AARP Colorado

Angela Cortez



Angela Cortez joined AARP as Associate State Director, Communications in 2010. Angela is a Colorado native, who has an extensive background in journalism. She has been on the editorial boards of both The Denver Post, as an editorial and commentary writer, and The Desert Sun newspaper in Southern California, where she served as the editorial page editor. Angela specializes in legislative and judicial systems, as well as social services. She was one of a group of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for the breaking news coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. Additionally, Angela has worked on political campaigns and in public relations and marketing, providing outreach to diverse communities. At AARP Colorado, Angela garnered significant media for the state in the areas of utilities, the Protect Seniors campaign and Drive to End Hunger. She also acted as a regional liaison for the “Tell our Story” project, working with colleagues in seven other states, and in 2012, she served as Interim State Director in Idaho.

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AARP Advocacy and El Comité Volunteer Recognized

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP Colorado volunteer Irene Martinez Jordan is being honored in Miami by Hispanicize, a national recognition of Americans of Hispanic descent who have made great strides in their fields to improve the lives of other Latinos. The Positive Impact Awards were created in honor of the late Louis Pagan, co-founder of Hispanicize and well-known social media entrepreneur. Pagan was widely known for his kindness and commitment to giving the community a voice through his vast social media networks. In the same …

AARP Colorado: Keep Public Transportation Service Affordable

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP is part of a broad coalition working to insure the new RTD bus and rail rate structure is affordable for the Denver region’s low-income population, which is disproportionately Latino and African American and are strong public transit users. The RTD staff has put forward a proposed rate structure for community feedback and RTD board approval in May of this year. The new rates would go into effect in 2016 when a number of new fastrack light rail lines open. There are a …

AARP Sponsors El Movimiento

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

In the 1960s and 1970s, Colorado was at the forefront of El Movimiento, the fight to end discrimination and promote civil rights for Chicanos. The Chicano movement in Colorado was a hard-fought struggle to gain social and political power through education. Some believe it is still being fought to this day. A turbulent time, but an era of great growth, Colorado played a critical role in the activism that shaped this movement and a generation. AARP Colorado is sponsoring a History …

Cesar Chavez: Giant Slayer

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

AARP Colorado recognizes the contributions of the late Cesar Chavez with its sponsorship of a celebration and parade in his memory to be held March 28, 2015. The march will commence at Regis University at 10 a.m. and end in celebration at Cesar Chavez Park on West 41st Avenue at Tennyson Street in Denver. Call Roberto Rey at 303-318-6763, for more information, and please take a moment to read the article below by one of AARP Colorado’s many talented volunteers. …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indispensable

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma,” are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/5/2015 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice,” often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …