Colorado Week in Review: 5/26/17

What you can do to fight back this week (May 22)

If you’ve turned out for any of the major protest events in Denver since Donald Trump took office, you might already know Katie Farnan. Katie is a mother of two young kids who stood up after Trump’s election to start organizing the resistance in her community. Last week, the Associated Press told Katie’s story:

Stationing herself outside a bank building and holding a sign in the unforgiving midday sun, Katie Farnan was multitasking, as usual. She’s a mother of two young children and works for a nonprofit firm but also has a third job: Chair of the town hall committee of the activist group Indivisible Front Range Resistance…

Before Election Day, Farnan was relatively uninvolved in politics. Born and raised in Ohio, she lived there until she and her husband David moved to Boulder in 2011. She was able to tele-commute for her 30-hour-a-week job as director of operations for a New York-based nonprofit. She volunteered for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, but didn’t do the same for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run last year. She had two young kids. Plus, she added, “I thought it was in the bag.”

For a month after the election, Farnan was heartbroken and adrift. Her husband said, “It was more difficult from Nov. 9 to January because it was impossible to participate in any way.”

Since then, Katie Farnan has become one of the most tireless volunteer organizers in Colorado—helping make events like February’s town hall meeting “with or without” Cory Gardner and demonstrations to protect healthcare enormous successes. Katie is a symbol of the resistance movement that has swept America since Trump became President. Katie defies the stereotypes and cynicism of the pundits and shows us all the ways forward: not just against Trump, but in support of the better nation and world we know is possible.

And the best part? You are all Katie Farnan. Every one of you who has stood up for our shared values of decency, fairness, and equal opportunity in this difficult time. You, like Katie, are my personal heroes—and I’m proud to stand with you week after week.

Here are ways you can fight back for the week of May 22:

Colorado Needs You To Run For Office

If you are thinking about running for office, are already an elected official, or you just want to find out how you can change our rigged campaign finance system you are invited to meet and talk to other like-minded people who want to immediately create real bipartisan change in our government.

Where: Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St, Denver
When: Monday, May 22 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Persuasion Workshop – Listening to find shared values

Facts, figures and logic rarely persuade anyone. Learn how to reach people on an emotional level using personal stories and listening techniques. This casual workshop features experienced facilitators who will coach and guide you on using your real values to open conversations with those not in your tribe.

Where: 4185 Pinon Dr, Boulder
When: Monday, May 22 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Running For Office 101

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you want to run for office, but don’t know where to start? Join us Monday night, May 22, to learn what it takes to run for office, and how you can be active in local campaigns. The roots to change happen at the local level. We need progressives to stand up and participate in local elections – school board, county and district offices. These are the positions from which we can make the greatest impact to our communities.

Where: Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Room Shea A, Highlands Ranch
When: Monday, May 22 at 7:00pm

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Thinking Liberally

Thinking Liberally is a lively, informal social gathering for liberal-leaning persons wanting to share thoughts, beliefs, and ideas with like-minded Broomfield residents, while enjoying a beverage, appetizers, and/or dinner in a relaxed setting. Please RSVP to attend to help us plan! We look forward to seeing you. NO SOLICITING FOR VOLUNTEERS OR DONATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.

Where: Delvickios Incredible Italian, 1100 US Highway 287, # A500, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 5:00pm

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Women’s Lobby Annual Scorecard Release Party 2017

The Women’s Lobby of Colorado has prepared an annual scorecard since 2009, in hopes that the scorecard will serve as a guide to Coloradans on issues that are important to women. The annual scorecard contains voting records of each member of the Colorado State Legislature on priority bills for the Women’s Lobby of Colorado.

Where: RSVP for details
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30pm

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How to be an Active Ally with Helen Thorpe

What does it mean to be an ally to the immigrant and refugee community? Bestselling author Helen Thorpe, whose book on the topic of refugee resettlement will be published this fall, describes her experiences getting to know various refugee families in Denver. Come be inspired to get to know your refugee and immigrant neighbors better.

Where: Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm

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Alternative Facts Trivia

Come try the hottest newest game show in town – Alternative Facts Trivia Night – it is so new it’s only 124 days old!! Kelly Anne herself is flying in from DC to be the MC for the evening, questions will be provided by the Trump/Putin administration, answers will be provided by Steve Bannon and David Duke.

