What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 12)

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It’s been a difficult year+, and the anxiety from the compounded effects of the COVID-19 pandemic rippling across society and the damaged economy have created new challenges on top of the pre-existing struggles faced by working Americans. As a result, already-strained mental health and substance abuse treatment resources are in higher demand than ever.

When this pandemic is over, the increased need for behavioral health treatment will remain. That’s why progressive lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly have introduced the Behavioral Health Recovery Act, which will provide millions of dollars for mental health, substance abuse recovery, and harm reduction programs.

Action item #1 this week: contact your Colorado Senator and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-137, the Behavioral Health Recovery Act.

Once that’s done, take a moment to help on another crucial issue that has loomed large in the past year: Eviction reform. Although evictions for non-payment have been reduced by temporary bans, renters across Colorado desperately need a cap on late fees and a fairer relationship with landlords. Click here to write to your Colorado lawmakers, and tell them Colorado needs eviction reform.

Thanks for your help with these two timely issues! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 12:


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Remote Group Phonebank

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is working to pass legislation that would reduce the cost of healthcare for all Coloradans and we need your help! This remote group phone bank will help us move towards health care affordability by collecting the stories of consumers directly affected by high healthcare costs, while also helping us mobilize Coloradans for prescription drug affordability and giving out helpful resources. These consumers will have ownership over their stories and they will be connected, if they choose to be, with opportunities to become involved in the overarching campaign for policy change at the state level. All of this will be done from the comfort of your home. Collecting stories from consumers who are directly affected allows us to make sure that their voices are heard by legislators.

When: Monday, April 12 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

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AAPI Town Hall Hosted by Congressman Jason Crow

On Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm MT, Rep. Jason Crow is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss issues facing the AAPI community. Moderators: Howard Chou, Co-Founder/Chair, Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats and Susmita Saha, Vice Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm

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History Colorado: Colorado Cannabis Legalization with Susan Squibb

Marijuana legalization in Colorado has created a significant shift in drug reform and public opinion on marijuana throughout the nation and the world. Join Curator of archives Shaun Boyd as she hosts Susan Squibb, The Cannabis Maven®, who has recently donated a significant portion of her unique cannabis archive to History Colorado Center. In this fun and informative presentation, Squibb will highlight items from her archive to weave her personal experiences into the larger historical tapestry of marijuana legalization.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 6:00pm

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Tom Sullivan for Colorado and State Representative Meg Froelich: April 2020 Town Hall Meeting

Join CO State Representatives Tom Sullivan (HD-37) and Meg Froelich (HD-3) and US Congressman Jason Crow (CO-6) for a virtual town hall event!

When: Saturday, April 17 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


And save the date for these upcoming events:

CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP


We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 5)

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Last week, President Joe Biden announced the next transformative piece of his agenda: The American Jobs Plan. Building on the economic relief passed just a few weeks ago and now making its way into the economy, the American Jobs Plan represents the next step: Investing in America’s future, and building the infrastructure to keep America competitive in the global economy.

Infrastructure is about more than just fixing the roads. The American Jobs Plan is about modernizing transportation networks, energy grids, efficient construction and renovation, clean water supplies, information technology, domestic manufacturing, and so much more. And above all, it’s about jobs: The jobs created in building out infrastructure, and the jobs that hit the ground running because of these investments.

The American Jobs Act represents the biggest peacetime public investment in the American economy in nearly a century. Action item #1 this week: contact Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and urge them to pass the American Jobs Plan without delay.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 5! Help us make these events a success:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talking about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Adams County Legislative Preview & Town Hall

Please join Representative Yadira Caraveo, Representative Kyle Mullica, Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, and Representative Shannon Bird for a town hall on Monday, April 5th at 6:30 pm featuring representatives from across Adams County. This is a great opportunity for you to ask your questions about the 2021 legislative session and our response to the challenges facing our community. We will be holding the event over Zoom, and we will provide a Facebook live stream as well.

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


American Rescue Plan Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Jason Crow

Last month, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. Coloradans in need are already receiving economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per qualifying individual, and more relief is on the way. This Tuesday, April 6 at 6 pm MST, I’m hosting a telephone town hall to talk about what’s in the American Rescue Plan and share how you can take full advantage of the new resources available.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts will be joined by Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse for a keynote presentation titled, “One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence” on Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. MST. Denver high school student and member of Students Demand Action, Jayla Hemphill, will moderate the discussion. The session will be livestreamed to the CWA YouTube channel. Like all events at CWA, the talk is free and open to the public. Viewers may submit questions.

When: Friday, April 9 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Socially Distanced Rally to Support Lower Rx Drug Prices

70% of Coloradans support the state creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which means Big Pharma is spending BIG on lobbyists at the Capitol. Don’t let them overpower the voice of the people! Join us on April 9th for a safe, socially-distanced rally to support lower prescription drug costs. We will have pill bottle signs available for the first 30 people who sign up, where you can write your story or the message you’d like to send about why the legislature needs to take action to lower prescription drug costs.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Friday, April 9 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


And save the date for these upcoming events:

Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 29)

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Today, Gov. Jared Polis made what could be the most important announcement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This coming Friday, everyone in Colorado aged 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone.

As usual, Colorado is ahead of the curve in responding to this emergency, and the general public in Colorado will have access to vaccines sooner than most states. Across the nation and the globe, the race is on to outpace the pandemic with life-saving vaccines. In Colorado, we’re privileged to have competent public health and elected officials. The proof is in our lower rate of illness and death in Colorado than most other states.

Now it’s your turn to be part of the solution: if you haven’t already done so, the time has come to make your plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you’re eligible. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination portal to get started—and once you’ve gotten your appointment, take a few minutes to encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated right away as well.

With your help, we’ve come so far in just a year: through the worst of an unprecedented global health crisis, economic upheaval that required us to come together as a nation, and an election that pulled our nation back from the brink of calamity under the last president.

Through all of these struggles, your persistence and courage in the face of adversity has not just given me hope, but made the difference in tangible changes that will leave our state and nation better off. This Friday is my last day as Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado, and I couldn’t be more proud of the last five years at the helm of this amazing organization. As I hand off this important work to the next generation of leadership, I am very hopeful about where we are all headed together.

Thank you once again, and here are more ways to make a difference for the week of March 29:


Senator Hickenlooper: Support the THRIVE Act NOW! Apoya el acto de THRIVE ahora!

The countdown is on. ⏱️ Now that Congress has passed The American Rescue Plan, an ambitious COVID-19 relief package, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fight for climate action, jobs, and economic justice. Colorado and cities across the country are organizing and taking action on this day to pass the THRIVE Act (https://www.thriveagenda.com/) to do just that. Our cities are burning, polluting corporations are making us sick, our housing crisis has no end in sight- we are calling on our elected officials to do what is best for all Coloradans. We aren’t just facing one crisis. Global pandemic, mass unemployment and eviction, systemic racism, climate crisis — they are all connected. What else needs to happen to prove we need the THRIVE Act to pass NOW?

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00pm

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César Chávez’s Legacy : La Lucha Continúa

Let your voice be heard! Join us to initiate community based dialogue around the topics important to the Latina/o/x community. This event is proudly brought to you by a partnership with the César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver! The Committee has been honoring the late leader since 2002. The Committee is dedicated to keeping the Chávez spirit alive through the work of community.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Colorado César E. Chávez Day Celebration/ Celebración del Día de César E. Chávez en Colorado

Join us for a celebration of César E. Chávez Day for a discussion about social and racial justice, climate migration, farmworkers, and regenerative agriculture.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Race Class Narrative Briefing Hosted by Rise Up Colorado

The Race Class Narrative began as a nationwide research project to help people envision a multiracial country in which everyone has economic opportunity and is now a narrative framework for us to have intentional conversations doing what many of us instinctively knew was right… talking about both race and class as a necessary package. Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them as if they were separate. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined.

When: Friday, April 2 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


And save the date for these upcoming events:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talk about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Watch this space next week for more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii

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Criminal justice reform: the work goes on

While we mourn the victims of this week’s tragic mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, this week in the Colorado General Assembly there are important criminal justice reform issues up for debate. It’s very important that we not lose focus on taking actions that will improve our justice system and address the root causes of crime even as we respond to these terrible events.

In that spirit, take a moment right now to help us pass two bills to safely reduce jail populations and interrupt the “school-to-prison” pipeline.


SB21-062: Safely Reduce Jail Populations
Did you know that 60% of the jail population in Colorado hasn’t even been convicted of a crime? We can reduce Colorado’s jail population without compromising public safety. Senate Bill 21-062 implements smart policies learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on protecting the public while ending cash bail for many low-level offenses, and restricting arrests to serious crimes and situations where another person’s safety is actually in danger.

We need your help now: contact your state Senator and Gov. Jared Polis right now, and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-062, Jail Population Management Tools.


SB21-182: Help Interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline”
Our schools should be safe places where students can learn, build relationships, and make mistakes. But unfortunately, “getting in trouble” at school no longer means just a trip to the principal’s office and a stern talking to. Senate Bill 21-182 encourages the use of positive approaches to school discipline, and helps school districts to appropriately address student misconduct and discipline while allowing flexibility to ensure schools still have the tools necessary when an incident may call for escalation.

We need your help now: contact your state lawmakers and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-182, legislation “addressing disproportionate disciplinary practices and chronic absenteeism and supporting students at risk of dropping out of school.”


Since the 1970s, the population of Colorado’s jails has grown by 800%. During the pandemic, Colorado proved that selectively reducing jail populations and focusing on incarcerating violent offenders is safe, effective, and will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. And school discipline should help students learn better behavior to avoid the costly and harmful experiences that come with falling into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Reforming over-incarceration in American society is a big goal, and we’re proud of our lawmakers taking these bold steps to solve longstanding structural problems. Thanks for your timely action.

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Responding to this week’s tragedy in Boulder

Our hearts are heavy today as we process yesterday’s devastating massacre of yet another 10 Coloradans at the hands of a gunman. These were our neighbors, our friends, our family. No one deserves to have their lives cut short, in terror, with the finality of a deranged man’s bullets.

And yet, so many Americans have.
It was just last week that we were devastated to learn of the massacre of eight Georgians.
And the Americans who died from gun violence the week before, and the week before that.

