Ten years ago, Raelene Johnson could never dream that she might be a homeowner someday, that she would have a car or a stable job. She was just trying to survive, sleeping under bridges and behind bushes in Boulder, scraping together enough to survive until the next day.
This year has seen an unprecedented amount of instability in terms of refugee resettlement in the United States under President Trump’s administration: three travel bans, three halts and two blocks on those bans, a Supreme Court ruling on the ban, the resettlement ceiling dropping from 110,000 to 50,000 refugees, families expecting to arrive in Denver and then having their plans cancelled, families expecting to receive their relatives and finding out it might not happen. The list goes on.
We’re providing a look back at the year for refugees in Denver as a framework on what’s happened in 2017.
Virginia Bryant’s first experience with a VOICE vendor came years before she started selling the paper.
“I can remember passing, years ago, before my life became disheveled, passing a Vendor for the VOICE. And it didn’t impact me,” she says. Then she found herself in the same situation. Over the past 15 or so years, Virginia has lived through three separate extended periods of homelessness.
Claudia Rankine is coming to Denver on November 15 for a free talk on her book Citizen: An American Lyric with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In preparation for this event, we are including a review of her book. Join in on the conversation with six weeks of events planned by Denver Talks.