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  • Rise Up 4th of July Rally a True Declaration of Independence
    July 5 at 7:02 a.m. by Israel Quezada

    The Rise Up 4th of July Rally drew hundreds to Manual High School. "On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence liberated the Colonies from Great Britain," organizers announced. "However, only white wealthy men enjoyed that freedom....244…

     
  • Protesters Demand Justice for Vanessa Guillen, Missing Soldier
    July 4 at 8:39 a.m. by Israel Quezada

    Demonstrators were again out in force in downtown Denver on July 3, this time to demand justice for Vanessa Guillén, a twenty-year-old soldier who disappeared on April 22 from the parking lot of her barracks at Ford Hood, Texas; the Army has…

     
  • Thousands Gather to Demand Justice for Elijah McClain
    June 27 at 11:30 p.m. by Michael Emery Hecker

    On June 27, thousands of people gathered in Aurora to protest the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who was stopped by Aurora police officers last August as he walked home from a convenience store. Almost a year later, the case has attracted…

     
  • Kit Carson Removed from Pioneer Monument at Civic Center Park
    June 26 at 3:53 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Denver commissioned "Pioneer Monument," a statue commemorating the state's early days, over a century ago. The piece comprises four main sculptures — the Hunter, the Prospector, the Pioneer Mother and, on top, Kit Carson on horseback. Sculptor…

     
  • Candlelight Vigil for George Floyd in Civic Center Park
    June 10 at 5:35 a.m. by Evan Semon

    On June 9, the day that George Floyd was laid to rest in his home town of Houston, hundreds of mourners crowded into Denver's Civic Center Park for a candlelight vigil in his memory. Denver Public School board member Tay Anderson and Colorado…

     
  • Mayor Michael Hancock Joins March on Day Seven of Protests
    June 4 at 5:13 a.m. by Evan Semon

    On June 3, day seven of the protests in Denver over the death of George Floyd and police brutality, Mayor Michael Hancock joined the gathering. “To all of you who have been here marching in peace, thank you on behalf of Denver,” he told the…

     
  • Day Four of Peaceful Protests Turns Violent at Night
    June 1 at 5:23 a.m. by Evan Semon

    After community members spent the morning cleaning up debris from the previous night's vandalism in central Denver, there was another peaceful protest to demand justice for George Floyd at the Colorado Capitol on Sunday, May 31. And then again, as…

     
  • The Aftermath of Three Days of Protests in Denver
    May 31 at 2:09 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Since demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police began here in Denver on May 28, many city landmarks have been vandalized, including the Denver City and County Building, History Colorado, the Central Denver…

     
  • Curfew, Law Enforcement Clear Out Protesters on Day Three
    May 30 at 10:11 p.m. by Evan Semon

    A third day of protesting in downtown Denver was brought to an early end after Mayor Michael Hancock enacted a curfew to prevent more vandalism and violence. Although many demonstrators had left by 8 p.m., hundreds were still by the State Capitol…

     
  • Noon Rally for George Floyd Stays Peaceful
    May 29 at 4:17 p.m. by Evan Semon

    For the second day in a row, hundreds of protesters gathered to demand justice for George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died at the hands of police. Denver School Board member Tay Anderson led the peaceful assembly from the west steps of the…

     
  • Denver Rally for Justice for George Floyd Turns Into Violent Protest
    May 28 at 9:59 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the State Capitol on May 28 for the Justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Sean Reed & Others rally. But what started out peaceful turned into a protest that stretched through blocks of downtown and…

     
  • Denver's Homeless Ordered to Leave Downtown Streets for Cleanup
    May 8 at 6:05 a.m. by Evan Semon

    On May 7, Denver cleaned up several blocks between 20th and 23rd streets in Five Points. During the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of tents have popped up in the area; citing public-health rules, the city ordered those tents and other belongings…

     
  • Operation Gridlock Says the People Should Decide What's Essential
    April 19 at 5:21 p.m. by Evan Semon

    On Sunday, April 19, Coloradans from around the state gathered at the Capitol to protest Governor Jared Polis's stay-at-home order. Deemed "Operation Gridlock," the demonstration jammed up the streets and filled the west lawn with protesters…

     
  • Toke It to the Limit: Memories of 4/20 at Civic Center Park
    April 18 at 7:08 a.m. by Westword Staff

    After years of unofficial celebrations on April 20 in Civic Center Park, the Denver 420 Rally rolled out in 2008, uniting thousands of supporters in a demonstration designed to bring attention and awareness to the cannabis community. In November…

     
  • Denver Prepares for the Worst at the Colorado Convention Center
    April 15 at 5:55 a.m. by Evan Semon

    With the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, Denver is preparing to use the Colorado Convention Center as a medical facility capable of housing up to 2,000 patients with COVID-19. Though local hospitals have not reached maximum capacity, the city…

     
  • Faith Bible Chapel Hosts "Drive In"  Easter Sunday Service
    April 12 at 12:14 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Recognizing that parishioners might want to gather on Easter Sunday, Jason King, lead pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, decided to hold services in the parking lot, setting it up like a drive-in. Hundreds of cars pulled up in time for the 9…

     
  • Denver Buildings Light Up in Thanks
    April 10 at 8:46 a.m. by Evan Semon

    The City and County Building lit up in red, white and blue on April 8 with an illuminated thank you to health-care workers and first responders that will continue through April. Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen and Denver City…

     
  • Inside the National Western Complex Homeless Shelter
    April 9 at 3:27 p.m. by Westword Staff

    The City of Denver will soon open a large homeless shelter in the Hall of Education at the National Western Complex; it will have room for 600 men. (A women's shelter is in the works.) Mayor Michael Hancock had wanted to set up an auxiliary…

     
  • Stay-at-Home Orders Don't Stop Anti-ICE Activists
    April 1 at 5:23 a.m. by Lauren Antonoff

    In the age of coronavirus and mandated social distancing, political demonstrators have had to get creative. On March 31, members of Abolish ICE Denver, Sanctuary for All Colorado and Never Again Action drove around the State Capitol with signs…

     
  • Denver Public Schools Are Feeding Those in Need
    March 26 at 6:23 p.m. by Lauren Antonoff

    In light of the coronavirus epidemic, Denver Public Schools have had to make considerable changes. Starting on Tuesday, April 7, all students began remote learning, which will last until the end of the 2020 school year. Though campuses are closed…

     

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