Colorado News Roundup: Jill Stein reaches out to Sanders’ supporters; 100s of women go topless in discrimination protest (08.29.16)
Here’s what’s going on around Colorado today:
JILL STEIN REACHES OUT TO SANDERS’ SUPPORTERS IN COLORADO
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is reaching out to Bernie Sanders’ supporters in Colorado.
During rally Sunday evening at the University of Colorado in Boulder attended by about 150 people, Stein promised to forgive their student loan debt if she was elected. The Daily Camera reported that she told the crowd that her campaign has been called “Bernie on steroids.”
Stein also spoke about banning fracking and phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear power plants by 2030 and said she wants to shut down the country’s “profiteering weapons industry.”
Stein also campaigned in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Denver over the weekend.
HUNDREDS GO TOPLESS IN DENVER TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY
DENVER — Denver’s central mall on Sunday was crowded with topless people promoting gender equality.
The Denver Post reports that the demonstrators rallied in the Civic Center as part of international Go Topless Day, which suggests women should have the right to go shirtless without being sexualized just like men.
The Denver Go Topless Day gathering was among several staged Sunday in cities around the globe, including New York and Los Angeles.
This is the fourth year Denver has participated in the event. Organizers this year say they were met with greater acceptance and fewer lewd comments.
Denver municipal ordinances allow toplessness as long as participants avoid indecency.
CU BUSINESS SCHOOL SETTLES DISCRIMINATION SUIT FOR $40,000
BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado has paid a formed business school staffer $40,000 to settle a federal gender discrimination complaint.
The Daily Camera reports that former Associate Director of Operations in Executive Education for the Leeds School of Business Robin Miglarese filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saying she resigned because Dean David Ikenberry and other officials created a hostile work environment and discriminated against her for being female and over the age of 40.
As part of the settlement, the university has paid about $7,800 for business school leaders to receive training on “emotional intelligence.”
This is the third gender discrimination complaint filed with the employment commission. One is still pending and another was dismissed in April.
WESTERN COLORADO TOWN BANS SOME HEADSTONES DUE TO VANDALISM
PALISADE, Colo. — The western Colorado town of Palisade has banned headstones at some plots in the municipal cemetery due to concerns about vandalism.
The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction reports that Palisade’s Board of Trustees has made more than 1,000 grave spaces off-limits to standing headstones. Memorials will instead be limited to flat grave markers.
Palisade Public Works Director Frank Watt asked trustees to limit some sections of the Palisade Municipal Cemetery to flat markers only, citing difficulty with maintenance and vandalism with upright headstones.
Local memorial businesses have criticized the decision, saying it takes options away from grieving family members.
— The Associated Press
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