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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.