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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

What you can do to fight back this week (March 6)

For weeks, concerned citizens across Colorado and the nation have turned out in massive numbers to voice our concerns about the direction of our country under President Trump.

This weekend, Trump’s supporters vowed a response.

And it was a flop.

Pro-Trump rallies failed across America to attract anything close to the crowds who have showed up week after week to stand up to Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. The opposition to Trump is so much stronger than what the “Tea Party” did to oppose President Obama back in 2009. Today it is the educated rising up, not the ignorant. Today communities are rallying to unite in common defense and common values–not bigotry, division, and fear.

As President Obama said in 2008, “we are the ones we have been waiting for.” Everything you are doing to stand up for progressive values and to call out Trump’s errors is helping our country get through this. Your letters, your phone calls, your donations, your attendance at events. They all matter. And you will look back upon these crazy days proudly knowing that you did not stand idle when our values as a nation were tested.

Here are ways to fight back for the week of March 6th:


Trump Tuesday: Sen Gardner: Tell Sessions to Resign NOW!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress and the American people about his Russian contacts but President Trump has “Total” confidence in his AG. Is this the country we know and love or some dark, fascist alternative fact? Join us to stiffen our Senator’s spine and insist he calls out his “good friend” Jeff Sessions to resign and resign NOW!Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress and the American people about his Russian contacts but President Trump has “Total” confidence in his AG. Is this the country we know and love or some dark, fascist alternative fact? Join us to stiffen our Senator’s spine and insist he calls out his “good friend” Jeff Sessions to resign and resign NOW!

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 7, 12:00pm

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Sit Lie Ban Vote at Fort Collins City Council

Come join us in urging city council to vote “NO” to the sit-lie ban. We will gather in peaceful protest from 5-6pm in front of city hall, and then we will speak out against the ordinance when it comes up on the agenda (6:30 or so). Come and participate in whichever way you are comfortable. Please visit fccan.org/fchc for more info or contact info(at)fccan.org. Thanks!

Where: 300 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, March 7, 5:00pm

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Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights – First Vote!

Yes, it’s true….we are finally at the first vote stage of the Climate Bill of Rights. Tuesday, March 7 will be an historic evening. Please come to show your support, or to speak for 3-5 minutes on why you do not want drills and pipelines in your community. Note that we will be meeting in the Lafayette Library as we are anticipating a large turnout.

Where: Lafayette Public Library, 775 W Baseline Rd, Lafayette
When: Tuesday, March 7, 6:00pm

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Women and Families Wednesday – WLCO and Bell Policy Center

Women’s Lobby of Colorado and Bell Policy Center are proud to host a Women and Families’ Wednesday on March 8th at the Colorado Capitol. Which also happens to be International Women’s Day! We will be talking to Colorado legislators about bills that matter to women and families in Colorado. Including HB1195 which would exempt children’s diapers from the state income tax. The bill will be up on committee that day too. We hope you will join us!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 8, 8:15am

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Tell Disney: Drop Trump’s Business Council

Join FRESC & Colorado People’s Alliance on March 8th to demand that Disney CEO Bob Iger, step down from Trump’s Economic Advisory Council. The current administration has a Business Advisory Council that is comprised of large corporations and businesses like Walmart, JP Morgan and GM (to name a few). And a significant number of employees are immigrants, refugees and/or victims of inhumane labor practices. We just got word that next Wednesday, March 8th, Disney will be holding their shareholders meeting downtown Denver and that CEO, Bob Iger recently accepted a new position on the council.

Where: Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 8, 9:00am

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The Watcher’s Silent Vigil for Liberty, Justice and Human Rights

The Watchers invite you to join in a silent march around the Capitol in powerful and peaceful silence in support of Liberty, Justice and Human Rights for All. By marching around the Capitol, we will be letting our elected officials at every level of government know that we are watching and will be engaging with them to ensure the preservation of our democracy. The Watchers were started by a group of Denver women inspired by the Women’s March in January and by the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in Argentina who walked together for years in honor of their disappeared children.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 8, 12:00pm

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A Day Without A Woman – Denver

On March 8th we will once again honor and join forces with those that are organizing the International Women’s Strike…our demand is simple…Equal Pay for Equal Work. Here in Denver we will have a Silent March on the Capitol, Free Self-Care Workshops and Coaching, and encourage women to get together for a Girl’s Day spent doing what they love.

