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!

Click here to RSVP.

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!

Colorado Week in Review for July 25, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (July 19)

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Last week, a million Colorado families received their first monthly expanded Child Tax Credit payment. In one of the biggest acts of economic relief for families with children in American history, the expanded Child Tax Credit is expected to cut child poverty in the United States in half. [1]

That’s not a misprint, it’s an historic achievement.

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is one of the principal architects of the expanded Child Tax Credit, and now he’s turning his focus to making sure this historic reduction in childhood poverty isn’t just a one-time windfall. Tonight at 5:30pm, Sen. Bennet is holding a Zoom Q&A session with reporter Jesse Paul of the Colorado Sun and the nonpartisan Taxpayer Advocate Service to answer questions about the Child Tax Credit. Click here to tune in, and send an email to the Colorado Sun with your question for Sen. Bennet.

It’s not too late to make your voice heard in the redistricting process! The independent redistricting commissions who will draw the new maps for Colorado’s congressional and legislative districts are touring the state throughout July and August. In Colorado, citizens have more power over the redistricting process than many other states–but that’s only a good thing if we use it. This week, the commission is holding hearings in Lakewood, Englewood, Steamboat Springs, and Craig. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of July 19:


Colorado Fiscal Institute: Racist Roots of Tax Policy Webinar

The Colorado Fiscal Institute invites you to join us for a zoom webinar to understand the history and reasons behind why racism is at the root of tax policy, and how we can change the tax code to create a system that builds a more equitable future. Join our team of economists and tax policy experts during this one-hour event and discussion about our tax code.

When: Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30pm

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Garden Party with New Era Colorado

Colorado’s young voters turned out at historic rates in the 2020 election, cementing their place as the largest voting bloc in the state. Now is a critical moment for Colorado to leverage our political power to make concrete, bold progress on rebuilding our state towards a more just future—demonstrating to voters that their voices matter, restoring their faith in our democracy, and serving as a national model for progressive policy. We look forward to sharing about our fall organizing programs and how we’re building momentum towards 2022. Join us in Boulder for a night of community and youth leadership in Colorado!

When: Tuesday, July 20 at 5:30pm
Where: Boulder (location provided upon RSVP)

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Event 2021

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado for our Annual Legislative Scorecard Event!! You can join us in person at the Alliance Center or virtually via Zoom. We will be celebrating big wins including the passing of our primary bill this session, providing essential needs for families. Our speakers include Senator Brittany Pettersen, Jan Touslee from the Nappie Project, and more to come!

When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30pm
Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver

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Colorado Sierra Club: July Climate Happy Hour

Enjoy a cocktail or mocktail with us and learn about opportunities to engage on clean energy, transportation, and more! This event will be casual and a good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced.

When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30pm

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Cervezas for Causes: Casa de Paz

Casa de Paz is the only non-profit in Colorado offering shelter to released immigrants and their families. Casa de Paz is a promise – a promise that as long as detention centers keep families apart, there will also be a welcoming home and help for those who need them.
When men and women are released from immigrant detention, Casa de Paz volunteers pick them up and bring them to the Casa where they begin making plans to reunite them with their families.

When: Thursday, July 22 at 5:30pm
Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver

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COLOR Action Fund: FIRST-EVER Scorecard Release Party!

A scorecard informs COLORistxs and other Reproductive Justice supporters how their legislators and the Colorado General Assembly worked to support Reproductive Justice and policies this year. Scorecards not only inform the public and our supporters about what Reproductive Justice policy looks like, but hold our leaders accountable to upholding these values which empower our communities.

When: Thursday, July 22 at 6:00pm
Where: Location upon RSVP

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Durango’s Picnic at the Park: A celebration of culture, community, and legal defense for all

On June 25, the Statewide Legal Defense Fund for immigrants was signed into law along with a number of other monumental pieces of legislation that will keep our friends and neighbors safe. With no right to legal counsel during deportation proceedings, it’s essential that we celebrate these wins and continue to educate Coloradans on the current flaws in our immigration system and how we can ensure everyone has the right to due process and dignity.

When: Saturday, July 24 at 4:00pm
Where: Rotary Park, Durango

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Save the date: 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

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more opportunities to fight for progress. Thanks again!

Colorado Week in Review for July 18, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (July 12)

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It’s All-Star Week in Colorado, and as you may already know there’s a story behind the big game being played in our state.

Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, and it wasn’t particularly close, but one state where the margin of victory was close was Georgia. However, recount after recount proved the election was legitimate. In retaliation for Biden’s narrow victory conservative politicians in Georgia passed a controversial vote suppression law to make it harder for people of color and disadvantaged communities who helped swing the state in last year’s election to vote.

It wasn’t just Major League Baseball who spoke out against Georgia’s vote suppression law. Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and other major Georgia corporations all condemned this spiteful assault on voting rights and the “Big Lie” behind them that the election was somehow stolen from Donald Trump. Big corporations don’t always do the right thing, of course, but they always have the freedom to.

And that’s what happened. Thanks to quick work by Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado and Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, [1] Colorado’s best-in-the-nation election system (and love of baseball no matter how bad the Rockies’ season) resulted in one of the sport’s biggest events relocating from Georgia to Colorado. This is a win that everyone in Colorado should be proud of, and it’s a shame that Trump loyalist conservatives aren’t able to celebrate with the majority of Coloradans.

Now it’s time to take Colorado’s election model national. Despite some disappointments, the fight isn’t over to protect and expand voting rights in Washington. It’s more important than ever that you let our U.S. Senators know voting rights matter to you as a Colorado voter. Take a moment right now to sign up for action alerts from the Declaration for American Democracy coalition as we continue to fight to protect voting rights utilizing every available option.

Colorado’s redistricting outreach campaign is rolling along! The independent redistricting commissions who will draw the new maps for Colorado’s congressional and legislative districts are touring the state throughout July and August. In Colorado, citizens have more power over the redistricting process than many other states–but that’s only a good thing if we use it. This week, residents of Arvada and Denver in particular can testify on keeping their communities intact and ably represented. No matter where you live in the state, commissioners want to hear from you. Click here to sign up to be notified about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

Thanks as always for everything you do, and here are a few more ways to fight for progress for the week of July 12:


Stop the Sweeps Rally

On 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟯𝗽𝗺, join us in 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗼-𝗖𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 for a rally in 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 & 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 of our 𝘂𝗻𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗼𝗿𝘀, whose 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 are being 𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙚𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧 each week. With ongoing orders from the Mayor, our 𝘵𝘢𝘹 𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 are being spent on ’cleanup’ efforts that dehumanize, abuse, & displace 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. In just 13 short weeks, Denver was able to find a home for the 𝗠𝗟𝗕 “𝗔𝗹𝗹-𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀”—but city officials in charge of housing still 𝙘𝙖𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙫𝙪𝙡𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨. With the announcement of the All-Star game, the city has only beefed up their 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 in the 𝙒𝙖𝙧 𝘼𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙤𝙤𝙧 here in Denver.

When: Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00pm
Where: Mestizo-Curtis Park, 900 32md Street, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


CCHI with CIRC & UTST: Immigrant Health Care During COVID

Join Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and United Today Stronger Tomorrow to discuss the COVID pandemic’s impact in Colorado immigrant communities as well as resources that are available.

When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


History Colorado: Virtual Class: Colorado’s National Parks & Monuments with Dr. Holly Norton

In our online course on the history of public lands in Colorado, we will discuss how federal, state, and local public lands were created in the context of the political events that drove the need for preserving open space. We’ll also be putting people back on the landscape, discussing how concepts of wilderness erased people from the lands, and what the future of crowded public lands may mean for Colorado.

When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30pm

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Colorado People’s Action: Elect Champions for the People Fundraiser at Raices Brewing CO ~ Elige campeones para la gente

Join us on July 14th at 5:30 pm for an in-person fundraiser to support our work on electing Champions for the People. With so much at stake, we need to ensure we win local victories in Aurora City Council races. Come learn about what races and issues are on the line and opportunities for you to get involved this electoral season.

When: Wednesday, July 14 at 5:30pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver

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PFLAG Denver: Virtual LGBTQ+ Family Summit

This upcoming Virtual LGBTQ+ Family Summit gathers local experts in our community to share their personal experiences, historical and cultural nuances, and professional advice with you. Covering a range of topics, the LGBTQ+ Family Summit, provides a space to explore identity, values, and best practices for ensuring your LGBTQ+ young person receives the support they need to feel empowered and live their life with PRIDE.

