What you can do to fight back this week (September 16)

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We’re winning.

Last week, the organizers of two more misguided recall attempts against Colorado progressive lawmakers announced that their efforts have failed. A week after the recall campaign against Gov. Jared Polis ended in failure, Senators Pete Lee and Brittany Pettersen stopped the far right cold in their Colorado Springs and Lakewood districts.

Five Republican recall attempts this year have ended in failure, and another against Senate President Leroy Garcia in Pueblo is reportedly on its last legs.

Colorado voters didn’t elect progressives overwhelmingly in 2018 by accident. Our state has been moving away from radical right-wing politics for years now, and the election of Donald Trump mobilized Colorado voters to send Republicans packing at every level in last November’s elections. Now the crucial 2020 election is right around the corner, and Colorado progressives are fired up and organized to win again while conservatives are still trying to figure out what went wrong.

We couldn’t have beaten the recalls without your help. The tremendous outpouring of support for targeted progressive lawmakers in Colorado in 2019 showed the world that the victories of 2018 were not a fluke. Your timely action to knock on doors, write letters, make phone calls, and of course your financial support made all the difference turning back the far right’s “summer of recalls.”

Thanks again for everything you’ve done to stand up for progressive values this year. Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of September 16:


Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance – Activist Lisa Fithian in Conversation w/ Denis Moynihan

Join Lisa Fithian at the Denver stop of her nationwide tour celebrating the publication of her new book, “Shut It Down.” Lisa will be joined in conversation with Denis Moynihan, longtime Democracy Now! Special Projects coordinator, best-selling author and syndicated columnist, and founder of KFFR 88.3 FM community radio in Winter Park. Questions from the audience and a book signing will follow.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St. Denver
When: Monday, September 16 at 6:00pm

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Public Comment at Aurora City Council: Abolish Aurora GEO

Aurora City Council meetings are held on scheduled Mondays at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The formal city council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. We advise arriving at 7 pm to sign up for general public comment. City council meetings are open to the public. Join us to make a testimony about the human rights abuses happening at the Aurora GEO Detention Facility; see our event discussion for supporting news articles and educational information as we lead up to these dates.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Monday, September 16 at 7:00pm

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Believe Denver Launch, Suicide Prevention & Youth Support

All are welcome! FREE event with Attorney General Phil Weiser and community leaders to discuss the challenges facing Colorado’s kids and how we can come together to support our youth. Suicide is the leading cause of death in Colorado for ages 10 to 24 and the Colorado teen suicide rate is nearly twice the national average.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00am

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UndocuMonologues

Please join Motus Theater and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition for a special performance of UndocuMonologues exclusively for supporters and partners. In UndocuMonologues Motus Theater’s undocumented presenters share autobiographical monologues about their lives, hopes, fears, and dreams. Their performances interrupt the dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants by encouraging thoughtful engagement with the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets immigrants bring to our country.

Where: Gordon Gamm Theater at the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder
When: Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00pm

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Reproductive Rights Roadshow on Auraria Campus

JOIN US for lunch & learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. Keep Abortion Safe will lead an exercise where participants will learn about the stigma, lack of information and services that exist when accessing abortion care. We’ll catch you up on the policy work ACLU of Colorado has been leading. Please come with questions, or concerns. We want to know what is happening in your community and how we can help make your community and the state of Colorado a leader in Reproductive Rights. Lunch will be provided.

Where: Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 18 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Elected Women Firsts: Bold Women. Change History.

The first event of our Bold Women. Change History. series. Join the conversation. Meet six women who were firsts in Colorado civic life. This year, Colorado’s House of Representatives made news when women comprised a majority of its lawmakers. Today’s history-making legislature has roots in the stories of Colorado women who were the first to break barriers in their state. This discussion, moderated by celebrated local journalist Anne Trujillo, brings together elected and former officials who were the first to serve in their roles as senators, house speakers, and lieutenant governors.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00pm

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Aurora Daytime Phone Bank for Leroy Garcia

Join local activists to make phone calls to fight back against the misguided recall of Leroy Garcia.
If you can, please bring your own laptop/iPad to use for virtual phone bank & cell phone, if you have one.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Where: 10730 East Bethany Drive, Aurora
When: Thursday, September 19 at 10:00am

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Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Emerge Colorado’s Annual Trailblazers Cocktail Reception!

Join Emerge Colorado for our annual Trailblazers cocktail reception honoring Colorado women in political leadership! This year we’re honoring our alumnae Co Secretary of State Jena Griswold as Trailblazer of the Year and Denver City Councilor Candi CdeBaca as our Rising Star! We expect 200 of our closest alumnae, elected officials, political partners, and women interested in politics to attend. Appetizers and drinks will be served!

Where: RedLine Denver
When: Thursday, September 19 at 6:00pm

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March for Justice – Enough!

From El Paso to Gilroy, unabashedly public white supremacist violence against people of color and historically marginalized communities has surged. It’s undeniable that the current presidential administration’s hateful rhetoric has contributed to these incidents. But for the U.S.’s many racialized peoples, these incidents are sadly familiar. White supremacist violence–whether extralegal (i.e. lynchings), legal (i.e. ICE raids), or institutionalized (i.e. mass incarceration) has haunted Black, American Indian, Chicanx, Latinx, Asian, Muslim, and Jewish life since this country’s colonial inception. And combined with misogyny, ableism, classism, and patriarchal cisheterosexism, that same white supremacy’s economic and eugenic impulses especially threaten womxn, our disabled siblings, our poor, and our LGBTQ+ community members. It’s time to say ENOUGH!

Where: MLK Statue in City Park, 2251 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, September 21 at 10:00am

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Saturday Canvass w/Ed Perlmutter- Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 1414 East Evans Avenue, Pueblo
When: Saturday, September 21 at 11:00am

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing decline to sign postcards against the recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. With 2019 and 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are. Please note that the location of the event has been moved (across the parking lot!) to SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe. The space will be reserved for us every Saturday and it will provide ample room for a candidate to speak if needed.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, September 21 at 12:00pm

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Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, September 22 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.

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Colorado Week in Review: 9/13/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (September 9)

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Last Friday, the misguided attempt to recall Gov. Jared Polis ended in a humiliating defeat for the far right in Colorado.

After wasting the time and money of hundreds of far-right Republican volunteers and donors, countless news stories and months of over-the-top threats, the so-called “Dismiss Polis” campaign announced they had less than half the required number of signatures to put a recall question on the ballot. And since they’re not even going to turn in the signatures they did collect for verification, the true total is likely far, far less.

They failed miserably.

In 2018 Colorado elected the first openly gay man governor in American history, elected an historically large progressive majority to the legislature, and swept the statewide races for attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. In 2019, your progressive majority got to work solving problems that have been overdue for solutions for years. The Republican minority obstructed progress the entire way, and threatened recalls in retaliation practically from the moment they lost the majority last November.

