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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

Happy Earth Week! Here in Colorado, this week’s observance of a week devoted to caring for our natural environment takes on added significance as the Colorado General Assembly passes legislation to protect the public from the health effects of oil and gas drilling, and to fight global climate change by doing our part to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The crisis is real, and it’s way past time to take bold action to protect the planet from our own short-sightedness.

Fortunately in Colorado, we elected lawmakers last November who get it. Instead of throwing up our hands and blaming others, we’re taking responsibility and focusing on what we can do.

Action item #1 this week: contact your state senator–click here to get started–and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 19-1261, to create a Climate Action Plan for Colorado to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

With just two weeks left in the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature, here are a couple more ways you can help pass great bills that will make a difference in your daily life–either by coming to the Capitol to testify or contacting your lawmakers:

On Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee, SUPPORT legislation to give consumers more information about surprise “out of network” medical charges. House Bill 19-1174 increases disclosure requirements for out-of-network health care providers to help consumers avoid massive, sometimes devastating additional charges for care.

On Wednesday in the House Health and Insurance Committee, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-005, a bill to allow the wholesale importation of Canadian pharmaceutical products to sell in Colorado. This bill has one purpose: to save Coloradans money on prescription drugs.

Also this week, contact your Colorado House representative and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 19-1278, an “omnibus” bill including a number of small changes to the election system designed to improve efficiency and increase access. There’s a reason Colorado has the best election system in the nation, and this bill keeps the system running smoothly.

Thanks for your help! Here are some more opportunities to fight back for the week of April 22:


The Denver Press Club: Ethical Journalism is NOT an oxymoron

Reporters, editors and the people behind the cameras do not operate in a moral vacuum. No, really. A discussion, with multiple examples, of the principles that responsible journalists have agreed on as the standards they should try to achieve in practicing the profession. They range from broad, aspirational (and totally voluntarily) codes of ethics drafted by organizations comprising hundreds and thousands of journalists, to detailed and specific guidelines enforced by their employers. Two members of the Colorado pro chapter of the Society of Professional members — Kara Mason, former state president, and Fred Brown, former national president — will lead the discussion.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Monday, April 22 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women In Power: A Night With Denver’s Leading Ladies in Politics

Gather your girlfriends and join us next Monday, April 22nd, as we sit down with female candidates running for office in the upcoming election and female candidates who already hold positions in the government as we discuss with them their ideas, experiences, how they feel government can start to benefit the people, what they plan to do to create lasting and effective change while in office and what their vision is for the city’s future.

Where: ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer Street, Denver
When: Monday, April 22 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CFIR Spotlight On Social Media!

Have you ever read an article and felt what it was saying was completely wrong? Have you ever read an article that was a great explanation of a topic you are passionate about? After reading these articles, were you lost on what you could do to correct misperceptions or incorrect facts? Or had difficulty finding out a way to compliment the author of an article you truly loved? If you had ever felt any of this, join AFSC in finding out what to do!

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 23 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Colorado Denim Day 2019

On Colorado Denim Day, April 24, 2019, state agencies, businesses, and other groups in Colorado are asked to allow their employees to pay $5 in exchange for wearing jeans on Denim Day. Employees wearing jeans will also receive stickers that they can wear to let everyone know why they are wearing jeans on Denim Day. Wearing jeans is a conversation-starter and visual sign of your support of survivors. Colorado Denim Day demonstrates the power of communities coming together to support survivors and take a stand against sexual violence.

Where: Numerous events
When: Wednesday, April 24

Click here to RSVP.


Green New Deal Town Hall

Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community discuss how a Green New Deal could be the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to organize for the future we need, and what that looks like for us. A focus is on decentering whiteness/specifically uplifting stories of how climate change is affecting communities of color in Colorado.

Where: The Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Harms in CO

In April 2018, the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil and Suncor for knowingly promoting and selling products that they knew to be dangerous. The lawsuit asks that these companies pay their fair share of the costs of recovering from current impacts as well as the costs of protecting local residents and property from future impacts. This case is one of several in which affected communities are seeking compensation for costs associated with recovery and adaptation measures that would otherwise be borne solely by taxpayers. The panelists will focus on the costs associated with local climate impacts, the legal and scientific bases for bringing the case, lessons learned from similar lawsuits, and community perspectives as to why this lawsuit is necessary to shift some of the burden from taxpayers to polluters.

Where: University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr., Boulder
When: Thursday, April 25 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


UndocuMonologue With The Boulder Philharmonic

Motus Theater and the Boulder Philharmonic present an intimate performance that weaves theater and music to change the conversation about immigration. On Saturday, April 27th, at 9:30 pm after the Boulder Philharmonic’s “The Dream of America” concert, join us in the chorus room of the Macky Auditorium (Macky Room 102) to hear the powerful autobiographical monologue of Cristian Solano-Córdova, followed by the inspiring musical response from Boulder Philharmonic violinist, Sharon Park. After the performance, stay for a talkback in which the performers will discuss their experience as participants in this artistic exchange.

Where: Macky Auditorium 17th St & University Ave Boulder
When: Saturday, April 27 at 9:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rally for Impeachment Hearings – Denver

Impeachment may seem like an extreme solution to an already extreme situation – many people are worried about what Pence as President would mean, or how impeachment might divide the country, but I ask that we focus on the problem at hand: Trump. Let us deal with Pence and the more ardent supporters of the administration once we actually come to cross that bridge. Impeachment was written into our constitution as the most viable solution to the situation we face today. It is an expected consequence to those who threaten our democracy as Trump does.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Saturday, April 27 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour: Denver

For this event, we are stopping in Denver to lift the narratives of people experiencing homelessness. From legislation to legal battles, a resurrection village to tiny homes, there has been a sustained movement of people experiencing homelessness in Denver who have fought for transformative solutions that have prioritized the voices and experiences of the poor. We will be joined by Denver Homeless Out Loud and Free Speech TV for this tour, which will start at El Centro Humanitario and end at Jer-E-Ville. NOTE: this event will be followed by a film screening and panel discussion at El Centro focused on the issue of Right to Survive.

Where: 2260 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, April 27 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and Keep Abortion Safe: Women’s Freedom Fund Sex Trivia Fundraiser

Prizes include tickets to the 2020 NARAL Gala, free drinks, and more! Appetizers and cash bar available (2 for 1 drinks woo hoo!) Crowd raise with your trivia team from March 25-31st to see EVERY DOLLAR MATCHED! All funds raised go directly back to patients seeking abortion care.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

0 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 4/19/19

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

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

Today is April 15th, the day we’ve all been taught to dread as the day tax filings are due to the IRS. But our friends at the Colorado Fiscal Institute want everyone to remember that taxes are an investment in everything we value together: our transportation systems, health care and education, civil rights, environmental protection, public safety, and so much more.

It’s unfortunate that recent changes in Washington have resulted in a tax system that’s less fair than it used to be, and rewarded the wealthiest 1% of Americans with more in tax cuts than the entire middle class. Even so, without that investment we all make at every level of local, state and national government, we wouldn’t have a country that works at all.

So I too am #proudtopay despite it all. Thanks to CFI for this important reminder.

We’re closing in on the end of the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly! With just a few short weeks left to finish this historic session full of great legislative accomplishments, here are a few more ways you can make a difference either by testifying at the Capitol or emailing your lawmakers in support of these bills:

On Tuesday, help SUPPORT bipartisan legislation in the House Education Committee to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance at higher education. Senate Bill 19-170 prohibits colleges from inquiring about many kinds of criminal histories–with important exclusions for certain serious violent offenses, domestic violence, stalking, and sex crimes. Contact your state lawmakers now and urge them to support this important bill.

On Wednesday in the House Business Affairs Committee, SUPPORT the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act. Senate Bill 19-085 puts teeth into laws on the books for decades that say women should be paid the same rate as a man for the same work. Most importantly, women who are victims of wage discrimination can bring a civil action themselves. Contact your Colorado lawmakers and ask them to support this bill.

Also on Wednesday, two bills we’ve alerted you to in previous weeks, Senate Bill 19-002 to Regulate Student Loan Servicers and House Bill 19-1266 to Restore Voting Rights to Parolees will be up for debate in the House Education and State Affairs Committees respectively. Please turn out to testify if you’re able!

Thanks as always for everything you’re doing to fight back for our shared values week after week. Here are some more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 15th:


Denver’s Anti-Forum Mayoralpalooza

Community advocacy groups All in Denver, A+ Colorado, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Interfaith Alliance of Colorado are joining forces on a mayoral forum – or “anti-forum” as they call it. The groups are seeking to engage community members who feel left out of or dis-enfranchised by the political process by hosting a forum that is inclusive, welcoming, and fun!

Where: 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, April 15 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Tarana Burke: Creating a Movement

Tarana Burke shares the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too.’ Movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. #MeToo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. In her upcoming book, Where the Light Enters, Tarana discusses the importance of the ‘me too.’ Movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.” Tarana’s continued work with the ‘me too.’ movement has earned her the honor of being named The Root 100’s most influential person of 2018.

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder
When: Monday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Clean Air Force Lobby Day = Mom Power!

Calling all Coloradans who care about kids’ health and breathing clean air! We are bringing advocates together in support of House Bill 1261 – Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution. At Lobby Day we will learn how to advocate for clean air to protect our children’s health, meet with legislators and observe the legislative process in action.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Take action online.


