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June 06, 2022 01:58 PM UTC

NO WAY O'DEA: Join the fight for progress in June

  • by: ProgressNow Colorado

Remember Cory Gardner? How can Colorado forget his two-faced lies and games?

In 2022, Joe O’Dea is trying to do the same thing. O’Dea condemned Colorado’s new law codifying abortion rights. He said repealing Roe v. Wade would make abortion a “local issue.” Then O’Dea tried to walk it back. O’Dea now says he supports Roe v. Wade, but also says he would vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm judges who would repeal Roe.

Like Cory Gardner, Joe O’Dea wants to have it both ways on climate change, grudgingly admitting that humans are impacting the climate “in some way” but promising to increase oil and gas production instead of addressing the problem.

Joe O’Dea once claimed to support President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, but now blasts his Democratic opponent for global inflation while falsely blaming COVID relief efforts.

We’ve had enough of Joe O’Dea’s dodges and vague answers about the questions that matter. That’s why this Wednesday we’re gathering at the Colorado State Capitol at high noon to say once and for all: NO WAY O’DEA.

What: Press conference to launch the NO WAY O’DEA campaign
Where: Colorado Capitol West Steps
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP, and please join us if you can!

We hope you’ve had a pleasant break since the end of this year’s historic legislative session, where with your help the progressive majority passed hundreds of bills to solve problems and reinvest in the institutions that we all rely on from education to health care and combating air pollution. We’re grateful to everyone who called or emailed your lawmakers, wrote a letter to the editor, and turned out for events to support the progressive agenda this year. If you missed it, check out our Winners and Losers of the 2022 Colorado legislative session for more on the best and worst of the year.

Check out more great ways to make a difference in June!

Terrance Roberts, anti-gang and civil rights activist

Terrance Roberts is a civil rights activist from Denver, and the subject of the book and documentary film ‘The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, And The Struggle To Save An American Neighborhood’ by Julian Rubinstein. A reformed Park Hill Bloods gang member turned anti-gang violence activist, Roberts co-founded the Frontline Party for Revolutionary Action (FPRA) in response to the death of Elijah McClain, who was killed at the hands of police in 2019 and continues seeking justice for Alexis Mendez Perez, killed by an off-duty corrections officer in 2020.

When: Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00pm
Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd Street, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Wolves of Colorado Speaker Panel

Join us at Patagonia’s Denver store on Thursday, June 9th for an event hosted by the Endangered Species Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild, and Wild Earth Guardians celebrating one of our nation’s most misunderstood species. Hear from a great group of experts on the most recent updates with CO’s wolf reintroduction, learn about how you can get involved, and get your questions answered!

When: Thursday, June 9 at 5:30pm
Where: 2600 Walnut St, Denver

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March For Our Lives – Denver Civic Center Park

March For Our Lives Parkland is having a rally in DC on June 11th, and Denver is hosting a sister event at Civic Center Park!

When: Saturday, June 11 at 10:00am
Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Transforming Gun Violence – Gun to Garden Tool Demo

Following a voluntary gun buyback in the morning, this separate event transforms one of the disabled firearms into a garden tool, inviting the public to hear from those affected by gun violence and connect to organizations and resources to help end gun violence in their community.

When: Saturday, June 11 at 4:00pm
Where: Heritage Christian Center Denver, 14401 E Exposition Ave., Aurora

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June 2022 Ed Series – Being Transgender and Unhoused: Systemic Hurdles & Where to Seek Assistance

Join the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for this Pride Month session to discuss the specific hurdles faced by transgender and non-binary Coloradans who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. Hear from organizations that provide vital assistance designed to specifically serve trans men and women and non-binary individuals. Panelists include Marvyn Allen, Health Equity and Training Director for One Colorado, Nicole Schmitt of Urban Peak, Ashley Browning, Manager of Operations for the Center on Colfax, and PJ Brackney, a community member sharing his experience.

When: Thursday, June 16 at 5:00pm

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Women In Government National Legislative Conference

Join Women In Government on June 23 – June 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado for the National Legislative Conference! Women In Government convenes state legislators and stakeholder experts with broad perspectives and experiences to amplify the work of female lawmakers.

When: June 23-25
Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver

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History Colorado: Queer-ilderness: A Mild-Wild PRIDE Event (13+)

Join us at the History Colorado Center (1200 N Broadway, Denver) for a Queer-ilderness: A Mild-Wild PRIDE, an event for 13-year-olds and up. From camping to glamping, walk, pose, dance, play, craft, draw, sketch, write, and be in what makes you feel your most comfy or wildly Queer. There will be activities happening all night! Light snacks and beverages are provided. Access to the “Rainbows & Revolutions” LGBTQ+ exhibit will be included as well.

When: Saturday, June 25 at 6:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

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One Colorado Pride Rally

Join One Colorado, the Center on Colfax, state leaders, activists, and community groups right after the Denver Pridefest Parade on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol Building to rally for LGBTQ equality!

When: Sunday, June 26 at 12:30pm
Where: Colorado Capitol West Steps

Click here to RSVP.

Join The Marigold Project as we continue our community building series, ‘ground cover’

Led by Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo, we will dive into a rich conversation about reproductive rights, what a post-Roe looks like in Colorado, how to prepare for a federal ban and how this fight is part of a larger civil rights struggle that looms ahead of us.

When: Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm
Where: Skylark Lounge, 140 South Broadway, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks again! We’ll see you soon with more ways to make a difference.


Sara Loflin, Executive Director


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