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

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This week in Washington, the articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives will be formally handed over to the U.S. Senate. Senators will swear a constitutional oath to “do impartial justice” in deciding the guilt of President Trump, and the third trial in American history to remove a sitting President from office following impeachment will begin.

What happens after that depends on Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.

In October of 2016, Sen. Gardner called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race, saying he could not support a candidate to “brags about degrading and assaulting women.” Since Trump’s unexpected victory, Gardner has shamelessly reversed course and become one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders. A majority of Colorado voters support the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump from office, but Gardner refuses to even acknowledge the incontrovertible facts that led to Trump’s impeachment.

After five failed years in office, it’s too late for Cory Gardner to save his political skin. Colorado has rejected Trump at the polls every time they have had the chance to do so, either directly by electing Hillary Clinton in 2016 or by punishing Trump’s party at every level in 2018. All Gardner has the chance to do now is salvage his moral credibility by demanding a fair trial of the allegations against President Trump, and end his political career with more integrity than he has shown up to this moment.

For years, you’ve called and written Sen. Gardner over and over demanding he serve Colorado ahead of Trump. It’s been a frustrating experience as Gardner has time and again refused to honor the wishes of Colorado voters. Gardner needs to hear from you one more time, so it’s crystal clear that his continuing support for Trump will spell the end of Gardner’s U.S. Senate career in November.

Call Sen. Gardner right now at (202) 224-5941 and tell him Colorado demands an impartial trial of the evidence against President Trump, with witnesses and every relevant fact included. This isn’t about Gardner saving his skin anymore; it’s about the judgment of history.


Once that’s done, check out more great ways to make a difference for the week of January 13:

Featured Event: American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave

Join ProgressNow Colorado’s Ian Silverii next Wednesday evening for a conversation with Dana Fisher, author and professor, about her new book American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave. This book traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative survey data and interviews with key players, Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism. Beginning with the first Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories.

Where: Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm

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Puppy Mill Bill Kick-Off Party

We are celebrating the beginning of the Colorado 2020 legislative session by having a kick-off party for our puppy mill bill! We will be introducing legislation to ban the retail sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores, to prohibit sham “rescues” from sourcing their puppies from breeders, and to improve standards in large-scale breeding facilities. Our hardworking and dedicated bill sponsor, State Representative Monica Duran, and devoted animal advocate First Gentleman Marlon Reis will also be attending!

Where: Oasis Brewing Company, LLC, 3257 N Lowell Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, January 13 at 6:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: End the Death Penalty Lobby Day

We need your help ending the death penalty in Colorado in the 2020 legislative session. For months, activists across Colorado have been writing postcards to legislators asking them to end the death penalty. On January 14th, join us for a pivotal day of action as we converge at the Capitol to deliver the postcards and speak with our representatives to advance civil liberties and end the death penalty. Over breakfast, hear from legislators that champion repeal, receive a lobby training and share why you support an end to this broken system. Then, join us at the capitol to engage in the legislative process, meet with your elected officials and hold legislators accountable.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 8:30am

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PPVC Legislative Session Kick-Off Happy Hour

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado is excited to get to work during this 2020 legislative session. Come learn about our legislative priorities and mingle with activists, partners, and elected officials. We’re excited to kick off this session and hope you’ll join us as we work towards expanding access to reproductive health care across our state.

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 5:00pm

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The Denver Press Club: Watch Party: 7th Democratic Debate

Join us at the historic Denver Press Club for the lucky 7th Democratic Presidential Debate – and the last one before the Iowa caucuses!

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00pm

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Denver Vote Common Good Rally

This Vote Common Good Rally is a 90 minute large group event designed to inspire voters in practical ways to make the common good their voting criteria by pursuing faith, hope, & love for a change on election day 2020 and to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump. Together with Together Colorado Action, Our merry band of musicians, poets, speakers, activists, candidates and other common do-gooders invite you to join us.

Where: 1595 N Pearl St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30pm

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Fair Elections Act Launch Party

Hear from candidates opting in for The Fair Elections Fund’s matching funds and from activists and elected officials working on the implementation of Denver’s Fair Elections Act and on new legislation locally in Aurora and statewide for Colorado. Celebrate these significant developments with like-minded folks determined to counter the effects of Citizens United and rid our politics of the corrupting influence of big money.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: 2020 Legislative Kickoff Happy Hour

The 2020 legislative session is right around the corner and there will be several bills that will impact the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We’re hosting a happy hour to give you an opportunity to grab a drink or two, meet pro-equality legislators, AND learn about what we’re expecting in 2020!

