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Kelly SloanKelly SloanApril 3, 20186min291

The Lincoln Club of Colorado, one of the oldest Republican institutions in the state besides the party itself, turns 100 this year, a milestone recently marked by a gala dinner-and-dance event. The organization sports a remarkable history, beginning with its provenance as a political counterweight to the prevailing ascendancy of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 13, 20173min895

What’s in a name? While some people might hear Stapleton and think of the old Denver airport or the burgeoning Denver neighborhood, others cringe at its origins.

Named after the five-term Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton starting in the 1920s — and member of the Ku Klux Klan who helped position Klan members throughout city government —  some Denverites have in the past unsuccessfully tried to spur a name change. During the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the Klan had its hand in every pocket of state and city government, the Colorado Independent reports.

However, there’s promising movement for proponents of a name change. Signage was recently removed from the shopping center at East 29th Avenue and Quebec Street, though Forest City Stapleton Vice President Tom Gleason, the upscale infill neighborhood’s developer, downplayed any perceived significance, Denverite reports.

Community forums were also set up earlier this week to discuss a name change. They were hosted by Nita Mosby Tyler of the Equity Project, an expert in driving difficult conversations surrounding race and diversity. The meetings will “inform the next steps, but they won’t determine it,” according to Denverite.

The time might be right considering the national atmosphere and focus on removing symbols of our history with origins in racism. However, there are still residents on the other side of the discussion. Even the leaders behind the movement argue there are more important issues to tackle, as Denverite notes:

“Changing the name is more symbolic than substantive,” said Gregory Diggs, a leader in Rename St*pleton. “My personal position is that there’s a lot of more meaningful work that needs to be done on housing and programming and relationships and education than changing the name. But if people don’t want to change the name, how can that more substantive work be done?”

 


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyAugust 16, 20173min616

A day after hundreds took to Denver City Park to decry white supremacy in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., the City Council sent its own message of solidarity, opening its weekly meeting Monday with a statement and moment of silence. Many council members wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts.

Reading from a statement, Council President Albus Brooks said the board vehemently denounces white supremacy and bigotry.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville,” Brooks, who represent District 9 which includes Five Points, Elyria Swansea and lower downtown among other neighborhoods, said. “We also stand with black, brown, women, Jewish and LGBTQ folks in our city of Denver. We believe in inclusivity and equal opportunity for all people. We will fight racism at all costs. And we stand today with the city of Charlottesville.”

Violence erupted Saturday in Charlottesville leaving one woman dead and dozens injured after a car plowed into a crowd gathered in opposition to white nationalists, neo-nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan protesting the removal of a Confederate statue.

In a series of Tweets Sunday evening, Councilman Paul Lopez, District 3, observed:

Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, who represents District 11 encompassing Montbello, Parkfield, Green Valley Ranch, High Point and Denver International Airport, said hate will not be tolerated in a Tweet Sunday.

The City Council joined a long list of Colorado lawmakers and officials denouncing white supremacy and the violence in Charlottesville.