AARP Colorado

Angela Cortez

Biography:

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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Cinco de Mayo Festival

Posted on 05/2/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

AARP Colorado encourages you to check out Pueblo’s 46th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12-7 p.m. at El Pueblo Museum, 301 North Union Ave. in Pueblo. As one of the sponsors of this growing cultural event, AARP Colorado wants you to visit El Pueblo Museum and enjoy two stages of continuous entertainment and cultural awareness. Enjoy two stages of continuous cultural entertainment: Folklorico & Aztec Dancers Mexican Singers Chicano Speakers Thursday, May 5, 2016 EL Pueblo Museum, 301 North Union Ave., …

Students Host ‘Prom’ for Seniors

Posted on 04/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

National Honor Society students at Green Mountain High School hosted a Senior (Citizen) Prom recently at Lakewood Estates Retirement Community. Student volunteers transformed the lobby area of the retirement home into a cheerful Hawaiian atmosphere. Student disc jockey James Grebb played big band, swing and other tunes familiar to the older generation. Residents, students, and guests danced and laughed together. There were several generations present, including an 8-year-old girl who came to spend the evening with her great grandmother, and …

AARP Fights 911 Telecom Bill

Posted on 04/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

Emergency officials, along with AARP and other activists, are opposing a 911 deregulation bill by the telecom industry for being anti-consumer and potentially unsafe. “When you dial 9-1-1, you should be connected to police, fire and paramedics,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado advocacy director. “It sounds simple, but a couple of years ago, Colorado deregulated phone services.” While AARP fought prior deregulation, a 2014 package of bills passed overwhelmingly. Now Senate Bill 16-183 has been introduced by Sens. Mark Scheffel and …

Colorado Secure Savings Needs You

Posted on 04/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Coloradans, especially those who work for small businesses. AARP Colorado is supporting a bill that would increase the number of working Coloradans enrolled in retirement plans by creating a retirement savings strategy through employers who currently do not offer a work-place retirement plan. The purpose of HB 1403, the Colorado Secure Savings Plan, is to help promote greater retirement savings for employees in a convenient, low-cost manner that allows …

Colorado Law Would Encourage Saving

Posted on 03/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

A bill has been introduced in the Colorado Legislature that would help workers save now for a better future. Known as the Colorado Secure Savings Plan, HB 1403, sponsored by Representatives Janet Buckner and Brittney Petterson, would increase the number of working Coloradans enrolled in retirement plans by creating a retirement savings plan through employers who currently do not offer a work-place retirement savings plan. Today a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Coloradans, especially those who work …

Chicana(o) Studies Conference in Denver

Posted on 03/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

AARP Colorado is a sponsor of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies conference in Denver April 6-9 to coincide with the Cesar Chavez celebration. For more details about the conference, visit.   In conjunction with the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies conference, the Cesar Chavez Day celebration will be held April 9. Cesar Chavez was a true leader. As a Latino organizer he was dedicated to the betterment of the lives of migrant farm workers, and his actions inspired …

Read Latinos of Boulder County

Posted on 03/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

The Boulder County Latino History Project, a study sponsored in-part by AARP Colorado, recently released Latinos of Boulder County, Colorado, 1900-1980, a work of nonfiction by Marjorie K. McIntosh. In this two-volume set, McIntosh presents “stories of struggle and the implacable force of dignity in the Chicana and Chicano community in Boulder County,” said Arturo Aldama, Ph.D., a University of Colorado at Boulder Professor. “The singular and collective power of the voices of individuals and families heard in these volumes is profound, …

Exhibit: History of Mexicans in the Southwest

Posted on 03/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

The University of Colorado Boulder is hosting a new exhibit from now through the end of the year. Moments in the History of Mexicans in the Southwest United States is being held in the Norlin Library, underground west wing, on the Boulder campus, 500 Manhattan Dr., Boulder, CO 80303. The exhibit includes the history of Mexican-American communities in the United States and explores racism, discrimination and violence against Mexicans and Chicanos. Various sections delve into history from the Treaty of …

Grand Junction Free Financial Workshop

Posted on 03/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

You want to make the most of your future. That’s why AARP is providing free, unbiased information that will help you make smart financial decisions so you can live independently as you age. Join us for the AARP Free Financial Resilience Seminar on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Grand Junction Goodwill, to learn about saving, planning, and turning your goals and dreams into real possibilities. Register online now or call 1-877-926-8300. Space is limited. Heavy hors d’oeuvers will be served. Free parking …

Take A Stand

Posted on 02/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/acortez/" title="Posts by Angela Cortez" rel="author">Angela Cortez</a> | AARP Colorado |

It’s time to Take A Stand. It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to 25 percent of their benefit per year. Every year our leaders wait and do nothing, finding a solution grows more difficult. The only way to make …