What you can do to fight back this week (December 17)

With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to tell you all how grateful we are to work together to better the lives of Coloradans. We can’t wait to see you in 2019 and to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. Consider a gift of any size to keep fueling our resistance efforts as we set our sights on 2019 and 2020.

Thanks again for everything you’ve done in 2018 to fight back. It’s been a great year. Here are a few more ways to make a difference in the last two weeks of 2018:


No Walls Between Us: Vigil for Human Rights on #IntlMigrantsDay

This vigil is part of Love Knows No Borders, a week of action standing in solidarity with the migrant caravan and all who seek refuge in the U.S. Araceli Velasquez, a leader in sanctuary fighting for her life and her family, invites the community to stand with her as an asylum seeker and call on the US to offer peace and safety to those seeking refuge. Clergy from Temple Micah and Park Hill United Methodist Church will lead the vigil alongside Araceli.

Where: 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, December 17 at 6:00pm

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Petition Delivery and Rally! Protect Mueller!

Join us for a rally and Petition Delivery to Senator Gardner. We need him to step up and support legislation to protect the Mueller Invastigation. In addition we willl have the opportunity to come together and share some holiday melody Resistance songs.

Where: Senator Cory Gardner’s Denver Office, 721 19th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 18 at 11:00am

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Conservation Colorado: 2019 Legislative Preview Party

Join organizers and special guests to celebrate our victories and learn what Conservation Colorado and Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha are planning for the upcoming legislative session. We will cover our goals for carbon, water, and oil & gas policy- and tell YOU how to make them happen! Your voices are essential. We can’t achieve anything without grassroots support.

Where: Arvada Library, 7525 W 57th Ave, Arvada
When: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00pm

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End of Year Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Party

2018 was an incredibly successful first full year for your Colorado Working Families Party and for progressives across the State of Colorado! But none of it would have been possible without you and all of our other incredible volunteers and supporters. So, we are joining with Drinking Liberally to celebrate this incredible year with you all!

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Choice Comebacks – How to Discuss Reproductive Rights

December Volunteer & New Member Event-Choice Comebacks: An evening of wine, storytelling, and tips from the NARAL frontlines. We can’t do the work we do without our wonderful volunteers! We hope you will join us for a celebration of our hard work and to learn how we can continue our work through the legislative session. We also want to welcome our new volunteers and members!

Where: Bonacquisti Wine, 4640 Pecos St, Unit I, Denver
When: Thursday, December 20 at 5:30pm

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Poor People’s Hearing – Las Posadas at Casa Mayan

The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign will be hosting a series of Poor People’s Hearings to lift up the voices of the poor, directly impacted, and faith leaders to demand that our nation’s elected officials take action to fight systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism.

Where: Casa Mayan at Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Sunday, December 23 at 11:00am

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See you in 2019! With your help, we’ve got another great year ahead.

New Poll: Cory Gardner Would Lose The Election Today

Following an historic victory for Colorado progressives in the 2018 midterm elections, a new poll of Colorado voters from Change Research indicates that Sen. Cory Gardner is in serious jeopardy as a candidate for re-election in 2020. The poll was conducted between December 2nd and 4th online, had 540 responses, and has a margin of error of +/-4.2 points.

A majority of voters polled disapprove of Gardner’s job performance, reject Gardner’s excuses on a wide range of policy issues, and support a Democratic challenger over Gardner by a 47-41% margin. Colorado voters also strongly support reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Gardner claims to support. Voters are are prepared to punish Gardner if his fellow Republicans aren’t persuaded.

“After the 2018 landslide election for Democrats in Colorado, Cory Gardner is in politically toxic territory,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Colorado didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016, and in 2018 Colorado voters punished Republicans at every level of government as a rebuke to Trump. The damage done to Cory Gardner’s own career in politics after publicly aligning himself with Trump to save the U.S. Senate is clearly indicated in this new polling, which shows that if the election were held today Gardner would lose handily to virtually any Democratic opponent.”

“Coloradans have had four years of experience with Cory Gardner as their Senator, and they don’t like what they see,” said Silverii. “Fully 50% of Colorado voters have an unfavorable opinion of Senator Gardner, with 29% viewing him as very unfavorable. Only Donald Trump himself has such negative numbers among Colorado voters. In a match-up between Gardner and a generic Democratic candidate, Gardner loses 47-41%. Only 12% of voters have never heard of Gardner, which means these unfavorable ratings are based on specific factors that will be very hard if not impossible for Gardner to overcome before 2020.”

“The one bright spot in this very bleak outlook for Sen. Gardner is the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Silverii. “LWCF has the public support of both of Colorado’s U.S. Senators, but the onus is on Gardner to persuade fellow Republicans to continue this vital investment in our public lands and recreation. 65% of Colorado voters support full mandatory funding for LWCF, and 38% say they would be much more likely to oppose Gardner if he doesn’t keep this promise. That’s support Gardner cannot afford to lose, and Gardner’s next steps to protect Colorado’s natural environment and outdoor economy are critical to his future.”

“Contrary to popular belief, Cory Gardner barely won his seat in 2014 by less than two percentage points, and since that time Colorado has only moved farther away from Gardner’s brand of deceptive politics,” said Silverii. “The results of the 2018 elections and this new poll send a clear message that Cory Gardner’s time is running out.”

What you can do to fight back this week (December 10)

The far right doesn’t like to lose. But they’re getting so good at it!

In the wake of the 2018 elections, “conservative” losers are desperate to salvage anything they can before power changes hands in January. In Wisconsin, Republicans in the legislature passed laws to strip power from the incoming governor in a brazen attempt to undo the will of Wisconsin’s voters. In Washington, President Trump is desperately weighing his options as the investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia gets closer to the end, and Robert Mueller files charges against more and more of his inner circle.

Here in Colorado, where the blue wave was stronger than perhaps anywhere in America, we’re getting ready for an historic 2019. After years of gridlock and division, we’re on the cusp of making the big changes we’ve been talking about for years. Priorities like paid family leave for every working Coloradan, an end to backward discriminatory practices like so-called “conversion therapy,” and completing Colorado’s transition to the new energy economy are finally within reach. Over the next two years, our job as Colorado progressives is to put these bold ideas into practice, and show the nation that common-sense progressive policies work.

