Andrew Fraieli

Andrew Fraieli

Andrew Fraieli is a freelance journalist and editor-in-chief of the Homeless Voice, covering housing and homelessness, and other systemic social issues.

Undisciplined: Rogue cops still licensed to work despite government reforms

By: and - October 19, 2023

This story comes to Colorado Newsline from COLab. By Susan Greene, Colorado News Collaborative, and Andrew Fraieli, The Sentinel in Aurora. A Denver Police officer bragged to coworkers that he shot a carjacking suspect once in the head to kill him, then at least 16 times more to see his “face fall apart.” They told […]

Douglas County library board rejects calls to ban four LGBTQ-themed books

By: - August 24, 2023

Months of public comment at meetings of the Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees culminated Wednesday in the denial of four book appeals that all targeted LGBTQ books. Since April, a handful of county residents had demanded the books’ removal, calling them “obscene” and part of a plan to “indoctrinate children.” But most of the […]

More LGBTQ book removals demanded in Douglas County, but most residents at meeting resist

By: - June 29, 2023

The safety of “children’s innocence” from what some residents insist are “pornographic” and “sexually explicit” books — all LGBTQ themed — was the topic of public comment in the Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday. It was the third month in a row residents voiced such concerns at the board’s meetings. A minority […]

Residents resist censorship of LGBTQ books in Douglas County libraries

By: - June 1, 2023

Some of the more than 60 residents at a Douglas County libraries meeting Wednesday called certain LGBTQ books in local libraries obscene and pornographic and demanded that they be removed from public view. It was the second meeting in a row where they made such a demand. But this sentiment was challenged almost 2-to-1 by […]

Deadly animals and cartel members: Migrants in Denver describe their journey

By: - May 23, 2023

The Darién Gap is a 60-mile-wide no-man’s-land of dense, mountainous jungle that swallows the border of Panama and Colombia. There is no road, only a muddy path rife with hundreds of thousands of migrants, and cartel members charging a fee to cross it. The Gap is a common route for migrants trying to reach the […]

‘Drag queen’ children’s book draws objections during Douglas County library board meeting

By: - April 27, 2023

A short and bright children’s picture book sparked unusually high turnout at a Douglas County Libraries board meeting Wednesday where some attendees called the book “pornographic,” “nefarious” and “poison,” while others, in equal numbers, found no issues at all. The book itself was not the sole topic of the public comment during the meeting, which […]

Protesters gather in downtown Denver to denounce ‘oppression’ after Roe overturned

By: - June 25, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the almost 50-year standing of the constitutional right to get an abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to almost total bans in nearly half of states. On Friday evening, people flocked to the Colorado Capitol in downtown Denver to protest. “It’s our time […]

Denver council members walk out on homelessness speakers marking camping ban’s 10-year anniversary

By: - May 10, 2022

Unhoused people and housing advocates attended Denver City Council’s public comment on Monday and pushed it over by more than an hour, with the entire Council except one member leaving while people continued to speak. The speakers were organized by Housekeys Action Network Denver to bring attention to this week’s 10-year anniversary of the passing […]

Aurora camping ban estimated to cost $2 million a year

By: - May 3, 2022

The Aurora City Council reviewed the costs and implementation of its recently enacted urban camping ban in a study session on Monday. Multiple Council members pointed out that the ordinance is not capable of being enforced currently because certain provisions are not being met, specifically the lack of storage policy for the belongings of residents […]

Aurora officials had their say on the city’s camping ban. What do the unhoused think?

By: - April 27, 2022

“You show me a homeless person, and I’ll show you a person who’s faced with circumstances beyond their control.” This is according to John Alexander, a man who’s been experiencing homelessness in the Denver metropolitan area for 20 years, and who had no idea Aurora recently passed an urban camping ban. Following in the footsteps […]