Coming out of this month's historical national elections Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) is commencing preparation for extensive grassroots education, advocacy, and direct action that addresses anticipated and potentially radical shifts in federal health, immigration, and education policies that could severely impact low-income people and communities of color in Denver. Given the political rhetoric and cultural divisiveness of the past year’s election campaign, we are also preparing a range of responses to possible increased levels of violence, intolerance, and bigotry targeting vulnerable communities in Colorado.
Over the next 3 years, some of the specific
methods and arenas in which PJU plans to mobilize the community includes:
1) Continuing to organize high school-based chapters and clubs of diverse young people in Denver and the Denver metro-area – with expansion plans beyond the Denver metro area in 2018-2019.
2) Large-scale, year-round civic engagement, including voter education, GOTV, rapid-response, patch-through calling, direct action, and other approaches to ballot initiatives, and proposed and pending legislation.
3) Program and campaign-based membership recruitment and leadership
development, with the goal of training grassroots members to become organizers of their peers.
APM Reports spoke with PJU member, Lorena Límon about her clash with the principal on school discipline. Click here for the full story.