“I often hear that Colorado Springs is not very diverse; therefore, people of color would not want to live here. I have repeated that statement myself. Then one day my spouse looked and me and said, “You are Colorado Springs. If you see things or hear things in Colorado Springs that make you believe the city is unwelcoming and you do nothing and then share that Colorado Springs is not welcoming, you are talking about yourself.” I then realized that I need to be engaged in the community of Colorado Springs. Citizens Project is one way that I can be engaged. It also reminded me of what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” Be Colorado Springs, be Engaged.” -Jason
Hate crimes rose 20 percent in the U.S. during 2016 amid heightened tensions related to the presidential election, according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Citizens Project is steadfast in its philosophy of nonviolent resistance in the face of hate and bigotry.