The Disrupters

From politics to art to business, meet 15 people challenging Denver’s status quo.

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Listening to—and Empowering Denver’s Unheard Kids

How Project VOYCE is giving hope, confidence and skills to area teens who never realized how strong they can be.

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Redlining Returns To Denver, but With a Neoliberal Twist

The last great surge in highway-based urban renewal projects displaced residents and divided communities. Now an attempt to correct those mistakes might only compound them.

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Nonprofit Unicorns: Realities that Make Executive Directors of Color Mythical

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Denver has come into its own in recent years, earning a reputation as a hotbed for tech, arts, dining, craft beer, entrepreneurship and an engaged millennial population.

Just as DU has helped to shape Denver over the past 150 years, the University has a strong influence on the city’s latest incarnation. Here are five alumni helping to push the city
forward socially, economically and culturally.

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‘Commercialization won out’: will legal marijuana be the next big tobacco?

As the legal pot movement steams ahead, opponents argue the cannabis industry may be little better than cigarette companies in their pursuit of profit


Spurred by gentrification, a community activist seeks to displace Albus Brooks from his council seat

Candi CdeBaca expects to be a part of a coalition of candidates with a different approach to growth and development in the 2019 municipal elections.


The Marijuana Industry’s War on the Poor

Denver’s booming pot industry may be trendy, but it’s giving poorer neighborhoods a headache.

Candi CdeBaca is Breaking Down Barriers in D9

In the midst of an historic race, the public is listening to marginalized voices like never before, and Candi CdeBaca is one of the voices that is rising to the top. Born and raised in District 9, CdeBaca is aiming for a chair on Denver’s City Council, and if she wins, she would be the first ever LGBTQ woman of color to do so.

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The 100 Most Influential Urbanists

The results are in, and Planetizen readers have chosen the "Most Influential Urbanists" of all time.

And, yes, we mean all time. Names on the list date back as far as 498 BCE, but there's also no shortage of contemporary thinkers, activists, planners, and designers in the final list of 100.


Battling Gentrification: Preservation Can Target Communities As Well As Buildings

As Denver undergoes an unprecedented amount of growth and development, its urban neighborhoods are rapidly changing.


Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado

A backlash is growing in a state where marijuana has quickly become a $1 billion legal business.

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Hands up, don’t shoot: The high stakes of modern day activism for youth of color

Proven Results: Candi CdeBaca For Denver’s District 9

The political momentum in Denver’s municipal elections has attracted some very noted candidates hoping to renew the city’s political course in creating a venue of open and equal opportunities for all of Denver’s residents.

A native daughter of northeast Denver, Candi CdeBaca has taken the spotlight as a viable candidate in Denver’s District 9 City Council race.

“I’ve been fighting for the people of District 9 my whole life,” states Candi.


Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

DENVER — Each morning Yadira Sanchez and her three children awaken to the roar of traffic and the plumes of exhaust that spill from the highway that cuts through their neighborhood.

Now, Ms. Sanchez and her family are confronting a plan to triple the width of this state’s main east-west artery, sending tens of thousands more cars by their door.

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North Denver refinery spews tons of cyanide gas

Suncor Energy’s oil refinery is spewing 8.5 tons a year of invisible hydrogen cyanide gas over low-income north Denver neighborhoods, state records show. The emission level was revealed as the company sought to use a legal loophole to avoid disclosure.


That Time Jay-Z Hooked Up Dozens of Project VOYCE Students With Free Tickets


15 Latinas that are transforming the United States


Young Turks, The Damage Report-City Council Candidate Candi CdeBaca Talks Community Activism , April 27, 2019

Community #PaintTheCityPink Ballot Party at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center

Democratic Party of Denver, House District 8 April 2019 Meeting & Denver District 9 Candidate Forum

Ballots Dropped Today! Facebook Live Announcement

Smash the Patriarchy Fundraiser Thank YOU!

Progressive Democrats of America Forum

Report From the Front Lines: What's Happening on the Campaign Trail? 30 Minutes with Dr. Lisa Calderon, Tony Pigford and Candi CdeBaca

Univision Noticias: 15 Latinas que están transformando Estados Unidos: Candi CdeBaca

Denver Democratic Re-Org 2019

Blizzard canvass #2: the time I got mild frostbite!

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Turning in our sufficient petitions to Denver Elections

Brother Jeff’s: Highways, Ditches, Democracy, 30 Minutes with Candi CdeBaca

Women’s March on Colorado 2018: CdeBaca speaks on the feminine

CityWork Xpo: Big Ideas for Better Places Podcast, May 2018: Candi CdeBaca on Trusting and Empowering our Young People

15th Annual Front Range Eco-Social Solutions: A Bioneers Network Event

15th Annual Front Range Eco-Social Solutions: A Bioneers Network Event- Part 2

Campaign Kickoff Event

City Council Campaign Announcement via Facebook Live, December 2017

Brown Genius Podcast, April 2017: CdeBaca on “Create your own reality”

Brother Jeff’s: Education, Politics, Economics, Ditch the Ditch and more with Candi CdeBaca

Brother Jeff’s: Mayor, City Council, Nick Dawkins, Manual. 30 minutes with Candi CdeBaca

Denverite: Published on Jul 6, 2017, CdeBaca addresses the community at CDOT open house

Channel 7 News: Politics Unplugged with Anne Trujillo, Residents fighting plans to sink I-70 through the middle of their neighborhoods

Artplace America Summit 2017: CdeBaca on Creative Placemaking

Ink! Coffee Protest, November 2017: CdeBaca (on 00:37:00)

Life on Capitol Hill Newspaper: Why all of Denver should be upset: CdeBaca on I-70 lawsuits

I-70 FEIS Public Comment: CdeBaca on Neighborhood Impact

Artplace America, Project VOYCE & Warm Cookies of the Revolution: This Machine Has a Soul: Participatory Budgeting in District 9

Ditch the Ditch Public Service Announcement

Denver Press Club: Panel on Widening I-70

A Demand for Human Dignity: Candi CdeBaca speaks on homelessness

Chinook Fund & I: Candi CdeBaca on being a Project VOYCE grantee

Project VOYCE: Co-Founded and led by Candi CdeBaca

2009 Center for Progressive Leadership: Candi on her experience with public education

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