What you can do to fight back this week (January 16)

Holding the powerful accountable and fighting for the rights of everyone is not always the easy choice. Here in Denver, a city considered progressive and innovative by so many yardsticks, there’s a conflict brewing between new growth occurring in the urban core of the city and the communities that thrived here for decades before it was fashionable. This new conflict over gentrification, urban growth, and preservation of historic communities requires the best from all of us in order to build a prosperous future that respects everyone.

This weekend, hundreds from communities threatened by gentrification in Denver came together at Shorter AME Community Church to talk about lasting solutions to these vexing problems. [1] And it wasn’t just housing costs: the whole spectrum of necessary changes, from infrastructure to equitably support the city’s growth to reforming Denver’s troubled law enforcement institutions after years of distrust and brutality, were aired comprehensively by community leaders and individual residents in an open and respectful setting.

The problems our city and state face are formidable, but so is the resolve of community to solve them. Fighting for our shared values in the last year has been about resistance, but it’s also about hope for what comes after. And being organized to accomplish good things long after Trump and the far right are a memory is another reason to be proud of today’s resistance.

Here are more ways to get involved for the week of January 16th:


One Colorado Legislative Session Kickoff

The 2018 legislative session is right around the corner and there will be several bills that will impact the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We’re hosting a happy hour to give you an opportunity to grab a drink or two, meet pro-equality legislators, AND learn about what we’re expecting in 2018.

Where: Hudson Hill, 619 E 13th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 16 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


DREAM Together Press Conference

We are holding a community event to advocate for the clean Dream Act now! We will meet at Viking park and host a press conference at 5:30. Afterwards, we shall move to drop two banners to gain more public support for the Dream Act. Please share and invite friends to make this event as large as possible. Every person counts! We can dream together and make a clean Dream Act a reality!

Where: Viking Park, 2801 W 29th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Special Advance Screening of Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

In the new feature-length documentary award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explores the life and work of this passionate writer and civil-rights advocate Lorraine Hansberry, who played a significant role in the major cultural and political movements of her time. Sighted Eyes|Feeling Heart is filled with insightful on-camera interviews with those who knew her best, and rare archival material, creating a nuanced portrait of an activist and artist whose words and ideas are as relevant today as they were when she first wrote them.

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Official Women’s March On Colorado: One Year Anniversary

We will gather beginning at 8:30 AM. in Civic Center Park. The pre-rally will begin at 9 AM at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, followed by the March at 9:30 AM and rally at noon. The map is posted at www.marchoncolorado.org.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, January 20 at 8:30am

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Punk Against Trump feat. Anti-Flag

All ages: two dollars of every ticket purchased will go to the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition to continue promoting equality for all. Price: advanced $20 / day of show $22.

Where: Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 20 at 3:00pm

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Me, Too: The Women’s March on Colorado Springs

Join locally in solidarity with national and international Women’s Marches! Last year we made history with the largest march held in the city. This year, local organizers invite you to again show up to affirm our commitment to work together to lift up the individuals and collective identities in our community who continue to be disproportionately marginalized and targeted for acts of violence.

Where: 115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, January 21 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Post-Women’s March Meetup

You marched – what’s next? What will we all do after the Women’s March to create positive change in Colorado and the country? We’ve got you covered: Come join resistance groups for an informal meet and greet to learn about how you can plug in locally. Network with local progressives, share experiences, make friends, and get involved. Everyone is welcome.

Post-Women’s March Meetup – Boulder: March On The Polls
Where: West Flanders Brewing Co., 1125 Pearl St, Boulder
When: Sunday, January 21 at 6:30pm
Click here to RSVP.

Post-Women’s March Meetup – Lafayette: March On The Polls
Where: East Simpson Coffee Company, 414 E Simpson St, Lafayette
When: Sunday, January 21 at 10:00am
Click here to RSVP.

Post-Women’s March Meetup – Longmont: March On The Polls
Where: 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont
When: Sunday, January 21 at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP.

Post-Women’s March Meetup for Action-Arapahoe & Douglas County
Where: Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 2088 S Abilene St, Aurora
When: Sunday, January 21 at 2:00pm
Click here to RSVP.

Post-Women’s March Meetup – Arvada: March On The Polls
Where: Standley Lake Public Library, 8485 Kipling Street, Arvada
When: Sunday, January 21 at 3:30pm
Click here to RSVP.


