Join us at The People’s State of the City Address!
July 11, 3pm Food, 3:30pm – 5:00pm People’s State of the City Address, 5:00pm City Council Public Comment
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80202
Denver Homeless Out Loud, Centro Humanitario, Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, People Rising Against Poverty, Fourth World Center of UCD, 9to5 Colorado, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, American Friends Service Committee, and many more allies will hold a People’s State of the City address at the City County Building. This event follows Mayor Hancock’s State of the City held at DIA earlier the same day. Community organizations are holding this counter-event to highlight pressing issues that the Mayor’s speech will likely fail to address — indeed, the Mayor’s administration is responsible for directing and supporting many of the injustices and harms our communities face. This People’s State of the City will serve as a platform for the many marginalized voices that the Mayor will either deny or repress at his function. Representatives from community organizations standing against injustice and for a Denver for the people will speak, and a “mock” State of the City will also take place satirizing Hancock’s own address.
What is the state of the city as the people know it?
Homelessness is rising and the city only treats homeless people with more brutality and force. Camping Ban enforcement is up 500% since march in attempts by the Mayor to “sweep” homelessness away.
Housing costs have skyrocketed with rent at an all time high for the city of Denver making more and more people homeless. But instead of dedicating funds or changing policies to support attainable homes the city continues to spend far more on the jail system than on low-income of affordable housing.
People of color continue to be targeted and killed by cops, who act with impunity, fearing neither indictment nor conviction for their crimes.
Low income and immigrant workers are still vulnerable to wage theft, racism, and have no, almost no, or adequate access to basic services such as medical and mental health and housing.
- Immigrant families continue to fight for their right to stay together, defending their communities from the detention and deportation resulting from local police colluding with Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers, destroying trust and causing undue stress on children.
People with disabilities continues to be blighted with increased homelessness, poverty, and the feeling of being left behind. As the economy gets better for some, those with fixed, low or no incomes are left behind. People with disabilities need to survive but we also need and deserve the tools to thrive.
Our environment is being destroyed. When we as a city do environmental sustainability, we must reject the notion that there is solely a material or technocratic solution to environmental crisis.
It is the people living in Denver under these conditions, together working to make life better for all who live here in spite of struggle and oppression, that have and will continue to create what is good and needed in this city. Together we will continue to fight for a Denver where people can live with homes, dignity, rights, health, and all good and needed things.
Food will be provided by Impact Locally.
Denver Homeless Out Loud