Colorado Week in Review: 8/23/19

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 19)

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It’s the middle of the August recess. Do you know where your Senator is?

Here’s the sad fact: Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to face the voters of Colorado. That’s why instead of hosting public town halls this August to explain what he and President Trump are up to in Washington, Gardner has taken to impromptu appearances with little or no advance warning–looking for photo ops instead of the truth about what voters think.

This week, join ProgressNow Colorado, Indivisible, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and other great progressive groups as we travel across Colorado for the Cardboard Cory 2019 Bus Tour! Everyone’s favorite mascot for Sen. Gardner’s refusal to engage with his constituents, Cardboard Cory, is going on tour across Colorado. He’ll be hearing from voters on what kind of leader Colorado wants, and highlighting how Senator Cory Gardner has failed Colorado and does not deserve a second term.

The tour kicked off today in Denver and will be in or near your town soon:

Broomfield – 8/19
Longmont – 8/20
Greeley – 8/20
Fort Collins – 8/20
Lakewood – 8/21
Grand Junction – 8/22
Montrose – 8/22
Durango – 8/23
Pueblo – 8/24
Colorado Springs – 8/25

Get more information here! Unlike the real Sen. Gardner, Cardboard Cory looks forward to seeing you.

And here are some more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 19:


Renter’s Rights Webinar Training

Come learn more about what your renters rights are in Colorado! This training will also include information on the rights and protections that renters gained this year. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Please let us know if you need interpretation for another language.

Where: Webinar
When: Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Repro Day of Action for Brittany Pettersen

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Westcliffe

We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?”

Where: West Custer County Library, 209 Main St, Westcliffe
When: Thursday, August 22 at 3:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Thursday Canvass/Phonebank – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists to knock doors and make phone calls to fight back against the misguided, extremist-led recall of Sen. Leroy Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Thursday, August 22nd at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Alamosa

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: 2005 Mullins Ave, Alamosa
When: Friday, August 23 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: Power (with music from Ramakhandra)

Come check out the mind-bendingly beautiful music from Ramakhandra, poetry from Kerrie Joy, Video Zine from Molina Speaks (MO SPKX) and Lockerpartners, food from Tarasco’s, drinks from Golden Moon Distillery, alternative energy-powered toys from Timbuk Toys, hands-on fun from Namasté Solar, participatory installation from the Bright WWWEB, some brainy info from Jason Meyer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) among other local experts, and you’re damn right we’ll have our delicious classic, vegan, and gluten-free cookies. Why?! Because we have to learn and act in order to create the world we want.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Friday, August 23 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Conservation Colorado Day of Action

Join Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Conservation Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Pettersen against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Denver Eastside March for Peace

Join us as we march to promote bringing unity to our community. We will be meeting at Fuller Park on 29th and Williams, and will march to the St. Charles Recreation Center at 38th and Lafayette.

Where: Fuller Park, 2801 N Williams St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Saturday, August 24th at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: 2019 Ally Awards Gala

On August 24th, at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, we will honor incredible allies who work to advance equality and who make a substantive difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans at the 2019 Ally Awards. We sold out last year’s event – get your tickets today to reserve your seat. You won’t want to miss out!

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 24 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 25 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Leroy Stands With Pueblo

Join local activists and Senate President Leroy Garcia to knock doors and fight back this extremist-led, misguided recall attempt of Sen. Garcia.

Where: 602 West 9th Street, Pueblo
When: Sunday, August 25th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 25 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Gun Safety Town Hall in Aurora

We cannot accept gun violence as our reality. We must join together and fight for safer schools and communities. As students head back to school, join former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Jason Crow, Congressman Joe Neguse, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter for a conversation with local leaders, survivors, and activists on federal gun laws, school safety and more.

Where: Aurora Association of REALTORS, 14201 E Evans Dr, Aurora
When: Monday, August 26 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks very much for all you do! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

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Colorado Week in Review: 8/16/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 12)

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Last Thursday, Sen. Cory Gardner showed up in Wheat Ridge for a rare public appearance. Gardner’s staff did their very best to under-publicize the event, but word spread to local activists and by the time Gardner showed up dozens of you were waiting to hold Gardner accountable with hard questions. Thanks to everyone who turned out!

After the tragic mass shootings a week ago, many of us hoped that Sen. Gardner might change his hard line against even the most common sense gun safety reforms–like the laws that have been on the books in Colorado for years, or a red flag law like the one even Donald Trump has endorsed. But it didn’t happen. Gardner’s response to this latest terrible round of violence was five words: “I don’t support gun control.”

As I wrote in my Denver Post column Sunday, “Politicians like Sen. Cory Gardner, the fourth-highest recipient of NRA money out of the entire U.S. Senate, make a career of stopping broadly popular, reasonable gun-safety measures like universal background checks, limits on high capacity magazines, and extreme risk protection order legislation that even Donald Trump has now voiced support for. Not a single Republican supported these bills in the Colorado legislature, and several Democratic lawmakers, including Gov. Jared Polis, are ostensibly the targets of recall attempts because of their passage.” Read more here.

Confronted with the devastating effects of mass gun violence and with real solutions available to solve the problem if we only had the political courage, the refusal of politicians like Cory Gardner to take this issue seriously is deeply frustrating. In the end, if the politicians refuse to act only accountability at the polls can change this nation’s course. If Gardner won’t act, our vote in 2020 becomes literally a matter of life and death.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to hold Cory Gardner accountable all these years. It’s been a long struggle, but change is coming. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of August 12:


Town Hall: Public Health Impacts of Climate Change & Environment

Congressman Jason Crow has partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health to bring together a panel of experts to answer constituent questions about the ways that the climate crisis impacts human health and our community. Attendees are invited to join additional event organizers for a cup of coffee before the forum at Lost Coffee (#30, 2100 North Ursula Street, Aurora) at 8:30AM. Free coffee and pastries will be provided as well as organizational t-shirts, pins and posters. Attendance at both the Coffee Hour and the forum is free, but seating space may be limited.

Where: Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, 13080 E 19th Ave, Aurora
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Show up for clean air, climate and clean cars in Colorado!

You’ve rallied, you’ve sent in comments, you’ve hiked – you’ve done almost everything it takes to show you care about clean air and zero emission vehicles in Colorado. This is your last chance to be heard! On Tuesday, August 13th, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will be hearing the final comments from the public – in person! – on adopting the Zero Emission Vehicle program in Colorado.

Where: Colorado Sierra Club, 1536 Wynkoop St, #200, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Denver Leadership Council Luncheon with Rupali Sharma

The NARAL Leadership Council was created to bring together leaders in the community and to help amplify NARAL’s mission and importance of our work across the state. This year we are so excited to be joined by Rupali Sharma, Senior Counsel at The Lawyering Project, for a discussion on the fate of Roe v. Wade and its impact on state access to abortion care. Rupali has previously worked at the Center for Reproductive Rights and was an attorney on the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court case.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 11:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado Advocacy Meetings

Join us for two Wednesday evenings in August to learn, talk about and plan advocacy for policies that Colorado women need and want! There will be a survey coming soon to help us in planning! Note we will be designing this for folks to attend both – as a series. If you can — we would appreciate donations to help cover the costs for preparing and staffing our upcoming advocacy meetings. Recommended donation for both is $25.

Where: Eloise May Library, 1471 S Parker Rd, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 14 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

How did racism emerge as a such a pervasive social structure in the U.S.? What is the reality of “race”? Why do so many people still have erroneous beliefs about race’s influence on our destinies? 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: Belong, 1615 N Ogden St, Denver
When: Thursday, August 15 at 6:00pm

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Boulder Families Belong Together Rally & March

This rally is a direct response to the continued mistreatment of immigrant families at the border and across this nation. This rally is being held to show our support of all the people living in sanctuary in Colorado as well as protest the inhumane treatment of families detained in camps at the border. We must unite and take a stand now in order to see changes in this country. Join us!