Remember to watch your inbox for breaking news alerts! Thanks again for everything you do to fight back. We’ll see you next week.

Colorado Week in Review: 1/12/18

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

Weed over kids: Cory Gardner’s priorities?

You probably saw it on TV last week. After Trump’s attorney general made another threat to shut down Colorado’s legal marijuana industry, Sen. Cory Gardner spoke out on the floor of the U.S. Senate and threatened to stall Justice Department nominees.

Marijuana is a billion-dollar business in Colorado, and money talks. But here’s the problem: while Cory Gardner says he’s willing to go to extremes to protect the marijuana industry (which is debatable considering his parade of broken promises), 90,000 Colorado kids are in danger of losing their Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage. Uncertainty in Washington has forced Colorado to spend money we don’t have to temporarily cover kids who qualify for CHIP in our state, but that won’t last forever.

Send a message to Cory Gardner now: tell him to stand up for Colorado’s kids.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that Gardner’s priorities are hopelessly out of whack. Gardner spent all of last year trying repeatedly to destroy the Affordable Care Act and slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans, despite the fact that poll after poll showed that’s not what Coloradans wanted. Gardner claimed to support health insurance for children, but Republicans in Washington have refused to take action to fund CHIP for the long-term.

If Cory Gardner can shut down Justice Department nominations over marijuana, why can’t he do as much for 90,000 Colorado kids who need health coverage? Tell Gardner to do the right thing—even when there aren’t campaign donations and a billion-dollar industry at stake.

Thanks for helping us hold Gardner accountable to his promises. We’ll make sure he gets your message.

What you can do to fight back this week (January 8)

After almost a year of Trump in the White House, the resistance is shifting: not away from Trump, but toward every conservative politician who helped elected him and has enabled his disastrous first year as President of the United States. We’ve proven successful at slowing down Trump’s agenda, and stopping much of it in its tracks, but the next fight in the battle to take our country back happens this November.

In today’s resistance against Trump and the conservative agenda, ordinary people are the leaders. The Indivisible movement, the Women’s March, and everything else that has made a difference this past year has been about individual Americans stepping up to fight back. We couldn’t do any of this without you, and no one ordered you to fight back against Trump. We resist together because our nation and our shared values require nothing less of us. It’s that simple.

Featured Event: Official Women’s March On Colorado: One Year Anniversary

We believe that social justice, human rights, and equality for women and all marginalized people nationwide are shared American values. We firmly believe that there is still much work to do, and that real change will only happen when women are an active and respected part of the conversation. Until we have socioeconomic justice, and are active participants in a government that works for all of us, there is a reason to march. We will gather beginning at 8:30 AM. in Civic Center Park. The pre-rally will begin at 9 AM at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, followed by the March at 9:30 AM and rally at noon. The map is posted at www.marchoncolorado.org.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, January 20 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.

Thank you for everything you do week after week. Here are some great ways to fight back for the week of January 8th:


Stop Vouchers in Colorado

Public, taxpayer dollars for public education must stay in public schools
Oppose any changes to the Colorado School Finance Act or public school funding in Colorado that would use public, taxpayer dollars for vouchers, tax credits, or Education Savings Accounts.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 9 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Take Steps Today For Lasting Change

The tenets of environmental justice hold that all people everywhere should have access to a healthy and thriving environment. Further, all people should be able to live in freedom from environmental dangers. But is this achievable on a planet (and in a country) where people continue to buy huge houses and cars, produce multiple children and purchase products with no thought to their production cycle or packaging? Daily we hear threats to environmental protections in the United States and beyond, what can we do as concerned and committed citizens to protect humanities’ right to a healthy environment?

Where: Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2148 S High St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 9 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Common Cause: 2018 Legislative Preview

If you live in Denver, you’ve likely seen the shiny, golden dome of the Colorado state capitol building. But what actually happens there? How are bills introduced, debated and passed? And how does Colorado Common Cause participate in this process? Come learn about what takes place under the “golden dome”–and get a preview of the bills that Colorado Common Cause will tackle this session–at our 2018 Legislative Preview.