When: Wednesday, March 8, all day

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The Science of Resistance

Join us on March 8th as we break down the science of resistance and apply it to the causes we care about most. We’re convening a panel of experts to dig into the data about what works and what doesn’t in social movements, political campaigns and other large-scale efforts to transform society.

Where: Joining Vision and Action, 2465 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater
When: Wednesday, March 8, 5:30pm

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Tell Sen Gardner to Oppose Climate Rollbacks!

We are holding a rally outside the Denver office of Senator Gardner to tell him that climate change legislation is important to the students of Colorado, and that we do not want to see them repealed. Please join us! If you are unable to attend the event in person, feel free to make a phone call. The number for Gardner’s office is 303-391-5777.

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th Street, Denver
When: Thursday, March 9, 3:00pm

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A Town Hall on Transparent & Affordable Health Care!

Come hear about the work your state legislators and the Lt. Governor are doing to help expand access to transparent, affordable health care in Colorado, and our next steps if the federal government repeals the Affordable Care Act. Join Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, Rep. Daneya Esgar, Rep. Janet Buckner & Rep. Susan Lontine.

Where: West High School (Denver), 951 Elati St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 9, 6:00pm

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Native Nations March on Denver

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully March on Washington DC. We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.

Where: Sunken Gardens Park, 1099 Speer Blvd, Denver
When: Friday, March 10, 4:00pm

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We Are One Colorado Tour: Durango

One Colorado is bringing our “We Are One Colorado” tour to 13 cities across the state to talk about how to build on — and protect — our victories and continue to advance equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families. One Colorado will also present the findings of their statewide LGBTQ needs assessment that was conducted in 2016.

Where: Durango Public Library, 1900 E 3rd Ave, Durango
When: Friday, March 10, 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

On Saturday, the We Are One Colorado Tour will arrive in Telluride. Click here for more information.


ACLU’s People Power Resistance LiveStream

Join us on March 11 for a livestream viewing of the ACLU’s launch of People Power. We’ll watch the Resistance Training live and talk about next steps for organizing to resist Trump’s attacks on our basic freedoms.

Where: Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass, 500 W Main St
When: Saturday, March 11, 2:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you are doing to resist President Trump, the Republican-dominated Congress, and politicians who want to undo the progress we’ve made in Washington, D.C. and in Denver. Because of your continuing efforts, it’s not going the way they planned. Every day we resist Trump’s agenda we set the stage to stop him once and for all–if not today, then at the polls the first chance America gets.

Because of you, America’s story will not end with Donald Trump. I am personally grateful.

Colorado Week in Review: 3/3/17

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

For weeks, thousands of Coloradans have been trying to get the attention of Sen. Cory Gardner, imploring him to fight back against President Donald Trump’s destructive plans for health care, the environment, immigration reform, and so many other important issues.

Not only has Sen. Gardner ignored the people of Colorado who elected him, he has repeatedly insulted you by calling you “paid protesters.”

On Friday evening, one of the most unusual–and amazing–political events I’ve ever witnessed took place at Byers Middle School in Denver. A crowd so massive that even an “overflow room” was overflowing turned out to voice their concerns to Sen. Gardner–at least 1,500 and probably many more. Since Gardner chose not to show up, citizens gave their feedback to a cardboard cutout of Gardner–but more importantly to the news cameras and reporters gathered to watch.

If you missed this event Friday, watch the recorded livestream here.

Cory Gardner spent all of last week’s recess on the run from his constituents. As the resistance to the Trump agenda continues to build in Colorado and throughout America, there is real doubt growing as to whether Republicans in Washington, D.C. will succeed in their drive to repeal health care reform. That means the resistance is working. What you are doing every week to fight back against Donald Trump and Cory Gardner could make the literal difference between life and death for your neighbor. Or your family member. Or maybe even yourself.

