Colorado Week in Review: 7/14/17

At Risk

The Senate health care bill is not in Colorado’s best interests. Call our Senators and let them know that.

Cory Gardner – (303) 391-5777
Michael Bennet – (303) 455-7600

What you can do to fight back this week (July 10)

We are winning the fight to protect Obamacare.

In the last two weeks, Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s campaign to dismantle health care reform and take away coverage from millions of Americans has begun to implode. Republican Senators are abandoning the effort in droves. Over the 4th of July recess, lawmakers who were brave enough to hold town halls were met with near-universal opposition from the voters they represent. Others like Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado were too cowardly to face their constituents at all. Support for “Trumpcare” is plummeting.

The next few weeks will make all the difference, and what we’re doing is working. If this latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act fails, Republicans are signaling that they may stop trying. Polls show the right is making a huge mistake trying to force an Obamacare repeal over public objections, and that voters are eagerly waiting to punish candidates at the polls in 2018 for what they’re doing today. Everything you have done to fight back in defense of health reform has been critical, helping change the tide of public opinion and striking fear in the hearts of politicians who have spent the last seven years promising to repeal Obamacare.

Now more than ever, keep the phone calls and letters to Cory Gardner coming. And here are more ways to take action for the week of July 10th:


Rally to support funding for walking and biking in Denver

Put on your favorite blue shirt and join the Denver Streets Partnership in showing your support for funding walking and biking in Denver! The 2017 GO Bond that City Council will refer to voters this fall is an important opportunity to jumpstart the buildout of sidewalk and bicycle networks citywide. However, in the latest round of revisions to the GO Bond package, funds for these projects were cut by nearly 40%! We need Denver residents to let City Council know EVERY neighborhood deserves walkability, bikeability, and liveability.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, July 10 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Postcard Huddle!

Join Colorado Action Network – Colorado Springs for another postcard huddle! We will of course be focusing on Senator Cory Gardner and demanding he vote no on the disgusting healthcare bill. All you need to bring is yourself, and some cash for food and drink, but donations are greatly appreciated, especially post card stamps! COS CAN organizers will have everything you need for a great night of easy activism. Postcards, pens, address labels, and we mail the postcards for you too! Join us!

Where: The Principal’s Office, 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Monday, July 10 at 6:00pm

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What about the Taser? A dialogue about the Marvin Booker case

Marvin Booker died seven years ago this month at the hands of officers at the Denver jail. But serious questions linger about the authenticity of the homicide weapon that the City and County of Denver produced as evidence in one of its most notorious excessive force cases. Join The Colorado Independent for a conversation with the Booker family about their lack of closure in the case. We’ve invited Denver’s Safety Manager Stephanie O’Malley to discuss why the evidence doesn’t match the facts of Marvin’s killing. And we’ve invited Denver DA Beth McCann, whom the Bookers have asked for a criminal investigation into the city’s handling of the evidence.

Where: Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St, Denver
When: Monday, July 10 at 7:00pm

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Strategic Donating for Social Change

Have you ever donated money to try to make the world a better place? Have you ever felt guilty for saying “no” to a request to donate, wondering if you really should have said “yes”? Have you ever said “yes” and realized that the deciding factor was really just that you were a little closer to your wallet, feeling a little more emotionally vulnerable, or perhaps hadn’t made any major purchases recently (unlike that time you said “no”)? Would you like to feel confident that you are saying “yes” and “no” for the right reasons? Want to feel secure that the money you donate is doing the most it can to break down systems of oppression and change the world? This is the workshop for you!

Where: Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow St, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Accepting Our Humanity: Conversations To Break Down Shame

In this series, we open a conversation around incredibly challenging topics that we, and our society, typically cast into the shadows of shame. Many of us are carrying a story, a belief or a secret that makes us feel ‘less than’, unworthy, or shameful. So we hide that part of ourselves, fearful we will be exposed to judgement or potential rejection. Many of the subjects we will discuss are identified as shameful by societal, religious, familial, or other influences outside of ourselves. Through lively discussion, we will dive into the judgements and beliefs cast by these influences, and break down the wall that keeps us from sharing these life experiences with others. Let’s come together to share our own stories, discuss the burden of hiding our secrets, and support one another in moving from a place of shame to acceptance.

Where: Earth Yoga Boulder, 3000 Folsom St, Boulder
When: Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00pm

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Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality COS

Join us for a Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on Wednesday, July 12th to fight for real net neutrality — and maintaining the Internet as a place where we don’t have to pay a network owner for our messages to receive attention. The July 12 Day of Action is focused on getting as many people as possible to contact the FCC and Congress in support of net neutrality.

Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 12:00pm

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Grant Application Workshop (Chinook Fund)

Thinking of applying for a Chinook Fund grant? Are you a new grantseeker or a past grantee that needs a refresher on the grant application process? Chinook Fund invites you to attend our Grant Application Workshop where we will give an introduction to Chinook Fund, our funding criteria, and an overview of the grant application process.

Where: 1031 33rd Street, Room 236 (Classroom), Denver
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Social (Justice) Hour: Wine and Words

SJC hosts its first Social (Justice) Hour, a bi monthly social event to get together to meet other fellow activists and community members in a relaxed environment! Our first event is at the Bohemian Biergarten. Wine is $2 off every glass, so stop on by for some drinks and pleasant conversation. This is not a structured event, so please feel free to just relax and meet other members of the community. Learn stories or talk about what’s been on your mind!

