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Colorado has an addiction crisis. Here’s what we can learn from our neighbors

In May, Governor Jared Polis (D) signed a bill addressing “fentanyl accountability and prevention” in Colorado. Among other things, the new law implements stricter criminal penalties for possession of smaller amounts of fentanyl, along with fentanyl-laced drugs. The bill’s introduction came on the heels of fentanyl overdose deaths in Colorado quadrupling in 2021 compared toContinue reading “Colorado has an addiction crisis. Here’s what we can learn from our neighbors”

What’s the solution to America’s mass shooting emergency?

‘No Way to Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens,’ is a dark Onion headline that always makes the rounds on social media after every mass shooting in America. This is obviously satire, but it’s worth looking at exactly why America uniquely struggles with regular tragedies like Highland Park on a near-daily basis.Continue reading “What’s the solution to America’s mass shooting emergency?”

Wall Street is making homeownership even harder for Coloradans

The American Dream is often equated with homeownership — most Americans’ wealth is due to owning property, and owners have a net worth that’s approximately 40 times higher than that of renters. But buying a home is more difficult than ever before due to ever-increasing asking prices and sky-high interest rates that show no signContinue reading “Wall Street is making homeownership even harder for Coloradans”

IAC Executive Director Shara Smith’s Speech to the White House

(Below is the speech Interfaith Alliance of Colorado executive director Shara Smith gave on a March 9 Zoom video call with White House staffers and leaders of other Colorado-based organizations.) Good afternoon, everyone! My name is Shara Smith. I’m the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. We are an interfaith public policy andContinue reading “IAC Executive Director Shara Smith’s Speech to the White House”

Reframing Reproductive Justice with Sam Carwyn

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is reframing the concept of reproductive health, rights, and justice. We strive to create a different way of looking at a person, situation, and the impact of one’s actions. We are advocating for a broader idea of who needs access to reproductive healthcare. We seek to change the perspective that peopleContinue reading “Reframing Reproductive Justice with Sam Carwyn”

Press Release: HB 21-1214 Record Sealing Collateral Consequences Signed Into Law!

HB21-1214, with strong bipartisan support, was signed into law on July 6th, throwing open the doors of opportunity for thousands of Coloradans FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 6, 2021 (PDF version available here) Denver, CO — Clean Slate Colorado, an effort led by criminal justice reform advocates, faith leaders, grassroots organizations, and directly-impacted individuals and families, celebrates theContinue reading “Press Release: HB 21-1214 Record Sealing Collateral Consequences Signed Into Law!”

Proud, Prideful: Brian Henderson, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Board Chair

Who would have imagined that what took place 52 years ago, would be making an impact on our country and communities still today? With defiance, courage, and conviction, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied individuals reacted on June 28, 1969, to the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. This outcry forContinue reading “Proud, Prideful: Brian Henderson, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Board Chair”

Reproductive Justice Lobby Day Stories: Ev Evnen & Rev. Heather Haginduff

Last month, we joined seven partner organizations to host a reproductive justice virtual lobby day for advocates and a handful of our state legislators. During that event, our storyteller Ev uplifted the experience of trans masculine people while Rev. Heather Haginduff shared her abortion story, highlighting the importance of comprehensive sexual education. Both of theirContinue reading “Reproductive Justice Lobby Day Stories: Ev Evnen & Rev. Heather Haginduff”

Black Maternal Health Week: Claiming our Power, Resilience, and Liberation

April is National Minority Health Month, a month-long initiative to advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. This week is also the fourth annual national Black Maternal Health Week. It was founded and is led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The campaign serves to amplify the voicesContinue reading “Black Maternal Health Week: Claiming our Power, Resilience, and Liberation”

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