What you can do to fight back this week (September 25)

This weekend, Cory Gardner blew it.

On Friday, a story in the New York Times revealed the truth about the latest Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who is the leader of GOP Senate campaign efforts in 2018, reportedly told fellow Republicans the real reason they must repeal health care reform:

“Donors are furious,” one person knowledgeable about the private meeting quoted Mr. Gardner as saying. “We haven’t kept our promise.” [1]

Then yesterday, Sen. Gardner appeared on Face the Nation and claimed that the latest push to pass the “Graham-Cassidy” repeal bill “has nothing to do with donors.” [2]

One of these statements from Cory Gardner is a lie. And either way, when Gardner tells local reporters he is “undecided” on the latest horrible health reform repeal bill, he’s not telling the truth. Gardner has voted for every version of repeal he has had to chance to vote on. The only thing that everyone can agree with now is that no one can trust Cory Gardner.

Cory Gardner can’t get away with this. Priority #1 this week: call Gardner at (202) 224-5941. Tell Gardner that his contradictory statements to local and national media about the Affordable Care Act will not save him, and won’t save Republicans Gardner is charged with re-electing next year. It’s time for Cory Gardner to understand that the people of Colorado are not buying the lies. We know Gardner is not being honest with us. We’re tired of his excuses. And we will hold Gardner and conservatives at every level of government accountable—they don’t get to strip health care from millions of people to appease their donors.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of September 25th:


Cassidy/Graham Field Hearing & Debate Watch Party

This Monday CNN is hosting a town hall debate with Senators Bernie Sanders (VT) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) challenging Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy’s (LA) radical bill that would eliminate Obamacare’s subsidies and Medicaid expansion, replacing them with state-run block grants. Coverage of pre-existing conditions would no longer be guaranteed. Also on Monday the Senate Finance Committee will have hearings on Cassidy/Graham, so we’re holding our own field hearings with public health experts, patients, and physicians before and after the debate. Carbon is generously offering happy hour rates for food and drinks for attendees!

Where: Carbon Cafe & Bar, 1553 Platte Street, Denver
When: Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm

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Climate Policy: Putting a price on carbon emissions, Fort Lewis

We have two national experts confirmed to make presentations then sit in a panel format to discuss emissions trading and carbon tax policy mechanisms. Yoram Bauman will be our expert to discuss carbon tax. Yoram was one of the architects of the State of Washington’s carbon tax ballot initiative last November, the first state to attempt this. Patrick Cummins, with the Center for a New Energy Economy in Fort Collins will be our emissions trading expert. Patrick is leading the center’s efforts with 11 western states to be in compliance with the Clean Power Plan, an emissions trading program. Do plan to attend this one and watch for an op-ed piece about it in the Herald a few days before this.

Where: Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall Rm 130, Durango
When: Monday, September 25 at 7:00pm

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Westminster City Council Meeting/Conversion Therapy Proclamation

At this meeting, Westminster City Council will make history as the first city in Colorado to make a proclamation opposing conversion therapy. Please join us in a show of support and appreciation for this proclamation!

Where: City of Westminster, Colorado, 4800 W 92nd Ave, Westminster
When: Monday, September 25 at 7:30pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Senator Gardner Walk-in Day

On Tuesday, Sept 26th, we’re calling for people to flood Cory Gardner’s offices around the state (again) to register their objections to the Cassidy-Graham repeal bill in person. Despite McCain coming out against the bill, we cannot assume it is dead until October 1st (when they can no longer use the current reconciliation bill to pass repeal with a simple majority).

Where: Sen. Cory Gardner’s offices across Colorado
When: Tuesday, September 26 all day

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National Voter Registration Day – Denver

Join the Denver Elections Division for National Voter Registration Day at Civic Center EATS Tuesday, September 26 from 11am-2pm. We will be unveiling our new Mobile Voter Service & Polling Center and you will have a chance to vote on its name! We will also be offering full voter registration services.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 26 at 11:00am

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Tell Chase: Stop Funding Climate Disaster & Human Rights Abuses!