Where: The Irish Snug, 1201 E. Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 9 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Stand with Faith Winter and all the others against Rep. Lebsock

January 10th is the start of the 2018 Legislative session and Rep. Steve Lebsock has refused to resign after being accused of serial sexual harassment. Faith Winter and the 11 others that have come out showing immense bravery telling their experience of sexual harassment at this legislators hand need our support to show we stand with them, we believe. This will be a picket style protest with signs. We can legally walk the sidewalk surrounding the Capitol as long as we do not block traffic and continue moving. This is a great way for us to all get our steps in and give our support to these brave women.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 10 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


New Era Colorado: 8th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour

Join New Era for our 8th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour at Prohibition! The 2018 legislative session kicks off on Wednesday, January 10th, so come grab a drink with us at Prohibition and get the inside scoop on what to expect. We’ll be providing appetizers and if you’re a monthly donor, check in with us at the door for a free drink. If you have yet to join, there’s no time like the present: www.neweracolorado.org/Players Make sure to let us know you can make it so we get enough apps for everyone. See you there!

Where: Prohibition, 504 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 10 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! Lecture & Book Signing at The Temporary

Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter, and author. Since 1996, Goodman has hosted Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Thomas Merton Award in 2004, a Right Livelihood Award in 2008, and an Izzy Award in 2009 for “special achievement in independent media”. In 2012, Goodman received the Gandhi Peace Award for a “significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace”.

Where: The Arts Campus at Willits, 360 Market St., Basalt
When: Friday, January 12 at 7:00pm

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Gentrification Summit: Our Communities Are Not For Sale

If Denver is to truly be a “world-class city” it can’t be just for those who can most afford it. With displacement accelerating at lightening speed due to policies promoted by politicians indebted to wealthy developers, or businesses that are more interested in remaking neighborhoods rather than integrating into them, we need urgent solutions that will not take years to implement. We will not wait another election cycle to take back our city. The time to resist is now! This citywide summit will bring together progressive organizers, emerging leaders, and impacted residents who have actively and creatively resisted gentrification in their communities, as well as those who want to learn strategies to take back their neighborhoods.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, January 13 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Change the Rules: Civic Board Games

If you enjoy meeting new and interesting people, or having a great time with people you already know, then come on out and play some games and see how we can change the rules to either make things more realistic or to create new possible solutions. Bring your own board game or we’ll have lots of new and classic games (and also some funky vintage games provided by the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, & Toys), as well as great treats.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 13 at 4:00pm

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From Denver to Washington, D.C., 2018 is going to be loaded with opportunities for every one of us to stand up for what we believe in. We’ll do our best to keep you updated, so please watch for breaking news alerts through the week. Thanks again!

Colorado Week in Review: 1/5/18

What you can do to fight back this week (January 2)

The moment Donald Trump declared victory in the 2016 elections, we knew that 2017 would be one of the most ugly and painful years in American history. Elections matter. The choices we make for who to represent us in Denver and in Washington, D.C. have real-world consequences. The wrong choice, as we learned throughout the past year, can put in danger things we thought could never be seriously threatened.

In one short year, we learned the truth about the radical right wing’s agenda for the future of our country—and our worst fears have all come to be. It’s not an exaggeration. They want to wreck health care, public education, Medicaid, protections for LGBTQ Americans, equity for women, Social Security, and everything else the middle class depends on for our own prosperity and security. And now, after having passed a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans that will blow a trillion-dollar hole in the federal budget, they think they’ll be able to scare the American public into accepting these terrible cuts.

In 2018, we fight back.

The past year wasn’t just a horror story. Some say that the American people had to see with their own eyes what Trump and the far right really wanted to do to our country before they would fight back to stop them. The majority of Americans didn’t vote for Trump, and do not support what Trump has done over the last year to undermine affordable health care, demonize immigrants, slander and victimize women, and plunder the Treasury to reward his ultra-wealthy friends. In Colorado, thousands of you turned out time and again in every kind of weather to demand this madness stop.

This year, we start the long road to taking our country back. It’s not going to be easy. The sinister forces in American politics who inflicted Donald Trump on this country want you to be tired after the pitched political battles of 2017. They’re counting on you feeling hopeless, and believing that your resistance can’t stop them from carrying out their plans.

