What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 18)

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This year’s celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took on added significance against the backdrop of the continuing struggle to pass voting rights legislation in Washington. The fight for voting rights for every American was central to Dr. King’s vision, and the family of the slain civil rights leader called for the U.S. Senate to take action on voting rights as the best way to honor his legacy. [1]

Here in Colorado, once again the best and worst in public leadership is on display. Today, in a debate over a resolution in the Colorado legislature urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation, far-right state Rep. Ron Hanks invoked Dr. King to spread toxic falsehoods about the 2020 elections, and even conspiracy theories blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic. [2] It was a shameful reminder of the ignorance we’re up against as we fight to ensure the voting rights we take for granted in Colorado for every American.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the fight to pass voting rights legislation isn’t over. Our friends at the Declaration for American Democracy and partners at Common Cause continue to organize in West Virginia and Arizona as progressives in those states try to persuade Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to change course. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

With the 2022 legislative session ramping up, you’re about to have many more opportunities to make a difference helping pass good bills and stopping bad ones from now through the beginning of May. Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of January 18, 2022:

League of Women Voters of Denver: Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care

Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, will be our guest speaker addressing issues of reproductive freedom in Colorado. Please plan to attend this important briefing and invite your friends and family.

When: Tuesday, January 18 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Mexican Gray Wolf Presentation and Public Comment Writing Workshop

Please join Middle Gila Broadband Leader Roz Switzer for a Zoom presentation and comment writing workshop to advocate for the Mexican gray wolf. You’ll find out what these magnificent animals need to survive and thrive, then break out into smaller groups—each staffed with a wolf expert—to answer your questions and help you write your comments to the USFWS.

When: Tuesday, January 19 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic hosted by Atlantis Community!

Partnering with Denver Health, Groundwork Denver, One Colorado, Joy as Resistance, and New Era.

When: Thursday, January 20 at 2:00pm
Where: 201 S Cherokee St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.

January Lakewood Town Hall: 2022 Legislative Session

Please join Representative Chris Kennedy, Senator Brittany Pettersen, Representative Kerry Tipper, Representative Lisa Cutter, and Representative Monica Duran for a Town Hall discussion on the 2022 Legislative Session.

When: Saturday, January 22 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.

Black Democratic Legislative Caucus Annual Preview and Update

The Black Democratic Legislative Caucus is excited to invite you to the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus Annual Preview and Update Jan 22nd at 11:00 am MT at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Library.

When: Saturday, January 22 at 11:00am
Where: 2401 Welton St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.

We’ll be back next week with more ways to help. Thanks again!


Sara Loflin, Executive Director

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