It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly! As debate continues in the Colorado legislature on many important pieces of legislation, this week we’d like to focus on two especially important bills we need your help to get over the finish line:
We’re fighting to protect Colorado’s local communities and natural environment from the harmful impacts of oil and gas drilling. It’s vitally important that your lawmakers understand that this issue is why our progressive majority was elected last November. Senate Bill 19-181 will give local communities the power to protect their residents from drilling next to homes and schools, as well as reforming “forced pooling” and empowering the state government to put public health and safety first.
Click here to contact your representative and urge them to pass Senate Bill 19-181. Then stay tuned: from rallies to opportunities to testify in support of the bill, there is a lot to do to make sure we keep this promise to the voters and future generations. Thank you!
Next, join us at noon Wednesday for a rally to kick off the campaign for paid family leave in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program, will give every Colorado worker the ability to take time off to deal with medical emergencies without jeopardizing their economic stability. After years of division in Colorado’s legislature, 2019 is finally the year we make this important benefit a reality! We’ll rally at noon at the Colorado State Capitol and testimony in favor of the bill will get underway at 2PM. Click here to RSVP!
Bills at the Capitol are moving quickly this year, and that’s good. For the past four years, partisan divides in the legislature prevented a large number of pressing issues from being addressed. Right now progressive leaders are working through a backlog of pent-up solutions to problems that were allowed to go unsolved for too long. Be proud of the progress we’re making in Colorado this year, and thanks again for letting our representatives know you’ve got their back when they do the right thing.
Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of March 11th–don’t forget to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone for the latest:
$15 Final Vote – Denver City Council
City council will take a final vote on a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage for airport and other city-contracted workers to $15 an hour. Let’s turn out and help Denver workers win a living wage!
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, March 11 at 5:30pm
One Colorado Phone Bank
We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.
Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm
Celebrate Sunshine Week: The First Draft with CFOIC, CSPJ, CPA and CMP
Celebrate Sunshine Week the evening of March 12 with the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, the Colorado Media Project, the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists and pick up a hot-off-the-presses copy of CFOIC’s updated, revised and much improved 2019 guide to Colorado’s sunshine laws. Mingle with journalists who will answer your questions about getting information from your government. And try your hand at CORA trivia!
Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm
Community Forum: Changes to Deputy Misconduct Investigations
Join the COB, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Together Colorado, Shorter AME Church, and others for a community forum on proposed changes being made by the Department of Safety and the Sheriff Department to sheriff deputy misconduct investigations. The intention of this forum is to provide you with information and get your feedback. We anticipate the following agenda.
Where: Shorter AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct., Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm
Concert for Denver Right to Survive!
Come to this important concert featuring Local Legends Esmé Patterson (performing solo), Wheelchair Sports Camp, and Solo Artist Laura Goldhamer. We’ll be discussing the effects of Denver’s Urban Camping Ban! Denver Right to Survive is a community-led organization that aims to educate the public about the human rights of people experiencing homelessness.
Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30pm
ACLU at the Capitol
Please join us on Wednesday, March 13 for ACLU at the Capitol, a day of advocacy and action. ACLU of Colorado has an ambitious legislative agenda this year, and we need your help to make it happen. Meet with your lawmakers and encourage them to improve our criminal justice system, pass comprehensive sex ed, and make Colorado a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. We’ll provide breakfast in the morning and a full training on how to talk to legislators about our priority bills. Then, we’ll team up and head over to the Capitol for lobbying meetings. Afterwards, we’ll meet back for lunch and a recap of the day.
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:00am
CIRC Movement Building Training- Pueblo
Join us to defend Colorado’s immigrant families by helping us pass Virginia’s Law, a comprehensive bill aimed at keeping Colorado families together, in 2019’s legislative session. Virginia’s Law will protect immigrant domestic violence survivors from being deported by ICE and will limit ICE enforcement in public spaces, like schools and hospitals.
Where: Protegete Pueblo, 119 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30pm
Colorado Homes For All March Legislative Meeting
We will giving updates on moving legislation including the bill to overturn the ban on rent control, the Safe & Healthy homes Act, the Fair Application Cost Bill, and Virginia’s Law. We will also be talking about our political and media strategy. We will have food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation as usual. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Where: 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm
Colorado Education Association March 15th Day of Action
Join us for CEA’s Day of Action on March 15th! Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage unprecedented in the state’s history. Pay inequity, respect, and dwindling classroom resources are all to blame but one subject that often gets overlooked is the state’s current educator evaluation law, Senate bill 10-191 (SB10-191).
Where: Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St, Denver
When: Friday, March 15 at 8:00am
$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!
We are less than 10 weeks away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.
Where: Mi Familia Vota, 4730 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos: The Peoples Wave 2019
Join us at the capitol to protect the rights and wellbeing of students, renters, and immigrants. Our lawmakers work for us, so lets make sure they are building a Colorado that puts our people first! Let’s get together Sunday, March 17th for a training on the legislative process and teach-in on priority bills affecting our communities. On Monday, March 18th we’ll head to the State Capitol to lobby our leaders to demand action on the solutions we need!
Where: 4130 Tejon St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am
Press Conference for House Bill 19-1129
One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and the Colorado Senate Democrats are hosting a press conference on HB19-1129: Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors before the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee hearing. Join us in support at the West Foyer on the first floor of the Capitol at 12:25 PM for a 12:30 start time.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, March 18 at 12:30pm
Thanks again! We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.