Who We Are
Citizens Project is a local grassroots organization dedicated to defending and promoting equality, religious freedom, and respect for diversity – the principles on which our nation was founded. We educate the community through our newsletter Freedom Watch and nonpartisan voter guides, we monitor local government and public schools to ensure that rights and freedoms are upheld, and we mobilize residents to make their voices heard.
Citizens Project spotlights issues in the Pikes Peak region and mobilizes people to strengthen the traditional values of our nation: equal rights, individual freedoms, separation of church and state, civic engagement, and respect for diversity.
We envision a Pikes Peak community that is a vibrant democracy in which equal rights are protected, individual freedoms are secure, differences are respected, and people fully participate in civic and community life.
Citizens Project formed in 1992 to counter the growing influence of extremists in the Pikes Peak region, primarily in public schools. The organization set out to provide a counter-voice to this influence by promoting pluralism, religious liberties and the separation of church and state.
Soon after its inception, Citizens Project took a strong stand against Amendment 2, an anti-gay ballot initiative, and experienced a ground swell of support from those who found a voice in the organization.
Since then, Citizens Project has pursued a two-pronged strategy: on the one hand exposing extremism, while on the other promoting inclusion and respect for diversity. For example, we have worked to expose religious exclusion in public schools and develop a dialogue program to promote understanding among people with differing views.
Today, Citizens Project is a volunteer-driven organization with a small professional staff and over a thousand donors and activists. In this community, which some on the far right have labeled the “Gettysburg of the civil war of values,” we are proud to be advocates of equality, diversity and pluralism.