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Tag: human rights

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

By Michael Neil

The results of this past Tuesday’s municipal election in Denver were, I think, a grave sadness to most of us believe in.  In many ways, fear and the status quo defeated human rights, money defeated compassion about poverty, and misinformation triumphed overall. But, even with all of that said, many races are going to runoffs, and many of those races pit candidates of the status quo against people who believe in human rights, in greater accessibility in our city, in criminal justice reform, and so many more issues that I believe are our issues nearly as much as Medicaid, LTSS, and CDASS are.  So, as the great folk song and spiritual says:

Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Freedom’s name is mighty sweet
And soon we’re gonna meet
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on

We are not done. For those of us who live in northwestern Denver, north-central Denver, including downtown, Five Points, Elyria-Swansea, and beyond, a stretch of central Denver from eastern Capitol Hill to north Cherry Creek, and even in east-central Denver, we are not done and we must keep our eyes on the prize with these runoff elections. I know we want to slow down after the legislative session and the first round of balloting in the municipal election, whether in weariness or frustration, or both.  But we can’t do that just yet. Our city deserves better and our community does too.

Don’t Punish Pain Rally

While the Opioid crisis is a serious problem, some of the policies have gone too far and have caused people with serious pain to lose access to needed medications and even to their physicians. There are legitimate uses for pain medication. A group of pain patients and their supporters will be holding a rally to implore legislators to be more thoughtful and to clarify the existing laws and regulations. Colorado Law actually was supposed to exempt chronic pain patients from rigid limits. There are ways to manage pain medication to mitigate abuse of such medications. Forcing everyone to taper off of these medications is not the answer.

Please plan to attend this rally on JANUARY 29TH 2019 at 10:30 am at the Capitol. A flyer is attached,


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