Don’t miss another action alert! The response to our new partnership with RiseUp, using their innovative mobile app to instantly stay up to date on political events and activist opportunities, has been an enormous success. We’ll continue to deliver this weekly email alert on upcoming events, but make sure you download the RiseUp app to your iPhone or Android smartphone so you never miss an update or breaking alert midweek. We’ll be using RiseUp every day during the legislative session to let you all know how to get involved in making these policy goals a reality, and how you can make sure we hold the newly elected progressive majorities accountable to their campaign promises.

Download the RiseUp app to your iPhone or Android device today.

Once that’s done, here are lots of great ways to make a difference for the week of December 10:


The Right to Rest: Film Screening

Join us for a special preview screening of the new film “The Right to Rest”, created by Denver Filmmakers Sarah Megyesy and Guillermo Roquès. All proceeds from the night will be donated to The Colorado Village Collaborative.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado Pre-Session Social

Join us for our pre-session social! We invite our members and supporters to meet one another and to chat about goals we have for session, but mainly it is a time for those of us that work for women’s equity to be together.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 11 at 5:30pm

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Support Migrant Justice! Asylum Seekers Support Rally in Durango

Community members who are friends of immigrants are invited to gather during the national week of action for Migrant Justice. Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate and end the militarization of the border.

Where: 1060 E 2nd Ave, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00am

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training

Colorado’s legislative session is just around the corner (starts January 4th), making this a perfect time to learn how you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.

Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado Thank You and Appreciation Party

2018 has been a wild year for the One Colorado team and family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 12th for our Thank You and Appreciation Party at Diebolt Brewing.

Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Jobs with Justice: 30 Years of Worker Power: Scrooge 2018

Join Colorado Jobs With Justice supporters for our annual Scrooge of the Year celebration! This year we are celebrating 30 years of Colorado Jobs With Justice. Since 1988, we have organized to build power for working class people through labor unions, community organizations, faith congregations, and student activists. This year’s Scrooge will showcase not only the work out network in the past year, but for the last three decades. You don’t want to miss out this fun filled night of food, drink, skits, and history! Get your tickets today!

Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Suite 101, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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Southeast Denver Public Strike Meeting

This public forum, held in the auditorium of South HS, will provide a space for parents, community, students, and educators to come together to hear about why a strike has become a possibility and about what significance our current compensation system has for both educators and students and families. We will also discuss how parents and community can support educators during this ongoing process.

Where: Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:00pm

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Legislators’ Fundraiser for CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program

Join us for the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Legislature’s Latino Caucus! Proceeds will benefit the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program. Light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Where: Chac Gallery-Denver, 222 Santa Fe Drive
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:30pm

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Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature intimate and honest conversations between Mrs. Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her upcoming memoir. Attendees will hear firsthand about Mrs. Obama’s inspirational triumphs and personal setbacks, from childhood to the White House, where she became revered around the world as a transformative voice for change and inclusivity. Before Mrs. Obama was the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America, and a powerful advocate for women and healthy lifestyles, she was a girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago. The tour will candidly recount moments spanning both her personal and professional life, as a way to share lessons learned and inspire people to become the best version of themselves.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00pm

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Downtown Democratic Forum: John Walsh: Our Proven Champion of Justice

The midterm elections brought us many great things, among them a bold guardian of civil rights in the Attorney General’s office. John Walsh, former US Attorney and long-time Democratic activist, is on AG-elect Phil Weiser’s transition team, making this victory all the better. Join us for breakfast, Friday, December 14th, to hear John Walsh tell us all about it.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 7:00am

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Keeping the Dream Alive 7th Annual Conference #KtDA2018

Educators, counselors, advisors, mentors, and pre-collegiate coordinators are invited to attend the 7th Annual Keeping the DREAM Alive Conference to learn more about resources and promising practices for the pathway to college for undocumented and DACAmented* students.

Where: University of Denver campus
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00am

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Resistmas Holiday Celebration

Merry Resistmas! Join activists from all over the state for a festive holiday celebration that will highlight the amazing work we have done as a “Resistance Family.” The Resistance Family is made up of people from all different creeds, backgrounds, religions, etc. This is a FREE, Kid Friendly, and Family Friendly event.

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Sunday School for Atheists: Why do we follow or break laws?

Do you follow ALL laws? Do you break ALL laws? Why? How do you decide? Who made the laws? Who enforces them? Come break bread with some incredible people while we converse about breaking laws.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, December 16 at 12:00pm

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Thanks for your help making these events successful! We’re excited for 2019, and we’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.

Colorado Week in Review: 12/7/18

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

What you can do to fight back this week (December 3)

After this year’s historic election victory for Colorado progressives, the next steps are coming into view. After four years of gridlock and obstruction with Republicans stonewalling progress with their one-seat majority in the State Senate, in 2019 Colorado has a chance to finally create lasting solutions to the problems that have vexed our state for a generation.

This is not a moment to talk ourselves out of doing the right thing. This overwhelming victory for Colorado progressives is a mandate to lead, not to second-guess the voters’ clear instructions. In Colorado’s booming economy, no one should struggle to afford housing or medical care. We can take the pressure off the next generation of Americans by making college more affordable. We can provide for our roads and our education system, and every other service people expect from their government, not make a false choice between them.

And from protecting our natural environment to protecting the dignity of every Coloradan regardless of their ethnicity, origin, or gender identity, we can make Colorado a national model.

Colorado has never had an opportunity like this in our lifetimes. Our state’s growing and changing population are permanently shifting Colorado’s politics toward progressive values. Fifteen years ago, when Colorado was a very different state politically, visionaries like Jared Polis saw this change coming and invested in it.

Today, Jared Polis is governor. And Colorado’s future could not be brighter.

Colorado Gives Day: tomorrow, Tuesday December 4th, is Colorado Gives Day. Although ProgressNow Colorado makes a big splash during election season, the primary purpose of our organization is to advocate every day for nonpartisan progressive solutions to community problems. We don’t go away in the off-years, and your tax-deductible gift to ProgressNow Colorado Education goes directly into the work we do to ensure the values we share are reflected in measurable policy outcomes. Take a moment right now to schedule your gift to ProgressNow Colorado Education for Colorado Gives Day.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of December 3:


Digital Giving Drive to Defend Immigrant & Refugee Families

Immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are again under attack.
What can YOU do to help? During the week between #GivingTuesday (11/27) and #ColoradoGivesDay (12/4), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is hosting a Digital Giving Drive to defend immigrant and refugee families. Now is YOUR chance to make a difference…and encourage your friends and family to join you.

