Q+A with Angela Cobián

August 8, 2017

Broad of the Month: Angela Cobián

July 31, 2017

Making tamales together at the kitchen table is a Cobián Family Christmas tradition. One Christmas, Cobián’s mother received a call prompting her to leave their tamale making for about 30 minutes. On her return, the family asked where she had been. Cobián’s mother shared that the call was from a mother of one of the children at the preschool where she worked. She was stranded at the Mexican border after leaving her abusive husband. Making the situation more complicated was the woman’s undocumented status. She needed safe shelter for her and her children on New Year’s Eve and turned to Cobián’s mother for help. Cobián has many stories like this about her mother, a woman who clearly had a deep and profound affect on who Cobián has become.

Purposeful Q+A: Angela Cobián, Organizer + School Board Candidate

July 12, 2017

Angela Cobián calls hers “a truly unique Colorado story.” She is from Denver by way of Mexico. Her parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s and, benefitting from President Reagan’s amnesty, they stayed, worked, and built a family. They first lived in Arleta, California, in a three bedroom, one bathroom house. She remembers:

“One day, my dad heard from our next-door neighbor, who was an immigrant from Guatemala, that there were lots of jobs in Colorado because of construction. Our neighbor and my dad went to Colorado in the late ‘90s. They slept out of their found jobs, and came back to California with U-Hauls. I still remember that the U-Haul had just one seat, so it was my Dad, my Mom, my brother, me, and my little sister (who was a baby at the time) on my Mom’s lap.

I remember making the drive from California to Colorado and going through the Eisenhower Tunnel. I looked outside the window and saw snow for the first time. That is my first vivid memory of Colorado! Then, we went to the apartment that my Dad had found in front of a K-Mart. That’s how we started our lives here in Colorado. I started my schooling in Kindergarten and then I chose to go to college in Colorado.”

Denver school board race opens up as Rosemary Rodriguez announces she won’t seek re-election

May 24, 2017

Denver school board member Rosemary Rodriguez said Wednesday that she is not running for re-election, putting her southwest Denver seat up for grabs in what will likely be a contentious school board campaign this fall with control of the board at stake.

Rodriguez told Chalkbeat she is retiring from her job as senior advisor to Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and plans to sell her home and buy a smaller one that belonged to her grandparents.

That home is not in her school board district, District 2, but in the district represented by board member Lisa Flores. With the exception of at-large members, Denver school board members must live in the districts they represent.

“If it weren’t the case, I would still be running,” Rodriguez said.

During her four-year tenure, Rodriguez worked with community groups and others to spotlight student achievement in southwest Denver, leading to new schools and better transportation.