What you can do to fight for progress this week (October 18)

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As negotiations continue in Washington, D.C. over the size and scope of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, we as Colorado progressives know there are some agenda items that can’t be ignored any longer.

The Build Back Better plan is a crucial opportunity for America to take the lead in mitigating the effects of human-caused climate change. Instead of increasing the tax burden on working families, the Build Back Better plan sets us on a course toward taxing wealth the way we tax work–and asking those who have benefited most from decades of prosperity to pay the bill to clean up their mess.

The message this week: your congressional representatives need to know that addressing human-caused climate change is a mandatory component of the Build Back Better plan. It’s not right that one U.S. Senator from coal country can thwart the overwhelming scientific consensus that swift action is necessary.

Click here and let our friends at Climate Power connect you to your representatives directly with a message in support of the full Build Back Better plan.

Thanks for keeping the pressure on our lawmakers in Washington–for as long as it takes to pass legislation that meets the moment. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of October 18, 2021:


The Bell Policy Center 2021 Ballot Guide: Live Discussion with The Colorado Sun

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a live discussion between the authors of the Bell Policy Center’s 2021 Ballot Guide and reporters from The Colorado Sun. Education reporter Erica Breunlin and inequality reporter Tatiana Flowers will lead the discussion, asking the questions voters want answered as they fill out this year’s ballot. During this 45-minute conversation, we will focus on all three statewide ballot measures and dive into the analysis featured in the Bell’s 2021 Ballot Guide.

When: Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30pm

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Conservation Colorado Phonebanks

Protecting our environment, our public lands, water, and air is critical. Join Conservation Colorado for a virtual group phone bank in support of our endorsed candidates.

Westminster
When: Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00pm
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Commerce City
When: Thursday, October 21 at 6:00pm
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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Denver Immigration Town Hall

Join this virtual community discussion of everything you need to know about immigration and the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund. The presentations will be conducted by Joy Athanasiou, an immigration attorney and policy expert, Atim Otii, the Director of the City of Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and will feature the perspective of a directly impacted individual in the community.

When: Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00pm

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GreenLatinos: Oil and Gas Focus Group

Are you concerned about or impacted by fracking? Then Join GreenLatinos and Conservation Colorado for a paid focus group regarding upcoming methane regulation rulemaking at the Air Quality Control Commission. No need to have prior knowledge on the issues just bring your lived experience.

When: Saturday, October 12 at 1:00pm

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Save the date: LGBTQ Health & Policy Changes

Join One Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative for a community townhall on Tuesday, October 26th for discussion about recent health care policy changes and how they affect our LGBTQ+ community. Learn about policies, access to insurance buyers guides for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as how Medicaid can be used to transition. Ask your health care questions to our panel!

When: Tuesday, October 26 at 6:00pm

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference. See you then.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for October 17, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (October 11)

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With Congress in recess this week and negotiations over the Build Back Better plan still ongoing behind the scenes with holdout Democratic Senators, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks once again for everything you’ve done to fight for our shared progressive values in 2021.

We can’t control everything that happens in national politics, but in Colorado, we can be proud our elected officials. Thanks to your vigilance and timely action to keep them on the right path, both of Colorado’s Senators remain in full support of the most important components of Build Back Better: human infrastructure to support the economy of the future, permanent funding for Sen. Michael Bennet’s landmark Child Tax Credit, and aggressive action to combat human-caused global climate change.

It’s great to have leaders in Washington representing Colorado who are working to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Back at home in Colorado, however, last week we saw even more examples of what could happen if we lose focus on the larger objective. Conservative CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, the state’s last remaining statewide Republican elected official, was joined by right-wing extremist Dennis Prager for a campaign event, where Prager told the audience that “it is an act of child abuse to give a child [COVID] vaccine” and “schools are poison factories.” [1]

If we don’t stay vigilant, this kind of insanity masquerading as leadership is only one election away. It’s why your help and support is needed now more than ever.

Thanks for everything you do week in and week out to fight for progress. Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of October 11, 2021:


Support HelloFresh Workers Organizing a Union!

Workers at Hello Fresh are organizing a union to make their jobs safer and more sustainable at the largest meal kit company in the United States. While Hello Fresh profited from the pandemic, employees faced disrespect, a COVID-19 outbreak, and preventable injuries. Workers are calling on the company to make sure sustainable jobs are part of the package and that the company pledge to not harass or intimidate workers organizing a union. Your voice matters. Join them.

Click here to sign the petition in support of HelloFresh workers.


Four Directions All Nations March 2021

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Four Directions March, which was born out of a long struggle to reject colonialism in all forms and to uplift ourselves as Indigenous Peoples. We ask you to join us for a night march and a vigil October 11, the day before Columbus invaded our homelands, to continue that struggle, to remember our lives before the genocide, and to recognize the grief that our communities have been carrying for over 500 years. To reconnect with the land, with old ways, and with ancestors, we will gather at Cuernavaca Park that evening. This site was once a Cheyenne and Arapaho camp and the confluence of the rivers in this area was a historically significant meeting place for many Indigenous Peoples. This will also be the first march since Columbus Day was repealed in Colorado, the birthplace of the racist holiday.

When: Monday, October 11 at 5:30pm
Where: City of Cuernavaca Park, 3500 Rockmount Drive, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


History Colorado: Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series: Gitanjali Rao

Meet innovator, changemaker, author, and STEM education promoter Gitanjali Rao. At age 15, Gitanjali was named TIME Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year.” Her bold thinking about using technology to help solve global problems has resulted in Tethys, a device that detects lead in water, an AI-based anti-cyberbullying service called Kindly, and an opioid addiction detection device called Epione. Join us on International Day of the Girl to hear Rao share her journey and the role of science as a catalyst for social change.

When: Monday, October 11 at 7:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

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Colorado Sierra Club: Becoming Bear Aware in Colorado: Learn how to keep bears wild and people safe

Because they’re constantly searching for food, bears can come into contact with their human neighbors. These normal encounters are often quickly labeled as “conflicts” and used to justify trophy hunting and other forms of lethal bear “management.” In this free webinar, join black bear biologist Stewart Breck from the U.S.D.A.’s National Wildlife Research Center and representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, Bear Smart Durango, the Boulder Bear Coalition, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club to learn more about bears, their behaviors and simple steps you can take to coexist with them. Together, we can help keep bears alive and people safe!

When: Wednesday, October 13 at 11:30am

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A Conversation with Stacey Abrams

Join Stacey Abrams, political leader, voting rights activist, entrepreneur, and NYTimes bestselling author for an evening of candid conversation and insights on politics, leadership, entrepreneurship, social justice and being a true voice for change. Designed around worldwide and national events, as well as questions from the audience and community, this conversation with Stacey Abrams will entertain, inform, and empower. Moderated by Gloria Neal.

