10/6: Action At King Soopers in Capitol Hill

September 27, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

As you may have heard with all the buzz in the last 24 hours, WE WON!! Yesterday Chipotle signed onto the Fair Food Program with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Thanks so much to everyone in Denver who has mobilized to push forward the work of the CIW, bringing us closer to the new day in Florida agriculture! This is a huge victory for everyone involved with tangible advances for Florida farmworkers and an enormous step forward for Fair Food.

Now that Chipotle has signed, we have to quickly rework plans for tomorrow, Saturday October 6 to keep the momentum of our growing movement and to celebrate our victory!!! King Soopers is a regional chain of Kroger Supermarket, which has been a target of the CIW for three years. We’ll still meet up at 4:00 pm but now in Cheesman Park to march together to nearby King Soopers for a picket, manager letter delegation and theater performance. Then onto a fiesta to celebrate our hard work! – We’ll provide food, but feel free to bring beverages of all kinds and/or snacks!!

Schedule of Saturday’s Action

4:00 pm – Meet at: Cheesman Park to begin march.
Meet at Pantheon – look for the red bucket pyramid
1599 East 8th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80218

5:00 pm – Action outside: King Soopers
1155 East 9th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218

6:30 pm – Party at: Centro Humanitario
2260 California Street
Denver, CO 80205

Remember your gloves! We’ll be carrying 153 buckets from the park to build a huge pyramid in front of King Soopers, representing the number of tomato buckets a farmworker must fill to earn a day’s minimum wage.

Thank you all again for committing to this struggle – now it’s important to use the momentum of this big victory to continue to work together to fight for farmworkers rights!

Cancelled Protest & Victory

Chipotle signs agreement with CIW to join Fair Food Program!

From the joint press release, Gerardo Reyes’ quote:

“With this agreement, we are laying down a foundation upon which we all – workers, growers, and Chipotle – can build a stronger Florida tomato industry for the future,” said Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “But more than this, today’s news marks a turning point in the sustainable food movement as a whole, whereby, thanks to Chipotle’s leadership, farmworkers are finally recognized as true partners — every bit as vital as farmers, chefs, and restaurants — in bringing ‘good food’ to our tables.”

To read the press release in full, go to the CIW website today! And check back soon for much more on this developing story…

(Note: With the signing of today’s agreement, all plans for this weekend’s action in Denver are CANCELLED) (Stay toned for other potential actions with the CIW on this day…)

Florida Farmworkers and Consumers to Hold Procession and Vigil Outside of Major Chipotle Festival, Calling on the Denver-based Restaurant Chain to Include Farmworkers in ‘Food with Integrity’ Vision

Denver, CO (October 6, 2012):  On Saturday, Oct. 6th, the  Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—an organization of Florida farmworkers—will be joined by Denver Community members to a hold peaceful procession outside the gates of Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivate Festival” in City Park, urging the Denver-based corporation to include farmworkers in Chipotle’s vision for a sustainable supply chain. Beginning at 4:00 P.M., the procession will gather at the Denver Museum of Natural Science (Colorado Blvd. & E. Montview Blvd.), and make its way around the perimeter of the festival.  Following the procession, the group will gather for a vigil led by prominent Denver community leaders and clergy, to begin at 5:30 P.M.

The events are designed to highlight a key ingredient missing from Chipotle’s recipe for “Food with Integrity”: the farmworkers themselves who harvest the tomatoes sold in Chipotle locations across the U.S. “There can be no legitimate definition of ‘integrity,’ sustainability or social responsibility when it comes to food without the participation of farmworkers and respect for our fundamental human rights,” said the CIW’s Oscar Otzoy.

The protest coincides with Chipotle’s “Cultivate Festival”— a celebration of the restaurant chain’s commitment to ethical purchasing practices, “bringing together food, farmers, chefs, artisans, thought leaders, and musicians,” and is part of a larger, national Fair Food movement, asking Chipotle to join the CIW’s innovative Fair Food Program and respect farmworkers’ rights and dignity.

