The 2019 legislative session is over, and a summer of organizing before the crucial 2020 election season lies ahead.
Over the past two and a half years, Colorado’s progressive grassroots has evolved far beyond mere resistance to Donald Trump into a movement to realize our most important shared values: freedom, fairness and truly equal opportunity for every single person in our state and nation. In 2018 those values translated into a landslide progressive victory here in Colorado, and in 2019 the new progressive majority set to work keeping its promises.
Over the coming months, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on events and opportunities to take meaningful action like you’ve been doing all year in the legislature. If you haven’t already, take a moment now to forward this alert to your progressive friends and family, and encourage them to sign up to stay in the loop. Visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter as well for up to date information, and don’t forget to download the Beacon app to your smartphone to access alert information on the go.
And the work goes on–here are some great ways to take action for the week of May 13:
ACLU Annual Meeting
Please join us as we look back at the successes and challenges of the past year, honor local civil liberties heroes, and celebrate a year of activism and accomplishments. Admission is free and open to ACLU members and supporters. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Where: SKYLIGHT, 833 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00pm
Bars and Graphs; Colorado Fiscal Institute’s 2019 End of Session Wrappy Hour
Join the CFI team as we raise a glass and celebrate the end of the 2019 legislative session. Meet us at Vine Street Pub and Brewery and grab a beer (or wine) on us! We’ll chat about everything that happened at the capitol this year and discuss CFI’s upcoming summer agenda.
Where: Colorado Fiscal Institute, 1905 Sherman St, Ste 225, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00pm
Vision Zero Ride & Walk of Silence
You are invited to participate in the 2019 Ride & Walk of Silence to commemorate the lives that have been lost to traffic crashes on our streets and to bring attention to the human toll of dangerous street design that prioritizes speed over safety. The Ride of Silence is an annual international event to honor cyclists who were killed or seriously injured on public roadways. As cities around the world, including Denver, have adopted Vision Zero policies, there is an even greater awareness around the need to design safer streets to protect the most vulnerable users of the road.
Where: Sunken Gardens Park, 1099 Speer Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30pm
Paris to Pittsburgh Free Film Screening
As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, Americans aren’t waiting on Washington, DC to act to protect a healthy planet today and a livable future for all children tomorrow. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, people are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. We invite you to hear incredible stories of loss and empowerment in Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies — narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00pm
One Colorado Call Night!
Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.
Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St. Suite 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm
When: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm
Stories Without Borders: Beyond the (Funding) Wall
We’ve seen the stories on the news. We’ve heard the sound bites. We may have even seen the spray-painted hateful words drying on doors and walls. And we’re tired of it.It not too late to course-correct before the next election.Storytelling arms us with the power to create change.Join us for an evening of Storytelling and community with food and drink. The official event kicks off at 5:30p with our storytellers – who are individuals featured in the film – to start sharing around 630p. Beyond the Wall follows the lives of two young people navigating the struggles and barriers of building a life in America’s current social climate — an undocumented Mexican immigrant and a young Syrian refugee.
Where: 715 Club, 715 East 26th Avenue, Denver
When: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm
The Denver Press Club: CPR’s Ben Markus: Investigations
From his extensive contributions to CPR’s “Tax Man” podcast to his recent investigation into sexual harassment allegations at a major oil & gas firm and shoe-leather reporting on ties between Denver city officials and lobbyists, business reporter Ben Markus’ reporting has been making major waves. Join us in conversation with Markus for an inside look at what goes into these and other investigations. Social hour starts at 5:30, with the discussion beginning at 6:30.
Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm
Community Garden Launch – Apertura del Jardin Comunitario
We’re hosting a free event open to the community for members that are interested in growing their own food. At the event, hosted by Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha and Growing Home, we will teach participants the steps to prepare soil, clean, and plant in the garden. We will also provide food, drinks, and music as we all work together to launch our community garden.
Where: 3489 W 72nd Ave #110, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 8:00am
Conservation Colorado: Hike Spraddle Creek – Celebrate Public Lands
FREE guided exploration of Spraddle Creek, a wilderness addition to Eagles Nest Wilderness Area proposed as part of the CORE Act. Join author, activist, and nature-based coach, Susie Kincade, to explore one of the last roadless areas near Vail and learn more about this exciting bill that will protect 400,000 acres of wilderness, recreation, and habitat in Colorado. Susie will guide you on the trail and enrich the experience by offering practices in “forest bathing”, working with nature to renew body, mind and spirit. Learn about the value of wilderness as a prime economic driver in Colorado’s economy, and about its role in rejuvenating the human brain and body.
When: Saturday, May 18 at 9:00am
Colorado Public Lands Day Fest
Join us for a day of speakers, exciting activities, and chances to connect with organizations that are making a difference in the conservation and public lands protection movement. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to take action to support the CORE Act, a bill sponsored by Congressman Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet that aims to protect approximately 400,000 acres of iconic Colorado public lands for future generations; participants will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win some prizes, including two soak vouchers to Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
Where: Del Mar Park 12000 E 6th Ave, Aurora
When: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00am
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: Emergency Services
Calling 9-1-1 for a fire or car accident makes sense. What other kinds of emergencies require a 9-1-1? Climate crisis? Health care? Racism? Poverty? What would that look like? How could we make it happen? Are there ways to prevent these emergencies so that we don’t need a new kind of 9-1-1? Well, bring the kids to have some fun drinking some lemonade and eating cookies while making superhero costumes, buttons, and other activities. Also, the Denver Public Library’s Wheelie the Book Bike, fire vehicles, and a ghostbuster car will be there so and let’s see what we can come up with!
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 10:30am
Volunteer for NARAL at Denver Jazz Festival
Come volunteer with us at the Denver Jazz Festival! We are in need of volunteers to interact with festival patrons and to advocate for abortion access in Colorado and beyond!
Where: Denver Jazz Festival, Five Points, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am
Chinook Fund: Creating Sustainable Local Economies
Join Giving Project Alumni and Chinook Fund’s community for a discussion on community-wealth building with local community members and organizations interested in producing and maintaining community wealth. A panel of local activists and experts will guide the conversation on building and maintaining community capital, and using shared resources for collective liberation.
Where: Posner Center, 1031 33rd Street, Denver
When: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00pm
Thanks again. See you next time with more ways to make a difference!