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As Trump Pushes Policies that Inflict Terror on our Community, Concerned Members of the Community Will Rally to Demand that Senator Cory Gardner’s Corporate Funder Larry Mizel urges Senator Gardner to Face his Constituents in a Community Meeting

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Wednesday, April 5th 2017

Contact: Lupita Carrasquillo, 773-956-9596

lupita@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

 

As Trump Pushes Policies that Inflict Terror on our Community, Concerned Members of the Community Will Rally to Demand that Senator Cory Gardner’s Corporate Funder Larry Mizel urges Senator Gardner to Face his Constituents in a Community Meeting

Denver, CO– After several failed requests to Senator Cory Gardner to meet with his constituents, the need for accountability and representation grows.  In response, dozens of concerned community leaders organized by Colorado People’s Alliance along with allies from various Jewish organizations will take action on Wednesday to demand that Larry Mizel, a corporate funder of Senator Gardner, urge Gardner to meet with his constituents and protect them from the terror being brought by the agenda set forth by the Trump Administration.

The Trump administration has shown disregard for our dying planet by cutting funding for the EPA by 31%; attacking Native sovereignty by allowing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue; pushing an increase of resources and power to ICE to detain and deport our immigrant communities; attacking low income people’s access to affordable healthcare; and fueling Islamophobic targeting and mass incarceration.

It is time for corporate funders like Larry Mizel, who promote faith and social justice, to be held accountable for the part they play in enabling politicians, like Cory Gardner and President Trump, to insight terror on our community. It’s time for Senator Gardner to stand with Coloradans to protect us from policies that attack our health, our families, our future, and our freedom. We are bringing the fight to the funders to let Larry Mizel know the role he plays in the terror experienced by our communities every day and demand he use his influence to move Senator Gardner to act and face his constituents.

 

WHAT: Action to demand that Larry Mizel, President of the Board of Directors for the C.E.L.L. Museum and funder to Senator Cory Gardner and President Donald Trump urge Cory Gardner to meet with his constituents who he has previously avoided.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 5th, 11am-12pm

WHERE: The C.E.L.L. (Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab), 99 W. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

WHO: Senator Gardner’s constituents

 

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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Miércoles, 5 de Abril de 2017

Contacto: Lupita Carrasquillo, 773-956-9596

lupita@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Trump empuja las políticas que infligen el terror en nuestra comunidad, Miembros preocupados de la comunidad se reunirán para exigir que el donante corporativo del senador Cory Gardner, Larry Mizel, exige al Senador Gardner que se enfrente a sus constituyentes en una reunión comunitaria

Denver, CO- Después de varias peticiones fallidas al senador Cory Gardner para reunirse con sus constituyentes, la necesidad por la responsabilidad y la representación crece. En respuesta, líderes comunitarios organizados por la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado junto con aliados de varias organizaciones judías tomarán acción el miércoles para exigir que Larry Mizel, un donante corporativo del senador Gardner, urge a Gardner a reunirse con sus constituyentes y protegerlos del terror que lleva la Administración de Trump.

Trump ha ignorado el estatus fatal de nuestro planeta por cortar el financiamiento para la EPA por 31%; atacar la soberanía de los nativos por permitir la continuación de construcción del ducto de acceso Dakota; aumentar los recursos y el poder de ICE para detener y deportar a nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes; atacar el acceso de las personas de bajos ingresos a servicios de salud accesible; y aumentar los ataques en contra de los musulmanes y el encarcelamiento masivo.

Es la hora de que los donantes corporativos como Larry Mizel, que habla de fe y justicia social, sean responsables por el papel que juegan en permitir a políticos, como Cory Gardner y el presidente Trump, llevar el terror a nuestra comunidad. Es la hora de que el senador Gardner nos proteja de las políticas que atacan nuestra salud, nuestras familias, nuestro futuro y nuestra libertad. Estamos llevando la lucha a los donantes para que Larry Mizel conozca el papel que tiene en el terror de nuestras comunidades cada día y exigen que use su influencia para mover al Senador Gardner a actuar y enfrentar a sus constituyentes.

