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Current Focus 1: Noncitizen Rights in Boulder County

In September 2019, our team will be leading LWVBC members at discussion / consensus meetings on the rights of noncitizens in Boulder County. Would members support extending the right to vote? run for elective office? appointment to a county or municipal board? local jury service?

We have prepared these informational materials:
    • the consensus questions
    • matrix of the questions
    • noncitizen categories defined
    • pros and cons of extending noncitizen rights 

In November 2016 we led two Community Conversations on the rights of non-U.S. citizens in six areas: a brief history of noncitizen rights in the U.S., employment rights, public benefits, voting and related areas (e.g., jury service), education and mobility (e.g., drivers licenses)Here are our findings (PDF, 10 p.). Here is the PDF version of our slide show.

Current Focus 2: Making Democracy Work
We are working in collaboration with Boulder County social service organizations and our own Voter Services team to increase registration and voting among underserved populations, to ensure voter participation by people at every economic level.

Current Focus 3: Living Wage
We support a living wage for all Boulder County residents. Read our position here.
   We helped secure a living wage for city of Boulder employees and are now working for the same in Longmont. Join our effort here.
   Colorado state law prohibits local governments from setting a minimum wage higher than the state minimum—except for the local government's own employees. We support HB 1210, which passed in the 2019 Colorado Legislature and repeals that prohibition. The bill awaits the governor's signature.

* * * * JOIN OUR TEAM * * * *
We meet on the third Sunday afternoon of most months. See the Events Calendar for next meeting date, time, and location. 
You do not have to be an expert. We welcome all who are interested in our issues!

   Photo credit : Jeff Burak on Unsplash