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February 22, 2013
Volume 8, Issue 1


Denver Public Schools and Denver Police
Department Serve as National Model for
Limiting the Role of Police in Schools!
Amid a national debate about the role of police in public schools, youth leaders from Padres & Jóvenes Unidos have driven Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department to sign a groundbreaking Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA).  The IGA outlines concrete steps to limit the role of police in public schools, with a restorative justice approach to discipline.  This new IGA sets a precedent for cities across the nation striving to strengthen partnerships between communities, education, and law enforcement!

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Boasberg and Denver Police Department Chief White sign the Intergovernmental Agreement

Tori speaking to the press


Tori Ortiz, Youth Leader with Padres & Jóvenes Unidos - "I have had friends get suspended and ticketed for minor offenses, and I saw how that affected them as students and took away from their potential.  It put them on the wrong track, and I recognized this.  And I wanted to find out what I could do to change it.  As students, we researched best practices for (these agreements) from around the country and proposed our solutions to Denver Public Schools and Denver Police Department."
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg - "We have seen that restorative justice works best to keep our schools safer, to keep our students in school studying, and to help our students learn from their mistakes and make them right.  I want to thank our community partners who have supported and pushed us in this work.  Making sweeping changes in Denver requires collaboration on all levels, and partners like the Denver Police Department and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos are critical to those very promising improvements."
Judge Steven Teske, Juvenile Justice Judge in Clayton County, Georgia - "When you are not locking up all these students for minor offenses you will find students will develop a positive outlook on police on campus.  With this work, you're going to find that school climate is going to improve, and you're going to find that school campuses are safer. There is another way to do this and Denver has led the way."

Judge Teske speaking to the press

Parent and youth leaders with Superintendent Boasberg

Denver Police Department Chief Robert White - "We have, as the police, no desire to be disciplinarians.  That's not our job.  That's the parents' job, that's the schools' job.  Our job is to deal with serious violations of the law and that's what we're going to do."
Judith Browne Dianis, The Advancement Project Co-Director - "This effort and this agreement comes in the midst of a national debate about placing more armed guards in school.  This agreement, the Denver IGA, stands out as an example for the rest of the country.  While the safety of our children is our highest priority, we must not allow isolated acts of violence to result in reactionary policies, though well-intentioned, [that] actually could undermine school safety and the educational outcomes of our children."
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the new IGA!
Use the following links to read more about our press conference:
A Shift in Denver: Limits on Police in Schools - Washington Post
Denver Schools Agree On Restricting Police Roles, Making Distinction Between Discipline And Crimes - Associated Press
Limiting The Role Of Police In Our Schools - Denver Post
As School-To-Prison Pipeline Continues to Swallow Students, Denver Works To Stem Flow  - Huffington Post
Denver Students' Reaction to Police Shows Their Presence in Schools May Not Be The Safety Solution - News One
Denver Takes Bold Step Toward Eliminating Its School-to-Prison Pipeline - Color Lines
Video: School District, Police Agree to Reduce Presence of Officers in Schools - FOX Denver
Video: Agreement Restricts Police Role in Denver Schools - CBS Denver
Keeping Our Schools Safe, and Keeping Our Kids in School - Denver Public Schools Newsletter
DPS, DPD, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Celebrate Partnership Agreement for School Resource Officers - Denver Public Schools Website
Agreement Restricts Police Role in Denver Schools - Police One
Agreement Between Denver Schools and Police Alter Role of Officers, Called Historic, Significant - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Agreement Keeps Denver Police Out of Most School Discipline Problems - Denver Post
Role of Police Redefined in Denver Schools - EdNews Colorado
Denver Police and DPS Agree: No More Tickets for Bad Language - Westword
Latino Organization Instrumental in Crafting New School-Police Agreement to Halt School-to-Prison Pipeline - Latina Lista


Join us at our Monthly Meeting to CELEBRATE
the New Agreement Between Denver Public
Schools and the Denver Police Department!
Become a new member of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos! Our second general membership meeting will be held on February 27th at our office from 6:00-7:30pm - childcare and snacks will be provided. We will be celebrating the new agreement between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department that limits the role of police in schools, with a focus on a restorative justice approach to discipline!  You will also receive general information, updates on our campaigns from leaders in the work, and learn how you can get involved.  Starting in March, our general membership meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm.  You do not need to be a member to attend the meetings, but we hope that you will join us!