Where: Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 5:00pm

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Know Your Health, Know Your Rights: LGBTQ Health Workshop

We know lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families face unique physical and mental health barriers. One Colorado is hosting an event in Breckenridge to dig deeper into the landscape of LGBTQ health in the state, provide tools for self-advocacy in healthcare settings, and talk with community members to learn more about local issues in accessing care. This is free and open to the public!

Where: 103 S Harris St, Breckenridge
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Organizations That Live: What Can Nonprofits Learn From Nature?

Putting community members in charge. Making decisions efficiently and equitably. Holding each other accountable. Even the most committed and forward-thinking groups can struggle with challenges like these. But for every obstacle, there are any number of smart design solutions waiting to be applied. Join us on Wednesday, July 12th for an exclusive presentation and workshop led by Adam Brock, JVA’s director of social enterprise and author of the new book Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation. We’ll learn about patterns of the biologically-informed organization, and get some on-the-ground practice in applying them to our own work.

Where: Joining Vision and Action, 2465 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 5:30pm

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Be There: Community Meeting

Colorado Jobs With Justice invites you and other supporters to a community meeting! We will hear updates concerning ongoing campaigns for workers’ rights and strategize effective ways to build power for workers and their families. All family and friends are welcome! Come for the food and socializing, stay for the power building!

Where: Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA), 1447 Nelson St, Lakewood
When: Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00pm

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Webinar: Who Leads Us? Race and Gender in Colorado Politics

As we gear up for 2018 and beyond, how reflective is our democracy? Do our candidates and elected officials reflect the race, class, and gender of those of us who live in Colorado? Why or why not? How can we make sure our elected officials truly do reflect who we are as Coloradans? Join this webinar to find out. We are honored to have Brenda Choresi Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, join us via webinar to discuss this issue and explore how we can take action in Colorado.

Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Thursday, July 13 at 5:30pm

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We Got The Beat: Come dance like independent media depends on it!

The Colorado Independent is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year, and YOU’RE invited! We’re going to dance, we’re going to eat cake, we’re going to have scintillating conversations and laugh until our faces hurt — all in the name of supporting our nonprofit newsroom. With your help, we can keep writing about the issues you care about most: the environment, social and criminal justice, Denver’s changing landscape, healthcare and, of course, the politics of a purple state.

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, July 14 at 8:00pm

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Universal Health Care Conference

Learn about the movement for universal health care, in the U.S. and in states across the U.S. Hear about possible legislative options in Colorado and the Colorado campaign for universal health care. Hear a lively panel discussion with leaders in the movement and of Colorado’s diverse communities. Plug in, get active, raise awareness, grow the movement. Make friends, network, and celebrate Medicare’s 52nd birthday!

Where: Pipefitters Union Hall 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, July 15 ar 9:30am

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Back to the Drawing Board? ACA, AHCA, BCRA, and Beyond

If passed, the recently revealed Senate version of ACA replacement will have profound impacts on the people of Weld County and Northern Colorado. It is important to be informed as your healthcare insurance coverage may be changing! Each speaker will present for 10 minutes, leaving plenty of time for Q&A. All who are interested in community and/or national healthcare are invited. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Informational handouts will also be available.

Where: Sunrise Community Health, 2930 11th Ave, Evans
When: Saturday, July 15 at 10:00am

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American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Teach-In

The American Legislative Exchange Council—more commonly known as ALEC—is holding their annual meeting in Denver from July 19 to 21, 2017. In response, a coalition of organizations will hold a teach-in on Saturday, July 15th in Denver to educate the public about ALEC’s negative impact on economic, environmental, and social issues.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Saturday, July 15 at 10:00am

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2nd Annual Carbon Sequestration Festival

The Carbon Sequestration Festival (Celebration of Soil) is a yearly community gathering that brings together farmers, academics, industry leaders, citizens and youth under one common goal; to discover how the soils that grow our food are playing a part in solving some of the planet’s biggest environmental challenges. Most importantly this is a chance for the public to join in the discussion around carbon sequestration and to learn how they can take action and become part of the solution. The festival will feature demonstrations by industry leaders, interactive educational spaces for families, and presentations from researchers and farmers. You are invited to join us for a day of learning and engagement under the beautiful cottonwoods of Left Hand Creek.

Where: Ollin Farms, 8627 N 95th St, Longmont
When: Sunday, July 16 at 12:00pm

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This: A Community Forum

Join the Denver Justice Project and several partner organizations for a community forum on solutions: alternative methods for achieving justice, building public health and safety, and revitalizing our communities in ways that go beyond the over-reliance on cops, courts, and cages. We will hear from a panel of distinguished thinkers and practitioners about what these alternatives can and do look like and have conversations with our neighbors about how these ideas can begin to transform the ways we seek safer, and more just communities.

Where: Turnhalle Ballroom At The Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Sunday, July 16 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all you do every week to fight back. As always, remember to watch your inbox for breaking news and alerts! We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action in support of our shared progressive values.

Colorado Week in Review: 7/7/17

Colorado Week in Review: 6/30/17

What you can do to fight back this week (June 26)

For the third time since Donald Trump took office, Republicans in Washington are preparing for a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away health coverage from millions of Americans. Once again the progress our nation has made on health coverage is in danger, but something’s different this time around.

