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Community Organizing & Civic Engagement

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CPC educates and mobilizes our communities around social justice issues year-round. Specifically, we mobilize our base on legislative issues that impact low-income communities and people of color.

In 2013, CPC will be organizing to defend homeowners threatened by foreclosures, to ensure our government and our public schools have adequate funding, to ensure violent police officers are removed from the force, to fight for tuition equity for undocumented students, to protect and expand access to voting and much more.

The Community Organizing Team at CPC organizes direct actions, teach-ins, rallies, lobby days, and regular member meetings. We also meet with our members one-on-one to prepare them to testify before the legislature, speak to the press, and take on leadership roles within CPC.

Recognized nationally as a leader in connecting community organizing issues to civic engagement participation, CPC has also been a lead organization on several victories in Colorado through our get out the vote efforts. Our mission is to engage communities often overlooked by mainstream political campaigns.

During elections, CPC registers new voters, educates thousands about ballot initiatives, and conducts non-partisan voter education drives so that low- and middle-income Coloradans, people of color, young people, and members of the LGBTQ community can fully participate in our democracy. Here are some of the issues we've worked on in the last few years:

  • 2006: CPC was a lead group, along with 9to5 Colorado and others, working to increase the state's minimum wage. 
  • 2008: CPC led a coalition of individuals and community-based organizations to defeat a deceptively worded anti-affirmative action measure run by California businessman Ward Connerly. Our coalition turned around a 50-point deficit in the polls to become the first state to ever defeat this deceitful measure.
  • 2009: CPC was a lead partner in Coloradans for Safe Communities, the campaign that defeated the anti-immigrant vehicle impound ballot measure in Denver and Aurora (and again in Lakewood in 2010).
  • 2010: CPC participated in Engage Colorado, a coalition that spearheaded an unprecedented and historic effort to turn out underrepresented voters and protect our communities by defeating a slew of harmful ballot measures.
  • 2011: CPC worked with partner organizations on the campaign to provide all workers in Denver the right to earn Paid Sick Days. While this measure did not pass, CPC is committed to this important workers' rights issue and we will continue to fight for worker protections. 
  • 2012: CPC orgranized efforts to bring real protections for Colorado homeowners, an effort that is beginning to pay dividends. Further, CPC was a lead partner organization for the Engage Colorado coalition. In that role, we successfully helped lead educational and get-out-the-vote efforts on initiatives to reduce the influence of big money in elections and a local initiative to increase funding for our public schools. 

 

Get involved today!
You can reach our Civic Engagement and Community Organizing Program by contacting either Jenny Weyel at 303-867-0304 and jenny@progressivecoalition.org or Shannon Masden at 303-867-0315 and shannon@progressivecoalition.org. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter.

CPC is a grassroots membership organization and we depend on your support to help us build power across the state. Please make a donation today! Your contribution to CPC is tax-deductible.