Colorado Week in Review: 11/17/17

Colorado to HHS: #HandsOffMyBC

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)


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.

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

Last week, shocking allegations of widespread sexual harassment in the Colorado state capitol broke. One lawmaker, Rep. Steve Lebsock, has been asked to resign by House leadership (and ProgressNow Colorado), and more elected officials could be implicated soon.

It’s not about politics. No woman should feel unsafe in our state’s capitol, and no woman should fear retribution or negative political repercussions for coming forward to call out abuse. Whether it’s the President of the United States or a construction worker on the street, sexual harassment of women in our society must stop. Men in positions of power must stop using their status to subject women to degrading behavior and avoid accountability for their actions.

From raising awareness of the right of women to live lives free of harassment and abuse to protecting access to contraception in the face of demeaning far-right attacks, the past year has been a story of both struggle and hope for the future. Even though the threat to these basic rights is more real now than perhaps ever before, the resistance in all its forms—brave women standing up to oppressive men, and the whole country standing up to Trump’s regressive agenda—gives us real hope that progress will come. We can do better. And we must.

This Wednesday, join us in defense of contraceptive rights. Donald Trump and Mike Pence demonstrated their disregard for and disrespect of women’s rights by rolling back birth control coverage under the guise of religious liberty. Last month, Coloradans protested Mike Pence’s fundraiser in Denver because of his backward views on reproductive rights. Let’s again make sure they know where Colorado stands. There will be sister rallies that will take place in Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, and Washington, DC.

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30am

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And here are more ways to take action for the week of November 13:


A Very Special Tuesday With Coffman – Say No To Trump’s Tax Scam

Come join us for a very special Tuesday at Congressman Mike Coffman’s Aurora office while we ask him to resist the #TrumpTaxScam. Inspired by other demonstrations, we will be graced by the presence of the “Monopoly Man” and the “Koch Brothers,” and will deliver a giant payout check to the office to demonstrate how far away the GOP is in terms of prioritizing what matters to Americans – healthcare investment, student loan deductions, and other vital middle class protections.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 12:00pm

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It’s not just the South Part 2: Denver and the KKK

This is our second “It’s Not Just the South” program, and there’s no more apt description for a discussion of the Ku Klux Klan and Colorado. Largely thought of as a Southern movement, the Klan in fact controlled Denver politics for a number of years in the 1920s.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30pm

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Governor’s Town Hall-Pueblo, Colorado

Please join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov Donna Lynne for our Pueblo Town Hall at the Union Depot, November 14th at 6:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Where: Union Depot, 132 W. “B” Street, Pueblo
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00pm

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Out Boulder County: Major! A Documentary Screening

Join Out Boulder County for a screening of MAJOR! to kick off Transgender Awareness Week 2017! Get your tickets early, this event will sell out. A panel of local transgender leaders in the Boulder County community will follow the screening. MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: Webinar: Working with and Supporting Transgender Students

This webinar will provide attendees an overview of gender, the experiences of transgender students in Colorado, and things peers, parents, and educators can do to make our schools and communities safe and welcoming for transgender young people.

Where: Webinar
When: Wednesday, November 15 at 3:30pm

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Colorado5050: Winning With Women

When women run for office, they win just as often as men win. So why aren’t there more women in office? Because they don’t run. We are going to demystify the process of running by holding an event that will feature a panel discussion of elected women officials along with a networking session. In the panel discussion, we will hear how women decided to run and what their experiences were both on the campaign trail and in office. After the panel discussion, we plan to move into an intentional networking session – like speed networking.

Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Taft Ave., Loveland
When: Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00pm

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Out Boulder County: Sharing Transgender Stories/ Compartiendo historias transgénero

Come to OBC on Main on November 15 from 7 to 9 to listen to an amazing panel of transgender community members. They will share stories that many of you have never heard before and at the end of presentations there will be opportunities to ask questions. Be prepared to be enlightened and to leave the evening with information that will make you a better ally.

Where: OBC on Main, 630 Main Street, Longmont
When: Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Moments that Define Us: Stories of Our Public Lands

Please join Conservation Colorado, REI, and Colorado Mesa University’s Outdoor Program for an exciting evening of public lands inspired storytelling! The event will feature unique voices from within the Grand Valley and their stories of self discovery, adventure, and inspiration on our public lands. Stories will range from humorous to thought provoking, and they will help us to celebrate and better understand the incredible value of the public lands in our own backyard. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our public lands, the many ways we benefit from them, and the common values we share because of them.

Where: Colorado Mesa University Dominguez Hall Room 110, Grand Junction
When: Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Join us for a time of honoring, recognition, and remembrance. There will be refreshments, speakers, a candlelight vigil, and community.

Where: CSU Pride Resource Center, Lory Student Center 232, Fort Collins
When: Thursday, November 16 at 5:30pm

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Pueblo Ready for 100%: From The Ashes Documentary

Come watch a documentary that educates on the devastating effects of coal, and what we can do to create a clean energy future instead!

Where: Rawlings Public Library, 100 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo
When: Thursday, November 16 at 6:30pm

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Professionals of Color Networking Event

This brand new networking event is for Professionals of Color in the Denver Metro area who are seeking to expand relationships and connections. We believe that the most robust and vibrant connections are made when genuine relationship is the foundation; here, we seek to provide the environment to make those relationships.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Friday, November 17 at 6:00pm

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Out Boulder County: Legal Name Change Workshop

Changing your name can seem like a daunting process but it is easier than you think. We will have experts on hand to walk you through the process and answer questions- plus you get to hang out with a bunch of other super cool trans folk.

