Citizen’s Project Statement on Critical Race Theory

Citizens Project is opposed to the banning of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools and training programs. Opponents of CRT—including politicians such as former President Trump, Congressman Lamborn, and others—wrongfully claim that CRT is divisive because it argues that White Americans are inherently racist and that people of color are victims of White Americans in all aspects of life. In fact, CRT argues that racism is systemic, that people of different races are not treated equally in our laws and policies, and that—as a society—we have the ability to ...

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Systemic Racism and Critical Race Theory

Essay by Sky Foerster, Citizens Project Board Chair Systemic racism is a reality, and to pretend otherwise is to deflect the responsibilities of a citizen in a free society. Unfortunately, the editorial leadership of The Gazette seems to be on a major campaign against “Critical Race Theory”—or at least its understanding of what is subsumed in that phrase. On July 23rd, the editorial board printed a self-congratulatory reminiscence of how, in the 1920s, Colorado Springs, with vocal support from The Gazette, stood up against the KKK, and, in the ...

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Challenges to Voting Rights in 2021

Challenges to Voting Rights The right to vote—and the ability to exercise that right—are foundational in our democracy.  In a society based on the rule of law, the issues that impact Citizens Project’s core values—equity, inclusion, and justice—are often defined through the ballot box, where we elect those who make the laws, whether at the national, state, or local level. Today, we are witnessing across the U.S. one of the most dramatic debates about voting rights and access in modern history.  At Citizens Project, we are committed to encouraging voters ...

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2020 Special Legislative Session Report

The Colorado State Legislature convened in December for a Special Legislative Session to address economic relief needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This report  outlines the bills that were passed and identifies how each State Legislator from El Paso County voted. Each of the bills passed with bi-partisan support.  You can read the full report here: 2020 Special Legislative Session Report

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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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