“As farmworkers – the human beings actually confronting the poverty wages and labor abuses every day in the fields – we have yet to have a role in Chipotle’s vision,” explained Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “Instead, Chipotle insists on pursuing an impossible ‘go it alone’ approach to social responsibility. Under their plan, Chipotle says it will review its own code of conduct and decide if any changes are needed, Chipotle will check its own payments for accuracy under its penny per pound plan, and Chipotle will verify its own compliance with the changes it is proposing. That’s just not credible. Transparency, verification, and commitment are essential elements of the agreements we have reached with other fast- food leaders, and they are fundamental aspects in any defensible definition of social responsibility.”

The Fair Food Program is a unique partnership among farmworkers, tomato growers, and ten leading food retailers – including major fast food corporations Subway, McDonald’s and Burger King – that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of the Florida tomato industry. It is the first large scale program for real, lasting social accountability in the domestic produce industry. The program improves the wages and working conditions of Florida farmworkers by committing major buyers of tomatoes to pay a premium of a “penny per pound” for tomatoes to be passed through to farmworkers by the growers for whom they work. Additionally, retailers commit to target their purchases to growers willing to implement the Fair Food Code of Conduct developed together by farmworkers, growers, and buyers. The Fair Food Program combines worker-to-worker education, a 24-hr complaint line that is confidential and free of retaliation, ongoing audits that follow up on complaints and uncover issues workers might not be aware of, and, most importantly, real-market consequences for failure to comply with the Fair Food Code of Conduct.

Chipotle has built its nearly $3 billion revenue on an image of serving “Food with Integrity,” assuring consumers that the ingredients served at their restaurants “are grown, made and shipped without exploiting people.” While Chipotle has taken admirable steps in assuring they source from farms that can demonstrate humane treatment for animals, when it comes to human rights, they have yet to join the Fair Food Program, instead taking an approach that is not only unverifiable, but means that Chipotle is under no obligation to stop buying tomatoes from growers where workers’ rights are violated, the cornerstone of the Program’s success.

Background:  Florida  farmworkers  have  long  faced  brutal  conditions  in  the  fields,  including  sub-poverty  wages, widespread labor rights violations, and even modern-day slavery. Today, however, change is underway, thanks to the efforts of farmworkers, fair food activists, Florida tomato growers, and ten food industry leaders who have joined in support of the CIW’s Fair Food principles, including a penny-per-pound piece rate wage increase, a strict code of conduct, a cooperative complaint resolution system, a participatory health and safety program, and a worker-to-worker education process.  In November 2010, the CIW and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (FTGE)  signed an agreement to extend these principles to over 90 per cent of Florida’s tomato fields.

Without the participation of Chipotle and the remaining purchasers of Florida tomatoes, the unprecedented farm labor transformation promised by the CIW’s landmark agreement with the FTGE is significantly diminished. Each buyer must commit to direct its purchases to those growers complying with the code of conduct – and away from those who don’t – in order to provide the market incentive to improve working conditions in the fields. “Everybody in the system has to be invested for it to work,” said Reggie Brown of the FTGE.

About the Coalition of Immokalee Workers:

The CIW (www.ciw-online.org) is a community-based farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee, Florida, with over 4,000 members. The CIW seeks modern working conditions for farmworkers and promotes their fair treatment in accordance with national and international human rights standards. The CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food has won unprecedented support for fundamental farm labor reforms from retail food industry leaders. The Campaign for Fair Food taps the unique powers of all the elements of our country’s food industry:

  • of consumers, to demand the highest ethical standards for food production;
  • of food retailers, to use their tremendous buying power both to demand higher labor standards of their suppliers and help raise farmworkers out of poverty through a price that supports sustainable production;
  • of growers, to continuously improve their operations and meet consumer demand, keeping pace with an evolving marketplace, and,
  • of farmworkers, to help expose and fix the worst abuses and apply their unique knowledge toward modernizing, and humanizing, our farm labor system.

