colorado | Not in Our Town


Mourners write messages to the victims on the 12 respective crosses that line the street across from the crime scene. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images In the midst of shock and mourning over the recent tragedy, the Aurora, Colo. community proves to be a site of immense strength. 
A professional writer and educator in Fort Collins, CO, Ellissa J. Tivona, Ph.D., is also a member of the local Fort Collins Not In Our Town Alliance. In a recent contribution to, Tivona shares her thoughts being part of a community that stands together as one in times of need.  I've made a decision. On Sept. 11, 2012, instead of dredging up nightmare images of 9/11, I intend to remember where I was this year.
Kelly Whalen, Producer of NIOT Gwen Araujo story, reflects on transgender victims of hate crime and the law EDITOR’S UPDATE: After deliberating for two hours, on April 23, 2009, a Weld County jury found Allen Ray Andrade guilty of first-degree murder and a bias-motivated crime in the killing of Angie Zapata. The trial was Colorado’s first successful hate crime prosecution involving a transgender victim. Andrade was sentenced to life in prison without parole, the mandatory penalty in Colorado for first-degree murder.  Below is a video of the statement by Zapata’s family: .