Here is what you can do to fight back for the week of February 27th:


Trump Tuesday: You Work for Us, Not Trump!

We’re certain our Senator will be flying back to DC on Tuesday. Too bad he was not able to schedule a single public Town Hall, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to Resist the Trump Agenda. Trump will be giving his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening. So let’s set the agenda moving forward.

Where: Skyline Park, 1601 Arapahoe St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 28, 12:00pm

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25 Years of TABOR: Make your voice heard

This event, free and open to the public, is being put on by the Denver Post, the Denver Press Club and the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl. CFI will participate in the panel, and we encourage civically engaged Coloradans, and those who want to learn more about the conflict over Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights, to come.

Where: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl Denver CO 80204
When: Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


Refugees: In Their Own Words

This program will serve as a space for refugees to tell their stories, before and after resettlement, in their own words. We are grateful to our panel of refugees for agreeing to courageously share their stories. Today, there are over 21 million refugees worldwide – the highest number of displaced persons in history. While refugees hold many different identities, they share one thing in common – they have all escaped persecution and violence. This event will feature personal testimonies of immense hardship, loss, and perseverance, but will also highlight the humanity and dedication of refugees to contribute to the communities in which they live.

Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave., Denver
When: Tuesday, February 28, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


We Are One Colorado Tour: Sterling

One Colorado is bringing our “We Are One Colorado” tour to 13 cities across the state to talk about how to build on — and protect — our victories and continue to advance equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families. One Colorado will also present the findings of their statewide LGBTQ needs assessment that was conducted in 2016.

Where: Family Resource Center, 120 Main St, Sterling, CO 80751
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 – 7:30 pm.

Click here to RSVP.

On Wednesday, March 1, the We Are One Colorado Tour will appear in Arvada. Click here for more information.


Women & Family Wednesday Lobby Day

Colorado 9to5 will be hosting this week’s Women & Family Wednesday lobby day at the capitol. We will be talking to our legislators about the importance of the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill that will be introduced soon.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Where Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Durango Activist Community Building Potluck

Come meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and build face to face relationships of affinity and solidarity. Feel free to bring friends! Potluck style, so bring something to share if you are able, but if not, no worries, there will be plenty to go around! (Please let us know about any allergies or dietary restrictions and we will make sure there’s something delicious available that you can eat!)

When: Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 9:30pm.
Where: Willow House, Durango

Click here to RSVP and get directions.


Colorado Common Cause – Reforming the Electoral College

The National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact is a voluntary agreement between states to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationally. If enacted, the agreement will ensure that the candidate who receives the most votes wins the U.S. presidency. It will also encourage presidential candidates to spend time engaging with voters throughout the county—instead of only those who live in a handful of swing states. Learn more about Colorado’s past and future role in reforming the Electoral College at our next informational happy hour.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 2, 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Click here to RSVP.


We Proclaim Yes! Acting to Keep Our Communities Whole

We’ll gather in prayer & testimonials before marching with Banners to the Emerson, Louisiana & Downing Overpass on I-25. It’s time to say YES! President Trump and Congress. Say yes to Ingrid! Yes to Jeanette! Say yes to mothers & fathers! Say yes to daughters and sons! Say yes to grandmothers and grandfathers! Say yes to our communities! We will not let you separate families.

Where: Washington Park, Denver, 1000 S Downing St, Denver
When: Saturday, March 4, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Click here to RSVP.


March Forth! Share Your Song-Raise Your Voice-Join the Movement

Over the last few months, the streets have been alive with energy and movement. In the face of policies and language threatening to divide us, thousands of people have decided to stand up, to speak out, and to join together. One way or another, we have begun to raise our voices in a spirit of unity. Yet even when our cause is common, our stories and struggles are not the same. On March 4th, let’s listen to each other. Let’s learn each other’s songs. Let’s sing them in the streets. Let’s…MARCH FORTH!

