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

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The primary election is over. In just four months, the chance we’ve waited for ever since the disaster of the 2016 presidential election to restore America’s credibility and leadership in the world will finally be here. The polls show that Donald Trump and his party are in serious trouble.

But we can’t get complacent now. Help us take the fight to the right between now and November with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado.

Today, the Washington Post reports that the Trump administration’s strategy now is to “hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll” from the COVID-19 pandemic “and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day.” [1] Trump’s failure to protect Americans from this deadly pandemic, which has now killed and sickened more Americans than any other nation on Earth, is a tragedy that simply losing an election cannot repay.

The incompetence of the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that the American conservative movement cannot be trusted with power. This is a movement dependent on ignorance and fear in order to survive. Trump and his party incite division and hatred between Americans for political gain, and if we don’t stop them in 2020 we may not recognize what America looks like when they are done.

We’re ready to stop them in Colorado. After the 2018 “blue wave” election wiped out the right in our state, they came back with attempts at recalls and an unprecedented legislative obstruction campaign. With your help, we beat back every one of their attacks and passed crucial legislation to help working families, defend the environment, and protect public health.

Get in this fight with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado. There’s no better investment you can make to fight back for our shared values, and now is the moment it counts most.

Thanks for everything you do to leave this state better than we found it. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of July 6:


Colorado AFL-CIO: SenateFAIL Day of Action – Denver

On Wednesday July 8th, between 11:00 – 11:45 am, we will Caravan around Senator Cory Gardner’s office in protest of Senator Cory Gardner’s decision to go on vacation after failing to take any meaningful action on COVID relief.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 11:00am
Where: Senator Cory Gardner’s Office, 1961 Stout Street, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


White Fragility & Anti-Racism

Join us for an in-person park discussion around the book White Fragility & how White and non-black POC can be effectively do anti-racist work and stand with our black community. There are so many ways to act, donate, and be present and resourced during this magnificent upheaval. Let’s come together to be with and move through our fears, discomfort & uncertainties, and support each other in integrated anti-racist action as we learn to do better together. While reading White Fragility is highly suggested, your presence, open mind, and commitment to anti-racist allyship is what matters.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00pm
Where: City Park, Denver

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Colorado Common Cause: Strengthening Democracy: Campaign Finance Reform in Aurora

Join local advocates and Aurora City Council members Juan Marcano and Nicole Johnston for a town hall discussion on campaign finance reform efforts in Aurora. The rules that candidates play by to get elected to office shape our democracy. Oil and gas interests and large corporations have exploited loopholes in campaign finance laws to get ahead, but now advocates are reforming the law — and Aurora could lead the way. Learn about the changes happening in Aurora laws, and the ways that we can create a more representative government through reforming campaign finance.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Paid Leave Rights

Every worker deserves paid time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. Yet, the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave. COVID-19 has made it clear that ALL workers must have access to these crucial benefits and that we must pass equitable worker laws, especially along race and gender lines. Join this training to learn about the fight for paid leave in Colorado, your rights under existing family and medical leave, sick time and unemployment laws, and what to do if your rights have been violated. We’ll also talk about winning economic justice for womxn and how you can join the movement!

When: Thursday, July 9 at 6:00pm

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Virtual CORRN Legal Observer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Thursday, July 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm we will train Legal Observers. Join our training to become a LO and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Sign our Petitions for Colorado Families

We are helping collect signatures for two vital ballot initiatives for Colorado voters. We need to get them on the ballot and pass them to help our Colorado families. We will have a table set up with hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and social distancing! Please come and sign.

Where: 8030 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, July 11 at 9:00am

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Where: 6953 E Jewell Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, July 12 at 2:00pm

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

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In the last few weeks, thousands of people have contacted us demanding justice for Elijah McClain of Aurora. Elijah was murdered last August after being stopped by Aurora police with no suspicion of a crime, brutally tackled and placed in a carotid hold, then forcibly injected with sedatives by paramedics. On the way to the hospital for treatment of these injuries, he went into cardiac arrest and a few days later, Elijah was dead.

The district attorney didn’t press criminal charges. But in 2020, that’s not going to fly.

This past weekend, thousands of peaceful protesters took to the streets in Aurora to remember Elijah McClain, and call for justice for Elijah and Black men who die at the hands of police far too often in this country. Unfortunately, this peaceful protest devolved into another scene of unnecessary police violence. Former Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, now Aurora’s Mayor, bears responsibility for an attack by Aurora Police Saturday night on a peaceful musical performance in honor of Elijah.

To the thousands of people who have messaged us in the last few weeks calling for justice for Elijah McClain, we hear you. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis announced that Attorney General Phil Wieser will conduct an independent investigation into Elijah’s death. [1]

The latest news reports indicate that the officers responsible for Elijah McClain’s death have been reassigned away from patrol duty, but remain on the force. That’s not acceptable. Click here to sign our petition calling for the firing of Aurora Police Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Rodema.

Thank you for your help as we continue on the difficult road to building a more just society. Black Lives Matter. In 2020, Colorado answered the challenge of this moment with historic legislation to stop police brutality and restore trust with the community. But it’s not over with that piece of legislation. Putting an end to racism in America is a struggle that will continue for generations. And it is only by remembering that we are all responsible every day for actively fighting against racism that it can ever truly, someday, become a thing of the past.

With that always in mind, here are more ways to fight back for the week of June 29:


One Colorado: LGBTQ Virtual Town Hall with Representative Jason Crow

One Colorado is proud to host a town hall event with Congressman Jason Crow, representing Colorado’s sixth congressional district. This is your opportunity to hear directly from Representative Crow on important issues impacting LGBTQ Coloradans and their families within the district. You can also submit a question or issue that you would like to have the Representative address during the town hall.

When: Monday, June 29 at 5:00pm

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Anti-Racist Learning Community

Seeking a safe place to learn and process thoughts and feelings regarding racial injustices evident in the world today? We meet online Mondays at 6:15pm. Email Deb Meyer: dmeyer@trinityumc.org for information and the zoom link.

When: Monday, June 29 at 6:15pm

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A Discussion on Public Safety and Police in Aurora

The forum will feature a number of speakers presenting on topics including the history of policing, the school to prison pipeline, the intersection of race, class, and criminality, and abolition of the carceral state. We will have an open Q/A at the end of what should be very thought-provoking presentations, so be sure to come with questions.

When: Monday, June 29 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Prescription Drug Virtual Town Hall with AG Phil Weiser

Are you tired of the high price of prescription drugs? Do you think patients deserve better access and more accountability from pharmaceutical companies? Join us as we hear from Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser about the work his office is doing regarding prescription drug costs and accountability.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Trianing

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday June 30th at 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 5:00pm

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Protégete and Conservation Colorado: Cafecito Virtual

Please join us for a conversation about environmental justice and learn about the work that the Protégete organizers do around the state. We will be sharing stories about our work, our heritage and celebrate pride month as well.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

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

When: Thursday, July 2 at 6:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The Talk

“The Talk” is a fireside chat with creative performances, led by our civic artist Kerrie Joy. This conversation with Black artists, healers, and entrepreneurs explores the transfer of knowledge between generations about the importance of preserving Black bodies, not just for survival but as a strategy for liberation.

When: Saturday, July 4 at 5:00pm

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The Rise Up 4th of July Rally

On July 4th, 1776 the declarations of Independence liberated the Colonies from Great Britains. However only white wealthy men enjoyed that freedom. At the time of the signing, African American’s were slaves, Women did not have a voice, Native Americans and Mexicans were getting thrown off their land. 225 years later, African American, Women, Native Americans, LGBTX and our Latinx communities still do not enjoy the independence signed on July 4th, 2020. Join us for The Rise Up Rally as we rally against mass incarceration, detaining immigrants, the conditions on reservations and the marginalization of women.

