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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 build and mobilize our base on take on issues that impact low-income communities and people of color.

In 2015, CPC will conduct organizing campaigns that focus on racial and economic justice. Campaigns will address issues that affect our members, further social justice, and build statewide power.  CPC will utilize National Peoples' Action organizing philosophy of base building.

Economic Justice campaigns will include financial reform, minimum wage, and TABOR reform. Racial Justice campaigns will include policy accountability, health care access, and environmental justice. Organizing campaigns will collaborate with each other and other allies.

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:

  • 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).
  • 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 Community Organizing Program by contacting Caroline Casteel at caroline@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.