Where: Youth on Record, 1301 W 10th Ave, Denver
When: When: Saturday, March 4, 2:30 – 5:30pm.

Click here to RSVP.


Week after week, you are proving that the resistance to Trump is not going away. It is not the work of “paid protesters.” It is not a temporary fad to be forgotten after a few weeks of catharsis. We are committed to opposing Trump’s backward agenda for as long as it takes, and responding to his daily insults against nearly every segment of the American public he was elected to serve. Every time we do, we prove again that America is better than Donald Trump.

You, the resistance, are America’s greatest hope for a better tomorrow. I can’t thank you enough.

(ICYMI) Trump rally at the Colorado Capitol today

POLS UPDATE #2: Can’t make this up, folks:

Things you can’t do sober: Spirit of America rally Denver from Denver

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POLS UPDATE: A memorable sign from today’s exciting little rally for President Donald Trump:

Donald Trump: the “anoited” one! At least we’re pretty sure this isn’t a reference to a certain presidential hotel suite in Moscow. Meanwhile, for comparison, LGBT advocacy group One Colorado appears to have done as well or better than Donald Trump for attendance to their LGBTQ Rally Day today:

Original post follows.

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With all the protests taking place almost daily in Colorado, we at ProgressNow Colorado are committed to helping citizens stay up to date on what’s happening. Today, a rally at the Colorado Capitol to support President Donald Trump gave us a chance to easily explain how to spot the difference between rallies in support of versus in opposition to Trump.

Thank you for your attention.

Colorado Week in Review: 2/24/17

What you can do to fight back this week (February 21st)

We all knew the day would come when President Trump’s destructive agenda for our country began to hurt real people. That is unfortunately starting to happen, as families who have called America home for decades–families with children who know no other home but America–are put in jeopardy across the nation.

Real people like Jeanette Vizguerra, who has been forced to seek sanctuary in a downtown Denver church rather than face separation from her children and the community she has been a part of for years. This holiday weekend, one of several large demonstrations in Denver featured a march from Civic Center Park to the First Unitarian Church where Vizguerra has taken sanctuary. Even in these terrible times, it is the compassion, unity, and dignity afforded to the victims of Trump’s hateful agenda that shines brighter.

You are making a difference. Every protest march, and every letter and phone call is an act not just of resistance but reclamation: of what it means to be an American, and a Coloradan. We are better than Donald Trump and we are proving it before the eyes of the world every day.

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Here are opportunities to fight back for the week of February 21st, 2017:


FEATURED EVENT: With or Without You: Town Hall for Senator Gardner

Thousands of Coloradans having been trying for weeks to get the attention of Senator Gardner in a good-faith effort to encourage him to set up a face-to-face town hall, especially during February recess week. The senator has declined so far, and so we’re going to make it as easy as possible for him, we’re organizing the town hall. We will ask our questions in a civil forum among our community neighbors with or without the senator’s presence. He has, however, been invited in good faith and encouraged to attend.

When: Friday, February 24 at 5:30 pm
Where: Byers Middle School, 150 S Pearl St, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Broomfield Oil and Gas Public Forum

The city and county of Broomfield is considering a proposal to allow dozens of new oil wells within the city boundaries. Show up to stand up for our neighborhoods and keep heavy industry away from schools and homes.

When: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield

Click here to RSVP.


Aurora Lawmakers Town Hall

Join Senator Daniel Kagan (Senate District 26), Senator Nancy Todd (Senate District 28), and Rep. Jovan Melton (House District 41) for a town hall next Tuesday, February 21st, at 6:30 PM at the Heather Gardens Clubhouse. They will be joined by speakers from the AARP and Law Enforcement to discuss access to Medicare and avoiding Identity theft and common fraud schemes.

When: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30 pm
Where: Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora

Click here to RSVP.


