Colorado Week in Review: 6/22/18

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

What you can do to fight back this week (June 18)

As I write this message, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the nation’s southern border. Thousands of children are being forcibly separated from their parents and housed in facilities that meet the literal and moral definition of internment camps.

Taking innocent children from their families and placing them in internment camps is wrong. What is being done on our southern border in the name of all Americans runs counter to our most basic American values. Not since our nation ordered the displacement and internment of Japanese-Americans into camps during World War II have we witnessed such a gross violation of human rights on American soil as the Trump administration’s new policy of separating parents from their children at the border.

Action item #1 this week: call the U.S. Capitol right now at 855-440-1800. You’ll be connected to your representatives. Tell them they must fight against the Trump administration’s cruel new policy of separating families at the border. Once that’s done, call Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton at 303-736-2264 and urge him to denounce this unconscionable policy of separating children from their families and locking them inside abandoned Wal-Marts.

If we want to leave a nation to our own children they will be proud of, we must all condemn this outrageous Trump administration policy regardless of party affiliation.

Thanks for taking quick action on this critically important issue. Here are more ways to take action for the week of June 18:


Festival Latino De Colorado (Colorado Latino Festival)

With the success of the first two festivals amassing over 22,000 attendees, more than 80+ performances, 220 vendors, 23+ food trucks and millions of online hits collectively, Barrio E’ & the Latino Chamber are taking this important festival to the beautiful City of Boulder, Colorado in order to highlight what the city is doing to create and maintain relations with its multicultural population.

Where: Central Park, Canyon Blvd. & 13th Street, Boulder
When: June 18-24

Click here to RSVP.


Workshop: Alternative Transportation Solutions for Your Business

Denver businesses big and small are changing their transportation cultures, making for happier customers, improved employee morale and a better bottom line. Certifiably Green Denver is hosting a free workshop that will give you practical tools and ideas to green your business’ transportation practices and cut costs. Free breakfast will be provided by Serendipity Catering and space is limited – RSVP today!

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00am

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Lafayette Council – Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town

The Lafayette City Council majority is attempting to legalize oil and gas drilling, the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, and the burning of cancer causing volatile organic compounds within city limits. Ignoring the damage this will cause to public health, our local environment, and the global climate, Councilors are being asked to approve industry-reviewed drilling regulations in defiance of public safety and concern.

Where: Lafayette City Hall, 1290 S Public Rd, Lafayette
When: Tuesday, June 19 at 5:00pm

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Fort Collins Mutual Aid Network: Pack The Courthouse! (For Cullen, Mecie, Jeremy, And Brian)

On March 8th, some concerned community members engaged in peaceful civil dissent near Bella Romero Academy. One individual was arrested, numerous others cited. Extraction decided to take this up a level, and with the help of Polsinelli Law Firm, are trying to silence and scare anyone from talking, caring, or engaging in any sort of organization against the atrocities being committed against the school children of Bella Romero by Extraction.

Where: Weld County Combined Courts, Greeley
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 8:00am

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World Refugee Day Colorado – Celebration Rally

Each year on World Refugee Day people around the globe gather to honor the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. In Colorado we will pause to recognize the contributions refugees make to our state, the talents they bring, and celebrate the many partnerships that make our state a welcoming place for newcomers.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00am

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: House Party/Dreamer Meet and Greet

Who are “Dreamers”? What is the “Dream Act”? Why does it matter? What is the current immigration process like for Dreamers and non-Dreamers? Bring a friend and join us for great food, wine, beer to learn about the immigration system and meet “Dreamers” who will share their stories!

Where: New Day In-Home Support and Respite Services, 15200 E Orchard Rd, Aurora
When: Thursday, June 21 at 6:00pm

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Moms Demand Action at the Monthly Concert Series

Moms a Demand Action is the Nonprofit of the Month at the monthly concert series! Join us!

Where: Conservatory Green At Stapleton, E 49th Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Grand Junction Pride!

Flip-flops. Shades. Farmer’s tan. Oh my! Pride season must be here! Pull on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer.

Where: 6th and Colorado Avenue, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Durango Pride!

Put on a One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer! One Colorado needs volunteers at our booth AND people to march with us in the parade! We would love for you to join us.

Where: Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave, Durango
When: Saturday, June 23 at 12:00pm

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Volunteer with Planned Parenthood at Longmont Pride

Volunteer with Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado at Longmont Pride 2018! Our PP table will be stocked with brand new swag and shirts! Rock your pink & show your support for the LGBTQ community and reproductive rights.

Where: 4th Street between Main and Emery Street, Longmont
When: Saturday, June 23 at 1:30pm

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Longmont Pride!

Pride season is here! One Colorado needs volunteers at our booth at Longmont Pride on Saturday, June 23, and we would love for you to join us!

Where: 4th Street Between Main and Emery Street, Longmont
When: Saturday, June 23 at 2:00pm

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Fundraiser for Never Again – CO

The goal is to raise money for a trip to Washington D.C. since Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Mike Coffman refuses to meet with them on their recess they will take their questions and meet them in Washington D.C. We will also be raising money for the Never Again-CO general fund! These young people have led many movements in Colorado including March for Our Lives – CO.

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, June 23 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Rapids Pride Night vs Minnesota United

The Denver Gay & Lesbian Flag Football League is happy to partner with One Colorado and The Colorado Rapids Soccer Club this year in hosting their Pride Night! The Colorado Rapids Soccer Club is donating a portion of each ticket to Gay Bowl XVIII! When you buy your ticket make sure to share the link with your friends, so you can all sit together! With your ticket purchase you will also receive a commemorative PRIDE Scarf!

Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
When: Saturday, June 23 at 7:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Artsy Fartsy: “Ideas” Worth Spreading?

Join us for an evening of both silly and serious TED-esque talks exploring how Art can inspire us, manipulate us, raise our voices, or drown them out. A collaboration with Buntport Theater, Bobby LeFebre, Jolt from Guerilla Garden, and Toluwanimi Obiwole, and supported in part by the SCFD.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 24 at 1:00pm

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CBWPA 4th Annual Painting Party!

Please join Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA) for our 4th Annual Painting Party on Sunday, June 24th from 1pm to 3:30pm! Everyone is welcome! We encourage all non-members (corporations, local businesses, elected officials, political candidates, men, women, and youth) to attend the event. Enjoy an afternoon of networking, fun and painting with our CBWPA Executive Board, members, friends, family, and supporters. No previous painting experience needed!