The defeat of the recall campaign against Gov. Polis is another sign that Colorado isn’t going back to the bad old days. Gov. Polis’ popularity easily outpaces every Republican in the state, the voting public overwhelmingly supports the legislation passed this year–and there’s much more progress to be made. Hopefully, “recall season” is about to be a thing of the past in Colorado, and thanks to everyone who has showed up at Our Colorado Way of Life actions to help out targeted lawmakers. With your help, this is a fight we’re about to win.

Here are more ways to get involved for the week of September 9:


A Conversation with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

Join Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser at a community town hall hosted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Independent.

Where: 775 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, September 10 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Repro Health Happy Hour: September!

Reproductive (Repro) Health Happy Hour is a monthly networking event for people working on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, and issues of gender and sexuality, and all pro-choice individuals looking for fun and progressive drinking buddies. The event was founded in New York City in 2004 and has now spread to more than 30 cities worldwide.

Where: Brass Tacks, 1526 Blake Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 10 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition: Honoring Colorado’s open government champions

Help the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition honor Colorado’s open government champions at the historic Denver Press Club. CFOIC’s former president Tom Kelley, a First Amendment attorney who has defended the rights and privileges of journalists and news organizations for more than 40 years, will be presented with the Jean Otto Friend of Freedom Award. Rep. James Coleman and Sen. Mike Foote will receive the Sue O’Brien Award for Public Service for their work on state legislation that opens records on police internal affairs investigations. Kristin Bjornsen, whose pro se lawsuit forced Boulder County to change its open meetings practices, will receive the Ruth Anna Citizen Champion Award.

Where: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00pm

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Aurora Daytime Phone Bank for Leroy Garcia

Join local activists to make phone calls to fight back against the misguided recall of Leroy Garcia.
If you can, please bring your own laptop/iPad to use for virtual phone bank & cell phone, if you have one.
Looking forward to seeing you! Arapahoe County Dems & Indivisible

Where: 10730 East Bethany Drive, Aurora
When: Thursday, September 12 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Great Education Colorado: Public Education Voters Kick Off Yes on Prop CC

Public education voters across Colorado are ready to get out the vote for Prop CC. We know that our state’s education funding hasn’t met the U.S. average since 1982. Yep, 1982. Bring a friend and let’s dust off our 80’s gear and kickoff this campaign to help get our school funding into the 21st century. Join us to meet other public education voters, learn 1980s fun facts, find out what you can do to get involved (plus there will be appetizers, mocktails, and more!).

Where: 1500 N Grant St., Denver
When: Thursday, September 12 at 4:00pm

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Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, September 12 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: Speak Out: Centering Trans & Non-binary Voices in the Workplace

We’re coming together to voice our experiences and we want to see you there. Join us for drinks, appetizers, and storytelling as trans and non-binary folks share their experiences of coming out and navigating their identities in the workplace open-mic style. Right now there are three upcoming Supreme Court cases that could roll back federal workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people. Hear from ACLU of Colorado’s Public Policy Director, Denise Maes, and Colorado’s first-ever transgender Representative, Brianna Titone about the upcoming cases and how they managed to overcome obstacles and become LGBTQ+ leaders in the community.

Where: Blush & Blu Denver, 1526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm

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Indivisible #DefundHate Every Corner Against Hate

Indivisible #defundhate every corner action to support our immigrant Neighbors! List of corners ongoing–please RSVP.

Where: Aurora, Denver, Boulder street corners (location on RSVP)
When: Friday, September 13 at 3:30pm

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Denver Nonviolent Direct Action Training-CO Climate Strike

Training is FREE but if you’re able please bring a donation for our host, the Metropolitan Community Church. This training will provide knowledge of basic Nonviolent Direct Action activities. Attendees will learn the meaning of Nonviolent Direct Action, how to participate in basic actions like a strike or a soft blockade, and other essentials. Learning will be participation-based so come prepared to try out some new skills and activities. All are welcome.

Where: Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies, 960 N Clarkson St, Denver
When: Saturday, September 14 at 9:30am

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Delta Pride

Pride season is here! Pull on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer. Delta Pride will be held on Saturday September 14th starting at 3pm at My Place, 1410 Valley View Dr. Delta, CO 81416.

Where: My Place, 1410 Valley View Dr., Delta
When: Saturday, September 14 at 3:00pm

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Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, September 15 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for your help with all of these events and actions. You make the difference week after week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (September 3)

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Right now, thousands of health care professionals working for Kaiser Permanente are fighting for better conditions for workers and patients at Kaiser facilities–and they’re ready to strike if need be.

For years, Kaiser has supplied fantastic care to Colorado patients, but lately management at Kaiser has been treating their “nonprofit” network more like a for-profit enterprise on the backs of the people Kaiser patients rely on every day. Kaiser’s healthcare workers deserve a contract that addresses the rising costs of living in Colorado, keeps healthcare affordable for workers and patients, and allows Kaiser healthcare professionals a secure retirement after spending their working lives taking care of us.

Action item #1 this week: Kaiser Permanente Colorado has a new President, Michael Ramseier. Send a message right now to Ramseier urging him to bargain in good faith with 3,500 Kaiser healthcare workers in Colorado.

Thanks for taking timely action to back Kaiser healthcare workers in their negotiations. Once that’s done, here are more great ways to take action for the week of September 3:


Drinking Liberally Denver

Another Drinking Liberally is upon us this Wednesday. Come by to share a pint and some socializing with your progressive friends. We will be joined by Democratic National Committeewoman Jeri Shepherd, fresh on her return from San Francisco where the DNC just voted against allowing the 2020 presidential candidates to participate in a climate change debate. We’ll talk about that and all the latest from the DNC.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 4 at 5:30pm

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Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, September 4 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


National Popular Vote: Separating Fact from Fiction

Join Colorado Common Cause, League of Women Voters of Colorado, special guest Senator Foote and senior consultant to the National Popular Vote campaign Patrick Rosenstiel for our monthly Happy Hour. We will discuss how National Popular Vote works and how it will ensure that every eligible citizen’s ballot counts equally. There is some misinformation being circulated and we are here to bust those myths!

Where: 1111 Lincoln Street, Denver
When: Thursday, September 5 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

Join us to learn more about One Colorado’s mission and ways you can support LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.

Where: 1490 North Lafayette Street, Denver
When: Thursday, September 5 at 5:30pm

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Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia. Enter office through back door in the parking lot. We are located in the SOAR office.