Working together, we’re going to make them eat their words. And 2018 will be different than 2016. Here is where it starts—as always, with you. Take action the week of January 2nd:


Featured Event: Official Women’s March On Colorado: One Year Anniversary

We believe that social justice, human rights, and equality for women and all marginalized people nationwide are shared American values. We firmly believe that there is still much work to do, and that real change will only happen when women are an active and respected part of the conversation. Until we have socioeconomic justice, and are active participants in a government that works for all of us, there is a reason to march. We will gather beginning at 8:30 AM. in Civic Center Park. The pre-rally will begin at 9 AM at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater, followed by the March at 9:30 AM and rally at noon. The map is posted at www.marchoncolorado.org.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, January 20 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.

Indivisible Denver: Women’s March Poster and Sash Making Crafting Party!

Where: Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 2 at 6:00pm

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350 Denver Monthly Meeting Focus on Permaculture

We will have a presentation about how food is a critical aspect of the climate fight, by one of our volunteers, Nancy Taylor, who holds a permaculture design certificate, and has been a science teacher here in Colorado, at the Waldorf School. Please join us and find out more about this important topic, and all the work we do here in Colorado!

Where: Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 2 at 6:00pm

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Cyber Bully Prevention Stakeholder convening

Ashawnty Davis, 10, died Wednesday after being taken off life support at a children’s hospital, two weeks after she was found hanging in a closet at home. Her parents said Ashawnty was bullied after a video of a fight she was in at her school in Aurora in October was posted on an app. Ashawnty confronted a girl who had already been bullying her, her mother said, and the fight was recorded on a cellphone and posted to an app called Musical.ly. Convening will address how to strengthen local and state policy around cyberbullying and the bully prevention program.

Where: Dayton Street Opportunity Center 1445 Dayton St, Aurora
When: Wednesday, January 3 at 1:00pm

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Indivisible Front Range Resistance: 1st Anniversary Gardner Visit

Last year on Jan 3rd, steering committee members of the two-week-old IFRR group visited Senator Cory Gardner for the first time in 2017. IFRR has since grown to 4,000 members and our mission is still to resist the Trump agenda. As we pivot toward electoral work in 2018, we want to check in on Senator Gardner in the new year and let his staff know that we’re going to hold him accountable for every poor decision he makes on our behalf. JOIN US.

Where: 721 19th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 3 at 9:00am

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Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition: America Votes & Disability Advocacy Training

Open to the public, this advocacy training provides an educational opportunity for people with disabilities, families, community activists, allies, and anyone interested in understanding more about our elections process. If you have any of these questions you should attend this training!

Where: The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St, Denver
When: Friday, January 5 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Denver Meet-Up

Come learn more about Moms Demand Action. If you already know about us, come hang out with friends and help us make signs for the MLK Marade and Women’s March!

Where: First Mennonite Church of Denver, 430 W 9th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 6 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Arvadans for Progressive Action: Conflict and Refugees

Come learn about the policies that cause refugees to leave their homes, and what can be done to help.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada
When: Saturday, January 6 at 3:45pm

Click here to RSVP.


Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (TAND) Launch Party

Come help us officially kick-off TAND’s initiative to engage as many stakeholders as possible to combat neighborhood drilling. Meet with fellow community members, grab a beer, write a postcard and learn about ways you can contribute through accessible action items.

Where: Odd13 Brewing, 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette
When: Sunday, January 7 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Remember to watch your inbox for breaking updates and alerts as they happen. And thanks again for your commitment as we get to work this year taking our country back. See you next week!

The 12 Days of Trumpsmas!

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

The holidays are a time for family, eggnog, and the lingering terror at the thought that Trump could fire Mueller any day now. Celebrate your existential dread with the 12 Days of Trumpsmas!

Colorado Week in Review: 12/15/17

What you can do to fight back this week (December 11)

As we head into the holidays and the end of a very long year, I wanted to take a moment to say something once again that I’ve said each week as we’ve helped organize the resistance to Trump and the far right here in Colorado.

Thank you.

We say thanks so often it loses its meaning. Sometimes we even say it sarcastically. But the truth is, after Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 elections, so many of us who work full-time in progressive politics were questioning our professional lives and choices on a basic level. Did we do everything we could? Can we learn from the mistakes that brought us here? Does what we do matter?

And then the people responded. Hundreds of thousands of you in Colorado alone, from the Women’s March to this past weekend’s demonstrations in support of net neutrality. You stopped the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, fought back against the Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress at every step, and set the stage for historic accountability at the polls next year.

