City of Fort Collins Seeks Community Comments on Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Equity Indicators Project: The City of Fort Collins seeks feedback from community members on what measures it should track in the equity/diversity/inclusion space.

Along with partner the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, the city is gathering community input to select equity indicators to track in a dashboard for increased accountability and resource alignment.

Community members can participate in a survey and/or a focus group. The SURVEY CLOSES November 1 and is available in four languages.

Focus groups are meeting this week and next week through October 29.

Check out OurCity for more information and access to the survey links.

This is a much-needed initiative to help advance equity and inclusion in Fort Collins.

Take the survey and volunteer for a focus group today!

DFC Launches Action Committee

Diverse Fort Collins launched its Action Committee recently, and about 50 volunteers formed four Subcommittees: (1) Voting (2) Policy & Legislation (3) Environmental Justice and (4) LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces for people of all ages and ethnicities

Stay tuned for information on upcoming meetings and projects!


DiverseFoCo Receives Generous Gift from Local Boutique

Sunday Supply Co., a boutique in downtown Fort Collins, chose Diverse Fort Collins for its Sunday Giving program.

A portion of all September sales went to Diverse FoCo. Thanks to this generous gift, new events and programs are in the works. Stay tuned for updates.

Thank you, Sunday Supply Co.! We love seeing women of various ethnicities and identities modeling your clothing.


Diverse FoCo Book Group

Read the first five chapters of our latest book group selection, and join us on January 24!

January 24: Chapters 1-5
2:00-4:00 p.m. MT
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here via EventBrite.

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books. Receive a 20% discount when you mention Diverse Fort Collins book group. Mention the discount in the notes when ordering online.

Read more details on our Events page. We look forward to seeing you on January 24!


Diverse FoCo In The News

Colorado Politics series “VOICES OF THE VOTERS: ACROSS THE DIVIDE | The Northern Colorado cities where no one party has a monopoly” (September 21)

Read more articles and interviews at DFC In The News.


Fort Collins Reads Presents Alice Hoffman in conversation with NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on November 1

“If you do not believe in evil, you are doomed to live in a world you will never understand.” – opening sentence of THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman

“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times… gravely beautiful… Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.” – The New York Times Book Review

Fort Collins Reads in partnership with KUNC presents a virtual event: Alice Hoffman in conversation with Maureen Corrigan, November 1 at 2 p.m.

20% off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books:

The first 150 people to purchase the book will receive a signed bookplate.


Photo by Element5 Digital at www.unsplash.com

Make a Plan and Vote!

Do you know where your nearest ballot drop box is?

Visit www.IWillVote.com or Go Vote Colorado for information and check out other resources on our Vote! page.


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Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

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EVENTS: Sept 15 & Sept 28 Action Committee Info Meetings

Diverse Fort Collins (DFC) Action Committee invites you to attend one of two informational meetings at 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, September 15 or 7 pm to 9 pm Monday, September 28 via Zoom.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share volunteer interests and what actions they want the committee to focus on.

DFC is dedicated to advocating for antiracism and racial equity, and offers a website to provide resources to the community related to antiracism, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The purpose of the DFC Action Committee is to enable action around racial equity and work toward dismantling systemic racism in our Northern Colorado community.

We intend to partner with local anti-racist organizations and co-create inclusion with local partners.

The Action Committee also acknowledges intersectionality and aims to address multiple levels of social injustice in its work. (For a better understanding of intersectionality, see this Kimberly Crenshaw speech).

The September 15 info meeting has occurred.

The September 28 info meeting has occurred.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and working to promote racial justice!

Victoria Baumgart, Co-Lead, DFC Action Committee
Amanda Mansfield, Co-Lead, DFC Action Committee
Katherine Valdez, Founder & Executive Director, Diverse Fort Collins

Questions? Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

Listen to Diverse FoCo on 88.9 FM KRFC Radio at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15!

Rabbi Hillel Katzir of KRFC Radio Fort Collins interviewed Katherine Valdez, Mia Donley and Victoria Baumgart of Diverse Fort Collins for the “Faith In Progress” public affairs program.

They discussed Diverse FoCo’s origins, purpose and goals; how the national landscape has changed since the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others, and the subsequent worldwide peaceful demonstrations in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement; and upcoming opportunities to advance racial justice in Fort Collins.

(Register for the Sept. 15 or Sept. 28 Action Committee information meetings here.)

The interview will air at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 on 88.9 FM (listen live here) and will be available as a podcast afterward. Watch the video.


