Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Southeast Community Investment Focus Group
Hosted by Council of Neighbors and Organizations and RISE Southeast
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Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) is researching the potential of a Community Investment Trust (CIT) in Southeast Colorado Springs. A CIT will offer residents of Southeast an opportunity to invest in community ownership of real estate for $10-$100/month. We are looking for Southeast residents to participate in small group conversations to help us gather more information to make this a possibility.
1. Provide input that can shape a new tool for SE residents to invest in their community.
2. Help address the economic inequality between Southeast and the rest of the city
3. Help identify what issues are stopping Southeast residents from investing
4. Help build a class on investing and budgeting for Southeast residents
5. Explore how Southeast residents can share in the region's economic prosperity
Please RSVP to Max Cupp at mcupp@cscono.org or call 719-471-3105
Check out www.investcit.com for more information on what we are trying to accomplish in Southeast.
Sunday, September 29th, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 29th, 7:30pm

Denver Mercury Poetry ft Ashley!

Mercury Cafe Denver

2199 California St, Denver, Colorado 80205

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Sign up at 7:30
Show starts at 8
$5 suggested donation

Ashley Cornelius is a spoken word poet in Colorado. She graduated with a master's in International Disaster Psychology from DU. She focuses on providing creative therapy for adolescents through poetry therapy and is currently working as a therapist in Denver and lives in Colorado Springs. Her poems reflect her personal struggles and journey as a young black woman She aims to inspire, empower, and tell a story of truth and depth. Ashley has a background in poetry education and was the Program Director of an arts nonprofit in Denver focused on poetry workshop and curriculum. She has won four Hear Here Poetry Slams in Colorado Springs. She was the Women of the World Poetry Slam Colorado Springs representative and competed in Dallas at Nationals in March 2018. She has been featured at Keep Colorado Springs Queer open mic, the Black Voices Matter Open Mic, the NAACP, Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Women's March, At the Ink Well and events in Denver and Colorado Springs. Ashley is the Co-Director of Poetry 719 and has planned multiple community events in Colorado Springs included the Poetry 719 festival. Ashley was nominated for two 2018 Pikes Peak Art Council (PPAC) awards and won best recurring poetry event. Ashley is committed to using poetry as a platform to speak up and out for marginalized groups and be a voice for those who have been silenced.
Sunday, September 29th, 7:30pm

Fundraiser for the De'von Bailey Family

Van Diest Park

1520 S. Chelton Rd.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Saturday, September 28

National Trans Visibility March - Colorado Springs

10:00 - 12:00  Colorado Springs City Hall
107 N Nevada Ave

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Colorado Springs Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019
10am - 1pm
Colorado Springs City Hall - 107 N Nevada Ave # 300
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Pikes Peak Library District - Penrose Library

20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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NAACP LGBTQ+ Task Force is hosting a screening of Game Face with a community discussion will follow. Closed captioning will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Synopsis:

Exploring the coming-out journeys of LGBTQ athletes: telling the parallel stories of Fallon Fox, the first female transgender pro MMA fighter; and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay.
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Join us Saturday September 14th anytime from 10:30-1pm for our climate strikes art build at Library 21c in the CreateSpace!

We will be painting a 12 ft parachute and banners for the strike as a team project.

We will also provide art supplies for sign making so if you need a sign for the climate strike come make one with us!

Snacks and drinks provided so bring out the whole family and come make some signs, paint with us and hang out!
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2019 State of the City with Mayor Suthers
Hosted by Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm
The Broadmoor - 1 Lake Avenue

August 25, 2019   General Membership Meeting

Sand Creek Library at 3 pm

1821 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Justice for De'Von-Community Demands Action
Hosted by  REST IN POWER De'Von Bailey
Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:30am - 7:00 pm

The steps of Colorado Springs City Hall -107 N. Nevada Colorao Springs, Co 80903

August 12 , 6 pm             Community Debrief Session

Hosted by: The Empowerment Solidarity Network

Pikes Peak Library District - Sand Creek Library

1821 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

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  • If you need a space to vent, cry, yell, talk, share in regards to the events recently in our community.