Where: Pride and Swagger, 450 E 17th Avenue #110, Denver
When: Thursday, January 16 at 5:30pm

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Womxn’s March Denver 2020

Denver’s Fourth Annual Womxn’s March and Community Exhibition will take place on Saturday, January 18th 2020. This is more than a March; this is a Movement. To better ignite action and create lasting impact, we will forgo a rally this year. Instead, after you march, make your way to the McNichols Building (attached to Civic Center Park) and connect with almost 60 local non-profits and grassroots organizations that are serving the community.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Saturday, January 18 at 9:00am

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Thanks as always for everything you do! See you next week.

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What you can do to fight back this week (January 6)

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It’s 2020. The year we’ve been waiting for.

From Denver to D.C., the challenges we face and decisions we make this year will chart the course of our country for the next generation. Are the fundamental American values of freedom, fairness, and truly equal opportunity still what our nation stands for? Does America stand for hope and prosperity for all, or the hate and greed of the political fringe and the right-wing donor class?

In Colorado, there’s plenty of reason to be hopeful and excited about the coming year. The progressive majority we elected to the Colorado legislature in 2018 returns Wednesday to continue the work begun in 2019 to provide affordable, quality health coverage. After last year’s landmark reinsurance bill, premiums dropped in Colorado by double digits. This year, the goal is to bring costs down even more by providing a robust public option for coverage, and paid family leave for every Colorado worker to take care of ourselves and our families.

In Washington, Donald Trump has become only the third President in American history to be impeached by the US House of Representatives. Since Congress adjourned for the holidays, further evidence of Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy for personal political gain has only deepened our constitutional crisis. The evidence is increasingly clear that Donald Trump should be removed from office. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he’s a likely vote to convict, while Cory Gardner, as the Denver Post reports today, remains in hiding:

“Gardner’s silence dates back months. His public appearances, never numerous in 2019, were rarer still this fall. He has avoided conservative talk radio, once a political safe space, along with most news media. His office agreed to arrange an interview with The Denver Post in Washington, D.C., during the House impeachment process, but later said he was unavailable and instead emailed a statement criticizing that process.”

2020 is the year both Donald Trump and Cory Gardner face the music. Let’s get to work: here are some great ways to fight back for our shared progressive values for the week of January 6.


Featured Event: Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Together In This

Together in This is a series of events for anyone feeling division fatigue from our country’s current political and cultural disagreements. In a series of gatherings, we will come together across difference to share our heartbreak and hope, learn to enter courageous conversations, to listen and seek understanding, to speak with those who hold different convictions, to find common ground, learn how to tell our stories, imagine a new way forward and learn skills to bring healing to our current cultural division.

Where: Denver Community Church-Uptown, 1595 Pearl Street, Denver
When: Monday, January 13 at 5:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2020 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us for this beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community as we prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity!

Where: Capitol Hill Tavern, 1225 N Logan St, Denver
When: Monday, January 6 at 6:00pm

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Faithful Thursdays Kick-off

This is a kick-off event for Faithful Thursdays. Faithful Thursdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policy-making process in Colorado. In 2020, our focus will be on advancing a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy promotes equity and eradicates racism in Colorado.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 12:00pm

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Boulder City Council Meeting: Topic, Homeless Policy

Please join us for the first City Council meeting of 2020 to voice your support for more humane homeless policies that include keeping the walk up shelter open all winter long. Sign up to speak for two minutes using the URL below or come at 5:30 to sign up to be chosen to speak.

Where: City of Boulder Colorado Government, 1777 Broadway, Boulder
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

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League of Women Voters of Denver: League goes back to Jail

Interested in registering voters in jail? LWV of Denver is hosting a Voter Registration Drive Training on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the League Office.

Where: League of Women Voters of Denver, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00pm

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New Era Colorado: 10th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour

Join New Era for our 10th Annual Opening Day Happy Hour at Prohibition! The 2020 legislative session kicks off on Wednesday, January 8th, so come grab a drink with us at Prohibition and get the inside scoop on what to expect. We’ll be providing appetizers and if you’re a monthly donor, check in with us at the door for a free drink.