Video Available of Sept. 3 Town Hall on Action & Allyship

Fort Collins Interfaith Council and World Wisdoms Project presented the fourth and final Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 9 – 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The event began with a talk on allyship amd action, followed by seven-minute presentations by Diverse Fort Collins, Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow Wow Association, The BIPOC Alliance, Fort Collins International Center, The Family Center/La Familia, and New Eyes Village.

Founder Katherine Valdez represented Diverse FoCo.

Watch the video here.


RESOURCES ADDED OFTEN

We add new resources all the time!

On our News page, read about the 2021 City Manager’s Recommended City Budget, the call for volunteers to serve on the new Colorado Redistricting Commissions, and check out links to NPR’s Code Switch and other resources.

On our Resources page, read Lessons on Peaceful Protesting by My Black Colorado

On our Vote! page, see links to racial justice-focused candidates in the Nov. 3 general election.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Here’s one of our most popular social media posts:

“Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men.” by Melissa Block, NPR

And here’s a new post that summarizes the reasons for #BlackLivesMatter (Thanks to Denise for sharing this):

“The following is an EXCELLENT summary. Pass it on to those who you think are open, but don’t yet understand…

Don’t really get all the BLM stuff?

Hope this helps:

400 years ago white people enslaved black people.

And sold them.

And treated them as less than human.

For 250 years.

While white men built the country and created its laws and its systems of government.

While 10, 15 generations of white families got to grow and flourish and make choices that could make their lives better.

150 years ago white people “freed” black people from slavery.

But then angry white people created laws that made it impossible for them to vote.

Or to own land.

Or to have the same rights as white people. And even erected monuments glorifying people who actively had fought to keep them enslaved.

All while another 5, 10 generations of white families got to grow and accumulate wealth and gain land and get an education.

60 years ago we made it “legal” for black people to vote, and to be “free” from discrimination.

But angry white people still fought to keep schools segregated.

And closed off neighborhoods to white people only.*

And made it harder for black people to get bank loans*, or get quality education or health care, or to (gasp) marry a white person.

All while another two to three generations of white families got to grow and pass their wealth down to their children and their children’s children.

Present day:

And then we entered an age where we had the technology to make PUBLIC the things that were already happening in private– the beatings, the stop and frisk laws, the unequal distribution of justice, the police brutality (in the south, police began as slave patrols designed to catch runaway slaves).**

And only now, after 400+ years and 20+ generations of a white head start, are we STARTING to truly have a dialogue about what it means to be black.

White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard.

It doesn’t mean white people are responsible for the sins of our ancestors.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are.

It DOES mean that we need to acknowledge that the system our ancestors created is built FOR white people.

It DOES mean that Black people are treated at a disadvantage because of the color of their skin.

It DOES mean that we owe it to our neighbors– of all colors– to acknowledge that and work to make our world more equitable.

Because Black Lives Matter.

Understanding why we have to say this matters.

Your voice in this movement matters.

Recognizing privilege, power and history matters.

copied and pasted – PLEASE DO THE SAME”

* Learn more about redlining and other unconstitutional practices by joining our discussion of THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. See details and register here.

**Read about how our modern police forces grew out of Night Patrols and Slave Patrols in So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and register for our January/February/March discussions. See details and registration here.


Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other. We are dedicated to advocating for antiracism and racial equity.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

EVENT: SEPT 3 Town Hall Featuring Diverse FoCo and Other BIPOC Groups

Hello, friends! We have a lot going on this month and next. Join us!

NEW EVENT! TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 9 A.M. MST [ Here’s the link to the video. ]

Fort Collins Interfaith Council and World Wisdoms Project present the fourth and final Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) featuring local BIPOC (Black Indigenous and Other People of Color) organizations working toward racial equity and dismantling structural and institutional racism: Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow Wow Association, The BIPOC Alliance, Diverse Fort Collins, La Familia, and New Eyes Village.

Diverse Fort Collins founder Katherine Valdez has been invited to speak about the community project’s origin and mission, the launch of its new Advisory and Action committees, recent and upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and its positive impact on the community.

Join us! Free. Click here to register.


UPCOMING DIVERSE FOCO EVENTS

October 4 The Color of Law book discussion

January/February/MarchSo You Want To Talk About Race book discussion

Details and registration: click here.

Congratulations to Shawna and Julie who recently won drawings for our book club titles, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein and There There by Tommy Orange.

Attend our book groups for a chance to win!


COLORADO POLITICS COVERS AUGUST 16 WEBINAR

Colorado Politics reporter Michael Karlik wrote an article on Diverse FoCo’s Aug. 16 webinar “Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System” featuring Judge Juan G. Villasenor, Larimer County’s first Latino district court judge.

Read the article here.


