The 2019 session of the Colorado legislature is underway, and the calendar is rapidly filling up with important upcoming events and opportunities for you to have an immediate impact. After last year’s historic victory for progressives in Colorado, now comes the work to make the vision articulated by our new legislative majority and Gov. Polis a reality.
And it’s a big job: from education and affordable health care to civil rights and criminal justice reform, there’s a backlog of priorities that need to be addressed between now and when the legislature adjourns in May. This is our chance to set aside the dysfunction in Washington, and solve problems right here at home that Trump and Republicans can’t–or won’t–address.
It starts by showing up. This week’s top action item: on Wednesday, join Indivisible activists and Coloradans just like you for the Indivisible Lobby Day. Colorado Senators Faith Winter and Tammy Story, two progressive champions fighting for our shared values every day, will present on the goals of this year’s legislative session–and then you’ll get to learn the ins and outs of directly working with lawmakers to pass bills. Don’t miss this great chance to get involved and stay involved.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver,
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 8:30am
And here are many more great ways to fight back for the week of January 14th:
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training
Colorado’s legislative session will bring a lot of opportunities to advance health care policy. Join us to learn advocacy basics and different ways you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.
Where: Blair Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 5:30pm
Opening Reception: The History of the Stonewall Uprising
What happened that night? Why was this uprising different from those that had come before? How would the riots at a small gay bar in New York go on to inspire generations of activists, building to today’s contemporary movement for LGBTQ equality?
Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 5:30pm
Womxn’s March Denver Fundraiser
Come meet our fantastic Speakers and Artists for the 2019 Womxn’s March on Denver and mingle with the Leadership Team, volunteers and supporters!
Where: Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St #320, Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 6:30pm
2019 Climate Lobby Day
Join 350 Colorado for our 3rd annual Climate Lobby Day! Whether you’ve never lobbied before or you have your legislator’s phone number on speed dial, our 2019 Legislative Lobby Day is an important event that will put you in direct contact with your elected officials and make your voice heard!
Where: 1373 N Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00am
Census 2020: Will Your Community Count
The 2020 Census is just over a year away and it’s important that Colorado have a complete count. Please join The League of Women Voters, Colorado Common Cause, Together We Count, and Mi Familia Vota to learn about how the census impacts you and what you can do to ensure your community is counted.
Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00am
Disability Integration Act Re-Introduction Watch Party
Come join us watch the re-introduction of the Disability Integration Act – DIA in the 116th Congress! We are starting this Congress with almost every legislator from Colorado as co-sponsors, we are still working on getting our freshman members Joe Neguse and Jason Crow signed on. A lot of Atlantis ADAPT members will be in DC but we can show our support from Denver.
Where: 420 W Cedar Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 15 at 12:00pm
Denver Justice Project: City Council Meeting on Strengthening Police Oversight
Join the coalition of organizations calling on Denver City Council members to pass legislation that would update the 14-year-old ordinance that established the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Oversight Board, thereby strengthening police oversight mechanisms to ensure that law enforcement officers that harm our community members are held accountable.
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 10:30am
Women’s Lobby of Colorado Legislative Committee Meeting
Join us for our first legislative committee meeting of the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members).
Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm
Live with Bolder Advocacy: Advocating Boldly in 2019
Are you interested in going to a march or a protest but aren’t sure of the rules for non-profits and their employees? Join us for our next Bolder Advocacy Facebook Live event, “Marches, Protests, and Lobby Days: Advocating Boldly in 2019,” on January 17, at 4pm ET. As marches, protests and lobby days approach, you may be wondering if you can participate as a 501(c)(3) – or even as a non-profit employee. We will discuss how you can get involved and be an advocate for your issues – while staying in compliance with the rules that govern tax-exempt nonprofits.
Where: Facebook Live event
When: Thursday, January 17 at 4:00pm
One Colorado Legislative Session Kickoff Happy Hour
Join One Colorado and Colorado’s LGBT caucus for our Legislative Session Happy Hour at Hudson Hill!
Where: Hudson Hill, 619 E 13th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 17 at 5:00pm
Four Directions Indigenous Peoples March
On January 18, 2019 we are uniting Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. Currently, many Indigenous people are victims of voter suppression, divided families by walls and borders, an environmental holocaust, sex and human trafficking and police and military brutality with little or no resources and awareness of this injustice. We Must Unite and Help!
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Friday, January 18 at 11:00am
Queer Contingent at the 2019 Womxn’s March
One Colorado, The GLBT Center, Out Boulder, The Gender Identity Center, Northern Colorado Equality, and Eclectic of Northern Colorado are organizing a queer contingent for the 2nd Anniversary of the Women’s March happening on January 19th in Denver.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 8:30am
March with Planned Parenthood at the 2019 Womxn’s March
Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC) as we march together in this year’s Womxn’s March. #Togetherwefightforall The first 30 individuals to sign up will receive a free PP Womxn’s March shirt or beanie!
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 9:00am
Meet Up at Women’s March to March with Indivisibles & Jason Crow
For ANYONE who would like to march with Indivisible, we’re meeting at the big head in front of 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 at 10:00 am.
Where: Denver Public Works, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 19 at 10:00am
Après Womxn’s March (beer tapping fundraiser)
Lady Justice Brewing is tapping their Makin’ Noise Beer Vol. 8 collaboration beer after the Womxn’s March Denver. Proceeds from sales (10%) will be donated to The Gathering Place. Please join us to wind down after the march, enjoy this Red Ale, raise money for TGP, and celebrate womxn!
Where: Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 1:00pm
AFSC’s Annual Public Gathering
Please join us for AFSC’s Annual Public Gathering & Jack Gore Awards Ceremony! ¡Por favor acompáñanos a la Reunión Anual de AFSC y ceremonia de premiación de Jack Gore!
Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 4:00pm
Punk Against Trump 2019
KTCL Channel 933 Punk Tacos Presents: Punk Against Trump 2019 with Allout Helter, Cheap Perfume, Over Time, Sorry Sweetheart, No Takers, w/ DJ Maladjusted spinning between sets. All proceeds to benefit The Gathering Place.
Where: Summit Denver, 1902 Blake St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 7:00pm
March with One Colorado at the Annual MLK Marade in Denver
Please join us to honor Dr. King’s memory, and the justice he stood for, at the country’s largest MLK rally — honoring a man and a movement that helped pave the way for civil rights as we know them today. As proponents of civil and racial justice in Colorado and everywhere, we are walking in this year’s MLK Marade.
Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, January 21 at 8:30am
Thanks again for your participation and support. Every action you take makes a difference. We’ll see you next week with more ways to help!