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Here in Colorado, we’ve set milestones in recent years for women elected to the legislature, new laws to work toward equal pay, and strengthened protections for working women from discrimination and harassment. Let’s not forget, on Colorado’s major climate legislation in 2021, women led the way. It’s a legacy we are proud of, and there’s much more to do.
In Colorado, leadership and progress are about more than checking a box. The progressive values of freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity in Colorado have made our state a leader in elevating the power of women in society ever since Colorado women won voting rights decades before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
The latest threat to our shared progressive values in Colorado is Heidi Ganahl. For years, the far right has been losing elections in this state as Colorado voters rejected bad policy, wedge issues, and most recently the divisive politics of Donald Trump in ever-greater numbers. Heidi Ganahl was part of the problem. As CU Regent, Heidi Ganahl severely damaged the integrity of Colorado’s flagship university with “conservative affirmative action” programs to make higher education safe for right-wing ideologues. Ganahl backed the hiring of John Eastman, a discredited, racist academic who helped incite violence at the U.S. Capitol on the morning of January 6th. 
On every single issue that matters most to Colorado families, Heidi Ganahl is on the wrong side. Ganahl opposed landmark legislation passed this year to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums. Ganahl opposed the paid family leave program passed by Colorado voters in 2020, and even opposed ballots measures that could have helped the cashed-starved University of Colorado. Though you can’t tell it from her social media accounts–because she recently deleted all of them,  including those on the white supremacist sites Gab and Parler–Ganahl has spent her career empowering political extremists like John Eastman.
At ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, it’s our job to make sure every voter in Colorado sees through Heidi Ganahl’s false image. Issues are what matter when first impressions fade, and on the issues Heidi Ganahl doesn’t pass the test. Help me spread the truth about Heidi Ganahl with your timely donation to ProgressNow Colorado.
Thanks for your help. Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of September 13:
Voces Unidas Latino Leadership Survey
Our Latino leadership survey is the first of its kind in CO. We NEED to hear from our Latina and Latino communities so policy work going forward is informed at every level by them and only them. If you self-ID as Latina or Latino, click here to participate in this short survey.
Colorado Common Cause: 2021 Champions For Democracy
Colorado Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that has been working to safeguard our voting rights, hold elected officials accountable, and ensure that we all have a voice in our government since 1971. As attacks against democracy continue across the country, it is clear that our work now is as important as it ever was. To celebrate our 50 years of work strengthening democracy and to build momentum for our future we are hosting our annual Champions For Democracy celebration from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on Monday, September 13th 2021 at Attimo Winery in Denver. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are thrilled to be hosting the event in person! The event will bring together our statewide members to recognize community leaders who have advanced pro-democracy work over the last year.
When: Monday, September 13 at 5:00pm
Where: Attimo Wine, 2246 Larimer St., Denver
History Colorado: Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series: Linda Alvarado
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month during an evening with barrier breaker and business leader Linda Alvarado. Overcoming adversity and financial challenges in her youth to become the wildly successful owner and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Linda made history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a major league baseball franchise—our very own Colorado Rockies—which marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League team. Join us as Linda discusses how she shattered “Concrete Ceilings,” redefined a women’s role in business, and opened doors for future leaders.
When: Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
Focus Points Family Resource Center: Linking Arms: A Mini-Conference for Immigrants and Refugees
Join us for an informative and entertaining mini-conference for immigrants and refugees. Breakout sessions will cover topics like English classes, rental rights, information about US workforce expectations, COVID-19 resources, and much more.
When: Friday, September 17 at 9:00am
Where: Focus Points Family Resource Center, 2501 E 48th Ave., Denver
Volunteer Day with Metro Caring
Volunteer with Women in Sustainability on Friday, September 17 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm! During this time, our group will be responsible for sorting incoming food, packing food boxes, and providing general warehouse support. This is a great way to help support those in need, network with other members of the WIS community and get out of the office for an afternoon to give back.
When: Friday, September 17 at 12:00pm
Where: Metro Caring, 1100 E 18th Ave., Denver
Save the date: Introduction to Climate Justice with 9to5 Colorado
Join 9to5 Colorado to learn about climate justice and its relationship to 9to5’s core issues of housing and worker justice.
When: Monday, September 20 at 6:00pm
We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again.
Sara Loflin, Executive Director