DIVERSE FOCO IS NOW ON MEETUP AND EVENTBRITE!

You can now find Diverse Fort Collins on Meetup and EventBrite!

Search for Diverse Fort Collins events on these platforms.

Meetup is subsidizing memberships for community groups working to advance racial equity, antiracism and #BlackLivesMatter.

They are waiving the monthly membership fee for community groups like Diverse FoCo.

DiverseFoCo is now a member of Meetup’s Communities for Black Justice and Equity network!

Join our Meetup group by clicking here.

Check out Diverse Fort Collins Meetup Group on Meetup


DIVERSE FOCO SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

We’re searching for volunteers to assist us with Event Coordination, Social Media, Website Development, Strategic Planning, and other projects.

Interested? Learn more by emailing your LinkedIn profile to DiverseFoCo@gmail.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line, and tell us which area interests you.

See more volunteer categories on the About page.

“Volunteer” photo by ray sangga kusuma on Unsplash


ONLINE SPANISH CLASSES AND CONVERSATION GROUPS

Would you like to start learning to speak Spanish or brush up on your Spanish skills from courses you took years ago?

Are you an intermediate or advanced Spanish speaker who would like to practice with a friendly group of community members twice a month?

Well, you’re in luck! Diverse FoCo is partnering with Spanish teacher Maureen (“Marina”) McCarthy to offer affordable, small-group language classes (no more than four students per class).

Classes meet on Mondays, and start at the beginning of every month. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate or advanced student, Marina offers a class for you.

Online prices are $25/one student, $40/two students, $48/three students, $52/four students. Four is the maximum per class.

To supplement your studies, Marina also offers participation in a twice-per-month Spanish Conversation Opportunity via Zoom for intermediate and advanced speakers.

Intercambio is at 5:15 pm on first Wednesdays and third Tuesdays of every month.

A beginners group is starting soon. [Every other Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. starting October 14 via Zoom.]

We welcome native speakers to join to make this an Intercambio!

For more information and to register, contact MaureenMcCarthyCO@gmail.com or call (970) 980-1151

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash.com


POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

Here are a couple of our recent popular social media posts.

News from Teresa Funke & Company: V de la Victoria

“Adults and children are loving the Spanish edition of “V for Victory.”

“The story continues to inspire appreciation for the past and motivation to make the world a better place in the future.

“Get your copy for the Spanish readers and speakers in your life.”

WATCH THIS!

Diverse Fort Collins has more than 500 followers on Facebook and nearly 600 website/blog followers. Thank you, friends!

Click here to watch the video “Bigger Love” by John Legend.


Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!


See more posts at http://www.facebook.com/DiverseFortCollins and follow us on Instagram @DiverseFortCollins and Twitter @DiverseFoCo

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NEW EVENT: Oct 4 THE COLOR OF LAW Book Discussion

JOIN OUR UPCOMING BOOK DISCUSSIONS

October 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. MT. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The New York Times called it “a powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America.”

Join us for a lively discussion! Judge Juan G. Villaseñor will kick off the discussion with a 10-minute talk on his impressions of this best-selling book.

Come with your questions and we’ll tackle them together in small-group facilitated discussions. Prepare by reviewing the Reading Guide Discussion Questions.

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books (20% discount if you mention DFC book group)

FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here using EventBrite.

Read about our January/February/March book discussions on So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo on the Events page.


GET INVOLVED! Diverse FoCo Advisory and Action Committees Launching Soon!

Watch for updates on volunteer opportunities on our About page and on the home page.

Details on upcoming informational meetings are coming soon. Stay tuned!


RECENT NEWS

Fort Collins Mayor Signs Proclamation Committing to Racial Justice, Equity, Inclusion

“Mayor Troxell issues special proclamation of commitment to equity, inclusion and justice”

Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Accepting Applications

Colorado may gain a Congressional seat! Apply to serve on the independent commissions on redistricting.

From the website https://redistricting.colorado.gov/
“Colorado currently has seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Census is conducted every ten years, and afterward the U.S. Congress reapportions the number of congressional seats each state has based on population.

“In 2018, the Colorado General Assembly referred Senate Concurrent Resolutions 18-004 and 18-005 to the voters as Amendments Y, which addressed Congressional Redistricting, and Amendment Z, which addressed Legislative Redistricting. Both passed with over 70% approval in the 2018 General Election…”


Information on Candidates in the November 3 General Election

The following are a few candidates whose core values include racial equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

Gordon McLaughlin for District Attorney
This is the first contested race for D.A. in 28 years.