Where: First United Methodist Church of Boulder, 1421 Spruce St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 18 at 3:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Boogie Down family dance party with The Reminders!

BOOGIE DOWN with the whole fam-dam-ily. Rock out with us this Sunday morning to Colorado’s own hip-hop superstars, THE REMINDERS! This program is for everyone: come on date, bring your mother, kids aged 0-99, come all by yourself, bring your book club, just make sure to come ready to dance and have fun.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, November 19 at 11:00am

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Remember to watch your inbox for breaking news alerts! We’ll be back after Thanksgiving to keep the resistance going. Thanks as always for everything you’re doing to fight back.

Colorado Week in Review: 11/10/17

“Mailbox Pt. 2″—Cory Gardner, Now The Cancellations Are Real

With debate stalled in the U.S. Senate over a measure to reauthorize federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which lapsed due to congressional incompetence last month, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released a “sequel” to Sen. Cory Gardner’s 2014 campaign ad in which Gardner cited “cancellation letters” for health coverage as a reason to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“In 2014, Sen. Cory Gardner filmed a campaign ad holding a letter he claimed was a notification of ‘cancellation’ of his family’s health coverage,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “It wasn’t true: Gardner never lost coverage, and the letter he was holding was actually a renewal notice. Colorado’s uninsured rate has dropped to historic lows since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which would have been impossible if Gardner’s claims that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans ‘had their plans cancelled’ were true.”

“Today, tens of thousands of children in Colorado face the loss of their health coverage—and this time, the cancellations will be very real,” said Silverii. “Cory Gardner says he supports funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but the U.S. Senate isn’t moving to take up the issue even as states warn their funding is quickly running out. What’s more, the CHIP bill passed by the House makes unacceptable trade-offs, slashing public health funds to address the opioid crisis and cancer research in order to cover kids.”

ProgressNow Colorado’s new video spot, “Mailbox Pt. 2,” features a young man from Colorado directly addressing Sen. Gardner about the importance of reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The video’s setting closely parallels Gardner’s original 2014 “Mailbox” ad, in which Gardner holds up a letter he claims was a notice of cancellation for his family’s health coverage. In truth, Gardner was able to renew his family’s coverage with coverage meeting the Affordable Care Act’s standards, just like the overwhelming majority of Coloradans who received such notices during the ACA’s implementation.

“Our message for Cory Gardner is simple: under the Affordable Care Act, more Coloradans than ever obtained health coverage,” said Silverii. “Unfortunately, Cory Gardner has repeatedly voted in 2017 to take health coverage away from Coloradans. The first thing Gardner needs to do is fight for a CHIP bill that doesn’t gut public health programs in exchange for covering children. And then Gardner must stop trying to cancel the health coverage of hundreds of thousands of Coloradans, by ending his misguided obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act.”

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

This time, the cancellations are real.

Back in 2014, Sen. Cory Gardner filmed a campaign ad holding a letter he claimed was a “cancellation” of his family’s health coverage. It wasn’t true: Gardner never lost coverage, and the letter he was holding was a renewal notice.

In October of this year, the Republican-controlled Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers more than 90,000 kids in Colorado and maternity care for hundreds of pregnant women. Unlike Gardner’s “cancellation notice” that really wasn’t, today thousands of Colorado families are waiting for their own letter in the mail—notifying them of cancelled coverage they won’t get back.

Gardner claims to support funding for the CHIP program, but the U.S. Senate has not moved to address the issue. Meanwhile, the House wants to hold health coverage for kids and expecting moms hostage to make more cuts to the Affordable Care Act. Colorado’s kids need leadership, not rhetoric and blame-shifting.

Click here to watch one of Colorado’s kids tell Cory Gardner that tens of thousands of fellow Coloradans are counting on him to do the right thing. Share this video with your friends, and tell them to contact Sen. Gardner—to urge reauthorization of the CHIP program before it’s too late.

Thanks for taking action to protect Colorado kids. Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of November 6th:


One Colorado: get out the vote call night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to remind our supporters to get out the vote!

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Monday, November 6 at 5:30pm

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AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights November Detention Center Vigil

Join us Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the GEO Immigrant Detention Center at 3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010! We’ll be honoring and calling on our ancestors to guide us as we continue to cast light on and end the expanding for-profit detention.

Acompáñanos el lunes, 6 de noviembre a las 6 de la tarde en el centro de detención de GEO en 3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010. Estaremos enfocados en honrar y llamar nuestros ancestros a guiarnos mientras que continuamos a llevar esto al público y trabajar para parar la expansión del modelo de detención por ganancia de corporaciones que en este momento está principalmente enfocado en gente huyendo para salvar sus vidas.

Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) is pleased to announce the inaugural Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit. This event will bring together leaders in the business community and clean energy experts throughout the Mountain West to collaborate and share insights on corporate clean energy development. The two-day event will address how companies can effectively manage energy costs and mitigate risk through clean energy solutions.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 7 – Wednesday November 8

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One Colorado: Election Day Calls!

Join us to remind our supporters to get out and vote! We will have snacks and drinks for you. If you have a have a laptop and/or phone, feel free to bring it along with you — otherwise, we will have some available!

