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Today, progressive and community advocacy organizations across the country are celebrating Child Tax Credit Awareness Day—a wonky-sounding holiday with an important message for just about every working family in America.
What’s the message? Help is on the way.
Passed as part of the American Rescue Plan with Colorado’s own Sen. Michael Bennet playing a key role, the Child Tax Credit will provide up to $3,600 per child to working families making less than $150,000 as a couple or $112,500 as a single parent. This aid will be delivered as monthly payments starting in July, six months earlier than families could get it via tax returns.
This is one of the most important direct benefits for working families ever passed into law in American history, and you can help make it successful by spreading the word to your friends and family about the Child Tax Credit. For most Americans who filed their taxes in 2019 or 2020, no action is necessary to receive the payment, but nonfilers will need to take an extra step to get signed up.
Take a moment right now to learn about the new Child Tax Credit and how it affects you and those you love. It’s a really big deal, and we’re grateful to Colorado’s Sen. Bennet for helping make it happen.
Save the date: June 28th Senate office Visit-a-Thon for Democracy
Make your voice heard in support of S.1,. the For the People Act—along with more than 70 allied groups nationwide—during the June Senate Recess. In Colorado on June 28th, Indivisible will visit all 13 of our Senate offices at once to show Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper that we’re grateful they both sponsored S.1. and now we’ll have their backs as they make sure the bill passes NOW, while we have time to save the 2022 elections. S.1 is the bill that stops voter suppression and gerrymandering, gets dark money out of politics and puts ethical requirements back in.
Thanks for your continued support in the never-ending fight for progress! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 21:
Metro Caring: Eviction Prevention with Colorado Legal Services
Too many Coloradans struggle to afford the bedrock of their wellbeing – their home, or spend so much on their housing, that they don’t have enough left to put food on the table for their families. Many Coloradans are facing eviction in the upcoming months as Federal and State moratoriums on evictions are coming to an end. Metro Caring is teaming up with Colorado Legal Services to host an Eviction Prevention Training. Join us for an online session of information and resources. Everyone is welcome to attend!
When: Monday, June 21 at 6:00pm
Caring Voices in Action: Affordable Housing | Vivienda Asequible
Join with others to share housing experiences and work to identify policy solutions to address affordable housing in Colorado. While we address the immediate need for nutritious food at Metro Caring, we must also look at the root causes of hunger. Housing instability creates financial barriers that affect people’s access to basic needs such as healthy food. Metro Caring understands that Coloradans are not going hungry because there’s a scarcity of food in the state, they are going hungry because they spend most of their money paying rent. Coloradans need more accessible and fair housing! All are welcome to join.
When: Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30pm
Colorado Sierra Club: June Climate Happy Hour
Enjoy a cocktail or mocktail with us, learn about what happened during this year’s legislative session, and what YOU can do to protect public lands. This event will be casual and a good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced. This event is free and open to anyone interested in taking climate action.
When: Wednesday, June 23 at 5:30pm
Colorado Black Women for Political Action POWER & POLITICS: June Update
Learn more about the Denver Basic Income Project, a pilot program providing monthly payments to the homeless with no strings attached! Join us June, July and August for updates on political programs, policies, and initiatives impacting our community in Colorado & Nationwide! Elected officials, organizations, program admins, etc… at all levels are welcome to attend and provide updates.
When: Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00pm
Raucous Caucus: 2021 Boulder City Council Candidates Forum
You’re invited to the second-ever Raucous Caucus – a public forum for 2021 Boulder city council candidates, jointly hosted by the Boulder Progressives and United Campus Workers Colorado. The 2021 Boulder city council elections will be held in November — just 6 months away — and we’re kicking off this early public forum so that Boulder residents can get to know the current council candidates. This year, five out of nine council seats are up for election.
When: Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00pm
No Pride in Detention: Street Drag Action
Come enjoy a street drag show to honor Victoria Arellano, Roxsana Hernandez, and Johana Medina, who are three trans women who died because of ICE negligence. We are demanding that the Biden administration ensures trans people have the resources to live safely after being released post detention, including access to safe housing and employment so that trans people can survive and thrive.
When: Thursday, June 24 at 6:00pm
Where: 1961 Stout St., Denver
Casa de Paz: Immigration Movie Night
You’re invited to our next virtual immigration movie night and discussion! The Visitor is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Tom McCarthy and produced by Michael London and Mary Jane Skalski. The screenplay focuses on a lonely man in late middle age whose life changes when a chance encounter with an immigrant couple forces him to face issues relating to identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 New York City.
When: Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm
Pride Film Screening: In the Wrong Body
The groundbreaking Cuban film “In the Wrong Body” by Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya — chronicles the story of Mavi Susel, the first transgender woman to receive gender-affirming surgery in Cuba in 1988. Mavi’s stigmatization as a youth, the pain of discrimination and abuse, is common for the transgender community worldwide. Cuba’s revolution has made enormous gains for the people, including free healthcare and education. Cuba has also been carrying out a public campaign against homophobia, and for respect for LGBTQ+ diversity. In Cuba, gender-affirming surgeries are free.
When: Saturday, June 26 at 7:30pm
Where: 4412 W 26th Ave, Denver
The Center on Colfax: Denver Pride HUB
June 26th and 27th, 11 AM to 5PM: We will be turning our parking lot into a mini-festival featuring food trucks, exhibitors, a DJ and rooftop entertainment!
When: Sunday, June 27 at 11:00am
Where: The Center on Colfax, 1301 E Colfax Ave., Denver
We’ll be back next week with more opportunities to get involved. Thanks again.