“Safety for All” Rally

Denver Deputy Sheriffs, faith leaders, and criminal justice reform advocates are joining together in a unification rally calling for immediate action by Mayor Michael Hancock, Public Safety Director Stephanie O’Malley and Sheriff Patrick Firman to resolve Denver’s jail overcrowding and safety crisis. Organizers call on the Mayor to immediately convene a working group comprised of community advocates, deputy sheriffs, public officials and faith leaders to address escalating jail overcrowding and assault issues.

When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:30 pm
Where: Denver Detention Center, 490 W Colfax Ave, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


We Don’t Want SB90 Back in Colorado Press Conference/ No Queremos SB90 Otra Vez En Colorado Conferencia de Prensa

Next week we face one of the most anti-immigrant bills of the past decade, and we need your voice to kill this legislation. It is not enough for us to simply win enough votes, we must use this as an opportunity to condemn bigotry and xenophobia across our state. This is our moment to control the narrative, lifting up the voices of the immigrant community.

When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


No Alt-Right at The Hyatt

Turning Point USA is the neo-fascist group that brought Milo Yiannopoulos to CU Boulder last month and they plan to host the western mountain regional summit at the Hyatt in March. They are now aiming at spreading their recruiting efforts through colleges in our region and we will not sit idly by while these groups mainstream themselves in Colorado and beyond.

When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, 1750 Welton Street, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


2017 Health Care Day of Action

Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for consumers and advocates from all over Colorado to discuss important health policy issues and engage with legislators on current health policy. There’s a lot going on in Colorado and in Congress affecting health care. Come join us and make your voice heard on health care issues important to you! We are charging a small fee this year to help cover the costs of this event and better ensure this day is as effective as it can be. However, we do not want funds to prevent you from attending this advocacy day. Scholarships may be available. If you need one please email Adam Fox at afox@cohealthinitiative.org.

When: Thursday, February 23rd at 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St (across from the state capitol)

Click here to RSVP.


Protect Our Healthcare Rally – Denver

Alright Colorado, it’s time to rally once again for ourselves and each other. You’re saving your future Saturday’s, right? Our consistent, successfully peaceful protesting is getting under the Administration’s skin. We are sparking change and making our voices heard across the state, nation and world. Let’s once again display our voices and opinions loud and clear. Our health matters. Our happiness matters. Our safety matters.

When: Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Protect Our Healthcare Rally – Colorado Springs

In response to the call from Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, the Colorado Springs community is mobilizing to demonstrate our fervent opposition to attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We also rally to show our support for expanding Medicaid so that all can have access to the healthcare they need at the lowest cost possible.

When: Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Acacia Park, 15 E. Platte Ave. (Tejon & Bijou Sts), Colorado Springs

Click here to RSVP.


Protest ICE Mass Deportations

hundreds of people have been removed from their homes and jobs and placed in ICE detention centers across the nation. This protest will be outside the main ICE detention center for the Denver Metro area. Bring signs, megaphones, US flags, origin country flags, anything you can think of that will be a show of peaceful force at those choosing to subject one of the most marginalized and vibrant parts of our society.

When: Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: ICE Detention Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora

Click here to RSVP.


Being Black in #Boulder: A Community Conversation

A FREE community conversation about the experiences of people of color in our “fair” city, in particular, the experiences of black people.

When: Saturday, February 25 at 9:10 pm
Where: square product theatre, 2500 47th St., Unit 10, Boulder

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As always, I cannot thank you enough for everything you are doing to fight back against the Trump administration and the far right in Colorado. While we can’t stop everything that is happening, we can show the world that it’s not happening in our name. Donald Trump does not speak for Coloradans. Trump’s values are not our values. Our values, and our communities, will outlast Trump.

And history will record that you were on the right side.

Colorado Week in Review: 2/17/17

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

Last weekend was supposed to be all about a nationwide protest by anti-abortion conservatives.

Instead, something else happened.

 

“More than a hundred” turned out to protest against Planned Parenthood, reported the Denver Post–and “more than a thousand” converged on Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in Denver to defend abortion rights, and demand Gardner stop his threats to defund women’s health care.