As our state and our nation continue to mourn once again, we are worn down by decades of this devastation, and our seeming inability to stop this terror against our neighbors, our family, our friends, our children, and ourselves.

Just as no one deserves to die this way, no one deserves to live this way either. Journalist Norman Cousins said, “The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” What we’ve allowed to die inside us is our hope in humanity, our faith in a better future for ourselves, our children; our freedom to go about our days without the fear of being murdered while buying ingredients to feed and nourish our families.

Now, standing in place of our hope, is an all-consuming terror. This terror has cast a dulling, omnipresent pallor on all that we do and choose not to do: whether we’ll see our favorite musician at a massive amphitheatre, whether we’ll send our children to one school or the other, whether we’ll glance at the exits the next time we go to buy milk, or decide it’s safer to stay home.

It’s not for a lack of language and insight and analysis and research that we still live like this. It’s from a lack of courage, and a lack of creativity to imagine a world different from this, void of this underlying panic and fear that haunts our nightmares and tucks our children into school closets.

We must demand better.

We are done waiting.

And in Colorado, there is no reason to wait. The difference between our state and the next is we have the power to make the very changes that have been proven to save lives.

The only thing we don’t know, the questions that stand between us and a terror-free future, are whether or not Coloradans will hold our leaders accountable, and if our leaders have the courage to stand with our convictions.

It’s only our lives that hang in the balance.

Take Action:
Call your Colorado legislators.
Find your representatives information here, and call and email them.

The Colorado General Assembly must act, now, to repeal the state pre-emption law, which prohibits communities from making their own residents safer by enacting their own gun restrictions. Further, local law enforcement must do more to ensure the Colorado ban on high-capacity magazines is being enforced.

Call your Colorado Senators.

Sen. Michael Bennet 202-224-5852
Sen. John Hickenlooper 202-224-5941

Ask them to enact federal gun sense legislation. The U.S. Congress must pass laws to make us safer, including a law to require universal background checks. If Republicans in Congress are unwilling to support a modest and overwhelmingly supported law such as universal background checks, then it is clear that eliminating the filibuster is justified.

If you are currently in crisis, please call 1-844-493-8255, text TALK to 38255, or go directly to Mental Health Partners walk-in center at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder.

Vigil In Remembrance of the Victims

– Vigil for the 10 Victims: Thursday (3/25) at 6:30PM, Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder. (Organized by the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action. Participants are asked to use the parking lot as a drive-in due to covid precautions.)

Additional Resources:

– Free Support services for community members: Today (3/23) 8AM – 5PM, University of Colorado Boulder Events Center, 950 Regent Drive

– Virtual Support Group: Today (3/23) 4PM, Will include multiple therapists, who will host breakout groups based on needs. Groups will be available for those directly impacted, for first responders and for those indirectly impacted. To join via Zoom, go here

– Colorado Crisis Services: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Education + Activists Groups

– Colorado Ceasefire: https://www.coloradoceasefire.org/
– Community Justice Action Fund: https://www.cjactionfund.org/
– Mom’s Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/act/
– Everytown for Gun Safety: https://everytown.org/
– March For our Lives: https://marchforourlives.com/
– Giffords Gun Control: https://giffords.org/take-action/

* Thank you to the Boulder Daily Camera for the local resources information.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 15)

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Last week, a fellow member of Congress called on the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Rep. Lauren Boebert’s role in inciting the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In her letter to the chair and ranking member of the committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal says Rep. Boebert “endangered fellow Members’ lives and pursued a disinformation campaign related to the election results that resulted in an armed uprising.” [1]

It’s time for everyone in Colorado to say it loud: Lauren Boebert does not speak for us. Boebert’s incitement of her far-right supporters to violence in Washington in the weeks leading up to January 6th disqualifies her from representing our state in Congress. Over 17,000 have signed our petition calling on Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn to resign.

Action item #1 this week: call members of the House Ethics Committee and respectfully urge them to investigate Lauren Boebert.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D) 202-225-3001
Rep. Susan Wild (D) 202-225-6411
Rep. Dean Phillips (D) 202-225-2871
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D) 202-225-4831
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D) 202-225-6506
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) 202-225-3915
Rep. Michael Guest (R) 202-225-5031
Rep. David P. Joyce (R) 202-225-5731
Rep. John H. Rutherford (R) 202-225-2501
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R) 202-225-2611

In addition to Boebert’s actions surrounding the January 6th insurrection, Boebert faces questions on a variety of ethical issues including her mileage reimbursements from campaign funds, failure to file required personal financial disclosures (punishable by jail time), and proxy voting in Congress under knowingly false pretenses.Thanks for taking a few minutes to make these important phone calls to lawmakers on the Ethics Committee to hold Lauren Boebert accountable.

Once that’s done, here are a few more ways to fight for our shared progressive values this week:


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Activist Workshop Training 3

Will you virtually join us on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:00pm MT for our third Community Activist Training? We have the power to encourage our elected officials to commit to climate action in 2021. To do this, we are asking everyone who cares about this issue to join us for the Commit to Climate Action campaign. We are continuing with the Community Activist Training Series that will be a critical aspect of keeping our grassroots momentum rolling for 2021.

When: Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Keep Coloradans Housed Town Hall – Colorado Springs

This is a virtual, grassroots town hall to learn about one of our priority bills SB21-173: Rights in Residential Lease Agreements. This bill would: limit late fees on unpaid rent; give Colorado renters more time to come up with their rent and avoid eviction; prohibit tenant evictions solely for owning late fees; and establish a financial penalty for landlords who illegally lock out tenants. Coloradans need transparency and fairness when it comes to being charged late fees so they can plan accordingly. Right now, corporations are charging unreasonable late fees because there is no set limit to the amount they can charge. Even if families and individuals are up to date on rent, they can still be evicted for failing to pay late fees.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Also, save the date for these events coming up soon:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Socially Distanced Rally to Support Lower Rx Drug Prices

70% of Coloradans support the state creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which means Big Pharma is spending BIG on lobbyists at the Capitol. Don’t let them overpower the voice of the people! Join us on March 22 for a safe, socially-distanced rally to support lower prescription drug costs. We will have pill bottle signs available for the first 30 people who sign up, where you can write your story or the message you’d like to send about why the legislature needs to take action lower prescription drug costs.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Monday, March 22 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Legislative Advocacy Training: Making Sure Our Representatives Work for Us

We all came to the polls last November, but our role with our representatives can’t end there if we want to hold them accountable to stand up for issues we care about. Please join CIRC (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition), Former Representative Joe Salazar, and the Arapahoe Young Democrats as we explore tactics and best practices to making sure our representatives make decisions on behalf of the people and not big money.

When: Monday, March 22 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


History Colorado: Maeve Conran & David Barsamian: Media & Democracy

What if the biggest challenges we have facing American democracy are found in the ways we communicate with one another—that is, our media? KGNU Public Radio’s Maeve Conran and audio archivist and journalist David Barsamian give their take on the state of our various media, and what we can do about making it more about people and less about profit.

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Have a great week and thanks again for everything you do.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 8)

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Help is on the way.

On Saturday morning after an all-night obstruction campaign from the right, the U.S. Senate passed the American Rescue Plan. This legislation represents not just economic relief to Americans hard hit by a year of economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a new approach to economic recovery from the bottom up instead of the usual practice in Washington of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans they hope will “trickle down,” which, of course, never happens.

Almost everyone in Colorado will see a direct benefit from this comprehensive economic relief plan. Working families will get direct payments and new child tax credits, enhanced unemployment benefits will be extended, and the massive cuts that were facing state and local governments after revenues plunged in the last year will be offset–meaning schools can begin to safely reopen, and emergency services, and other critical governmental services can continue to function.

Passage of the American Rescue Plan is an enormous achievement by the Senate’s progressive majority, and although it doesn’t contain everything we all wanted, Coloradans can be proud of both of our Senators for fighting to keep progressive priorities like a living wage in the bill. That’s the courage we’ll need both Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper to show again when raising the minimum wage to $15 comes back up for a standalone vote. And let’s make no mistake, if Cory Gardner were the 50th vote in the US Senate, none of this would have happened.

Taking a pause from Amazon Prime for the week? Amazon workers in Alabama have voted to unionize, and to support them many have chosen to not purchase from or use Amazon services for one week beginning March 7. Here’s information via our friends at Indivisible Colorado on alternative places to shop and some background on the organizing effort at Amazon.

Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of March 8:


Development Roundtable | Women in Fundraising and Philanthropy

Join Colorado Nonprofit Association and AFP SOCO as we celebrate Women’s History Month with Colleen LaFontaine, Director of Development at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as she shares her own story, insights on women in philanthropy, and women as the changing face of philanthropy. There will be time for Q & A and conversation, too.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00am

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Together We Grow: Disability Inclusion

A FREE Zoom Webinar that will investigate agriculture and food industry initiatives with Antonio Paixao from ADM and Philomena Satre from Land O’Lakes. Sarafaith Pekor will talk about engaging the next generation of talent through innovative programming and partnerships with her nonprofit, Seeds of Inclusion, and Becky Curran Kekula will share resources and perspective from Disability:IN. Dr. Marty Blair, from the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana, is our moderator.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00am

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One Colorado: Q&A with trans filmmaker, Tony Zosherafatain

Join One Colorado’s Youth Leadership Council for a live Q&A with filmmaker, Tony Zosherafatain on Tuesday, March 9th at 4PM MST! Tony Zosherafatain began directing and producing films in 2012 after realizing that there weren’t many movies exclusively about trans people. His latest project, Trans in Trumpland, was released on February 25th, 2021. It investigates the impact of anti-trans policies on the lives of four transgender Americans.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00pm

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Accelerating the US Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions

Join us in welcoming Dr. Chuck Kutscher for our March webinar event. Dr. Kutscher’s presentation will cover information contained in a recent Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) report, “Accelerating the US Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions by Sector.” The burning of fossil fuels accounts for 75% of US greenhouse gas emissions, and driving these emissions to zero must be our number one priority in addressing climate change.

When: Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00pm

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Indivisible Colorado: Social Media for Advocacy! INSTAGRAM & CANVA

Want to learning more about using your social media for good? Join our workshop on the free online graphic design tool called Canva, and on using Instagram for advocacy, to become a better advocate online. These webinars have been created to help any activist, group members and leaders learn to effectively engage and use these platforms for information, inoculation, recruitment, and training.

