Honoring the Call of Freedom

I happened to find a photo from the Denver Post Archives of three smiling Vietnamese refugees at work at the Aspen Meadows kitchen: Si Quoc Ngo, Vinh Cam Hua, and Cung Lien Me. In 1978 my mother, Ann Amabile, decided to help with the refugee crisis created by the war in Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, 130,000 Vietnamese fled their homeland by boat or foot and landed in …

Positive Politics and Ice Cream

In the Trump era, there is a lot to complain about. But complaining isn’t action. What can we do to advance positive change right now? Our campaign has organized an exciting conversation on how we can all make an impact. Please join me and a panel of progressive Colorado change makers on Monday evening, July 8th in North Boulder Park (north side of the shelter). The conversation will be led by Dave …

Why I Fight for LGBTQ Equality

The end of Pride Month got me thinking about my Uncle Billy. He was so much fun to be with. On Sundays he made brunch and we gathered around the table singing Irish ballads and reciting poetry. Billy was gay. Being gay was illegal then. One night he was arrested for sodomy. After that he was fired from his job as a social worker. It upended his life, but it …

Criminal Justice Reform – Recent Progress & Bigger Goals

Criminal justice reform was a dominant theme of the 2019 legislative session as lawmakers approved a slew of bills to reduce prison overcrowding and help former inmates reintegrate into society by removing barriers to employment. Many of these reforms, such as ending cash bail for petty offenses, were bipartisan—underscoring the emerging consensus in Colorado that those who have paid their debt to society deserve a second chance. Here’s a roundup …