Where: Sipping and Painting Hampden Art Studio, 6300 East Hampden Avenue, Denver
When: Sunday, June 24 at 1:00pm

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We hope to see you at these great events throughout the week. Keep an eye on your inbox for breaking news alerts, and thanks again for everything you do to fight back.

Colorado Week in Review: 6/15/18

What you can do to fight back this week (June 11)

This weekend, a who’s-who of the far right gathered in Denver for the Western Conservative Summit. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, two of the most anti-Colorado members of the Trump administration, headlined an event that seems tailor-made to showcase the very worst in American politics today.

As usual in the era of Trump, the real excitement was outside the event instead of inside. Once again, ordinary Coloradans turned out in force to show the world that the Western Conservative Summit doesn’t speak for Colorado. While speakers inside the convention proudly declared their intention to divide America, hundreds outside sent another message clearly: enough is enough.

From now until November, it’s only going to get more intense. This summer and fall represent the greatest opportunity progressives have had to change the course of this nation since we elected Barack Obama president in 2008. It’s up to all of us to seize this moment, and channel the energy of the resistance to Trump into taking America back at the polls. This weekend was just the beginning.

Action item #1 this week: defend the Affordable Care Act and Coloradans with pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is refusing to defend patients with pre-existing conditions in a Texas legal case that could have implications of health care across the nation. Join our friends at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative as they urge Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state’s attorney general to join the defense of the ACA before it’s too late.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of June 11:


NARAL 2018 Scorecard Release Party!

The 2018 Colorado Legislative Session is now over, and so much has happened! The NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Scorecard will let you see how your legislators did in supporting pro-choice priorities in the legislature, such as defeating anti-choice bills, fighting for the Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Act and defending bodily autonomy by supporting the #MeToo movement.

Where: North Wash Park Neighborhood (Address upon RSVP)
When: Tuesday, June 12 at 5:30pm

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3rd Annual The People’s Party

It’s time for our 3rd annual, The People’s Party! Join us to celebrate our shared humanity! Let’s come together to stand with each other in solidarity and in a fight for our rights and dignity. COPA members have been hard at work resisting attacks while still pushing for our bold vision for Colorado! Join us and help us raise the much needed funds to continue our work. We need your support to continue our resistance but also to move our vision forward for a Colorado that is welcoming to all regardless of their immigration status or background, a Colorado that protects our air and water rather than corporate interests, and an economy that works for all and not just the wealthy few.

Where: Denver City Park Pavilion, 1700 N York St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00pm

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Measuring Policing Equity Forum

Across America the issue of equitable policing has been the subject of much debate arising out of deep societal concerns for fairness, transparency and accountability in our justice system. Many important research questions remain regarding the training of police officers and their interactions with community members of color who are over-represented in the justice system.

Where: Denver Park Hill SDA Prayer Ministry, 3385 Albion Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00pm

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Plates for Pride

Four courses, five chefs, supporting 2 amazing local charities. $45 per person, $25 wine pairing. Portion of proceeds benefitting: One Colorado & Gender Identity Center of Colorado.

Where: Old Major, 3316 Tejon St, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 13 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado Pride Kickoff and Sign Making Party

Come join One Colorado and help us get ready for the Denver Pride festival and parade! This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather, and help us make some great signs and buttons for the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday, June 17th.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30pm

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Families Belong Together: Denver Stands Against ICE

We have organized a unifying event across Colorado in an effort to increase awareness and discuss tangible ways of helping our immigrant communities. This effort is unique in its partnership with various activist groups, non-profit organizations working within the community, the places of faith taking in those in need of sanctuary, people supporting those impacted, and most importantly, those who have been directly impacted. Together we are vowing to work together and to take a stand against what is happening to immigrants, refugees and asylees in our country.

Where: 3130 North Oakland Street Aurora
When: Thursday, June 14 at 5:00pm

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TEDxMileHigh: Race & Identity

Through stories, we educate, understand, and influence others. The story of race, specifically in the US, and even more specifically in Denver has a deep history. These stories, beginning from indigenous tribes, to slavery, to civil rights, to our world today, have shaped the permeable framework of our human identities. TEDxMileHigh is honored to invite some of Denver’s most compelling voices to share space in telling stories of how we exist and navigate race in the public space.

Where: Mirus Gallery Denver, 1144 Broadway, Denver
When: Thursday, June 14 at 6:00pm

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Zero Tolerance for Family Separation

We are repeating this event to peacefully demonstrate we have Love for our Neighbors and Zero Tolerance for Family Separation. We are also walking to join the marches across the country who are marching this June 14th to demand justice for the children who were picked up at the border and are now missing from their parents.

Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 14 at 6:30pm

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“Zero Tolerance For Separating Families” Rally And Vigil

We will be gathering to protest the policies of the Trump Administration that separates children from parents at the border, even when seeking asylum. This will be a poster rally and candlelight vigil.

Where: Sister City Plaza, Pueblo
When: Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm

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Defend Our Democracy Activist Training

The 2018 primary and general elections are quickly approaching. Are you ready to get out the vote, draw attention to the money flowing into our elections, and improve our democracy? Join Colorado Common Cause and partners for a Defend our Democracy Activist Training on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9 AM – 1 PM at The Alliance Center in downtown Denver.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 at 9:00am

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White Anti-Racist Allyship: Beyond the Basics

So, you are a white person who considers themselves an ally to black and brown folks. Are you someone who was horrified by the election and has gotten more involved in anti-racist community initiatives and trainings? Are you someone supportive of movements like BLM and criminal justice reform? Are you someone who works or volunteers in a progressive organization? Are you someone looking to deepen your understanding of oppression, privilege, and your role in combating racism as a white ally beyond your initial introduction into this subject? Then this training is for you.

Where: Park Hill UCC, 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 at 11:00am

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Volunteer with NARAL at Juneteenth

Join NARAL in Historic Five Points in Denver as we celebrate Juneteenth Music Festival. Come table with us and talk about reproductive rights in Colorado.

