What you can do to fight back this week (April 24)

Colorado is one of the most educated states in America. We are home to some of the most important federal scientific research facilities in the nation—especially critical research into renewable energy and the effects of human-caused global climate change. Our Colorado way of life is dependent on a beautiful natural environment, access to public lands, an innovative entrepreneurial and technology sector, and cutting-edge research at our world-class institutions and federal labs.

So when Donald Trump threatens to slash funding for scientific research into these and so many other important challenges facing our world today, Colorado doesn’t take it lying down.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of Coloradans once again gathered in Denver’s Civic Center Park to tell Donald Trump to stop threatening basic scientific research. It was by far the largest protest march in Denver since the Women’s March in January. Across the globe, similar protests called for evidence-based policymaking from our leaders, and acknowledgement of the challenges all of humanity faces—challenges that only science and reason can hope to solve.

This is more than a political struggle. The essential battle for reason in the face of ignorance is what we fight today as we resist Donald Trump’s agenda. The ideals we uphold in protest against Trump are bigger than us, and bigger than Trump. This is a fight for the basic values of equal opportunity, fairness, community, and freedom that have defined the American experience, and helped bring about the free and prosperous society we take for granted today.

Keep fighting. Keep showing up. Working together, let’s show everyone why America remains the great beacon of hope in a troubled world.

Here are ways to fight back for the week of April 24:


Spotlight On! Know Your Rights in Resisting Immigration Enforcement

Join AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights for this month’s Spotlight On! Know Your Rights in resisting immigration enforcement on Tuesday, April 25th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at 1420 Ogden, Denver.

Where: 1420 Ogden St, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 25 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2017 ADL Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program

The Anti-Defamation League’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program is one of the largest in the United States and allows Coloradans of all faiths to come together to honor Holocaust survivors, remember those who perished, educate the community about this horrible crime against humanity and translate those lessons into contemporary action.

Where: Temple Emanuel Denver, 51 Grape St, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency

Join Seth Masket, Christina Wolbrecht, Susan Schulten, Alan Chen, and Derigan Silver for a discussion of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Hosted by Colorado Representative Cole Wist. Breakfast begins at 7:30AM, panel discussion at 8:00AM.

Where: Old Supreme Court Chamber, Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30am

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DSCC Presents: Multicultural Hijab Fashion Show

The DSCC and the Middle Eastern Student Association proudly present CU’s very first multicultural hijab fashion show! Join us for an evening of music, performance, and fashions from across the world. Unlike traditional fashion shows, attendees will learn about each of our student models, their major here at CU, their outfit’s country or group of origin, and what “diversity” means to them!

Where: The Dennis Small Cultural Center, 204 UCB (University Memorial Center), CU Boulder
When: Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30pm

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Join Chinook Fund’s Giving Project and support statewide social change

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Then join Chinook Fund for an information session about our Giving Project. Meet our staff, hear from an alumni participant, and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: El Centro Amistad, 2222 14th St #A, Boulder
When: Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Grassroots Fundraising Skill Share

Do you want to share & learn skills and resources for grassroots fundraising? Are you interested in how to ensure your grassroots fundraising strategies support your programs and community organizing? Do you want to meet other local social justice fundraisers and organizers? If so, please join us!

Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, April 27 at 4:00pm

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FWW Breakfast Club (Join us before the People’s Climate March!)

Do you like coffee? Bagels? Want to network with fellow environmental activists and Food and Water Watch staff? Want to ban together to take a STRONG stance against the oil and gas industries abuse of people and the planet? If you said YES to any of these questions, we invite YOU to join Food & Water Watch – Colorado! On April 29th from 8:30-9:30am. We will be having coffee and bagels before taking on the People’s Climate March!

Where: 11th and Sherman, Denver
When: Saturday, April 29 at 8:30am

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People’s Climate March on Denver

The People’s Climate March is not just an event – it’s a step on the way to a sustainable world. It takes all of us to fight climate change, from non-profits to businesses to elected officials. But most of all, it takes YOU. Change doesn’t start at the top, it starts with our communities – and that’s why it’s up to us. Join us on April 29th to show that Coloradans want action to address climate change and to lead the country in developing clean, renewable energy jobs.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, April 29 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


People’s March for Climate, Jobs and Justice on Colorado Springs

Building on the precedent-setting First 100 Hours Climate Justice Vigil in Colorado Springs on January 23, Colorado Springs Council for Justice (CSCJ) 350 Colorado Springs, Unite Colorado Springs and Keep Colorado Green are mobilizing in solidarity with the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate.

Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, April 29 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The protests in Colorado, and across the nation and the whole world this past weekend, are a ray of hope at a very difficult moment in our history. Your persistence in the face of bad news, bad weather, and the presumption of every pundit in America that these protests would fizzle out after a few weeks, are proof that America will survive Donald Trump. History will look favorably on what we’re doing today. Keep the resistance going as long as it takes.

Colorado Week in Review: 4/21/17

What you can do to fight back this week (April 17)

We’re three months into Donald Trump’s presidency. This is when the pundits predicted that Americans would grow fatigued over protesting against Trump’s agenda, and would “accept” the reality that radical and harmful changes were inevitable to our nation’s most basic institutions.

Once again: the pundits were wrong.

On Saturday, thousands of Coloradans again gathered in Denver’s Civic Center Park: this time to demand President Trump disclose his tax returns and financial history so the people can finally understand the sources of Trump’s wealth. With Tax Day approaching for most Americans this week, Trump’s virtually unprecedented refusal to come clean about his financial interests is both an insult and an injury. We deserve better, and in Denver one of the largest crowds of nationwide protests this weekend against Trump delivered the message loud and clear.

We are winning this country back. The news across the nation as the Easter congressional recess continues is of right-wing politicians running from their constituents, and the few who agreed to face the voters being overrun with questions they couldn’t answer. This coming weekend, another large protest march is expected to draw thousands back to downtown Denver. As the torrent of bad news for the Trump administration continues with no signs of improvement, now is the time to keep the pressure on. You are setting the stage for everything that comes next: the next life-or-death battle over health care or immigration, the answer to Trump’s next outrage, and the next election as we start to undo the damage.

Thanks for everything you’re doing and will continue to do to fight back. Here are ways to take action for the week of April 17th:


Democracy Under Surveillance: A Conversation With Edward Snowden

Join us for a livestream conversation about privacy and government surveillance with Edward Snowden. Both recipients of the Sam Adams Award for integrity and ethics in the intelligence profession, Colonel (Ret) Lawrence Wilkerson U.S. Army will lead a conversation with Mr. Edward Snowden raising issues about global surveillance programs, the role of intelligence in national security, and the intricate balance between privacy, security, and protecting individual rights in an increasingly technology driven age.

Where: Facebook Live event
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 3:00pm

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Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s Community Forum

On April 18th , Congresswoman Diana DeGette is bringing together community groups, constituents and activists to answer questions and discuss how we can continue to work together. Are you in? Congresswoman Diana DeGette will share her thoughts on what is happening in Washington, DC and how our community can make a difference in the national debate about our future.

Where: 1144 Broadway St, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm

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Aurora Town Hall With Sen. Daniel Kagan

Join Senator Daniel Kagan Tuesday evening for a town hall and legislative update at the Heather Gardens Clubhouse.

Where: 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30pm

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Mother’s Strength – Stories of Immigration

Including Jeanette, telling her own story. A fundraiser to help cover the cost of the legal battles of Ingris Encalada Latorre and Jeanette Vizguerra. All funds raised will go to the two strong mothers in sanctuary here in Denver. Minimum $10 donation, no one turned away.

Where: First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St., Denver
When: Friday, April 21 at 7:00pm

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Emerge Colorado One Day Training: The Future is Feminist

Our members of Congress may not answer your calls, but we will! We’ve heard from hundreds of women asking how to get involved, how to run for office and how to take action. Today, we are excited to announce that on April 22nd, we’ll host our first ever one-day training program! Registration for the day is $46.00 (because we’re ready for president # 46) and includes lunch, a network of women just as fired up as you are, powerful workshops (Agenda) that teach you how to be the most effective whether you’re running for office, serving on a board or commission or organizing your neighbors to demand accountability!

