TAKE ACTION NOW: Protect essential workers keeping us all fed

The global coronavirus pandemic is making heroes in places you wouldn’t expect.

I hope you’re weathering the current emergency safely, and doing your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home except when absolutely necessary. But if you’re like me, you’ve had to leave the house like it or not to make an essential trip to the grocery store or pharmacy. Many of us have medical conditions that don’t respect stay-at-home orders, and we count on healthcare workers of all kinds to keep us going.

Every time I go to the grocery store, I see heroes keeping us all alive as surely as the heroes we all know: police, firefighters, and doctors. And in this time of great need, our grocery, pharmacy, and healthcare workers should have the same protections as every essential service provider the people of Colorado rely on.

Click here: sign the petition from our friends at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 asking Gov. Jared Polis to designate grocery store, pharmacy, healthcare, and food production workers as emergency service providers. These essential workers shouldn’t have to choose between going to work and staying home because they don’t have the resources they need.

Thanks very much for acting now to protect the essential workforce keeping our grocery stores open, food shelves stocked, and healthcare services of all kinds operating. By making sure everyone we need to stay on the job in this emergency can do so, we’ll get through this tough time together.

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (March 16)

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In the past week, the global emergency surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has escalated into a crisis that is deeply impacting the lives of every person on our planet. Public gatherings have been cancelled, businesses are shutting down, the Colorado legislature has adjourned for at least the next several weeks, and people across Colorado are facing an economic crisis in addition to the risk of getting sick.

To everyone facing hardship right now, know that we’re with you, and take comfort from the fact that our elected leaders in Colorado are doing everything they can to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. What’s happening today is a powerful lesson in how important it is as a society to look out for each other and protect the most vulnerable among us from harm in good times and bad. The progressive values we fight for together–universal healthcare, robust safety nets to protect Americans from economic devastation, housing and good-paying jobs for everyone who wants them–are also the values that hold our nation together when things get bad.

For the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is keeping this web page continuously updated. If you have the means to help, please consider a donation to Denver-area food banks and pantries who are expecting heavy demand in the coming weeks. And if you find yourself in crisis for any reason, please reach out to Colorado Crisis Services for help.

There are no easy answers right now, but the one thing we can count on–the thing we must count on–is the fundamental resiliency of Colorado families and communities. We must help our neighbors, continue to hold public officials accountable, and cooperate across economic strata and cultural divides to minimize the harm and get through this crisis. We are truly in this together.

NOTE ON PNC OPERATIONS: We will to continue to regularly update members with action alerts and opportunities to engage in the political process, as well as updating members via social media properties and our website. PNC staff members remain on duty and are responsive to email and other digital communications platforms.

Thank you, and stay safe out there.

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

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With concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus dominating the headlines, we’re grateful in Colorado to have competent public health administrators and elected officials working day and night to ensure preparedness. After the first “presumptive positive” cases were confirmed in Colorado over the weekend, the steady flow of information and assurances from Gov. Jared Polis on down have been a relief during a time of considerable worry.

Unfortunately, not all Colorado public officials have lived up to their obligations in this times of crisis. Last week, Congressman Ken Buck of Colorado, who also serves as the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, was one of only two representatives to vote against legislation to fund the nationwide response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. [1]

That’s not a misprint: the vote to authorize coronavirus relief funding was 415-2, and Ken Buck was one of the two.

At a moment when Americans are rightfully so worried about the spread of a deadly new disease, a Congressman from Colorado–and the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, no less–just thumbed his nose at the entire nation to make a crass political statement. Buck’s callousness in the face of a deadly threat to the American public is outrageous and almost unprecedented. When Colorado needed disaster relief after the terrible flooding of 2013, our fellow Americans came to our aid even after Colorado Republicans had voted against disaster relief in other states after Hurricane Sandy.

Action item #1 this week: call Rep. Buck at (303) 758-3333, and tell him to apologize for putting cheap political grandstanding first and protecting Americans from coronavirus second. We can’t let Buck’s disgrace speak for all of Colorado.

Thank you for standing up for common decency. Rarely is the question so clearly defined.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of March 9:


Craftvism for Abortion Provider Appreciation Day

Come help us tell abortion providers how much they mean to us! Bring any baked goodies you would like to have be a part of the thank you baskets we will be giving to our providers. We’ll also be making buttons and signing cards! Let’s show our amazing providers some love!

Where: Woods Boss Brewing Company, 2210 California St., Denver
When: Monday, March 9 at 5:00pm

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Updated: Women and Families’ Wednesday Lobby Day

Join us for this volunteer lobby day – where we advocate for the bills and programs impacting gender equity in Colorado! This is a smaller lobby day where participants get first hand experience on how the Colorado legislature works and how citizens can have a voice within it!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 11 at 8:15am

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New Era Colorado: Celebrating 200,000 voters registered!

We just hit a MAJOR milestone: we’ve officially registered over 200,000 voters since we were founded! That’s 200,000 new voices in our democracy; 200,000 more lifelong voters; and 200,000 reasons to believe we can build a better future, together. We’re celebrating this incredible achievement and the youth power we’ve built along the way with a happy hour at Broadway Market! Join us for drinks and apps!

Where: Broadway Market Denver, 950 N Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Testify Against Anti-Immigrant ICE Detainer Bill

HB20-1188, the xenophobic, anti-immigrant bill being ran by Representative Dave Williams has been assigned a committee hearing date on March 12th in the House Judiciary Committee (HCR 0112 at 1:30pm). This bill effectively tries to roll back key civil liberties and protections we’ve fought for over the past decade.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, March 12 at 1:30pm

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Medical Professionals Town Hall – Immigrant Detention

Please join us on Thursday, March 12th for a Medical Professionals Town Hall Meeting regarding the GEO Immigrant Detention Center. We will share some food at 5:30 pm, and start our program at 6:00 pm on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. We will be in Education 2 North Room 1103. First we will hear from Elizabeth Jordan of the Civil Right Education and Enforcement Center, outlining their report on the medical conditions inside private detention centers. Next we will hear from directly impacted people and their loved ones, people who have experienced medical neglect first hand. Lastly we will consider several specific calls to action that medical professionals can take to support systemic change.

Where: Anschutz Campus, University of Colorado
When: Thursday, March 12 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Common Cause: I Count Census Kick Off

Join Colorado Common Cause and community leaders at the kick-off event for the “I Count” campaign bringing awareness to the 2020 U.S. Census. Last year, Colorado Common Cause successfully advocated to pass the Census Outreach Grant Program which provided $6 million in state grants for organizations statewide to facilitate a complete and accurate count of all Coloradans. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 12th from 6:00- 7:30 pm at Cultivated Synergy in RiNo for “I Count” big foam finger fun and light refreshments.

Where: Cultivated Synergy, 2901 Walnut St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 12 at 6:00pm

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La Chicana: Women Who Make A Difference

Join Conservation Colorado, Protegete, and El Pueblo History Museum as we honor and celebrate the Year of La Chicana and Women’s History Month. Colorado women leaders are coming from all over the state to talk and share with you their journeys, their struggles and most importantly their successes. Keynote speaker is Dr. Stephanie Herrera.

Where: El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Avenue Pueblo
When: Saturday, March 14 at 12:00pm

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Parasol Patrol: Shielding Kids From Protesters At Second Star To The Right

Parasol Patrol is honored to help shield children from vocal protesters at the Second Star To The Right Bookstore. Our volunteers and community members will help escort kids with umbrellas to create a visual barrier with you and walk audience members to the door of the venue. The organizers are calling for attendees to dress colorfully and festive.

Where: Second Star to the Right Books, 1545 South Pearl Street, Denver
When: Saturday, March 14 at 1:30pm

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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 (March 2)

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Coloradans are paying the second-highest insurance premiums in the nation.

It’s a big problem, and it’s one of Gov. Jared Polis’ top priorities. Last year, Colorado passed an innovative “reinsurance” plan to save Coloradans buying insurance as much as 20% or more on their monthly premiums. Families across the state are already seeing the difference.

In 2020, we’re taking the next important step: the “Colorado Option” to provide even more affordable health coverage.

We’ve all heard stories of friends and family members who go under-insured or uninsured because they are forced to choose between paying their mortgage or rent and paying for health insurance. The Colorado Option will fight for us–to increase consumer choice and lower individual costs across the state.

Please check out coloradoaffordablehealthcare.com for more information and to share your personal health care story. We’ll update in the next few weeks with more ways to help including events and legislative testimony.

Thanks for your help in solving the big problems our state and nation face today! Everything you do makes a difference. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of March 2:


Spotlight On! Gun Violence Prevention and Migrant Justice

The crisis in migration is driven by a combination of anti-migrant racism and the proliferation of guns and militarism from the United States. John Lindsay-Poland documents the legal and illegal flows of guns from the United States that are bringing devastating violence to communities and migrants in Mexico and Central America. This event will explore the trajectory of trans-border U.S. guns and policies, how Mexico is responding, and what our communities can do to stop these vectors of violence and trauma.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 3 at 5:00pm

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UPAC Meeting Public Comment

Join the Moving Beyond Coal Coalition for public comment at the March UPAC Meeting. They will be discussing the societal costs of continuing the use of coal in our community. The economic and health costs of air pollution from burning fossil fuels totaled $2.9 trillion in 2018, calculated in the form of work absences, years of life lost, and premature deaths, according to a new report by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). The cost represents 3.3 percent of global GDP, or about $8 billion per day.
We need to take into account the real cost of fossil fuels, not just for our rapidly heating planet, but also for our health. Air pollution is a threat to our health and our economies.

Where: 121 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00am

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One Colorado: You Can Play Night with the Avs

We are rapidly approaching the You Can Play Night with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 4th. The Avs team and staff are are making this years Pride Night the most fun yet!! Please join me in support of “Hockey Is For Everyone” with the Pregame Reception at 6pm in the Continental Divide Room on Club Level. You must purchase tickets to attend in the link below. Tickets start at $39…comes with Exclusive Avalanche Pride Night Hat & Access to take a slap shot on the Pepsi Center Ice after the game. Plus $5 from every ticket goes to You Can Play. Funds raised at this event will go towards supporting more LGBTQ+ education programming in Colorado.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm

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Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol: Plastic Pollution

Across the United States and Colorado, students are leading the charge in getting their state governments to take action on reducing single-use plastic. They want to see the world they live in clean from unnecessary, toxic plastics! Students (elementary-college) have the opportunity to urge their state lawmakers to support legislation that reduces plastic pollution on Thursday, March 5th at the Colorado State Capitol. Join Environment Colorado, CoPIRG, EcoCycle, Inland Ocean Coalition, and dozens of students across Colorado at the Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol: Plastic Pollution.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, March 5 at 10:00am

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Wetʼsuwetʼen Solidarity at the Canada Consulate

Join us in a demonstration expressing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia as they resist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the fossil fuel industry invasion of their territories. We are responding to the call for solidarity actions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities who uphold Indigenous sovereignty and recognize the urgency of stopping resource extraction projects that threaten the lives of future generations.