Where: Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, 2701 Lawrence St, Ste 100, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 7 at 12:00pm

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Tickling Giants | Denver, CO

Please join Indivisible North Denver on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7:00pm for a special screening of Tickling Giants at The Oriental Theater. This event is a fundraiser and there is a reccommended donation price of $20. This includes addmission to the screening and one drink ticket. All proceeds will benefit the Denver Health STEP Program at North High School.

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00pm

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Indivisible Grand Junction CO: Coffee and Civic Action: November Thursdays

Coffee and calling or writing your members of Congress. What could be more fun on a lovely fall morning? Drop in and leave when you must. Large back community room across from the restrooms.

Where: Main Street Bagels Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 559 Main St, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, November 9 at 8:00am

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SEIU Local 105 and Mi Familia Vota: Clean Dream Act Colorado Phone-Bank

2 months have passed since #DACA has been terminated and Congress has a real opportunity to act and pass a #CleanDreamAct. 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 our offices at the Justice For All Building in Denver to phone bank with us.

Where: Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 9 at 3:30pm

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“Central 70” or “the ditch”? — Inside the I-70 controversy

The Colorado Department of Transportation plan to widen I-70 and bring the highway below ground level has inspired an opposition movement that’s dubbed itself “Ditch the I70 Ditch.” On Thursday, Nov. 9, we’ll hear from project critics Rafael Espinoza and Candi CdeBaca, as well as from Mike Lewis, the Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation and Rebecca White, Deputy Director of External Programs and Outreach for the Central 70 Project.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, November 9 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Black Women for Political Action: Race, Crime & the Politics of Fear in America w/Tim Wise

This is the third in our series for 2017. Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.
Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books).

Where: Colorado Black Women for Political Action – CBWPA, Denver
When: Thursday, November 9 at 6:00pm

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Southeast Denver Progressive Summit

This will be an engaging day of progressive southeast Denver residents. There will be 2 expert panels to talk about Healthcare and Immigration and how it is effecting us in our neighborhoods, our state, and our nation. We will end our day with an action plan to support each other moving forward. This is a free event; lunch will be provided. We will be collecting donation at this event to help cover costs. If we collect over the amount needed, we will donate to charities who do immigration and healthcare work in our Southeast community.

Where: Kirk of Bonnie Brae, UCC, 1201 S Steele St, Denver
When: Saturday, November 11 at 9:30am

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Denver Veterans Day Parade & Festival

Denver Veterans Day is a family-friendly event offers FREE admission to the Parade & Festival! We’ll have a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Saturday, November 11 at 10:00am

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2nd Annual Indigenous Film Festival

Join El Pueblo History Museum for the second annual Indigenous Film Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Viewers will see films that show indigenous resistance to encroachment on land, erosion of cultural traditions, and the ways physical and cultural borders affect indigenous lives.

Where: El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo
When: Saturday, November 11 at 10:00am

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Governor Candidate Forum on Energy, Immigration & Elections

Colorado mid-term elections are just one year away, caucuses are in March, and there is an open Governor’s race on the ballot. On Sunday November 12th, residents of Colorado will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running for Governor and hear their positions on the issues that matter most to our communities. This forum will consist of three topic blocks with questions collected from the public in between.

Where: St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus, 1200 Ninth St., Denver
When: Sunday, November 12 at 12:00pm

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Thanks for everything you’re doing to fight back against Trump and the far right week after week. We are winning some battles, and setting the stage for future victories by standing up against the terrible mistakes being made by the party in power every time they happen. Working together, we will prevent harm where we can and hold accountable whom we must.

Everything you do matters. Keep it up.

Colorado Week in Review: 11/3/17

What you can do to fight back this week (October 30)

Inside, empty seats. Outside, a sea of red.

Last Thursday’s Republican Party fundraiser starring Vice President Mike Pence in the Denver Tech Center was a powerful demonstration of how the momentum has shifted in less than a year since Trump prevailed in the 2016 election. Hundreds of protesters braved snow and frigid temperatures to express their outrage to Pence about Trump and the Republican agenda. Many of the protesters wore red cloaks from The Handmaid’s Tale to show their disgust at Vice President Pence’s regressive view of women and reproductive rights.

Click here to watch a brief video about Thursday’s protest. And thank you to everyone who showed up in terrible weather to make your voices heard.

Inside, even after Colorado Republicans slashed the price of tickets to see Pence nearly in half, there were still plenty of empty seats. Colorado didn’t vote for Trump: and as Republicans and the Trump administration continue to disgrace our nation on a near-daily basis, the lack of enthusiasm even among the party faithful is obvious. Today, the first indictments against members of the Trump campaign in the investigation into collusion with Russia in the 2016 were unsealed. Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman, Scott Tipton and every Republican who has ever defended or enabled Trump is now on notice.

They are weak. They are failing. And with your help, justice is coming. Here are more ways to take action for the week of October 30th:


Denver Ballot Issues Forum

For everyone who is still mulling over the Denver ballot initiatives or just procrastinating a little, please join State Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8), Representative James Rashad Coleman (HD-7), and Representative Chris Hansen (HD-6) along with experts who can answer all your ballot questions.

Where: Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, 1719 E 19th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, October 30 at 6:00pm

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Healthcare Open Enrollment Party

Open Enrollment for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act opens on 11/1/17 and we want you to spread the word, come to a beautiful and fun event at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, while talking with a few healthcare experts on how to get enrolled. This information will be presented in English and Spanish. Out Boulder County is partnering with El Comité de Longmont, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, Boulder County AIDS Project, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley and the Northern Colorado Health Alliance to bring you this event.

