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“El Pueblo Unido” Colorado Latino Forum 2017 Policy Summit

September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

8:00am On-site Registration (scholarships available) and Continental Breakfast

8:00am Sign-up begins for free on-site DACA Immigration Legal Clinic by volunteer attorneys

8:30am Welcome, Introduction of CLF Board, Voting Process Overview

Veronica Barela, Lisa Calderon, Arturo Jimenez, Sonya Leyba, David A. Martinez, Mandy Nunes Hennessey, Andrew Romero, Ean Thomas Tafoya

9:00am – 10:30am DACA Defense: Protecting our DREAMers (Plenary – followed by a free DACA Immigration Legal Clinic)

Moderator: Rep. Joseph Salazar (HD 31, Colorado Attorney General Candidate, Civil Rights Attorney)

Panelists: Arturo Jimenez (Immigration Attorney), Councilman Paul Lopez (Denver City Council), Victor Galvan (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, DACA Recipient), Richard D. Garcia, Esq. (Immigration Attorney), Cristina Uribe, Esq. (Immigration Attorney)

Description: Now that the Trump Administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides work permits and protection from deportation to approximately 17,000 young people in Colorado alone, it is imperative that we use every legal, political and economic tool to protect the future of our children, and their ability to pursue their education and careers goals. Additionally, Denver recently passed an ordinance specifying when and how the City of Denver can communicate with ICE. Also, the new ordinance specifically prohibits honoring immigration detainer requests to keep immigrants in detention until ICE can pick them up. This plenary discussion is an opportunity to present specific strategies about what steps we can take collectively to counter the devastating effect on our families, employers, schools, and communities.

10:45am – 11:45am Housing: No Se Vende (Plenary) – Not for Sale: Gentrification and Latino Displacement

Moderator: Ean Thomas Tafoya (CLF Board Member)

Panelists: Councilwoman Robin Kneich, Erik Solivan (Denver Office of Housing and Opportunities for People Everywhere – HOPE)., Margie Valdez (Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Denver), Kevin Marchman (National Organizations of African Americans in Housing), Andrew Romero (All in Denver), Ledy Garcia Eckstein (Denver Office of Economic Development)

Description: Denver is experiencing an affordable housing crisis and traditional Latino communities are among the hardest hit. With Latino displacement accelerating and our traditional neighborhoods rapidly gentrifying we need urgent solutions that will not take another ten years to fully implement. If Denver is to truly be a “world-class city” it cannot just be for those who can most afford it. This panel will discuss accelerating affordable housing efforts including community development corporations, Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, housing bonds, land trusts, Denver’s Housing Plan and zoning ordinances are all part of both short and long-term comprehensive solutions.

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch Served & CLF Valiente Awards – Moderator Veronica Barela

The 1st Annual CLF Courage Awards are given to those who have increased the political, social, educational and economic strength of Latinas and Latinos in the areas of Environmental Justice, Housing, Public Safety, Immigration and Education.

Education: Lu Linan of the Congress of Hispanic Educators (CHE)

Environmental Justice: Candi CdeBaca, Project VOYCE

Housing: Terese Howard, Denver Homeless Out Loud

Immigration: Jeannette Vizguerra, Community Activist

Public Safety: Representative Joe Salazar

12:45-2:00pm Lunchtime Plenary: Education: Bilingualism, Charter Schools and Latino Segregation in Public Education: A Discussion with Public School Board Candidates, Parents and Students

Co-Moderators: Christina Medina (Equity Council for Race and Culture, Colorado Education Association) and Arturo Jimenez (CLF Board Member and former DPS School Board Member)

Panelists: Betty C’deBaca (Congress of Hispanic Educators – CHE), Esther Romero (Congress of Hispanic Educators – CHE), and Public School Board Candidates (metro-wide)

Description: This panel will discuss the following questions: “Does bilingual education still exist in a meaningful way in the Denver Metro Area now that charter schools have become prevalent? Can bilingual education help or exacerbate the increase in segregation of Latino students that now exists in the Metro Area schools?” School board candidates from the metro area including Denver, Aurora, and Sheridan will be asked these questions in addition to introducing themselves to attendees.

2:00pm – 2:15pm Break

2:15pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Plenary – El Medio Ambiente: Environmental Justice in the 21st-century (Plenary)

Moderator: Ean Thomas Tafoya (CLF Board Member)

Panelists: Candi CdeBaca (Ditch the Ditch), Hilde Nucete (Conservation Colorado Progete), Councilman Rafael Espinoza (invited, Denver City Council), Councilman Jolon Clark (invited, Denver City Council)

Description – Latino communities have always been vulnerable to environmental threats posed by large transportation projects, industrial pollution, unequal regulation, and lack of political power. Historic Latino neighborhoods have disproportionately borne the costs to community health and economic well-being. Activists, legal experts and impacted residents will explore how we are resisting environmental injustice along racial and socioeconomic lines, and how we can create future strategies to protect our environment, our families, and our economic interests for current residents and future generations.

Public Safety: Elect Denver’s Sheriff – Ballot Initiative Working Group:

Co-Moderators: Lisa Calderon and Sonja Leyba (CLF Board Members)

Description: Denver is only one of two counties in Colorado, and one of only a few jurisdictions in the nation that has an appointed rather than an elected Sheriff. Given rising jail assaults, overcrowding, multi-million dollar settlements, and the lack of transparency and authentic community involvement in the 3-year reform process, is it now time for voters to weigh in by asking “Should Denver have an elected Sheriff who is directly accountable to the people?” Civil Rights and organized labor leaders will examine the feasibility of launching a ballot initiative to change the City’s charter for an elected Sheriff system, while also discussing recommendations from the National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #27, formerly incarcerated people and concerned community members.

3:30pm Adjourn and Voting Closes


September 23, 2017
8:00 am - 3:30 pm