Where: University of Denver campus
When: Saturday, April 22 at 8:00am – 7:00pm

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Denver Earth Day with the Sierra Club

Held on State Capitol grounds, the Colorado Earth Day will be an event you won’t want to miss! #5280EarthDay The world-wide #MarchforScience will begin and end next to the venue, be prepared to meet thousands of motivated individuals looking to make a difference for the Earth! The Colorado Earth Day event features kid-friendly activity zones, live music, live performances, tabling opporunitites and a student art competition. Guest speakers include The Leauge of Women Voters, Health Equity Colorado Director Web Brown and the Four Winds American Indian Council. A great opportunity to deliver your message and promote the Earth!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Saturday, April 22 at 9:00am – 4:00pm

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March for Science – Denver

Science benefits and impacts every aspect of humanity including healthcare, technology and the environment. The public depends on peer-reviewed studies to help shape policy for the betterment of future generations. We welcome individuals from all walks of life to join those who embrace science, dedicate their professions to research and value the processes that inform evidence-based inquiry.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, April 22 at 10:00am

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March for Science – Colorado Springs

The March for Science on Colorado Springs must and will go on! A coalition of local organizations has coalesced to celebrate science and speak with the community about the critical role scientific inquiry plays in our society. In the face of a growing climate of scientific denial it is more critical now than ever that we promote science both in and outside the classroom. Join us for a rally and march on downtown Colorado Springs!

Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, April 22 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Again, I can’t thank you enough for everything you’re doing to keep America and Colorado great. The pundits and the jaded media talking heads were ready to write off the resistance to Trump months ago. Today, we know with tangible evidence that it is making a difference.

Keep fighting back.

Colorado Week in Review: 4/14/2017

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

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

Today, as you probably already know, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch is from Colorado, but his record stands in opposition to the values we care about as Coloradans. Gorsuch’s confirmation is a disappointment, and we can only hope that the grave concerns Americans have expressed about Gorsuch’s judgment are proven wrong.

But it could have been even worse. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado faced intense pressure to support Gorsuch. Elites from both parties, local newspapers, and millions of dollars in ads urged Bennet to vote yes on Gorsuch’s confirmation. In the end Bennet voted against filibustering Gorsuch, hoping to defend the Senate against the so-called “nuclear option.” It was a symbolic vote, since Democrats already had the voted they needed to filibuster and Republicans had already decided to use the “nuclear option” to force a vote on Gorsuch’s confirmation.

Despite all the pressure on Bennet to back a fellow Coloradan, he did the right thing and voted against Gorsuch’s confirmation. Bennet’s vote against Gorsuch proved he puts Colorado values before political expediency. On a day that was bound to disappoint, Bennet did something you can be proud of. And it’s the direct result of actions you took to oppose Gorsuch in his home state.

We’ve got to keep the pressure on our lawmakers. Congress has adjourned for a two-week Easter recess. Cory Gardner continues to hide from his constituents, but other representatives have announced public hearings. It’s vital that Coloradans make their voices heard in these two weeks before lawmakers go back to Washington, where Trump’s destructive budget and many other challenges await.

Here are ways for you to fight back for the week of April 10:


Rally Against Child Abuse

You are invited to join our partners, community leaders, advocates, and volunteers as we come together on the steps of the Margaret Carpenter Park Amphitheatre on Monday, April 10th, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30pm, to declare April Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. Stand up for the children in our community, make their voices heard, and join in envisioning a bright future for every child.

Where: Margaret W Carpenter Park colorado blvd and112th, Thornton
When: Monday, April 10 at 5:30pm

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Parvais & Saul of The Death Penalty Project

The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to announce a free community event this Spring: The Death Penalty Project. Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund will speak on April 10th at CU Boulder’s Wittemyer Courtroom in the Wolf Law building. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Q&A portion with the audience following the event.This is a concurrent event with the Conference on World Affairs.

Where: Wolf Law Building CU 2450 Kittredge Loop Rd, Boulder
When: Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm

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Trump, Russia and the Panama Papers

Join us Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. as Kevin Hall, the national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, talks about his work covering the “Panama Papers,” the huge leak of files detailing how the wealthy use offshore structures to avoid paying taxes in their home countries. McClatchy was the only U.S. newspaper partner during the yearlong, global investigation. Hall’s Panama Papers work has already won awards from George Polk, the Overseas Press Club, SABEW Best In Business, Scripps Howard, Online Journalism Association, Barlett & Steele and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Where: The Denver Press Club 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm

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CO FAMLI Act Rally & Press Conference

Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (FAMLI) HB17-1307 is introduced! FAMLI Act is significant! The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without paid family leave. We are thrilled that Representative Faith Winter has sponsored the bill again and is leading with a Colorado solution to ensure the well-being and financial stability of working families.

