What you can do to fight back this week (August 10)

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It’s very simple. One side wants to help.

The other side thinks you’re getting “too much help.”

Americans have been waiting for months now for Senate Republicans to take action on another badly needed economic stimulus bill to keep the country going as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are hurting right now after extended unemployment benefits expired at the end of last month. Donald Trump’s executive order this past weekend restored only a fraction of those benefits, and even that might have been illegal because it’s Congress’ job to appropriate money.

Coloradans are suffering. The time for political games is over. The U.S. Senate must end this charade and pass the HEROES Act, which passed the U.S. House back in May, before Coloradans lose everything. Keep the pressure on Cory Gardner: contact his office right now at 855-945-2679 and demand he stop stalling for Mitch McConnell and pass the HEROES Act.

Make no mistake, this standoff is happening because Trump and Republicans like Cory Gardner think Americans are getting “too much help.” Gardner tells the press he supports extending the unemployment benefit, but Gardner also told a local radio host that he believes it creates “unfair competition between the government and the private sector.” [1] The House passed comprehensive economic relief legislation months ago that could give Americans certainty. The reason another check is not in the mail to Americans who need it, the reason unemployment benefits are being slashed, and local governments are rapidly running out of money for vital services, is because Cory Gardner and Republicans in Washington want it to be this way.

Thanks for your help at this critical moment to get every Coloradan, working and unemployed, through these difficult times. Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 10:

Featured Event: Netroots Nation at Home

For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing 3,000+ attendees from around the country and beyond. Netroots Nation 2020—our 15th annual conference—is set for August 13-15 and will be held virtually. Our attendees are online organizers, grassroots activists and independent media makers. Some are professionals who work at advocacy organizations, progressive companies or labor unions, while others do activism in their spare time. Attendees can choose from engaging panels, practical training sessions, inspiring keynotes and lots of networking and social events. Our virtual event platform allows us to host about 150 hours of live interactive content, which you can watch live or recorded after the event is over.

When: August 13-15

Click here to register.

CAMP One Colorado

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

1000 Black Men Lead On

On Aug 15th 2020 we are calling on All black men who are working on, or are connected to solutions that are hindering our Black community, we are also calling all Black Males who want to be a part of the solutions, to come together and start to build and expand ideals and action plans for a sustainable future.

When: Saturday, August 15 at 8:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Eastern Plains

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important 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.

When: Saturday, August 15 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Black Women for Political Action – CBWPA, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: August General Meeting: Abortion & Reproductive Justice!

Panel discussion: Abortion & Reproductive Justice, November 2020 Ballot Measure – Colorado Abortion Ban Initiative #120.

When: Monday, August 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back. Thanks again!

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