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Today, the Colorado General Assembly reconvened to finish the work of the 2020 legislative session…
In a different universe.
When lawmakers adjourned in March to wait out the pandemic, Colorado’s economy was roaring and the revenue picture for our state–never far from crisis even in good times–looked a lot better. Today, the state faces the largest budget shortfalls in our lifetimes, a direct reflection of the economic disruption from the necessary measures taken to save lives at the peak of the outbreak.
Now more than ever, it’s time for Colorado to take a hard look at the tax policies that make it hard for Colorado to balance the budget even when times are good, and leave us powerless to meet needs when disaster strikes. This fall, with your help, Coloradans have the chance to make an historic change to Colorado’s tax code–a tax cut for 95% of Coloradans and a modest tax increase for the wealthy. The Fair Tax Colorado campaign to move Colorado to a progressive tax structure like a majority of states already have is working to make the ballot this November, and they need your help.
Action item #1 this week: visit our friends at Fair Tax Colorado and check out ways you can help get Initiative 271 on the ballot.
Thanks for your help on this crucial ballot measure. Once that’s done, here are more great ways to fight back for the week of May 26:
Get the Facts: Fair Tax Colorado & Initiative #271
Colorado needs a fair tax code. Initiative #271 is how we make it possible. Join the Fair Tax Colorado team for an informative webinar about Initiative #271, a proposal that cuts taxes for 95% of Coloradans, guarantees funding for schools and teachers, and ensures every Coloradan pays their fair share. Register now and learn more about Fair Tax Colorado!
When: May 26-29
Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Training
The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday May 26th at 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.
When: Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00pm
Bold Women. Change History. The Summit
Bold Women. Change History. The Summit is a one-day gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present and shape our history. This interactive day features bold women who take risks and innovate in ways worth replicating and who demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. In short and energizing talks, women leaders from many fields will share how they show up, create, disrupt and transform our communities. As part of the centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment, The Summit continues to expand the ways in which we understand power and leadership. The day culminates with an evening conversation between two of the nation’s top scholars on the story of the fight for the women’s vote.
When: Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00am
External Communications in a Time of Uncertainty
Every industry has been impacted by COVID-19 in some way, shape or form. While there is no single way to communicate with consumers during this time, companies and brands need to be thoughtful in their practices to be effective and considerate of their audience. In this webinar, we will explore insights and advice with a panel of advertising, communications and public relations experts and take a look at some brands’ responses to the pandemic.
When: Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00am
TABOR – Preventing Progress on Climate Action
COVID-19 is overwhelming Colorado’s economy, and TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights) is making it worse. TABOR is an amendment which was approved by voters in1992 and limits the amount of revenue the State of Colorado can retain and spend. It has prevented progress with environmental policy in the state. Transportation funding, carbon pricing, enforcing environmental rules – are all impacted. During the panel, fiscal policy expert Carol Hedges of The Colorado Fiscal Institute will explain the far-reaching effects of the TABOR amendment. We will hear about the many ways this amendment is hindering Colorado’s progress toward growing our clean economy and providing a healthy, low-carbon future. You’ll also learn about Fair Tax Colorado (Initiative #271), which may be on the November ballot, and would be a progressive step.
When: Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00pm
Rocky Mountain Values: Mental Health Town Hall
Rocky Mountain Values, Mental Health Colorado, One Colorado and Protect Our Care have come together again to put on a another mental health town hall. Featuring music, a Q&A session, and discussion about mental health resources and self care during this crisis. Speakers include Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet (Commerce City), Marv Allen, Health Equity and Training Director at One Colorado and Vincent Atchity, Mental Health Colorado.
When: Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00pm
A Conversation with Madeleine Albright
Renowned for her courage and “telling it like it is,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Dean Fritz Mayer for a candid conversation touching on the current state of world affairs and the many challenges our nation faces on the international stage – from the global impacts of the pandemic to the personalities who shape today’s headlines. A moderated Q&A will draw on her distinguished career as a diplomat, the Korbel legacy as well as insights from her most recent book, Hell and Other Destinations.
When: Thursday, May 28 at 12:00pm
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Why Courts Matter
Courts matter. From protecting reproductive rights to preserving health care access, who we nominate to our nation’s courts has a long-lasting impact on our rights for decades to come.
Join us for a series on the nitty gritty of judicial nominations and the impacts they have on our civil liberties.
When: Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Fourth Virtual Social Hour with Working Families
Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On May 28 we will be joined by the ultimate advocate for working families, Wendy Howell, of the Working Families Party! Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!
When: Thursday, May 28 at 5:30pm
Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Legal Observer Training
The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 am till 1:00 pm we will train Legal Observers. Join our training to become a LO and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.
When: Saturday, May 30 at 11:00am
Racial Justice Senate Forum
Racial injustice affects the lives of too many Coloradans. The disparities can be seen in areas like healthcare, education, economic equality, and environment – and have been present for generations. Most recently, while Latinx people make up 22 percent of Colorado’s population, they are represented in 28 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. And while 4 percent of Colorado’s population identifies as Black, they make up 7 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. Now more than ever, we need a US Senator who will fight for all of us.
When: Saturday, May 30 at 1:00pm
Housing is a Human Right! Denver Car Protest
Now more than ever, in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, safe and secure housing is a necessity for survival. While the government funnels billions to banks and big corporations, working people have been left to fend for themselves. In Colorado an estimated 450,000 people may be facing eviction once the coronavirus lets up. Thousands more are facing the pandemic without a safe place to live, either experiencing homelessness or trapped in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions of incarceration. Join the national day of COVID-safe car protests on May 30 to demand immediate action from the government to ensure that ALL people have the safe and secure housing needed to survive this crisis!
When: Saturday, May 30 at 3:00pm
One Colorado: Brunch & Learn with pro-equality leaders in Colorado
Come Brunch & Learn with One Colorado and pro-equality leaders in our state as we discuss issues and policies that impact our mental wellness.
When: Sunday, May 31 at 12:30pm
Thanks again. We’ll see you next week!