When: Saturday, July 17 at 9:00am

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Latino Caucus Happy Hour & Fundraiser

Come celebrate our Latino Caucus members, big legislative wins this session, and get a snapshot of the work ahead of us. Join us at Raices Brewery Co to support and strengthen the efforts of our 13-member legislative Latino caucus in Colorado!

When: Saturday, July 17 at 5:00pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Save the date: Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Annual Legislative Scorecard Event 2021

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado for our Annual Legislative Scorecard Event!! You can join us in person at the Alliance Center or virtually via Zoom. We will be celebrating big wins including the passing of our primary bill this session, providing essential needs for families. Our speakers include Senator Brittany Pettersen, Jan Touslee from the Nappie Project, and more to come!

When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30pm
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


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

Colorado Week in Review for July 11, 2021

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

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In 2021 in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis and the progressive majority in the Colorado General Assembly set out to keep the promises they made to voters in two successive previous elections. The result was historic progress on some of the most important issues facing our state. From confronting man-made climate change to reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs, we showed the whole nation what it looks like when progressives articulate a clear vision and then take measurable steps toward achieving it.

The result is tangible progress that everyone in Colorado can see for themselves.

The voters of Colorado are thrilled with the results. New polling released this week from our partners at Global Strategy Group demonstrates clearly that Colorado voters are paying attention to what’s happening at the state legislature and strongly approve of this year’s historic session. In fact, despite endless political attacks from the far right, support for the progressive agenda and the leaders fighting for it has increased since the 2020 elections. Voters overwhelmingly approve of the job Gov. Polis is doing to crush the pandemic, and trust progressives to handle the issues most important to Coloradans.

Take a moment right now to read Issue 5 of the PNC/GSG Rocky Mountaineer, the latest research on the state of Colorado politics. Forward this message to your friends and colleagues, and while it’s important to not get complacent, take some pride in the accomplishments made by Colorado over the past few years.

The mapmakers want to hear from you! Colorado’s independent redistricting commissions are launching their tour of the state to learn more about the communities of interest that deserve a voice in Congress and at the state capitol in Denver. Throughout July and August, they’ll hold hearings in every part of the state, and it’s your chance to tell these commissions about what makes your community unique and cohesive. In many other states, the redistricting process is fraught with political conflict, but we’re trying to do it differently in Colorado this time. The result depends in part on your participation, so if you haven’t already please check out the schedule of upcoming commission hearings and make your plan to attend in person or virtually.

Thanks very much for everything you do. Here are just a few more great ways to get involved for the week of July 6:


Senators Hickenlooper & Bennet: Letter to Urgently Pass Democracy Reform Legislation

Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet have both signed on to S.1, the “For the People Act” to end voter suppression, end unfair gerrymandering, remove dark money from politics and provide other essential reforms to make our voting system truly represent the people. Both Senators are passionate supporters of the bill–but both stop short of stating they will push to remove all obstacles in its path, including the filibuster. Please sign this letter stating both our support and our sense of urgency.

Click here to take action.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: Citizenship Workshop & Info Session

Join us online to learn how to apply for citizenship, who qualifies, and the benefits and possible risks of applying. Lawyers will be available to answer questions and do quick screenings for eligibility.

When: July 6-10

Click here for session times and to RSVP.


League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans: Financial Assurance Webinar Part 2

Join LOGIC for part 2 of our 3 part series of webinars leading up to the Financial Assurances rulemaking hearing at the COGCC. Part 1 covered oil and gas revenue. This part will start delving into the costs associated with plugging and abandoning the wells in Colorado, the shortfall in revenue to do this necessary work, and a beginning loom into the potential solutions. This is a potentially $8 BILLION problem in Colorado alone, and the State desperately needs to address this problem head on. Join us to learn more about the scope of this issue and what we can do about it!

When: Tuesday, July 7 at 6:30pm

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Cobalt: Drag Trivia with Laura Menorah at Tracks!

Cobalt presents a night of trivia, entertainment, and laughs with the incredible and fabulous Laura Menorah. All ticket sales from this event will directly benefit Cobalt’s political work in Colorado and beyond.

When: Saturday, July 10 at 6:00pm
Where: Tracks, 3500 Walnut St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


All-Star Voting Rights Rally

Come join us two days before the big game for a rally to celebrate Colorado’s all-star voting rights laws, and to call on Congress to ensure strong voting rights for all Americans- no exceptions. The rally is being organized by a broad coalition of organizations and will feature both inspiring speakers and great mustical performances. All are welcome, and you won’t want to miss it!

When: Sunday, July 11 at 1:00pm
Where: Tivoli Quad on the Auraria Campus, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week as always with more ways to fight for progress. Thanks again.

Colorado Week in Review for July 4, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 28)

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Back in April, Colorado got the good news that the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will relocate to Coors Field in Denver from Georgia. Georgia’s right-wing governor signed a vote suppression bill into law to appease Donald Trump’s ego after losing the 2020 presidential election, which led the MLB to decide their money would be better spent in a state that prioritizes voting access, not voter suppression. Colorado’s “gold standard” election system gives us one of the highest voter participation rates of any state.

This is an opportunity for Colorado to celebrate our state’s leadership on voting rights, and call on Congress to make the secure, accessible voting we enjoy in Colorado the law across the nation. On Sunday July 11, two days before the All-Star Game, join our friends at Working Families Party and a broad coalition of organizations, speakers, and activists for a rally to celebrate Colorado’s all-star voting rights laws—and to call on Congress to ensure strong voting rights for all Americans.

What: All-Star Voting Rights Rally
When: Sunday, July 11 at 1:00pm
Where: Tivoli Quad on the Auraria Campus, Denver

Click here to RSVP.

The disparity between Colorado’s secure and accessible election system and those in other states that actively work to make voting harder is both a crisis for American democracy and an opportunity for Colorado to serve as the model for a better future. Thank you for your help getting this crucial message out.

Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 28:


Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Transgender Inclusivity 101

This webinar will cover topics regarding gender identity: language, pronouns and the barriers and struggles that transgender people face, including the current climate of hostile legislation toward trans people. It will also include practical tips and knowledge regarding how you can make the spaces you facilitate, be it your home or classroom, spaces in which transgender people are welcomed and included. This is a safe space and there will be time for Q&A, so please come with any questions you have on how to be an ally to trans people.

When: Tuesday, June 29 at 11:00am

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One Colorado: Fulton vs Philadelphia Town Hall

On June 17th, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, who claimed that their constitutional rights were violated when the City of Philadelphia ended their contract due to LGBTQ discrimination. Join leaders of our state for a discussion of what the decision means for Coloradans.

When: Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00pm

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Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Reproductive Intersections

Reproductive Justice is concerned with bodily autonomy, having children, not having children, and parenting in safe communities. When we look a bodily autonomy, we see the intersection with the rights of trans* individuals and those engaged in sex work. Having children includes support for infertility, birth equity, and maternal mortality. When we honor one’s choice not to have children, we work to address what prevents some from accessing birth control and abortion. I will outline how safe and sustainable communities are developed. Our storytellers will share their experiences trying to access care and maintain control of their bodies. Together we will discuss how reproductive justice conversation impacts us. You can ask the panelist questions so you can be a support for your friends, family, and community.

When: Tuesday, June 29 at 4:30pm

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Tattered Cover Presents: Reproductive Rights

Nearly 50 years after Roe v. Wade, reproductive freedom is again under national scrutiny, with new legal challenges and legislative action threatening to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision. Tattered Cover is proud to welcome 5 of the state’s leading reproductive rights leaders for a conversation about the state of public policy, activism on the topic and how they expect the field to adapt to the new policy environment.

When: Tuesday, June 29 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: Eat, Drink and Get Connected!

Come finish out your Pride month with us and eat, drink, and get connected! We Are Family, Transformative Freedom Fund, One Colorado, The Center, Denver Element, and Connect for Health Colorado all offer resources that help our community take care of our mental and physical health.

When: Wednesday, June 30 at 5:30pm
Where: Hamburger Mary’s, 1336 E 17th Avenue, Denver

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Turn the Page with Colorado Matters

Paula Stone Williams has experienced American life as both a man and a woman. She shares what she’s learned about power, sex, and the patriarchy in her new book “As a Woman.” Williams, a pastor and counselor in Boulder County, transitioned from male to female at age 60 and was rejected in evangelical circles. Her Ted Talks have garnered millions of views and now she’s written a book for people of all faiths and genders.

