Colorado Week in Review for September 25, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for September 18, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for September 4, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for August 28, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for August 21, 2022

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NO WAY O’DEA: Time to get on the bus

For months we’ve been warning you about the danger of Joe O’Dea–a sleazy businessman with a record of hurting workers and putting his own greed above Coloradoans. It’s time to call him out for trying to have it both ways on the most important issues confronting Colorado and the nation.

Join us Monday, August 22 at 6pm as we hit the road with our NO WAY O’DEA Bus Tour.

WHAT: Kickoff of the NO WAY O’DEA Bus Tour
WHEN: Monday, August 22, 2022
WHERE: Brooklyn’s Denver, 2644 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

Click here to RSVP.

Joe O’Dea admits Joe Biden won the 2020 election, but he says he would support all of Trump’s Supreme Court Justices picks as a U.S. Senator, and would support Trump for President in 2024. O’Dea is supported by Trump appointees like former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. O’Dea says he is “personally pro life” and would support a range of new nationwide restrictions on abortion rights.

Joe O’Dea keeps trying to confuse voters over his stand on abortion rights, and he recently admitted voting for Proposition 115, the ban on abortions later in pregnancy. Colorado voters opposed Proposition 115 by a huge 20-point margin in 2020.

Joe O’Dea’s concrete company, Concrete Express, has been fined by the Department of Labor for repeated health and safety violations, including creating an unsafe working environment that led to a roof collapse injuring 13 of his employees. A former human resources employee at Concrete Express alleged management at the company concluded that “old guys were a liability” and that the company “need(ed) to get rid of these old sick people”to bring down insurance costs.

And that’s just the beginning. Between now and October, the NO WAY O’DEA Bus will tour Colorado to educate voters on O’Dea’s real agenda. With unhinged Republican candidates falling apart in other states, Republicans are counting on Joe O’Dea to hand Mitch McConnell back the majority. On Tuesday, August 23, we will be hitting the road to Grand County, with more tour stops to be announced in the coming days. We’re excited to connect with Coloradans in every corner of the state.

Want to ride on the NO WAY O’Dea Bus? Seat sponsorships are available! Sign up and we’ll make arrangements for you to join us on an upcoming leg of the tour.

We’ll see you soon!

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

“Sleazy” Joe O’Dea: when bad business hurts good people

Unsafe working environments. Age discrimination. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

For too many of Joe O’Dea’s employees, working on “Joe’s Crew” was the worst mistake they ever made. That is Joe O’Dea’s record for taking care of employees at Concrete Express, the business that made O’Dea a multi-millionaire.

Have you been the victim of unsafe working conditions and discrimination on the job, either working for Joe O’Dea or another employer? We want to hear your story.

Joe O’Dea’s concrete company has been fined by the Department of Labor for repeated health and safety violations, including creating an unsafe working environment that led to a roof collapse injuring 13 of his employees. A former human resources employee at Concrete Express alleged that management at the company concluded that ‘old guys were a liability’ and that the company ‘need(ed) to get rid of these old sick people’ to bring down insurance costs. [1]

Joe O’Dea’s entire case for running for office is based on his concrete pouring business, where it’s clear now that O’Dea put profits over the health and safety of his employees. It gets worse: while mistreating his own employees, O’Dea received almost $3 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program funds to meet his payroll obligations during the pandemic. O’Dea never missed the chance to enrich himself, but injured and aging workers at Concrete Express got a raw deal.

As a U.S. Senator, Joe O’Dea would continue to put crony special interests and his own wealth ahead of the needs of the people of Colorado. Colorado doesn’t need any more bad bosses, and with your help, we’ll make sure O’Dea is held accountable between now and November.

Do you have a story to tell about working for Joe O’Dea or another boss who puts profits over their employees? Click here to tell us your story, and we’ll be in touch if there’s a way it might help. Thanks again for everything you do to hold the rich and powerful accountable. No one is above the law.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for August 14, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for August 7, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for July 31, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for July 24, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for July 17, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for July 10, 2022

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Help us stop Team Trump Colorado

In 2016, 2018, and again in 2020, Colorado sent Team Trump packing.

In 2022, it’s time to do it again. And we need your help.