Your resistance has brought the entire effort to repeal health care reform to the brink of failure. Today, the public is overwhelmingly opposed to the repeal of Obamacare, and the campaign promise Republicans made seven years ago is now a liability. Even Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who made the repeal of Obamacare the focus of his campaigns for Congress and the U.S. Senate, is now wavering on support for the newest repeal bill.

It’s critical that Sen. Gardner understand both the political and the humanitarian consequences of this vote. Politically, the campaign to repeal Obamacare has outlived its usefulness to the far right. Morally, Gardner must not vote for a bill that would take away health coverage from thousands of Coloradans and millions of Americans.

Priority #1 this week: call Sen. Gardner now at 844-432-0883 and tell him he must oppose the latest version of Trumpcare. If you’ve called Sen. Gardner before, please call again. It is increasingly likely that Republicans will abandon the repeal of Obamacare if they cannot pass this bill, so this could be the most important phone call to Gardner ever.

Thanks. Here are more ways to take action for the week of June 26th:


Vigil to save the Affordable Care Act

Let’s gather on Tuesday for a vigil to honor the 23 million Americans who will lose their health insurance, as well as the more than 2.2 million Coloradans with pre-existing conditions, if Senator Gardner votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Bring flowers, candles, signs, and any personal letters you would like to contribute to the display.

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Dog Whistle Politics: A Community Dialogue

Join the NE Denver Community to view a presentation and have an in-depth conversation about “Dogwhistle Politics”, a term for coded racism and how this affects the NE Denver community. In the video we will watch, Ian Haney López, JD, the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at University of California, Berkeley, discuss how politicians have used coded language and racial bias to create laws and policies that reinforce racism. This has led to inequity and poor health outcomes for people of color across the United States.

Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 3460 Humboldt Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado Call Night

Join us at the One Colorado office to call our supporters about LGBTQ equality! We will have snacks and drinks for you. If you have a have a laptop and/or phone, feel free to bring it along with you — otherwise, we will have some available!

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00pm

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Colorado! Join The Paris Climate Agreement!

After Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, 12 governors across the nation joined what is now called the US Climate Alliance — a state partnership to keep meeting the goals of the Paris deal, and push the US forward on climate action. We’re calling on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to join them. With Trump sending us backwards, Colorado must #ActOnClimate so that we can protect our communities from bigger forest fires and floods, and build a renewable energy economy that will provide jobs without the pollution of oil and gas. Please tell Governor Hickelooper to #ActOnClimate by calling (303) 866-2471 EVERY DAY from June 28-July 6.

Click here for more information.


Senator Gardner: Our Healthcare Need over Millionaire Greed

With under a day before the Senate takes a vote on the healthcare bill, it is vital that we continue to make our voices heard. It is unacceptable for Cory Gardner to vote for a bill which would take away quality, affordable health coverage from hundreds of thousands of working Colorado families, eliminate protections for 1 in 2 people with pre-existing conditions, and slash Medicaid, directly impacting children, seniors, disabled and veterans. All this would have the additional effect of destabilizing the private market, even for those with employer-provided coverage.

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 28 at 11:00am

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Standing Up for Health Care: Candlelight Vigil

Join your fellow CO citizens for a candlelight vigil at the State Capitol to stand in solidarity with those whose health care is at risk, and to protest this cruel and heartless bill. We will send the message that this bill does not represent us and that we will tirelessly defend our vision of an America that takes care of its most vulnerable. We’ll gather at 8 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol and will proceed to Skyline Park, just outside of Sen. Cory Gardner’s office. (We will have vigil candles to distribute, but you can also help the cause by bringing some of your own.)

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rally For Healthcare At Senator Gardner’s Colorado Springs Office

Please join COS CAN and concerned Colorado citizens for a protest outside Senator Gardner’s office. The staff will not be in the office on this day so this is strictly an outside event! The disastrous healthcare bill that was shoved through the house is now facing a vote the beginning of July by the senate. This bill is not going through committe hearings nor is it being made available for the public to read. We can not stay silent while this mess occurs so please bring your signs and your voices!

Where: 102 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, June 29 at 11:00am

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Legal Observer Training for Colorado Rapid Response Network

Get trained by Whitney Leeds, of the Meyer Law office, and the National Lawyers Guild to become an officially certified Legal Observer. Then turn your new found skills into fierce community action by joining the Colorado Rapid Response Network.

Where: 1420 Ogden St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 29 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Denver Alternative Facts Trivia Night

Did you miss our last Alternative Facts Trivia Night? Or did you go and had so much fun you couldn’t wait to do it again? Well here is some good news that isn’t fake- we’re doing it again. We have no shortage of alternative facts these days, so study up!

Where: The Hornet, 76 Broadway, Denver
When: Friday, June 30 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rise Up – 5K

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, people of all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations will RISE UP together across the nation for the world’s largest running/walking event. With a collective voice of footsteps, we will run to the cadence of liberty, freedom, and justice for ALL. Join today and make history. RISE UP. RUN. BE HEARD.