Where: Manual High School, Denver
WhenL: Saturday, July 4 at 5:00pm

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

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This weekend, Donald Trump let the terrible truth slip out.

At a rally in Tulsa on Saturday, referring to testing more Americans for COVID-19 in order to control the pandemic, Trump said, “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people; you’re going to find more cases.”

“So I said to my people,” Trump said, “Slow the testing down please.”

And it gets worse: in an interview earlier today, Trump didn’t deny it, even after his subordinates claimed he was joking.

“If it did slow down,” Trump said, “Frankly, I think we’re way ahead of ourselves if you want to know the truth. We’ve done too good a job…”

With 120,000 Americans dead, the most positive COVID-19 cases of any nation, and no end in sight to the ongoing pandemic, President Trump just announced he doesn’t want to know how many Americans are actually suffering.

It’s an admission so horrifying it seems made up, but it’s not.

Trump’s close friend and ally Sen. Cory Gardner says he understands the importance of testing to track and isolate the spread of this pandemic. But once again Gardner is silent while Trump makes a joke out of everything Gardner claims to value.

Enough is enough: click here to call Cory Gardner right now and tell him to stand up to Trump before more Americans needlessly die. Trump’s reckless disregard for the health and safety of every American cannot be allowed to continue.

Next, take a moment to help Denver transform its police department. In my Denver Post column last weekend, I looked at the facts behind the movement to defund the police–and found there a lot of sense in moving funds into funding first responders who can deal with problems without guns where possible. In Denver, there’s a movement to do just that, and they need your help. Click here to contact Denver city government and urge them to reallocate police funding toward social services and education.

Thanks again for your help and participation on all these important issues. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of June 22:


Featured Event: Decolonizing through Art and Philosophy

What do decolonization, art, and philosophy have to do with one another? Better yet, what CAN they have to do with one another? Come to this Zoom event and spend some time creating, collaborating with others, and learning more about decolonization and philosophy! This is an interactive, hands-on workshop! Recommended materials include anything you have on hand that you’d like to use for quick, visual artistic expression: paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, canvas, pencils, play-doh, etc.

When: Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30pm

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DACA Update Webinar for Community

DACA Recipients! Have questions on what the Supreme Court #DACA decision means for you? TONIGHT join us for a conversation on how the decision will impact you, a chance to ask questions, and a way to get involved to the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

When: Monday, June 22 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Paid Leave Rights

Every worker deserves paid time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. Yet, the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave. COVID-19 has made it clear that ALL workers must have access to these crucial benefits and that we must pass equitable worker laws, especially along race and gender lines. Join this training to learn about the fight for paid leave in Colorado, your rights under existing family and medical leave, sick time and unemployment laws, and what to do if your rights have been violated. We’ll also talk about winning economic justice for womxn and how you can join the movement!

When: Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00am

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The Road to 30 Virtual Tour: Colorado

Join the Center for Western Priorities and Conservation Colorado for the next virtual event in our series highlighting the bold vision to protect 30 percent of America’s lands and water by 2030, featuring United States Senator Tom Udall, Colorado Representative Joe Neguse, and Conservation Colorado Executive Director Kelly Nordini.

When: Thursday, June 25 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: 2020 Virtual Legislative Wrap Up

Join us as we recap what happened in this unusual legislative session and celebrate big wins! We usually make this a festive in-person event at a brewery or something, so in lieu of being able to do that, feel free to BYOB to celebrate!

When: Thursday, June 25 at 5:00pm

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Talking about Health Equity: An Intergenerational Conversation

The pandemic has exposed systemic inequities and fault lines in our society, especially in health. On Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. on PBS12, a group of experts from across Colorado will discuss what health equity means, why inequities exist, how they play out in access to health care, nutritious food and housing, and what kinds of programs and policies we need to ensure that everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from has an opportunity to thrive.

When: Friday, June 26 at 7:00pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 15)

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It seems like an eternity ago, but it was only in mid-March that the Colorado General Assembly adjourned to keep members and the public safe from the global COVID-19 pandemic. On May 26, the legislature reconvened to conclude the business of the 2020 session as quickly and as safely as possible–and at that time nobody knew how much would be accomplished.

Faced with fundamental challenges to our healthcare system, our economy, and society itself as we finally reckon with the age-old evils of racism and police brutality, Colorado lawmakers led by the progressive majority made historic progress. Today as the extended 2020 session comes to an end, we have the answer: more was accomplished in 2020, despite deep political division, economic freefall, and a global emergency, than anyone could have ever hoped.

An historic year for justice. In 2020, Colorado joined the growing global consensus that state-sponsored killing does not service the interests of justice. In addition to ending the death penalty in our state, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police Colorado developed and passed the most comprehensive reform of police accountability in the state’s history. Chokeholds will be banned, “qualified immunity” for police who kill and maim without cause will end, the “reasonable officer” standard that has prevented too many from being brought to justice is gone, and body camera footage will be subject to strict rules for retention and disclosure. This landmark bipartisan bill permanently changes the relationship between police in Colorado and the public they serve and protect. We also banned a deplorable legal defense known as “gay panic” which has been used to attempt to justify hate crimes.

Reopening Colorado Safely. With help from federal stimulus funds, Colorado created new loans and grants to keep businesses going, funded help for Coloradans to pay rent and utilities, and passed legislation to stop price gouging in times of need. Paid sick days, additional funding for food pantries, rural economic development are all on the way to provide help where it’s needed most.

Fairness. This year, the Colorado legislature passed a bill to close tax loopholes that corporations had used to avoid paying their fair share of the burden. New legislation will finally offer better protections to mobile home residents who have been getting a raw deal from landlords for years. And the legislature cracked down on polluters with heavier fines and tougher notification requirements for spills.

This incredibly successful legislative session would not have happened without your help. Thousands of PNC members contacted their lawmakers in support of many important pieces of legislation, especially the police accountability bill before and after the pandemic forced business to a halt. Whether you testified in a live hearing, wrote a letter, made a phone call, or turned out to peacefully protest, you helped make this historic success possible.

And the work goes on. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of June 15:


One Colorado: Title VII Decision Virtual Town Hall

Now that the Court has issued their ruling, find out how it impacts the LGBTQ community in Colorado and across the nation.

When: Tuesday, June 16th at 4:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

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

When: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am

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Colorado AFL-CIO: Workers First Caravan and Donation Collection

On Wednesday, June 17, working people from Colorado will join thousands of people from across the country in a Workers First Caravan, an all-out action of national solidarity. We’ll be demanding Senator Cory Gardner join our working family champions to pass meaningful measures based on compassion, science, dignity and common sense.

When: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am

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Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival

The 2020 Juneteenth Music Festival invites all to join, online, for a positive, educational and entertaining day celebrating African American history and the mission to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The goal of the 2020 Juneteenth Music Festival is to educate the larger population about the important American milestone that is Juneteenth and generate awareness to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

When: Thursday, June 18 at 9:00am

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One Colorado: Mile High Pridecast

Friday June 19th we are bringing Pride to you! Broadcasting from seven Denver LGBTQ+ venues with 27 amazing local and national DJ’s we are proud to present Mile High Pridecast! All funds raised will support One Colorado and their important mission of fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, and a fair and just Colorado for all.

When: Friday, June 19 all day

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A Community Rally for Change

St*pleton is GETTING a new name after decades of pressure. — Now lets honor the work of those who have been in this fight for so long. Join us Saturday in Central Park to celebrate this huge milestone, but also get ready for the work ahead!