Where: Online campaign
When: Now until Tuesday, December 4

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Undesign the Redline: An Interactive Exhibit

This interactive exhibition uses powerful narratives of people and communities, maps, and other documentation to trace how government policy going back to the 30s, known as “redlining,” created racial segregation and disinvestment in communities that persist to this day. Undesign the Redline combines historical artifacts, storytelling, photographs and activities to illustrate redlining’s roots and lasting repercussions. The history in the Denver neighborhoods of Five Points, Park Hill, Montbello, Globeville and many others will be explored through stories, historical artifacts, and timelines that extend from the 1800s through the present.

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 15

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Womxn’s March Denver Fundraiser!

Help Sustain, Nurture and Grow the Denver Womxn’s March. Enjoy good conversation, food, wine and the inspiring photography by Judy Miranda celebrating the past Denver Womxn’s Marches! Photography from past marches will be available for purchase and proceeds go to fund the Denver Womxn’s March January, 19 2019.

Where: 222 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00pm

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Cervezas for Causes: The Colorado Rapid Response Network

Colorado Rapid Response Network – Immigration is a hotline activates our more than 300 trained volunteers around the state to go to the site of an immigration raid and document what is happening. If it’s not an immigration raid, we dispel rumors and calm fears in the community. This prohibits certain kinds of unconstitutional ICE activities and promotes community trust, so that all people, regardless of immigration status, will feel safe going to school, reporting crimes, and accessing public health and human service programs, among other things. We are a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who want to shine a light on potential injustice – and create the space for change where warranted.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, December 6 at 5:30pm

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Dismantling Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics

Recent events have once again put discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave at the forefront of public conversation. From the #metoo movement, to the online “manosphere” of pick up artists and incels, to the blatant sexism of our President, the implications are clear: we need to do more to challenge how men are socialized to interact with each other, women, and others impacted by sexism. Even more profoundly, we need to ask how we are teaching men to think about themselves.

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

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AFC+A Climate Solidarity Fiesta An Artivist Fundraiser

Celebrate Madre Tierra and her Advocates with an Artivist Fiesta! Now in our sixth year, this fundraiser will host food, music, arts, auctions, awards, and amigos.

Where: The Westin Denver Downtown
When: Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm

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You Are Welcome Here – YAWH Meet-Up!

As an effort to continue in community with one another throughout the year, we have created YAWH monthly meet-ups! We’ll be having our first meet-up at the Mutiny Information Cafe, but if folx have ideas for where to host the next meet-up go ahead and send Jazz a message. Just as we co-created the conference, let’s keep co-creating spaces of conversation, laughter, support, and some good food. Love to you all.

Where: Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver
When: Friday, December 7 at 6:00pm

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Make A Holiday Card For A Detained Immigrant

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigrant detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each man and woman who is detained in the Aurora Immigrant Detention Center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter, they are not forgotten about and we do care about them.

Where: Casa de Paz, Denver
When: Friday, December 7 at 7:00pm

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Blinded by the Fight: Social Psychology & Political Polarization

We live in polarized times. As red and blue states fracture and political discourse turns increasingly hostile, sober analysis of the left/right divide is needed more than ever. How can the President be seen by some as a savvy businessman with the courage to take on a corrupt political system, while others see a narcissist-in-chief whose buffoonery would be laughable if not so dangerous? Why is the contrast in perception so sharp on issue after issue, from climate change to immigration, MeToo to Judge Kavanaugh? In a wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Mark Horowitz will demonstrate that the left/right divide runs much deeper than political philosophy.

Where: Secular Hub, 3100 Downing St, Denver
When: Saturday, December 8 at 5:00pm

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SCFD Community Free Day

Join us for a SCFD Community Free Day, featuring programming that was co-created with six LGBTQ-serving organizations: One Colorado, The GLBT Center of Colorado, Gender Identity Center, LGBTQ Student Resource Center at the Auraria Campus, Out Boulder, and PFLAG.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Sunday, December 9 at 9:00am

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Thanks as always. We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference!

After the wave: what you can do to fight back this week (November 13)

It was an historic night.

One week ago today, Colorado struck back at the polls against Trump and the Republican takeover of Washington, D.C. Colorado’s congressional delegation has a Democratic majority again for the first time since 2010, helping progressives take back the U.S. House of Representatives. We elected the first openly LGBTQ man governor of any state in American history. We recaptured the Colorado Senate. Progressives won the Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer’s office, too.

We did this. YOU did this. Because of your resistance, because of all of your work, all of your door knocks and all of your phone calls, Colorado’s future is a bright and deep blue.

Cory Gardner’s time is almost up. As chairman of the Republican Senate campaign organization, Gardner closed ranks with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell in the 2018 campaign. But after Colorado rejected the Party of Trump in historic fashion this year, Gardner’s collusion with Trump will be his undoing. We’re counting down until Cory Gardner’s time runs out at corycountdown2020.com. Check it out and share it with your friends.

Modernize your resistance with the RiseUp app! To everyone who has found these weekly update emails to be a useful resources and told us so, thank you. We’ll keep them coming. But there’s another easy way to get the latest information and progressive action alerts in real time. Download the RiseUp app today for your iPhone or Android and never miss another chance to make your voice heard.

Thanks again for everything you have done to resist the far right and make history in this year’s elections. The fight is far from over–here are some ways to take action for the week of November 13:


Coloradans For Immigrant Rights General Monthly Meeting

Join us the Second Tuesday of every month for our general meeting where we report back on our projects. Currently, Bird dogging during the congressional recess, the Crossing South Resource, and Sanctuary Everywhere efforts.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00pm

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Putin: A Russian Journalist’s View

Julia Ioffe, writer for The Atlantic Monthly, will share her views — as a Russian expat — on the impact Putin is having on her home country. If you watched coverage of the Trump-Putin Helsinki meetings, you’ve seen her on most major networks and cable channels.

Where: The Warwick Hotel, downtown Denver
When: Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm

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Denver Concerned Citizens: Hear 2 Candidates for Denver Mayor: Calderon & Tate

Join City Park Friends And Neighbors (CPFAN) and give a warm welcome to Denver Mayoral Candidates, Lisa Calderon & Penfield Tate. Candidates will have 45 minutes each to address the gathering and to answer questions. A social hour will follow from 8 – 9 PM. Parking in rear of church.

