Saturday, April 19, 2014

Next Meeting: Saturday, May 3rd at 3pm @ 1029 Santa Fe. Drive in Denver

Update from last meeting: The last coalition meeting was very productive as we were able to get a lot of feedback about the proposed mission and vision statements, structure, decision-making scheme, and name (see last post for original proposal), as well as continue our work in breakout groups. The temporary committee to propose the mission, vision, structure, etc. will be incorporating the feedback of those in attendance at the meeting and re-proposing them at the next coalition meeting. If you are interested in helping out, email

Action: Fill out the survey to tell us what names you prefer for the coalition!

We're considering becoming a member of the The Nation Inside! Check out their website and the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, and come to the next coalition meeting with feedback. If you can't attend the meeting, send feedback to

Upcoming Events from Our Partners (in chronological order): 

"Systems of Social Injustice"
Monday, April 21st 12:30-1:45pm @ Auraria Campus in the Tivoli Turnhalle
Join our partners at the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, the Drug Policy Alliance, the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Brothers Against Racist Cops, Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the American Friends Service Committee, Jobs with Justice, and the Romero Troupe, for a panel discussion on mass incarceration and the systemic nature of its impact. Come meet representatives of these organizations, learn about mass incarceration, and find out ways to get involved.

Accountability Meeting with Denver Public Schools: 3rd Annual DPS Discipline Report Card
Tuesday, April 22nd, 10-11am @ Denver North High School - 2960 North Speer Boulevard, Denver 3rd Floor Lecture Hall - Enter on 32nd
In a democracy, we must hold elected and appointed officials accountable to their commitments. Padres y Jovenes Unidos worked to win and implement new DPS discipline policies, The Smart School Discipline Law, and the Intergovernmental Agreement. Please join us in holding DPS accountable. Spanish translation provided.

Lisa Guenther & the Eugenic Structure of Mass Incarceration
Tuesday, April 22nd, 5-7pm, Auraria Campus Tivoli Building room 320
Last summer, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that nearly 150 women in California prisons had been unlawfully sterilized between 2006 and 2010. Lisa Guenther presents her paper, which situates the recent news in relation to the history of eugenics in the United States as well as broader patterns of racism, class oppression, reproductive injustice, and mass incarceration. Guenther's thesis is that the current U.S. prison system is not just implicated in eugenics at particular moments, but in its very structure. The reproductive justice movement led by women of color activists and scholars provides a framework for dismantling the eugenic structure of mass incarceration, beyond the alternatives of pro-choice and pro-life. Presented by CU Denver's Department of Philosophy.

Public Safety Town Hall
Tuesday, April 22nd, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm @ Escuela Tlatelolco, 2949 N. Federal Blvd. (at Speer)
Please join us for a very important Public Safety Town Hall community meeting with Sheriff Gary Wilson and Independent Monitor Nick Mitchell addressing concerns and proposed reforms in the OIM 2013 Annual report in English and Spanish regarding: (1) Recording and investigating serious inmate complaints, (2) Analyzing inmate grievance patterns to identify high-complaint deputies, (3) Increasing access to the grievance process for Spanish speakers, (4) Informing inmates of their right to file complaints directly with IAB and OIM, and (5) Improving transparency and community collaboration in reform efforts. Presented by the Denver Sheriff Department and the Office of the Independent Monitor, in partnership with the ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance, NAACP Denver Branch, and the National Lawyers Guild of Colorado. Dinner Provided with RSVP to

Infrastructure for Re-entrants Task Force Meeting
Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30pm, location TBA
The Infrastructure for Re-entrants Task Force within the coalition will be meeting to continue hammering out their action plan. Come learn about what the task force is all about and get involved. This page will be updated when a location is set.

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition Presents: Citizen Advocacy Day
Thursday, April 24th, 8-11am @ Capitol Building Basement, Room 111
Citizen Advocacy Day begins with breakfast and training.  We will help look up your state senators and prep you to make the pitch, then take to the Colorado Senate! We will be advocating for youth's right to counsel. Get a FREE Breakfast & T-Shirt with RSVP. RSVP here or contact Jackie Pena for more information, 303-825-0194, Can't make it in person? Contact your State Senators by phone or email to support H.B. 1032 for youth's right to counsel. Click here for H.B. 1032 as amended. Click here for a short fact sheet about the bill, and here is a list of endorsements!