When: Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00pm

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Courts Matter for Immigration Justice

Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah for a panel discussion about the impact of the courts on immigration and why Planned Parenthood cares about this issue. This event will be hosted on a virtual platform. You will receive a link to the panel before the event.

When: Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back after the holiday weekend with more ways to fight for progress! See you then.

Colorado Week in Review for June 27, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 21)

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Today, progressive and community advocacy organizations across the country are celebrating Child Tax Credit Awareness Day—a wonky-sounding holiday with an important message for just about every working family in America.

What’s the message? Help is on the way.

Passed as part of the American Rescue Plan with Colorado’s own Sen. Michael Bennet playing a key role, the Child Tax Credit will provide up to $3,600 per child to working families making less than $150,000 as a couple or $112,500 as a single parent. This aid will be delivered as monthly payments starting in July, six months earlier than families could get it via tax returns.

This is one of the most important direct benefits for working families ever passed into law in American history, and you can help make it successful by spreading the word to your friends and family about the Child Tax Credit. For most Americans who filed their taxes in 2019 or 2020, no action is necessary to receive the payment, but nonfilers will need to take an extra step to get signed up.

Take a moment right now to learn about the new Child Tax Credit and how it affects you and those you love. It’s a really big deal, and we’re grateful to Colorado’s Sen. Bennet for helping make it happen.

Save the date: June 28th Senate office Visit-a-Thon for Democracy

Make your voice heard in support of S.1,. the For the People Act—along with more than 70 allied groups nationwide—during the June Senate Recess. In Colorado on June 28th, Indivisible will visit all 13 of our Senate offices at once to show Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper that we’re grateful they both sponsored S.1. and now we’ll have their backs as they make sure the bill passes NOW, while we have time to save the 2022 elections. S.1 is the bill that stops voter suppression and gerrymandering, gets dark money out of politics and puts ethical requirements back in.

RSVP here, and please share with all your friends and allies.

Thanks for your continued support in the never-ending fight for progress! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 21:


Metro Caring: Eviction Prevention with Colorado Legal Services

Too many Coloradans struggle to afford the bedrock of their wellbeing – their home, or spend so much on their housing, that they don’t have enough left to put food on the table for their families. Many Coloradans are facing eviction in the upcoming months as Federal and State moratoriums on evictions are coming to an end. Metro Caring is teaming up with Colorado Legal Services to host an Eviction Prevention Training. Join us for an online session of information and resources. Everyone is welcome to attend!

When: Monday, June 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Caring Voices in Action: Affordable Housing | Vivienda Asequible

Join with others to share housing experiences and work to identify policy solutions to address affordable housing in Colorado. While we address the immediate need for nutritious food at Metro Caring, we must also look at the root causes of hunger. Housing instability creates financial barriers that affect people’s access to basic needs such as healthy food. Metro Caring understands that Coloradans are not going hungry because there’s a scarcity of food in the state, they are going hungry because they spend most of their money paying rent. Coloradans need more accessible and fair housing! All are welcome to join.

When: Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: June Climate Happy Hour

Enjoy a cocktail or mocktail with us, learn about what happened during this year’s legislative session, and what YOU can do to protect public lands. This event will be casual and a good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced. This event is free and open to anyone interested in taking climate action.

When: Wednesday, June 23 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Black Women for Political Action POWER & POLITICS: June Update

Learn more about the Denver Basic Income Project, a pilot program providing monthly payments to the homeless with no strings attached! Join us June, July and August for updates on political programs, policies, and initiatives impacting our community in Colorado & Nationwide! Elected officials, organizations, program admins, etc… at all levels are welcome to attend and provide updates.

When: Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Raucous Caucus: 2021 Boulder City Council Candidates Forum

You’re invited to the second-ever Raucous Caucus – a public forum for 2021 Boulder city council candidates, jointly hosted by the Boulder Progressives and United Campus Workers Colorado. The 2021 Boulder city council elections will be held in November — just 6 months away — and we’re kicking off this early public forum so that Boulder residents can get to know the current council candidates. This year, five out of nine council seats are up for election.

When: Wednesday, June 23 at 6:00pm

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No Pride in Detention: Street Drag Action

Come enjoy a street drag show to honor Victoria Arellano, Roxsana Hernandez, and Johana Medina, who are three trans women who died because of ICE negligence. We are demanding that the Biden administration ensures trans people have the resources to live safely after being released post detention, including access to safe housing and employment so that trans people can survive and thrive.

When: Thursday, June 24 at 6:00pm
Where: 1961 Stout St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Casa de Paz: Immigration Movie Night

You’re invited to our next virtual immigration movie night and discussion! The Visitor is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Tom McCarthy and produced by Michael London and Mary Jane Skalski. The screenplay focuses on a lonely man in late middle age whose life changes when a chance encounter with an immigrant couple forces him to face issues relating to identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 New York City.

When: Thursday, June 24 at 7:00pm

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Pride Film Screening: In the Wrong Body

The groundbreaking Cuban film “In the Wrong Body” by Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya — chronicles the story of Mavi Susel, the first transgender woman to receive gender-affirming surgery in Cuba in 1988. Mavi’s stigmatization as a youth, the pain of discrimination and abuse, is common for the transgender community worldwide. Cuba’s revolution has made enormous gains for the people, including free healthcare and education. Cuba has also been carrying out a public campaign against homophobia, and for respect for LGBTQ+ diversity. In Cuba, gender-affirming surgeries are free.

When: Saturday, June 26 at 7:30pm
Where: 4412 W 26th Ave, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


The Center on Colfax: Denver Pride HUB

June 26th and 27th, 11 AM to 5PM: We will be turning our parking lot into a mini-festival featuring food trucks, exhibitors, a DJ and rooftop entertainment!

When: Sunday, June 27 at 11:00am
Where: The Center on Colfax, 1301 E Colfax Ave., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more opportunities to get involved. Thanks again.

Colorado Week in Review for June 20, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 14)

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Last week, the Colorado legislature adjourned after an historic 2021 session. Although politics in Washington so often dominates the headlines, some of the most important new laws that directly affect our lives passed in the Colorado General Assembly.

And with your help, this year was the most productive and impactful session of the Colorado legislature in nearly a decade. Legislation to reduce the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, to begin to restore deep cuts to public education funding, billions for road and infrastructure projects across the state, substantial new gun safety legislation, criminal justice reform and police accountability, tackling the climate crisis—the list of achievements from this year’s legislative session goes on and on.

If you haven’t already, check out PNC’s 2021 Winners and Losers of the 2021 Colorado legislative session for more on the highs and lows of these historic past few months. And thank you again for everything you did to help with this historic achievement, whether it was making a phone call, writing an email, or providing testimony on legislation.

It’s summer vacation season after a year—in truth four years—that tested the resolve of all of us. The position we find ourselves today, with a progressive administration and Congress in Washington leading us out of one of the most challenging periods of American history, and a progressive governor and legislative majority here in Colorado working tirelessly to solve instead of ignore the issues we face together, is more hopeful than anything we could have predicted last June.

We’re proud to fight with you, and here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of June 14:


Denver Justice for Janitors Day 2021

Join over two thousand of our Denver Janitors for a celebration, rally and march on international Justice for Janitors Day! Denver’s janitors, a majority of whom are Latina immigrant women, have been risking their lives and the health and safety of their families to keep us all safe during the pandemic. For many of our city’s janitors, they faced these risks without the proper PPE and protective materials needed to do their jobs. We depend on our local janitors to clean and sanitize the largest buildings in our city, so that we can feel safe to come back to work as we reopen.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00am
Where: 18th and Arapahoe St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: Q&A with Representative Leslie Herod

Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, while receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate running in a contested election. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Legal Services. Rep. Herod also chairs the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Arts Caucus. One Colorado Executive Director, Nadine Bridges, will sit down with Rep. Herod to discuss her accomplishments and challenges during the 2021 legislative session, as well as the broader racial justice and LGBTQ equality movements.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Fiscal Institute: Racist Roots of Tax Policy Webinar

The Colorado Fiscal Institute invites you to join us for a zoom webinar to understand the history and reasons behind why racism is at the root of tax policy, and how we can change the tax code to create a system that builds a more equitable future. Join our policy manager, Esther Turcios, and our economist, Chris Stiffer during this one hour event and discussion about our tax code.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Free to Serve: Transgender Representation in the Military Panel (In cooperation w/ SPART*A)

Members will be sharing their personal stories and experiences.