Where: Messiah Community Church, 1750 Colorado Blvd., Denver
When: Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00pm

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Change The Name Stapleton: Gregg Deal: White Supremacy & The History of This Land

Attendance is free of charge. The event is funded by the Strengthening Neighborhoods Grant, through The Denver Foundation. Event will be held in the Greenberg Commons. As you enter the school, turn right toward the High School (red doors). The Commons is the main space that you will enter upon going through the doors.

Where: DSST: Stapleton High School, 2000 Valentia Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm

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Genocide and Slavery Roundtable Conference

What can be done when we see acts of Genocide or Slavery lead to social death, stripping victims of names, cultural traditions, and other forms of identity in a way that allows crimes against humanity? How can we raise awareness before these tactics are used to justify economic gains by one part of society at the expense of another?

Where: Address upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, November 14 at 10:30am

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Denver Streets Congress

The Streets Partnership hosts the Denver Streets Congress to build and engage dialogue with the public about how to support people-friendly streets in Denver.

Where: Parr-Widener Room (389) 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 14 at 11:30am

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Bring Your Government: F*ck, Chuck, or Marry Edition!

How it works: 3 presenters tell you about government programs they want to keep, get rid of, or flirt with. Kalyn Heffernan (Wheelchair Sports Camp), James Roy II, Jamie Perkins. 2 comedians make you laugh. Andrew Orvedahl, Janae Burris. 1 lightning round where you offer your perspective.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: In Our Own Words: Women, Religion and Choice

We are pleased to invite you to explore women’s and abortion rights from a faith-based perspective. Two nationally regarded religious scholars will discuss their books and beliefs. Join us to hear and meet: Dr. Monique Moultrie. Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, author of Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality, and Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, Presbyterian Minister and Religious Studies Professor at Elon University in North Carolina, author of Trust Women: A Progressive Argument for Reproductive Justice.

Where: Iliff School of Theology, Shattuck Hall 2201 S. University Blvd, Denver
When: Friday, November 16 at 6:30pm

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A History of Race and White Supremacy in the U.S.

How did we get here? How did racism emerge as a such a pervasive social structure in the U.S.? What is the reality of “race”? It’s a question many of us have asked at one time or another, and it has a clear answer. Race is a social construct, a tool for oppression. In short, racism is real, but race is not. Race also has a definitive origin story, and one that every anti-racist or social justice activist should know. Join this training to learn a brief history of racial classification in the U.S., and how it influences our mistaken perception of race today, and its implications for anti-racist work in the future.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 17 at 10:00am

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Colorado Lynching Memorials: Preston Porter Jr.

You are invited to attend a memorial of remembrance and mourning organized by the Colorado Community Remembrance Project, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, to honor the life and death of Preston Porter Jr. who was killed by a lynch mob just outside of Limon in 1900. Porter was accused of a murder, coerced into confessing, and was burned at the stake by members of the community.

Where: 1000 1st St, Limon
When: Saturday, November 17 at 2:00pm

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Impact – Sack Lunches for the Homeless

It doesn’t take much, just everyone pitching in $10, or $20 bucks making up some lunches and going and handing them out downtown. I can tell you the simple act of kindness towards another human being really changes your perspective. It really is just about having a small impact on someone’s life that trust me they appreciate!

Where: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2635 Welton St, Denver
When: Sunday, November 18 at 12:30pm

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Thank you for helping make Colorado the progressive success story that made the whole nation proud this year. We’ll see you after the Thanksgiving holiday!

Colorado Week in Review: 11/9/18

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

The Number One Thing You Can Do To Fight Back: VOTE!

Two years ago this week, Colorado progressives watched in horror as a minority of American voters elected Donald Trump to be our next President.

Colorado never supported Donald Trump. Trump didn’t win the Republican caucus, and he didn’t win the general election in our state, either. In 2016, Colorado progressives grew the state house majority, and held Colorado’s senior U.S. Senate seat. Since then, voters in Colorado have watched as the worst predictions about Trump’s presidency came true. The resistance to Trump’s presidency in Colorado is a movement like nothing we’ve seen in a generation.

Tomorrow night, everything we’ve done for the last two years to stand up to Trump faces the ultimate test. And on Wednesday, if the numbers we’re seeing today are correct we’ll wake up to a whole new playing field—a blue wave in 2018 that kicks off the longer campaign to truly make America great. Today, hope for America, even after these terrible two years, is very bright.

Needless to say, the biggest thing you can do now to fight back is make sure your vote is counted in tomorrow’s elections. If you’ve already returned your ballot, thank you! If you haven’t returned your ballot, or even if you haven’t yet registered to vote in Colorado, you can register and cast your vote all the way up until 7PM on Election Night. Visit JustVoteColorado.org or call 866-OUR-VOTE to find out where to go and what you need to bring. Colorado has the nation’s best, most secure, and most accessible election system, and there’s simply no excuse to not participate.

Once you’ve voted and ensured every eligible voter you know has done their part, here are a few more great ways to fight back for the week of November 5th. Also, make sure to check the RiseUp app for updated information:


Featured event: A Celebration of the Left Wing, and the Chicken Wing

No matter how Nov. 6th goes, one thing is for sure: we could use a beer and a few chicken wings. You won’t want to miss a house party for ProgressNow on November 9th at the home of David Oppenheim and Mo Pancake. It’s going to be a lot of fun—laid back, lots of good brews, butternut squash soup, seitan wings, pumpkin cookies, and, did we mention chicken wings? Can you make it? Please RSVP yes for location and details, and so we know how much food to cook, and brews to…brew.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Friday, November 9 at 6:00pm

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Canvass: Yes on 2E Democracy for the People & NO on 74

Join Colorado Working Families to ensure 2E Democracy for the People DOES pass and that Amendment 74 DOES NOT pass! Training will be provided.

Where: Colorado Working Families, Denver
When: Monday, November 5 at 3:00pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Chat 4 Choice GOTV Phone Bank!

Join us to Chat 4 Choice and make calls to get our pro-choice candidates across the finish line and elected into office! We’ll be making phone calls and writing pledge to vote cards to make sure folks know who our pro-choice candidates are and remind them to return their ballots. Snacks and beverages provided!