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:00am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sierra Club Day of Action

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Sierra Club – Pikes Peak Group for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Sanctuary For All: Raising Funds For Families Of Deportation

We here at Sanctuary For All will be hosting our first of many fundraising events for affected families of deportation! Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, Women In Sanctuary, and FUSD will also be in attendance/co-hosting. Craft Fair wil start at 11 a.m. where we will have Art, Shirts, Stickers, Buttons, etc. for sale. Food and drinks will also be sold. We will also have LIVE painting, Art Auctions, and 9 LIVE local Colorado bands! The event ends when the party stops! Family friendly fundraiser!

Where: First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 17 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St
When: Saturday, August 17 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Pueblo

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Pueblo City-County Library District, 100 E Abriendo Ave
When: Saturday, August 17 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
Sunday, August 18 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Demand Action: Denver Recess Rally

Join Colorado Moms Demand Action, GVP coalition groups, and guest speakers for a Recess Rally in support of smarter gun laws. It is past time for the Senate to ACT and pass background checks on all gun sales, as well as pass strong red flag legislation. We’re asking everyone to wear red, if possible.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 18 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver’s Since U Been Gone Bus Tour: Meet Cardboard Cory

Join Indivisible Denver, Protect Our Care, Progress Now, Conservation Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, and a number of other progressive organizations as we travel across the great state of Colorado with #CardboardCory to build momentum for the 2020 elections. (Cardboard) Cory wants to hear from YOU about what kind of leader Colorado needs!

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Monday, August 19 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


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

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Colorado Week in Review: 8/9/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 5)

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This past weekend, our nation was once again traumatized by mass gun violence directed against innocent people. In Dayton Ohio, a man clad in body armor and carrying an assault rifle with a 100-round drum killed ten people, while in El Paso Texas a white nationalist terrorist claimed the lives of at least 22 people in a Walmart, with dozens more wounded in both places.

Here in Colorado in 2019—where we too have endured the senseless tragedy of mass gun violence repeatedly in our recent history—we passed a common-sense law to give families and law enforcement a way to protect us all from gun violence with extreme risk protection orders to temporarily remove firearms from people who pose a significant risk to themselves or others.

After this weekend’s tragic mass shootings, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump have both called for the passage of “red flag” laws like Colorado’s to reduce the toll of gun violence in America. The same law that Republicans want to recall Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Pete Lee and Gov. Jared Polis for passing.

It was Trump’s own xenophobia and appeals to racism over the last few years that have energized the racist right, and helped create the climate in which the violence we saw in El Paso Saturday can happen again and again. The consequences of this political strategy are now plain for everyone to see. We don’t need Donald Trump to tell us that what we’re doing in Colorado to reduce gun violence is the right thing. But it’s past time for Trump’s party to stop their senseless attacks on Colorado lawmakers who aren’t afraid to do it.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to hold Trump accountable and fight back for common sense solutions to problems like gun violence. Here are a bunch of great ways to take action for the week of August 5:


AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: August Vigil at GEO Immigrant Detention Center

We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. The spirit of this vigil is to lift the stories and experience of real people struggling to overcome the extreme consequences of ensnarement in our dehumanizing immigration and criminal justice systems. All people are important to the fabric of our community and deserve our support. Our unforgiving immigration system treats people cruelly and unfairly, both inside detention centers and through deportation that rips families and communities apart.

Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, August 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Louisville

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 506 Via Appia Way, Louisville
When: Monday, August 5 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Craftivism Event-Coffee at the Point

Come join us at Coffee at the Point in Denver to make IUD earrings and pro-choice buttons!

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, August 6 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass and Phonebank – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Boulder Phonebank

Join Boulder activists for a phonebank every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 pm! Stand with Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Sen. Pete Lee against these misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: Location on RSVP
When: Wednesday, August 7 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 10 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Conservation Colorado Day of Action

Join Sen. Pete Lee and Conservation Colorado for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 10 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections. Come and join us! Bring a friend!

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 10 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Sunday Canvass

Join Sen. Pete Lee and local activists for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against extremist-led, misguided recalls.

Where: 218 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, August 11th at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 11 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again. See you next week.

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

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Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave what’s expected to be his final testimony to Congress about the Russian operation to sabotage the 2016 presidential election to the benefit of Donald Trump, and Trump’s illegal attempts to obstruct the investigation.

Whatever comes next, there’s one thing we know: America is in a constitutional crisis for every remaining day that Donald Trump is in office. Whether accountability comes at the ballot box in 2020 or sooner by Congress exercising its constitutional power of oversight, it’s coming.

And who helped clarify that Trump’s day of reckoning is coming one way or another? Far-right Congressman (and also Colorado Republican Party Chairman!) Ken Buck of Colorado! In last week’s testimony from Mueller, Rep. Buck shocked fellow Republicans by asking Mueller to confirm that Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice even after he leaves office: not once, but twice.

Action item #1 this week: call Rep. Ken Buck’s office at (202) 225-4676 and thank him for clarifying that Trump could face obstruction charges once he leaves office. Let Buck know you support getting to the bottom of Trump’s crimes no matter what it takes–and urge Buck to support immediate impeachment hearings. Then call the rest of your Colorado delegation at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to do the same.

Once that’s done, check out all these great ways to keep making a difference for the week of July 29:


Indivisible Highlands Ranch – Education Inc. Movie

Education, Inc. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings and interviews with some of the most well known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.”

Where: Douglas County Libraries, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch
When: Monday, July 29 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Denver Press Club: Second Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party (Night 1)

Where better to watch the second Democratic Presidential Debate than the Denver Press Club? Guaranteed: conversation and cheap drinks! Didn’t we just host a democratic debate watch party? Yes. Was it so fun we have to do it again? Yes. Join us at the historic Denver Press Club, the nation’s oldest press club, for a watch party for the second debate among the candidates for president among the Democratic Party. We’ll have drink specials, light snacks, and plenty of seating in front of our big screen projector upstairs. Join us for lively conversation and community. Paid street and lot parking is available, and we’re open to the public!

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.

The Denver Press Club: Second Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party (Night 2)

When: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP.


Harm Reduction Action Center Open House and Tour

As you may know, we are in the midst of an overdose epidemic. Wanna join us to learn more about your local syringe exchange program? Ever wonder what happens in one? They are invested in the health and safety of our community, just like the rest of us. Join us for a special open house on Wed. July 31 between 4-6pm, a tour won’t take more than 20 minutes.

Where: Harm Reduction Action Center, 231 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednedsay, July 31 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass and Phonebank – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Our Colorado Way of Life: Wednesday Canvass/Phonebank – Protect Pete

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing or phonebanking shift every Wednesday evening! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: JeffCo Scorecard Party

Community members of Senate District 19 (represented by Rachel Zenzinger), Senate District 20 (represented by Jessie Danielson), and Senate District 22 (represented by Brittany Pettersen) are invited to learn how their legislator voted on the priority bills that affect Colorado’s air, water, land, climate, and communities. At the event, we’ll go over Conservation Colorado’s 2019 Conservation Scorecard, play legislative bingo, and reflect on the past legislative session while digging into a taco bar.

Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: LIPS 10th Aniversario

COLOR is celebrating our 10th aniversario of our signature youth leadership program, Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS) with a luncheon on Thursday, August 1. This multi-dimensional program allows youth to become immersed in a rich learning experience that hones leadership skills across the areas of public speaking, fundraising, advocacy, lobbying, social media strategies, community organizing, networking, resume building, mentorship, anti-oppression, resiliency, mind/body/spirit, and more.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, August 1 at 11:00am

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Venture With VOYCE

We’re in the business of breaking barriers -so who says brunch can’t start at 6 pm?! Join us on August 1st for an evening Venture with VOYCE, a smorgasbord of brunch eats (for dinner), and a sample of what our young people have been working on at the VOYCE Academy this summer. Between a new Executive Director, Vanessa Roberts, a fresh vision for the organization, and new a roster of eager and ambitious young folks, we are so excited to share Project VOYCE’s plans for the future. We will also be featuring samples of our youth facilitated workshops. So come, be inspired, venture, and invest in the next generation of community game-changers who are already doing the work to make our future an equitable one!

Where: Manual High School, 1700 E 28th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, August 1 at 6:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Saturday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Saturday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, August 3 at 9:30am

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Protect Pete – Saturday Canvass

Join Senator Pete Lee and El Paso County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Lee against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, August 3 at 10:00am

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, August 3 at 12:00pm

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APA August Meeting: Climate Change and Rocky Flats

Concerned about potential impacts of climate change? Worried about health threats from Rocky Flats plant? Wondering what you can do to make the future better? If you answered yes to any of these, come hear words of encouragement from two dynamic speakers!

Where: First United Church of Arvada, 7195 Simms St, Arvada
When: Saturday, August 3 at 4:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Sunday Canvass – Pettersen Proud

Join Senator Brittany Pettersen and Jefferson County Activists for a canvassing shift every Sunday! Stand with Sen. Pettersen against misguided, extremist-led recall efforts.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 4 at 12:00pm

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Our Colorado Way of Life: Canvass w/Phil Weiser – Protect Pete

Join AG Phil Weiser and Sen. Pete Lee for a canvassing shift and stand with Sen. Lee against misguided and extremist-led recalls.

Where: 218 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, August 4 at 10:00am

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Aurora

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver
When: Sunday, August 4 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Week in Review: 7/26/19

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 22)

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Earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado to host a fundraiser for Sen. Cory Gardner’s re-election in Windsor.

Guess who didn’t show up? That would be Sen. Cory Gardner.

Back in 2014, Gardner falsely accused his opponent of running away from then-President Barack Obama when former Sen. Mark Udall had business in Washington and couldn’t attend a local fundraiser. Today, former President Obama is more popular than Mike Pence and Donald Trump will ever be. Running in Colorado, a state Pence and Trump lost in 2016, Cory Gardner has plenty of reason to avoid Mike Pence like the plague—and that’s before you look at Gardner’s own dismal poll numbers (or, for that matter, his voting record).

Meanwhile, concerned citizens and editorial boards across the state are fighting back against recall petitions against Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers. The Denver Post’s editorial board this weekend said it best: “⁠Recalls are not meant to be do-over elections…[t]his summer, if enough people decline to sign these petitions, we can send the message that recalls should be rare and reserved for extreme circumstances, not political disagreements.”

If you haven’t already, take a moment right now to connect with Our Colorado Way of Life and learn how you can help stop these misguided recall attempts cold. We can’t let recent reports that recall organizers are faltering in their efforts make us complacent. The only way to stop these foolish recalls is to take them seriously every time, and fight back like our progressive majority is at stake. Because it is.

Thanks as always for everything you do week after week to help progressive values win in Colorado. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of July 22:


Join the “Green Wave” Action at Denver City Hall

Be a part of our “Green Wave”! –Let the new City Council know you want Denver to be a leader and not a laggard at recycling and composting! July 22nd is the first day all new city council members will be listening to public comment. Everyone should come and show their support, even if you don’t plan on speaking. We need to fill the room with folks like you dedicated to Zero Waste. Come and wear GREEN to show your support!

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, July 22 at 4:30pm

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CFIR Spotlight On! Not One More Defund Hate and GEO Detention

Please join us to learn about the Defund Hate Campaign. Members of the Not1More Table traveled to DC last month to get trained up on how the budget process works, meet with members of the Colorado delegation and engage in a powerful action in a Senate rotunda. These members will share how the budget process works, and how we can influence it. Members of Colorado’s People’s Alliance will share how work to close the GEO detention facility in Aurora connects to Defund Hate.

Where: 1420 N Ogden St., Denver
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 5:00pm

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Broomfield City Council: First Reading to Protect Open Space!

Come show your support for a Council ordinance for a ballot measure that would protect Broomfield’s open space from development by striking an exception for the extraction of mineral rights from the city charter.

Where: 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00pm

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The Promise of a Dream!

Join us for a comprehensive immigration panel featuring a DACA and/or TPS recipient, community members, and one lawyer as speakers. We’ll discuss the importance of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019; this bill, which was recently passed in the House, would give more than 2 million people who are currently protected under DACA, TPS, and DED a path to citizenship and a stable future free of the fear of deportation.

Where: Tivoli Ballroom, Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00pm

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Fat Tire Presents Finding Common Ground

This film series explores the power of understanding another’s perspective and setting aside differences to protect public lands. By sharing these videos, you can join Fat Tire’s mission to donate up to $250,000 to organizations dedicated to protecting shared outdoor spaces. Come watch the series of short films and hear commentary from director, Alexandra Fuller, from Camp4Collective.

Where: Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00pm

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF) C4 Launch Celebration

We want to take our collective, organized power to have a say in our elections. Join us as we launch Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF)! July 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. At Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (The Action Fund) is a member-driven 501c4 non-profit organization that is dedicated to working for basic human rights for communities of color and working class. The Action Fund works towards educational equity, racial justice, health justice, economic justice and immigrant rights. The Action Fund builds political power throughout Colorado by developing young people, working class individuals, and people of color (specifically women of color) from our communities as leaders and candidates to advance a racial justice platform.

Where: Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, July 27 at 12:00pm

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I Drive Colorado Celebration

You’re invited to a celebration for the I-Drive Colorado Campaign. We will have dinner, a DJ and a night of dancing to celebrate the monumental wins in Colorado’s expansion on driver’s licenses for all. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver
When: Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 8)

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I hope you had a great long holiday weekend, because I’ve got some unpleasant news.

Last November, Gov. Jared Polis was elected by an overwhelming double-digit margin. For the last six months, Gov. Polis and the progressive majority we elected to solve problems has been doing just that. And the progressive agenda is winning the hearts and minds of Coloradans. A new poll out last week shows Gov. Polis has a net +15% positive approval rating from Colorado voters—popularity that most politicians today would envy.

But apparently it doesn’t matter how overwhelming Gov. Polis’ margin of victory was, or how happy most Coloradans are about his job performance. Today, local news outlets are reporting that a group of far-right Republicans has filed a petition to recall Gov. Polis from office, and are threatening to do the same to several state lawmakers. This comes after the recall attempt against freshman Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting, collapsed after voters refused to sign the petition just last month.

Republicans are abusing the recall system in Colorado for one reason: because they can’t win regular elections anymore. We shouldn’t go through the time and expense of holding special recall elections just so the losers of the last general election can have a do-over. Recalls are supposed to be used to remove criminals from office, and every two years we hold regular elections to decide who will represent us.

Priority #1 this week: visit our friends at Our Colorado Way of Life on the web and on Facebook, a group of concerned citizens just like you who are sick of the childish tantrums and extreme rhetoric from right-wing recall supporters. Volunteer to help targeted officials and fight conservative misinformation. The unfortunate reality is that the far right is going to keep trying to misuse recalls until the voters make them stop. So let’s roll up our sleeves and stop them now.

Once that’s done, here are more great ways to fight back for the week of July 8:


Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!

Join us for an inaugural repro health happy hour for Denver! Whether you work in the repro health, rights, or justice field, study it, or support it – this networking happy hour is a fun place to meet like-minded people in Denver. Join us!

Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Suite 101, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Group

Do you want to contribute to research that will help make health systems more inclusive for transgender and non-binary folx in Colorado? Do you live in Colorado, over the age of 18, and identify as transgender or non-binary? Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.

Where: Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins
When: Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00pm

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Renters Rights Training

Knowledge is power! Come learn more about what your renters rights are in Colorado! This training will also include information on the rights and protections that renters gained this year. Childcare, interpretation and food will be provided.

Where: 7979 Meade St, Westminster
When: Thursday, July 11 at 6:00pm

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Licenses for All Panel | Panel sobre Licencias para Todos

Join the leaders across the state and nation who are fighting to expand access to driver’s licenses for all as we listen to a diverse panel of leaders! The panel will feature champions and unlikely allies who helped create and expand the driver’s license program for undocumented Coloradans, making Colorado a model for the nation. This panel will feature Senator Crowder, Representative Singer, Jon Slutsky with La Luna Dairy, and representatives from the I-Drive Committee and Licencias para Todos.

Where: 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, July 11 at 6:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Colorado Springs

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Pikes Peak MCC, 1102 S 21st St, Colorado Springs
When: Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm

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Lights For Liberty

On July 12th, Lights for Liberty will shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration in human detention camps. People will begin arriving at 7pm local time at locations around the nation. At five main locations, legislators, activists, and organizers will speak until 9pm. At 9pm local time, at every detention camp, and in cities, towns, and homes around America, a silent sea of candles will light up the nation. Many thanks to our local sponsors for their support in organizing this event: American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) CO, Colorado Immigrant Right Coalition (CIRC), Indivisible, and MoveOn.

Where: 3130 Oakland St., Aurora
When: Friday, July 12 at 7:00pm

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Where: 544 Rood Ave, Grand Junction
When: Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm

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Keep Abortion Safe: Patriarchy in Retrograde

Building power through creativity! $10 at the door.

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, July 12 at 8:00pm

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Superlocal in Denver w/ Cecile Richards & Jess Morales Rocketto

Cecile Richards, Jess Morales Rocketto, and the team at Supermajority Education Fund are hitting the road! We’re convening Supermajority members and local activists in Denver. Join us on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a community building and training session—you’ll leave fired up and ready to build an agenda around gender equity. The event is free, and lunch and child care will be provided. Just fill in all your details and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Where: Denver, Location on RSVP
When: Saturday, July 13 at 10:00am

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Deliver the message, DREAMers belong here!

Join us in telling our Senator Cory Gardner that DREAMers belong here! This is their home! This Saturday we will be coming to Cory Gardners office in Fort Collins to deliver countless pledge cards from constituents in support of the DREAM and Promise Act. More than pledge cards we are sending a strong message to Gardner, DREAMers are here to stay!

Where: 2001 S. Shields Street, Building H, Suite 104 Fort Collins
When: Saturday, July 13 at 2:30pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 1)

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It’s a short holiday work week, as the nation celebrates its 243rd birthday on Thursday.

For most of American history, we’ve struggled to define what our most important principles as a nation are. For me, it’s about freedom, fairness, and truly equal opportunity for everyone. We haven’t always lived up to these ideals, and for many Americans our patriotism is tempered by a recognition of how we have failed from the beginning to make these promises reality for everyone.

But that doesn’t mean progressives aren’t patriots. In a troubling era of hateful politics seeking to exploit and divide Americans, progressives keep the fight for fairness and equality alive everywhere we have a voice in government. When thoughtless and greedy men try to dismantle the institutions middle class America relies on like Social Security and Medicare to give the wealthiest among us a tax break, we fight back–and every year we preserve these institutions against the odds, millions of Americans are able to keep going.

The lives and quality of life we fight to uphold for every American as progressives, year after year, are victories in and of themselves. And they’re reasons to be proud of America no matter who is President. Progressive values are what made America great, they will keep America great, and if necessary will make America great again as many times as it takes.

Thanks again for everything you do to help, and here are a few more ways to take action for the week of July 1:


Supreme Court Consider Trumps Repeal of DACA: Whats Next?

On Thursday, June 28th the US Supreme Court decided that they will take up the case on the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that has been fought in court since September of 2017 when the Trump administration announced that it would be ending the program. We expect a decision in the coming year. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will be hosting an educational forum in which we will go over what comes next and what when we believe we can expect a ruling on this lawsuit defending the program. We will have a lawyer present to answer questions the public may have about what we can still do in light of this new information and what we can not longer do. Learn what you should now about the program now and what we can do to fight for a permanent solution.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Monday, July 1 at 5:30pm

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Close the Camps: Delivering the Message to Cory Gardner

Join Indivisible Denver, AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights and the Not 1 More Deportation Table for remarks by impacted community members regarding ICE, Border Patrol and the detention camps. Folks will gather on the street in front of Gardner’s office. There will be an altar where folks are invited bring photos of those killed by ICE and CBP or separated family members. A delegation led by Not1More Deportation table will deliver a letter to Gardner asking him oppose further funds for ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) and close the camps. The altar and a letter will also be taken up to Gardner’s office.

Where: 721 19th St., Denver
When: Tuesday, July 2 at 12:00pm

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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 separated by detention centers.

Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Saturday, July 6 at 1:00pm

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The Resistance Diner Event Benefiting One Colorado

“One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families.” We are throwing a block party-style dinner! The dinner will be held outside at Comal with plenty of great food. This will be one of our biggest dinners to date, so please share with your friends and let’s get as many people to attend as possible.

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court #105, Denver
When: Sunday, July 7 at 4:00pm

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Have a great holiday. We’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference!

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/28/19

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 24)

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Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner failed Colorado again.

Sen. Gardner sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, the entire U.S. Senate voted to rebuke President Donald Trump over his handling of relations with Saudi Arabia during the controversial war in Yemen and the killing of a Washington Post journalist—all subjects Gardner has paid lip service to caring about.

Last Thursday, Republicans and Democrats joined together to tell President Trump enough is enough. [1] Cory Gardner wasn’t among them. Once again, Gardner stood with Trump over fundamental American values. Over Colorado values. We know Trump doesn’t value freedom of the press, or even care about civilians dying in Yemen, but Cory Gardner promised Colorado he would be “a different kind of Republican.”

First order of business this week: call Sen. Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and let him know his vote to protect Saudi Arabia was a big mistake that matters to Colorado. It’s another reminder that 2020 is coming fast, and Sen. Gardner has much to be held accountable for.

Once that’s done, don’t miss these great opportunities to advance our shared progressive values for the week of June 24:


Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

America’s criminal justice system reflects irrational fears stoked by politicians seeking to win election. Pointing to specific policies that are morally problematic and have failed to end the cycle of recidivism, Rachel Barkow argues that reform guided by evidence, not politics and emotions, will reduce crime and reverse mass incarceration. Rachel Elise Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and the Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University. She served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Where is our Senator on the Dream and Promise Act?

As the DREAM act passes through congress, we are asking Cory Gardner to meet and talk with his constituents about his support for the DREAM and Promise act. We will be asking that Senator Cory Gardner end his silence on the DREAM and Promise act.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Denver: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Groups

Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.

Where: Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:45pm

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Democratic Debate Watch Parties!

Come join New Leaders Council Denver, ONE Colorado, CO Obama Alumni, and Drinking Liberally on Wednesday AND Thursday night for the first Democratic Presidential debate!

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm

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When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm
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Presidential Watch Party!

We are *so* ready for 2020 – and we have a feeling you are too. Jump in on the excitement, and join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Denver Area Labor Federation, and Colorado AFL-CIO to watch the presidential primary debates!

