Interfaith Alliance in the News
When a new property management company took over her apartment building, Denver native L.J. Harker had to choose between moving or coming up with nearly $6,000 to cover her new security deposit and first/last month’s rent to stay in her home. The rent for the three-bedroom apartment she shared with her four children jumped from $1,300 to $1,800 overnight, despite the fact she had resided in the building for 4 1/2 years.
AURORA — Aurora kicked off an affordable housing symposia series Monday morning to discuss innovative ways to provide more housing options.
The conference, which was held inside City Council Chambers, aimed to spark a conversation between community groups to find a collaborative solution. Several guest speakers presented their ideas for tackling the problem.
Religious groups have the land to spare. Hunt said the interfaith alliance went through the data county by county and found faith organizations own more than 5,000 acres across five counties in the metro area. In Denver, the interfaith alliance found 280 acres of development land owned by church communities.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division and its commission have endured several twists and turns this legislative session as Republicans have mounted a fierce restructuring campaign.
Republicans on the Joint Budget Committee tried to de-fund the CCRD. Then House Republicans tried to significantly restructure its commission. While both efforts were thwarted and the CCRD will be fully funded for the next fiscal year, the campaign to change the state agency charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws in employment has not ended.
Last month, Republicans tried to pass one of the most sweeping religious exemption laws in state history, one that would have opened LGBTQ Coloradans to discrimination by religious institutions, individuals and government employees. One-fifth of the Colorado General Assembly sponsored the Live and Let Live Act, with Senator Kevin Lundberg and Representative Stephen Humphrey leading the effort.
Of course, the bill did not fly in the Democrat-controlled House, but the anti-queer agenda under the guise of religious liberty is still rampant at the Capitol.
The partisan battle over the future of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission continued at the state Capitol on Wednesday, with Republicans introducing a series of new proposed changes to the panel and Democrats and advocacy groups pushing back.
House Bill 1256, the legislation to renew the commission and the Civil Rights Division that it’s housed under, got its first hearing in the GOP-controlled Senate, where it was heavily amended in the Judiciary Committee.
Tears streamed down my cheeks last night as I listened to Sophia Lawson Cornish, a longtime outreach worker in Denver, speak at the Capitol. She’s spent years trying to help people. Trying to find them housing. Trying to connect them to the services they need. The truth is there simply isn’t enough housing. And there aren’t enough services. So, mothers are left hiding with their children under tarps on the banks of the Platte River. Women are sleeping in alleys to try and get a little rest. Many wind up having their belongings stolen. Some wind up getting raped. They try travelling in packs to protect one another. But they are consistently pushed out and told to move. Camps are dispersed. And, inevitably, these people without homes, desperate for a place to rest, fade further into the shadows, vulnerable and alone.
A recently released report by Denver’s Bell Policy Center is one impetus behind the movement to add the “Colorado Limits on Payday Loan Charges Initiative” to the November 2018 ballot.
If passed, the amendment would lower the maximum authorized finance charge for payday loans to an annual rate of 36 percent.
The crowd of nearly 50 representatives of Colorado community groups shared a mash-up of optimism for bringing the Games into their backyards — accompanied by many qualifying statements and concerns.
Dilpreet Jammu, with faith-based nonprofit Interfaith Alliance Colorado, said the alliance loved the idea of hosting the Olympics but wondered if it could cause harm to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“Our homeless and other marginalized communities should not wind up with a last minute sweep, trying to clean up and hide them,” Jammu said.
Major religious groups, as well as nearly 1,300 individual Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, signed on to briefs filed Monday with the Supreme Court, arguing that religious business owners should be required to serve same-sex couples.
"Personal religious views are entitled to the utmost respect, but do not provide a license to disregard neutral civil rights laws that do not directly and substantially burden actual religious exercise," reads an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief filed on behalf of the 1,300 clergy members.
Built by the Colorado Village Collaborative — a coalition of organizations including the Beloved Community Mennonite Church, ASAP, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Bayaud Enterprises and Denver Homeless Out Loud, as well as individual members — the Beloved Community Village had to raise around $265,000 to complete the project, according to organizer Cole Chandler. As the group was on the edge of reaching that goal, ASAP principal member Kayvan Khalatbari contacted LivWell about a possible donation.
On this night in River North, Jamiah Rawls is homeless. It's hushed in this part of Denver. Trains snake north carrying oil pipelines. Rawls is on guard duty as a future resident of Beloved Community Village, the city's first ever tiny home villagecreated to provide private houses for 22 homeless people.
On other nights, Rawls may be in another district, enduring the cold in search of a place to eat and space to rest. For 49-year-old Rawls, who is part of the transgender population vulnerable to divisive conditions in homeless shelters, this is a good night.
After four years of planning, the empty lot at the intersection of 38th Ave. and Walnut St. in the RiNo Art District is becoming a place for 14 people who’ve experienced homelessness to live.
Colorado Village Collaboration is establishing Denver’s first tiny homes village.
DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of people gathered outside the Colorado Muslim Society mosque Thursday evening to support the Islamic community.
In the past, terrorism in the name of the Muslim religion has led to acts of discrimination and threats of violence. On this day those from different religions joined together in support of those who practice Islam in peace.