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August 14, 2017 12:54 PM UTC

What you can do to fight back this week (August 14)

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  • by: ProgressNow Colorado

As tragedies like the events in Charlottesville this weekend prove once again, we have a long struggle ahead to stem the tide of racism and extremism in our nation and to protect the values that have made America great for generations. We will prevail, but we are reminded of the difficulty of this struggle and the sacrifices so many have made—and will continue to make.

The fight goes on, and there is also some better news today. After hiding from the voters of Colorado for over five hundred days, Sen. Cory Gardner is finally holding in-person town halls tomorrow along the Front Range. In Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Lakewood, you’ll at last get the chance to ask your Republican U.S. Senator to explain his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to end clean air protections, and to advance President Donald Trump’s destructive agenda.

Priority #1 this week: hold Sen. Cory Gardner accountable in person.

COLORADO SPRINGS TOWN HALL
When: Tuesday, August 15, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. MT Doors open at 7:00 a.m. MT
Where: Pikes Peak Community College
Room A-110
5675 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

GREELEY TOWN HALL
When: Tuesday, August 15, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT Doors open at 11:00 a.m. MT
Where: University School Auditorium
6519 18th St.
Greeley, CO 80634

LAKEWOOD TOWN HALL
When: Tuesday, August 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT Doors open at 2:30 p.m. MT
Where: Colorado Christian University
CCU Event Center
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

The fact that Sen. Gardner is holding in-person town halls tomorrow after refusing to do so all year is a major victory for the resistance in Colorado. Gardner’s refusal to hold town halls directly resulted in a massive loss of public support recent opinion polls have shown—down to 24% in a new poll released last week. Once one of the Republican Party’s “rising stars,” the backlash against the Trump agenda and everyone who supports it has jeopardized Sen. Gardner’s entire political career. And now he has no choice but to face us, the people he was elected to represent.

Here are more ways to take action for the week of August 14th:


Supervised Injection Community Forum – Denver

Join the Harm Reduction Action Center and Drug Policy Alliance for an educational evening to discuss our upcoming policy initative, supervised injection facilities, in Denver. Supervised injection facilities (SIF) improve injection-related behavior and access to medical treatment for people who inject drugs. The state of Colorado lost 912 people to overdose in 2016 and the epidemic continues unabated. Of overdoses reversed reported to the HRAC since 2012, 87% have been reported reversed outdoors. Colorado needs a new public health approach to the opioid epidemic.

Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver
When: Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Governing Community Radio

KGNU is a beacon of local, community-supported radio in the Front Range area, and it hosts our Study Circle’s monthly Co-op Power Hour show. KGNU’s model has a lot in common with cooperative enterprise. We’ll be joined by Tim Russo, a veteran of community radio networks in Central America who recently joined KGNU as station manager. We’ll explore some of the lessons and challenges KGNU has encountered, and share ideas for how to build powerful, accountable, self-governing media collectives.

Where: KGNU Community Radio, 4700 Walnut St, Boulder
When: Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Governor’s Town Hall- Health Care: Your Turn

Come join Governor Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Lynne to add your voice to the bipartisan effort to help solve what needs to be fixed in health care. An open format for questions on additional issues will be facilitated.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Wednesday, August 16 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Farm and Food Alliance Speaker Series with Uproot

This will be a great chance to learn about food waste, local gleaning opportunities, and to interact with Uproot Colorado. Come to Alfalfa’s Community Room on Thursday the 17th at 5:00 PM for refreshments, stories from farmers, and an exciting discussion about this up-and-coming organization!

Where: Alfalfa’s Market (Boulder, CO), 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Thursday, August 17 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Protest McConnell & Gardner’s Fundraiser Dinner

After having only held one town hall in the past 500 days, absentee Senator Cory Gardner has finally returned to the Denver Metro area–with none other than special guest, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Are they here to finally listen to constituent voices,” you ask? No, silly! They’re here to fundraise for the National Republican Senatorial Committee! At a fancy, private dinner! Priced at $2,500 to $25,000 per seat! Indivisible and its partners will engage in law-abiding, non-violent protest on public property within the vicinity of the fundraising dinner. Denver Police have been notified of our plans for peaceful protest.

Where: TBD Cherry Creek Shopping District, Denver
When: Thursday, August 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Know Your Health, Know Your Rights Salida

We know lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families face unique physical and mental health barriers. One Colorado is hosting an event in Salida to dig deeper into the landscape of LGBTQ health in the state, provide tools for self-advocacy in healthcare settings, and talk with community members to learn more about local issues in accessing care. This is free and open to the public!