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont
When: Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to remind our supporters to get out and vote in 2017! We will have snacks and drinks for you. If you have a have a laptop and/or phone, feel free to bring it along with you — otherwise, we will have some available!

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30pm and Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm

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Where: First Congregational UCC – Grand Junction, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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Five Years of Legal Marijuana in Colorado

Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for Five Years of Legal Marijuana in Colorado, a civil and thoughtful panel discussion sponsored by 9News and the Denver Press Club on the fifth anniversary of Amendment 64. We’ll examine Colorado’s experience so far, and where we go next. Tickets are $5; free for DPC members.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00pm

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UCDenver Genders & Sexualities Alliance Queer Lives 2017

Queer Lives is an annual free drag show and resource fair held by the UC Denver Genders and Sexualities Alliance. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the lives of queer people and help spread suicide awareness and resources for prevention in our community. Donations go toward the White Rose Scholarship, the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, and towards sending students to Creating Change 2018. This year we will also be collecting canned food donations to be sent to some of our people in Puerto Rico who lost their homes.

Where: Turnhalle Ballroom At The Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Thursday, November 2 at 5:00pm

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MeToo, Now What?

Sexual harassment and rape charges against powerful men recently took social media by storm under the #MeToo hashtag. Join us for a thoughtful discussion about harassment, discrimination and power in the workplace and beyond. Lee Ann Colaccioppo, editor of The Denver Post, will moderate the panel; more participants to come. Social hour at 5:30, with panel discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm

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Denver Justice Project: Final Draft DPD Use of Force Policy: Public Town Hall (Part 2)

Please join us for an update on our efforts on the DPD Use of Force task force. In our first gathering, we shared with the community what the process on this committee has looked like and what we and representatives from other organizatios had hoped to accomplish. We also wanted to receive community feedback given that we joined this committee to ensure that our community had a voice in the process. For this meeting, we are hoping to share our proposals for the policy itself and again hope to get community input. It is crucial that we have strong attendance to this event, so please make it if you can.

Where: Denver Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
When: Thursday, November 2 at 6:00pm

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Public News Service: An Evening of Journalism and Justice

Elected leaders do not get to choose which freedoms to protect, yet across the country, journalists and the media are being attacked while exercising First Amendment rights. Instead of being the eyes and ears of the people, the media is now being positioned as the “enemy” – almost assuring our collective inability to determine truth from lies. This is not an accident. Join those at the front of the fight to protect our right to a free press for a discussion on the current climate for media. We will discuss ways we can all help protect the 1st Amendment.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Thursday, November 2 at 6:30pm

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Allies Take Action and Out Boulder County: Making History One Signature at a Time

Ever wonder how Boulder got its “Gay Rights” law? November 3, 2017 marks 30 years since the inclusion of sexual orientation into Boulder’s equal protection ordinance. Please celebrate with us!

Where: Wild Sage Common House, 1650 Zamia Ave, Boulder
When: Friday, November 3 at 7:00pm

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We Were Chicanos: A Film by Caryn Sanchez

The Loveland Museum will screen Caryn Sanchez’s film about Denver Hispanic leader Richard Castro. Richard emerged from the early struggles of Denver’s Hispanic movement – El Movimiento. He went on to become one of Colorado’s most important political figures. Caryn will speak and answer questions about her work documenting Richard’s influence on Latino politics.

Where: Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland
When: Saturday, November 4 at 1:30pm

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Say Their Names #WhyWeKneel Rally/Vigil/SilentMarch

The “Say Their Names” is a multimedia project, helmed by husband and wife team, Marc Bayard and Nicole Lee, aims to provide a forum for their narratives offering a comprehensive view of the lives of victims of police brutality.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, November 4 at 3:00pm

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Arvadans for Progressive Action November Meeting: Healthcare

Are you frustrated with our current Healthcare system? Come learn about pros and cons of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and what is being envisioned for universal healthcare in Colorado. Also, how alternative medicine can enhance wellness. Our panel includes: Dr Vince Markovchick, State Senator Jeanne Nicholson, and JoHannah Reilly, ND.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada
When: Saturday, November 4 at 3:45pm

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MeToo Leadership Event/Rally

Over ten years ago, activist Tarana Burke identified the phrase “Me too” as a powerful movement that could help women. She wanted to do something more to help women and girls of color who have experienced sexual violence. Today, the viral hashtag has called much attention to the epidemic of sexual assault and harrassment in our society affecting all communities. Tarana Burke says, “It’s beyond a hashtag. It’s the start of a larger conversation and a movement for radical community healing. Join us.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Sunday, November 5 at 3:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you do week after week to fight back for our shared progressive values. It is inspiring to see so many of you coming back again and again as well as the newly-activated Americans who are deciding every day that enough is enough.

As Barack Obama famously said, and he wasn’t the first—”we are the ones we have been waiting for.” I’m proud to fight with you.

Colorado Week in Review: 10/27/17

What you can do to fight back this week (October 23)

So much for the “party of fiscal responsibility.”

Last week, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate began the process of jamming through a massive tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the richest people in this country at the expense of middle-class families. After spending months unsuccessfully trying to rob millions of Americans of health care, the GOP has moved on to this next item in their dangerous, elitist agenda.

