Fundraisers & ways to help:

  • Donate money to the Colorado Healing Fund: Club Q recently shared the preferred donation site for victims of the shooting. It is the Colorado Healing Fund that is activated for this tragedy. The Colorado Healing Fund was founded in 2018 by a group of victim advocates and community leaders to establish a secure way for the public to contribute to victims of mass casualty crimes in Colorado. 
  • Donate money through a trusted GoFundMe: GoFundMe has also recently verified two fundraisers while it’s Trust & Safety team works to monitor others.
  • Donate blood:  Those who want to do something good in the wake of something so tragic are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood in the coming days and weeks to meet the needs of all patients, wherever and whenever they arise. Use the Vitalant app, visit www.vitalant.org or call 1-877-25-VITAL (84825) to learn more and book an appointment.

Resources: 

  • The Colorado Springs Police Department is holding a series of community resource expos. The expo will provide mental health resources, spiritual support, emotional support animals, childcare, emergency financial resources, LGBTQ+ support, meals, and other services. Security for all attendees will be provided by uniformed Colorado Springs police officers.
    • The expo will be held at the UCCS Kevin W. O’Neill Cybersecurity & Research Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave, on the following dates/times: Monday, November 21, 2022, from 8:00AM-7:00PM Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 8:00AM-7:00PM Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from 8:00AM-7:00PM
  • A drop in center has been set up at a satellite hotel at 411 Lakewood Cir Colorado Springs CO 80910. GLAAD and One Colorado will be on site all week to provide counseling services or if you just need to be with family or just need a hug.
  • Inside Out Youth Services
  • Providers offering therapy for those impacted. This list is being updated regularly by providers
  • United Airlines is offering assistance for those affected by the Club Q shooting.
  • Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255, or text “TALK” to 38255 This hotline will connect you to a crisis counselor or trained professional. The staffer will assess risk and determine if a mobile response is necessary.
    • If a mobile response is necessary, the Mobile Response Team or Community Response Team will strive to make contact within one hour in Colorado Springs or two hours outside Colorado Springs.
  • Cedar Springs Hospital 719-633-4114 | www.cedarspringsbhs.com Cedar Springs offers 24/7 referrals and assessments by phone or online for individuals of all ages who suffer from psychiatric disorders, substance abuse or co-occurring conditions.
  • Diversus offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for all ages, regardless of ability to pay, for crisis services and counseling, as well as around the clock care for mental wellbeing.
    • 115 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Peak View Behavioral Health Assessment team: 719-355-1028 | Main line: 719-444-8484 | www.peakviewbh.com
  • Peak View offers complimentary assessments 24/7 for individuals of all ages seeking help and support for mental health and/or substance abuse.
    • 7353 Sisters Grove, Colorado Springs, CO 80923
  • ColoradoCrisisServices.Org
  • Red Cross 1-800-RedCross for mental and spiritual guidance (not asking for donations right now)
  • Additional El Paso County Behavior Health Resources

The Fifth Circuit Court has agreed with anti-immigrant Judge Hanen, and has sent the decision back for Hanen to decide on the future of DACA. Despite this, DACA continues open for renewals, for now!

Judge Hanen had already ordered the partial end of the program last year – meaning that right now DACA is still in danger! Here’s what you need to know.

We need your help to get Members of Congress to support an update to the Immigration Registry cutoff date. Currently, people that have been continuously present in the U.S. since before January 1, 1972 and meet other requirements, can be granted “registry” for lawful permanent resident status at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. This registry was first codified in law in 1929 and has been modified various times by Congress. The most recent change was by President Reagan’s Administration in 1986, bringing the registry date up to 1972.

On July 20th, 2022, Representative Zoe Lofgren and 45 other Representatives introduced H.R. 8433 the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929”, which would will create a rolling registry date, allowing immigrants that have been in the U.S. for at least seven years and meet other requirements to file an application for registry. This simple update to existing Section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act would allow up to 8.5 million people to obtain residency and get on a pathway to Citizenship. You can find a video review here of the updated registry bill H.R. 8433, a one-page overview here, and the full text of the bill H.R. 8433 here.  