Where: Consulate General of Canada in Denver, 1625 Broadway, Suite 2600, Denver
When: Thursday, March 5 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Rising: Rise Up: Broomfield

Proposition 112 created a massive upswell of support and momentum. Now it’s time to build off that foundation and achieve a major victory for our communities and the climate. In the words of Susan B. Anthony, if we refuse to give up, “failure is impossible.” Come meet our Executive Director Joe Salazar, our powerhouse team, and your fellow community members as we discuss our 2020 plans. The fundraising deadline for jumpstarting signature gathering is April 1st, so now is a critical time for protecting our communities and our climate.

Where: 14049 Park Cove Dr, Broomfield
When: Friday, March 6 at 5:00pm

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Casa de Paz: Visit A Detained Immigrant

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, March 7 at 12:45pm

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Art + Feminism with Guerrilla Girls’ Kathe Kollwitz

Art+Feminism is a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon aimed at giving more representation to womxn+ (womxn+ femmes, non-binary, and all gender expressions) artists on Wikipedia.

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver
When: Sunday, March 8 at 11:00am

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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 (February 24)

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As you may know, my boss Ian Silverii is out of the office on parental leave. Last week, Ian took a break from spending time with his new family to write a column for the Denver Post on an issue that’s now closer to Ian’s heart than ever: paid family leave.

We’ve learned a lot about what it takes to raise a baby. The time and effort, the lack of sleep, and the extreme joys and challenges of a human being’s first month of life have been unforgettable. Unfortunately, one in four new mothers in our country must return to work within ten days of giving birth, and 83% of American workers have no access to paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. For that huge majority of workers, starting a family is an enormous financial sacrifice.

Read Ian’s latest column on paid family leave here.

Right now in the Colorado legislature, paid family leave is facing tough opposition. Senator Faith Winter and Representative Matt Gray are doing everything they can to get a majority of lawmakers on board. Gov. Jared Polis wants to sign a bill this year, and we need to encourage everyone under the Gold Dome to work together to make paid family leave a reality.

Action item #1 this week: Drop a line to Sen. Winter and Rep. Gray, and let them know you’ve got their back as they keep fighting for paid family leave.

Sen. Faith Winter: 303-866-4863, faith.winter.senate@state.co.us
Rep. Matt Gray: 303-866-4667, matt@matthewgray.us

Thanks for your help supporting a program that stands to benefit thousands of Coloradans. It’s these fights over bread-and-butter issues at the Colorado state capitol that often matter most in our daily lives–sometimes even more than what happens in Washington.

Here are more great ways to help for the week of February 24:


Town Hall with Rep. Jason Crow

The event will be in the Aurora Central High School Auditorium. To access the auditorium, please use the west entrance on Newark St. By registering for this event, you agree to receive occasional notifications on this event and updates from the office of Rep. Jason Crow.

Where: Aurora Central High School, 11700 E 11th Ave, Aurora
When: Monday, February 24 at 5:30pm

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2020 Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast

Purpose of event: Bringing legislators, community members, and advocates together to discuss the most important issues to Colorado women and legislation that can affect those issues. At the end of the program, attendees will be asked to assist with a specific “Call to Action.” Spanish Language and ASL translation will be provided.

Where: Denver Scottish Rite Consistory, 1370 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00am

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Celebrate Mardi Gras & Support CCDC!

On Tuesday, 2/25/20, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition will be holding a fundraiser from 4pm to 9pm, at the Skylark Lounge, 140 S Broadway, in Denver. There will be a $15 suggested donation to support the work of CCDC. With all the meetings, emails, computer screens, and conferences, a good celebration is overdue. It’s time for some fun. This will be a Mardi Gras themed event, so it’s time to put on the purple, green, and gold. We will have a silent auction, raffle, some traditional festival food and drink, speakers, and LIVE music.

Where: Skylark Lounge, 140 S Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 25 at 4:00pm

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Advocate for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future!

How can you help with the fight for a better climate? Our lawmakers need to hear from business leaders like you! Learn how you can effectively support clean energy policies and directly engage with your legislators. Sign up for free to join our volunteer team of business leaders for a day of action. Schedule for the Day: We ask you participate in both the prep session and the advocacy meetings from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please prepare a brief “elevator speech” in advance about who you are and where you work, and read the information we send prior to the event to make the most of the training.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 10:00am

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Colorado People’s Action: People Power Training

We have a wild idea that elections should revolve around everyday people, not candidates. Join us to learn about an exciting new tool called OutVote. Together, we can change who shows up for elections and build a movement of multi-racial working class people like you and me. All you need is a smart phone!

Where: 14707 E 2nd Ave, Aurora
When: Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Denver Lobby Day

It’s up to us as Colorado citizens to get environmental champions elected to office. Once they’re elected, we must hold them accountable to safeguarding our open spaces, clean air and water for all to enjoy, explore and protect. This is our chance to make sure our legislators turn that mandate into transformative public policy that results in meaningful change. We need your voice to ensure state leaders pass bold pro-environmental legislation this year.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 27 at 8:00am

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Parasol Patrol: Shielding Kids From Protesters At Drag Queen Story Time

Parasol Patrol is honored to help shield children from vocal protesters at their Drag Queen Story Time at the Broomfield Auditorium in Broomfield, CO. Many of these are expected to be the same protesters the children face at the Drag for All Ages Show at Mile High Comics. Our volunteers and community members will help kids with umbrellas to create a visual barrier with you and walk audience to the door of the venue. The organizers are calling for attendees to dress colorfully and festive.

Where: 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield
When: Saturday, February 29 at 8:30am

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CORRN Confirmer & Legal Observer Training

Legal observers are independent witnesses of ICE behavior and support the legal rights of vulnerable populations. While the focus of this training will be on how to support and observe in case of a raid conducted by immigration authorities, legal observers can apply what they learn in many situations, such as: Accompanying immigrants and their families as they attend court dates or ICE check-ins, and attending public demonstrations, protests, and other activities where there is a potential for conflict between the public or activists and the police, security guards, or other law enforcement officials.

Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 29 at 10:00am

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What you can do to fight back this week (February 18)

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In a state that has rejected Donald Trump at the ballot box twice already in 2016 and again indirectly in 2018, Cory Gardner seems self-destructively determined to stick with Trump to the bitter end.

On Thursday, Trump and Cory Gardner are holding a rally in Colorado Springs to celebrate…well, what exactly? Trump’s impeachment? New polling that shows both Trump and Gardner are deeply unpopular in Colorado, and that most Colorado voters believe Gardner was covering for Trump the whole time he was pretending to be an “impartial juror?” [1]

In 2016, Cory Gardner called on Trump to pull out of the presidential race, saying “I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women.” Now Gardner and Trump are campaigning together for re-election. It’s not that Gardner has no power to hold Trump accountable. We know now that he simply doesn’t care to. Gardner’s vow when running for the Senate in 2014 that “when my party is wrong, I’ll say it” is just another broken promise.

For Trump and for Cory Gardner, there’s only one solution left: the November elections.

Thursday afternoon, our friends at Indivisible and the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission are organizing a demonstration outside the Broadmoor World Arena to show the world that Trump and Gardner’s values are not Colorado values. If you can make it to Colorado Springs, this peaceful and lawful protest is a great opportunity to stand up and be counted.

Where: Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, February 20 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks for doing your part to hold Trump and Cory Gardner accountable from now until Election Day. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of February 18:


I Am Denver Community Cinema 2020

I Am Denver invites you to a reception, screening and Denver Talks discussion of its documentary film A Thousand Paper Cranes: How Denver’s Japanese American Community Emerged from Internment.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00pm

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Candlelight Vigil For Adoptees Without Citizenship

Not all individuals adopted into the U.S. are guaranteed citizenship. Some intercountry adoptees who were adopted as children have been deported as adults. Still others live in fear. Without citizenship, adoptees face barriers to accessing healthcare, employment, social security benefits, and government-issued identification. For adoptees who have been deported, life is a struggle to survive. Deported individuals do not know the language or culture, and are separated from the only home and people they know. We host this vigil to share their stories and call for a legislative solution.

Where: First United Methodist Church Greeley, 917 10th Ave, Greeley
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00pm

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The 2020 Triple Threat

The Trump Administration has continued to attack LGBTQ Coloradans, our environment, and women’s reproductive justice rights. This joint Small Donor Committee Fundraiser for One Colorado, Sierra Club Colorado, and Cobalt (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado) will allow donors to support all three organizations for the 2020 election cycle.

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30pm

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Cobalt Hosts WFW 2020

Join cobalt for our Women and Families Wednesdays Lobby Day! Wear teal and join us in ensuring our voices are heard at the capitol!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 19 at 8:00am

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Testify at the Capitol to Support SB 163!

Join other pro-vax parents in testifying in support of SB 163, a terrific bill that will help improve Colorado’s immunization rates and protect public health. You don’t need to be an expert to testify — just a parent (or citizen) who cares about the health of our kids and our communities! CPVC can help you with talking points if you’d like, as well as with information about various logistics involved with testifying at the Capitol (where to park, how to find the committee room, etc). It’s always a great day when you can engage directly with your legislators and help to impact state law. Come down to the Capitol to spend time with other pro-vax advocates and do something good for the health of our state!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30am

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9to5 Colorado: Protect & Preserve Colorado’s Mobile Home Communities

Join us for a press conference to support mobile home owners, legislators, and advocates to pass House Bills 1196 and 1201. We will be in the first floor of the Capitol in the West Foyer. More than 100,000 people live in more than 800 manufactured home parks across Colorado. The Mobile Home Park Act (MHPA) has been on the books since 1973. The MHPA outlines the rights and responsibilities of homeowners and park owners in Mobile Home Parks, also known as Manufactured Housing Communities. HB 20-1196 & HB 20-1201 both attempt to preserve mobile home communities and support the largest form of un-subsidized housing in Colorado.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednedsay, February 19 at 12:30pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2020

Health Care Day of action is an opportunity for you to join forces with other advocates to talk with your elected officials about the health care issues closest to your heart. At this half-day event, you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and lobby your legislators for the change you want to see. We will provide a light breakfast and lunch.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 20 at 8:00am

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Together We Stand – A Rally In Response to President Trump

As our President visits Colorado, join us for a day of action to show support for all the intersecting communities who have been hurt by this administration—and to reassert our commitment to protecting human rights in all forms. Colorado will not condone the hateful rhetoric and blatant discrimination espoused by our President. We believe that reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, indigenous rights and workers’ rights are non-negotiable—and we will stand together in solidarity to protect them.

