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This weekend, the Colorado Republican Party held their state assembly in Colorado Springs.
For those of us who care about American democracy, it did not go well.
In the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Ron Hanks, a hard-core conservative candidate who believes the 2020 election was stolen and actually attended the January 6th, 2021 rally in Washington that later became violent at the U.S. Capitol, swept the assembly and eliminated five other challengers from the June 28th primary ballot. Ron Hanks is running for the U.S. Senate on an unapologetic platform of rewriting the history of the 2020 elections and restoring Donald Trump to office by any means necessary.
Making sure every voter in Colorado knows who Ron Hanks is and what he stands for is now top priority. Help us get it done with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado.
In the race for governor, Heidi “The Hypocrite” Ganahl suffered yet another humiliating defeat, losing the assembly race to Greg Lopez–a candidate with criminal convictions who won after a speech to the assembly promising to pardon indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who is facing felony charges of her own for tampering with election equipment in a failed quest to prove Donald Trump should still be President.
And then Clerk Tina Peters, who is running for Secretary of State despite her felony indictments, won 60% of the vote in that race and the top line on the June 28th primary ballot. Meanwhile in the race for Attorney General, a previously unknown candidate received 42% of the vote simply by supporting Clerk Peters. District Attorney John Kellner, who we requested an ethics investigation of last week for refusing to prosecute a campaign donor for misconduct,  was almost bested by a candidate who Republicans are now desperately trying to keep out of the race.
The results of this weekend’s assembly show once again how dangerous the far right remains in Colorado, even after years of losing elections at every level. The candidates we’re seeing from the right in 2022 are some of the worst in ProgressNow Colorado’s almost two decades of organizing in this state, and if they are elected it will be an unparalleled disaster.
That’s why ProgressNow Colorado is gearing up to hold the right accountable at every level of government in this critical year of defending the transformational gains we’ve made. We know that these past few years of progressive wins are the result of hard work not luck, and that everything we’ve built in this state is one election away from being destroyed. This is the work we were founded in 2003 to carry out, and it’s no less vital today.
We have never been able to do it without you. Help us hold the line for sanity itself in 2022.
Thank you for your support for PNC. Here are some other great ways to make a difference for the week of April 11, 2022:
GEC Advocates Network Meeting
Join Great Education Colorado (GEC) and other passionate advocates like yourself for our monthly Advocates Network meetings on Zoom! GEC will meet every second Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm to hear from you and share opportunities where you can take action as an advocate for adequate and equitable funding for Colorado’s K12 public schools! In each meeting, we will listen to different perspectives, learn about current issues in school funding, and activate our leadership by taking action together.
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 4:30pm
History Colorado: Wars of Reckoning and The Great Reconciliation
From March-May 2020, COVID dominated both the news cycle and our daily lives. That is, until the murder of George Floyd transfixed the country and became a flashpoint; as long-simmering racial tensions boiled over into the streets of the United States in the form of mass protests. COVID also disproportionately affected BIPOC communities, contributing to the frustration and resentment already caused by the Floyd murder. In 2020, what was the net result of these events? Did we reconcile our differences? Or devolve into more chaos and violence? Join Claire Oberon Garcia and Karen Roybal to hear their thoughts and join in on the discussion. The panel will be moderated by History Colorado’s Jason Hanson. Presented by Colorado Chautauqua Association and History Colorado. Supported by the Betsy Hitchcock Program Fund.
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00pm
Where: Chautauqua Community House, Boulder
Great Education Colorado: Public Comment for Honest Education
Tell the State Board of Education that you support honest, inclusive, comprehensive education! Join us April 13, 2022 at 9:30 AM to sign up to testify! Even if you don’t want to say anything, SHOWING UP is just as impactful! Please consider joining us for public comment and tell the State Board of Ed why you support honest, inclusive education!
When: Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30am
Where: 201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
Maestas Case Honored at Colorado State Capitol
The Maestas Case Commemoration Committee unveils Cruzando Los Traques (Vias) (Crossing the Tracks) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 14th on the ground floor of the Colorado State Capitol. Senators Robert Rodriguez and Cleave Simpson and Representatives Donald Valdez and Alex Valdez will introduce a joint tribute in chambers.
When: Thursday, April 14 at 1:00pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
All Families Deserve A Chance Coalition: Day at the Capitol 2022/Día en el capitolio 2022
We are so excited to host our 5th annual Day at the Capitol event series on April 14 & 20th. In order to accommodate the different schedules and access needs around in-person vs. virtual events of our community members, we will be having two events: a virtual advocacy training on April 14th from 5:30-7:00 PM and an in-person Lobby Day on April 20 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Come one, come all–whether you’re new to advocacy and want to visit the Capitol for the first time or are a seasoned professional, we’d love for you to join us and make your voice heard for working families!
When: Thursday, April 14 at 5:30pm
History Colorado: 2022: The Year of Lincoln Hills: documentary by donnie l. betts
The intentionally lower-cased donnie l. betts is a founding member of two theatre companies in Denver: City Stage Ensemble and Denver Black Arts Company. He attended Yale School of Drama. His theatre performance credits include The Gospel at Colonus on Broadway, The Warrior Ant at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), as well as many regional performances including Spunk, Driving Miss Daisy, Home, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. betts is also a True West Award-winning director and documentary filmmaker. His film, Dearfield: The Road Less Traveled, a docudrama about the all-black town in northern Colorado, was nominated for an Emmy.
When: Friday, April 15 at 6:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again!
Sara Loflin, Executive Director