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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Mayor Michael Hancock is leading the charge to pay reparations for slavery to Black people across the country.

Hancock is co-leading the new Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity group with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. They, alongside nine other mayors from cities across the U.S., have pledged to pay restitution to a small group of Black residents in each of their respective locations.

The ultimate goal is to “move from conversation to action” by demonstrating to the federal government what a nationwide reparations program could look like.

So how exactly will it work? Well, Hancock and Garcetti aren’t quite sure yet. When probed about how much it would cost, who would be paying for it, and how recipients would be selected, the mayors couldn’t provide details. They plan to create an advisory board of local Black-led organizations in each city to help shape the program and determine funding.
[AP; Axios Denver]

👙 Get your pool time in today while it’s still sunny and hot, because the rest of the week is looking (blissfully) wet and cool 😌

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚨 What we know about the Arvada shooting
Around 1:15 p.m. Monday, Arvada police officers responded to a report of a “suspicious incident” in Olde Town Arvada, followed shortly by numerous 911 calls about shots fired. Three people were killed including veteran Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley, bystander John Hurley (40), and the suspected shooter. Follow @ArvadaPolice on Twitter for updates in this active investigation. [CO Politics]
👉 What you can do: Donate to Gordon Beesley’s family through the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation. The Arvada police department advises against donating to unauthorized GoFundMe campaigns.


💰 “Dark Money” group pumps money into three ballot initiatives
Defend Colorado is a political advocacy group that backs certain ballot initiatives through massive anonymous donations (aka dark money). Their most recent pledges are influencing three hot-button local issues: requiring Safe Outdoor Spaces for people experiencing homelessness; lowering and capping the city sales tax rate; and repealing Denver’s new group living zoning code. Defend Colorado gave each of the ballot sponsors $80,000-$90,000 in support. [Westword]

👏 MSU honored for prioritizing student health, hunger needs
The state’s Department of Higher Education has awarded Metropolitan State University of Denver a “Hunger Free and Healthy Minds” designation to honor its commitment to ending hunger and addressing mental health among its students. To earn the title, schools must offer student resources such as mental health programs and food pantries. [Denver Post]

🧘 Grüvi: You can have fun and be alcohol-free
Grüvi, a new non-alcoholic pop-up bar on South Pearl Street, hopes to cater to Denver’s craft brew crowd and its health-conscious community, allowing them to meet somewhere in the middle through tasty, thoughtfully brewed, craft beer, wine, and cocktails — all with no alcohol. The taproom will host a series of alcohol-free events this summer, including live music and morning yoga. [The Know]
👉 What you can do: Check out the menu and stay up to date on Grüvi events here.

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

How to Redistribute Wealth Without Being a White Savior
16 mins
Resource Generation is a national nonprofit helping young people with access to extreme wealth redistribute that money to people who need it. Today, Neal Feldman and Raisa Slutsky-Moore talk to us about their work in the nonprofit’s Colorado chapter and how they view wealth inequality in Denver. 

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: Strawberry Supermoon
Catch the final supermoon of the year! The moon will appear in full tonight and hit its official peak Thursday night.

+ FRIDAY: National Food Truck Day
It’s National Food Truck Day! So find your favorites and make a whole day of it. Don’t forget to check out who’s parked downtown at Civic Center EATS for lunch.

+ FRIDAY: Five Points Neighborhood Memory Project
History Colorado is partnering with Five Points community members and the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center for an immersive memory project narrating life in one of Denver’s most historic neighborhoods. The exhibit will run through November.

+ SATURDAY: Out There Art Fest
Celebrate local artists at the Globeville Riverfront Art Center’s “Out There Art Fest,” featuring open studios, gallery shows, live demos, food, music, and more.

🏀🍺 MADE IN DENVER

Credit: @weldwerksbrewing on Instagram

I’d like to know what Nikola Jokic thinks is cooler: being the first player in Denver Nuggets history to be named NBA MVP, or having a local brewery name a beer in his honor. Greeley’s WeldWerks Brewing Co. will release the Sombor Shuffle IPA this Friday to mark Jokic’s historic Nuggets milestone. The Sombor Shuffle will be a limited-edition rebranding of WeldWerks fan-favorite Juicy Bits New England IPA, with the name being a reference to Jokic’s signature court move. Nab your can at the WeldWerks taproom or at select local liquor stores. [The Know]

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