When: Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30pm
Where: Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver

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New Era Colorado Youth Agenda Townhall

In 2021, New Era embarked on a Youth Agenda Listening Tour, where we heard from over 1,200 young people across the state about their hopes and dreams, their vision for the future, and their lived experiences. Join us at our virtual townhall where we’ll share what we’ve learned from the tour and hear from some of the young people that participated. We’ll dive into key findings from our data, talk about what’s next for our work, and hear directly from young people about the change they want to see.

When: Thursday, October 14 at 5:30pm

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History Colorado: “Building Denver” Speaker Series: The City You Don’t See w/ Tom Gougeon and Dick Farley

Join Tom Gougeon and Dick Farley for an exploration of all of the invisible things that often shape our cities, presented by two people who have spent much of their lives wrestling with the “invisible dictators of form.” This conversation is about the factors—like fire-fighting access, setbacks, bulk planes, view ordinances, underground utility requirements, zoning codes, flood plains, soil conditions, and parking—that affect the shape, character, and functionality of city life.

When: Thursday, October 14 at 7:00pm

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Legislative Town Hall: Statewide & Local Ballot Issues

Please join Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, Rep. Brianna Titone, & Rep. Lindsey Daugherty for a legislative town hall meeting. Our topic this month will be information on the statewide and local ballot initiatives and questions for the 2021 November Election. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters beginning on Monday, October 8. Educate yourself on the issues before you cast your ballot!

When: Saturday, October 16 at 10:30am
Where: Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St, Arvada

Click here to RSVP.


Save the date: The Bell Policy Center 2021 Ballot Guide: Live Discussion with The Colorado Sun

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a live discussion between the authors of the Bell Policy Center’s 2021 Ballot Guide and reporters from The Colorado Sun. Education reporter Erica Breunlin and inequality reporter Tatiana Flowers will lead the discussion, asking the questions voters want answered as they fill out this year’s ballot. During this 45-minute conversation, we will focus on all three statewide ballot measures and dive into the analysis featured in the Bell’s 2021 Ballot Guide.

When: Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll see you next week! Thanks again.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for October 10, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (October 4)

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Congress has taken a two-week break after failing to sort out their differences, but the fight to pass the landmark Build Back Better plan to rebuild America’s “human infrastructure” is far from over.

Last week, progressives in the U.S. House stayed strong against incredible pressure to make sure the Build Back Better plan stays on the negotiating table. In the U.S. Senate, two U.S. Senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are responsible for the delay and demands for cuts to this historic legislation.

Here in Colorado, poll after poll shows that the Build Back Better plan is overwhelmingly popular. [1] Colorado’s U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper support the Build Back Better plan, and Sen. Bennet is pushing to further fund the Child Tax Credit now providing direct cash assistance to millions of working families across America.

Coloradans understand that the big corporations are not paying their fair share. At the same time working people it’s gotten harder every year to hold on to good-paying jobs, health care, and affordable housing. Those are the investments we’re making in the Build Back Better plan, and every dollar won in negotiations goes directly to Americans who need it most.

Our friends at Colorado Working Families have made it easy to connect you directly with your U.S. Senators to let them know you’ve got their back as they fight for every dollar of the Build Back Better plan. Simply text DELIVER to 30403 with your cell phone to be immediately connected. The message is simple: no cuts, no delays.

Thanks as always for your continued support! After being delayed by yesterday’s social media outage, check out more ways to make a difference for the week of October 4, 2021:


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

Click here to RSVP.


Vigil for Indigenous Children

Regis University – Boettcher Commons – “The Quad.” Indian Boarding Schools vigil for indigenous children. A remembrance, lament, and hope for healing.

When: Wednesday, October 6 at 4:30pm
Where: Regis University, Boettcher Commons

Click here to RSVP.


Ally Up 2021: Access, Equity, Power

Join us for Inside Out’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Ally Up 2021! Together, we will celebrate over 30 years of Inside Out — and it’s continued vision to empower, educate, and advocate for our LGBTQ+ youth in Southern Colorado and beyond. Let’s build a better future for our young people with greater ACCESS, EQUITY, & POWER.

When: Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00pm

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#VoteAndBeHeard Voter Registration Drive

Join Urban League Young Professionals of Metro Denver in partnership with Holleran Group for a voter registration drive with food trucks!

When: Thursday, October 7 at 4:00pm
Where: Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E 35th Ave., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Colorado Springs Domestic Violence Victims Remembrance Event

Join other Moms Demand Action supporters in the Community Remembrance Ceremony and awareness-raising event at City Hall (outdoors). Together we will uplift Kingdom Builders Family Life Center, a local domestic violence prevention and intervention agency, in this important effort to commemorate for lives lost to domestic violence. Wear your red Moms Demand Action shirt, a face mask, and join in to support healing and awareness.

When: Friday, October 8 at 3:00pm
Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs

Click here to RSVP.


2021 Latino Community Service Awards

The Denver Public Library will host its annual Latino Community Service Awards, an event to honor five Latino community members for their leadership and service to the community. Established in 2002, the Latino Community Service Awards recognize Latino leaders who have made a deep and lasting impact on the city and state. The awards presentations are part of the library’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and will be held at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library located at 1498 N. Irving Street.

When: Saturday, October 9 at 11:00am
Where: Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Environmental Canvass for Aurora City Council

Join Colorado Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado as we encourage voters to support environmental champions running for Aurora City Council.

When: Sunday, October 10 at 3:00pm
Where: Highline Park, Aurora

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Save the date: New Era Colorado Youth Agenda Townhall

In 2021, New Era embarked on a Youth Agenda Listening Tour, where we heard from over 1,200 young people across the state about their hopes and dreams, their vision for the future, and their lived experiences. Join us at our virtual townhall where we’ll share what we’ve learned from the tour and hear from some of the young people that participated. We’ll dive into key findings from our data, talk about what’s next for our work, and hear directly from young people about the change they want to see.

When: Thursday, October 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Save the date: The Bell Policy Center 2021 Ballot Guide: Live Discussion with The Colorado Sun

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a live discussion between the authors of the Bell Policy Center’s 2021 Ballot Guide and reporters from The Colorado Sun. Education reporter Erica Breunlin and inequality reporter Tatiana Flowers will lead the discussion, asking the questions voters want answered as they fill out this year’s ballot. During this 45-minute conversation, we will focus on all three statewide ballot measures and dive into the analysis featured in the Bell’s 2021 Ballot Guide.

When: Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for October 3, 2021

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

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (September 27)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again! We’ll see you next week.

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for September 26, 2021

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

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (September 20)

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It’s a big week in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. House works to pass one of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. House leaders are hoping to move President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan to the Senate as soon as this Friday.