Where: Denver (TBD)
When: Saturday, July 1 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Impeachment March – Denver

There are a number of cases that can be brought against Trump for impeachment, however, the greatest injustice of his administration has been the systematic attack upon the inalienable rights of the American people, and the ultimately, the sheer disrespect and disregard he has shown for our Constitution.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Sunday, July 2 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


After Trump was elected, we all knew we would be part of the resistance against his agenda. What we could not have known, however, is how effective the resistance would be. There’s a reason why Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress have accomplished so little since taking office, and are now in danger of losing the momentum entirely with the 2018 elections fast approaching.

The reason is you. Your work to resist Trump’s agenda is succeeding—and giving hope to the whole nation. Thanks again, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

Colorado Week in Review: 6/23/17

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways To Fight Trump

The #1 question we hear from our friends and allies since January is, “What more can I do to resist Trump?” And now, we’ve got a handbook.

Our friends Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, and Michael Huttner, the founder of ProgressNow Colorado, just released their new book: The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump.

The great and easy-to-read guide giving activists dozens of ways to rid our nation of Trump, while also building the infrastructure to support long-term progressive change in our country. Help us get this book into the hands of as many Americans as possible. You can purchase this book on Amazon.com or click here to find an independent bookstore near you.

The Resistance Handbook offers 45 ways to stop the 45th president of the United States in his tracks, including ways to:

• Protect our culture from the degrading effects of Trump’s presidency, which rewarded bullying, sexism, racism, and xenophobia.

• Protect our communities from Trump’s personal attacks, which he and his Republican friends target at women, people of color, youth, immigrants, Jewish people, Muslims, and others.

• Fight for our values and the issues that define us—in the face of a four-year assault on racial justice, income equality, the environment, women’s rights, education, and worker’s rights.

• Build the infrastructure this movement needs (and sorely lacks), including the capacity to register and get out the vote for the 97 million Americans who didn’t cast a ballot in 2016; to find, train and promote tomorrow’s leaders; and to develop the media organizations that will report the facts and promote our values and candidates.

The Resistance Handbook provides a much-needed guide to fighting Trump and building a better, more just, and more equitable America for the future.

Visit Amazon.com to order now or click here to find an independent bookstore near you!

Colorado Grassroots Groups Issue Colorado Values Report Cards

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

A coalition of Colorado grassroots groups released their legislative scorecards for the 2017 General Assembly session today. The scorecards include votes to support and protect clean air and water, LGBTQ equality, immigrant rights, quality public education, working families, and access to reproductive health care.

“The organizations releasing scorecards today work on behalf of an overwhelming majority of Coloradans who want to see their leaders fight for a fairer, more just, and vibrant Colorado,” said Ian Silverii, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Coloradans can use these scorecards to evaluate whether lawmakers voted in support of the issues they care most about, or put the far-right fringe and wealthy special interests first.”

“There were consistent themes throughout all of the scorecards,” continued Silverii. “While there were important compromises on critical issues this session, the Republican-controlled state Senate killed many other important bills that would have greatly helped Colorado’s economy, environment, and public health. Despite the progress made this year, several elected officials received failing grades on all of the scorecards–including Senators Tim Neville and Kevin Lundberg, and Representatives Justin Everett, Tim Leonard, Kim Ransom, and Stephen Humphrey.”

For a compilation of each group’s score for every member of the Colorado General Assembly, visit coloradovalues.org. Links to groups’ scorecards can be found at: 

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 12)

The fight to protect the historic gains in health coverage Colorado has enjoyed in recent years is entering the critical phase. After the first attempt by Republicans under President Trump to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed in failure, Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado has joined a small group of Republican Senators to craft a new health coverage repeal bill in secret.

The latest word is that Sen. Gardner will unveil this new bill shortly, and the U.S. Senate will vote on it before the July 4th recess. No matter what token changes this newest bill makes over the last one, this is still legislation to undo the progress we’ve made under Obamacare and take away health coverage for millions of Americans. Sen. Gardner must be made to understand the terrible harm he is about to do to his constituents—and if that doesn’t convince him to change course—to his own political career.

The time to fight back is now. This Thursday, our friends at Protect Our Care Colorado are organizing a “walk-in” action at Gardner’s offices across the state of Colorado. Sign up for a designated time to walk into a Gardner office near you and deliver a letter or statement opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Click here to find a time and office location to visit on Thursday.

Thank you for your help at this critical moment to protect health coverage. Once you’ve done that, check out more ways to take action for the week of June 19th:


Beer and Books with Author Joel Berg and ProgressNow

Tonight’s the night! We’ll see you at Our Mutual Friend for some great beer and a conversation with Joel Berg about his new book, “America, We Need to Talk,” as well as what we can do to fight back against Trump and the conservative agenda while advancing a progressive, inclusive message. Admission is free, bring friends, and we’ll see you there!

Where: Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St, Denver
When: Monday, June 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rainbow Storytime

Welcome to Longmont Pride Week! Kick off the festivities by joining Out Boulder County and the Longmont Public Library for Rainbow Storytime, an LGBTQ book reading for children and families. We encourage all members of the LGBTQ and Allied Community to come and enjoy family friendly stories that celebrate incredible people! This event does not require an RSVP, but please note that space is limited to 120 people.

Where: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont
When: Monday, June 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women in Money – Emerging Women Leadership Series

Are you craving an opportunity to share authentically with women who face similar challenges and opportunities in bringing their work to the world? We’re excited to announce the Emerging Women Leadership Series @ Impact HUB Academy in Boulder, Colorado! Join us for an interactive evening of connection, wisdom, and deep dives to support you on your journey as a female leader.

