Democracy in the Time of COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, much is at risk, including our democracy. The Colorado Legislative Session has been put on hold until March 30, and will likely meet again next week only long enough to vote to extend the break. Although all sides agree that lawmaking must be put on hold for the sake of public safety, there is disagreement on how the session will continue. Will the session be resumed later on to ensure 120 consecutive days of lawmaking? Or will a special session be called, limiting the issues that can be addressed during the session? No matter what the ...

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Know Your Rights: Interacting with Law Enforcement

Earlier this month, Citizens Project cohosted a training with the ACLU of Colorado called Know Your Rights- Interactions with Law Enforcement. Jessica Howard from the ACLU came down to Colorado Springs from Denver to give a training on how people can protect themselves from police harassment and dangerous interactions, in addition to how bystanders can help de-escalate and monitor police encounters. This conversation comes at a vital time in Colorado Springs, after the police murder of De’Von Bailey this summer. This conversation is only one small piece in the work ...

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2018 Get Out The Vote

Help us reach more than 10,000 underrepresented voters this election! Postcard writing is an easy, fun way to contribute in a positive way to our community. See you there!

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2018 Legislative Priorities Preview Recap

Citizens Project invited partner organizations League of Women Voters of CO, Colorado Common Cause, and One Colorado to give a preview of their legislative priorities for the 2018 CO General Assembly session. Slides from the presentation can be found here: 2018 Colorado Legislative Session Priorities

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Immigration Community Conversation Recap

Thursday, February 15 Citizens Project partnered with Colorado Springs Councilmembers Richard Skorman and Yolanda Avila to hold a community conversation on immigration. The event was attended by over 100 community members and featured a panel of experts with different perspectives on immigration. Video of the event is below. Panelists from left to right are: Carlos Gutierrez- Deputy, El Paso County Sherriff’s Office Nayda Benitez- Founder of UNIDOS at UCCS Edwin Ruiz – South Regional Organizer, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Eric Pavri- Immigration Attorney, ...

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Know Your Vote: The Voter Education Challenge

Know Your Vote Rules Know Your Vote Rubric The goal of the Voter Education Challenge is to harness the creative power and knowledge of students in the Pikes Peak region to create nonpartisan educational resources that can be used by community and government organizations to educate the community on the role and rights of people as voters and the American system of government. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to March 31, 2018 To submit your resource, email knowyourvote@citizensproject.org Divisions and topics... Middle School (Grades 6-8) 1. Voter ...

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Citizens Project: These are the values of the Pikes Peak region

This letter was published in the August 22, 2017 Gazette and August 23 Colorado Springs Independent in response to recent national and local hate speech. Our collective national attention has been consumed by the appalling behavior and rhetoric in Charlottesville, motivated by hatred and bigotry. We should not forget, though, that in our community we have recently brushed with the same dangerous ideology and behavior, which should have already been relegated to the shadows of history. On one recent night a synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic symbols and property ...

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Neil Gorsuch on church-state separation: The case for concern

by Ken Burrows Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, has promised to be a “faithful servant of the Constitution” and is known to be, like Scalia, a proponent of originalism. Originalists in this sense are said to be judges who interpret the words of the Constitution as they were understood at the time they were written—in other words, what did the drafters of the document originally intend in what they wrote? Gorsuch also has been quoted, in a talk before an ...

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