Where: Prohibition, 504 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 8 at 5:00pm

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Rally for Climate Justice

Please join us at the capitol on January 9th as the Governor delivers his State of the State address to share how you think Colorado is doing on climate action. We demand that our Governor declares a climate emergency and immediately stops fracking at Bella Romero. We demand a plan to stop all fossil fuel development in Colorado by 2025, starting by ceasing all new permits, while ensuring a just transition that prioritizes the marginalized populations suffering the most from climate injustice. 2020 is the start of a new year, and we will hold our elected officials responsible for addressing environmental injustice and ecological emergency.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, January 9 at 9:30am

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Free DACA Renewal Application Clinic

The Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (DOIRA), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) are hosting a FREE DACA Renewal Application Clinic on Saturday, January 11, 9:00 am, at Denver Human Services, (3815 Steele St, 80205). Please help us share the message.

Where: Denver Human Service Building-East, 3815 Steele St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 11 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Gun Violence Prevention – Town Hall

Join DPS Director Tay Anderson, Director Laurvick, Moms Demand Action, DPS Educators, Students, and Families for a conversation on how we can end gun violence in our communities.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, January 11 at 4:00pm

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We’re excited to be back at work, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference in this pivotal year.

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What you can do to fight back through the New Year

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This is our final weekly action alert for 2019. Let’s take a moment to reflect on this amazing year.

After an historic landslide victory for progressives in Colorado in 2018, in January the new majority and governor set to work solving problems that had been piling up for over four years in a divided legislature. The new progressive majority had a powerful mandate from voters to take action on health care, education, civil rights, and upholding the dignity of the working people who make everything we value in our state happen day after day.

The progressive majority’s results in the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature speak for themselves. We’re on the way to making a public option for health coverage and paid family leave a reality next year. The legislature gave local communities the power to set a living wage. Big strides on common-sense reform of our criminal justice system and renter’s rights. Big investments in affordable housing, and new resources to ensure Coloradans have access to mental health treatment. And we passed another crucial piece of legislation to protect the public from gun violence.

After an historic legislative session keeping campaign promises, the far right retaliated against the progressive majority, threatening recalls against numerous elected lawmakers (full disclosure: including my brilliant, beautiful and extremely talented wife Sen. Brittany Pettersen) and Gov. Polis. But unlike in previous years, the voters of Colorado said no to every attempt. Today, the chairman of the Republican Party Rep. Ken Buck, who promised to “teach Democrats how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L” refuses to take responsibility for wasting all of 2019 on a fool’s errand, while progressives in Colorado are united and organized for the coming election.

None of this success would have been possible without you. By turning out to events that set the agenda and hold our leaders accountable, making phone calls, writing letters, knocking on doors to help candidates targeted by the far right, you helped ensure that the victories at the polls in 2018 translated into progressive policy wins at the state capitol in 2019. In 2020, everything we’ve worked toward since the national tragedy of the 2016 election to take back our state and nation comes to fruition. Thanks for everything you do and will do to help.

Here are a few more ways to make a difference as 2019 comes to a close:


Featured Event: Impeachment Rally

No one is above the law: Trump must be impeached and removed from office. We gather in support of the U.S. House of Representatives as they prepare to vote on impeachment.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Speak Out For Clean Air-Loveland, Colorado

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is considering adopting new rules to rein in the fracking industry’s toxic air pollution. Tonight, they’ll be hearing public comment in Loveland, Colorado on plans to step up clean air and public health safeguards. If you live along Colorado’s Front Range, please attend this meeting and speak out both in support of new rules, but also for STRONGER RULES.

