“Good people will fight if we lead them.” – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
“The goal is to focus on what connects us, rather than what divides us.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Happy new year, friends!
We know some of you have gone through a rough couple of months over the holidays with unexpected financial hardship, illness and the like.
But it’s a new year, a new decade, and we’re grateful for all the good in our lives, including family and friends we can lean on during challenging times.
We’re ready to embrace what’s next!
The above two quotes summarize what’s been on our minds recently here at Diverse Fort Collins.
Both apply to efforts to advance racial equity, anti-racism, diversity, and equity & inclusion. Many challenges lie ahead, but together we can accomplish our goals, one of which is understanding each other better and making new friends of different cultures, identities and abilities.
Are you hopeful? We are!
The new Diverse Fort Collins logo is now live on the website, and will soon be rolled out across our social media! Many thanks to graphic designer Grant Smith for designing this beautiful, dynamic logo that embodies the spirit of our mission and values: “All welcome. Let’s co-create an inclusive community! All cultures, identities and abilities.“
We stopped by the Dec. 14 Community Health Fair at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center that featured tables hosted by U.S. Veterans Administration, Planned Parenthood, Rep. Joe Neguse, Colorado Universal Healthcare, and others.
Here are a few photos of posters displayed by Gerri and Julie at the table hosted by Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care. Visit http://www.CoUniversalHealth.org for information.
Local activist Cindy participated in the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. march and celebration holding signs such as “How are you using your privilege and power to stand up for others? – Bernice King” and “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressors; it must be demanded.” – MLK Jr. Photos by Diverse Fort Collins
It’s not just a day off from work. If you’re interested in co-creating a community in which everyone can thrive, bundle up, makes some new friends and educate yourself by participating at the Martin Luther King, Jr. event.
Join the march from Old Town Square to CSU, and the celebration at CSU’s Lory Student Center! Last year’s celebration included informative, inspiring presentations, and this year’s will be equally amazing. The theme: “Preservation to Manifestation” (“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”)
Jan 23 We Are The Radical Monarchs free film screening and discussion at The Lyric! Film is in English with live interpretation in Spanish. Dinner provided. The focus is to engage parents and caregivers of children of color to talk about youth development and social justice. Hosted by ACT Human Rights Film Festival and Poudre River Public Library District.
Jan. 26 Join us for an empowering Diverse Fort Collins Book Group discussion on the accessible first floor of Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House: Chapters 1-4 of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
We have three talented facilitators – Jamie, Jessica and Mia – who will guide small-group conversations during this event. Some groups will be geared toward teenagers, LGBTQIA+, people of color, etc. if there’s interest among attendees. Buy the paperback at Old Firehouse Books (20% discount if you mention this book group!) and expand your knowledge and social circles.
Feb. 1 The Metropolitan Opera Met Live in HD will broadcast Porgy & Bess, featuring Fort Collins’ favorite opera singer and our friend Anthony P. McGlaun in the chorus! Field trip, anyone? We’re planning to watch this at Cinemark Greeley Mall.
Feb. 4 Hope for Today event at the Fort Collins Senior Center by NoCo SafeSpace. Hear a member of the LGBTQIA+ community (with lived experience of suicide and recovery) discuss: the signs of depression and suicide; risk ractors and warning signs, etc.
Would you like to volunteer? Write a guest commentary or be featured in a Community Member profile? As always, we’d love to hear from you. Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com
Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins
All welcome. Let’s co-create an inclusive community!
All cultures, identities and abilities