Welcome Drew Houston as Citizens Project’s new Executive Director!

Citizens Project welcomes their new Executive Director, Drew L. Houston to the organization! Houston succeeds former Executive Director Deb Walker. Houston will lead Citizens Project’s efforts in engaging, empowering and challenging the Colorado Springs community to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice. Drew Houston considers herself a lifelong catalyst for positive change and cites one of her earliest organizing experiences working along her father to get the racist mascot of her Jr. High School changed as the event that helped her realize her purpose. Prior ...

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Census PSA

The Census deadline is coming up! Complete your Census form NOW. Make sure you and your community are included in the once a decade count that determines congressional seats and funding for healthcare, roads, housing assistance, and more. Listen to this PSA from one of our supporters. You can complete the Census today at 2020census.gov  

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Get Out the Vote with Citizens Project!

We need your help making sure our community has the election information they need. We'll be calling and writing our neighbors to remind them how important it is to stay engaged and vote, and we'll be sharing information about registration, ballot return, and more. For in-person events, attendance is limited because we want to make sure we can practice social distancing. Use the links below to sign up if you’d like to join any in-person events! If you'd like to join any of our virtual events, please RSVP to joy@citizensproject.org so that we can deliver postcards to ...

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Thank you Deb for all of your work with us!

To my Citizens Project family, It is with gratitude and excitement that I write on this last official day of my tenure as executive director of Citizens Project. I am thrilled to be moving on to The Independence Center— another organization in our community that serves the vulnerable and advocates for civil rights— to serve as director of strategic partnerships. These past six years have been deeply rewarding, completely exhausting, fun, hard, and truly one of the great privileges of my life. The search for the next leader of Citizens Project is underway and I ...

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Action Alert: Census operations cut short one month

NPR recently reported that the Census Bureau will cut its door-knocking and self response period a month short (ending September 30), a change which we know will lead to an undercount, particularly of people of color, rural folks, people experiencing homelessness, and other groups the census has historically missed. This means that these communities will miss out on critical resources and political representation (congressional seats, electoral college votes, and representation for redistricting) for the next 10 years. "The end result would be [overrepresentation] for ...

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One year ago today, De’Von Bailey’s life was taken.

Today, we honor, mourn, and celebrate the life of De'Von Bailey by recommitting ourselves to fight for justice. A year ago today, De'Von Bailey's life was cut short when police took the liberty of acting as judge, jury, and executioner by shooting De'Von in the back while he ran away, scared for his life. The officers were responding to a 911 call about a robbery, which was later proven in court to be a false report. De'Von left behind family, friends, neighbors, and so many others who love him. De'Von's family and supporters are still fighting for justice. His ...

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Job Posting- Executive Director

Citizens Project is looking for its next leader! Learn more about our organization HERE.   About Citizens Project Citizens Project is a bold, fearless advocate and engaging voice that challenges the Pikes Peak region to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice. Position Overview The Executive Director is a strategic leader, partnering with the board of directors to frame and fulfill a robust and inclusive vision for Citizens Project and the community.  Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director has operational responsibility for Citizens ...

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How’s my neighbor? 2020 Creating Community Breakfast & Happy Hour

Virtual Creating Community Day August 27th 8am-8:30am AND/OR 5:30pm-6:00pm Every year, Citizens Project holds a Creating Community Breakfast to celebrate our work in building equity and inclusion in our region and to foster dialogue about ways we move forward together. This year, we are building community virtually over Zoom and Facebook Live. We will be holding both a breakfast event at 8 am and a happy hour event at 5:30 pm, and anyone may join one or both events. Both events will feature inspirational speakers, musical guests, and a look at the valuable work ...

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Neil Gorsuch: No originalist on church and state

Contributed by Ken Burrows, a Citizens Project Supporter When Donald Trump tabbed Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the popular buzz was that Gorsuch would be an originalist, just like Scalia always claimed to be. This meant that in his judicial decision making, he would look to the recorded views of relevant Founders to discern what intents and meanings they infused into the Constitution and other significant documents, and thus what original intents of theirs are applicable to today. Watchers of church-...

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Building and Bridging Power Grant

We are immensely grateful and honored to be one of 23 groups total and one of 7 grass tops groups across the state of Colorado chosen to receive the Colorado Trust's Building and Bridging Power Grant, which will help us build capacity over the next four years. This grant was awarded to trusted groups building power in communities and advocating for policies that enhance community health. The goal of this grant is to grow the capacity of organizations working to ensure that all people, particularly those most marginalized, have voice in decisions that influence their ...

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