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

Another terrible school shooting. Once again the debates over how to stop the carnage of mass shootings begin, the talking heads recite their talking points, and politicians weigh the cost/benefit of saving lives versus pleasing big donors. It’s a sad, predictable cycle that frustrates everyone except those who benefit from the deadly status quo.

We can’t lose hope. The pundits and the politicians haven’t caught up with the American public when it comes to reducing gun violence, but it will not go on forever. Each tragedy in the headlines forces millions of Americans to rethink their views on guns. Every new mass shooting with no action taken after the last one leaves politicians beholden to the NRA, like Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner, with blood on their hands. The overwhelming support for concrete steps to reduce gun violence, reduce the death toll in mass shootings, and keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals will result in change at the polls.

Thanks again for not giving up, even when the headlines make it tempting. Change is coming.

Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of May 21:

Gentrification or Revitalization?

Is it Gentrification, or is it Revitalization? Either way, there’s no denying Denver is undergoing an unprecedented amount of growth and development and as a result our urban neighborhoods are rapidly changing. While these changes may be good for the economy, there’s increasing frustration among people who are priced out and pushed out of some Denver neighborhoods. So let’s talk about it!

Where: PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 9:00am

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Weekly Coffman Protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 11:55am

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Community Hug / Counter Protest of Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church has issued a press release that its supporters will be picketing outside Broomfield High. While it may well be within their right to do so, their message does not correlate to the general sense of community of Broomfield. Lets show OUR kids that Broomfield is No Place for Hate and encircle BHS with a big ol’ community HUG!

Where: Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 2:00pm

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One Colorado: Colorado Civil Rights Division Bill Signing

Join One Colorado, community groups, Speaker Crisanta Duran, and Representative Leslie Herod on the west steps at the State Capitol to watch John W. Hickenlooper sign the reauthorization of the Colorado Civil Rights Division into law on Tuesday, May 22.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 2:10pm

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Wait, that’s Sexist?! A Spotlight On Movement Sexism

In this interactive workshop, we will examine sexism in everyday life. The discussion will include information about, and examples of, common situations where sexism may be present such as sexism in humor, the internalization of gendered stereotypes, essentializing gender difference, benevolent sexism, and the differences between intention and impact of behavior. Equally important we will also discuss how to respond when sexism intrudes in your life and how everyone can contribute to creating a positive culture for addressing oppression and inequality in their everyday lives. Participants should bring an example of sexism that they have seen in their life from the past week.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 5:00pm

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2018 Candidates For Governor’s Forum on Work & Working Families

Please join us for the chance to see your candidates for the governorship address crucial issues concerning the law related to work and workers’ rights! Tickets are free but space is limited! RSVP today!

Where: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Annual Scorecard Release Party 2018

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: Butler Snow, 1801 California St Ste 5100, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30pm

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A Brief History of Urban Development

The idea that Denver is growing too big, too fast, isn’t a new idea at all. Ken Schroeppel, the founder and Editor of DenverInfill and its companion blog, DenverUrbanism, will share a history of urban development that spans multiple eras and puts today’s hot topics of growth, density, traffic, parking, development and mobility into a long-term context.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30pm

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9to5 2018 Legislative Session Debrief

Join 9to5 and Colorado Homes for All members + our legislative champions as we celebrate our victories in the 2018 legislative session, debrief our priority bills and start making plans for next year!

Where: Woodbury Branch Library, 3265 Federal Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, May 26 at 10:00am

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Encuentro: Trans Queer Membrecia & Liderazgo

Join Familia: TQLM to learn about local and national LGBTQ Latinx organizing work and become a member of Familia: TQLM.

Unete a Familia:TQLM y conoce sobre el trabajo local y nacional LGBTQ Latinx y se miembrx de Familia: TQLM.

Where: 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver,
When: Saturday, May 26 at 12:00pm

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Candlelight Vigil for Santa Fe High School

Please join us this Saturday, May 26th, for a special vigil honoring the lives lost in the May 18th shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Stand in solidarity with the victims, their families, and the survivors of this most recent tragedy. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, we ask you to come together to help us pay tribute to the ten victims.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 26 at 7:00pm

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Denver Food Distro

The Front Range John Brown Gun Club and The Empowerment Solidarity Network along with members of the community will be meeting at Civic Center Park in Denver and then heading out to various locations throughout downtown to pass out food, snacks, water, and toiletries to those in need. We invite anyone who is willing to fill a backpack up with supplies to meet us and help out. We’re also asking for monetary donations, receipts will be posted to show an accounting of all funds.

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again.

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