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm

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Rocky Flats Right to Know Event: Report from Washington DC

Rocky Flats Right to Know hosts monthly events. The June Event will be a panel discussion featuring Pat Mellen, Chris Allred, and Brittany Gutermuth. Panelists will discuss the work of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability; go over current issues and legislation on nuclear weapons and waste; and share insights from recent meetings with Colorado Congresspeople and Department of Energy Legacy Management from the 2019 DC Days Conference and Lobbying Event.

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Dr, Arvada
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00pm

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One Colorado Happy Hour Fundraiser

Come join Diebolt and representatives from One Colorado on June 27 as we close out Pride Month with an extended Happy Hour in the tasting room. This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather, and enjoy a Rainbow Lightning – our newest fruited ale brewed in collaboration with One Colorado! One Colorado is Colorado’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We are pleased to be working with such an amazing group throughout the month of June.

Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 27 at 5:00pm

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Community Protest of BI Inc, a GEO Subsidiary in Boulder

Join community members of Boulder County this Thursday at 6PM on the public sidewalk outside BI INC (6265 Gunbarrel Ave) to raise awareness about how this local company is directly profiting from the ICE raids and the administration’s accelerated immigrant detainments, while also being complicit with subhuman detention conditions.

Where: 6265 Gunbarrel Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm

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4th Annual Universal Health Care Conference

Join universal health care activists from across Colorado to plan for 2020 and grow the movement. Our keynote speaker is Wendell Potter, a former insurance PR exec! Live music! Awards! Food, friends, and fun! Colorado Sen. Mike Foote and Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis will be there.

Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, June 29 at 10:00am

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Fight the Recall, Canvass with Ed Perlmutter and Phil Weiser!

The extremist-led recalls of our recently elected legislators are coming to Jeffco. Join us as we kick off the campaign to fight against the misguided recall of Senator Brittany Pettersen with Attorney General Phil Weiser and Congressman Ed Perlmutter on Sunday, 6/30 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 30 at 10:00am


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Thanks again! We’ll see you next week with more ways to get involved.

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/21/19

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

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

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Yesterday, thousands of LGBTQ+ Coloradans, allies, family members, and political leaders marched in the 2019 Denver Pride Parade. Denver has had one of the nation’s best Pride celebrations for many years, but in 2019 the party had added significance.

This year, we celebrated the historic achievements made in last year’s elections–and the progress our new majority made in the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly to protect and advance LGBTQ+ rights. Last November, you helped elect the nation’s first openly gay man to be Colorado’s next governor. And this year we put an end to harmful so-called “conversion therapy” on kids, and made it easier for transgender people to update their identification.

There was a time not long ago when they called Colorado the “hate state” because of an unconstitutional law that was on our books which discriminated against LGBTQ+ people. We’ve come full circle from our state’s ugly history and emerged as a model of equality for all. That’s why in Colorado, there’s never been a prouder moment to celebrate Pride.

And of course, the fight’s not over! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of June 17:


Elevate Conservation: Outdoors for All Summer Event 2019

Please join over 50 Colorado and national conservation organizations, outdoor industry companies, and diverse community leaders as we honor the intersection of outdoor recreation and conservation, celebrate the ways we already work together, challenge ourselves to do more, and acknowledge how equitable policies are good for us all. Let’s come together to foster and maintain the integral roles that conservation, climate change mitigation, sound public lands policies, and equity play in supporting a successful outdoor industry.

Where: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, 200 S Kalamath St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30pm

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ACLU of Colorado and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Repro Roadshow – Denver

JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. Participants will get a primer on abortion stigma and how it intersects with advocacy work, learn about abortion services at Planned Parenthood, and hear tips on how to be a good ally to abortion providers. We’ll give you 2019 legislative update and how you can help bring comprehensive sexual education into your schools.

Where: Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: The Dream and Promise Act Needs a Champion!

As of June 4th, 2019 The Dream and Promise Act has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is headed to the U.S. Senate. Join us in asking Senator Cory Gardner to be a champion for Dreamers in sponsoring The Dream and Promise Act of 2019.

Where: 1961 Stout Street, Suite #12-300, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 3:00pm

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Where: 503 N. Main Street, Suite 426, Pueblo
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Where: 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 930, Colorado Springs
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Where: 2001 S Shields Street, Fort Collins
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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Consumer Assistance Program Anniversary Party

Join us to celebrate our Consumer Assistance Program’s successful first year empowering Coloradans to navigate health insurance and achieve financial security by providing direct education, navigation, and post-enrollment assistance with billing and claims issues. Come and learn about all that we’ve accomplished through the program in its first year, how the CAP influences our policy work, and what our plans are for the future!

Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 4:30pm

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World Refugee Day Colorado 2019 – Celebration Rally

Join us on the Colorado State Capitol’s West Steps to honor the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. During the rally, we will recognize the contributions refugees make to Colorado, the talents they bring, and celebrate the many partnerships that make our state a welcoming place for newcomers. Celebrate with us with world music, dancing, refugee speakers and much more!

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Thursday, June 20 at 10:00am

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Solar CitiSuns: Summer Solstice Party

Join us on the longest day of the year to celebrate Colorado’s solar energy workers and our state’s potential for more solar!

Where: Colorado Governor’s Mansion, 400 E 8th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 20 at 5:30pm

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LAD Impact 2019

It’s been nearly three months since Latino/a Advocacy Day 2019. If you’re wondering what happened to the bills we discussed, and what else we can do in between now and LAD 2020 on March 9, we have the perfect event for you! On Saturday, June 22, 2019 join COLOR and our fellow co-conveners for LAD Impact 2019: an opportunity to come together, debrief, and discuss how we continue to move policy forward together as a community. The work continues! Lunch and translation will be provided. Bring your friends, your familia, and your fire! We’ll see you there.

Where: St. Cajetan’s, 101 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 10:00am

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Chinook Fund: Cultivating Community

At Chinook Fund’s Cultivating Community event, we will share and shape our collective vision and celebrate the achievements and the successes of our grassroots community organizers. Together with the philanthropists who support us, we will explore the bold possibilities emerging from our community.

Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd Street Suite 237, Denver
When: Saturday, June 22 at 11:30am

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2019 Emerge Graduation!

Please join Emerge Colorado’s staff and board as well celebrate our newest alumnae! The 2019 cohort class is graduating – join us to meet them, honor them, and introduce them to the alumnae community!

Where: Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 10:00am

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The People Vs: Media

This month we’re partnering with the Denver Zine Fest to explore “How to Own: The Media” and we’re doing so by putting the media on trial. Our “People Vs ____” program has put many things we take for granted on trial including: God, retirement, having children, capitalism, masculinity, education, and more and this month we’ll transform the McNichols building into a courtroom with prosecution and defense experts putting all aspects of “media” on trial.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Durango

We’ve accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking: “We’ve elected our country’s first gay governor, our state’s first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What’s next?” “We’re going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what’s next?” “We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver’s licenses. What do we work on next?” We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Durango Parks and Recreation, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave, Durango
When: Sunday, June 23 at 2:00pm

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Thanks for your participation in all of these great events! We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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

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Yesterday, we were privileged to join Indivisible Front Range Resistance at Denver’s Barnum Park for a picnic and forum with nine candidates running for the chance to take on Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020. Make no mistake, Gardner was invited too—but as Colorado voters have come to expect, our junior U.S. Senator was a no-show.

Colorado progressives have a deep bench of great challengers to take on America’s most vulnerable Republican U.S. Senator. The issues that are vital to Colorado progressives like health care, public education, environmental protection, and equal opportunity have not gone away simply because President Trump and Cory Gardner choose to ignore them. Next year, Coloradans will make a choice: between the mistakes of six years ago, and an honest future where we solve problems instead of denying they exist and pointing fingers for political gain.

