Councilwoman Coming To Longmont on Sept. 22

Film poster for Councilwoman with photos of Carmen Castillo

We are showing Councilwoman at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center! It is an inspiring new documentary about a Dominican-American hotel housekeeper who runs for city council in Providence, Rhode Island. The film will be followed with a panel and audience discussion about civic engagement and getting more women in leadership.

Do you know a woman who should take her next steps in leadership? Bring her with you!

Co-presented with the League of Women Voters of Boulder County and the Longmont Museum.

Sunday, September 22, 3 pm
$5 general admission, $3 students/seniors, free for museum members. Tickets here.

(Seguido en Español – Sinopsis de la película)

Film synopsis: Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, grandmothers, union members and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

Total Running Time: 56:53 – Spanish/English with English subtitles

Sinopsis de la película: los políticos no suelen ser camareras de hotel, abuelas, miembros del sindicato e inmigrantes que trabajan a tiempo completo en el sector del trabajo. Pero Carmen Castillo cambia eso cuando gana un asiento en el Concejo Municipal en Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo es una concejala Dominicana que mantiene su trabajo de limpieza de habitaciones de hotel, mientras asume su nuevo papel en la política. Se enfrenta a escépticos que dicen que no tiene la educación para gobernar, el poder de los intereses corporativos que se oponen a su lucha por un salario de $15 por hora en la ciudad y una reelección difícil contra dos contendientes: todo esto a la vez que se equilibran los desafíos de administrar un trabajo a tiempo completo limpiando habitaciones de hotel y una relación personal. Es un viaje tras bambalinas de la política después de la victoria.

Tiempo total del documental: 56:53 – en español / inglés con subtítulos en inglés

50 Phenomenal Women Coming To A Ballot Near You

Group photo at #RunAsYouAre Denver training
Photo credit: Alisa May Geiser

Colorado 50-50 was thrilled that 50 women attended the #RunAsYouAre2019 training in Denver on May 18, 2019. We partnered again with Vote Run Lead – and this year we were one of 20 locations offering the training on the same day.

It was a powerful full-day campaign training. The women learned that they are qualified to run for office and explored how their life experiences will make them effective elected officials. They learned how to kickstart their campaigns with concrete actions that will make them successful on the campaign trail. They also had time to connect and network with other Colorado women who were on the same path.

“I appreciated that the event brought together women from both sides of the political world with a common goal to inspire and empower more women to run,” said participant Tara Eveland. “It isn’t often in today’s political climate that we come together to support and uplift one another.” 

Another participant, Princess Mack, said she welcomed “the space to run for a political position being authentically yourself.”

You can see more wonderful photos taken at the event by Alisa May Geiser in this online gallery.

Also, we were happy that MSNBC did a broader feature story, “Black Women Candidates Could Shake Up The 2020 Election,” and interviewed some of our participants.

We want to express our appreciation to those who generously donated to make #RunAsYouAre2019 possible. The donors who supported the training, including scholarships and stipends, are the Soeurs de Coeur Fund and the Geri Brown Memorial Fund, both of which are donor-advised funds held at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Run As You Are – Denver campaign training on May 18

Colorado 50-50 is partnering again with Vote Run Lead to bring the Run As You Are training to Colorado. The full-day campaign training for women will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the WeWork location in downtown Denver.

This year’s training is especially exciting because it is part of Vote Run Lead’s National Day of Training being held in 18 cities around the country. As the United States’s largest and most diverse national women’s training organization, Vote Run Lead is uniquely positioned to train women to run as they are.

Joining the Denver team are State Senator Faith Winter, State Representative Dominique Jackson and Community Organizer Erin Hottenstein.

Are you wondering if you should attend? Yes – if you have ever been curious about running for office. Yes – if you know you are going to run in 2019, 2020, or the next five years. Yes – if you are volunteering for a woman candidate and you want to know more about campaigns. Yes – if you would like to learn campaign nuts and bolts and then find a woman candidate to help.

