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Back in April, Colorado got the good news that the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will relocate to Coors Field in Denver from Georgia. Georgia’s right-wing governor signed a vote suppression bill into law to appease Donald Trump’s ego after losing the 2020 presidential election, which led the MLB to decide their money would be better spent in a state that prioritizes voting access, not voter suppression. Colorado’s “gold standard” election system gives us one of the highest voter participation rates of any state.
This is an opportunity for Colorado to celebrate our state’s leadership on voting rights, and call on Congress to make the secure, accessible voting we enjoy in Colorado the law across the nation. On Sunday July 11, two days before the All-Star Game, join our friends at Working Families Party and a broad coalition of organizations, speakers, and activists for a rally to celebrate Colorado’s all-star voting rights laws—and to call on Congress to ensure strong voting rights for all Americans.
What: All-Star Voting Rights Rally
When: Sunday, July 11 at 1:00pm
Where: Tivoli Quad on the Auraria Campus, Denver
The disparity between Colorado’s secure and accessible election system and those in other states that actively work to make voting harder is both a crisis for American democracy and an opportunity for Colorado to serve as the model for a better future. Thank you for your help getting this crucial message out.
Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 28:
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Transgender Inclusivity 101
This webinar will cover topics regarding gender identity: language, pronouns and the barriers and struggles that transgender people face, including the current climate of hostile legislation toward trans people. It will also include practical tips and knowledge regarding how you can make the spaces you facilitate, be it your home or classroom, spaces in which transgender people are welcomed and included. This is a safe space and there will be time for Q&A, so please come with any questions you have on how to be an ally to trans people.
When: Tuesday, June 29 at 11:00am
One Colorado: Fulton vs Philadelphia Town Hall
On June 17th, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, who claimed that their constitutional rights were violated when the City of Philadelphia ended their contract due to LGBTQ discrimination. Join leaders of our state for a discussion of what the decision means for Coloradans.
When: Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00pm
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Reproductive Intersections
Reproductive Justice is concerned with bodily autonomy, having children, not having children, and parenting in safe communities. When we look a bodily autonomy, we see the intersection with the rights of trans* individuals and those engaged in sex work. Having children includes support for infertility, birth equity, and maternal mortality. When we honor one’s choice not to have children, we work to address what prevents some from accessing birth control and abortion. I will outline how safe and sustainable communities are developed. Our storytellers will share their experiences trying to access care and maintain control of their bodies. Together we will discuss how reproductive justice conversation impacts us. You can ask the panelist questions so you can be a support for your friends, family, and community.
When: Tuesday, June 29 at 4:30pm
Tattered Cover Presents: Reproductive Rights
Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, reproductive freedom is again under national scrutiny, with new legal challenges and legislative action threatening to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision. Tattered Cover is proud to welcome 5 of the state’s leading reproductive rights leaders for a conversation about the state of public policy, activism on the topic and how they expect the field to adapt to the new policy environment.
When: Tuesday, June 29 at 5:00pm
One Colorado: Eat, Drink and Get Connected!
Come finish out your Pride month with us and eat, drink, and get connected! We Are Family, Transformative Freedom Fund, One Colorado, The Center, Denver Element, and Connect for Health Colorado all offer resources that help our community take care of our mental and physical health.
When: Wednesday, June 30 at 5:30pm
Where: Hamburger Mary’s, 1336 E 17th Avenue, Denver
Turn the Page with Colorado Matters
Paula Stone Williams has experienced American life as both a man and a woman. She shares what she’s learned about power, sex, and the patriarchy in her new book “As a Woman.” Williams, a pastor and counselor in Boulder County, transitioned from male to female at age 60 and was rejected in evangelical circles. Her Ted Talks have garnered millions of views and now she’s written a book for people of all faiths and genders.
When: Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00pm
Courts Matter for Immigration Justice
Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah for a panel discussion about the impact of the courts on immigration and why Planned Parenthood cares about this issue. This event will be hosted on a virtual platform. You will receive a link to the panel before the event.
When: Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm
We’ll be back after the holiday weekend with more ways to fight for progress! See you then.