Where: 9to5 Colorado, 1634 Downing St, Unit A, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 12:00pm

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Final Resist Trump Tuesday–Resistance Recess!

The first Resistance Recess in February was a huge success, and constituent activity has been widely credited with building the power to stop Trump and Ryan from taking away our health care. As Trump remains under investigation and as Congress continues to push Trump’s unconstitutional and dangerous agenda, we must make sure that no one allows the passing of time to normalize this president and his harmful policies.

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St., Denver, Colorado
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 12:00pm

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Durango Protest Against the Bombing of Syria

No Justice No Peace!

Where: Santa Rita Park, 2700 Main Ave, Durango
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 4:00pm

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The Frontlines Are Everywhere: Grand Jury Resistance Tour

This Spring #NoDAPL water protectors and the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew will be facilitating trainings across Turtle Island sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock. We want to build our capacities for strong movement defense against state repression.

Where: Fort Lewis College 1000 Rim Dr, Durango
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 5:30pm

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NO to Right to Discriminate Bill – Call Night

Join us at the One Colorado office to call our supporters about LGBTQ equality. The Colorado Legislature introduced a bill this week that, if it became law, would legally allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Senate Bill 17-283 would allow businesses and individuals to claim that any belief they hold gives them permission to exempt themselves from non-discrimination laws they don’t want to follow.

Where: One Colorado 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00pm

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Trump Tax March Comedy Benefit Show

Strengthening Democracy Colorado and the Denver branch of the Tax March for Donald Trump’s Tax Returns is putting on a special show at the Oriental Theater filled with several of the top comedians around Denver! Joining us for the show are comedians Zac Maas, Christie Buchele, Harry Baber, Conner Roma, and Alan Bromwell!

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado – Women & Families Wednesday

Join ACLU of Colorado at the Colorado State Capitol for our Women & Families Wednesday!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Wednedsay, April 12 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


Testify in Support of HB17-1256–Increasing oil and gas setbacks from schools

HB17-1256 requires oil and gas operations yo be 1000′ from school property line. If it is good enough for marijuana dispensaries, oil and gas should be held to the same standard. The hearing will be in room 357 upon adjournment which should be around 10 am.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Wednedsay, April 12 at 10:00am

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Religious Exemptions In Disguise Press Conference & Hearing

This Wednesday, April 12th, the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Senate will consider a Right to Discriminate bill that would let individuals and businesses claim ANY of their personal beliefs — including religious beliefs — allow them to refuse to follow non-discrimination laws they don’t like. Join us for a press conference in the West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol at 12:20 p.m. with a coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders, and community groups.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Wednedsay, April 12 at 12:20pm

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Rep. Mike Coffman Townhall (CO-06)

Right-wing Rep. Mike Coffman is holding a town hall meeting to discuss “all of the critical issues facing our community, state, and nation.” This event is open to residents of Coffman’s district only and registration is required.

Where: Education Building 2 South, CU Anschutz Campus
When: Wednesday, April 12 doors open at 5:00pm

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March for President Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

President Donald Trump’s team has gone back and forth over whether or not they will be releasing his taxes, and no date has been set in the event that they are. We have one demand: President Donald Trump will release his tax returns.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for everything you are doing to fight back against President Trump and the far right here in Colorado and in Washington. The hard fact is that elections matter, and we’re not going to win every battle. But every time we respond to the latest bad news, and show the world that Trump does not speak for all of us, that’s a small victory we can build on.

America will outlast Donald Trump and emerge stronger. You are the reason why.

Colorado Week in Review: 4/7/17

CALL SEN. BENNET and other things you can do to fight back this week (April 3)

Saturday morning in Denver’s Civic Center Park, hundreds of Coloradans braved rain and snow to send a message to Colorado’s Senators objecting to Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A message you could see from space.

Learn more about this amazing event at the Denver Post and CBS4.

Many thanks to our hard-working friends in local grassroots groups Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, and Together We Will Colorado for helping make this visual demonstration a huge success. Week after week, I am awed by the energy and creativity of Coloradans who have stepped up to fight back against Donald Trump and the right wing’s dangerous agenda for our country.

This morning, Colorado’s Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet announced that he will not join the filibuster against Gorsuch’s nomination. It’s very disappointing that Sen. Bennet has chosen not to stand with the Democratic caucus in the United States Senate and take every action possible to oppose Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. And it’s critical that we redouble our efforts to demand that he vote no on Trump’s illegitimate nominee.