Where: 1414 East Evans Avenue, Pueblo
When: Thursday, September 5 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Western Resource Advocates: Protect the West Celebration

Celebrate with us for our 30th year protecting the West’s land, air, and water! This year we will be honoring New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her Leadership in Conservation, and two emerging leaders in the West – Andrew Pappas from Outdoor Industry Association and Jeremy Romero from New Mexico Wildlife Federation. We look forward to seeing you at our annual Protect the West Celebration on Thursday, September 5, at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Where: 1007 York Street, Denver
WhenL Thursday, September 5 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: CORRN Training – Ft. Collins

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Saturday, September 7th 9am-1pm we will train Confirmers and Legal Observers. Join our training to become a confirmer and an officially certified National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer and learn how to defend our community.

Where: Fort Collins (location upon RSVP)
When: Saturday, September 7 at 9:00am

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Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
When: Saturday, September 7 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, September 7 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Saturday Canvass w/Ken Salazar- Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar and local activists to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 1414 East Evans Avenue, Pueblo
When: Saturday, September 7 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, September 8 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Volunteer with One Colorado at Boulder Pride Fest

Pride season is here! Pull on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer.

Where: 1236 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
When: Sunday, September 8 at 11:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, September 8 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Steamboat Springs

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives.

Where: 1275 Crawford Avenue, Steamboat Springs
When: Sunday, September 8 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


A Conversation with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser

Join Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser at a community town hall hosted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Independent.

Where: 775 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, September 10 ay 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for everything you do. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 26)

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For almost five years now, the people of Colorado have been trying to get Sen. Cory Gardner’s attention. After Gardner barely won his U.S. Senate seat on a campaign of deception and promises he never intended to keep, our state has walked away from the Gardner’s far-right party and agenda in every election.

Cory Gardner knows he’s the most vulnerable incumbent Senator in America. That’s why he spent the entire August recess hiding from the voters of Colorado while pretending to interact with us with tightly scripted appearances at friendly businesses and surprise stops on a few Main Streets. But it’s not enough: it’s been over 600 days since Gardner had to answer the hard questions in an unscripted public town hall with sufficient public notice.

Last week, Progress Now Colorado was honored to join up with our friends at Indivisible, America Votes, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Conservation Colorado, NRDC Action Fund, Protect Our Care, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and people just like you as we toured the state with “Cardboard Cory” to call out Sen. Gardner’s lack of accessibility to the voters he represents. From Fort Collins to Durango we met crowds of great folks and made a huge splash in local media all along the way.

Read about last week’s Cardboard Cory “Since U Been Gone Tour” in outlets all over the state: The Fort Collins Coloradoan, Greeley Tribune, Durango Herald, Westword, Colorado Public Radio, Huffington Post, KRDO-TV Colorado Springs, KJCT-TV Grand Junction, and Shareblue Media! And thanks again to everyone who came out to make your voices heard.

Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 26!


Gun Safety Town Hall in Aurora

We cannot accept gun violence as our reality. We must join together and fight for safer schools and communities. As students head back to school, join former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Jason Crow, Congressman Joe Neguse, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter for a conversation with local leaders, survivors, and activists on federal gun laws, school safety and more.

Where: Aurora Association of REALTORS, 14201 E Evans Dr, Aurora
When: Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Highlands Ranch

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch
When: Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CFIR Spotlight On! Not One More Defund Hate and GEO Detention

Please join us to learn about the Defund Hate Campaign. Members of the Not1More Table traveled to DC last month to get trained up on how the budget process works, meet with members of the Colorado delegation and engage in a powerful action in a Senate rotunda. These members will share how the budget process works, and how we can influence it. Members of Colorado’s People’s Alliance will share how work to close the GEO detention facility in Aurora connects to Defund Hate. We will plan meetings for the August recess to influence the 2020 ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) budgets. In the last 3 years the Defund Hate Campaign has blocked $7.2 billion going to fund immigration enforcement. Join us to learn how you can be a part of blocking more monies to ICE and CBP.

Where: 1420 N Ogden St, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 27 at 5:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 28 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Leadership Luncheon with Phil Weiser

Join the NARAL Leadership Council for a luncheon featuring Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. Attorney General Weiser believes that reproductive rights are fundamental to gender equality and he is committed to protecting access to reproductive healthcare and defending the rule of law. Please visit the link for more information about the event and to purchase tickets and sponsorships.

Where: Embassy Suites Boulder, 2601 Canyon Blvd, Boulder
When: Thursday, August 29 at 11:30am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, August 29 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 31 at 09:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 31 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Saturday, August 31 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 31 at 12:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, September 1 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, September 1 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, September 1 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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Colorado Week in Review: 8/23/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 19)

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It’s the middle of the August recess. Do you know where your Senator is?

Here’s the sad fact: Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to face the voters of Colorado. That’s why instead of hosting public town halls this August to explain what he and President Trump are up to in Washington, Gardner has taken to impromptu appearances with little or no advance warning–looking for photo ops instead of the truth about what voters think.

This week, join ProgressNow Colorado, Indivisible, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and other great progressive groups as we travel across Colorado for the Cardboard Cory 2019 Bus Tour! Everyone’s favorite mascot for Sen. Gardner’s refusal to engage with his constituents, Cardboard Cory, is going on tour across Colorado. He’ll be hearing from voters on what kind of leader Colorado wants, and highlighting how Senator Cory Gardner has failed Colorado and does not deserve a second term.

The tour kicked off today in Denver and will be in or near your town soon:

Broomfield – 8/19
Longmont – 8/20
Greeley – 8/20
Fort Collins – 8/20
Lakewood – 8/21
Grand Junction – 8/22
Montrose – 8/22
Durango – 8/23
Pueblo – 8/24
Colorado Springs – 8/25

Get more information here! Unlike the real Sen. Gardner, Cardboard Cory looks forward to seeing you.

And here are some more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 19:


Renter’s Rights Webinar Training

Come learn more about what your renters rights are in Colorado! This training will also include information on the rights and protections that renters gained this year. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Please let us know if you need interpretation for another language.

Where: Webinar
When: Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Repro Day of Action for Brittany Pettersen

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Westcliffe

We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?”

Where: West Custer County Library, 209 Main St, Westcliffe
When: Thursday, August 22 at 3:30pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, August 22nd at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Alamosa

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: 2005 Mullins Ave, Alamosa
When: Friday, August 23 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: Power (with music from Ramakhandra)

Come check out the mind-bendingly beautiful music from Ramakhandra, poetry from Kerrie Joy, Video Zine from Molina Speaks (MO SPKX) and Lockerpartners, food from Tarasco’s, drinks from Golden Moon Distillery, alternative energy-powered toys from Timbuk Toys, hands-on fun from Namasté Solar, participatory installation from the Bright WWWEB, some brainy info from Jason Meyer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) among other local experts, and you’re damn right we’ll have our delicious classic, vegan, and gluten-free cookies. Why?! Because we have to learn and act in order to create the world we want.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Friday, August 23 at 6:30pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Conservation Colorado Day of Action

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Conservation Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Denver Eastside March for Peace

Join us as we march to promote bringing unity to our community. We will be meeting at Fuller Park on 29th and Williams, and will march to the St. Charles Recreation Center at 38th and Lafayette.