Together Colorado: Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 16 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


All hands on deck – last Indivisible Lobby Day in the Capitol!

Please join us in the last Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol. We will partner with Colorado’s Climate Future and advocate for HB-1261 (Climate Action Plan). The critical Senate vote is coming up in the week of 4/22 and will likely decide the fate of the bill. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, you can still join other groups and Colorado’s Climate Future to lobby for HB-1261 on any other day of the week (between 4/15 – 4/19).

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


350 Denver: “Funeral for the Earth”

We are in the planet’s 6th mass extinction, caused by human greed, callousness, and indifference. Climate change is destroying life on our planet, and threatens our own existence. We will have a funeral march with a coffin and other artful props. We will meet outside Dianna DeGette’s Office and lead a funeral procession to 9News.

Where: 600 N Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Sister Helen Prejean at Nat’l College of Capital Voir Dire

Please join us for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate Special Guest Sister Helen Prejean’s 80th birthday to raise money for local nonprofit, The National College of Capital Voir Dire (NCCVD). Sister Helen is the author of Dead Man Walking and a world renowned anti-death penalty activist. She will be celebrating her birthday with us in Denver to help raise money for NCCVD which trains lawyers to fight the death penalty locally and nationally.

Where: Haddon Morgan and Foreman, 150 E 10th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Denver Press Club: Covering Columbine: 20 Years Later

Mark your calendars for April 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. for a panel discussion on the 20-year anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton. We’ll be speaking to a group of people who helped cover the event, including Kevin Simpson, former reporter for The Denver Post and now of the Colorado Sun; Steve Davis, the former public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Jerry Bell, managing editor of KOA News Radio; and former Rocky Mountain News director of photography Janet Reeves.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Ballots and Brews with Drinking Liberally Municipal Edition

Ballots are dropping on Monday in what is what is a very important election for Denver. We only get to vote for our city leaders once every four years. If you are still unsure of who to vote for or still not decided on a ballot issue, bring your ballots to Drinking Liberally on Wednesday and talk about it with your liberal friends. And please, bring a friend or a neighbor.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Brews for Conservation

Come join Conservation Colorado and your newest City Councilors at Copeka Coffee to learn about water conservation and how to get involved in protecting this resource. Water is critical to the Western Slope and we need your help and for the community to get involved to protect this important resource.

Where: Copeka Coffee, 1012 N 5th Street, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, April 18 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Guns Down in Colorado

A call to action: Building a safer future with fewer guns.

Where: 455 S Pierce St, Lakewood
When: Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Climate Sustainability Roundtable

Explore the link between our global climate crisis and local sustainability efforts at this dynamic, interactive event. We will learn about the science of climate change and actions being taken at the state and local level. Find out more about what you can do to promote environmental conservation and sustainability.

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont
When: Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Outdoor Nerds Unite – Changing Ecology of the Front Range

This series takes an academic look at adventure and environmental related themes. FERAL is bringing together thought leaders from a myriad of fields, and outdoor junkies for experimental conversations on varying topics. Each month we will bring in a different speaker to share their expertise with the outdoor community. April’s topic is “Adventures in the Changing Ecology of the Front Range”. The lecture will cover the combination of natural and human-induced changes in Front Range ecosystems and what that means in terms of what outdoor enthusiasts can expect to find now and in the coming years.

Where: FERAL, 3936 Tennyson St., Denver
When: Thursday, April 18 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 Western Slope GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2019 Western Slope Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it?

Where: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, April 20 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

1 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 4/12/19

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

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

You’ve probably seen on the local news by now that Republicans are once again talking about recalls against progressive lawmakers in targeted districts around the state–and even a recall campaign against Colorado’s recently-elected Gov. Jared Polis.

In Ian Silverii’s Sunday Denver Post column, here’s what he had to say about this effort:

There are anti-Semites working to recall the first openly gay man and first Jewish man to hold the governor’s office, an anti-gay “pastor” leading recall efforts against an LGBTQ caucus member, and two Latinx southern Colorado Democrats also face recall threats over a gun safety bill they didn’t even vote for.

Behind these recall petitions, are bigots.

These recalls aren’t about policy. They’re not about corruption, bribery, or any of the high-bar crimes the recall process exists to remedy. They are an opportunistic and cynical abuse of a constitutional power, exploited by extremely sore losers to overturn the results of an election they lost fair and square.

Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly elected a progressive governor and majority in the legislature to get things done. In 2019, our lawmakers are delivering on that promise with one of the most impactful legislative sessions in years. We’re going to make life better for millions of Coloradans, and the lies the right is telling will be proven false by results everyone will be able to see. Until then, take a moment to visit www.StandWithRochelle.com, and show your support for Rep. Rochelle Galindo of Greeley–one of the freshman progressive lawmakers targeted by the right-wing for doing her job. We’re not going to be bullied.

We’re less than a month away from the end of the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature. Here are a few important bills making their way through the process this week that you can help pass with your support:

On Wednesday in the House Health and Insurance Committee, help support a crucial bill to increase Colorado’s bottom-ranked childhood immunization rate. House Bill 19-1312 will improve the tracking of opt-outs from the requirement to immunize school-age children and standardize the process for claiming exemptions. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

On Thursday, help reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Colorado in the House Finance Committee. House Bill 19-1296 makes a number of changes to existing law to report on the cost of prescription drugs and help consumers benefit from drug rebate and cost sharing programs. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

Also Thursday, SUPPORT a bipartisan bill to increase eligibility for the sealing of criminal records. House Bill 19-1275 will make it easier for defendants who have completed all of the terms of their sentence or diversion agreement to have their record sealed so they can rejoin productive society. Send a message to the committee chair in support of this bill.

Thanks for all of your help and support. Here are some more ways you can fight back for the week of April 8:


FAMLI Rally and Lobby Day

Thank you all for your continued support for The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act! As most of you know we had to postpone our rally in March due to inclement weather. But spring is in full swing so let’s get back out there and champion for Colorado families! The Lobby Day will take place from 8AM to 11AM followed by a rally on the West Steps of the Capitol from 11:30AM to 12:30PM.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP. Send a message to state senators here.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Barristers Without Borders: Benefit CO Immigrant Rights Coalition

Plan to join us for delicious appetizers, drinks, and lots of fun while we raise funds to benefit Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC. We are adding a fun twist by auctioning off the talents of your fellow CWBA members to raise funds. Want to find out who can teach yoga or ice skating lessons? Who can write you a song? Or which member can teach you how to make Indian food? You could also bid on the chance to spend three nights in a condo in Hawaii, relax at a spa, enjoy a wine tasting, learn about the stars, have a judge paint a room in your home, and more!

Where: Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, 2701 Lawrence Street, Suite 100, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver #DefundDisaster National Day of Action

Fossil fuel projects don’t just need governmental approval to advance their planet-warming plans—they also need money. Behind every new fossil fuel project lies a private bank – most often JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo – that is financing the destruction of our climate. If we can stop that flow of money, we will stop these climate disaster projects – like fracking, tar sands oil, coal and and the KXL and DAPL pipelines. So on April 10th, we will take bold, collective action to hold these big banks accountable and remind the world that corporate profits must not come at the expense of our climate, ecosystems, and human rights.

Where: Tivoli Commons – 10th and Larimer, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Press Conference & Senate Hearing for Rent Stabilization

We are so thrilled that SB 19-225 Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rents is set to be heard in the senate state affairs committee SCR 357 at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday April 10th!. We will first meet at 12:00 for a press conference before the hearing. The committee will begin at 1:30.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Hearing for New Rights for Mobile Home Owners at the Capitol

9to5 has been working on issues related to mobile home owners now for about 4 years. We have worked with state legislators to pass more legislation to protect homeowners. This year we are excited that Representative Hooton is running a bill about this issue.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Streets for People Summit

The Denver Streets for People Summit, brought to you by the Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), and the Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), is a conference to engage Denverites in a dialogue about how to make our streets safer and more fun for people walking, biking, rolling, or taking transit.

Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver
When:Thursday, April 11 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Learn about LatinasGive!

Join members of LatinasGive! for a casual information session about how to get involved and have a direct impact on our community through collective philanthropy. The CTRL Collective is on the 3rd floor of the Dairy Block at 1800 Wazee Street in LoDo.

Where: CTRL Collective – Denver LoDo, 1800 Wazee St, Denver
When: Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Annual Gala & Silent Auction

We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 13th for our 37th Annual Gala & Silent Auction: SPARK: Igniting Our Next Vision for Colorado.

Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, April 13 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again!

1 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 4/5/19

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

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

This email contains no April Fool jokes. One day out of the year we have to start every serious message that way! But the first day of April means something else: the start of the home stretch of the Colorado legislative session.

Great things are happening this year in the Colorado legislature. Some of the biggest battles of the year have already ended in victory thanks to your help: legislation to better regulate the oil and gas industry and help keep us safe from gun violence are headed to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk. Both of these bills are major campaign promises for Gov. Polis and progressives in the legislature, and they’re about to be promises kept.