Where: The Hornet, 76 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203
When: Friday, May 26 at 4:30pm

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Memorial Day Run & March 2017

The Memorial Day Run & March invites civilians, Veterans, and uniformed Military to challenge themselves in friendly competition, while helping feed homeless Veterans. Sign up for the 5K or 10K Run or the challenging 30K Ruck March! Registration is OPEN!

Where: Douglas County High School, 2842 Front St, Castle Rock
When: Saturday, May 27 at 7:00am

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Denver Action Day! Presented by Denver Green Roof Initiative

Denver Action Day is a first time event bringing local community activists together in one location to help facilitate those who want to get involved in their community. We will have various speakers and presentations from different groups and organizations around the city. Come out and find an organization that speaks to you. There is something for everyone!

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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Join One Colorado at Denver Gay Latino Pride!

Join us for Denver Latino Gay Pride Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 28th at Zuni and Evans. There will be traditional food booths, a beer garden, carnival games, and live entertainment and bands on two stages.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Sunday, May 28 at 4:00pm

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As always, check your email throughout the week as breaking news could change everything—just as it has on multiple occasions since Trump took office. Major upcoming battles over health reform and the national budget are approaching fast, and the investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to win the election is heating up rapidly. Thank you for everything you’re doing to fight back, and we’ll see you at the next event.

Colorado Week in Review: 5/19/17

What you can do to fight back this week (May 15)

Last week was one of the most bizarre and troubling weeks in American political history.

As the investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to the Russian government and possible collusion to win the 2016 election continues, President Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey is the most brazen attempt to manipulate an investigation into a sitting President since Richard Nixon. Trump is now working actively to thwart this investigation, and daring Americans to do something about it.

In Colorado, Rep. Mike Coffman earned a “golf clap” for saying again that a special prosecutor may be necessary to get a fair investigation—again garnering questionable praise for merely doing his job. Meanwhile Sen. Cory Gardner, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has refused to call for a special prosecutor even after Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey.


The first thing we need you to do this week is call Sen. Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and demand he call for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump.

We know that the pressure on Colorado Republicans is working. Coffman would not be calling for a special prosecutor if it wasn’t for the constituents like you who demanded he stand up to Donald Trump. Trump’s agenda is not floundering because Republicans won’t go along with it. It is the pressure you are putting on these politicians forcing them to reconsider.

We can’t stop now. Here are more ways to take action for the week of May 15th:

JeffCo Liberal Buzz

Come share a beer and conversation. This event is social gathering of like minded people to discuss the matters of the day. Please Join Us. Free to attend. Cash Bar.

Where: Chad’s Grill 275 Union Blvd, Lakewood
When: Monday, May 15 at 6:00pm

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Green Drinks and Trivia in Denver

Join Rocky Mountain Wild for an informal green drinks and endangered species trivia event kick-off to the week! There will be fun prizes, delicious Denver micro-brew, and great company. Let’s see how much you know about endangered species! This event is free to the public, but we do have limited space and want to know how many people to expect, so be sure to register!

Where: 2736 Welton St, Denver
When: Monday, May 15 at 6:00pm

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2017 Legislative Wrap Up with Rep. Pete Lee (El Paso)

Come learn about the bills that Citizens Project took action on in the 2017 Colorado General Assembly. Representative Pete Lee will be giving us an overview of the bills that impacted equality and separation of church and state in Colorado and their outcomes.

Where: Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs
When: Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00pm

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SPAN Social Justice Series: How to Build a More Inclusive Environment for Immigrants

Community Members: Suggested donation of $10 per session (no one will be denied for inability to pay) Students & SPAN Volunteers/Interns: Free

Where: Safehouse Progressive Alliance, 835 North St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30pm

To RSVP, contact Nancy at 303.449.8623 or

Town Hall: Majority Leader Becker, Rep. Hooton and Sen. Fenberg (Boulder)

Please join State Representative and House Majority Leader KC Becker, State Senator Steve Fenberg, and State Representative Edie Hooton for a town hall at the Boulder Chamber. Your elected officials will discuss the 2017 legislative session and answer questions.

