Monthly Archives: March 2014

Our monthly meeting of the Second Tuesday is coming up next Tuesday, April 8th at 7 PM at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. Won't you please join us!

 AIDS/HIV in the Communities of Color

 We don’t hear much about AIDS and HIV in communities of color, or talk much about them either. Yet they are growing problems that deserve open and honest dialogues to give our communities information that is very much needed and address the resistance to dealing with it. The April discussion will be an opportunity to get your questions answered and understand the basics of this health challenge.

Our guests who will lead us in dialogue will be Ms. Penny DeNoble, Mr. Brent Dysart and Dr. Carroll Watkins Ali.

Penny DeNoble is the Founder and Director of the community-based organization The Issue of Blood Outreach and Consulting Services. Its purpose is to bring awareness, education and information to the communities at large about prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and unplanned pregnancies. She sits on the Board of the Greater Denver Interfaith Initiative, volunteers for the Denver-Colorado AIDS Project, Positive Women’s Network-Colorado, and is a member of the Mayor’s HIV Resources Planning Council.

Brent Dysart has been president of Rocky Mountain CARES, the second largest AIDS service organization in the Denver area. He was appointed the HIV Resources Planning Council in 2008 by then Mayor John Hickenlooper, and served as a board member of the Boulder County AIDS project in 2011. Both Mr. Dysart and Ms. DeNoble have been living with and advocating for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Carroll Watkins Ali received her Ph. D. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology.  She is the author of Survival and Liberation: Pastoral Theology in African American Context.  Dr. Watkins Ali is currently the Executive Director of the Greater Denver Interfaith Initiative and founder/CEO of Watkins Ali & Associates, a marketing, management development, training and technical assistance firm.  In addition to lecturing and teaching throughout the country, Dr. Watkins Ali also devotes part time to a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy.


Dear friends of Facing History and Ourselves,

I hope you will consider joining the Denver office of Facing History and Ourselves for this special simulcast in Denver, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It promises to be a thought provoking time together.

Warm regards,

Kathryn White


Live simulcast in Denver from Harvard University, Cambridge MA

April 11, 2014

9:30am – 2:45pm MDT

Denver, CO

Regis University, Peter Claver Hall – Room 307

Join the Denver/Rocky Mountain States office of Facing History and Ourselves and Regis University for a live simulcast of selected sessions from the Day of Learning: Confronting Evil in Individuals and Societies*

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"The Sugar Babies"

Sunday, March 30

2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

The Mercury Cafe

2199 California St.

$5 suggested donation


Two out of every three spoonsful of sugar consumed in the United States was produced by the Fanjul Group, which is the majority shareholder of Domino Sugar.  Much of that sugar comes from the Dominican Republic where the Fanjul family is a major shareholder in the sugar business, and the sugarcane field workers are all Haitian.

This documentary film examines the conditions of the sugarcane workers and their families, and the circumstances can only be considered modern day slavery.  Composed of gripping field testimonies and hidden camera footage obtained during 18 months of documentation, the film also features interviews with Haiti's (former) Ambassador to the United States, the U.S. Delegate to the Office of Human Trafficking, and representatives of Human Rights Watch and other advocacy, religious and legal groups.  The plight of the children of sugarcane workers is especially disturbing.

Narrated by Edwidge Danticat, the award-winning Haitian writer.  Directed by Amy Serrano.    99 minutes.

Co-sponsored by the Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean and the Service Learning Center of Regis University.  For information, contact (303) 329-5881.