Friday, August 29, 2014


In this post...

1) Come out to a community forum on police accountability, militarization, profiling,
and mass incarceration this Tuesday!
2) Update on our Ban the Box Campaign
3) Infrastructure Committee Call Out for Nominations - Due Oct. 1st!
4) Donate to get four Denver youth to the Private Prison Divestment Youth Retreat!
5) Upcoming Events
6) Job Opening: Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance Colorado

1) Come out to a community forum on police accountability, militarization, profiling and mass incarceration this Tuesday!

CUAMI is helping to organize the 'Every Life Matters' Forum: Ferguson, Humanity and Injustice - Sept. 2nd 7-9pm at Kingdom of Glory Christian Center, 2485 Welton Street in Denver Facebook event here
There have been wonderful rallies and protests; the next move is to come together, listen, and be heard. Tuesday's event will have community speakers, time to brainstorm solutions and changes, and organizations for us to hear from. "Decisions are made by those who show up." Hear from those working for change, learn about future projects, campaigns and events, and share what you believe as we work together to end racial injustice and brutality. Every life matters. All are welcome.

2) Update on our Ban the Box Campaign

We are in the process of building a Ban the Box campaign with our partners at Together Colorado/Lifelines to Healing, Colorado Jobs With Justice, and  Colorado 9 to 5! 

Ban the Box (BTB) is a campaign that was first started by the organization All Of Us Or None, and is an attempt to convince employers, housing providers, educational institutions, etc. to “ban the box” that applicants are instructed to check if they’ve ever been arrested, have a criminal history, or have been convicted of a felony. We know from research that these boxes have several negative impacts: 1) people with such backgrounds are often discouraged from applying at all, 2) even when they do apply, their applications usually go immediately into the ‘reject’ pile, meaning that 3) good people are passed up for opportunities, and 4) because people of color are disproportionately taken advantage of by the criminal “justice” system, they are more likely to be negatively impacted by such policies. Further, recidivism rates are considerably higher for individuals returning from incarceration who are unable to gain housing and employment, and researchers estimate that the public loses about $65 million every year in would-be income taxes and further incarceration costs as a result of such policies. Find more information at http://www.nelp.org/page/content/banthebox/.

CUAMI and our partners in this campaign are pursuing a BTB campaign (entitled the “Fair Chance Campaign”) targeting private employers and housing providers to sign a pledge to either remove the box from their applications or never to use such a box in the future. Such a campaign allows us to a) start a dialogue with employers and housing providers around the impacts of such boxes on their applications as well as the larger implications of mass incarceration, potentially pulling them into mass incarceration resistance work b) plug into the campaign newer members and allies to gain meaningful organizing experience, c) gather stories and testimony to push a BTB initiative at the citywide level for Denver municipal employees, and d) meet immediate needs of our community by connecting pledge signers with local citizens reentering society as well as organizations that work in re-entry services.

The core organizing team for the Fair Chance Campaign is currently meeting with local experts to strengthen our knowledge of the subject, finalizing the toolkit we’ll need to train our pledge collectors, and planning our first pledge-collector training, scheduledSeptember 25th! Mark your calendars and join us!

If you’re interested in helping out with the campaign, getting trained to collect pledges, or would like more information, email comicoalition@gmail.com!

3) Infrastructure Committee Call Out for Nominations

CUAMI is looking for between two and ten passionate individuals who want to help us continue running our operations! This committee will be primarily responsible for outreach to our partners new and old as well as the administrative tasks of the coalition. Time commitments will depend on the number of individuals on the committee, but at least four people have already expressed interest. Anyone who can read and write and has the passion should apply! An explanation of the responsibilities can be found here, andapplicants should email comicoalition@gmail.com with a statement explaining their reasons for applying and any relevant qualifications by October 1st. Those statements will be circulated on our email lists, and then a consensus process will take place to elect the committee. You can read more about our consensus processhere.  Applications are due October 1st.

4) Donate and share our IndieGoGo campaign to help get four Denver youth to the Private Prison Divestment Youth Retreat!

Four of Denver's best and brightest from the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program's Youth Leadership Institute are gearing up to attend the Private Prison Divestment Youth Retreat in Miami and need your help getting there! Donate to our cause and share the page with your friends! We have only 37 days left and just under $1,500 to raise before we reach our goal - help us out!

5) Upcoming Events

TONIGHT - TWO GREAT EVENTS!