Where: Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder
When: Monday, June 19 at 6:00pm and Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP for Monday.

Click here to RSVP for Wednesday.


Immigration 101 for Allies: Part 1 of 3

A 3-part workshop series co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Church, First Congregational Church, Boulder Sanctuary Coalition, Boulder CAN and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC).

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Monday, June 19 at 7:00pm

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World Refugee Day – Celebration Rally

Join us for a rally in celebration of refugees, the communities that welcome them, and help to advocate for refugee resettlement in Colorado. The celebration will include entertainment, inspiring speakers and a proclamation from Governor John Hickenlooper.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 101 E 14th Ave,
When: Tuesday, June 20 at 11:30am

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9th Annual Out Youth Film Premiere

Join Out Boulder County and the Firehouse Art Center for the 9th Annual Out Youth Film Premiere, showcasing films written, directed, edited, and produced by LGBTQ youth. Come and support the artistic endeavors of local youth- you don’t want to miss out on these incredible acts!

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont
When: Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Scorecard Release Party!

Every year, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado releases our legislative scorecard to let our members know how their elected representatives vote on issues that impact women’s choice! Join us Tuesday, June 20 as we celebrate the end of the 2017 Legislative Session and honor this year’s Choice Champions: Representative Joann Ginal (Ft. Collins), Representative Leslie Herod (Denver), and Representative Faith Winter (Westminster).

Where: RSVP for details
When: Tuesday, June 20 at 5:30pm

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Date for an Impact

Date for an Impact promises to be an incredible evening of great food, amazing cocktails, comedy and both live and silent auctions. The event benefits Impact Locally, a Denver based non-profit that assists over 5,000 homeless men, women and children in the Denver area each month. We’re excited to share where Impact Locally has been, and where we’ve set our sights on going.

Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr,
When: Tuesday, July 20 at 6:00pm

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Building Community: Housing a Vital, Diverse Boulder

Join your friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the first of a series of nourishing community dialogues with good beer, good food and live music (listen to Melissa McGinley of 300 Days here)! Boulder architect David Barrett will kick off a lively discussion (diverse opinions encouraged!). We hope to make this a monthly event co-hosted by other partners in the field.

Where: Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30pm

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First Amendment at Risk : Religious Freedoms

Please join NoCo Spark for a discussion of “The First Amendment at Risk: Religious Freedom” on June 21, 2017 at 7 PM in The Coloradoan’s public room. Join Collin Cannon of Atlas Church in Greeley, CO, Rabbi Hillel Katzir of Temple Or Hadash of Fort Collins, and Shakir Muhammad of The Islamic Center of Fort Collins to learn more about how the current political climate intersects with the First Amendment guarantees of freedom from and of religion to affect our friends and neighbors here in Northern Colorado.

Where: Coloradoan Newspaper, 1212 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins
When: Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Act Locally on Climate: Teach-In & Panel

Although Trump has begun the process of pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, there is still much we can do locally to #ActOnClimate. As part of a series of actions to pressure our local government to take concrete steps to address climate change, we are offering an evening of education and dialogue to give our community the tools necessary to talk to their friends, family, and neighbors about this complex and multifaceted issue. Panelists will give short presentations addressing various aspects of the climate discussion including the science behind climate change, the economics of transitioning to a green economy, and ongoing local climate campaigns, among other topics. After presentations, we will have an open discussion for community members to ask questions of our panelists.

Where: Pikes Peak Library District – Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, June 22 at 6:00pm

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Transforming Our Approach to Justice – Documentary Screening

Learn how Restorative Justice puts Longmont on the world map with this locally made documentary film. With Public Safety Chief Mike Butler, DA Stan Garnett, Officer Jason Malterud and volunteers, students and community members whose lives have been transformed by restorative justice.

Where: Longmont City Council Chambers, 350 Kimbark St., Longmont
When: Thursday, June 22 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Visit Gardner’s Denver Office RE: Healthcare

Senator Gardner must hear our moral declaration on the healthcare fight – this is a crucial time, when Gardner himself is at the nexus of the 13-man panel to revoke healthcare in the senate. Revoking healthcare from millions of Americans is not just wrong, it’s immoral. We will stand up for healthcare. Join us! We will meet at Skyline Park, next to the Chase building.

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Friday, June 23 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Climate Change in our Cities

Climate change is perhaps most visible at our planet’s poles and alpine regions where snow and ice are melting, but how is it affecting our population centers? We’ll take look at climate records in Boulder and in other cities across the country and talk about what changes are expected in the future. From sea level rise to growing mosquito populations and inland flooding to heat waves, Erika Schreiber will help us examine how our populations are vulnerable to these changes now and into the future.

Where: Fiske Planetarium, Boulder
When: Friday, June 23 at 8:00pm

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Rise Up: Day of Service

Join us on Saturday, June 24th for a hands-on training to learn more about the vulnerability of homelessness and how it plays a part in the crime of human trafficking. As a participant, you will also be creating street outreach bags to be distributed by LCHT’s partner organizations that work directly with communities experiencing homelessness.

Where: Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, 1031 33rd St. Suite #237, Denver
When: Saturday, June 24 at 9:00am

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Durango Pride Parade!