This is the real deal for Americans. The Build Back Better plan will make healthcare, eldercare, childcare, and housing more affordable, expand Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing services, provide universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds and free community college, create a comprehensive nationwide paid family and medical leave policy, help create a clean energy economy, and extend Sen. Michael Bennet’s Child Tax Credit which has the potential to cut child poverty in half.

Meanwhile, a massive lobbying effort is underway by special interests who want to whittle down or kill this historic legislation completely. Some oppose pieces of the $3.5 trillion package, others say they don’t like how President Biden proposes to pay for it–by asking the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share, and by giving Medicare the power to save taxpayers money by directly negotiating a better deal from providers.

Your U.S. Representatives need to hear from you this week. Our friends at Americans for Tax Fairness are organizing a nationwide day of action to flood Congress with phone calls and emails to make sure they know we’re paying attention. ATF’s toll-free number is 1-888-516-5820, or click here to be connected to your representative via a call-back. The message is simple:

Congress must support $3.5 trillion in investments in healthcare, eldercare, childcare, education, housing, child tax credits, clean energy and more, funded by making big corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. It’s time for our tax code to reward work, not wealth.

Thanks for your timely action to support the Build Back Better Plan. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of September 20, 2021:


Introduction to Climate Justice with 9to5 Colorado

Join 9to5 Colorado to learn about climate justice and its relationship to 9to5’s core issues of housing and worker justice.

When: Monday, September 20 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: CHANGE Challenge Wrap Up Event

Join us as we wrap up our CHANGE Challenge wellness fundraiser on September 21st at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 4-6pm!

When: Tuesday, September 21 at 4:00pm
Where: Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado: Safe Zone Training

Would you like to become a better ally to build a supportive, inclusive community for those who identify as LGBTQIA+? Join us in a judgement-free group to learn and grow on your journey of allyship.

When: Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00pm

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Metro Caring: Fundraising event at Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Join Humboldt Kitchen + Bar in supporting Metro Caring, Colorado’s leading frontline anti-hunger organization. Dine with us on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6-9pm and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the organization. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and speak with a Metro Caring representative about the organization’s mission and goals for the future.

When: Wednesday, September 22 at 6:00pm
Where: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar, 1700 Humboldt St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


¡Now is the Time! March for Citizenship // ¡Ya es hora! Marcha para la ciudadanía

Join us September 25, as we March for Citizenship and demand justice for all immigrants! We will gather at Viking Park and march to Auraria campus where we will have a rally with speakers and performances. On May 1, 2006, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans marched from Viking Park in Northwest Denver to the Capitol calling for justice for immigrants. Fifteen years later, on Sept. 25, we will march with those that came before us, as we retrace the steps from 2006 by walking from Viking Park to the center of Denver to tell U.S. Members of Congress, the White House, and the public that WE CAN’T WAIT any longer.

When: Saturday, September 25 at 11:00am
Where: Viking Park, 2801 W 29th Ave, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. See you next week!

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for September 19, 2021

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No thanks, Heidi Ganahl: what you can do to fight for progress this week (September 13)

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Here in Colorado, we’ve set milestones in recent years for women elected to the legislature, new laws to work toward equal pay, and strengthened protections for working women from discrimination and harassment. Let’s not forget, on Colorado’s major climate legislation in 2021, women led the way. It’s a legacy we are proud of, and there’s much more to do.

In Colorado, leadership and progress are about more than checking a box. The progressive values of freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity in Colorado have made our state a leader in elevating the power of women in society ever since Colorado women won voting rights decades before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The latest threat to our shared progressive values in Colorado is Heidi Ganahl. For years, the far right has been losing elections in this state as Colorado voters rejected bad policy, wedge issues, and most recently the divisive politics of Donald Trump in ever-greater numbers. Heidi Ganahl was part of the problem. As CU Regent, Heidi Ganahl severely damaged the integrity of Colorado’s flagship university with “conservative affirmative action” programs to make higher education safe for right-wing ideologues. Ganahl backed the hiring of John Eastman, a discredited, racist academic who helped incite violence at the U.S. Capitol on the morning of January 6th. [1]

Click here to help hold Heidi Ganahl accountable.

On every single issue that matters most to Colorado families, Heidi Ganahl is on the wrong side. Ganahl opposed landmark legislation passed this year to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums. Ganahl opposed the paid family leave program passed by Colorado voters in 2020, and even opposed ballots measures that could have helped the cashed-starved University of Colorado. Though you can’t tell it from her social media accounts–because she recently deleted all of them, [2] including those on the white supremacist sites Gab and Parler–Ganahl has spent her career empowering political extremists like John Eastman.

At ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, it’s our job to make sure every voter in Colorado sees through Heidi Ganahl’s false image. Issues are what matter when first impressions fade, and on the issues Heidi Ganahl doesn’t pass the test. Help me spread the truth about Heidi Ganahl with your timely donation to ProgressNow Colorado.

Thanks for your help. Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of September 13:


Voces Unidas Latino Leadership Survey

Our Latino leadership survey is the first of its kind in CO. We NEED to hear from our Latina and Latino communities so policy work going forward is informed at every level by them and only them. If you self-ID as Latina or Latino, click here to participate in this short survey.


Colorado Common Cause: 2021 Champions For Democracy

Colorado Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that has been working to safeguard our voting rights, hold elected officials accountable, and ensure that we all have a voice in our government since 1971. As attacks against democracy continue across the country, it is clear that our work now is as important as it ever was. To celebrate our 50 years of work strengthening democracy and to build momentum for our future we are hosting our annual Champions For Democracy celebration from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on Monday, September 13th 2021 at Attimo Winery in Denver. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we are thrilled to be hosting the event in person! The event will bring together our statewide members to recognize community leaders who have advanced pro-democracy work over the last year.

When: Monday, September 13 at 5:00pm
Where: Attimo Wine, 2246 Larimer St., Denver

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History Colorado: Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series: Linda Alvarado

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month during an evening with barrier breaker and business leader Linda Alvarado. Overcoming adversity and financial challenges in her youth to become the wildly successful owner and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Linda made history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a major league baseball franchise—our very own Colorado Rockies—which marked the first time that any woman was involved in a bid for ownership of a Major League team. Join us as Linda discusses how she shattered “Concrete Ceilings,” redefined a women’s role in business, and opened doors for future leaders.

When: Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

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Focus Points Family Resource Center: Linking Arms: A Mini-Conference for Immigrants and Refugees

Join us for an informative and entertaining mini-conference for immigrants and refugees. Breakout sessions will cover topics like English classes, rental rights, information about US workforce expectations, COVID-19 resources, and much more.

