Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hello Communities United Against Mass Incarceration!

In this post...
1)  REMINDER: Fair Chance Campaign Launch and Screening of "Throwaways" with Director/Producer Ira McKinley
2) Campaign Updates and Calls to Action
3) Upcoming Events

1) REMINDER: TOMORROW (Thursday) Fair Chance Campaign Launch and Screening of "Throwaways" with Director/Producer Ira McKinley
Join CUAMI and our partners in the Fair Chance (Ban the Box) Campaign (Together Colorado, Colorado Jobs With Justice, and 9 to 5 Colorado) for our launch of the Fair Chance Campaign to end discrimination in housing and employment against people with criminal histories, We'll be screening Throwaways with a talk-back and panel with the Producer/Director Ira McKinley. Food will be served. Thursday, Nov. 20th at 6pm at First Unitarian - 1400 Lafayette St., Denver. Facebook event here!

2) Campaign Updates and Calls to Action

Update on the Policing the Police Task Force and Solidarity with Ferguson CALLS TO ACTION
The Policing the Police Task Force continues to research what it would take to change the police accountability mechanisms in Denver and what exactly those changes should look like. We can always use more help, so if you're interested in getting involved, email! Our next meeting is Sunday, Dec. 7th at 2pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.

In regards to solidarity with Ferguson, it's only a matter of time until we have verdict deciding whether Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the murder of Michael Brown, will be indicted. Our friends at Coloradans for Justice have helped to organize a protest to occur when the verdict comes out. Check this page for updates, and also sign up to receive a text message when the grand jury verdict comes out. Your number will be deleted Jan. 7th.

Free Rene Lima-Marin and Demand for a Clemency Board in Colorado - LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
Our partners at Together Colorado, along with the family of Rene Lima-Marin, have recently learned that Governor Hickenlooper has not appointed a Clemency Board, meaning that people who are incarcerated that have exhausted their court appeals have no real way of appealing to the governor for clemency or a pardon. Learn more about Rene's case here, like the Rene Lima-Marin Facebook page here, and write to the governor using this form to demand that he establish a Clemency Board to review these appeals! With enough of us, we can bombard the governor's website with these demands and put the pressure we need to make sure our families members and friends' voices are heard at the state capitol!

Community Corrections Research and Education CALL TO ACTION
A strong partner of CUAMI and member of our community, Reverend Tammy Garrett-Williams, recently wrote a book chronicling her experiences in the Community Corrections program of the criminal justice system, an enormous initiative that attempts to house, supervise, and treat individuals coming from the criminal courts or prison. Community Corrections is almost entirely privately owned and operated and is littered with issues. Reverend Tammy's book is an educational tool and guide both for individuals entering Community Corrections as well as for community members. Help contribute to Reverend Tammy's campaign to get this book into the hands of women in these facilities who need it the most.

In addition, Reverend Tammy, in partnership with CUAMI, is seeking out individuals who are interested in helping to launch a broad-based research project on the Community Corrections system in order to better diagnose the problems and eventually build a worthwhile solution/alternative. If you are interested in helping out, email Reverend Tammy to let her know!

And DON'T FORGET to join the Fair Chance Campaign for our launch of Throwaways tomorrow night! Info above and below.

3) Upcoming Events

Nov. 20th - Fair Chance Campaign Kickoff and Screening of "Throwaways" - 6pm at First Unitarian Society of Denver - 1400 Lafayette St, Denver
To kick off our Fair Chance Campaign, join Together Colorado, CUAMI and Colorado Jobs with Justice for a film screening of "Throwaways," the story of homeless filmmaker and ex-felon, Ira McKinley, documenting his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. Fair Chance aka Ban the Box is a Colorado-based campaign that works to end employment and housing discrimination faced by our formerly incarcerated community members. On November 20th we will kick off the campaign by having community discussion with Ira Mckinley, the star and creator or the film, Throwaways. Donations accepted, and invite your friends!

Nov. 21st - Fridays for Famlies: The Time to Stop Separation of Immigrant Families is Now! - 5:30pm at El Centro Humanitario, 2260 California St., Denver
El Centro as a member of the Domestic Workers’ Alliance NDWA and its campaign We Belong Together we are hosting a Community Potluck Dinner to ask President Obama to keep his promises and stop the separation of immigrant families. You are invited to bring a dish to share and to come to join immigrant children and children in our community to write letters to president Obama with a clear message “We have one wish for the Holidays, stop the separation of immigrant families now!”

Nov. 22nd - "I Matter" Youth Forum - 11am at MLK Jr Library - 9898 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora
Join the NAACP youth branch for a discussion with law enforcement and a panel with other guests about youth stereotypes etc, racial profiling, and our concerns for our community. Bring your friends!

Nov. 26th - Thanksgiving Potluck with the Harm Reduction Action Center - 231 E. Colfax, Denver
Every year the HRAC invites participants, volunteers, caring community members, and harm reductionists to join us in gratitude and face-stuffing. More info here!

Nov. 28th - Boycott Black Friday - EVERYWHERE!
An unprecedented number of Wal-Mart workers will be striking on Black Friday - stand with them in solidarity! Learn more about the Black Friday Boycott here and more about the Wal-Mart workers' strike here! Stay out of the stores!

Nov. 28th - Denver Fair Food presents the Denver premier of the documentary "Food Chains" and talk-back with Santiago Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers - Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax, Denver
Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. 
Join Denver Fair Food  for the Denver premiere screening of the film, followed by a conversation with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' very own Santiago Perez. We also hope you will stay afterwards to accompany us for an evening vigil at a local Wendy's and once again ask them to come to the table and sign the Fair Food Agreement. 

Nov. 30th - Justice for Ryan Ronquillo: Meet and Eat with the Ronquillo Family! - 71 S. Irving St., Denver
On Sunday November 30th, join the family of Ryan Ronquillo, a local Chicano youth murdered by Denver Police this past July, for an afternoon of food, networking, and getting to know the family who so many of us have been working to show solidarity to these past several months. Food and beverages will be provided. Any and all interested in the struggle for justice for Ryan and all victims of police terror are invited. We want to make time for us to network, build strong relationships, and discuss the next moves in this fight for justice. Facebook event here

Dec. 1st - Watercourse Non-Profit Benefit Monday for the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition - 11am-10pm at Watercourse Foods, 837 E. 17th Ave., Denver
Eat out to end mass incarceration in Colorado. Dine at Watercourse for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, or dinner and CCJRC gets 10-15% of the day's proceeds. Visit to see the full menu. 

Dec. 4th - Fight for 15! - 6am AND 12noon at multiple locations
Rally For Wages That Lift Our Families
6AM 1905 S. Federal McDonalds (Federal and Jewell)
NOON 200 16th Street Mall McDonalds (16th Street and Broadway)
Please come out to support striking fast food workers who are demanding a living wage and the right to form a union in their workplace without retaliation. Every person makes a difference, and we can win! More info here

Dec. 7th - Policing the Police Task Force Meeting - 2pm at 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Join the Policing the Police Task Force in continuing on in our work to strengthen the police accountability mechanisms in Denver! We need as much help as we can get, so come learn how to get involved.

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