What you can do to fight back this week (August 12)

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Last Thursday, Sen. Cory Gardner showed up in Wheat Ridge for a rare public appearance. Gardner’s staff did their very best to under-publicize the event, but word spread to local activists and by the time Gardner showed up dozens of you were waiting to hold Gardner accountable with hard questions. Thanks to everyone who turned out!

After the tragic mass shootings a week ago, many of us hoped that Sen. Gardner might change his hard line against even the most common sense gun safety reforms–like the laws that have been on the books in Colorado for years, or a red flag law like the one even Donald Trump has endorsed. But it didn’t happen. Gardner’s response to this latest terrible round of violence was five words: “I don’t support gun control.”

As I wrote in my Denver Post column Sunday, “Politicians like Sen. Cory Gardner, the fourth-highest recipient of NRA money out of the entire U.S. Senate, make a career of stopping broadly popular, reasonable gun-safety measures like universal background checks, limits on high capacity magazines, and extreme risk protection order legislation that even Donald Trump has now voiced support for. Not a single Republican supported these bills in the Colorado legislature, and several Democratic lawmakers, including Gov. Jared Polis, are ostensibly the targets of recall attempts because of their passage.” Read more here.

Confronted with the devastating effects of mass gun violence and with real solutions available to solve the problem if we only had the political courage, the refusal of politicians like Cory Gardner to take this issue seriously is deeply frustrating. In the end, if the politicians refuse to act only accountability at the polls can change this nation’s course. If Gardner won’t act, our vote in 2020 becomes literally a matter of life and death.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to hold Cory Gardner accountable all these years. It’s been a long struggle, but change is coming. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of August 12:


Town Hall: Public Health Impacts of Climate Change & Environment

Congressman Jason Crow has partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health to bring together a panel of experts to answer constituent questions about the ways that the climate crisis impacts human health and our community. Attendees are invited to join additional event organizers for a cup of coffee before the forum at Lost Coffee (#30, 2100 North Ursula Street, Aurora) at 8:30AM. Free coffee and pastries will be provided as well as organizational t-shirts, pins and posters. Attendance at both the Coffee Hour and the forum is free, but seating space may be limited.

Where: Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, 13080 E 19th Ave, Aurora
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 9:30am

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Show up for clean air, climate and clean cars in Colorado!

You’ve rallied, you’ve sent in comments, you’ve hiked – you’ve done almost everything it takes to show you care about clean air and zero emission vehicles in Colorado. This is your last chance to be heard! On Tuesday, August 13th, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will be hearing the final comments from the public – in person! – on adopting the Zero Emission Vehicle program in Colorado.

Where: Colorado Sierra Club, 1536 Wynkoop St, #200, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Denver Leadership Council Luncheon with Rupali Sharma

The NARAL Leadership Council was created to bring together leaders in the community and to help amplify NARAL’s mission and importance of our work across the state. This year we are so excited to be joined by Rupali Sharma, Senior Counsel at The Lawyering Project, for a discussion on the fate of Roe v. Wade and its impact on state access to abortion care. Rupali has previously worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights and was an attorney on the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 11:30am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado Advocacy Meetings

Join us for two Wednesday evenings in August to learn, talk about and plan advocacy for policies that Colorado women need and want! There will be a survey coming soon to help us in planning! Note we will be designing this for folks to attend both – as a series. If you can — we would appreciate donations to help cover the costs for preparing and staffing our upcoming advocacy meetings. Recommended donation for both is $25.

Where: Eloise May Library, 1471 S Parker Rd, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

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A History of Race and White Supremacy in the U.S.

How did racism emerge as a such a pervasive social structure in the U.S.? What is the reality of “race”? Why do so many people still have erroneous beliefs about race’s influence on our destinies? It’s a question many of us have asked at one time or another, and it has a clear answer. Race is a social construct, a tool for oppression. In short, racism is real, but race is not. Race also has a definitive origin story, and one that every anti-racist or social justice activist should know. Join this training to learn a brief history of racial classification in the U.S., and how it influences our mistaken perception of race today, and its implications for anti-racist work in the future.

Where: Belong, 1615 N Ogden St, Denver
When: Thursday, August 15 at 6:00pm

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Boulder Families Belong Together Rally & March

This rally is a direct response to the continued mistreatment of immigrant families at the border and across this nation. This rally is being held to show our support of all the people living in sanctuary in Colorado as well as protest the inhumane treatment of families detained in camps at the border. We must unite and take a stand now in order to see changes in this country. Join us!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:00am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:30am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sierra Club Day of Action

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am

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Sanctuary For All: Raising Funds For Families Of Deportation

We here at Sanctuary For All will be hosting our first of many fundraising events for affected families of deportation! Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, Women In Sanctuary, and FUSD will also be in attendance/co-hosting. Craft Fair wil start at 11 a.m. where we will have Art, Shirts, Stickers, Buttons, etc. for sale. Food and drinks will also be sold. We will also have LIVE painting, Art Auctions, and 9 LIVE local Colorado bands! The event ends when the party stops! Family friendly fundraiser!

Where: First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 11:00am

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St
When: Saturday, August 17 at 12:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Pueblo

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: Pueblo City-County Library District, 100 E Abriendo Ave
When: Saturday, August 17 at 3:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 18 at 10:00am

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Moms Demand Action: Denver Recess Rally

Join Colorado Moms Demand Action, GVP coalition groups, and guest speakers for a Recess Rally in support of smarter gun laws. It is past time for the Senate to ACT and pass background checks on all gun sales, as well as pass strong red flag legislation. We’re asking everyone to wear red, if possible.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 11:00am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver’s Since U Been Gone Bus Tour: Meet Cardboard Cory

Join Indivisible Denver, Protect Our Care, Progress Now, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and a number of other progressive organizations as we travel across the great state of Colorado with #CardboardCory to build momentum for the 2020 elections. (Cardboard) Cory wants to hear from YOU about what kind of leader Colorado needs!

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Monday, August 19 at 11:00am

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference. See you then!

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