When: Friday, September 17 at 9:00am
Where: Focus Points Family Resource Center, 2501 E 48th Ave., Denver

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Volunteer Day with Metro Caring

Volunteer with Women in Sustainability on Friday, September 17 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm! During this time, our group will be responsible for sorting incoming food, packing food boxes, and providing general warehouse support. This is a great way to help support those in need, network with other members of the WIS community and get out of the office for an afternoon to give back.

When: Friday, September 17 at 12:00pm
Where: Metro Caring, 1100 E 18th Ave., Denver

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Save the date: Introduction to Climate Justice with 9to5 Colorado

Join 9to5 Colorado to learn about climate justice and its relationship to 9to5’s core issues of housing and worker justice.

When: Monday, September 20 at 6:00pm

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

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for September 12, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (September 7)

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I hope you had a relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend. In addition to celebrating the traditional end of summer, this Labor Day weekend took place against the backdrop of new challenges–the end of expanded pandemic unemployment coverage for workers, the effects of human-caused climate change from fires in the West to devastating floods in the East, and an extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban allowed to take effect in Texas that puts Colorado on the front line of the national struggle for reproductive rights.

Let’s start this week with ways you can make a difference on all these fronts.

Building up American workers. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is an historic opportunity strengthen worker’s rights, level the playing field for organizing, hold big business accountable to their human resources, take concrete steps to implement lessons on workplace safety, and above all put more money in the pockets of working Americans. Click here to learn more about the PRO Act and contact your Senators.

Responding to human-caused climate change. Today, 20 national progressive advocacy organizations called on Congress to pass the “Climate Test” with respect to the current reconciliation budget bill by putting the country on a clear path to cutting in half planet-warming pollution by 2030. The climate investments in the Build Back Better Act as it exists today create a path to reduce climate pollution and achieve 100% clean electrical production in a timeframe that could actually make a difference. The alternative is even more devastating environmental consequences like we’ve witnessed this summer. Click here to learn more about this effort.

Defending reproductive rights. SB-8, Texas’ extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban is now law. This affects not just abortion providers but anyone at all who might be accused of helping someone access their constitutional right to reproductive healthcare. Colorado has been a haven for abortion care for years as other states have passed new restrictions, and our role in this critical civil rights battle is set to grow. If you haven’t already, click here to donate directly to select Texas abortion funds to empower those in need.

We’re getting closer to final maps of Colorado’s congressional and legislative districts. Over the weekend, the congressional redistricting commission released a new map that will be the subject of public hearings this week! Click here to get more information, and if you haven’t already click here to get on the list for future redistricting action alerts.

Finally, it’s a pleasure to headline my first weekly action alert as ProgressNow Colorado’s new executive director! ProgressNow Colorado has played such an important role in the political transformation of Colorado into a progressive stronghold and model for effective organizing in the digital era, and I’m excited to see what the next few years hold. Here are a few more great ways to fight for progress for the week of September 7, 2021:


Composting: What? Why? How?

Join The Climate Change Collective and Emcee Nick Campion on Tues Sept 7th to learn more about composting and get inspired to help with climate change and educate your friends and family. You’ll connect with like-minded folks (ice breakers provided!). Then we’ll hear from the founder of local company Wompost and the Executive Director of Recycle Colorado about the basics of composting and how Denver and Colorado is pumping out that black gold. Bring your most pressing composting questions!

When: Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate: Tell Polis and the COGCC to Pause the Permits!

On Aug 30 a coalition of 30 health, environmental, climate and community groups, called on the COGCC to protect Coloradans and pause permitting until new financial assurance rules can be adopted. Instead the COGCC unanimously approved new siting permits. Tell Polis and the COGCC we need to pause all permitting and transfers until oil and gas have put up the funds to clean up after themselves!

When: Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30pm

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Colorado People’s Alliance: We Are Home – Press Event for Citizenship

The House Budget Resolution that passed the House of Representative moves America one step closer to new pathways to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers and other essential workers. Momentum is on our side and we are moving full steam ahead. Congress is taking historic and long overdue steps to deliver on a visionary budget to modernize key sectors of our economy, including our immigration system. Our message to Washington: Bring solutions to the table and reject obstruction, half-measures or games. We urge Congress to reject controversial anti-immigrant amendments which would be a vote against immigrant communities who have been and will continue to be key to the robust economic recovery of the country.

When: Thursday, September 9 at 11:00am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Conservation Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Event: Denver

Join Conservation Colorado and Protegete for our annual Legislative Scorecard Event! Find out if your representative is an environmental champion and discuss our environmental wins during the 2021 legislative session. Enjoy an evening with a special guest and an environmental champion, Representative Alex Valdez. We will end with a fun trivia game and swag prizes.

When: Thursday, September 9 at 5:30pm

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History Colorado: “Building Denver” Speaker Series: Colorful or Colorblind w/ Dr. Tom Romero

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Tom Romero, most recently the Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Denver and the founding and current Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE). A native Denverite and advisory board member of History Colorado’s Lost Highways podcast, Dr. Romero will share with us the complex history of race and racism in “Colorful Colorado” and challenge us to directly confront what racism means for us today while providing ideas for us to move forward in our work to achieve equality and justice.

When: Thursday, September 9 at 7:00pm

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Colorado WINS: Step It Up Colorado! Rally at the Capitol

Join us online for a rally to demand a living wage for *all* Colorado employees! It’s time to tell Colorado enough is enough. All workers, no matter what we look like, where we work, or what we believe, deserve a living wage!

When: Friday, September 10 at 12:00pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Have You Eaten Yet – A Dinner Conversation with CIRC (Muslim Panel Edition)

Have You Eaten Yet? – A Dinner Conversation with CIRC will be the start of an ongoing series where CIRC invites different community leaders to talk about the multiple movements happening alongside our work with immigration here in Colorado. This is a way for CIRC to explore the many complexities that immigration plays out for different communities while uplifting the work happening outside of our membership. Our first episode will be with Muslim community leaders to talk on topics ranging from what’s happening globally, the disconnect between immigrants and refugees communities, and many more!

When: Friday, September 10 at 6:00pm

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

Sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

Colorado Week in Review for September 5, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 30)

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Once again, news from outside Colorado is the first order of business this week. On the 16th anniversary of 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall yesterday in Louisiana as a devastating Category 4 storm. Today, first responders from Colorado and dozens of other states are on the scene saving lives and providing aid.

If you’re able to donate in support of relief efforts in Louisiana, consider a gift to the World Central Kitchen charity. Launched in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés, WCK is on the ground right now in New Orleans providing hot meals where they’re needed most. And that’s not all: WCK is also coordinating with incoming flights from Afghanistan to feed thousands of refugees.

Click here to learn more about trusted ways to volunteer and donate to disaster relief efforts.