When: Wednesday, June 16 at 9:00am

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2021 Juneteenth Summit

From June 16-18th, the TCC will host its first virtual summit to gather anti-racism practitioners, grassroots organizers, and like-minded movement builders across the nation. This inaugural summit seeks to lay a foundation for a national narrative shift towards conciliation in the United States. Additionally, it will provide attendees with tools for truth telling, unlearning, and accountability for building an anti-racist society.

When: June 16-18

Click here to RSVP.


LOGIC Oil and Gas Financial Assurance Webinar Part 1

Join LOGIC and our co-Sponsors Earthworks, Colorado Sierra Club, and Western Colorado Alliance on Wednesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m. for Part 1: Oil and Gas Revenue of a three-part webinar on oil and gas and financial assurances. SB19-181 directed the COGCC to undertake a rulemaking to address this issue. Currently, the State has grossly inadequate financial assurance requirements, and research shows that there could be as much as $8 Billion in outstanding, unprotected liability just in Colorado! Part one of the webinar series is designed to give impacted Coloradans the tools we need to pick apart these industry claims and better understand how operates do and do not actually generate revenue for local governments and fracked communities.

When: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00pm

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Meet and Greet with One Colorado (Virtual)

Join us for a lunch meet and greet with One Colorado and their new Executive Director, Nadine Bridges! On Thursday, June 17th from noon-1, we’ll be meeting up virtually to chat, catch up, and hang out with our friends at One Colorado.

When: Thursday, June 17 at 12:00pm

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2021 Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Legislative Wrap Up

CCHI has worked hard to advance a number of important bills that will improve health care affordability and equity for Coloradans this legislative session. Join us as we wrap up and celebrate the achievements from the session. This year we are hosting the program portion of our legislative wrap up on zoom at 12:15pm for broader accessibility (link will be provided with registration), and for those comfortable gathering in person, we hope you will join us for a celebratory happy hour at Raices Brewing 4:30-6:30pm.

When: Thursday, June 17 at 12:15pm

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One Colorado: LGBTQ Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic

Getting vaccinated is the key to beating the pandemic. At the same time, we understand that not all healthcare environments are comfortable spaces for the LGBTQ community. That’s why we are partnering with Denver Public Health and The Center on Colfax to offer a safe space for LGBTQ Coloradans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We’ll have goodie bags, snacks, and drag queens to make your vaccine experience as enjoyable as possible!

Friday, June 18 at 9:00am

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Generations of Drag in Colorado

Reproductive rights don’t exist in a vacuum — they are inextricably linked to collective liberation for all people. Queer rights are reproductive rights. Ther rights of Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color are reproductive rights. Youth rights are reproductive rights. This is why Cobalt is excited to partner with Fortaleza Familiar, Tracks Denver, and Anthony Aragon (Miss Gay Pride Colorado) for a multi-generational drag show celebrating the colorful history of drag in Denver.

When: Friday, June 18 at 6:00pm
Where: 3500 Walnut St., Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Planned Parenthood Denver Healthy Neighborhood Lit Drop

Support your local Planned Parenthood health center and the surrounding community by dropping off literature at doors about PP’s health center services. This will be a fun, socially-distanced event in order to continue to be cautious of the COVID 19 pandemic. Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for anyone who needs them.

When: Saturday, June 19th at 10:00am
Where: Location upon RSVP

Click here to RSVP.


Liberation Day (Presented by Pride Liberation Movement – Denver)

The Pride Liberation Movement is excited to return with our second annual event! This year we are hosting Liberation Day, a day celebrating intersectionality within our community.

When: Sunday, June 20 at 10:00am
Where: Cheesman Park Pavilion, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


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

Colorado Week in Review for June 13, 2021

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PNC Winners and Losers of the 2021 Colorado legislative session

THE WINNERS

People who want to save money on health care

In 2021, Colorado lawmakers made progress on two key fronts in the fight to make health care more affordable. The first is legislation spearheaded by mountain lawmakers Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Dylan Roberts designed to reduce the cost of insurance premiums on the individual and small group market by 15% within three years. The second is reducing the cost of medication Coloradans depend on: creating a prescription drug affordability board, putting ceilings on the rate of increase of medication costs, and capping the price of insulin for patients with diabetes.


Rep. Tom Sullivan

Rep. Tom Sullivan by any objective measure is one of the unsung heroes of the Colorado General Assembly. After his son Alex was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Sullivan devoted himself to reducing gun violence across America in Alex’s memory. This year, Rep. Sullivan helped shepherd six new important gun safety bills into law, several introduced in direct response to another mass shooting in Boulder this March. Rep. Sullivan continues to set the standard for honesty and common decency in the Colorado General Assembly.


Sen. Faith Winter

Sen. Faith Winter is one of the most capable and hardest-working leaders in the Colorado Senate, but like many of the best public servants she doesn’t take as much credit for her accomplishments as she deserves. In 2021, Sen. Winter worked tirelessly to find a solution on legislation to meet Colorado’s aggressive climate change reduction goals. The result was a compromise that begins that process and that Gov. Jared Polis was willing to sign, instead of giving up on crucial environmental justice objectives.


Rep. Garnett and Sen. Garcia

Speaker of the House Alec Garnett and Senate President Leroy Garcia have different management styles and different challenges as leaders of the two respective chambers of the Colorado General Assembly. But in marked contrast to previous sessions in which Republican obstruction of the majority agenda became a massive problem in both chambers, in 2021 leadership kept control through better relations with the minority leadership and a mastery of the rules of debate. Speaker Garnett’s leadership was essential in forging sensible compromise on hot-button issues like marijuana regulation while pushing through the major goals of the session. Senate President Garcia kept his smaller Senate majority together through the difficult votes in the most productive session of the legislature in many years.


Public education

After too many years of short-changing Colorado’s public schools to count, in 2021 an improving economy allowed lawmakers to finally make some badly-needed investments and backfill historic budget cuts. Lawmakers increased K-12 education funding by $480 million and higher education funding by $494 million, while renewing Gov. Polis’ commitment to full-day kindergarten and preschool for all students.


Farmworkers

Historic new legislation to give farmworkers in Colorado basic rights (that most people thought every worker already enjoys) is on its way to Gov. Polis. Did you know that farmworkers are regularly not paid Colorado’s minimum wage, overtime pay, or even allowed to take breaks for meals and rest on the job? Senate Bill 87 sponsored by Sens. Jessie Danielson and Dominick Moreno solves all of these problems and more. It’s the least we can do, especially after the pandemic, for the labor force that provides the food we all depend on.


Homeowners

Home values in Colorado are skyrocketing. Ordinarily this would mean a massive increase in property taxes, which in a lot of cases homeowners can’t afford. At the same time, property tax revenue is critically important for local schools. This year, Colorado lawmakers took action to reduce Coloradans’ property tax bills by $200 million to take the pressure off homeowners while heading off more radical and harmful measures that right-wing groups are proposing at the ballot.


Gov. Polis

Some governors are hands-off in dealing with the legislature, but that’s never been Gov. Jared Polis’ style. Ever since taking office in 2019, Gov. Polis has worked closely with lawmakers to ensure his priorities are reflected in the final product. The result over three years has been landmark achievements in early preschool and full-day kindergarten, environmental protections, and transportation funding. This session, the governor’s active role encouraged Democrats to keep fighting for the Colorado Option health plan. And despite tense negotiations with lawmakers to address climate change, the final compromise added to one of the most productive legislative sessions in Colorado history.


Everyone who goes places

In Colorado, infrastructure week is a thing, and not a joke. The Colorado legislature broke through a logjam of obstruction and funded billions of dollars worth of long-delayed repairs and improvements to Colorado’s roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. This isn’t as easy a task as it sounds, since Colorado’s budget for transportation spending is complicated and heavily restricted by laws on the books that sometimes outright contradict each other. Coloradans don’t want to hear excuses about laws from 30 years ago, they just want the roads fixed, and now they finally will be.