Thanks again to everyone who took time on a beautiful Sunday evening to preview what lies ahead in 2020! Here are a bunch more great ways to take action for the week of June 10:


Disrupting Privilege Symposium

Please join us for the Disrupting Privilege Symposium on Monday, June 10h from 6-8:30pm at the University of Denver’s Craig Hall. This FREE event is open to the community and registration is not required. Eighteen students participated in a 10 week course: Disrupting Privilege through Anti-Oppressive Practice facilitated by Hope Anderson, Nadine Bridges, Megan Devenport, Colleen Gibley-Reed,and Alli Jackson (TA). The students were divided into 3 caucuses that represented their privileged identity (White Privilege, Cisgender Privilege, and U.S. Citizenship Privilege). Throughout the class, we learned to understand the ways in which our privilege has harmed others and what we can do to disrupt.

Where: Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2148 S High St, Denver
When: Monday, June 10 at 6:00pm

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Colorado People’s Alliance: 4th Annual The People’s Party 2019

Join us at our 4th Annual The People’s Party to celebrate our work and come together as community! We will have a short program including our presentation of The People’s Award and performances from the band Tulips! There will be time to enjoy food from Stokes Poke, Turn-In BBQ, WongWayVeg, and Tacos; as well as beer from Cerveceria Colorado and Crazy Mountain Brewery, wine, and soda! All the food and drinks are included in your ticket!

Where: City Park Pavilion, 1700 N. York St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Census 2020 and Boba

You have Census 2020 questions and we have answers, resources, and boba!!! Join us on June 12th any time from 5:00-7:30 PM at Beau Tea (723 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80220) for talk circles that will cover: Census 101 and How the Census Affects AANHPI communities, community safety/confidentiality (worried about how the Census will be used? or concerned about specific questions? Let’s talk about it!), and a take action circle.

Where: Beau Tea, 723 Quebec St, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:00pm

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Of Creeks and Canyons: Presentation & Comment-Writing Workshop

What is the Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan? Just over two hours from Denver lies a little-known stretch of land along the Arkansas River; you can glimpse it from Highway 50 or one of the many rafts sailing past. The time has come for the Bureau of Land Management to decide its future of this peaceful public landscape. Join field organizer Jenny Gaeng to learn what happens when you venture beyond the banks and write comments to the BLM to advocate for the protection of this special space. Snacks and drinks will be provided at this free event, co-hosted by Powder7 and Powder7!

Where: Powder7, 880 Brickyard Cir, Golden
When: Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30pm

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New Era Colorado: Toast to Democracy 2019

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 Wednesday June 12th 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 12 at 6:00pm

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Day of Action: Strengthening Workers’ Rights in Colorado

Please join Towards Justice & the Bell Policy Center in re-imaging Colorado wage and hour law, including who is entitled to minimum wage, overtime, and paid workday breaks. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment recently opened an informal rulemaking to address some of these issues, and now is our chance to make worker voices heard.

Where: Colorado Health Foundation, 1780 Pennsylvania St. Denver
When: Thursday, June 13 at 8:30am

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End Fatherless Father’s Days – Fight for immigrant fathers!

The immigrant community will congregate at the Colorado Capitol to honor our deported fathers before Father’s Day. We will use the day to celebrate our families and draw attention to the tactics that ICE uses to stop and deport our family members. Collaboration between ICE and police departments results in deportations, which results in family separations. Join us to demand action to protect our family members and members of our community who are victims of the collaboration between ICE and our police departments.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 13 at 4:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Denver

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 13 at 6:00pm

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2nd Annual Food Justice Symposium

The 4 Corners Collaborative is hosting the 2nd Annual Food Justice Symposium on June 14th, 15th, 16th, 2019 in Mancos, Colorado. The intention of this event is to bring together community members who are committed to engaging in dialogue and action to address racism in the food system in the Four Corners Region. The event features a Weekend Intensive, designed for people who are ready to dive deeply into this topic, and two Keynotes Speakers, which are open to the public.

Where: Mancos, Colorado
When: Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16

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Colorado Rising Hoedown with 300 Days at McCauley Family Farm

Join us for a Colorado Rising fundraiser featuring 300 Days–a very fun, very talented swing, bluegrass, jazz, folk band! This event will take place at the beautiful Mccauley Family Farm and will include delicious farm to table food, beer and wine! Colorado Rising is in the midst of taking on new lawsuits that have potential for major statewide impacts, as well as launching several grassroots campaigns around the state to empower communities under the new law, SB-181. We are also engaging in the state rulemaking process to ensure health and safety is the priority and protected.

Where: Mccauley Family Farm, 9421 N 63rd St, Longmont
When: Friday, June 14 at 6:30pm

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Colorado AFL-CIO: Canvass to support union member & Rep. Tom Sullivan

One of our own, 29 year APWU member, CO AFL-CIO Board member, and State Representative Tom Sullivan is under attack. Using smear tactics and lies, Tom’s opponents are trying to recall him. And so labor is going to have Tom’s back! Join the Colorado AFL-CIO, the Denver Area Labor Federation, American Federation of Teachers and many other unions in knocking doors to support our brother and Colorado State House Representative Tom Sullivan. Brother Sullivan has worked hard to support the working men and women of Colorado. He needs our help letting voters know about the good work he has done.

Where: 17133 E Prentice Dr, Centennial
When: Saturday, June 15 at 10:00am

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Volunteer with NARAL – Juneteenth Celebration

Come and join NARAL in spreading the word about reproductive health and the importance of abortion access for all!

Where: 27th and Welton Street, Denver
When: Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Denver Pride

LGBTQ Pride season is here! Pull on a 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 15 at 10:30am

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Stay Strong with Tom Sullivan – Weekly SoBo Postcard Parties!

Representative Tom Sullivan lost his son tragically in the 2012 Aurora Theater shooting. Tom ran for office and won last year. He personally knocked on more than 9,000 doors in his district and told every one that he was running to protect the communities from similar tragedies in the future. He kept his words and sponsored Extreme Risk Protection Order (red flag law) in Colorado. Now the conservatives are trying to recall him because he did exactly what he promised to do when he ran for office!

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, June 15 at 12:00pm

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Volunteer with NARAL, Denver Pride Festival

Come and join NARAL in spreading the word about reproductive health and the importance of abortion access!

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16

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One Colorado’s 14th Annual Pink Party

Come celebrate pride on June 15th at One Colorado’s 2019 Pink Party — pride weekend’s premier dance fundraiser! All tickets include entry into the Pink Party with an open bar.

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Saturday, June 15 at 6:00pm

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March with One Colorado at Denver Pride!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 16 at 8:30am

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March with PPVC at PrideFest 2019!

Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 16 at 8:45am

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Denver Pride Equality Rally

Join One Colorado, state leaders, activists, and community groups 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 16 at 12:30pm

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We’ll be back next week with more ways to get involved. Thanks for everything you do!

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Colorado Week in Review: 6/7/19

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

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It’s June! The weather has finally turned nice to stay, flowers are in bloom, skies are blue, and it’s Pride Month.

Let’s kick off the 2020 U.S. Senate race with a picnic! This Sunday at Denver’s Barnum Park, our friends at Indivisible Front Range Resistance are throwing a 2020 Colorado Senate candidate forum and picnic. Every Senate candidate (including Sen. Cory Gardner, of course!) is invited, and we’re hoping hundreds to show up for an afternoon of fun, food, and education about what’s at stake in this race.

“Our intention with this event is to raise awareness of the upcoming U.S. Senate election,” says my friend Tania Van Pelt of Indivisible Denver. “We want to get Coloradans engaged with the candidates and issues that matter to all of us, so we can make an informed decision in the coming election year.”