ProgressNow Colorado is hiring! If you or someone you know is looking for the chance to work for Colorado’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, check out these two exciting opportunities available now:

ProgressNow Colorado: Development Director (full time)

We are searching for a leader to serve as the full-time Development Director of both ProgressNow Colorado Education and ProgressNow Colorado. The position is based in Denver, Colorado. The Development Director will drive fundraising strategy, support programmatic staff to reach deliverables, and establish and maintain relationships with funders, clients and partners in the progressive community through our work.

Click here to learn more about this position.

ProgressNow Colorado Education: Reproductive Rights Organizing and Outreach Fellow (part time)

ProgressNow Colorado Education and ProgressNow Colorado–501(c)(3) organization and 501(c)(4) organizations, respectively–are looking for a Reproductive Rights Organizing and Outreach Fellow. This individual will support the Digital Organizing Director through strategic outreach, event planning, volunteer organizing, communications with allied groups and social media management, ensuring a strong, trusted and consistent presence on social media and other digital assets.

Click here to learn more about this position.

Reminder: tomorrow Tuesday, August 31st, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is holding a stakeholder meeting ahead of a draft proposal expected this September to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets of 36 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. This is a chance for you to weigh publicly in support of strong, enforceable rules to reduce GHG emissions. Click here to learn more and register to comment.

Thanks as always for your help and support. Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 30:


Harm Reduction Action Center: Overdose Awareness Day 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing overdose crisis, 2020 was the deadliest year in recorded history for overdose deaths in Denver, the state of Colorado, and the country. 2021 is on track to be the deadliest year for overdose in history yet again.

When: Tuesday, August 31 at 1:30pm
Where: 112 E 8th Ave, Denver

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Conservation Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Release Party: West Slope

Join Conservation Colorado and some of our West Slope conservation champs for our 2021 Legislative Scorecard Release on Tuesday, 8/31 from 6-7pm over Zoom! Learn from State Representatives Barbara McLachlan, Julie McCluskie, and Dylan Roberts as they break down and celebrate significant legislative successes, climate action, and conservation funding to environmental justice reforms. Moreover, the event will be a great opportunity to get caught up to speed and feel better prepared to TAKE ACTION on conservation issues in 2022!

When: Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Noche de Conexión Comunitaria | Community Connection Night

August’s Community Connections night will take place on August 31st, 6-7 PM via Zoom. The programming will include an introduction to UndocuHub, and an intro to Metro Caring. Metro Caring meets our communities needs for immediate nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. We will provide information about access to food and other basic needs regardless of immigration status, and information about the food justice movement and how to participate.

When: Tuesday, August 31 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: CHANGE Challenge Kickoff

Join us as we kick-off our CHANGE Challenge wellness fundraiser on September 1st at Rocker Spirits, 4-6pm! We’ll be kicking off the CHANGE Challenge with a few wellness activities outside, and you can enjoy great cocktails from Rocker and food from Cholorado Food Truck. Space is limited to better guarantee social distancing, and we strongly encourage COVID vaccination and mask wearing for participation in this event to protect our community.

When: Wednesday, September 1 at 4:00pm
Where: Rocker Spirits, 5587 S Hill St., Littleton

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New Era Colorado: Toast to Democracy 2021

We’re thrilled to invite you to New Era Colorado’s annual event, Toast to Democracy! Join us at Mile High Station on Wednesday, September 1st for one of our favorite evenings of the year—where we get to bring together our incredible supporters for cocktails, great food, and plenty of celebrating youth-driven democracy.

When: Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00pm
Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Globeville Community Farmers Market

The concept is simple, come to the Globeville Community Farmers Market, or GCFM, on Thursdays between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court. Once there, peruse stands by Rebel Bread, Huerta Urbana 2Gen Farm Incubator, East Denver Food Hub, Comal, Metro Caring, SAME Cafe and S&D Creations. Pick up fresh eggs, just-picked greens, vegetables, artisan bread, prepared food for dinner, and anything else you want or need, and pay what you can. That can be $0 for a whole bunch of produce, or $30 for a couple loafs of bread.

When: Thursday, August 2 at 4:30pm
Where: 3455 Ringsby Ct, Denver

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Save the date: Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit 2021

We envision a movement for reproductive freedom that centers the many lived experiences of young people from LGBTQ+, low-income, immigrant, disability communities, and communities of color. Young people have shown time and time again that we support reproductive rights, health, and justice because we understand this is a matter of fighting for the dignity and humanity of the most marginalized communities. We aim to build and empower young leaders from these diverse communities to lead us in creating the world we wish to see by teaching and training young people to organize on reproductive freedom issues, including abortion access and abortion stigma, and creating a space for young people from marginalized communities to get all the information they need to begin or deepen their activist journeys.

When: Saturday, September 11 at 10:00am

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Save the date: Colorado Black Women for Political Action: POC Campaign Training Bootcamp

Participants learn: How to create a win plan, basic campaign finance rules, how to manage the media, how to prep candidates for interviews and debates, how to create a field plan, how to manage field and staff.

When: October 16-17

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight for progress. Thanks again.

Colorado Week in Review for August 29, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 23)

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This summer, Colorado has suffered from the combined effects of human-caused climate change as well as air pollution we all create every day going about our modern lives. Another season of massive wildfires throughout the drought-stricken West has filled the sky with smoke, while ground-level ozone pollution from fossil fuels and “point sources” great and small adds a layer of misery we can’t blame on the wind.

In Colorado, our progressive elected leaders understand this isn’t a problem that can wait any longer. Doing our part in the global response to climate change and cutting harmful air pollution in our homes and communities requires more than euphemisms.

Today, Monday August 23 at 5:30 p.m. MDT, advocates and community leaders will hold a virtual discussion on the threats Coloradans are facing from poor air quality. With communities across the Metro Area facing consistently poor air quality caused by industrial and vehicle pollution—made worse by the escalating climate crisis—this topic is top-of-mind for many Coloradans. Because communities of color, people who earn low incomes, older Coloradans, and children are some of the people most disproportionately affected by pollution, acting on air should be a priority for state and local policymakers whose goals include equitable health.

In addition to the discussion, the event will include new research from the Colorado Fiscal Institute’s recently released Colorado 2050 report. The report, written by environmental policy analyst Pegah Jalali, looks at how several climate-related risk factors will impact Colorado by the year 2050, and how we can build resiliency for the state’s diverse communities and economies.