When: Thursday, March 11 at 6:30pm

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Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Moreno, Rep. Benavidez, & Rep. Michaelson Jenet

When: Saturday, March 13 at 2:00pm

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Rep. Meg Froelich and Sen. Jeff Bridges: Green Town Hall

Join Rep. Meg Froelich and Sen. Jeff Bridges for a town hall meeting on plastic recycling and the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Roadmap.

When: Sunday, March 14 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: 2021 Latino/a Advocacy Day

This year, Latino/a Advocacy Day will be a virtual event, providing advocacy trainings and briefings on policy issues that most impact Latinxs in Colorado. Over 200 Latinxs from across Colorado come together in Denver every year. Put it on your calendars and join us for our Quince!

When: March 14-15

Click here to RSVP.

Also, save the date for these great events coming up:


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

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Thanks as always for your help making these events and campaigns successful. We’ll see you next week!

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 1)

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With Congress moving quickly on President Biden’s agenda in Washington and the Colorado General Assembly in full swing in Denver, opportunities to help enact lasting change are everywhere! After four years of broken leadership and division, the pressure is on to accomplish as much as we possibly can and make up for lost time.

With the narrowest of majorities in the U.S. Senate, progressives need to seize the opportunity to pass meaningful reforms—and that means doing away with the legislative filibuster. Our friends at Indivisible Colorado are organizing constituents just like you to appeal to Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet to put an end to this relic of inequality, and break the legislative logjam that has stymied the hopes of generations.

Another important campaign the Indivisible Network is working on right now is winning statehood and equal representation for the District of Columbia. Sen. Michael Bennet has already signed on to this important legislation, and we’re hoping Sen. John Hickenlooper does the same soon. Click here to add your voice to Americans across the country calling for statehood for D.C.

Looking for more ways to take action with Indivisible Colorado, the state’s premiere grassroots progressive coalition? Click here to see everything they’ve got going on.

And here are many more great ways to make a difference for the week of March 1:


Metro Caring: Tell Your Legislators To Support Necessary Documents Renewal

We need our birth certificates and social security cards to demonstrate that we have married or divorced, or that we changed our name. We need drivers’ licenses to operate cars and trucks. Colorado residents who have lost their documents due to floods, fires, and other natural disasters; domestic violence victims who have had to leave documents behind when fleeing their homes; seniors who may not ever have been issued a birth certificate because they were born at home; and people who have had their documents stolen, are examples of those who need help replacing their important documents. People who are experiencing homelessness often lose their IDs or are robbed. People seeking a second chance after leaving jail or prison often do not have the necessary documents for an ID.

Click here to take action.


Together Colorado Twitter Trainings

We are holding two more training sessions on using Twitter during the 2021 Legislative Session to reach elected officials, media, and influence public opinion on our legislative priorities.

When: Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00pm, Thursday, March 4 at 6:00pm

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Metro Caring Champions of Vaccine Equity Community Meeting

Join Metro Caring, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Health Chair for the Colorado NAACP State Conference Dr. Shelia Davis, and Dr. Rep. Yadira Caraveo to get your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered. Now is the time to get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines for yourself and for the people you love. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective! Protect your community against COVID-19. When it’s your turn to get your vaccine, you’ll know you’ve helped protect yourself and others — and that you’re doing your part to help end the pandemic, save lives, and help our community recover. We have lost over 400,000 Americans and over 4,000 Coloradans to COVID-19 and the best tool we have to end this crisis is the vaccine.

When: Tuesday, March 2 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2021

Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for you to join forces with other advocates to talk with your elected officials about the health care issues closest to your heart! This year’s event will be two virtual half-days where you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and connect with legislators for the change you want to see.

When: March 5-6

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Southern Colorado Virtual DACA Workshop

Join the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition & various community partners as we support community members apply for DACA for the first time. Apply from the comfort of your own home via phone or computer. Trained volunteers and immigration attorneys will be available to answer questions to ensure you are prepared to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

When: Saturday, March 6 at 9:00am

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Capitol(s) Update with U.S. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Senator Julie Gonzales, and Senator Hansen

Join Congresswoman DeGette, Senator Gonzales, and Senator Hansen for a virtual town hall on March 6th at 11am MDT. We will discuss stimulus packages, COVID-19 and vaccine updates, the impeachment, the State budget, and our legislative priorities for this upcoming session.

When: Saturday, March 6 at 11:0am

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Also, save the date for these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: 2021 Latino/a Advocacy Day

This year, Latino/a Advocacy Day will be a virtual event, providing advocacy trainings and briefings on policy issues that most impact Latinxs in Colorado. Over 200 Latinxs from across Colorado come together in Denver every year. Put it on your calendars and join us for our Quince!

When: March 14-15

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


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

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 22)

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This week in the Colorado legislature, far-right Republicans are trying to undo Colorado’s best-in-the-nation election system–a system that became a much-praised example last year for safely and securely holding an election even during a global pandemic. [1]

Why would Republicans try to break an election system that works better than basically anywhere in America? Because Donald Trump baselessly claimed the election was stolen with mail ballots like Colorado uses. Second-guessing Colorado’s election system which is subject to intense security, bi-partisan election judges, and risk-limiting audits is a cynical attempt to keep the Big Lie that Trump didn’t really lose the election last year alive. In Colorado, where we’ve been voting by mail since 2013, everyone who is willing to be honest knows Trump lied, and Trump lost fair and square.

That’s the truth Trump and his dead-ender cronies don’t want you to hear.

Because you helped elect a strong progressive majority in the Colorado General Assembly, the GOP’s bad bills to roll back voting rights won’t get far. But it’s a reminder that the fair and accessible election laws we take for granted in Colorado don’t exist everywhere, and there are politicians who don’t want Colorado to be a model for expanding voting rights.

Now help us take the spirit of Colorado’s election reforms to Washington. If you haven’t already, visit our friends at the Declaration for American Democracy and find out how you can get involved in the campaign to pass HR1, the For The People Act to strengthen voting rights, limit the influence of big money in American elections, and impose new ethical safeguards to prevent corruption. The For The People Act represents the most comprehensive federal reform of elections and ethics in government laws since the Watergate era. The time has come.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to fight for progress this week:


Town Hall with Daneya Esgar and Leroy Garcia

Join Pueblo elected officials Representative Daneya Esgar and Senator Leroy Garcia for a virtual town hall. On Monday, February 22nd, Representative Esgar and Senator Garcia will discuss the upcoming legislative session, their legislative agenda, and what it means to have two people from Pueblo on leadership in the General Assembly.

When: Monday, February 22 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Health Foundation: Belonging is an Antidote to Racism

Join an intimate conversation between our president and CEO, Karen McNeil-Miller, and john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, as they discuss how communities fell apart – and came together – during the challenges of 2020.

When: Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00pm

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The Bell Policy Center: A Closer Look: Investing in Economic Mobility

The Bell Policy Center’s most recent report shows us how less public investment has led to fewer middle class families in Colorado, but what does this mean for future policymaking? During this community conversation, you’ll hear from Dr. Anita Alves Pena, author of the Bell’s newest report, and the Bell Policy Center research team on why it’s not just about the dollars we spend, but how we use and where we put them.

When: Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2021 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us *virtually* for the beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community to prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 5:15pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Housing Justice Lobby Day

Join us for our virtual Lobby Day to support Housing Justice! Lobby Day is one of the most important chances during the legislative session for 9to5 Colorado and our members to push for our values to be represented in policy decisions and become law. We will be speaking about the Rental Late Fee Bill that we are leading and ways to get involved with the legislative process. Together, we will discuss actions that we can all take to apply pressure to the legislature and make sure that our communities’ struggles are recognized.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Citizenship Workshop

Join CIRC and other community partners in taking the next steps to become a U.S. Citizen at our upcoming Citizenship Workshop on Saturday February 27. Apply from the comfort of your own home via phone or computer. Volunteers and immigration attorneys are available to answer questions. If you also qualify for a reduced fee waiver or a fee waiver, we can help you file that with your naturalization application.

When: Saturday, February 27 at 9:00am

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Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine Update with Rep. Duran & Sen. Danielson

Come join Representative Monica Duran and Senator Jessie Danielson at a virtual town hall to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the current 2021 legislative session.

When: Saturday, February 27 at 10:00am

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Also, take note of these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2021

Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for you to join forces with other advocates to talk with your elected officials about the health care issues closest to your heart! This year’s event will be two virtual half-days where you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and connect with legislators for the change you want to see.

When: March 5-6

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

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We’ll be back next week with more opportunities to get involved. Thanks again!

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 16)

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Today, the Colorado General Assembly got back to business after taking five weeks off to keep safe during the worst of the pandemic. Now it’s time to get to work one of the most ambitious agendas Colorado’s progressive majority has embarked on in decades:

  • A new billion-dollar coronavirus economic relief package
  • Strong new legislation to combat gun violence, including safe storage of guns and a requirement that stolen guns be reported to police
  • A “Colorado Option” for health coverage to bring down costs and improve care
  • Protecting public health workers who have faced threats for doing their jobs
  • Justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Making Colorado’s troubled unemployment insurance system work for everyone

This is the agenda that Colorado voters mandated last November, along with implementing Colorado’s groundbreaking new paid family leave system and protecting the state from painful budget cuts thanks to forthcoming emergency federal aid from the Biden administration. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said of his ambitious agenda, our progressive leadership in Colorado are ready to answer the charge: “make me do it!” [1]

That’s where you come in. For the next few months, legislators will debate bills at the Colorado state capitol in Denver that are in many ways more relevant to our daily lives than what goes on in Washington. Each week we’ll have opportunities both virtual and (hopefully) in person where you’ll have the chance to testify and otherwise support our progressive agenda.

Let’s get to work! Here are a couple of ways to fight for progress for the week of February 16:


Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Power-Mapping and Identifying Your Target

Have you ever wondered how campaigns or causes identify their target? Who are the decision-makers that hold power? What influences them? What even IS “power-mapping”? If you’ve ever asked these questions, we have a training for you! Join us for the 8th installment of the Colorado Sierra Club Advocacy Workshop Series, where Beyond Coal Organizer Sarah Snead will be giving a run-down of how to “power-map” and identify your target.

