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Late last week, all three of Colorado’s Republican members of Congress joined an amicus brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision which established the abortion rights on which generations of American women have depended.  A 6-3 right-wing majority on the Supreme Court and an abortion ban “test case” out of Mississippi set to be argued later this year have made this once-unthinkable prospect a real possibility.
In a post-Roe America, Colorado’s leadership role in protecting abortion rights will put our state on the front lines of this defining issue of our times. Overturning Roe would have the immediate effect of banning abortion in 20 states, and women who need abortion care they can’t get in their home states will be forced to seek refuge in Colorado. Even worse, abortion rights in Colorado could be subject to attack by litigation from anti-choice states.
That’s why it’s so important for Coloradans to be organized and ready to defend abortion rights in Colorado no matter what happens with Roe v. Wade when the Supreme Court issues its decision next June. Our friends at the Keep Abortion Safe campaign have developed the Countdown to a post-Roe America resource page with information you need to protect abortion rights here in Colorado or wherever you are.
The redistricting commissions continue touring the state throughout July and August! This week, the commissions are hosting important community outreach meetings in Littleton, Centennial, Golden, and Colorado Springs before heading to Trinidad and the Western Slope for the weekend. In every part of our state there’s a simple progressive message: preserve natural communities of interest while protecting the rights of the disadvantaged and historically oppressed. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.
Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 2:
Exploring Ways to End the Drug War
The Drug War has devastated communities for far too long. Join Psychedelic Club as we host activist leaders to discuss different ideas and ways the Drug War in Colorado can be put to an end. The meeting will be forum style with a few pre-determined questions as well as audience submitted questions.
When: Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm
Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver
Protect Our Rivers: South Platte Cleanup
Protect Our Rivers and Allkind Hard Kombucha share a love for protecting our planet and are teaming up to do just that. Join us for a clean up on the South Platte River followed by a cold booch or brew at Odell Brewing Five Points!
When: Friday, August 6 at 9:00am
Where: 1416 Platte St, Denver
Colorado Immigrant Rights Association: Community Legal Event | Evento de Asistencia Legal Comunitaria
Join us for our free community gathering! Games and activities for kids will be provided, along with snack bags to go. Workshops will also be available from 12 – 3 pm, along with free legal information for attendees.
When: Saturday, August 7 at 12:00pm
Where: Sierra High School, 2250 Jetwing Dr., Colorado Springs
9to5 Colorado: Legislative Open House
Please join us for our 2021 Legislative Celebration and Open House! It has been a year and a half full of deep challenges, work and wins. We want to come together to celebrate all of the amazing progress and wins, that would not be possible without you! We will have food, activities for kids, and lots of fun!
When: Saturday, August 7 at 3:00pm
Where: 4130 Tejon St, Denver
One Colorado: Pink Party 2021
After a long year of protecting our community, we finally have a chance to come together and celebrate! Come party with a purpose to help elect pro-equality political candidates in Colorado. All tickets include entry into the Pink Party with an open bar. Capacity will be limited so reserve your spot today!
When: Saturday, August 7 at 6:00pm
Where: Track, 3500 Walnut St., Denver
Save the date: Colorado Black Women For Political Action POWER & POLITICS: August 2021
Join CBWPA & NAACP Denver Branch this summer for our POWER & POLITICS series. For the months of June, July, and August we will have visitors (elected officials, non-profits, program admins, etc…) from all over the state, provide updates on legislation, initiatives, programs and more!
When: Wednesday, August 25 at 6:00pm
We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again!