Where: Colorado Springs (location upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, February 20 at 12:30pm

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14th Annual Latino Advocacy Day 2020

Join Coloradans from across the state for a two day event to lift our collective voices and strengthen relationships with legislators. Registration covers parking, childcare, language interpretation, and food. Access includes elevators and ramps in all buildings. Full-back padded chairs for all participants at McNichols and limited seating at the State Capitol.

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, February 23 at 12:00pm

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The State of Hate in America

The face of hate in America is changing. The belief that the white race is in danger of extinction is fueling the resurgence of the white supremacist movement. This session will look at major trends in extremist activity in Colorado and the nation, including white supremacist propaganda and rallies, hate crimes and extremist-related murders. In addition, the session will highlight the connections between potentially violent misogynist groups and white supremacists.

Where: Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Sunday, February 23 at 2:00pm

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One Colorado: 2020 LGBTQ Lobby Day

Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies at the state capitol for our annual LGBTQ Lobby Day on Monday, February 24, 2020!

Where: Central Presbyterian Church Denver, 1660 Sherman St, Denver
When: Monday, February 24 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for everything you do every day to fight for our shared values. See you next week.

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Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Speak For Colorado Women (As If)

(So, this happened – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
CONTACT: Fawn Bolak, Communications Director at fawn@progressnowcolorado.org

DENVER: After over seven hours of testimony, the Colorado House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee killed two Republican anti-abortion bills on party-line votes yesterday. House Bill 20-1068 would have required physicians to “preserve the life” of a child “born alive” after an abortion procedure, imposing a medically inappropriate burden on doctors under threat of imprisonment. Already this year there have been more than a dozen “born alive” bills introduced in state legislatures across the country.

Former Mayor of New York City and controversial personal attorney for President Trump, Rudy Guiliani, personally weighed in on House Bill 1068 in response to a tweet by Jeff Hunt of the Centennial Institute, a Denver-based religious conservative advocacy group. Answering Giuliani’s misguided and misinformed comments, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

“In Colorado, conservative pundits like Jeff Hunt are drawing from the same stale anti-abortion playbook as Donald Trump by doubling down on false, inflammatory rhetoric about abortion later in pregnancy,” said Fawn Bolak of ProgressNow Colorado. “There are already laws in place to protect newborns, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Bills like House Bill 1068 do nothing but demonize pregnant women and abortion providers. Spreading this false narrative is just another feeble attempt by far-right conservatives to scare up support ahead of an election they are set to lose.”

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What you can do to fight back this week (February 10)

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This week, we need your help to fight back against hate at the Colorado Capitol.

On Thursday, Colorado Republicans will attempt to pass one of the most openly discriminatory slates of anti-LGBT legislation we’ve seen in Colorado in years. The House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is expected to hear hours of testimony on bills that would roll back marriage equality in Colorado, vilify transgender folks, legitimize prejudice and discrimination based on religious belief, and even break up loving families.

“This is the most aggressive slate of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in the past decade,” says Daniel Ramos of One Colorado, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy group. “In the first few weeks of this legislative session, we have seen attacks on transgender Coloradans, same-sex parents, LGBTQ youth, and the list goes on. These bills do not represent who we are as Coloradans, and One Colorado will fight these bills every step of the way.”

Action item #1 this week: join our friends at One Colorado for a press conference at noon Thursday inside the West Foyer of the Colorado Capitol to speak out against this attack on our LGBT friends and neighbors. Then, after the press conference you’ll have the opportunity if you wish to testify against these terrible bills in a House committee hearing.

Where: West Foyer, Colorado State Capitol
When: Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm

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Thanks for helping our friends at One Colorado fight this awful throwback legislation. Decades ago, Colorado passed an unconstitutional anti-LGBT law, Amendment 2, for which we became known as the “hate state.” We’ve worked for years to make that shameful mistake right, and this latest round of hateful legislation from Colorado Republicans is a reminder that we can’t ever be complacent about protecting the rights of every single person. The worst is never more than one election away.

Here are more great ways to take action for the week of February 10:


Rescheduled: The 2020 Triple Threat

The Trump Administration has continued to attack LGBTQ Coloradans, our environment, and women’s reproductive justice rights. This joint Small Donor Committee Fundraiser for One Colorado, Sierra Club Colorado, and Cobalt (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado) will allow donors to support all three organizations for the 2020 election cycle.

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30pm

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Rescheduled: Love Knows No Borders, No Walls February Vigil 2020

We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. Don’t miss the Love Knows No Borders, No Walls Vigil on Monday, February 4th, 6:00-7:00 pm at the ICE Detention Center at 3130 Oakland Street, in Aurora, CO. Bring a friend, signs and noisemakers (drums, horns, pot and pans). We’ll sing some love songs and chant together and there is an open mic for people directly impacted by the detention center to share.

Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, February 10 at 6:00pm

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Counting Coloradans

Counting Coloradans is a free educational event regarding the 2020 census hosted by Jewish Family Service and DRCOG. Presenters will speak about census safety and security concerns, details around the administration of the census, the importance of reaching “difficult-to-reach” populations, and how to assist people with completing the census.

Where: Jewish Family Service of Colorado, 3201 S Tamarac Dr, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 8:45pm

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Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!

Please join us for a monthly networking event for folks working in or supportive of reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Volunteers training – Help Coloradans become US Citizens

2020 will be a critical year and we want to ensure as many Coloradans as possible can earn their citizenship and register to vote for the general election! In preparation of CIRC’s campaign to naturalize Colorado green card holders in time for them to vote in the 2020 General Elections, we are starting a series of webinars aimed at increasing the capacity of community members and volunteers to understand the citizenship process and help CIRC pull off several of the mega-workshops we will be hosting through 2020.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00pm

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Advocating to End Homelessness

Tonight, we will address the ways you can become an advocate, how advocacy impacts political change, and the importance of becoming an advocate no matter what your housing status might be. In 2020, let’s BUILD POWER IN COMMUNITY through thoughtful conversations with leaders in the field of housing, homelessness, and poverty.

Where: Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street Community Room, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00pm

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Cervezas for Causes: DREAMer Network

The Dreamer Network is a group of MSU Denver Denver staff, faculty, and students. They collaborate on projects, raise scholarship and programming funds, hold workshops, and advise university leadership in order to improve college access, retention, and graduation of undocumented college students.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 13 at 6:00pm

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Denver Beyond Coal Monthly Meeting

Are you passionate about the environment and looking for more ways to get involved with Sierra Club Colorado? Join us for our Denver Beyond Coal team monthly meeting. All are welcome!

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 13 at 6:30pm

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League of Women Voters of Colorado: 2020 Legislative Conference

Learn about the 2020 priorities of the Colorado Legislature and the League of Women Voters of Colorado!

Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver
When: Friday, February 14 at 11:00am

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to get involved. Thanks again.

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

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We now know the hard truth. The only thing that can save America is an election.

For over three years, a bipartisan struggle has raged to hold Donald Trump accountable for his innumerable outrages, disastrous policy agenda, and finally Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors that were conclusively proven during the impeachment inquiry and trial. All of the new evidence which has emerged during the impeachment process has helped prove the case against Trump, not exonerate him. With Trump’s guilt increasingly certain, Republicans turned to wholesale denial of the evidence–or worse, suggesting that what Trump did wasn’t even a crime.

In the end, Cory Gardner stayed loyal to Trump over Colorado. [1] Faced with the choice of representing the majority of Coloradans who supported impeachment or protecting Trump no matter what the evidence said, Gardner chose to join the cover-up–voting each and every time to suppress new evidence and testimony. Despite promising to be impartial even after most of his Republican colleagues dispensed with any pretense of fairness, it’s clear now that Cory Gardner never intended to be fair or honest.

That’s the Cory Gardner Coloradans know all too well.

After this week, the focus returns to what was always going to be our nation’s best hope for renewed greatness after the chaos and humiliation of the Trump administration: making sure everyone you know understands the stakes in this crucial election year, and is ready to turn out like never before to vote in November. Between now and Election Day, stay in the loop to help us respond quickly as events unfold. For a quick daily update on Cory Gardner every weekday morning, click sign to sign up. And make sure you’re on the list to receive the larger ProgressNow Colorado Daily News Digest.

Thank you again to everyone who has called Cory Gardner’s offices, sent letters, engaged on social media, and any other way you’ve found to send Gardner the message that he must serve Colorado not Trump. It’s frustrating when it’s obvious that Gardner is working as hard as he can to ignore the voters of Colorado instead of representing us. As we head into the most important election of our lives so far, we know we’ve done everything we can to persuade Gardner to do the right thing. Now we make the transition from persuasion to accountability.

Here are more great ways to take action for the week of February 3:


Featured Event: The 2020 Triple Threat

The Trump Administration has continued to attack LGBTQ Coloradans, our environment, and women’s reproductive justice rights. This joint Small Donor Committee Fundraiser for One Colorado, Sierra Club Colorado, and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado will allow donors to support all three organizations for the 2020 election cycle.

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm

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Annual Colorado Black Caucus Reception & Preview

The Colorado Black Caucus is hosting their annual reception and legislative preview on Monday, February 3rd from 5 – 7 PM. This event serves as a great way to connect the Black Caucus members to the supporting communities they represent. It is also an event to reflect on past legislative sessions while also looking forward, specifically, to the 2020 legislative session. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy this night of celebration and community.