Tuesday, February 17 at 5:30pm

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The Black Lives Matter 5280 Compass Awards

Join us this Friday to celebrate our first #BLM5280 Compass Awards. Recipients include: Millete Birhanemaskel, Neha Mahajan , the Denver Black Educators Caucus and Chrysalis House, Inc.

When: Friday, February 19 at 6:00pm

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Also, take note of these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2021 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us *virtually* for the beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community to prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 5:15pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Housing Justice Lobby Day

Join us for our virtual Lobby Day to support Housing Justice! Lobby Day is one of the most important chances during the legislative session for 9to5 Colorado and our members to push for our values to be represented in policy decisions and become law. We will be speaking about the Rental Late Fee Bill that we are leading and ways to get involved with the legislative process. Together, we will discuss actions that we can all take to apply pressure to the legislature and make sure that our communities’ struggles are recognized.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. If you have an event you’d like to see promoted in our weekly action alerts, send an email to info@progressnowcolorado.org with a link to the details. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight for progress.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 8)

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After nearly five years at the helm of ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, today I announced I’ll be stepping down in the coming months pending the hire of a new executive director.

Since our founding all the way back in 2003, ProgressNow Colorado has played a central role in the evolution of this state not just from red to blue, but into an example of a cohesive and functional progressive movement that achieves tangible, long term results.

Over the last four and a half years, I’m proud to have assembled a team of some of the best digital organizing, video production, and political communications professionals to be found anywhere in the commercial or nonprofit sectors. The leadership and support this team has provided to progressive activists, partner organizations, and issue campaigns at every level of Colorado politics has changed the course of history.

As the chairwoman of the ProgressNow Colorado Board of Directors Leticia Martinez said today, the work is not over. “Whether our brand is on the work product or we’re providing logistical and creative support for partner grassroots activists behind the scenes, we’ve never been more successful at our core mission of promoting progressive solutions to community problems and holding conservatives accountable than these past few years.” Just as we have for over fifteen years, ProgressNow Colorado remains the foundation of progressive success in our state. With your continued support this organization is just getting started.

With that, here are a few great ways to take action for the week of February 8:


Colorado Legislature’s Frontline Healthcare Workers: Virtual Townhall

Join Senator Leroy Garcia, Representative Yadira Caraveo and Representative Kyle Mullica for a virtual town hall! As the only elected officials in the Colorado Legislature who are also healthcare workers working during the pandemic, they will share their perspective on COVID-19, updates on vaccine distribution, and insight into the upcoming legislative session.

When: Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm

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Xcelerate Climate Action Campaign Launch Party

Following a summer of record wildfires, it’s time to turn up the heat on Colorado’s largest utility and fossil fuel burner, Xcel Energy. Xcel is the only utility in the state with plans to burn coal in our state past 2030. With two coal plants and nine gas plants whose pollution has no end in sight, it’s clear that we need to Xcelerate Climate Action and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. We’ll cover the details of Xcel’s fossil fuel problem, its impact on Colorado communities, and the opportunities we have to push Xcel beyond fossil fuels in 2021. Join 350 Colorado and Colorado Sierra Club as we gear up for a big year of climate action on Xcel Energy in 2021!

When: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Tri-State in 2021: What’s Ahead for Rural Colorado’s Energy Transition, with Tri-State CEO Duane Highley

Please join Sierra Club, Western Colorado Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Sheep Mountain Alliance and other local environmental groups across the state in welcoming Tri-State CEO Duane Highley, who will be sharing with our members what’s ahead in 2021 and beyond for rural Colorado’s clean energy transition.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 5:o0pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Prescription Drug Town Hall

Want to hear from policymakers & share your own ideas about how prescription drug affordability impacts Colorado? Join our legislative champions Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Senator Julie Gonzales for a prescription drug town hall. Bring your questions and have an opportunity to share and hear from others why the time for action on prescription drug affordability is now!

When: Thursday, February 11 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: 2021 Legislative Kickoff

The 2021 legislative session will soon reconvene and there will be several bills that will impact the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We’re hosting a virtual legislative kickoff to give you an opportunity to meet pro-equality legislators and learn about what we’re expecting in 2021. Thank you to Xcel Energy for generously sponsoring the event.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm

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CCG CO Legislative Priorities Assembly

Coloradans for the Common Good will convene parents, educators, faith, labor and other community leaders to talk to legislators and other elected officials about pausing standardized testing, expanding internet access, and protecting education funding.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm

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SURJ Denver: From Conversation to Action Series: “White People, Safety, Policing, and Threat Self-Response”

The facilitators will briefly share some of their own experiences with policing, their threat/thought responses and how these impulses connect to the white supremacist history of policing, facilitate a dialogue about how we as white people can think about community and safety in ways that do not include policing, and conclude with tools for de-escalation and internal self-regulation, and policing alternatives resources.

When: Friday, February 12 at 4:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you do to leave Colorado better than we found it! We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 1)

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To the families of the victims and the survivors of mass school shootings in America, gun violence is no laughing matter.

But last week, Rep. Lauren Boebert callously mocked one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018 that killed 17 people and wounded 17 more. Boebert harassed this survivor of gun violence in defense of fellow freshman freakshow GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who accosted the same person on Capitol Hill not long after the shooting–and has suggested that the Parkland shooting and other mass shooting tragedies were staged. [1]

This is the kind of outrageous contempt for common decency we expected from Lauren Boebert, but seeing Boebert live up to the worst fears of her critics before the election still shocks the conscience. In less than a month in office, Boebert has delivered almost daily embarrassing headlines for Colorado while the issues facing her constituents are ignored. Boebert has even made her colleagues in Congress fear for their own safety by insisting on carrying a gun everywhere she goes after her aid and comfort to the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

Action item #1 this week: call Rep. Boebert’s office right now at (202) 225-4761 and demand an apology for her childish harassment of Parkland mass shooting survivor David Hogg. And if you haven’t already, make sure to sign our petition calling on Rep. Boebert and Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado to resign from Congress for helping incite violence against American democracy.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to get involved for the week of February 1:


We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright featuring Dr. Bettina L. Love

Join us in early February to hear Dr. Bettina L. Love discuss the struggles and possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving. Learn about the importance of culturally responsive and sustaining teaching and learning practices in the classroom, examine the impact of America’s racism on Black children and Black families, and how to foster social justice classrooms and schools.

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: 2021 State Legislation: A Conversation with Sen. Ginal (SD14) and Rep. Kipp (HD52) About Climate

Join us to have a conversation with Senator Ginal (SD14) And Representative Kipp (HD52) from Fort Collins, Colorado, about the 2021 legislative session. We will discuss climate and the environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to your legislators and learn more about their amazing work! Spanish interpretation will be provided!

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00pm

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The Wilderness Society: 30×30 Campaign Kickoff — Colorado Front Range

On a daily basis, we see the impacts of climate change and the loss of wild nature across our state, with increasing drought and species at risk of extinction. Our goal is to increase the pace and scale of protected land and waters in Colorado to 30% by 2030. Thousands of people on Colorado’s Front Range head up into the hills to recreate in these lands and waters. It is our responsibility to protect these spaces as well. Now is the time to get involved! The Biden Administration will soon sign an executive order in support of 30×30, so we need our Colorado elected officials to lead in this effort, too. Come to our 30×30 Kickoff Meeting to learn more about the campaign and what this executive order will mean for Colorado!

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Virtual Class: Indigenous Futurism with Renata Burchfield

When you think of Native Americans, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Did you think of something modern or historical? Did you imagine Natives in space? Did you imagine Natives time travelling? Indigenous Futurism places Indigenous peoples in the future and allows us to envision what culture, identity, and society look like in different, sometimes fantastic, situations. We’ll watch short films and read contemporary short stories that give us insight into our current reality and imagine ways forward out of current problems.

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: How to Engage Your Legislator

Learn from Colorado Sierra Club’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Biggerstaff on how to meet with and engage your local legislator!

When: Wednesday, February 3 at 12:00pm

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Conservation Colorado’s Climate Action Kick Off Meeting

There has never been a more urgent time for climate action, and Conservation Colorado is determined to make Colorado the country’s leader in bold climate policy. That is why we’ve launched the Climate Action campaign, to push our state elected officials to make addressing climate change their top priority, and champion bills during the upcoming legislative session that will ensure Colorado meets its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

When: Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Advocacy Training

Miss our series in 2020? Join us for our FREE training, which will explore advocacy basics and prescription drugs, one of the biggest affordability challenges facing Colorado consumers. This session will help you make your voice heard and prepare you to advocate for more equitable access to affordable, high-quality health care in your own community and throughout Colorado. Gain skills, community, and earn a gift card for your attendance! Attendance is limited to 20 participants–sign up today to ensure your spot.

When: Saturday, February 6 at 10:00am

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Thanks for your help making all of these events successful! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 25)

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In just a few days in office, President Joe Biden has taken swift action to begin unwinding the last four years of neglect and corruption in Washington under Donald Trump. Nowhere has this been more true than taking action to combat the climate change crisis—an issue on which Colorado has already been taking the lead in the absence of leadership from the outgoing Trump administration.

And that’s just the beginning. From reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights to immigration reform and crushing the COVID-19 pandemic, in less than a week we’ve seen proof that change for the better is at hand. It’s a strange feeling to be proud of our what the occupant of the White House is doing, and to have a Congress ready to actually pass good bills into law is very exciting.

The top priority for the new progressive majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, of course, is comprehensive economic relief for Americans to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic. From there, the focus turns to H.R. 1, the For The People Act to extend landmark reforms we’ve made in Colorado on voting rights, gerrymandering reform, and ethics in government to the whole country. Click here to learn more about the For The People Act, and contact your legislators to urge their support.

Are you one of the over 17,000 who have signed our petition calling for Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn to resign? After helping incite violence at the U.S. Capitol and continuing to frighten her colleagues and Capitol security by defying metal detectors set up following the January 6th insurrection, Boebert is at it again–this time by receiving a “gift” semi-auto pistol from a known white supremacist militia member in possible violation of congressional ethics rules and Colorado law. [1] If you haven’t already, take a moment to sign the petition calling on Boebert and Lamborn to step down for everything they’ve done in 2021 to endanger American democracy.

