Junior Ortega, planned speaker at the press conference and local DACA recipient.


Who: AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), Roarking Fork Valley Dreamers, allies, immigrant rights advocates and community.

What: Press Conference and Vigil titled “Tipton: Listen to Dreamers”

When: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Glenwood Springs High School, closest to Grand Avenue, 1521 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Aurora, Denver, Pueblo, CO – Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11am

“The clock is ticking for our Members of Congress to act and put politics aside. We, as DREAMers and as a community, need a resolution along with their leadership to get a clean DREAM Act passed by the end of this year,” said Salvador Hernandez, DREAMer and State Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota.


Who: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, and local leaders

What: Delegation Visits to Senator Cory Gardner, Rep Diana Degette, Rep Mike Coffman, Rep Scott Tipton

When: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11 am

Where: Rep Mike Coffman, Rep Degette, Senator Gardner, Rep Scott Tipton’s local office:

  • Mike Coffman (Aurora), 3300 S Parker Rd #305, Aurora, CO 80014
  • Diana Degette (Denver), 600 Grant Street, Suite 202, Denver, CO 80203-3525
  • Cory Gardner (Denver), 721 19th Street, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80202
  • Scott Tipton (Pueblo), 503 N. Main Street, Suite 658, Pueblo, CO 81003


Denver, CO – Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 6pm

“We need a holiday miracle before the end of the year to ensure Colorado’s 17,000+ talented and hard-working Dreamers get to spend next Christmas with their families in the country they are proud to home. on this charitable time of year is when we need our Congressman Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton the most; we need him to stand up for Dreamers and withhold his vote on the budget until a clean Dream Act is passed. The great state of Colorado is looking up to you for moral and courageous leadership, Mr. Coffman and Mr. Tipton.” said Nicole Melaku, Coffman’s 6th District constituent and Executive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.


Who: The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Northern Colorado Dreamers United, Auraria Dreamers

What: Press Conference and Christmas Vigil Asking Mike Coffman for a Christmas Miracle

When: Tuesday, December 7th, 2017 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Colorado State Capitol Building – 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203


Denver, CO – Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 10 am – 12 pm.

“We’re calling on every single member of Congress from Colorado to do everything in their power to pass a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year. We ask our members of congress to be leaders, to step up to the anti-immigrant extremists that seek to derail a bipartisan, common sense solution for DACAmented youth. I’ve been waiting for a clean DREAM act and immigration reform for more than two decades, I’m tired of Congress failing me and my community and I’m ready to hold them accountable if they stand in the way of a clean DREAM Act,” said Ana Rodriguez, Community Organizer with Colorado People’s Alliance, and DACA recipient.


Who: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Colorado People’s Alliance, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Organizing For America Action, United For A New Economy, AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 9to5 Colorado and youth.

What: DREAM Act NOW – Colorado Speak Out

When: Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 10 am – 12 pm

Where: St. Cajetan Church, Auraria Campus
The Colorado Rapid Response Network continues to encourage people to call the 24-hour hotline 1-877-UNITE-41 if you are targeted by ICE or if you are witnessing ICE at courts or in the streets.


The Colorado Rapid Response Network is an effort led by the Rapid Response Team of the Immigration Resistance Table, a group of organizations that includes American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU), Together Colorado, and United for a New Economy  (UNE).


La Delegación de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Colorado se dirige a Washington, DC para pedirle al Congreso que apruebe un Acta de Sueño Limpio y Residencia de Estado Temporal Protegido Antes Del Fin De Año


Colorado – El 6 de diciembre, una delegación de Colorado de 23 grupos de derechos de inmigrantes estará en Washington, DC pidiendo al Congreso que apruebe el Dream Act limpio y la residencia permanente para titulares de Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS). Esto será en solidaridad con aproximadamente 15,000 activistas en todo el país de comunidades de inmigrantes, líderes y aliados. Las visitas a Washington DC al Congreso comenzarán en la mañana exigiendo que el Congreso apruebe la legislación y la protección de la ley Dream Act para los beneficiarios de TPS antes de fin de año. El evento se marcará como el mayor acto de desobediencia civil organizado por grupos de inmigrantes en la historia del movimiento.


