We’ve got another busy week ahead in the Colorado legislature, and if you live in Denver there are numerous opportunities this week to learn more about candidates running in your rapidly-approaching city elections! Let’s get right to the action:
Action item #1 this week: THANK YOU to everyone who contacted your lawmakers in support of legislation to keep families together with no-cost telecommunications for people in custody. Alleviating this massive financial burden on families who in many cases can’t afford the expense reduces recidivism and puts a stop to unfair profiteering by for-profit telecommunications companies who overcharge for services the rest of us take for granted.
With your help, House Bill 1133 PASSED the Colorado House last week! Now it’s on to the Colorado Senate where we expect more heated debate over this common-sense legislation. Please take a moment right now to call your state senator and urge them to vote YES on House Bill 23-1133, Cost Of Phone Calls For Persons In Custody.
Next, help make sure every mother can give their babies the care they need. Alternatives In Criminal Justice System & Pregnant Persons (HB23-1187) seeks to ensure that every person can give birth, recover from their pregnancy, and care for their newborn in community, regardless of their incarceration status. It recognizes that prison and jail are not appropriate places to address the physiologic and mental health impacts of pregnancy and birth. This policy allows the district attorney or a judge to defer or delay the sentence of a person who is pregnant or in the postpartum period to physically and mentally heal from pregnancy and allows time for the parent and newborn to develop a healthy bond.
Contact your legislator today and urge them to support HB23-1187, Alternatives in Criminal Justice System & Pregnant Persons.
Thanks for your help with these important pieces of legislation. Here are some more ways to fight for progress for the week of Febuary 27, 2023:
9to5 Colorado: HB 23-1171 Press Conference
Please join us at the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol for the press conference for the Just Cause for Eviction Act (HB23-1171).
When: Wednesday, March 1 at 12:30pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
Center for People With Disabilities: Disability Rights Advocacy Day
Center for People With Disabilities (CPWD), along with many community partners throughout the state have joined Representative Ortiz to organize Disability Rights Advocacy Day on March 1st at the Capitol. This is a day to bring awareness to many issues facing Coloradans across the state who have disabilities and to act. There will be a press conference to share a package of bills that relate to accessibility in many areas, and we are looking for people with lived experience to participate and share their stories. Or, to just be present and show your support!
When: Wednesday, March 1 at 7:45am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety Denver Auditor candidate forum
The Denver Reimagining Policing and Public Safety Community Task Force has taken the issue of public safety incredibly seriously in this upcoming Denver election. We are hosting a candidate forum for Denver city and county auditor. The auditor is responsible for budgetary oversight into the city and county of Denver. The purpose of this questionnaire is to give all potential Denver voters a deeper insight into the views of the running candidates regarding social issues that directly impact the community.
When: Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00pm
Where: 4809 Race St, Denver
Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety Mayoral candidate forum 2
The Denver Reimagining Policing and Public Safety Community Task Force has taken the issue of public safety incredibly seriously in this upcoming Denver Mayoral election. We are hosting a two-part series back to back evenings of Denver Mayoral candidate forums with all candidates who filled out our voter education questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to give all potential Denver voters a deeper insight into the views of the running candidates regarding social issues that directly impact the community.
When: Thursday, March 2 at 6:00pm
Where: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. W, Denver
2023 RISE Westwood BIPOC Mayoral Forum
RISE Westwood partners are hosting a BIPOC Mayoral Forum to provide the Westwood and Southwest Denver community with the opportunity to directly engage with some of the BIPOC candidates for Denver’s 2023 Mayoral Election.
When: Friday, March 3 at 6:00pm
Where: RISE Westwood, 3738 Morrison Road, Denver
Denver Mayor’s Forum: An Education Conversation in the Heart of Southwest Denver
Join us for a community conversation with Denver’s next mayor about the city’s commitment to its most valuable asset.
When: Saturday, March 4 at 12:00pm
Where: Kepner Beacon Middle School, 911 S Hazel Ct., Denver
Denver’s Mayoral Candidates Forum on Land and Housing
Join community members from across the city in welcoming Denver’s 2023 mayoral candidates with a forum on land and housing. The mayoral candidates will address community questions about housing and community land ownership. The Denver Mayor’s Forum on Land and Housing will be held at the Bruce Randolph School (3955 Steele St) on Saturday, March 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event will include light meals, interpretation, childcare, and transportation options for community members. This event is sponsored by the GES Coalition, Metro Caring, and Eastside Unified.
When: Saturday, March 4 at 2:15pm
Where: Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele St, Denver
Save the date: Colorado Black Women for Political Action People’s Forum by Denverite
The People’s Forum will take place at the Carla Madison Recreation Center March 7, 2023, just a week before ballots are mailed to Denver voters. Join Denverite and a group of community organizations, including Servicios de la Raza, Denver Justice Project and Colorado Black Women for Political Action, to hear candidates make their pitch to city residents. This forum aims to reflect what Denverites believe are the most important issues facing marginalized communities.
When: Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00pm
Where: Carla Madison Recreation Center, 2401 E Colfax, Denver
We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again.