Where: Fuller Park, 2801 N Williams St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Saturday, August 24th at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: 2019 Ally Awards Gala

On August 24th, at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, we will honor incredible allies who work to advance equality and who make a substantive difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans at the 2019 Ally Awards. We sold out last year’s event – get your tickets today to reserve your seat. You won’t want to miss out!

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 25 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, August 25th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 25 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Gun Safety Town Hall in Aurora

We cannot accept gun violence as our reality. We must join together and fight for safer schools and communities. As students head back to school, join former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Jason Crow, Congressman Joe Neguse, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter for a conversation with local leaders, survivors, and activists on federal gun laws, school safety and more.

Where: Aurora Association of REALTORS, 14201 E Evans Dr, Aurora
When: Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks very much for all you do! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 12)

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Last Thursday, Sen. Cory Gardner showed up in Wheat Ridge for a rare public appearance. Gardner’s staff did their very best to under-publicize the event, but word spread to local activists and by the time Gardner showed up dozens of you were waiting to hold Gardner accountable with hard questions. Thanks to everyone who turned out!

After the tragic mass shootings a week ago, many of us hoped that Sen. Gardner might change his hard line against even the most common sense gun safety reforms–like the laws that have been on the books in Colorado for years, or a red flag law like the one even Donald Trump has endorsed. But it didn’t happen. Gardner’s response to this latest terrible round of violence was five words: “I don’t support gun control.”

As I wrote in my Denver Post column Sunday, “Politicians like Sen. Cory Gardner, the fourth-highest recipient of NRA money out of the entire U.S. Senate, make a career of stopping broadly popular, reasonable gun-safety measures like universal background checks, limits on high capacity magazines, and extreme risk protection order legislation that even Donald Trump has now voiced support for. Not a single Republican supported these bills in the Colorado legislature, and several Democratic lawmakers, including Gov. Jared Polis, are ostensibly the targets of recall attempts because of their passage.” Read more here.

Confronted with the devastating effects of mass gun violence and with real solutions available to solve the problem if we only had the political courage, the refusal of politicians like Cory Gardner to take this issue seriously is deeply frustrating. In the end, if the politicians refuse to act only accountability at the polls can change this nation’s course. If Gardner won’t act, our vote in 2020 becomes literally a matter of life and death.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to hold Cory Gardner accountable all these years. It’s been a long struggle, but change is coming. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of August 12:


Town Hall: Public Health Impacts of Climate Change & Environment

Congressman Jason Crow has partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health to bring together a panel of experts to answer constituent questions about the ways that the climate crisis impacts human health and our community. Attendees are invited to join additional event organizers for a cup of coffee before the forum at Lost Coffee (#30, 2100 North Ursula Street, Aurora) at 8:30AM. Free coffee and pastries will be provided as well as organizational t-shirts, pins and posters. Attendance at both the Coffee Hour and the forum is free, but seating space may be limited.

Where: Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, 13080 E 19th Ave, Aurora
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 9:30am

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Show up for clean air, climate and clean cars in Colorado!

You’ve rallied, you’ve sent in comments, you’ve hiked – you’ve done almost everything it takes to show you care about clean air and zero emission vehicles in Colorado. This is your last chance to be heard! On Tuesday, August 13th, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will be hearing the final comments from the public – in person! – on adopting the Zero Emission Vehicle program in Colorado.

Where: Colorado Sierra Club, 1536 Wynkoop St, #200, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Denver Leadership Council Luncheon with Rupali Sharma

The NARAL Leadership Council was created to bring together leaders in the community and to help amplify NARAL’s mission and importance of our work across the state. This year we are so excited to be joined by Rupali Sharma, Senior Counsel at The Lawyering Project, for a discussion on the fate of Roe v. Wade and its impact on state access to abortion care. Rupali has previously worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights and was an attorney on the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 11:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado Advocacy Meetings

Join us for two Wednesday evenings in August to learn, talk about and plan advocacy for policies that Colorado women need and want! There will be a survey coming soon to help us in planning! Note we will be designing this for folks to attend both – as a series. If you can — we would appreciate donations to help cover the costs for preparing and staffing our upcoming advocacy meetings. Recommended donation for both is $25.

Where: Eloise May Library, 1471 S Parker Rd, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


A History of Race and White Supremacy in the U.S.

How did racism emerge as a such a pervasive social structure in the U.S.? What is the reality of “race”? Why do so many people still have erroneous beliefs about race’s influence on our destinies? It’s a question many of us have asked at one time or another, and it has a clear answer. Race is a social construct, a tool for oppression. In short, racism is real, but race is not. Race also has a definitive origin story, and one that every anti-racist or social justice activist should know. Join this training to learn a brief history of racial classification in the U.S., and how it influences our mistaken perception of race today, and its implications for anti-racist work in the future.

Where: Belong, 1615 N Ogden St, Denver
When: Thursday, August 15 at 6:00pm

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Boulder Families Belong Together Rally & March

This rally is a direct response to the continued mistreatment of immigrant families at the border and across this nation. This rally is being held to show our support of all the people living in sanctuary in Colorado as well as protest the inhumane treatment of families detained in camps at the border. We must unite and take a stand now in order to see changes in this country. Join us!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:00am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sierra Club Day of Action

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Sanctuary For All: Raising Funds For Families Of Deportation

We here at Sanctuary For All will be hosting our first of many fundraising events for affected families of deportation! Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, Women In Sanctuary, and FUSD will also be in attendance/co-hosting. Craft Fair wil start at 11 a.m. where we will have Art, Shirts, Stickers, Buttons, etc. for sale. Food and drinks will also be sold. We will also have LIVE painting, Art Auctions, and 9 LIVE local Colorado bands! The event ends when the party stops! Family friendly fundraiser!

Where: First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 11:00am

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St
When: Saturday, August 17 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Pueblo

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Pueblo City-County Library District, 100 E Abriendo Ave
When: Saturday, August 17 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 18 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Denver Recess Rally

Join Colorado Moms Demand Action, GVP coalition groups, and guest speakers for a Recess Rally in support of smarter gun laws. It is past time for the Senate to ACT and pass background checks on all gun sales, as well as pass strong red flag legislation. We’re asking everyone to wear red, if possible.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver’s Since U Been Gone Bus Tour: Meet Cardboard Cory

Join Indivisible Denver, Protect Our Care, Progress Now, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and a number of other progressive organizations as we travel across the great state of Colorado with #CardboardCory to build momentum for the 2020 elections. (Cardboard) Cory wants to hear from YOU about what kind of leader Colorado needs!

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Monday, August 19 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference. See you then!