"Pizza for the People: A Fundraiser for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program"
Sunday, April 27th, 4-7pm @ Bonnie Brae Tavern - 740 S. University Blvd Denver
Pizza for the People is a fundraiser for Colorado Anti-Violence Program, an amazing local organization working to end violence within and against LGBTQ communities in Colorado!  Inviting CAVP friends, family and community to share a meal of gourmet, hand-crafted pizza at Bonnie Brae Tavern... And to help us raise some dough at the launch of our new 500 for $5 fundraising campaign! Campaign Goal: Sign Up 500 people to give $5/month or more to help us build safety, justice and liberation for LGBTQ communities in Colorado. Goal for the Night: Kick off our campaign by signing up 25 people as new monthly donors! This event is generously hosted by Bonnie Brae Tavern and Hana Low in honor of Hana's 25th Birthday! In addition to signing up new sustainers, 50% of all pizza sales will go directly to CAVP. Don't forget to bring your home slice(s)!
RSVP to: or 303-839-5204 by April 24th. All are welcome, whether or not you decide to participate in the pizza fundraiser. The restaurant will be open with their full menu available, though other dishes aren't part of the CAVP fundraiser.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center Visitation Training
Saturday, May 3
rd at 9am-12pm

 @ Casa de Paz - 12170 East 30th Avenue #206 (in Abrigo Apartments) Aurora, CO 80011
Many detainees at the GEO Immigrant Detention Center in Aurora never receive a single visitor during the time they are detained (days, weeks, months, years.) If you are interested in forming deeper relationships with those in our community experiencing detention or looking for a way to do justice work that is deeply grounded in personal relationships, JOIN US. This training will prepare you to engage in regular visits with detainees, grounded in spiritual practices and aimed to help us all to be better companions to those experiencing oppression. By the end of the training, you will be ready to sign up for your first visit, either alone or with someone who has been on one before! Hosted by Casa de Paz and American Friends Service Committee - Coloradans For Immigrant Rights.

Next Mass Incarceration Coalition Meeting
Saturday, May 3rd, 3pm, location TBA
We will be proposing the updated mission and vision statements, structure, decision making scheme, and name for the coalition, as well as meeting in our breakout groups to continue building action plans. Join us!

May Immigrant Detention Center Vigil
Monday, May 5
th, 6-7pm

 @ICE for-profit GEO Detention Center at 30th & Peoria in Aurora, CO
Plant the seeds of resistance in your heart! Our Resistance Is Growing. We will stand in solidarity with all families facing deportation and detention. Vigil goes from 6-7pm at the ICE for-profit GEO Detention Center at 30th & Peoria in Aurora, CO. Be at AFSC at 5pm if you need a ride! AFSC is located at 901 W. 14th Ave., Suite 7, Denver, Colorado 80204.

Prax(us) Presents: Our Stories, Our Strength
Wednesday, May 7th, 6-8pm @ the Mercury Cafe - 2199 California St. Denver, in the Jungle Room
Short videos and panel discussion of real life narratives of exploitation and empowerment. Featuring: the beautiful atmosphere of the Mercury Cafe, tasty snacks, slam poetry, and other wonderful entertainment.We are asking for a $15-25 sliding scale donation at the door.

Second Tuesday Race Forum: Dog Whistle Politics
Tuesday, May 13th, 7 PM @ Park Hill United Methodist Church - 5209 E Montview Blvd, Denver
We will continue our exploration of hidden racism and its methods by discussing the new book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney López, Professor of Law at U-Cal Berkeley.  “Think about a term like ‘welfare queen,’ or ‘food stamp president,’” Haney López told Bill Moyers. “On one level, like a dog whistle, it’s silent. Silent about race — it seems race-neutral.” But on another level it has a shrill blast “that can be heard by certain folks … a warning about race and a warning, in particular, about threatening minorities.”
 Professor Haney López helps us connect the dots and see clear evidence that racism does not only impact its targets, but all of society.  You can watch highlights and examples he provides here and here. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please email us and we will add you to our list. Find more information about the Second Tuesday Race Forum at our website:

"Symbols of Resistance - the Chicano Movement in Colorado"
Saturday, May 31st, doors at 3pm, program at 6:30pm @ Su Teatro - 721 Santa Fe Dr. Denver
Remember Ricardo Falcón, Luis 'Junior' Martínez, Los Seis de Boulder (Neva Romero, Una Jaakola, Reyes Martinez, Florencio Granado, Heriberto Terán, Francisco Dougherty), and Carlos Zapata, all killed by government forces during the Chicano Movement. This is a commemorative event to honor the symbols of resistance, document our history, and continue the struggle. La lucha sigue! Visit for more information.

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