When: Saturday, June 20 at 11:00am
Where: Central Park, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80238

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Denver Pride Equality Rally

Join One Colorado, state leaders, activists, and community groups online right after the Denver Pride Virtual Parade for our rally for LGBTQ equality!

When: Sunday, June 21 at 12:30pm

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

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Donald Trump lies all the time, but we know he prizes loyalty over all else.

So when he says Cory Gardner has been with him 100%, we believe him.

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YOU DID IT: What you can do to fight back this week (June 8)

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Over the last few days, a remarkable change for the better has taken place in the streets of Denver. Police appear to have backed off of their initial aggression against protesters, and the crowds have responded with days of peaceful and powerful protest against police violence.

In Colorado, the outrage over the murder of George Floyd has become hope as new legislation to dramatically reform police departments and restore rights to victims of police violence is successfully making its way with your help through the Colorado Senate! Senate Bill 217 makes historic changes in favor of police accountability: banning chokeholds, requiring an objective justification to initiate a police stop, strict standards for the use of body cameras and disclosure of the footage–all of this and more is possible right now if we act together.

If you haven’t already, click here to contact your Colorado lawmakers and urge a YES vote on Senate Bill 217. Time is of the essence for lawmakers to pass remaining legislation for this year and adjourn. So it’s important that you take a moment right now to speak out, whether you’re represented by a Republican or a Democrat.

If you’ve already contacted your legislators to support Senate Bill 217, thanks very much! Make sure everyone you know in Colorado who supports police accountability contacts their lawmakers today. Forward this message to everyone you know and urge them to get involved.

Thanks for your support in this fight for basic civil rights. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Mattered in the 1960s when the Freedom Riders traveled south and risked their lives for the rights of people a thousand miles away. Colorado honors the sacrifice of victims of police violence, here and across the nation, by passing legislation to help ensure that the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is not replicated in Colorado ever again.

Here are more ways to fight back for the week of June 8:


Racial Justice in Colorado: A Discussion with COWFP

Join Colorado Working Families Party and special guests for a discussion on racial justice in Colorado.

When: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00pm

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Vigil For George Floyd

We have protested, marched, cried, yelled, and posted. Now, George Floyd is to be laid to rest in his hometown of Houston, TX on June 9th. Come together at the Civic Center park June 9th at 7pm to be with the family of George Floyd in spirit and pray for a peaceful rest, for such was lacking in his death. Bring a candle to be lit while the sun is setting. Candles will be provided for those not in a position to buy/bring one, however, supplies are limited. This is an event for all so please, join in this gathering of unity and peace as we say goodbye to a beloved son, father, brother, and friend. Rest In Peace George Floyd.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) wants to hear about your hopes for the Water Plan update! Please join for any or all of the Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions, a series of conversations on the future of water in Colorado. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will host a series of online public listening sessions to share updates about the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan), hear from water leaders across the state, and gather feedback about how the Water Plan should approach the critical issues around Agricultural, Municipal & Industrial, Environmental & Recreational, and Forest Health & Watershed Health.

When: Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11

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Colorado People’s Alliance: Conversations on Race: Anti-Blackness & Policing

Race caucus conversations allow us to go deeper in conversation with others who share a similar race identity to better identify how we personally perpetuate and benefit from anti-blackness and white supremacy, and how we can undo our own racism and hold each-other accountable. Race caucus conversations allow impacted people safe spaces to process. Race caucus conversations also allow non-black people open spaces with each-other where they can process and hold-each other accountable without forcing any of this labor onto black folks, and without causing unintended harm while processing. For example, this is the type of space where non-black folks can process white-guilt, white-passing guilt etc. and work through it into action.

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30pm

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Cobalt AF Digital Sex Trivia Fundraiser

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for an evening of sex trivia to support the Cobalt Abortion Fund. We are asking a $5 donation to participate or $30 for a team of 8 or more. If you are unable to make this donation but would still like to participate, please email amanda@cobaltadvocates.org We encourage in addition to brushing up on those sex trivia facts, that your team crowd-raise funds to support the Cobalt Abortion Fund. Every dollar given to the fund goes directly back to patients.

When: Thursday, June 11 at 4:00pm

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The Future of Work: An Intergenerational Conversation on PBS12

On the Same Page presents an intergenerational panel of ten Colorado leaders and recent college graduates to discuss what the future of work will look like in a post-COVID-19 economy. Panelists share details about Colorado’s employment before, during and after COVID-19, describe the impacts on the workplace structure, and share their thoughts on how we will rebuild Colorado’s workforce post-COVID.

When: Friday, June 12 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Lawmakers Must Pass Legislation to Hold Police Accountable

June 2, 2020
Denver, Colorado

We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the appalling violence and use of force perpetrated at the hands of law enforcement in Colorado. Beginning May 28th, Coloradans from across the state gathered in Denver to peacefully mourn the murder of George Floyd and to demand justice for the indiscriminate killings of Black persons, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and countless others. Instead of the respect and discourse they deserve, officers responded to these demonstrations with aggression.

Our nation has a proud history of strategic protest and civil disobedience as an effective means of challenging oppression and bringing about needed change. We recognize this history, particularly as we begin the month of June with its anniversaries of social justice milestones, protests, and civil disobedience such as Juneteenth, the LGBTQ Pride movement, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Violence and brutality at the hands of law enforcement is an unacceptable violation of the public’s trust. It is the obligation of law enforcement — whose professional duty it is to “protect and serve” the community — to de-escalate tension, especially during a protest, and to hold one another accountable.

In stark contrast to their sworn duty, some law enforcement officers were actually perpetrators of brutality against those they have vowed to protect and serve. On several occasions, these officers met nonviolent congregations of Coloradans and clearly-identified members of the press with volleys of tear gas, pepper balls, and flash bangs.

This is more than just an egregious misuse of force. It is a serious public health concern [1], especially during an ongoing pandemic. Tear gas is a chemical weapon that has a long history of being utilized to silence communities of color, and it’s known to cause a variety of serious injuries including chemical burns, respiratory distress, miscarriage, and stillbirth in pregnant persons [2]. In some cases, depending on pre-existing conditions, exposure to tear gas can even result in death. In addition to protesters, countless bystanders who live and work in the surrounding areas have been continuously exposed to this airborne weapon. There is no excuse for using tear gas on nonviolent protesters, let alone those blameless citizens who’ve found themselves in the crossfire.

This cannot stand.

Our organizations stand together in calling on our lawmakers to pass effective legislation right now to hold law enforcement accountable and to ensure the public is kept safe from police violence.

Signed,

NAACP CO-MT-WY State Conference
ProgressNow Colorado
ACLU of Colorado
Women’s Lobby of Colorado
The Marigold Project
New Era Colorado
The Bell Policy Center
Cobalt
Denver Young Democrats (DYD)
Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
One Colorado
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

1. “What Is Tear Gas, & What Does It Do To Your Body?” by Elizabeth Gulino; June 1, 2020; https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9848420/what-is-tear-gas-effects

2. “Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?” by Michelle Goldberg; August 19, 2014; https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/tear-gas-abortifacient-why-wont-anti-abortion-movement-oppose-it/

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What you can do to stay healthy, fight back, and demand justice this week (June 1)

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In the few days since we last wrote, another terrible crisis has struck our nation.

This isn’t a new virus. It’s age-old inequality, horrific police violence, and an explosion of outrage from communities who feel cut off from the justice white America takes for granted. Once again, a black man has been murdered in the street by a white police officer. Once again, the cities of America have erupted in protest, and the country is being divided along old familiar lines of race and class.