Where: Address upon RSVP
When: Monday, November 5 at 4:00pm

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When: Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00am

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Quarterly Vigil & Protest, Regis University Students Speak Out

Join us Monday, November 5th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the GEO Immigrant Detention Center at 3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010! We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. This month we partner with Regis University Students and we’ll be honoring and calling on our ancestors to guide us as we continue to cast light on and end the expanding for-profit detention. Community space and ritual in front of the building!

Where: GEO Aurora Ice Processing Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Dismantling Racism One Conversation at a Time Workshop

A workshop led by David Campt, PhD, author of “The White Ally Toolkit Workbook” Do you struggle as a white person to respond in social or work situations when someone makes a racist comment or questions the reality of racism? Participate in this vital conversation! Learn how to use empathy, active listening and relating skills in conversations with skeptics.

Where: University of Denver, Mangione Hall
When: Monday, November 5 at 6:30pm

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New Era Colorado: Get out the vote!

Join New Era Colorado as we work to turn young voters in Denver out in full force for the midterm elections!

Where: Denver
When: Through Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm

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Aurora Party Bus to the Polls

Come party with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition as we ensure community members have a ride to the polls on Election Day Tuesday November 6th, 2018. Come get a ride, drop off your ballot, or volunteer to help!

Where: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 11:30am

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CIRC Action Fund: Final Stretch Canvass & Election Party

Join CIRC Action fund to knock on doors to get out the vote the last few hours of the election. Once polls close, we’ll make it to a progressive election party to celebrate our work getting out the pro-immigrant vote with community!

Where: 10339 N Federal Blvd #100, Westminster
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 2:30pm

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Native American Heritage Month Keynote event: Winona LaDuke

Please join us as we welcome Winona LaDuke back to CSU! LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food, and Energy Policy. She works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice. She is known for her grassroots activism regarding sustainability efforts and preservation of tribal land.

Where: Lory Student Center, 500 University Ave, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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Election Night Watch Party

Join One Colorado, New Era Colorado, COLOR Action Fund, and Planned Parenthood to celebrate Election Night! We will be streaming election results, so grab a drink and join in celebrating our victories! We will have light snacks and a cash bar.

Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm

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Understanding Borderlands: Newspapers Mapping Geographic Borders

Join Maira Alvarez and Sylvia Fernandez for this talk in our Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series. National discourses about the border continue to generalize, stereotype and invisibilize the history of communities along the region. But many are unaware that borderland identities have emerged throughout history as a result of the loss of territory, immigrations, exile and deterritorialization.

Where: El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo
When: Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00pm

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Trans Community Legal Information

An opportunity to hear from legal experts discuss topics of concern to the transgender community. Lawyers Emma Shinn and Iris Halpern will be here to talk about identity documents and employment discrimination. Daniel Ramos from One Colorado will be here to provide policy updates.

Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30pm

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Dismantling Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics

Recent events have once again put discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave at the forefront of public conversation. From the #metoo movement, to the online “manosphere” of pick up artists and incels, to the blatant sexism of our President, the implications are clear: we need to do more to challenge how men are socialized to interact with each other, women, and others impacted by sexism. Even more profoundly, we need to ask how we are teaching men to think about themselves.

Where: Unity Spiritual Center, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm

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Cervezas for Causes: Cllaro

Join us Thursday 11/8 as we celebrate Cervezas for Causes with Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO). Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm

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Saturday Beer Bust : ONE Colorado

Every Saturday join us for a beer bust extravaganza! $10 bucks per cup with a portion of each cup going to local charities and organizations. This week join One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. They effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.

Where: Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Saturday, November 10 at 3:30pm

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Chinook Fund: Strategic Giving for Social Justice

Would you like to feel confident that you are saying “yes” and “no” for the right reasons? Want to feel secure that the money you donate is doing the most it can to break down systems of oppression and change the world? This is the workshop for you! Join us for a quick orientation into where national charitable dollars are actually going, talk about strategies for planning your giving, and learn more about amazing work in our state.

Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Monday, November 12 at 5:30pm

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As I’ve said each week since Trump’s inauguration, through good and bad: everything you’ve done to fight back for our shared progressive values has made a difference. Whatever happens tomorrow night, I’m proud and thankful to have fought this good fight with you.

Colorado Week in Review: 11/2/18

The home stretch: what you can do to fight back this week (October 29)

In the last week, we’ve witnessed horrible acts of political violence and intimidation across the nation. Bombs mailed to former Presidents and other critics of Donald Trump, a racially-motivated random shooting in Kentucky, and then the unthinkable killing of 11 people attending services at a Pittsburgh synagogue this past weekend. My grandparents survived the holocaust. They told me it wasn’t a matter of “if” anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in America once again, but when. They were unfortunately right.

In each of these terrible acts, the division and hatred that has been empowered in American politics over the last two years is sickeningly apparent. The vilification of journalism and critical thinking that resulted in pipe bombs mailed to CNN. Age-old racism fueled by the American right’s vicious character assassination of Barack Obama and resulting in the senseless murder of two black men in a grocery store. And the toxic mixture of immigrant xenophobia and anti-Semitism that resulted in Saturday’s tragic mass shooting. These are the bitter fruits of the right’s quest for power, and their unwillingness to confront the ugliness that has festered in the hard right wing of their political movement.

You resistance to Trump is about stopping all of this. We know that these terrible actions do not represent the views of the vast majority of Americans, or Coloradans, Democrats, Republicans, third-party or Unaffiliated voters. In just over a week, we will have the first opportunity for Americans to render a verdict on the deplorable state of our politics since Donald Trump became President. As long as you do your civic duty–and make sure everyone you know does theirs–we will begin the process of unwinding Trump’s and the Republican Party’s chokehold on power a week from tomorrow.

Get your ballot returned! The recommended deadline to mail in your ballot is today, October 29. If you haven’t voted by tomorrow please take your ballot to a drop off box in your county or visit a Voter Service & Polling Center. Today is also the deadline to request a ballot by mail, though you’ll need to return it to your county clerk or a 24-hour drop box to ensure it’s received in time. If you’re not registered yet but eligible to vote, you can register all the way up to Election Day in Colorado. You can thank our super progressive pro-voter election law for that! Visit JustVoteColorado.org for all the details on how and where to vote in Colorado.