Where: Juneteenth Music Festival, 605 26th St, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 at 11:00am

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Denver PrideFest Family Day

Denver PrideFest is the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the Rocky Mountain region. The FREE two-day festival kicks off with family day featuring the Pride 5K, the PrideFest Family Area, Rainbow Alley youth area, plus a full day of entertainment on three stages and more than 200 exhibitors including great food and drink.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 at 11:00am

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Denver Pride

LGBTQ Pride season is here! Pull on a new One Colorado t-shirt, sign up new supporters of LGBTQ equality, and join in the fun this summer.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17

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Volunteer with NARAL at Denver PrideFest!

Join NARAL as we celebrate Pride in Denver! Help us table at PrideFest and march with our partners in the parade!

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17

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Join New Era Colorado At Denver PrideFest

Join New Era Colorado at Denver Pridefest to ensure that young people are registered to vote and excited about the upcoming midterms! This weekend at Pride is always full of tutus, laughs, and TONS of fresh voter registrations! In past years, we’ve registered upwards of 800 people during this one single weekend, and we know y’all wanna be part of the huge team that will make it happen! Come join us, and be part of hands-on democracy, all while having fun in the sun and taking in everything that Pride has to offer!

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17

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March with PP at Denver PrideFest 2018

Volunteer with Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado at Denver Pridefest! Our PP table will be stocked with brand new swag and shirts! Rock your pink & show your support for the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, June 17

Click here to RSVP.


March with One Colorado at Denver Pride

Put on your “One Colorado” shirt and march with us at the Denver Pride Parade on Sunday, June 17! We will be meeting at 8:15 AM at Cheesman Park — We’ll have more details closer to the parade. A light breakfast will be provided!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 17 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Join Labor and Pride@Work in the Denver Pride Parade

Join your union siblings as we march to support all LGBTQ workers in their fight for protections on the job and in their communities!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 17 at 9:00am

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2018 Denver Pride Rally for Equality

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

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 17 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks as always for everything you do to fight back week after week. We’ll see you at these great events!

Colorado Week in Review: 6/8/18

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

Two years on: what you can do to fight back this week (June 4)

June 1 was my second anniversary as the executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. I wanted to take just a moment to talk about the experience.

Since our founding in late 2003, ProgressNow Colorado has served as the state’s first line of response in support of progressive solutions to the problems our state and nation face. We made our mark in Colorado politics by holding the far right in Colorado accountable, while championing a positive vision based on fairness and opportunity for all. From fighting to preserve the integrity of Colorado’s elections in 2016, to helping pass ballot measures increasing Colorado’s minimum wage, I’m incredibly proud of the role this organization has played in making Colorado a progressive success story.

But as we saw today in a disheartening U.S. Supreme Court ruling, we have a long way to go. If you believe as we do that LGBTQ rights are one of the great remaining civil rights battlegrounds in American society, then you know we have to keep fighting in the wake of the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling for an inclusive society free of discrimination. We know that our values are right, we know that no one should ever be turned away from public accommodation of any kind because of who they are. Working together, we’ll keep trying to end discrimination–and we know we’ll prevail in the end.

The best part of this job, by far, is working with you. None of us expected the result of the 2016 elections, but the new birth of progressive activism that resulted has accomplished more than just answering Trump’s excesses. We’ve set the stage for lasting change in our state and nation. I’m personally grateful to everyone who supports our work, and I look forward to fighting alongside you for years to come.

And here are some great ways to take action for the week of July 2:


One Colorado: Masterpiece Decision Day Rally

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court does not change our country’s long-standing principle that businesses open to the public must be open to all. While we are disappointed the Court ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop and their discrimination against Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, the fact remains that Colorado has a civil rights division and anti-discrimination laws that equally protect the fundamental rights of all Coloradans.

Where: Denver (still working location confirmation – will update the event when we have it – will likely be at state capitol)
When: Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm

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Where: Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building, 400 Rood Ave, Grand Junction
When: Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm

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3rd annual Fort Collins LGBTQ+ Proclamation

Please join us for the 3rd annual Pride month City Council meeting, when our Fort Collins Mayor Troxell will proclaim June as LGBTQ Pride Month!

Where: Fort Collins City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Everything You Need to Know about the Colorado Primaries

There are some very big races this year: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, US House/Senate, State House/Senate, and more. What are each of these offices, and how do they affect your day-to-day life? How will unaffiliated voters be able to participate in the election? How can voters find unbiased information about who is running for office? Join us for this FREE event on Tuesday, June 5, to learn everything you need to know about the 2018 Colorado Primary Election. Come with questions and we will have answers (and if we don’t know on the spot, we will make up an answer – just kidding).

Where: Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00pm

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Lafayette Council – Do Not Legalize Drilling in our Town

The Lafayette City Council majority is attempting to legalize oil and gas drilling, the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, and the burning of cancer causing volatile organic compounds within city limits. Ignoring the damage this will cause to public health, our local environment, and the global climate, Councilors are being asked to approve industry-reviewed drilling regulations in defiance of public safety and concern.

Where: Lafayette City Hall, 1290 S Public Rd, Lafayette
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00pm

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Public Banking And Climate Justice, With 350 Denver

Please join 350 Denver to hear about the various ways that public banking can be a tool of social and environmental change in Colorado. Bernard Douthit will speak to us about how we can create a more just set of solutions for Colorado through this tool that helps to create the financial capital to fund the change we all want and need in racial, social and environmental justice.

Where: Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 6:00pm

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Ignite Adaptive Sports: Pints for the People at Upslope-Lee Hill

Upslope Brewing is generously hosting a fundraiser for Ignite Adaptive Sports as part of their “Pints for the People” series Wednesday, June 6 at their Lee Hill location in Boulder. $1 from every pint sold on Wednesday will be donated to Ignite. What better reason to hit happy hour?!

Where: Upslope Brewery, 1501 Lee Hill Rd #20, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 6 at 2-10:00pm

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Candidate Event, League of Women Voters of Estes Park

The League of Women Voters of Estes Park would like to invite the candidates for the U.S. House 2nd District. We will be inviting both the Democratic and Republican candidates so that all registered voters, including Independents, will have an opportunity to meet and speak with all who are running.

Where: Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave, Estes Park
When: Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


New Era Colorado: Toast to Democracy

We’re thrilled to invite you to New Era Colorado’s annual event, Toast to Democracy. Join us for a fresh and memorable cocktail reception on June 6th to celebrate and expand the power of youth-driven democracy across the state. We can’t do this work without you, so we hope you’ll join us!

Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Common Cause: Who’s Paying to Influence Your Vote?

As Colorado’s election season heats up, our mailboxes are filling up. From now through November, Coloradans will become increasingly inundated with campaign literature in the mail, on our computer screens, and via TV and the radio. Those messages vary from glowing to vicious – even about the same candidate. And it isn’t always clear where the message is coming from – or how they paid for the message.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 7 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado presents: A Gubernatorial Forum on LGBTQ Issues

Join us at the EXDO Event Center on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6:00PM for a forum with candidates for Governor to discuss issues that impact LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Attendance is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is highly encouraged. When you sign up, you can also submit a question to be asked of the candidates. Please keep in mind that not all questions submitted will be able to be used at the forum.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm

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Brewery Dragstravaganza: Punk Rock Drag Show

To help kickoff Denver Pride, join Ratio Beerworks for the fourth edition of our punk rock-themed drag show performance supporting One Colorado and the LGBTQ community. Proceeds from beer sales will go to support this tremendous organization.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St, Denver
When: Friday, June 8 at 9:00pm

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Latinas LEAD Power Summit

Join Latinas LEAD and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) for the 2nd Annual Latinas LEAD Power Summit, Uniting Our Power to Advance Our Influence, a full day conference designed to create a shared learning environment and highlight the unique strengths, challenges and opportunities Latina women face as they continue in their personal and professional development.

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St, Denver
When: Saturday, June 9 at 8:00am

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Harm Reduction Action Center: Community Clean UP

Join the HRAC in our first community clean up of 2018! This is a great chance for folks to get involved with us on a weekend and show some appreciation for the Cap Hill neighborhood. We supply the materials, just meet us at 231 E. Colfax at 11am. Volunteers must be 15 years and older. Keep an eye out for changes depending on weather. In the event of a sunny day, come prepared with hats and sun screen!

Where: Harm Reduction Action Center, 231 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, June 9 at 11:00am

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Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Drug Policy & More

Colorado voters will elect our next governor on November 6, 2018. This new leader will influence the direction of Colorado’s criminal justice system, marijuana regulations and broader drug policies. All candidates were invited and we’ve received confirmation so far from Mike Johnston, Cary Kennedy, Donna Lynne and Jared Polis. Join us as these candidates share their perspectives and answer timely and compelling questions on these issues. This event is for general educational purposes only. The sponsors are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and do not endorse candidates or otherwise provide support to a candidate.

Where: 430 W 9th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, June 9 at 2:30pm

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Thanks very much for everything you do and will do. If you have any events coming up you’d like to see included in this weekly alert, click here to drop us a line! And we’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii

Colorado Week in Review: 6/1/18

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

What you can do to fight back this week (May 29)

Colorado’s economy is booming, but not everyone is sharing in the good times.

With the cost of living in Colorado soaring, thousands of working families are forced every year to turn to unscrupulous “payday lenders” who charge incredibly high interest rates on small loans. Because of the high cost of borrowing from payday lenders, borrowers frequently end up in a cycle of repeated borrowing they can’t escape—enriching predatory lenders at the expense of those who can least afford it.

Colorado has tried several times to reform payday lending, but it hasn’t done enough for working families. So this year we’re trying a different approach. Tomorrow morning, join ProgressNow Colorado, Operation HOPE, the Bell Policy Center, Denver community and faith leaders, and Coloradans just like you as this coalition launches a ballot initiative campaign to cap payday loan interest rates at 36%.

What: Rally to Launch Campaign to Stop Predatory Loans
Where: Mi Casa Resource Center 345 S. Grove St, Denver, CO 80219
When: Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 am

Click here to RSVP.

And then check out all the other great ways to make a difference for the week of May 29:


Together We Will Colorado: Town Hall with Senator Michael Bennet

Do you have questions for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet? You are invited to Michael’s Town Hall in Aurora next week. Michael will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 30 at 4:30 to answer questions from Coloradans. Doors will open at 4:00. Please arrive early as space may be limited.

Where: Community College of Aurora, 16000 E Centretech Pkwy, Aurora
When: Wednesday, May 30 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Representative Leslie Herod: Taboo Town Hall

Taboo Town Hall is a 2018 legislative session recap and an candid conversation around sex, race, money, drugs, guns, and gays — the critical (sometimes taboo) issues that impact our community. “Naming things, breaking through taboos and denial is the most dangerous, terrifying, and crucial work. This has to happen in spite of political climates or coercions, in spite of careers being won or lost, in spite of the fear of being criticized, outcast, or disliked. I believe freedom begins with naming things. Humanity is preserved by it.”

Where: Blush & Blu Denver, 1526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00pm

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Keeping Colorado Affordable Gubernatorial Forum

Join the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and our partners to hear the positions and perspectives from the Gubernatorial candidates on affordable housing, living wages, and the state budget. This event is FREE and open for everyone to attend but you must RSVP because space is limited.

Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Open to All: A Town Hall on Religious Freedom and Civil Rights

The First Amendment promises both the freedom of and freedom from religion. But as faith plays an increasingly prominent role in American politics, preserving the boundary between religion and government is more vital (and challenging) than ever. Join us for a town hall exploring the use and misuse of religious liberty in contemporary public life, featuring a discussion of the issues at stake in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and state-level efforts to use religious freedom as a license to discriminate, especially against LGBTQI members of our community.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, May 31 at 6:30pm

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Cervezas for Causes with Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Each week Cerveceria Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit. This week, we are celebrating Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. CIRC believes in the inherent dignity and human rights of every person, regardless of immigration status. CIRC envisions a society in which all women, men and children are treated with dignity and respect and have equal access to fair and just work, housing, health care, and education and the opportunity to live united with family members.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Friday, June 1 at 5:00pm

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Pueblo Wear Orange Rally

Join Moms Demand Action Pueblo for a reading of the proclamation declaring June 2nd as Wear Orange day in the city of Pueblo.

Where: Pueblo City Hall
When: Friday, June 1 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: Pride Night with the Colorado Rockies

Join us as we watch the Colorado Rockies take on the LA Dodgers for LGBTQ Pride Night! Come out and enjoy an evening with friends, family, and exciting Rockies baseball at Coors Field!