On September 28th, 2022 Senator Alex Padilla, along with Senators Lujan, Durbin and Warren, introduced S. 4974, the Senate version of the same bill.

Please take action to get Congress to support an update to the immigration registry date by taking the following actions:

  1. Write your Members of Congress to ask them to sign on and support H.R. 8433 and S. 4974 to update the immigration registry date.
  2. Call your Members to ask them to sign on and support H.R. 8433 and S. 4974 to update the immigration registry date. Here are the phone numbers for Colorado’s Congressional delegation.

Thank you so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to take action! Please share these calls to action with friends!

February 11, 2022

Testify on The Clean Slate Act

SB22-099: The Clean Slate Act is a bill that would automate record-sealing for Coloradans with non-violent criminal records who are already eligible for the petition-based sealing process in order to help them obtain jobs, housing, and other opportunities to help the formerly incarcerated rebuild their lives.

Why this matters: Those who have served their time should be allowed to make a life for themselves and support their families without their past offenses preventing them from doing so.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on this bill on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Email carl@interfaithallianceco.org if you want to testify on this bill!

Welton Street Café has been a pillar of the Denver’s Historic Five Points community for nearly 40 years. We have been located at 2736 Welton Street for over 22 years. But with time, comes change. With time, comes growth. But with both comes a need for funding, and this is what we lack at the moment. We have exhausted our efforts in securing funding from government grants, government loans, business loans, and corporate grants. None of these efforts have been successful, so we are reaching out to our community for support.  Welton St. Café is one of the last few remaining Black-owned establishments in Five Points! Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/c6p4h-last-man-standing

As you may know the Colorado State Board of Education is accepting public comments on revisions to the state’s social studies standards.  For those who are not aware, these standards are used by school districts and educators across the state to determine content and goals for unit and lesson plans, and are vitally important in determining what kids learn in school.  The standards span all grade levels from kindergarten to high school.

The 35-member committee of K12 educators charged with coming up with the changes for 2022 have made draft revisions that will make social studies curriculum more inclusive and representative of students from all backgrounds, especially students of color, LGBTQ+ students, disabled students, immigrant and refugee students, and others. This is, in part, a response to House Bill 19-1192 passed in Colorado for this purpose. You can review the changes the committee members are proposing to the standards in their draft here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/socialstudiesrevisionrecommendationsnov-21

This is great news!  However the changes are not guaranteed.  The public is able to provide feedback to the committee through next Tuesday, February 1, and they may further revise based on community input.  This means it’s critically important to submit messages of support for more inclusion, diverse voices, and representation in social studies curriculum, as there are organized efforts by others to encourage the committee to scale back its efforts.  This is where you can make a difference!

  1. You can provide general feedback/statements of support by emailing costandardsrevision@cde.state.co.us
    1. If you do this, make sure to clarify your role as a parent, educator, or community member
    2. Share your voice about why more inclusive and representative social studies curriculum makes a difference in the lives of youth you know!
  1. To get more deeply involved, you can provide specific feedback on specific changes using the feedback tool.
    1. Feedback can be provided here on CDE’s website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/group1-socialstudiescommittee
    2. Click on the green Provide Feedback button
    3. You will need to create an account for the feedback system
    4. After logging in, click on the Social Studies link to begin providing feedback.
    5. The first screen allows you to provide feedback on the Prepared Graduate Statements (PGS), though these have not changed substantially.
    6. Once done click to Continue to Grade Level Expectations
    7. The system now shows the standards revisions.  Click on a grade level and then a standard to see the draft on screen.
    8. Click any blue/white comment box to leave specific feedback.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out – and please spread the word with others who value increasing inclusion and representation in our public schools’ curriculum!  Thank you.