OPINION: Joint Statement on Blocked Civil Rights Funding

By Nadia Belkin

Organizations across Colorado released the following joint statement in reaction to the news that Colorado’s Civil Rights Division had its funding blocked by Republican members of the Colorado State Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee:

“The action by some members of the Joint Budget Committee made it clear that the future of Colorado Civil Rights Division is in jeopardy. Rather than waiting to see a reauthorization bill, these three members opted to preemptively ensure the Division’s funding will end on July 1. This sends a very chilling signal that could not only harm Colorado’s booming business climate, but will make some companies think twice about bringing jobs to our state.”

“The fact is the Civil Rights Division needs to continue to exist, as it has for decades. Not only does it protect Coloradans from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces, it promotes a more open and receptive environment in which to conduct business, live, and work. All Coloradans have the right to be treated fairly and equally. The CCRD reaffirms this fundamentally American idea. We call on leadership from both the House and Senate Majorities to come together and restore this funding for the Colorado Civil Rights Division immediately.”

These organizations will host a joint rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 13, at 12:45PM in advance of the Colorado Civil Rights Division’s sunset report being heard by the House Judiciary Committee.

The following organizations signed onto this joint statement:
9 to 5 Colorado
ACLU of Colorado
All Families Deserve a Chance Coalition
Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region
Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Center for Health Progress
Colorado AFL-CIO
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)
Colorado Cross Disability Coalition
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
Colorado LGBT Bar Association
Colorado Muslim Leadership Council
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
Colorado Working Families Party
Denver Metro Fair Housing Center
Good Business Colorado
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Mi Familia Vota Colorado
Minority and Women’s Chamber Coalition
NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference
National Council of Jewish Women, Colorado Section
New Era Colorado
One Colorado
Padres y Jovenes Unidos
Sam Cary Bar Association
United for a New Economy
Women’s Lobby of Colorado

Nadia Belkin is Communications Director for Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

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