Colorado Covid-19 Common Good Demands

Landlords, Governor Polis, Colorado Congressional Representatives, ICE and Statewide Police Chiefs

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((Para esta petición en español, desplácese hacia abajo))

It is not news to anyone that we are in unprecedented times. The calls for cooperation from the public from government and community leaders for physical isolation for the safety and wellbeing of us all have largely been honored and with this has come an economic crisis of epic proportions. We need your help. We're doing our part now and we need you to do yours in a way that honors the health and economic safety of more than just businesses and wealth holders. Your work is noticed and now what we need is for that work to become nuanced.  

We are a coalition representing common good needs of thousands of community members, organizations, collectives, and more who make the occupied Indigenous territories we call Colorado vibrant. There are so many calls for unity. AS The People, we have that unity. Now, we need it from you as leadership, too. What does this mean? It means we need you to, beginning April 1st and continuing through this crisis:


  • freeze (completely waive/cancel, not defer) collection of all rent, mortgage, and utility (phone, power, water and internet) payments, late fees, and automatically extend expired leases

  • close all court filings for evictions and foreclosures

  • immediately house houseless residents in unoccupied buildings, hotels, and other unused living spaces

  • cease ICE arrests/deportations; release vulnerable populations, demilitarizing and decarcerating non-violent offenders and political prisoners from jails, prisons, and detention centers

  • expand paid sick days and medical leave for all workers

  • expand unemployment, food stamp, disability income and family support request filings

  • eliminate all economic barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment

  • guarantee childcare and safe alternate housing for essential workers

  • expand emergency production of and guaranteed access to PPE (personal protective equipment) for all essential workers

  • create an economic relief fund specifically for undocumented residents excluded from federal stimulus

  • learn about the specific needs of Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, LGBTQAI2S+ relatives, educators, freelancers, undocumented and documented immigrants, and low income workers, and work towards answering these needs as rapidly as possible.


These actions must be taken not for just 30 days, but indefinitely, for at least as long as a risk to public health and wellness remains. Government agencies and landlords alike MUST act honestly and effectively to prevent the pandemic from reaching beyond its current point. We are the most vulnerable members of our society and it is falling on our backs to bear the brunt of this crisis’ consequences. Drastic action must be taken!

Nothing demonstrates our fundamental interconnectedness like a pandemic. Our fates rise and fall together. Racial and economic equity for the common good is the way forward yesterday, today, and tomorrow -- and in this moment, more crucial than ever! Be the leaders we believe you can be.

We make these demands in alliance and solidarity with Indigenous people, with Black and Brown relatives, with marginalized and disabled folks, with womxn and children, with allied community members who rise in solidarity, and with the guidance from the Emergency Economic Relief Actions for Colorado platform, released March 27th.

Leaders, landlords, Governor Polis, congressional representatives, ICE and all police chiefs across Colorado, do the right thing.

Español:

Para: propietarios, Gobernador Polis, Representantes del Congreso de Colorado, ICE y jefes de policía de Colorado

De: [Sus firmantes de la petición]

No es nuevo cuando decimos que estamos en tiempos sin precedentes. Los llamados para la cooperación del público por parte de los líderes del gobierno y la comunidad para el aislamiento físico para la seguridad y el bienestar de todos nosotros han sido honrados en gran medida y con esto ha surgido una crisis económica de proporciones épicas. Necesitamos tu ayuda. Ahorita, estamos haciendo nuestra parte y necesitamos que ustedes hagan su parte en una manera que honre la salud y la seguridad económica de más que solo las empresas, corporaciones y los poseedores de riqueza. Se nota su trabajo y ahora lo que necesitamos es que ese trabajo sea matizado.

Somos una coalición que representa las necesidades comunes de miles de miembros de la comunidad, de organizaciones, colectivos y más que hacen vibrantes los territorios indígenas ocupados que llamamos Colorado. Hay tantos llamados para la unidad. Como la gente, estamos unidos. Ahora, también necesitamos que sean unidos como líderes para la gente. ¿Qué significa esto? Significa que lo necesitamos, a partir del 1 de Abril y continuando a través de esta crisis:


  • congelar (renunciar / cancelar por completo, no diferir) el cobro de todos los pagos de renta, hipoteca y servicios públicos (teléfono, electricidad, agua, y internet), pagos, recargos y extender automáticamente los arrendamientos vencidos