Where: Boulder Chamber, 2440 Pearl Street, Boulder
When: Thursday, May 18 at 5:30pm

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Too Warm, Two Poles: How Past Super Interglacials Should Inform Future Coastal Policy

Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Annual S.F. Emmons Lecture of the Colorado Scientific Society; American Mountaineering Center Auditorium, 710 10th St., Golden. No admission charge and all are welcome.

Where: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden
When: Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm

Wolf Conservation: Past and Present in Boulder

Rocky Mountain Wild is partnering with Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, and Defenders of Wildlife to bring you an educational night for gray woves. From 6-7 pm, there will be a meet and greet with an ambassador wolf from W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, followed by the screening of the film, “A Season of Predators,” and the evening will end with a panel discussion on the topic of Wolf Conservatio in Colorado: Past, Present, and Future! This event is free to the public, but we do have limited space, so be sure to register!

Where: Boulder Jewish Community Center (Boulder JCC), 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
When: Friday, May 19 at 6:00pm

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Run for Worker Justice

Jobs With Justice is proud to host the first ever Run for Worker Justice, as a Colfax Marathon partner. You can choose to run any of the races offered such as the 5k, Urban 10 Miler, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and a few others. You can sign up below, print your pledge sheet to keep track of your fundraising, and then register through the Colfax Marathon portal.

Where: City Park, Denver
When: Saturday, May 20 at 9:00am

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Arvada / Westminster State Town Hall

Please join Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Representative Lang Sias, and Senator Rachel Zenzinger for our Arvada/Westminster Legislative Town Meeting. We’ll be talking about the Legislative session with political reporters Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal, and Peter Marcus, Colorado Politics.

Where: Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St, Arvada
When: Saturday, May 20 at 10:30am

March Against Monsanto Denver 2017

Last year Monsanto Company was accused of crimes against nature & humanity. The 5 judges opinions under The Monsanto Tribunal concluded on April 18th, 2017 that Monsanto has engaged in practices which have negatively impacted the right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. On top of that Monsanto’s conduct is negatively affecting the right to freedom indispensable for scientific research. Join us this year not just to March Against Monsanto but to stand for a better way!

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 20 at 11:00AM

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Is Fracking Good For Your Health?

What do we know today from current research about the health effects of fracking? For answers and to offer a science-based perspective, hear the former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Catherine Thomasson, MD. Introduction: Harv Teitelbaum, Sierra Club. Co-sponsored by Sierra Club Colorado, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, 350 Colorado and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Green Task Force.

Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 W. 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Saturday, May 20 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

As always, keep an eye on your inbox this week. Events could prompt another quick-response action like last week’s highly successful protest against the firing of FBI Director Comey outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s offices in Denver. Thanks again to all of you who stand ready at a moment’s notice to resist Trump and the far-right agenda.

With your help, we’re going to prevail. Never forget that you are on the right side of history.

Colorado Week in Review: 5/12/17

Winners and Losers of the 2017 Colorado legislative session


Rural Colorado

After years of debate, a crisis over funding for rural hospitals and Medicaid recipients brought Republicans to the bargaining table to fix a small but important glitch that could have cost Colorado hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to a bipartisan compromise brokered by House Majority Leader KC Becker and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman that took most of the session to hammer out, rural hospitals are safe.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran (D)

2017 needed a leader who knew how to negotiate with the other side effectively, and Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran was more than up to the challenge. Colorado’s first Latina House Speaker successfully navigated through numerous thorny issues that had plagued the General Assembly for years, from construction defects to the rural hospitals and transportation. And she stopped dozens of terrible bills from the GOP-controlled Senate from becoming law.

Senators Don Coram and Larry Crowder (R)

An outbreak of bipartisan good faith and cooperation this year helped lawmakers accomplish more than expected from a divided legislature. Rural Republican Senators like Don Coram of Montrose and Larry Crowder of Alamosa pushed back against right-wing ideologues and special interests, and proved instrumental in getting key bipartisan agreements through the Colorado Senate. More like this, please.

First-time homeowners

Thanks to the dedication of patient negotiators like Rep. Alec Garnett, a deal was forged on the issue of construction defects in condo construction that might solve yet another issue Colorado has wrestled with for years. Bad proposals from developer lobbyists sought to take away homeowner rights to sue over defects in construction. Rep. Garnett kept all parties at the table until a deal that protected homeowners while alleviating industry concerns was hammered out.

