Labor Group Joining Colorado Blogosphere

In Colorado, non-profit organizations and labor groups are jumping on the blogging bandwagon.

For those who don’t know, the “blogosphere” refers to the wide array of blogs on-line and their connections with each other. But while the sphere has long been a magnet for opinions and partisan politics in the state, activist groups are starting to use it for a different purpose. The most recent blog falling under the category is called “Colorado Jobs With Justice,” written by Colorado Jobs With Justice, a coalition of unions and community groups.  The site was started in late August.

Other organizations that may not be so friendly to the idea of unions, like the Colorado Civil Justice League, a corporate lobbying group, or the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, do not have blogs.

Another new blog the has sprung up this year is penned by Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, an activist group connected to the American Friends Service Committee, a quaker organization dealing with social justice issues. The blog started operating in May.

On the other side, the more conservative local immigration group Defend Colorado Now has a Web site, but no blog.

Adding to the sphere, and one of the first advocacy groups to start a serious blog tackling all aspects of corrections news in the state, is “Think Outside the Cage” written by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and started in January. Alternatively, private prison companies and the state’s Department of Corrections do not have blogs dealing with happenings in Colorado.

With such groups joining the sphere, is it only a matter of time before opposing groups do so on the local level?

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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