The march begins at 11:30 a.m.! Part of the Durango Pride Festival that runs June 21-25, this event is promoted by the Civil Rights Committee and sponsored by the 4 Corners Alliance.

Where: Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave, Durango
When: Saturday, June 24 at 11:30am

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Longmont Pride!

Pride season is here!

Pull on a One Love t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer. Choose which shifts you want to work on Saturday, June 24th and we will be in touch soon.

Where: 4th Ave Between Kimbark St and Main St, Longmont
When: Saturday, June 24 at 1:30pm

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Colorado Stands with Access to Housing

Colorado Stands will be hosting its next event in support of access to affordable housing! We will come together for an evening of food, music, and activism. Local organizations and politicians will be in attendance to speak to policies and services related to affordable housing in and around Denver. We will be announcing additional details as they become available, so stay in touch with Colorado Stands in the coming weeks!

Where: Denver, TBD
When: Saturday, July 29 at 5:00pm

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Thanks again for your work week after week to hold Trump, Gardner, and the far right from Denver to D.C. accountable. Watch your inbox for updates, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

Colorado Week in Review: 6/16/17

What you can do to fight back this week (June 12)

In Colorado the state of the resistance is strong.

On Saturday, hundreds of Coloradans from all walks of life came together at Denver’s Shorter AME Community Church for the Resist Forward Summit. The event brought together some our state’s communities of color, LGBTQ and women’s advocates, immigrant rights supporters, environmentalists, leaders in the faith community, and newly activated groups to discuss meaningful resistance work in response to Trump and the far-right agenda in Washington.

The result was an invaluable day of learning and collaboration. Members of our community who don’t talk to each other enough sat down and learned about our shared priorities and values. The partnerships forged this weekend at the Resist Forward Summit will take the resistance in Colorado to the next level, and help ensure that everyone in this fight has a voice.

And there’s no time to lose. This week in Washington, Sen. Cory Gardner and the Republican-controlled Congress are trying once again to repeal health reform and take away coverage from millions of Americans. Despite even Fox News polls showing fewer than 20% of Americans in support of the latest health repeal bill, Gardner is determined to pass it no matter what.

Priority #1 this week: Call Cory Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and tell him to stop trying to take away health coverage from thousands of Coloradans. Gardner may publicly dismiss you as “paid protesters,” but his staff pays attention to the calls. We have to keep the pressure on every time to make sure Gardner knows he can’t get away with this.

Once you’re done, check out more ways to take action for the week of June 12th:


Postcard Huddle!

Join COS CAN and 350 Colorado Springs at the Ivywild School while we write postcards to our representatives! Our focus will be the most important one there is, the environment! We’ll write to everyone from Trump to Gardner to Mayor Suthers no one is off limits in the fight for mother earth. We will also have a petition for everyone to sign demanding Mayor Suthers commits to lowering emissions in our city. We have plenty of postcards thanks to the many people that have been donating, all you need to bring is yourself and some money for food if you desire! Postcard stamp donations are always appreciated but not required! Thank you!

Where: The Principal’s Office, 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Monday, June 12 at 6:00pm

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Orlando United Event: 1 Year Anniversary of the Pulse Tragedy

On the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, it is time to bring the community together in love and remembrance. Since the tragedy, the strength of the LGBTQ+ and ally community has grown. It is more important now than ever to continue to come together. Join us for an evening of support, reflection and love as we honor the 49 victims. There will be song, speakers and most importantly a community of individuals committed to love and kindness. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Monday, June 12 at 6:30pm

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Showing Up For Racial Justice Fort Collins General Membership Meeting

We are excited to see you at our next general membership meeting. For those who are returning, we are excited to see you again. If this is your first time, we look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into SURJ. If it is your first meeting, please try to attend 15 minutes early so we can meet you, get to know you, and give you a little background of SURJ Fort Collins before we begin the meeting.

Where: FoCo Cafe, 225 Maple St, Fort Collins
When: Monday, June 12 at 7:00pm

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Pay your respects to the end of health care

Healthcare repeal is bad for Colorado. 271, 500 Coloradans will lose their plan under the GOP backed bill. March with us, tell Cory Gardner his agenda is a death sentence for Colorado. Hosted by SEIU Local 105.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 101 E 14th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30am

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Colorado People’s Alliance 2nd Annual The People’s Party

COPA has been hard at work resisting the attacks from the current administration and working for our vision for Colorado – join us and help us raise the much needed funds we need to continue our work. We need your support to continue our resistence but also to move our vision forward for a Colorado that is welcoming to all regardless of their immigration status or background, a Colorado that protects our air and water rather than corporate intersts, an economy that works for all and not just the wealthy few, and to work to change our Criminal in-justice system into a criminal justice system that sees people as people and not as an object or dollar sign.

Where: City Park Pavilion 1700 N. York St., Denver
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00pm

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Local Environmental Activism Night

Join us at Shine Restaurant and Gathering place to take action in support of local and national environmental conservation issues! Especially now, with every indication our national government has no interest in conservationism, it is the time to take grassroots, local action on climate change and land conservation.

