It’s Our Economy – Colorado Chapter

Contact: Roya Brown at

Mission Statement:

The current political, economic, cultural, and social structures in place do not provide for the needs of humans and the planet in ways that are adequate, sustainable, just and equitable. While it is our responsibility to confront these injustices, we must also build alternatives that mirror our values, and our aspirations for a future and just society. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people to create systems based on social good that are viable, sustainable and beneficial to our communities and to bring many organizations, collectives, community growers and individuals working toward these sustainable local economies together.


Defend Our Homes- Stop  Foreclosure Fraud

We continue to bear witness to the predatory and fraudulent actions of the financial and mortgage industries and stand arm in arm with those individuals and communities victimized by them. we need to reverse the disastrous trend of foreclosures, evictions and sinking housing values.

No one is immune! This crisis is driven by bad business practices on the part of mortgage servicing companies. The company that forecloses does not own the loan. The foreclosure crisis and recession were caused by  supposed “financial experts” devising and selling mortgages that were destined to fail.

Through education, sharing of resources, legislative changes, community outreach, and direct actions, we seek to keep people in their homes, support our communities, and work for an economy that benefits all people.


It’s Our Economy Colorado Chapter Presents “Connect Colorado”.  Connect Colorado is a space for the growing of the alternative systems community. This is a monthly fair/ bazaar where people just like you come to connect and meet with other like-minded people to create a true economic freedom through building a new collaborative system. Each event will feature Alternative Economy Products/ Services, a Keynote Speaker, Entertainment; and Food.  Since May 12is Mother’s Day, we will be celebrating the Mother Earth. Please invite your Mom to this wonderful event. 

This fair/ bazaar will be held at the Thomas W. Bean Tower building (135 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205,between Cleveland, Washington St and 20th. Park on Washington Street across from Safeway, but please walk through the main entrance on the Park Avenue West)

P. S. If you or your friends are offering alternative /local products or services, please contact (royanyan@gmail.comto have a table at our event.  


Please mark your calendar for May 22, 6 to 9 pmthe Social Forum Collective presents “Building Prison Industrial Complex with help of the New Jim Crow” at the Mercury Cafe (2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205.) In this interactive teach-in, we will have a lively discussion with our panel of experts. Below is a short bio of our facilitators:

Theo Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full time actor in St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where he was introduced to Slam Poetry, and has never looked back. In 2004, he returned to Denver, winning many local slams against Denver’s top competitors.  In 2009, he had the honor of placing 5th in the world at the International World Poetry Slam. He teaches and lectures on poetry with the Art-From-Ashes nonprofit poetry therapy organization, and is a proud resident of Denver, Colorado. Theo currently works as a community organizer with the Barber Shop Talk collective, as well as other social change and rebirth collaborative.  He has participated as a featured speaker in several TEDx Mile High productions. Theo has opened for performers such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali and Universes. Theo is focused on addressing the New Jim crow from the ground level, dealing with men and women who are currently walking the streets branded as felons and outcasts.  Having resigned from working in a correctional facility in 2005, Theo saw firsthand the injustice of the Justice System from inside the walls.  He credits this experience with spurring him on to do the work of community organizing in “underprivileged” communities, and is himself a survivor of police brutality.  He is happy to engage in this forum.

John M Riley joined the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) Board of Directors in 2007 and served as its president for 2 years. John accepted a position with CCJRC as the Coalition Coordinator in Jan. 2011. He retired as the Director of Special Projects from the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) after 30 years of correctional employment in Ohio and Colorado. John worked in secure facilities, community correction facilities, assessment units, and as a parole counselor. He was the Director of Foxfire Juvenile Boot Camp, Adams Youth Service Center and Platte Valley Youth Service Centers. John is committed to reducing the use of mass incarceration in Colorado. John’s simple goal is to shrink the size of Colorado criminal justice systems and move the savings to treatment, K-12, and college/vocational programming.