As progressives we believe, as a matter of fundamental principle, in nonviolent movements to bring about solutions to the problems that beset our society. In Colorado, we’re grateful to community leaders like Rep. Leslie Herod and DPS Board member Tay Anderson, who organized massive peaceful demonstrations over the past few days demanding an end to the extrajudicial murder of black people by police. On Saturday, an amazing display of peaceful commitment to change was caught on camera by the Colorado Times Recorder [1] as thousands of demonstrators lay face down and for nine minutes repeated the words, “I can’t breathe.”

Such powerful moments of unity and strength are what America needs to remember from these days of nationwide protest. There’s only one way to bring the unrest in America to an end, and it’s the same solution as 50 years ago: black lives have got to matter. Those words must be made real with policies that end the disproportionate killing of black men in America, and that make equal opportunity more than a slogan for every American.

These are our values, and we hope you share them.

Action item #1: The Colorado General Assembly is in session right now, and needs to respond with effective legislation to ensure departments foster a culture among officers that rejects brutality. Click here to call your state lawmakers and tell them to immediately pass legislation to keep the public safe from police violence.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of June 1:


Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday June 2nd at 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) wants to hear about your hopes for the Water Plan update! Please join for any or all of the Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions, a series of conversations on the future of water in Colorado. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will host a series of online public listening sessions to share updates about the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan), hear from water leaders across the state, and gather feedback about how the Water Plan should approach the critical issues around Agricultural, Municipal & Industrial, Environmental & Recreational, and Forest Health & Watershed Health.

When: Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00am

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ACLU of Colorado: Lunch & Learn: Know Your Rights – Police Encounters

Recent police encounters in Colorado and nationwide have raised concerns about the level of force used on people and the impact it has on police-community relationships. It’s important that every person feels safe in their daily activities without endangering their fundamental constitutional rights. Join the ACLU of Colorado for a Lunch & Learn Thursday, June 4th at 12 pm to learn more about your rights during a law enforcement encounter and actionable steps to take if you experience or witness police misconduct.

When: Thursday, June 4 at 12:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Fifth Virtual Happy Hour with Colorado Black Women for Political Action

Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On June 4, we will be joined by the President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Tamra DeBrady (also a WLCO board member!). Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!

When: Thursday, June 4 at 5:30pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

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

When: Thursday, June 4 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Lunch & Learn on Colorado Climate Action

Come learn about the Climate Action Plan (HB1261), passed by the Colorado legislature and signed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019, and get involved to shape how Colorado meets its ambitious and urgent goals to reduce carbon pollution. This conversation is a great opportunity to hear from elected officials, Sierra Club members, and community activists about the progress we’ve already made, where we’re heading, and how YOU can make an impact on the future of Colorado.

When: Friday, June 5 at 1:15pm

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Peaceful Protest against Police Brutality

We need to come together and uplift the movement and protect our black brothers and sisters from the continued police brutality in our city, state, country and across the globe.

When: Saturday, June 6 at 12:00pm
When: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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9to5 Colorado: Housing is a Human Right! Denver Car Protest

Now more than ever, in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, safe and secure housing is a necessity for survival. While the government funnels billions to banks and big corporations, working people have been left to fend for themselves. In Colorado an estimated 450,000 people may be facing eviction once the coronavirus lets up. Thousands more are facing the pandemic without a safe place to live, either experiencing homelessness or trapped in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions of incarceration.

When: Saturday, June 6 at 3:00pm
Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Rosé Resistance

Pour yourself a glass of rosé and join fellow fierce reproductive rights advocates *online* for our annual event to benefit Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado! Get the latest updates on reproductive health care access—which continues to be targeted even in a time of global crisis. Guests include: Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Colorado Attorney General, Phil Weiser; and PPRM CEO and President, Vicki Cowart.

When: Sunday, June 7 at 11:00am

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (May 26)

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Today, the Colorado General Assembly reconvened to finish the work of the 2020 legislative session…

In a different universe.

When lawmakers adjourned in March to wait out the pandemic, Colorado’s economy was roaring and the revenue picture for our state–never far from crisis even in good times–looked a lot better. Today, the state faces the largest budget shortfalls in our lifetimes, a direct reflection of the economic disruption from the necessary measures taken to save lives at the peak of the outbreak.

Now more than ever, it’s time for Colorado to take a hard look at the tax policies that make it hard for Colorado to balance the budget even when times are good, and leave us powerless to meet needs when disaster strikes. This fall, with your help, Coloradans have the chance to make an historic change to Colorado’s tax code–a tax cut for 95% of Coloradans and a modest tax increase for the wealthy. The Fair Tax Colorado campaign to move Colorado to a progressive tax structure like a majority of states already have is working to make the ballot this November, and they need your help.

Action item #1 this week: visit our friends at Fair Tax Colorado and check out ways you can help get Initiative 271 on the ballot.

Thanks for your help on this crucial ballot measure. Once that’s done, here are more great ways to fight back for the week of May 26:


Get the Facts: Fair Tax Colorado & Initiative #271

Colorado needs a fair tax code. Initiative #271 is how we make it possible. Join the Fair Tax Colorado team for an informative webinar about Initiative #271, a proposal that cuts taxes for 95% of Coloradans, guarantees funding for schools and teachers, and ensures every Coloradan pays their fair share. Register now and learn more about Fair Tax Colorado!

When: May 26-29

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Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday May 26th at 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00pm

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Bold Women. Change History. The Summit

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit is a one-day gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present and shape our history. This interactive day features bold women who take risks and innovate in ways worth replicating and who demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. In short and energizing talks, women leaders from many fields will share how they show up, create, disrupt and transform our communities. As part of the centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment, The Summit continues to expand the ways in which we understand power and leadership. The day culminates with an evening conversation between two of the nation’s top scholars on the story of the fight for the women’s vote.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00am

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External Communications in a Time of Uncertainty

Every industry has been impacted by COVID-19 in some way, shape or form. While there is no single way to communicate with consumers during this time, companies and brands need to be thoughtful in their practices to be effective and considerate of their audience. In this webinar, we will explore insights and advice with a panel of advertising, communications and public relations experts and take a look at some brands’ responses to the pandemic.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00am

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TABOR – Preventing Progress on Climate Action

COVID-19 is overwhelming Colorado’s economy, and TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights) is making it worse. TABOR is an amendment which was approved by voters in1992 and limits the amount of revenue the State of Colorado can retain and spend. It has prevented progress with environmental policy in the state. Transportation funding, carbon pricing, enforcing environmental rules – are all impacted. During the panel, fiscal policy expert Carol Hedges of The Colorado Fiscal Institute will explain the far-reaching effects of the TABOR amendment. We will hear about the many ways this amendment is hindering Colorado’s progress toward growing our clean economy and providing a healthy, low-carbon future. You’ll also learn about Fair Tax Colorado (Initiative #271), which may be on the November ballot, and would be a progressive step.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00pm

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Rocky Mountain Values: Mental Health Town Hall

Rocky Mountain Values, Mental Health Colorado, One Colorado and Protect Our Care have come together again to put on a another mental health town hall. Featuring music, a Q&A session, and discussion about mental health resources and self care during this crisis. Speakers include Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet (Commerce City), Marv Allen, Health Equity and Training Director at One Colorado and Vincent Atchity, Mental Health Colorado.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00pm

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A Conversation with Madeleine Albright

Renowned for her courage and “telling it like it is,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Dean Fritz Mayer for a candid conversation touching on the current state of world affairs and the many challenges our nation faces on the international stage – from the global impacts of the pandemic to the personalities who shape today’s headlines. A moderated Q&A will draw on her distinguished career as a diplomat, the Korbel legacy as well as insights from her most recent book, Hell and Other Destinations.