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 5)

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This past weekend, our nation was once again traumatized by mass gun violence directed against innocent people. In Dayton Ohio, a man clad in body armor and carrying an assault rifle with a 100-round drum killed ten people, while in El Paso Texas a white nationalist terrorist claimed the lives of at least 22 people in a Walmart, with dozens more wounded in both places.

Here in Colorado in 2019—where we too have endured the senseless tragedy of mass gun violence repeatedly in our recent history—we passed a common-sense law to give families and law enforcement a way to protect us all from gun violence with extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove firearms from people who pose a significant risk to themselves or others.

After this weekend’s tragic mass shootings, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump have both called for the passage of “red flag” laws like Colorado’s to reduce the toll of gun violence in America. The same law that Republicans want to recall Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Pete Lee and Gov. Jared Polis for passing.

It was Trump’s own xenophobia and appeals to racism over the last few years that have energized the racist right, and helped create the climate in which the violence we saw in El Paso Saturday can happen again and again. The consequences of this political strategy are now plain for everyone to see. We don’t need Donald Trump to tell us that what we’re doing in Colorado to reduce gun violence is the right thing. But it’s past time for Trump’s party to stop their senseless attacks on Colorado lawmakers who aren’t afraid to do it.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to hold Trump accountable and fight back for common sense solutions to problems like gun violence. Here are a bunch of great ways to take action for the week of August 5:


AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: August Vigil at GEO Immigrant Detention Center

We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. The spirit of this vigil is to lift the stories and experience of real people struggling to overcome the extreme consequences of ensnarement in our dehumanizing immigration and criminal justice systems. All people are important to the fabric of our community and deserve our support. Our unforgiving immigration system treats people cruelly and unfairly, both inside detention centers and through deportation that rips families and communities apart.

Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, August 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Louisville

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 506 Via Appia Way, Louisville
When: Monday, August 5 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Craftivism Event-Coffee at the Point

Come join us at Coffee at the Point in Denver to make IUD earrings and pro-choice buttons!

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass and Phonebank – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location on RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 10 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Conservation Colorado Day of Action

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Conservation Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 10 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections. Come and join us! Bring a friend!

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 10 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, August 11th at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 11 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again. See you next week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 29)

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Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave what’s expected to be his final testimony to Congress about the Russian operation to sabotage the 2016 presidential election to the benefit of Donald Trump, and Trump’s illegal attempts to obstruct the investigation.

Whatever comes next, there’s one thing we know: America is in a constitutional crisis for every remaining day that Donald Trump is in office. Whether accountability comes at the ballot box in 2020 or sooner by Congress exercising its constitutional power of oversight, it’s coming.

And who helped clarify that Trump’s day of reckoning is coming one way or another? Far-right Congressman (and also Colorado Republican Party Chairman!) Ken Buck of Colorado! In last week’s testimony from Mueller, Rep. Buck shocked fellow Republicans by asking Mueller to confirm that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice even after he leaves office: not once, but twice.

Action item #1 this week: call Rep. Ken Buck’s office at (202) 225-4676 and thank him for clarifying that Trump could face obstruction charges once he leaves office. Let Buck know you support getting to the bottom of Trump’s crimes no matter what it takes–and urge Buck to support immediate impeachment hearings. Then call the rest of your Colorado delegation at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to do the same.

Once that’s done, check out all these great ways to keep making a difference for the week of July 29:


Indivisible Highlands Ranch – Education Inc. Movie

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.”

Where: Douglas County Libraries, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch
When: Monday, July 29 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Denver Press Club: Second Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party (Night 1)

Where better to watch the second Democratic Presidential Debate than the Denver Press Club? Guaranteed: conversation and cheap drinks! Didn’t we just host a democratic debate watch party? Yes. Was it so fun we have to do it again? Yes. Join us at the historic Denver Press Club, the nation’s oldest press club, for a watch party for the second debate among the candidates for president among the Democratic Party. We’ll have drink specials, light snacks, and plenty of seating in front of our big screen projector upstairs. Join us for lively conversation and community. Paid street and lot parking is available, and we’re open to the public!

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

The Denver Press Club: Second Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party (Night 2)

When: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP.


Harm Reduction Action Center Open House and Tour

As you may know, we are in the midst of an overdose epidemic. Wanna join us to learn more about your local syringe exchange program? Ever wonder what happens in one? They are invested in the health and safety of our community, just like the rest of us. Join us for a special open house on Wed. July 31 between 4-6pm, a tour won’t take more than 20 minutes.

Where: Harm Reduction Action Center, 231 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednedsay, July 31 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass and Phonebank – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: JeffCo Scorecard Party

Community members of Senate District 19 (represented by Rachel Zenzinger), Senate District 20 (represented by Jessie Danielson), and Senate District 22 (represented by Brittany Pettersen) are invited to learn how their legislator voted on the priority bills that affect Colorado’s air, water, land, climate, and communities. At the event, we’ll go over Conservation Colorado’s 2019 Conservation Scorecard, play legislative bingo, and reflect on the past legislative session while digging into a taco bar.

Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: LIPS 10th Aniversario

COLOR is celebrating our 10th aniversario of our signature youth leadership program, Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) with a luncheon on Thursday, August 1. This multi-dimensional program allows youth to become immersed in a rich learning experience that hones leadership skills across the areas of public speaking, fundraising, advocacy, lobbying, social media strategies, community organizing, networking, resume building, mentorship, anti-oppression, resiliency, mind/body/spirit, and more.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, August 1 at 11:00am

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Venture With VOYCE

We’re in the business of breaking barriers -so who says brunch can’t start at 6 pm?! Join us on August 1st for an evening Venture with VOYCE, a smorgasbord of brunch eats (for dinner), and a sample of what our young people have been working on at the VOYCE Academy this summer. Between a new Executive Director, Vanessa Roberts, a fresh vision for the organization, and new a roster of eager and ambitious young folks, we are so excited to share Project VOYCE’s plans for the future. We will also be featuring samples of our youth facilitated workshops. So come, be inspired, venture, and invest in the next generation of community game-changers who are already doing the work to make our future an equitable one!

Where: Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, August 1 at 6:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 3 at 9:30am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 3 at 12:00pm

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APA August Meeting: Climate Change and Rocky Flats

Concerned about potential impacts of climate change? Worried about health threats from Rocky Flats plant? Wondering what you can do to make the future better? If you answered yes to any of these, come hear words of encouragement from two dynamic speakers!

Where: First United Church of Arvada, 7195 Simms St, Arvada
When: Saturday, August 3 at 4:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 4 at 12:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Canvass w/Phil Weiser – Protect Pete

Join AG Phil Weiser and Sen. Pete Lee for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against misguided and extremist-led recalls.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, August 4 at 10:00am

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Aurora

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver
When: Sunday, August 4 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Week in Review: 7/26/19

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 22)

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Earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado to host a fundraiser for Sen. Cory Gardner’s re-election in Windsor.