Everyone with lungs

Lawmakers have tried for several years to pass a law outlawing “rolling coal,” or modifying a diesel truck to spew giant clouds of toxic smoke on purpose. Democratic Rep. Joann Ginal teamed up with GOP Sen. Don Coram to try again this year—and after their first bill died, the second try made it through.

Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Barbara McLachlan (D)

Colorado’s Western Slope is so fortunate to have two of the very best representing them at the state capitol: Sen. Kerry Donovan, who helped fight for public lands and rural broadband, and Rep. Barbara McLachlan, who worked tirelessly this year on addressing the critical shortage of teachers in our state.

Senator Leroy Garcia (D)

Sen. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo continued to be Pueblo’s champion in the Colorado legislature. In 2017, Sen. Garcia worked on expanding passenger rail service along the Front Range—an important issue as Pueblo works hard to bring Amtrak service to the city. Sen. Garcia bucked his party occasionally, questioning fee hikes on hunters and fishermen. Garcia remains a great representative for all the people of Pueblo.

Connect for Health Colorado

With uncertainty in Washington about the future of health care reform and polls showing public opposition to dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, Colorado Republicans plowed ahead with an ill-advised attempt to repeal the Connect for Health Colorado insurance marketplace. Running into a buzzsaw of opposition, Republicans were forced to postpone the bill repeatedly until finally killing it at the end of the session—great news for thousands of Coloradans who depend on the marketplace for their health coverage.

Far-right obstructionists

It was a successful legislative session, but many important issues were left unaddressed—mostly because of intense pressure from far-right advocacy groups like the out-of-state-billionaire-backed Americans for Prosperity. Because of their endless attacks on any attempt to raise revenue, or find legitimate fixes to our budget mess, Colorado won’t even get the chance to vote this year to improve our state’s outdated transportation system. The far right won that battle, but the rest of Colorado lost.

Senate President Kevin Grantham (R)

After years of obstruction under former Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman, a ray of hope emerged from the less combative, more thoughtful style of leadership shown by Kevin Grantham in 2017. While by no means perfect, Grantham’s willingness to engage across the aisle with Speaker Duran produced several of the session’s biggest wins. Grantham also fought bravely against Americans for Prosperity and intransigent lawmakers in his own party for a deal on transportation funds, but was not successful in persuading his caucus to go along.



Business and transportation lobbies

In 2016, business interests spent lavish amounts of money to elect Republican members of the Colorado General Assembly. In return, Republicans shot down one of the business community’s most important priorities: a deal to fund transportation infrastructure. A healthy business climate is more than just low taxes, and “pro-business” lawmakers do more than just say no.

Working families and needy Coloradans

Although the legislature hammered out some tough compromises this year, some of the battles won were not necessary to fight at all—and many good bills died because of the one-seat right-wing control of the Colorado Senate. The deal to save rural hospitals included painful fee increases on the poorest Medicaid patients at the insistence of Republican lawmakers. Another bill to provide family medical leave died in the Senate after receiving overwhelming public support and passing the Colorado House.

Senator Tim Neville (R)

State Sen. Tim Neville’s run for the U.S. Senate last year fell flat, and Neville set himself up poorly for a difficult re-election in 2018 after sponsoring some of the worst legislation to be introduced in Colorado this year. Tim Neville supported legislation to ban abortion, weaken common-sense gun safety laws, and even to make it easier for unvaccinated children to attend Colorado public schools.

Representative Phil Covarrubias (R)

During debate on legislation to oppose unconstitutional roundups and other actions by the Trump administration, freshman Rep. Phil Covarrubias made national headlines when he defended the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Covarrubias later apologized, but the incident once again tarnished Colorado’s reputation on a civil rights issue of national importance.

Senator Beth Humenik (R)

Sen. Beth Humenik of Adams County represents a closely-divided swing suburban district, but in 2017 she caved to the extremists in her caucus pushing legislation to support the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. At the same time, Humenik crossed her own party on a number of key votes—ensuring she lost friends on both sides of the aisle. Bewilderingly, Sen. Humenik voted against the much lauded and bipartisan Hospital Provider Fee deal, essentially printing mail pieces for her opponents in the 2018 election.