Once you’ve voted, check out these additional ways to make a difference for the week of October 29. Also check the RiseUp app for more alerts:


A Community Response to Hate

Join District Attorney Michael Dougherty, community leaders, law enforcement, and school representatives on Monday, October 29th for an important discussion on combating bias and hate.

Where: Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
When: Monday, October 29 at 5:00pm

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Abolish ICE Vigil at Aurora Immigrant Detention Center

We will gather at the Aurora immigrant detention center for a vigil and ceremony in honor of Dia de los Muertos and all immigrant families detained and impacted by ICE. Speakers from the local immigrant community will be present. The vigil will begin at 10am and transition into music, dancing and performances. Bring signs and musical instruments and wear costumes if desired.

Where: 3130 North Oakland Street, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00am

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Weekly Coffman protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy. Colorado’s 6th Congressional district is “represented’ by Representative Mike Coffman. Let’s change that in November 2018.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 11:55am

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Action Committee Banners Over I-25

The Action Committee’s “Banners Over the Highway/Take That Soon-to-Be Ex-Congressman Coffman” project continues every week! We’ll be on that bridge every Tuesday until Coffman loses his job. Join us and our CD6 team members. We’ve got enough banners for both sides of the highway now. We need more banner holders, flag wavers and middle finger counters!

Where: Union Ave. Bridge and I-25
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 4:30pm

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One Colorado Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm

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When: Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Chat 4 Choice GOTV Phone Banks

Join us to Chat 4 Choice and make calls to get our pro-choice candidates across the finish line and elected into office! We’ll be making phone calls and writing pledge to vote cards to make sure folks know who our pro-choice candidates are and remind them to return their ballots.

Where: NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, 1905 Sherman St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 4:00pm

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When: Thursday, November 1 at 4:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Trick or Vote Colorado Springs- Family Friendly Democracy

Come in costume and help us get out the vote in Colorado Springs! Families & children are welcome! Participate in our family-friendly democracy! Never to early to start teaching your kids how to be civically engaged! We will meet at Sand Creek Elementary School and will walk the neighborhood nearby!

Where: Sand Creek Elementary School, 550 Sand Creek Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:30pm

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Trick or Vote Aurora – Family Friendly Democracy

Come in costume and help us get out the vote! Families & children are welcome! We will have food, candy & refreshments available! Participate in our family-friendly democracy! Never to early to start teaching your kids how to be civically engaged!

Where: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:30pm

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Exploring Participatory Budgeting in Denver

The Participatory Budgeting Project is hosting an interactive training on participatory budgeting – a process for empowering everyday people for cities, schools, and organizations to spend money democratically – from 12-4pm in conjunction with the NCDD 2018 Conference and Denver’s own participatory budgeting pilot processes in the neighborhood of Cole and on the Auraria campus!

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, November 1 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado Volunteer Welcome Training!

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation 2018 Conference

It’s time to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! We’re excited to announce that our next national conference will take place in downtown Denver from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th (with a full pre-conference session line-up on Thursday, November 1st!).

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Pl, Denver
When: Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4

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Unidos Con El Centro- Tamale Lunch

Join us Friday, November 2nd to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro’s community. Hear from workers about how they find inspiration and strength in the memories of those who affected their lives.

Where: Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores, 2260 California St, Denver
When: Friday, November 2 at 11:30am

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Casa de Paz: Volunteer Training

Join us for a training that will prepare you to engage in companioning (or walking beside) immigrants and their families who are torn apart by detention centers.

Where: Mt View United Church, 10700 E Evans Ave, Aurora
When: Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

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ACLU People Power Beer Release

Let’s celebrate and support our civic voting rights and duties! We’ve signed on to the ACLU’S People Power Beer Pledge and will be tapping a Red IPA on November 4 to help champion voting rights. 10% of all sales from the beer will be donated to the ACLU.

Where: Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St, Denver
When: Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm

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ICD-6 Monthly Meeting: GOTV Phonebank

Join Indivisible CD-6 for our final event in this election season. The name of the game is Get Out The Vote! In these last few days, the best use of our time is contacting voters. So let’s come together, get our dialing fingers ready, and make sure CD6 voters can find their way to a polling place or drop box. Your voice matters, even more so when you use it to speak to other members of your community, one on one.

Where: Aurora Central Library, Aurora Community Room 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

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Pizza, Beer & Phone Banking: 2018 Final Countdown

TWO Days until the election! We will be phone banking on our two key ballot initiatives: 2E Democracy for the People and Prop. 111 to STOP Predatory Payday Lending.

Where: 2560 S Jackson St, Denver
When: Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

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Thanks again for all your work these past two years fighting back for our shared values. It matters. And I’m personally grateful.

Colorado Week in Review: 10/26/18

TIME TO VOTE and more ways to fight back this week (October 22)

After nearly two years of resistance to the disastrous takeover of the federal government by Donald Trump and his disreputable enablers in the Republican Party, the time has finally come to strike back at the polls. In 2016, we saw what happens when progressives fail to take an election seriously, and let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

Never again. The time for complacency in the face of marching extremism is over.

Here in Colorado, every vote counts and it’s never been easier to cast your ballot. Most registered voters have already received your mail ballots. If you haven’t received a ballot for any reason, or if you’re not a registered voter in Colorado, you can register and vote at any time all the way up to Election Day! And even if you’ve been convicted of a crime, Colorado isn’t like some other states–if you’ve served your sentence and are off parole, you can vote.

Visit JustVoteColorado.org to get all the details you’ll need to vote in Colorado this year no matter what your situation.

Confused about the 13 statewide ballot measures up for a vote in November? We’ve got you covered. Download the ProgressNow Colorado one-page Colorado ballot guide here. Tambien en español.

Once you’ve made your plan to vote, check out all these great ways to make a difference for the week of October 22:


Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Force for Good Awards 2018

Join us as we honor our warriors for good that have been champions of marginalized groups and have risen to be true change makers in each of their respected categories.

Where: The Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St, Denver
When: Monday, October 22 at 5:30pm

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Good Business Colorado: First Anniversary Celebration

Join Good Business Colorado as we celebrate our one year anniversary! Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available for drink purchases. Limited space is available and early RSVP is highly recommended. Program starts promptly at 6:00.