Where: Coors Field, Denver
When: Friday, June 1 at 6:40pm

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Moms Demand Action: We Wear Orange 2018

Join us for a family friendly gathering honoring survivors and victims of gun violence.

Where: Barnum Park, 360 West Hooker Street, Denver
When: Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am

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Grand Junction Wear Orange Block Party

Join Paonia and Grand Junction Moms Demand Action members for an open house Wear Orange broadcast at KWSI-LP Radio. Help us spread the word about gunsense and honor with action those whose lives have been cut short by gun violence by wearing orange. Children are welcome.

Where: KWSI-LP Radio, 1160 N 4th St, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am

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Broomfield Trail Adventure Wear Orange Booth

June 2nd is Gun Violence Awareness Day. Help us spread awareness for gun violence and commemorate the day at the Broomfield Community Trail Adventure event. We will be handing out Oranges and other goodies for kids and parents as they enjoy some beautiful Colorado weather! Wear Orange or your Moms Demand Action T-shirt.

Where: Legacy High School, 2701 W 136th Ave, Broomfield
When: Saturday, June 2 at 8:00am

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Wear Orange – Parker, CO

Let’s show Parker and Douglas County that we want COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS on National Gun Violence Awareness Day. #WearOrange to Discovery Park outside the Parker library for this family-friendly event with live music, great conversations, Orange everything!

Where: Parker Library, 20105 Mainstreet, Parker
When: Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am

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East Boulder County Moms Wear Orange Rally

Join East Boulder County Moms for a Wear Orange Rally in Lafayette CO to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Where: Festival Plaza, 310 S Public Rd, Lafayette
When: Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am

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Boulder Wear Orange

Learn more about the Boulder Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. We’ll share the victories we’ve had and actions you can take with us.

Where: The Post Brewing Company, 5201 2027 13TH St, Boulder
When: Saturday, June 2 at 3:00pm

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Colorado Springs Wear Orange Picnic

Join us for a Wear Orange picnic in the park for gun violence awareness. Honor with action by wearing orange to remember those whose lives have been cut short by gun violence. Children are welcome and bring a friend.

Where: Acacia Park, 225 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, June 2 at 3:00pm

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One Colorado: Volunteer at Salida Pride!

Ark Valley Pride is coming up on Saturday, June 2nd from 11:30am-4:30pm and we want to celebrate with you! One Colorado needs volunteers at our booth and we would love for you to join us! You can get more information and sign up below.

Where: Alpine Park, 17th Street and Alpine, Salida
When: Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am

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Join PP at the People’s Fair

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado is kicking off our summer festival season – starting with Denver People’s Fair 2018. Join us as we answer questions, educate our community, & breakdown harmful stigma.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3

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Volunteer with One Colorado at People’s Fair!

One Colorado will have a table at the People’s Fair at Denver’s Civic Center Park on June 2nd and 3rd, where we will be getting petitions signed to ban conversion therapy in Colorado!

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3

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Big Gay 5k Denver

The Big Gay 5K will take place at 9:00am on Sunday, June 3. The race will start and end on the east side of Cheesman Park at the Pavilion Building (1900 E 11th Ave). We will run west on 14th Avenue to the Capitol and back to celebrate inside Cheesman Park! This race is for everyone; walkers, runners, kids, adults, gay and straight. Come to run. Come to have fun. Come to support. Come to show your PRIDE!

Where: Cheesman Park, 1900 E 11th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 3 at 9:00am

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Durango Wear Orange Rally in the Park

Join Moms Demand Action Durango for Wear Orange as we rally in the park to honor those whose lives have been cut short by gun violence.

Where: Buckley Park, 1250 Main Ave, Durango
When: Sunday, June 3 at 2:00pm

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Thanks once again for everything you do week after week to fight for our shared progressive values! Make sure to check your inbox for breaking news, and we’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.

Colorado Week in Review: 5/25/18

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

What you can do to fight back this week (May 21)

Another terrible school shooting. Once again the debates over how to stop the carnage of mass shootings begin, the talking heads recite their talking points, and politicians weigh the cost/benefit of saving lives versus pleasing big donors. It’s a sad, predictable cycle that frustrates everyone except those who benefit from the deadly status quo.

We can’t lose hope. The pundits and the politicians haven’t caught up with the American public when it comes to reducing gun violence, but it will not go on forever. Each tragedy in the headlines forces millions of Americans to rethink their views on guns. Every new mass shooting with no action taken after the last one leaves politicians beholden to the NRA, like Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner, with blood on their hands. The overwhelming support for concrete steps to reduce gun violence, reduce the death toll in mass shootings, and keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals will result in change at the polls.

Thanks again for not giving up, even when the headlines make it tempting. Change is coming.

Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of May 21:


Gentrification or Revitalization?

Is it Gentrification, or is it Revitalization? Either way, there’s no denying Denver is undergoing an unprecedented amount of growth and development and as a result our urban neighborhoods are rapidly changing. While these changes may be good for the economy, there’s increasing frustration among people who are priced out and pushed out of some Denver neighborhoods. So let’s talk about it!

Where: PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 9:00am

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Weekly Coffman Protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 11:55am

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Community Hug / Counter Protest of Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church has issued a press release that its supporters will be picketing outside Broomfield High. While it may well be within their right to do so, their message does not correlate to the general sense of community of Broomfield. Lets show OUR kids that Broomfield is No Place for Hate and encircle BHS with a big ol’ community HUG!

Where: Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 2:00pm

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One Colorado: Colorado Civil Rights Division Bill Signing

Join One Colorado, community groups, Speaker Crisanta Duran, and Representative Leslie Herod on the west steps at the State Capitol to watch John W. Hickenlooper sign the reauthorization of the Colorado Civil Rights Division into law on Tuesday, May 22.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 2:10pm

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Wait, that’s Sexist?! A Spotlight On Movement Sexism

In this interactive workshop, we will examine sexism in everyday life. The discussion will include information about, and examples of, common situations where sexism may be present such as sexism in humor, the internalization of gendered stereotypes, essentializing gender difference, benevolent sexism, and the differences between intention and impact of behavior. Equally important we will also discuss how to respond when sexism intrudes in your life and how everyone can contribute to creating a positive culture for addressing oppression and inequality in their everyday lives. Participants should bring an example of sexism that they have seen in their life from the past week.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 5:00pm

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2018 Candidates For Governor’s Forum on Work & Working Families

Please join us for the chance to see your candidates for the governorship address crucial issues concerning the law related to work and workers’ rights! Tickets are free but space is limited! RSVP today!

