Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A quick reading room supplemental

Just a couple of articles to show us the change in the national dialogue.

The first shows how the Occupy protests of this past fall have changed the way that the majority of Americans view wealth and class:


The second gives an accurate picture of the reality of living fully dependent on social security and medicare with no other sources of income:


Monday, January 23, 2012

EOPR Task Force Update

"Leader you most admire: Rep. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins. He always stands up for the little guy." - Jonathon Singer, Boulder County's Newest Member elected to the House of Representatives.

We are very happy to have Rep. Kefalas on the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force as well.

Read the whole article of Johnathon Singer's political past here: http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2012/01/22/he-runs-he-scores-colorados-newest-lawmaker-wasnt-always-a-democrat/55100/

The EOPR will take a break while the legislators are back in session. The tech committee, however, will continue to meet throughout the session. The goal is to develop a database for counties and service providers to share and discuss the practices that are working best for them to increase collaboration and efficiencies. We are still looking for more volunteers to help us with this project. The first tech team meeting is Monday January 30 from 2-4 at CCLP. If you are interested, please email Shaie at SWilson@CCLPonline.org.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

One last reading room before the 2012 session begins

The following article illustrates the fall of the middle class and the struggle to maintain an standard of living that is self sufficient, but falls short:


Tina Griego's column from earlier today includes data from Amber Tafoya's report "Snapshots of Colorado Latinos 2011" that highlights the disparities between the Latino population of Colorado and the population of Colorado as a whole:


May the 2012 session be a productive one.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

EOPR Task Force Meeting SCR356 at the Capitol and ONLINE

The Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force will be meeting
JANUARY 6, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in SCR356 at the Capitol.

The presentation of the day will be Bridges to Employment, sponsored by Worklife. Several employers will testify to their success working with low-income workers striving for economic self-sufficiency. If you can't join us but would like to follow us online, click below to join LIVE CHAT.

One more article before tomorrow's meeting

Fresh from the Washington Post - the high costs in both cash and time of being poor:


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reading Room - 1/4/2012

Happy New Year to all!

This first article I found last week is an analysis of the state of poverty in America, looking at what percentage of a family's $50,000 income goes to taxes and other critical and necessary expenses. Ultimately, it shows the state of inequality that exists among the lower income strata and why governmental supports are very necessary just to survive.


This second link is to a blog post by an individual currently based in Minnesota responding to the the comments in the series of primary debates. Most importantly, this post serves as a reality check as to what it truly takes in order to access any governmental benefits, and just how difficult it is to process and receive them.