  • If you want to listen, and create opportunities to make a difference..

  • If you are lost in what the next steps are..


Join us at Sand Creek Library on Monday evening. 

Let's talk.

August 5 , 6 - 7:30 pm        August Vigil at GEO Immigrant Detention Center

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July 13-14:                         Colorado Springs PrideFest

The NAACP will not rest until each person is treated equally under the law, regardless of race, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  That is our charge and we are committed to the fight.

June 15              Juneteenth Festival:  More Than Freedom

Free family friendly event, featuring entertainment, speakers, vendors, and more to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States a.k.a Freedom Day, JUNETEENTH!  See you there!

May 25, 3 pm           Screening: If Beale Street Could Talk

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March 24, 3-5 pm             Meet the Candidates Forum

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For more information, visit our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/629955364128491/

At this month's general membership meeting, following the monthly business meeting, the Colorado Springs NAACP Unit #4001, led by President Jesse Brown Jr., will commemorate Founders Day, February 12, 1909.

In 1908, a deadly race riot had rocked the city of Springfield, the capital of Illinois and resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. Such eruptions of anti-black violence – particularly lynching – were horrifically commonplace, but the Springfield riot was the final tipping point that led to the creation of the NAACP.

Appalled at this rampant violence, a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington issued a call for a meeting to discuss racial justice. Some 60 people, seven of whom were African American (including W. E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church Terrell), signed the call, which was released on the centennial of Lincoln’s birth.

Echoing the focus of Du Bois’ Niagara Movement for civil rights, which began in 1905, the NAACP’s aimed to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, which promised an end to slavery, the equal protection of the law, and universal adult male suffrage, respectively. Accordingly, the NAACP’s mission was and is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.

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COMMUNITY RECEPTION FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION

ON JANUARY 17, 2019 AT PIONEERS MUSEUM

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You are also invited to be present at City Hall at 
1:30 PM on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 
when President Richard Skorman and Members of City Council 
adopt the MLK 2019 City Proclamation.
KNOW YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS

Saturday, December 8 at 2 PM

Training and action are the themes for The NAACP Colorado Springs Branch Annual Meeting "Know Your Civil Rights" -- with representatives & investigators from five federal agencies.

The meeting will begin at 2 PM on Saturday, Dec 8, in the Silver Key Services Community Room, 1650 S. Murray, Colorado Springs, CO 80916.

The presentation includes:

  • the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado;

  • the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights;

  • the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel;

  • the Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity;

  • and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.


"Together, these agencies cover civil rights protections in all the major areas of a person’s life: education, health care, and housing," said Nicholas Weyen, the Denver based federal training coordinator. "In addition, the Department of Justice also enforces federal civil rights laws against state and local governments, including law enforcement."

Pastor Jesse Brown Jr., President of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch, said this knowledge and connection to federal authorities is critically important, especially in places like Colorado Springs. "When residents and community leaders have such a difficult time making a civil rights case to local authorities, you often have to seek outside intervention, concerned others. Indeed, the civil rights gains in this country were often won by those who brought knowledge, resources and bold activism to communities thirsty for justice."

El Paso County activists have tried mightily to speak truth to power in cases like the racist murder of young Jessie Garcia in 2016 and the vacation rental beating of a couple visiting the Springs on business in 2017, said Rosemary Lytle, NAACP COMTWY State President. "We refuse to accept that justice deferred will be justice denied."

The presentation begins with a brief overview of civil rights, what it is, what the focus is in federal law, tips on how to formulate a good complaint, and the fact that none of the agencies inquire about or report immigration status. Those attending will be able to share their stories and ask questions about federal process.

Members of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch Executive Committee will be installed into their new positions.There will be a shared meal and social time following the meeting. All adults and youth interested in the NAACP mission of social justice and civil rights advocacy are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Branch Secretary Rev. Alycia Erickson at (719) 301-0726 or naacpcoloradosprings@gmail.com.

Branch Meeting

October 27 at 2PM

On October 27, 2018 at 1613 S. Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80916 (Christ Temple Community Church), at 2 pm, there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of April 1st of the election year may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. All such members may also nominate themselves from the floor at the meeting for a position on the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.