Where: East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Annual Scorecard Release Party 2018

The Women’s Lobby of Colorado has prepared an annual scorecard since 2009, in hopes that the scorecard will serve as a guide to Coloradans on issues that are important to women. The annual scorecard contains voting records of each member of the Colorado State Legislature on priority bills for the Women’s Lobby of Colorado.

Where: Butler Snow, 1801 California St Ste 5100, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30pm

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A Brief History of Urban Development

The idea that Denver is growing too big, too fast, isn’t a new idea at all. Ken Schroeppel, the founder and Editor of DenverInfill and its companion blog, DenverUrbanism, will share a history of urban development that spans multiple eras and puts today’s hot topics of growth, density, traffic, parking, development and mobility into a long-term context.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30pm

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9to5 2018 Legislative Session Debrief

Join 9to5 and Colorado Homes for All members + our legislative champions as we celebrate our victories in the 2018 legislative session, debrief our priority bills and start making plans for next year!

Where: Woodbury Branch Library, 3265 Federal Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, May 26 at 10:00am

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Encuentro: Trans Queer Membrecia & Liderazgo

Join Familia: TQLM to learn about local and national LGBTQ Latinx organizing work and become a member of Familia: TQLM.

Unete a Familia:TQLM y conoce sobre el trabajo local y nacional LGBTQ Latinx y se miembrx de Familia: TQLM.

Where: 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver,
When: Saturday, May 26 at 12:00pm

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Candlelight Vigil for Santa Fe High School

Please join us this Saturday, May 26th, for a special vigil honoring the lives lost in the May 18th shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Stand in solidarity with the victims, their families, and the survivors of this most recent tragedy. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, we ask you to come together to help us pay tribute to the ten victims.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 26 at 7:00pm

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Denver Food Distro

The Front Range John Brown Gun Club and The Empowerment Solidarity Network along with members of the community will be meeting at Civic Center Park in Denver and then heading out to various locations throughout downtown to pass out food, snacks, water, and toiletries to those in need. We invite anyone who is willing to fill a backpack up with supplies to meet us and help out. We’re also asking for monetary donations, receipts will be posted to show an accounting of all funds.

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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

Colorado Week in Review: 5/18/18

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

Tell Walker Stapleton: pull your false ad off the air now

It seems like every election year, the lying in politics gets worse. 2018 looks to be no exception.

This week, 9NEWS conducted a Truth Test of Walker Stapleton’s new ad, in which Stapleton repeatedly boasts about his support for Donald Trump and claims to have single-handedly stopped a multitude of tax increases. The problem is, just about everything Stapleton says in this ad is either false or wildly exaggerated. [1]

Stapleton is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to saturate the airwaves with blatant lies. There’s only one way to stop the falsehoods in politics, and that’s to make sure every voter understands who is lying to them and why. If we want Walker Stapleton to stop lying, and everyone should, we have to tell him loud and clear that this is not acceptable.

Sign our petition right now: tell Walker Stapleton to pull his false ad off the air immediately. Don’t wait for a criminal complaint or another damning news fact check. Do the right thing now, take the ad down, and apologize for deliberately trying to mislead the voters of Colorado.

We’ll deliver your names and comments to Stapleton’s campaign, the press, and other elected officials.

Thanks for your timely support for truth in politics. We can’t think of anything more important, especially these days.

What you can do to fight back this week (May 14)

The 2018 session of the Colorado legislature is finally over.

With your help, the progressive coalition of civic engagement groups, lawmakers, and concerned residents of Colorado just like you fought back against the far-right fringe, stopped terrible laws like abortion bans and drastic weakening of our state’s common-sense gun laws, and even made some progress undoing years of devastating cuts to our state’s public education system.

At the same time, we faced grave challenges that remind us how far we still have to go. The #MeToo movement swept into the Colorado General Assembly late last year, inspiring hope that a festering culture of unchecked sexual harassment in the legislature would finally be brought to an end. Although partially successful, resulting in the first expulsion of a sitting Colorado lawmaker in over a century, in the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate the drive for accountability was blocked by Republican leadership. Women forced to work with known harassers in positions of power were given little reason to believe next year will be any better.

With this legislative session now over, Colorado progressives look to the summer and fall of 2018 as the greatest opportunity in a generation to mobilize progressives to take our state and nation back. We have the momentum, the passion, and the facts on our side. If we all do our part, 2019 will be a year where we do more than merely hold the line against the fringe.

After two years of resistance to Trump, this is our moment to actually make America great again.

It starts right now. Here are some great ways to take action for the week of May 14:


Featured event: Students Decide 2018 – Gov and Attorney General Forum

Never Again – Colorado will host a governor and attorney general forum and is committed to making sure everyone’s voices are heard, regardless of your party affiliation or non-affiliation. We know that our June 26 primary is on the horizon, and we want you to come out and ask the tough questions as we have our first debate of state executive candidates!

Where: Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm

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Last Push for Net Neutrality Rally

The U.S. Senate is voting on whether or not to save Net Neutrality by implementing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality laws last December. Join us in front of Sen Cory Gardner’s office to tell him Colorado’s citizens, small businesses and non-profit organizations demand an open and fair internet!

Where: 721 19th Street, Suite 150, Denver
When: Monday, May 15 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Safe Schools Webinar

One Colorado’s GSA Network will be hosting a statewide webinar on May 16th, 2018 based on our highly requested Safe Schools Training. In 2015, 88% of Colorado lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students reported hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks from peers and school staff on a regular basis. Additionally, sexual orientation and gender expression remain the two of the highest reported categories for identity-based harassment and assault in Colorado schools. There are many actions school communities can take to improve safety and inclusion for LGBTQ students.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 16 at 4:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Wild Stories: Celebrating the Lands Belonging To Us All

Celebrating the Lands Belonging to Us All will be an evening of storytelling highlighting the diversity of people working to protect our public lands.

Where: 621 Kalamath St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Bills, Brews, BBQ, & Bingo!