Localmente en Colorado, durante la Semana de Acción Nacional, Mi Familia Vota (MFV), SEIU Local 105, La Coalición de Derechos Para los Inmigrantes (CIRC por sus cifras en Inglés), AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), Los Soñadores Unidos del Norte De Colorado ( NCDU por sus cifras en Ingles), Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, La Alianza del Pueblo (COPA por sus cifras en Ingles), Unidos por Una Nueva Economía (UNE por sus cifras en Inglés), 9to5 Colorado, y otros estarán patrocinando acciones para poner presión a nuestros representantes para pasar una acta de Sueño antes del fin del año:


  • 5 de diciembre, Accion en Glenwood Springs High School
  • 6 de diciembre, Visitas Locales a oficinas de Miembros de Congreso
  • 6 de diciembre, Banco de llamadas a constituyentes de Colorado
  • 7 de diciembre, Action en el Capitolio del Estado de Colorado
  • 8 de diciembre, Acción: Colorado Habla Claro!


Monica Acosta, directora de organización Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, dijo: “En 2001, mi miembro del Congreso me aseguró que estaban haciendo todo lo posible para que se aprobara un Dream Act. Ahora tengo 31 años, todavía soy indocumentada, todavía sin miedo, sigo sin disculparme por ser indocumentada y estoy pidiendo al Congreso que finalmente cumpla con todas las promesas que nos han hecho desde hace años “.


Los activistas inmigrantes han estado ganando momentum en todo el país a lo largo del año que culminaron con una serie de marchas y acciones del Congreso destinadas a alzar la voz de más de un millón de inmigrantes que trabajan y estudian aquí con permisos de trabajo temporales. Decenas de miles se unirán en Capitol Hill para seguir presionando al Congreso para que incluya disposiciones que protejan a las familias inmigrantes; cientos de personas tomarán parte en actos de desobediencia civil.



Pamela Resendiz Trujano, directora adjunta de United for a New Economy, dijo: “Siento la urgencia lo suficiente para arriesgar que me arrested por  mis hermanos que se benefician de TPS, a los trabajadores indocumentados que se han visto obligados a emigrar para encontrar trabajo y sobrevivir en trabajos que valoran su dignidad, por las personas  trans en detención que continúan siendo atacados por un sistema que los está matando, y por mi comunidad que es resistente y que no se arrepiente de reclamar su humanidad.” El evento será marcado como el acto civil más grande desobediencia organizada por grupos de inmigrantes en la historia del movimiento.


Washington DC

Quién: Red de respuesta rápida de Colorado, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes

Qué: Ley de Rally para un Sueño Limpio y Estatus de Protección Temporal

Cuándo / Dónde: Washington, DC: Miércoles, 6 de diciembre al mediodía


Cuándo / Dónde – Acciones Locales en Colorado


Glenwood Springs, CO – Martes, 5 de diciembre de 2017 a las 5 p.m.

“Pedimos al congresista Scott Tipton que demuestre fortaleza moral, liderazgo y coraje para apoyar a la juventud y el futuro de las comunidades económicas, sociales y culturales de Roaring Fork Valley”, dijo Junior Ortega, orador previsto en la conferencia de prensa y recipiente de DACA.


Quién: AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), Roaring Fork Valley Dreamers, aliados, defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes y la comunidad.

Qué: Conferencia de prensa y vigilia titulada “Tipton: Escucha a los Dreamers”

Cuándo: martes, 5 de diciembre de 2017 a las 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dónde: Glenwood Springs High School, la más cercana a Grand Avenue, 1521 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Aurora, Denver, Pueblo, CO – Miércoles, 6 de Diciembre, 2017 a las 11am

“El tiempo corre para que nuestros miembros del Congreso actúen y dejen de lado la política. Nosotros, como DREAMers y como comunidad, necesitamos una resolución junto con su liderazgo para aprobar una Ley DREAM limpia para fines de este año,” dijo Salvador Hernández, DREAMer y Coordinador Estatal de Mi Familia Vota.