Walter Barrett is the owner of Barrett and Associates Private Investigators. He has spent 5 years in the Colorado Public Defenders Office and 36 years as a Private Investigator, mostly preparing Criminal Defense and Plaintiffs Discrimination litigation cases.  He has worked over 100 murder cases including Death Penalty in Colorado and other states.  Owner-Creative of Alternatives to Incarceration, setting up programs to keep people out of prison while giving back to the victims, their families, communities and the offender.  Member of the Steering Committee for PMAAG (Post Michelle Alexander Action Group.) He is also on the Planning Committee for the TCRace Group.  He works with VORP, facilitating Restorative Justice for Juveniles, helping to keep them off the school to jail track.  He is a foot soldier in the Civil, Gay, Women’s Rights, Pro Abortion, Alternatives to The Death Penalty, and Occupy movements.  He speaks in schools, churches, and to community organizations about the Death Penalty, my experiences, Drugs, keeping children from becoming my clients and taking different paths.  He helps with Run 4 organization, working with Homeless and other folks in need of support.  He is also an Urban Farmer and member of the Grow Local Movement, learning and working to assist people in low income neighborhoods grow their own good food, for little money, including working with Returning Citizens who need a natural way back into the world, after being incarcerated.

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April 15: Connection Fair

Please mark your calendar for April 15, 6:30 to 8:30 for attending “Connection Fair”. See the flier for this event here:It’s our Economy – Connect Flyer – April 15th – Food Justice

Connect! Building Foundations for Ethical Alternatives.
Many of us have come to the realization that our current social structure is unsustainable. Very few of us are having our physical, mental, spiritual, or ethical needs met. Since we can not depend on others doing it for us we must build a better world ourselves. Recognizing all the amazing work that is already being done to build sustainable alternatives, Connect events are intended to provide a space for the growing of the alternative systems community. Through building bridges between our efforts we can help each other grow the movement.

Please mark your calendar for April 15, 6:30 to 8:30 to attend Connect.

The focus of our first Connect will be Food Justice.
Where: 135 Park Avenue West, Denver, Colorado 80205. It is located at the Thomas W. Bean Tower building on the Park Avenue West between Cleveland, Washington and 20th. You can park on Washington Street across from Safeway, but please walk through the main entrance on the Park Avenue West.

Connect will be on every 3rd Monday of each month. Every month, in this fair/ bazaar, people just like you come to connect and meet with other like-minded people to create true economic freedom through building a new collaborative system. Although each month we will be highlighting a different focus, we strongly encourage all focusses to attend each month to better get to know the needs and opportunities of our fellow visionaries.

Each event will feature Alternative Economy Products / Services; Entertainment; and Food.

March 27: Social ForumWe will explore the “Energy Future Worth Having’;  “How a City Taking Control of Electricity- Boulder Efforts; and finally ” What Actions We Can Take Now”

Social Forum Collective Presents:

This is how energy should be – abundant, secure, for all, and forever
March 27, 6 to 9 pm at Mercury Cafe (2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205) 
join an expert panel discussing alternative energy and our future options.

Ken Regelson, founder of will present the “Energy Future Worth Having”. In simple, easy-to-understand language, Ken will layout what our big energy problems are, and then how to solve them. We will talk about 4 steps to 100% renewable electricity (or darn close), the electrification of transportation, and we will get the heat we need and want from solar and electricity in an energy future worth having.

Alison Burchell who is the visionary leader of Boulder group will present the “City Taking Control of Electricity- Boulder Efforts.  Our use of electricity is typically the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Colorado is blessed with many times the wind and solar potential it needs to provide abundant low-carbon electricity. Is it possible to greatly reduce the carbon intensity of our electricity while retaining comparable or better rates and reliability? Based on extensive modeling done in the City of Boulder, it appears the answer is “Yes.”  Can Denver do the same?

Ken and Roya will discuss the “Actions We Can Take Now As An Individual and Group to Move Things forward”


March 18: First chapter meeting on March 18 at 6:30 pm in our new very spacious place at 135 Park Avenue West, Denver, Colorado 80205. This is our framework-building meeting and is geared towards those who want to be the heart and soul of building the alternative economy.