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It’s All-Star Week in Colorado, and as you may already know there’s a story behind the big game being played in our state.
Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, and it wasn’t particularly close, but one state where the margin of victory was close was Georgia. However, recount after recount proved the election was legitimate. In retaliation for Biden’s narrow victory conservative politicians in Georgia passed a controversial vote suppression law to make it harder for people of color and disadvantaged communities who helped swing the state in last year’s election to vote.
It wasn’t just Major League Baseball who spoke out against Georgia’s vote suppression law. Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and other major Georgia corporations all condemned this spiteful assault on voting rights and the “Big Lie” behind them that the election was somehow stolen from Donald Trump. Big corporations don’t always do the right thing, of course, but they always have the freedom to.
And that’s what happened. Thanks to quick work by Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado and Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver,  Colorado’s best-in-the-nation election system (and love of baseball no matter how bad the Rockies’ season) resulted in one of the sport’s biggest events relocating from Georgia to Colorado. This is a win that everyone in Colorado should be proud of, and it’s a shame that Trump loyalist conservatives aren’t able to celebrate with the majority of Coloradans.
Now it’s time to take Colorado’s election model national. Despite some disappointments, the fight isn’t over to protect and expand voting rights in Washington. It’s more important than ever that you let our U.S. Senators know voting rights matter to you as a Colorado voter. Take a moment right now to sign up for action alerts from the Declaration for American Democracy coalition as we continue to fight to protect voting rights utilizing every available option.
Colorado’s redistricting outreach campaign is rolling along! The independent redistricting commissions who will draw the new maps for Colorado’s congressional and legislative districts are touring the state throughout July and August. In Colorado, citizens have more power over the redistricting process than many other states–but that’s only a good thing if we use it. This week, residents of Arvada and Denver in particular can testify on keeping their communities intact and ably represented. No matter where you live in the state, commissioners want to hear from you. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.
Thanks as always for everything you do, and here are a few more ways to fight for progress for the week of July 12:
Stop the Sweeps Rally
On 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟯𝗽𝗺, join us in 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗼-𝗖𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 for a rally in 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 & 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 of our 𝘂𝗻𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗼𝗿𝘀, whose 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 are being 𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙚𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧 each week. With ongoing orders from the Mayor, our 𝘵𝘢𝘹 𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 are being spent on ’cleanup’ efforts that dehumanize, abuse, & displace 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. In just 13 short weeks, Denver was able to find a home for the 𝗠𝗟𝗕 “𝗔𝗹𝗹-𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀”—but city officials in charge of housing still 𝙘𝙖𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙫𝙪𝙡𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨. With the announcement of the All-Star game, the city has only beefed up their 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 in the 𝙒𝙖𝙧 𝘼𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙤𝙤𝙧 here in Denver.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00pm
Where: Mestizo-Curtis Park, 900 32md Street, Denver
CCHI with CIRC & UTST: Immigrant Health Care During COVID
Join Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and United Today Stronger Tomorrow to discuss the COVID pandemic’s impact in Colorado immigrant communities as well as resources that are available.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00pm
History Colorado: Virtual Class: Colorado’s National Parks & Monuments with Dr. Holly Norton
In our online course on the history of public lands in Colorado, we will discuss how federal, state, and local public lands were created in the context of the political events that drove the need for preserving open space. We’ll also be putting people back on the landscape, discussing how concepts of wilderness erased people from the lands, and what the future of crowded public lands may mean for Colorado.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30pm
Colorado People’s Action: Elect Champions for the People Fundraiser at Raices Brewing CO ~ Elige campeones para la gente
Join us on July 14th at 5:30 pm for an in-person fundraiser to support our work on electing Champions for the People. With so much at stake, we need to ensure we win local victories in Aurora City Council races. Come learn about what races and issues are on the line and opportunities for you to get involved this electoral season.
When: Wednesday, July 14 at 5:30pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver
PFLAG Denver: Virtual LGBTQ+ Family Summit
This upcoming Virtual LGBTQ+ Family Summit gathers local experts in our community to share their personal experiences, historical and cultural nuances, and professional advice with you. Covering a range of topics, the LGBTQ+ Family Summit, provides a space to explore identity, values, and best practices for ensuring your LGBTQ+ young person receives the support they need to feel empowered and live their life with PRIDE.
When: Saturday, July 17 at 9:00am
Latino Caucus Happy Hour & Fundraiser
Come celebrate our Latino Caucus members, big legislative wins this session, and get a snapshot of the work ahead of us. Join us at Raices Brewery Co to support and strengthen the efforts of our 13-member legislative Latino caucus in Colorado!
When: Saturday, July 17 at 5:00pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver
Save the date: Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Event 2021
Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado for our Annual Legislative Scorecard Event!! You can join us in person at the Alliance Center or virtually via Zoom. We will be celebrating big wins including the passing of our primary bill this session, providing essential needs for families. Our speakers include Senator Brittany Pettersen, Jan Touslee from the Nappie Project, and more to come!
When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30pm
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again.