This week, we’ve got three more important bills we need your help to get through the process:

On Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1263: a bill to reduce the severity of personal-use drug possession convictions to misdemeanors. We’ve made great progress in Colorado ending the failed “war on drugs,” and it’s time to treat simple drug possession as the medical problem it is instead of a criminal justice issue. If you can’t make the hearing, send a message to lawmakers. Email the Chair of the Committee.

Also Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee, SUPPORT the landmark FAMLI paid medical leave insurance program, Senate Bill 19-188. A majority priority in 2019, this legislation will create a paid medical leave system for all Colorado employees. It’s time to stop forcing hardworking Coloradans to choose between caring for a sick family member or paying their bills. If you can’t make the hearing, tell lawmakers you support this bill. Email the Chair of the Committee.

On Friday in the House Energy and Environment Committee, SUPPORT another crucial piece of legislation to create a statewide Climate Action Plan, House Bill 19-1261. The federal government under President Donald Trump has shirked the nation’s responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but Colorado progressives have a plan to do our part to cut emissions by 90% by 2050. If you can’t make the hearing, send a message in support right now. Email the Chair of the Committee.

Thanks as always for everything you do week after week–it’s making a difference! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of April 1st:


Featured Event: Equal Pay Day

Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado, and other organizations that support policies that ensure equal pay for equal work for this important lobby day. Equal Pay Lobby Day runs from 8:15am to 10:45am, followed by a rally and press conference on the West Steps of the Capitol at 11:30am. See you there!

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance at Fire on the Mountain-Denver

Come down to have a drink and food, and learn about our current work in western Colorado to defend the state’s organic and farm-to-table capital from plans to expand oil and gas development across the region.

Where: Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings, 3801 W 32nd Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00am – 10:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Make Sen. Bennet Hear You on a Green New Deal!

On April 2nd, The Sunrise Movement will have a meeting with Sen. Bennet’s climate advisor. But we need YOU! Please come out for the climate rally in front of his office and show Senator Bennet that his constituents care about a Green New Deal.

Where: Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado House Party

Please join us at the home of Ann Wilson to learn more about One Colorado – the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families!

Where: 1630 N Clarkson St, Apt 216, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU at the Capitol

Please join us on Wednesday, April 3 for ACLU at the Capitol, a day of advocacy and action. ACLU of Colorado has an ambitious legislative agenda this year, and we need your help to make it happen. Meet with your lawmakers and encourage them to improve our criminal justice system, pass comprehensive sex ed, and make Colorado a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. We’ll provide breakfast in the morning and a full training on how to talk to legislators about our priority bills. Then, we’ll team up and head over to the Capitol for lobbying meetings. Afterwards, we’ll meet back for lunch and a recap of the day.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 3 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Drinking Liberally Denver and Denver Right to Survive

Another Drinking Liberally is upon us this Wednesday. Come learn about the Initiative 300 “Right to Survive.” We will be joined by representatives of the Yes on 300 campaign. Bring your questions and concerns for a lively discussion over brews.

Where: 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: 2019 LGBTQ Denver Mayoral Forum

Join us at the EXDO Event Center on Thursday, April 4th 2019 at 6:00 PM for a forum with candidates for Denver Mayor to discuss issues that impact LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is highly suggested. When you sign up below, you can also submit a question to be asked of the candidates. Please keep in mind that not all questions submitted will be able to be used at the forum.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver
When:Thursday, April 4 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Breckenridge

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

Where: Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, 620 Village Rd, Breckenridge
When: Friday, April 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU 100 Experience in Denver

A multi-city tour on your rights and freedoms. Walk through groundbreaking interactive and immersive exhibits. Meet leading civil rights activists. Learn how to reduce prison populations, protect immigrants, and ensure everyone’s constitutional right to vote. Take action. A family-friendly event for people of all ages. Free + open to all.

Where: The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora
When: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am and Sunday, April 7 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Open NOH8 Photo Shoot in Denver, CO

Join the #NOH8Worldwide movement in DENVER, CO and add your face to the fight for equal human rights!

Where: The Center on Colfax, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


UndocuMonologues & Members of Flobots Together for ACLU 100th

Motus Theater’s UndocuMonologues with Flobots’ Jonny 5, Sarah Hubbard and Spirit of Grace responding musically to each story – FREE EVENT! Don’t miss this amazing collaboration headlining the 100th Anniversary of the ACLU.

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora
When: Saturday, April 6 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Love Beats Hate Community Walk and Lunch

Stand up to hate and walk for love! Due to recent hateful and racist acts in the Denver area, we invite you to walk with us as we support the victims and represent all people victimized daily by ignorance, hate and racism. Walk with us shoulder to shoulder, united in LOVE, as we move together by foot and celebrate the fact that we are different, and that’s beautiful. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CREATE SIGNS ROOTED IN LOVE! This walk will be co-led by community leaders, police escorts, and the recently victimized family in the Clayton neighborhood.

Where: Walk2Connect, 2590 Walnut Street, Denver
When: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

0 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 3/29/19

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

0 Shares

What you can do to fight back this week (March 25)

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

After two years of investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump is now complete. Mueller gave the full report as required to Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally who then produced only a limited “summary” of findings that claims there is “evidence on both sides” of the question of obstruction of justice.

This is not acceptable. Americans need to know what is being covered up by the Trump administration. Action item #1 this week: contact your Senators and demand the release of the full Mueller report into the 2016 elections.

At the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, it’s another crazy week of really great stuff happening in the legislature despite Republicans doing everything they can to obstruct the new progressive majority. Key bills we’ve been telling you about for weeks are about to become law, from reforming the oil and gas industry to ending the terrible practice of so-called “conversion therapy” on children. Here are a few ways you can make a difference at the Capitol this week–either by showing up to testify or contacting lawmakers.

On Tuesday, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1248, the Lobbyist Transparency Act in the House State Affairs Committee. This bill requires paid lobbyists to disclose their activities and quickly update public registers when they get involved with legislation.

Also on Tuesday, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1236, the Workforce Diploma Pilot Program to incentivize student success in high school graduation and industry-specific training programs for qualified educational providers.

On Wednesday, an important health care bill is up for debate in the House Health and Insurance Committee. House Bill 19-1176, the Health Care Cost Savings Act, examines different methods of health coverage for the state including a public option.

Thanks as always for your help! Here are some more great events for the week of March 25:


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Phone Bank

We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Women and Family Wednesday

Join COLOR at our lobby morning to make sure your representatives are supporting the CARE Act, a bill we are working on to increase reproductive health care in Colorado.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Fiscal Institute: 2019 Pies & Charts

Get your slice at CFI’s Pies and Charts! Join the team at our most filling event of 2019 on Wednesday, March 27. We’ll share with you what we’ve got baking for this year’s legislative session and take a bite of the upcoming revenue estimate and what it means for the state pie.

Where: Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave W, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Public Health through Climate Action: Adams County Forum

Join us on Thursday, March 28th at Mother Tucker Brewery for a discussion about public health and climate change in Colorado and how Adams County’s state representatives can defend our future from air pollution and rising temperatures.

Where: Mother Tucker Brewery, 2360 E 120th Ave, Thornton
When: Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Eighteenth Annual César E. Chávez Day March

The César E Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver began honoring the late leader in 2002. His memory continues through the work of the community.

Where: Cesar Chavez Park, 4131 Tennyson St, Denver
When: Saturday, March 30 at 7:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Northern Colorado GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2019 Northern Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it? This FREE summit is welcome to students (middle school, high school, and college-aged), educators, and parents who are committed to creating safe, inclusive learning environments for all students.

Where: Colorado State University, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, March 30 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Justice for Antwon Rose – Denver

Join community members in Denver Colorado as we hold a rally, march, and sit in for Antwon Rose! We have seen time and time again that gun violence plagues communities of color every single day. Every time a black man or woman is killed by the police NOTHING CHANGES. So it is our duty to do as we did in 2016 and shut down the city to show our solidarity for Antwon and proclaim BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Saturday, March 30 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Celebrating Trans Voices

Join us on March 31, Trans Day of Visibility, for a powerful event lifting up the trans community of Colorado. Youth Celebrate Diversity, One Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado and the University of Denver are coming together to host Celebrating Trans Voices: Narratives, Reflections and Building Alliances.

Where: University of Denver, Denver
When: Sunday, March 31 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


And that’s another busy but exciting week of actions! We’ll see you next Monday with more ways to make a difference.

1 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 3/22/19

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

0 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app and never miss an action.

Many of you remember in 2014 when the Denver Post endorsed Cory Gardner in the U.S. Senate race, turning a blind eye to the clear evidence that if elected Gardner would fight against everything the Post’s editorial board claims to stand for: affordable health care, environmental protection, immigration reform, and abortion rights.

Last week, the Denver Post did something almost unprecedented. They took their endorsement back. [1]

“We no longer know what principles guide the senator and regret giving him our support in a close race against Mark Udall.”

The final straw for the Post was Gardner’s vote last week in support of Donald Trump’s fake “national emergency,” even after Gardner himself claimed he opposed it. Once Trump followed through on his threat, Gardner spent the next few weeks shamelessly backing away from his former very clear opposition. This was a moment of cowardice that could define Cory Gardner’s political career, and kudos to the Post’s editorial board for bravely admitting their previous support for Gardner was a mistake.

