What you can do to fight back this week (October 7)

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Next week, mail ballots for the 2019 elections will start arriving in the mailboxes of every Colorado voter! This year, we have two very major statewide ballot measures to vote on, and it’s important that progressives turn out to vote YES on Proposition CC and Proposition DD.

Proposition CC is a measure that makes changes to existing law in order to deliver millions of dollars per year to help:

  • Attract and keep the best teachers for our K-12 schools
  • Fix unsafe bridges, repair roads and highways and improve traffic
  • Make community colleges and trade school more affordable

With strict accountability and transparency to voters and — here’s the most important part — without new taxes. Proposition CC just lets the state keep the money it already brings in.

Get involved in the campaign to pass Proposition CC: our friends at Great Education Colorado are taking the lead in educating voters about this measure. Visit PublicEducationVoter.org right now and find out how you can help pass Prop CC.

Proposition DD implements sports betting legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. A $29 million tax on casinos’ sports-betting proceeds will fund a systematic and bipartisan effort to preserve Colorado’s water future. A small portion of the revenue from the tax will be used to regulate and enforce gaming, and the vast majority of the proceeds — 93% in all — will be used as a down payment to fund Colorado’s Water Plan.

Get the facts and get involved with the campaign to pass Proposition DD! Visit YesonDD.com to get the information you’ll need.

At progress now colorado we’re proud to support both Proposition CC and Proposition DD. Click here to download a one-page printable guide with more information.

Thanks for your help! Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of October 7:


Increase Denver’s Minimum Wage Town Hall | Far Northeast Denver

Building on previous actions to ensure Denver city employees and many city service contract employees are paid a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2021, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Robin Kniech, Denver City Council At-Large intend to introduce legislation this fall to set a citywide minimum wage for all workers employed in Denver beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Where: Evie Garrett Dennis E12 Campus, 4800 Telluride St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Group

Do you want to contribute to research that will help make health systems more inclusive for transgender and non-binary folx in Colorado? Do you live in Colorado, over the age of 18, and identify as transgender or non-binary? Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.

Where: Summit County Library-South Branch, 504 Airport Rd, Breckenridge
When: Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau – 2019 Showcase

Join us for an evening full of rich, powerful, and unique stories from the newest members of the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau. The Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau is made possible by a partnership between ECDC’s African Community Center, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains: Refugee and Asylee Programs, the International Rescue Committee in Denver and the Colorado Refugee Services Program. Each year, the bureau welcomes a new group of speakers to its bureau and provides training on storytelling, creating your narratives, and public speaking. This event will showcase our newest members who are originally from countries including, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Iraq.

Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30pm

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A Forum: The Long Struggle of Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance

Dr. Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, co-founder of The Red Nation, and author of Our History Is The Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement.
Join us as Dr. Nick Estes discusses his book, the lessons from Standing Rock, as well as the implications of the continuing celebration of Columbus Day and other ongoing manifestations of invader colonialism.

Where: Fourth World Center, 1201 Larimer St, Rm 3229, Denver
When: Thursday, October 10 at 3:00pm

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Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, October 10 at 5:30pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Grand Junction and Montrose

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 eightteen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: First Congregational UCC, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Friday, October 11 at 5:30pm

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Where: CASA Youth Access Center, 147 N. Townsend Ave, Montrose
When: Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm

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Saturday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Saturday, October 12 at 11:00am

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Four Directions All Nations March

In solidarity with all nations and people of color against all forms of white supremacy. Our demands are: To repeal Columbus Day in the state of Colorado and commitment to our guiding principles.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 11:00am

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Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow 2019

Honor Indigenous Peoples by joining us for the 2nd Annual Boulder Valley Indigenous People’s Day Pow Wow and the Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Parade. This is a special opportunity to come together and embrace the beauty of indigenous culture and history while honoring the Indigenous ancestors and residents of Boulder Valley.

Where: 900 Canyon Blvd, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 12 at 12:00pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing decline to sign postcards against the recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. With 2019 and 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 12 at 12:00pm

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Sanctuary Benefit Concert with LET THEM ROAR

Join us for a special afternoon of music and activism! Colorado folk band LET THEM ROAR is raising $40,000 for Araceli Velazquez and four other women who’ve taken Sanctuary around Colorado – Sandra, Rosa, Ingrid and Jeanette – through a project called “I See My Light.” Join us for an afternoon of music, action, community, and support for these powerful leaders of the immigrant rights movement in Colorado.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado’s 2019 Western Slope Ally Awards

Join One Colorado Education Fund for the 2019 Western Slope Ally Awards! The event will be a cocktail reception on what is sure to be a lovely evening and will culminate with an awards ceremony accompanied by a hosted bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Where: Colorado Mesa University, University Center 1455 N 12th St, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, October 12 at 5:30pm

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Denver Justice & Peace Committee: Global Justice and Peace Awards Night

This year we are honoring congressman Jean Wyllys de Matos Santos from Brazil. Congressperson Jean Wyllys will be recognized for his leadership on human rights and gay rights struggles. In Congress, he especially confronted current president Jair Bolsonaro, and Dep. Wyllys suffered death threats and an LGBTQ city councilperson from his city and party, Marielle Franco, was assassinated with impunity. Following the 2018 election, Dep. Wyllys resigned his position and entered exile, refusing to serve during the government of Bolsonaro.

Where: Denver Justice & Peace Committee, 3131 Osceola St, PO Box 12403, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 6:00pm

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Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, October 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: NO on 1A Canvass Day!

Join Interfaith Alliance’s Progressive Congregation Network for a day of door-knocking to educate Arapahoe County about NO on 1A. No new tax hike! No new Jail! We should be investing in our communities, not in our prisons! We know we can do better. Training and free Lunch provided!

Where: Mountain View United Church 10700 E Evans Ave, Aurora
When: Sunday, October 13 at 12:30pm

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Thanks again. See you next week with more ways to take action!

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