United for a New Economy Leaders to March for Equality & Launch Membership Outreach for Community Power

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Press Contact: Shanta Farrington, 720-212-1221

United for a New Economy Leaders to March for Equality & Launch Membership Outreach for Community Power


Westminster, CO– On Saturday, February 24th, members of United for a New Economy (UNE) will launch a Westminster/Adams County chapter to build grassroots people power and policy change. The start of what is to be a 60 day campaign lead by local residents is intended to connect, develop and motivate residents to take action on issues important to the Adams/Westminster community; some issues already identified, but not limited to are: housing, immigration, education, racial, worker rights and renters’ protections.

UNE member Veronica stated, “There is a lot of discrimination in the schools and in the workplace. We have to fight for a better future.” UNE Member Veronica.

“We need to fight for equality. Our families are suffering and need support from a strong community. UNE will support us to do that.” UNE Member Elena.

The March for Equality will be a demonstration of love and energy that UNE members have for the city and to show the power in people coming together on issues impacting them most.

Who: United for a New Economy
What: March for Equality
When: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 12PM
Where: Irving St Library, 7392 Irving St, Westminster, CO 80030
Visuals: Marching & Chants, Signs

 


 

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Líderes de ‘United for a New Economy’ Marchan por Igualdad y Lanzan Alcance de Membresia para Poder de la Comunidad


Westminster, CO– Sábado, el 24 de febrero, miembros de United for a New Economy (UNE) lanzaran un capítulo local en Westminster y el Condado de Adams para crecer poder de la gente y cambios en pólizas locales. El comienzo de lo que será una campaña de 60 dias, liderado por residentes locales es destinado a conectar, desarrollar y motivar residents para tomar acción en asuntos importantes a la comunidad de Westminster y el condado de Adams; algunos asuntos ya identificados son: la vivienda, inmigración, educación, justicia de la raza, y derechos de inquilinos y trabajadores.

“Hay mucho discriminacion en las escuelas y en las trabajos. tenemos que luchar por un mejor futuro.”  Miembro de UNE, Veronica.

“Tenemos que luchar por equidad. Nuestras familias estan sufriendo y necesitan apoyo de una comunidad fuerte. UNE nos puede ayudar.” Elena, miembro de UNE

La marcha por igualdad demostrara el amor y energía que tengan miembros de UNE por su comunidad y para mostrar el poder que hay cuando la gente está unido.

 

Quien: United for a New Economy
Que: Marcha por Igualdad
Cuando: Sábado, 24 de febrero 2018 a las 12pm (mediodía)
Donde: Biblioteca de Irving St. 7392 Irving St, Westminster, CO 80030
Visuales: Personas marchando, gritando, pancartas

 


UNE Leaders Join Thousands Of Immigrant Rights Activists in Washington, D.C.

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Friday, December 8th, 2017

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United for a New Economy (UNE) Leaders Join Thousands Of Immigrant Rights Activists in Washington, D.C. Demanding Passage of Clean Dream Act & Permanent Residency Status For TPS Holders

UNE went in solidarity Colorado delegation to join in immigration national day of action


Colorado & Washington DC — On December 6th, leaders and staff of United for a New Economy (UNE) joined a Colorado delegation of immigrant rights activists in Washington, DC, calling on Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act and permanent residency for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders.

The group started the day meeting with Colorado Congress representatives where they had meaningful conversations on what it would mean to support a Clean Dream Act and the urgency for protected TPS status. For Pamela Resendiz Trujano, UNE Deputy Director, it’s a pressing issue and even took part in what’s coined one of the largest mass civil disobedience arrests in the immigration fight.

Trujano said, “… I feel the urgency to risk arrest for my siblings who benefit from TPS, for the undocumented workers who have been forced to migrate to find work and survive at jobs that don’t value their dignity, for the trans folxs in detention who continue to be attacked by a system that is killing them, and for my community who is resilient and unapologetic in reclaiming their humanity.”

