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It’s been a difficult year+, and the anxiety from the compounded effects of the COVID-19 pandemic rippling across society and the damaged economy have created new challenges on top of the pre-existing struggles faced by working Americans. As a result, already-strained mental health and substance abuse treatment resources are in higher demand than ever.
When this pandemic is over, the increased need for behavioral health treatment will remain. That’s why progressive lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly have introduced the Behavioral Health Recovery Act, which will provide millions of dollars for mental health, substance abuse recovery, and harm reduction programs.
Once that’s done, take a moment to help on another crucial issue that has loomed large in the past year: Eviction reform. Although evictions for non-payment have been reduced by temporary bans, renters across Colorado desperately need a cap on late fees and a fairer relationship with landlords. Click here to write to your Colorado lawmakers, and tell them Colorado needs eviction reform.
Thanks for your help with these two timely issues! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 12:
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Remote Group Phonebank
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is working to pass legislation that would reduce the cost of healthcare for all Coloradans and we need your help! This remote group phone bank will help us move towards health care affordability by collecting the stories of consumers directly affected by high healthcare costs, while also helping us mobilize Coloradans for prescription drug affordability and giving out helpful resources. These consumers will have ownership over their stories and they will be connected, if they choose to be, with opportunities to become involved in the overarching campaign for policy change at the state level. All of this will be done from the comfort of your home. Collecting stories from consumers who are directly affected allows us to make sure that their voices are heard by legislators.
When: Monday, April 12 at 5:00pm
Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs
As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.
When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm
Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation
Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.
When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm
AAPI Town Hall Hosted by Congressman Jason Crow
On Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm MT, Rep. Jason Crow is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss issues facing the AAPI community. Moderators: Howard Chou, Co-Founder/Chair, Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats and Susmita Saha, Vice Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats.
When: Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm
History Colorado: Colorado Cannabis Legalization with Susan Squibb
Marijuana legalization in Colorado has created a significant shift in drug reform and public opinion on marijuana throughout the nation and the world. Join Curator of archives Shaun Boyd as she hosts Susan Squibb, The Cannabis Maven®, who has recently donated a significant portion of her unique cannabis archive to History Colorado Center. In this fun and informative presentation, Squibb will highlight items from her archive to weave her personal experiences into the larger historical tapestry of marijuana legalization.
When: Thursday, April 15 at 6:00pm
Tom Sullivan for Colorado and State Representative Meg Froelich: April 2020 Town Hall Meeting
Join CO State Representatives Tom Sullivan (HD-37) and Meg Froelich (HD-3) and US Congressman Jason Crow (CO-6) for a virtual town hall event!
When: Saturday, April 17 at 11:00am
And save the date for these upcoming events:
CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability
Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.
When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm
Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit
Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.
When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm
We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.