The first thing you need to do to fight back this week is call Sen. Bennet’s office and demand he vote no on Gorsuch’s confirmation. To reach Bennet’s Denver office, call 303-455-7600. For Bennet’s Washington, D.C. office, call 202-224-5852. Let Sen. Bennet respectfully know that you are disappointed he will not filibuster Gorsuch, and that a vote to confirm Gorsuch will seriously damage his relationship with his progressive base of support.

Once you’ve taken action to stop Gorsuch, here are lots of other great ways to fight back for the week of April 3:


Resist Trump Tuesday: Tell Bennet #StopGorsuch

MoveOn Front Range has spent the last ten Tuesdays Resisting Trump in Denver’s Skyline Park outside of Senator Gardner’s office. This week, we turn our attention to Senator Bennet, who has yet to say if he will vote to advance the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, whose extreme views will take us back decades. We know that a Donald Trump Supreme Court will legitimize his hateful policies, undo decades of civil rights progress and destroy the foundations of our democracy for generations, and now we need to make sure that our Democratic Senator stands with us. We intend to form a moving picket line all around the block that includes Bennet’s office. Bring signs!

Where: Sen. Michael Bennet’s office, 1127 Sherman St., Denver
When: Tuesday, April 4 ay 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Gorsuch Nomination and Issues at Stake for the Future of the Court

Join us for a panel discussion on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court rules on the most pressing issues of our time and impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Our speakers will discuss how this nomination will affect communities already at risk under the current administration. Representing women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, and more, they will provide particular insight on how Gorsuch’s judicial approach threatens progress on the issues at stake and the future of the court. As the impending vote on his nomination nears, join us for a discussion on how it affects you and the issues you care about.

Where: Ross Cherry Creek Public Library, 305 Milwaukee St., Denver
When: Tuesday, April 4 ay 5:00pm

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National Popular Vote Town Hall with State Senator Andy Kerr

Please join me for a special town hall to continue the discussion on my National Popular Vote bill which was killed by Senate Republicans earlier this legislative session. I will be joined by Melissa Hart, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Elena Nunez from Colorado Common Cause. More speakers to be announced.

Where: Alameda High School, 1255 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood
When: Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm

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Denver Urban Camping Ban is Finally On Trial!

The DHOL homeless activists who had their sleeping bags confiscated in the cold of November 28, 2016, will HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT! Denver’s inhumane Urban Camping Ban is finally on trial! Defendants Randy Russel, Therese Howard and Jerry Burton face multiple counts of 38-36.2 “Unauthorized camping on public or private property” as they advocated for homeless rights on the steps of Denver City Hall. The three are represented by gonzo defense attorney Jason Flores-Williams. They come before Judge Lombardi in Division 3H.

Where: Lindsey-Flanagan Courthouse, 520 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00am to Friday, April 7 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Resistance Happy Hour

Denver Resistance Happy Hour, April 6, 5:30pm, Lowdown Brewery at Lincoln and 8th. This is the first of what will be a monthly event, every first Thursday. People will come to hang out with like minded folks, to share ideas, to recruit for their own projects, to motivate and get motivated, to find a place in the movement, to commiserate at times and to celebrate.

Where: Lowdown Brewery, 8th and Lincoln, Denver
When: Thursday, April 6 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


We all know that elections matter, and that we’re not going to win every battle we are obliged to fight now that the far right is in control of Washington, D.C. But every time we fight back, it is making a difference. It makes a difference right now, like when massive protests across the nation helped scuttle the first attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And it makes a difference for the future—organizing and energizing our friends and neighbors to ensure what happened on Election Day 2016 is never repeated.

We’re here to make it right, no matter how long it takes. Thanks once again for standing with us all the way.

#WeObject: Colorado spells out resistance to Neil Gorsuch

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

This morning, community groups including Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, and Together We Will Colorado hosted The People’s Filibuster at Denver’s Civic Center Park: an event for Coloradans to stand up and be visually counted in opposition to Neil Gorsuch’s opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hundreds attended this event despite the rain and snow in the Denver area:

During today’s rally, participants spelled out the words “We Object” in the Greek Amphitheater of Civic Center Park, which was captured by aerial video:

It is absolutely critical that Coloradans speak out at this moment to oppose Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Neil Gorsuch is just the latest in a series of horrible choices by Donald Trump. Gorsuch’s fringe views on health care and contraception make him an enemy of Colorado women. On the Supreme Court, Gorsuch would be a vote to roll back women’s rights, environmental protections, and hard-won protections against discrimination in the workplace. Gorsuch has even been endorsed by the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-LGBT extremist group. Gorsuch may hail from Colorado, but his record stands in opposition to Colorado values.