QUÉ: Acción para exigir que Larry Mizel, Presidente de la Junta Directiva del museo C.E.L.L. y el financiador del senador Cory Gardner y del presidente Donald Trump urge a Cory Gardner a reunirse con sus constituyentes que previamente había ignorado.

CUÁNDO: Miércoles, 5 de Abril de 2017 11:00am-12:00pm

DÓNDE: El C.E.L.L. (Laboratorio de aprendizaje de la educación antiterrorista), 99 W. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

QUIEN: Los constituyentes del Senador Gardner

La Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA) es una organización de justicia racial dirigida por miembros y dedicada a avanzar y ganar cambios sociales progresivos al nivel local, estatal y nacional. COPA construye poder para mejorar las vidas de todos en Colorado a través del desarrollo del liderazgo, la organización y la construcción de alianzas.

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Meet and Support our Members attending the People’s Action Conference!

The People’s Action Founding Convention, at the nation’s capital, will mark the first 100 days of resistance to the Trump administration and will unveil a new political force of people united around a bold vision of an economy and democracy that work for everyone – not just the rich and powerful, big corporations, and purveyors of hate. This vision is impossible without the voice of our community leading the way towards our collective liberation. For this reason, COPA is sending our members to contribute and therefore guide the work ahead of us. The movement is bigger than Colorado so its essential for our leaders to engage in conversation and strategy with people from all over the country.

Our members each have a story and a reason to go to this conference and to build power with COPA, read on to gain more insight on what attending this conference means to them.
Want to support our leaders and send them to the conference? Click here! 
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Sandra Madera
Sandra is an active member of COPA, engaging in our work around immigrant justice and attending citizenship classes.  Her goal is to stay in the movement even after she gains her own citizenship in order to continue to fight for the rights of all people– especially those vulnerable due to their status. Sandra brings her children to every event and meeting, exposing the next generation to what people power looks like!
Michaela Miller
Michaela is a new member, who got involved through our 100 Days of Action work. Since then, she has engaged in planning and executing direct actions to combat the attacks on our community at the hands of our new administration.
Dalila Lopez
Dalila is an active member, energized by our commitment to resist harmful policies affecting our communities. Her passion and commitment continues to grow as she takes on roles of leading actions targeting corporate donors and bad politicians. She brings creativity and new ideas to every space she engages in.
Alfred LaVaughn Turner
LaVaughn is a new member of COPA, hearing about us from other members and turning that intrigue into engagement with the organization.
Martha Lugo
Martha is a proud member of COPA because of the amazing progressive work that we are doing together.  Her heart aches for the oppressed and marginalized, which often causes her to feel powerless.  She knows that she can’t possibly do everything that needs to be done to help those who are affected the most and she know that COPA is reaching a lot of people in the Denver Metro.  Martha will be attending the People’s Action conference in Washington, D.C. because she wants to learn as much as she can about organizing and from others who attend.  It is also very encouraging and uplifting to see that we are not alone on this journey!  It is nourishing to her soul that this nation is full of amazing progressives who are fighting for justice alongside us!
Fernando Lugo
Fernando aligns with COPA because he envisions a worldwide system that truly gives equality for all marginalized groups. He believes in a world where everyone will work together cohesively as a community and  feels that COPA is a great movement to achieve the aims of true justice, empathy and comradeship. Fernando envisions a solidarity movement that dismantles the oppressive and exploitative systems in place by the ruling class.  Most importantly, he wants to attend the conference in Washington, D. C. to learn more about how to develop and build on organizational structures to educate others.
Consuelo Gomez
Consuelo joined COPA through her involvement as a student in our citizenship classes!
Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth is a long time member, engaging in our work by attending meetings and spreading the word about COPA’s mission and campaigns on her college campus.
Regan Byrd
Regan is a board member of COPA. She’s passionate about pursuing social justice and helps spread the word about our inter-sectional approach to campaigns.

