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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PREACH Act: Misnamed and misguided on mixing politics and religion

By Ken Burrows Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced a bill in the House, H.R. 6086, that would permit houses of worship to endorse political candidates, something churches and other 501 (c)(3) nonprofits have technically been prohibited from doing for the past 60+ years. In a November 13th guest column in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Lamborn called his bill—titled the Protect Religious Expression Against Censorship and Harassment (PREACH) Act—necessary because “[church] leaders cannot state their personal opinions from the pulpit.”   Like ...

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Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Today is Colorado Gives Day, a day when your support of Citizens Project is amplified by the generosity of the Community First Foundation and FirstBank. By donating TODAY you are allowing us to take advantage of incentives that make your gift go even further toward our mission of promoting ...

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Election Season Recap

Election season is now over! For the past few months, Citizens Project has been hard at work in the community making sure everyone has a voice. We started off the season by writing postcards to 10,000 underrepresented voters. Each of the postcards would have a unique message to the recipient such as "Hey Neighbor, your vote matters!" We then proceeded to set up two separate voter forums: a ballot measure forum and a candidate forum. Each one had a great turn out and we really think they helped voters know what is on the ballot and who would represent them. ...

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Where do we stand? Where do we go?

    On election night, Stephen Colbert punctuated his tenuously-delivered monologue with a litany of things Americans might be able to agree on. Most were funny and unifying, but they lacked the zeal of certain, confident delivery, both on the part of the audience and Mr. Colbert. The unfunny reality is that perhaps the only thing all Americans have in common at this moment is the very discomfort that was palpable in that live election-night Colbert special: the discomfort of our own fear. Fear of the repealing of policies that advance equality for ...

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FINAL Phonebanking Dates!

Election Day is almost here and we need your help! We will be having 5 more phonebanking opportunities to reach out to underrepresented voters! As a reminder, we are engaging 20,000 voters in the Pikes Peak region and are making a big impact. Please join us! Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm @ Citizens Project Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm @ Epicentral Coworking Saturday, November 5th from 4:00-7:00pm @ Epicentral Coworking Monday, November 7th from 12:00_3:00pm @ Citizens Project Tuesday, November 8th anytime before 7pm @Citizens ...

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Get-Out-The-Vote Dates!

Please help us reach 20,000 underrepresented voters in the Pikes Peak Region! We will be hosting several phonebanks throughout October to reach voters and answer any questions they might have! Wednesday, October 12, 5:30-7:30pm at Epicentral Coworking Thursday, October 13, 4-7pm at Epicentral Coworking Monday, October 17, 6-8pm at Citizens Project Wednesday, October 19, 3-7pm at Epicentral Coworking Thursday, October 20, 4-7pm Tuesday, October 25, 11-1pm at The Independence Center Wednesday, October 26, 5:30-8:30pm at Epicentral Coworking Epi...

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Citizens Project through the Eyes of Our Young Activists

Citizens Project is sad to lose two of our youngest activists as they head off to their bright futures. Here is a little bit about them and from them. Our ever energizing volunteer, Isaac Green, has faithfully come to our board meetings for three years to assist with documenting our conversations while keeping us smiling and laughing.  He says he is "taking the skills I have learned here, through being an active community member, to other countries. I am learning about others, and myself in the process. It is a journey to clarify so many joyful answers." When asked ...

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Your 2016 Redistricting Update

Every four years, the city charter mandates that the city clerk revise the city council districts in order to equalize population between districts. As of the last redistricting process, the city code gained a rule that a redistricting committee must be formed in order to take the public's comments into account and then develop a preliminary district map to recommend to the city clerk. The District Process Advisory Committee has officially submitted their recommended changes to our City Clerk, Sarah Johnson, who will release her preliminary report on October 1st. ...

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Citizens Project hard to miss during Pride Weekend

Citizens Project was out in force supporting the LGBT community this weekend! On Friday, Citizens Project welcomed in over 500 people to listen to the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, and Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Gay Men's Chorus in a massive choir concert, Simply Sensational. The free concert's donations went to the Orlando shooting victims fund and Citizens Project. After the charismatic SFGMC director Dr. Timothy Seelig moved the audience to donate during the program, a whopping $7,000 was raised. To see videos from the concert go to ...

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