At the state capitol in Denver, it’s another very busy week of important hearings on bills we all care about. Here are a few great opportunities for you to make your voice heard:

On Tuesday in the House State Affairs Committee, SUPPORT legislation to protect net neutrality in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-078 withholds state funds from internet service providers who engage in throttling by source and paid prioritization of internet content.

Also Tuesday, SUPPORT paid family leave in the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program, will help ensure that no working family in Colorado is forced to choose between caring for a loved one and financial stability.

On Wednesday in the House Health Care and Health Insurance Committee, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1176, the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019. This is legislation to find solutions for ongoing high cost of care in Colorado by studying major changes to health care finance compared to the current model including a public option and universal care.

Also on Wednesday, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-180 to create an Eviction Legal Defense Fund to provide counseling and representation for indigent Coloradans facing eviction.

Thanks for your help with these priority bills! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of March 18:


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Phone Bank

We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol

Local officials affect our lives and our communities most directly. There is nothing more powerful than a citizen-led lobby, and that’s what this is. You don’t need to have ever been to the capitol before to join us. We want to let our elected officials know that we are here, we care, and we are watching!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: Soup Supper and Speaker

Join us Wednesday evening for a Lenten soup supper followed by a presentation by Extended Hands of Hope and One Colorado. Our theme for the year is “Year of the Child” so every speaker will focus on how their organization helps children and youth. Extended Hands of Hope will also report on our Advent collection from 2018.

Where: Hope United Methodist Church, 5101 S Dayton St, Greenwood Village
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 5:50pm

Click here to RSVP.


Accompany Arturo and Ana to ICE – Keep Families Together

Arturo Hernandez Garcia’s claimed Sanctuary in 2014 at First Unitarian Society of Denver, sacrificing his freedom for the next 9 months to keep his family together. Together with the community, he won freedom and returned home in July of 2015. After President Trump was elected, ICE targeted Arturo for deportation, reneging on a promise that he was not a priority for deportation. Once again, his family and community rallied to free him. Senator Bennet and Congressman Perlmutter advocated for his release and also introduced a private bill on his behalf. Arturo was granted a two year stay of deportation, which will soon expire. Arturo and Ana invite you to accompany him as he attends a check in at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This Colorado leader and father continues the fight to remain with his family and community.

Where: 12445 E Caley Ave, Centennial
When: Thursday, March 21 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own this City: LEGOS, Comedy, Candidates for office, Cookies!

Regular candidate forums are boring, with pre-approved questions and a lot of blah blah. Not ours! Politicians in the audience and comedians at the mic: What could go wrong?! We’ve got millions of LEGOS, professional LEGO-builders, videos by Lockerpartners and Molina Speaks(Mo SPKX), comedians Andrew Orvedahl, Nathan Lund, and Janae Burris, we’ve invited every politician running for city-wide office in May to sit with you and share about their ideal vision for the community.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum

Join us on Thursday, March 21, at The Alliance Center for a forum featuring the candidates for Denver’s next mayor. This forum will this forum be sustainability-focused, covering the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Confirmed participants are Michael Hancock, Lisa Calderón, Marcus Giavanni, Jamie Giellis, Ken Simpson and Penfield Tate. All candidates have been invited, so please check back, as more candidates may be added. Doors will open at 5:30, and the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Denver’s Climate Future Forum

We have the opportunity to be a leader in the nation by taking bold action to protect our natural environment. Join us on Wednesday, March 20th at Renegade Brewing Company for a discussion about climate change in Colorado and how Denver’s state representatives can defend our future from air pollution and rising temperatures.

Where: Renegade Brewing Company, 925 W 9th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Drinking Liberally Denver and Psilocybin Decriminalization

Another Drinking Liberally is upon us this Wednesday. Come learn about the Denver psilocybin decriminalization initiative with campaign director Kevin Matthews. The initiative would decriminalize the adult personal possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms – no person should face extreme penalties like incarceration, heavy fines, losing their job, and/or especially having their children taken away for using a naturally-occurring substance that is not only safe and non-addictive, but also has tremendous therapeutic potential.

Where: 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump

Please join us for the next in the Crimmigration Law & Policy 2019 Event Series hosted at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. On March 22, Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump will feature five journalists who cover immigration exclusively or primarily. Encompassing various media and audiences, they will be divided into two events.

Where: University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver
When: Friday, March 22 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rent Stabilization Rally! / Rally para estabilizar la renta!

Join us for a rally to support our effort with Sen. Julie Gonzales to pass a bill that would allow our cities and counties to stabilize rents and create other housing solutions.

Where: Inner City Health Center, 3800 York St., Denver
When: Saturday, March 23 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics with Regan Byrd

We love hosting brave spaces to process hard topics and learn from people who will challenge and stir us to change. Join us for this afternoon workshop centered on Toxic Masculinity with Regan Byrd, who is a Denver-based anti-oppression activist, consultant, speaker, and trainer. Discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave continue to be at the forefront of public conversation. From the #metoo movement, to the online “manosphere” of pick up artists and incels, to the blatant sexism of our President, to the recent Gillette ad, the implications are clear: we need to do more to challenge how men are socialized to interact with each other, women, and others impacted by sexism.

Where: the refuge, 6900 W 117th Ave. #200, Broomfield
When: Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for your help making these events a success! Remember to check your inbox or the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app for the latest alerts. See you next week.

1 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 3/15/19

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

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly! As debate continues in the Colorado legislature on many important pieces of legislation, this week we’d like to focus on two especially important bills we need your help to get over the finish line:

We’re fighting to protect Colorado’s local communities and natural environment from the harmful impacts of oil and gas drilling. It’s vitally important that your lawmakers understand that this issue is why our progressive majority was elected last November. Senate Bill 19-181 will give local communities the power to protect their residents from drilling next to homes and schools, as well as reforming “forced pooling” and empowering the state government to put public health and safety first.

Click here to contact your representative and urge them to pass Senate Bill 19-181. Then stay tuned: from rallies to opportunities to testify in support of the bill, there is a lot to do to make sure we keep this promise to the voters and future generations. Thank you!

Next, join us at noon Wednesday for a rally to kick off the campaign for paid family leave in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program, will give every Colorado worker the ability to take time off to deal with medical emergencies without jeopardizing their economic stability. After years of division in Colorado’s legislature, 2019 is finally the year we make this important benefit a reality! We’ll rally at noon at the Colorado State Capitol and testimony in favor of the bill will get underway at 2PM. Click here to RSVP!

Bills at the Capitol are moving quickly this year, and that’s good. For the past four years, partisan divides in the legislature prevented a large number of pressing issues from being addressed. Right now progressive leaders are working through a backlog of pent-up solutions to problems that were allowed to go unsolved for too long. Be proud of the progress we’re making in Colorado this year, and thanks again for letting our representatives know you’ve got their back when they do the right thing.

Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of March 11th–don’t forget to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone for the latest:


$15 Final Vote – Denver City Council

City council will take a final vote on a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage for airport and other city-contracted workers to $15 an hour. Let’s turn out and help Denver workers win a living wage!

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, March 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Phone Bank

We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Celebrate Sunshine Week: The First Draft with CFOIC, CSPJ, CPA and CMP

Celebrate Sunshine Week the evening of March 12 with the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, the Colorado Media Project, the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists and pick up a hot-off-the-presses copy of CFOIC’s updated, revised and much improved 2019 guide to Colorado’s sunshine laws. Mingle with journalists who will answer your questions about getting information from your government. And try your hand at CORA trivia!

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Community Forum: Changes to Deputy Misconduct Investigations

Join the COB, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Together Colorado, Shorter AME Church, and others for a community forum on proposed changes being made by the Department of Safety and the Sheriff Department to sheriff deputy misconduct investigations. The intention of this forum is to provide you with information and get your feedback. We anticipate the following agenda.

Where: Shorter AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct., Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Concert for Denver Right to Survive!

Come to this important concert featuring Local Legends Esmé Patterson (performing solo), Wheelchair Sports Camp, and Solo Artist Laura Goldhamer. We’ll be discussing the effects of Denver’s Urban Camping Ban! Denver Right to Survive is a community-led organization that aims to educate the public about the human rights of people experiencing homelessness.

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU at the Capitol

Please join us on Wednesday, March 13 for ACLU at the Capitol, a day of advocacy and action. ACLU of Colorado has an ambitious legislative agenda this year, and we need your help to make it happen. Meet with your lawmakers and encourage them to improve our criminal justice system, pass comprehensive sex ed, and make Colorado a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. We’ll provide breakfast in the morning and a full training on how to talk to legislators about our priority bills. Then, we’ll team up and head over to the Capitol for lobbying meetings. Afterwards, we’ll meet back for lunch and a recap of the day.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


CIRC Movement Building Training- Pueblo

Join us to defend Colorado’s immigrant families by helping us pass Virginia’s Law, a comprehensive bill aimed at keeping Colorado families together, in 2019’s legislative session. Virginia’s Law will protect immigrant domestic violence survivors from being deported by ICE and will limit ICE enforcement in public spaces, like schools and hospitals.