Date: February 27th
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Office (3025 West 37th Ave, Suite 206, Denver

*Contact us if you need childcare - Reina (reina@padresunidos.org) or 303-458-6545

Our first general membership meeting



Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Co-Sponsors
HB 1006: Breakfast After the Bell

Our kids are hungry! Denver has one of the fastest growing rates of children living in poverty in the nation.  However, Public School Districts across Colorado can play a role in opening access to healthy food and eliminating health disparities for our children through upcoming legislation.  Padres & Jóvenes Unidos' Health Justice campaign work is dedicated to passing the Breakfast After the Bell bill, which will ensure that students attending Colorado schools with 70% or more students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals will receive a nutritious after-the-bell breakfast program, regardless of individual eligibility.  We testified in support of this measure in front of the House Education Committee on January 28th.  This bill was approved by the House Education Committee with a vote of 11-2.
To hear more about our Health Justice campaign, efforts to pass this bill, and how to get involved, attend one of our upcoming regional committee meetings:
Southwest regional committee meeting
March 19th @ 9:30am
SMART Academy (3201 West Arizona, Denver)
Northwest regional committee meeting
March 20th @ 12:00pm
Padres & 
Jóvenes Unidos Office (3025 West 37th Avenue, Suite 206, Denver)
Evening regional commitee meeting
March 21st @ 5:30pm
Sisters of Color (2895 West 8th Avenue, Denver)
For more information, contact Monica (monica@padresunidos.org)
Juan Porras, and his mother, Ivonne (Padres Unidos
member) stand with the bill's co-prime sponsors
Reps. Moreno and Exum after Juan's testimony
for the House Education Committee

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Supports
SB 33: Colorado ASSET

The primary focus of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos' Immigrant Student Rights campaign is to increase immigrant student access to higher education by campaigning for and passing in-state tuition at the state level.  This piece of legislation will allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates for state colleges and universities - currently, undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition rates, which are five to ten times more expensive.

To be eligible, students will have to:

  • Have attended a Colorado high school for three years prior to graduation or finishing a GED.
  • Be admitted to a state college or university.
  • Provide an affidavit stating they have applied for lawful residency in the U.S. or will apply as soon as they are able.
On February 22nd, the bill passed its second reading on the Senate Floor.  We expect the bill will be up for its third reading on Monday, February 25th, and then in committee on the House side Wednesday, February 27th!

For more information, contact Lalo (lalo@padresunidos.org)

Alexa Bailon, a Jóvenes Unidos member, sits with
Senators Johnston and Giron during her testimony
in front of the Senate Education Committee on
January 24th



Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Supports
SB 11: Civil Unions

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos supports SB 11: Civil Unions!  If passed, this bill will provide committed gay and lesbian couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities, such as the ability to take leave to care for a partner, to make medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner, and to adopt children together.

The Senate approved this bill on February 11th with a vote of 21-14, and now it will move forward to the House!

Jóvenes Unidos speaks with Susan Lontine from
Senator Aguilar's office in support of SB 11
on LGBTQ Lobby Day 2013



Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Supports
HB 1135: Voter Pre-Registration

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos supports HB 1135!  Under the terms of this bill, a person who has reached 16 years of age, but who will not reach 18 years of age by the date of the next election, is allowed to preregister to vote using any means available to persons of voting age.  The registration will automatically become active when the preregistered person reaches 18 years of age.

This bill cleared the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a 7-3 vote on February 4th.  This bill will move forward to the House Appropriations Commitee!



Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Supports
HB 1227: Income Protection Act

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos supports HB 1227: Income Protection Act.  This bill creates the crime of wage theft for employers that have failed to fully compensate or have falseley denied the wages due to their employees.  This bill ensures protections for employees so that they are fully compensated for their work.

This bill was introduced and assigned to the House Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Committee on February 7th.



Other Bills to Expect

There are several bills that Padres & Jóvenes Unidos will likely support that have not been introduced yet.  Senator Johnston will introduce a School Finance Reform bill, which proposes a tax increase to thoroughly modernize the state's school finance formula.  A Driver's License bill will be introduced that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license or state ID card.  There will also be a repeal of SB 90, a 2006 state law which requires law enforcement to report anyone arrested who is suspected of being an undocumented immigrant to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



National End the School-to-Jail Track
ActionCamp is Coming to Denver in June 2013!

SAVE THE DATE: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos will be co-hosting an ActionCamp in partnership with the Advancement Project in Denver on June 28-30.  ActionCamp is a three-day advocacy training geared toward organizers working to combat the school-to-jail track.  Through a variety of workshops and activities, ActionCamp empowers community organizations with the strategies, tactics and messaging to create change in their communities.  Click here to register for ActionCamp!

For more information, contact Audrey (audrey@padresunidos.org).


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