When: Thursday, May 28 at 12:00pm

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Why Courts Matter

Courts matter. From protecting reproductive rights to preserving health care access, who we nominate to our nation’s courts has a long-lasting impact on our rights for decades to come.
Join us for a series on the nitty gritty of judicial nominations and the impacts they have on our civil liberties.

When: Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Fourth Virtual Social Hour with Working Families

Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On May 28 we will be joined by the ultimate advocate for working families, Wendy Howell, of the Working Families Party! Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!

When: Thursday, May 28 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Legal Observer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 am till 1:00 pm we will train Legal Observers. Join our training to become a LO and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Saturday, May 30 at 11:00am

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Racial Justice Senate Forum

Racial injustice affects the lives of too many Coloradans. The disparities can be seen in areas like healthcare, education, economic equality, and environment – and have been present for generations. Most recently, while Latinx people make up 22 percent of Colorado’s population, they are represented in 28 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. And while 4 percent of Colorado’s population identifies as Black, they make up 7 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. Now more than ever, we need a US Senator who will fight for all of us.

When: Saturday, May 30 at 1:00pm

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Housing is a Human Right! Denver Car Protest

Now more than ever, in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, safe and secure housing is a necessity for survival. While the government funnels billions to banks and big corporations, working people have been left to fend for themselves. In Colorado an estimated 450,000 people may be facing eviction once the coronavirus lets up. Thousands more are facing the pandemic without a safe place to live, either experiencing homelessness or trapped in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions of incarceration. Join the national day of COVID-safe car protests on May 30 to demand immediate action from the government to ensure that ALL people have the safe and secure housing needed to survive this crisis!

When: Saturday, May 30 at 3:00pm

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One Colorado: Brunch & Learn with pro-equality leaders in Colorado

Come Brunch & Learn with One Colorado and pro-equality leaders in our state as we discuss issues and policies that impact our mental wellness.

When: Sunday, May 31 at 12:30pm

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (May 18)

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We’ve got the latest numbers. They’re bad for Cory Gardner and Donald Trump.

In ProgressNow Colorado’s second collaborative effort with Global Strategy Group, today we’re releasing a new Rocky Mountaineer poll of 800 Colorado voters–and the poll says Colorado voters understand Cory Gardner has put political games and his loyalty to Donald Trump ahead of Colorado during the pandemic. And they’re not happy.

Meanwhile, Trump’s approval rating has slid while Governor Jared Polis’ approval has surged as voters reward his steady response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the latest Rocky Mountaineer polling and analysis right here. And then take a moment to forward this up-to-date look at Colorado politics to your friends and family.

While the COVID-19 crisis is far from over, we’re all encouraged by the data that shows staying at home for the last two months has saved lives. Until there’s a vaccine or at least an effective treatment, it’s crucial that we continue to observe the best practices that have kept us healthy since March: six feet of social distancing, masks in public, and washing our hands remain the best way to stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for doing your part! Here are some more ways to make a difference for the week of May 18:


Colorado Sierra Club: Outdoor Leadership Workshop Series

You now have an opportunity to help engage people in your community to connect outdoors by joining the Colorado Sierra Club this November through December through our web-based Outdoor Leadership 101 Workshop. You will begin the adventure to be certified to lead your own Sierra Club trips to help engage more people to explore and enjoy the special places Colorado has to offer.

When: Monday, May 18 at 6:30pm

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Get the Facts: Fair Tax Colorado & Initiative #271

Colorado needs a fair tax code. Initiative #271 is how we make it possible. Join the Fair Tax Colorado team for an informative webinar about Initiative #271, a proposal that cuts taxes for 95% of Coloradans, guarantees funding for schools and teachers, and ensures every Coloradan pays their fair share. Register now and learn more about Fair Tax Colorado!

When: May 19-29

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Support for DACA Recipients/ Apoyo Para Beneficiarios DACA

In anticipation of the upcoming SCOTUS decision on DACA, CIRC and community partners, Servicios De La Raza are coming together to provide DACA recipients with weekly support groups led by mental health professionals. We plan to continue to stand with DACA recipients as we make it through this difficult time together! We are committed to connecting and bringing you to the resources needed to get through this.

When: Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00am

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Virtual BlueFlower Endorsement Party

Join the BlueFlower Board for a virtual happy hour to celebrate our spring slate of endorsed candidates! Feel free to drop by any time during the hour.

When: Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Air Toxics Town Hall

Join us for a Zoom town hall highlighting air quality and health including the first look at a report released by the Colorado Fiscal Institute on the cost of the health impacts of air pollution. Hear from health experts with the American Lung Association, Rayna Hetlage of CFI, state leaders and community members to discuss air quality in Colorado and a new report demonstrating the devastating fiscal impacts of air pollution. This program will also include legislators championing these issues, and the people directly impacted by this pollution. This is an opportunity to learn more about air pollution impacts and how to act on the problem.

When: Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00pm

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Planning That Works: Using Modern Planning Tools and Techniques to Achieve 100% Carbon-Free Electricity

Join Northern Colorado Partners for Clean Energy for a live webinar with leading renewable energy expert, Karl Rábago. Karl will discuss how advanced planning techniques can be applied to Platte River Power Authority’s (PRPA) current and ongoing Integrated Resource Planning process to provide a more optimal and accelerated path towards 100% carbon free electricity. PRPA recently adopted a goal of 100% non-carbon electricity by 2030. PRPA is the wholesale electricity supplier for the cities of Fort Collins, Longmont, Estes Park, and Loveland in Northern Colorado.

When: Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Third Virtual Social Hour with Colorado Fiscal Institute

Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On May 21 we will be joined by the budget guru and head of the of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, Carol Hedges! Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!

When: Thursday, May 21 at 5:30pm

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (May 11)

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After everything we’ve been through in the past six weeks, the greater tragedy would be if the sacrifices we’ve made together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic are undone by a tiny fringe who refuse to accept science and consider the law to be their “personal choice.”

On Sunday, a restaurant in Castle Rock made a foolish political statement by throwing their doors open to a crowd who intentionally disregarded not just the law, but every bit of good advice from health experts from social distancing to wearing face masks to protect others.

At the head of this crowd cheering them on was, you guessed it, GOP House Minority Leader Patrick Neville. The same Pat Neville who accused Colorado’s first Jewish governor and local health officials of having a “Gestapo-like mentality” and condemned stay-at-home orders as “tyranny.” Today Gov. Jared Polis ordered the restaurant shut down, and it’s unfortunately very possible that some of the people who ate there yesterday will contract COVID-19 as a result.

House Minority Leader Pat Neville is one of Colorado’s highest ranking Republicans, and he just put the safety of both his constituents in Castle Rock and his colleagues in the Colorado General Assembly in danger. If you haven’t already, take a moment now to join the thousands of your fellow Coloradans and sign our petition hosted by our friends at MoveOn calling on Neville to step down as House Minority Leader immediately.

Once you’ve taken a stand for common sense and public safety, here are more ways to take action for the week of May 11:


Conservation Colorado: Beyond a Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous People and Public Lands

Join Conservation Colorado for our keynote Colorado Public Lands Day event, featuring a panel discussion on the problematic histories of Indigenous Peoples and Public Lands and a commentary on a more hopeful future for the co-management of ancestry territory and tribal consultation.

When: Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Outdoor Leadership Workshop Series

You now have an opportunity to help engage people in your community to connect outdoors by joining the Colorado Sierra Club this November through December through our web-based Outdoor Leadership 101 Workshop. You will begin the adventure to be certified to lead your own Sierra Club trips to help engage more people to explore and enjoy the special places Colorado has to offer.

