Friday, May 16, 2014

In this post...

1) Meeting Announcement, with proposed agenda items
2) Action Items
3) Upcoming Events

Alert: Our May 28th CUAMI performance and dialogue event has been rescheduled to sometime in July. Stay tuned here for update!

1) The next meeting of Communities United Against Mass Incarceration will be on Wednesday, May 21st at 6:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. At that meeting, we'll be revisiting the proposed structure for the organization and consensus decision making scheme, preparing for our May 28th event (See below), hearing a report back from the Enlace Private Prison Divestment Steering Committee meeting, and organizing in our breakout groups (general public education, restorative justice, infrastructure for reentrants, and law enforcement re-education). Join us!

2) Action Items

A) We need volunteers both to help publicize and to run an event! This May 28th evening event will combine two one-man shows, "Who Killed Jigaboo Jones" and "Behind the Badge" with audience dialogue about mass incarceration. Find out more from the Facebook event here. Email Whitney at if you're able to help publicize and run the event! And if your organization would like to table at the event, email Whitney!

B) We also need folks to give feedback about our proposed structure for the coalition and the consensus scheme. Find them here! Please come to the next meeting on the 21st with feedback, and if you're unable to attend, email it to

C) We've been evaluating whether to become a member of the The Nation Inside, a national organization that does communications and media support for local organizations like ours all over the country. At our next meeting, if there are no objections to the Memorandum of Understanding, we'll become a member! Find the MOU here If you're unable to attend the next meeting and have questions or objections, email

D) Circulate these job listings among your networks! The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver is hiring! Find the descriptions for the Program Assistant here and the Program Manager here!

E) Interested in helping to organize this coalition? Great! We'd love to have you! Email whitney.leeds@colorado.edufor more information.

3) Upcoming Events!

May 18th - Colorado Homeless People's Rights Survey Training and Kickoff 1-3pm at El Centro Humanitario (2260 California Street, Denver, CO)
As laws pass across the country criminalizing acts of survival like sleeping, sitting, and sharing food in public space, and as discrimination against people based on their housing status continues to prevent homeless people’s access to employment, public bathrooms, voting, and equal protection under the law — “Homeless Bills of Rights” which legally protect people’s rights to sleep, sit, give/receive food, work, vote, and survive have become necessary. Thus far five states have passed Homeless Bills of Rights. Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL), in conjunction with other groups across the state, is gathering survey responses from people experiencing homelessness to help improve policy and access to services, and to best construct a Homeless Bill of Rights for Colorado that reflects the concerns and struggles or our local population. We need help gathering survey responses! If you want to help, or even if you just want to learn more about this work toward a Homeless Bill of Rights, join us! For more information about Homeless Bills of Rights see

May 28th Social Forum on Homelessness 6pm at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. in Denver

At the last Social Forum of May, we will learn about how Denver’s “Urban Camping Ban” was passed and how it is effecting the homeless it is reportedly intended to help. Organizers of recent actions in Boulder will let us know what Boulder faces and how they will be addressing the issue. Denver Homeless Out Loud will discuss their Homeless Bill of Rights Survey. Janet Matzen and other organizers of the Boycott the Tattered Cover, Boycott Tami Door, Boycott the Palm Restaurant, and Boycott Snooze AM Eatery will address the philosophy behind, and effectiveness of, their tactics. If you have found their tactics controversial please come voice your concerns or opinions in this open discussion.

June 3rd March for RESPECT for Striking Wal-Mart Workers 12-1:30pm at Veterans Memorial Park in Commerce City Map Here
Come help us support send off striking OUR Walmart workers to Bentonville. We'll rally in the park and march across the street to the Commerce City Walmart store where workers will deliver their strike notice. Hosted by the Front Range Economic Strategy Center. Facebook event here.

June 18th Workers' Rights Board Hearing Date and Location TBA
Super Shuttle drivers have been engaged in a five-year struggle for a union, respect on the job, and a decent contract. In March, Super Shuttle illegally imposed a terrible contract that cut drivers' wages by 30% -- putting many drivers below the poverty line. Colorado Jobs With Justice will be holding a Workers' Rights Board hearing on June 18th to build community support for the drivers and put pressure on the company. Mark your calendar now, and more details to come!

And as always, if you're interested in getting more involved with this coalition, or if you have an update, announcement, or action item you'd like put in the next email blast, email