After one of the most productive sessions of the Colorado legislature in years, last week I gave my staff here at ProgressNow Colorado a week’s worth of much-needed time off. It’s been a week of both relaxation and continued celebration as important bills you helped pass are signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. From full-day kindergarten to equal pay and equal rights to saving money on health care and education, this was a year to remember.
2019 isn’t over yet. You may have read in the news that Colorado Republicans are targeting freshman Rep. Tom Sullivan of Centennial in a recall petition campaign. Rep. Sullivan’s son Alex was tragically murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Tom Sullivan ran for office on a platform of gun safety, and was a prime sponsor of this year’s “red flag” bill to protect the public from gun violence by people suffering from a mental health crisis.
Tom Sullivan did exactly what he promised. And now Republicans who won’t accept that they lost the last election are trying to drive Sullivan from office for doing his job. We can’t the right wing succeed in overturning the will of the voters every time they don’t get their way. Priority #1 this week: sign up to support Rep. Tom Sullivan at SullivanStrong.com.
Once that’s done, check out more great ways to take action for the week of May 28:
Spotlight On Court Accompaniment
Going to court gives a lot of people anxiety, and going alone can mean missing important information or feeling really isolated and alone. When immigrants go to court, having accompaniment means that everyday people can work together to keep each other safe. We are looking to expand our nimble court accompaniment teams. Court accompaniers wear a pin with a white ribbon and go to ICE Check Ins in Centennial, Court at the GEO Immigration Detention Center, criminal court in a number of counties, or Federal Immigration Court down town. With a little bit of guidance and a lot of compassion, we invite you to join us.
Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado 2019 Scorecard Release Party
Please join Women’s Lobby for our 2019 Annual Scorecard Event party. We are so excited to highlight the amazing work from the Colorado Capitol this year, as well as some of the challenges.
Where: Butler Snow, 1801 California St Ste 5100, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30pm
Repro Day of Action for Tom Sullivan
Join Representative Tom Sullivan, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and Arapahoe County Activists at Tom’s house on Wednesday 5/29! Join us, Stand with Tom against misguided extremist recall efforts!
Where: 17133 E Prentice Dr, Centennial
When: Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30pm
2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour
As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.
Where: Salida Community Center, 305 F St, Salida
When: Thursday, May 30 at 3:00pm
Where: Aspen Red Brick Recreation Center, 110 E Hallam St Ste 135, Aspen
When: Friday, May 31st at 5:30pm
Building Justice: Harnessing the Power of Faith Communities
Join Together Colorado Boulder County on Thursday, May 30 from 6:30-8:30 PM for Building Justice: Harnessing the Power of Faith Communities to Transform Boulder County.
Where: First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, 1255 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette
When: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30pm
One Colorado: Bill Signings for Jude’s Law and Conversion Therapy Ban
After five sessions – WE DID IT! Join us and the bill sponsors as Governor Jared Polis signs these historic bills into law! HB19-1129: Conversion Therapy Ban, sponsored by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Rep. Daneya Esgar, and Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg, will ban the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. HB19-1039: Jude’s Law, sponsored by LGBT Caucus co-chairs Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sen. Dominick Moreno, will make it easier for transgender and non-binary Coloradans to access identity documents that reflect their authentic selves.
Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Friday, May 31 at 9:30 am
Conservation Colorado: Rebel with a Cause
At a time when our environment and the future of our Colorado way of life are at risk, Westerners are stepping up to lead. This year, we are thrilled to honor three western champions for the environment as our 2019 Rebels with a Cause: Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, Sen. Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senator for Nevada; and Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Senator for Montana.
Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
When: Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm
Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit (YAAAS)
We envision a culture in CO where anybody who wants or needs an abortion can access one safely, in a timely manner, affordably and with dignity, respect, and support. To build young leaders in the reproductive rights, health, and justice movement, we aim to teach, train, and connect young people who are interested in organizing to increase access to abortion. Come join organizations from around the state and receive the tools you need to become a powerful young activist for the abortion rights movement! The trainings and workshops we offer will cater to a range of experiences.
Where: Denver, CO (RSVP for details)
When: Saturday, June 1 at 9:30am
Rally for Gun Violence Research in Denver
Join Giffords, the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians for a rally for gun violence research funding. Gun violence has reached a 40-year high. It’s time for the federal government to invest in research into this public health epidemic. Join medical professionals and advocates from Giffords, the American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado Chapter, and more for a rally to support funding for gun violence research.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am
Thanks as always! We’ll see you next week.