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Colorado AFSC Events Update!

Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:32 AM
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"Way back in the beginning of our union, someone asked what we expected from the church. I answered that …we wanted the Church to be present with us, willing to sacrifice for justice."

~Cesar Chavez

The Denver AFSC email update is sent out by a volunteer on the first and third Thursday of each month.  Below is a list of upcoming events/items of interest in metro Denver.  More information on community events of potential interest follows the chronological outline at the beginning of this mailing.  (*** indicates an event sponsored by AFSC.)  A list of regular weekly vigils, and announcements follow events. If you know someone who might be interested in receiving this mailing, please send them this link to sign up:  It is super-easy to sign up by using this link.  It’s also easy to unsubscribe if you change your mind, by clicking the link at the bottom of this mailing. 

Please submit events of interest by email to:


AFSC calendar items 

  • ***Immigrant Detention,  (DJPC salon) Jan. 20
  • Wendell Potter, insurance whistle-blower, Jan. 20
  • Lucy Lippard, Nuclear Guardianship Prjct, Jan. 20 (Boulder)
  • El Centro Humanitario Poker Night, Jan. 21
  • Just Desserts, film “Fuel”, Jan. 21
  • ***2-part training to volunteer with detained immigrants, Jan. 24 and 31
  • Contemporary Slavery & Human Trafficking, Jan. 24
  • AFSC Area Program Committee info meeting, Jan. 27
  • UN Assoc. Annual Meeting, Ambassador Webb, Jan. 29
  • Kathleen Sullivan, Nuclear Guardianship Project, Feb.3 (Boulder)
  • Doing Business in Palestine, Feb. 6
  • ***Vigil at GEO immigrant detention, Feb. 7 (Aurora)
  • Interfaith Alliance Day at the Legislature, Feb. 7
  • “Lawyers, Judges and the Law of Nations: International Law in US Courts”, Feb. 26
  • Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh ,Popular Resistance in Palestine, Mar. 6

Weekly peace vigils

  • Weekly Thursday Women in Black vigil
  • Weekly Friday vigil at Democratic headquarters
  • Weekly Saturday Citizens for Peace vigil
  • Weekly Saturday Women in Black vigil


  • Spring 2011 Course:  Immigration Issues for Educators
  • El Centro Humanitario Spanish Classes
  • Support Bradley Manning action alert
  • Newmont Mining petition
  • Quizno’s action alert
  • ***King Soopers debit card benefits AFSC


***Thursday, January 20, 7:00-9:00 P.M., Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) Salon:  Immigrant Detention: When U.S. Foreign Policy Drives People from their Homes and U.S. Enforcement Policies Drive Them Back.  Jennifer Piper of the AFSC will share her perspectives and facts on the immigrant detention system, its impact on Colorado, and what we can do to oppose it.  Highlands United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3131 Osceola St, Denver, 80212 (corner of 32nd and Osceola).  Free parking in lot east of the building, as well as along the street, enter through the door on Osceola St.  More info: 303-623-1463,

Thursday, January 20 , 7:30 PM, Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202  Wendell Potter will be in Denver to sign his new book Deadly Spin: An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans.  After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers and then became one of the strongest critics of insurance industry spin as CMD's Senior Fellow on Health Care. He has appeared on countless television and radio programs and been quoted in newspapers and magazines around the world. Time magazine wrote that Potter “may be the ideal whistleblower.”  Since Wendell Potter walked away from his executive position at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, he has worked tirelessly as an outspoken critic of corporate PR and the distortion and fear manufactured by America’s health insurance industry and advanced by the “non-partisan” grassroots organizations they help fund.  DEADLY SPIN is not just an exposé of health insurers but a stark warning that corporate spin is distorting our democracy.

Thursday, January 20   BOULDER    As part of the  “Rocky Flats: A Call to Nuclear Guardianship” project, Lucy Lippard will talk on “People and Place: Why ecology matters”at 7:30 p.m. at the CU Visual Arts Complex, 1B20 (lower level),  the Visual Arts Complex is north of the Euclid Parking Garage. Free. For more information and additional events of the Nuclear Guardianship project, go to

Friday, January 21, 7:00 P.M.  Poker Night! Are You InEl Centro Humanitario, 2260 California St, Denver, Colorado 80205  ($20 suggested donation)  Refreshments available for purchase!  RSVP to

Friday, Jan 21, 7:00 P.M.  Join us for Just Desserts in the St. Andrew United Methodist Church chapel for the film, Fuel.  (3350 White Bay Dr. (9300 block of S University Blvd.) Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126.  Most Americans know we’ve got a problem: an addiction to oil that taxes the environment, entangles us in costly foreign policies, and threatens the nation’s long-term stability. But few are informed or empowered enough to do much about it. Enter Josh Tickell, an expert young activist who, driven by his own emotionally charged motives, shuttles us on a revelatory, whirlwind journey to unravel this addiction—from its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things.  Betty Goebel, Exec Dir, CO Interfaith Power and Light, will be moderating discussion over dessert.  Contact Heidi Parish, 720-206-5733 or Daryl Shute, 303-903-0653.