Help us grow and strengthen our local branch! We need leaders who are willing to step up and help revitalize the Colorado Springs branch. 

NAACP/WELLS FARGO AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP AND
FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT

Complete program offered Oct 4 in the morning from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM and again in the afternoon from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM to accommodate varying schedules.

Please register for this FREE event on Financial Education and affordable Homeownership.  It will increase your knowledge about making wise money decisions that can improve your financial health and help you reach your financial and family goals.

Contact us at (719) 233-0243 or at stateconferencenaacp@gmail.com with your questions.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NAACP State Conference CO MT WY

Morning Schedule
8:30am - 8:55am -- Continental Breakfast & Networking


9:00am - 9:30am -- 

Financial Literacy & Empowerment -- This workshop will help participants with the basics and beyond:

  • Align and organize your financial resources with your goals and priorities

  • Understand your financial position

  • Understand investing concepts

  • Understand how business start ups can be funded; get hands-on with your financial future as you build sustainable wealth for you and your family.

 

9:30am - 10am

Affordable Homeownership -- The NAACP believes that families and individuals from all walks of life should have access to the information that can build homes, communities and hope. The team from our partner, Wells Fargo Financial Services, will share programs, strategies, preparation tips and information to help anyone realize their goals for homeownership -- whether now or in the future. Participants will walk away with knowledge to craft a basic plan to homeownership based on their own realities.
 

10:00am - 10:30am -- Q&A and Next Steps

Afternoon Schedule
2:00pm - 2:25pm Refreshments & Networking
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Financial Literacy & Empowerment -- This workshop will help participants with the basics and beyond:

  • Align and organize your financial resources with your goals and prioritie

  • Understand your financial position

  • Understand investing concepts

  • Understand how business start ups can be funded; get hands-on with your financial future as you build sustainable wealth for you and your family.

 

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Affordable Homeownership -- The NAACP believes that families and individuals from all walks of life should have access to the information that can build homes, communities and hope. The team from our partner, Wells Fargo Financial Services, will share programs, strategies, preparation tips and information to help anyone realize their goals for homeownership -- whether now or in the future. Participants will walk away with knowledge to craft a basic plan to homeownership based on their own realities.

 

4:00pm - 4:30pm -- Q&A and Next Steps

NAACP State Convention & Rocky Mountain

Civil Rights Leadership Institute

October 4-6

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Join the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch, celebrating 100 years of social justice activism and civil rights advocacy, as it hosts the Annual State Convention and Rocky Mountain Civil Rights Leadership Institute of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Area Conference.
October 4-6, Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sponsored by The NAACP CO MT WY State Area Conference
Co-Sponsored by
The NAACP Colorado Springs, Colorado Branch
The Center for Responsible Lending
The Indigo Group
Colorado Springs Utilities Delta Team
The Colorado Springs Independent
Wells Fargo Financial Services Company


Highlights include:
October 4 from 9 AM-3PM 
NAACP/Wells Fargo Affordable Homeownership and Financial Empowerment Summit FREE Register Here,

October 5 Noon
NAACP Ballot Initiative Rally & Media Opening

October 5 6PM-10PM 
"Wakanda Forever" -- A Centennial Reception Featuring Songstress Radjulari Landell "From Juba to Jive," and Honoring Life Members of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch (cultural or cocktail attire requested) with "DJ Moonra" and other special guests.

October 6 8AM-5PM
NAACP Political Action Breakfast with Elected Officials, Representatives of Ballot Initiative Campaigns and Candidates for Public Office

Opening Plenary

Workshops & Training
"Black & Green" How People of Color Can Crack the Cannabis Industry in Colorado
"New Ideas in Economic Justice"


Freedom Fund Gala Luncheon -- Keynote Speaker James Badue-El, Criminal Justice Committee Chair, Minnesota State Conference of Branches, "Mass Incarceration & the Struggle for Civil Rights"

Workshops & Training
"Crafting a Community Solar Initiative in Your Town"
State Youth and College Leadership Development with Jeffrey Aguy, CEO Aguy Innovation Group, Economic Development Chair Minneapolis NAACP
"First Teacher" A Primer on the Urgency of Parents as Advocates in a Betsy Devos World

Business Meeting and Closing Plenary Session
Special Performances ... Information and Networking .... Vendors and Exhibits

NOTICE OF FALL ELECTION PROCESS

Please note the following General Membership meetings of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch, for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee.

