Citizens Project

Freedom Watch Online  September 2009
Are You Ready to Vote? Champagne

Get Your Vote On

It's election season, and Citizens Project wants you to be prepared to cast your vote in the Colorado Springs Municipal Election and local school board races, where applicable!

Get Registered

The last day to register to vote in the November Coordinated Election is Monday, October 5, 2009. All questions may be directed to (719) 575-VOTE (8683).
Get Informed

Attend a community forum to learn more about candidates and issues in your community:
  • City of Colorado Springs Ballot Measures Forum hosted by Citizens Project and the Pikes Peak Equality Coalition: October 13, 2009 at 5:30pm at the Carnegie Room of the Penrose Library (Cascade & Kiowa).  For info: (719) 520-9899
  • School District 20 Candidate Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters: October 6, 2009 at 6:30pm at Eagleview Middle School; October 8, 2009 at 6:30pm at Mountain Range Middle School
  • School District 11 Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters: October 7, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the School District 11 administration building at 1115 N. El Paso Street

Get Your Voter Guide

Don't forget to pick up a copy of Citizens Project's nonpartisan Voter Guide, which will be inserted in the October 8 edition of the Colorado Springs Independent and available on our web site on the same day!

Join CP at the Lavender Film Festival

Citizens Project Sponsors Hannah Free

Join Citizens Project at the Lavender Film Festival this weekend! Thanks to generous designated donations, Citizens Project is the sponsor of the film:
PPLFF logoHannah Free
Directed by Wendy Jo Carlton 2009, USA, 90 min.
Sunday September 20, 2009 ~ 7:45pm
Armstrong Hall on the CC Campus,  14 E Cache La Poudre

Adapted from Claudia Allen's award winning play, romantic, touching and poignant, Hannah Free eloquently depicts a lifelong love affair between two very different women. See the festival schedule here.

Who Is Simply Divine? 

Nominations Due October 30, 2009 - Citizens ChampagneProject's Sixth Annual Divine Award!

Citizens Project invites residents to submit nominations for this prestigious award that recognizes a person in the Pikes Peak region who has worked tirelessly to create a vibrant democracy in which equal rights are protected, individual freedoms are secure, differences are respected and people fully participate in civic life.

Tell us in 300 words or fewer why your nominee should be recognized. Please provide specific information about your nominee's roles in the community - both officially and informally - and how you believe your nominee has made a lasting impact on the community. Please include your name and daytime phone number with your nomination. Email nominations to by October 30.
Another Christian Denomination Accepts Gays

Champagnelical Lutheran Church Vote
Leaders o
f the nation's biggest Lutheran denomination voted last month to allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the church -- making it one of the largest Christian denominations in the country to significantly open the pulpit to gays.

Community Opportunity

County Board Opening

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking community minded citizens volunteers to serve on the Groundwater Contamination Study Committee. Applications for the open positions are due by September 25. Get more information and apply at:

In This Issue
Are You Ready to Vote?
Lavender Film Fest
Who Is Simply Divine?
Lutherans Accept Gays
County Board Opening
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Upcoming Events

"No Agitation, No Change"
A belated Labor Day dinner featuring Jim Hightower
Friday September 18th, 2009
6:00-8 p.m.
Union Hall, 2150 Naegele Rd., Colorado Springs.
Sponsored by Colorado Springs Labor Council and Colorado Springs Independent.
To RSVP or for questions call: 719-635-4611

Planned Parenthood Back to School Movie Night: "The Education of Shelby Knox" 
September 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Penrose Library - Penrose Adult Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 See to RSVP or for more information.

10 Key Elements of Building a Sustainable Diversity 
Presented by: Bill Anstee, Sr. Director for the Healthcare Market, Sodexo
Colorado Springs Diversity Forum General Membership Meeting
September 22, 2009
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Cuchara Room, Memorial Administrative Center
2420 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Diversity Forum Members: FREE
Guests: $10.00
(RSVP for payment instruction)
Colorado Springs Ballot Measure Forum 
Hosted by Citizens Project, the Pikes Peak Equality Coalition and the Colorado Springs Independent
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us to learn about ballot measures in the upcoming election. As always, this event is free and open to the public!
Questions? Call 719-520-9899
Please check out our events calendar for more upcoming events!

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