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Press Contacts:
Oscar Otzoy, Coalition of Immokalee Workers oscar@ciw-online.org

Jake Ratner, Just Harvest USA (917) 817-3976
jake@justharvestusa.org

Occupy Denver endorses ‘Blooms, Not Bombs’ by CCAAI

September 18, 2012 in Endorsement

Occupy Denver’s General Assembly has officially endorsed the Colorado Coalition Against Attacking Iran’s upcoming event, “Blooms, Not Bombs”. The event will feature a talk from Panayoti Kelaidis, an experiences botanist, about the flowers of Iran that will be destroyed, along with the lives of innocent people, if the US attacks Iran. The military-industrial complex is one of the major sources of corporate corruption in our government, and it disgusts all of us that corporations like Halliburton, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and more continue to profit obscenely from war. Occupy Denver opposes a US attack on Iran as yet another war by the rich, of the rich, and for the rich at the expense of the global 99%. So we invite you to join the CCAAI as they speak out against the growing threat of a new war this Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm.

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with teachers of the Chicago Teachers Union

September 17, 2012 in Endorsement, GA resolutions


Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with the teachers of the Chicago Teachers Union and supports their decision to strike against the corporatization of the US education system. It is the teachers, not the growing standardized testing industry, that should be shaping the education of our youth. Education budgets around the country, and especially the Chicago Public School District’s, have been ruthlessly slashed year after year by our politicians so that they can serve the interests of the banks, corporations, and the 1%, all at the expense of our youth’s future. The striking teachers know this, and we join them in demanding that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and politicians all over the country act to reverse the siphoning of money away from the education system. Solidarity for the teachers of Chicago!


This statement was endorsed at the Occupy Denver General Assembly on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

An Indigenous Platform Proposal for “Occupy Denver”

September 3, 2012 in Endorsement

Occupy Denver’s endorsement  of AIM’s proposal was one of the first and most important things that we have done. Denver was one of the first to ratify such a document, and this exact document was endorsed by many other occupies.  With Columbus Day approaching we reflect on this powerful call to arms, and recognize that we still have much work to do.

Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman, right, observes the arrest of Glenn Morris, a member of the American Indian Movement, who was among 83 protesters arrested at the Columbus Day parade. Morris poured out a bucket of red liquid bearing pieces of dismembered dolls.

An Indigenous Platform Proposal for “Occupy Denver”

“Now we put our minds together to see what kind of world we can create for the seventh generation yet to come.” John Mohawk (1944-2006), Seneca Nation

As indigenous peoples, we welcome the awakening of those who are relatively new to our homeland. We are thankful, and rejoice, for the emergence of a movement that is mindful of its place in the environment, that seeks economic and social justice, that strives for an end to oppression in all its forms, that demands an adequate standard of food, employment, shelter and health care for all, and that calls for envisioning a new, respectful and honorable society. We have been waiting for 519 years for such a movement, ever since that fateful day in October, 1492 when a different worldview arrived – one of greed, hierarchy, destruction and genocide.

In observing the “Occupy Together” expansion, we are reminded that the territories of our indigenous nations have been “under occupation” for decades, if not centuries. We remind the occupants of this encampment in Denver that they are on the territories of the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Ute peoples. In the U.S., indigenous nations were the first targets of corporate/government oppression. The landmark case of Johnson v. McIntosh (1823), which institutionalized the “doctrine of discovery” in U.S. law, and which justified the theft of 2 billion acres of indigenous territory, established a framework of corrupt political/legal/corporate collusion that continues throughout indigenous America, to the present.

If this movement is serious about confronting the foundational assumptions of the current U.S. system, then it must begin by addressing the original crimes of the U.S. colonizing system against indigenous nations. Without addressing justice for indigenous peoples, there can never be a genuine movement for justice and equality in the United States. Toward that end, we challenge Occupy Denver to take the lead, and to be the first “Occupy” city to integrate into its philosophy, a set of values that respects the rights of indigenous peoples, and that recognizes the importance of employing indigenous visions and models in restoring environmental, social, cultural, economic and political health to our homeland.

We call on Occupy Denver to adopt, as a starting point, the following:

1. To repudiate the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, to endorse the repeal of the papal bull Inter Caetera (1493) to work for the reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court case of Johnson v. M’Intosh 1823), and call for a repeal of the Columbus Day holiday as a Colorado and United States holiday.

2. To endorse the right of all indigenous peoples to the international right of self-determination, by virtue of which they freely determine their political status, and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural futures.