American politics have been changed forever by Donald Trump’s destructive presidency, and Trump’s continuing assault on American democracy even after the violence of January 6th is one of the greatest threats to our nation we’ve ever faced. A majority of Republicans believe that Trump should still be President, and a disturbing number would support violence to “restore” Trump to the White House.

The Party of Trump overturned Roe v. Wade, and they’re not done. In just a few short years, the far right took over the U.S. Supreme Court through bad faith and treachery aided by Colorado’s former Sen. Cory Gardner. Thanks to Trump, Gardner, and the new Court, basic rights that generations of Americans have taken for granted are now in danger. Today, Colorado is a haven for equality and freedom, but now more than ever we’re only one election away from disaster.

That’s why we’ve got to get to work now to hold Team Trump Colorado accountable. With the primary election behind them, some members of Team Trump Colorado are desperately running away from Trump’s deep unpopularity in our state, while others like Rep. Lauren Boebert are unapologetic loud and proud Trump dead-enders. Each one of them has proven during the primary that they would aid and abet Trump in the future.

Joe O’Dea admits Joe Biden won the 2020 election, but he says he would support all of Trump’s judicial picks as a U.S. Senator, and is supported by Trump’s appointees like former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. O’Dea says he is “personally pro life” and would support a range of new nationwide restrictions on abortion rights.

Heidi Ganahl refuses to say that Joe Biden won the 2020 election legitimately. Ganahl’s campaign has repeatedly sought the support of far-right Trump election conspiracy theorists like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. In a last-minute plea to Republican primary voters, Ganahl branded herself as “The MAGA Candidate Colorado Has Been Waiting For.”

And that’s just the beginning. On primary election night, Trump personally called Lauren Boebert to congratulate her. Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn both tried to shield Trump from accountability during his two impeachment proceedings, and Lamborn along with Boebert voted against certifying the presidential election results on January 6th. Barbara Kirkmeyer won her primary running as “the only candidate in this race who supported and campaigned for Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 primary and general elections.” John Kellner scoffs at Colorado’s recent moves to protect abortion rights, calling them “politics.” During his run for Lt. Governor in 2018, Lang Sias was a member of the “MAGA Trump Colorado” online group. Even Pam Anderson, Colorado’s Republican candidate for Secretary of State, was forced to appease far-right election conspiracy theorists by supporting additional unwarranted election audits.

It’s time for Colorado to unite and stop the Party of Trump once again. This is a message for progressives, moderates, and even those conservatives who are tired of the nation’s rapid slide toward political violence and the breakdown of democracy. Trump may not be on the ballot in 2022, but the power base Trump is counting on to mount a comeback is a factor in every single race.

With this challenge before us, I’m asking you to help ProgressNow Colorado with a donation to help us hold Team Trump Colorado accountable. As the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, there’s no better investment you can make to ensure every voter in Colorado understands the stakes in this upcoming election.

Thank you for your continuing support. We’ve been on the ground since 2003 fighting for our shared progressive values, and we’re not going anywhere. With your help, we’ll win the struggle against the Party of Trump in Colorado–and in doing so show the whole nation once again how it’s done.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for July 4, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for June 26, 2022

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PROTECT DEMOCRACY: Shut Down The University of Colorado’s Benson Center

Last week, the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the plot by ex-President Donald Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election zeroed in on John Eastman. Eastman, while serving as the University of Colorado’s “Visiting Conservative Scholar” sponsored by the controversial Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, worked directly with Trump to develop the plot to overturn American democracy.

Both before and after the 2020 elections, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl sang the praises of John Eastman and the Benson Center. Ganahl called Eastman “fantastic” and lauded Eastman for “riling folks up” after Eastman wrote a disgraceful and widely-condemned op-ed questioning Kamala Harris’ citizenship.

And then came January 6th. Thanks to the Select Committee’s investigation, we now know Eastman was aware that his plan to overturn the election on January 6th, 2021 was illegal, but Eastman and Trump relentlessly pressured Vice President Mike Pence to go along anyway. After the January 6th coup attempt failed, Eastman even requested a pardon from President Trump for the crimes he knew he had committed.

Last spring, our friends at New Era Colorado launched a campaign calling for the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization to be shut down. If you haven’t already, take a moment right now to sign their petition.