We Demand a Welcoming and Safe City for All

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Monday, March 27th 2017
Contact: Lizeth Chacon, 720-938-6588
lizeth@ coloradopeoplesalliance.org

We Demand a Welcoming and Safe City for All

Aurora, CO–Aurora City Council is calling a Special Study Session to talk about Sanctuary Cities but they are not allowing for public comment. Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) will be hosting a press conference to stand with our immigrant and refugee community and send a message to City Council.

Our community will not be used for politics—we demand respect and dignity. Instead of holding conversations that leave out community input, the city should include the community on the conversation and should work to ensure that everyone that lives or visits Aurora feels welcome and safe.

“We are disappointed that the focus of the city is to ensure people know they are not a sanctuary city rather than working to ensure our city is welcoming and safe for everyone. The session on the 27th shows that City Council is ignoring the community by not allowing for public comment to be part of the session. Stop playing politics and get to work to support and protect everyone in Aurora,” states Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director of Colorado People’s Alliance.

It is time for us to stand strong and demand a welcoming city for all. We welcome community members to join us in solidarity, wearing white, at the press conference at 4:30pm and the study session from 5-7:30pm.

What: Press Conference to stand in solidarity and send a message to the Aurora City Council
Where: Outside of the Aurora Municipal Building
When: Monday, March 27th, 4:30pm
Who: Colorado People’s Alliance members and allies

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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El lunes 27 de marzo 2017
Contacto: Lizeth Chacon, 720-938-6588
lizeth@ coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Exigimos una ciudad de bienvenida y segura para todos

Aurora, CO—El consejo municipal de Aurora está llamando a una sesión especial para discutir Ciudades Santuarios, pero no permitirán que el público comente. La Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA) tendrá una conferencia de prensa para estar con nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes y refugios y mandar un mensaje al consejo municipal.
Nuestra comunidad no será usada por los políticos—exigimos respeto y dignidad. En vez de facilitar conversaciones sin escuchar la opinión de la comunidad, la ciudad debe incluir la comunidad en la conversación y debe trabajar para asegurarse que todos se sientan bienvenidos y seguros.

“Estamos decepcionados porque el enfoque de la ciudad es asegurarse que la gente sepa que Aurora no es una ciudad santuario en vez de trabajar para asegurarse que la ciudad le de la bienvenida todos y sea segura para todos. La sesión en el 27 demuestra que el consejo municipal está ignorando la comunidad con la falta de comentarios públicos. Dejen de jugar política y hagan el trabajo para apoyar y proteger a todos en Aurora,” dijo Lizeth Chacon, Directora Ejecutiva de la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado.
Es la hora de mantenernos firme y exigir una ciudad que le de bienvenida a todos. Invitamos a los miembros de la comunidad a unirse en solidaridad, poniendose blanco, en la conferencia de prensa a las 4:30pm y la sesión de estudios a las 5-7:30pm.

Qué: Conferencia de prensa para colocarnos en solidaridad y mandar un mensaje al consejo municipal de Aurora
Dónde: Afuera del edifico municipal de Aurora
Cuando: el lunes 27 de marzo, 4:15pm
Quién: Miembros y aliados de la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado

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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As Trump Looks to Dismantle the EPA, Concerned Members of the Community Will Rally to Demand that Senator Bennet Defends Public Health and the Environment

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Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Murphy

elizabeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

303-893-3500 ext. 1

As Trump Looks to Dismantle the EPA, Concerned Members of the Community Will Rally to Demand that Senator Bennet Defends Public Health and the Environment

Trump is Proposing a 31 Percent Budget Cut at EPA; Action is One of Many Across the Country

 

Denver CO – As details of the Trump administration’s plans to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and attack fundamental health and safety standards steadily come to light, dozens of concerned community leaders organized by Colorado People’s Alliance will take action on Wednesday to demand that Senator Bennet resist Trump’s agenda and defend the funding and mission of the EPA.

