Dear BIPOC community and attendees of Psychedelic Science, you are invited to join a special BIPOC Welcome Brunch on June 20th from 12:00 to 2:30 PM at Mimosas, 10 blocks north from the Convention Center in Five Points, the Historic Cultural District of Denver.

Let’s all mix and mingle on the outdoor patio at Mimosas reserved for our group. Enjoy a delicious brunch while connecting with other people of color gathered for Psychedelic Science (PS23).

Guests must please RSVP as space is limited to 30 guests. There is $10 suggested ticket donation which reserves your seat and confirms your attendance. You can also RSVP directly to the Melanie via email and she will confirm your RSVP. All ticket proceeds will go to support BIPOC Psychedelic, a newly formed community org. The intention is to welcome BIPOC PS23 attendees, bring folks to Five Points, also known as the Harlem of the West and support a local black-owned restaurant with our gathering.

After brunch on Tuesday 6/20 for those that are interested, we will go on a short walking tour around Five Points Plaza, walk by the historic Rossonian hotel and view other building cornerstones marking the vibrant history of the neighborhood.

If we exceed 30 people who RSVP, we will implement a guest list. We plan on offering an additional event(s) during PS23 possibly another breakfast Thursday, 6/22 from 8-9:30 AM. Stay tuned!

About the area: Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, also known as the “Harlem of the West,” is a historically significant area renowned for its rich African-American culture and jazz heritage. Located northeast of downtown Denver, Five Points gained prominence during the 1930s-60s as a vibrant hub for jazz musicians, drawing prominent artists like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Today, Five Points continues to evolve as a dynamic neighborhood with a diverse mix of residents, a thriving arts scene, trendy restaurants, and a strong sense of community.

Please note: This gathering is a BIPOC-centered event to serve the global majority communities. Our intention is to offer a safe space for connection and conversation within our mycelium network across the country and the world. BIPOC is an American acronym that stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. While the term is meant to be inclusive, we acknowledge it is imperfect and imprecise. We welcome all people within communities of color to this social event.

About your host: Melanie Rose Rodgers, your local Denverite and Five Points resident

For nearly a decade, Melanie Rose Rodgers has been on the frontline of cannabis and psychedelic advocacy in Colorado. She is a Filipina, Denver-based community organizer and founder of Influential X, a company dedicated to education, advocacy and social responsibility. Instrumental in passing city and state laws to expand access to medical cannabis and decriminalize psilocybin and entheogenic plants in Denver, Washington DC and Colorado, she’s a community leader with a record for increasing civic engagement and amplifying the voices and needs of marginalized and underrepresented communities. Melanie serves justice-impacted individuals as the co-Founder of Expunge Colorado, through education and access to pro bono record sealing legal services. Motivated and passionate about co-creating a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and welcoming environment locally and beyond, Melanie is co-creating, BIPOC Psychedelic, a new community organization rooted in the heart of Five Points Denver.

For additional information and to RSVP, please email Melanie at Follow BIPOC Psychedelic on Instagram at @bipocpsychedelic to stay tuned for future events and happenings