What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 16)

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Today the news is dominated by the end of America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

A war that began as a direct response to the worst act of terrorism in American history but persisted long past any reasonable connection to the events of 9/11, the sudden fall of Afghanistan before thousands of American citizens and allies could be evacuated is a difficult moment for our country. Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan is urging the Biden administration to follow through with our obligation to protect our allies in this final inevitable phase of the conflict. [1]

Rep. Crow also agrees with the Biden administration that the end has come to end the war in Afghanistan. In April when the withdrawal was announced, Rep. Crow said, “My own service in Afghanistan made it abundantly clear to me that if there was a military solution to the war in Afghanistan, we would have found one years ago.” Now is not the time for hypocritical politics, but to honor our obligation to end an unwinnable war with as much dignity and as little additional loss of life as possible.

For the veterans of the long war in Afghanistan, including thousands who live here in Colorado, know that although Americans may disagree about the war in Afghanistan, today each one of us honors the sacrifice of every American who served our country there. Our nation must never again disregard a generation of warriors simply because we disagreed about the war. If you are struggling today with this news and need support, please know there are resources available to assist you.

In the midst of these eventful headlines, there are still other important issues that need your attention. Today and again on Tuesday, August 31st, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is holding stakeholder meetings ahead of a draft proposal expected this September to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets of 36 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. In particular, we want the APCD to put forward a strong, comprehensive methane proposal that ensures the oil and gas sector hits their emission reductions targets. This is a chance for you to weigh publicly in support of strong, enforceable rules to reduce GHG emissions. Click here to learn more and register to comment at an upcoming hearing.

Armed with new Census data, Colorado’s redistricting process marches on! This week, the commissions to redraw Colorado’s congressional and state legislative political boundaries are traveling to Highlands Ranch, Woodland Park, and then on to Pueblo to hear public testimony. Again, although the headlines about redistricting get confusing, one simple progressive message always applies: we want to preserve the natural communities of like-minded 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 ways to make a difference for the week of August 16:

Proclamation Signing, People of the Sacred Land

Join Colorado Native Americans for Biden on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol for the signing of an important proclamation for Native American people by Governor Jared Polis.

When: Tuesday, August 17 at 10:00am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Seal the Deal: No Cuts to Climate, Care, Jobs, or Justice

Make your voice heard with climate justice on August 19th — join us to demand good union paying jobs, affordable housing, clean air & water for ALL Coloradans. Coloradans across the state are feeling the brutal impact of climate change and environmental hazards. We have a huge opportunity to act and shift our current path forward, but Congress must hurry and include meaningful action on climate during the current budget and infrastructure debate. We need our elected officials to rise to the challenge, and act on the IMMEDIATE needs of our communities.

When: Thursday, August 19 at 3:45pm
Where: 1961 Stout St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC and HAP: Hispanic Affairs Project: Immigration Town Hall

The presentation and discussion will be led by Joy Athanasiou, an immigration attorney and policy expert, Michelle Ferrigno Warren, a national community organizer with expertise in faith & economic based immigration policy and advocacy, and will feature the perspective of a directly impacted individual in the community.

When: Thursday, August 19 at 6:00pm

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Bakery, Beers and Bikes for Reproductive Rights – Denver

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 21 at 10:00am
Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)

Click here to RSVP.

Colorado People’s Action and Colorado Working Families: Movement Builders Training Series

Are you thinking about running for office? Do you want to build effective political or organizing campaigns? Join Colorado People’s Action & Colorado Working Families Party for a series of free virtual one-day intensives, in which you will learn how to prepare to run for office, how to build a field plan, how to communicate your message, and how to fundraise the resources you need to win. You can register for some of the trainings or all four.

When: Saturday, August 21 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.

We’ll see you next week as always with more ways to make a difference.

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