The administration announced on Thursday its intention to slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent, and do away entirely with the agency’s programs on climate change and numerous large-scale pollution cleanup initiatives throughout the country. The responsibility now rests with Congress to reject Trump’s draconian plan and staunchly defend the EPA’s budget and function.

This event is one of many taking place this week in solidarity with a National Day of Action to Defend Public Health and the Environment, organized by the advocacy groups Food & Water Watch and People’s Action.

It is time for Senator Bennet to stand with Colorado to protect the Environmental Protection Agency and take leadership against any proposed cuts to the EPA’s budget. We must continue to fight to protect the health and safety of our air, water, and communities. Trump’s efforts to gut the EPA are another example of putting corporate interests and profits over our lives. We need the EPA to continue to enforce important regulations and requirements to keep our communities and environment safe. At the same time we must continue hold the EPA accountable to protecting communities of color from corporate polluters and a continued lack of investment that only amplifies environmental justice issues in our communities.

 

WHAT: Rally to Demand that Senator Bennet Reject the Trump Agenda and Defend the EPA

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22nd, 12pm

WHERE: 1127 Sherman St. Denver CO 80203

WHO: Senator Bennet’s constituents will gather to call on him to continue to stand strong against any cuts to the EPA’s budget.

 

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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More Than a Half-Million Signatures Delivered at Disney Shareholder Meeting Demand that CEO Bob Iger Leave Trump’s Business Advisory Council

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March 9, 2017

Contact: Robel Worku, (678) 907-3866

robel@coloradopeopleslliance.org

More Than a Half-Million Signatures Delivered at Disney Shareholder Meeting Demand that CEO Bob Iger Leave Trump’s Business Advisory Council

By association, Disney is complicit in Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-refugee agenda. Disney can’t pick and choose which of Trump’s policies they support and which they don’t

DENVER – Community members and activists delivered more than 511,000 signed petitions to the Walt Disney Co. during its annual shareholder meeting in Denver Wednesday, demanding that CEO Bob Iger step down from President Trump’s Business Advisory Council.

Activists also spoke inside the shareholder meeting, calling on Iger directly to break ties with Trump, and noting potential harm to Disney’s brand from such a relationship.

The half-million signatures were collected by a coalition of organizations (see the list below) representing millions of people who have come together to hold Disney accountable to families.

“Business leaders like Iger are legitimizing and normalizing Trump’s entire agenda,” said Heidi Hess, CREDO’s senior campaign manager.  “CEOs who are prioritizing access to political power and their companies’ profits over the core values of our democracy must do better.”

About 70 local activists rallied outside the shareholder meeting holding signs of Mickey Mouse wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat with the hashtag #BadMickey. They waved mock movie posters parodying Disney films and sang Disney tunes with lyrics about the impact Iger’s collaboration with Trump has on families.

“Folks here in Colorado, in our communities, are afraid to leave the house to drive their kids to school because they’re afraid of being picked up by ICE and not making it back home. Disney’s relationship with President Trump is an endorsement of these policies that hurt families,” Robel Worku, Colorado People’s Alliance, told shareholders in the meeting.

With Iger on the advisory council, Disney is tangled with the Trump agenda, tethering its brand and reputation to an anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-women administration and contradicting the Walt Disney Company’s stated values of inclusion and diversity.

“As an immigrant kid from Iran, I grew up in the U.S. and Disney movies became part of my picture of America. They taught me a sense of possibility; the importance of family and community; and sharp lines between right and wrong,” said Mehrdad Azemun, campaigns director for People’s Action, speaking inside the shareholder meeting.

“By its association, Disney is complicit in Trump’s Muslim ban and his anti-immigrant, anti-refugee agenda,” said Azemun. “Disney can’t pick and choose which of Trump’s policies they support and which they don’t. The only solution is for Bob Iger to leave Trump’s business council.”

Some of the half-million petitions signers said they will cancel family trips to Disney theme parks and avoid Disney films until Iger parts ways with Trump.

