United for a New Economy (UNE) is a base-building, multi-issue, multi-racial 501(c)3 working to ensure Colorado’s economy is reliable for every person. UNE is dedicated to building community power through organizing, community activism, and innovative policy solutions. With a vision of a vibrant and strong community where everyone has a voice, UNE focuses on creating access to economic security including affordable housing, quality employment, and the ability to live free of racism and fear.
Active in the political realm since 2006, UNE has made a significant impact in Colorado. Their work includes advocating for minimum wage increases, redeveloping Cherokee Gates to include community benefits, participating in the Mariposa public housing redevelopment and establishing a wage protection theft program.
In 2016, UNE joined a coalition of nonprofits, labor unions, national partners and affiliates, think tanks, legislators and community members, to pass a measure to increase the minimum wage in Colorado by 2020. Despite the cost of living rising dramatically in recent years, this would be the State’s first wage increase in ten years.
Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) began our partnership with UNE when the organization moved into South Platte Crossing, an office building in Commerce City home to multiple nonprofit organizations and municipal services. Part of ULC’s mission is to preserve nonprofit space to ensure organizations like UNE can maintain their focus on providing invaluable services to the surrounding communities. ULC acquired South Platte Crossing in 2018, recognizing the growing need for affordable office space in the metro region. ULC was thrilled to welcome a nonprofit organization whose mission and vision strongly aligns with our own.
UNE focuses on four main social issues: housing justice, economic justice, immigration justice, and racial justice. UNE believes housing is a human right, realizing that without access to affordable housing, it is impossible for working individuals to live and thrive within their communities.
This is especially prudent in Colorado’s current housing crisis as UNE works towards ensuring everyone has access to housing. UNE also works to support fair and equitable wages, regardless of race or immigration status. UNE joined a coalition of organizations across the country via rapid response strategies to combat forced family deportations. Fighting racial justice issues both internally and externally, UNE staff-undergo training in addition to promoting racial justice through campaigns, research, advocacy to assist communities in combating racial oppression.