Kristin Stephens for Larimer County Commissioner (District 2)

Jody Shadduck-McNally for Larimer County Commissioner (District 3)

Callie Rennison for CU Regent

Rep. Joe Neguse for Congress

John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

Biden / Harris: Joe Biden for President/Kamala Harris for Vice President


Learn About Our Climate Future

Do you want to co-create equitable solutions to achieve the community’s energy, zero waste, and climate goals? Read more here.


RESOURCES ADDED

Check out our Businesses, Resources, Vote, and Give pages for new information.


Social Media

Here’s one of our most popular social media posts recently.

17 Books About Racial Inequality For Young People

EVENT: “Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System”

Diverse Fort Collins presents:

Judge Juan G. Villaseñor, Larimer County’s first Latino district court judge, will give a 30-minute presentation on “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System” on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT followed by Q&A

This event will not be recorded. We hope you can join us!

REGISTRATION:

FREE or pay-what-you-can tickets on EVENTBRITE

Your gift supports the programming of Diverse Fort Collins, a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

NOTE: Zoom link will be sent via EventBrite to registered attendees.

Presenter Bio:

Judge Juan G. Villaseñor is a district judge in the Eighth Judicial District based in Fort Collins, CO.

Before his appointment to the bench, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and was a public board member on the Colorado Medical Board.

Read about his journey to the U.S. at http://www.DiverseFortCollins.com/juan-g-villasenor

Questions? Contact DiverseFoCo@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins

Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

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EVENT: July 26 Book Discussion of THERE THERE by Tommy Orange with 3 Native guest speakers

Diverse Fort Collins presents a book group discussion of Pulitzer Prize finalist THERE THERE by Tommy Orange on July 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books.


Download the author’s free Reading Guide.

GUEST SPEAKERS
We’ll hear from three Native community members about their thoughts on the novel, and what we should keep in mind as we begin the discussion.

GREGG DEAL is a husband, father, member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist and activist. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist, much of Deal’s work centers around Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.

His first major performance piece, “The Last American Indian On Earth,” covered in The Washington Post Magazine, gained him notoriety and ground as an up-and-coming artist. Earlier this year, the Colorado resident premiered his performance “The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy” at Fort Collins Startup/Artup Week. A powerful retrospective of his work, “Voice,” was recently exhibited at the Duhesa Gallery in Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.

AMBER LANE is affiliated with Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder with a historical trauma and original language focus. She is an advocate with Herbal Gardens Wellness and a Plan Ambassador for City of Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future. She is a community advocate active in circles from all four directions trying to raise multicultural/national children in Fort Collins.

JAN IRON is Navajo and co-founder of Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-Wow Association (NCIPA).

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Questions? Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Powerful. . . . THERE THERE has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” — The New York Times

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.


Here’s what people are saying about Diverse Fort Collins events:

“The conversation was fantastic! I loved hearing folks’ views and perspectives.”

“I always leave these meetings feeling better about the human race.”

“It was a wonderful event. The panel was perfect. Thank you for hosting.”

“I’m grateful for Diverse Fort Collins and the opportunities they’re creating for meaningful interaction between the white population and people of color in our city.”


Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community! All welcome! All cultures, identities, and abilities.

Support Diverse Fort Collins programming with a gift: www.DiverseFortCollins.com/give


EVENT: June 28 Panel “Talking It Out: Being Black In America” featuring Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, Anthony P. McGlaun

Saja Butler
Phil Donaldson
Anthony P. McGlaun

Here’s what people are saying about Diverse Fort Collins events

  • “The conversation was fantastic! I loved hearing folks’ views and perspectives.”
  • “I always leave these meetings feeling better about the human race.”

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH LIVE MUSIC “Talking It Out: Being Black In America”

Sunday, June 28, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MDT
via Zoom

***This event at CAPACITY and REGISTRATION IS CLOSED***


It’s time to listen.

Diverse Fort Collins invites you to a thought-provoking online panel discussion and Q&A featuring three Black community members – Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony McGlaun.

The program will also feature musical performances by Mr. McGlaun and Ms. Butler, and a brief history of Juneteenth by Mr. Donaldson.

This is a unique opportunity to hear what it’s like to be Black in Fort Collins – and in America – in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, and the world-wide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

This event will center the experiences of people of color (POC). If you do not identify as POC, we ask that you listen and observe only.

This event is also meant to be a safe space for POC. We may record it – and would announce this at the event – and will decide afterward whether to share the link only with those who have registered.

PANELISTS

SAJA BUTLER is the owner of Urban Monk Studios, a music studio in Fort Collins specializing in Banjo, Guitar, Uke, and Voice lessons as well as Stage Performance and Ensemble Classes for adults. She is also a member of Lois and the Lantern, as well as a solo artist.