When: Monday, May 11 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: LGBTQ Mental Health Town Hall

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and One Colorado invites you to join us for our LGBTQ Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Town Hall on May 12th. We’ll discuss the unique mental health care needs of LGBTQ Coloradans, provide statewide and local resources, share tips on accessing behavioral and mental health care through insurance plans, and more!

When: Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Air Toxics Town Hall

Join us for a Zoom town hall highlighting air quality and health including the first look at a report released by the Colorado Fiscal Institute on the cost of the health impacts of air pollution. Hear from health experts with the American Lung Association, Rayna Hetlage of CFI, state leaders and community members to discuss air quality in Colorado and a new report demonstrating the devastating fiscal impacts of air pollution. This program will also include legislators championing these issues, and the people directly impacted by this pollution. This is an opportunity to learn more about air pollution impacts and how to act on the problem.

When: Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Policy Committee Meetings 2020 Legislative Session

We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays over lunch to discuss and take positions on legislation. This meeting is for members and representatives of member organizations. To join Women’s Lobby of Colorado check out our website www.womenslobbyofcolorado.org.

When: Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Latino Community Conversations: State Budget & Covid-19

The Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus, COLOR and Latino-serving organizations are hosting a bilingual virtual town hall to discuss the state budget, COVID-19, and the impacts on Latino communities.

When: Wednedsay, May 13 at 4:00pm

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Rocky Mountain Values: Mental Health Town Hall

Rocky Mountain Values, Mental Health Colorado, One Colorado and Protect Our Care have come together to put on a mental health town hall. Featuring a Q&A session, discussion about mental health resources and self care during this crisis and speakers like mental health advocate Rep. Lisa Cutter, Mental Health Colorado’s Vincent Atchity and One Colorado’s Marv Allen.

When: Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00pm

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Drinking Liberally Denver (Virtual Edition)

We’ve been doing virtual Drinking Liberally via Zoom and it’s been a great success. We decided to do these every week until we are able to meet in the bar again. You will be able join by video or phone for an hour of lively commentary, political trivia and conversation.

When: Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Our Second Virtual Social Hour with PPRM

Join us for this social hour to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on reproductive health care, as well as other issues. We are excited to have Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and long-time advocate and protector of our state’s reproductive care.

When: Thursday, May 14 at 5:30pm

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Sierra Club Colorado: Colorado Public Lands Trivia

Come play some virtual wild and wacky Colorado public lands trivia with the Sierra Club. You will get inspiration for taking action for our lands, waters and wildlife while having a blast. You can create teams and the top three teams will get Sierra Club swag along with the winning team a gift card to a local outdoor retailer.

When: Thursday, May 14 at 6:00pm

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: The Census and Me

Filling out the census is important! The census guides critical funds for local health programs, and shapes political power for the next DECADE. But even more than that, filling out the 2020 Census is the way to make sure that your voice is heard. Join us for a four-part series on how the census will affect you and your community, and what you can do to help make sure everyone is counted.

When: Friday, May 15 at 5:30pm

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Thanks again for your support in good times and bad, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (May 4)

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The last six weeks have been very hard on everyone, but the measures we took in Colorado to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic are working. [1] The proof is in the curve we flattened and the lives we saved by staying home, and it’s not over. Most of the Denver metro area remains under stay-at-home orders until this weekend at the earliest. Every smart decision we make to keep social distancing and keep building occupancy low as we transition to a sustainable “new normal” means lives preserved until treatment and prevention is available.

Thanks to everyone for doing your part to protect each other’s health. Keep it up and make sure it was all worth it.

Now it’s time to talk about Sen. Cory Gardner. For years now and especially since Donald Trump’s election, Gardner has consistently been more attentive to the needs of his corporate cronies and Republican political allies than the voters he was elected to represent. That’s why it had been years even before the COVID-19 pandemic since Gardner’s last public town hall. Instead of being honest and engaging candidly with Colorado, Gardner relied on scripted appearances at corporate events and telephone town halls he can control with a button.

On Wednesday, Sen. Cory Gardner is appearing on the controversial Denver radio station 710 KNUS–the same station who had to fire a producer exposed as a not-so-closeted neo-Nazi–for an event he’s calling a “town hall.” Forcing Coloradans to tune in to a far-right radio station that has supported violent fringe groups like the Proud Boys in order to engage their U.S. Senator is outrageous. But if it’s the only way to reach Gardner and ask the hard questions about the Trump administration’s disastrous handling of this pandemic, Coloradans have no choice.

Click here to register for Sen. Cory Gardner’s “town hall” on right-wing AM radio this Wednesday at 6:00pm. If you manage to get past the screeners, here are a few suggested questions:

  • After the Trump administration commandeered Colorado’s order of 500 ventilator machines, why did we only get back 100? Where are the other 400?
  • Does Sen. Martha McSally’s “gift” of 100 ventilators to Arizona two days after yours prove this equipment is being distributed for political reasons?
  • After Trump told states to purchase equipment on the open market, why are states having to hide equipment they procure from the federal government?
  • Gardner claimed to have obtained 5,000 COVID-19 tests for workers at the JBS beef packing plant in Greeley, but the workers claim most were not tested before the plant reopened. Why didn’t Gardner make sure the testing he took credit for actually happened?
  • As recently as late March, Gardner reaffirmed his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Because of the ACA, millions of Americans still have health insurance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Does Gardner still support repeal? Do Republicans have a plan today for replacing the ACA?

Thanks for your help getting answers out of Cory Gardner. We’ll be listening to see if you get through! Here are some more ways you can help make a difference for the week of May The Fourth:


AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: Free Them All FB Live from GEO May 4th Vigil 2020

We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. On Monday, May 4th Vigil 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on this Vigil event page we call on ICE and GEO to #FreeThemAll and release every person from detention and Save Lives. This vigil will be broadcast from GEO as a FB live so you can stay safe at home and share the Free Them All message with others. Tune as Not One More Deportation Table Members and Colorado People’s Alliance members share about loved ones in detention and also hear from several poets and artists who are calling for action.

When: Monday, May 4 at 6:00pm

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Cobalt: Abortion Clinic Support Drive

Join us in sponsoring health center pantries to support patients traveling from out of state. As need in Colorado increases due to COVID-19 related unemployment and the opportunistic bans on abortion care in other states, we’re working to provide pantry goods and gas cards for patients in this time of need.

When: Tuesday, May 5

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Colorado Sierra Club: Outdoor Leadership Workshop Series

You now have an opportunity to help engage people in your community to connect outdoors by joining the Colorado Sierra Club this November through December through our web-based Outdoor Leadership 101 Workshop. You will begin the adventure to be certified to lead your own Sierra Club trips to help engage more people to explore and enjoy the special places Colorado has to offer.

When: Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Salud y Finanzas Personales en Tiempos de Coronavirus

El coronavirus ha impactado nuestra salud y finanzas personales en múltiples maneras. Únase a este informativo seminario en línea acerca de los pasos que puede tomar en este tiempo tan inusual. Mpowered repasará estrategias y recursos para hacer frente a la pérdida de ingresos y el Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) compartirá lo que necesitas saber acerca de la atención médica respecto al COVID-19.

Cuándo: miércoles 6 de mayo, 12:00pm

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Rocky Mountain Values and Servicios de La Raza: Latinx Virtual Resource Fair: Mental Health

This is a difficult time. That’s why Rocky Mountain Values is hosting a series of town halls with Servicios de la Raza to share resources and information to help you and your family. On Wednesday, May 6th, we are focusing on mental health. We will discuss different resources to tap into and various services around the state. We will be joined by State Representative Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, as well as other advocates and experts.

