February 18, 2022

Remembering Amache, Honoring the American Story

Dear Friends,

Bob Fuchigami was just 11 when his family was ordered to leave their home with no explanation of their destination. Our Evergreen neighbor and constituent would go on to spend three years unjustifiably imprisoned at the Amache Incarceration Site in Southeast, Colorado.

The internment of Japanese Americans is no doubt one of the darkest scars in our country’s history. Coloradans are no strangers to it, as many more of our neighbors have shared stories about their time in Amache and other prison camps. To that end, I was deeply proud when the Senate PASSED our bipartisan bill with Rep. Buck and Senator Bennet to establish Amache as a National Historic Site. With this designation, many more will learn Bob's story and others like his. May we choose to tell them long into the future and strive to protect our values as a nation.

Listen to more stories from Amache here. 

VISITING WITH OUR FUTURE LEADERS

This week I had the opportunity to visit with 2nd graders at Louisville Elementary. We talked about the Marshall Fire and how it has impacted their community, their ideas on protecting our environment, and I was able to answer many of their insightful questions about public service. Our communities have a bright future with these young leaders!

WITNESSING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

I was also able to participate in the reopening of the South Boulder King Sooper's. Nearly a year after the senseless and devastating attack on our community, it was hopeful to see the resiliency of workers and customers, as they shared how much this location means to them. Grateful for the opportunity to visit with the King Sooper's team members who made it all possible

WHAT ELSE HAVE WE BEEN WORKING ON? 

  • I held a hearing to advance critical legislation that will build a stronger, more reliable power grid for our communities. I stressed the importance of my bill, The Disaster Safe Power Grid Act, which would ensure that power companies do their part to reduce the risks of power blackouts and wildland fires through power system upgrades. View my opening remarks here.
  • We helped secure $20 million to Colorado State University's Forest Restoration Research, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law! These federal dollars will provide needed support to the CSU's critical work and help protect our communities for growing wildfire threats.
  • I was honored to speak with students and local leaders to discuss making democracy accessible here at home. Colorado's leadership in this regard is vital as we work to protect voting rights for every American across the country. Learn more about the Denver Democracy Summit here.