OUR PREVIOUS WORK

Carolyn and her team are smart and strategic. They have relationships in Colorado to impact decision makers and mobilize constituencies to influence policy decisions. They are some of the most effective field and communications operatives in our national network. We’ve continued to call on them for our Colorado work and recommend them highly to others.
— Lisa Donner, Executive Director, Americans for Financial Reform
 

VOTING RIGHTS

We led the effort to pass one of the best models for voter participation in the country through passage of same day registration and all mail ballots.  By bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders including voting rights advocates and county clerks--stakeholders who had previously been pitted against one another on such policies--we were able to create an effective lobbying and messaging campaign to pass the bill.  We continue to be on the forefront of defending voting rights and improving access for eligible voters in Colorado.  Colorado now has the fourth best voter participation in the country.

AMENDMENT 67/REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We led the field campaign on the No on 67 personhood amendment which was soundly defeated 65% to 35%.  Our work included building an effective statewide coalition, engaging and training activists and volunteers across the state, developing targeting and voter contact messaging and activities. We continue to advocate to protect women’s right to choose and to create policies that advance access to reproductive health and promote reproductive justice.

CIVIL AND WORKERS RIGHTS

While Colorado was one of the first states to make it illegal to discriminate against workers based on gender, race and subsequently sexual orientation, workers who were victims of these types of discrimination were not offered remedies under Colorado’s law.  Colorado was amongst the eight worst state in the country in this area.  We built a coalition of over fifty businesses, faith leaders and organizations, community organizations and labor and civil rights group to secure passage of a bill to create adequate remedies and give workers justice when they had been discriminated against.  We engaged these groups in a lobbying strategy that accomplished what legal advocates and workers had been fighting for over more than a decade.

CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

We led the grasstops and grassroots advocacy to build support from Colorado’s Congressional delegation to pass the Wall Street Reform bill that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Our work included building a coalition of advocates and engaging them to conduct grassroots communications to our delegation, conducting meetings and roundtables with our Congress people and Senators and organizing rallies and press events to build support for the bill.  We continue to work for further reform of the financial industry and access to legal rights for consumers and homeowners.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

We worked to repeal an onerous “show me your papers” law in Colorado which required law enforcement to report individuals “suspected” of being undocumented to federal immigration authorities.  We educated lawmakers on the racial profiling and violation of legal rights which were occurring, along with the burden placed on local law enforcement and built a coalition of immigrant rights advocates, law enforcement and local governments to repeal the bill.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS

Colorado has been a national leader in establishing a renewable energy standard for well over a decade. We have continually worked to defend this standard against attacks at the state legislature.  In addition, we have established meaningful cleanup standards for uranium mines, legalized the residential use of rain barrels, increased penalties for oil and gas drilling violations and protected Colorado’s public lands.

SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGNS

REPRODUCTIVE/WOMEN'S RIGHTS

  • HB 16-1438 Employer Accommodations Related to Pregnancy
  • SB 15-268 Offenses Against Unborn Children (defeated)
  • HB 15-1128 Women’s Health Protection Act (defeated)
  •  HB 14-1133 Protect Human Life at Conception (defeated)
  • HB 13-1081 Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education
  • SB 11-88 Sunset Review of Direct-Entry Midwives
  • SB 11-77 Sunset Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program
  • HB 10-1417 Colorado Pay Equity Commission
  • HB 08-1276 Workplace Accommodations for Working Mothers

CIVIL RIGHTS

  • HB 15-1172 & HB 15-69 Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act Repeal Legislation (defeated)
  • HB 13-1136 The Job Protection and Civil Rights Act of 2013
  • HB 13-1222 The Family Care Act of 2013
  • HB 09-1057 Parental Leave for School Activities

VOTING RIGHTS

  • HB 14-1164 Nonpartisan Elections Not Coordinated by County Clerks
  • SB 14-158 Recall Elections How Conducted & Align Article XXI 
  • SB 14-161 Update Uniform Election Code of 1992 or the “Election Cleanup Bill”
  • HB 13 1303 Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Bill
  • HB 12-1111 Photo Identification for Voting (defeated)
  • SB 11-18 Proof of Citizenship for Voter Registration (defeated)
  • HB 11-1003 Define Identification for Voting (defeated)
  • HB 11-1131 Mail Ballot Elections (defeated)
  • HB 11-1252 Proof of Citizenship for Voter Registration (defeated)

IMMIGRANT'S RIGHTS

  • SB 14-061 Refer Illegal Aliens to ICE After Conviction (defeated)
  • HB 13-1258 The Community and Law Enforcement Trust Act

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

  • HB 16-1114 Repeal Duplicate Reporting Requirements
  • SB 14-005 Wage Protection Act
  • SB 13-001 Colorado Working Families Economic Opportunity Act
  • HB 12-1046 Colorado Works Program Drug Testing Requirement (defeated)
  • SB 11-184 Tax Reporting
  • SB 10-28 Work Share Program
  • HB 10-1357 Colorado False Claims Act
  • SB 09-247 Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Federal Stimulus
  • HB 09-1064 Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force
  • HB 09-1276 Delay Foreclosure for Residential Property
  • HB 08-1227 Public Utilities Commission Sunset Review
  • HB 08-122 Wage Transparency Act

STATE BUDGET

  • SB 16-203 Evaluation of the State's Tax Expenditures
  • HB 14-1018 Tax Profile & Expenditure Report
  • SB 12-124 Eliminate Regional Tourism Project Limit (defeated)
  • HB 12-1069 Sales and Use Tax Holiday for Back to School Items (defeated)
  • HB 10-1357 Colorado False Claims Act
  • SB 09-228 Flexibility to Use State Revenues

EDUCATION

  • HB 15-1273 Comprehensive School Discipline Reporting
  • SB 15-184 No Detention for Failure to Attend School
  • HB 13-1006 K-12 Breakfast After The Bell Nutrition Program 
  • SB 12-46 School discipline Reform

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • SB 15-39 & SB 232 Jurisdiction Over Federal Lands legislation (defeated)
  • SB 15-258 Coordinated Review CO2 Emission Reduction Measures (defeated)
  • HB 14-1067, 1113, 1138 Reduction/Repeal of Renewable Energy Standard Legislation (defeated)
  • HB 14-1356 Strengthen Penalty Authority Oil & Gas Commission 
  • SB 14-192 Uranium Processing Groundwater Protection

CAMPAIGN VICTORIES

  • Coloradans for Safe Communities—“Vote No on Impound” Campaigns (2009 & 2010)
  • Americans for Financial Reform (2010)
  • Personhood Amendment—“No on 67” Campaign (2014)