Grassroots Organizations in Denver
Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) is a multi-issue grassroots organization of adults and students of color working for racial justice, immigration rights, and educational equity. PJU is an important organization that was a leading advocate for the Colorado ASSET legislation for in-state tuition for undocumented students.
Together Colorado is a faith based community organization comprised of more than 150 local communities across Colorado. They advocate for several issues including extensive immigration reform. They have several values of immigration including access to higher education, a pathway to citizenship, worker programs, and respect of immigrants’ humanity.
United Leaders in Higher Education (ULHE) started in March 2017 by undocumented college students who met at a conference. They then decided to form a coalition to unify undocumented college students in Colorado for the purpose of building community, power, and support.
Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network (RMIAN) provides pro bono legal representation as well as many informational sessions and various methods of support for immigrants. Though they started as a grassroots organization of immigration lawyers who joined together to volunteer against immigration injustices in Colorado, they now seem to be a more funded, established organization with corporate partners.
Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) is not a grassroots organization, but it does significant and valuable work toward decreasing the college attainment gap in Denver. They have wide impact and many resources that make them an important part of this issue in Denver.
Additional Grassroots Organizations in the US
United We Dream is the largest youth-led immigration network in the US focused on empowerment and advocacy work led by youth across the nation. One main aspect of their work is a fight for education equity to ensure that immigrant and undocumented students have full access to all educational resources.
Juntos is a Latinx, community-led immigration organization in South Philadelphia fighting for human rights since it started as a volunteer project in 2002. In 2011, Fuerza, a youth immigrant committee of Juntos, was formed to focus on education reform, access, and organizing.
Caucus of Working Educators is a group of educators including teachers and countless other school workers who joined together in Philadelphia to collectively address a number of important issues. Their efforts toward immigration justice and education access for all are prominent, especially in their recent protests against the Trump administration’s repeal of DACA.
Students for Equal Rights is a student club at East Los Angeles College founded in 2006 run by and for undocumented students at the college. They focus on community-building, support, and activism for equal rights to education at the college.