#RunAsYouAre2019 will not only be inspiring and uplifting, but chock-full of practical information and steps you can take to run a successful campaign. You will also spend the day with a room full of incredible and dynamic women.

The cost to enroll is only $25 and can be done online here: http://bit.ly/VRLRAYA2019

Scholarships, along with travel and childcare stipends are available. We want you to attend! Just email info@colorado5050.org.

Lastly, don’t forget to bring a friend! Sign up now – we’re going to have a blast!

75 People Attended the Colorado Premiere of Councilwoman

Group photo at event

About 75 people attended the April 30 Colorado premiere of Councilwoman, a new documentary about a Dominican-American hotel housekeeper who runs for office in Providence, Rhode Island. After watching the film, the audience participated in both small- and large-group discussions.

Please join Colorado 50-50 in thanking our co-sponsors: the League of Women Voters of Larimer County, Fuerza Latina, Alianza NORCO, CSU Women and Gender Collaborative, CSU Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, and Foothills Unitarian Church. Also, many thanks to our volunteers who made the event possible.

Did you miss it? Colorado 50-50 hopes to show the documentary again later. Until then, you can see the trailer here: https://www.councilwomanfilm.com/

Colorado Springs Information Session

Learn more about our May 18 Run As You Are training! We’ll be holding a casual information session in Colorado Springs on Friday, April 26. We’ll be gathering at 12 PM at the Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N Tejon St. Come a few minutes early if you want to grab yourself some lunch.

Colorado 50-50 and VoteRunLead are partnering to bring Run As You Are to Denver. It is a daylong workshop for women who want to run for office and support other women who want to run. VoteRunLead’s signature “How to Run for Office” trainings will be in 18+ cities across the country, led by VoteRunLead’s national certified trainers.

Join us to learn more about the training. Feel free to bring anyone you think may be interested in such a great opportunity! We hope to see you there!

Colorado Premiere of Councilwoman on April 30

(Seguido en Español)

Join Colorado 50-50, the League of Women Voters of Larimer County, Fuerza Latina, Alianza NORCO, CSU Women and Gender Collaborative, CSU Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, and Foothills Unitarian Church at the Colorado premiere of Councilwoman. This exciting new documentary will inspire you! The film will be followed by a discussion.

The film will show April 30th at 7pm at Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado.

Tickets: $5/adult and $3/student available here

Childcare available. RSVP by Sunday, April 28 required. Please email SallyHarris@Colorado5050.org to RSVP.

View the trailer: https://www.councilwomanfilm.com/

More information is available about the film at:

Facebook: @CouncilwomanDoc Twitter: @CouncilwomanDoc Instagram: @CouncilwomanFilm

Total Running Time: 56:53 – Spanish/English with English subtitles

Film synopsis: Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, grandmothers, union members and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

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Únase a Colorado 50-50, la Liga de Mujeres Votantes del Condado de Larimer, Fuerza Latina, Alianza NORCO, CSU Women and Gender Collaborative, CSU Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, y Foothills Unitarian en el estreno de “La Concejala” de Colorado. ¡Este emocionante nuevo documental te inspirará! La película será seguida por una discusión.

La película se mostrará el 30 de abril a las 7 pm en Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado.

Entradas: $ 5 / adulto y $ 3 / estudiante, disponibles aquí

Cuidado de niños disponible. Se requiere confirmación de asistencia antes del domingo 28 de abril. Envíe un correo electrónico a SallyHarris@Colorado5050.org para RSVP.