Where: Seasons Cafe, 300 W Sackett Ave, Salida
When: Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Reproductive rights include not only abortion, but also birth control, emergency contraception, sex education and healthy pregnancies. All are essential to gender equality and all are currently under attack. Gena Ozols, Political Director at NARAL Pro choice Colorado (the political arm of the pro choice movement) will present an overviiew of our state legislation as well as highlights from the federal level. Q & A to follow.

Where: Douglas County Libraries (Highlands Ranch, CO), 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch
When: Thursday, August 17 at 7:00pm

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Normalize Breastfeeding Project & Family Fair

The goal of Normalize Breastfeeding Project is to break stigmas associated with breastfeeding in public and capture local breastfeeding and breastmilk-feeding dyads simultaneously nursing in a single image. These images will be shared in local communities and from the Normalize Breastfeeding Project page. Join Whole Mothering Center – Denver and Yvette Michelle Portraits LLC for our 2017 Normalize Breastfeeding Project event in Denver in celebration and support of human milk for human babies. All local families are welcome, even if you’re not breastfeeding or exclusively breastfeeding.

Where: Rocky Mountain Lake Park, 3151 W 46th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 19 at 9:00am

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30th Annual AIDS Walk

AIDS Walk Colorado – A Walk For Life – is the Rocky Mountain Region’s oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser. More than 8,000 people from throughout the state come together as a community to raise money for vital services for HIV/AIDS clients of Colorado Health Network’s regional Colorado AIDS Project offices and Howard Dental Center, and many other outstanding AIDS service organizations.

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Saturday, August 19 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Colfax Cleanup

GREEN TEAM is joining The Harm Reduction Action Center for it’s monthly Colfax Cleanup. We love the work they do there, and are thrilled to be bringing our volunteers out on Saturday August 19th for a quick cleanup of Colfax around their offices. It’s a direct way to affect public relations with this incredibly important organization and the neighborhood they serve, and many hands make the work light. So we hope to see our GREEN TEAM friends out in force!

Where: Harm Reduction Action Center, 231 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 19 at 11:00am

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Denver NF Walk

One in three thousand people worldwide are living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF can cause blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and disabling pain. It affects people of all cultures, races and genders equally. There is no cure and there are no effective treatments—yet! You can help change that! Join the Denver NF Walk on August 19th at 1:00pm at Clement Park This outrageously fun day includes a Walk as well as a Kids’ Hero Dash specifically for our smaller yet mighty superheroes. Many family-friendly activities are involved for fun for the whole family!

Where: Clement Park, 7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton
When: Saturday, August 19 at 1:00pm

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Volunteer at Pueblo Pride

Flip-flops. Shades. Farmer’s tan. Oh my! Pride season must be here! Pull on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer!

Where: Mineral Palace Park 1500-2100 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo
When: Sunday, August 20 at 10:30am

Click here to RSVP.


PEACE Rally: antiwar, antiviolence, antihate

Colorado has made international news for our consistently prominent and peaceful resistance since our first march after Trump took office. Stand united as a Community for Unity against war in North Korea, the use of nuclear weapons, and racial violence and terrorism on our own soil. We refuse to allow our military personnel to be used as fodder for a dangerously deranged president’s dream of war. We refuse to allow the use of nuclear weapons. We refuse to allow North Korean military and citizens to be killed. We refuse to allow our own people to be beaten and killed while police stand by and watch. We refuse to allow more terrorist attacks like the one in Charlottesville.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Sunday, August 20 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Solidarity with Charlottesville: Not in Our Town!

This weekend has seen radical right-wing terrorism reign in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, with at least one person killed and several others injured. A coalition of Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists assembled to “unite the right” and spew their vile, poisonous hatred against everyone who doesn’t share their views. The people of Colorado Springs will mobilize on Sunday, August 20th at 4pm in front of City Hall in solidarity with the overwhelming majority of the people of Charlottesville who rejected the “unite the right” rally, and to demonstrate that we will not allow this type of terror to take root in our beloved home. We reject Nazism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry in all its hideous forms. We live in tenuous, uncertain times and the only way to prevent this terror from spreading is by standing up, mobilizing, and uniting to say, “Not in our town!”

Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, August 20 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Remember to watch your inbox for short-notice updates and more chances to fight back for what we believe in. Thanks again for every action you take every day to fight back—big and small. They all make a difference. 

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