Who:
State Sen. Julie Gonzales, Colorado Senate District 34
State Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, Colorado House District 32
State Rep. Alex Valdez, Colorado House District 5
Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry
Adams County Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio
Dr. Sheela Mahnke, MD, pediatrician, EveryChild Pediatrics
Pegah Jalali, environmental policy analyst, Colorado Fiscal Institute
Renee Chacon, Americorps Vista
Michael Washington, Director of Denver Metro Area Outreach, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
Andres Carrera, Regional Director, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper

What: Virtual panel discussion of health and other threats posed by worsening air quality in the Denver Metro Area.
When: Monday, August 23 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

As a reminder, next Tuesday, August 31st, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is holding stakeholder meetings ahead of a draft proposal expected this September to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets of 36 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. It’s important that the APCD put forward a strong, comprehensive methane proposal that ensures the oil and gas sector hits their emission reductions targets. This is a chance for you to weigh publicly in support of strong, enforceable rules to reduce GHG emissions. Click here to learn more and register to comment.

Colorado’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process is underway and still needs your input. This week, the commissions to redraw Colorado’s congressional and state legislative political boundaries are visiting Commerce City and Brighton before moving on to Colorado Springs this weekend. Don’t miss the chance to speak up for your community. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

Thanks again for your help and participation even in the so-called “off years!” Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 23:


Cobalt and ACLU of Colorado: Reproductive Rights Roadshow

Join ACLU of Colorado and Cobalt on Wednesday, August 25 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for another installment of our Repro Roadshow series! We will discuss the lay of the land on abortion rights in Colorado and will have the opportunity to talk with advocates about what access looks like in our state.

When: Wednesday, August 25 at 11:00am

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350 Colorado: Fossil Free the Federal Reserve Actions!

Why is this Fossil Free Federal Reserve campaign important? Here’s what you need to know: U.S. banks have funneled $1.2 trillion dollars into fossil fuels in the past five years. These big banks won’t stop funding fossil fuels on their own (they’ve been quite clear about that). The good news is that the Federal Reserve — the U.S. central bank — has the legal authority to make fossil fuel finance less desirable and possibly set limits on the financing of fossil fuels. It’s the Fed’s literal job to protect the public interest and economy from systemic risks like climate destruction, but they won’t do it alone. It will take the full weight of the climate movement pushing the Fed to take action and hold banks accountable for funding this crisis.

When: Thursday, August 26 at 11:45pm
Where: Federal Reserve, Denver Branch, 1020 16th St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU of Colorado: Annual Meeting: Powered by You

Join us on Thursday, August 26, for our virtual Annual Meeting. Together we will honor local civil liberties heroes, celebrate legislative successes, and look ahead to the next year.

When: Thursday, August 26 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Event: Fort Collins & Northern Colorado

Join Conservation Colorado for our Annual Legislative Scorecard Event!! You can join Conservation Colorado, Organizer Jesus Castro, and members of the community virtually via Zoom.

When: Thursday, August 26 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


PLANET-Based Living Festival

Be part of the first PLANET-Based Living Festival. This exciting event brings local food trucks, vendors and non-profits together to help celebrate the earth and provide attendees with inspiration and ideas to live kinder on the planet. There will also be yoga in the park, kid’s activities, a boot camp, live music and MORE!

When: Sunday, August 29 at 11:00am
Where: Boulder Bandshell

Click here to RSVP.


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

Colorado Week in Review for August 22, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 16)

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Today the news is dominated by the end of America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

A war that began as a direct response to the worst act of terrorism in American history but persisted long past any reasonable connection to the events of 9/11, the sudden fall of Afghanistan before thousands of American citizens and allies could be evacuated is a difficult moment for our country. Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan is urging the Biden administration to follow through with our obligation to protect our allies in this final inevitable phase of the conflict. [1]

Rep. Crow also agrees with the Biden administration that the end has come to end the war in Afghanistan. In April when the withdrawal was announced, Rep. Crow said, “My own service in Afghanistan made it abundantly clear to me that if there was a military solution to the war in Afghanistan, we would have found one years ago.” Now is not the time for hypocritical politics, but to honor our obligation to end an unwinnable war with as much dignity and as little additional loss of life as possible.

For the veterans of the long war in Afghanistan, including thousands who live here in Colorado, know that although Americans may disagree about the war in Afghanistan, today each one of us honors the sacrifice of every American who served our country there. Our nation must never again disregard a generation of warriors simply because we disagreed about the war. If you are struggling today with this news and need support, please know there are resources available to assist you.

In the midst of these eventful headlines, there are still other important issues that need your attention. Today and again on Tuesday, August 31st, Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is holding stakeholder meetings ahead of a draft proposal expected this September to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets of 36 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. In particular, we want the APCD to put forward a strong, comprehensive methane proposal that ensures the oil and gas sector hits their emission reductions targets. This is a chance for you to weigh publicly in support of strong, enforceable rules to reduce GHG emissions. Click here to learn more and register to comment at an upcoming hearing.

Armed with new Census data, Colorado’s redistricting process marches on! This week, the commissions to redraw Colorado’s congressional and state legislative political boundaries are traveling to Highlands Ranch, Woodland Park, and then on to Pueblo to hear public testimony. Again, although the headlines about redistricting get confusing, one simple progressive message always applies: we want to preserve the natural communities of like-minded interest, while ensuring fair representation for communities of color and victims of historical oppression. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

And here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of August 16:


Proclamation Signing, People of the Sacred Land

Join Colorado Native Americans for Biden on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol for the signing of an important proclamation for Native American people by Governor Jared Polis.

When: Tuesday, August 17 at 10:00am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Seal the Deal: No Cuts to Climate, Care, Jobs, or Justice

Make your voice heard with climate justice on August 19th — join us to demand good union paying jobs, affordable housing, clean air & water for ALL Coloradans. Coloradans across the state are feeling the brutal impact of climate change and environmental hazards. We have a huge opportunity to act and shift our current path forward, but Congress must hurry and include meaningful action on climate during the current budget and infrastructure debate. We need our elected officials to rise to the challenge, and act on the IMMEDIATE needs of our communities.

When: Thursday, August 19 at 3:45pm
Where: 1961 Stout St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC and HAP: Hispanic Affairs Project: Immigration Town Hall

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.

When: Thursday, August 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Bakery, Beers and Bikes for Reproductive Rights – Denver

Join Cobalt for a bike tour in support of reproductive rights in Colorado! Each ride will consist of three stops starting with complimentary coffee and breakfast and ending at a local brewery. Detailed itineraries will be emailed out prior to the ride.

When: Saturday, August 21 at 10:00am
Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado People’s Action and Colorado Working Families: Movement Builders Training Series

Are you thinking about running for office? Do you want to build effective political or organizing campaigns? Join Colorado People’s Action & Colorado Working Families Party for a series of free virtual one-day intensives, in which you will learn how to prepare to run for office, how to build a field plan, how to communicate your message, and how to fundraise the resources you need to win. You can register for some of the trainings or all four.

When: Saturday, August 21 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll see you next week as always with more ways to make a difference.