  • cerrar todas las presentaciones judiciales por desalojos y ejecuciones hipotecarias

  • Inmediatamente hospedar a residentes sin hogar en edificios desocupados, hoteles y otros espacios habitables no utilizados

  • cesar los arrestos / deportaciones de ICE; liberar a las poblaciones vulnerables, desmilitarizar y encarcelar a los delincuentes no violentos y prisioneros políticos de las cárceles, prisiones y centros de detención

  • expandir los días de enfermedad pagados y las ausencias médicas para todos los trabajadores

  • ampliar las solicitudes de desempleo, cupones para alimentos, ingresos por discapacidad y solicitudes de manutención familiar

  • eliminar todas las barreras económicas para las pruebas y el tratamiento de COVID-19

  • garantizar cuidado de ninos y vivienda alternativa segura para trabajadores esenciales

  • expandir la producción y el acceso garantizado a equipo de protección personal para todos los trabajadores esenciales

  • crear un fondo de ayuda económica específicamente para residentes indocumentados excluidos del estímulo federal

  • Conozca las necesidades específicas de los pueblos indígenas, negros y marrones, parientes LGBTQAI2S +, educadores, trabajadores independientes, inmigrantes indocumentados y documentados y trabajadores de bajos ingresos, y trabaje para responder a estas necesidades lo más rápido posible.

Estas acciones deben tomarse no solo por 30 días, sino de manera indefinida, por lo menos mientras exista un riesgo para la salud pública y el bienestar. Las agencias gubernamentales y los propietarios DEBEN actuar de manera honesta y efectiva para evitar que la pandemia llegue más allá de su punto actual. Somos los miembros más vulnerables de nuestra sociedad y nos toca caer sobre nuestras espaldas para soportar la peor parte de las consecuencias de esta crisis. ¡Se deben tomar medidas drásticas!

Signed,

Indigenous Voices of the Poor People’s Campaign

Denver Black Educators Caucus

Black Lives Matter 5280

Colorado Latino Forum

Colorado Rent Strike and Eviction Defense

Front Range Mutual Aid Network

Missing Indigenous Sisters Tools Initiative (M.I.S.T.I.)

John Stone, Englewood City Councilmember At-Large

Warriors For High Quality Schools

Indivisible Front Range Resistance

Candi CdeBaca, District 9, Denver City Council

Tay Anderson, Secretary, Denver School Board

Bobby LeFebre, Colorado Poet Laureate

Alison Coombs, Ward V, Aurora City Council

Rev. Jessica Abell, ABC-USA, Spirituality Collective

Shontel M. Lewis, the Regional Transportation District Director, District B

Cultivando

DCTA President (Tiffany Choi)

Hassan A. Latif, E.D. Second Chance Center, Inc.

Second Chance Center-Servants of Community

OurVoices-OurSchools

The Kaleidoscope Project

Lorena Garcia, U.S. Senate Candidate

Cayenna Johnson

Our Revolution Metro Denver

Denver Democratic Socialists of America

Colorado No More Prisons

GES Coalition

Focus Points Family Resource Center

Roosters Boxing Club

Recovery Lab

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition

Dr. Xochitl Lisa Vallejos

Auraria Young Democratic Socialists of America

How Kind Co.

Indivisible Denver

Project VOYCE

Democracy Enter Colorado

9to5 Colorado

YAASPA (Young African-Americans for Social & Political Action

Colorado Jobs With Justice

Together Colorado

Indivisible Highlands Ranch

Juan Marcano, Aurora City Council Ward IV

Abolish ICE - Denver

Curls on the Block

Too Dope Teachers And a Mic

Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7

Colorado AFL-CIO

Asian Communities Together (ACT)

Denver Artists for Rent Control

Colorado People's Alliance

Students for a Democratic Society-Denver

Jefferson County Education Association

Colorado Education Association

Denver Classroom Teachers Association




Petition by
Desiree Kane
Las Vegas, Nevada

To: Landlords, Governor Polis, Colorado Congressional Representatives, ICE and Statewide Police Chiefs
From: [Your Name]

It is not news to anyone that we are in unprecedented times. The calls for cooperation from the public from government and community leaders for physical isolation for the safety and wellbeing of us all have largely been honored and with this has come an economic crisis of epic proportions. We need your help. We're doing our part now and we need you to do yours in a way that honors the health and economic safety of more than just businesses and wealth holders. Your work is noticed and now what we need is for that work to become nuanced.

