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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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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Thank you Joy for your work at Citizens Project!

It is with immense gratitude we say goodbye to Joy Garscadden as a staff member at Citizens Project. Joy has worked at Citizens Project as our Operations Manager for 6 years, and she will remain a very active volunteer with us. Joy brings, well joy, to every space she occupies. She has been the constant source of sharp wit and humor through some dark times. She is our "Patron Saint of Useful Things," always willing to roll up her sleeves to fix whatever is broken (literal and figurative). Mostly, she has a giant heart for Citizens Project and a commitment to our ...

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Anti-racist work in Colorado Springs

The loss of so many lives at the hands of police violence has caused unspeakable pain to communities across the country. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others bring new attention to this reality, yet none of this pain is new- the US is founded upon violence toward Black people and other communities of color. This national pain echoes the same violence, discrimination, and lack of accountability we have seen in our own community. We saw the murders of De’Von Bailey, Joshua Vigil, and Virgil Thorpe- plus so many others- all in the span of a ...

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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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