Cervezas for Causes: Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right

Cervezas for Causes Colorado People's Alliance

In the last few months we have been at the doors in Montbello and Commerce City engaging community in our water justice work. The majority of those we talked to don’t trust that their tap water is safe to drink. 85 of them have expressed the need to test their water.

 

A water test costs $107 and is not affordable for the vast majority of those we’ve spoken with. To date, we’ve completed 18 water tests, leaving us with at least 67 more homes to test. However, this number doesn’t include the additional homes we will identify through the doors in the coming month. To date, COPA has stepped in and is paying for the tests, but we will run out of funds soon and so we need your support in paying for the tests.

 

“When moving into Commerce City years ago, people warned me about the air and water. But we couldn’t turn down the offer to own our own first home so we moved in.

After moving in and finding harsh chemical rings on dishes, cloudy drinking water etc. I decided to get my water tested.

My water was well over the regulations for acceptable drinking water.

Because of my newborn and toddler, I figured out a way to finance a $7,000 water softener system for my house. I am still paying it off, but it’s ridiculous that I have had to spend so much money on getting clean water and that so many other people don’t have the opportunity to burden that expense.” -Janet, Commerce City resident

 

We need your support in this urgent issue.

 

Clean, safe drinking water is a human right. We want to test the water to ensure that people have peace of mind, or if needed, we can work together to solve any issues and ensure clean drinking water for all.

 

Join us on Thursday, October 18th from 6-9pm at Cervecería Colorado–a portion of the sales will go to funding these urgent water tests! Along with your beer, crafted in collaboration with Mexican breweries, you can eat some delicious pizza from the Amore Pizza food truck, who will also be donating a portion of their sales to our Water Justice campaign. Check out the Facebook Event here.

 

What: Water Justice fundraiser at Cervecería Colorado with Amore Pizza

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver 80202

When: Thursday, October 18th, 6-9pm

Who? You! Bring your friends and family too to join COPA at this fun event!

 

Questions? Contact Julie at julie@coloradopeoplesalliance.org or 720-732-4351

 

Can’t make it to Cervecería Colorado? You can still donate here!


 

Cervezas por Causas: Agua Potable es un Derecho Humano

Cervezas for Causes Colorado People's Alliance

En los últimos meses hemos estado tocando puertas en Montbello y Commerce City para hablar con la comunidad acerca de nuestro trabajo de justicia del agua. La mayoría de las personas con las que hemos hablado no confían que su agua potable es segura para beber. 85 de ellos han expresado la necesidad de examinar su agua.

 

Una prueba de agua cuesta $107 y no es asequible por la mayoría de las personas que hablamos. Hasta hoy, hemos hecho 18 exámenes del agua, y nos faltan por lo menos 67 más casas para examinar. Pero ese número no incluye las casas adicionales que vamos a identificar en los meses que vienen. Hasta hoy, COPA ha tomado la responsabilidad de pagar por los exámenes del agua, pero estamos en poco de gastar todos nuestros fondos para esto y necesitamos su apoyo para poder pagar los exámenes del agua.

 

“Hace años cuando casi iba a mudar a Commerce City, la gente me advirtió sobre el aire y el agua. Pero no pudimos rechazar la oportunidad de ser dueños de nuestra primera casa entonces nos mudamos.

Después de mudar y al encontrar anillos químicos ásperos en platos, agua potable turbia, etc. yo decidí probar mi agua.

Mi agua estaba bien sobre las regulaciones para el agua potable aceptable.

Debido a mi bebé recién nacido y niñito, financie Because of my newborn and toddler, financié un sistema de ablandador de agua de $7,000 por mi casa. Todavia estoy pagando por él y es ridículo que tenga que pagar tanto para tener agua potable limpia y que muchos otros en la comunidad no pueden hacer este gasto.” -Janet, residente en Commerce City

 

Necesitamos su apoyo en este tema urgente.

 

Agua potable limpia y segura es un derecho humano. Queremos examinar el agua para asegurarnos que gente tenga tranquilidad, o si es necesario, podamos trabajar juntos para resolver cualquier problema y asegurarnos que todos tengan acceso a agua potable limpia.

 

¡Únase a nosotros el jueves, 18 de october de las 6-9pm en Cervecería Colorado–una porción de las ventas irán a apoyar estas exámenes del agua urgentes! Con su cerveza, hecha en colaboración con cervecerias en México, puede comer pizza rica de Amore Pizza, quienes también van a donar una porción de sus ventas a nuestra campaña de Justica del Agua. Puede ver más información aquí en nuestro Evento en Facebook.

 

Qué: Recaudación de Fondos para Nuestra Campaña de Justica del agua en Cervecería Colorado con Amore Pizza

Dónde: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver 80202

Cuándo: el jueves, 18 de octubre, 6-9pm

¿Quien? ¡Usted! También traiga a sus amigos y familia para acompañar a COPA en este evento divertido!

 

¿Preguntas? Contacte a Julie a julie@coloradopeoplesalliance.org o 720-732-4351

 

¿No puede venir a la Cervecería Colorado? ¡Puede hacer una donación aquí!

 

*Seguido en Español*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1st 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Murphy, 720-515-6391

elizabeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Communities Demand Safe Drinking Water!

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

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

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

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

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

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

1 de junio 2017

Contacto: Elizabeth Murphy, 720-515-6391

elizabeth@coloradopeopleslliance.org

La Comunidad Demande Agua Potable!

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Crisis Convenes Community Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31st 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Murphy, 720-515-6391

elizabeth@coloradopeoplesalliance.org

Water Crisis Convenes Community Meeting

Denver, CO -Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) member’s canvassed in Montbello and Green Valley Ranch in 2016 and discovered troubling information from the majority of community members–our community does not have access to safe drinking water, and it is making us sick.

Colorado People’s Alliance is convening a Water Justice Community Meeting, for Montbello and Commerce City residents, on Wednesday, May 31st from 6-7:30pm at Montbello Recreation Center to continue to hear from our neighbors around issues regarding the safety of their water and infrastructure, and to ensure our voices are heard in the development of our communities.

We must all have access to safe drinking water, and confidence in those responsible for ensuring the safety and health of our communities. Historically communities of color have been the most impacted by a lack of investment in city infrastructure. As a state, and nation, we must focus investing in repairing and replacing deteriorating infrastructure.

COPA is launching a Water Justice Campaign in Montbello and Commerce City, beginning with tonight’s meeting, to ensure all communities have access to safe drinking water.

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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