Blog: News Update – February 5, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The National Prayer Caucus is sponsoring Project Blitz which is a campaign to provide national support for Bible Literacy Bills, Conversion Therapy, Prayer for Judges, religious restrictions of adoption agencies, requiring “In God We Trust” to be posted in public schools and allowing for religious symbols to be part of national memorials and more!  The stated purpose of this group is: “To protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.” This effort is a threat to the separation of church and state and thus to all religions, people of faith and of no faith.  Secularism is being attacked as immoral. This self-appointed cadre is defining Christianity for this nation’s diverse...


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Blog: News Update – January 29, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, At the recent panel, “Fighting to Keep Grand Junction Community Hospital for the Community,” citizens expressed their concerns of the proposed takeover of the Grand Junction Community Hospital by Centura Health on January 26th.  Centura is a faith-based hospital management firm with two tracks: one Catholic and one Adventist. CEO Chris Thomas & Karen Martsolf, Director of Marketing/Communications, heard many questions and concerns posed by the group of consumer activists that focused on possible faith-based restrictions that would limit reproductive health services, nonjudgmental and comprehensive services for members of the LGBTQ community and respect for end of live directives.  The administrators acknowledged that they did not have answers for most of the questions posed and that their focus has been on financial concerns. This initial and overdue dialogue is proof...


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Blog: News Update – January 22, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Though this Supreme Court decision continues to be one of the most divisive issues in the United States, the support for abortion rights grows.  A recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 71 percent of American voters believe that Roe should not be overturned. The fact that this decision has increasing popular support is rarely noted because emphasizing conflict attracts an audience more than agreement.  The support for women’s autonomy was clearly demonstrated by the signs held high at Womxn’s Marches throughout the country. In this time of questionable use of the concept of religious freedom, it is imperative to note that Roe does not mention or rely on religion but enshrines trust in women to...


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Blog: News Update – January 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Women belong in the House and the Senate. And as of January 2019, there are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (not counting four female territorial delegates), making women 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives.  There are also many firsts: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became America’s youngest congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim congresswomen, and Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American congresswomen. Representative Diana DeGette continues to represent Colorado since Jan 7, 1997. There are now 25 women in the U.S. Senate. Since 1894, Colorado has elected women to the legislature, a full 26 years prior to women getting the vote nationally.  The tradition of women representatives in the Colorado State Legislature continues. Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats who won the trifecta...


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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...


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Blog: News Update – December 13, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The language of Roe v. Wade makes clear that states cannot ban abortion before viability – when a fetus can survive outside the womb. Most doctors agree that viability occurs at around 24 weeks. No fetus is viable at just 15 weeks. Yet, Mississippi passed a law banning abortion at 15 weeks.  This state’s effort to restrict abortion access is a prime example of the challenges reproductive rights advocates and women can expect to face in the near future.  Similar bills were passed in Iowa and in Ohio.  Fortunately, US District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down the 15-week Mississippi ban relying on this argument: “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades-long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the...


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Blog: News Update – November 29, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The Shameful Treatment of Immigrants Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acknowledges that the separations of families are still happening.   A court order is officially being followed but the intent of the law is being ignored.  Many of us took comfort in the decision by federal judge, Dana M. Sabraw, who issued an injunction against the separations of children from parents and ordered the government to put the thousands of affected families back together.  Unfortunately she included an exemption of cases if it was determined that the child’s safety was at risk.  Tragically there were no designated standards or oversight regarding that decision and the CPB is abusing their authority by judging parents unfit by what appears to be whim. This President, the administration and subsequently the American citizenry...


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Blog: News Update – November 15, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Optimism is in the air and rightfully so.  Our new Governor, Jared Polis, identifies himself as a pragmatist, capitalist and a person of faith.  The state elected officials and many of our Congressional Representatives are ‘Blue’.  As relieved and excited as I am, it is important that we avoid the seduction of hubris and over-confidence that can easily lead to apathy. The election results revealed another characteristic of the Colorado public: the majority of the voters are resistant to any tax increases.  Perhaps the long list of requests for money on the ballot was visually overwhelming. Let us re-examine the fiscal needs of our growing state with a realistic and generous perspective.  It would be helpful if state representatives would look at ways to provide more than adequate...