3. To demand the recognition, observance and enforcement of all treaties and agreements freely entered into `between indigenous nations and the United States. Treaties should be recognized as binding international instruments. Disputes should be recognized as a proper concern of international law, and should be arbitrated by impartial international bodies.

4. To insist that Indigenous people shall never be forcibly relocated from their lands or territories.

5. To acknowledge that Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and teach their spiritual and religious traditions customs and ceremonies, including in institutions of the State, e.g. prisons, jails and hospitals„ and to have access in privacy their religious and cultural sites, and the right to the repatriation of their human remains and funeral objects.

6. To recognize that Indigenous peoples and nations are entitled to the permanent control and enjoyment of their aboriginal-ancestral territories. This includes surface and subsurface rights, inland and coastal waters, renewable and non-renewable resources, and the economies based on these resources. In advancement of this position, to stand in solidarity with the Cree nations, whose territories are located in occupied northern Alberta, Canada, in their opposition to the Tar Sands development, the largest industrial project on earth. Further, to demand that President Barack Obama deny the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, proposed to run from the tar sands in Canada into the United States, and that the United States prohibit the use or transportation of Tar Sands oil in the United States.

7. To assert that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. They have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their intellectual property over such cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. Further, indigenous peoples have the right to the ownership and protection of their human biological and genetic materials, samples, and stewardship of non-human biological and genetic materials found in indigenous territories.

8. To recognize that the settler state boundaries in the Americas are colonial fabrications that should not limit or restrict the ability of indigenous peoples to travel freely, without inhibition or restriction, throughout the Americas. This is especially true for indigenous nations whose people and territories have been separated by the acts of settler states that established international borders without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples affected.

9. To demand that the United States shall take no adverse action regarding the territories, lands, resources or people of indigenous nations without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples affected.

10. To demand the immediate release of American Indian political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, U.S. Prisoner #89637-132, from U.S. federal custody.

Finally, we also remind Occupy Denver that indigenous histories, political, cultural, environmental, medical, spiritual and economic traditions provide rich examples for frameworks that can offer concrete models of alternatives to the current crises facing the United States. We request that Occupy Denver actively utilize and integrate indigenous perspectives, teachers, and voices in its deliberations and decision-making processes.

Submitted 8 October 2011

American Indian Movement of Colorado P.O. Box 292, Sedalia, CO 80135

Teach-In Video – American Indians: The Other One Percent

On May 15, 2012, Occupy Denver hosted a teach-in by Tink Tinker, a professor of Native American Studies at the Illif School of Theology at the University of Denver. He explained the similarities of the Occupy Movement and the struggle of the American Indian Movement AIM.

Aug. 14: Statewide Convergence to Stop the Frack Attack

August 11, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

On Thursday, August 9, 2012, the Occupy Denver General Assembly endorsed the following action:

What: Statewide Convergence to Stop the Frack Attack
When: Tuesday, August 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Colorado Convention Center in Denver
Who: COALITION (in formation):
Commerce City United NOW ~ 350 Colorado ~ Occupy Colorado Springs ~ East Boulder County United ~ Food and Water Watch ~ Boulder County Citizens for Community Rights ~ The Mothers Project • Colorado ~ Colorado Frack Attack ~ Occupy Denver

We’re crashing COGA’s “Energy Revolution” party

Part of their overall convention, featuring, guess who, Governor Hickenlooper and Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, as keynote speakers.
One big, happy three day conference among elected officials, regulators, industry and academia on how to rape and pillage Colorado.

We have a gift basket and invitation that we’re delivering to Governor Hickenlooper ahead of the Statewide Convergence on the 14th. On August 15, 11a.m. – noon, everyone’s invited to meet with Governor Hickenlooper at the Colorado Convention Center after he gives his keynote speech to the oil and gas industry. We’re inviting him to come look us in the eye and tell us the process of oil and gas extraction, including fracking, does not contaminate our water, air and soil.

Shame on us if we let COGA define “Energy Revolution!”

WE THE PEOPLE OF COLORADO want clean, healthy, renewable energy, not another dirty fossil fuel that’s harmful to our health, environment, communities, property values, long-term economic prosperity, and our children’s future.

Follow developments on Facebook and Twitter.

