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                                                August 2012

Voices From The Past: Amy Divine


To commemorate our 20th anniversary, Citizens Project invites former board and staff members to submit reflections on CP for inclusion in Freedom Watch Online and associated anniversary print collateral. If you're interested in contributing, please contact us.


How na´ve can two people be?  Twenty years ago, Doug and I found out.

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It might be comforting to believe that Citizens Project began with a vision to be the city-wide powerhouse that it has become.  But no, the original hope was to be able to occasionally generate 30 or so calls in response to intolerance.


The seed of CP began one morning over bagels and the Gazette at our kitchen table.  Amendment 2 was on the horizon; at that point without organized opposition.  And we had just read that the Pagan speaker on a diversity panel had been uninvited after a local radio program had received 8 complaining calls.


"If we can generate some calls in response, maybe another view can be heard."


The idea for Citizens Project was born.


Doug and I didn't know 30 people to approach, but we knew who did.


First stop: Richard Skorman.  Richard helped us create a small group of dedicated volunteers to get things started.  A trickle was beginning.


We still didn't understand that the trickle would become a river until D'Arcy Fallon wrote an article about the tiny Citizens Project for the Gazette.  It came out on a Saturday morning as Doug and I were loading the car to leave for the weekend.  The phone started ringing at 7:30, with a parade of grateful voices calling through the day.  "I thought I was all alone here," was the refrain.  We stayed home; one answering the phone while the other entered names into the computer.  Hundreds of names.


This was the real birth of Citizens Project.


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 CP came to life because support for pluralism and compassion was alive and well in Colorado Springs - it just needed a vehicle.  Since then, many wonderful volunteers and staff have arrived to corral that energy, creating a vital, evolving and effective organization. 


It has been so gratifying to see a small, na´ve vision, empowered by community, grow into a force that continues to change the conversation in Colorado Springs.


Amy Divine

Co-Founder of Citizens Project

Citizens Project 20th Anniversary Bash


Thanks to an incredible planning committee, the generosity of dozens of donors, and the 75+ people who attended Citizens Project's 20th Anniversary event, the evening was an incredible success. Citizens Project


Attendees were treated to a commemorative video done by The Big Something at KRCC, inspiring words from Erin Hannan (Citizens Project's current board chair), Megan Day (one of Citizens Project's early executive directors), Kristy Milligan (current executive director), and Barb Van Hoy & Ellie Collinson (former executive directors). The program was rounded out with archival displays and tours, courtesy of Pikes Peak Library District's special collections, and a 20-year retrospective compiled by Barb Van Hoy, Frances Gomeztagle and Alison Jones.


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New Office Open House


It's official-Citizens Project has moved to downtown Colorado Springs! After a week spent sorting boxes and moving heavy furniture, we are all settled into our new office space located above Poor Richard's (322 N. Tejon St. Suite 225).  We are now back at work doing what we do best-promoting equality, diversity and religious freedom throughout the Colorado Springs community.

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We are gladly welcoming short drop-in visits from supporters and friends and, as promised, we will be hosting an open house Wednesday September 26th from 5:30-7PM at the new office. We encourage you to come and see Citizens Project's lovely new office. We are so excited to share our new space with you, and look forward to sharing ways that YOU can make a difference with Citizens Project.


Get Involved


The Department of Human Services Advisory Commission is seeking two volunteers for 3-year terms. The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from community-minded citizens until Aug. 31.   


The DHS Advisory Commission has an at-large opening and another for District 4, which includes southern Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield, Fountain, Fort Carson and the area south to the county line.


The Advisory Commission reviews and provides formal recommendations about DHS' program operations and budget. Members assist in setting human services priorities in the county, enhancing community partnerships, and monitoring the coordination and implementation of DHS' initiatives and mandated services.   Members serve three-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms. 


For more information as well as application information click here.

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Citizens Project!!
In This Issue
Voices From The Past: Amy Divine
20th Anniversary Bash
New Office Open House
Get Involved!
Articles of Interest
Twenty years of Citizens, united
August 8th, 2012
Colorado Springs Independent
President Obama's visit: Springs speech hits economy, military and Romney
August 9th, 2012
The Gazette

Young Immigrants, in America Illegally, Line Up for Reprieve
August 13th, 2012
New York Times
Recent CP Blog Posts
Join the Conversation 

Citizens Project: 20 Year Retrospective

Celebrating 20 Years of Creating Community Video

Memorial Decision Election Education Forum

Upcoming Events


Springs Ensemble Theater Performance of "8"
August 18th 
 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Springs Ensemble Theater
Volunteer Canvass Night: Memorial Health System

August 28th


Inside/Out Youth Services

more information


New Office Open House

September 26

5:30-7:00 pm

Citizens Project Office

322 N Tejon St. Suite 225

more information


Strides for Epilepsy 5K Walk/Run

October 13


America the Beautiful Park

more information


Please check out our events calendar for more upcoming events!
Special Anniversary Challenge Gifts


Gail & Craig Johnson

Ellie Collinson

Jody Alyn

Andrea Archer

Jane Ard-Smith

Mel Bargas & Victoria Schwab

Sharon Berthrong

John Birkhead

Buck Blessing

Bill Brown

Catherine Calvin

Karole Campbell

Susan Campbell

Kathy & John Crandall

Diana Dimara

Amy Divine & Doug Triggs

JJ Frazier

Erin Hannan

Rosemary Harris Lytle

Teressa Hill

Deb Hood

Karen Jackson

RoMa Johnson

Shawna Kemppanien & Lisa Green

Cathy Kleinsmith

Connie Kreider

Pete Lee

Linda LeMieux

Steve & Wendy Mack

Ann MacLaughlin

Mary Lou Makepeace

Mary & Wayne Mashburn

Kristy Milligan

Pat & Connie Milligan

Marcy Morrison

Frank Mosher

Deb Muehleisen

Cynthia Nimerichter & Ted Worcester

Una Ng & Ron Brasch

Bill Oliver

Dorelle Peters

Francois Raab

Beth Roalstad

Nelson Roseland

Jim Sauls

Pam Taylor

Greg Varner

Brinah Vincent

Erica Whitcombe

Jim & Patti White

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