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver
When: Monday, February 3 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: HIV Prevention Press Conference

One Colorado will host a press conference on February 4th at the Capitol to inform the public about the HIV Infection Prevention Medications bill and the impact it will have when it becomes law.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 4 at 11:30am

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Sanctuary for All General Meeting

Sanctuary for All Colorado is a community based, grassroots organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for the immigrant community of Colorado. We act in solidarity and coalition with multiple other immigrant rights groups throughout the state. Our membership is comprised of both impacted families and allies and we strive always to be directly accountable to the undocumented community and their needs. We further our mission of positive change for the immigrant community through multiple tactics, including mutual aid, media work, political advocacy and non violent direct action.

Where: 1400 N Lafayette St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30pm

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Reproductive Freedom Day at the Capitol

Join the Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition as we host a “field trip” style day at the state capitol. We will provide breakfast and t-shirts ($10 suggested donation) as we hear from legislators and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then tour the capitol and meet with legislators. The event will conclude in the atrium with a special surprise!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30am

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Black Lives Matter at School 2020 Panel & Discussion

Black Lives Matter at School Week 2020 is here! As part of our week of actions centering Black Lives at school, Black Lives Matter 5280 will be partnering with the Denver Black Educators Caucus to host a panel related to our demands. Panelists include: Jhoni Palmer (YAALL), Jennifer Bacon (Denver School Board), Dr. Apryl Alexander (Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver and BLM 5280), Ramsey Harris (Community Programs Director for GRASP and BLM 5280), as well as several youth panelists from various schools including: Denver Discovery, DSST: Cole, MLK, Hinkley, South, Manual, and East!

Where: Montbello High School, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00pm

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Rally to End Period Poverty in Colorado Schools

Join us on Thursday, February 6 from 12-1p on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol as we rally in support of HB20-1131, a bill that would create a grant program to assist Colorado schools in providing free and accessible period products in bathrooms! After the rally, attendees will have an opportunity to give testimony when the bill goes to committee at 1:30p. If you can’t stay for the committee hearing or don’t want to testify but still want to share your story, feel free to write it down and we will share it on your behalf!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, February 6 at 12:00pm

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Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting – WRATH Denver

Join the Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting and speak out against the senseless slaughter of wildlife! In February 2020, voices across the world will join together to raise awareness about the ego-driven and senseless murder of countless wild animals by members of Safari Club International and other “trophy hunters.” The main rally, in Reno, stands as a protest against the Safari Club International Conference and the 48th anniversary of the “Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market.” At the market, the lives of hundreds of beautiful animals are sold off to the highest bidder.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Friday, February 7 at 11:30am

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IBEW Local 111: Labor History Class

IBEW, Local Union 111 is excited to announce a Labor History Class presented by Jobs With Justice. Join us to learn more about working class history and the labor movement.

Where: IBEW Local 111, 5965 E 39th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 8 at 11:00am

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Parasol Patrol: Shielding Kids From Protesters At Dragutante Brunch

The “Parasol Patrol” was formed out of a need to protect our children’s senses from the onslaught of hateful speech from protesters. One of the first events we supported and shielded kids was Dragutante and it was fabulous! They’ve asked that we help again at their Benefit Brunch.

Where: The Goods, 2550 E Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Sunday, February 9 at 10:00am

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Advocacy at the Colorado Legislature

Join us to learn about how to advocate and citizen lobby at the Colorado legislature every session.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Sunday, February 9 at 2:30pm

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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 (January 27)

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There’s been yet another explosive development in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump. This weekend, the New York Times reported that an upcoming book from former National Security Advisor John Bolton will confirm that Trump personally refused to release hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine unless his domestic political demands were met.

If true, Bolton’s testimony could be the “smoking gun” that ends Trump’s presidency.

That’s why Trump and his Republican allies in the Senate are making excuses instead of doing the obviously right thing: vote to include all relevant documents and witness testimony in the impeachment trial, including all of the damning information that has come out since the House passed their articles of impeachment. Including John Bolton, who has already offered to testify.

When he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, Sen. Cory Gardner said, “if my party is wrong, I’ll say it.” But Gardner broke his promise. Gardner voted over and over to reject the evidence and witnesses the Senate needs to conduct a fair trial. Gardner has had his chance to serve Colorado before Trump, and he has consistently failed. It’s almost certain that Gardner will vote to let Trump off the hook no matter what evidence he sees, and that is the opposite of leadership.

Action item #1 this week: call Sen. Gardner’s office one more time at (202) 224-5941. Don’t tell Gardner to vote for Bolton to testify to save his political career; it’s too late for that. But Gardner has the chance to not go down in history as one of the Republicans who voted to protect Trump even as the devastating truth became undeniable. Then, click here to help our friends at MoveOn.org get their petition demanding that witnesses and all the evidence be admitted into the impeachment trial to their goal of 100,000 signatures.

Once that’s done, check out some more great ways to get involved for the week of January 27:


What Would You Do Without Winter?: Snow Activism Tour

Lauren MacCallum from Scotland and Josh Jespersen from Colorado are fighting the climate crisis in their own backyards, and we’re screening two films to share their stories with you, in the hope you’ll be inspired to take action too. After the film screenings, Patagonia ambassador Max Hammer and nonprofits Protect Our Winters and National Ski Patrol, as well as National Ski Areas Association will facilitate an interactive discussion on how to connect with local climate groups.

Where: Patagonia, 1630 Pearl St, Boulder
When: Monday, January 27 ay 7:00pm

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Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Sham Trial Rally

Please join us this Wednesday on the West Steps of the Capitol as we let Cory Gardner know what we think about his voting during the trial so far, and how he should vote on Conviction. Cory Gardner is a compromised juror and his actions clearly demonstrate this. He has failed us as a leader and an elected official and it is time that we let him know the truth. Bring your Cardboard Cory’s and any signs you may have as we rally against our corrupt Senator.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Energy Planning Workshop – Public Comment!

Your participation throughout the EIRP process can greatly influence our energy future in the Pikes Peak Region. We need to continue to pressure CSU to close the Martin Drake Coal Plant at the earliest possible date and bring us into a just and equitable transition off of fossil fuels to a sustainable and renewable energy future. Please join us and give public comment and show your support for a clean energy future!

Where: 21c Library, Colorado Springs, Colorado
When: Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00pm

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Making a Place for All: Creating Housing Justice

The Boulder County Interfaith Leaders Caucus & the Boulder County Organizing Group of Together Colorado would like to invite you to our January Action on Housing Justice: Making A Place For All: Faith Communities Creating Housing Justice.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Wednesday, January 29 at 6:15pm

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9to5 January Community Meeting

9to5 Colorado is a grassroots nonprofit that is working to build an economically and racially just world for all womxn and their families. We do this through grassroots organizing, issue based advocacy, and community education. Community meetings are a space to stay involved on policy priorities, learn political advocacy skills, train on worker and renter rights, and build relationships.

Where: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora
When: Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Climate Change and You: Environmental Toxicology in Pueblo

Listen to Colorado State University-Pueblo’s research scientist Dr. Elizabeth K. Peterson and join our diverse community citizens as we explore climate change stressors, the consequences Puebloans pay, and what we can do to mitigate exposure. Join us for an evening of live music, delicious free food (vegetarian and gluten free choices available), free drinks, and engaging discussions that will satisfy your mind, body, and soul. Let’s #actonclimate. Guests speakers include Meral Renee Sarper and Kevin Healey.

Where: Protegete Office, 119 E. Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo
When: Thursday, January 30 at 5:30pm

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Mountainfilm on Tour – Denver

Come join us for Mountainfilm on Tour – Denver! It’s promised to be a fun evening packed with exciting and inspiring films, hosted by Sierra Club CO at Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake. Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues, bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver (Sloans Lake), 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Thursday, January 30 at 6:30pm

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Indivisible February Community Meeting: Realizing Democracy

Join Indivisible Denver for our February community meeting! Catch up on our plans for building infrastructure for 2020 Elections, including GOTV, Fighting Voter Suppression & Gerrymandering, AND the National Popular Vote initiative.

Where: Park Hill Library: 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, February 1 at 2:00pm

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Celebration of Pardon for Ingrid Encalada

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Saturday, February 1 at 6:30pm

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Thanks as always for everything you do to help week after week. We’ll be back next Monday with more ways to fight back.

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What you can do to fight back this week (January 21)

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In Washington, the third-ever impeachment trial of a sitting U.S. President is now underway.

And Sen. Cory Gardner has already taken his first vote against Colorado.

A majority of Americans now want President Trump removed from office. [1] Since the U.S. House passed their articles of impeachment, damning new evidence and disclosures by key figures have strengthened the case against the President.

But just moments ago, Cory Gardner voted with Republicans to table a motion to allow witnesses to testify. Cory Gardner is trying to cover up Trump’s crimes.

We can’t let Cory Gardner and Senate Republicans get away with a cover-up. For weeks our members have been calling Gardner’s Washington D.C. office at (202) 224-5941 demanding a fair trial with witnesses and all relevant documents included in the process. Now we need to hold Gardner accountable for voting to protect Trump from accountability. Gardner’s choice to stand with Trump over Colorado deserves to be the final act of his political career. It’s time to tell him so.

Thanks for your continued assistance in holding Cory Gardner accountable. Here are more great ways to take action for the week of January 21:


ULI Colorado: Denver’s Climate Action Plans: Influence the Future

Denver is shaping big plans to address climate change through land use. Come learn what’s in store and how you can influence the outcome is this event coming up next week!

Where: ULI Colorado, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 21 at 5:00pm

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National Lawyers Guild of Colorado: Legal Observer Training To Monitor Homeless Sweeps

Join District 9 Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca and her Chief of Staff, former Mayoral Candidate Lisa Calderón, and members of Denver Homeless Out Loud for a training and discussion. The training will be on how to monitor police compliance with the recent settlement in Denver’s class action suit brought by the class of all homeless people in Denver. The City is required to provide notice of any sweeps or taking of belongings. Legal Observers can help ensure the safety and security of our Denver community members experiencing homelessness using the skills normally applied to protests and other events.

Where: 2260 California St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 22 at 4:00pm

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Fair Rules for a Fair Trial

We are calling Cory Gardner to uphold his constitutional duty and vote for witnesses and a fair trial. Anything other than this is obvious corruption and demonstrates Cory Gardner cannot be trusted. The House was forced to impeach Donald Trump for breaking the law when he withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine—a top foreign ally—to pressure them into interfering in the 2020 election.

