SB19-225 Media Buzz

Our SB-225 Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rents is Getting More Coverage!

So we must be doing something right! Our SB19-225, Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rents, press conference and demonstration was stellar with community testimony, statements from policy experts and support from our legislative sponsors. ICYMI coverage below...


Denver 7: Lawmakers consider bill to allow 'local' rent control on private residential property

CBS4: [VIDEO] Push On To Overturn 40-Year-Old Colorado Law That Bans Rent Control

Fox31: [VIDEO] Denver leaders might not implement rent control if bill passes

Denverite: Proponents of Colorado rent control measure say it would help low wage earners making tough choices


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What Amazon’s New Headquarters Could Mean for Rents

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“I definitely think it has the possibility of pushing us over the tipping point,” said Felicia Griffin, executive director of United for a New Economy, a Colorado nonprofit that has opposed the Amazon project.

5 Big Reasons Why People Are Protesting Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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Felicia Griffin, the Colorado-based executive director of United for a New Economy, tells MONEY she’s worried the 50,000 HQ2 positions won’t go to existing Denverites. Instead, she’s afraid Amazon will hire highly skilled workers who relocate. In other words, people will have to deal with the repercussions of the company’s move into their city, but they won’t get any of the benefits.


Dot Org: United for a New Economy – FRESC

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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?

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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.  

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. (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.”


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.

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

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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."

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

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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.”