Where: Protegete Pueblo, 119 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Homes For All March Legislative Meeting

We will giving updates on moving legislation including the bill to overturn the ban on rent control, the Safe & Healthy homes Act, the Fair Application Cost Bill, and Virginia’s Law. We will also be talking about our political and media strategy. We will have food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation as usual. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Where: 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Education Association March 15th Day of Action

Join us for CEA’s Day of Action on March 15th! Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage unprecedented in the state’s history. Pay inequity, respect, and dwindling classroom resources are all to blame but one subject that often gets overlooked is the state’s current educator evaluation law, Senate bill 10-191 (SB10-191).

Where: Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St, Denver
When: Friday, March 15 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 10 weeks away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Mi Familia Vota, 4730 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Padres & Jóvenes Unidos: The Peoples Wave 2019

Join us at the capitol to protect the rights and wellbeing of students, renters, and immigrants. Our lawmakers work for us, so lets make sure they are building a Colorado that puts our people first! Let’s get together Sunday, March 17th for a training on the legislative process and teach-in on priority bills affecting our communities. On Monday, March 18th we’ll head to the State Capitol to lobby our leaders to demand action on the solutions we need!

Where: 4130 Tejon St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Press Conference for House Bill 19-1129

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and the Colorado Senate Democrats are hosting a press conference on HB19-1129: Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors before the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee hearing. Join us in support at the West Foyer on the first floor of the Capitol at 12:25 PM for a 12:30 start time.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, March 18 at 12:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

0 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 3/8/19

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

0 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

For years, a serious conflict has been growing between local governments trying to protect their communities from the harmful effects of oil and gas drilling near homes and schools and the energy industry’s agenda of drilling for every drop of oil and gas everywhere they possibly can. In Colorado, the law just doesn’t do enough to protect the rights of local communities and surface property owners from drilling, which actually trumps local zoning regulations unlike any other industry in our state.

It’s time to level the playing field. Last week, progressives in the Colorado legislature announced an important new bill to give local communities more power to regulate oil and gas drilling within their boundaries. The legislation will also change current law so that the state government is no longer required to “foster” the development of oil and gas over public safety, as well as give mineral rights owners protection from “forced pooling” when they don’t want to drill.

This could be the biggest legislative battle of 2019 in Colorado. Big Oil and Gas has promised millions of dollars to fight back against any attempt to improve protections for surface landowners. Last year, the industry spent over $11 million to pass Amendment 74, a measure that would have bankrupted local governments and given the industry power to drill virtually anywhere. Against their millions, all we’ve got is you.

This week’s top action item: Join us tomorrow at the Colorado Capitol for a rally and to testify in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 19-181, concerning additional public welfare protections regarding the conduct of oil and gas operations. From 11:00am tomorrow and all through the afternoon we need your help to support and testify in favor of this crucial legislation.

Where: West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks for your help with this vital piece of legislation to protect the public. Here are more great ways to take action for the week of March 4:


$15 Minimum Wage – City Council 1st Reading

City council will do a first reading and vote on an ordinance to raise the minimum wage for airport and other city-contracted workers to $15 an hour. Let’s turn out and help Denver workers win a living wage!

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

Click here to RSVP.


Medicaid Community Dinner

The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy are providing free Medicaid advocacy trainings for people enrolled in Medicaid (“Medicaid members”) and the people who care for them. The dinner event at Lakewood Library is for members, parents, and caretakers to learn how they can get involved and push for changes that improve the health care program.

Where: Jefferson County Public Library (Lakewood Library), 10200 W 20th Ave, Lakewood
When: Monday, March 4 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Phone Bank

We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Right To Rest

THE RIGHT TO REST is a new feature length documentary about Denver’s homeless rights movement which follows the trajectories of Denver Homeless Out Loud and Colorado Village Collaborative towards the construction of Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first Tiny House Village for people coming from homelessness.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver (Sloans Lake), 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women Powering Change 2019

Register now for the 5th presentation of this powerful event. Women Powering Change 2019, is set for Wednesday, March 6th, 4:00 – 7:30 pm at EXDO Event Center. This inspiring event brings together more than 1,000 community members, leaders, activists, volunteers and philanthropists with more than 100 Colorado-based organizations to showcase what women are doing to catalyze social change locally and globally to create a better world. This will be an expo-style event where you can come meet community leaders and learn what is being done in Colorado, and explore how you can also be a part of it all.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 6 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Freedom Coalition and advocate for proactive legislation at our annual Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day on March 7! Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and our partners will be joining forces to fight for reproductive health and rights in Colorado! Meet with your elected officials about bills important to expanding reproductive freedom for all Coloradans and receive training on how to lobby on reproductive rights legislation!

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Thursday, March 7 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Student Voice, Student Vote LOBBY DAY

Are you a student in Colorado? Do you want to change REAL change in your school? Do you think 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in school board elections? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us at the Colorado State Capitol to lobby your legislators on why they should support lowering the voting at to 16-years-old for school board elections across the state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Defend Our Constitution Happy Hour with Prof. Super

Wealthy special interest groups are just a few states away from calling a new constitutional convention. With no rules to protect us, all of our constitutional rights and liberties could be up for grabs. Join Colorado Common Cause and Professor David Super from Georgetown Law to discuss how we can protect the civil and human rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Together we can stop this attempt by special interests to use a risky untested system to rig the rules against the American people.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Volunteer Orientation w/ ONE Colorado

Want to spend time giving back to the LGBTQ community? Come volunteer at The Center! Last year, more than 550 dedicated people from all walks of life helped The Center fulfill our mission by donating over 18,000 hours of their time. From greeting visitors at the front desk to facilitating support groups to helping us grow Denver PrideFest into the third largest pride celebration in the country, The Center’s volunteers make a real difference in our community.

Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action Colorado Advocacy Day

Join us as we engage with our state elected officials to talk about Gun Sense legislation and laws! We will gather at the First Baptist Church to review the goals for the morning, then at 10:00 we will go across the street to the Capitol to meet with our elected official. We can Moms Demand shirts in most parts of the capitol, but be prepared to cover up if you go to a committee hearing room or the House or Senates floors & galleries.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When:Friday, March 8 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Film Around Town: The Quiet Force presented by Mountain Dreamers

The Mountain Dreamers are bringing ‘The Quiet Force’ — a film about the immigrant workforce in Colorado’s ski communities — to Summit County for two screening events in March. The Mountain Dreamers, a Summit County group dedicated to educating and empowering everyone to stand up for immigrants’ rights, is working in partnership with the Breck Film Fest, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), and the I Stand With Immigrants Initiative powered by FWD.us for these events.

Where: Silverthorne Town Pavilion, 400 Blue River Dr, Silverthorne
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

Where: Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge & Dillon
When: Friday, March 8 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Protégete Latino Advocacy Day Prep Day

Prepare for Latino Advocacy Day. Protégete will offer two sessions with three workshops including: Story of self, Environmental Justice 101, and Government 101 followed by sign creation for the rally occurring on LAD.

Where: Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 10 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for your help making all of these events successful. See you next week!

0 Shares

What you can do to fight back this week (February 25)

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

In Washington, D.C. this week, we’re awaiting the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the role of the Russian government in manipulating public opinion during the 2016 elections. As I’m sure you know, this report will be a pivotal moment for Trump’s presidency, and it’s absolutely critical that the public receives the full details of the investigation’s findings.

Priority #1 this week: visit ProtectTheInvestigation.org (also on Facebook) and speak out to demand the full disclosure of the Mueller investigation in a public report.

At the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, it’s another busy week debating important bills that directly impact the lives of everyone in our state. Here are a few timely opportunities you have to make your voice heard in legislative testimony this week:

On Tuesday morning in the House Transportation & Local Government committee, help SUPPORT House Bill 19-1096, the Colorado Right to Rest Act. This critical piece of legislation acknowledges that the years-log campaign to criminalize homelessness in America has failed, grants homeless people basic rights to exist in public spaces, and prohibits discrimination based on housing status.

On Wednesday at 1:30pm in the House Health & Insurance Committee SUPPORT two bills to reduce the cost of health care in Colorado: the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019, which will analyze both private and public insurance systems to identify the best path forward for Colorado, and the State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program, which would let Colorado apply for federal funding for a reinsurance program to help cover high-cost insurance claims.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up last week to testify on legislation, or made a phone call or sent an email to your legislators. It makes a difference! Here are more great events coming up for the week of February 25:


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Testifying 101

Passionate about an issue? Want to be heard and have an impact on the legislative process? Learn how to testify before a committee! Testifying on legislation is one of the most powerful ways to be heard at the Capitol. Gena Ozols, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s Political Director will be teaching us to how to navigate this process and give best practices for a successful testimony.

Where: In person and Facebook Live
When: Monday, February 25 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


30th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast

Come join us to celebrate 30 years! This year, we will be highlighting three decades of women who’ve worked hard to make Colorado a better place. Our keynote speaker this year is former Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran. Our panel will be moderated by Lauren Casteel, President & CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Where: Denver Scottish Rite Consistory, 1370 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Gardner’s Colorado Campaign Kickoff/Kickout

Please join your friends and neighbors for Cory Gardner’s *real* (and last) campaign kickoff in Colorado, on Tuesday at the corner of 19th & Stout, very close to where his Denver office is located. We will have cake, a giant card to sign, and of course Cardboard Cory will be there to take your questions. Stop by anytime between 2-4PM! Free FOOD from Stoke’s Poke!