Just Transition Already

In 2019 Colorado established the Office of Just Transition, which has a mission to help energy-producing regions of the state with job training and grants to mitigate the economic impact of the transition away from fossil fuels. At the time, conservatives howled about the “Orwellian” mission of this office, and GOP Sen. Bob Rankin said it was “insulting” that progressives would want to set up a “committee to feel their pain.” What a difference two years makes: in 2021, Sen. Rankin co-sponsored the bill to fund the Office of Just Transition with millions of dollars to help coal workers as intended. “This transition thing’s real,” says Rep. Perry Will, who in 2019 opposed even creating the office.


THE LOSERS

House Minority Leader Hugh McKean

After two devastating elections that reduced the Colorado House GOP caucus to its smallest minority since the 1950s, House Republicans turned against their former Minority Leader Patrick Neville and elected Hugh McKean to lead them. How did it go? Moments after the session ended Tuesday, Republicans led by freshman Rep. Ron Hanks, tried unsuccessfully to remove McKean from his position (a few weeks ago Hanks also threatened McKean with violence). A bumbled vote on a gun safety bill earned McKean the wrath of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, and Neville continued to criticize McKean’s every move from the sidelines. For Republicans hoping to chart a path back from their self-imposed exile status in Colorado, 2021 was a bad year.


Reps. Hanks and Holtorf

Two Colorado freshman Republican lawmakers, Reps. Richard Holtorf and Ron Hanks, made themselves the faces of the Colorado House Republican caucus with absolutely outrageous displays of racism, insensitivity, and bone-headedness. Rep. Hanks bizarrely claimed the Three-Fifths Compromise “does not impugn anyone’s humanity” right after a tasteless joke about lynching. Holtorf made national headlines for using a racist slur against a colleague in a House floor speech, and defended himself against criticism for his racially charged rhetoric by saying he “in college had a friend who was an African American and he was a homosexual, and we were good buddies.” Colorado Republicans were hoping to turn over a new leaf in the 2020 elections, instead these two freshman lawmakers helped set them back decades once again.


Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the fringe gun rights organization based in Colorado who thinks the NRA is “too soft,” has a reputation for attacking fellow Republicans for any real or imagined deviations from their hardline gun orthodoxy. After House Minority Leader Hugh McKean mistakenly voted yes on a bill to tighten background checks on gun purchases, RMGO deceptively attacked McKean in communication with their membership and failed to note this vote was a mistake. At length, Colorado Republican Party chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown was forced to publicly defend McKean, despite having collaborated with these same radicals during the 2019 recalls, leaving rank-and-file Republicans even more confused and demoralized. Once again, RMGO is proving there will be no GOP comeback while they are calling the shots.


Rep. Stephanie Luck (this time)

Rep. Stephanie Luck, a far-right anti-abortion ideologue who defeated a Democratic incumbent in a swing Pueblo-area district last year, introduced a shocking (and very possibly unconstitutional) abortion registry bill to force providers to disclose personal information about their patients in a public report with no medical value. The personal information collected and publicly disclosed could be used to target providers and patients. The bill was defeated, but Rep. Luck, an attorney associated with the radical anti-LGBT and women’s rights group Alliance Defending Freedom, gave Colorado a preview of what’s coming in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court acts to roll back abortion rights. Abortion rights in Colorado are only one election away from jeopardy.


Rep. Matt Soper

Rep. Matt Soper of Delta, once heralded as a new generation of Republican leader on the Western Slope, suffered a social media meltdown after a slate of GOP-backed candidates lost their races in the Grand Junction City Council election in April. Soper suggested that Dominion Voting Systems machines may have been used to rig the election and called for “a scan of every ballot and do a manual recount.” After reporters called Rep. Soper to ask if he was serious, Soper deleted his comments–but the damage to his reputation was done. After all, those same machines were used in Soper’s own election last November.


Styrofoam

For years it’s been an inevitable question: when will Styrofoam, the convenient but planet-killing single-use packaging, finally go the way of the horse and buggy? Today, thanks to Colorado House Bill 1162, we have the answer: 2024, the same year new restrictions on single-use plastic bags and utensils take effect, too. With so many eco-friendly alternatives available, it’s past time to get on track to eliminate this major source of landfill waste.


Vote suppressionists

Across America, Republicans are pushing the “Big Lie” that the 2020 elections were somehow not legitimate–despite every legitimate investigation and legal challenge finding no evidence of election fraud on a scale that could change the outcome. Having lost the post-election challenges, and after a failed violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Republicans have turned to outright vote suppression legislation, in most cases totally unrelated even to the fictional claims of election fraud promoted by ex-President Donald Trump. In Colorado, a model for accessible and secure voting, all of these vote suppression attempts failed–and the state reaped a huge reward for our fair election laws when the Major League Baseball All-Star Game relocated here from Georgia after that state’s passage of a vote suppression law.


Sen. Kevin Priola, sadly

What can we say about Republican Sen. Kevin Priola of Adams County? On certain issues like clean energy and raising revenue for education and infrastructure, Sen. Priola has been an ally of the Democratic majority and deserves credit for crossing the aisle occasionally. Priola even called for ex-President Donald Trump to be removed from office. Unfortunately for Priola, much like Rep. Liz Cheney at the federal level he’s made himself a pariah among Colorado Republicans who control his fate should he ever decide to run for higher office. Priola does the right thing more often than many of his far right peers, but in the end he’s another sad example of the inability of Colorado Republicans to adapt to a changing political climate that threatens to relegate the GOP in this state to permanent minority status. Like Ronald Reagan himself, it’s doubtful Priola could win a Republican primary in 2021.


Disadvantaged Coloradans in minor legal trouble

The 2021 session included a number of important criminal justice reforms that built on the passage in 2020 of the landmark Senate Bill 217 to reform police accountability laws in Colorado and do away with “qualified immunity” for police officers who violate the rights of the public while on duty. Unfortunately, an important bill to reduce jail populations by limiting arrests and eliminating cash bail for certain low-level offenses was defeated in a House committee in the final hours of the legislative session after already passing the Senate. In a session full of promises kept, this unexpected defeat is a disappointment that hopefully can be resolved in the 2022 legislative session.


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

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Every ten years, the time comes again to redraw the lines of Colorado’s state legislative and congressional districts. In some states the redistricting process is fraught with partisan conflict with the majority party in the state legislature hoping to draw maps tilted in their favor: the age-old form of political treachery known as “gerrymandering.”

But that’s not how we do it in Colorado. In 2018, the voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment Y&Z to establish balanced commissions to draw fair maps that fairly represent the unique communities that make up our state. It’s a process designed from the ground up to involve you.

Starting this week, you have the chance to make your voice heard in the redistricting process. Click here to visit the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission website and sign up to comment and participate at upcoming hearings. This is your chance to make sure the important issues facing your community are addressed—and to ensure the districts drawn to represent us fairly reflect our communities’ shared interests and policy goals.

This week, the legislative session in Colorado comes to a close. It’s been a legislative session like no other with challenges imposed by the pandemic that no one could have predicted, but some amazing things have been accomplished that we’ll all be celebrating in just a few days. We’re grateful to everyone who took time to contact their lawmakers and testify both virtually and in person to help pass good bills and stop bad bills in 2021.

Watch this space for our post-session wrap-up, and in the meantime here are a few more ways to fight for progress for the week of June 7:


Metro Caring: Caring Voices in Action: Affordable Housing | Vivienda Asequible

Join with others to share housing experiences and work to identify policy solutions to address affordable housing in Colorado. While we address the immediate need for nutritious food at Metro Caring, we must also look at the root causes of hunger. Housing instability creates financial barriers that affect people’s access to basic needs such as healthy food. Metro Caring understands that Coloradans are not going hungry because there’s a scarcity of food in the state, they are going hungry because they spend most of their money paying rent. Coloradans need more accessible and fair housing! All are welcome to join.

When: Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


COLOR Action Fund: Latinx Health Disparities Policy Briefing

Join COLOR Action Fund and Health Policy expert Elizabeth Baskett on the current state of Latinx access to healthcare in Colorado. Learn about how many Latinx folks have access to services, where the gaps to coverage are and what we can do next!

When: Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Trivia Night: LGBTQIA & Two-Spirit

There is so much to learn about the LGBTQ+ community. What are the identities that fall under the “plus?” What do the colors on the rainbow flag represent? Can you match the flag to the sexual orientation? How long has the term spirit been around? What other terms are used by indigenous communities throughout the world? Does gender identity align with gender expression? You’ll find out the answer to these questions and many more at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado’s Trivia Night. It’ll be a night of competition, education, and prizes. Use this Facebook event to invite your friends!