The simple fact is that this Supreme Court appointment was stolen from President Obama last year in a shameful act of political treachery. No Democrat should in any way cooperate with or otherwise enable Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, including Colorado Democrats. To do so would only hand Trump another undeserved victory.

We will not stand by and allow Donald Trump to steal this Supreme Court seat, and install a Justice who would skew our law toward injustice for generations. We will not be silent while a judge who has a proven disregard for the rights of women, working people, and even the terminally ill–who Colorado voters overwhelmingly voted last year to give compassionate options to ease their suffering at the end of life.

We urge Colorado’s U.S. Senators to reject Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many thanks to our hard-working friends in local grassroots groups Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, and Together We Will Colorado for continuing to lead and organize resistance in our community.

Colorado Week in Review: 3/31/17

What you can do to fight back this week (March 27)

Sunday morning, the faithful gathering at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins were greeted by a terrible sight. During the night, a vandal had attacked the building, smashing the center’s glass entry doors with rocks and desecrating their prayer hall.

Since Donald Trump’s victory last November, acts of hate like the attack on the Islamic Center of Fort Collins have been on the rise. Sadly, our neighbors and friends of other faiths, nationalities, sexual and gender identities, and other marginalized communities have been increasingly targeted.

But last night in Fort Collins, the community stood up to hate.

Once word spread via social media and word of mouth about what happened at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins, the good people of this great city took action: coming together to support their Muslim brothers and sisters, and rejecting the hatred that led to this act of vandalism. A huge crowd turned out to join hands around the building and show their support—fundamentally changing the story of what happened here.

We can’t stop everything bad that is happening in our nation today, but we can show the world that Colorado is not taking the damage Trump and the far right are doing lying down. When a Muslim child is frightened by an act of violence against their faith, we comfort them. When our families and neighbors are threatened by a political agenda meant to hurt them, Colorado unites to protect our own. And it is making all the difference.

Don’t stop now. Here are ways you can fight back for the week of March 27th:


FEATURED EVENT: The People’s Filibuster Rally-We Object to Gorsuch and We’ll Spell It Out!

Do Senators Bennet and Gardner hear us? We object to Judge Gorsuch! Do they need us to spell it out for them? YES! Join us for a rally and we will do just that: Colorado constituents will attempt line up in Civic Center Park to spell out “WE OBJECT” in giant letters – Gorsuch comes from Colorado – therefore Colorado residents MUST represent and send a strong message for our esteemed senators! A drone will fly over and take a video of the event. Therefore a LARGE crowd is needed to make this happen – please share this event with your friends, and be there rain or shine.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver
When: Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Tell Sen. Gardner’s staff: Please Protect Education!

Join us in meeting with the staff of Senator Gardner’s Colorado Springs office to discuss how important it is to save education in Colorado!

Where: 102 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Resist Trump Tuesdays – Fight Gorsuch

This Tuesday we meet outside Senator Cory Gardner’s office to protest Gorsuch’s appointment, and talk about the various other aspects of Resisting Trump and his agenda, today. #ResistTrumpTuesday! Please join us and invite your friends!

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St., Denver, Colorado
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Water is Life

Join Regis School of Sustainable Economic and Enterprise Development and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for a moving and inspirational night to explore the challenges, and inspirations occurring on the front line of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This informative event features a panel of Indigenous people who have spent their time on the front lines at the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to protect the Missouri River and their homeland burial grounds. Panelists will share their stories from the front lines, their hopes and strategies for environmental justice for American Indian Communities. Join us in Solidarity for dialog and a meal catered by Tocabe Eatery.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30pm

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Feminism is alive in Denver!

Hello everyone! We are an awesome group of feminists from all different backgrounds who get together every month and discuss various feminist issues in a supportive and respectful environment. We spend some meetups discussing the current book, and we are interested in community outreach and activism so please come and share your ideas and what’s going on in the world of feminism. We want Denver to know that we feminists are alive and well! If you are a feminist and are looking for an outlet to express and share your views, please join us at our meetups.

