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Once again, news from outside Colorado is the first order of business this week. On the 16th anniversary of 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall yesterday in Louisiana as a devastating Category 4 storm. Today, first responders from Colorado and dozens of other states are on the scene saving lives and providing aid.
If you’re able to donate in support of relief efforts in Louisiana, consider a gift to the World Central Kitchen charity. Launched in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, WCK is on the ground right now in New Orleans providing hot meals where they’re needed most. And that’s not all: WCK is also coordinating with incoming flights from Afghanistan to feed thousands of refugees.
ProgressNow Colorado is hiring! If you or someone you know is looking for the chance to work for Colorado’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, check out these two exciting opportunities available now:
ProgressNow Colorado: Development Director (full time)
We are searching for a leader to serve as the full-time Development Director of both ProgressNow Colorado Education and ProgressNow Colorado. The position is based in Denver, Colorado. The Development Director will drive fundraising strategy, support programmatic staff to reach deliverables, and establish and maintain relationships with funders, clients and partners in the progressive community through our work.
ProgressNow Colorado Education: Reproductive Rights Organizing and Outreach Fellow (part time)
ProgressNow Colorado Education and ProgressNow Colorado–501(c)(3) organization and 501(c)(4) organizations, respectively–are looking for a Reproductive Rights Organizing and Outreach Fellow. This individual will support the Digital Organizing Director through strategic outreach, event planning, volunteer organizing, communications with allied groups and social media management, ensuring a strong, trusted and consistent presence on social media and other digital assets.
Reminder: tomorrow Tuesday, August 31st, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is holding a stakeholder meeting ahead of a draft proposal expected this September to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets of 36 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. 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.
Thanks as always for your help and support. Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 30:
Harm Reduction Action Center: Overdose Awareness Day 2021
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing overdose crisis, 2020 was the deadliest year in recorded history for overdose deaths in Denver, the state of Colorado, and the country. 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for overdose in history yet again.
When: Tuesday, August 31 at 1:30pm
Where: 112 E 8th Ave, Denver
Conservation Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Release Party: West Slope
Join Conservation Colorado and some of our West Slope conservation champs for our 2021 Legislative Scorecard Release on Tuesday, 8/31 from 6-7pm over Zoom! Learn from State Representatives Barbara McLachlan, Julie McCluskie, and Dylan Roberts as they break down and celebrate significant legislative successes, climate action, and conservation funding to environmental justice reforms. Moreover, the event will be a great opportunity to get caught up to speed and feel better prepared to TAKE ACTION on conservation issues in 2022!
When: Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Noche de Conexión Comunitaria | Community Connection Night
August’s Community Connections night will take place on August 31st, 6-7 PM via Zoom. The programming will include an introduction to UndocuHub, and an intro to Metro Caring. Metro Caring meets our communities needs for immediate nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. We will provide information about access to food and other basic needs regardless of immigration status, and information about the food justice movement and how to participate.
When: Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00pm
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: CHANGE Challenge Kickoff
Join us as we kick-off our CHANGE Challenge wellness fundraiser on September 1st at Rocker Spirits, 4-6pm! We’ll be kicking off the CHANGE Challenge with a few wellness activities outside, and you can enjoy great cocktails from Rocker and food from Cholorado Food Truck. Space is limited to better guarantee social distancing, and we strongly encourage COVID vaccination and mask wearing for participation in this event to protect our community.
When: Wednesday, September 1 at 4:00pm
Where: Rocker Spirits, 5587 S Hill St., Littleton
New Era Colorado: Toast to Democracy 2021
We’re thrilled to invite you to New Era Colorado’s annual event, Toast to Democracy! Join us at Mile High Station on Wednesday, September 1st for one of our favorite evenings of the year—where we get to bring together our incredible supporters for cocktails, great food, and plenty of celebrating youth-driven democracy.
When: Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00pm
Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave., Denver
Globeville Community Farmers Market
The concept is simple, come to the Globeville Community Farmers Market, or GCFM, on Thursdays between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court. Once there, peruse stands by Rebel Bread, Huerta Urbana 2Gen Farm Incubator, East Denver Food Hub, Comal, Metro Caring, SAME Cafe and S&D Creations. Pick up fresh eggs, just-picked greens, vegetables, artisan bread, prepared food for dinner, and anything else you want or need, and pay what you can. That can be $0 for a whole bunch of produce, or $30 for a couple loafs of bread.
When: Thursday, August 2 at 4:30pm
Where: 3455 Ringsby Ct, Denver
Save the date: Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit 2021
We envision a movement for reproductive freedom that centers the many lived experiences of young people from LGBTQ+, low-income, immigrant, disability communities, and communities of color. Young people have shown time and time again that we support reproductive rights, health, and justice because we understand this is a matter of fighting for the dignity and humanity of the most marginalized communities. We aim to build and empower young leaders from these diverse communities to lead us in creating the world we wish to see by teaching and training young people to organize on reproductive freedom issues, including abortion access and abortion stigma, and creating a space for young people from marginalized communities to get all the information they need to begin or deepen their activist journeys.
When: Saturday, September 11 at 10:00am
Save the date: Colorado Black Women for Political Action: POC Campaign Training Bootcamp
Participants learn: How to create a win plan, basic campaign finance rules, how to manage the media, how to prep candidates for interviews and debates, how to create a field plan, how to manage field and staff.
When: October 16-17
We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight for progress. Thanks again.