It’s because of you that there is hope going into 2018 despite everything that’s happened in the last year. The fight goes on as you can see below across the broad range of critical issues confronting our state and nation, but every day my confidence is growing that we will take this country back—and soon. And you’re the one I have to thank.

Here are ways to take action for the week of December 11th:


Open to All: Discussing Discrimination at the Supreme Court

One week after the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CO Civil Rights Com’n, join us for a discussion with Colorado community leaders and those involved in the case. Refreshments will be served. No ticket required to attend, but RSVPs appreciated for space and food/drink planning.

Where: 303 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Change The Name Stapleton: Voice Your Opinion at Community Name Listening Sessions

If you were promised in the 1990s that the Stapleton name wouldn’t be used at the site of the old airport, or in the early 2000s that it would only be used as a locator and in small font… that the name would be phased out, if you were part of the activist group in 2002, or #ChangeTheNameStapleton in 2015, or if you’re just getting involved. You deserve to have your voice heard and they say they are going to listen! Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler will facilitate two community meetings on December 11th about our community name. Please attend one or both to voice your opinion.

Where: The Cube Stapleton, 8371 Northfield Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rally for Universal Health Care

Rally across Colorado with the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care and 120 countries worldwide on Dec. 12 for a health care system that covers everyone on Universal Health Coverage Day — an international day of action celebrated around the globe.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

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

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Tell Mike Coffman: Fix the GOP #taxscam

Come join us as we encourage Congressman Mike Coffman to vote NO on the Republican tax bill currently in the House. Co-hosted by Indivisible Colorado District 6, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, www.indivisibleArapahoe.org, Indivisible Denver, OFA – Colorado, and ProgressNow Colorado. Aurora City Council member Crystal Murillo will be with us.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Affordable Housing 101: Can We Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis?

It’s time for a real investment in accessible, affordable housing in your community. Join your elected officials in Housing 101 – learn about the need for affordable housing, possible approaches to increasing the supply of housing, and addressing the housing needs of rural, urban, and suburban areas. This event is free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center Aurora Room, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora
When: Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Sierra Club – Denver Metro Network 2017 Year End Summit: A Celebration With Food And Drinks

Join us for the second annual year-end summit of the Colorado Sierra Club! This fun-filled and reflective reception will celebrate our successes in 2017 in our first year responding to the Trump Administration and highlight what engagement opportunities we have in store for 2018 to explore, enjoy and protect Colorado.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Congress: Time’s Up #DREAMActNOW

Thousands have already lost their DACA protections while Congress plays with their lives by sidelyning a vote on the DREAM Act. We can’t and WON’T WAIT any longer. TIme’s up Congress – we won’t sit idly by if you’ve stood in the way of passing a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year. Join us for a rally and press conference at St. Cajetans on Auraria campus on Thursday Dec. 14th @ 11:30am to hold our Colorado members of Congress accountable.

Where: St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus, 1200 Ninth St., Denver
When: Thursday, December 14 at 11:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Protection Coalition: Holiday Shopping: Buyers Beware Rally

Fine print clauses that take away your legal, constitutional rights can be found everywhere – including in the credit cards you use to purchase holiday gifts, on the websites for major stores, and even on the products themselves. It’s time we bring awareness to Wall Street’s overreach into Colorado’s main streets. Join us in front of the Lakewood Best Buy on 384 S Wadsworth Blvd at 2 p.m. on December 14th and let your concerns be heard!

Where: 384 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood
When: Thursday, December 14 at 2:00pm

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Beers and the Budget: How the national budget affects us

Even though 2017 is drawing to a close, things are far from cooling down in Washington D.C.One major priority for Congress over the next few weeks is finalizing a national budget – if they don’t the government will shut down in early to mid December. However, the budget that the Trump administration and US House have put forward are full of cuts that will have grave impacts for Coloradans, especially to our healthcare and environment. Please join us for a beer and to talk about the budget, and bring a friend! We’ll supply some appetizers.

Where: Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St, Denver
When: Thursday, December 14 at 6:30pm

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Mi Familia Vota and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone Bank for Clean DREAM Act

3 months have passed since #DACA has been terminated and Congress has a real opportunity to act and pass a #CleanDreamAct now. It is urgent that we organize and that we get our community including students, parents, teachers, etc to phone bank our representatives so they hear from us, their constituents, a clear message that we are#HereToStay and that we need a Clean DREAM Act to pass. Join us at the ACLU offices at 303 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203t Suite 350 to phone bank with us. There will be food!

