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In Washington D.C. this week, the agenda we’ve been working all summer to make a reality faces major tests. Two must-pass pieces of legislation, a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion landmark Build Back Better investment plan are in the home stretch in the U.S. House–and it’s up to us to make sure the final product meets the moment.
The Build Back Better Plan is an investment in making healthcare, child care, and housing more affordable. It’s about paid leave, clean energy, education, health care, Sen. Michael Bennet’s Child Tax Credit, and much more. 69% of Americans believe that the wealthy and corporations should pay more of their fair share in taxes, and that’s exactly how the Build Back Better agenda is paid for.
This Wednesday, September 29, is another crucial day of action to support the Build Back Better Plan. We need everyone to take a few minutes on Wednesday to call 1-888-516-5820, where you’ll be connected to your member of Congress to urge their support for the Build Back Better plan when it comes up for a vote. To call via your PC, click here.
Thank you to everyone who take action through our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness to support the Build Back Better plan! With your help, we’re closer than ever. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of September 27:
Resilience & Reproductive Rights Series, Part 1: Building our collective power – thinking globally and acting locally for abortion access
September 28, International Safe Abortion Day — Join Cobalt, Ipas, & Keep Abortion Safe for our inaugural, virtual roundtable discussion about the abortion rights landscape across the globe. Part 1 of our “Resilience & Reproductive Rights” series will feature advocates in Mexico, Uganda, and the United States. As abortion restrictions in the United States threaten access to care and exacerbate inequalities, other countries across the world are seeing considerable progress in expanding access and liberalizing abortion laws. A forward-looking conversation rooted in resilience and solidarity: panelists will share their experiences in protecting abortion rights within their roles and discuss key takeaways from their work as it relates to the impact of abortion restrictions as well as advocacy wins and strategies.
When: Tuesday, September 28 at 11:00am
History Colorado: Insights & InPerson ~ Connections: Voices of Centro Humanitario during the Pandemic
Join us to listen and reflect together on powerful stories from the “Voices of Centro Humanitario: Labor, Barriers and Hope in the Times of COVID-19” project. Led by the community outreach team of Denver’s Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, this Museum of Memory project brings together stories of struggle, resilience and hope from Latino immigrant workers in Colorado’s Denver metropolitan area during the first year of the pandemic. Project curators Marina Cruz, Patty Grado, Blanca Madrid, Guadalupe P. Martinez and Sarahy Plazola will share excerpts and insights from the project’s oral history interviews. History Colorado’s Museum of Memory Manager, Dr. María Islas-López, will host the program. This program will be in Spanish, with interpretation in English.
When: Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30pm
History Colorado: Online event: James Brooks // The Tomorrow of Violence
Dr. James Brooks is the Gable Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia and author of “Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands.” In this illustrated talk, Dr. Brooks offers personal stories about his three-decades of research on the intercultural slave system of the Southwest Borderlands, with particular attention to the region along today’s Colorado/New Mexico border. He shares his accidents of discovery, heart wrenching stories, and his ongoing efforts to support descendants of the enslaved and enslavers to make meaning of their knotted pasts.
When: Thursday, September 30 at 6:00pm
Immigration Townhall / Foro Migratorio
The presentation and discussion will be led by Joy Athanasiou, an immigration attorney and policy expert, Michelle Ferrigno Warren, a national community organizer with expertise in faith & economic based immigration policy and advocacy, and will feature the perspective of a directly impacted individual in the community. Masks are required at the in-person event at the CSU Lory Student Center, Rooms 304-306. Free parking is available in lot 310 off of Laurel St and Meldrum St. You can also join us virtually through Zoom.
When: Saturday, October 2 at 2:00pm
Where: Lory Student Center, CSU
Womxn’s March Denver: Reproductive Rights Rally
Womxn’s March Denver will be hosting a rally on October 2, 2021, to support reproductive freedom for all. We invite you to join our call to action and unite against the recent egregious attacks on constitutionally protected reproductive healthcare. As SB8 continues to block abortion access to the people of Texas, Colorado remains a safe haven for all. Together we must speak out, mobilize and support the local organizations that provide and protect access to life-saving healthcare. On October 2, join us on the west steps of the State Capitol to deliver a unified message to the Supreme Court and lawmakers across the country: will not tolerate the attack on our reproductive rights.
When: Saturday, October 2 at 9:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
Save the Date: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care 101
Join CCHI for the first webinar in our Health Care 101 series! Learn how the health care system works in Colorado and how the Colorado Option will provide a new affordable option for Coloradans! This event is virtual and free to attend. All registrants will receive a zoom link the day of the event.
When: Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00pm
Save the date: ACLU of Colorado: 2021 Bill of Rights Event
Please save the date for our virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. MST. Although we won’t be able to gather in person, we are excited to bring together supporters across the state for an evening of community-building, celebration, and education. Hosted by Executive Director, Deborah Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Colorado in March 2021, the event will be an opportunity to hear directly from our organization’s accomplished new leader. Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Archer, a prolific civil rights lawyer, scholar, teacher, and the first Black person to lead the National ACLU board of directors.
When: Thursday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Thanks again! We’ll see you next week.
Sara Loflin, Executive Director