When: Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00pm

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Tele-Town Hall with President & CEO, Vicki Cowart

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has continued to keep their health center doors open to provide essential reproductive health care to our communities. Not only is PPRM providing care for our region, but we’re seeing more patients than ever travel to receive care in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. Hear directly from PPRM’s President & CEO Vicki Cowart this Wednesday evening. She will address the modifications being made to protect the health and safety of staff and patients, provide key political updates in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada, and will share how you can support our organization to ensure the PPRM region remains a safe haven for abortion care.

When: Wednesday, May 6th at 6:00pm

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SEIU Local 105 and Colorado WINS: Colorado Essential Worker Action Telethon

Grab your phones and join essential workers from across Colorado in an action telethon on Facebook live! While in your typical telethon we’d be raising funds, in a worker action telethon we’re raising our voices. Every day of inaction by our Congressional leaders is putting more working families’ lives at risk. We’re calling Senator Cory Gardner to let him know he must ACT NOW to #ProtectAllWorkers

When: Thursday, May 7 at 10:00am

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Why Courts Matter

Courts matter. From protecting reproductive rights to preserving health care access, who we nominate to our nation’s courts has a long-lasting impact on our rights for decades to come. Join us for a series on the nitty gritty of judicial nominations and the impacts they have on our civil liberties.

When: Thursday, May 7 at 4:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Virtual Social Hour Series

Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On May 7 we will be joined by the powerful and dynamic Karla Garcia Gonzales, Policy Director of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights! Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!

Where: Thursday, May 7 at 5:30pm

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May the Fourth be with you, and we’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (April 27)

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There are hopeful signs that the hard six weeks we’ve been through are indeed slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks in large part to our in-state leadership, with no thanks to Trump and his political allies in Washington. With that said, it’s up to us now to stay safe and help prevent a second wave of infection by continuing to stay home except when absolutely necessary until an effective treatment or prevention strategy is in place.

Elected officials are under difficult and often competing pressures, but you have control over your own health. Despite the change of policy announced at the statewide level, public health officials in the Denver area are keeping stay-at-home orders in place until at least May 8th. We can bounce back economically from this pandemic, but lives lost are not replaceable.

Be part of the solution, not the problem. To the degree which you are able, keep social distancing, stay home, wash your hands, and don’t change the new routines you’ve developed over the last month until it’s safe.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a difference! Here are a few great ways to take action from home for the week of April 27:


ACLU of Colorado: 22-Week Abortion Ban Webinar

Join the ACLU of Colorado on April 28th at 6:30 pm to learn more about the 22-week abortion ban underway in Colorado. You’ll learn why this initiative is an attack on reproductive freedom, how the abortion ban has been impacted by COVID-19 and ways to take action to stop this campaign.

When: Tuesday April 28 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) Colorado Denim Day

Since 2013, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) has hosted Colorado Denim Day in order to raise awareness about sexual assault, show support for survivors, and unite communities across Colorado in taking a stand against sexual violence. Colorado Denim Day is our statewide event aligning with Denim Day events across the world on a Wednesday in April.

When: Wednesday, April 29

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health and Personal Finances in the Time of the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has impacted our health and personal finances in so many ways. Please join us in this informative webinar about steps you can take in these unusual times. mpowered will review strategies and resources to cope with loss of income, and the Colorado Community Health Initiative (CCHI) will share what you need to know about health care with respect to COVID-19.

When: Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00pm

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Latinx Virtual Resource Fair: Food and Financial Aid

This is a difficult time. That’s why Rocky Mountain Values is hosting a series of town halls with Servicios de la Raza to share resources and information to help you and your family. On Wednesday, April 29th, we are focusing on food and economic security. We will discuss different resources to tap into and various services around the state. We will be joined by State Senator Julie Gonzales, Councilwoman Jamie Torres, Juanita Montoya from Servicios de la Raza, as well as other experts.

When: Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00pm

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Cobalt and Keep Abortion Safe: An Online Conversation with Renee Bracey Sherman

We’re partnering with our friends at Keep Abortion Safe and Renee Bracey Sherman of We Testify for an online conversation about “Abortion stigma, the power of abortion storytelling, and confronting anti-Blackness in anti-abortion rhetoric.” Renee and co-host Dani Newsum will examine the roots of abortion shame and stigma, and the power of shared personal abortion stories and other tools we can use to overcome and transcend that stigma. Ms. Bracey Sherman will also explore the ways in which anti-abortion shamers utilize racism and misogyny against black people and other peoples of color who have had an abortion or are seeking an abortion.

When: Thursday, April 30 at 12:00pm

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: The Census and Me

Filling out the census is important! The census guides critical funds for local health programs, and shapes political power for the next DECADE. But even more than that, filling out the 2020 Census is the way to make sure that your voice is heard. Join us for a four-part series on how the census will affect you and your community, and what you can do to help make sure everyone is counted.

When: Thursday, April 30 at 6:30pm

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Urge Gov. Polis To Protect Coloradans Experiencing Homelessness

Everyone in Colorado is hurting as we struggle to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

But some of our neighbors are suffering disproportionately. Right now, Colorado’s burgeoning population experiencing homelessness is facing every aspect of this crisis, from the threat of deadly disease to the stalled economy, without the most basic resources most of us are still able to take for granted. As is so often the case in times of crisis, those who have the least end up faring the very worst.

Please take a moment right now to join the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in urging Gov. Jared Polis to take immediate steps to help people experiencing homeless in Colorado.

While state and local officials have worked to provide for vulnerable communities, many areas of the state still don’t have safe shelter space–or any shelter space–for people experiencing homelessness. It’s imperative that the state aggressively expand hotel room availability, especially in rural areas. Like every other emergency responder, shelter workers and volunteers need personal protective equipment to safely do their jobs. And above all, testing needs to be made available to everyone who needs one, with no barriers to equal access by marginalized communities.

Sign the petition from our friends at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless right now: urge Gov. Polis to take further action now to protect Colorado’s most vulnerable. It’s important he get this message before it’s too late for some.

Thanks for taking action to make sure everyone in Colorado has a place to be safe during this pandemic.

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Sign the petition: House Minority Leader Patrick Neville must go

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Less than two weeks ago, we wrote asking you to contact Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, and tell him to stop putting Colorado lives at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic with his outrageous and irresponsible rhetoric: openly encouraging resistance to stay-at-home orders to combat the pandemic, and comparing the battle against this deadly disease to Nazism.

Yesterday, a local reporter asked Gov. Jared Polis about these outlandish statements from Minority Leader Neville and other Colorado Republicans. You have to watch his powerful response:

Reached by the Denver Post after yesterday’s briefing, Minority Leader Neville “declined to apologize.” [1] And even now as the evidence grows that everything we’ve done to fight this pandemic is working and has saved untold numbers of Coloradans, Neville and his small but noisy fringe of far-right activists who wield disproportionate influence in the Colorado Republican Party are giving their supporters advice that could cost lives.

Enough is enough. Sign our petition calling on Colorado House Republicans to remove Patrick Neville from his position as Colorado House Minority Leader immediately.

A new poll shows that 75% of Coloradans support Gov. Polis’ response to the pandemic–over 30 percent higher than Trump’s 43% approval. These weeks of staying at home have been difficult, but the alternative of allowing the pandemic to rage unchecked would be so much worse it’s unthinkable. Coloradans understand the stakes, and we’re doing a great job at slowing the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Now let’s make sure the whole country knows that Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville does not speak for the rest of us. Sign our petition demanding House Republicans pull the plug on Neville’s disastrous term as House Minority Leader. We’ll deliver your signatures and comments to the House GOP, other elected officials, and the press.

Thanks again for helping Colorado get through this emergency with our health and our dignity intact.

