Blog: News Update – December 27, 2018

Blog: News Update - December 27, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

This New Year will bring a positive shift in leadership throughout the nation, in the state of Colorado and at the CORCRC.  Nora Bashir will begin her role as the CORCRC Executive Director beginning in January 2019. The Search Committee chose Nora out of a group of excellent candidates as an expression of confidence in her special skill set. Joyce Lisbin announced her intent to resign in the spring and will continue to be on staff as the Communications/Education Coordinator. She is pleased to support Nora in her leadership role.

Nora has extensive experience in consultation with non-profit organizations and was Executive Director of the Chinook Fund for 7 years. Her lead in donor cultivation led to an increase of number of donors by 400%.  She has developed specific training programs including executive director mentorship and coaching, racial equity, board development, and outreach.

Nora started her organizing career as a student activist at DePaul University in Chicago, fighting race, gender and class discrimination on campus. She received a B.A. in Communications and Women’s Studies in 1996 and a Masters in Multicultural Communication in 2001 at DePaul University.

Born in Malaysia to an Indian Muslim family, Nora immigrated to the United States at twelve years of age. Her early childhood experiences in Malaysia along with the process of immigration and adjustment were formative in her understanding of both the virtues of diversity and the dangers that racism, xenophobia, and economic injustice pose to the social fabric and a flourishing society. She proudly calls herself a liberal Muslim and currently resides in Aurora with her husband and seven year old twins where she works with a faith and steadfastness to develop and model the value of community and a respect for the power of diversity.

Over the past twenty-two years, Nora Bashir has leveraged the interests and amplified the voices of the marginalized–women, immigrant communities, and low-wage workers–through community organizing, public advocacy, and seeking and securing resources.

The ceaseless striving and continual work with the grassroots demonstrates Nora’s commitment and devotion to equity and social justice.

CORCRC is counting on your continued support to make 2019 a successful year for reproductive rights and access and for our new Executive Director Nora Bashir.

Legislation Update

In early November, HHS released a notice of proposed rule-making regarding exchange program integrity. The proposed rule is largely technical but contains proposed language that will require insurers of qualified health plans to send two entirely separate bills for the amount of the premium attributable to certain abortion services and the amount of the premium for all other services. Consumers will have to make two separate payments. Advocates are concerned that consumers will lose coverage if they do not comply with this provision as the language in the proposed rule is uncertain. For more information about this rule, please read this Health Affairs blog post.

Attached are NHeLP’s draft comments on the proposed changes. We urge everyone to submit comments in opposition to this provision of the proposed rule. We will be commenting on other provisions of the proposed rule. Comments are due January 8th.

Governor Kasich of Ohio vetoes a bill banning abortion after the detection of fetal heartbeat for practical reasons: the bill would be found unconstitutional.  He then banned “dismemberment” abortion, a procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

Points of Interest:

At the time of writing this newsletter, President Trump has not even mentioned the death of a 2nd child detained in U.S. custody in the border debacle.  CORCRC encourages you not to ignore this tragedy and national shame.

After 2nd child dies is US Custody, Nielsen expands medical screenings, will head to border – Washington Post

And the negative action towards immigrants continues—

Supreme Court Ruling Means Immigrants Could Continue to Be Detained Indefinitely – NPR

Research on the impact of the digital age on religion is being examined at Boulder University of Colorado.  Findings include that religion is not limited to houses of worship but integrated in popular culture and institutions.

Impact of Digital Age on Religion Studied

Congratulations to Tatiana Lopez, CORCRC Community Organizer/Grand Junction is now a graduate of  Colorado Mesa University.  Wishing you years of success!


ORDER NOW – Get ready to let all legislators know that We Can’t and We Won’t go back to the pre-Roe v. Wade era.

Art Cards designed by Daisy Patton that show four portraits of women who died having abortions before Roe v. Wade are now available at CORCRC events and can be ordered by mail. These cards declare that We Can’t Go Back and are to be sent to any person – especially elected officials- who questions the need to preserve reproductive rights. For ordering information go to:

Upcoming Events


January 26: Public Forum on proposed purchase of the Grand Junction Community Hospital. Details TBA.Please note the change in date.


March 7th: Repro Health Lobby Day. Details TBA. Please note the change in date.


May 7th: Save the Date: Faith and Freedom – The CORCRC Annual ceremony will take place at Temple Emanuel. Details TBA.

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