Guess who didn’t show up? That would be Sen. Cory Gardner.

Back in 2014, Gardner falsely accused his opponent of running away from then-President Barack Obama when former Sen. Mark Udall had business in Washington and couldn’t attend a local fundraiser. Today, former President Obama is more popular than Mike Pence and Donald Trump will ever be. Running in Colorado, a state Pence and Trump lost in 2016, Cory Gardner has plenty of reason to avoid Mike Pence like the plague—and that’s before you look at Gardner’s own dismal poll numbers (or, for that matter, his voting record).

Meanwhile, concerned citizens and editorial boards across the state are fighting back against recall petitions against Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers. The Denver Post’s editorial board this weekend said it best: “⁠Recalls are not meant to be do-over elections…[t]his summer, if enough people decline to sign these petitions, we can send the message that recalls should be rare and reserved for extreme circumstances, not political disagreements.”

If you haven’t already, take a moment right now to connect with Our Colorado Way of Life and learn how you can help stop these misguided recall attempts cold. We can’t let recent reports that recall organizers are faltering in their efforts make us complacent. The only way to stop these foolish recalls is to take them seriously every time, and fight back like our progressive majority is at stake. Because it is.

Thanks as always for everything you do week after week to help progressive values win in Colorado. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of July 22:


Join the “Green Wave” Action at Denver City Hall

Be a part of our “Green Wave”! –Let the new City Council know you want Denver to be a leader and not a laggard at recycling and composting! July 22nd is the first day all new city council members will be listening to public comment. Everyone should come and show their support, even if you don’t plan on speaking. We need to fill the room with folks like you dedicated to Zero Waste. Come and wear GREEN to show your support!

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, July 22 at 4:30pm

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CFIR Spotlight On! Not One More Defund Hate and GEO Detention

Please join us to learn about the Defund Hate Campaign. Members of the Not1More Table traveled to DC last month to get trained up on how the budget process works, meet with members of the Colorado delegation and engage in a powerful action in a Senate rotunda. These members will share how the budget process works, and how we can influence it. Members of Colorado’s People’s Alliance will share how work to close the GEO detention facility in Aurora connects to Defund Hate.

Where: 1420 N Ogden St., Denver
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 5:00pm

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Broomfield City Council: First Reading to Protect Open Space!

Come show your support for a Council ordinance for a ballot measure that would protect Broomfield’s open space from development by striking an exception for the extraction of mineral rights from the city charter.

Where: 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00pm

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The Promise of a Dream!

Join us for a comprehensive immigration panel featuring a DACA and/or TPS recipient, community members, and one lawyer as speakers. We’ll discuss the importance of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019; this bill, which was recently passed in the House, would give more than 2 million people who are currently protected under DACA, TPS, and DED a path to citizenship and a stable future free of the fear of deportation.

Where: Tivoli Ballroom, Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00pm

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Fat Tire Presents Finding Common Ground

This film series explores the power of understanding another’s perspective and setting aside differences to protect public lands. By sharing these videos, you can join Fat Tire’s mission to donate up to $250,000 to organizations dedicated to protecting shared outdoor spaces. Come watch the series of short films and hear commentary from director, Alexandra Fuller, from Camp4Collective.

Where: Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00pm

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF) C4 Launch Celebration

We want to take our collective, organized power to have a say in our elections. Join us as we launch Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF)! July 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. At Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (The Action Fund) is a member-driven 501c4 non-profit organization that is dedicated to working for basic human rights for communities of color and working class. The Action Fund works towards educational equity, racial justice, health justice, economic justice and immigrant rights. The Action Fund builds political power throughout Colorado by developing young people, working class individuals, and people of color (specifically women of color) from our communities as leaders and candidates to advance a racial justice platform.

Where: Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, July 27 at 12:00pm

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I Drive Colorado Celebration

You’re invited to a celebration for the I-Drive Colorado Campaign. We will have dinner, a DJ and a night of dancing to celebrate the monumental wins in Colorado’s expansion on driver’s licenses for all. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver
When: Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 8)

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I hope you had a great long holiday weekend, because I’ve got some unpleasant news.

Last November, Gov. Jared Polis was elected by an overwhelming double-digit margin. For the last six months, Gov. Polis and the progressive majority we elected to solve problems has been doing just that. And the progressive agenda is winning the hearts and minds of Coloradans. A new poll out last week shows Gov. Polis has a net +15% positive approval rating from Colorado voters—popularity that most politicians today would envy.

But apparently it doesn’t matter how overwhelming Gov. Polis’ margin of victory was, or how happy most Coloradans are about his job performance. Today, local news outlets are reporting that a group of far-right Republicans has filed a petition to recall Gov. Polis from office, and are threatening to do the same to several state lawmakers. This comes after the recall attempt against freshman Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting, collapsed after voters refused to sign the petition just last month.

Republicans are abusing the recall system in Colorado for one reason: because they can’t win regular elections anymore. We shouldn’t go through the time and expense of holding special recall elections just so the losers of the last general election can have a do-over. Recalls are supposed to be used to remove criminals from office, and every two years we hold regular elections to decide who will represent us.

Priority #1 this week: visit our friends at Our Colorado Way of Life on the web and on Facebook, a group of concerned citizens just like you who are sick of the childish tantrums and extreme rhetoric from right-wing recall supporters. Volunteer to help targeted officials and fight conservative misinformation. The unfortunate reality is that the far right is going to keep trying to misuse recalls until the voters make them stop. So let’s roll up our sleeves and stop them now.

Once that’s done, here are more great ways to fight back for the week of July 8:


Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!

Join us for an inaugural repro health happy hour for Denver! Whether you work in the repro health, rights, or justice field, study it, or support it – this networking happy hour is a fun place to meet like-minded people in Denver. Join us!

Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Suite 101, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Group

Do you want to contribute to research that will help make health systems more inclusive for transgender and non-binary folx in Colorado? Do you live in Colorado, over the age of 18, and identify as transgender or non-binary? Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.

Where: Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins
When: Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00pm

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Renters Rights Training

Knowledge is power! Come learn more about what your renters rights are in Colorado! This training will also include information on the rights and protections that renters gained this year. Childcare, interpretation and food will be provided.

Where: 7979 Meade St, Westminster
When: Thursday, July 11 at 6:00pm

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Licenses for All Panel | Panel sobre Licencias para Todos

Join the leaders across the state and nation who are fighting to expand access to driver’s licenses for all as we listen to a diverse panel of leaders! The panel will feature champions and unlikely allies who helped create and expand the driver’s license program for undocumented Coloradans, making Colorado a model for the nation. This panel will feature Senator Crowder, Representative Singer, Jon Slutsky with La Luna Dairy, and representatives from the I-Drive Committee and Licencias para Todos.