Your #1 action item this week: join us for a picnic!

Where: Barnum Park, 360 West Hooker Street, Denver
When: Sunday, June 9 at 4:30PM

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks! This is just the first of many opportunities you’ll have over the coming weeks and months to get involved in what could be the hottest U.S. Senate race of 2020–the fight that could decide control of the U.S. Senate. Stay tuned.

Here are some more great ways to take action for the week of June 3:


Closing the Gap: The Turning Point for LGBTQ Health launch

Much has changed since One Colorado Education Fund’s (OCEF) 2011 health assessment, Invisible: The State of LGBTQ Health. We have expanded non-discrimination protections, increased rates of insurance coverage, and won the freedom to marry for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, among other advancements. We conducted a comparative study in 2018 to learn more about the lived experiences of LGBTQ Coloradans accessing health care and want to share with you what we learned.

Where: Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave W, Denver
When: Monday, June 3 at 5:30pm

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Post-Runoff Happy Hour – Drinking Liberally Denver

The Denver municipal runoff is Tuesday. Let’s come together on Wednesday and take a load off. We are also celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of Drinking Liberally, which was founded on May 29, 2003. Come by to share a pint and some socializing with your progressive friends.

Where: Drinking Liberally Denver, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm

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Shannon Watts at The Tattered Cover

Join Shannon Watts for a talk and signing for FIGHT LIKE A MOTHER. This event is free and open to the public. End time may vary.

Where: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednedsay, June 5 at 7:00pm

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Stay Human Party in the Park

Join Michael Franti and Everytown for Gun Safety at this summer’s first annual STAY HUMAN PARTY IN THE PARK June 6th at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO from 5pm – 9pm.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Thursday, June 6 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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, June 6 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Pride Reception with Governor Jared Polis

Join us on Thursday, June 6th for a historic event — the first ever Pride Reception at the Governor’s Mansion with the nation’s first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis, and Colorado’s first First Gentleman, Marlon Reis! Because the event is being held at the Governor’s Mansion, all tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be available for sale at the door. The ticket covers the cost of food, beverages, and the event space.

Where: Colorado Governor’s Mansion, 400 E 8th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm

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Museo De Las Americas: Cultural First Friday – Pride

Join us in celebration of LGBTQ Pride on Cultural First Friday on June 7th from 5pm to 9pm. Free Admission.

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Friday, June 7 at 5:00pm

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Gala & Games: A Fun-tastic Fundraiser for the Foundation

Join New York Times bestselling author, T.R. Reid, Colorado Sen. Mike Foote, and Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis for a fun fundraiser for the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care.

Where: Mangiamo Pronto! 1601 17th St, Denver
When: Friday, June 7 at 5:30pm

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9to5 Colorado: Legislative Debrief & Celebration

Join us as we wrap up the 2019 legislative session! We’ll be celebrating successes and the hard work of members and allies in the fight for progressive policies.

Where: The Denver Game Lounge, 1490 Eudora St, Denver
When: Saturday, June 8 at 11:00am

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The Pride Show, featuring Quiet No More: A Choral Commemoration

The Choruses of Rocky Mountain Arts Association Join Forces to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a seminal event that gave birth to the gay rights movement in the United States.

Where: King Center (Auraria Campus), 855 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Friday, June 7 at 7:30pm

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When: Saturday, June 8 at 2:00pm

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When: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm

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One Colorado Pride Prep Party

Help us make balloons, buttons, and signs for the Denver Pride parade! This event is free to attend.

Where: Illegal Pete’s South Broadway, 270 S Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, June 8 at 12:00pm

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Denver Wear Orange

Join the Denver, Aurora, and NW Denver groups for a day to honor survivors and bring awareness to gun violence in our communities. Family friendly event, all welcome.

Where: Parkfield Lake Park 15555 E 53rd Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, June 8 at 12:00pm

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Sunday Canvass with AG Phil Weiser for Tom Sullivan

Join Representative Tom Sullivan, Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Arapahoe County Activists at Tom’s house for a canvassing shift Sunday 6/9! Join us, Stand with Tom against misguided extremist recall efforts!

Where: 17133 E Prentice Dr, Centennial
When: Sunday, June 9 at 10:00am

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League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans Legislative Reception

Let’s celebrate our Legislative Session! It is with honor that our Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Congressman Joe Neguse will be speaking at our Legislative Celebration Reception!

Where: Corrida, 1023 Walnut Street #400, Boulder
When: Sunday, June 9 at 3:00pm

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (May 28)

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After one of the most productive sessions of the Colorado legislature in years, last week I gave my staff here at ProgressNow Colorado a week’s worth of much-needed time off. It’s been a week of both relaxation and continued celebration as important bills you helped pass are signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. From full-day kindergarten to equal pay and equal rights to saving money on health care and education, this was a year to remember.

2019 isn’t over yet. You may have read in the news that Colorado Republicans are targeting freshman Rep. Tom Sullivan of Centennial in a recall petition campaign. Rep. Sullivan’s son Alex was tragically murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. Tom Sullivan ran for office on a platform of gun safety, and was a prime sponsor of this year’s “red flag” bill to protect the public from gun violence by people suffering from a mental health crisis.

Tom Sullivan did exactly what he promised. And now Republicans who won’t accept that they lost the last election are trying to drive Sullivan from office for doing his job. We can’t the right wing succeed in overturning the will of the voters every time they don’t get their way. Priority #1 this week: sign up to support Rep. Tom Sullivan at SullivanStrong.com.

Once that’s done, check out more great ways to take action for the week of May 28:


Spotlight On Court Accompaniment

Going to court gives a lot of people anxiety, and going alone can mean missing important information or feeling really isolated and alone. When immigrants go to court, having accompaniment means that everyday people can work together to keep each other safe. We are looking to expand our nimble court accompaniment teams. Court accompaniers wear a pin with a white ribbon and go to ICE Check Ins in Centennial, Court at the GEO Immigration Detention Center, criminal court in a number of counties, or Federal Immigration Court down town. With a little bit of guidance and a lot of compassion, we invite you to join us.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado 2019 Scorecard Release Party

Please join Women’s Lobby for our 2019 Annual Scorecard Event party. We are so excited to highlight the amazing work from the Colorado Capitol this year, as well as some of the challenges.

Where: Butler Snow, 1801 California St Ste 5100, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30pm

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Repro Day of Action for Tom Sullivan

Join Representative Tom Sullivan, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, and Arapahoe County Activists at Tom’s house on Wednesday 5/29! Join us, Stand with Tom against misguided extremist recall efforts!

Where: 17133 E Prentice Dr, Centennial
When: Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And – there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives. We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: Salida Community Center, 305 F St, Salida
When: Thursday, May 30 at 3:00pm

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Where: Aspen Red Brick Recreation Center, 110 E Hallam St Ste 135, Aspen
When: Friday, May 31st at 5:30pm

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Building Justice: Harnessing the Power of Faith Communities

Join Together Colorado Boulder County on Thursday, May 30 from 6:30-8:30 PM for Building Justice: Harnessing the Power of Faith Communities to Transform Boulder County.

Where: First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, 1255 Centaur Village Drive, Lafayette
When: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: Bill Signings for Jude’s Law and Conversion Therapy Ban

After five sessions – WE DID IT! Join us and the bill sponsors as Governor Jared Polis signs these historic bills into law! HB19-1129: Conversion Therapy Ban, sponsored by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, Rep. Daneya Esgar, and Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg, will ban the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. HB19-1039: Jude’s Law, sponsored by LGBT Caucus co-chairs Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sen. Dominick Moreno, will make it easier for transgender and non-binary Coloradans to access identity documents that reflect their authentic selves.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Friday, May 31 at 9:30 am

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Conservation Colorado: Rebel with a Cause

At a time when our environment and the future of our Colorado way of life are at risk, Westerners are stepping up to lead. This year, we are thrilled to honor three western champions for the environment as our 2019 Rebels with a Cause: Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, Sen. Jacky Rosen, U.S. Senator for Nevada; and Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Senator for Montana.