“My family is a Disney family, but families like mine deserve better, and we will not support a company that helps this hateful administration enact discriminatory policies against vulnerable communities,” said Jennifer Epps-Addison, President and Co-Executive director of Center for Popular Democracy, and a signer on the petition.

Serving on Donald Trump’s closed-door economic advisory board is risky business for major corporations. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Trump’s Advisory Council in February after an online campaign led more than 200,000 customers to delete their Uber accounts.

Photos and tweets from the rally: #BadMickey, #QuitTheCouncil, and #LetHimGo @WaltDisneyCo

Facebook: http://bit.ly/2lExjaI

Flickr photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/freepress/sets/72157677778525363

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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A Half-Million People Demand Disney CEO Leave Trump’s Business Advisory Council

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March 8, 2017

Contact: Lizeth Chacon, (720) 938-6588

lizeth@coloradopeopleslliance.org

A Half-Million People Demand Disney CEO Leave Trump’s Business Advisory Council

Activists plan rally outside Disney shareholder meeting in Denver

Will Iger side with hate, or with families?

DENVER – Community members and activists will protest outside the Walt Disney Company shareholders meeting in Denver on Wednesday, demanding that Disney CEO Bob Iger step down from Trump’s Business Advisory Council.

A coalition of organizations representing millions of people have come together to hold Disney accountable to families. They have collected petitions with a half-million signatures from throughout the country telling Iger that by teaming up with Trump’s collection of troubling characters, he is also aligning Disney with racism, anti-immigrant policies and endorsing the administration’s Muslim ban.

Disney has entertained generations of families. Now Iger is selling out those families, customers and workers in exchange for big corporate tax breaks. Disney is one of the corporations that would benefit most from Trump’s corporate tax cuts – and families stand to lose the most.

In Denver, Disney shareholders have a chance to join more than a half-million people nationwide and tell Iger to be a prince and walk away from Donald Trump.

 

Follow the rally: #BadMickey and #QuitTheCouncil  @WaltDisneyCo

Facebook link: http://bit.ly/2lExjaI

 

What: A rally outside the Disney shareholders meeting in Denver

Why: To demand that CEO Bob Iger leave Trump’s Business Advisory Council.

When: Wednesday, March 8, at 9 a.m.

Where: Sculpture Park, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Champa Street and Speer Boulevard.

Visuals: Disney-themed signs urging Iger to quit Trump’s business council.

 

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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Trump’s ‘Revised’ Ban: New Bigotry Same as the Old Bigotry

The following is a statement from our national partner, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM):

Trump’s ‘Revised’ Ban: New Bigotry Same as the Old Bigotry

The Revision Remains as Repulsive as the Initial Ban

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s ‘revised’ travel ban remains as repulsive as his initial plan, chock full of as much bigotry against immigrants, particularly Muslims and all refugees, as the first ban.

“The Trump administration has tried to dress up the revised ban with nicer words but they don’t hide the fact that the refugee program has been suspended, meaning thousands of people desperately seeking to flee war-torn countries, violence and poverty will not be welcome in the United States,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This ban still sends an ugly message to the rest of the world that America’s new ‘normal’ is keeping people out of a country that has always upheld the tradition and symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.”

“Donald Trump today has viciously attacked this tradition with darkness and hate.  To be clear, refugee families fleeing war, natural disaster, ethnic cleansing and tyranny will die as a result of this order,” Matos said. “The people Donald Trump sentenced to die today – will do so for no good reasons.  Adding to the appalling reality is that this immoral act is being done in the name of symbolic politics because the refugee program itself has always had a form of extreme vetting.  Every American of compassion and love should be filled with disgust today.”

“By targeting refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is walking a very dangerous line on religious freedoms,” Matos added. “Our country was founded by people escaping religious persecution and the freedom to practice your religion is a value held sacred by all Americans.”