This weekend the Denver Post editorial board, in light of the revelations made by the January 6th Committee, agreed with New Era Colorado: it’s time to close the Benson Center.

The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has made it abundantly clear this week that then-President Donald Trump planned and executed an immoral scheme to retain the White House over the will of American voters.

Trump’s right-hand man in this coup attempt was John Eastman, a professor who at the time was in a position of power at the University of Colorado’s Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization.

Let the irony of that sink in…

We do not see how CU’s Benson Center can withstand such a scandal. The University of Colorado Regents should revoke the center’s space on campus, return the gifts, grants and donations funding its work, and remove CU’s good name from the center’s title. CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, who once referred to Eastman as “terrific,” should lead the effort.

Sign the petition and join New Era Colorado’s ongoing campaign to close the Benson Center.

Today as a candidate for governor, Heidi Ganahl is running away from her former praise for Eastman, even though she defended Eastman against being fired outright by CU in the aftermath of the January 6th insurrection. Ganahl, the only statewide elected Republican, refuses to put country over party and condemn in clear terms John Eastman’s attempt to thwart the peaceful transition of presidential power.

That means it’s up to us to stand up for academic integrity at Colorado’s foremost public university, and demand the end of “conservative affirmative action” in higher education.

Thank you for taking action to protect CU and our whole state. Democracy is an original Colorado value.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for June 19, 2022

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Jan Kulmann must withdraw from the CD-8 congressional race

Today, ProgressNow Colorado called for Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann to withdraw from the race for Colorado’s Eighth Congressional District.

It’s not a demand we make lightly, but the details of Kulmann’s conduct as president of the board at Stargate Charter School raise serious questions about her fitness to serve the public in any capacity.

Seventeen federal complaints including allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination against disabled students were filed against Stargate during Kulmann’s tenure as Stargate’s School Board President from 2012 to 2018. Instead of taking immediate action to protect students, Kulmann ignored and minimized the problem during Board meetings. Kulmann told parents, “formal complaints filed against the school are one piece of the story and anyone can file a complaint at anytime.” She then asserted that “some people do not follow the communication pathways resulting in the board not receiving information until later,” according to Stargate Charter School Board Meeting Minutes from September 13, 2017.

Three months later, on December 13, 2017, federal investigators verified several of the complaints and Kulmann and her board were meeting behind closed doors in executive sessions to discuss what the Stargate School community had been telling her for years.

Why did it take investigators three months to figure out what Jan Kulmann had been hearing from concerned parents and upset staff for five years?

We can’t let someone with such poor judgment represent Colorado in Congress. Get the facts at The Kulmann Files website, and join our call for Jan Kulmann to withdraw from the CD-8 race.

https://kulmannfiles.com

Thanks for helping us hold our public officials accountable. There’s nothing more important than protecting our children.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for June 12, 2022

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NO WAY O’DEA: Join the fight for progress in June

Remember Cory Gardner? How can Colorado forget his two-faced lies and games?

In 2022, Joe O’Dea is trying to do the same thing. O’Dea condemned Colorado’s new law codifying abortion rights. He said repealing Roe v. Wade would make abortion a “local issue.” Then O’Dea tried to walk it back. O’Dea now says he supports Roe v. Wade, but also says he would vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm judges who would repeal Roe.

Like Cory Gardner, Joe O’Dea wants to have it both ways on climate change, grudgingly admitting that humans are impacting the climate “in some way” but promising to increase oil and gas production instead of addressing the problem.

Joe O’Dea once claimed to support President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, but now blasts his Democratic opponent for global inflation while falsely blaming COVID relief efforts.

We’ve had enough of Joe O’Dea’s dodges and vague answers about the questions that matter. That’s why this Wednesday we’re gathering at the Colorado State Capitol at high noon to say once and for all: NO WAY O’DEA.

What: Press conference to launch the NO WAY O’DEA campaign
Where: Colorado Capitol West Steps
When: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP, and please join us if you can!