Where: 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, July 11 at 6:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Colorado Springs

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Pikes Peak MCC, 1102 S 21st St, Colorado Springs
When: Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm

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Lights For Liberty

On July 12th, Lights for Liberty will shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps. People will begin arriving at 7pm local time at locations around the nation. At five main locations, legislators, activists, and organizers will speak until 9pm. At 9pm local time, at every detention camp, and in cities, towns, and homes around America, a silent sea of candles will light up the nation. Many thanks to our local sponsors for their support in organizing this event: American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) CO, Colorado Immigrant Right Coalition (CIRC), Indivisible, and MoveOn.

Where: 3130 Oakland St., Aurora
When: Friday, July 12 at 7:00pm

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Where: 544 Rood Ave, Grand Junction
When: Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm

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Keep Abortion Safe: Patriarchy in Retrograde

Building power through creativity! $10 at the door.

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, July 12 at 8:00pm

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Superlocal in Denver w/ Cecile Richards & Jess Morales Rocketto

Cecile Richards, Jess Morales Rocketto, and the team at Supermajority Education Fund are hitting the road! We’re convening Supermajority members and local activists in Denver. Join us on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a community building and training session—you’ll leave fired up and ready to build an agenda around gender equity. The event is free, and lunch and child care will be provided. Just fill in all your details and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Where: Denver, Location on RSVP
When: Saturday, July 13 at 10:00am

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Deliver the message, DREAMers belong here!

Join us in telling our Senator Cory Gardner that DREAMers belong here! This is their home! This Saturday we will be coming to Cory Gardners office in Fort Collins to deliver countless pledge cards from constituents in support of the DREAM and Promise Act. More than pledge cards we are sending a strong message to Gardner, DREAMers are here to stay!

Where: 2001 S. Shields Street, Building H, Suite 104 Fort Collins
When: Saturday, July 13 at 2:30pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 1)

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It’s a short holiday work week, as the nation celebrates its 243rd birthday on Thursday.

For most of American history, we’ve struggled to define what our most important principles as a nation are. For me, it’s about freedom, fairness, and truly equal opportunity for everyone. We haven’t always lived up to these ideals, and for many Americans our patriotism is tempered by a recognition of how we have failed from the beginning to make these promises reality for everyone.

But that doesn’t mean progressives aren’t patriots. In a troubling era of hateful politics seeking to exploit and divide Americans, progressives keep the fight for fairness and equality alive everywhere we have a voice in government. When thoughtless and greedy men try to dismantle the institutions middle class America relies on like Social Security and Medicare to give the wealthiest among us a tax break, we fight back–and every year we preserve these institutions against the odds, millions of Americans are able to keep going.

The lives and quality of life we fight to uphold for every American as progressives, year after year, are victories in and of themselves. And they’re reasons to be proud of America no matter who is President. Progressive values are what made America great, they will keep America great, and if necessary will make America great again as many times as it takes.

Thanks again for everything you do to help, and here are a few more ways to take action for the week of July 1:


Supreme Court Consider Trumps Repeal of DACA: Whats Next?

On Thursday, June 28th the US Supreme Court decided that they will take up the case on the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that has been fought in court since September of 2017 when the Trump administration announced that it would be ending the program. We expect a decision in the coming year. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will be hosting an educational forum in which we will go over what comes next and what when we believe we can expect a ruling on this lawsuit defending the program. We will have a lawyer present to answer questions the public may have about what we can still do in light of this new information and what we can not longer do. Learn what you should now about the program now and what we can do to fight for a permanent solution.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Monday, July 1 at 5:30pm

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Close the Camps: Delivering the Message to Cory Gardner

Join Indivisible Denver, AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and the Not 1 More Deportation Table for remarks by impacted community members regarding ICE, Border Patrol and the detention camps. Folks will gather on the street in front of Gardner’s office. There will be an altar where folks are invited bring photos of those killed by ICE and CBP or separated family members. A delegation led by Not1More Deportation table will deliver a letter to Gardner asking him oppose further funds for ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) and close the camps. The altar and a letter will also be taken up to Gardner’s office.

Where: 721 19th St., Denver
When: Tuesday, July 2 at 12:00pm

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Casa de Paz Volunteer Training

Join us for a training that will prepare you to engage in companioning (or walking beside) immigrants and their families who are separated by detention centers.

Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Saturday, July 6 at 1:00pm

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The Resistance Diner Event Benefiting One Colorado

“One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families.” We are throwing a block party-style dinner! The dinner will be held outside at Comal with plenty of great food. This will be one of our biggest dinners to date, so please share with your friends and let’s get as many people to attend as possible.

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court #105, Denver
When: Sunday, July 7 at 4:00pm

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Have a great holiday. We’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference!

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/28/19

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 24)

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Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner failed Colorado again.

Sen. Gardner sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, the entire U.S. Senate voted to rebuke President Donald Trump over his handling of relations with Saudi Arabia during the controversial war in Yemen and the killing of a Washington Post journalist—all subjects Gardner has paid lip service to caring about.

Last Thursday, Republicans and Democrats joined together to tell President Trump enough is enough. [1] Cory Gardner wasn’t among them. Once again, Gardner stood with Trump over fundamental American values. Over Colorado values. We know Trump doesn’t value freedom of the press, or even care about civilians dying in Yemen, but Cory Gardner promised Colorado he would be “a different kind of Republican.”

First order of business this week: call Sen. Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and let him know his vote to protect Saudi Arabia was a big mistake that matters to Colorado. It’s another reminder that 2020 is coming fast, and Sen. Gardner has much to be held accountable for.

Once that’s done, don’t miss these great opportunities to advance our shared progressive values for the week of June 24:


Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

America’s criminal justice system reflects irrational fears stoked by politicians seeking to win election. Pointing to specific policies that are morally problematic and have failed to end the cycle of recidivism, Rachel Barkow argues that reform guided by evidence, not politics and emotions, will reduce crime and reverse mass incarceration. Rachel Elise Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and the Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University. She served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Where is our Senator on the Dream and Promise Act?

As the DREAM act passes through congress, we are asking Cory Gardner to meet and talk with his constituents about his support for the DREAM and Promise act. We will be asking that Senator Cory Gardner end his silence on the DREAM and Promise act.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Denver: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Groups

Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.

Where: Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:45pm

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Democratic Debate Watch Parties!

Come join New Leaders Council Denver, ONE Colorado, CO Obama Alumni, and Drinking Liberally on Wednesday AND Thursday night for the first Democratic Presidential debate!

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm

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When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm
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Presidential Watch Party!

We are *so* ready for 2020 – and we have a feeling you are too. Jump in on the excitement, and join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Denver Area Labor Federation, and Colorado AFL-CIO to watch the presidential primary debates!

