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General Description:


Raíces Brewing Co, Denver Councilwoman Jamie Torres District 3 and panelists join forces to provide information, bring consciousness and reform on topics about racism.


Racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Also, racism is promoted is a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles, and a political or social system founded on racism. It may also mean prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against other people because they are of a different race, ethnicity, or skin tone.


Racism has been a social sickness, learned, encouraged and embedded in our social economy system, institutionalized, to empower lighter color skin over darker colored skins humans. It is based in prejudice, affirmation of supremacies and power.


We feel it is our responsibility to stay active on this issue, provide information, understanding and tools for the general public to overcome and eradicate racism, bring awareness of biases based in skin color, address structural racism and advance racial equity.


We have divided the series into 5 sections. We understand the need of discussing topics to different audiences and elevate the dialogue, narratives and identities. Within the discussions we examine racism and its historic and present-day impact, we provide information on effective protest and activism, on how to be anti-racist, nuances of racism, human rights and policy.


The free series will be provided on-site from July 21st – August 18th at Raíces Brewing Co. (2060 W. Colfax Ave. Denver CO 80204) from 5:30 pm- 8:00 p.m. By state mandate, only 50 guests are currently allowed inside the taproom. To attend, you must register at for the specific days.  Notice there are specifics on ages and languages depending on the section provided (refer to descriptions below). Everyone can also access the discussions virtually through Raíces Brewing Company’s FB Live.




1. Colorism in the Latino Community. July 21st, 2020

Languages: Bilingual (English & Spanish)

Focused on Latinos, Latinas, Latinx community members


  • Michael Acuña

  • Olga Gonzales

  • Lorena Gaibor

  • Cecilia Hem Lee

Moderator: María Sepúlveda​


2. Youth: Activism & Change. July 28th, 2020

Languages: English

Focused on Ages: 16- 25

6:00-6:30 pm: Testimony from youth leaders: Mateo Vela & Jhoni Palmer

6:30 -7:30 pm: Panelists:

  • Jenny Santos, Servicios de la Raza & La Raza Youth Leadership

  • Solicia López, Student Voice & Leadership, DPS

  • Jordan García, American Friends Services Committee

  • Magnolia Landa-Posas, Student Voice & Leadership, DPS

Moderator: Councilwomen Jamie Torres​


3. Anti-Racism for White and White-passing community. August 4th, 2020

Language: English

Focused on residents that want to learn and engage in anti-racism movement. You may be a White ally or new to the conversation, we welcome you to join in.

  • Jenn Piper, AFSC

  • Panel in Development


4. Racismo para Hispano Hablantes. August 11st, 2020

Language: Español

Enfocado en personas de Habla Hispana

  • Celesté Martinez, Celestial Alegria, LLC

  • Cecilia Hem Lee

  • Dr. Juan Garcia Oyervides


5. Movimiento por la Justicia: Know your rights. August 18th, 2020

Languages: Bilingual

            Open to 16 years old and up to learn about Human Rights and Policy

  • Jessica Howard, ACLU

  • Nita Gonzales

  • Dr. April Alexander-TBD

  • Sky Morris-TBD


Moderator: María Sepúlveda​


Participants will:

  • have the opportunity to acquire information from panelists, leaders of the community, experts and discussions itself on the topic

  • build a clear understanding of key concepts such as racism, colorism, racial equity and structural racism

  • learn how to identify self-biases, prejudice, institutionalized structures that maintain racism

  • learn to talk about race constructively

  • gain tools and practices for counteracting racial bias in their community and how to get involved as an ally or person of color

  • identify opportunities and next steps for applying concepts and strategies to advance racial equity


COVID-19 Guidelines

  • On Site: Registration is required since space is limited to 50 spaces by order of the State.

  • Virtual Access: The event can be seen through FB Live, questions can be posted on the comments online.

  • Mask required by all attendees. Masks will be available for sale at the event for your convenience.

  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Guests must be seated by 6 pm and are expected to stay for the program till 8 pm.

  • Guests will check-in and wait to be seated. Table preference will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Guests will wait to be served at the tables at all times. No bar services.

  • Tables will be placed 8 feet apart and marked. Guests are not allowed to move tables from marked spaces.

  • Groups are not allowed to commingle with other groups.

  • Sanitation stations will be available.

  • Bathrooms: Floors are marked 6ft apart at Raíces’ hall toward the bathrooms. One person or family at a time is allowed in the restrooms.

  • After the event, production will be calling tables by numbers so people can leave in order, providing time for people to go to exit premises without coming in close contact with other groups.

  • Guests will be called out by table number if rules and guidelines are not being followed. We reserve the right to serve and to remove people from their tables if rules are not followed.

  • No dogs, pets or animals allowed.


Contact Raíces at

Virtual Access will be through Raices Brewing Co FB Live.

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