Colorado Week in Review for August 15, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 9)

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At times in the past week, the Front Range of Colorado has suffered from the worst air quality of any major city in the world. A combination of smoke from massive wildfires in California and ground-level ozone pollution from cars, trucks, and oil and gas drilling here in Colorado has resulted in the worst air quality in years–a reminder of the “brown cloud” days we’ve tried to so hard to get away from.

The consequences of human-caused climate change are now impossible to avoid in Colorado. It’s past time to start making the hard choices necessary to de-carbonize our economy.

Colorado’s largest utility Xcel Energy is slowly—arguably too slowly—moving to close their fossil fuel-fired plants. Tonight at 6:00pm, our friends at Colorado Sierra Club and 350 Colorado are conducting a training session to help you advocate effectively in Xcel’s resource review process and accelerate Colorado’s swift transition to renewable energy.

What: Xcelerate Climate Action Public Comment Kick Off!
When: Monday, August 9 at 6:00pm

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It’s not too late to make your voice heard in Colorado’s redistricting process! This week, the commissions to redraw Colorado’s congressional and state legislative political boundaries will meet in Manitou Springs, Longmont, and Boulder to hear public testimony. This is our chance to make sure the new maps reflect basic values of fairness: preserving natural communities of interest, while ensuring fair representation for communities of color and victims of historical oppression. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

And here are a few more great ways to fight for progress for the week of August 9:


Town Hall on Flavored Tobacco Products

We must prioritize the health of our young people over the profits of Big Tobacco. Join us for one of our town hall discuss about the dangers of flavored tobacco products.

When: Tuesday, August 10 at 6:00pm

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League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradan: Financial Assurances Webinar Part 3

In our first installment, we learned how oil and gas generates revenue for the State and local governments. In the second installment, we learned about financial assurances and how big the gap is between the bonds the state holds and the cost to clean up the existing wells in the State. In this final installment, we will hear from EarthJustice and Carbon Tracker about how to solve this problem. We will discuss the data Carbon Tracker has found, and how we are planning on presenting this information to the COGCC during the rulemaking hearing. We will also talk about how the public can stay involved in the process, and provide their own input to the Commissioners.

When: Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Care Workers Unite: Time’s Up, Care Can’t Wait!

After well over a year of unimaginable hardship and trauma, the crisis for care workers has reached a breaking point. We are gathering to hear from workers and decision makers to make sure the state hears our call: WE DEMAND ACTION! In January, we filed a petition to call for the CDLE to investigate the wages and working conditions of this industry and to convene a wage board. For months, despite our calls, emails and visits, the state has refused to honor our rights; they have refused to take action. Today, we’re here to tell them: Time Is Up. We demand the state comply with state law, and give workers like us a seat at the table and a voice in the decisions that impact our lives!

When: Thursday, August 12 at 11:30am
Where: 1825 Welton St, Denver

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History Colorado: Extended Summer Hours: See “Policy Over People” w/ Dr. Esteban Gómez

Join us for extended summer hours at the History Colorado Center, open until 8 pm every Thursday through the end of August. Get up-close-and-personal looks at our newest exhibits and installations, and, this week only, join us at 7 pm for our first Building Denver Speakers Series event: Policy Over People with Dr. Esteban Gómez.

When: Thursday, August 12 at 5:00pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Champions of Choice

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado invites you to join us to celebrate champions who support reproductive health care access and hear from talented speaker, Paola Ramos (read more about Paola below!) We’ll get together in person in an airy indoor/outdoor space in central Denver for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, great company, PPVC updates on the state of reproductive health care, and to talk about protecting abortion access in Colorado and across the country!

When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm
Where: Denver (Location upon RSVP)

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Colorado Council of Churches: Whites and Racial Justice

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler will facilitate a conversation with journalist and author Helen Thorpe and former Colorado State Senator Michael “Mike” Johnston of Gary Investments about what Whites can do to support racial justice. The panelists will also respond live to questions and comments from online participants.

When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm

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Latino Policy Listening Tour

Join COLOR and the Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus as we elevate Latino state policy priorities, and learn more about how our collective voices will drive future change! The Latino Policy Listening Tour 2021 will help prepare us for our 2022 Latino Advocacy Day. Latino Policy Listening tours are intended for legislators, community members, and leading organizations to listen to the issues that impact our communities in Colorado.

When: Saturday, August 14 at 8:30am

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Bakery, Beers and Bikes for Reproductive Rights – Boulder

Join Cobalt for a bike tour in support of reproductive rights in Colorado! Each ride will consist of three stops starting with complimentary coffee and breakfast and ending at a local brewery. Detailed itineraries will be emailed out prior to the ride.

When: Saturday, August 14 at 10:00am
Where: Boulder (Location upon RSVP)

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

Colorado Week in Review for August 8, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 2)

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It’s a moment we’ve been dreading for years, and it’s getting closer.

Late last week, all three of Colorado’s Republican members of Congress joined an amicus brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision which established the abortion rights on which generations of American women have depended. [1] A 6-3 right-wing majority on the Supreme Court and an abortion ban “test case” out of Mississippi set to be argued later this year have made this once-unthinkable prospect a real possibility.

In a post-Roe America, Colorado’s leadership role in protecting abortion rights will put our state on the front lines of this defining issue of our times. Overturning Roe would have the immediate effect of banning abortion in 20 states, and women who need abortion care they can’t get in their home states will be forced to seek refuge in Colorado. Even worse, abortion rights in Colorado could be subject to attack by litigation from anti-choice states.

That’s why it’s so important for Coloradans to be organized and ready to defend abortion rights in Colorado no matter what happens with Roe v. Wade when the Supreme Court issues its decision next June. Our friends at the Keep Abortion Safe campaign have developed the Countdown to a post-Roe America resource page with information you need to protect abortion rights here in Colorado or wherever you are.

The redistricting commissions continue touring the state throughout July and August! This week, the commissions are hosting important community outreach meetings in Littleton, Centennial, Golden, and Colorado Springs before heading to Trinidad and the Western Slope for the weekend. In every part of our state there’s a simple progressive message: preserve natural communities of interest while protecting the rights of the disadvantaged and historically oppressed. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 2:


Exploring Ways to End the Drug War

The Drug War has devastated communities for far too long. Join Psychedelic Club as we host activist leaders to discuss different ideas and ways the Drug War in Colorado can be put to an end. The meeting will be forum style with a few pre-determined questions as well as audience submitted questions.

When: Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm
Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver

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Protect Our Rivers: South Platte Cleanup

Protect Our Rivers and Allkind Hard Kombucha share a love for protecting our planet and are teaming up to do just that. Join us for a clean up on the South Platte River followed by a cold booch or brew at Odell Brewing Five Points!