Where: Larimer County Loveland Campus, 200 Peridot St, Loveland
When: Monday, December 16 at 4:30pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Come share your health care story with Rep. Leslie Herod at a Health Care Open Mic Night. Put on your creative hat while sharing your health care stories in any way you want. Performers can share their experience with the health care system, high cost of prescription drugs, access to health care, and more. This event is in partnership with Rocky Mountain Values, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, Progress Now Colorado and Protect Our Care.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm

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Cardboard Cory’s End of Year Celebration

Another year has passed and Cardboard Cory and friends want to celebrate the times we’ve all spent together demanding that our voices be heard. The Sierra Club, ProgressNow, and Rocky Mountain Values would like to invite Coloradans to a fun night of games, food, drinks, and good times as we reflect on how we can continue to advocate for Colorado’s air, water, and preservation of public lands, particularly the passage of full funding to the Land Water and Conservation Fund.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm

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9to5 December Community Meeting

Join 9to5 for it’s second monthly meeting! At our last meeting, we discussed 9to5 history, our campaigns, attendees’ experiences, and answered questions. As we continue to grow this space, we invite input on what is useful to the community. During this meeting we’ll talk about community members’ rights in the legislative process, upcoming bills, and what we can do now to advocate for our goals. Childcare and interpretation available.

Where: The Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Tuesday, Decedmber 17 at 6:30pm

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It’s a Woman’s World: The New Face of Colorado Leadership

Senator Brittany Petterson will moderate our panel of powerful female changemakers and leaders. As you probably know, Senator Petterson has fought hard for better legislation on the opioid epidemic and education. She has become a powerful voice on these issues and many others–and she successfully defeated a Republican attempt to retake her district in a do-over recall bid earlier this year. Our panel of elected officials are trailblazers in bringing change to Colorado in the age of Trump–and they are all graduates of Emerge Colorado!

Where: Boulder Elks Lodge, 3528 28th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 11:00am

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Greeley Está con Inmigrantes | Greeley Stands with Immigrants

Join us for a discussion about the needs we are seeing in Greeley, and what we can do together to create change. We welcome all immigrants, organizations, and other community members to join us. Please bring a dish to share with others, so that we can connect over food! This conversation will take place bilingually with interpretation in English & Spanish.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00pm

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Working Families & Drinking Liberally Holiday Party

Ain’t no party like a Working Families/ Drinking Liberally party! Please join us for our annual end-of-year celebration, in which we cheer what we accomplished in 2019, talk about what’s coming up in 2020, and generally have a merry ‘ol time with one another. Light refreshments will be provided, and friends/ family are welcome.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30pm

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Art and Climate Change in Pueblo County with Matte Refic

Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Pueblo County to our community event. This event is free, and open to everyone. Matte Refic will create 2-3 large paintings with sculptural elements that highlight the ways in which art, creativity, recycling, and re-using can be used to create conversations about the topics of health and well-being in our community. Along with the creation of the artwork, Matte Refic will prepare a short video that will speak on these topics.

Where: Pueblo Protègete Office, 119 East Abriendo, Pueblo
When: Thursday, December 19 at 5:30pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

We’re going to make holiday cards for youths served by Attention Homes in Boulder. Attention Homes provides shelter and services to homeless youths and help them get back on their feet. Let’s share some holiday joys with the teenage youths and write some encouraging words for them. Quality beats quantity – if you have personal stories to share, please feel free to include them if you want. Otherwise we’ll offer some inspirational quotes for you to use.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, December 21 at 12:00pm

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We Will Remember: 30th Annual Homeless Persons Vigil

For the 30th year, community members are invited to gather on the steps of the Denver City and County Building to honor our neighbors who lost their lives in 2019 while experiencing homelessness. Hosted by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the candlelight vigil and ceremony pays tribute to those who lived on the streets of the Denver metropolitan area and died during 2019. This will be the only memorial service that will be conducted for most of these individuals.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver
When: Saturday, December 21 at 5:30pm

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Fighting Climate Change in Northern Colorado: A Community Event

Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Northern Colorado to our community event. We will be discussing the impact of climate change in our community and also a representative (Leo Escalante) of the city of Fort Collins will join us to talk about the city to plan to fight climate change.

Where: Walnut Creek Boutique in the Stone Room, 222 Walnut St, Fort Collins
When: Sunday, December 22 at 12:00pm

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Bands Against the Ban: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood Votes CO

Bands Against the Ban is a loose confederation of like-minded musicians, music lovers, and supporters of a woman’s right to choose. Our first event is a benefit concert at the Oriental Theater on January 4th, 2020. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado.

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 4 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you in 2020!

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What you can do to fight back this week (December 9)

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Colorado has a Nazi problem.