Where: Byron Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30pm

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Press Conference: DPS Resolution for LGBTQ Community Members

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans, will host a press conference on Thursday, January 23rd at 3:30 PM MT on the first resolution to be passed from the new DPS Board of Directors in 2020.

Where: Denver Public Schools Admin Bldg, Denver
When: Thursday, January 23 at 3:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Securing the West Slope’s Water Future

Conservation Colorado and the Colorado Outdoor Business Alliance invite you to hear from a panel of local business owners, farmers, scientists, and water managers on innovative water conservation projects that curb our water use and build drought resilience.

Where: 4Corners Riversports, 360 S Camino Del Rio #100, Durango
When: Thursday, January 23 at 5:30pm

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Stand Up For CORE, Sen. Gardner! Demonstration

Join Rocky Mountain Values and Colorado Sierra Club as we demonstrate in front of Senator Cory Gardner’s office to urge him to support the CORE Act to protect Colorado’s public lands – all while Sen. Gardner is at a private fundraiser in Beaver Creek, listening to special interests and big time donors instead of Coloradans. All while he’s standing on the very same public lands he refuses to vote to protect.

Where: Byron Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Friday, January 24 at 12:00pm

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Indivisible Superpower Summit

Join Indivisible activists–experienced and learning–from across Colorado for the Citizens Superpower Summit! Get energized and educated as we launch into primaries–and beyond. Grass-roots activism — and long-term strategic thinking — is more crucial than ever. Power-Up, together, with fresh tools for learning about yourself and finding your own superpowers, then build your power with knowledge and catapult into world-changing with the best power of all: equitable and inspiring community building. Leave this Summit with new friends and a concrete plan to win elections and change the world.

Where: The Franciscan Event Center, 6553 S Revere Pkwy, Centennial
When: Saturday, January 25 at 9:00am

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: Taller De Ciudadanía Gratis // Free Citizenship Workshop

Join us for a FREE Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, Jan 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colorado is your home and we want to help you apply for citizenship.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 25 at 10:00am

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Denver: No War On Iran! Global Day of Protest

The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences. The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Saturday, January 25 in cities across the globe, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. Join us in Denver!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm

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Parasol Patrol: Shielding Kids at the Drag for All Ages Show at Mile High Comics

The original event that inspired the birth of Parasol Patrol! Mile High Comics Drag For All Ages Show! We intend to shield performers, their families and audience members from vocal protesters outside the event and to stand in peaceful, silent protest. We will help kids with ear protection to muffle the taunts of the protesters as well as hold up our umbrellas to create a visual barrier while we walk people to and from their cars into the venue.

Where: Mile High Comics, 4600 Jason St, Denver
When: Sunday, January 26 at 3:30pm

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Thanks again! See you next week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (January 13)

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This week in Washington, the articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives will be formally handed over to the U.S. Senate. Senators will swear a constitutional oath to “do impartial justice” in deciding the guilt of President Trump, and the third trial in American history to remove a sitting President from office following impeachment will begin.

What happens after that depends on Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.

In October of 2016, Sen. Gardner called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race, saying he could not support a candidate to “brags about degrading and assaulting women.” Since Trump’s unexpected victory, Gardner has shamelessly reversed course and become one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders. A majority of Colorado voters support the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from office, but Gardner refuses to even acknowledge the incontrovertible facts that led to Trump’s impeachment.

After five failed years in office, it’s too late for Cory Gardner to save his political skin. Colorado has rejected Trump at the polls every time they have had the chance to do so, either directly by electing Hillary Clinton in 2016 or by punishing Trump’s party at every level in 2018. All Gardner has the chance to do now is salvage his moral credibility by demanding a fair trial of the allegations against President Trump, and end his political career with more integrity than he has shown up to this moment.

For years, you’ve called and written Sen. Gardner over and over demanding he serve Colorado ahead of Trump. It’s been a frustrating experience as Gardner has time and again refused to honor the wishes of Colorado voters. Gardner needs to hear from you one more time, so it’s crystal clear that his continuing support for Trump will spell the end of Gardner’s U.S. Senate career in November.

Call Sen. Gardner right now at (202) 224-5941 and tell him Colorado demands an impartial trial of the evidence against President Trump, with witnesses and every relevant fact included. This isn’t about Gardner saving his skin anymore; it’s about the judgment of history.


Once that’s done, check out more great ways to make a difference for the week of January 13:

Featured Event: American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave

Join ProgressNow Colorado’s Ian Silverii next Wednesday evening for a conversation with Dana Fisher, author and professor, about her new book American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave. This book traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative survey data and interviews with key players, Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism. Beginning with the first Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories.

Where: Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm

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Puppy Mill Bill Kick-Off Party

We are celebrating the beginning of the Colorado 2020 legislative session by having a kick-off party for our puppy mill bill! We will be introducing legislation to ban the retail sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores, to prohibit sham “rescues” from sourcing their puppies from breeders, and to improve standards in large-scale breeding facilities. Our hardworking and dedicated bill sponsor, State Representative Monica Duran, and devoted animal advocate First Gentleman Marlon Reis will also be attending!

Where: Oasis Brewing Company, LLC, 3257 N Lowell Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, January 13 at 6:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: End the Death Penalty Lobby Day

We need your help ending the death penalty in Colorado in the 2020 legislative session. For months, activists across Colorado have been writing postcards to legislators asking them to end the death penalty. On January 14th, join us for a pivotal day of action as we converge at the Capitol to deliver the postcards and speak with our representatives to advance civil liberties and end the death penalty. Over breakfast, hear from legislators that champion repeal, receive a lobby training and share why you support an end to this broken system. Then, join us at the capitol to engage in the legislative process, meet with your elected officials and hold legislators accountable.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 8:30am

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PPVC Legislative Session Kick-Off Happy Hour

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado is excited to get to work during this 2020 legislative session. Come learn about our legislative priorities and mingle with activists, partners, and elected officials. We’re excited to kick off this session and hope you’ll join us as we work towards expanding access to reproductive health care across our state.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 5:00pm

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The Denver Press Club: Watch Party: 7th Democratic Debate

Join us at the historic Denver Press Club for the lucky 7th Democratic Presidential Debate – and the last one before the Iowa caucuses!

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm

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Denver Vote Common Good Rally

This Vote Common Good Rally is a 90 minute large group event designed to inspire voters in practical ways to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump. Together with Together Colorado Action, Our merry band of musicians, poets, speakers, activists, candidates and other common do-gooders invite you to join us.

Where: 1595 N Pearl St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30pm

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Fair Elections Act Launch Party

Hear from candidates opting in for The Fair Elections Fund’s matching funds and from activists and elected officials working on the implementation of Denver’s Fair Elections Act and on new legislation locally in Aurora and statewide for Colorado. Celebrate these significant developments with like-minded folks determined to counter the effects of Citizens United and rid our politics of the corrupting influence of big money.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: 2020 Legislative Kickoff Happy Hour

The 2020 legislative session is right around the corner and there will be several bills that will impact the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We’re hosting a happy hour to give you an opportunity to grab a drink or two, meet pro-equality legislators, AND learn about what we’re expecting in 2020!

Where: Pride and Swagger, 450 E 17th Avenue #110, Denver
When: Thursday, January 16 at 5:30pm

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Womxn’s March Denver 2020

Denver’s Fourth Annual Womxn’s March and Community Exhibition will take place on Saturday, January 18th 2020. This is more than a March; this is a Movement. To better ignite action and create lasting impact, we will forgo a rally this year. Instead, after you march, make your way to the McNichols Building (attached to Civic Center Park) and connect with almost 60 local non-profits and grassroots organizations that are serving the community.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Saturday, January 18 at 9:00am

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Thanks as always for everything you do! See you next week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (January 6)

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It’s 2020. The year we’ve been waiting for.

From Denver to D.C., the challenges we face and decisions we make this year will chart the course of our country for the next generation. Are the fundamental American values of freedom, fairness, and truly equal opportunity still what our nation stands for? Does America stand for hope and prosperity for all, or the hate and greed of the political fringe and the right-wing donor class?

In Colorado, there’s plenty of reason to be hopeful and excited about the coming year. The progressive majority we elected to the Colorado legislature in 2018 returns Wednesday to continue the work begun in 2019 to provide affordable, quality health coverage. After last year’s landmark reinsurance bill, premiums dropped in Colorado by double digits. This year, the goal is to bring costs down even more by providing a robust public option for coverage, and paid family leave for every Colorado worker to take care of ourselves and our families.

In Washington, Donald Trump has become only the third President in American history to be impeached by the US House of Representatives. Since Congress adjourned for the holidays, further evidence of Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy for personal political gain has only deepened our constitutional crisis. The evidence is increasingly clear that Donald Trump should be removed from office. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he’s a likely vote to convict, while Cory Gardner, as the Denver Post reports today, remains in hiding:

“Gardner’s silence dates back months. His public appearances, never numerous in 2019, were rarer still this fall. He has avoided conservative talk radio, once a political safe space, along with most news media. His office agreed to arrange an interview with The Denver Post in Washington, D.C., during the House impeachment process, but later said he was unavailable and instead emailed a statement criticizing that process.”

2020 is the year both Donald Trump and Cory Gardner face the music. Let’s get to work: here are some great ways to fight back for our shared progressive values for the week of January 6.


Featured Event: Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Together In This

Together in This is a series of events for anyone feeling division fatigue from our country’s current political and cultural disagreements. In a series of gatherings, we will come together across difference to share our heartbreak and hope, learn to enter courageous conversations, to listen and seek understanding, to speak with those who hold different convictions, to find common ground, learn how to tell our stories, imagine a new way forward and learn skills to bring healing to our current cultural division.

Where: Denver Community Church-Uptown, 1595 Pearl Street, Denver
When: Monday, January 13 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2020 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us for this beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community as we prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity!

Where: Capitol Hill Tavern, 1225 N Logan St, Denver
When: Monday, January 6 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Thursdays Kick-off

This is a kick-off event for Faithful Thursdays. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policy-making process in Colorado. In 2020, our focus will be on advancing a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy promotes equity and eradicates racism in Colorado.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Boulder City Council Meeting: Topic, Homeless Policy

Please join us for the first City Council meeting of 2020 to voice your support for more humane homeless policies that include keeping the walk up shelter open all winter long. Sign up to speak for two minutes using the URL below or come at 5:30 to sign up to be chosen to speak.