Where: Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, 2027 13th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00pm

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Orbis Salon: Activism and Social Change

Join us for the next Orbis Salon where we’ll be taking a critical look at activism and social change – we’ll discuss what it is, what works, and what feels like it works but really doesn’t. Our conversation for the evening will be guided by a central question: What is a more effective strategy – trying to change the existing system within its confines or creating an alternative system entirely? The evening will start out with an interactive voting activity, then we’ll have a panel discussion with local and international change-makers. We’ll close out the evening by breaking out into small discussion groups with our panelists.

Where: Orbis Institute, 1818 Gaylord St., Denver
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm

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Mourning the Death of Public Education in Denver

Join Our Denver, Our Schools, Indivisible Colorado Education Team, parents, teachers, community members and other collaborating organizations in protest of DPS policies surrounding school closures. We will mourn the closure of schools and stand in protest of more closures to come this coming school year.

Where: 1860 Lincoln St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado Pride Kickoff and Sign Making Party

Come join One Colorado and help us get ready for Denver Pride this summer! This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather and help us make some great signs for the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday, June 18th.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 2620 Walnut Street, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 5:30pm

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How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Proceed without caution: individual resistance might work in a pinch, but how can we create solidarity? “If you agree with everyone in your coalition, you’re not in a coalition.” Hosted by Warm Cookies of the Revolution.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax, Denver
When: Thursday, June 15 at 6:00pm

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Sit-in at Sen. Gardner’s office: Save the Affordable Care Act

Senate Republicans just announced they’ll vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the end of June. That means we have just two weeks to save the Affordable Care Act – or 23 million people will lose health insurance, and the rest of us will return to the days of junk plans that aren’t there for us when we need them. To protest, we’re staging a sit-in at Senator Gardner’s Denver office. We plan to show up and refuse to leave until Senator Gardner commits to voting ‘No’. We need to make sure he knows that if he votes to take away the Affordable Care Act, his days as a Colorado senator are numbered – and massive outrage in the form of a sit-in at his local office will do just that.

Where: Sen. Cory Gardner’s office, 1125 17th St, Denver
When: Friday, June 16 at 2:00pm

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Denver Pride Fest

Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Denver PrideFest is now the third largest pride festival, and seventh largest pride parade in the United States, drawing 375,000 guests annually. Denver PrideFest takes place annually in June in downtown Civic Center Park. PrideFest features the CoorsLight PrideFest Parade, a Dance Stage with DJs, a Latin Stage with cultural programming, and the Center Stage with live entertainment, and plenty of celebrating both days. The festival also features more than 250 vendor booths with arts, crafts, food and more. We provide a VIP area with food and drinks for sponsors and contributors to enjoy, and there’s also a family area, youth alley, and a transgender resource area.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
When: Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18

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March with One Colorado at Denver Pridefest!

It’s Pride Season! Come celebrate the fun and sun with us! We will provide a light breakfast! We’re excited to see you there!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 18 at 8:30am

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March with Labor in the Denver LGBT Pride Parade!

Organized labor will once gain be marching in Denver’s LGBT Pride Parade. We will line up starting at 8:30a in Cheesman Park. All supporters of LGBT rights and economic justice are welcome to march with us, whether gay or straight, union member or no! Our theme this year will be “RESIST with PRIDE” , and it looks like our contingent will be bigger & better than ever before! If you are a union member, feel free to wear your union colors/ gear.

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 18 at 8:30am

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Thanks again for everything you’re doing to fight back, this week and every week. As always, watch your email for breaking news and updates as they happen.

We’ll see you at the Pride march!

Colorado Week in Review: 6/9/17

What you can do to fight back this week (June 5)

Last week, Trump announced that our nation will abandon the historic 195-country Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Trump’s speech justifying this decision has been ridiculed worldwide for having no basis in reality.

Then in Colorado, the truth struck back. Gov. John Hickenlooper condemned the decision to abandon the Paris Agreement, declaring that “Colorado’s commitment to clean air and clean energy will continue.” Mayors from across the state announced their intentions to disregard the Trump administration’s decision and press ahead with doing their part to meet emission reduction targets.

Saturday, thousands of Coloradans gathered in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and other cities for the March for Truth. After Trump’s fact-free excuses for turning his back on the rest of the world, the resistance in Colorado stood shoulder to shoulder with progressive leaders in solidarity to stand up for truth and reason against the greatest threat the industrialized world has ever faced.

History will condemn Trump’s abandonment of the rest of the world on climate change, and history will also remember your resistance. Standing up for what’s right every time, even in the face of short-term frustration, is how we will outlast Trump’s ignorance and undo his decisions once he is gone. Everything you are doing to fight back right now is critical for our nation’s—and planet’s—future.

I’m proud to stand with you. Thanks again. Here are some more ways to take action for the week of June 5th:


Featured Event: Resist Forward Summit

Sensing a growing hunger for unity, organization and finding common goals within Denver’s progressive community, Dr. Timothy Tyler, Pastor at Denver’s iconic Shorter Community AME Church, has stepped forward to organize “Resist Forward Summit,” a first-of-its-kind event, all day Saturday, June 10, at Shorter AME. Indivisible Denver has joined Dr. Tyler in spearheading the Summit, which will bring together more than 25 diverse organizations working for social and economic justice and progressive causes. We’ll learn from each other, share tools, empower new activists, build consensus and send a strong, unified message to our community, state and national leaders.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, June 10 at 9:00am

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Pints for a Cause – EnviroHub

June 5th also happens to be world environmental day, and in celebration EnviroHub has invited Solar City to come and talk about solar energy, and also local band Emma Mayes & the HIP to play some funky tunes. This is going to be an all around fantatsic world environmental day event with BEER, LIVE MUSIC, and a chance to learn more about RECYCLING and CLEAN ENERGY!

