66 results for tag: diversity


Citizens Proejct Response to Colorado Springs Anti-Refugee Resolution

On March 7, 2016 Colorado Springs Council Member Pico presented a resolution "declaring opposition the the relocation of refugees from the United States Refugee Resettlement Program to the City of Colorado Springs." Citizens Project was quick to respond by contacting every Council Member to express deep concern. The resolution is not currently on the City Council Agenda, which is a small success. We look forward to being an important part of a needed community conversation about how to best welcome and resettle refugees in our community. The following letter to the editor was published in The Gazette on March 11, 2016. Since our inception, ...

VIDEO: Citizens Project Vision for the Future, 2015

This video was featured at the June 2015 Creating Community Breakfast. Featuring interviews from Jody Alyn, Don DeAngelis, Alison Garscadden, Bernie Herpin, Rosemary Lytle, Mary Lou Makepeace, Jan Martin, and Jariah Walker. Citizens Project is excited to be a vital part of the future of the Pikes Peak region! We invite you to be a part of OUR future!


Becoming Whole

By Sarah Musick I had a lovely childhood. I sincerely did. My parents were hardworking, god-fearing, loving people with big imaginations. They taught my siblings and I that “If you can dream it, you can find a way to make it happen.” They took the twenty acres my grandfather gave them and built a stunning log cabin. It took them five years to complete. They cut 115 straight, tall, poplar trees to build our home. In hindsight, they wanted their children to be like those poplar trees. Straight. And tall. I aspired to follow in the footsteps of my father and my father’s father and become a Southern Baptist preacher. I couldn’t because I ...

We Are Not So Separate

A poem by Emma Brachtenbach Last night, I slept upon the springtime, mountain ground and thought about the universe. Under the ancient constellations I pondered the possibilities of sacredness and secular creation and my mind just wouldn't stop turning. Like how beautiful would it be if god was genderless and endlessly gendered all at once because then religion could be constructed as truly all encompassing. More than bodies and how we can compartmentalize human beings. And what if the earth was our original mother: heart beat ringing beautifully every time a new soul slipped from the dark womb of the mother who made us into the light and ...

Creating Community Breakfast Raises over $51,000

More than 500 community members gathered to create community and celebrate diversity at Citizens Project’s tenth annual Creating Community Breakfast.  The breakfast highlighted the work Citizens Project is doing in the Pikes Peak region to promote equal rights, diversity, and religious freedom through separation of church and state, and civic engagement. This event raised over $51,000 in general operating support for Citizens Project’s many programs including: candidate survey voter guides, its monthly publication Citizens Project Online News, and the Citizens Project Activist Network, which currently serves over 1,500 subscribers. Corporate ...



It’s a Springs Thing.

Citizens Project  launched an awareness campaign this week that simultaneously highlights the strides made in the areas of diversity, equality, religious freedom, and civic engagement and invites participation in creating a more inclusive community. The awareness campaign is designed to be aspirational: shifting the conversation about the Colorado Springs community to highlight its successes rather than call attention to its deficits. The campaign includes billboards, social media, print, and online ads, and was made possible through the generosity of Lunchbucket Creative, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, the Colorado Springs Independent, and ...