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Week Of Special Interest 05/08/19
 
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By La Voz Staff
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05/08/2019

Stamp Out Hunger

With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.

Thursday May 9, from 10 a.m. through 10:30 a.m., Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will lead the Food Drive Kick off at Metro Caring food Bank, 1100 E. 18th Ave., in Denver. Other speakers will include: Denver Postmaster Lora McLucas, Metro Caring Food Bank CEO Teva Sienicki, and Jeff Frey, National Association of Letter Carriers, CO State Food Drive Coordinator.

Denver teachers are cost-burdened

A new study from Apartment List -- under embargo until Thursday, 5/9 -- has revealed that rising housing costs have disproportionately impacted teachers across the country.

As home prices and rents continue to rise, salaries for one of our most important professions have not kept pace in many parts of the country, creating a growing housing affordability crisis that has forced many teachers into financial hardship. This could have a tremendous impact on the future of the U.S. education system and highlights the disparities between teachers and those in non-teaching professions that have achieved similar levels of education.

Our study found:

In the Denver metro, 23.4 percent of primary-earner teachers are burdened by their housing costs.

The teacher cost burden rate in the Denver metro is 28.5 percent higher than the rate for households where the primary earner is a non-teacher with a college degree.

The median income of teachers in the Denver metro is 33.3 percent less than the median income of full-time workers with Bachelor’s degrees employed in non-teaching professions.

Our Government

White House


Presidential message about Ramadan: I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad. At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. Throughout this month, we all have an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been given and to work toward greater fellowship with one another. Together, in the spirit of Ramadan, we can achieve a more harmonious and respectful society.

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis released the following statement on the end of the General Assembly’s 2019 legislative session: “Congratulations to the 72nd General Assembly on a successful legislative session. Due to the hard work, dedication, and collaborative effort by lawmakers, we are delivering real results — most of them bipartisan — for our state and enacting the agenda that Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for six months ago. This fall, Colorado families will have access to free, full-day kindergarten, we are lowering the cost of health care, and making significant progress on many other issues that will improve our Colorado way of life.”

Denver Mayor

The City and County of Denver and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment are thrilled to announce a tentative agreement that will fortify an already strong commitment to Denver and to sports fans across the state. The City Attorney’s office will present a proposal to City Council, which will keep our beloved Nuggets and Avalanche in Denver through 2040. The tentative agreement will also need approval from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL).

 

 

 

 

 
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