When: Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Americans for Tax Fairness State Groups Poll Presentation

ATF has a new poll that shows how much the public supports Joe Biden’s tax fairness agenda, which is central to financing his bold $4 trillion jobs and investment agenda. This is what’s at stake. The more revenue we can raise the bigger the investment package will be. The webinar will also review the best messages to use to win this debate.

When: Thursday, Jun 10 at 11:00am

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Housing Justice: A State for Everyone

In Colorado, we make the way for a better and brighter future for all Coloradans, no exceptions. Join us for a Rent Control Campaign kickoff. Broaden your awareness of the housing crisis in Colorado by
– Hearing power testimonies from renters and small landlords
– Learning what the data says
– Taking action and using your voice to create change

When: Sunday, June 13 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

Colorado Week in Review for June 6, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 1)

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I hope you had a peaceful and productive holiday weekend. June is shaping up to be a busy month!

In Washington, the battle for voting rights is about to heat up. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last week that the U.S. Senate will take up the For The People Act, legislation already passed by the U.S. House to protect access to the vote for every American and stop the Republican Party’s nationwide vote suppression campaign in its tracks.

Action item #1 this week: if you haven’t already, connect with the Declaration for American Democracy campaign and contact our Colorado Senators urging them to do whatever is necessary to protect voting rights across the country. Colorado is a model for easy, secure voting with an election system designed from the ground up to help people vote and not hinder them. Every American deserves the access to the vote we in Colorado take for granted.

Once that’s done, help us keep the pressure on our leaders to meet Colorado’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight human-caused climate change. The debate over how to do that has become contentious, but Gov. Jared Polis and progressive lawmakers all share the same goal. Senate Bill 200 is about taking the necessary steps to actually achieving the ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction that Gov. Polis himself signed into law two years ago. Take a moment right now to contact Gov. Polis via our friends at 350 Colorado and encourage him to reach an agreement with lawmakers on Senate Bill 200.

Thanks for your assistance on these important and fast-moving issues! Here are several more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 1:


Keep Abortion Safe: SCOTUS: The Greatest Threat to Abortion

Did last week’s announcement from SCOTUS leave you panicked and confused about the future of abortion access? BIG SAME! Which is why we’re going live on Instagram @KeepAbortionSafe on Tuesday, June 1st with Jessica Mason Pieklo, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast “Boom! Lawyered.”

When: Tuesday, June 1 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Tele-townhall: Speak with Senator Hickenlooper

Conservation Colorado and Environment Colorado are hosting a tele-townhall with Senator Hickenlooper on June 2nd at 5:00 pm. Join us! Have a conversation with Senator Hickenlooper and ask him questions about climate and other important issues!

When: Wednesday, June 2 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


350 Colorado: SB21-200 Rapid Response Action Hour

Join 350 Colorado and Mothers Out Front for a one-hour virtual outreach party to pressure our elected officials to pass SB21-200.
SB 200 will mandate the state begin cutting its climate warming pollution, enforcing the largely voluntary greenhouse gas reduction “Roadmap” passed two years ago. We will guide you through a series of advocacy actions that target key decision-makers. The bill has good odds in both democratic-controlled chambers but we need to be loud to ensure its passage and signing by the Governor.

When: Thursday, June 3 at 5:30pm

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Tele-townhall: Speak with Representative Crow

Conservation Colorado, Environment Colorado, and Green Latinos are hosting a tele-townhall with Representative Jason Crow on June 3 at 7:30pm, join us to have a conversation with Rep. Crow and ask him questions about climate and other important issues! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your Representative!

When: Thursday, June 3 at 7:00pm

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Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 4!

Join the millions of Americans who will #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 4) to honor victims and survivors of gun violence and show support for common-sense solutions to the gun violence crisis. On Friday, June 4, 2021 wear orange wherever you are, then share why you are wearing orange—along with a photo—on social media. Be sure to include the #WearOrange hashtag! Then, attend one of many virtual Wear Orange events taking place across the country on June 4-6, 2021!

When: Friday, June 4

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One Colorado: Pride Night with the Rockies

Rockies Pride Night is back! Join us on June 4th as the Colorado Rockies take on the Oakland Athletics at Coors Field. Tickets start at $31 and a portion of each ticket sold through our special link (www.rockies.com/PRIDE) will be donated to One Colorado and The Center on Colfax.

Where: Coors Field, Denver
When: Friday, June 4 at 6:40pm

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Town hall with Rep. Joe Neguse, CO Representative Hugh McKean, and Larimer Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally

Please join Congressman Neguse, CO Representative Hugh McKean, and Larimer Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally for a special Town Hall on June 5, 2021.

When: Saturday, June 5 at 10:00am

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2021 PRIDE Kick-Off Event with the Matthew Shepard Foundation

We are so excited to kick-off 2021 PRIDE with the Matthew Shepard foundation! We’ll release our collaboration beer in cans and on draft, Arturo Lomeli will perform a drag show, MSF will have a table set up with a chance to win some great prizes and Foodhalla and Not Yo’ Mama’s Cupcakes will be bringing the eats.

Where: Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Saturday, June 5 at 2:00pm

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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (May 24)

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We’re down to the last critical few weeks of the 2021 session of the Colorado legislature. And just like most years, many of the most important priorities we want to get passed this year are coming down to the final days and debates of the session.

These are the moments when people like you can make the biggest difference. On the defining issues of this session like health care, combating climate change, and investing in our aging transportation infrastructure, the big votes are almost here–and your lawmakers need to hear from you right now.

Action item #1 this week: help the progressive majority in the Colorado legislature bring down the cost of healthcare. House Bill 21-1232, the Colorado Option, is about one thing: saving you money on health care. This is legislation giving the insurance industry the chance to do what they say they can without “government interference,” reducing the cost of premiums to consumers by 18%. Don’t believe the hype. This isn’t a radical idea, it’s about saving Coloradans money on the healthcare we rely on every day.

Click here to urge your Colorado Senator to PASS House Bill 21-1232 and send it to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk without delay.

Action item #2: Hundreds of Coloradans per year are subjected to forced ketamine injections during police encounters. Almost 1 in 5 of these non-hospital ketamine injections result in serious complications and even death. Right now, lawmakers in Colorado have the power to end this inhumane, reckless, and lethal use of ketamine on unwilling civilians. They need to hear from you that this is critical to the safety of our communities. Click here to urge your Senators to SUPPORT House Bill 21-1251 to better regulate the use of chemical restraints.

Thanks for your timely assistance with these two important pieces of legislation. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of May 24:


Colorado Sierra Club: May Climate Happy Hour

Make a cocktail with us and join Sierra Club activists to learn about clean energy, transportation, and actions YOU can take to protect our climate and communities. During this happy hour, you’ll learn about actions you can take to support clean transportation, moving local utilities to clean energy, and more! This event will be a casual and good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced. This event is free and open to anyone interested in taking climate action.

When: Monday, May 24 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’re Still Here: Prayer Vigil

One year after the lynching of George Floyd, the Denver Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will release 112 recommendations for change. Join the community in a prayer vigil to hold space for honoring George Floyd and other survivors of police violence, mass incarceration, and racism. All faiths and beliefs are welcome.

When: Monday, May 24 at 8:00pm
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Abstinence & Birth Control

Join me, Sam Carwyn, Educator & Advocate with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for this educational session, where I will explain how to talk about abstinence effectively. Attendees will learn about the different birth control options. You will get an opportunity to debunk some myths.

When: Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30pm

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All On The Line Colorado’s Written Public Comment Workshop

All On The Line Colorado’s Public Written Comment Workshop intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.

When: Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00pm

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AAPI History and Proper Allyship with @intersectional.abc

Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and guest speaker Emma, activist influencer and owner of Instagram & Twitter accounts, @intersectional.abc, on Wednesday, May 26th for a special *virtual* event on what it means to be a proper ally. Emma will help us explore the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and provide insight on how to be an effective and authentic ally. This framework is invaluable to all activists who want to ensure that their work it serving all people no matter race, ethnicity, identity, and experience.