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm

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Rocky Flats Right to Know Event: Report from Washington DC

Rocky Flats Right to Know hosts monthly events. The June Event will be a panel discussion featuring Pat Mellen, Chris Allred, and Brittany Gutermuth. Panelists will discuss the work of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability; go over current issues and legislation on nuclear weapons and waste; and share insights from recent meetings with Colorado Congresspeople and Department of Energy Legacy Management from the 2019 DC Days Conference and Lobbying Event.

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Dr, Arvada
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00pm

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One Colorado Happy Hour Fundraiser

Come join Diebolt and representatives from One Colorado on June 27 as we close out Pride Month with an extended Happy Hour in the tasting room. This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather, and enjoy a Rainbow Lightning – our newest fruited ale brewed in collaboration with One Colorado! One Colorado is Colorado’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We are pleased to be working with such an amazing group throughout the month of June.

Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 27 at 5:00pm

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Community Protest of BI Inc, a GEO Subsidiary in Boulder

Join community members of Boulder County this Thursday at 6PM on the public sidewalk outside BI INC (6265 Gunbarrel Ave) to raise awareness about how this local company is directly profiting from the ICE raids and the administration’s accelerated immigrant detainments, while also being complicit with subhuman detention conditions.

Where: 6265 Gunbarrel Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm

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4th Annual Universal Health Care Conference

Join universal health care activists from across Colorado to plan for 2020 and grow the movement. Our keynote speaker is Wendell Potter, a former insurance PR exec! Live music! Awards! Food, friends, and fun! Colorado Sen. Mike Foote and Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis will be there.

Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, June 29 at 10:00am

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Fight the Recall, Canvass with Ed Perlmutter and Phil Weiser!

The extremist-led recalls of our recently elected legislators are coming to Jeffco. Join us as we kick off the campaign to fight against the misguided recall of Senator Brittany Pettersen with Attorney General Phil Weiser and Congressman Ed Perlmutter on Sunday, 6/30 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 30 at 10:00am


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Colorado Week in Review: 6/21/19

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 17)

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Yesterday, thousands of LGBTQ+ Coloradans, allies, family members, and political leaders marched in the 2019 Denver Pride Parade. Denver has had one of the nation’s best Pride celebrations for many years, but in 2019 the party had added significance.

This year, we celebrated the historic achievements made in last year’s elections–and the progress our new majority made in the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly to protect and advance LGBTQ+ rights. Last November, you helped elect the nation’s first openly gay man to be Colorado’s next governor. And this year we put an end to harmful so-called “conversion therapy” on kids, and made it easier for transgender people to update their identification.

There was a time not long ago when they called Colorado the “hate state” because of an unconstitutional law that was on our books which discriminated against LGBTQ+ people. We’ve come full circle from our state’s ugly history and emerged as a model of equality for all. That’s why in Colorado, there’s never been a prouder moment to celebrate Pride.

And of course, the fight’s not over! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of June 17:


Elevate Conservation: Outdoors for All Summer Event 2019

Please join over 50 Colorado and national conservation organizations, outdoor industry companies, and diverse community leaders as we honor the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation, celebrate the ways we already work together, challenge ourselves to do more, and acknowledge how equitable policies are good for us all. Let’s come together to foster and maintain the integral roles that conservation, climate change mitigation, sound public lands policies, and equity play in supporting a successful outdoor industry.

Where: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, 200 S Kalamath St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30pm

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ACLU of Colorado and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Repro Roadshow – Denver

JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. Participants will get a primer on abortion stigma and how it intersects with advocacy work, learn about abortion services at Planned Parenthood, and hear tips on how to be a good ally to abortion providers. We’ll give you 2019 legislative update and how you can help bring comprehensive sexual education into your schools.

Where: Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: The Dream and Promise Act Needs a Champion!

As of June 4th, 2019 The Dream and Promise Act has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the U.S. Senate. Join us in asking Senator Cory Gardner to be a champion for Dreamers in sponsoring The Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

Where: 1961 Stout Street, Suite #12-300, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 3:00pm

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Where: 503 N. Main Street, Suite 426, Pueblo
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Where: 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 930, Colorado Springs
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Where: 2001 S Shields Street, Fort Collins
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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Consumer Assistance Program Anniversary Party

Join us to celebrate our Consumer Assistance Program’s successful first year empowering Coloradans to navigate health insurance and achieve financial security by providing direct education, navigation, and post-enrollment assistance with billing and claims issues. Come and learn about all that we’ve accomplished through the program in its first year, how the CAP influences our policy work, and what our plans are for the future!

Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 4:30pm

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World Refugee Day Colorado 2019 – Celebration Rally

Join us on the Colorado State Capitol’s West Steps to honor the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. During the rally, we will recognize the contributions refugees make to Colorado, the talents they bring, and celebrate the many partnerships that make our state a welcoming place for newcomers. Celebrate with us with world music, dancing, refugee speakers and much more!

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Thursday, June 20 at 10:00am

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Solar CitiSuns: Summer Solstice Party

Join us on the longest day of the year to celebrate Colorado’s solar energy workers and our state’s potential for more solar!

Where: Colorado Governor’s Mansion, 400 E 8th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 20 at 5:30pm

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LAD Impact 2019

It’s been nearly three months since Latino/a Advocacy Day 2019. If you’re wondering what happened to the bills we discussed, and what else we can do in between now and LAD 2020 on March 9, we have the perfect event for you! On Saturday, June 22, 2019 join COLOR and our fellow co-conveners for LAD Impact 2019: an opportunity to come together, debrief, and discuss how we continue to move policy forward together as a community. The work continues! Lunch and translation will be provided. Bring your friends, your familia, and your fire! We’ll see you there.

Where: St. Cajetan’s, 101 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 10:00am

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Chinook Fund: Cultivating Community

At Chinook Fund’s Cultivating Community event, we will share and shape our collective vision and celebrate the achievements and the successes of our grassroots community organizers. Together with the philanthropists who support us, we will explore the bold possibilities emerging from our community.

Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd Street Suite 237, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 11:30am

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2019 Emerge Graduation!

Please join Emerge Colorado’s staff and board as well celebrate our newest alumnae! The 2019 cohort class is graduating – join us to meet them, honor them, and introduce them to the alumnae community!

Where: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 10:00am

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The People Vs: Media

This month we’re partnering with the Denver Zine Fest to explore “How to Own: The Media” and we’re doing so by putting the media on trial. Our “People Vs ____” program has put many things we take for granted on trial including: God, retirement, having children, capitalism, masculinity, education, and more and this month we’ll transform the McNichols building into a courtroom with prosecution and defense experts putting all aspects of “media” on trial.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Durango

We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?” We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Durango Parks and Recreation, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave, Durango
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm

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Thanks for your participation in all of these great events! We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/14/19

Your deliberately oversimplified glance at what happened in Colorado this week.

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