And here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of January 25:


History Colorado: InSights & InPerson / Connections: Queer City of the Plains

Please join us for the kick-off event for the 2021 InSights & InPerson / Connections series featuring Brendan Picker-Mahoney, Public Art Program Administrator for Denver Arts & Venues. This program will reflect on the 2020 initiative – “Queer City of the Plains: An Artistic Look at Denver’s LBGTQ History” – that included five contemporary art installations focusing on storytelling, camp, resistance, and the LGBTQ+ experience in Denver from 1859 to the present.

When: Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition: Car Rally to Demand Immigration Reform NOW // Rally de carros para exigir la reforma migratoria AHORA

The time is now to demand action for immigrant rights from our elected officials. On January 27th, CIRC will join the launch of Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) national campaign for immigration reform. We will rally through downtown Denver to make our voices heard all the way to Washington DC and send a message that Coloradans want immediate executive and legislative actions that protect and bring justice to all immigrants.

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30pm
Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver

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9to5 Colorado: 2021 Legislative Kickoff | Inicio Legislativo

Join us as we gear up for the 2021 legislative session. We’ll talk about the importance of grassroots participation, how to safely engage in the legislative process during the pandemic, and we’ll review the bills 9to5 is supporting. Get involved and share your voice at the Capitol with us!

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Drive-in movie and panel discussion

Join us and Community Cinema this coming Friday for a showing of award-winning film “Just Mercy,” followed by a panel discussion hosted by CIRC on the intersection of racial justice and our legal system!

When: Friday, January 29 at 5:30pm
Where: Longmont, CO

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We’ll see you next week! Thanks once again for everything you do.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 19)

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Tomorrow morning at 10:00AM Mountain Time, America will say the two words Donald Trump has had coming for four years.

Tomorrow’s inauguration to swear in Joe Biden as President of the United States comes at a terrible price: months of division, lies, and propaganda intended to destroy Americans’ confidence in our elections, and a deadly failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month that Trump initially celebrated before turning his back on his own supporters.

The past few weeks brought our nation to the brink of disaster. But today, we are less than 24 hours from the end of what is already being remembered as the worst presidency in American history. A new narrow progressive majority in the U.S. House and Senate is getting ready to take action on a bold agenda promised by the new Biden administration: ending the COVID-19 pandemic, economic relief, racial justice, climate action, health care, immigration reform, civil rights–it’s a long list and it doesn’t stop there.

None of it would have been possible without your help. It’s not an exaggeration. By ending Cory Gardner’s six years of misadventure in the U.S. Senate, you helped get progressives to 50 Senate seats with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the ties. By backing Gov. Jared Polis and his common-sense approach to fighting the pandemic, Colorado has fared demonstrably better than most other states. And by passing important policies at the polls this year like paid family leave, you helped ensure that fewer Coloradans are left behind as we move from crisis to recovery.

The work is definitely not over. In fact, it’s just beginning. As we shift our focus in 2021 from resistance to recovery, let’s hold on to the networks and friendships that helped us meet the challenge of Donald Trump. Together we can do big things. We proved it.

Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of January 19:


Sign the petition: Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn must resign

The violent assault on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday was a direct result of Reps. Lauren Boebert’s and Doug Lamborn’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states. We can’t let Boebert and Lamborn speak for Colorado at this crucial moment in history. If you haven’t already, sign our petition demanding the immediate resignation of Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn from Congress.

Click here to sign.


Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Telling Your Story

During this session, you’ll strengthen your movement-building skills by learning how to create power with your voice. During this series, you’ll receive tips on how to write your story of self and share it with the world.

When: Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00pm

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Launch Event: World Without Landmines

The global PeaceJam community is invited to support former BAOP winner Harsh Zala for the launching of his revolutionary landmine-detecting and destroying drone as well as the kick-off for the World Without Landmines campaign!

When: Thursday, January 21 at 5:30am

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Virtual Mobility for All – RTD LiVE and Mobile Ticketing Workshop

During this virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to sign up for LiVE and how to download and use the RTD Mobile Ticketing. RTD LiVE Program – The LiVE Program lets qualified riders get a 40% discount off regular fares. To qualify, you need to be between the ages 20 and 64, live within the RTD service area, and have a gross household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This workshop will help you learn about the process of signing up.

When: Thursday, January 21 at 5:00pm

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Celebrate Colorado’s pioneering Black doctor on the new Dr. Justina Ford Day

On Jan. 22, following a proclamation by Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado will celebrate its first Dr. Justina Ford Day. The date marks the 150th birthday of Ford, Denver’s first licensed, Black female physician. To add to the celebration, the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center — which is housed in Ford’s old residence — will live-stream a free, two-hour tribute to Ford at noon on Friday, Jan. 22.

When: Friday, January 22 at 12:00pm

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We’ll see you next week! And thanks again.

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#ResignBoebert: What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 11)

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In Washington D.C. today, the recovery effort from the failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol continues. But for Republican lawmakers who helped incite last week’s deadly violence like Colorado’s Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn, there’s no coming back from this.

Join almost 10,000 Coloradans who have signed our petition demanding Boebert and Lamborn resign from Congress immediately.

Here’s an inescapable fact: the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday was a direct result of Boebert and Lamborn’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states. Boebert went even farther, telling her hundreds of thousands of followers “Today is 1776” on the morning of the insurrection–and even Tweeting information about the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the exact moment insurrectionists were storming the Capitol building.

Boebert and Lamborn’s actions are an affront not just to the voters of Colorado who elected Joe Biden president by over 13 points in November. Their willful undermining of confidence in American democracy with no factual basis has helped radicalize the Republican base, align them with terrorists and neo-Nazis, and set their party on a path toward embracing violence as a means of political gain.

We can’t let Boebert and Lamborn speak for Colorado at this crucial moment in history. If you haven’t already, sign our petition demanding the immediate resignation of Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn from Congress.

Thank you once again for your help demanding better from Colorado’s elected leaders. In just a matter of days, new leadership from the White House to the U.S. Senate and an historic progressive majority in Colorado will start the process of moving on from the Trump era. Without your help these past four years, we wouldn’t have made it.

Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of January 11:


Understanding Anti-Bias Education in K-8th Grade Classrooms

The Teaching Tolerance standards represent excellence in anti-bias education. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or just interested in anti-bias education, join us for an overview of the TT standards presented by expert, Sara Wicht.

When: Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00pm

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Denver Trout Unlimited: January Virtual Meeting

Our January Meetup for Board Members and the Stream Conservation Curious

When: Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00pm

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Opportunities for Refugees & Immigrants: Emily Griffith Information Session

Emily Griffith Technical College is hosting an online information session for anyone from the Refugee/Immigrant community who wants to know more about our programs. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of our programs including information about English Classes, GED Classes and Career and Technical Education (Certificate) programs. We will also discuss the application process and scholarship opportunities.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Workshop: Using Social Media for Change

Join us for a workshop that focuses on using social media for advocacy. Colorado Sierra Club’s Communications Manager, Vanessa Cordova, will hone in on how to effectively utilize social media to amplify campaigns. Want to make a difference from your phone or computer? This workshop is for you.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30pm

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Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education: EdEquity Corner

Please join us for EdEquity Corner, a monthly Zoom chat with neighbors about how to address every day education challenges with anti-racist values. Drop in, meet your neighbors for some much needed perspective, hope, and practical solutions during these uncertain times.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm

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History Colorado: Anthony Grimes: The Future of Making America a True Democracy

With an activist’s background and an artist’s insight, filmmaker and founder of Denver Freedom Riders Anthony Grimes examines the historic year that was 2020, our local and broader democracy, where we might be going in the near future, and where we should be going in the 365 days to come.

When: Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to fight back for progress. Thanks again.

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Sign the petition: Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn must resign

On Wednesday, a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by extremist supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump resulted in the deaths of five people, and the first violent breach of the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812.

Thankfully, this unprecedented attack on federal lawmakers trying to carry out their constitutional responsibility and certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election failed. In its wake five people are dead, and millions of dollars in damage has been done to the U.S. Capitol building.

Two members of Congress from Colorado, Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn, helped incite the extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol with their support for baseless objections to the election results in battleground states. Lauren Boebert shouted at Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, “Madam Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now.” Moments later, they stormed into the House chambers.

There is only one way for Lamborn and Boebert to make this right.

Sign our petition demanding that Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn resign from Congress immediately.

“The basic and fundamental responsibilities of our elected officials are to represent the will of the people—to uphold the tenets of our constitution and respect our democratic institutions,” reads the letter signed by Colorado state lawmakers, local elected officials, and progressive advocacy groups from across the state. “You, Rep. Lauren Boebert and Rep. Doug Lamborn, have betrayed the trust of Colorado voters by helping incite violence against the body you were elected to, a body designed to serve us.”

The events of this week are a reminder that democracy is not an idle responsibility. The choices Americans make at the ballot box matter. Donald Trump has made the consequences of making the wrong choice painfully clear. We must never again allow a demagogue who values personal power over American lives to occupy the White House.

Sign the petition now: Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn must resign. We’ll deliver your names and comments to their offices and the press.

Thanks for your help holding these misguided politicians accountable for the death and destruction they caused this week.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 4)

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Congratulations on making it through one of the most difficult and tumultuous years in American history. 2020 was full of moments to forget, but even in these worst of times Coloradans showed that the common ground that unites us is stronger than those who seek to divide us.

The passage of landmark police accountability legislation in 2020 again showed our state’s ability to answer the historic challenges confronting our society. And last November, Colorado voters resoundingly elected progressive leaders by historic margins to plot the next stage of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout. Cory Gardner, who became the focal point of resistance in Colorado to the rightward lurch in Washington under Donald Trump, is now a one-term footnote in our state’s history.

But today, a new challenge looms. In Colorado’s Third Congressional District, newly elected far-right Trump loyalist and QAnon-curious Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has emerged as the new de facto leader of the post-Trump Colorado Republican Party. In a state that defeated Trump by almost 14 points, Boebert is recklessly inciting her hundreds of thousands of new social media followers to attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election and hand Trump another term in office–the same election responsible for her own seat in Congress. At the same time, Boebert is manufacturing a major attention-seeking controversy over her demands to carry a gun inside the U.S. Capitol complex, possibly in open defiance of Washington D.C.’s strict gun laws. [1]

Lauren Boebert’s dead-ender campaign to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 elections could not be more out of step with Colorado values, or our state’s overwhelmingly progressive electorate. Colorado voters who have relied on mail ballots counted on Dominion Voting Systems hardware for years know Boebert isn’t telling the truth about how elections work. I wrote about the threat Boebert represents in my latest Denver Post column published this weekend:

Sedition describes the congresswoman-elect from Colorado’s Third Congressional District who says she will “object to the Electoral College results on January 6th”, when she told her hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers that “we need THE PEOPLE to put pressure on Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania state legislatures to rescind their certifications…”

The “pressure” Lauren Boebert is referring to has in recent months been delivered by individuals carrying assault rifles and sending violent and horrific death threats to local and statewide elections officials, many of them fellow Republicans.

That’s not how we do things in Colorado. And as surely we showed Cory Gardner what accountability looks like in 2020, Rep. Lauren Boebert is not going to get away with disgracing Colorado in Congress over the next two years. In fact, we can help her join the One-Term Club along with former Senator Cory Gardner.

Thanks once again for everything you’ve done to help progressives triumph over adversity in Colorado. We wouldn’t be a national model for “red to blue” metamorphosis without your efforts. Here are a few more great ways to make a difference in the first week in 2021!


Colorado Rising: Oppose the Ivey Wells in Adams County

The Adams County Board of County Commissioners has an obligation to ensure that Colorado’s new oil and gas regulations are applied to Great Western’s Ivey drilling site. These new regulations set the strictest standards to protect public health, safety, and welfare. If these new standards are not enforced, particularly the new setbacks of 2000′ from homes, our communities will be at risk of toxic and dangerous industrial drilling.

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Free Speech TV: Happy Hour with Hightower & Zephyr Teachout

When: Tuesday, January 5 at 5:00pm

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Outrageous Open Records Fees – and what to do about them!

Why are governmental “research and retrieval fees” so expensive, and what can journalists and truthseekers do about them? Hosted by Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and The Denver Press Club.

When: Thursday, January 7 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado: Meet & Greet with Rep-Elect Judy Amabile

Meet your new pro-equality state representative, Judy Amabile! Register here to attend our virtual Zoom event. You can submit questions ahead of time, or come as you are and ask them at the event! Let your new representative know what your concerns are for the 2021 legislative session!

When: Thursday, January 7 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: UndocuMonologues: Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors

In collaboration with Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s award-winning virtual reality experience, CARNE y ARENA, Motus Theater presents: UndocuMonologues: Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors. Motus Theater’s undocumented monologists invite you, via Zoom, into their homes to share personal stories about their lives, fears, and dreams. One story will be read aloud by special guest readers, CO Congressional Representatives Joe Neguse and Jason Crow, who will then reflect, alongside the monologists, about the impact of reading the story. Each monologue is followed by a powerful musical response from Uruguayan musician Elisa Garcia.

When: Thursday, January 7 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Hecho en Colorado: Cafecitos

History Colorado is delighted to announce an inventive and special series of “Cafecitos” to welcome our newest exhibit Hecho en Colorado. Join us on one of these carefully curated intimate tours for groups of ten or less twice a month on Friday mornings beginning July. Meet us in our lobby for some coffee and socialization and then experience a guided tour by the founder of the Latino Cultural Arts Center and exhibit curator, Adrianna Abarca. The brand new exhibit will feature art from Chicano, Mexican, and Native artists from across the state. Cafecitos are ideal for community, family and small groups seeking intimate ways to learn and share experiences together. Singles are welcome to sign-up as well and join on one of these tours.

When: Friday, January 8 at 9:00am

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History Colorado: Anthony Grimes: The Future of Making America a True Democracy

With an activist’s background and an artist’s insight, filmmaker and founder of Denver Freedom Riders Anthony Grimes examines the historic year that was 2020, our local and broader democracy, where we might be going in the near future, and where we should be going in the 365 days to come.

When: Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Gives Day and more ways to fight for progress this week (December 7)

It’s been a year most of us would have rather slept through, but 2020 is finally coming to a close. The events of this past year have tested the fundamentals of what holds our society together like nothing we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Today, with the end of the COVID-19 pandemic finally in sight with effective vaccines and American democracy having (mostly) weathered the most determined assault on our institutions outside of an actual war, we’re leaving 2020 behind with hope for the future.

In all of these challenges of the last four years, we could not have even begun to fight back without your help. Whether you turned out to protests or held our leaders accountable directly at town hall meetings some of them preferred to avoid, the victories in this year’s elections for progressive values are your victories. Even in this most difficult of years, tangible steps forward like paid family leave and the National Popular Vote compact are wins no one can take from us. They will outlast us, and proclaim our values to future generations.

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day, one of the best opportunities to support organizations who make a difference on the ground like ProgressNow Colorado Education. PNCE lays the groundwork for progressive change by tirelessly advocating for progressive solutions to the problems that face our community. Your gift to PNCE on Colorado Gives Day helps us provide the capacity and leadership to fight and win in election years and off years alike.

Take a moment right now to schedule your donation to PNCE this Colorado Gives Day.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the next week and through the holiday season! We’ll be back in the New Year with more ways to make a difference in 2021, and we’re grateful for everything you do.


Health Insurance Options During the Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment season is here. The deadline to enroll for January 1 coverage is December 15th, but the Open Enrollment Period will run through January 15. Join Congressman Jason Crow, Saphia Elfituri from Connect for Health Colorado, and Allison Summerton from ConnectAurora for an informational session about choosing the right health insurance option for you. By signing up for this event, you’ll receive updates from the Office of Rep. Jason Crow on this event and other issues.

When: Tuesday, December 8 at 1:00pm

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One Colorado: Meet & Greet with Rep-Elect Lindsey Daugherty

Meet your new pro-equality state representative, Lindsey Daugherty! Register here to attend our virtual Zoom event. You can submit questions ahead of time, or come as you are and ask them at the event! Let your new representative know what your concerns are for the 2021 legislative session!

When: Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Meet & Greet with Rep-Elect Tracey Bernett

Meet your new pro-equality state representative, Tracey Bernett! Register here to attend our virtual Zoom event. You can submit questions ahead of time, or come as you are and ask them at the event! Let your new representative know what your concerns are for the 2021 legislative session!

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00pm

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One Colorado: Meet & Greet with Rep-Elect Karen McCormick

Meet your new pro-equality state representative, Karen McCormick! Register here to attend our virtual Zoom event. You can submit questions ahead of time, or come as you are and ask them at the event! Let your new representative know what your concerns are for the 2021 legislative session!

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Working Families: Colorado WFP Community Reunion!

Community reunions are a monthly gathering of the WFP community, including members, activists, party builders, party organizers, and staff. It’s a place and time for all of our political party community to return home each month and to reunite, recalibrate and to recenter ourselves in why we live lives that are dedicated to struggling for justice for the people and the planet.

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30pm

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Cobalt: Comedy Thank You

We thought what a better way to say thank you to our donors, supporters, and volunteers who worked so hard on the #NoOn115 campaign, that we’re throwing a virtual Comedy show Dec 9! RSVP today!

When: Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00pm

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Recreate Responsibly: Backcountry Etiquette On Public Lands

In this episode of the Slay At Home series, we explore how to recreate responsibly in the backcountry, which is most often public land managed by the USFS. We will discuss proper backcountry etiquette, how to know if an area is motorized/non-motorized, or mixed use. We will also learn about some great local projects from CMC and the Vail Pass Rangers. Our expert guest panel includes Leave No Trace Master Educator Kiira Antenucci (RMI), Head Vail Pass Ranger Kate Demorest, and Nathan Fey from Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office!

When: Thursday, December 10 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Following up with Volunteers and Continuing Engagement

Join us for our fourth part of our Advocacy Workshop Series and hear from Our Wild America Campaign Representative, Kim Pope, on best practices for following up with interested volunteers and how to keep them engaged. During this session, you’ll strengthen your volunteer team building skills by learning some tips on how to best follow up with interested volunteers and how to maintain consistency and build long term relationships in order to encourage continued volunteer engagement with your team/group/etc.

When: Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Talking to Your Kids about Democracy

The future of American Democracy is here today: your kids! Breeze into the History Colorado Center on Saturday mornings for fun, safe guided tours of This Is What Democracy Looks Like, our series of colorful and fascinating exhibits on all four floors of our sparkling 200,000 square-foot facility. Enjoy an easy hour on the town while a trained professional helps your family connect over insightful, empowering discussions about government by and for the people. The restrooms are huge, the café is easy, and tumbleweed is your only competition for parking. Did we mention it’s FREE?

When: Saturday, December 19 at 10:00am

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (November 30)

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I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving holiday at home with your household, and were able to connect virtually with family and friends. Today, the Colorado General Assembly is convening a special session to address what Republicans in Washington are still refusing to: economic relief for people suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. [1]

We’ve been waiting since the spring for another relief package from Washington, and while Mitch McConnell—and for another few weeks, ousted Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado—refuse to take action, Colorado’s progressive majority and Gov. Jared Polis are tired of waiting.

It’s not a substitute for action at the federal level. But by doing what we can to provide quicker relief for small businesses, renters, and working families who need child care, our leaders in Colorado are working to get help to the people who need it most. I’m hopeful that in contrast to past sessions of the 2019-20 legislature, we’ll see more accomplishments and less partisan antics. That’s what the people of Colorado have said in two consecutive elections now that they want.

Priority #1 this week: our friends at the Colorado Health Institute are working on an important study for the Colorado Division of Insurance. Did you receive financial assistance to purchase coverage through the Connect for Health Colorado insurance marketplace? If so, your feedback is needed this week. Click here to sign up to participate in a focus group discussion on health insurance affordability.

And here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of November 30:


Institute for Science & Policy 2020 Symposium: Untangling Complexity in Our Changing World

Registration for the 2020 Institute for Science & Policy Symposium is now open. This year’s all-virtual event, held across two half-days, will explore the theme of untangling complexity in our changing world. What have we learned about the role of trust, biases, and inequities in our institutions? How should we approach scientific decision-making on complex issues like climate change as we look ahead?

When: December 1-3

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Chinook Fund: Giving Project Information Session

Join us for a digital Information Session to learn how you can activate your values for social change and build your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building. Find out how you can deepen your volunteering and giving to better serve our collective good. Chinook Fund is seeking 25 diverse members for our Fall 2020 Online Giving Project. Over the course of six months, members will learn about race, class, and power in society, fundraise, and grant money to grassroots social justice organizations across the state. You will learn about social justice philanthropy while taking meaningful action. No prior experience is necessary—just a passion for change!

