Sunday morning, the faithful gathering at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins were greeted by a terrible sight. During the night, a vandal had attacked the building, smashing the center’s glass entry doors with rocks and desecrating their prayer hall.
Since Donald Trump’s victory last November, acts of hate like the attack on the Islamic Center of Fort Collins have been on the rise. Sadly, our neighbors and friends of other faiths, nationalities, sexual and gender identities, and other marginalized communities have been increasingly targeted.
But last night in Fort Collins, the community stood up to hate.
Once word spread via social media and word of mouth about what happened at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins, the good people of this great city took action: coming together to support their Muslim brothers and sisters, and rejecting the hatred that led to this act of vandalism. A huge crowd turned out to join hands around the building and show their support—fundamentally changing the story of what happened here.
We can’t stop everything bad that is happening in our nation today, but we can show the world that Colorado is not taking the damage Trump and the far right are doing lying down. When a Muslim child is frightened by an act of violence against their faith, we comfort them. When our families and neighbors are threatened by a political agenda meant to hurt them, Colorado unites to protect our own. And it is making all the difference.
Don’t stop now. Here are ways you can fight back for the week of March 27th:
FEATURED EVENT: The People’s Filibuster Rally-We Object to Gorsuch and We’ll Spell It Out!
Do Senators Bennet and Gardner hear us? We object to Judge Gorsuch! Do they need us to spell it out for them? YES! Join us for a rally and we will do just that: Colorado constituents will attempt line up in Civic Center Park to spell out “WE OBJECT” in giant letters – Gorsuch comes from Colorado – therefore Colorado residents MUST represent and send a strong message for our esteemed senators! A drone will fly over and take a video of the event. Therefore a LARGE crowd is needed to make this happen – please share this event with your friends, and be there rain or shine.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver
When: Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am
Tell Sen. Gardner’s staff: Please Protect Education!
Join us in meeting with the staff of Senator Gardner’s Colorado Springs office to discuss how important it is to save education in Colorado!
Where: 102 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 11:00am
Resist Trump Tuesdays – Fight Gorsuch
This Tuesday we meet outside Senator Cory Gardner’s office to protest Gorsuch’s appointment, and talk about the various other aspects of Resisting Trump and his agenda, today. #ResistTrumpTuesday! Please join us and invite your friends!
Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th St., Denver, Colorado
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 12:00pm
Water is Life
Join Regis School of Sustainable Economic and Enterprise Development and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado for a moving and inspirational night to explore the challenges, and inspirations occurring on the front line of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This informative event features a panel of Indigenous people who have spent their time on the front lines at the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to protect the Missouri River and their homeland burial grounds. Panelists will share their stories from the front lines, their hopes and strategies for environmental justice for American Indian Communities. Join us in Solidarity for dialog and a meal catered by Tocabe Eatery.
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30pm
Feminism is alive in Denver!
Hello everyone! We are an awesome group of feminists from all different backgrounds who get together every month and discuss various feminist issues in a supportive and respectful environment. We spend some meetups discussing the current book, and we are interested in community outreach and activism so please come and share your ideas and what’s going on in the world of feminism. We want Denver to know that we feminists are alive and well! If you are a feminist and are looking for an outlet to express and share your views, please join us at our meetups.
Where: Tattered Cover Book Store on Colfax, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00pm
What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016 and How Will It Play Out?
An Address by Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith formerly with the New York Times, “What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016 and How Will It Play Out?” Auraria Campus, 1201 Larimer Street, Student Commons Building SC2600. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Where: Auraria Campus, 1201 Larimer Street, Denver, Student Commons Building SC2600
When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00pm
Learn about The Giving Project!
Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Join us for an information session about our innovative program, The Giving Project! Meet our staff, hear from an alumni participant, and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice. Chinook Fund is seeking 25 diverse members for our 2017 Fall Giving Project. Over the course of six months, members will engage in racial justice and class analysis workshops together, fundraise, and grant money to grassroots, social justice organizations across the state. You will learn about social justice philanthropy while taking meaningful action. No prior experience is necessary—just a passion for change!
Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00pm
Well-Being in Finance
It is important for each of us to know how our own spending, investing, and money habits can create change the economic system into a regenerative economy with every dollar. For example if you bank at a big banks,there is little transparency about where your money is invested, and likely it is invested in companies and industries which you would be fundamentally opposed to if you knew the trust costs of your investments. Your money could be financing rainforest destruction or fossil fuel development like the North Dakota pipeline. This talk will explore how your personal finance can become more ethical and values-based and how you can connect your financial activities to your values and help to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and just world.
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Thursday, March 30 at 5:30pm
Documenter and Resource Training
The Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition has three strategic initiatives over the next two years. One of them is to accompany immigrants through documenting cases of law enforcement and immigration collusion. As we document and accompany it allows us to be in relationship and resistance early on and collect valuable data for policy change.
Where: First United Methodist in Boulder. 1421 Spruce Street, Boulder
When: Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am
Last Friday, after weeks of protests, Republicans in Washington, D.C. killed their latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t the last attempt we’ll see by the far right to undermine health care reform, but there is no question that the outcry of the American public played a key role in Trump’s decision to give up this fight. There can be no question now that the resistance to Trump is working: protecting our nation from harm when all other checks and balances have failed.
Never doubt that in the end, we will prevail. And thank you again for everything you are doing every day to fight back.