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Blog: News Update – November 1, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Great Expectations for November 7th Imagine waking up on November 7th and the promise of change is confirmed.  All people will be encouraged to vote and systemic voter suppression will be abolished. Elected officials committed to health care for all will soon be in office. There will be active steps to restore a system of justice for all.  The tone of lies, hate and disdain will no longer be accepted.  Violence will be replaced with compassion and care.  Immigrants will be welcomed.  Science and facts will be demanded as a primary resource for policy development.  Respect for fact-based journalism will overtake the impact of conspiracy driven, fear mongering distortions that inflame hate and distrust. Keep imagining the ways our country and state can be inclusive, just and peaceful. ...


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Blog: News Update – October 18, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Is it safe to assume that if you are reading this newsletter that you care enough about this country and this state, that you will be voting? This election demands our attention and our vote. We, the American public, have witnessed incredible events in the past year. The disgrace of hearing the president praising tyrants, slamming the press and blatantly ignoring facts in speeches and tweets are just some of the insulting attacks on the integrity of our nation. Seeing immigrant children sleeping in government cages filled us with shame and it is impossible to dismiss or minimize the pain felt by survivors of sexual assault and abuse throughout the Kavanaugh nomination proceedings. Women’s response to being treated with disdain and disrespect is to run for office in...


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Blog: News Update – October 4, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, The President shamelessly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a Rally on Tuesday night.  His behavior and the lack of condemnation from so many elected officials and community leaders shakes my confidence in the core character of this countries leaders and citizenry and the effectiveness of its once trusted systems. Though painful, let us acknowledge the positive power of this moment.  During the 1980’s the dynamics of the Women’s Movement created fertile soil for the #metoo movement.  Prior to 1970, there were no rape crisis centers or service organizations that advocated for, or attended rape victims.  Laws changed so that marital rape was considered a crime and rape victims did not have to have a witness to the crime in order to have a legitimate case. Yet, the all...


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Blog: News Update – September 20, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, (content warning: sexual violence, assault) It has been a tough week for advocates for equality and freedom as we have watched the Kavanaugh nomination and confirmation process. In a time of great reflection on issues of consent and power, it is disheartening to many of us who were inspired by the successes of the #metoo movement to watch history repeat itself as another Supreme Court Justice is accused of sexual assault. While many are rallying support behind Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of her allegations, she has also been subject to harassment, death threats, and a slandering of her character. Yet again, we are reminded of the power of people of privilege and the inability of many to empathize with victims or hold perpetrators accountable for...


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Blog: News Update – September 6, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, Racism, sexism and classism are so well integrated in the American fabric that it is difficult to identify where one ‘ism’ ends and the other begins.  When projecting the fallout of a post-Roe era, the harm and negative impact will most clearly be felt by low-income women, women of color and those living in rural areas.  We know this because this group of women suffers most now when each restriction on abortion and health care access is imposed. Abortion restrictions have enormous consequences on the health of women and have negatively impacted maternal health and infant mortality.   The tragic outcome of Texas defunding and closing 82 family planning clinics in 2011 is an increase in deaths of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.  The death rate doubled. Maternal Mortality...


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Blog: News Update – August 23, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC, A Case of Accountability Delayed: By now you are aware of the explosive news that occurred on Tuesday: Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud and the President’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen plead guilty to breaking campaign finance laws under the direction of Mr. Trump.   At this time the President and his team are referring to Manafort as ‘a good man’ and claim that Cohen is a liar.  Everyone is talking about this except the President’s Party.  It is our job to make sure that silence is not acceptable. Transparency and accountability are two sides of the same coin.  Each depends on the other to achieve truth and establish trust.  We are being bombarded by truths that can...


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Annual Report July 2017 to June 2018

Annual Report July, 2017 to June, 2018 Introduction This has been a long year.  The 24-hour news cycle continues to be exhausting and exacerbating.  CORCRC has vigorously supported its mission and objectives and persistently resisted ongoing threats to many traditional American values we hold dear.  As you read the annual report, please note recurring fundamental themes of our projects and activities: to retain and strengthen reproductive health, rights and justice and to fortify the separation of church and state. Click here to read the full report


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