Locally in Colorado, solidarity actions were held all week from members of the Colorado Rapid Response (CoRRN), including:  Mi Familia Vota, SEIU local 105, The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, AJUA (Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción), the Northern Colorado Dreamers United, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Colorado People’s Alliance, 9to5 Colorado.

By passing the Dream Act and saving TPS families, Congress will protect millions from deportation and ensure they can live their lives and thrive. The Dream Act would create a pathway to citizenship for two million immigrants, it is bipartisan and supported by most Americans.

In a time where tensions are high for immigrants across the nation and TPS holders, UNE leaders felt the call to stand up and take action. As UNE leader, Fabian Ibarra said, “This moment mattered because it showed that we can come together and fight for one cause and that people power can and does work…actions we take today, can directly impact the changes made tomorrow.”

The Colorado Rapid Response Network continues to encourage people to call the 24-hour hotline 1-877-UNITE-41 if you are targeted by ICE or if you are witnessing ICE at courts or in the streets.

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Dot Org: United for a New Economy – FRESC

Read more at: news.kgnu.org/2017/09/dot-org-united-for-a-new-economy-fresc/

United for a New Economy UNE, has been working for affordable housing previously under the name FRESC.They are hosting a community event on affordable housing on Saturday, September 30th at the Advent Lutheran Church in Westminster.  Melissa Hastings talks with KGNU host Steve Miller about the name change and vision of the organization.


What's the Future of DACA?

Read more at:  www.wnyc.org/story/whats-future-daca/

For this week's Please Explain, we’re discussing DACA with Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. We're also joined by Pamela Resendiz, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico City, Mexico, and a community organizer who advocates for workers and immigrants’ rights in Colorado as the Deputy Director for United for a New Economy. They explain what DACA is, how it’s changing, who it affects and what can be done about it.


Local Opposition to Amazon HQ Application

Felicia Griffin, the executive director of United for a New Economy in Colorado told KGNU’s Robin Ryan that she is concerned about the potential impacts on Colorado of the retail giant potentially locating here, including the strain on an already overburdened transportation system and the impact on housing prices.

news.kgnu.org/2017/10/local-opposition-to-amazon-hq-application/  

So last month, Amazon announced that you are looking for a location for your second headquarters (Amazon HQ2), and cities across North America jumped at a chance to submit proposals. You have your list of things you’re looking for from cities—but we live in these cities, and we’ve got some expectations of our own for Amazon. https://ourhq2wishlist.org/ (Org Sign on PWF letter)


“Let another city ‘win'”: Some locals are saying no thanks to an Amazon headquarters in Denver

“How will Amazon make sure the jobs they create are available to people who have lived here for years?”  Felicia Griffin, with Wheat Ridge-based community group United For A New Economy, said in a statement. “…The city and region should be focused on creating accessible, high quality jobs for members of our community that have been left out of the state’s economic growth, not creating new opportunities for those already thriving. Beyond jobs, we want Amazon to support and fund affordable housing and equitable public transit, so that their presence doesn’t make ours impossible.”

www.denverpost.com/2017/10/18/amazon-headquarters-denver-locals-dont-want-it/

 


In an open letter to Jeff Bezos, civic groups call for a more transparent Amazon HQ2 selection

“This is a big deal for our city officials, and we’d really like an open negotiation to make sure were not selling out our city,” Felicia Griffin, executive director of the Denver chapter of United for a New Economy — one of the organizations that signed the letter — told VentureBeat in an interview. Griffin says that in Denver, in particular, residents are concerned about how the metro area would be able to handle an increase in housing prices that would likely come with Amazon HQ2. According to Zillow, apartment rents have increased by 35 percent since 2011 in Amazon’s current hometown of Seattle.

venturebeat.com/2017/10/17/in-an-open-letter-to-jeff-bezos-civic-groups-call-for-a-more-transparent-amazon-hq2-selection/


Westminster Residents Host "People's Assembly" for Housing Concerns

Read more at: publicnewsservice.org/2017-09-29/housing-homelessness/westminster-residents-host-peoples-assembly-for-housing-concerns/a59627-1

In the five years, Inez Marquez has lived at the Copperwood Apartments, she says the rent for the one-bedroom unit she shares with her children has doubled, and the bill often includes other, unexplained charges. She hopes the city will adopt an affordable-housing platform developed by residents, which includes a "Renters Bill of Rights."