“There is no room in America for such extreme hatred,” Matos said. “We will fight to protect our families from hateful policies and we urge all lawmakers to stand up against what is clearly a bigoted piece of policy.”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Coloradans: Protect licenses for Dreamers, push for a just renewal process

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March 1, 2017

Contact: Ana Rodriguez, (720) 722-4272

ana@coloradopeopleslliance.org

 

Coloradans: Protect licenses for Dreamers, push for a just renewal process

DENVER, CO– Today, March 1, 2017, Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) members are leading an action in support of the I Drive Colorado campaign urging their fellow Coloradans to join efforts to protect licenses for Dreamers and a just renewal process for all drivers. They will meet at the west steps of the Capitol at 3pm then march to the intersection of Lincoln and Colfax to bring their message to motorists.

When the SB-251, the “Colorado Road and Community Safety Act” was signed into law in 2013, 142,000 Coloradans became eligible to obtain a driver’s license, buy car insurance, and provide an identification document to law enforcement for the first time. However, while SB-251 created a process for undocumented Coloradans to obtain a license, the legislation unintentionally excluded some people and made renewals inaccessible to many Coloradans.

Under the original SB-251 bill language, individuals who at some point received a valid social security number through a temporary immigration program but have since had that program rescinded are excluded from receiving a license. This drafting error that has excluded many since the program’s start would leave even more Coloradan’s out of the program if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) program were eliminated.

Eder Torres, a COPA member describes his fear if this drafting error is not fixed. “Losing DACA would rob me of my ability to provide from my family and to reassure my children that I won’t be taken from them, but it should not also mean that I will lose my ability to take them to school safely with my Colorado license.”

A recently introduced clean-up bill HB17-1206 titled the “Eligibility for the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act,” would fix that unintended error and streamline the renewal process so that it is just and accessible to all drivers.

“It’s not just about Dreamers either, everyone I know who has a license through the SB-251 program is worried about whether they will be able to renew in time or at all if we are required to make an appointment all over again.” Torres continued, “We already had a hard enough time getting our appointments in the first place because there are only 3 offices in the entire state where we can get a SB-251 license. We should be treated like all other Colorado drivers and be able to renew online or any DMV office.”

There are 42,000 Coloradans with an SB-251 license who will have to renew. Unless HB17-1206 is enacted, all those motorists will have to compete with first time applicants for the 90 in-person appointments available in the entire state every work day.

That’s why COPA members are urging their fellow motorists, especially those with an SB-251 license, to join their fight to protect licenses for Dreamers and streamline the SB-251 renewal process. Eder Torres’s final message to every Coloradan who wants to keep driving on safer roads is this: “Join us in urging our legislators to approve this legislation to ensure that all Dreamers can keep driving safely even if DACA is taken away, and to ensure that all driver can renew their license without unnecessary delays.”

I Drive Colorado campaign is a coalition led effort committed to ensuring equal access to licenses and IDs. for Coloradans who are immigrants We’ll organize until the spirit of the law is fully implemented. The Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) is a member of the I Drive Colorado coalition. COPA is a member led multi-issue racial justice organization.

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1 de marzo, 2017

Contacto: Ana Rodriguez, (720) 722-4272

ana@coloradopeopleslliance.org

Coloradenses: Protejan las licencias para Dreamers, apoyen un proceso de renovación más justo

DENVER, CO– Hoy, primero de Marzo del 2017, los miembros de La Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA, por sus cifras en inglés), liderarán una acción en apoyo de la campaña Yo Manejo Colorado para urgir a todo Coloradense que se unan a los esfuerzos para proteger las licencias de los Dreamers y un sistema de renovación justo para todo motorista.

Cuando la SB-251, “La Acta de Seguridad en las Carreteras y Comunidades de Colorado” fue hecha ley en el 2013, 142,000 Coloradenses se hicieron elegibles para obtener una licencia, comprar seguro de auto, y proveer identificación a un oficial de policía por primera vez. Mientras la ley SB-251 creo un proceso por el cual Coloradenses indocumentados pudieran obtener una licencia, la ley involuntariamente excluyo a algunos e hizo la renovación inaccesible para muchos Coloradenses.

