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It’s a big week in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. House works to pass one of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. House leaders are hoping to move President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan to the Senate as soon as this Friday.
This is the real deal for Americans. The Build Back Better plan will make healthcare, eldercare, childcare, and housing more affordable, expand Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing services, provide universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds and free community college, create a comprehensive nationwide paid family and medical leave policy, help create a clean energy economy, and extend Sen. Michael Bennet’s Child Tax Credit which has the potential to cut child poverty in half.
Meanwhile, a massive lobbying effort is underway by special interests who want to whittle down or kill this historic legislation completely. Some oppose pieces of the $3.5 trillion package, others say they don’t like how President Biden proposes to pay for it–by asking the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share, and by giving Medicare the power to save taxpayers money by directly negotiating a better deal from providers.
Your U.S. Representatives need to hear from you this week. Our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness are organizing a nationwide day of action to flood Congress with phone calls and emails to make sure they know we’re paying attention. ATF’s toll-free number is 1-888-516-5820, or click here to be connected to your representative via a call-back. The message is simple:
Congress must support $3.5 trillion in investments in healthcare, eldercare, childcare, education, housing, child tax credits, clean energy and more, funded by making big corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. It’s time for our tax code to reward work, not wealth.
Thanks for your timely action to support the Build Back Better Plan. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of September 20, 2021:
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
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: CHANGE Challenge Wrap Up Event
Join us as we wrap up our CHANGE Challenge wellness fundraiser on September 21st at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 4-6pm!
When: Tuesday, September 21 at 4:00pm
Where: Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., Denver
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado: Safe Zone Training
Would you like to become a better ally to build a supportive, inclusive community for those who identify as LGBTQIA+? Join us in a judgement-free group to learn and grow on your journey of allyship.
When: Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00pm
Metro Caring: Fundraising event at Humboldt Kitchen + Bar
Join Humboldt Kitchen + Bar in supporting Metro Caring, Colorado’s leading frontline anti-hunger organization. Dine with us on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6-9pm and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and speak with a Metro Caring representative about the organization’s mission and goals for the future.
When: Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00pm
Where: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar, 1700 Humboldt St., Denver
¡Now is the Time! March for Citizenship // ¡Ya es hora! Marcha para la ciudadanía
Join us September 25, as we March for Citizenship and demand justice for all immigrants! We will gather at Viking Park and march to Auraria campus where we will have a rally with speakers and performances. On May 1, 2006, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans marched from Viking Park in Northwest Denver to the Capitol calling for justice for immigrants. Fifteen years later, on Sept. 25, we will march with those that came before us, as we retrace the steps from 2006 by walking from Viking Park to the center of Denver to tell U.S. Members of Congress, the White House, and the public that WE CAN’T WAIT any longer.
When: Saturday, September 25 at 11:00am
Where: Viking Park, 2801 W 29th Ave, Denver
Save the date: ACLU of Colorado: 2021 Bill of Rights Event
Please save the date for our virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. MST. Although we won’t be able to gather in person, we are excited to bring together supporters across the state for an evening of community-building, celebration, and education. Hosted by Executive Director, Deborah Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Colorado in March 2021, the event will be an opportunity to hear directly from our organization’s accomplished new leader. Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Archer, a prolific civil rights lawyer, scholar, teacher, and the first Black person to lead the National ACLU board of directors.
When: Thursday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Thanks again for all your help. See you next week!
Sara Loflin, Executive Director