The beginning of a new era: UNE Colorado

The beginning of a new era: UNE Action

It’s with great excitement that I announce that FRESC is transforming our approach to winning by building grassroots people power and developing members to lead the fight.

Where We’ve Been

For over a decade — 15 years — FRESC has been a strong and consistent voice on issues affecting low wage workers and their families. Focused on creating good jobs and strong communities for all people in metro-Denver, FRESC quickly established itself as an invaluable resource for public policy elevating working families, by advocating for living wage jobs, paid sick days and affordable housing.

FRESC has made important strides over the years, including:

  • Playing a key partner role in the successful state minimum wage increase ballot initiative
  • Advocating for RTD’s targeted hiring goals for the I-225 light rail construction jobs
  • Passing Denver’s $150 million inclusionary housing ordinance to create affordable housing
  • Passing of the 2014 Colorado wage theft bill

During the last three years, FRESC started investing in organizing and we found, that people power was the missing powerful ingredient that we needed to win. We started to engage the community in ways we hadn’t done before — not only did we knock on doors and ask people to get involved but also started asking them what they wanted rather than assuming the kind of change they wanted. This spurred us to change our organizational model to put community members at the helm.

Where We Are

Currently, in Colorado we have what seems to be a booming economy. We see our skyline decorated with cranes that indicate growth and ever increasing population. However for many of our neighbors, those cranes indicate ever rising rents, getting pushed out of their homes/communities and wages that haven’t kept up with the cost of living.

We see our neighbors getting deported and many have experienced police brutality. We see racial profiling killing our black and brown brothers, sisters and siblings and our faith communities harassed.

Despite these setbacks, we see our neighbors still envisioning strong, vibrant and thriving communities. They even commit to late night organizing meetings to fight for their vision. We see our neighbors sharing their stories and holding big corporations, elected officials and decision makers accountable. We see our neighbors who have everything to lose and still take the streets to rally for unity and dignity, because we see that our destinies are intertwined.

In a time when so many families struggle just to make ends meet and face open racial discrimination, the movement needs to focus more on organizing and developing leaders to build grassroots people power we need to build a new economy that works for everyone. We need to be truly United for a New Economy — UNE.

Where We’re Going

United for a New Economy Action (UNE Action) is a grassroots organization of everyday people working together to advance our values of respect, equity, human rights, people power and democracy as we advocate for local, state and national laws and policies that builds a new economy that works for everyone. Organizing families, youth, workers, seniors, unions, immigrants, communities of color, refugees and faith leaders, UNE Action will build power in their communities in a way that not only delivers important wins but transforms the entire future.

All of us at UNE Action are energized by our new direction and renewed commitment to building a member-led. If you share our vision, please join us and become a member to build the people power we need to build a new economy.

— Felicia Griffin, Executive Director


Would a World-Class Motor Speedway in Aurora Leave the Plains in the Dust?

Read more at:  www.westword.com/news/aurora-mulls-speedway-that-could-affect-life-in-the-plains-9470077

Desiree Westlund Cindric, deputy director of the workers’-rights group FRESC, draws parallels between Globeville and Elyria-Swansea — rapidly gentrifying areas in Denver — and Aurora. “There are massive redevelopments happening [in Aurora]. You have the light rail, you have the Anschutz hospital, all of that. So it is a very similar story to Globeville and Elyria-Swansea,” she says. “And like folks when they get displaced [there], they move into places like Commerce City. The same is true in north Aurora.”