Where: Zoe Ma Ma, 1625 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Monday, October 22 at 5:30pm

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Weekly Coffman protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy. Colorado’s 6th Congressional district is “represented’ by Representative Mike Coffman. Let’s change that in November 2018.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 11:55am

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Public Charge – Debrief (LIVE) | Platica sobre el Cargo Público

The Trump administration is continuing its destructive efforts to divide the country and vilify immigrants. Now we have to take action against this latest attack. The administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Under the new rule, immigrants who legally access health care, safe housing, and healthy food programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00pm

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Action Committee Banners Over I-25

The Action Committee’s “Banners Over the Highway/Take That Soon-to-Be Ex-Congressman Coffman” project continues every week! We’ll be on that bridge every Tuesday until Coffman loses his job. Join us and our CD6 team members. We’ve got enough banners for both sides of the highway now. We need more banner holders, flag wavers and middle finger counters!

Where: Union Ave. Bridge and I-25
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30pm

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AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: Spotlight On Court Accompaniment

Looking for another way to support immigrant families? Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:00 to 6:30 to get trained to do Court Accompaniment!

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

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Watch the Final Colorado Governors Debate

Got plans for October 23rd? Now you do! The last Colorado Governors Debate of the season is happening that Tuesday and we’re hosting a watch party with all of you and Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, CIRC Action, New Era Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, COLOR Action Fund, Conservation Colorado, and Colorado Working Families Party! There will be debate bingo and prizes! The debate starts at 6:00PM, but space is limited so be sure to get there early!

Where: Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: Get Out the Vote Phone Bank

Get out the VOTE by making phone calls to underrepresented Colorado voters. We’ll provide special training, food, and beverages. You’ll provide voters with the resources they need to exercise their right to vote.

Where: ACLU of Colorado, 303 E. 17th Ave., Denver
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00pm

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Ballots and Beers

The 2018 Mid-Term Election is quickly approaching; ballots will be mailed out on October 15th. Join Kaitlyn Randol and Dan Aschkinasi, your friendly neighborhood political strategists, for beers and conversation about this year’s Denver and Statewide ballot.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30pm

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One Colorado Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, October 25 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado ICON Series: Alan Salazar

Join One Colorado for the next ICON Series, spotlighting Alan Salazar, Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael Hancock and former chief policy officer and strategist to Governor Hickenlooper at The Triangle Denver.

Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 24 at 5:30pm

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Go F*cking Vote!

Join Denver Beer Co, Cervecería Colorado, and SameSide for voter registration + BOGO beers. Bring your proof of registration to score buy 1, get 1 brews at Denver Beer Co. or Cerveceria Colorado. Not registered or not sure? No problem. You can double check your registration status by texting ‘SAMESIDE’ to 52886 beforehand or on site.

Where: Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: Abortion Artivism Night

MSU Denver’s Feminist Alliance and the 1in3 Campaign have partnered with abortion storytellers from around the country to create a powerful photo exhibit. The photos beautifully show the complexity and diversity of abortion care. Join us for an evening of sharing and activism!

Where: Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00pm

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Rights Re: Law Enforcement with the ACLU of Colorado

The Constitution protects Americans’ right to due process of law and humane treatment during incarceration regardless of race, socioeconomic status, age, gender, or sexual orientation. The American Civil Liberties Union of CO will share how they work at the forefront of challenging police abuses and failures of the criminal justice system to protect due process rights.

Where: Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Get Out the Vote in Colorado Springs!

Volunteer to GET OUT THE VOTE for immigrant rights in Colorado Springs, CO! We need your help mobilizing pro-immigrant voters to hit the polls!

Where: 1287 Lake Plaza Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, October 25 at 5:00pm

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Chinook Fund: The Giving Project Information Session

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to help build the movement for social change in Colorado? Join us for an information session about our innovative program, The Giving Project! Meet our staff, hear from an alumni participant, and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Aurora Public Libraries, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Thursday, October 25 at 5:30pm

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Supporting Immigrants and Undocumented Neighbors

This volunteer training is designed for members of the CC Refugee Alliance (faculty, staff, students) and community members who are interested in learning more about the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition, CIRC (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition), and other community organizations working to support our immigrant, DACA, and undocumented neighbors. Come learn more about how you can be part of this important work in Colorado Springs!

Where: Tutt Library Event Space, 2nd Floor, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, October 25 at 5:30pm

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National Expungement Week: Cannabis Record Sealing

National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) is a week of events across the U.S. that offers expungement and other forms of legal relief to some of the 77 million Americans with convictions on their records. These convictions can restrict access to housing, employment, education, public assistance, and voting rights long after sentences have been served

Where: Servicios de la Raza, 3131 W 14th Ave., Denver
When: Saturday, October 27 at 9:00am

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ACLU of Colorado: Get Out The Vote with ACLU

Join the ACLU and fellow voting rights activists as we go door-to-door to provide voters the resources and information they need to vote. We will provide you with special training before you head out. Take part in encouraging Coloradans to exercise their right to vote.

Where: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St, Wheat Ridge
When: Saturday, October 27 at 10:00am

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Keep Abortion Safe: Plan C Pale Release Party at Black Sky Brewery

Love beer? Love reproductive rights? Good. Come hang out with us while we drink a freshly tapped beer.

Saturday, October 27 at 5:00pm

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Thanks as always for everything you’ve done to fight back since 2016. It’s all been worth it. Change is coming.

Colorado Week in Review: 10/19/18

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

ProgressNow Colorado 2018 Colorado Ballot Guide

We’re pleased to announce our recommendations for the 13 statewide measures appearing on the 2018 general election ballot in Colorado. These recommendations are the result of a vote of the ProgressNow Colorado Board of Directors in consultation with our staff and network of key advisors.

Click here to download your one-page printable Colorado ballot guide. Print this guide to refer to as you vote and share it with your friends.

RiseUp and more you can to do fight back this week (October 15)

After almost two years of organizing to fight back against President Trump and the far right from Washington, D.C. to Denver, the 2018 midterms are finally here! Mail ballots go out to Colorado voters this week, and the whole world is watching to see how our state and nation will take action to reverse the damage done by Trump and his enablers since the unthinkable happened in 2016. This is the moment we’ve been working toward.

In Colorado, you can register to vote all the way up to Election Day! Visit justvotecolorado.org for all the information you need to participate in this historic election.