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
When: Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm

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Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit (YAAAS)

We envision a culture in CO where anybody who wants or needs an abortion can access one safely, in a timely manner, affordably and with dignity, respect, and support. To build young leaders in the reproductive rights, health, and justice movement, we aim to teach, train, and connect young people who are interested in organizing to increase access to abortion. Come join organizations from around the state and receive the tools you need to become a powerful young activist for the abortion rights movement! The trainings and workshops we offer will cater to a range of experiences.

Where: Denver, CO (RSVP for details)
When: Saturday, June 1 at 9:30am

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Rally for Gun Violence Research in Denver

Join Giffords, the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians for a rally for gun violence research funding. Gun violence has reached a 40-year high. It’s time for the federal government to invest in research into this public health epidemic. Join medical professionals and advocates from Giffords, the American Academy of Pediatrics Colorado Chapter, and more for a rally to support funding for gun violence research.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am

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Thanks as always! We’ll see you next week.

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Colorado Week in Review: 5/17/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (May 13)

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The 2019 legislative session is over, and a summer of organizing before the crucial 2020 election season lies ahead.

Over the past two and a half years, Colorado’s progressive grassroots has evolved far beyond mere resistance to Donald Trump into a movement to realize our most important shared values: freedom, fairness and truly equal opportunity for every single person in our state and nation. In 2018 those values translated into a landslide progressive victory here in Colorado, and in 2019 the new progressive majority set to work keeping its promises.

Over the coming months, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on events and opportunities to take meaningful action like you’ve been doing all year in the legislature. If you haven’t already, take a moment now to forward this alert to your progressive friends and family, and encourage them to sign up to stay in the loop. Visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter as well for up to date information, and don’t forget to download the Beacon app to your smartphone to access alert information on the go.

And the work goes on–here are some great ways to take action for the week of May 13:


ACLU Annual Meeting

Please join us as we look back at the successes and challenges of the past year, honor local civil liberties heroes, and celebrate a year of activism and accomplishments. Admission is free and open to ACLU members and supporters. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Where: SKYLIGHT, 833 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00pm

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Bars and Graphs; Colorado Fiscal Institute’s 2019 End of Session Wrappy Hour

Join the CFI team as we raise a glass and celebrate the end of the 2019 legislative session. Meet us at Vine Street Pub and Brewery and grab a beer (or wine) on us! We’ll chat about everything that happened at the capitol this year and discuss CFI’s upcoming summer agenda.

Where: Colorado Fiscal Institute, 1905 Sherman St, Ste 225, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00pm

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Vision Zero Ride & Walk of Silence

You are invited to participate in the 2019 Ride & Walk of Silence to commemorate the lives that have been lost to traffic crashes on our streets and to bring attention to the human toll of dangerous street design that prioritizes speed over safety. The Ride of Silence is an annual international event to honor cyclists who were killed or seriously injured on public roadways. As cities around the world, including Denver, have adopted Vision Zero policies, there is an even greater awareness around the need to design safer streets to protect the most vulnerable users of the road.

Where: Sunken Gardens Park, 1099 Speer Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30pm

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Paris to Pittsburgh Free Film Screening

As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, Americans aren’t waiting on Washington, DC to act to protect a healthy planet today and a livable future for all children tomorrow. From coastal cities to America’s heartland, people are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. We invite you to hear incredible stories of loss and empowerment in Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies — narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00pm

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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. Suite 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm

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Stories Without Borders: Beyond the (Funding) Wall

We’ve seen the stories on the news. We’ve heard the sound bites. We may have even seen the spray-painted hateful words drying on doors and walls. And we’re tired of it.It not too late to course-correct before the next election.Storytelling arms us with the power to create change.Join us for an evening of Storytelling and community with food and drink. The official event kicks off at 5:30p with our storytellers – who are individuals featured in the film – to start sharing around 630p. Beyond the Wall follows the lives of two young people navigating the struggles and barriers of building a life in America’s current social climate — an undocumented Mexican immigrant and a young Syrian refugee.

Where: 715 Club, 715 East 26th Avenue, Denver
When: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm

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The Denver Press Club: CPR’s Ben Markus: Investigations

From his extensive contributions to CPR’s “Tax Man” podcast to his recent investigation into sexual harassment allegations at a major oil & gas firm and shoe-leather reporting on ties between Denver city officials and lobbyists, business reporter Ben Markus’ reporting has been making major waves. Join us in conversation with Markus for an inside look at what goes into these and other investigations. Social hour starts at 5:30, with the discussion beginning at 6:30.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm

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Community Garden Launch – Apertura del Jardin Comunitario

We’re hosting a free event open to the community for members that are interested in growing their own food. At the event, hosted by Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha and Growing Home, we will teach participants the steps to prepare soil, clean, and plant in the garden. We will also provide food, drinks, and music as we all work together to launch our community garden.

Where: 3489 W 72nd Ave #110, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 8:00am

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Conservation Colorado: Hike Spraddle Creek – Celebrate Public Lands

FREE guided exploration of Spraddle Creek, a wilderness addition to Eagles Nest Wilderness Area proposed as part of the CORE Act. Join author, activist, and nature-based coach, Susie Kincade, to explore one of the last roadless areas near Vail and learn more about this exciting bill that will protect 400,000 acres of wilderness, recreation, and habitat in Colorado. Susie will guide you on the trail and enrich the experience by offering practices in “forest bathing”, working with nature to renew body, mind and spirit. Learn about the value of wilderness as a prime economic driver in Colorado’s economy, and about its role in rejuvenating the human brain and body.

Where: Vail
When: Saturday, May 18 at 9:00am

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Colorado Public Lands Day Fest

Join us for a day of speakers, exciting activities, and chances to connect with organizations that are making a difference in the conservation and public lands protection movement. Additionally, attendees will have a chance to take action to support the CORE Act, a bill sponsored by Congressman Joe Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet that aims to protect approximately 400,000 acres of iconic Colorado public lands for future generations; participants will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win some prizes, including two soak vouchers to Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

Where: Del Mar Park 12000 E 6th Ave, Aurora
When: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00am

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: Emergency Services

Calling 9-1-1 for a fire or car accident makes sense. What other kinds of emergencies require a 9-1-1? Climate crisis? Health care? Racism? Poverty? What would that look like? How could we make it happen? Are there ways to prevent these emergencies so that we don’t need a new kind of 9-1-1? Well, bring the kids to have some fun drinking some lemonade and eating cookies while making superhero costumes, buttons, and other activities. Also, the Denver Public Library’s Wheelie the Book Bike, fire vehicles, and a ghostbuster car will be there so and let’s see what we can come up with!

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 10:30am

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Volunteer for NARAL at Denver Jazz Festival

Come volunteer with us at the Denver Jazz Festival! We are in need of volunteers to interact with festival patrons and to advocate for abortion access in Colorado and beyond!

Where: Denver Jazz Festival, Five Points, Denver
When: Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am

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Chinook Fund: Creating Sustainable Local Economies

Join Giving Project Alumni and Chinook Fund’s community for a discussion on community-wealth building with local community members and organizations interested in producing and maintaining community wealth. A panel of local activists and experts will guide the conversation on building and maintaining community capital, and using shared resources for collective liberation.

Where: Posner Center, 1031 33rd Street, Denver
When: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00pm

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Thanks again. See you next time with more ways to make a difference!

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Colorado Week in Review: 5/10/19

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