September 29, 2018 at 2 pm at Christ Temple Community Church 
There will be an election of the Nominating Committee (between 5-15 members). All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the Nominating Committee (not more than 2 being officers of the unit).

October 20, 2018 at 2 pm at Christ Temple Community Church
There will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of April 1st of the election year may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.

ELECTIONS November 17, 2018 from 2-3:30 pm at 
Christ Temple Community Church
 
The election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee will take place at 1613 S Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80916 (Christ Temple Community Church). Polls will open from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. In order to vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the Branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.

Run-Off Elections
Should a run-off election be necessary that election shall occur on the following date at time certain (at least 1 hour) at this location, Run-off elections shall be conducted not less than ten (10) days after the original election.

The NAACP Financial Freedom Listening Tour
Noon to 3 PM
​August 11, 2018
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
1102 S. 21st St.
Colorado Springs 80904

The NAACP Colorado Springs Branch hosts the “Financial Freedom Listening Tour,” an opportunity for community residents & other stakeholders to learn about economic justice, the predatory lending industry, how predatory financial practices affect Black & Brown communities, and what can be done to insure that all families have a chance to build wealth instead of seeing it stripped away by predatory lending practices—payday loans. Childcare available. Visa Gift Cards for participants.

SCHEDULE
11:00 to 11:45 am—Light Lunch Served
Noon to 1:00—A Primer on Predatory Practices and The Debt Trap
1:00 to 1:30—Initiative 126: An effort to establish a 36 percent payday loan rate cap in Colorado
1:30 to 2:45—Tell Your Story about payday loans and other predatory financial tools and how they have affected you and your family
2:45 to 3:00—Wrap Up and Next Steps

***To request childcare contact the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch at naacpcoloradosprings@gmail.com***

Participants in the listening tour will receive information on upcoming NAACP Financial Freedom opportunities and a complimentary Visa gift card to thank them for their time and attendance.

For additional information, contact: 
NAACP Financial Freedom Coordinator Shikima Ray at (720) 224-8069

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NAACP Colorado Springs Branch Secretary Rev. Alycia Erickson, at (719) 301-0726‬ naacpcoloradosprings[at]gmail.com.

May 19, 2018   Monthly Membership Meeting

Get involved! Come to the monthly NAACP Colorado Springs Branch meeting. Each month we have updates about local initiatives and issues facing our community. The next meeting is Saturday, May 19 from 2-3:30 pm at Christ Temple Community Church (1613 S. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916).  Youth are welcome and children are welcome to attend with their parents. 

Legal Wellness Program

by Attorney T.A. Taylor-Hunt

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2 - 3:30 pm
NAACP Colorado Springs


Located at Christ Temple Community Church
1613 S. Murray Blvd | Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Free and open to all!

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CORRECTION:  LOCATION OF ASSAULT

We have learned that the assault of a Black Man happened in January on Manitou Blvd. in Colorado Springs, not in Manitou Springs. The location of the vacation rental is on the West Side. We apologize for the error. 

MEETING APRIL 10 AT 5:30 PM TO DISCUSS VIOLENT ASSAULT AGAINST BLACK MAN IN MANITOU SPRINGS

HERE WE GO AGAIN EL PASO COUNTY:
A Black man from Phoenix is beaten with a bat & assaulted with racial slurs at a vacation rental on the Westside of Colorado Springs. Blood is everywhere!!! He's hospitalized. Months later, the police and DA say NO CHARGES will be filed in the attack. Police say it was self defense!!! He and his spouse call the NAACP. We call on YOU to meet as community and discuss action in this travesty -- #DevinMatters #DemandJustice

Community Meeting: 
Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 PM at the NAACP Office at Christ Temple Community Church