Where: City of Boulder Colorado Government, 1777 Broadway, Boulder
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

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League of Women Voters of Denver: League goes back to Jail

Interested in registering voters in jail? LWV of Denver is hosting a Voter Registration Drive Training on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the League Office.

Where: League of Women Voters of Denver, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00pm

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New Era Colorado: 10th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour

Join New Era for our 10th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour at Prohibition! The 2020 legislative session kicks off on Wednesday, January 8th, so come grab a drink with us at Prohibition and get the inside scoop on what to expect. We’ll be providing appetizers and if you’re a monthly donor, check in with us at the door for a free drink.

Where: Prohibition, 504 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 8 at 5:00pm

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Rally for Climate Justice

Please join us at the capitol on January 9th as the Governor delivers his State of the State address to share how you think Colorado is doing on climate action. We demand that our Governor declares a climate emergency and immediately stops fracking at Bella Romero. We demand a plan to stop all fossil fuel development in Colorado by 2025, starting by ceasing all new permits, while ensuring a just transition that prioritizes the marginalized populations suffering the most from climate injustice. 2020 is the start of a new year, and we will hold our elected officials responsible for addressing environmental injustice and ecological emergency.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, January 9 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Free DACA Renewal Application Clinic

The Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (DOIRA), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) are hosting a FREE DACA Renewal Application Clinic on Saturday, January 11, 9:00 am, at Denver Human Services, (3815 Steele St, 80205). Please help us share the message.

Where: Denver Human Service Building-East, 3815 Steele St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 11 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Gun Violence Prevention – Town Hall

Join DPS Director Tay Anderson, Director Laurvick, Moms Demand Action, DPS Educators, Students, and Families for a conversation on how we can end gun violence in our communities.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, January 11 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’re excited to be back at work, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference in this pivotal year.

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What you can do to fight back through the New Year

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This is our final weekly action alert for 2019. Let’s take a moment to reflect on this amazing year.

After an historic landslide victory for progressives in Colorado in 2018, in January the new majority and governor set to work solving problems that had been piling up for over four years in a divided legislature. The new progressive majority had a powerful mandate from voters to take action on health care, education, civil rights, and upholding the dignity of the working people who make everything we value in our state happen day after day.

The progressive majority’s results in the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature speak for themselves. We’re on the way to making a public option for health coverage and paid family leave a reality next year. The legislature gave local communities the power to set a living wage. Big strides on common-sense reform of our criminal justice system and renter’s rights. Big investments in affordable housing, and new resources to ensure Coloradans have access to mental health treatment. And we passed another crucial piece of legislation to protect the public from gun violence.

After an historic legislative session keeping campaign promises, the far right retaliated against the progressive majority, threatening recalls against numerous elected lawmakers (full disclosure: including my brilliant, beautiful and extremely talented wife Sen. Brittany Pettersen) and Gov. Polis. But unlike in previous years, the voters of Colorado said no to every attempt. Today, the chairman of the Republican Party Rep. Ken Buck, who promised to “teach Democrats how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L” refuses to take responsibility for wasting all of 2019 on a fool’s errand, while progressives in Colorado are united and organized for the coming election.

None of this success would have been possible without you. By turning out to events that set the agenda and hold our leaders accountable, making phone calls, writing letters, knocking on doors to help candidates targeted by the far right, you helped ensure that the victories at the polls in 2018 translated into progressive policy wins at the state capitol in 2019. In 2020, everything we’ve worked toward since the national tragedy of the 2016 election to take back our state and nation comes to fruition. Thanks for everything you do and will do to help.

Here are a few more ways to make a difference as 2019 comes to a close:


Featured Event: Impeachment Rally

No one is above the law: Trump must be impeached and removed from office. We gather in support of the U.S. House of Representatives as they prepare to vote on impeachment.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Speak Out For Clean Air-Loveland, Colorado

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is considering adopting new rules to rein in the fracking industry’s toxic air pollution. Tonight, they’ll be hearing public comment in Loveland, Colorado on plans to step up clean air and public health safeguards. If you live along Colorado’s Front Range, please attend this meeting and speak out both in support of new rules, but also for STRONGER RULES.

Where: Larimer County Loveland Campus, 200 Peridot St, Loveland
When: Monday, December 16 at 4:30pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Come share your health care story with Rep. Leslie Herod at a Health Care Open Mic Night. Put on your creative hat while sharing your health care stories in any way you want. Performers can share their experience with the health care system, high cost of prescription drugs, access to health care, and more. This event is in partnership with Rocky Mountain Values, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, Progress Now Colorado and Protect Our Care.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm

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Cardboard Cory’s End of Year Celebration

Another year has passed and Cardboard Cory and friends want to celebrate the times we’ve all spent together demanding that our voices be heard. The Sierra Club, ProgressNow, and Rocky Mountain Values would like to invite Coloradans to a fun night of games, food, drinks, and good times as we reflect on how we can continue to advocate for Colorado’s air, water, and preservation of public lands, particularly the passage of full funding to the Land Water and Conservation Fund.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm

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9to5 December Community Meeting

Join 9to5 for it’s second monthly meeting! At our last meeting, we discussed 9to5 history, our campaigns, attendees’ experiences, and answered questions. As we continue to grow this space, we invite input on what is useful to the community. During this meeting we’ll talk about community members’ rights in the legislative process, upcoming bills, and what we can do now to advocate for our goals. Childcare and interpretation available.

Where: The Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Tuesday, Decedmber 17 at 6:30pm

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It’s a Woman’s World: The New Face of Colorado Leadership

Senator Brittany Petterson will moderate our panel of powerful female changemakers and leaders. As you probably know, Senator Petterson has fought hard for better legislation on the opioid epidemic and education. She has become a powerful voice on these issues and many others–and she successfully defeated a Republican attempt to retake her district in a do-over recall bid earlier this year. Our panel of elected officials are trailblazers in bringing change to Colorado in the age of Trump–and they are all graduates of Emerge Colorado!

Where: Boulder Elks Lodge, 3528 28th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 11:00am

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Greeley Está con Inmigrantes | Greeley Stands with Immigrants

Join us for a discussion about the needs we are seeing in Greeley, and what we can do together to create change. We welcome all immigrants, organizations, and other community members to join us. Please bring a dish to share with others, so that we can connect over food! This conversation will take place bilingually with interpretation in English & Spanish.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00pm

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Working Families & Drinking Liberally Holiday Party

Ain’t no party like a Working Families/ Drinking Liberally party! Please join us for our annual end-of-year celebration, in which we cheer what we accomplished in 2019, talk about what’s coming up in 2020, and generally have a merry ‘ol time with one another. Light refreshments will be provided, and friends/ family are welcome.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30pm

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Art and Climate Change in Pueblo County with Matte Refic

Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Pueblo County to our community event. This event is free, and open to everyone. Matte Refic will create 2-3 large paintings with sculptural elements that highlight the ways in which art, creativity, recycling, and re-using can be used to create conversations about the topics of health and well-being in our community. Along with the creation of the artwork, Matte Refic will prepare a short video that will speak on these topics.

Where: Pueblo Protègete Office, 119 East Abriendo, Pueblo
When: Thursday, December 19 at 5:30pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

We’re going to make holiday cards for youths served by Attention Homes in Boulder. Attention Homes provides shelter and services to homeless youths and help them get back on their feet. Let’s share some holiday joys with the teenage youths and write some encouraging words for them. Quality beats quantity – if you have personal stories to share, please feel free to include them if you want. Otherwise we’ll offer some inspirational quotes for you to use.

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

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We Will Remember: 30th Annual Homeless Persons Vigil

For the 30th year, community members are invited to gather on the steps of the Denver City and County Building to honor our neighbors who lost their lives in 2019 while experiencing homelessness. Hosted by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the candlelight vigil and ceremony pays tribute to those who lived on the streets of the Denver metropolitan area and died during 2019. This will be the only memorial service that will be conducted for most of these individuals.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver
When: Saturday, December 21 at 5:30pm

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Fighting Climate Change in Northern Colorado: A Community Event

Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Northern Colorado to our community event. We will be discussing the impact of climate change in our community and also a representative (Leo Escalante) of the city of Fort Collins will join us to talk about the city to plan to fight climate change.

Where: Walnut Creek Boutique in the Stone Room, 222 Walnut St, Fort Collins
When: Sunday, December 22 at 12:00pm

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Bands Against the Ban: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood Votes CO

Bands Against the Ban is a loose confederation of like-minded musicians, music lovers, and supporters of a woman’s right to choose. Our first event is a benefit concert at the Oriental Theater on January 4th, 2020. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado.

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 4 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you in 2020!

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

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Colorado has a Nazi problem.

Hate crimes in Colorado are on the rise. [1] Just a few weeks ago, a white supremacist was arrested in Pueblo while plotting to blow up a local synagogue. [2] One of the leaders of the modern neo-Nazi movement was recently discovered to be living in subsidized housing in Denver while spreading his ideology of violent hatred. [3]

And then last week we learned that Kirk Widlund, a producer at Denver conservative talk radio station 710 KNUS, allegedly maintains an online double life as a devout neo-Nazi who idolizes Hitler and says America fought on the wrong side in the Second World War. [4] [5] The realization that our local right wing talk radio harbors unapologetic neo-Nazis is deeply troubling, but unfortunately not surprising. We can’t deny anymore that fascism is alive in our political culture once again, and we cannot let avowed Nazis and racist hatred in Colorado go unanswered.

Since Widlund’s exposure last week, the hosts and management at 710 KNUS have been completely silent. It’s time for you to get involved. Call 710 KNUS right now at (303) 750-5687, or if you prefer their on-air line at (303) 696-1971, and tell them their employee Kirk Widlund’s neo-Nazi ideology is an affront to Colorado’s values. American politics may be a marketplace of competing ideas, but there is no room in our politics for actual Nazis.

Thanks for standing up to hate and demanding better from our local media. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of December 9:


Featured Event: Netroots Nation In Denver!

Our good friends at Netroots Nation asked us if they could throw a party at our house and we said, “Absolutely!” Come join ProgressNow Colorado the Netroots team and learn about how to get involved in the upcoming Denver Netroots Nation convention in August of 2020.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Climate Action and Faith Roundtable

Conservation Colorado would like to invite residents of the Front Range to our first Climate Action Faith Roundtable. Community Organizer Rebekah Hernandez will moderate a panel of faith leaders in discussing the intersection of faith and conservation. We’ll discuss what’s being done and what more we can do. People of all faiths are welcome at this community event!

Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado Thank You & Appreciation Party

2019 has been a wild year for the One Colorado family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 11th, for our Thank You & Appreciation Party at Ten Barrel Brewing.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 2620 Walnut St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm

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San Juan Citizens Alliance: AQCC Methane Public Hearing

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is holding a Durango hearing on strengthening methane regulations from the oil and gas industry. Strong new rules are vital in order to reduce emissions, protect our health, and curb climate impacts. Five years ago, Colorado became the first state to directly regulate methane pollution – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from the oil and natural gas industry. Since the rules were adopted, Colorado’s economic growth has exceeded projections, proving that smart environmental policy can go hand-in-hand with economic prosperity. But the old rules aren’t enough- Colorado needs new protections that reduce emissions to safeguard our health and our environment.

Where: 1101 E 2nd Ave Room E103, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Year-End Celebration

We’re celebrating our successes and ramping up for a monumental year: 2020! We invite you to join us for small bites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, stories from our activists and participants, and live music from Túlips, a band colectivo of feminista, genre-nonconforming, BIQTPOC in Denver full of queer glory. Raise your glass to the end of 2019, and a year of policy and programmatic wins with us! This is a free event, but donations are accepted. Museo de las Americas is wheel-chair accessible, and some seating will be provided. Free parking available in the back of the venue, and metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

Where: Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, December 12 at 5:30pm

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Drag Show benefit for Citizens Project

Citizens Project is having a Drag Show Fundraiser! Mark your calendars for December 12 at Carter Payne, downstairs in The Cellar. Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and tickets are $20 at the door.

Where: The Carter Payne, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Join Rocky Mountain Values, ProgressNow Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado and COLOR with special guest Representative Leslie Herod for a Health Care Open Mic Night on Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 pm at Coffee at the Point. Are you a slam poet, spoken artist, singer, comedian? Whatever your style is, come share your health care story or hear from others about their story.

Where: Coffee at the Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm

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Cardboard Cory’s End of Year Celebration

Another year has passed and Cardboard Cory and friends want to celebrate the times we’ve all spent together demanding that our voices be heard. The Sierra Club, ProgressNow, and Rocky Mountain Values would like to invite Coloradans to a fun night of games, food, drinks, and good times as we reflect on how we can continue to advocate for Colorado’s air, water, and preservation of public lands, particularly the passage of full funding to the Land Water and Conservation Fund.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Alan Franklin

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What you can do to fight back this week (December 2)

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As it stands now, Donald Trump is about to become only the third President in American history to be successfully impeached by the U.S. House. The impeachment proceedings in the House have proven the worst fears of the brave American public servants and patriots who knew instantly that Trump’s attempt to bribe a foreign government for help in winning re-election in 2020 was a terrible crime for which Trump deserves the highest political penalty.

Now it’s up to us to make sure our leaders in Washington know that Colorado agrees: Trump must be removed from office.

In a public town hall meeting held last Friday in Denver, Senator Michael Bennet said he is a “likely vote” to remove Trump from office in a Senate trial. Colorado’s other Senator Cory Gardner, by contrast, refuses to even acknowledge that what Trump stands accused of is wrong. Sen. Gardner hasn’t held a town hall to explain himself to Colorado voters in over two years. Meanwhile, Gardner endorsed Trump’s re-election and has even helped host fundraisers for Trump’s re-election while at the same time accepting campaign help and cash from Trump, whom Gardner could be sitting in judgment over in a Senate trial next year.

Priority #1 this week is to call Sen. Gardner’s office at (202) 224-5941 and tell him that Colorado voters expect Trump to be removed from office–and if Gardner helps protect Trump in a Senate trial, he will share Trump’s fate in the 2020 election.

Thanks for taking action once again to hold Cory Gardner accountable. It is frustrating to realize that the odds of Gardner changing course are very small, and most likely the only way to undo the damage of the past four years will be the next election. Nonetheless, Sen. Gardner needs to understand that the voters of Colorado are paying attention–and accountability is coming soon.

Here are some more great ways to take action for the week of December 2:


2019 Colorado Gives Day Rally

Join Denver7’s Mike Nelson and more than 100 Colorado-based nonprofits at the Colorado Gives Day Kick-Off Rally on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, Dec. 3 on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building. This event will help celebrate and build momentum for Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 10. The Colorado Gives Day Kick-Off Rally is being held on Dec. 3, which is Giving Tuesday, a day that encourages and inspires generosity across the country. In Colorado, residents are encouraged to “give where you live” on Giving Tuesday, by scheduling their Colorado Gives Day donations.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00am

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Chinook Fund: Giving Project Info Sessions

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to thoughtfully deepen how your volunteering, activism, and giving can better serve our community? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Chinook Fund, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30pm

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Community Conversation – Caring for Denver Foundation

Last year, Denver residents voted overwhelmingly to put 25 cents from every hundred dollars spent into a community fund for mental health and substance misuse issues. Caring for Denver Foundation is the new nonprofit founded to identify the priorities for these dollars. We need your help figuring out where the dollars should be focused and what the needs are in Denver.

Where: Cross Purpose, 3050 Richard Allen Court, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00pm

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Census 2020 Webinar | Taller Informativo sobre el Censo de 2020

The decennial census is so important because it is tied to funding programs that our community relies on. For every person that was counted in Colorado in the 2010 census, the federal government allocated $2,300 to improve our schools, healthcare, housing and much more. Projects such as Title 1 educational programs, Headstart, WIC, free and reduced breakfast and lunch, and Medicaid/Medicare are funded because of census data. This is why CIRC’s #CountingOnYou census initiative is more important than ever. When the census is inaccurate, communities that are most in need of representation and investment are underfunded. Black, brown and Asian American families need to come together to correct historical undercounts of our communities.

Where: Online webinar
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00pm

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At the Intersections: Reproductive Justice and Sexual Violence

This webinar will explore the connections between reproductive oppression and sexual violence and discrimination. We will highlight the work towards advancing reproductive justice for underserved communities as well as its connection to the movement to eliminate violence against folks. Participants will be engaging in learning ways to address violence and discrimination within sexual and reproductive health services. Together we will explore community response and resources developed.

Where: Online webinar
When: Wednesday, December 4 at 12:00pm

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Denver Climate Strike

The climate crisis is all around us: intensifying storms, hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires, slow-burning disasters like drought and famine, and so much more. And the costs are paid for in the lives and livelihoods of those least responsible for causing the problem. The Colorado Youth Climate Coalition will be joining national strikes on December 6th 2019. We will meet by the fountains on Wynkoop in front of Union Station at 11am on December 6th, then march down the 16th street mall to the west steps of the Denver Capitol building. Come strike with us!

Where: Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Friday, December 6 at 11:00am

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The Marigold Project: People Power

Join The Marigold Project, along with our partner organizations and activists on Saturday, December 7 in Denver at INDUSTRY Brighton Boulevard! Participants will attend panels and engage in meaningful dialogue to understand the importance of building alliances across social movements. Facilitation and training will be led by Stasha Rhodes of The Hub Project, with a keynote address by Jahmal Cole of My Block, My Hood, My City. In the afternoon, we will dig deeper on how we hold ourselves accountable to this work. Featuring session leaders from across the country and right here in Colorado, our goal is to build community and capacity as we seek a vision of a world that values people and our planet.

Where: Industry Denver, 3001 Brighton Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, December 7 at 9:00am

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Bakesale For Planned Parenthood

Join the team at Safta along with some of your favorites around town as we support Planned Parenthood. Located in The Source Hotel and Market Hall from 10am-1pm. The perfect chance to get some holiday treats while supporting a cause you love! All proceeds from this event will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

Where: Safta Restaurant, 3330 Brighton Blvd Suite 201, Denver
When: Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am

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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! This Saturday, we will be writing holiday postcards for detainees in Aurora Immigration Detention Center. Let’s send some holiday cheers to detained immigrants and show them that 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, December 7 at 12:00pm

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Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate

All questions will be asked by the youth (<23) but we encourage anyone of any age to attend! Food will be provided. We plan to have candidates and organizations table. As of October, we have 8 candidates confirming attendance.

Where: Richard F. Celeste Theatre, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm

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Dinner for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies. Join us for a dinner benefiting this amazing organization.

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court #105, Denver
When: Sunday, December 8 at 6:30pm

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Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you next week!

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What you can do to fight back this Thanksgiving

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We’re down to the last six weeks of 2019, but from Denver to D.C. there’s little sign of a slowdown for the holidays. Locally, progressive lawmakers are hard at work getting ready to keep promises in the next legislative session to pass a paid family leave program and introduce a public option for health coverage to keep bringing down the cost of care after major reforms last year.

In Washington, Colorado’s progressive leaders in Congress are preparing to hold President Donald Trump accountable by filing articles of impeachment. It’s an historic time to be involved in politics to be sure.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s junior U.S. Senator Cory Gardner has been doing everything he can to stay in hiding. Gardner’s steadfast support for Trump puts him at odds with the overwhelming majority of Coloradans. A majority of Coloradans support impeachment, but Gardner doesn’t represent our values anymore. And rather than face the accountability that awaits Cory Gardner every time he appears publicly in an unscripted forum, Gardner has ducked the voters he has a duty to represent for almost two years.

Action item #1 this week: join our friends at Indivisible Front Range Resistance and Indivisible Denver this Wednesday to mark two years since Sen. Cory Gardner’s last town hall. After meeting up outside Cory Gardner’s downtown Denver audience, range out across downtown in search of the real (Cardboard) Cory! It’s a great chance to help educate voters about Gardner’s record.

Where: 1961 Stout Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 12:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Once that’s done, check out some more great ways to get involved for the next two weeks–and we’ll be back after December 1st with our next regular update.


DACA Case Debrief

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the DACA case on November 12th. CU Law professor Violeta Chapín will be answering questions about what happened in the Supreme Court, what’s next for DACA recipients and what it all means. Join us at Wolf Law, room 204 (CU Boulder).