The overwhelming show of support for Planned Parenthood Saturday in Denver is just another example of what we’re seeing across the nation as America rises up to resist the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s disastrous agenda. Sen. Gardner has tried to blame the rallies outside his office on “paid protesters,” but the good people of Colorado are making a liar of Gardner day after day.

The resistance is real. The people of Colorado will not be silent. Donald Trump, Cory Gardner, and their right-wing allies at every level of government ignore you at their peril.

Here are ways you can make a difference this week as Colorado continues to fight back:


 

Be Our Valentine Rally

Come prepared to take action and meet others who are working to resist Trump’s agenda. You can engage in your free time, and there are ways for everybody to participate. We’ll be encouraging our Members of Congress in Senate and House to represent us, not Trump. If we stand together, indivisible, we will win. Welcome to the resistance!

Where: Skyline Park next to Sen. Gardner’s Office, Corner of 17th St. and Arapahoe St.
When: Tuesday, February 14 at 12:00 pm.

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Valentine’s Action: Ask Sen Gardner to “Make a Date” with CO!

Senator Cory Gardner has no public events scheduled in Colorado, not even during the Congressional recess during the week of President’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, let’s ask him to #MakeaDatewithCO and schedule public town hall meetings. Plan a party to make your own Valentine cards (or check the discussion board to see if there’s one near you), or participate from home by creating your own Valentine!

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Tell your Colorado legislators to support a national popular vote

Under the current system of electing the President, candidates have won the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide in 4 of the nation’s 57 presidential elections. The National Popular Vote bill, Senate Bill 17-099, would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Room 357
When: Wednesday, February 15 at 1:30 pm.

Click here for more information and to take action online.


 

Trump Team in Denver: Rally to Protect the EPA!

Bring signs, bring friends, and bring your unyielding energy (and maybe some coffee) to 1445 Market Street this Wednesday! Let’s make sure that our leaders know that we want them to reject Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator, maintain the BLM methane rule, and prioritize our planet and it’s inhabitants!

Where: 1445 Market St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 am.

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We Are One Colorado Tour: Boulder

One Colorado is bringing the “We Are One Colorado” tour to 13 cities across the state to talk about how to build on — and protect — our victories and continue to advance equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families. One Colorado will also present the findings of their statewide LGBTQ needs assessment that was conducted in 2016.

Where: Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303
When: Wednesday, February 15 at 6 – 7:30 pm.

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On Thursday, the We Are One Colorado Tour will stop in Breckenridge. Click here for more information.


 

General Strike Against Trump

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Strike4Democracy will coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond, to plan for a series of mass strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles. As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity.

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One Billion Rising – Denver: 2017 March & Rally

1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence.

Where: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St, Denver
When Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 am.

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Defend Our Constitution March

We have been a broken nation in the past, but the current presidency has divided us and openly stomped on our rights at a new level of deception. The very Constitution that this country was built on is at stake. We must defend our rights before we no longer have any! We must unite to show that we are not to be stomped all over! If anything good can come out of this regime, let it be the uniting of the people. Let their hatred fuel our love and passion enough to truly create a change. Let all minority groups join together to create the majority in our fight.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock
When: Saturday, February 18 at 1:30 pm.

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Not My President’s Day Rally Denver, CO

Come stand in solidarity with the masses who do not and will not accept a fascist, morally bankrupt and hateful person as our president. There are sister rallies happening across the nation. Let’s show this administration that Denver will continue to denounce these vile policies. We will not be silenced or tempered. We are here to STAY.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, February 20 at 5:00 pm.

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Thanks again for everything you are doing to fight back in defense of our shared values. Every week I am blown away by the smart and passionate Colorado citizens I meet at these events. I wish we were coming together under better circumstances, but the unity of purpose and momentum we are building together to stand up to Trump will positively impact our nation long after Trump is a footnote in the history books.

We are doing more than fighting back against one man. We are organizing for a better America, and a better future for all of us.

And there’s no turning back now.

Colorado Week in Review: 2/10/17