Where: 303 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Friday, December 15 at 12:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Sunday School For Atheists: Safety

What makes a safe community? Is safety the same as being comfortable or happy? Does a gun make you safe? Do the police? More money = safer? Does access to education? Healthy food? Fresh air? Come decorate holiday cookies and hear some interesting takes on what makes a safe community, and what we can do about it.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, December 17 at 11:00am

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Craftivism and Craft Beers

Join us Monday, December 18th from 6pm-8pm at Crazy Mountain’s Taproom in Lakewood! Get your holiday craft on with other choice activists as we make feminist themed crafts while drinking delicious beer! Feel free to bring your own craft supplies from the list provided. We will have some on hand and are asking a $5 donation if you use ours! Looking forward to crafting and craft beer-ing!

Where: 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood
When: Monday, December 18 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


From all of us at ProgressNow Colorado, have a happy holiday season and New Year. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2018. It’s going to be a big year…

Colorado Week in Review: 12/8/17

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

What you can do to fight back this week (December 4)

This weekend, the U.S. Senate voted to hurt millions of Americans.

Most likely, you’re one of them.

The so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” isn’t about tax cuts or jobs for America’s middle class. Study after study has shown that the benefits of this legislation will overwhelmingly go to the richest 1% of Americans. Meanwhile, middle-class families making less than $100,000 per year will see almost no benefit—and by 2027, millions of middle and lower income Americans could actually pay more in taxes than they do today.

And in a year or two when the massive deficits these tax cuts for the wealthy create have to be paid for, it’s the institutions the middle class relies on like Social Security and Medicare that will be on the chopping block. There is no “upside” to the GOP tax scam. For most Americans it’s a lose-lose proposition.

Rep. Mike Coffman has one more chance to stop this terrible legislation. Although Rep. Coffman promised on the campaign last year to “stand up to Trump,” Coffman voted for the tax scam in the House. What’s more, Coffman has been a leading proponent of the false claim that the huge losses in revenue from tax breaks for the richest Americans will be “made up for” by economic growth. Unfortunately, Coffman isn’t listening to the experts who know that’s not true. Rep. Coffman is even keeping his offices locked up to prevent constituents from making their voices heard.

Priority #1 this week: join us at Rep. Coffman’s office in Aurora tomorrow as Coloradans reach out one last time to appeal for Coffman to vote against the final version of the GOP tax scam. Because Coffman refuses to open his offices, there will be pens and Post-It notes for you to leave a message on the glass entry doors outside Coffman’s office—a message Coffman’s staff won’t have a choice but to see.

What: Tell Mike Coffman: Reject the GOP #TaxScam
Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, December 5 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Thank you. Here are more ways to take action for the week of December 4th:


Tipton: Listen To DREAMers

AJUA invites you to be part of a rally and candle-light vigil, Tuesday December 5th, 2017, as part of a National Day of Action calling on Congressman Scott Tipton to act and vote for a #CleanDreamAct! We will gather in the Glenwood Springs High School parking lot closest to Grand Avenue. Please wear white shirts in support of our #DREAMERS around the nation.

Where: Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 5:00pm

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350 Denver Gathering and Move Your Money Forum

Divestment is an empowering and effective tool to fight climate change that can be implemented by any individual or institution with a bank account or investments. If you are concerned about where your money is invested, what you are supporting with your credit card, or just don’t know where to begin, we hope you can make this meeting. In addition to helpful resources you can take home to start your divestment process, we will hear from Molly Chafetz. Molly leads the digital marketing strategy and coordinates other business development and programs for the Green Century Fund, a fossil free nonprofit mutual fund. She also spent nearly a decade working with the Public Interest Network.

Where: Highlands United Methodist Church 3131 Osceola St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone Bank for Clean DREAM Act

3 months have passed since #DACA has been terminated and Congress has a real opportunity to act and pass a #CleanDreamAct now. It is urgent that we organize and that we get our community including students, parents, teachers, etc to phone bank our representatives so they hear from us, their constituents, a clear message that we are#HereToStay and that we need a Clean DREAM Act to pass. Join us at the ACLU offices at 303 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203t Suite 350 to phone bank with us. There will be food!