Bajo el lenguaje original de la ley SB-251, las personas que en algún momento recibieron un número de seguro social válido a través de un programa de inmigración temporal, pero quien desde entonces han perdido la protección de ese programa porque fue rescindido, están excluidas de recibir una licencia. Este error al crear la ley que ha excluido a muchos desde el inicio del programa, pero dejaría aún más Coloradenses fuera del programa si se eliminara el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Niñez (DACA, por sus cifras en inglés).

Eder Torres, un miembro de COPA describe sus miedos si no se elimina este error en la ley. “Perder la DACA me quitaría la habilidad de proveer por mi familia, y de asegurar a mis hijos que no me separaran de ellos, pero no debería también perder mi habilidad de llevarlos a la escuela seguramente con mi licencia de Colorado.”

La HB17-1206, una propuesta legislativa recientemente introducida para eliminar los errores de la ley original, y titulada “Elegibilidad para La Acta de Seguridad en las Carreteras y Comunidades de Colorado” eliminaría este problema relacionado con los números de seguro social y crearía un proceso de renovación más justo y accesible para todos los conductores.

No solo se trate de los Dreamers, toda persona que yo conozco que tiene una licencia por el programa SB-251 está preocupado porque no sabe si podrá renovar o renovar a tiempo si nos requieren hacer una cita otra vez.” Continuo Torres, “ya tuvimos suficiente dificultad en obtener una cita la primera vez porque solo hay 3 oficinas en todo el estado done podemos sacar la licencia Sb-251. Debemos ser tratados como todo otro conductor en Colorado y poder renovar en línea o en cualquier oficina de departamento de vehículos.”

Hay 42,000 Coloradenses con una licencia SB-251 quienes tendrán que renovar pronto. A menos que se haga ley la HB17-1206, todos los motoristas tendrán que competir con los solicitantes por primera vez para las 90 citas en persona disponibles en todo el estado cada día.

Por eso los miembros de COPA están urgiendo a todo motorista, especialmente los que tienen licencia SB-251, que se unan a la lucha para proteger las licencias para los Dreamers y para mejorar el proceso de renovación para el programa SB-251. El mensaje final de Eder Torres para todo Coloradense quien quiera seguir manejando en carreteras seguras es este: “Únanse en urgir a nuestros legisladores que aprueben esta legislación para asegurar que todo Dreamer pueda seguir manejando con seguridad aun si nos quitan la DACA, y para asegurar que todo conductor pueda renovar su licencia sin retrasos innecesarios.

La campaña Yo Manejo Colorado es un esfuerzo liderado por una coalición comprometida a asegurar el acceso igualitario a licencias e identificaciones para Coloradenses inmigrantes. Vamos a organizar hasta que el espíritu de la ley se aplique plenamente. La Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA, por sus cifras en inglés) es miembro de la coalición Yo Manejo Colorado. COPA es una organización de justicia racial con varias áreas de enfoque dirigida por sus miembros

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RTD Opens Inaccessible R Line, Ignores the Working Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2017

Contact: Lupita Carrasquillo, (773) 956-9596

lupita@coloradopeopleslliance.org

RTD Opens Inaccessible R Line, Ignores the Working Class

AURORA, CO-  Despite the struggle for low income communities to afford transportation to and from work, RTD chooses to spend Colorado tax dollars on beautification projects like the 30 million dollar beautification project in central Denver and ignore those communities. When presented the solution of creating an Income Based Pass that would reduce the cost of transit for people with low incomes, RTD instead suggested the community and nonprofit organizations fundraise the money.  The Income Based Pass Project would have been a fraction of the cost of the beautification project coming in at 11 million dollars. RTD is a public service and it is their responsibility to ensure that their service is available to all residents.

We believe RTD has ignored the needs of our community and prioritized projects that attract tourists instead of serving the very people whose tax dollars make any RTD project a possibility.