Hate crimes in Colorado are on the rise. [1] Just a few weeks ago, a white supremacist was arrested in Pueblo while plotting to blow up a local synagogue. [2] One of the leaders of the modern neo-Nazi movement was recently discovered to be living in subsidized housing in Denver while spreading his ideology of violent hatred. [3]

And then last week we learned that Kirk Widlund, a producer at Denver conservative talk radio station 710 KNUS, allegedly maintains an online double life as a devout neo-Nazi who idolizes Hitler and says America fought on the wrong side in the Second World War. [4] [5] The realization that our local right wing talk radio harbors unapologetic neo-Nazis is deeply troubling, but unfortunately not surprising. We can’t deny anymore that fascism is alive in our political culture once again, and we cannot let avowed Nazis and racist hatred in Colorado go unanswered.

Since Widlund’s exposure last week, the hosts and management at 710 KNUS have been completely silent. It’s time for you to get involved. Call 710 KNUS right now at (303) 750-5687, or if you prefer their on-air line at (303) 696-1971, and tell them their employee Kirk Widlund’s neo-Nazi ideology is an affront to Colorado’s values. American politics may be a marketplace of competing ideas, but there is no room in our politics for actual Nazis.

Thanks for standing up to hate and demanding better from our local media. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of December 9:


Featured Event: Netroots Nation In Denver!

Our good friends at Netroots Nation asked us if they could throw a party at our house and we said, “Absolutely!” Come join ProgressNow Colorado the Netroots team and learn about how to get involved in the upcoming Denver Netroots Nation convention in August of 2020.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Climate Action and Faith Roundtable

Conservation Colorado would like to invite residents of the Front Range to our first Climate Action Faith Roundtable. Community Organizer Rebekah Hernandez will moderate a panel of faith leaders in discussing the intersection of faith and conservation. We’ll discuss what’s being done and what more we can do. People of all faiths are welcome at this community event!

Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Thank You & Appreciation Party

2019 has been a wild year for the One Colorado family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 11th, for our Thank You & Appreciation Party at Ten Barrel Brewing.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 2620 Walnut St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


San Juan Citizens Alliance: AQCC Methane Public Hearing

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is holding a Durango hearing on strengthening methane regulations from the oil and gas industry. Strong new rules are vital in order to reduce emissions, protect our health, and curb climate impacts. Five years ago, Colorado became the first state to directly regulate methane pollution – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from the oil and natural gas industry. Since the rules were adopted, Colorado’s economic growth has exceeded projections, proving that smart environmental policy can go hand-in-hand with economic prosperity. But the old rules aren’t enough- Colorado needs new protections that reduce emissions to safeguard our health and our environment.

Where: 1101 E 2nd Ave Room E103, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Year-End Celebration

We’re celebrating our successes and ramping up for a monumental year: 2020! We invite you to join us for small bites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, stories from our activists and participants, and live music from Túlips, a band colectivo of feminista, genre-nonconforming, BIQTPOC in Denver full of queer glory. Raise your glass to the end of 2019, and a year of policy and programmatic wins with us! This is a free event, but donations are accepted. Museo de las Americas is wheel-chair accessible, and some seating will be provided. Free parking available in the back of the venue, and metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

Where: Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, December 12 at 5:30pm

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Drag Show benefit for Citizens Project

Citizens Project is having a Drag Show Fundraiser! Mark your calendars for December 12 at Carter Payne, downstairs in The Cellar. Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and tickets are $20 at the door.

Where: The Carter Payne, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Join Rocky Mountain Values, ProgressNow Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado and COLOR with special guest Representative Leslie Herod for a Health Care Open Mic Night on Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 pm at Coffee at the Point. Are you a slam poet, spoken artist, singer, comedian? Whatever your style is, come share your health care story or hear from others about their story.

Where: Coffee at the Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Cardboard Cory’s End of Year Celebration

Another year has passed and Cardboard Cory and friends want to celebrate the times we’ve all spent together demanding that our voices be heard. The Sierra Club, ProgressNow, and Rocky Mountain Values would like to invite Coloradans to a fun night of games, food, drinks, and good times as we reflect on how we can continue to advocate for Colorado’s air, water, and preservation of public lands, particularly the passage of full funding to the Land Water and Conservation Fund.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

Sincerely,

Alan Franklin

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What you can do to fight back this week (December 2)

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As it stands now, Donald Trump is about to become only the third President in American history to be successfully impeached by the U.S. House. The impeachment proceedings in the House have proven the worst fears of the brave American public servants and patriots who knew instantly that Trump’s attempt to bribe a foreign government for help in winning re-election in 2020 was a terrible crime for which Trump deserves the highest political penalty.

