April 2023 Member Highlights, Dig Deep - Skill Up, Action Alerts

By Jennifer Piper

Member Highlights

“Presenting Know Your Rights in Fort Morgan with Denver's Not1More trainers was so special to me. Fort Morgan members shared about human rights abuses they’ve endured from local law enforcement and ICE and identified next steps to engage in documentation and accountability work. I’m so proud to work with them!”

~ AFSC staffer Guadalupe Lopez shares her excitement after a Know Your Rights training in Fort Morgan.

The Rose Foundation granted to many organizations, including ours, to support newcomer migrants. AFSC trained nine Denver area Not1More member leaders to be Know Your Rights trainers. In the last two weeks, six of our member leaders have provided four trainings at shelters to more than 60 people and helped orient newcomers to the Denver area. 


Not1More Deportation Fort Morgan met with Republican Congressman Ken Buck’s office via zoom.

Make sure to update your address so we can invite you to join meetings with your congressperson! Five of our member leaders participated and asked Rep. Buck's office to support the Asylum Work Authorization Act to streamline the work permit process for asylum seekers.

The staffer indicated that Congressman Buck does not think the border should be open to those seeking asylum, does not support changing laws to facilitate people’s access to a work permit while they wait for court, will never be in favor of any law that would allow people to move from being undocumented to documented, nor any expansion of employment-based VISA quotas. Not so easily deterred, we’ll continue meeting every two months with Congressman Buck! 

Coloradans for Immigrant Rights members met with Colorado’s newest members of Congress – Reps. Petterson and Caraveo, read testimony at the statehouse for Not1More members who couldn’t get off work, and accompanied four people to their court or ICE appointments.  

Join CFIR meetings! Want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom 

Dig Deep And Skill Up - Workshops and Volunteering


Tuesday April 25 5:00pm Join us for our April Spotlight on the Colorado Rapid Response Network! Part 1 of a two-part series.

Part 1 - Virtual: Come learn about the Colorado’s Rapid Response Network volunteer roles and begin training to be a Confirmer and Legal Observer! Learn how to respond safely to immigration enforcement and raids, help people protect their rights and keep their loved ones safer. Spanish/English interpretation provided! Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Part 2 will occur on April 29 in person from 10:00 am to 12:00 Attendance at Part 1 is a pre-requisite for part 2! Any and all experience levels welcome. Share on Facebook

Saturday and Sunday May 7 & 8 - Come table with us at our Cinco de Mayo booth – Volunteer to engage the public with us and have fun! Meet other people dedicated to human rights and dignity! We’ll be hosting a booth with information on Not1More Deportation and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights. Talk with folks about how to get involved supporting newcomers and the need for a path to citizenship. Spread the word about upcoming events and the Colorado Rapid Response Network. Sign up for a shift here

Volunteer at a clinic for people seeking asylum – virtually or in person with the Colorado Asylum Project!
At these clinics, volunteers assist asylum seekers in filling out their asylum applications so they can stay in the court process and request asylum. Training happens an hour before the workshop begins and applications will be reviewed by attorneys! Sign up to volunteer by emailing coasylum@gmail.com or filling out the volunteer form


Action alerts

Monday May 1, 6:00pm Vigil Save the Date
 GEO for profit detention center, 3130 Oakland St Aurora, CO – the event will be masked and socially distanced. Sponsored by AFSC and Jobs with Justice. Invite your friends – share this email and our Facebook event

This May 1st stand for the human rights and dignity of all workers, call for citizenship and an end to detention and the exploitation that happens inside. 

May 7 9am - Stand with Palestine 101 Yosemite st Gather at 8:30am at Willow Circle and Lowry Blvd. Join Jewish Voice for Peace and the Colorado Palestine Coalition at their annual counter demonstration to "Celebrate Israel" festival. Zionism will not go unchecked as settlers continue to march and terrorize Palestinians in the West Bank. 


Jorge and Christina Zaldivar

What We Are Reading, Listening to or Watching

Listen to Not1More member Jorge Zaldviar's powerful testimony - read by CFIR member Harriet Mullaney!

HB23-1100 "Restrict Government Involvement In Immigration Detention" passed the Senate today thanks to overwhelming community testimony and bills sponsors Rep. N. Ricks | Rep. L. Garcia | Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis | Sen. J. Gonzales 

Our Spotlight On from last month. Learn about our history in Colorado of working to keep a bright line between federal and local law enforcement. 

Comedian John Oliver highlights the Farmworker Fair Food Campaign and the injustices of our immigration system in Last Week Tonight! WARNING there are curse words in this routine.

New report released on ICE misconduct in Colorado. Colorado should play no part in the ICE detention pipeline. Colorado should stop providing resources to ICE to traumatize, detain and deport our communities.

“I am still seeing a therapist because I can’t get out of the memory of how they treated my son, how they took him away. . .” (Josefina, 36) 

Our Not1More Deportation Denver members have been showing out everywhere since January - Check out AFSC staffer Gabriela Flora’s blog postt on the power of immigrant leadership for highlights from earlier this year and beautiful photos!

In February, we delivered hundreds of Valentines from Community to people detained by ICE at the GEO for profit detention center. See your handiwork and the video!