Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?
Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.
Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.
One of them, shiny and scrubbed, shares a hallway and a bathroom with an Englewood Starbucks. Another, in a historic stretch of northwest Denver, has mismatched china and a certain coziness. At the third, on a gritty stretch of East Colfax in Denver, you might see a diner finish a meal and then start cleaning windows.
All three are restaurants, but it's not the food that sets them apart.
It's their ideals.
Thanksgiving comes once a year for most of us, but the holiday's spirit — embrace generosity, give thanks — is the very foundation of each of these restaurants, where all can sit down and eat, even if their wallets are empty.
The three nonprofit restaurants — two opened this year —
depend on the generosity of diners who are willing to pay a little more to cover the bowls of stew and plates of eggs of fellow patrons who can pay only a little or nothing.
"We have found $100 bills in the donation box," said Cathy Matthews, 45, one of the founders of Cafe 180, which opened at the end of July. "One person came in with a box of pennies. It's not the amount that matters."