When: Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00pm

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Health Equity Advocacy Summit Series

The Health Equity Advocacy Summit Series is a four-month series of interactive training, discussions and presentations with national and Colorado-based leaders. The summits will provide opportunities for you to engage with other community members to advance policy, change the narrative and promote healing toward action. The speakers and topics in this series are being overseen by the members of the Health Equity Advocacy (HEA) Cohort.

When: Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Recruiting a team and having a 1:1

Join us for our third part of our Advocacy Workshop Series and hear from Colorado Sierra Club’s Lead Organizer, Sarah Clark on best practices to get folks interested in your campaign! During this session, you’ll strengthen your movement-building skills by learning how to effectively have a “one on one” conversation with interested volunteers, tactics, and best practices for recruiting a team and setting goals for success.

When: Thursday, December 3 at 5:30pm

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back for our shared progressive values. Thanks again.

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (November 23)

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After the most contentious and hard-fought election of our lives so far, the incredible staff at ProgressNow Colorado took a couple of weeks off to rest and recharge. I hope you too have had some time to pause and reflect on the historic victory the 2020 election represents, nationally and here in Colorado.

We always knew Trump wouldn’t go graciously, but he’s going. The presidential election was closer than some of us expected, but objectively speaking it wasn’t close at all. Trump lost the election by over six million votes and counting, and President-elect Joe Biden closed off every path Trump had to victory in the Electoral College within hours after polls closed. To everyone who signed up to mobilize to Protect the Results, thank you. After everything we’ve been through, it’s important that we stay vigilant until Trump is officially locked out of the White House at noon on January 20, 2021.

Here in Colorado, progressives triumphed once again. Colorado voters turned out against Trump in absolutely historic numbers. Cory Gardner, the biggest mistake made by Colorado voters since the “bad old days” of TABOR and the anti-LGBT constitutional amendments of the 1990s and 2000s, is headed for early retirement. Colorado voters affirmed the principle of “one person, one vote” and passed a landmark paid family leave system after years of trying, and retained the biggest progressive majorities in state government since FDR was President. Colorado is now a progressive state.

Now it’s all about staying safe. Over the next few months, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue to result in tremendous economic and social hardship, and the possibility of an unthinkable tragedy this holiday season if the current skyrocketing rate of transmission is not brought under control. After everything we’ve sacrificed to keep ourselves and loved ones safe from this virus, we have to persevere just a little while longer until the good news about vaccines against the pandemic becomes reality. Your personal choice to wear a mask, keep your distance in public, and celebrate the holidays virtually instead of in-person is what will make the difference.

With the transition to a new administration in Washington and progressives victorious in Colorado, the nature of political engagement shifts from “resistance” to partnership in progressive solutions to the problems working families and communities face. But the fight to leave our state and nation better than we found it is not over. Next week, we’ll be back with more great ways to fight for the values that underpin our engagement. We couldn’t have achieved this victory without your help, from the events you’ve attended in person and virtually to your financial support for our many campaigns in 2020.

Until then, thanks again for everything you’ve done, and will keep doing, until the better world we know is possible is a reality. See you next week.

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The home stretch: what you can do to fight back this week (November 2)

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After four tumultuous years of resistance, the day we’ve been looking forward to is finally upon us! Take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and continue to call and text voters until polls close at 7pm on Election Night. Tomorrow, assuming the polls are right and no surprises await, a sweeping nationwide landslide victory for progressives will begin the process of walking our nation back from the disastrous mistake a few tens of thousands of voters in three states far from Colorado made in 2016.

Colorado voted against Donald Trump in 2016, and never supported what has happened to our nation under his disastrous administration. Starting tomorrow, it is Colorado that will lead this nation back from Trump’s brink of national destruction. We are leading with some of the highest rates of voter participation in American history, which could make Colorado the #1 state for turnout of eligible voters in the nation. Democrats and progressive unaffiliated voters are returning our ballots in numbers this year that have blown away all predictions. We can’t control what happens in every state, but in Colorado, it’s not going to be close.

Unfortunately, America’s not out of the woods. Although the result in Colorado appears certain and polls show progressives leading across the nation including states that are not traditionally competitive, there remains a significant risk that Trump will not accept the results of the election if he loses. This possibility is why it’s so important for everyone to visit the Protect The Results coalition site and sign up for alerts to mobilize this week if Trump attempts to undermine the results. We’re ready to mobilize on November 4 in every major Front Range city from Fort Collins to Pueblo for massive peaceful demonstrations to protect our democracy.

Action item #1 this week: RSVP to organize on November 4th if needed to Protect The Results.

Fort Collins | Longmont | Boulder | Arvada | Denver | Aurora | Colorado Springs | Pueblo

More event locations may be announced as necessary, check the PTR website for updates.

The best-case scenario? None of this will be necessary, because the election will be a landslide so great not even Donald Trump can question it. Whatever happens next, we know in Colorado that the threat of Trump has rallied progressives to fight back for like few events in our history, and taught a whole generation of Americans to never take our rights and values for granted again. Trump is a turning point in American history—but just maybe not the kind he expected.

Thanks again, and here are a few more ways to fight back this week of November 2:


ProgressNow Colorado and Colorado Pols: Colorado Election Night Live Stream

Join Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado and Jason Bane of ColoradoPols.com, and guest elected officials from around the state for a Colorado-centric election night live stream.

When: Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30pm

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SEIU Colorado Election Night Special!

Join Colorado’s janitors, healthcare, airport and state workers as we watch the initial 2020 Election results LIVE on FB!

When: Tuesday, November 3 at 8:00pm

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Colorado Fair Share: Election Day Phone Bank & Happy Hour

It’s finally here! Election Day 2020. Join us (via zoom) to help Colorodans get their ballots turned in before 7 pm! We’ll get started bright and early and then wrap up with a happy hour to take stock of what we’ve accomplished this election cycle as we wait for results to come in.

When: Tuesday, November 3 at 8:00am

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One Colorado: LGBTQ Resilience Post-Election Summit

Join LGBTQ organizations from across the state for a virtual event to reflect on the election results and start our path forward.

When: Wednesday, November 4 at 11:30am

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One Colorado: #ODIC: Fulton Virtual Town Hall

On November 4, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could allow private agencies that receive taxpayer-funding in order to provide government services — such as foster care, adoption, food banks, homeless shelters, and more — to deny services to people such as LGBTQ+, single women, Jewish, Muslim, or Mormon. They claim they have a constitutional right to do so because they have a religious objection to serving these families. For foster care services alone this case could have a profound impact on the lives of the more than the 440,000 children in foster care across the country. Freedom of religion has always a fundamental and protected right — but that freedom doesn’t give any of us the right to impose our beliefs on others, or to discriminate.

When: Wednesday, November 4 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Community Information Session

We are working to support the Black/African American community in advancing equity in health policy and develop programs that respond to community needs. We know it is vital that members of the community guide and design this work for that to be possible. Join us for a conversation about what we can do to support the community in health advocacy.

When: Thursday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Giving Effective Public Comments: An Organizing Workshop

When it comes to building a lasting movement that will protect our planet for generations to come, our own personal stories are some of the greatest tools we have. Let’s get together and raise our voices for change! In this online workshop, you will learn the skills to give effective written and oral public comments that will influence our government and other decision makers to take action on the issues that matter to you. Join Colorado Sierra Club’s Fossil Free Front Range Organizer, Ren Smith, for the first in a series of workshops on organizing tactics you can use to make your community a better place. At the end of the webinar there will be an opportunity to use your new skills to help advocate for clean and clear Colorado skies!

When: Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm

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No matter what happens, we’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference. And we’re grateful for everything you do.

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Eight days: what you can do to fight back this week (October 26)

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We’re kicking off the final week of the most important election season of our lives. Here in Colorado and across the nation, record-setting early voter turnout is building anticipation of an historic landslide victory for progressives. Despite persistent worries that the President of the United States might not accept the results, if voters continue to show up through Election Day in the numbers we’re seeing, that won’t matter. The best way we have to ensure a peaceful transfer of power is for the margin of victory to be unequivocal.

With your help, Colorado is doing our part to make Election Night an easy call.

Still got your mail ballot, or know someone who does? Don’t fly blind down the ballot! Take a few moments to learn about the candidates running in Colorado, from the presidential race to county commissioners, plus all eleven statewide ballot measures, with the Progressive Voters Guide. Even if you know how you’re voting at the top of the ticket, sorting out the less-publicized choices is extremely important. Remember, today’s state legislators and county commissioners are tomorrow’s Governors and Senators!

Don’t have a mail ballot? Today is the last day to request one by mail. If you miss that deadline, you’re not out of options–in Colorado, you can register to vote all the way through Election Day. Visit GoVoteColorado.com to register to vote, request a mail ballot, or find a voter drop box or in-person voter service center.

We’re in the home stretch of this election season, and after four long and divisive years we’re very hopeful that a better future is on the horizon. In this final week, find as many ways to make a difference as you can, and look back on November 4th knowing you did all you could:


One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Mobile Home Enforcement & Education: Retaliation & How to Respond

This third installment of our monthly educational series for mobile home residents, hosted virtually with Colorado Poverty Law Project, focuses on landlord retaliation and how to respond to it. All are welcome to attend. Spanish interpretation will be offered and the visual presentation will be translated into both English and Spanish.

When: Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!

When: Wednesday, October 28 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Community Information Session

We are working to support the Black/African American community in advancing equity in health policy and develop programs that respond to community needs. We know it is vital that members of the community guide and design this work for that to be possible. Join us for a conversation about what we can do to support the community in health advocacy.

When: Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00pm

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Ask Wendy of the Working Families Party of Colorado About State Ballot Initiatives!

When: Thursday, October 29 at 3:00pm

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Durango October 2020 Green Drinks

Please join us on Thursday, October 29th at 5:15PM for October Durango Green Drinks with hosts Conservation Colorado and La Plata Open Space Conservancy.

When: Thursday, October 29 at 5:15pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Advocacy Basics Virtual Training Series

Do you want to help make healthcare in Colorado accessible & affordable for all? Ever wonder why prescription drugs are so expensive? Hone your advocacy skills and get up to speed with Colorado health care issues at our upcoming advocacy training series! Join us for one or all of our FREE sessions to take a deep dive into advocacy basics and prescription drugs, one of the biggest affordability challenges facing Colorado consumers.

