As Cory Gardner gets ready to run for re-election in 2020, we’ve been trying to come up with a list of accomplishments he can offer Colorado voters as a reason to vote for him again.
As you can read in Ian’s column in Sunday’s Denver Post, it won’t be easy:
Cory Gardner said he ran to “shake up the Senate.” Instead, it was a shakedown. Gardner knows he can’t win without his Republican base, so despite a temporary headline-grab pretending that he wasn’t with Trump on the wall for 10 minutes, he has now fallen in line behind the president — sealing his fate, and leaving him caught between a wall and (I’m very sorry for this one) a hairpiece.
Cory Gardner knows he is in serious trouble, running is a state that rejected Trump in historic fashion last November. Gardner’s endorsement of Trump’s re-election proves once and for all which side Gardner is on, and it’s not Colorado’s side. Gardner’s time is almost up.
Another big week at the Colorado Capitol is underway. Thanks to everyone who showed up last week to testify on important bills being heard in legislative committees! Testimony on legislation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get involved in the political process. Don’t miss your chance to be heard on bills coming up for debate this week:
On Tuesday at 1:30pm in the Old State Library, the House State Affairs Committee will hear three important pieces of legislation: two to oppose, and one that needs to pass.
OPPOSE House Bill 19-1156: an unnecessary bill to require additional documentation in order to register to vote. Colorado already has the most secure elections in the nation, and there’s no reason to make it harder to vote.
OPPOSE House Bill 19-1140: The deceptively-named “Live & Let Live” bill to carve out an exception in the law to allow discrimination against LGBT Coloradans.
SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-042: A key legislative priority for 2019, the National Popular Vote compact will align Colorado’s Electoral College votes with the winner of the nationwide popular vote–only taking effect if enough states join.
On Wednesday, two dueling pieces of legislation in separate House committees could result in marathon hearings: show up and SUPPORT House Bill 19-1129 in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, the bill to ban controversial anti-LGBT “conversion therapy” on minors. At the same time in the House Health and Insurance Committee, turn out to OPPOSE House Bill 19-1103, which would make abortion a class 1 felony in Colorado.
Thanks for all your help with these important pieces of legislation. Here are more ways to fight back for the week of February 11:
One Colorado: Western Slope Voyage to the Capitol
Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies at the State Capitol for our annual LGBTQ Lobby Day on February 13, 2019!
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00pm
Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol
Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 12:00pm
Colorado Homes for All: Rent Control: Join the Fight/ Control De Renta: Unete a la Lucha
We will be having a training on the rent control campaign for 2019. If you want to learn more about what this campaign entails and how you can join the fight. We will have updates on our legislative priority bills including warranty of habitability. There will be childcare, Spanish interpretation, and food as usual.
Where: 3738 Morrison Rd, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm
One Colorado: 2019 LGBTQ Lobby Day
The only way we can shape the future of equality in Colorado is by making sure our elected representatives hear from us, so make sure you mark your calendar and sign up to join us! And, don’t worry if it’s your first time at lobby day, we’ll train you AND feed you. This year, we will be asking legislators to support banning conversion therapy for minors in Colorado and support a bill to make it less burdensome for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate.
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00am
Period Kits Launch Party
We believe that anyone who has a period should have dependable, consistent access to the products they need when they need them. Period Kits collects and distributes period products to individuals, groups, and agencies in the Denver Metro area. Come kick off this venture with friends and fun! We will drink wine, build some period kits, and chat about the future. Feel free to bring product to help us with our first wave of kits.
Where: Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 900 W. 1st. Ave. #180, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado #COleg Advocacy Training
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Colorado legislature and how it works? We have the training for you! Join us to learn how the legislature works (we mean how it really works) and how to advocate for policies you care about. We will also share what legislation we expect to see during session!
Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30pm
Colorado Ceasefire: Parkland Memorial Evening of Action
Colorado Ceasefire invites you to an evening of action to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Help us honor the victims of gun violence by writing postcards to legislators, asking they pass the common sense gun laws we need for a more peaceful future.
Where: Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm
National M4A Week Barnstorm Launch
Join Denver DSA, Working Families Party, National Nurses United, and Our Revolution for our Medicare for All kickoff event. Activists from all over the country are coming together in February to launch our campaign to win Medicare for All during a National Week of Action. Come and find out how to get involved. See you there!
Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm
CO Paid Family & Medical Leave Listening Tour – Boulder
The Boulder community is coming together to talk about one of the most important issues facing working families right now: paid family and medical leave. And we need YOUR input — we want to hear what you think about access to paid family and medical leave! Join MomsRising and Good Business Colorado for a very special conversation in Boulder between community members, local business owners, elected leaders, and families to talk about paid family and medical leave. Enjoy free snacks and beverages while we all share some big thinking and strategizing about ways to lift up our families, businesses, and economy!
Where: Alfalfa’s Market Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2019
This Valentine’s Day, Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for consumers and advocates from all over Colorado to discuss the health policy issues close to your heart and engage with legislators on current health policy in our state. At this event, you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and we’ll help you connect with your legislators and communicate with them in the thick of the legislative session.
Where: First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant Street, Denver
When: Thursday, February 14 at 8:00am
In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: DU Civil Rights Summit
The American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society, Public Interest Law Group, and International Law Society student groups invite you to join us for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law’s inaugural Civil Rights Summit. Lawyers, advocates and organizers, scholars, and law students will be coming together for a day of discussion, debate, and community in DU’s Ricketson Law Building. There will be a number of events throughout the day ranging from debates on the 1st Amendment to the role of advocacy in the law.
Where: D.U. Civil Rights Summit, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver
When: Friday, February 15 at 10:00am
March for Our Lives 2019 Official Organizer’s Meeting
Join us for a meet and greet with our lovely community and initiate the first steps in planning the 2019 MFOL! This event is for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2018, our goals of 2019, and to tell victims and survivors that we still have their backs. Your time is so valuable to the organization and we hope to see you all there.
Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 10:00am
Lakewood Area Progress Monthly Meeting
Monthly meeting to discuss the recruiting, training, and campaigning for City Council candidates. We will also discuss the endorsement process.
Where: Winston’s Pub & Grill Belmar, 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood
When: Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: The Streets. A Dance Party
This is the debut of our year-long, monthly series using collectively owned aspects of the community as inspiration for programs that wrestle with questions about who owns what? why? and what can we do to extend the ownership? Schools, Jails, Water, Public Transportation, Parks, etc are the themes. Each program is created by multiple artists, residents, and organizations.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 8:00pm
Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance
The Mile High Chapter of the JACL, the oldest Asian American national civil rights organization, every year sponsors a Day of Remembrance event so that we won’t forget the injustice that happened 77 years ago. As a result of EO 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II in 10 concentration camps hastily built inland, from remote parts of California to the swamps of Arkansas. One concentration camp, Amache, was built in southeast Colorado and housed almost 10,000 people during the war. This year’s Day of Remembrance will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 pm at History Colorado Center, 12th and Broadway. Admission to the event is free. There is a fee to access the museum.
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Sunday, February 17 at 1:00pm
Remember to check the RiseUp app for the latest information on these and other upcoming events. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.