We hope you’ve had a pleasant break since the end of this year’s historic legislative session, where with your help the progressive majority passed hundreds of bills to solve problems and reinvest in the institutions that we all rely on from education to health care and combating air pollution. We’re grateful to everyone who called or emailed your lawmakers, wrote a letter to the editor, and turned out for events to support the progressive agenda this year. If you missed it, check out our Winners and Losers of the 2022 Colorado legislative session for more on the best and worst of the year.

Check out more great ways to make a difference in June!


Terrance Roberts, anti-gang and civil rights activist

Terrance Roberts is a civil rights activist from Denver, and the subject of the book and documentary film ‘The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, And The Struggle To Save An American Neighborhood’ by Julian Rubinstein. A reformed Park Hill Bloods gang member turned anti-gang violence activist, Roberts co-founded the Frontline Party for Revolutionary Action (FPRA) in response to the death of Elijah McClain, who was killed at the hands of police in 2019 and continues seeking justice for Alexis Mendez Perez, killed by an off-duty corrections officer in 2020.

When: Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00pm
Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd Street, Denver

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Wolves of Colorado Speaker Panel

Join us at Patagonia’s Denver store on Thursday, June 9th for an event hosted by the Endangered Species Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild, and Wild Earth Guardians celebrating one of our nation’s most misunderstood species. Hear from a great group of experts on the most recent updates with CO’s wolf reintroduction, learn about how you can get involved, and get your questions answered!

When: Thursday, June 9 at 5:30pm
Where: 2600 Walnut St, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


March For Our Lives – Denver Civic Center Park

March For Our Lives Parkland is having a rally in DC on June 11th, and Denver is hosting a sister event at Civic Center Park!

When: Saturday, June 11 at 10:00am
Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Transforming Gun Violence – Gun to Garden Tool Demo

Following a voluntary gun buyback in the morning, this separate event transforms one of the disabled firearms into a garden tool, inviting the public to hear from those affected by gun violence and connect to organizations and resources to help end gun violence in their community.

When: Saturday, June 11 at 4:00pm
Where: Heritage Christian Center Denver, 14401 E Exposition Ave., Aurora

Click here to RSVP.


June 2022 Ed Series – Being Transgender and Unhoused: Systemic Hurdles & Where to Seek Assistance

Join the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for this Pride Month session to discuss the specific hurdles faced by transgender and non-binary Coloradans who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. Hear from organizations that provide vital assistance designed to specifically serve trans men and women and non-binary individuals. Panelists include Marvyn Allen, Health Equity and Training Director for One Colorado, Nicole Schmitt of Urban Peak, Ashley Browning, Manager of Operations for the Center on Colfax, and PJ Brackney, a community member sharing his experience.

When: Thursday, June 16 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women In Government National Legislative Conference

Join Women In Government on June 23 – June 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado for the National Legislative Conference! Women In Government convenes state legislators and stakeholder experts with broad perspectives and experiences to amplify the work of female lawmakers.

When: June 23-25
Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


History Colorado: Queer-ilderness: A Mild-Wild PRIDE Event (13+)

Join us at the History Colorado Center (1200 N Broadway, Denver) for a Queer-ilderness: A Mild-Wild PRIDE, an event for 13-year-olds and up. From camping to glamping, walk, pose, dance, play, craft, draw, sketch, write, and be in what makes you feel your most comfy or wildly Queer. There will be activities happening all night! Light snacks and beverages are provided. Access to the “Rainbows & Revolutions” LGBTQ+ exhibit will be included as well.

When: Saturday, June 25 at 6:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Pride Rally

Join One Colorado, the Center on Colfax, state leaders, activists, and community groups right after the Denver Pridefest Parade on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol Building to rally for LGBTQ equality!

When: Sunday, June 26 at 12:30pm
Where: Colorado Capitol West Steps

Click here to RSVP.


Join The Marigold Project as we continue our community building series, ‘ground cover’

Led by Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo, we will dive into a rich conversation about reproductive rights, what a post-Roe looks like in Colorado, how to prepare for a federal ban and how this fight is part of a larger civil rights struggle that looms ahead of us.

When: Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm
Where: Skylark Lounge, 140 South Broadway, Denver

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

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for June 5, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for May 29, 2022

Our deliberately oversimplified glance at what’s happening in Colorado.

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Colorado Week in Review for May 22, 2022

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Colorado Week in Review for May 15, 2022

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