Join us to celebrate and recap the 2018 legislative session! Even though it’s an election year, this session was jam packed with health care legislation, and CCHI was successful in moving some key bills forward while defeating some nasty ones.

Where: Alpine Dog Brewing Company, 1505 Ogden St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 17 at 4:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: 2018 Spring Celebration

Join CIRC for an evening of food and celebration with members and supporters to honor all that we have accomplished together. Your ticket price of $35 includes appetizers and two drink tickets—and will support our work to make Colorado a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. $15 for children 13 years and under.

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Colorado Springs Book Club: The Beautiful Struggle

Join us for a discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coats’s The Beautiful Struggle!
Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crack—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free.

Where: Poor Richard’s Downtown, 320 – 324 1/2 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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What Can We Do Here: Community Conversation on Sustainability

Panelists will include: Councilwoman At-Large Debbie Ortega, Megan Lane from Denver Recycles at the Department of Public Works, and Taylor Moellers from Sustainable Neighborhoods Denver at the Department of Public Health and Environment. The best place to make a difference on sustainability and climate change is right here in Denver. Discuss city-wide sustainability initiatives and the Denver Climate Action Plan. Find ways to engage with local government on urgent environmental issues and ways to address them.

Where: Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., 2823 Fairfax St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: What Does It Mean to Be A Man?

What does it mean to be a man? Come check out a fabulous drag performance by Dixie Crystals, Zarah, and Mile High KINGdom, and hear from a diverse set of perspectives.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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Change on the Front Range: Party with Progressives

Each year, New Leaders Council Denver throws a party to celebrate the many people working for progressive action and change. Join us for the third annual Change on the Front Range! We are thrilled to celebrate our 2018 fellows and to raise funds for our 2019 fellowship. Come ready to enjoy beverages, appetizers, live art and entertainment.

Where: Black Black Coffee, 3459 Ringsby Ct, Denver
When: Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm

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Woke Up Stand Up Issue 5: The Case of the Missing Chill

Coming to Denver for another round, Team WuSu presents Woke Up Stand Up: The Case of the Missing Chill! This will easily be the funniest night you have in Denver in recent memory! (Not to mention the funkiest).

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver
When: Friday, May 18 at 8:00pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Run/Walk/Prancersize The Colfax 5K

Do you like pretending to be active while funding abortion? So do we! Join us Saturday, May 19th and run (or not) the Colfax 5K to raise funds for the Women’s Freedom Fund! Bring your dog! Bring your kids! Bring your friends that act like kids! All funds raised go directly to providing financial assistance for abortion care.

Where: City Park, Denver
When: Saturday, May 19 at 9:00am

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Longmont Renewable Energy Fair

In January, the Longmont City Council passed a resolution committing Longmont to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Our Renewable Energy Committee is now working to ensure that Longmont meets this goal. This event will be a fun, family friendly celebration of our success to date, highlighting technological innovations and market forces driving us faster and faster toward a fossil free future.

Where: City of Longmont Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont
When: Saturday, May 19 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Black Women for Political Action – CBWPA: Talking Politics Happy Hour

Come join us for our first Talking Politics Happy Hour in Colorado Springs! Stop by for food, drinks, networking, and great political conversation! Our first Talking Politics Happy Hour event will be held at the English Dockside Seafood Grill, a locally black owned restaurant in Colorado Springs! Everyone is welcome (even non-members)! No need to be an expert on politics. Come network and join in the discussion!

Where: English Dockside West, 1201 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, May 19 at 4:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you do to fight back week after week. We’ll be back next Monday with more ways to take action.

Colorado Week in Review: 5/11/18

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

Winners and Losers of the 2018 Colorado legislative session

THE WINNERS

Colorado’s Kids

This year’s state budget had a little more room for funding for our public schools, and lawmakers did what they could to support education after years of painful cuts. The fight to properly fund public education at every level took center stage late in the session when thousands of teachers and their supporters rallied at the Capitol.


Drivers and Commuters

Everybody who drives, takes a bus, or rides a train in Colorado knows we need to invest more in our transportation infrastructure. This year, Republicans and Democrats hammered out a deal to make serious investments in transportation, with progressive lawmakers driving a hard bargain to make sure smart transportation options are available for everyone.


Economic growth for rural communities

Overall Colorado’s economy is booming, but some areas of the state aren’t seeing the benefits as much others. Key bipartisan efforts like the Agricultural Workforce Development Program and help for communities dealing with plant closures and other crises, and, after years of trying, major support for the deployment of broadband internet access in rural areas, will help ensure we can all succeed regardless of where in the state we call home.


The women of the Colorado House

2018 witnessed a day of reckoning in the Colorado General Assembly, when the first sitting legislator in over a century was expelled from the House. Steve Lebsock’s serial sexual harassment and retaliation against women who spoke out against him were an intolerable offense against the dignity of every woman in Colorado. While the men in charge of the Senate were bungling their response to mounting harassment claims (see: LOSERS), Rep. Faith Winter and women in House leadership took care of business.


The women who will save the Senate

As progressives prepare to retake the Colorado Senate in November, four women–Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Rep. Faith Winter, Rep. Jessie Danielson, and SD-16 candidate Tammy Story–represent the vanguard of long-term change for a body that has been tainted by corruption and scandal for nearly four years. From the illicit Cambridge Analytica “psychoanalytics” that helped Republicans win the Senate in 2014 to Senate President Kevin Grantham’s disastrous handling of the Senate’s sexual harassment cases, and a platform that openly puts fringe right wing interests ahead of Coloradans, voters will have a stark contrast to choose from in November.


Veterans in crisis

Our nation’s veterans risked everything to protect our freedom, and the social problems that result from the horrors of war need to be handled with respect. New legislation passed this year will help veterans in the criminal justice system in Colorado get the services and support they need to turn their lives around.


Rep. Alec Garnett

Rep. Alec Garnett’s riveting testimony during the hearing to expel Steve Lebsock, in which Garnett tearfully disclosed that he was wearing a bulletproof vest to protect himself from Lebsock’s retaliation, became a nationwide example of the difficulty of confronting sexual harassment in the workplace. Later in the session, Rep. Garnett helped bring some Republicans to the table to introduce “red flag” legislation to protect the public from the mentally ill. The bill did not pass the hard-liners in the Senate, but his coalition inspires hope that this issue will be addressed soon.