PHIL DONALDSON is vice president of marketing and creative at PropelGrowth, a business to business marketing consultancy serving the Financial Technology space. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Donaldson has helped companies with branding, content development, creative direction, and media production. He is also an accomplished composer and musician.

ANTHONY P. MCGLAUN is a classically trained tenor who specializes in the music of African American composers of Art Song. Mr. McGlaun is a voice teacher as well as social justice advocate.

Link to event recording (unlisted YouTube link)

  • About 130 registrations
  • About 80 attendees (multiple attendees shared computers)
  • Testimonials

“The ‘Talking It Out: Being Black in America’ event was so informative and inspiring. Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony P. McGlaun were perfect choices for the panel, so articulate, honest, and encouraging. This was an important and timely event. Thank you so much for hosting.” – Teresa

“That was a wonderful event. I’m so glad I could be part of it. Grew up in the Philadelphia area with Black friends and family, so this is near and dear to my heart. I’m grateful for Diverse Fort Collins and the opportunities they’re creating for meaningful interaction between the white population and people of color in our city.”
– Katharine


DID YOU KNOW?

We’ve added more information to our Businesses page, including listings of Black-owned businesses in Fort Collins, and more info to our Resources page, including a section on “What can I do?”


FOLLOW US

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EVENT: A Space to Process & Breathe for Black Folx on Sunday, June 14

Sunday, June 14. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. MDT

A Space to Process & Breath for Black Folx

For Black communities, we are experiencing so much hurt, anger, grief, sadness, and fear.

As we think about all the loss and grief we hold for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many more, we may wonder how we can work through everything that’s happening.

Diverse Fort Collins invites you to this space to process and breath and find healing space in meditation with other Black folx.

Zhalisa Clarke of Luna Vibrations will lead us in a meditation and invitation to process in community.

This event is open to folx who identify as part of the Black community. No meditation experience is required.

The event is free. Donations welcomed but not required and will be forwarded to the nonprofit Food Bank for Larimer County.

Registration


Late June 2020

Music and Panel Discussion geared toward People of Color (POC) featuring a few well-known Black community members in Fort Collins.

Stay tuned for details coming soon!

Be among the first to hear: receive updates by entering your email in the Follow box.


We have more FREE events on the calendar! Take a look at the following, and see details and registration on the Events page at http://www.DiverseFortCollins.com


Book Group

Diverse Fort Collins book group discussion of THERE THERE by Tommy Orange on July 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mention this book group for 20% off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books.


Diverse Fort Collins Presents:

“Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System” (Free webinar by Judge Juan G. Villaseñor)

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT
30-minute presentation followed by Q&A


DFC Action Committee

Stay tuned for the first meeting of the Diverse Fort Collins Action Committee!

We’re planning to join local voter registration efforts, and are also considering other suggestions.

Interested in joining us? Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com with “Action!” in the subject line.


See details of these events and more at www.DiverseFortCollins.com/events


Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

If you’d like to help, see the About page for volunteer opportunities and the Events page for upcoming book group discussions.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins

Say Their Names

Say his name…

George Floyd

Say her name…

Breonna Taylor

Say his name…

Ahmaud Arbery

“Hell You Talmbout” by Janelle Monáe

Video

Race Forward Statement:

JUSTICE NOW

“In the days since four Minneapolis Police Department officers killed George Floyd, hundreds of demonstrations have broken out around the country. Race Forward stands in solidarity with the millions who have marched to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and for those Black lives who have been taken prematurely by police brutality. We join their condemnation of all forms of racist violence, whether state or state-sanctioned or from individuals and groups. We join the call for the arrest and prosecution of all four officers involved in this merciless murder…” Read more

Diverse Fort Collins stands in solidarity with our Black and African American community members.

“What can I do to help?”

See the Resources and Events pages for a few ideas.


“His Name is Shiloh. He’s My Son.”

By CSU alumna DeEtta Jones

“Every day I think about race. Actually, racism. For the past 12 years, since my son was born, it’s top of mind on a daily basis. I was born to a white mother and black father long before the prevalence of bi-and multi-racial celebrities and public figures.

“I remember taking road trips with my parents and younger sisters to family gatherings in Arkansas. I remember being pulled over by police and my father harassed for being with a white woman.

“I remember my mother being called a nigger lover. I remember being taunted as a young person or being preyed upon by older men who considered me exotic. It was awful, and even my parents’ love couldn’t shield me from the ugliness of the world…” Read more


DiverseFortCollins.com is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

See the Events page for upcoming discussions and stay tuned for more coming soon.

All welcome. Let’s co-create an inclusive community!