If you haven’t already, please sign the letter to Senators Udall and Bennet that was hand delivered to their D.C. offices during the Stop the Frack Attack Rally and March, July 28, 2012.

Aug. 16: Battle for Whiteclay

August 11, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Occupy Denver’s General Assembly endorsed the following film screening.

When: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:00pm
Where: 27 Social Centre, 2727 W 27th Ave
RSVP on Facebook

On Thursday, August 16th Deep Green Resistance Colorado will host a screening of the documentary Battle for Whiteclay to raise awareness about the problem of Whiteclay and to raise money and support for a caravan that will drive from Colorado up to Pine Ridge to participate in the Aug. 26th Women’s Day of Peace. The screening will take place at the 27 Social Centre (2727 W 27th Ave) in Denver, and will begin at 7pm. Contact DGR Colorado for more information.

More information for the Denver screening. There is also a Boulder screening on August 14. Both of these screenings will accept monetary and/or food donations to support the caravan from Colorado, but nobody will be turned away.

If you are unable to make it to the screenings and would like to donate, we are collecting funds to help make the action a success. Without the material resources to feed people and buy the equipment and supplies that will be necessary for the action, it can’t happen.

Sep. 2: Running Down the Walls 2012 5k for Political Prisoners

August 11, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver General Assembly has voted to endorse the 4th annual solidarity benefit run for political prisoners being put on by the Denver Anarchist Black Cross.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 11:00am
Where: Cheesman Park, Denver, CO
RSVP on Facebook

Over Labor Day Weekend, hundreds of people across the continent will participate in solidarity 5k runs in communities and prisons. This collective event, known as Running Down the Walls, has been held annually since 2002. Each year, Anarchist Black Cross chapters, prisoners, and allies, participate in these runs to raise funds for the Anarchist Black Cross Federation Warchest (a fund that sends monthly sti pends to political prisoners across the country), and other support efforts for political prisoners and prisoners of war.

Last year, the Denver Anarchist Black Cross event drew over 40 run participants, and we raised over $1100, which was split between the ABCF Warchest (a program that sends monthly stipend payments to political prisoners across the United States), and political prisoner Michael Davis Africa, raising enough to help him purchase band equipment for a revolutionary jazz band he started behind the prison walls.

This year, we are aiming to double the amount of participants, and also, in turn, double the amount of funds raised. The money raised from this year’s Denver run will be split between the ABCF Warchest, the Denver ABC Warchest (our own monthly stipend program that sends money to several prisoners who we support including Dr. Mutulu Shakur , and Siddique Hassan), and the funds needed to host the 2nd Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross conference to be held here in Denver in October.

To make this effort successful, we need YOUR support!

  • Run/walk/bike in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike the 5k and able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. If we get 60 participants, who each raise $50, we can more than double our income for this year’s run!
  • Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route before the march.
  • Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to Denver ABC, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D, Denver CO 80211. Or contact denverabc@riseup.net to work out a way to donate.

Want to participate? Want to volunteer? Want to donate? Contact us at denverabc@riseup.net, or comment on http://denverabc.wordpress.com/.

August 11 – Unarmed & Dangerous

August 7, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

On June 16, 2012, the Occupy Denver General Assembly endorsed an event titled “UnArmed and Dangerous” by the Colorado Coalition Against Attacking Iran. This event urges us to lay down our arms and pick up our instruments. It will consist of three nights of music and poetry, with the second occurring on August 11. Iran is so much more than the current regime and, whatever the virtues or vices of government policy, the US should not attack or support bombing Iran.

When: August 11, 2012 from 7:00pm to close
Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver, CO
RSVP on Facebook

On Saturday, August 11 Unarmed & Dangerous presents an evening with the amazing voices of
Americans, Hip Hop artist Chris “Time” Steele, and a special guest appearance by Nick Urata and the
Candelabras at 7 p.m. at the Mercury Café, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205. Suggested donation $5 -
$50.

