By Jordan Garcia, AFSC Colorado Immigrant Ally Organizing Director
On February 13, 2012 at the Aurora (Colorado) Immigrant Detention Center, 525 handmade Valentines were delivered to 450 people unjustly interned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The next day, Valentine's Day, an additional 75 cards were gifted to day laborers in Denver and Aurora thanks to volunteers with Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC.
The Boulder (Colorado) Meeting of Friends hosted AFSC Colorado staff Jennifer Piper and Jordan Garcia for an interactive program to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year. Jennifer and Jordan reflected on the words of Dr. King and his "commitment to and belief in the intersections of injustice and liberation."
At left, Jordan Garcia, AFSC Colorado Immigrant Ally Organizing Director, and Gerardo act out a flowchart depicting the connections between various aspects of immigrant detention. They do so at a meeting of Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights (CFIR), a project of AFSC.
Bring a love poem or love letter for Justice to share OR a valentine for someone interned! If YOU know someone being detained at the Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility, please send us their name and a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make them a personal Valentine from you! Please contact Jordan Garcia (
[Crystal Middlestadt is a member of the letter writing ladder of Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC in Colorado. Her letter below appeared in the December 2, 2011 edition of The Denver Post in response to a November 28 Post editorial.]
Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC, offers a "Bringing the People to the Policy" Legislative Visits Training at AFSC's office in Denver. Come practice SUCCESSFUL & fruitful meetings with your legislators! Take some time to practice your talking points among friends!
By Gabriela Flora, AFSC Regional Project Voice Organizer
The criminalization of immigrants continues to reach new heights and enforcement programs expand and justify themselves in the mainstream by saying they are going after “criminals.” Members of Coloradoans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC, have been having some intense discussion on challenging this view that it is ok to target and deport people labeled as “criminals.”
At right, Jennifer Piper, AFSC Colorado Interfaith Organzing Director, visits with clergy Anne Dunlap at the August 1, 2011 vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, Colorado.
The firtst Monday of each Month, at 6 p.m., the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) & Coloradans for Immigrant Rights sponsor a vigil at the Immigrant Detention Center in Aur...ora, Colorado.
In solidarity, Monday, January 2, Regis University Engaged Scholar Activists will co-sponsor the vigil as part of a year of dialogue and action on immigration and immigrant rights at the University. As students who are both affected either directly or indirectly by the issue of immigration, we believe in standing up and speaking out for change.
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