When: Wednesday, 26th at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Foster Care in Colorado

Colorado recently passed legislation to promote LGBTQ equality in the foster care system. Learn more about what this means for prospective parents and foster youth, as well as how to get involved with fostering.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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PPRM’s CO Springs Healthy Neighborhood Lit Drop

Support your local Planned Parenthood health center and the surrounding community by dropping off literature about PP’s health center services. This will be a fun, socially distanced event! Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for anyone who needs them.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 5:30pm

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CIRC and CCHI: Immigrant Health Care

What are the health care needs of the immigrant community, what knowledge do they need to feel supported as health care consumers? Where can they find care and what type of care are they allowed to access? What resources are available? Join the conversation with CIRC and CCHI on the complexities of immigrant health care, which include not being able to purchase a plan through the market place, bring questions as we navigate this needlessly complex topic. We will touch on the basics while also talking about Data Privacy bills to protect our communities while they seek care.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 6:00pm

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Up w/Climate Justice, Down w/Greenhouse Gases! Boulder March and Rally

Join us in Boulder on May 29th as we march to persuade Governor Polis to keep his promise to be a Climate Advocate for the people and sign Climate Justice Bill SB 21-200, which he is currently threatening to veto. We will meet at the Boulder Bandshell on Canyon and Broadway at 11am and depart together around 11:30am to march through Boulder to bring attention to this issue. We will meet back at the Bandshell for a rally and will have tables with information and ways to take action!

When: Saturday, May 29 at 11:00am

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Thanks again, we’ll see you next week (and maybe sooner) with more ways to take action.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (May 3)

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Two years ago, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a comprehensive roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—a crucial step in making sure Colorado does our part with the rest of the world to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris climate agreement.

This year, Colorado’s progressive lawmakers have introduced legislation to make these goals reality. By empowering Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to manage the process of migration to a clean energy future, Colorado is taking the next necessary step.

Today, the Denver Post editorial board came out strongly in support of Senate Bill 21-200, urging Gov. Polis to sign the bill once it reaches his desk:

The goals have already been established by Polis’ roadmap and by legislation in 2019, and the bill has been amended to align perfectly with those already established benchmarks. Greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by 26% below a baseline 2005 level by 2025; 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. Note that these goals are actually less ambitious than the ones former Gov. John Hickenlooper tossed out in an executive order signed at Red Rocks in 2017, so it’s not as though this is a radical new bar. [1]

Gov. Polis was elected on a platform of getting serious about confronting climate change, and Senate Bill 200 is the tool to turn this campaign promise into a promise kept. Action item #1 this week: Call Gov. Jared Polis’ office at (303) 866-2471 and let him know you SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-200.

And if you haven’t already, contact your state lawmakers today and urge them to support the climate justice bills including Senate Bill 200 currently making their way through the process.

Thanks for your help! And here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of May 3:


Protect Our Communities: End Forced Ketamine Injections From Police

We have the power to stop the death and trauma that comes from involuntary sedation. Demand that the Colorado State Legislature do their job and protect Coloradans from forcible injections of ketamine — demand they vote YES on HB21-1251.

Click here to take action.


Colorado Sierra Club: Give public comment to ensure Suncor’s harmful air pollution is kept in check!

The Suncor oil refinery is a massive source of air pollution and an environmental injustice. Harmful air pollution must be kept in check! Help to ensure that Suncor will operate in compliance with clean air laws and regulations.

When: May 1-4

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History Colorado: From Second Banana to First Lady Feminist: A mind-blowing, heart-stopping journey with Dottie Lamm

The Curatorial Services & Collections Access team is hosting a well known Colorado woman, Dottie Lamm under their In Sights and In Person Connections Series! Join Curator of Archives Shaun Boyd and Dottie Lamm, former Colorado First Lady, columnist, psychiatric social worker, US Senate candidate, popular speaker, breast cancer survivor, mother, and author. She’s also been a flight attendant, Visiting Fellow at the University of Denver, delegate to two United Nations Conferences, and 1985 inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Dottie and her husband, former Colorado Governor, have given their papers and artifacts to History Colorado, and a table display of select items will be featured at the event.

When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone zap for citizenship4all

Join people across the country in making phone calls to members of Congress- advocating for citizenship for all and an end to inhumane practices of detention. and deportation. We will give a quick training on what you need to know—just come ready with a phone and internet access.

When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Fighting for Family: A Mother’s Perspective

FIGHTING FOR FAMILY is a story about the family separation caused by deportation. The film captures the love story between a young family who faces countless challenges, yet continues to be hopeful, resilient, and joyful. Join Rex and CIRC Mothers after the film for a panel discussion on the effects this has on ones family, the U.S. imperialist war machine and the intergenerational harm it inflicts, from the refugee flight to the school to prison to deportation pipeline- all from a mother’s perspective.

When: Friday, May 7 at 6:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Reproductive and Immigrant Health Care Policy

Join COLOR and CCHI as we talk about reproductive and immigrant health care policy on Zoom! What are the health care gaps that keep our immigrant communities from being able to access the reproductive care they need such as preventative, maintenance, and emergency care? What policies can help us provide affordable health care for Colorado and our immigrant communities?

When: Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm

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All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop

All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop is intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.

When: Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm

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Watch this space next week for more ways to take action. Thanks again.

#CoClimateWeek: What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 19)

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This week, the Colorado General Assembly kicks off debate over some of the most important bills they’ll consider all year: to commit Colorado to ambitious goals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, and to give communities most impacted by pollution and climate change power to hold powerful polluters accountable.

This is Colorado Climate Week. Action item #1: contact your state lawmakers right now and urge them to support a suite of legislation that cuts greenhouse gas emissions, regulates air pollution, and promotes environmental justice.

Today at 1PM, tune in live for the press conference to discuss this year’s climate action and environmental justice bills. To draw attention to these nation-leading bills, we’re unveiling a two-ton ice sculpture of Planet Earth on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol created by award-winning ice sculptor Jess Parrish. Thanks to Colorado’s always unpredictable weather you may want to watch this one from home — just tune in to our livestream on ProgressNow Colorado’s Facebook page to follow along. And on Twitter, follow the #ClimateJusticeNow and #CoClimateWeek hashtags.

Whatever the weather brings, we know that weather isn’t climate. Earth’s climate is heating up, the consensus is clear that humans are responsible, and we have to stop letting the oil and gas industry stall for time we simply don’t have anymore. Thank you for your support for this critical legislation to help Colorado continue to lead in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Once that’s done, here are some more great ways to fight for progress for the week of April 19:


Sierra Club: Colorado Climate Week Actions

Join us for Colorado Climate Week — 5 Days and 5 Ways Colorado Legislators Can Protect People and our Planet! We are celebrating Earth Day all week long and providing actions for YOU to take each day to make Colorado a cleaner, healthier, and safer place to live. Stay tuned and follow Colorado Climate Action Week starting on Monday so you can make an impact each day!

When: April 19 – April 23

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Brady Colorado Kickoff and Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall

Please join us as we formally launch Brady Colorado with a Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall. We’ll discuss Colorado’s gun laws, the solutions we need, and answer your questions. Speakers include Sen. John Hickenlooper, State Sen. Rhonda Fields, State Representative Tom Sullivan, Tom Mauser of Colorado Ceasefire, Brady President Kris Brown, and Brady Vice President of Organizing Maisha Fields, and Wheat Ridge City Council Member and Brady Colorado State Lead Val Beck.

When: Monday, April 19 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Mountain Mamas: Raise the Alarm About Climate (legislative delivery)

Help us deliver smoke detectors, a (road)map to escape Colorado’s climate crisis, and a letter in support of SB21-200 to our elected officials. This bill is the best chance we have to act locally to combat the climate crisis! We must show our strong support. We’ll meet, masks on & socially distanced, at the Southern entrance to the Capitol.

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 8:30am

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CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Garrett Reppenhaggen: Democracy & War

“War is the health of the state,” said Randolph Bourne. Can the same be said for “Democracy”, too? Founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and executive director of Veterans For Peace, Reppenhaggen discusses the prospect for democracy during perpetual war.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00pm

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Earth Day Celebration: Healing with Nature

Join The Alliance Center and celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22! We’ll come together virtually to recognize our sustainability victories from the last year and explore opportunities to restore our planet and our relationship with it. You’ll hear an inspiring conversation between Nicole Jackson, Next Generation Advisory Council member at the National Parks Conservation Association, and Bianca Acosta, Community Outreach Manager at GrowHaus in Denver. They will discuss how reconnecting with nature can be cathartic and restorative to both the planet and ourselves.