Ver el trailer: https://www.councilwomanfilm.com/

Más información está disponible sobre la película en:

Facebook: @CouncilwomanDoc Twitter: @CouncilwomanDoc Instagram: @CouncilwomanFilm

Tiempo total del documental: 56:53 – en español / inglés con subtítulos en inglés

Sinopsis de la película: los políticos no suelen ser camareras de hotel, abuelas, miembros del sindicato e inmigrantes que trabajan a tiempo completo en el sector del trabajo. Pero Carmen Castillo cambia eso cuando gana un asiento en el Concejo Municipal en Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo es una concejala Dominicana que mantiene su trabajo de limpieza de habitaciones de hotel, mientras asume su nuevo papel en la política. Se enfrenta a escépticos que dicen que no tiene la educación para gobernar, el poder de los intereses corporativos que se oponen a su lucha por un salario de $15 por hora en la ciudad y una reelección difícil contra dos contendientes: todo esto a la vez que se equilibran los desafíos de administrar un trabajo a tiempo completo limpiando habitaciones de hotel y una relación personal. Es un viaje tras bambalinas de la política después de la victoria.

Spring Social in Denver is one week away

Please join us for a casual networking event with women elected officials and candidates. Our special guests include former Speaker of the Colorado House and current Congressional candidate Crisanta Duran, State Representative Yadira Caraveo, current U.S. Senate candidate Lorena Garcia, current U.S. Senate candidate Danielle Kombo, and State Senator Julie Gonzales.

The event is free! You buy your own brew. Donations supporting the work of Colorado 50-50 will be gladly accepted. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 28, 6-8 PM, at Lady Justice Brewing, 3845 Lipan St., in Denver.

To RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/371918456873033/

To RSVP by email: info@colorado5050.org

See you next week!

Greeley Winning With Women

Colorado 50-50 was happy to present our third Winning With Women – this time in Greeley on November 29, 2018. It was a great turnout with about 50 attendees, plus our fabulous panelists. Stacy Suniga (Greeley City Council), Carly Koppes (Weld Clerk and Recorder) and Rochelle Galindo (formerly on Greeley City Council and recently elected State Representative) shared their journeys. We were grateful to hear their stories and advice about getting on a path to leadership.

We also want to thank our sponsors: the University of Northern Colorado Political Science & International Affairs Department and the Gender Studies Program; Electing Women PAC; and the League of Women Voters Greeley-Weld.

Winning With Women Panelists Announced

Winning With Women will be happening at UNC in Greeley on Thursday, November 29, at 6 PM.

Colorado 50-50 is happy to announce the panelists for our upcoming event!

  • Stacy Suniga, Greeley City Council
  • Carly Koppes, Weld County Clerk & Recorder
  • Rochelle Galindo, State Representative-Elect

We invite you to join us on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the University Center at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Doors open at 6 PM.

There will be information from our sponsors Electing Women, League of Women Voters, and the University of Northern Colorado Political Science Department. We will also provide handouts and maps about local offices, boards, and commissions.

The panel will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by an intentional networking session. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and donations are being accepted, so we encourage you to register and donate here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/colorado-5050-13445338125

Run As You Are

Run As You Are Training

Women from all over Colorado – from Colorado Springs to LaPorte and Aurora to Boulder – came together on March 3, 2018, for a full day of workshops designed to get more women running for office. The Run As You Are training was put on by Colorado 50-50 and VoteRunLead. The morning kicked off with lead trainer Faith Winter, who started her political career on the Westminster City Council and then became a state legislator. She was joined by Dominique Jackson and Dafna Michaelson Jenet, also state representatives. The lunch panel brought even more insights and anecdotes from women politicians, including State Representative Joann Ginal, Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey, and Greeley City Councillor Rochelle Galindo. From practicing stump speeches to starting a 90-day challenge, participants walked away with practical information, new connections and a newfound energy. To see a photo album from the day, visit us on Facebook.

Colorado 50-50 and VoteRunLead greatly appreciate the time and expertise shared by the trainers and panelists. We would also like to thank our sponsors and donors whose contributions made the training possible: Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Judi Wagner, Pemberly Woods, King Soopers, and Kathy Yates. And, here’s a big shout-out to our volunteers!

The last thing participants did was sign a pledge that included these words: “We are the leaders we have been waiting for.”