***Monday, January 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, and Monday, January 31, 6:30-8:30 pm  Two part training for Colorado AID.  At the American Friends Service Committee: 901 w. 14th Ave. Suite 7 Denver, CO 80204.  Colorado AID, of which AFSC is a founding member, invites you to volunteer to visit and support immigrants who are being detained.  Out of our commitment to Abolish an Inhumane Detention system, we provide witness and support in solidarity with detained persons and their communities. Colorado A.I.D. provides communication between detained subjects and their loved ones, visitation to detainees in local ICE detention facilities, and resources for families of detainees in local ICE detention facilities.  If you are interested in becoming a member of Colorado AID and volunteering your time to visit and support immigrants in detention, please rsvp for this training.  It’s helpful if you speak an additional language besides English. However, we have ways for monolingual English speakers to get involved! In order to visit without risk, you need status in the US. For more information and to RSVP please call 303-623-3464 ext 6 (leave a message) or email

Monday,  January 24, 2011, 5:45 P.M. Contemporary Slavery & Human Trafficking, A presentation by Professor Claude d’Estrée with a question and answer discussion, The Loretto Spirituality Center, 4000 S. Wadsworth Avenue, Lakewood, CO.  Because the talk is being webcast, it must begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Dr. d’Estrée is the Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC), the Center on Rights Development (CORD), and the Human Rights Degree Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The Human Trafficking Clinic offers the only two-year, graduate level training program in forced and bonded labor, human trafficking, modern slavery, and international migration issues in the U.S. In October, 2007 Professor d’Estrée was elected as the Chief Delegate to the IOM/UNODC “International Forum: Global Inter-Faith Dialog” in Cape Town that preceded the UN.GIFT Vienna Forum in February, 2008.  He was then named as the UN.GIFT Special Reporter for Inter-Faith Response to Human Trafficking. In addition to his passion about human trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery, he also teaches on international humanitarian law of armed conflict (IHL/LOAC), torture, and international law and human rights. To register contact Mary Kay Brannan, SL at 303-882-6642 or at

Thursday, January 27,  6:15 pm to 7:45 pm.  American Friends Service Committee is looking for folks to join the Denver Area Planning Committee (APC). The APC helps AFSC employees see the big picture, provides support for the local immigrant rights program, connects AFSC with other work/worship/networking communities of which the APC member is a part, does minimal fundraising, and learns from and teaches others.  In addition to their service, APC members have the opportunity to build their skills, gain knowledge about immigrant rights, support the tremendous AFSC staff and their effective work, and collaborate with other inspirational APC people and local communities.  Being a member of the APC grants one the opportunity to work with talented individuals to make a build peace through the promotion of immigrant rights.  We meet at least once a month for a two hour meeting, help out on one committee, and participate in AFSC programming where appropriate and possible.  The general time commitment for participation on the APC might be as little as 4 hours and as much as 12 hours per month, as is reasonable for the individual.   We are gathering informally to share food and talk about what it means to be on the Area Program Committee on January 27th from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more and would like to join us, please contact Melissa Nix at or at 720.261.9238.

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:15-2:15 pm, Official Denver Launch of the UN Foundation | UNA-USA Strategic Alliance  Luncheon/Annual Meeting,  Featured Speaker: Wellington E. Webb, public delegate to the United Nations  St Mary’s Academy, H. S. Forum (in the north building, free parking) 4545 South University  Boulevard, Englewood, CO 80113  Co-hosted with St Mary’s Academy H.S. Model United Nations club. Our own Mr. Denver took his “sneakers” to the United Nations on behalf of the people of the United States, including Denver.  The Man, The Mayor, The Maker of Modern Denver, CEO of Webb Group International and now the “Ambassador” will share his insider’s view on the experience of engaging the U. S. in the UN in the pursuit of making the world a better place.  More info:   UNA-USA (a program of the UN Foundation) Denver Metro Chapter, 303-832-4765  

