March 19: Let’s Talk Rural Health Care

Let’s Talk Rural Health Care
March 19

Much has been said about the growing divide between urban and rural Colorado. In particular, the realities facing rural Coloradans with regard to their health care has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. From eye-opening statistics to harrowing profiles, there is clearly a case to be made for solutions specifically tailored to these communities to address health care costs. On Monday, a panel of experts and lawmakers will come together to discuss the health care realities facing many of our fellow Coloradans.


  • Representative Dylan Roberts (D-Eagle)
  • Representative Marc Catlin (R-Montrose)
  • Sara Leahy, Director of Business Development at Colorado Rural Health Center
  • John Ingold, Staff Write at The Denver Post
  • Polly Anderson, Vice President of Strategy and Financing at Colorado Community Health Network

Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver
1373 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203

March 19, 2018

Oct. 26: Budget Sharknado

Hold The Date!
CSLC’s Fall Forum:
Budget Sharknado

Join us on Thursday, October 26 for our annual Fall Forum where we will be taking a closer look at the impact of the proposed federal budget cuts on Colorado.

As Congress moves forward with the annual appropriations process, make sure you know how you can get involved and advocate for Colorado’s interests.

Program Speakers Include:

  • State Senator Dominick Moreno, Member of Joint Budget Committee
  • Julie Duvall, State Director for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • Danielle Radovich Piper, Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter
  • Ali Mickelson, Director of Tax and Legislative Policy for Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Chaer Robert, Manager of Family Economic Security Program for Colorado for Center on Law and Policy
  • Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Communications and Policy for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • R.J. Ours, Colorado Director of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
  • Fofi Mendez, President of Mendez Consulting, L.L.C.

Augustana Lutheran Church

       5000 East Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246

Thursday, October 26

April 3: Planning Ahead: Ensuring Retirement Security for All Coloradans

In Colorado and the United States there is an understanding that our senior citizens should be able to live an economically secure lifestyle. Indeed, federal programs such as Social Security and Medicare serve as the cornerstones of this accepted social contract. Unfortunately, however, the financial viability of these programs has grown in doubt in recent years. In the absence of  substantive federal action to help prepare Americans for retirement, a number of states have begun implementing their own solutions.

Join us on Monday to learn about the proposals before the Colorado State Legislature this year aimed at helping our senior citizens retire in comfort. Our panel will include:

  • Representative Janet Buckner (D-Aurora)
  • Representative Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood)
  • Cate Blackford, Director of Outreach and Donor Development for The Bell Policy Center
  • Kelli Fritts, Associate State Director and Advocacy Representative for AARP Colorado

Where: Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver; 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 
When: April 3, 2017 12:00PM-1:15PM

March 20: Fear Factor: Immigrants and Refugees in Colorado

Immigration and refugee issues have been at the forefront of the public policy arena for many years now and during the 2016 election both major parties put forth starkly contrasting platforms concerning these critical topics. Since his inauguration, the President has begun implementing a number of initiatives that have proven to have profound consequences for many of our neighbors. In Colorado, legislators have also attempted to push through legislation this session aimed at addressing these issues.

Next Monday, March 20, is Latino Advocacy Day in Colorado and we are proud to host a panel featuring:

  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Denver Public School Board Member
  • Jamie Torres, Deputy Director of the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships and Staff Liaison for the Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission
  • Paula Schriefer, Executive Director of the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

Where: Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver; 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 
When: March 20, 2017 12:00PM-1:15PM

March 13: Is our Human Services Safety Net at Risk?

Please join us on March 13 for our weekly panel!

Is our Human Services Safety Net at Risk?

Senator Irene Aguilar M.D. (D-Denver)
Senator John Kefalas
 (D-Fort Collins)
Don Mares, 
Executive Director of Denver Human Services

Human services programs in Colorado serve as a critical safety net that serve those most in need. With the 2017 legislative session at its halfway point and a number of proposals shaping up at the national level, there is concern that drastic changes to these programs are on the way. Join us this Monday for a discussion on the future of human services programs.

