Together Colorado unlocks the power of people through community organizing to bring human dignity to the center of public life in an intentional non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith approach.
Together Colorado's mission is to build long-term organizing power among people of faith in Colorado. Founded in 1979, our theory of change is built on five essential cornerstones for human dignity: Education, Wholeness, Economic Justice, Peace, and Civil Rights and Responsibilities. We focus on developing the capacities of low to moderate income community leaders to work together across race, class and language barriers to build power and rediscover a common good leading to the identification, research and resolution of issues defined by the community.
Comprised of 200 member congregations, schools, clergy and faith leaders throughout the state, Together Colorado is working to build a powerful social justice faith-based voice in Colorado. Grounded in the everyday concerns of the people in our congregations, schools and communities, we train and equip volunteer community leaders to build power toward resolving community issues on their own behalf at local, state and national levels.
Testimony from Together Colorado Leader: Holliday Aguilar (Bruce Randolph School)
I want to share with you some of my experience as a leader with Together Colorado. Before I never got involved in anything because I worked all day and even into the evening and didn't have time to participate very much. My daughter was the one who motivated me. After she started attending after-school activities at Bruce Randolph, I thought I should get involved as well. When I met Nola, our parent liaison, I started participating, first with Parent Watch to make our school safe.
In the past, I was embarrassed to speak. I saw everyone else as more intelligent than me, they spoke well and I just listened. Then I said, I have to give my opinion and if they don't like it, well, too bad. At the school we have been able to improve and influence a number of areas: parent involvement, school safety, college support, and the current campaign against bullying.
We had a great win with the Together Colorado Education Committee in successfully building the new transportation system for Near Northeast (NNE) Denver schools. We have worked hard on this proposal for over three years, and finally all of the students in NNE Denver will be able to use and better rely upon school buses going to and from ANY school in the area. In April we won the right for parents to use the bus as well. Something that the administration did not want, but they listened to us!
By getting involved, one gains self confidence. Who would have imagined that I would be speaking in March in front of Colorado Senators in support of proposed legislation to strengthen parent involvement in schools. I was very nervous. They are people with the power to say Yes or No and one needs to go well prepared to speak. But they are people, just like us. And I went with strength and confidence in what I was going to say in the name of all the
parents within Together Colorado. I did it and we won. The legislation was signed into law by the governor!
I want to thank Together Colorado for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a strong and powerful organization, and thus being able to develop confidence in myself and as a leader. I will continue this work in order to achieve many changes in our community and throughout our state.