On Sept. 26, the CEO for JPMorgan Chase – Jamie Dimon – is coming to Denver. Please join us for an action to “Tell Chase: Stop Funding Climate Disaster and Human Rights Abuses!” As you may know, JPMorgan Chase is the top Wall Street bank for funding fossil fuels, including tar sands oil, fracking, and related mega-infrastructure projects. They are part of all the loans and corporate financing for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, Enbridge Line 3, Transcanada’s KXL & Energy East, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and they are financing fracking here in Colorado.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 26 at 11:00am

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Save Medicaid

Indivisible CO7 invites you to attend an important presentation on Health Care—and Medicaid—for All! Come away with a grasp of the big health care picture. Become equipped with the tools to be a truly effective health care advocate. Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, will share her expertise on Medicaid, Medicare and the future of health care for everyone. A longtime activist in the disability community, Julie has extensive experience with the health care systems that enable people with disabilities to literally stay alive. She is also deeply knowledgeable about how to impact state and federal legislative processes that create or destroy better health care in the USA.Medicaid is more than health insurance for the disabled and people in poverty. It is a complex system that can be a strong model for national health care.

Where: Standley Lake Public Library, 8485 Kipling Street, Arvada
When: Tuesday, September 26 at 5:45pm

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Colorado Springs’ Women’s Lobby of Colorado Scorecard Townhall

Please join the Women’s Lobby of Colorado to learn about what we do and our annual scorecard, which includes every state legislator’s votes on legsilation important to women and families. We will be inviting local legislators as well!

Where: The Gallery Below, 718-B North Weber Street, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00pm

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6AM Vigil on Morning of Graham-Cassidy Vote

Senator Cory Gardner knows the majority of his constituents are against ending Medicaid, tax subsidies, and the protections that so many Coloradans with pre-existing conditions rely on for affordable health coverage. Passing the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill would take away billions of health care dollars from Colorado and cause 468,000 more uninsured as a result. On the last ACA repeal attempt, Senator Cory Gardner voted yes on a bill he knew would have similarly devastating effects for Colorado.

Where: 721 19th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30am

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Big Thompson Watershed Coalition Project Tour

Come learn more about how the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition and partners have been working to improve key sections of the Big Thompson River! The Project Tour will include travel on a coach bus to multiple projects along the river in the Big Thompson Watershed. Participants will learn from guest speakers at each stop about key features of each project and how each project helps to improve the river corridor over the long-term. Planned potential stops include: Namaqua Park, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Jasper Lake at Narrows Park, Viestenz-Smith Park, the North Fork at Drake near the River Forks Inn, and the US Forest Service Fishing Pier near Waltonia. The tour will start and end at Namaqua Park in Loveland, CO.

Where: Namaqua Park, 730 N Namaqua Ave, Loveland
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 8:30am

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Free DACA Renewal Clinic – Boulder

The Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your DACA within the next thirty days. We cannot emphasize enough how much time is of the essence here. These renewals will be free and completely confidential. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does require that each DACA applicant pay $495 to renew their DACA; if you can bring a check or money order with you for that amount, please do so. If you do NOT have the $495 for the renewal fee, there is a possibility that we will have some funds available to cover the amount, but it is not guaranteed.

Where: University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 10:00am

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Erie Anadarko Forum: Fight the Frack!

All hands on deck: Concerned citizens, please show up at this meeting to provide Anadarko with some appropriate feedback regarding its imminent plans to frack our community.

Where: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St, Erie
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 5:00pm

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Catalyst Series for Social Justice: White Fragility

White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment that builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. Dr. DiAngelo terms this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and re-imagine more equitable and just cross-racial norms and practices.

Where: Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado Transit Meeting

We are meeting about RTD’s recent cuts to services and the actions we need to take to combat them. We will also be disscussing the next steps to the Income Based Bus Pass Program.

Where: 9to5 Colorado, 1634 Downing St, Unit A, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00pm

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Backpack Full of Cash film screening

Come see this award-winning, un-released film at its Denver premiere! Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Important for all those that value both public education and democracy, the film will be folllowed by discussion and information on what you can do to keep public education strong and intact.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wendesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

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Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, Sepember 28 at 7:00pm

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SURJ Colorado Springs Community Workshop 1: Race Relations

Building community one concept at a time, come to this event and contribute to a unique learning experience in developing a common understanding of hot button issues with diverse community members in the Colorado Springs area! This event is structured to remain civil while exploring heated topics through multiple cultural, economical and social lenses. Starting with a film screening of I’m Not Your Negro this workshop will explore historical issues in the African-American community. Refreshments will be provided, this event will be family friendly.