Thursday, February 3, 7:30 P.M., What is Nuclear Guardianship?  Naropa University, Nalanda Campus, Room 9180, (6287 Arapahoe Avenue, at 63rd St, Boulder).  Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, is a disarmament educator, anti-nuclear specialist and filmmaker. Nuclear Guardianship combines art, science, and remembrance to address the human-caused problem of nuclear contamination with insight and creativity.  Nuclear Guardianship will provide a model for environmental caretaking on contaminated sites such as Rocky Flats, where the triggers of nuclear bombs were once manufactured.  But first we must challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan to open most of the area now known as the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for public recreation.  Please join us and participate in this important community conversation.  More info: 

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 3:00-5:00 P.M., Doing Business in Palestine  Maria Khoury, Taybeh Brewery, Palestine.  Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia (at Montview Boulevard).  Dubbed “the best microbrewery in the Middle East,” Taybeh beer is brewed in Taybeh, Palestine, in the West Bank, in “a village that has been Christian for two thousand years, since Christ’s visit.” This is how Maria Khoury describes her village, where illegal Israeli settlements are closing in. She will talk about her family’s business and the reality of the challenges of doing business under Israel’s occupation: “sometimes no electricity and other times, no running water and once in a while a few army invasions.”  More info: Colorado Friends of Sabeel,

***Monday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 P.M.  Monthly Vigil at GEO Detention Center, sponsored by DJPC this month.  Info: 303-623-1463,  Contact Jennifer Piper at AFSC if your group wants to sponsor the vigil on a first Monday of the month.

Monday, Feb. 7, 8:00A.M.-1:00 P.M. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Day at the Colorado Legislature.  (TIA-CO) is offering a Legislative Day again this year with training, tours, and introductions to Colorado state government. TIACO is focusing on the following in this legislative session: immigration rights:  Colorado Dream Act and opposition to an AZ type immigration bill; repeal of the death penalty; workplace discrimination remedy; GLBT rights. More information, and to register by Jan. 27:

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7 P.M.  University of Denver, Sturm College of Law 2255 E. Evans Avenue  The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law and the International Law Society present the Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture by Professor Dinah L. Shelton President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at The George Washington University Law School “Lawyers, Judges and the Law of Nations: International Law in US Courts” Join us for the lecture and dinner! For costs and other information: Please call or email The Ved Nanda Center at 303-871-6655 or Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Competition.  In conjunction with the annual Myers S. McDougal Lecture, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is hosting the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional portion of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Competition.  The Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition comprising nearly 600 law schools from over 85 countries.  Twenty-four law schools from the United States will participate in the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional, with the top two teams advancing to the international rounds held in Washington D.C. The 2011 Compromis touches on issues in international law such as drone warfare, the use of force, corruption and bribery, and women’s rights. We will need more than 50 volunteers to serve as bailiffs in this competition. Training will be provided and volunteers can assist in more than one competition. We need VOLUNTEER BAILIFFS to keep time at the competition:  Friday, February 25: 10am-12pm (8 volunteers); 1-3pm (8 volunteers); 4-6pm (8 volunteers) Saturday, February 26: 9-11am (12 volunteers); 12-2pm (12 volunteers); 4-6pm (4 volunteers) Sunday, February 27: 10am-12pm (2 volunteers); 1-3pm (1 volunteer) Please contact Michelle D. Quintero Millan at to volunteer. Michelle Doherty Quintero Millan, JD Candidate 2012 MA International Human Rights 801.652.9050

Sunday, March 6, 2011.  3-5 P.M. Popular Resistance in Palestine, A History of Hope and Empowerment, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia at Montview Boulevard, Denver. Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian-American human rights activist who lives and works in Beit Sahour will talk about his new book.  He is an activist, organizing non-violent protest against Israel’s occupation and its ongoing confiscation of Palestinian land.  More info: Colorado Friends of Sabeel,


Every Thursday from 5:15 pm until 6:15 pm,  Women in Black silent vigil for peace, in front of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building (NW corner of Colfax and 15th Street, just across Colfax from Civic Center Park).  Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence, whether interpersonal or international.  Please join us!  Come dressed in black; look for the banner.  For more information, Kaaren Hardy,  The Denver Women in Black group has been standing weekly since mid-November, 2002.