Where: 303 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 6 at 12:00pm

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Why I Had to Leave: Elmer’s Story

Come hear Elmer Pena’s story about why he had to leave El Salvador and how, 16 years later, he has taken sanctuary in Colorado Springs. Professor Edgar Cota-Torres from UCCS and immigration attorney Stephanie Izaguirre will provide information on the impact of U.S. foreign policy and immigration policy on Central America.

Where: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (ASUUC), 730 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00pm

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Forced Pooling…what is it and how do we make reform?

Local communities are being faced with the decision of leasing mineral rights or face “forced pooling” by the oil and gas industry. Learn about the current law and efforts toward reform through potential legislation. Conservation Colorado will join us and Nicole Johnston will provide an update of current and pending oil and gas applications in Aurora.

Where: Adonea Club, 99 N. Newbern Way, Aurora
When: Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm

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Protest at Verizon stores for Net Neutrality

The new chairman of the FCC was a top lawyer at Verizon. Now he’s calling for a vote to kill net neutrality. We’re protesting at retail stores across the U.S. to demand that Congress stop Verizon’s FCC from destroying the Internet as we know it.

Where: Verizon Retail Stores, Nationwide
When: Thursday, December 7 at 12:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Colorado Gives (A Damn) Days: How to support community every day

This is two days after “Colorado Gives Day” (which we are happily taking part in. Please support us and other wonderful organizations on December 5th.) Monetary support is a necessity in today’s world but is it the end all? Is it the highest form of support? The easiest? Tonight we’ll challenge you with a Task Party (just show up and see what we mean-essentially: “take a task, complete the task, write a task for someone else, repeat.” ) and expose you to ways to save the community center without having to breakdance so hard!

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, December 7 at 6:00pm

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Dream Act NOW Colorado Speak Out

Over 3 months have passed since #DACA has been terminated and Congress has a real opportunity to act and pass a #CleanDreamAct. Join us as we demand leadership from our Colorado MOC’s to stand up for immigrant youth. Speak up to pass a clean dream act now because every day that passes, immigrant youth are losing work permits & protection from deportation.

Where: St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus, 1200 Ninth St., Denver
When: Friday, December 8 at 10:00am

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A Night for the CU Denver DREAMers

In response to the troubling news of the cancellation of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, the Political Science Department at CU Denver is committed to supporting DREAMers as they continue to pursue higher education. We have identified DACAmented students who have been active with their community and who wish to join our Political Science Masters’ program in Civil Leadership and Community Organizing in the Fall of 2018.

Where: ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Friday, December 8 at 6:00pm

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Fundraiser

We lose at least 1 Transgender person a month to hatred, suicide, and trans phobia. Come help up celebrate the lives lost & help raise money for the Transformative Freedom Fund. This show is packed with amazing performers from Local Queen LaShay DiMarco, to Colorado Springs & FoCo performers. This is going to be a show you don’t want to miss Emcee’d by Onyx Steele & Hosted by Chance Be Tranz.

Where: Denver Wrangler, 3090 Downing St, Denver
When: Friday, December 8 at 8:00pm

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Save the Internet, Stand up for Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai and the Trump administration are slated to vote on net neutrality next month. Net neutrality essentially makes it a rule that all websites should load at the same speed and not be blocked; getting rid of net neutrality means that internet service providers can decide which sites you can visit, how fast certain sites load, and if you have to pay more in order to load faster or go to certain sites. Essentially it destroys the idea of an open internet. It is time to take a stand and rally in person to save the freedom of information, and bring it to Skyline Park, outside Verizon and AT&T’s front door.

Where: Skyline Park, 17th And Arpahoe St, Denver
When: Saturday, December 9 at 1:00pm

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Sandy Hook Remembrance Vigil

Join us as we remember the victims, 5 years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Where: Be3 Dinner Church, 1195 Newport St, Denver
When: Sunday, December 10 at 4:00pm

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Fighting back against the powerful requires persistence, and sometimes the bad guys are able to accomplish bad things despite our best efforts. What gives me hope is the courage I see in Coloradans week after week as you tirelessly push back against Trump and the far-right agenda. Even as we accept inevitable setbacks today, we know it won’t last forever. Accountability is coming in the new year, and you will be there when it happens.

Thanks again.

