Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello Communities United Against Mass Incarceration!

In this post...
1) TWO Polls on Our Online Decision-Making Site, Loomio - Add your voice!
2) Campaign Updates
3) Upcoming Events
4) Job Opportunities
5) Upcoming CUAMI Meetings


If you are on our email list, you should have already received an invitation to join Loomio, a website/app that allows us to collaboratively make proposals, have discussion on those proposals, and make decisions! Earlier this year when we passed our formal structure, we determined that we would use this site in order to facilitate discussion, particularly for those who are unable to make our monthly meetings. If you did not receive the email invitation to Loomio, email ASAP!

Current discussions on Loomio:
Become a Project of a Partner Non-Profit? (5 more days to add your position)
Infrastructure Committee Nominations (20 more days to add your position)


Policing the Police Task Force
Success! The Office of the Independent Monitor of Denver reports that the letter writing campaign to pressure the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments to release withheld reports to the Independent Monitor is working! The City is no longer resisting this effort and the City Attorney is preparing legislation to strengthen the Office of the Independent Monitor! Keep up the good work by writing more letters! Info here!

Additionally, the Policing the Police Task Force of CUAMI, in collaboration with Coloradans for Justice, held a rally this past Wednesday in support of the National Day Against Police Brutality. Thanks to all those who spoke and came out in support - it was truly a beautiful, inspiring evening. We also gathered survey responses to find out what community members want to see included in the initiative to overhaul law enforcement accountability mechanisms in the city of Denver. We'll be hosting more events to collect more survey responses and feedback from the community, as well as putting the survey online to facilitate discussion, continuing to research other cities' models for police/sheriff department oversight, and meeting with local officials and those knowledgeable about the local city charter amendment process. This is a huge undertaking, so join us and help out! Our next meeting will be November 6th at 7pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Hope to see you there!

The Fair Chance Campaign (Ban the Box)
The Fair Chance pledge collecting is slowly but steadily underway, and the organizing committee has been and continues to meet with local experts and officials about potential collaboration on larger scale pledge collection! Potential partnerships include Denver's Office of Economic Development as well as the Colorado Lawyers Committee, both of which have expressed interest in helping to end discrimination against people with criminal histories, particularly in housing. The organizing committee will be pursuing potential relationships with these bodies in order to further our efforts. If you missed our last pledge collection training and are interested in attending the next one (and haven't already told Whitney about it), email!


VORP Circle Keeper Training: Oct. 27th at 5:30pm at 430 W. 9th Ave, Denver (enter through green door on southwest corner of the building)
Join our partners from the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program for this free training to learn more about the scared healing circle process and cultura cura. Please RSVP to Itzel Santos at or 303-534-6167 x2.

Grassroots Organizer Training and 9to5 October Member Meeting: Oct. 28th at 6pm at Whittier Community Center 2900 Downing St Unit 1B, Denver
This training will give the basic framework for grassroots organizing and social change. Organizers of all levels are encouraged to share and learn in this popular education modeled workshop. The meeting will also be an opportunity for 9to5 members and allies to get an update on all that we have going on in our chapter. More info here

Prax(us) Annual Board Fundraiser: Oct. 29th at 6pm at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver
Join our partners at Prax(us) for an evening of entertainment and delicious eats at their annual fundraiser. Prax(us) is devoted to ending human trafficking. They provide direct services through a street outreach program using a harm-reduction lens that supports youth agency and facilitates access to resources, and pursues systemic change through community organizing, collaborative relationships, community education, and policy work. More info here

Denver Sheriff Reform Forum (Last one): Oct. 29th at 5:30pm at East High, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver
Mayor Hancock has selected the firms who will steer the reform of the Denver Sheriff's Department. The next Denver Sheriff's Reform Forum is this Wednesday! It is vital that residents show up to this meeting and make our voices heard. More info here

CUAMI Meeting: Nov. 1st at 3pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Join CUAMI to help move forward our campaign work, discuss the current proposals on Loomio, and hear about what's going on in our community!

Policing the Police Meeting: Nov. 6th at 7pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Come learn about what Policing the Police Task Force has been up to and help us out moving along our campaign work to create an independentelected agency in charge of receiving complaints against law enforcement, investigating the complaints, and ordering discipline for officers. This is a HUGE endeavor, and we need all the help we can get! Join the fight.

Screening of "Lost for Life" Documentary: Nov. 7th at 6:30pm at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Hear from local directly impacted people and see "Lost for Life," a documentary that follows four teenagers who have been sentenced to life in prison for homicide. Free admission, with any donations to the Second Chance Center, which helps people who've been formerly incarcerated transition to lives of success and fulfillment. More info here

4) Job Opportunities

Unions are actively seeking apprentices (get paid while you train)! More info here

Rights for All People is seeking a bilingual Spanish/English full-time community organizer! More info here

5) Upcoming CUAMI Meetings

Next CUAMI Meeting: Nov. 1st at 3pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver
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Next Policing the Police Meeting: Nov. 6th at 7pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver

Keep up the good work, and we hope to see you soon!

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