Every Friday, Friday, 4:30-5:30 PM, “War is not the Answer” vigil at 8th/Santa Fe The war in Afghanistan was wrong under Bush.  It’s wrong under Obama. Come join us Fridays @8th and Sante Fe, Democratic Headquarters.  Sponsored by “Just a group of concerned world citizens” 

Every Saturday from Noon - 1:00 P.M., Colorado Citizens for Peace have been vigiling every week since Feb. 2005  Participants meet at the intersections of West 52nd Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard to promote peace and bring a greater awareness of the on-going U.S. wars. Info:

Every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Women in Black silent vigil takes place in front of the Colorado Mills Mall on West Colfax (at the corner near the Pei Wei Restaurant).  Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence.  Please join us!  Come dressed in black; signs are provided.  For more information, please contact Carol Barrow,   This particular group of Women in Black has been standing weekly for 5 years.


Educators For Immigrant Rights!   Spring 2011 Course:  Immigration Issues for Educators Examine current and historical immigration issues that impact educators, students, families and communities  Speakers, discussions, readings, community visits, teaching resources

Course meeting dates:  Mondays, 5-8 pm:  1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 4/11,4/25, 5/2 Saturday:  9-noon:  3/12  Location:  Central Denver, near W. 14th Avenue and Speer Blvd.

Fees:  $100 course fee, plus $110 for optional credit  (Two University of Colorado Denver graduate recertification credits)   To register or for more information: Contact  Kathy Bougher, Instructor   First course meeting on January 24, 2011!!

Spanish Lessons at El Centro Humanitario.  Take this opportunity to study Spanish with native Spanish speakers!  El Centro Humanitario has organized 3 different levels of classes in order to accommodate different students:  Level 1:  Basic introduction to Spanish. For people who have no background in Spanish or would like a refresher course on basics.  Meets Mondays 6-8pm  January 24 – February 28  Level 2:  Builds off Level 1, more vocabulary and beginning conversations.  For people who have some  background in Spanish.  Meets Wednesdays 6-8pm  January 26 – March 2  Level 3:  Builds off Level 2, with more conversational practice.  For people who are looking to advance their vocabulary and get more practice conversing in Spanish.   Wednesdays 6-8pm  January 26 – March 2  All levels are comprised of 6  2-hour lessons, and each lesson will cost $20.  This cost includes some materials but does not include an English/Spanish dictionary.  If you are interested in any of these classes, please e-mail Nancy Rosas at or call 303-292-4115 ext. 105.  Please include your name, e-mail address, and the level you would like to study. 

Action Alert:  Support Bradley Manning: Contact President Obama:  Bradley Manning has been accused of providing info to Wikileaks. He hasn’t been tried before a jury of his peers. For seven months, he has been held in prison and  isolated from other people, restricted in his ability to exercise and denied full access to information from outside. His treatment is a form of physical, mental and emotional torture.   To read an excellent letter on the topic “Psychologists for Social Responsibility Speak Out on Bradley Manning’s Confinement”, go to   Call or email President Obama and ask him to stop this torture of Bradley Manning.  202-456-1414  or 

From Denver Justice and Peace Committee: Consider signing the Newmont Mining petition.  Newmont is based in Denver, and residents of Cajamarca Peru are fighting the company which they believe is destroying their community.  DJPC’s goal is to have 10,000 signatures on the petition by May 2011. Here is an overview of what the petition says:  We, the undersigned citizens of Colorado, respectfully petition Newmont Mining Corporation, to review its contract with the private security agency known as FORZA at the Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca, Peru; and in light of this review, taking into account the mounting protest by the Peruvian people and the international community against FORZA’s abuse of human rights, to determine the likely cessation of employing FORZA.  Take less than one minute and sign the petition at this link:

***Eat for peace! Purchase a King Soopers Debit Card to benefit AFSC:  This is a great way to contribute to Denver AFSC! Purchase an AFSC/King Soopers debit card for $25. Add money to your KS debit card using cash, check or credit card. Every time you add money to the debit card, 5% goes to AFSC.  (So if you spend $100 a month at King Soopers using this card, $5 will automatically go to AFSC).  Your debit card is good all year long, every year. AFSC/KS Debit Cards can be used at City Market or Loaf N Jug or any other Kroger store across the country. Give them to your friends and family for a gift that keeps on giving (to AFSC).  You can also purchase gift cards for Sunflower, Vitamin Cottage & Safeway. Contact Linda Smoke (303 355-4297) or Judy Danielson (303 377-8367) to begin today!

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