Jason Flores-Williams is the lawyer attached to the most high-profile justice movements among the Denver homeless population. He helped create the Homeless Bill of Rights and is now making headlines as the lawyer behind the class action lawsuit against the city for its homeless sweeps. The Denver VOICE talked to him about those causes, activism, and his personal stake in justice for the underprivileged.Read More
Matine Khalighi is the kind of person who inspires hope for the future. At 16, he is the vice president and a co-founder of Helping the Homeless Colorado, a nonprofit he started with former classmates and current board members Alyssa Gorkin and Ali Ginsburg while still in middle school.Read More
The “Ask a Vendor” column allows us to share the thoughts and wisdom of the diverse group of people who make up the Denver VOICE vendor pool. Do you have a question for VOICE vendors? See below for more information on how to submit it.
As we go about our daily routine, many of us have seen or have had contact with homeless people standing on the corner at an intersection, waving a sign saying “anything helps.” Most of the people in our society believe all homeless people are shiftless, lazy, and no-good alcoholics and drug addicts. They think people who are homeless will never amount to anything.Read More
While it may seem strange to have over 30 dogs in the same room as stained glass windows and a pulpit, Dr. Carolyn Karrh, executive director and founder of Peace, Love and Paws, is thrilled to host the organization’s free monthly veterinary clinics at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.Read More
Albuquerque, New Mexico is the latest city to join the international street paper movement. Two Way Street is already making an impact after launching and distributing four issues in 2017 under the guideship of Albuquerque city councilman Jeff Hertz.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More