Where: 19th and Stout, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Chinook Fund’s Grantee Panel

At Chinook Fund, we strive to fund grassroots social justice and community organizing, and want you to hear directly from the community organizers and social justice advocates who are leading the way towards progress and systemic change. We are holding the Grantee Panel in the Posner Center Commons on February 26th to provide an opportunity for the general public to engage with our grantees and hear about the movement building they are doing to advance equality and progress throughout the state of Colorado. What are challenges that come in organizing? What are their strategies in creating system change? What does movement building and organizing look like in the different communities they serve? How do different organizations build power in the communities they work in? These topics and more will be covered during the panel.

Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Zero Weeks: Screening and Panel

87% of Colorado workers don’t have access to paid time off to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from a personal illness. Join 9to5 Colorado and the MSU Feminist Alliance for a screening of Zero Weeks- a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. We’ll hear from Colorado advocates about how lack of paid leave disproportionately impacts low-income and working-class women and how they are working to establish a paid family and medical leave program in our state.

Where: 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


All Are Welcome Rally for CO Immigrant Rights

Colorado should be safe for all Colorado residents, including our immigrant community. Our community members should not fear being in public spaces such as schools, hospitals or universities could lead to their information being handed over to ICE and being ripped away from their families. Virginia’s Law is also designed to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and other victims of crime should feel safe calling the police. In moments of crisis, no one should fear law enforcement for fear of being turned over to ICE. When people aren’t afraid to report crimes to their local law enforcement, it makes all of our communities safer.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Health Advocacy Training

Frustrated about barriers to health facing our state, but unsure of how you can make a difference? Learn how YOU can influence the policy-making process through the power of your own story, and how to be a key player in the 2019 Legislative session at our Health Advocacy Training. This event is FREE, and dinner is included. Returning activists incredibly welcome! New content will be covered from previous trainings, so you can expect to learn something new! We will also have a breakout group just for our returning activists with even more exciting ways to get involved in your community!

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado People’s Alliance: House Party How-To!

Come join us and learn how to effectively throw a house party for the purpose of fundraising. It’ll be a fun time–you’ll be able to learn important tips and begin to brainstorm! Unsure if you want to host a party by yourself? Come connect with others to plan together!

Where: Colorado People’s Alliance, 700 Kalamath St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


White Anti-Racist Allyship: Beyond the Basics

So, you are a white person who considers themselves an ally to black and brown folks. But what does that really mean, and how do you know you are an ally? Are you someone looking to deepen your understanding of oppression, privilege, and your role in combating racism as a white ally beyond your initial introduction into this subject? Then this training is for you.

Where: Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, February 28 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Hello? Denver? Ep 12: Right to Survive – Ballot Initiative 300

Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? is back with our first episode of 2019! Join me, your host Bree Coco Davies, at Mutiny Information Cafe for our 12th episode, a night devoted to live conversations about the Mile High City that matter. This month, I’m honored to be joined by Terese Howard of Denver Homeless Out Loud & Nathan Davis Hunt from Interfaith Alliance of Colorado!

Where: Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver
When: Thursday, February 28 at 8:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Stand Indivisible on Environment and Climate

Discuss upcoming environmental bills with representatives from Colorado legislature and environmental advocacy groups. Get organized to support the bills.

Where: Boulder Elks Lodge & Pool, 3975 28th St, Boulder
When: Sunday, March 3 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day has been celebrated in some capacity since 1917, and was officially adopted by the United Nations in 1975. This is a day to celebrate the achievements of ALL women worldwide. We will celebrate in Denver on March 3, 2019 by bringing together women from all backgrounds to showcase their talents, knowledge, and accomplishments. We are planning an afternoon of food, dancing, music, laughter, and a lot of good conversation.

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 3 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Remember to watch your inbox for breaking news and alerts! We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

It’s a short but busy week in Colorado politics! Let’s get right to a few important bills up for debate this week in the Colorado legislature that you can help pass:

On Wednesday, help SUPPORT equal pay for women in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-085, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, makes important changes to Colorado law to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on sex, giving women power to protect their own rights in court. It’s up for debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30pm.

Also on Wednesday morning, the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee will hear testimony on a bill to help prevent youth suicides. SUPPORT House Bill 19-1120, which allows children 12 and over to obtain psychological counseling on their own terms–and requires educators to make mental health information available to students.

On Thursday, help SUPPORT one of this year’s most important public safety bills. House Bill 19-1177, up for debate in the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30pm establishes a system for extreme risk protection orders to give law enforcement the ability to temporarily collect firearms from persons judged to be a danger to themselves or others. This bill protects the public while providing due process protections for persons subject to the protective order.

Also on Thursday in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-004–legislation to establish a pilot program to bring relief to residents of Colorado mountain communities suffering from extremely high health insurance premiums. This bill authorizes a pilot program in hard-hit areas of the state allowing residents to buy into state employee health plans.

Thanks for your help with these important pieces of legislation. To everyone who takes time out of your busy day to come to the state capitol and speak out, we’re grateful for your assistance. Here are a few more great ways to take action in Colorado for the week of February 19:


GoodCinema Activations: Zero Weeks

What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They’re the only countries in the world without paid family leave. With 78% of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a loved one or continuing to work in order to keep their jobs and health care benefits. While Zero Weeks aligns with GoodCinema’s value of humanity over greed, the film also explores how paid family leave benefits businesses as well as individuals. Join GoodCinema for a screening of Zero Weeks followed by an interactive panel discussion on how the family leave crisis affects local Coloradans and what you can do to help.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake, 4255 West Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, Febnruary 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol

Local officials affect our lives and our communities most directly. There is nothing more powerful than a citizen-led lobby, and that’s what this is. You don’t need to have ever been to the capitol before to join us. We want to let our elected officials know that we are here, we care, and we are watching!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Ste 136, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


Housing Justice Lobby Day/Dia de abogacia sobre vivienda

Come learn how to lobby your legislators for housing justice issues! This year we are focused on two major bills. The first is the bill to strengthen the current warranty of habitability through the Safe & Healthy Homes Act HB19-1170. The second bill we will be prioritizing is a bill to repeal the statewide prohibition on rent control and give local control back to municipalities to address the housing crisis as they see fit. We hope by this point there will be a bill to support mobile home owners as well that we can lobby on as well.

Where: 1500 Grant St. Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Legislative Committee Meetings

Join us for our legislative committee meetings for the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members vote).

Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU of Colorado and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: Phone Bank for Virginia’s Law

We need volunteers who can call voters in Boulder and encourage people to reach out to our champions to support Virginia’s law, which would protect undocumented domestic violence survivors from being turned over to ICE when contacting local police for help.

Where: 2525 W. Alameda Ave. Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Cost of Being a Woman: Gender and Homelessness

From lack of access to reproductive health, to pay inequity, to domestic violence and everyday safety, the cost of being a woman while experiencing homelessness adds up quickly. This month’s panel will discuss the different hurdles women experiencing homelessness must overcome and what we can do to help ease the burden.

Where: Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street Community Room, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


UndocuMonologues at DU

The mission of Motus Theater is to create original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues of our time. In 2019 Motus is launching the UndocuAmerica project that aims to interrupt dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants, and instead encourage thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets they bring to our country.

Where: 2000 East Asbury Ave. Denver, Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall 281
When: Thursday, February 21 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


350 BoCo Monthly Mtg: Fracking & Air Quality in Boulder County

Concerned about air quality in Boulder County? An air quality monitoring study at the Boulder Reservoir has concluded that oil & gas drilling in Weld County has worrisome effects on air quality in Boulder County. At this meeting, the leader of that project, Dr. Detlev Helmig of CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), will present the results of that study, including how certain indicators allow air pollution to be traced to the oil and gas industry.

Where: Unity of Boulder Church, 2855 Folsom St, Boulder
When: Thursday, February 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


I Am Denver Storytelling Lab – Northeast Park Hill

Everyone has a story, but ours is incomplete without YOU. What was it like growing up in your neighborhood? How is it now? Or tell us about your family, your culture, your hero. Whatever it is, we want your voice in Denver’s history. Let us help you find it. Please join I Am Denver and 303 ArtWay for a morning of instruction and inspiration that leads to you recording your story.

Where: 3333 Holly St, Denver
When: Saturday, February 23 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 10 weeks away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Mi Familia Vota, 4730 Oakland St, Denver
When: Sunday, February 24 at 10:

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next Monday with more ways to fight back! See you then.

2 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 2/15/19

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

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

As Cory Gardner gets ready to run for re-election in 2020, we’ve been trying to come up with a list of accomplishments he can offer Colorado voters as a reason to vote for him again.

As you can read in Ian’s column in Sunday’s Denver Post, it won’t be easy:

Cory Gardner said he ran to “shake up the Senate.” Instead, it was a shakedown. Gardner knows he can’t win without his Republican base, so despite a temporary headline-grab pretending that he wasn’t with Trump on the wall for 10 minutes, he has now fallen in line behind the president — sealing his fate, and leaving him caught between a wall and (I’m very sorry for this one) a hairpiece.

Cory Gardner knows he is in serious trouble, running is a state that rejected Trump in historic fashion last November. Gardner’s endorsement of Trump’s re-election proves once and for all which side Gardner is on, and it’s not Colorado’s side. Gardner’s time is almost up.