Rep. Mike Coffman can stop this, the question is whether he will. Just a few Republicans standing up to leadership could stop this irresponsible tax break in its tracks. Coffman voted against the terrible health repeal bill because he knew it was political poison and bad policy. Will Coffman have the guts to stand up to GOP leadership and prevent adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit?

The first thing to do this week is call Rep. Coffman’s office at 202-225-7882 and tell him to oppose Trump’s tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. If you live in Coffman’s district, click here to register for Coffman’s telephone town hall this coming Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Rep. Coffman must understand that the voters are watching—and this decision could make or break his career. Can we count on you to demand that Coffman vote “NO” on this ridiculous handout to the wealthiest Americans that will dig our country even deeper into debt?

Republicans don’t want you to realize how bad this will be. What they really want to do is cut critically needed programs Americans rely on to pay for this massive tax cut for the wealthy. But they’re not making those cuts just yet and are instead proposing driving us further into debt to pay for this tax cut. Why? Because they’re afraid of the political ramifications before the election. Don’t let them get away with it.

Thanks for your help holding Trump, Mike Coffman and the far-right in Congress accountable. Here are more ways to take action for the week of October 23rd:


Pollution, Public Transit, Traffic: Aurora City Council Forum

A coalition of 501c4 organizations invite Aurora residents to an environmental issue based candidate forum for all Aurora City Council Candidates. The focus of the forum will be centered around the environment. This forum is formatted as an even combination of questions collected from the public and questions posed by each participating organization.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Monday, October 23 at 6:30pm

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Colorado WaterWise 9th Annual Symposium

Join us for the 9th Annual Colorado WaterWise Water Conservation Symposium in Denver, Colorado! We have a great program that will appeal to many audiences. This year’s theme is conservation in outdoor water use. Register now as space is limited.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Building 697, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 24 at 8:15am

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One Colorado: Get Out the Vote Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to remind our supporters to get out and vote in 2017!

Where: 1490 Lafayette St Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30pm

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Sierra Club Wild Happy Hour – Halloween Edition

Get creative and come for an unforgettable evening inspired by nature for food, drinks, and some wild costumes. This month’s Wild Happy Hour will be one we won’t forget. In honor of Halloween we welcome everyone to come dressed as something inspired by nature. Whether it is a wolf, a tree, a waterfall, or something out of the box we welcome all the creativity in the world. Don’t worry though, you will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to Patagonia if you are voted the winner of the costume contest.

Where: Forest Room 5, 2532 15th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30pm

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Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships-HRCP Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

Learn how hiring individuals with disabilities benefits you! Get the tools to recruit talent from one of the most dynamically qualified labor pools! Free event.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 25 at 8:30am

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One Colorado Safe Schools Webinar

One Colorado’s GSA Network will be hosting a statewide webinar on October 25th, 2017 based on our highly requested Safe Schools Training.

Where: Online
When: Wednesday, October 25 at 3:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Annual Freedom Fund Dorotha Howe Celebration

The annual Dorotha Howe Celebration is to honor Dorotha Randall Howe,who in partnership with Rev. Stephan Papa founded The Freedom Fund in 1984. The goal of this year’s event is a ‘farewell’ and celebration of the Freedom Fund in its original form, and a send-off to its new role, the Women’s Freedom Fund. We will be honoring Rev. Stephan Papa for his work.

Where: First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S Colorado Blvd, Englewood
When: Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00pm

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Boulder CAN: Sec of State and AG Info Session

Have a chance to hear about the important issues that will face the Secretary of State and Attorney General after the 2018 elections. These offices are Colorados first line of defense against voter suppression efforts, attacks on our individual freedoms, and our environmment. Understand how electing the right people will help protect Coloradans and the Colorado way of life.

Where: 5735 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A1, Boulder
When: Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

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Colorado to Pence: Reproductive Rights and Justice for All

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Denver for a fundraiser this month. Below are a mere handful of the reasons why we must come out and peacefully protest his appearance in our state. Thursday’s event will involve handmaids in full dress (as well as supporters holding signs) peacefully standing in silence as attendees arrive for the fundraiser. We will post details in the coming week for where to meet. Partners in this protest include: OneColorado, NARAL Colorado, The Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Colorado District 6, EDF Action, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and others.

Where: Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver
When: Thursday, October 26 at 3:30pm

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Queer Invasion: October

Last month’s Queer Invasion was a wild success! Please continue to invite your friends to this group to get the word out! Meanwhile, we have plans for October’s Queer Invasion in Cap Hill. Stay tuned for the invasion location! Queer Invasion is a queer pop-up party in a non-queer space. It’s not a protest, just a fun queer takeover in a novel location. This tradition has been successful all over the country, and we have brought it to Denver. Join the community and make some new friends while surprising some regulars!

Where: Capitol Hill, Denver
When: Friday, October 27 at 8:00pm

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March on Colorado Women’s Summit

The National Women’s march will be bringing thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27-29th, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections! Here in Denver we decided to join in on this fantastic idea! March on Colorado will be offering an incredible one day Summit of speakers from and for our local community.

Where: Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Avenue, Lakewood
When: Saturday, October 28 at 8:30am

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People to People Training-Hosted by Indivisible SW Metro Denver

Knocking on doors is the BEST way to get out the message for the issues or candidates YOU support. Yet for first timers it can be intimidating. Don’t worry! Training is available to make this process a breeze!

