Happy Holidays from CREEC!

Dear Friends: The past year has brought many “firsts” for the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center — including our first year-end letter.   We finally (finally!) became a tax-exempt non-profit organization after receiving our 501(c)(3) letter in August.  Yahoo!   That means <ahem> that you can donate to us and <drumroll> deduct it on next year’s taxes! We’ve continued our energetic outreach to all parts of the community, including “know your rights” presentations to varying civil rights, religious, and disability organizations.   We started sponsoring booths at conventions like the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado and the DeafNation Expo and are now hosting monthly Civil Rights Happy Hours in Denver.  Nothing brings a bunch of law nerds together like a few drinks and a plate of mac and cheese spring rolls (yes, that’s a real thing)! This year, we added several CREECsters to the team – a kick-butt staff attorney, Sarah Morris; and two amazing new paralegals, Sophie Breene and Marissa McGarry.  We were very psyched to have extern Casey Shea with us for a semester during her victory tour of civil rights organizations.  And cutest of all (no offense to our human staff), Holly the Golden Retriever joined our office dog contingent. We conquered our introvert tendencies and hosted a successful fundraising event, complete with live fiddling and speeches — and of course good food and drink. If that makes it sound like we’ve just been drinking and schmoozing all year, think again.  We got the ball rolling on our investigation and testing program -– one of the reasons we decided to go non-profit in the first place —...

Belated and more complete photo array from the CREEC Inaugural Event

Can’t believe it’s already been a month since CREEC’s gala Inaugural Event!  Sophie blogged about it the week after, but since then, it’s been one durn* thing after another, so I haven’t gotten to post a more extended set of photos. We were very lucky to have a donation-in-kind from Mary Lou Mobley of Foothills Fine Photography, so the photos are genuinely awesome.  What’s more, they involve many of my favorite people so I’ve really enjoyed seeing them.  If you like any of the photos of yourself or one of your loved ones — or some random person who Mary Lou has rendered in photographic awesomeness — you can order prints from Foothills Fine Photography’s SmugMug site.                                                                                                         Thanks to everyone who came and those who contributed but couldn’t make it.  One of my favorite things about CREEC is that it gives us the excuse to hang out with all these amazing people.  Can’t wait til next year! ******** * Hey, it’s the CREECblog, not ThoughtSnax, so I’m trying to keep the swearing to a minimum. ** Yes, at some point soon we’ll have a more formal...

A Pat on the Back

Last night, CREECster Sarah Morris was recognized at the Faculty of Federal Advocates’s annual awards event for her service to the U.S. District Court’s Civil Pro Bono Panel. Go, Sarah! CREEC also received a fancy certificate for pro bono work as well. Hooray for certificates and pats on the back!   pro bono...

What the Heck is “Giving Tuesday”?

If you skipped Black Friday and passed on Cyber Monday, it’s not too late to get in on the festive action! Today is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside for giving back. Whether that means donating to a favorite charity or pledging to volunteer time with a meaningful organization, Giving Tuesday is all about thinking outside the sales department and getting into the real spirit of the season. On Giving Tuesday this year, we would like to ask you to consider donating to your friendly neighborhood civil rights non-profit. CREEC is devoted to ensuring that everyone – regardless of race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity – can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life. We’re committed to researching, investigating, litigating, and advocating issues related to accessibility and discrimination in areas like housing, healthcare, education, and transportation. Donations to CREEC will help fund the new and exciting civil rights projects we’ve launched this past year. Just a few of the projects we’re jazzed about include working with cities across the U.S. to improve curb cuts on city streets, meeting with various universities to add captions to online videos so deaf and hard-of-hearing students can learn as effectively as their hearing counterparts, and investigating ADA accessibility issues in Colorado and Federal prisons. In addition to these projects, we’re also launching an extensive testing initiative that will help us determine where we need to be advocating and litigating, as well as who we should be pestering! Every donation dollar will go towards funding these new endeavors as well as helping pave the way for success in...
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