When: Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm

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Thanks again for all you do. See you next week!

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Protect the results: what you can do to fight back this week (October 19)

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We’re two weeks and a day from the most anticipated and most important election of our lifetimes. The polls say this election will not be close. Across the country and here in Colorado, voters are turning out in massive numbers to change the course of our nation for the better.

The time has come to discuss a deeply troubling possibility that we as Americans have never faced before. What happens if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results?

The best way to ensure the United States of America continues our unbroken tradition of peaceful transfers of power is to make sure this election is a landslide. The bigger the margin, the weaker any challenge to the legitimacy of the results becomes.

We’re hoping for the best. But if Trump refuses to accept the results of the elections, we’re part of a growing coalition working to mobilize on November 4th if necessary to Protect the Results.

Action item #1 this week: visit the Protect the Results campaign site and register to mobilize if Trump refuses to accept the results of the election. Here in Colorado, we know that Trump’s complaints about the mail ballot election system we’ve used for years are baseless. It’s up to us to ensure that in the likely event Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, he cannot throw our country into a constitutional crisis.

We’re on the cusp of ending one of the ugliest and most divisive periods in American history. We know that the future is far brighter than the division and ignorance we’re leaving behind, as long as we can make it through the next two weeks. Thank you very much for your help at this important moment. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of October 19:


Bodily Autonomy and Current American Policy Panel

Join the Do Better Campaign and Students Vote No on Proposition 115 for a panel on bodily autonomy and current American policy. Panelists will include scholars, community leaders, student activists, and policymakers. Topics will include gender-based violence, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, immigration, and LGBTQ+ rights.

When: Monday, October 19 at 6:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: GHG Roadmap & Climate Equity Listening Session

Please join Colorado Air Quality Control Division for a conversation about the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Roadmap on October 20, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm MT via Zoom. State leadership will give an overview of the recently released roadmap report and state climate equity work with time dedicated to listening to your questions and input. Registration is required and Spanish interpretation is available upon request.

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 22 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 12:00pm

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Webinar: What the heck is “building electrification”?

Keep hearing about “building electrification” in Colorado and don’t fully understand what it means for you and your home? We are here to help with that. Join us for an hour of Building Electrification 101! No, we aren’t going to try and convince you to swap out your gas stove tomorrow – experts will share why Colorado needs to electrify buildings and homes and what you can do to prepare. This webinar will also provide tools and ways for you to begin making small changes at home or taking action for climate action from your computer!

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00pm

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Their Voice is Ours: Indigenous Perspectives on the Wolf Nation

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been largely absent from Colorado for nearly 80 years. With recent wolf sightings in Northern Colorado and an upcoming statewide vote on Proposition 114 that would reintroduce wolves to the state, Canis lupus appear to be on the verge of return. To inform the conversation about the potential restoration of wolves to Colorado, it is important to hear from indigenous peoples about their perspectives on wolves.

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00pm

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Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

After a nearly 80-year absence, grey wolves appear to be on the verge of returning to Colorado. In July 2019, a lone radio-collared wolf became the state’s first confirmed Canis lupus sighting in the wild in years. Then, in January, a separate pack appeared in Moffat County. This November, voters will go to the polls to determine the fate of Initiative 107 which, if passed, would charge the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission with formally reintroducing wolves no later than 2023.

When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm

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Phone Banking Training with COLOR

Have you been wanting to support our work, but just didn’t know how? Join COLOR’s volunteer phone bank! We need volunteers who are passionate about reproductive justice. We are calling to educate voters about a proposed abortion ban in Colorado and answer their questions.

When: Saturday, October 24 at 2:00pm

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Colorado Working Families: Virtual Volunteer Phonebank!

Join Team Colorado Working Families for our weekly volunteer phone bank where we’ll educate and mobilize Colorado voters in key districts. In the most important election of our lifetimes, we’re leaving nothing up to chance. Join us to get out the progressive vote in 2020!

When: Sunday, October 25 at 5:00pm

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It’s been a long struggle, but we’re almost there. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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VOTE and other ways you can fight back this week (October 12)

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Last Friday, ballots went into the mail for millions of Colorado voters. I got my ballot the day after my county clerk mailed it! By now many of you have also received your ballot, and most Colorado voters will have them this week. After four long years, six if you’re counting back to Cory Gardner’s election back in 2014 like we are, the moment has come to do our duty as voters and begin to undo the damage Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have done to our nation.

Here in Colorado, voting couldn’t be easier or more secure. Mail back your completed ballot or return to a drop box in your county by 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. If you’re not already registered to vote, you can register right up to (and including) Election Day! Visit GoVoteColorado.com to register or get the latest information you’ll need on the status of your ballot.

We’re here to help with making an informed choice all the way down your ballot. If you haven’t already done so, check out the Colorado Progressive Voters Guide for detailed research on hundreds of candidates for office in Colorado from the presidential election to county commissioner races. We’ve got the facts on the 11 statewide ballot measures too. And for a quick one-page reference sheet on the ballot measures from the ProgressNow Colorado team, click here.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Early returns in other states are showing massive turnout for progressive voters, already Colorado is poised to set new records for participation in 2020. The best way to ensure this election goes smoothly is to make sure it’s not close.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to fight back for our shared values these past few years when it has mattered most. Victory is in sight! Here are more ways to fight back for the week of October 12:


Featured Event: Jena Griswold and Shannon Watts Live!

Shannon Watts, Gun Violence Prevention Advocate and Founder of Moms Demand Action, and Jena Griswold join Colorado grassroots activists to talk about their work and goals for the next election.

When: Monday, October 12 at 6:00pm

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Educate, Persuade, and Get Out the Vote with Together Colorado

Sign up for Civic Engagement shifts! We will be doing safe, and socially distant literature drops and text banking from home.

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: Hope and Healing

Join Mental Health professionals for an important conversation about the effects of this pandemic on our Colorado community. At this virtual event our speakers will share their expertise, provide needed resources and information, and answer pertinent questions about our mental health crisis . This will be an informative and positive experience to guide us all through this pandemic and beyond. There will be Q & A at the end for those who need additional support or answers.

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: Divest From Police. Invest In Communities: Defund 101

Join us for the second of a three-part webinar series as we discuss the origins of policing and why calls for reform are not enough to eliminate discriminatory enforcement practices, how we must redirect resources from draconian police departments to services that are responsive to addressing our neighbors’ needs, and how advocates can demand revolutionary change from their local officials that promotes community safety without the dependence of law enforcement.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 12:00pm

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Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

In this special five-part webinar series, we’ll explore wolf reintroduction through the lens of science, policy, and lived experiences. Our diverse group of panelists will discuss the current state of wolf populations, dive into the data about the species’ role in the ecosystem, talk trade-offs, and hear firsthand stories from those who’ve already been living amongst wolves in other parts of the U.S.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Denver Metro

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, October 17 at 12:00pm

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Denver Five Points | Rep Your City Tour

Be Woke.Vote presents the ‘Rep Your City’ tour. A Gen Z drive-thru Voter Registration event.

When: Saturday, October 17 at 12:00pm

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

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2020 Colorado ballot quick reference and more ways to fight back this week (October 5)

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Election season is finally upon us! County clerks will begin sending out mail ballots at the end of this week. In 2020, Colorado voters have a lot on our plates: the presidential election, Colorado’s red-hot U.S. Senate race, seven congressional seats, the Colorado General Assembly, county and local offices, and state and local ballot measures.

This year, ProgressNow Colorado has put together the most comprehensive information clearinghouse on the 2020 elections in our state available anywhere. It all happens this week!

Step one: familiarize yourself with the eleven statewide ballot measures we’ll be voting on in Colorado this year. Get the ProgressNow Colorado 2020 quick reference sheet now, a simple one-page printable guide to the statewide ballot measures:

Step two: on Friday, when ballots are set to begin delivering in Colorado, watch your inbox for ProgressNow Colorado’s comprehensive guide to races and ballot questions across the state–from the presidential election to your local community. Our all-new Progressive Voters Guide goes beyond the bullet points with in-depth research into hundreds of candidates and ballot questions at every level of government in Colorado.

Thanks to our Board of Directors, partner organizations, and researchers who put hundreds of hours into producing our ballot guides. Our objective is for every Colorado voter to cast their vote with the information they need to make a smart decision all the way down the ballot.

It’s finally time to vote. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for for four years. Here are more ways to fight back for the week of October 5:


9to5 Colorado: Information session on Paid Family Leave

What is paid family leave? Why does it matter? Join the Parent Ambassador Alumni and 9to5 Colorado for an informational session on paid family leave and story telling. All are welcome to join! You must register to receive the zoom link!

When: Monday, October 5 at 5:30pm

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Virtual Town Hall Discussion on Reproductive Health Care

Please join Sally Boccella and her special guest panelists for a thoughtful discussion on reproductive healthcare rights.

When: Monday, October 5 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights | Defensa de Desalojo

After countless protests, letters, and stories shared, the governor and other elected officials have taken steps forward to keep people housed. 9to5 attorney, Jason Legg, will share how the eviction process currently works, how new ordinances and policies impact the eviction timeline and what to do if your rights are violated.

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00am

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Priorities of Black/African Americans in Colorado

Join us to hear what Black/African Americans in Colorado are saying about their health, what is most important to the community, and opportunities for you to be a health leader in Colorado.

When: Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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When: Saturday, October 10 at 11:00am

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Vic ‘n the Narwhals Virtual Concert

Sound waves straight from the Narwhals to you! Tune in Friday 10/9 for a live stream concert from local Denver band Vic ‘n the Narwhals, brought to you by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. Suggested donation: $5+ All proceeds go to CIRC to help us continue to support and advocate for immigrant communities, and fight for a more welcoming Colorado!

When: Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm

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Parasol Patrol Supports National Coming Out Day & Voter Rally

Parasol Patrol is honored to be supporting the Voter Rally and National Coming Out Day Rally at the Greek Theater at Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax, Denver, CO 80203. We need volunteers to help at the sign making/info booth. Please come and stand between potential Protesters and these participants as we shield against hatred.

When: Sunday, October 11 at 10:30am
Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

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We’re grateful for everything you’ve done these past few years to fight back for our shared values. We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action as the clock ticks down to Election Day!

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