On March 5th, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (with the support of the Colorado Trust) hosted its third annual Lobby Day.  We organized 130 youth from across the state, representing Jóvenes chapters in Denver, Carbondale, Leadville, and Sheridan.  After students were trained on how a bill becomes a law and how to conduct a successful lobby visit, they took their message to members of the state Senate and House on bills that support the solutions our community needs.

 

Our youth spoke to legislators on three pieces of priority legislation:

  • SB 113 to Expand Lunch Access to Low-Income Students
  • HB 1177 to Provide Suicide Prevention Supports to Teens
  • HB 1256 to Continue the Colorado Civil Rights Division in Colorado

Our youth at Padres & Jóvenes Unidos will not stay silent on the issues that impact them every day.  At Lobby Day, they spoke truth to power to demand legislators enact the changes we need.  This is what democracy looks like!

Congress Fails Immigrant Communities as DACA Deadline Passes, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Demands Action

Monday, March 5th has come and gone.  The deadline for Congress to take action on Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program has passed with no action! Our Congressional leaders have failed us.  We must resist the excessive partisan politics in Washington that is hampering progress for our communities!

Since President Trump’s heinous decision to end DACA, hundreds of thousands of individuals, their families, and their allies have repeatedly demanded a solution.  Even with the daily threat of deportation and status expirations, we continued to push our leaders to stand up for our communities.  They still have not.

Weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the President’s decision to end the program must go through traditional legal channels.  The case now goes back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, and Congress used this delay to continue to drag their feet on a permanent solution.  It is time for the President and Congress to do their jobs.

A Congress that will not act will not continue to work for us, and we expect our leaders to do just that: LEAD!  Left without a permanent solution, we must continue to put pressure on all our elected officials, and we need you in this fight!  We will not allow delays to divide us.  In November our voices will be heard and our votes will be counted.  Register to vote today!

Joint Statement on Gun Violence and the Militarization of our Schools

Padres & Jóvenes, along with The Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing and other national partners, released this statement in response to the epidemic of mass shootings in this country.​​​​​

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