Where: Spirit of Hope Methodist Church, 3885 S. Broadway, Englewood
When: Sunday, October 29 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all you do to fight for the values we share as Americans and progressives! Make sure to watch your inbox this week for late-breaking action alerts. Some weeks in the resistance feel like a sprint, others more like a marathon. Slowly but surely, we are winning the battle for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. We can do better than Trump and the conservative fringe.

Colorado Week in Review: 10/20/17

The Progressive Jobs Board and more you can do to fight back this week (October 16)

On Friday, Donald Trump abandoned the last pretense that his administration isn’t deliberately trying to hurt people and break our institutions. Trump’s unilateral decision to cut off billions of dollars in cost-sharing subsidies is nothing less than a deliberate attempt to destabilize the health insurance market and threaten the health coverage of millions of Americans.

It is absolutely unthinkable that an American President would intentionally take action to hurt Americans in order to force political concessions from his opponents. This is not how responsible leaders act. This is not the kind of society the current generation of Americans inherited from our parents. And it’s not a responsible legacy to leave for our children.

Already, some Republicans are asking Trump to back away from this threat. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is calling on Trump to fund the cost-sharing subsidies, and find a solution to this dispute without hurting ordinary Americans. Action item #1 this week: Call Sen. Cory Gardner at 202-224-5941 and Sen. Michael Bennet at 202-224-5852, and urge them both to fight back with her.

Introducing the Progressive Jobs Board. Since the last election, a new wave of activism in America to fight back against Donald Trump and the far right has rapidly taken shape. The crisis of Trump’s presidency has mobilized Americans to get involved in the political system like nothing this nation has seen in at least 15 years, and probably much longer.

That means there’s a lot of important work to be done.

Last week, we started listing some of the many job openings at nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and progressive political campaigns that are opening up as the 2018 election season gets closer on our website. The response to our initial request for job listings from friends and allies was tremendous. Take a look at our Progressive Jobs Board today, and forward this message to friends and family who have the passion and/or the experience to join the movement full time.

Thanks for everything you do week in and week out to fight back. Here are even more ways to take action for the week of October 16th:


East5ide Unified/Unido and Servicios de La Raza: Unity Across Struggles, or Fighting for the Top of the Bottom

The context of this event is based upon the results of the 2012 report: Assessment of African American and Latino Race Relations in Denver – which was conducted by MSW students and members of the Shades Of Brown Alliance (SOBA) – a student organization at the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Social Work at the request of the Office of the Mayor. The information gathered in this study was consistent with findings in literature exploring race relations between African Americans and Latinos in cities throughout the United States, including that the fact thatAfrican Americans and Latinos experience common adversities and have a legacy of shared struggle.

Where: Rainer Auditorium in the Russell Pavilion, Saint Joseph Hospital 1375 E. 19th Ave, Entrance 2, Denver
When: Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm

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League of Women Voters of Denver: Big Money in School Board Elections

Who funds School Board Campaigns? Why should those without children in local schools pay attention? Peg Perl – recent senior for Colorado Ethics Watch, a nonpartisan group focused on gov. ethics, campaign finance, fair elections, and open records – will be speaking on the issues surrounding school board campaign finance, including outside spending, and disclosure.

Where: 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm

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Reversing Global Warming – A webcast with Paul Hawken

Join 350 South Metro Denver for a 60 minute webcast with Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown. Stick around for a discussion of how we can restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. Some light, healthy snacks will be provided by Mark Gregory and Laura Ryan, organic farmers from Maui.

Where: Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly Street, Centennial
When: Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00pm

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Candidate Forum for Jeffco School Board

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Together Colorado Committee. Jeffco voters will elect 3 out of 5 members of the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Please attend this Candidate Forum to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter for this important election. Ballots will be mailed to voters the week of October 16.

Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00pm

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One Colorado: Get Out the Vote Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to remind our supporters to get out and vote in 2017!

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Empty Chair Town Hall meeting

The latest executive order from our current administration has put Americans in great jeopardy. Rep. Coffman needs to stop rubber stamping this administration’s priorities. He needs to speak out against Obamacare sabotage.

Where: Firehouse #2 Community Room. 12600 Hoffman Blvd. Aurora
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm

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Douglas County School Board Candidate Forum at Ponderosa High School

The Social Studies and Journalism Departments are hosting a School Board Candidate Forum. Questions for this student lead forum can be submitted through the form below. All questions will be asked anonymously and the students will decide which questions will be asked. This is an open event and all are invited to attend.

Where: 7007 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00pm

Click here to submit a question.


Earthjustice: Public Hearing on Colorado Air Quality

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is currently considering whether to strengthen air pollution standards for oil and gas operations – and they’re taking official input at a hearing on October 19 from Coloradoans like you. Stronger protections could significantly improve our air quality and our health, and combat climate change. The public is invited to this hearing to give public comments, and we need a strong showing on our side to get the strengthened standards we deserve statewide. Come join us!

Where: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Newsed Community Development Corporation Civil Rights Awards

The current political climate has brought to light various human and civil rights issues that leaves many of our most vulnerable communities wondering, what’s next? It is our wish to bring to light those issues and share the stories that our immigrant communities are facing. This year’s Civil Rights Awards will be a call to action to recognize our collective humanity beyond our boarders. Join us for an evening of commemoration to this movement and those working for social justice through their everyday lives, work, art and advocacy.

Where: Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 5:30pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Stupid Questions, Stupid Talents: Effectiveness of Violence?

Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s founder, Evan Weissman, has been teaching courses on the foundations of Nonviolence for many years. We wanted to do a paired-down, cliff notes version tonight and see if folks would be interested in continuing it on a monthly or quarterly basis. The course is rooted in experience and community and is taught by many people. Come prepared to listen, converse, share, and otherwise participate–and please give feedback as we consider if it’s worth it to do this as a continuing class with lots of community teachers/practitioners.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado: Fall 2017 Denver GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2017 Denver GSA Leadership Summit, we will share best practices for creating and supporting effective GSA programs and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to be leaders in their community. Students (middle school, high school, and college-aged), educators, and parents who are passionate about creating safe, inclusive learning environments are all welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a FREE event and this year’s theme is ‘It Starts With Us’ to remind us that we all have the power to make change in our community.

Where: Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele Street, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 8:30am

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Real Talk About Race: Shifting From Allyship to Leadership

This will be an interactive and face to face continuation and elaboration on the role that we all can play in eradicating racist systems. Facilitated by Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Chief Catalyst of The Equity Project & Dr. Timothy Tyler, Pastor of Shorter Community AME Church.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 10:00am

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Courageous Conversations: Refocusing on Health Disparity

Following the recent interactions in our Facebook birth community surrounding birth justice, equality and disparities; Courageous Conversations will open the floor to discuss how we move forward toward local action, education and resources. We will refocus on the history and root causes of birth disparities in the U.S. and how to shift white-centering to engage in meaningful work towards impact and progress.

Where: Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S Dahlia St, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 10:00am

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Conservation Colorado: Forum on oil and gas development along the Front Range

There is no question that oil and gas development has become a more contentious issue in Colorado over the last decade. As the Front Range’s population grows at an alarming rate, this creates increasing tension between population growth and the oil and gas industry. Join us for a conversation about the rules, regulations, policy, and opportunities to enact change in the face of this development.

Where: 7392 Irving St, Westminster
When: Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm

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Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training

MoveOn Front Range and Indivisible Front Range Resistance are holding two trainings on Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA). The trainings will include information and history about nonviolence, de-escalation practices, protestor roles in NVDA, affinity groups, and role plays. An ACLU representative will alsp be on hand to deliver a segment on protestor rights and legal issues and answer questions.

Where: Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm

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W. Slope Legal Observer Training – CO Rapid Response Network

Hello All! We will be holding a Legal Observer training in Montrose, Colorado as part of the Colorado Rapid Response Network! The training is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 2:00-5:00 pm and will take place at the W. Slope CIRC-HAP Office located at 300 N. Cascade Ave, Montrose, CO 81401.

Where: 300 N Cascade Ave, Montrose
When: Saturday, October 21 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


It’s a privilege to help spread the word about the vibrant resistance in Colorado to Trump and the far right agenda. For years Colorado has been a model for progressive organizing, but the last year has witnessed a new surge of activism and grassroots power that will make a difference long after Trump is a footnote in history.

Thanks again for everything you do, and we’ll be back in touch soon.

Colorado Week in Review: 10/13/17

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

NOTE: In response to reader suggestions, we’ve changed the Week In Review format. Instead of graphing the week’s stories from “high brow” to “low brow,” we’ve changed that axis in the Week in Review to plot from “uniting” to “divisive.” We hope readers find this change to be better descriptive. Please continue to provide feedback at info@progressnowcolorado.org on ways the Week in Review can be improved.

What you can do to fight back this week (October 9)

Trump can’t repeal the Affordable Care Act. So he’s trying to destroy health reform piece by piece.

Last Friday, Trump issued a new rule that allows essentially any employer to refuse coverage for contraception if they have a “religious objection” to birth control. [1] This move will allow many more private employers to unjustly force their religious views on their employees. It’s the wrong decision for women and every American who values personal liberty like Trump claims he does.

Fortunately, attorneys general across the nation are not taking this threat to women’s health lying down. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has promised swift action in response to Trump’s directive on contraception. But he’ll need help.

Priority #1: call Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman right now at 720-508-6000, and urge her to fight back against Trump to defend contraceptive coverage.

Once that’s done, this upcoming week is loaded with great ways to take action in support of our shared progressive values:


CIRC Action Fund 6th Congressional District Candidate Forum

On October 9th, residents of Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running to represent them and hear their positions on the issues that matter most to our community. The candidates will have a conversation about topics like how to balance the economy with the health and safety of our community, immigrant rights, education, renewable energy, recent votes in Congress, and how to strengthen democracy, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

El 9 de Octubre los residentes del Sexto Distrito de Colorado tendran la oportunidad de conocer a los candidatos que se postulan para representarlos y escuchar sus opiniones sobre los asuntos mas importantes para nuestra comunidad. Los candidatos tendran una conversación sobre temas como balancear la economia con la salud y seguridad de nuestra comunidad, derechos de inmigrantes, educacion, energia renovable, votaciones recientes en el congreso y como fortalecer la democracia, seguido por una oportunidad para que la audiencia pueda hacer preguntas.

Where: Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora
When: Monday, October 9 at 6:30pm

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Giving Light to Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Puerto Rico has been devastated by hurricane Maria and needs your help. We’ve brought together leaders of the Puerto Rican community in Denver as well as business owners to help raise money to purchase Solar Lanterns to donate to Puerto Rican homes as they restore electricity throughout the island. Restoring light in PR can take from 6 months to a year. We would love everyone to particpate on Oct 10th at Sloans Tap and Burger by coming in and having lunch or dinner. This will be Puerto Rican food prepared by our community in Denver. 100% of the sales go to the effort.

