CCDC is saddened but not surprised that the well-funded opposition to Initiative 300 prevailed in the municipal election yesterday. Initiative 300 was never intended to be a solution to homelessness..it was simply a measure to preserve basic human rights of those living with homelessness, an increasing number caused by out of control development and growing income equality. An increasing number of people experiencing homelessness are people with disabilities, but our support of this measure was about our commitment to social justice for all.
Some members of the opposition used scare tactics that focused on “othering” and making those experiencing homelessness seem somehow scary and different from the rest of us. Our experience is that people experiencing homelessness are no different than anyone else and that most of us are not too far from such an experience. CCDC hopes that the well-funded opposition that said “we can do better” will put some of the time and money into actually helping the situation. Some ideas to help include but are not limited to:
Improving conditions at homeless shelters and homeless services
Creating shelter space for people with pets, families, and those unable to tolerate large groups
Creating safe public facilities for storage and showers
Supporting innovative programs actually help people like the laundry truck run by Bayaud Enterprises
Working to require developers to have a percentage of housing available to very low and no-income people in every development including luxury housing
Working on a way to stabilize rents because the market is not handling it
Providing legal support for initiatives run by and for the community of people experiencing homelessness like the Tiny Village.
Doing some deep work and training on their own implicit bias and trying to understand the harm caused by the “othering” done during this campaign
Actually talking to members of Denver Homeless Out Loud and getting to know individuals who are forced to live on the streets on a personal level.
This is a sad moment for our city. CCDC wants to thank and honor the amazing members of Denver Homeless Out Loud for a job well done. Had this group not been so dramatically outspent the results may have been different.
Annual ADA Access Awards Luncheon on September 25, 2019
CCDC invites you to attend and support our 2019 ADA Access Awards Luncheon, to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) at the United Club in the Broncos Stadium at Mile High. At this event, we will recognize and honor community organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in their advocacy efforts for the disability community and who have done this work with equity in mind. All proceeds from this event benefit the programs of CCDC all year-round.
Our thrilling keynote speaker this year is Dr. Phil Mitchell, M.D.!
A board certified emergency physician who has practiced in the Denver metro area after completing his residency at Denver Health Medical Center where he served as chief resident, Dr. Mitchell joined the CCDC volunteer board of directors in 2018. Dr. Mitchell completed medical school at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and was appointed to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society in his third year. Dr. Mitchell has served as the medical director at Parker Adventist hospital for over a decade. Currently serving as the VP of Medical Affairs for DispatchHealth, he has devoted his time to developing clinical treatment guidelines, creating mechanisms to provide high level, acute, and post-acute care in the home in an evidence-based and compliant manner, and educating midlevel providers in home-based acute care medicine. In July of 2017, Dr. Mitchell delivered a TED talk at TEDx Mile High titled, “The ER Housecall for the 21st Century”. We are so appreciative of Dr. Mitchell’s time and acceptance of our invitation to be our keynote speaker in 2019.
Along with the keynote address, CCDC will honor four Coloradans who have made major contributions to advancing social justice for people with all types of disabilities. At this luncheon, CCDC will also pay tribute to Carrie Ann Lucas, a nationally renowned disability rights activist who passed away this past spring.
Sponsorships are available and start at $500 each. To learn more, email this year’s Annual ADA Access Awards Luncheon organizer Lucinda Rowe firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-994-0313. To RSVP click here.
Event Date: 09/25/2019 – 11:30am – 1:30pm
Event Location: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, United Club Level (inside the stadium), 1701 Bryant Street, Denver, CO 80204
Our special thanks to 2019 Champion Level Sponsors, AOI Home Care and Rocky Mountain Health Plans!
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