We are a coalition representing common good needs of thousands of community members, organizations, collectives, and more who make the occupied Indigenous territories we call Colorado vibrant. There are so many calls for unity. AS The People, we have that unity. Now, we need it from you as leadership, too. What does this mean? It means we need you to, beginning April 1st and continuing through this crisis:

freeze (completely waive/cancel, not defer) collection of all rent, mortgage, and utility (phone, power, water and internet) payments, late fees, and automatically extend expired leases

close all court filings for evictions and foreclosures

immediately house houseless residents in unoccupied buildings, hotels, and other unused living spaces

cease ICE arrests/deportations; release vulnerable populations, demilitarizing and decarcerating non-violent offenders and political prisoners from jails, prisons, and detention centers

expand paid sick days and medical leave for all workers

expand unemployment, food stamp, disability income and family support request filings

eliminate all economic barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment

guarantee childcare and safe alternate housing for essential workers

expand emergency production of and guaranteed access to PPE (personal protective equipment) for all essential workers

create an economic relief fund specifically for undocumented residents excluded from federal stimulus

learn about the specific needs of Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, LGBTQAI2S+ relatives, educators, freelancers, undocumented and documented immigrants, and low income workers, and work towards answering these needs as rapidly as possible.

These actions must be taken not for just 30 days, but indefinitely, for at least as long as a risk to public health and wellness remains. Government agencies and landlords alike MUST act honestly and effectively to prevent the pandemic from reaching beyond its current point. We are the most vulnerable members of our society and it is falling on our backs to bear the brunt of this crisis’ consequences. Drastic action must be taken!

Nothing demonstrates our fundamental interconnectedness like a pandemic. Our fates rise and fall together. Racial and economic equity for the common good is the way forward yesterday, today, and tomorrow -- and in this moment, more crucial than ever! Be the leaders we believe you can be.

We make these demands in alliance and solidarity with Indigenous people, with Black and Brown relatives, with marginalized and disabled folks, with womxn and children, with allied community members who rise in solidarity, and with the guidance from the Emergency Economic Relief Actions for Colorado platform, released March 27th.

Leaders, landlords, Governor Polis, congressional representatives, ICE and all police chiefs across Colorado, do the right thing.

Signed,

Indigenous Voices of the Poor People’s Campaign

Denver Black Educators Caucus

Black Lives Matter 5280

Colorado Latino Forum

Colorado Rent Strike and Eviction Defense

Front Range Mutual Aid Network

Missing Indigenous Sisters Tools Initiative (M.I.S.T.I.)

John Stone, Englewood City Councilmember At-Large

Warriors For High Quality Schools

Indivisible Front Range Resistance

Candi CdeBaca, District 9, Denver City Council

Tay Anderson, Secretary, Denver School Board

Bobby LeFebre, Colorado Poet Laureate

Alison Coombs, Ward V, Aurora City Council

Rev. Jessica Abell, ABC-USA, Spirituality Collective

Shontel M. Lewis, the Regional Transportation District Director, District B

Cultivando

DCTA President (Tiffany Choi)

Hassan A. Latif, E.D. Second Chance Center, Inc.

Second Chance Center-Servants of Community

OurVoices-OurSchools

The Kaleidoscope Project

Lorena Garcia, U.S. Senate Candidate

Cayenna Johnson

Our Revolution Metro Denver

Denver Democratic Socialists of America

Colorado No More Prisons

GES Coalition

Focus Points Family Resource Center

Roosters Boxing Club

Recovery Lab

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition

Dr. Xochitl Lisa Vallejos

Auraria Young Democratic Socialists of America

How Kind Co.

Indivisible Denver

Project VOYCE

Democracy Enter Colorado

9to5 Colorado

Megan Nemire, MA LPC

East Colfax Neighborhood Association

YAASPA (Young African-Americans for Social & Political Action

Colorado Jobs With Justice

Together Colorado

Indivisible Highlands Ranch

Juan Marcano, Aurora City Council Ward IV

Abolish ICE - Denver

Curls on the Block

Too Dope Teachers And a Mic

Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7

Colorado AFL-CIO

Colorado People's Alliance

Jefferson County Education Association

Colorado Education Association

Denver Classroom Teachers Association

Students for a Democratic Society-Denver

Jefferson County Education Association

Colorado Education Association

Denver Classroom Teachers Association