Representative Dave Williams (R)

In 2016, Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt repeatedly brought shame on the state of Colorado with his bizarre, hateful diatribes. Unfortunately, Klingenschmitt’s successor in House District 15 Rep. Dave Williams, is, if anything even worse. Williams sponsored some of the worst anti-immigrant legislation of the year—bills that would make Donald Trump himself blush. Williams, who represents Colorado Springs, even tried to insert an amendment into the budget concerning fetal tissue—the same false charge that provoked the tragic mass shooting at Colorado Springs’ Planned Parenthood clinic.

LGBT and West Slope Coloradans

Just before the session ended, the Colorado Senate killed the re-appointment of the chair of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission on a party-line vote. This highly unusual move threw a highly qualified LGBT representative and the Commission’s only representative from the Western Slope off the body that oversees workplace discrimination complaints.

Firestone, Colorado

After a massive explosion caused by disused oil and gas flowlines near a Firestone home killed two people, Republicans in the state legislature filibustered and killed a bill to require such lines be mapped and the data made public—including Firestone’s own representative in the Colorado House, Rep. Lori Saine. Even after tragedy, oil and gas profits come first to the industry’s political supporters.

Senate President Kevin Grantham (R)

Both a winner and a loser in 2017, Senate President Kevin Grantham’s fiery speech to his caucus in favor of legislation to put a tax question on the ballot to fund transportation projects will be remembered as a great moment of bipartisan cooperation. Unfortunately, thanks to the efforts of out-of-state attack groups like Americans for Prosperity, Grantham’s words fell on deaf ears. Colorado needs more than ideological rhetoric to solve our long-term challenges, and Grantham knows it—but he can’t do anything about it.

Petition forgery artists

After a scandal rocked the Republican U.S. Senate primary in 2016 when ProgressNow Colorado uncovered forged petitions submitted by Jon Keyser, the legislature passed a law this year requiring that ballot petition signatures be verified by the Secretary of State’s office before a candidate qualifies for the ballot. It won’t help Keyser, who moved out of Colorado after the petition fraud scandal wrecked his campaign—but it closes a loophole that may have been exploited by unscrupulous campaigns for years.

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

Last week, Republicans in Congress passed a bill that will repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system that will result in millions of Americans losing their coverage. Among other things, the bill removes protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, treats sexual assault as a pre-existing condition, and is, essentially, a nearly-$1 trillion tax cut for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Republicans haven’t repealed Obamacare yet—the U.S. Senate says they intend to “start from scratch,” but it’s very unlikely that the far-right House will accept anything short of their own destructive plan.

Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora is a perfect example of the right’s weakness. After voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act dozens of times over the years, a massive wave of public opposition in Coffman’s district has forced Coffman to change his tune. Coffman was one of the only members of Congress who supported the first version of “Trumpcare” in March. After weeks of negative press and angry constituents confronting him at every opportunity, Coffman changed his mind at the last minute and voted no last week on the latest Trumpcare bill.

Was it principle that changed Mike Coffman’s mind? Hardly. It was you who changed his mind. The resistance against the right-wing agenda in Washington is forcing politicians with an interest in political survival to reconsider what they are doing. If it wasn’t for good people like you coming back week after week to fight back against Trump and demand our local representatives do the same, Mike Coffman would have voted the other way—just like he did over and over for years.

It’s not over, not by a long shot. Now, the fight to protect health care reform shifts to the U.S. Senate, and we must fight back. We know—every week, we’re confronted by new bad policies that marginalize and threaten us, our families, and our communities. We won’t win every fight, but we will fight them every time. And, in the long run, we will outlast this administration and the policies being put forth by the right.

Thanks again for doing your part. Here are ways to take action for the week of May 8th:

Resist the Awful AHCA

How does the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House make you feel? Angry? Scared? Determined to resist? C’mon down to Skyline Park, 17th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver on Tuesday, May 9 at noon. We’ve invited Sen Cory Gardner to attend, but you know how that goes. Will he show up? One way or the other, we’ll make our opposition to AHCA crystal clear to him. We’ll have a short rally focused solely on health care issues, following by a die-in! Bring your signs and noisemakers and wear slings, back braces, and other visual reminders that Trumpcare will seriously injure our country’s health care system!

Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St., Denver, Colorado
When: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Don’t Separate Me From My Mom

Join Jeanette Vizguerra on May 10 for a program about children of mothers affected by immigration. Watch short videos of children talking about their desires and their fears if they are separated from their parents, then celebrate with food and music.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

The Resistance: Support & Action Meeting with Food & Water Watch

Learn about and get involved with Food & Water Watch Colorado’s campaigns to oppose President Trump’s anti-environmental agenda, including his plans to slash key environmental regulations, and promote more fracking. And make real progress here in Colorado by urging our Colorado state legislators to stop the expansion of fracking and transition our state to 100% renewable energy by 2035!

Where: 1740 High St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Lunchtime meet & greet to thank EPA employees

Join us for a lunchtime meet and greet during Public Service Recognition Week to say thanks to EPA employees! We want to let them know that we greatly appreciate their commitment to science and public health, especially now that their work is more important than ever. It’s time to change the narrative – those working in public service have vitally important roles and their work is valued. We stand with them! Please share this event and bring a friend or two!

Where: EPA Region 8 Headquarters, 1595 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 11 at 11:30am

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Harm Reduction Action Center 2017 Spring Fundraiser

Join us on May 11th for the Harm Reduction Action Center’s annual spring fundraiser. There will be brief remarks from Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and Harm Reduction Coalition board member Julie Stampler plus free drinks and appetizers.

Where: Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Indivisible Happy Hour and Petition Training

Fighting in the resistance is thirsty making work! Let’s get together in community and celebrate all we’ve accomplished over the past four months. Sam and Jason will be leading a brief petition training at 6:30 so hold off on shots till after the training is done.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Friday, May 12 at 6:00pm

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Fight for Healthcare

This will be a peaceful assembly to express Coloradans’ commitment to healthcare reform, and our disappointment and disapproval of the Congressmen who voted in favor of the AHCA. We will ask people come together to share their experiences, listen to local legislators and representatives of healthcare organizations, and learn how we can help healthcare programs/initiatives at a local level.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax, Denver
When: Saturday, May 13 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.

News reports in recent days have expressed surprise that the resistance to Trump hasn’t slowed since January, but that, if anything, it’s growing stronger by the day. We are on the right side of this fight and the right side of history. And we’ll keep fighting as long as it takes. Thanks again.

Colorado Week in Review: 5/5/17

Colorado Week in Review: 4/28/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spotlight On! Know Your Rights in Resisting Immigration Enforcement

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

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

Click here to RSVP.

2017 ADL Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program

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

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

Click here to RSVP.

The First Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency

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

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

Click here to RSVP.

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

Click here to RSVP.

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

Click here to RSVP.

Colorado Grassroots Fundraising Skill Share

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

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

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

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

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

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People’s Climate March on Denver

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

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

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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

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

Colorado Week in Review: 4/21/17

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

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

Once again: the pundits were wrong.

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

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

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

Democracy Under Surveillance: A Conversation With Edward Snowden

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

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

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Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s Community Forum

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

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

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Aurora Town Hall With Sen. Daniel Kagan

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

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

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Mother’s Strength – Stories of Immigration

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

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

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Emerge Colorado One Day Training: The Future is Feminist

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

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

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Denver Earth Day with the Sierra Club

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

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

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March for Science – Denver

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

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

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March for Science – Colorado Springs

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

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

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

Keep fighting back.

Colorado Week in Review: 4/14/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rally Against Child Abuse

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

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

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Parvais & Saul of The Death Penalty Project

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

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

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Trump, Russia and the Panama Papers

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

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

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CO FAMLI Act Rally & Press Conference

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

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

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Final Resist Trump Tuesday–Resistance Recess!

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

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

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Durango Protest Against the Bombing of Syria

No Justice No Peace!

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

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The Frontlines Are Everywhere: Grand Jury Resistance Tour

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

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

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NO to Right to Discriminate Bill – Call Night

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

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

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Trump Tax March Comedy Benefit Show

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

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

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ACLU of Colorado – Women & Families Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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Religious Exemptions In Disguise Press Conference & Hearing

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

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

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Rep. Mike Coffman Townhall (CO-06)

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

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

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March for President Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

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

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

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

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

Colorado Week in Review: 4/7/17