Nick Urata, founder and frontman of the band Devotchka, struck out at a young age to pursue a life of music in
New York City, Chicago and later in Denver. He formed a collective of amazing players and dancers that came to
be known as DeVothKa. DeVochKa earned international fame with the score of the Academy award winning Little
Miss Sunshine. They have released 6 albums and continue to record and tour. Urata went on to score a slew of films,
enlisting the unique players and styles encountered on his musical journey. Most notably, I love you Philip Morris,
Crazy Stupid Love, and the soon to be released Ruby Sparks.

“Strange Americans are Denver’s up and coming Americana rock band. Part folk rock, part classic rock. It’s like
Dawes made sweet, sweet love to My Morning Jacket on a writhing pile of your dad’s favorite bands. As appetizing
as that sounds, the energy and pure musicianship of Strange Americans will blow you away. Matt Hoffman’s
golden voice forges a path through huge slices of electric sound. Strange Americans just keep getting better.
Their new songs fill a void in their live show I didn’t even know existed. G to C is of the opinion that there is no
better rock band in Denver right now. Take notice, rest of the world. Strange Americans are coming for you.” –
www.GtoCMagazine.com

Hip-hop artist Chris Steele aka Time has toured all throughout the U.S. and Europe.  He has released 4 full-length
albums and in 2010 he released 12 EPs in 12 months.  Time’s lyrical content weaves through existential issues,
personal confessions, and political arenas.  He was included on URB Magazine’s Next 100 artists in 2009 alongside
Kid Cudi and Drake.  In 2012 Time did production for the rapper/actor Common’s album The Dreamer/The
Believer.  Time has been described as the rap version of Neil Young.  Time has collaborated with artists such as
Ron Miles, Kool Keith, and Sole.

Unarmed & Dangerous Schedule:
Music and Poetry for No More War!
Saturday, August 11
7:00pm David Barsmanian, AlternativeRadio.org, author Target: Iran.
7:30pm Iranian Dance Troupe performing traditional dances (the surprise highlight of our June 30 program.)
8:00pm Strange Americans
9:10pm HipHop artist Chris “Time” Steele
9:30pm Special guest Nick Urata (from deVotchka) & the Candelabras
Suggested donation of $5 – $50
The Mercury Café, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205

Spirit and Struggle – Our Work for Liberation Continues

August 3, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

Occupy Denver General Assembly endorses and calls out to all to attend this great event August 11th.

Occupy Denver endorses SlutWalk Denver 2012 on July 21

July 14, 2012 in Endorsement, Event

The Occupy Denver General Assembly has endorsed the SlutWalk Denver 2012 event that will take place in Civic Center Park on July 21, 2012. Below is additional information about this event.

SlutWalk began as a demonstration against blaming and shaming the victims of sexual violence that began in Toronto, Canada. On April 3, 2011, 4000 people took to the streets of Toronto to demand accountability from the Toronto Police and their communities after officer Michael Sanguinetti told a group of students at York University, “I’m told I’m not supposed to say this, but women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Officer Sanguinetti’s comment lit the spark of what turned into a global movement of protest around the world to combat victim-blaming, including Canada, the US, the UK Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, India, Singapore, Korea, Isreal, Nepal, Hong Kong, Romania and many others going by ‘SlutWalk’ and other locally-chosen names.

SlutWalk Denver aims to to provide a safe space for survivors and allies to come together to voice their collective anger, share stories, build a community, and become empowered to continue to change the conversation around sexual assault locally and globally. We have chosen to stay named SlutWalk in solidarity with the rest of the movement and anyone who has been blamed unfairly for being assaulted. Participants do not have to consider themselves sluts to attend; allies and supporters are just as important.

Our SlutWalk is not a gender specific event, as sexual assault can (and does) happen to anyone. Women, Men, Tran-Women, Trans-Men, Gender-fluid, Genderqueer, non-identified and people of any gender identity are welcome and encouraged to participate.

SlutWalk Denver also understands that the term ‘slut’ has historically different meanings for different cultures and populations. Our walk is also not a race-specific event and people of color are also encouraged to participate.

If, in any circumstances, SlutWalk Denver is being un-inclusive, please let us know. Rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone of any gender association or any race; we need to support each other.

Additional Information:

RSVP on Facebook
Main website in Toronto that explains the origins of the event
Video from 2011 Denver SlutWalk
Slideshow from Westword 2011 Denver SlutWalk