Where: Tattered Cover Book Store on Colfax, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00pm

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What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016 and How Will It Play Out?

An Address by Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith formerly with the New York Times, “What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016 and How Will It Play Out?” Auraria Campus, 1201 Larimer Street, Student Commons Building SC2600. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Where: Auraria Campus, 1201 Larimer Street, Denver, Student Commons Building SC2600
When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00pm


Learn about The Giving Project!

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Join us for an information session about our innovative program, The Giving Project! Meet our staff, hear from an alumni participant, and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice. Chinook Fund is seeking 25 diverse members for our 2017 Fall Giving Project. Over the course of six months, members will engage in racial justice and class analysis workshops together, fundraise, and grant money to grassroots, social justice organizations across the state. You will learn about social justice philanthropy while taking meaningful action. No prior experience is necessary—just a passion for change!

Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00pm

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Well-Being in Finance

It is important for each of us to know how our own spending, investing, and money habits can create change the economic system into a regenerative economy with every dollar. For example if you bank at a big banks,there is little transparency about where your money is invested, and likely it is invested in companies and industries which you would be fundamentally opposed to if you knew the trust costs of your investments. Your money could be financing rainforest destruction or fossil fuel development like the North Dakota pipeline. This talk will explore how your personal finance can become more ethical and values-based and how you can connect your financial activities to your values and help to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and just world.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Thursday, March 30 at 5:30pm

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Documenter and Resource Training

The Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition has three strategic initiatives over the next two years. One of them is to accompany immigrants through documenting cases of law enforcement and immigration collusion. As we document and accompany it allows us to be in relationship and resistance early on and collect valuable data for policy change.

Where: First United Methodist in Boulder. 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder
When: Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am

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Last Friday, after weeks of protests, Republicans in Washington, D.C. killed their latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t the last attempt we’ll see by the far right to undermine health care reform, but there is no question that the outcry of the American public played a key role in Trump’s decision to give up this fight. There can be no question now that the resistance to Trump is working: protecting our nation from harm when all other checks and balances have failed.

Never doubt that in the end, we will prevail. And thank you again for everything you are doing every day to fight back.

Colorado Week in Review: 3/24/17

Colorado Week in Review: 3/17/17

Tell Colorado’s U.S. Senators to reject Neil Gorsuch

The time has come for Coloradans to speak out against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Because Gorsuch is from Colorado, the spotlight is on our state, and it is absolutely critical that Coloradans make our voices heard at this moment.

Tell Colorado’s U.S. Senators to oppose Neil Gorsuch’s nomination.

Neil Gorsuch is just the latest in a series of horrible choices by Donald Trump. Gorsuch’s fringe views on health care and contraception make him an enemy of Colorado women. On the Supreme Court, Gorsuch would be a vote to roll back women’s rights, environmental protections, and hard-won protections against discrimination in the workplace. Gorsuch has even been endorsed by the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-LGBT extremist group. Gorsuch may hail from Colorado, but his record stands in opposition to Colorado values.

The simple fact is that this Supreme Court appointment was stolen from President Obama last year in a shameful act of political treachery. No Democrat should in any way cooperate with or otherwise enable Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, including Colorado Democrats. To do so would only hand Donald Trump another undeserved victory.

We will not stand by and allow Donald Trump to steal this Supreme Court seat, and install a Justice who would skew our law toward injustice for generations. We will not be silent while a judge who has a proven disregard for the rights of women, working people, and even the terminally ill–who Colorado voters overwhelmingly voted last year to give compassionate options to ease their suffering at the end of life.

Sign our petition calling on both of Colorado’s U.S. Senators to reject Gorsuch. We will deliver this petition to both Sen. Cory Gardner and Sen. Michael Bennet before they vote.

Thank you. We’ll update with more ways to take action as Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings get underway.

What you can do to fight back this week (March 13)

“The pressure is working.”

For almost two months, Coloradans have been turning out by the thousands to hold President Donald Trump and right-wing Sen. Cory Gardner accountable for the steady stream of bad news about what’s happening in Washington.

Friday evening, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC recounted in detail the enormous success of the protests in Colorado against Trump and Gardner. When this began in January, Cory Gardner called the citizens gathering outside his offices “paid protesters.” Gardner told Coloradans to “not be afraid” of Trump’s agenda. And he assured us that the Trump/Gardner plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, was in our best interests.