When: Friday, August 6 at 9:00am
Where: 1416 Platte St, Denver

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Association: Community Legal Event | Evento de Asistencia Legal Comunitaria

Join us for our free community gathering! Games and activities for kids will be provided, along with snack bags to go. Workshops will also be available from 12 – 3 pm, along with free legal information for attendees.

When: Saturday, August 7 at 12:00pm
Where: Sierra High School, 2250 Jetwing Dr., Colorado Springs

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9to5 Colorado: Legislative Open House

Please join us for our 2021 Legislative Celebration and Open House! It has been a year and a half full of deep challenges, work and wins. We want to come together to celebrate all of the amazing progress and wins, that would not be possible without you! We will have food, activities for kids, and lots of fun!

When: Saturday, August 7 at 3:00pm
Where: 4130 Tejon St, Denver

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One Colorado: Pink Party 2021

After a long year of protecting our community, we finally have a chance to come together and celebrate! Come party with a purpose to help elect pro-equality political candidates in Colorado. All tickets include entry into the Pink Party with an open bar. Capacity will be limited so reserve your spot today!

When: Saturday, August 7 at 6:00pm
Where: Track, 3500 Walnut St., Denver

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Save the date: Colorado Black Women For Political Action POWER & POLITICS: August 2021

Join CBWPA & NAACP Denver Branch this summer for our POWER & POLITICS series. For the months of June, July, and August we will have visitors (elected officials, non-profits, program admins, etc…) from all over the state, provide updates on legislation, initiatives, programs and more!

When: Wednesday, August 25 at 6:00pm

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

Colorado Week in Review for August 1, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (July 26)

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After one of the hardest years of our lives, both individually and as a nation, we’ve got a chance to do something truly historic in President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

Coloradans have come together over the last year across races, religions, and backgrounds to help each other through the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. It’s not over, but in Colorado where vaccination rates are much higher than the national average and working together to get through adversity comes naturally, we’re once again a model for the rest of the nation to follow.

In Colorado, we’ve passed policies in recent years that will make a real difference in working peoples’ lives: Paid Medical Family Leave, union voices for state employees, and strong protections for voting rights.

Now it’s time for Congress to take similarly bold action and pass President Biden’s Build Back Better plan without delay. This Wednesday, a coalition of leading progressive advocacy groups and individuals will gather in downtown Denver to urge Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet to BE BOLD.

WHAT: Coalition Press Conference and Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, July 28th at 1PM
WHERE: 1961 Stout Street, Denver
VISUALS: Large signs and a three-foot-high balloon mosaic spelling out BE BOLD!

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President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan is an historic investment in solving problems that affect every community in Colorado and across America. Now is the time for Colorado’s elected leaders to be bold and make a difference every voter in Colorado will see in their own lives.

Stop racial gerrymandering in Colorado. Our friends at Colorado Common Cause need your signature on a petition to the Colorado Independent Legislative and Congressional Commissions calling on the commissions to “honor the will of the voters and the constitution by prioritizing communities of interest, especially communities of color, throughout the rest of the process in order to draw maps that ensure equitable representation for all Coloradans.” Proposed draft maps could split vital communities of color and reduce fair representation in the Colorado General Assembly and in Congress. Click here to sign Common Cause’s petition today.

And remember, the redistricting commissions continue touring the state throughout July and August! This week, the commission is holding hearings in Denver and Aurora before heading to Salida, Grand Junction, and Montrose. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

Thanks for your dedication week after week to fighting for our shared progressive values. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of July 26:


SEIU Local 105: Denver Janitors Agreement Celebration Action!

Join us on Tuesday, July 27th at 11:30AM celebrate our historic contract victory! Join us in the heart of downtown at Republic Plaza for a music filled celebration! Despite being called heroes over the past year and a half of the pandemic, janitors were not being treated as such by our cleaning companies. In response, we united as a union across our differences, took to the streets in action, demanded respect and dignity for our sacrifices, and WON.

When: Tuesday, July 27 at 11:30am
Where: 303 16th St Mall, Denver

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Electric Vehicle Development, Your Community, and You

As we become a greener Denver, electric vehicles will have more impact on our lives. We need to know what this change means to you. What are your hopes, concerns, and questions?

When: Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30pm

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ACLU of Colorado: Reproductive Rights Roadshow is Back!

Join ACLU of Colorado and Elephant Circle on Wednesday, July 28 at 12 p.m. as we kick off the Reproductive Roadshow with a special virtual training. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about birth justice, which, like reproductive justice, is an intersectional approach to a range of issues and needs that determine how people give birth with a focus on human rights. In this workshop, Elephant Circle will tell you about the comprehensive birth justice policy passed this legislative session, its impact, implementation, and how to get involved.

When: Wednesday, July 28 at 12:00pm

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Town Hall with Senator Tammy Story and Rep. Susan Lontine

Join your southwest Denver legislators, Senator Tammy Story and Representative Susan Lontine for an in-person town hall at Bear Creek Park. We’ll be discussing our accomplishments from this past session and what we’ve been working on this summer, including the interim committees we’re serving on, as well as looking forward to the next legislative session. We’re eager to hear your ideas, questions, and concerns.

When: Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00pm
Where: Bear Creek Park, Denver

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Film Screening and Discussion: Ice on Fire

Join Defend our Future (virtually) for a film screening of the monumental film Ice on Fire, which explores the potential extinction level event caused by arctic methane release, and the newly developed technologies that could reverse global warming by sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere. Following the screening we will host a short Q&A session where participants can get involved in follow up involvement.

When: Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00pm

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Cervezas for Causes: Rocky Mountain Immigrant Action Network

The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network – RMIAN provides free legal and social services to immigrants held in immigration detention in Colorado. RMIAN also provides free legal services to children throughout Colorado navigating the deportation system and children who have been the victims of crime. Because there is no access to court-appointed counsel in the immigration system, RMIAN is often the only line of defense for the many immigrants and asylum seekers who cannot afford to pay a private attorney.

When: Thursday, July 29 at 5:30pm
Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver

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350 Colorado and Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center: Power in the Streets: Live Action Skills Workshop

During the worst of the pandemic, we were fortunate to have the ability to still connect and train virtually with hundreds of people from dozens of states, three counties and two continents! It has been an honor and an amazing opportunity that challenged us to adapt and grow as facilitators. While we look forward to bringing you more virtual training in the future, there is just nothing like the feeling of a live, in-person workshop experience. Now is our chance to reconnect with community, put our knowledge into practice, explore our edges and let loose with a fun, interactive training full of games, roleplays and all of the playfulness that we’ve missed over the last 18 months. We will be in the park with fresh air, sunshine, shade tents, snacks, refreshments and lots of good vibes!

When: Saturday, July 30 at 11:00am
Where: Sunken Gardens Park, Denver

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight for progress. Thanks again!