Where: Pikes Peak Library District, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, September 28 at 5:00pm

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Fort Collins Women’s Lobby of Colorado Scorecard Townhall

Women’s Lobby of Colorado is taking our scorecard on the road! We would love to have you join us at this intimate event to discuss the scorecard and our priorities for the next legislative session in Colorado! We will also have special guests Representatives Joann Ginal, Jeni Arndt for Colorado and Senator John Kefalas!

Where: The Mayor of Old Town, 632 S Mason St, Fort Collins
When: Thursday, September 28 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Free DACA Renewal Clinic – Greeley

The Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your DACA within the next thirty days. We cannot emphasize enough how much time is of the essence here. These renewals will be free and completely confidential. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does require that each DACA applicant pay $495 to renew their DACA; if you can bring a check or money order with you for that amount, please do so. If you do NOT have the $495 for the renewal fee, there is a possibility that we will have some funds available to cover the amount, but it is not guaranteed.

Where: University of Northern Colorado, 501 20th St, Greeley
When: Friday, September 29 at 10:00am

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Latina Leadership & Art

Join us for a night of art, music and conversation with remarks by internationally renowned artist Betsebee Romero and singer, songwriter and activist Diana Gameros. Latinas LEAD is an initiative of that aims to connect women to leadership pathways and career opportunities.

Where: Latinas Lead, 600 S. Cherry St., Suite 1200, Denver
When: Friday, September 29 at 5:30pm

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Dolores Post-Screening Q&A’s with Dolores Huerta

The Provocative documentary about Dolores Huerta, one of the most important yet least known activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in America. Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis Film Festivals. DOLORES opens on Friday, September 29th. The subject of the documentary, civil rights giant Dolores Huerta, will join us for a post-screening Q&A during the following dates and times: Friday, September 29th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, Saturday, September 30th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, Sunday, October 1st at 1:00pm.

Where: Landmark’s Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway, Denver
When: Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1 (times above)

Click here for tickets and more information.


Assembly For Renter’s Rights & Affordable Housing

On Saturday, September 30th, We Organize Westminster (WOW) will hold a public assembly on housing and renter’s rights crisis in the City of Westminster. WOW leaders are calling on local elected officials to publicly support and commit to the community driven solutions as laid out in the “Westminster Housing Platform”; crafted by WOW leaders.

Where: Advent Lutheran Church, 7979 Meade St, Westminster
When: Saturday, September 30 at 2:00pm

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March for Black Women Denver – Not Forgotten

On September 30, 2017 Black Women of All Shades, Shapes, and Sizes, will assemble on the West steps of the Colorado State Capitol in all of our glory for a much needed dose of #BlackGirlMagic. Join us as we Honor, Celebrate and Heal Black Women as Black Women! Bring Yourself, Your Daughter, Your Mother, Your Sister, Your Aunt, Your Grandmother, Your Cousin, Your Neice, and Your Friends. The Rally is being held in connection with the March for Black Women being held in DC and throughout the states and will feature Speakers, Live Music, Poets, and a plethora of Healing arts!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Saturday, September 30 at 5:30pm

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Community Meeting: Environmental Justice in Our Neighborhoods

Invivisble Denver’s October 1 Community Meeting will apply the three prongs of our mission – Activism, Community-Building, and Education – to the issue of how environmental policy affects us right here in Denver. This will be the first in a series of environmentally focused meetings that will continue into 2018 and is brought to you in part by the Sierra Club – Colorado Chapter. Environmental issues affect us right here at home. Let’s get in touch with the issue personally and take action together!

Where: The GrowHaus, 4751 York St, Denver
When: Sunday, October 1 at 2:00pm

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Thanks again for your tireless work to hold Cory Gardner and the far right accountable for their actions. Each one of these makes a difference, even though it might not always seem that way in the moment. In just a few months, we have completely reversed the momentum of Trump and the conservatives in Washington, D.C., and set the stage to start undoing the damage next year.

Never give up. It’s not in vain. Our progressive values—American values—will prevail.

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