Colorado Week in Review: 12/1/17

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

Denver To DC: Stop The #GOPTaxScam

With the U.S. Senate preparing to vote on legislation that will increase the deficit by an estimated $1.4 trillion, gut health reform, and raise taxes for millions of middle-class families to give tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, activists, policy groups, and concerned Coloradans from around the state rallied in Denver to urge a no vote on the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

“The tax plan is really going to hurt a tremendous number of people,” said Carol Hedges of the Colorado Fiscal Institute. “It’s going to hurt working families, graduate students, teachers, millions of people who make up the backbone of the American economy. This is legislation that will help the rich, and hurt the rest of us. I am deeply worried about the damage this legislation will do and I urge Senator Gardner to oppose it.”

“I live in the mountains above Boulder and I am here today to protest against this irresponsible tax plan,” said Boulder resident Joan Hemm. “My husband is disabled. He is on Social Security disability insurance, he is on Medicare, and I am on a health plan provided by the Affordable Care Act. It’s like dominoes—if this tax plan goes through, we’re just hit in every way imaginable. And because we don’t make over $75,000 per year, we’ll be paying more taxes on top of it! This will be devastating for my family.”

“Income tax policy is really about values and vision,” said retired college professor Katherine Amato. “Dealing with my own major medical expenses, I was extremely lucky to have the medical cost deduction available to me to help offset the rising cost of care. Now I am cancer-free, and for the first time in years won’t have to claim a medical deduction this year. I will gladly pay a small amount more to ensure this vital benefit remains available to all Americans who need it.”

“As usual, Sen. Cory Gardner is refusing to state his position on a bill that will have devastating consequences for his constituents—this time it’s the disastrous Republican tax scam. We remember when he refused to tell the truth to Coloradans about his fervent support for ending health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of his constituents earlier this year,” said Manny Lopez del Rio of ProgressNow Colorado. “We can’t trust Gardner to stand up for Coloradans, but we can show him that he’ll be held accountable for turning his back on us. Colorado is watching this disaster unfold, Sen. Gardner, and we won’t forget.”

Colorado Week in Review: 11/17/17

Colorado to HHS: #HandsOffMyBC

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Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose) speaks at the Denver #HandsOffMyBC rally.

Coloradans filled the streets in downtown Denver today as part of rallies in numerous major cities across the nation in opposition to the recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to allow almost any employer to eliminate contraceptives from employee health coverage. ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, joined with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), the American Civil Liberties Union, the Interfaith Alliance, Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, New Era Colorado, C.A.P.E. Denver, Together We Will, concerned residents, and elected officials on both sides of the aisle to rescind this order and ensure women stay covered.

“Men and women, Republicans and Democrats, communities of faith from across Colorado all say with one voice that access to birth control is off limits to cynical DC political games,” said Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail. “Contraceptive coverage as mandated by the Affordable Care Act has helped to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy in Colorado and throughout the nation. The public health benefits of contraceptive coverage have been proven again and again, but more importantly, people have a fundamental right to access contraception within the health coverage they already pay for.”

“Since the beginning of this new administration, American lives have been at stake,” said Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams. “The Affordable Healthcare Act otherwise known as Obamacare has been threatened from every angle. Now we’re here to defend women and teen girls who are being affected by taking away basic care when it comes to prevention of unplanned pregnancies. There is no mention of abortion in our Bible anywhere, but there is clear reference to not judging another person—spoken specifically by Jesus. This decision takes a judgmental action by implying that women are not capable of making decisions with their own bodies. This decision will cause more problems by increasing unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Take your hands off our birth control!”

“Increasing access to reproductive health care means access to birth control,” said Adrienne Mansanares of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. “It is unconscionable that a woman’s decision to access birth control can now be made for her by her boss. This is a message to American women that they can’t be trusted to make their own health care decisions, and must get permission from an authority figure first. Nothing should come between women and the health care they need.”

“Colorado is an incredible success story when it comes to reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy through access to contraceptives,” said Taylor Holden of ProgressNow Colorado. “Part of that success has been the requirement that employers offer contraceptive coverage as part of every insurance plan. We know from experience in Colorado that having access to birth control leads to better planning, happier children, and stronger families. We’re calling on HHS to immediately rescind the new policy allowing almost any employer to end contraceptive coverage. Colorado knows what success looks like, and we don’t want this.”

For more information on today’s rally in Denver and other major cities across the nation, click here.