About the Partnership for Working Families
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Together, the Partnership for Working Families is building the next generation of leaders in our cities, leading change from the ground up.
That is exactly what is taking place in Denver.
You can see the power our movement has built in the recent results of the Denver municipal elections. FRESC and our allies will have four champions on City Council. Last month, Denver voters elected FRESC Program Director and Staff Attorney Robin Kniech as City Councilwoman At- Large, making her the first out LGBT elected official to serve in city government. On June 7th, in a run-off election District 1 voters elected Susan Shepherd, former Denver Area Labor Federation Political Director, to represent them. They both join former FRESC Executive Director and current City Council President Chris Nevitt and former union organizer Paul Lopez on Council. With these champions and several other allies on Council, we anticipate a majority on our 13 seat City Council. In addition, Mayor-elect Michael Hancock attended FRESC’s candidate forum and signed our pledge to prioritize good jobs and strong communities if elected mayor.
While the recession in Colorado seems to be on the mend, the state still faces job loss: Colorado's job shortfall was estimated by the Economic Policy Institute to be 195,191 jobs in November 2009. As promoting the creation of good jobs has long been central to FRESC's mission, the current recession and recovery efforts provide unique challenges and opportunities for our work.
by Robin Kneich, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities
Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) has approved its first policy statement in support of affordable housing as part of its Strategic Plan for Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
April 14th marked the latest Campaign for Responsible Development (CRD) action that included a rally and march around City Hall and the delivery of more than 1,800 postcards calling on the Mayor of Denver to ensure that community benefits are a part of the redevelopment of Union Station, the city’s regional light rail and transit hub. More than 130 supporters participated in the action. The passionate words of grassroots leaders were captured in