Where: The Brew on Broadway, 3445 S Broadway, Englewood
When: Monday, June 5 at 5:00pm

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Queer Conversation – Denver

Queer Conversations is a drop-in discussion group where queer folks meet to share ideas, thoughts, struggles, concepts, theory, lived experiences, and everything under the rainbow of queer.

Where: 1607 E 23rd Ave, Denver
When: Monday, June 5 at 6:00pm

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First Tuesday Rally at Sen. Gardner’s Office

The outrages continue. The Resistance builds. With the start of The Resistance Summer, we’re asking our fellow activists to share with us their plans for actions coming up in the coming months. Rallies, marches, phone-ins and more will be discussed. We’ll be meeting around the now flowing waterfalls in sight of Cory’s office. See you there!

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 12:00pm

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Vigil Commemorating the MS St. Louis

Join communities across the country participating in vigils to commemorate the tragedy of the St. Louis’ Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, to demonstrate the tragic consequences of denying safe haven to refugees, and to stand together to call on our elected officials and citizens of the world not to repeat the mistakes of our past.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30pm

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Unpacking Islamophobia

Join us for an open and honest conversation about Islam with a focus on dispelling myths and stereotypes associated with the religion. We will have a panel of local area Muslims who are generously sharing their time and energy in order to help promote peace in our country.

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Equality in Trail Running Panel Discussion & Podcast

Women’s equality in MUT (mountain-ultra-trail) running has been discussed for years, but over the past few months it seems like the discussion has expanded as more light is shed on the topic. We believe this is a discussion worth continuing. After giving it some thought it was decided that one of the best ways to do this was to actually get people sitting down together to talk about the issues surrounding the topic. The panel includes elite runners Cat Bradley, Clare Gallagher, Gina Lucrezi, Silke Koester, Ryan Smith, and Sage Canaday. For those of you in Boulder or the surrounding area we’d love for you to come join us for the live discussion which will start at 6:45pm.

Where: Skirt Sports, 2795 Pearl Street (on Spruce & 28th), Boulder
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm

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June 7th Lunch Program: Protecting civil rights in Colorado

DWBC will host programs throughout the summer, rather than taking our traditional break! In June, we will focus on protecting civil rights in Colorado. We will welcome Denise Maes, public policy director of the ACLU of Colorado. Maes is a policy and litigation strategist, who has served as General Counsel in the Office of Administration for President Barack Obama and directed budget and finance efforts for the Office of Vice President Joseph Biden. The event will also feature state legislators Steve Fenberg, Edie Hooton, and Jonathan Singer, who will explore the topics of civil rights and criminal justice.

Where: Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 11:00am

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Saving Medicaid: What We All Have to Lose

West Metro Resistance invites you to a special presentation on Saving Medicaid by Julie Reiskin, Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Julie is a fierce advocate and respected authority on Medicaid and its life-and-death importance to children and adults with disabiltiies. You’ll come away with new ideas and talking points that will help YOU save Medicaid.

Where: Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market, 7043 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00pm

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Creating Thriving Companies through Employee Ownership

If you’re looking to attract and engage great employees, if innovation is important to your company’s relevancy, if you believe that employees should enjoy the fruits of their labor, then you need to hear more about Employee Ownership. The Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center will make the case for employee ownership as a competitive advantage and a practical succession option.

Where: Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway #100, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30pm

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Raising Little Heroes

Join us to assemble “Kits for Kids” with Project C.U.R.E. These personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” backpacks will be sent to areas around the developing world where these items are scarce. Children will learn about the Kits for Kids program, see where these kits will go, and learn why they are so valuable.

Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, June 8 at 11:00am

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Know Your Health, Know Your Rights Workshop Colorado Springs

We know lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families face unique physical and mental health barriers. One Colorado is hosting an event in Colorado Springs to dig deeper into the landscape of LGBTQ health in the state, provide tools for self-advocacy in health care settings, and engage with community members to learn more about local issues in accessing care.

Where: Pikes Peak MCC, 1102 S 21st St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, June 8 at 5:00pm

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Puppy Mill Free Colorado

Come join a passionate group of animal lovers and animal welfare advocates educate people about pet stores that sell dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, and their connection to the puppy mill industry. The group will meet at the Briargate entrance to the mall, near Steak ‘N Shake and Jimmy John’s. We’ll have extra signs, so just come and join us!

Where: Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, June 10 at 11:00am

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Equality March for Unity and Pride – Denver

Please join us in Denver in worldwide unity with the LGBTQ+ community on June 11th at 9am at Cheesman Park. We will begin marching at 10am and return to Cheesman Park for a good old-fashioned community picnic until around 2pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet new folks and make connections all the while proclaiming that we demand Equal Rights and Social Justice for ALL PEOPLE!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 11 at 9:00am

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As always, please keep an eye on your email inbox throughout the week, as urgent events in response to breaking news are happening all the time. Almost six months into this campaign of resistance against Trump and the far-right agenda in Washington, I continue to be amazed at the creativity, passion, and persistence of the people of Colorado.

You make me proud to be an American.