Where: Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver; 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 
When: March 13, 2017 12:00PM-1:15PM

January 30 Forum: Colorado Secretary of State, Wayne Williams

Please join us on January 30 for our third forum of the 2017 legislative session!
Colorado Secretary of State, Wayne Williams


Wayne Williams has served as Colorado’s Secretary of State since 2014. Prior to his election, Secretary Williams served as the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder from 2011 to 2015, where he oversaw efforts to expand services to citizens by adding more than a dozen 24/7 drop boxes and consistently running elections that were recognized as both cost-effective and voter-friendly. Before serving as county clerk, citizens of El Paso County elected Secretary Williams County Commissioner from 2003 to 2011 where he played a key role in obtaining approval of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). Secretary Williams graduated from Brigham Young University in 1986 with honors and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1989. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Holly, and they have four children.

Secretary Williams will present to the Colorado Social Legislation Committee on the implementation of Propositions 107 and 108, respectfully. Both propositions were passed by Colorado voters this past November and promise to profoundly impact the manner in which Colorado’s future elections are conducted. We are honored to have Secretary Williams present to CSLC and invite all members to attend what promises to be both an educational and entertaining event.

Where: Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver; 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 
When: January 30, 2017 12:00PM-1:15PM

January 9: CSLC’s First Weekly Forum of 2017!

Please join us on January 9 for our first weekly forum of the 2017 legislative session!
Carol Hedges, Executive Director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute

Carol Hedges has been an important part of the research, policy and advocacy community in Colorado for more than 15 years. She served as policy director for Governor Roy Romer in the late 1990s focusing on human service, education and budget policy. As program officer at the Piton Foundation in Denver, Ms. Hedges directed the Denver Workforce Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Jobs Initiative. While serving as a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center, Ms. Hedges authored Ten Years of TABOR, a comprehensive study of the effects of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights. As a recognized expert on the effects of Colorado’s TABOR amendment, Ms. Hedges has been involved in education efforts on TABOR-like proposals across the country.

Ms. Hedges will provide an insightful overview of the fiscal outlook in Colorado and the implications for Colorado’s legislators and advocates as they begin their work in 2017. We are thrilled to have Ms. Hedges present at our first weekly forum of the 2017 legislative session. Please be sure to attend what promises to be a fantastic presentation!

Where: Basement of First Baptist Church of Denver; 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 
When: January 9, 2017 12:00PM-1:30PM

Monday March 14 at noon in the basement of the First Baptist Church at Grant and 14th Aves. Colorado Social Legislative Committee CSLC.ORG

P.O. Box 300165

Denver, Colorado 80203

CSLC Noon Meeting Agenda  in the basement at the First Baptist Church at Grant and 14th Ave,  Every Monday during the legislative session 

Monday, March 14, 2016

  1. Welcome & introductions
  2. Member announcements
  3. Bill proposals and endorsements
  4. Panel discussion

Our Right to Know: Transparency in Privatized Services for People with Disabilities

  • Irene Aguilar

State Senator, Senate District 32

  1. Jeff Roberts

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

  1. Maureen Welch

Chief Opportunity Officer, RealLife LLC

  1. Katie Dahl, Moderator


The Colorado Social Legislation Committee is a coalition of persons and organizations interested in legislation related to human needs and human services, especially at the state level.

Colorado Social Legislative Committee Luncheon March 7, 2016 Criminal Justice and Prison


P.O. Box 300165

Denver, Colorado 80203                                  

CSLC Noon Meeting Agenda

Monday, March 7, 2016

  1. Welcome & introductions
  2. Member announcements
  3. Bill proposals and endorsements
  4. Panel discussion

Criminal Justice and Prison Issues

  • Beth McCann

State Representative, House District 8

  • Jack Regenbogen

Policy Associate, Colorado Center on Law & Policy

  • Christie Donner

Executive Director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition




The Colorado Social Legislation Committee is a coalition of persons and organizations interested in legislation related to human needs and human services, especially at the state level

L.A. Continues to Wrangle With People Living in Public Places It Costs $2,000,000,000.00 to Grapple With the Inevitable Loss and Destruction of People’s Lives the Catastrophic Loss of Quality of Life

LA is seizing tiny homes from the homeless

LOS ANGELES — Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South Los Angeles.

Elvis Summers, who built and donated the structures, removed seven of the gaily painted wooden houses — which come with solar-powered lights and American flags — on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a scheduled city sweep.

Summers, an L.A. resident who says he was once homeless, had placed them within encampments on overpasses along the 110 Freeway, for homeless people to use instead of tents.

But three structures impounded earlier this month remain in a city storage lot, a Bureau of Sanitation spokeswoman said, and the city notified occupants they would be “discarded.”

“These people are beaten down so hard, you give them any opportunity to be normal, it lifts them up,” Summers said.

Councilman Curren Price, who represents the neighborhood, said the houses pose serious health and safety risks.

“I’m getting complaints from constituents who have to walk into the streets to avoid them,” Price said.

Authorities destroyed needles, drug setups and a gun seized from one or more of the houses and tents during an earlier cleanup.

Some advocates for the homeless see the single-story structures — about the size of garden shed — as a cheap and safer alternative to having the homeless sleep on the sidewalks.

Neighbors and other opponents, however, say they provide cover for lawlessness and criminal activity.

“They are only homes for prostitution, shooting up, smoking up,” said June Ellen Richard, 54, who has lived all her life within blocks of one of the freeway overpasses where the tiny houses were parked.

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s spokeswoman, Connie Llanos, said he is committed to getting homeless people into permanent housing and services.

“Unfortunately, these structures can be hazardous to the individuals living in them and to the community at large,” Llanos said in a statement.

“When the city took the houses, they didn’t offer housing, they straight kicked them out,” Summers said.

The tiny house crackdown came as the city continues to struggle to balance enforcement with housing and other aid for the burgeoning homeless population.

The city passed a tough new sweeps ordinance that identified tiny houses as “bulky items” subject to immediate confiscation. More than 30,000 people sleep in city streets in Los Angeles County.

While the city also adopted a plan to end homelessness over the next decade, officials have not identified a source for money to tackle the $2 billion problem.

Summers said he has built and placed 37 tiny houses from Van Nuys to Inglewood, with help from volunteers and more than $100,000 in donations from people around the world drawn to his online video campaign.

“It’s not a permanent solution, but nobody is doing anything for shelter right now,” said Summers, who added that the houses should default to him rather than be destroyed. “They keep just saying we need permanent housing we’re, but it never happens.”

Price said there are alternatives including shelters but the tiny house people reject them.

Kenner Jackson, who lives in a tiny house with his wife, Becky, and terrier, Cowboy, said officials were “taking houses from people who need them right now. … Their plan isn’t anything.”

Jackson said the city hauled away homeless people’s possessions while leaving bulky items like mattresses and chairs that residents dump next to the freeway.

Johnny Horton, 60, whose heavily bandaged legs were scored with wounds from uncontrolled diabetes, wept silently Wednesday as he contemplated going back to sleeping in the street.

“Laying on that tent on the sidewalk it’s impossible to keep clean,” Horton said. He said the staff at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, which discharged him Tuesday, said they’d try to get him housing, but it would take one to three months.

“I grew up in this neighborhood,” Horton said.

Posted on Julia Briggs Cannon’s tiny house next to the city impound notice were several fliers seeking the whereabouts of her husband, Larry Joe Cannon.

Cannon, 58, said her husband, a Vietnam-era Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and memory loss, was hospitalized with a seizure Feb. 5, then disappeared.

Cannon turned up Friday, but the couple’s house was gone. As Summers drove off with her house on a flat-bed trailer, she sat on a thin bedroll on the ground and pointed to the concrete.

“I’m staying right here,” she said, her eyes filling with tears.