When: Thursday, April 22 at 4:30pm

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Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

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Also save the date for this upcoming event:

One Colorado: What You Need to Know About the Equality Act

The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Find out more about this vital piece of legislation and what needs to happen to make it federal law.

When: Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00pm

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Thanks again for your help making these events successful! We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 12)

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It’s been a difficult year+, and the anxiety from the compounded effects of the COVID-19 pandemic rippling across society and the damaged economy have created new challenges on top of the pre-existing struggles faced by working Americans. As a result, already-strained mental health and substance abuse treatment resources are in higher demand than ever.

When this pandemic is over, the increased need for behavioral health treatment will remain. That’s why progressive lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly have introduced the Behavioral Health Recovery Act, which will provide millions of dollars for mental health, substance abuse recovery, and harm reduction programs.

Action item #1 this week: contact your Colorado Senator and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-137, the Behavioral Health Recovery Act.

Once that’s done, take a moment to help on another crucial issue that has loomed large in the past year: Eviction reform. Although evictions for non-payment have been reduced by temporary bans, renters across Colorado desperately need a cap on late fees and a fairer relationship with landlords. Click here to write to your Colorado lawmakers, and tell them Colorado needs eviction reform.

Thanks for your help with these two timely issues! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 12:


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Remote Group Phonebank

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is working to pass legislation that would reduce the cost of healthcare for all Coloradans and we need your help! This remote group phone bank will help us move towards health care affordability by collecting the stories of consumers directly affected by high healthcare costs, while also helping us mobilize Coloradans for prescription drug affordability and giving out helpful resources. These consumers will have ownership over their stories and they will be connected, if they choose to be, with opportunities to become involved in the overarching campaign for policy change at the state level. All of this will be done from the comfort of your home. Collecting stories from consumers who are directly affected allows us to make sure that their voices are heard by legislators.

When: Monday, April 12 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

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AAPI Town Hall Hosted by Congressman Jason Crow

On Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm MT, Rep. Jason Crow is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss issues facing the AAPI community. Moderators: Howard Chou, Co-Founder/Chair, Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats and Susmita Saha, Vice Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm

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History Colorado: Colorado Cannabis Legalization with Susan Squibb

Marijuana legalization in Colorado has created a significant shift in drug reform and public opinion on marijuana throughout the nation and the world. Join Curator of archives Shaun Boyd as she hosts Susan Squibb, The Cannabis Maven®, who has recently donated a significant portion of her unique cannabis archive to History Colorado Center. In this fun and informative presentation, Squibb will highlight items from her archive to weave her personal experiences into the larger historical tapestry of marijuana legalization.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 6:00pm

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Tom Sullivan for Colorado and State Representative Meg Froelich: April 2020 Town Hall Meeting

Join CO State Representatives Tom Sullivan (HD-37) and Meg Froelich (HD-3) and US Congressman Jason Crow (CO-6) for a virtual town hall event!

When: Saturday, April 17 at 11:00am

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP


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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 5)

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Last week, President Joe Biden announced the next transformative piece of his agenda: The American Jobs Plan. Building on the economic relief passed just a few weeks ago and now making its way into the economy, the American Jobs Plan represents the next step: Investing in America’s future, and building the infrastructure to keep America competitive in the global economy.

Infrastructure is about more than just fixing the roads. The American Jobs Plan is about modernizing transportation networks, energy grids, efficient construction and renovation, clean water supplies, information technology, domestic manufacturing, and so much more. And above all, it’s about jobs: The jobs created in building out infrastructure, and the jobs that hit the ground running because of these investments.

The American Jobs Act represents the biggest peacetime public investment in the American economy in nearly a century. Action item #1 this week: contact Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and urge them to pass the American Jobs Plan without delay.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 5! Help us make these events a success:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talking about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

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Adams County Legislative Preview & Town Hall

Please join Representative Yadira Caraveo, Representative Kyle Mullica, Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, and Representative Shannon Bird for a town hall on Monday, April 5th at 6:30 pm featuring representatives from across Adams County. This is a great opportunity for you to ask your questions about the 2021 legislative session and our response to the challenges facing our community. We will be holding the event over Zoom, and we will provide a Facebook live stream as well.

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:30pm

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American Rescue Plan Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Jason Crow

Last month, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. Coloradans in need are already receiving economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per qualifying individual, and more relief is on the way. This Tuesday, April 6 at 6 pm MST, I’m hosting a telephone town hall to talk about what’s in the American Rescue Plan and share how you can take full advantage of the new resources available.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

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One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts will be joined by Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse for a keynote presentation titled, “One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence” on Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. MST. Denver high school student and member of Students Demand Action, Jayla Hemphill, will moderate the discussion. The session will be livestreamed to the CWA YouTube channel. Like all events at CWA, the talk is free and open to the public. Viewers may submit questions.

When: Friday, April 9 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Socially Distanced Rally to Support Lower Rx Drug Prices

70% of Coloradans support the state creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which means Big Pharma is spending BIG on lobbyists at the Capitol. Don’t let them overpower the voice of the people! Join us on April 9th for a safe, socially-distanced rally to support lower prescription drug costs. We will have pill bottle signs available for the first 30 people who sign up, where you can write your story or the message you’d like to send about why the legislature needs to take action to lower prescription drug costs.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Friday, April 9 at 5:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 29)

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Today, Gov. Jared Polis made what could be the most important announcement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This coming Friday, everyone in Colorado aged 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone.

As usual, Colorado is ahead of the curve in responding to this emergency, and the general public in Colorado will have access to vaccines sooner than most states. Across the nation and the globe, the race is on to outpace the pandemic with life-saving vaccines. In Colorado, we’re privileged to have competent public health and elected officials. The proof is in our lower rate of illness and death in Colorado than most other states.

Now it’s your turn to be part of the solution: if you haven’t already done so, the time has come to make your plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you’re eligible. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination portal to get started—and once you’ve gotten your appointment, take a few minutes to encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated right away as well.

With your help, we’ve come so far in just a year: through the worst of an unprecedented global health crisis, economic upheaval that required us to come together as a nation, and an election that pulled our nation back from the brink of calamity under the last president.

Through all of these struggles, your persistence and courage in the face of adversity has not just given me hope, but made the difference in tangible changes that will leave our state and nation better off. This Friday is my last day as Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado, and I couldn’t be more proud of the last five years at the helm of this amazing organization. As I hand off this important work to the next generation of leadership, I am very hopeful about where we are all headed together.

Thank you once again, and here are more ways to make a difference for the week of March 29:


Senator Hickenlooper: Support the THRIVE Act NOW! Apoya el acto de THRIVE ahora!

The countdown is on. ⏱️ Now that Congress has passed The American Rescue Plan, an ambitious COVID-19 relief package, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fight for climate action, jobs, and economic justice. Colorado and cities across the country are organizing and taking action on this day to pass the THRIVE Act (https://www.thriveagenda.com/) to do just that. Our cities are burning, polluting corporations are making us sick, our housing crisis has no end in sight- we are calling on our elected officials to do what is best for all Coloradans. We aren’t just facing one crisis. Global pandemic, mass unemployment and eviction, systemic racism, climate crisis — they are all connected. What else needs to happen to prove we need the THRIVE Act to pass NOW?

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00pm

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César Chávez’s Legacy : La Lucha Continúa

Let your voice be heard! Join us to initiate community based dialogue around the topics important to the Latina/o/x community. This event is proudly brought to you by a partnership with the César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver! The Committee has been honoring the late leader since 2002. The Committee is dedicated to keeping the Chávez spirit alive through the work of community.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Colorado César E. Chávez Day Celebration/ Celebración del Día de César E. Chávez en Colorado

Join us for a celebration of César E. Chávez Day for a discussion about social and racial justice, climate migration, farmworkers, and regenerative agriculture.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Race Class Narrative Briefing Hosted by Rise Up Colorado

The Race Class Narrative began as a nationwide research project to help people envision a multiracial country in which everyone has economic opportunity and is now a narrative framework for us to have intentional conversations doing what many of us instinctively knew was right… talking about both race and class as a necessary package. Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them as if they were separate. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined.

When: Friday, April 2 at 1:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talk about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

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Watch this space next week for more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii