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After Cory Gardner promised that unemployment benefits would be extended, today hundreds of thousands of Coloradans still don’t know how they’re going to make ends meet.
In Washington, Sen. Cory Gardner and Republicans in Washington can’t even agree among themselves on what to offer Democrats, let alone make a deal extending unemployment benefits that 330,000 in Colorado and millions nationwide are relying on.
Coloradans who need help are running out of time. According to a new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,  336,000 Coloradans have reported that they don’t have enough to eat. 251,000 Coloradans say children in their household don’t have enough to eat. And an estimated 135,000 Coloradans did not pay last month’s rent on time or deferred payment.
We have to get the message to Cory Gardner that Coloradans are going to suffer while he and Mitch McConnell play politics. Take another minute today, whether it’s your first call or your hundredth, and call Cory Gardner’s office right now at 855-945-2679 and urge him to support full extension of the enhanced unemployment benefit through the end of the year.
To everyone who is suffering economically as the war against the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, we hear you and support you in this difficult time. We all want to get through this safely, and with security for our families and communities. The only way that will happen is if we continue to support Americans economically for as long as it takes to beat the coronavirus. No one should have to choose between putting themselves at risk and putting food on the table.
Thanks for everything that you do week after week to hold leaders like Cory Gardner accountable and demand better. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of August 3:
AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: Car Caravan & Facebook Live to #FreeThemAll
We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. On Monday, August 3, 2020, from *8:00 to 9:00*pm we will call on ICE and GEO to #FreeThemAll, release every person from detention and save lives. This vigil will be a car caravan with a FB live and internet radio audio feed so you can safely caravan or stay home and share the #FreeThemAll message with others. Tune in as Not One More Deportation Table and Colorado People’s Alliance members share about loved ones in detention. Hear from several poets and artists who are calling for action.
When: Monday, August 3 at 8:00pm
Colorado Protest Medics: Protesting and Mental Health & Education/Training
Free public training on the impact of protesting on mental health. Training will include skill building on verbal de-escalation, mental health first aid, and more! If you are from privilege we ask that you bring food to donate to those among us less fortunate. Thank you and see you there!
When: Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00pm
Where: Governors Park, Denver
The Current & Future State of Affairs: How to Better Position Our Allies
Womxn’s March Denver is presenting a virtual event panel discussion with leading members of Denver’s Black Community to discuss the Current and Future State of Affairs and How to Better Position Our Allies.
When: Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30pm
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Champions of Choice
Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado for our LIVE event, Champions of Choice, on Thursday, August 6. This year, we are excited to announce we will be joined by Representative Deb Haaland! 2020 is an extremely critical year for our country. Join us as we honor local champions for reproductive rights, and celebrate the important work being done to protect and expand access to reproductive and sexual health care in our state!
When: Thursday, August 6 at 6:30pm
One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Western Slope & Mountain Towns
information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public. LGBTQ Coloradans, families, and allies welcome!
When: Saturday, August 8 at 12:00pm
One Colorado: March 4 Trans Rights! Aug 9th – Denver
We are marching to raise awareness of transgender issues in Denver, increase our visibility and build a diverse coalition of advocates for transgender rights in our city. Event will include rally with trans speakers, many from our local BIPOC community. This is a non-violent event. We strongly encourage COVID precautions such as masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing when possible.
When: Sunday, August 9 at 12:00pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
Parasol Patrol Supports the March 4 Trans Rights
Parasol Patrol is honored to be supporting the Trans Rights March at the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203. Please come and stand between potential Protesters and these participants as we shield against hatred and to shepherd them safely through traffic.
When: Sunday, August 9 at 10:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back. Thanks again.