Citizens Project is a fearless, bold advocate and an engaging voice that empowers and challenges the entire Pikes Peak region to embrace diversity, equity, and separation of church and state.
Citizens Project formed in 1992 to counter the growing influence of extremists in the Pikes Peak region, primarily in public schools. The organization set out to provide a counter-voice to this influence by promoting pluralism, religious liberties and the separation of church and state.
Soon after its inception, Citizens Project took a strong stand against Amendment 2, an anti-gay ballot initiative, and experienced a ground swell of support from those who found a voice in the organization.
Since then, Citizens Project has pursued a two-pronged strategy: on the one hand exposing extremism, while on the other promoting inclusion and respect for diversity. For example, we have worked to expose religious exclusion in public schools and develop a dialogue program to promote understanding among people with differing views.
Today, Citizens Project is a volunteer-driven organization with a small professional staff and over a thousand donors and activists. In this community, which some on the far right have labeled the "Gettysburg of the civil war of values," we are proud to be advocates of equity, diversity and pluralism.
"Citizens Project's voice helps to balance our community. It helps to give hope to individuals who otherwise may not have hope. And it also helps us a community to look at all sides of issues, which makes us better as a community, as we struggle with some of these issues." - Jan Martin, Former Colorado Springs City Council Member
"For me, Citizens Project is a voice for people who have no voice, or people who think they have no voice. It will speak for you. It will teach you to speak for yourself. It will teach you how to teach others to speak for themselves and stand up for what's right." - Greg V., Citizens Project supporter
"For the last 25 years Citizens Project has helped people in the margins of society get their voices heard and rights respected. Whether training educators about the legalities of separation of church and state in public schools, standing against proposed resolutions that would undercut diversity, or providing nonpartisan information through voter guides, I know that Citizens Project is a vital part of what makes Colorado Springs a place where equality and diversity are welcomed and celebrated. " Lisa K., Citizens Project supporter
"I have committed myself to learning as much as I can about the issues and the candidates before entering the voting booth. I support Citizens Project because it provides the information I need to make an informed decision - nonpartisan voter guides focused on issues of equality, diversity, and separation of church and state. Thanks to Citizens Project, I am now an informed voter." -Davis, Citizens Project supporter
"From informative, non-partisan voter guides to the Citizen's Religious Freedom Institute to issue advocacy, we are proud to be part of the Citizens Project family - standing together for an informed citizenry, equality, and diversity as core values for Colorado Springs! Citizens Project was our beacon in those dark times and is our ally in hope and inclusion, a strong voice that we are proud to support. Citizens Project helped make Colorado Springs our home." Gail and Craig, Citizens Project supporters