Another big week at the Colorado Capitol is underway. Thanks to everyone who showed up last week to testify on important bills being heard in legislative committees! Testimony on legislation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get involved in the political process. Don’t miss your chance to be heard on bills coming up for debate this week:

On Tuesday at 1:30pm in the Old State Library, the House State Affairs Committee will hear three important pieces of legislation: two to oppose, and one that needs to pass.

OPPOSE House Bill 19-1156: an unnecessary bill to require additional documentation in order to register to vote. Colorado already has the most secure elections in the nation, and there’s no reason to make it harder to vote.

OPPOSE House Bill 19-1140: The deceptively-named “Live & Let Live” bill to carve out an exception in the law to allow discrimination against LGBT Coloradans.

SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-042: A key legislative priority for 2019, the National Popular Vote compact will align Colorado’s Electoral College votes with the winner of the nationwide popular vote–only taking effect if enough states join.

On Wednesday, two dueling pieces of legislation in separate House committees could result in marathon hearings: show up and SUPPORT House Bill 19-1129 in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, the bill to ban controversial anti-LGBT “conversion therapy” on minors. At the same time in the House Health and Insurance Committee, turn out to OPPOSE House Bill 19-1103, which would make abortion a class 1 felony in Colorado.

Thanks for all your help with these important pieces of legislation. Here are more ways to fight back for the week of February 11:


One Colorado: Western Slope Voyage to the Capitol

Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies at the State Capitol for our annual LGBTQ Lobby Day on February 13, 2019!

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Homes for All: Rent Control: Join the Fight/ Control De Renta: Unete a la Lucha

We will be having a training on the rent control campaign for 2019. If you want to learn more about what this campaign entails and how you can join the fight. We will have updates on our legislative priority bills including warranty of habitability. There will be childcare, Spanish interpretation, and food as usual.

Where: 3738 Morrison Rd, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: 2019 LGBTQ Lobby Day

The only way we can shape the future of equality in Colorado is by making sure our elected representatives hear from us, so make sure you mark your calendar and sign up to join us! And, don’t worry if it’s your first time at lobby day, we’ll train you AND feed you. This year, we will be asking legislators to support banning conversion therapy for minors in Colorado and support a bill to make it less burdensome for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Period Kits Launch Party

We believe that anyone who has a period should have dependable, consistent access to the products they need when they need them. Period Kits collects and distributes period products to individuals, groups, and agencies in the Denver Metro area. Come kick off this venture with friends and fun! We will drink wine, build some period kits, and chat about the future. Feel free to bring product to help us with our first wave of kits.

Where: Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 900 W. 1st. Ave. #180, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado #COleg Advocacy Training

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Colorado legislature and how it works? We have the training for you! Join us to learn how the legislature works (we mean how it really works) and how to advocate for policies you care about. We will also share what legislation we expect to see during session!

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Ceasefire: Parkland Memorial Evening of Action

Colorado Ceasefire invites you to an evening of action to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Help us honor the victims of gun violence by writing postcards to legislators, asking they pass the common sense gun laws we need for a more peaceful future.

Where: Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


National M4A Week Barnstorm Launch

Join Denver DSA, Working Families Party, National Nurses United, and Our Revolution for our Medicare for All kickoff event. Activists from all over the country are coming together in February to launch our campaign to win Medicare for All during a National Week of Action. Come and find out how to get involved. See you there!

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CO Paid Family & Medical Leave Listening Tour – Boulder

The Boulder community is coming together to talk about one of the most important issues facing working families right now: paid family and medical leave. And we need YOUR input — we want to hear what you think about access to paid family and medical leave! Join MomsRising and Good Business Colorado for a very special conversation in Boulder between community members, local business owners, elected leaders, and families to talk about paid family and medical leave. Enjoy free snacks and beverages while we all share some big thinking and strategizing about ways to lift up our families, businesses, and economy!

Where: Alfalfa’s Market Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2019

This Valentine’s Day, Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for consumers and advocates from all over Colorado to discuss the health policy issues close to your heart and engage with legislators on current health policy in our state. At this event, you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and we’ll help you connect with your legislators and communicate with them in the thick of the legislative session.

Where: First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant Street, Denver
When: Thursday, February 14 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: DU Civil Rights Summit

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society, Public Interest Law Group, and International Law Society student groups invite you to join us for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law’s inaugural Civil Rights Summit. Lawyers, advocates and organizers, scholars, and law students will be coming together for a day of discussion, debate, and community in DU’s Ricketson Law Building. There will be a number of events throughout the day ranging from debates on the 1st Amendment to the role of advocacy in the law.

Where: D.U. Civil Rights Summit, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver
When: Friday, February 15 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


March for Our Lives 2019 Official Organizer’s Meeting

Join us for a meet and greet with our lovely community and initiate the first steps in planning the 2019 MFOL! This event is for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2018, our goals of 2019, and to tell victims and survivors that we still have their backs. Your time is so valuable to the organization and we hope to see you all there.

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Lakewood Area Progress Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting to discuss the recruiting, training, and campaigning for City Council candidates. We will also discuss the endorsement process.

Where: Winston’s Pub & Grill Belmar, 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood
When: Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: The Streets. A Dance Party

This is the debut of our year-long, monthly series using collectively owned aspects of the community as inspiration for programs that wrestle with questions about who owns what? why? and what can we do to extend the ownership? Schools, Jails, Water, Public Transportation, Parks, etc are the themes. Each program is created by multiple artists, residents, and organizations.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 8:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance

The Mile High Chapter of the JACL, the oldest Asian American national civil rights organization, every year sponsors a Day of Remembrance event so that we won’t forget the injustice that happened 77 years ago. As a result of EO 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II in 10 concentration camps hastily built inland, from remote parts of California to the swamps of Arkansas. One concentration camp, Amache, was built in southeast Colorado and housed almost 10,000 people during the war. This year’s Day of Remembrance will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 pm at History Colorado Center, 12th and Broadway. Admission to the event is free. There is a fee to access the museum.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Sunday, February 17 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Remember to check the RiseUp app for the latest information on these and other upcoming events. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

0 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 2/8/19

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

1 Shares

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

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

Here we go–another incredibly busy week in Colorado politics! We’ve got a huge list of action alerts and event opportunities for you to be aware of this week, so let’s not waste any time. Remember as always to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone to stay current on all of the opportunities to engage at the Capitol from anywhere.

Make your voice heard at the Colorado State Capitol. Speaking of getting involved in the Capitol, here are a few important bills pending before the Colorado General Assembly that you have the chance to testify on in legislative hearings this week! Email jumoke@progressnowcolorado.org for more information, or just head down ready to speak for 2-3 minutes.

On Tuesday morning upon adjournment of the House in LSB-A across from the Capitol, help SUPPORT legislation to make rental housing in Colorado more affordable. House Bill 19-1106 will prohibit landlords from profiteering off application fees charged to prospective renters.

On Wednesday at 1:30pm in HCR 0107, SUPPORT common-sense legislation to help transgender Coloradans keep their identity documents up to date with dignity. House Bill 19-1039 updates procedures for birth certificates and name changes.

On Thursday in the House Education Committee at 1:30pm, SUPPORT legislation to increase the number of social workers available to children in Colorado public schools between kindergarten and fifth grade. House Bill 19-1017 sets up a pilot program to study having school social worker support for each of these six primary grade levels.

On Thursday in the Senate Education Committee at 1:30pm, SUPPORT a bill to tighten regulations on student lenders. Senate Bill 19-002 requires student lenders to be licensed via the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and a new position to help student borrowers.

Have you signed the petition to support Mesa Verde National Park? Click here to help the Mesa Verde Foundation introduce a bill to create a Mesa Verde Colorado license plate to raise funds and awareness for Colorado’s greatest archaeological treasure. If you’ve already signed, thank you! Please tell your friends and encourage them to sign right away.

Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of February 4:


Love Knows No Borders, No Walls, No Ban Vigil 2019

For the 10th year in a row, AFSC will deliver handmade valentines to detention center detainees and day laborers. People who could use extra love right now. We consider this a meditation. Make something beautiful for someone separated from loved ones, separated by borders and distance or by walls. We assert that our Love knows No Borders, No Walls.

Where: ICE Detention Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, February 4 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP. 


Denver’s Road Home Givers Summit

Community connections are vital to creating a better future for every Denver resident. Be a giver by investing in a supported and connected future for every person in need.We want your stories, experiences, challenges and passion for in-kind giving in Denver. Join us as Denver’s Road Home hosts a summit for community-based organizations, individuals, neighborhoods, city agencies, and other stakeholders to improve coordination and collaboration to better serve our community. We’ll have a day of presentations and discussions, and lunch will be served.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


I Love My Undocu-Queer People

Join us in celebrating poet & educator, Yosimar Reyes a voice that shines light on the issues affecting queer immigrants in the U.S. and throughout the world. The event will feature art displays, performances, a keynote address by Yosimar, and in the afternoon a screening of the film “Five Dreamers”.

Where: St. Cajetan’s Church, 101 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 10:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Legislative Committee Meetings

Join us for our legislative committee meetings for the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members vote).

Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 6 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Classroom Teachers Association: Press Conference and Letter Delivery to Polis’ Office

Grab some friends and write a letter to Governor Polis (physical letters, not email) telling him to do the right thing and deny jurisdiction over the negotiations between DCTA and DPS. Drop them off to DCTA or scan and email to ahowe@coloradoea.org by Tuesday, Feb 5th at 5pm. We will deliver to the Capitol on Wednesday at 4:30pm, holding a brief press conference on the west steps. This action will be canceled if Governor Polis does the right thing and supports educators’ right to strike.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Common Cause: An Evening with Secretary of State Jena Griswold

The Secretary of State plays an extremely important role in Colorado government. From overseeing elections, to maintaining the statewide voter registration file, to administering campaign finance laws, this elected official is tasked with protecting and preserving democracy. Our newly-elected Secretary of State Jena Griswold ran on a platform of ending dark money spending in political campaigns, expanding access to the ballot, and ensuring accessible and secure elections.

Where: Bonacquisti Wine, 4640 Pecos St, Unit I, Denver
When: Thursday, February 7 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, February 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Jobs with Justice: Welcome and Appreciation Happy Hour

We are very excited to announce that on January 28th, Colorado Jobs With Justice will be bringing on a new Executive Director, Pamela Reséndiz! We cannot wait for Pamela to join our staff and to watch their leadership shine in the community. We hope you will join us in giving them a very warm welcome!

Where: Stoney’s Uptown Joint, 1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver
When: Friday, February 8 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Social Media for Journalists: Use it, or Lose it?

Hear 9News morning anchor Gary Shapiro explain why he said goodbye to Twitter because of the vitriol he suffered; but also listen as CBS Denver reporter Matt Kroschel explains why he believes social media is necessary for news people to stay informed and connect with the community. Sports reporter Nicki Jhabvala, a woman who covers the Denver Broncos with a Twitter following of 33k, will bring her unique perspective to the group. And Sara Grant, the creator and editor of The Denver Post’s Entertainment Site, the Know, will talk about how social media informs newsroom strategy in the digital age. Metro State Sociology Professor Samuel Jay will chime in too, as to the psychology of these platforms.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Friday, February 8 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


March for Our Lives 2019 Official Organizer’s Meeting & Pot Luck

Join us for a meet and greet with our lovely community and initiate the first steps in planning the 2019 MFOL! This event is for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2018, our goals of 2019, and to tell victims and survivors that we still have their backs. If you can, please bring a dish or snack to share. Your time is so valuable to the organization and we hope to see you all there.

Where: TBD Denver
When: Saturday, February 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Organizing School Communities Workshop – DCTA / CO-IAF

Last December, DCTA and the Colorado IAF brought together 400 teachers, parents and students at the Montbello Campus to seek fair pay for teachers, to stop school experimentation, to support students’ social and emotional needs, and to provide resources for English-language learners. Five elected officials and the district superintendent were present. Today, the community braces for a strike after district officials failed to properly invest in educators. It is clear that community leaders must build a much broader, more diverse and more powerful constituency that supports their schools so their voices are no longer ignored. Come learn essential organizing skills and strategies to build capacity for the long run.

Where: True Light Baptist Church, 14333 Bolling Dr, Denver
When: Saturday, February 9 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 90 days away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Unite Here Local 23, 5303 E Evans Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP. 


ICD-6 General Meeting: Mass Shooters, An Exploration

In this meeting we will examine ourselves and our culture and ask, how do we produce a mass shooter? Why are they, more often than not, white males? What can we do? How can we protect our communities? Please join for this critical conversation, in this moment, where the nation is not enduring mourning and reactive politics. We are honored to have our new Sherriff, Tyler Brown as speaker along with speakers from Aurora Mental Health, Aurora Police, and Moms Demand Action.

Where: Aurora Central Library, Aurora Community Room, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Sunday, February 10 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Denver Community Meeting

Meet up with your Indivisible comrades to learn about what is going on in the state legislature, online privacy, how to help get the Right to Survive legislation passed, updates on citizen oversight of law enforcement, and how you can get involved in all of these issues!

Where: Whittier Community Center, 2900 Downing St, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP. 


Walk for TPS and DACA Justice/Caminata por la justicia TPSiana

Araceli Velasquez, the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and TPS Alliance / Alianza TPS invite you to walk in solidarity and let decision makers know we want justice and permanent residency for our families! Our lives, and those of government workers, are not for sale. Join families, workers, allies, DACA recipients and TPS holders of all 13 nationalities, in a local action in support to the mobilization in Washington D.C. and demand congress pass paths to status as well as reject any additional funding for a border wall, border militarization or ICE.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again! We’ll see you next week. 

1 Shares

Colorado Week in Review: 2/1/19

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

1 Shares

What you can do to fight back this week (January 28)

Like these alerts? Click here to subscribe. Or, download the RiseUp app and never miss an action.

Let’s start with an update on happenings at the Colorado Capitol! As you can see, there’s a lot going on.

This week, the Colorado legislature is getting down to business. We’ve got several important pieces of legislation up for debate in committees in the House and Senate, and this is your chance to make your voice heard on policy issues directly relevant to our daily lives. There are good bills that need to be passed and terrible, backward pieces of legislation that need to not just be killed, but the story told so Colorado voters understand what’s at stake in every election.

Here are a few important pieces of legislation up for debate this week at the state capitol in Denver. For more information on testifying for or against any of these bills, contact Jumoke Emery, ProgressNow Colorado Director of Campaigns at jumoke@progressnowcolorado.org.

Tuesday, January 29

STOP a terrible tax giveaway bill in the Senate Finance Committee at 2:00PM in SCR 357. Senate Bill 19-055 would cut the state’s income tax and force painful cuts in already strapped programs to make up the difference.

SUPPORT legislation to “ban the box” in the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30PM in HCR-0112. It’s time to give those who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society a fair shot at a productive future, and that’s what House Bill 19-1025 will do.

Thursday, January 31

SUPPORT a bill to protect medical patients from garnishment of their pay over medical debts in the House Finance Committee in LSB-A upon adjournment (late morning). House Bill 19-1089 was written to provide relief to patients laden with massive debts over health procedures–often debts insured patients had no idea they would incur. Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in America today, and it shouldn’t be that way.

In the same hearing, help us STOP a bad bill on family leave. House Bill 19-1058 would do almost nothing to help workers who need paid leave to address critical responsibilities at home. Workers need a plan they can count on, not a gimmick that their employers can already provide if they want to. Coloradans need a comprehensive paid family leave program that doesn’t leave anyone behind–and it’s coming later this year. Don’t be fooled in the meantime.

Thanks for your help! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of January 28:


Stand Up, Speak Out for $15

Thousands of Denver workers make only $11.10/hr, the CO state minimum. They’re struggling to pay their rent and support their kids. Denver can do better. Show to Denver’s elected leaders the broad & enthusiastic support for $15. Opportunity to provide public comment to Denver City Council.

Where: City and County of Denver, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, January 28 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


WET: A DACAmented Journey

The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work hosts actor and activist Alex Alpharaoh in his solo performance of WET: A DACAmented Journey, as the second event in the 2018-2019 Catalyst Series for Social Justice.

Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, January 28 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


City Council Meeting on Strengthening Police Oversight

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Denver, Indivisible Denver, Together Colorado, NAACP Denver Branch, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Colorado Working Families, and many more in the coalition of organizations calling on Denver City Council members to pass legislation that would update the 14-year-old ordinance that established the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Oversight Board, thereby strengthening police oversight mechanisms to ensure that law enforcement officers that harm our community members are held accountable.

Where: City and County of Denver, 1437 Bannock St, Room 391, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Classroom Teachers Association: Strong Rally and March

We will meet on the west steps of the Capitol to demand fair pay for educators! March to central administration begins at 5. Wear your red for ed and your signs! It’s a great idea to carpool or take public transport, if possible. See you there!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Right to Rest Film Screening

“The Right to Rest,” a new Denver-focused documentary, is a tribute to the people experiencing homelessness and their supporters who together built a community of tiny homes as an alternative to shelters and a step toward permanent housing. Free event! Come enjoy a meal and community together.

Where: Metro Caring, 1100 E 18th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


DJPC Forum: The Long Honduran Night.

This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part through first-person experiences, extensively researched to reveal the underlying dynamics of repression and resistance in this beleaguered country.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Red for Ed Signmaking Party

Feeling #RedforEd? Want to support Denver teachers who are ready to strike? Then join other friends of labor this Thursday! We’ll be making signs and buttons to bring to rallies and the picket line. Please bring your own materials.

Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


A Town Hall Conversation with Rep. DeGette and Indivisible

Join us for a community conversation about the issues that matter most.

Where: 875 Elati St, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 Southern Colorado GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2019 Southern Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it?

Where: UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, February 2 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist

Because everyone should have a right to housing and survival. Because we, the people of Denver, need to fight for this together. The purpose of this event is to educate, ignite, and organize the people of Denver around the fight for the right to housing and survival. It is to present active 2019 initiatives and work for attainable housing and human rights lead by communities in Denver metro to current and future elected officials, and to Denver voters to effect real change.

Where: RedLine Denver, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver
When: Saturday, February 2 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: The Southern Colorado Ally Awards

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd for One Colorado’s 3rd Annual Southern Colorado Ally Awards! We’ll be honoring two incredible allies in the community and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Where: The Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, February 2 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

0 Shares

Colorado Week in Review:1/25/19

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

1 Shares