Where: CU Boulder
When: Monday, November 18 at 4:30pm

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RACE TALK UNIVERSITY: A Collective Conversation on Eradicating Racism

A night of conversation and strategizing about eradicating white supremacy with the 2nd cohort to graduate from Race Talk University.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm

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They Belong Here Rally: Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & Grace

Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & her daughter Grace Guiterrez are in danger of deportation. They fled Honduras 5 months ago to escape domestic violence and abuse. At this particularly vulnerable time, they are in great need of support and love frothier community. Please join us in an act of care and solidarity by being with us tomorrow before they enter court proceedings. We will be accompanying them with signs, banners, and have a short program before they go in. Thank you!

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 12:15pm

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Alianza NORCO: Thank You City Council / Gracias Al Ayuntamiento

Our Fort Collins City Council passed a resolution in October to stand against inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border and in detention centers. The resolution won’t change policy, but is a symbolic show of support for our immigrant community and the greater struggle for immigrant rights. It is a way for them to speak their values and push for reforms to our national immigration policy, and an acknowledgment that cruelty anywhere affects all of us. Join us as we thank them for their show of empathy and courage, especially as hate-filled voices have risen against them!

Where: Fort Collins City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave Bldg A, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00pm

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Whistleblower Wednesday

As Congress begins public impeachment hearings, Denver residents will rally outside the Capitol demanding congress support the Impeachment and Removal of Trump!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00pm

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Every year since 1999 the transgender community around the world has come together on November 20th to honor those that have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence by celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). So far this year, 21 transgender individuals have been murdered due to their perceived gender identity and pervasive transphobia. TDoR acts as an event for the transgender community to come together to mourn and honor the lives lost over the past year and to put a spotlight on the plight faced by the trans community.

Where: 190 W 6th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm

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More TDoR locations across Colorado, click here.


Zero Weeks Screening: America’s Family Leave Crisis

87% of Colorado workers don’t have access to paid time off to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from a personal illness. Join the Colorado FAMLI Coalition for a screening of Zero Weeks- a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn how you can take action to fight for paid leave in Colorado. Because no one should have to choose between their job, their health, and their family.

Where: Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S Williams St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm

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Affordable Housing Advocacy with Senator Julie Gonzales

For the November YIMBY meetup we will be back at The Goods and will have Senator Julie Gonzales of Denver talk about her work to overturn the Telluride decision, which bans most mandatory affordability strategies by even calling land use planning rent control. Being able to incorporate mandatory affordability was a crucial component of Minneapolis’ bill to end single unit only zoned lots city wide. We hope you will join us to learn about this important bill!

Where: 2550 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Advocacy Day Training

This event is designed for Conservation Colorado and COBA members to build skills and community and become stronger advocates for our land, air, water, and people.

Where: 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, November 23 at 10:00am

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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! This Saturday, we will be writing holiday postcards for detainees in Aurora Immigration Detention Center. Let’s send some holiday cheers to detained immigrants and show them that 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 23 at 12:00pm

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Not In My Backyard Town Hall

Join subject matter experts to ask questions about the current state of immigration on the southern border and the detention centers where migrants are being held, like the one here in Aurora. We will be tackling issues of human rights, due process, and privately owned detention centers. We are here as a community concerned about the conditions our friends in the GEO Center are enduring. We hope to learn about some practical things we can do to ensure that human rights abuses are not occurring in our backyard.

Where: Aurora Public Libraries, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00pm

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Wishing you a great Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see you in December with more ways to take action!

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What you can do to fight back this week (November 11)

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As a progressive lucky enough to work full time fighting for the values I believe in—freedom for every person, equality, and equal opportunity for everybody—I’m proud to call our progressive values American values. As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, I know that America’s moral leadership can never be taken for granted.

If every American doesn’t do our part to ensure our elected leaders live up to the ideals we proclaim to the rest of the world, we lose our moral authority at home and abroad. That’s why every action you take, from the smallest act of kindness to a stranger to the protest marches where we speak truth to power by the hundreds of thousands are so important.

The freedom to fight back is as important as every other American freedom our veterans have fought for over the years. America isn’t perfect, and we’ve made many mistakes as a country. But because we have the freedom to do better as a nation, and learn from our mistakes, Americans have hope that millions across the world today do not.

So on this Veterans Day, I say thanks to all of you—who take action in ways big and small to make America better every day. Happy Veterans Day, and here are some more ways to fight back for the week of November 11.


Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!

Join us for our November repro health happy hour where folks who support or work in the repro movement can network and meet each other!

Where: Bear Creek Distillery, 1879 S Acoma St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00pm

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Home Is Here: DACA at the Supreme Court Rally

As the US Supreme court hears a brief from the US Department of Justice defending it’s actions on September 5th 2017 to rescind the Obama Era Executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), our communities are coming together to discuss the importance at this time to stand in solidarity for those most impacted by these court proceedings. Colorado DACA recipients will make their case to the community why we need to continue to fight for a permanent solution for DACA, TPS and DED recipients.

Where: Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E 14th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00pm

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Click here for more locations across Colorado.


Battle Against Wage Theft

We will be holding a rally and press conference in an effort to speak out against wage theft. Stand with us and others that have been impacted by wage theft! The Rally will begin at 11:30 AM with the Press Conference to follow at 12:00 PM.

Where: 1498 Irving St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 11:30am

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Plastics Pollution Prevention Event at the Capitol

While bringing your own grocery bag and reusing a water bottle is important to reduce plastic pollution, we need systematic changes to protect Colorado’s waterways, people, and wildlife. Join us on the west Capitol steps on November 14th, the day before America Recycles Day, to highlight the need to reduce plastic pollution statewide, especially those plastics which can’t be recycled. We will be joined by coalition partners and state and local officials who want to be a part of this fight to end plastic pollution. Join us to make your voice heard on this issue!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 1:00pm

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CMU Sustainability Council: Trivia Night

Battle it out with friends for prizes and bragging rights, featuring categories such as Public Lands, Climate Change, and more! Bring your E-Game (Earth Game)

Where: Copeka Coffee, 1012 N 5th Street, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm

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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! With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 16 at 12:00pm

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Refugee Welcome 2019

Play a small role in showing a warm welcome to local people who have fled war-torn countries and persecution to be resettled in Colorado by the United Nations refugee program. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will show our gratitude and welcome wishes by making cards, writing notes, collecting grocery gift cards, and other supplies that will be given directly to families in need on November 21st.

Where: 150 E 10th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, November 17 at 2:00pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Rocky Mountain Values is hosting its first Health Care Open Mic night with special guest, Representative Leslie Herod. Come share your health care stories in any way you want. Performers can share their experience with the health care system, high cost of prescription drugs, access to health care, and more.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm

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

Sincerely,

Alex Ferencz

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Colorado Week in Review: 11/18/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (November 4)

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Tomorrow is Election Day. Have you turned in your ballot?

Doing your duty in every single election, even the so-called “off years,” is still the most important way that individual citizens can affect change. It’s in lower profile school board and city hall races across Colorado that the future leaders in both parties often get their start. This year, Colorado voters have the opportunity to make a smart investment in the state’s future by passing Proposition CC.

If you’re still holding on to that ballot, it’s too late to mail it in! But you can still vote until 7pm tomorrow! Visit JustVoteColorado.org for all the information you need on ballot drop-off locations, vote centers, and even same-day voter registration if you’re not already registered. There’s no state easier and safer to vote in than Colorado. On Wednesday morning, don’t have any regrets.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of November 4:


Great Education Colorado: Ballots and Beers at Prost Brewing – Election Day Eve!

Join us this upcoming Monday, November 4th, and help get out the vote for Prop CC! Drop by, grab a beer, and help us text and email the people we need to win for our kids on November 5th.

Where: Prost Brewing Company, 2540 19th St, Denver
When: Monday, November 4 at 5:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Active Activism – Western CO

Have you ever wanted to get engaged but found it daunting? Do you want to hone your activism skills? Come join Conservation Colorado on Tuesday November 5th from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at Kiln Coffee Bar in Grand Junction for a night of activism and learning. We provide the food and drinks, you come with a passion for your communities! Also, be ready for an exciting keynote speaker! (to be announced)

Where: Kiln Coffee Bar, 326 Main St., Grand Junction
When: Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Alianza NORCO: Thank You City Council / Gracias Al Ayuntamiento

Join us! This Tuesday we plan to go to the city council at 6pm for public comment. Our Fort Collins City Council passed a resolution in October to stand against inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border and in detention centers. The resolution won’t change policy, but is a symbolic show of support for our immigrant community and the greater struggle for immigrant rights. It is a way for them to speak their values and push for reforms to our national immigration policy, and an acknowledgment that cruelty anywhere affects all of us. Join us as we thank them for their show of empathy and courage, especially as hate-filled voices have risen against them!

Where: City of Fort Collins : City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave Bldg A, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Colorado Springs (location on RSVP)
When: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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Where: Fort Collins (location on RSVP)
When: Thursday, November 7 at 6:00pm

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AFSC Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander Intervention Training gives participants the tools and confidence to intervene, safely and effectively, when they witness harassment of a vulnerable person in a public place. Bystander Intervention Training is an integral component of American Friends Service Committee’s Sanctuary Everywhere project, which equips people with skills to increase safety for communities targeted by law enforcement and by hate groups, especially those in Black, immigrant, LGBTQ and Muslim communities.

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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We the Corporations: A Conversation with Adam Winkler

Join the American Constitution Society Colorado Lawyers and Colorado Common Cause for a conversation with Professor Adam Winkler, author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Although never oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought to win equal rights under the Constitution—and today they have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people.

Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 7 at 5:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Abortion Storytelling with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

Come join us for an evening of storytelling about abortion experiences. Anyone is welcome to tell their story, and this event is free. Hosted by the wonderful Blush & Blu on Colfax.

Where: Blush & Blu Denver, 1526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 7 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Home is Here, DACA Press Conference At the City of Denver

As we approach the final leg of the law suits to protect DACA at the US Supreme Court on November 12th, November 8th we will join legislators and leaders from the City, State and Federal level to announce their plans to keep DACA recipients and their families safe. In this important moment it is also critical that we understand what a positive verse a negative judgement on this case means and what it will mean for those who have receive DACA and those who never had the chance to apply in the first place. We must stand by the immigrants in our state and find ways to combat the xenophobia and negative media that has been pushed by this administration. Come and show you support an long side the City and County of Denver and send the message that Colorado loves and supports immigrants residents.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Friday, November 8 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 GOTV postcards for the upcoming Virginia election. With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 9 at 12:00pm

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Thanks again! We’ll see you next week.

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