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (April 13)

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Just like you, we’re doing our best to stay productive during this difficult period, and making sure that when the stay-at-home order is lifted we’re healthy and ready to get back to full steam. I’m incredibly proud of my co-workers, my neighbors, our public safety officials, and most [1] of our elected officials like Gov. Jared Polis for everything they’re doing to get us through this. And I’m not alone: new polling today shows 75% of Coloradans approve of Gov. Polis’ management of the COVID-19 emergency. [2]

When Washington lets us down, Coloradans step up.

While we all do our part to get Colorado through this by staying at home and wearing a non-medical mask when we have to go out, here are a few ways you can virtually make a difference for the week of April 13:


Keep Abortion Providers Safe: Face Mask Donation Pledge

Help us collect 400 face masks for reproductive healthcare workers in Colorado!

💫Healthcare workers are on the front lines of this global pandemic, reproductive healthcare workers are no different. Keeping abortion safe during COVID-19 means making sure providers and clinic staff have the equipment they need to continue providing essential services to our community.

When: Until April 22, 12:00pm

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Climate Crisis : An Online Panel Event

Analysis of the path to 100% Clean Energy. A panel of experts, organizers, and community members.

When: Monday, April 13 at 6:00pm

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Virtual Town Hall with AG Phil Weiser

Abortion is an essential medical procedure, and remains accessible in Colorado even as states across the country attempt to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to block abortion and further restrict reproductive rights. We are thrilled to have Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joining us for a virtual townhall about abortion access and how his office is working hard to make sure this Constitutional right remains protected.

When: Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

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ACLU of Colorado: Know Your Rights: Immigration

Join us on April 14 at 6:30 pm as we reveal our newly redesigned Know Your Rights training booklet and discuss constitutional rights, scenarios, and resources for immigrant communities.

When: Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Virtual Climate Action Training

What is Colorado’s Climate Action Plan in the time of COVID-19? What have decision-makers done so far to ensure we’re on track to meet our climate targets? Who is the Air Quality Control Commission and why do they matter? Why does sharing my climate story to the Air Quality Control Commission matter? How do I write effective comments and give powerful spoken testimony at the next virtual Air Quality Control Commission hearing on Thursday, April 16th?

When: Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00pm

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Virtual Town Hall with Secretary of State Jena Griswold

Join New Era Colorado and Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold for a virtual town hall, this Thursday, April 16 from 11AM-12PM MT. We’ll be covering options to vote safely in the June primaries and the November general election, the Secretary of State’s response to COVID-19, and other info about the upcoming elections. We’ll also be celebrating 17-year-olds for turning out in droves in March for their first primary elections and answering your questions for Secretary Griswold.

When: Thursday, April 16 at 11:00am

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What the LGBTQ Health? Closing the Gap Virtual Tour

In our effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, One Colorado has postponed all ‘What the LGBTQ Health?’ tour stops—but just because we are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to build community. We still plan to visit communities across the state once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will be offering three statewide virtual options to learn, discuss, and create community!

When: Sunday, April 20 at 2:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you do in good times and bad to leave Colorado better than we found it. We’ll be back soon with more ways to fight back.

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UPDATE: Demand Cory Gardner stop lying to protect Donald Trump

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On Monday, we asked you to call Sen. Cory Gardner’s Washington, D.C. office and tell him to investigate the alleged co-opting of 500 ventilators the state of Colorado tried to buy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal government–this after President Trump himself told states to find what we needed ourselves. [1]

Today, Cory Gardner let Colorado down–again. In an interview on Fox News this morning, Sen. Gardner celebrated the news that his personal request to Trump for 100 ventilators, only 20% of what Colorado tried to buy last weekend and only 1% of what Colorado has requested from the federal government, has been granted. Gardner never even mentioned that the state’s attempted purchase of five times the number of ventilators just days ago was co-opted out from under Colorado by the same Trump administration. [2]

Even now, in the middle of this terrible pandemic, Cory Gardner is shamelessly placing his political career before the health and safety of Coloradans. While the Trump administration swindles Colorado out of hundreds of desperately needed ventilators, Cory Gardner wants you to believe he’s doing us a favor. It’s outrageous and appalling.

Call Sen. Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and demand he recover the other 400 ventilators Colorado ordered immediately–and then apologize for insulting the intelligence of every Colorado voter by suggesting we be thankful for a small fraction of what the federal government co-opted out from under our state just a few days ago.

And above all, never forget this sad betrayal. Especially not in November. Colorado deserves better than Cory Gardner.


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Action item #1: News reports this weekend indicate that a large order of ventilators desperately needed by Colorado hospitals was co-opted by federal officials–this after President Trump told states to find medical equipment ourselves instead of relying on the federal government. [1] Sen. Cory Gardner has tried to cover for the Trump administration’s failures with his own efforts to help, but it’s not enough. Call Sen. Gardner’s office right now at (202) 224-5941 and demand he investigate the Trump administration’s co-opting of ventilators meant for our state.

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What you can do to stay healthy and fight back this week (April 6)

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First of all, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and good spirits. In just a few short weeks, the entire world has been plunged into a crisis that, while dreaded for many years, we’ve always hoped wouldn’t happen in our lifetimes.

But even in these difficult times we are not without power over our own destinies, as individuals and the future of our country.

The first priority, of course, is to make sure we all are doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Staying at home except when it’s absolutely necessary to go out, washing our hands every time we leave or enter the house and several more times every day, and wearing a non-medical mask in public to not infect others even if we don’t know we’re sick–this is the basic stuff that we all have to do right now to make sure we’re around to fight back tomorrow.

Then it’s time for accountability. By this point, it’s obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic has been criminally mismanaged by President Donald Trump and Republicans in power in Washington. We now know that Trump lied to Americans when he said the pandemic was under control. He lied to Americans when he said the virus would “disappear” by April. And the failure of Republican politicians from the White House and U.S. Senate to the Colorado legislature to take this pandemic seriously is literally putting lives in jeopardy.

Action item #1: News reports this weekend indicate that a large order of ventilators desperately needed by Colorado hospitals was co-opted by federal officials–this after President Trump told states to find medical equipment ourselves instead of relying on the federal government. [1] Sen. Cory Gardner has tried to cover for the Trump administration’s failures with his own efforts to help, but it’s not enough. Call Sen. Gardner’s office right now at (202) 224-5941 and demand he investigate the Trump administration’s co-opting of ventilators meant for our state.

Action item #2: Every single public official in Colorado wants to get the state’s economy restarted as soon as it’s safe to do so. Gov. Jared Polis and health officials across the state have done a great job keeping the public informed about the situation. But the far-right Republican Minority Leader in the Colorado House, Rep. Patrick Neville, is comparing the state’s first Jewish governor to the Gestapo [2] and encouraging his political followers to disobey stay-at-home orders. Call Minority Leader Neville’s office at (303) 866-5523 and tell him to stop putting Coloradans’ lives in danger with his outrageous and irresponsible rhetoric.

Action item #3: The threat of the coronavirus underscores the need for everyone to have access to affordable health care and prescription drugs. Now more than ever, the lives of people on the frontlines, health care workers, and people with pre-existing conditions are on the line. Health Care Voter is holding a digital town hall meeting with Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado and a panel of health experts to elevate the stories and experiences of Americans affected by the spread of the coronavirus–and how in the face of this epidemic we’re still fighting for the Affordable Care Act and against the skyrocketing costs of prescription drug prices in our country. Please join us.

What: Colorado Virtual Town Hall Live with Congressman Jason Crow
When: Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00pm

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Thanks very much for taking these important actions to stay engaged and hold public officials accountable during this public health emergency. We must demand better at every level of government, and make sure we never again are so complacent about who represents us.

We’ll be back soon with more ways to make a difference. Thanks as always,

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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

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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

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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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