Where: Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger, 1565 N.Raleigh St Unit 100, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 11:00am

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Who Represents Us?

How can we achieve a more equitable society? What can we do in Colorado to make sure our representatives reflect the communities they come from? Join us as we review specific and actionable steps to effect change in Colorado in 2017, 2018, and beyond!

Where: 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00pm

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House Speaker Crisanta Duran: Town Hall on CO’s Population Growth & Where We Go From Here

We want to hear from you! While growth has led to many benefits such as low unemployment and good jobs for Coloradans, we need to take on the challenges that come with this growth. Whether it is skyrocketing housing costs, dealing with the high cost of living, or being stuck on the highway for hours during rush hour, we can and must do more to address these issues.

Where: GALS Denver, 750 Galapago St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm

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Longmont ROAR: Stand with us in solidarity at City Council

The city is actively planning drill sites at Union Reservoir with Cub Creek drilling company. At the same time, drilling companies are filing paperwork to drill from Arapaho to Baseline along WCR1 and from Oxford to Quail along WCR1. Additional wells are planned along 287 up to Oxford Road. No full plans are available yet, but this number of wells will drastically increase our air pollution, area travel, and for those on the South and East edges of town, additional noise causing sleepless nights and smells of toxic chemicals that may harm your health.

Where: City of Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St, Longmont
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm

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National Disservice: How Student Loan Servicers Harm Coloradans

If you’re interested in the student debt crisis and its effects on you, your friends and family, and our state’s economy, join us on October 11th to find out what you personally can do to stop unfair practices hurting student borrowers. The Bell Policy Center, Young Invincibles, and New Era invite you to join us for a panel discussion on student loan servicing and important information about how YOU can get involved in protecting students in Colorado. Panelists will share unique insights on what’s happening with loan servicers at the federal level and how this impacts Coloradans. They will also discuss ways for you to get involved and fight back against predatory practices creating more student debt in Colorado.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00pm

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Public hearing on Black Hills rates

The administrative judge reviewing Black Hills Energy’s request for electric rate adjustments will take testimony from Pueblo residents at a public hearing at the 4-H auditorium at the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Oct. 12.

Where: Colorado State Fair, 1001 Beulah Ave, Pueblo
When: Thursday, October 12 at 4:00pm

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SDC Jamboree-Colorado Progressives Crowd Sourcing for Change

A small donor committee is a Colorado political entity that can accept a maximum of $50/year per person and enables small donors to crowd source their funds with other like minded people, to have a larger impact on political races. An SDC can contribute larger amounts to candidates than individuals or other types of political committees. The SDC Jamboree will give you a chance to meet each SDC, learn more about their work and the kind of candidates they support and of course, contribute!

Where: 999 Vallejo St, Denver
When: Friday, October 13 at 6:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Netflix and Chill (For Reel. With Strangers!)

On Friday, October the 13th, it’s the 1984 film RED DAWN, which is much scarier than a guy in a hockey mask: it’s what scares Americans the most—foreign invasion, commies, and high school! After, we’ll discuss the movie’s implications for today’s world and how watching a movie might be able to spur us to action.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80202
When: Friday, October 13 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado: 2017 Western Slope Ally Awards

The event will be a cocktail reception on what is sure to be a lovely fall evening and will culminate with an awards ceremony accompanied by a cash bar, and heavy stationed hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to U.S. Bank and Colorado Mesa University for their generous support and for making this night a reality!

Where: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction
When: Friday, October 13 at 6:00pm

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Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace – Denver, Colorado

Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace will be a day for people to come together to share their love and compassion to call out the hatred and violence that is taking place in our society. This is a day for people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being.

Where: Confluence Park, 2200 15th St, Denver
When: Saturday, October 14 at 9:30am

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One Colorado: Know Your Health, Know Your Rights Grand Junction

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

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, October 14 at 11:00am

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39th Annual Tribute to Black Women Luncheon

Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA) is 40 years old and we will celebrate this year by honoring 4 women who have had a significant impact on our community!

Where: Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec St, Denver
When: Saturday, October 14 at 11:30am

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Unity Of All Nations

As people from all over the globe came to Standing Rock last year, to stand up for our rights to clean water, this group of community leaders and community members continue that fight today.

Where: Confluence Park, 2200 15TH St, Denver
When: Saturday, October 14 at 3:30pm

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Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training

MoveOn Front Range and Indivisible Front Range Resistance are holding two trainings on Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA). The trainings will include information and history about nonviolence, de-escalation practices, protestor roles in NVDA, affinity groups, and role plays. An ACLU representative will alsp be on hand to deliver a segment on protestor rights and legal issues and answer questions.

Where: Louisville Alfalfa’s Community Room – 785 E South Boulder Rd, Louisville
When: Sunday, October 15 at 1:00pm

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Gender Identity Center of Colorado Fall Festival

Join us for fall fun at our annual Fall Festival! This family friendly FREE event will include vendor booths, refreshments, and a chance to connect to the community! Costumes are encouraged, but not required!

Where: Gender Identity Center of Colorado, 120 Bryant St., Denver
When: Sunday, October 15 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks to everyone who has found this weekly roundup of upcoming events in Colorado useful! We’re grateful for your continued support and your persistence turning out all year to fight back against Trump and the far-right agenda. It is critically important. It is working. And in the end, we are going to prevail. In the meantime, we’re proud to fight with you every day.