Families struggling with opioid addiction

Overprescription and overuse of opioid painkillers in America has claimed thousands of lives. This year, bipartisan legislation reached the governor’s desk to address the clinical practices of health care practitioners, provide much-needed funding for addiction treatment, and limit (with certain exceptions) the initial prescription for an opioid painkiller to seven days. This work came as a result of a bipartisan interim committee led by Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Rep. Jonathan Singer, Sen. Kent Lambert, Sen. Kevin Priola, Sen. Cheri Jahn proving, once again, that Colorado can still put partisanship aside and be a model for the nation when it comes to tackling real issues.


Colorado’s forests, lakes and rivers

Responding to the threat from invasive species that have wrought havoc on water infrastructure across the nation, the Colorado legislature passed the Mussel-free Colorado Act to support inspection efforts at recreation areas and provide stiffer penalties for invasive species regulation violations. Another new law creates a statutory prohibition against leaving a campfire unattended in Colorado’s forests. With the reauthorization of the Colorado Lottery through 2049, Coloradans will benefit from continued stewardship of our cherished parks and open spaces for decades to come.


Wall Street finance guys (PERA)

Wall Street wins, Colorado loses. While Colorado’s public employees face higher retirement contributions and benefit cuts, a major investigative report this month revealed that for-profit money managers have received almost $1 billion–that’s billion with a ‘b’–in investment fees in less than a decade while failing to make investments that pay off.


THE LOSERS

Colorado Senate Republican Leadership

Sexual harassment is a problem that knows no partisan boundaries. But when the Colorado General Assembly’s GOP-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House were each confronted with credible allegations of harassment by their members, the difference in the response was night and day. Senate President Kevin Grantham and his henchman Chris Holbert made a mockery of their earlier lip service to putting a stop to harassment in their chamber. While the House expelled Steve Lebsock, Randy Baumgardner survived multiple investigations that validated the allegations against him by numerous women who worked in the Capitol. The message was loud and clear: sexual harassment in the Senate is okay as long as the cops can’t arrest you for it.


Women who work in the Colorado Senate

This point can’t be made strongly enough. The women who are forced by their profession to work in the Colorado Senate have been victimized on an ongoing basis by the Senate’s refusal to hold serial sexual harassers accountable. Even worse, Republican Senate leaders and legislative aides openly participated in attacks on accusers meant to humiliate and discredit them. The GOP’s response to sexual harassment allegations in the Senate was a textbook example of how to take an already difficult situation and make it much, much worse.


Steve Lebsock

Steve Lebsock was the first sitting member of the Colorado General Assembly to be expelled in 103 years. In the end, the final dishonor of a vote to expel was Lebsock’s choice. After a day of dramatic testimony on Lebsock’s conduct and retaliation against his accusers, rather than resigning before the chamber could vote to expel him, Lebsock, in a final act of vindictiveness, changed his party affiliation to Republican about one hour before the vote that sealed the end of his political career. Lebsock’s dishonorable career in politics is now over, and the one thing that can be considered a positive from his time in office is that his name is now a cautionary tale for predators who can’t keep their hands off other people they work with.


House Minority Leader Patrick Neville

Patrick Neville, the leader of the Republican minority in the Colorado House, had a backward agenda that went nowhere. Neville’s partnership with his father Sen. Tim Neville to weaken Colorado’s gun laws was soundly defeated. Neville was mostly sidelined during negotiations over major legislation this year, with the House minority overruled and bypassed in negotiations between House and Senate leadership. During the process that led to the expulsion of Steve Lebsock from the House, Neville even lobbied his members unsuccessfully to vote against expulsion–a low point for Neville’s leadership and Republicans in the Colorado House as a whole.


Anti-abortion radicals (this time)

In 2018, the progressive majority in the Colorado House fought off bills to dramatically restrict abortion rights in Colorado–including a bill that would make almost every abortion in our state a felony crime. These radical anti-abortion bills are totally out of touch with the needs and rights of Colorado women. Unfortunately, we need only look to states like Iowa, which just last week signed a six-week abortion ban into law, to realize that abortion rights can never be taken for granted.


Middle-class families

This year, progressive lawmakers proposed numerous pieces of legislation to help Colorado’s middle-class families in every part of the state get ahead. Sadly, the right-wing majority in the Colorado Senate killed all of these important bills–paid family leave, secure retirement savings, the option for cities and counties to raise their minimum wages, and many more. We can do better, but we need change in the Colorado Senate to make these changes reality.


Sen. “Both Ways” Beth Humenik

Once a bright hope for Republicans in the Colorado Senate, Sen. Beth Humenik was a willing participant in Senate Republican leadership’s disgraceful campaign to discredit the victims of harassment and assault. Humenik compounded that disgrace by filing a ridiculous counter-complaint against a Democratic Senator over his innocent use of an unmarked bathroom. Humenik’s support for radical school voucher bills and vote last year against saving rural hospitals show she is not the responsible leader her Adams County constituents need.


Gun nuts (this time)

Despite the failure of “red flag” legislation, it wasn’t all bad news for common-sense gun safety at the Colorado Capitol in 2018. As they have every year since 2013, the far-right gun lobby made another attempt to weaken Colorado gun laws, even as public support for tighter gun control has grown after recent mass shootings. But we’re reminded again that only a progressive majority in the Colorado House and a governor committed to gun safety can keep the gun lobby at bay. We’re never more than one election away from going backward.


Rural Coloradans

Everyone knows there is a major problem confronting Coloradans in rural areas buying health insurance in the private market. Premiums are too high and provider choices are starkly limited. This year, progressives in the legislature put forward numerous great proposals to bring down costs–reinsurance, premium subsidies for rural parts of the state, increasing health care pricing transparency, and studying innovate new options for care delivery–that all ran into a buzzsaw in the Republican-controlled Senate.


Conservatives

Student-led rallies for gun violence prevention. Teacher rallies for education funding. LGBTQ Coloradans and their allies outraged over the right’s attacks on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The #metoo movement. When you look any just about any issue that impacted the daily news from Colorado’s legislature in 2018, political momentum for progressives is plainly evident. A “perfect storm” of accountability, boosted by national politics but very much driven by local events and characters, could well result in an historic defeat for Colorado conservatives in November.