Today, Cory Gardner is singing a very different tune. Instead of telling Coloradans to “not be afraid,” Gardner leads off every speech now with issues on which he and Trump don’t agree. After making the promise to repeal Obamacare a central plank in his campaign, Gardner suddenly claims to be worried about Medicaid recipients in Colorado who could lose care.

We still don’t know how Gardner is going to vote. But we know that the protests are working. We know that Gardner would not even be paying lip service to these issues if not for the protests he has faced at home. What we are doing to fight back against Trump is not in vain, and once again Colorado is being held up as a model. Thank you–and keep fighting!

Here are things you can do to fight back this week:


Featured event: Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act Rally

Call to Action! It is time to take action against unconstitutional Federal overreach that will adversely and dramatically impact Colorado residents and law enforcement. On the 16th the Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act brought by Representative Salazar and Representative Esgar will be heard in the Judiciary committee. At 12pm there will be a press conference on the west steps of the capitol.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Thursday, March 16, 12:00pm

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Colorado Youth Civic Engagement Forum

Join us for this unique opportunity to experience democracy in action! State and local leaders will be meeting with young voters to talk about important issues and focus on solutions. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will open the event speaking about the importance of youth civic engagement. The evening will then turn to a panel of state and local elected officials discussing issues important to Colorado youth and fielding questions from youth in the audience. RSVP to join us for this unique close up with Colorado elected officials.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver (Colorado Room)
When: Monday, March 13, 5:00pm

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Resist Trump Tuesdays

Republican’s foolish attempt to replace not repair the Affordable Care Act will deny health coverage to MILLIONS! Even Cory Gardner has his doubts! Why do they hate the poor and aged among us? At the same time, we are still mystified by Trump’s curious Russian connections. The swamp just gets deeper and deeper. Join us to raise our voices and #ResistTrumpTuesday!

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 14, 12:00pm

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CWAM Museums Advocacy Day

Join us at the Colorado State Capitol to advocate for museums. Set-up one-one-one meeting with local legislators or museum advocates. Then, attend a cocktail reception at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Wednesday evening. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, presentations by museum professionals and legislators.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 15, 10:00am


Jose Antonio Vargas – “My Life as an Undocumented American”

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America. In 2015, MTV aired White People, a television special he directed on what it means to be young and white in America as part of its “Look Different” campaign. In February 2016, Jose launched #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform he conceived focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism. At the University of Colorado Boulder, Jose will speak about his experience as an undocumented immigrant in America and as an immigration reform activist, exploring one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

Where: Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado, 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder
When: Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm

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Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Women’s Health, along with our partners in the Colorado Reproductive Freedom Coalition, will lobbying for legislation to promote reproductive choice and access to healthcare, and urging legislators to oppose legislation limiting our reproductive rights and freedom. Please join us! RSVP required for this event.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Thursday, March 16, 8:00am

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The Far Reaching Effects of Wastewater Injection: Recent Case Studies of Anthropogenic Earthquakes

Will Yeck, National Earthquake Information Center, USGS: The Far-Reaching Effects of Wastewater Injection: Recent Case Studies of Anthropogenic Earthquakes. At Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome. Social time 6:30, meeting begins at 7.

Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave, Lakewood
When: When: Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm

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Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy

Humor is a tool underutilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting. This event will feature a range of comedic approaches, including stand-up comedy, sketch and situational comedy, and improv.

Where: TBA, University of Colorado, Boulder
When: Friday, March 17, 5:00pm

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March: Demand Russia-Trump Ties Investigation

We need to come together across the country and march to demand that Congress do their job and open a full, public, non-partisan, and independent investigation into Trump’s connections to Russia. Let’s make our voices heard on Saturday, March 18th and march to demand that Congress do their job and open up this important investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, March 18, 12:00pm

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Since Trump’s inauguration, the protests in Colorado have become a rallying point for all of us who are concerned about where our nation is headed. But the hope that you inspire with your actions is no longer just a story for local consumption. Because you are not getting bored, getting distracted, or giving up when the weather isn’t perfect, you are proving how much these issues matter to all of us. You are proving that Coloradans are neither self-absorbed nor ignorant of what’s happening. And you are showing America the way forward in these difficult times.

Thanks again, and we’ll see you in the streets.

Colorado Week in Review: 3/10/17