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At times in the past week, the Front Range of Colorado has suffered from the worst air quality of any major city in the world. A combination of smoke from massive wildfires in California and ground-level ozone pollution from cars, trucks, and oil and gas drilling here in Colorado has resulted in the worst air quality in years–a reminder of the “brown cloud” days we’ve tried to so hard to get away from.
The consequences of human-caused climate change are now impossible to avoid in Colorado. It’s past time to start making the hard choices necessary to de-carbonize our economy.
Colorado’s largest utility Xcel Energy is slowly—arguably too slowly—moving to close their fossil fuel-fired plants. Tonight at 6:00pm, our friends at Colorado Sierra Club and 350 Colorado are conducting a training session to help you advocate effectively in Xcel’s resource review process and accelerate Colorado’s swift transition to renewable energy.
What: Xcelerate Climate Action Public Comment Kick Off!
When: Monday, August 9 at 6:00pm
It’s not too late to make your voice heard in Colorado’s redistricting process! This week, the commissions to redraw Colorado’s congressional and state legislative political boundaries will meet in Manitou Springs, Longmont, and Boulder to hear public testimony. This is our chance to make sure the new maps reflect basic values of fairness: preserving natural communities of interest, while ensuring fair representation for communities of color and victims of historical oppression. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.
And here are a few more great ways to fight for progress for the week of August 9:
Town Hall on Flavored Tobacco Products
We must prioritize the health of our young people over the profits of Big Tobacco. Join us for one of our town hall discuss about the dangers of flavored tobacco products.
When: Tuesday, August 10 at 6:00pm
League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradan: Financial Assurances Webinar Part 3
In our first installment, we learned how oil and gas generates revenue for the State and local governments. In the second installment, we learned about financial assurances and how big the gap is between the bonds the state holds and the cost to clean up the existing wells in the State. In this final installment, we will hear from EarthJustice and Carbon Tracker about how to solve this problem. We will discuss the data Carbon Tracker has found, and how we are planning on presenting this information to the COGCC during the rulemaking hearing. We will also talk about how the public can stay involved in the process, and provide their own input to the Commissioners.
When: Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm
Colorado Care Workers Unite: Time’s Up, Care Can’t Wait!
After well over a year of unimaginable hardship and trauma, the crisis for care workers has reached a breaking point. We are gathering to hear from workers and decision makers to make sure the state hears our call: WE DEMAND ACTION! In January, we filed a petition to call for the CDLE to investigate the wages and working conditions of this industry and to convene a wage board. For months, despite our calls, emails and visits, the state has refused to honor our rights; they have refused to take action. Today, we’re here to tell them: Time Is Up. We demand the state comply with state law, and give workers like us a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that impact our lives!
When: Thursday, August 12 at 11:30am
Where: 1825 Welton St, Denver
History Colorado: Extended Summer Hours: See “Policy Over People” w/ Dr. Esteban Gómez
Join us for extended summer hours at the History Colorado Center, open until 8 pm every Thursday through the end of August. Get up-close-and-personal looks at our newest exhibits and installations, and, this week only, join us at 7 pm for our first Building Denver Speakers Series event: Policy Over People with Dr. Esteban Gómez.
When: Thursday, August 12 at 5:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Champions of Choice
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado invites you to join us to celebrate champions who support reproductive health care access and hear from talented speaker, Paola Ramos (read more about Paola below!) We’ll get together in person in an airy indoor/outdoor space in central Denver for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, great company, PPVC updates on the state of reproductive health care, and to talk about protecting abortion access in Colorado and across the country!
When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm
Where: Denver (Location upon RSVP)
Colorado Council of Churches: Whites and Racial Justice
Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler will facilitate a conversation with journalist and author Helen Thorpe and former Colorado State Senator Michael “Mike” Johnston of Gary Investments about what Whites can do to support racial justice. The panelists will also respond live to questions and comments from online participants.
When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm
Latino Policy Listening Tour
Join COLOR and the Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus as we elevate Latino state policy priorities, and learn more about how our collective voices will drive future change! The Latino Policy Listening Tour 2021 will help prepare us for our 2022 Latino Advocacy Day. Latino Policy Listening tours are intended for legislators, community members, and leading organizations to listen to the issues that impact our communities in Colorado.
When: Saturday, August 14 at 8:30am
Bakery, Beers and Bikes for Reproductive Rights – Boulder
Join Cobalt for a bike tour in support of reproductive rights in Colorado! Each ride will consist of three stops starting with complimentary coffee and breakfast and ending at a local brewery. Detailed itineraries will be emailed out prior to the ride.
When: Saturday, August 14 at 10:00am
Where: Boulder (Location upon RSVP)
We’ll see you next Monday with more ways to make a difference. Thanks again!