Today Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) disrupted the Opening Ceremony for the R Line at the Iliff Station. As the program began, COPA leaders and allies interrupted with a song calling for accessible transportation. Shortly after the group began to sing, they were escorted out from the ceremony and the program continued with RTD praising themselves for the new addition to the existing train system, an addition that regardless of location remains inaccessible to our community because of its high cost.

COPA has been engaged in the fight for more accessible and affordable public transportation for our communities that depend on our transit system for their everyday lives. We call on RTD to wisely utilize our resources to create transportation that is accessible to all, especially those who need it most. We call on RTD to ensure that working class people are served, represented, and prioritized instead of corporate interests which currently shape our communities.

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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.

Press Release: Dear Cory Gardner, Silence is Unacceptable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2017

Contact: Lizeth Chacon, (720) 938-6588
lizeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

 

Dear Cory Gardner, Silence is Unacceptable

DENVER, CO- Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) members are greatly concerned by the lack of communication from Cory Gardner’s office regarding the executive orders that target his immigrant constituents. We were glad to see the Senator recognize that the refugee and Muslim ban went too far, but we have yet to see a similar statement regarding the other executive orders.  Despite the attacks against our immigrant community, Cory Gardner has been silent. As our elected official, silence is unacceptable.

Cory Gardner’s immigrant constituents are holding him accountable to stand up, to denounce the executive orders and to support policies that protect immigrants, like the BRIDGE Act. In the face of destructive orders that attack our community, silence is unacceptable.

Adrian Nava, a COPA member with undocumented relatives, fights for the protection of all immigrants. “I urge Senator Gardner to take a hard and thoughtful look at the people he represents. My community votes, we organize, and we are involved in our legislative and political processes. Silence from my Senator is not what my family and I need – we need Senator Gardner to take action against the blatant racism and discrimination that has taken place over the last week, and to support bipartisan legislation that will move Colorado forward.”

COPA’s members stand up to divisive orders and organize to protect our immigrant community. We will fight for justice and for a Colorado where our elected officials fight for their citizens. We will not stand by and allow Cory Gardner’s complicit silence.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

PARA PUBLICACION INMEDIATA
Febrero 1, 2017

Contacto: Lizeth Chacon, (720) 938-6588
lizeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

 

Estimado Cory Gardner, silencio es inaceptable

DENVER, CO- Los miembros de la Alianza del Pueblo de Colorado (COPA) están muy preocupados acerca de la falta de comunicación de la oficina de Cory Gardner acerca de las órdenes ejecutivas que están atacando a sus constituyentes inmigrantes. Nos dio gusto ver que el Senador reconoció que la prohibición contra los refugiados y musulmanes fue más allá de lo apropiado, pero aún no hemos visto alguna comunicación similar al respecto a las otras órdenes ejecutivas. A pesar de estos ataques hacia nuestra comunidad, Cory Gardner ha callado. Como nuestro funcionario electo, el silencio es inaceptable.

Los inmigrantes quienes son votantes de Gardner le están pidiendo que denuncie las órdenes ejecutivas y que apoye políticas que protejan a los inmigrantes, como la ley BRIDGE. En la presencia de ordenes destructivas que ataquen nuestra comunidad, el silencio es inaceptable.

Adrian Nava, un miembro de COPA que tiene familiares indocumentados, lucha por la protección de todos los inmigrantes. “Le ruego a Senador Gardner que tome una seria y reflexiva mirada a la gente que representa. Mi comunidad vota, organizamos y estamos involucrados en nuestros procesos legislativos y políticos. Mi familia y yo no necesitamos el silencio de mi Senador—necesitamos que Senador Garnder tome acción en contra del racismo descarado y la discriminación que ha pasado en esta semana y apoyar legislación bipartita que mueve adelante Colorado.”

Los miembros de COPA resisten ordenes divisivas y organizan para proteger a nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes. Lucharemos por justicia y por un Colorado donde nuestros funcionarios electos luchen por sus ciudadanos. No nos quedaremos sin actuar ni aceptaremos el silencio cómplice de Cory Gardner.

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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.