2014 Courageous Citizens of Colorado Awards Gala

On Saturday August 9th The Fields Foundation founded b State Representative Rhonda Fields held their annual Courageous Citizens of Colorado Awards Gala at the Governors Mansion in Denver. The community was brought together paying tribute to people who have devoted their time and talent to civic engagement and public safety This years keynote speaker was Sabrina Fulton , the mother of slain Trevon Martin, SDSC04891

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DSC04979ince her sons death she has become a shining example of grace and diplomacy.

This years awardees and respective categories included; Carole O’Shea -Victim Advocacy and practices, Karin Vargas- Faith , Determination & Courage, Coni Sanders- Champion for Victims, and Dr’ Michael J Doberson -Lifetime Achievement Award
Awards were presented by The Honorable Steve Hogan – Mayor of Aurora, Chief Rob Mc Gregor -Aurora Police Department, Stephanie O’Malley, Director of Public Safety, Denver, and Robert C. White, Chief of Police, City of Denver. The day was filled wih emotion, appreciation and gratitude in paying tribute to these committed and dedicated individuals.

A Political Conversation with Representative Fields at Colorado Auto Dealers Association

A Political Conversation on the Economy, Education, Environment, and Health. Special Remarks from Colorado Senate & House Leadership hosted on July 31, 2014. The event was a huges success. Rep, Court facilitated the evening along with a representative panel exploring key accomplishments of the 2014 legislative session. This frank discussion was informative and insightful.
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Cyberbullying Bill Dies At State Capitol

April 9, 2014 9:28 PM

DENVER (CBS4)- A bill to criminalize cyberbullying comes to a sudden halt at the state Capitol after it was killed by its own sponsors.

While everyone agrees cyberbullying is wrong they can’t agree on whether it should be a crime.

“We’ve determined like most issues down here it’s not black and white, it’s complex,” said Sen. John Kefala, a Democrat representing Fort Collins.

The difficulty in combating cyberbullying was plainly apparent in the Senate Judiciary Committee. That’s where sponsors of a measure that would have made cyberbullying a misdemeanor crime in Colorado killed their own bill.

Part of the reason: they were facing mounting opposition from groups like the ACLU and Anti-Defamation League who called the bill “unconstitutional.”

“Sometimes there’s logic to stepping back for a moment and taking a breath,” said Kefala.

“I think it’s an embarrassment and shameful that this body could not address this very important and critical issue as it relates to harassment,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Democrat representing Aurora.

Fields first introduced the bill in the House where it passed with overwhelming support. It was a different story in the Senate where free speech concerns gave lawmakers pause.

“We’re majorly concerned but at the same time we’re majorly concerned that we don’t overreact and over-criminalize,” said Sen. Lucia Guzman, a Democrat representing Denver.

“I feel constitutional arguments related to free speech are a red herring on this bill,” said Colorado District Attorneys Council spokesman Tom Raynes.

Raynes said no one has the right to speech that inflicts pain and damage even if it’s just a one-time post.

“The analogy I use is not sticking a picture on one locker but thousands of lockers all over the city at one time,” said Raynes.

Opponents said they want more study.

“Study what? What’s there to study?” said Fields.

She said while lawmakers study, cyberbullies continue to torment.

The Senate sponsors of the legislation say they will now introduce a bill that calls for a study of how cyberbullying should be dealt with in the criminal justice system.

5280′s 50 Most Powerful People in Denver

37. RHONDA FIELDS

Colorado State Representative (37)

This Aurora mom was motivated to run for office in 2010 after her son, Javad Fields, was murdered and she began advocating at the Capitol for victims and their families. Once elected, Rhonda Fields quickly became a politician to watch. She weathered vile personal attacks after voting for gun-reform bills last year and remains the most vocal pro–capital punishment voice in the state (a perpetual political topic, thanks to number two).

Adult Education & Skill Development

Colorado ranks 41st in the nation on the measure of state resources allocated for adult for adult education and literacy per adult education and literacy per adult without a high school degree or GED, averaging $8.70 per person.  We are not doing enough in terms of the resources we provide for adult education and ensuring that those resources are accessible to everyone. Only 14,298 individuals, roughly one out of every 25 eligible adults in Colorado are enrolled in the programs that would provide them the basic literacy skills and training needed to participate more productively in the state’s workforce.   This is a “root cause” of many of our state’s education and workforce problems, including the middle-skills gap. To be competitive economically, Colorado must invest in adult education and reach more of the eligible adult population so that workers can enter and succeed in industry recognized credentialing programs.

I will sponsor bold goal to increase the number of people served in adult basic education programs by 50 percent by 2014. The overall goal would be to move Colorado closer to the national average in providing funding for this program and to increase the number of people served. I will recommend that department that comprise the workforce development system should adopt common goals and should adopt common goals and redesign adult basic education programs to focus on moving students more quickly and successfully toward postsecondary certificate and degree completion.

Poverty Reduction

Colorado’s economy is improving. But not for all, and not fast enough. Unemployment remains unacceptably high. Income inequality is growing, And poverty rates continue to climb.

The state’s unemployment rate has been headed in the right direction for the past year. As of April, it had reached a four-year low of 6.9 percent. Still, that was well above the 4.1 percent unemployment rate the state experienced when the recession began in late 2007.  Jobs are returning and state tax revenues are rebounding. Still, significant barriers to a full economic  recovery remain as low-income Coloradoan continues to struggle to achieve self-sufficiency.

During this upcoming session, I will work to advance policy to promote self-sufficiency. There are key areas where we can enact change to unleash the potential of all Coloradans and provide greater opportunities for Colorado’s families to advance toward economic independence and security.  Here’s are a few on my initial thoughts:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Adult Education & Skills Training: Proving the skill to Compete
  • Child Care Support: Lifting Parents and Kids out of Poverty
  • Aging out of foster care