Connect with us via the RiseUp app. We know you get a a lot of emails like this one, especially as election day approaches. We’re always looking for better ways to keep you up to date on what you can do to make a difference. And that’s why we’re trying out something new, and we want you to be among the first to help us test it out.

We’ve joined RiseUp, a new app that connects motivated people like you who want to make a real difference with the causes in their community that need the most help.

Be one of the first people to download and try out this exciting new app! Once you download RiseUp, all you have to do is identify your location and any special skills or interests you might have, and RiseUp will give you concrete tasks to accomplish that add up to real change. You can also follow ProgressNow Colorado directly to stay up to date with our latest alerts.

Once that’s done, check out all the ways you can help make a difference for the week of October 15:


Ending NeoSlavery: A Screening of “13th”

Join Indivisible Denver, Messaging Democracy, Abolish Slavery Colorado, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Representative Leslie Herod, Denver Justice Project, Colorado Freedom Fund, and others for a very special event: We’ll screen Ava Duvernay’s explosive Netflix documentary “13th,” which explores the link between slavery and modern-day criminal justice practices. Afterward, we’ll discuss how this ties into Colorado’s Amendment A and why it’s urgent to remove a damaging loophole from our state’s constitution.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Monday, October 18 at 6:00pm

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Vets for Prop 111 Colorado Springs Rally / Press Event

Join us on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 AM in Colorado Springs as we join together to rally against payday lenders. We will be meeting at Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios – a barbershop owned by a veteran in the community. With the election less than a month away, it’s time to turn up the volume and stand together to end predatory payday loans. We need to ensure that this abusive usury comes to an end through the passage of Proposition 111.

Where: Mr G’s Hair Design Studios, 603 S El Paso St # C, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 10:00am

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Weekly Coffman protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy. Colorado’s 6th Congressional district is “represented’ by Representative Mike Coffman. Let’s change that in November 2018.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 11:55am

Click here to RSVP.


Support #youthvgovCO in Stand for Climate Rights!

Join us outside the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver to show your solidarity with #youthvgovCO! We’ll gather at 12:45 p.m. to welcome the young plaintiffs and go through security for the court. The courtroom is open to the public. Oral arguments begin at 1:30 p.m. We’ll also rally outside the courthouse after the hearing at 2:30 p.m. to support the youth as they exit and to hear a few words from them and their attorneys.

Where: Colorado Supreme Court, 2 E 14th Ave, Denver
When; Tuesday, October 16 at 12:45pm

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Action Committee Banners Over I-25

The Action Committee’s “Banners Over the Highway/Take That Soon-to-Be Ex-Congressman Coffman” project continues every week! We’ll be on that bridge every Tuesday until Coffman loses his job. Join us and our CD6 team members. We’ve got enough banners for both sides of the highway now. We need more banner holders, flag wavers and middle finger counters!

Where: Union Ave. Bridge and I-25
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.

When: Thursday, October 18 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Rising – YES on 112: Join us On Oct 16 to Call 100,000 Voters

Join us next Tuesday, Oct. 16! We’re trying something big: together with Colorado Rising, we’ve set a goal of calling 100,000 voters in a single day! You can call from anywhere, all you need is a computer and phone. Sign up today to receive everything you need.

Where: Food & Water Watch – Colorado, 1801 North Williams St, Suite 400, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00pm

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FILM: Tears of Afrika-The Voices and Journey of African Refugees

Join us for a screening of the documentary film, Tears of Afrika–The Voices and Journey of African Refugees to Europe. Dr. Tom Acker will share his experience meeting the human rights activist, Amparo Climent, who produced this film in 2017 to document the tragedies of human migration.

Where: Two Rascals Brewing Co., 147 N 1st St, Montrose
When: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00pm

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Ballot Speed Dating – What’s On Your Ballot?

Did you know Colorado will see 13(!) statewide ballot measures on November’s ballot? Do you know how you will vote? Count Me In! invites you to join Ballot Speed Dating on Wednesday, October 17. Take part of this fun informational ballot event and learn about each measure you’ll have the opportunity to vote on in November.

Where: Great Divide Brewing Event Space, 3403 Brighton Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30pm

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Yes on 112 No on 74 and Why

Learn why passing Proposition 112 is important to our health and safety, how Amendment 74 would create a legal free-for-all at taxpayer expense and why both of these initiatives are so important to Longmont’s quality of life.

Where: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont
When: Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Get Out the Vote in Colorado Springs!

Volunteer to GET OUT THE VOTE for immigrant rights in Colorado Springs, CO! We need your help mobilizing pro-immigrant voters to hit the polls! We will be hosting weekly canvass THROW DOWNS on Thursdays out of our Colorado Springs office (1287 Lake Plaza Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906).

Where: 1287 Lake Plaza Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, October 18 at 5:00pm

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Unite The Vote Phone Bank

Join us every Thursday between now & the midterm elections to call voters to elect a pro-immigrant, pro-refugee majority in the state senate & a pro-immigrant, pro-refugee governor this November! If you are near Denver, all phone banks will be held at the CIRC Action Fund office (2525 W. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80219). If you’re not near Denver, you can make calls from anywhere with a computer & phone! We will provide drinks and snacks at our main office.

Where: CIRC Action Fund, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, October 18 at 5:30pm

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Ingrid marks 1 year in sanctuary, calls to get out the vote!

On October 18 at UUCB (5001 Pennsylvania, Boulder) Ingrid requests we mark her one year anniversary sanctuary with get out the vote calls and a call to action!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, October 18 at 5:30pm

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Cervezas for Causes: Colorado People’s Alliance

Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit. Colorado People’s Alliance is a racial justice, member-led organization that does community organizing around climate, economic, and immigrant justice.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, October 18 at 6:00pm

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Stand Up to Protect Our Care — Denver, Colorado

The fight to stop health care repeal isn’t over yet — far from it. At stake right now: Higher costs. Medicaid. Medicare. Coverage for pre-existing conditions. Prohibitions on discrimination against women and people over age 50. If you’re sick and tired of the Republican war on health care, join people across the country who are joining Protect Our Care’s nationwide bus tour. Make your voice heard at the Protect Our Care bus stop in Denver.

Where: Denver (RSVP for location)
When: Friday, October 19 at 10:00am

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Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Postcardpalooza

We’re saving America one postcard as a time. Who wants to help?

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Friday, October 19 at 6:00pm

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