Quién: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, y líderes locales

Qué: Visitas de delegación al senador Cory Gardner, representante Diana Degette, representante Mike Coffman, representante Scott Tipton

Cuándo: Miércoles, 6 de Diciembre, 2017 a las 11am

Dónde: Oficinas locales de: Rep Mike Coffman, Rep Degette, Senator Gardner, Rep Scott Tipton:

  • Mike Coffman (Aurora), 3300 S Parker Rd #305, Aurora, CO 80014
  • Diana Degette (Denver), 600 Grant Street, Suite 202, Denver, CO 80203-3525
  • Cory Gardner (Denver), 721 19th Street, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80202
  • Scott Tipton (Pueblo), 503 N. Main Street, Suite 658, Pueblo, CO 81003




Denver, CO – Martes, 7 de diciembre de 2017 a las 6 p.m.

“Necesitamos un milagro navideño antes de fin de año para asegurar que los más de 17,000 Dreamers talentosos y trabajadores de Colorado pasen la próxima Navidad con sus familias en el país del que están orgullosos y cual es su único hogar. En esta época caritativa del año es cuando más necesitamos a nuestros congresistas Mike Coffman y Scott Tipton; Necesitamos que defiendan a Dreamers y que suspenda su voto sobre el presupuesto hasta que se apruebe un Dream Act. El gran estado de Colorado les pide liderazgo moral y valiente las los señores Coffman y Tipton, ” dijo Nicole Melaku, constituyente del distrito 6 de Coffman y directora ejecutiva de la Coalición para los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Colorado.


Quién: La Coalición de Colorado para los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, Northern Colorado Dreamers United, Auraria Dreamers, estudiantes y comunidad

Qué: Conferencia de prensa y Vigilia de Navidad pidiendo a Mike Coffman un milagro navideño

Cuándo: martes, 7 de diciembre de 2017 a las 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dónde: Edificio del Capitolio del Estado de Colorado – 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203


Denver, CO – Viernes, 8 de diciembre, 2017 de 10 am a 12 pm.

“Pedimos a cada miembro del Congreso de Colorado que haga todo lo que esté en su poder para aprobar una Ley del Sueño limpia antes de fin de año. Pedimos a nuestros miembros del Congreso que sean líderes, que se unan en contra de los extremistas anti-inmigrantes que buscan descarrilar una solución bipartidista de sentido común para los jóvenes con DACA. He estado esperando una Ley del Sueño y una reforma migratoria por más de dos décadas, estoy cansado de que el Congreso nos falle a mí y a mi comunidad. Por eso estoy lista para hacerles rendir cuentas si se interponen en el camino de una Ley del Sueño limpia,” dijo Ana Rodríguez, Organizadora Comunitaria con la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA, por sus siglos en inglés), y recipiente de DACA.


Quién: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Colorado People’s Alliance, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Organizing For America Action, United For A New Economy, AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 9to5 Colorado and youth.

Qué:  DREAM Act AHORA – Colorado Habla Claro

Cuándo: Viernes, 8 de diciembre, 2017 de 10 am a 12 pm

Dónde: Iglesia St. Cajetan, en el Campus de  Auroria


La Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado continúa alentando a las personas a que llamen a la línea directa de atención las 24 horas 1-877-UNITE-41 si usted es blanco de ICE o si está presenciando ICE en los cortes o en las calles.


La Red de Respuesta Rápida de Colorado es un esfuerzo liderado por el equipo de Respuesta Rápida de la Mesa de Resistencia de Inmigración, un grupo que incluye organizaciones como American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU), Together Colorado, and United for a New Economy  (UNE).

Our Newest Citizen

*Seguido en español*

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.


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.


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.


Undocumented Youth Respond to Partisan Attempt to Derail DREAM Act

Denver, CO- Senate Republicans met with President Donald Trump today and have allegedly reached an agreement not to address the crisis created by the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) and its members condemn this latest attack on immigrant families that seems to come from the white supremacist playbook.

“Our leaders need to understand that immigrant youth should not spend another day in limbo. Today’s GOP meeting with Trump did not produce clear outlines of a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants like myself, some who will begin losing protections in March,” said Alejandro Flores, a COPA member.

Congress has until December 8, 2017 to pass a fix before going to recess. “Waiting until next year is unacceptable. We are already facing a crisis thanks to this administration and undocumented young people like me are already at risk,” said Ana Rodriguez, community organizer with COPA. “Congress needs to stop playing games with our lives and pass a clean DREAM Act Now!”


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



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


*Seguido en español*

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.