Benefit Show for Solidarity Against Police Brutality Aug. 29th 7-10pm at Youth on Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. Denver, suggested donation $5 but no one turned away Facebook event here
We, the spoken word artist community of Denver, stand in solidarity with the families of Ryan Ronquillo, Oleg Gidenko, Marvin Booker, Alonzo Ashley—lives lost at the hands of the Denver police and the lives taken from police everywhere. Join us for an evening of poetry and music as we raise awareness for police brutality in our nation, gearing up for the march that will take place the following day (Saturday, August 30th at 1pm at Romeo Funeral Home). All proceeds will be donated to the family of Ryan Ronquillo to assist with their legal battles against the injustices caused by the Denver Police Department. Performances by members of Slam Nuba, Mercury Caf√©, Minor Disturbance, other Denver poets from around the area and Hip-Hop artists Molina Speaks and Ahmad JP.

Denver Premier of "Lost for Life" Aug. 29th 7-9pm at Glennon Heights Mennonite Church 11480 W. Virginia Ave, Lakewood Facebook event here
The Second Chance Center ( www.scccolorado.org) presents this powerful documentary which features two Denver residents who were caught up in the criminal justice system with focus on juveniles. 
Sean AhsheeTaylor, Sr Case Mgr, who is featured in thr film and Hassan Latif, Founder and Executive Director of The Second Chance Center will be present for discussion. 
See film trailer at http://youtu.be/abtqYByqtj8
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated.

Solidarity with Ferguson! Justice for Ryan Ronquillo, Mike Brown and all the others! -Aug. 30th 1pm at the Romero Funeral Home, 4750 Tejon St in Denver Facebook event here
Join us in the streets on Saturday August 30th, to show solidarity with those struggling for justice for all victims of police terror. We will meet at the Romero Funeral Home in Northwest Denver, where Ryan Ronquillo was murdered by Denver Police on July 2nd. We will then fill the streets with hope and outrage, as we demand justice for all those whose lives have been stolen from us by police terror. More information on Ryan: http://www.gofundme.com/bm8kg8
March organized by the Friends and Family of Ryan Ronquillo, an ad hoc organization of community members and family members fighting for justice.

'Every Life Matters' Forum: Ferguson, Humanity and Injustice - Sept. 2nd 7-9pmat Kingdom of Glory Christian Center, 2485 Welton Street in Denver Facebook event here
There have been wonderful rallies and protests; the next move is to come together, listen, and be heard. Tuesday's event will have community speakers, time to brainstorm solutions and changes, and organizations for us to hear from. "Decisions are made by those who show up." Hear from those working for change, learn about future events, and share what you believe as we work together to end racial injustice and brutality. Every life matters. All are welcome.

Denver's Citizen Oversight Board Quarterly Public Forum - Sept. 4th 7-8:30pm at Center for 21st Century Learning (formerly Wyman Middle School) 1690 Williams Street, Denver
Demonstration and discussion of Denver Police Department body worm camera (BWC) pilot program in Police District 6.

Royalty Entertainment & Shop Talk Live Presents... HIDDEN COLORS 3: The Rules of Racism - Sept. 6th 1-5pm at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library 2401 Welton St in Denver Facebook event here
Join Royalty Entertainment & Shop Talk Live for an afternoon of deep enlightenment and profound discussions around "Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism," released on June 26, 2014. The film focuses on the topic of race, racism, and history within the United States. In an interview with Shockya.com, the film's director, Nasheed stated: “Hidden Colors 3 will focus on racism in America and some of the unwritten rules of racism within the dominant society. In this country, we talk about how we need to discuss race, but we never have a real dialogue about racism and race in America at all. With this film, I want it to be that dialogue." FREE.

September Immigration Detention Center Vigil - Sept. 8th 6-7pm Facebook event here
You're invited... Immigrant Detention Center Vigil! Monday, Sept 8th , 2014 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the ICE for-profit GEO Detention Center at 30th & Peoria in Aurora, CO. (be at AFSC at 5pm if you need a ride - 901 W. 14th Ave., Suite 7, Denver, Colorado 80204)

Next CUAMI Meeting: Sat. Sept 13th 3-4:30pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver

6) Job Opening: Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance Colorado

The Drug Policy Alliance has an immediate opening for Policy Associate reporting directly to the State Director, Colorado. Find the job posting here!

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