Now it’s up to us to make sure our leaders in Washington know that Colorado agrees: Trump must be removed from office.

In a public town hall meeting held last Friday in Denver, Senator Michael Bennet said he is a “likely vote” to remove Trump from office in a Senate trial. Colorado’s other Senator Cory Gardner, by contrast, refuses to even acknowledge that what Trump stands accused of is wrong. Sen. Gardner hasn’t held a town hall to explain himself to Colorado voters in over two years. Meanwhile, Gardner endorsed Trump’s re-election and has even helped host fundraisers for Trump’s re-election while at the same time accepting campaign help and cash from Trump, whom Gardner could be sitting in judgment over in a Senate trial next year.

Priority #1 this week is to call Sen. Gardner’s office at (202) 224-5941 and tell him that Colorado voters expect Trump to be removed from office–and if Gardner helps protect Trump in a Senate trial, he will share Trump’s fate in the 2020 election.

Thanks for taking action once again to hold Cory Gardner accountable. It is frustrating to realize that the odds of Gardner changing course are very small, and most likely the only way to undo the damage of the past four years will be the next election. Nonetheless, Sen. Gardner needs to understand that the voters of Colorado are paying attention–and accountability is coming soon.

Here are some more great ways to take action for the week of December 2:


2019 Colorado Gives Day Rally

Join Denver7’s Mike Nelson and more than 100 Colorado-based nonprofits at the Colorado Gives Day Kick-Off Rally on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, Dec. 3 on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol Building. This event will help celebrate and build momentum for Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 10. The Colorado Gives Day Kick-Off Rally is being held on Dec. 3, which is Giving Tuesday, a day that encourages and inspires generosity across the country. In Colorado, residents are encouraged to “give where you live” on Giving Tuesday, by scheduling their Colorado Gives Day donations.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Chinook Fund: Giving Project Info Sessions

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to thoughtfully deepen how your volunteering, activism, and giving can better serve our community? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Chinook Fund, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Community Conversation – Caring for Denver Foundation

Last year, Denver residents voted overwhelmingly to put 25 cents from every hundred dollars spent into a community fund for mental health and substance misuse issues. Caring for Denver Foundation is the new nonprofit founded to identify the priorities for these dollars. We need your help figuring out where the dollars should be focused and what the needs are in Denver.

Where: Cross Purpose, 3050 Richard Allen Court, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00pm

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Census 2020 Webinar | Taller Informativo sobre el Censo de 2020

The decennial census is so important because it is tied to funding programs that our community relies on. For every person that was counted in Colorado in the 2010 census, the federal government allocated $2,300 to improve our schools, healthcare, housing and much more. Projects such as Title 1 educational programs, Headstart, WIC, free and reduced breakfast and lunch, and Medicaid/Medicare are funded because of census data. This is why CIRC’s #CountingOnYou census initiative is more important than ever. When the census is inaccurate, communities that are most in need of representation and investment are underfunded. Black, brown and Asian American families need to come together to correct historical undercounts of our communities.

Where: Online webinar
When: Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00pm

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At the Intersections: Reproductive Justice and Sexual Violence

This webinar will explore the connections between reproductive oppression and sexual violence and discrimination. We will highlight the work towards advancing reproductive justice for underserved communities as well as its connection to the movement to eliminate violence against folks. Participants will be engaging in learning ways to address violence and discrimination within sexual and reproductive health services. Together we will explore community response and resources developed.

Where: Online webinar
When: Wednesday, December 4 at 12:00pm

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Denver Climate Strike

The climate crisis is all around us: intensifying storms, hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires, slow-burning disasters like drought and famine, and so much more. And the costs are paid for in the lives and livelihoods of those least responsible for causing the problem. The Colorado Youth Climate Coalition will be joining national strikes on December 6th 2019. We will meet by the fountains on Wynkoop in front of Union Station at 11am on December 6th, then march down the 16th street mall to the west steps of the Denver Capitol building. Come strike with us!

Where: Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Friday, December 6 at 11:00am

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The Marigold Project: People Power

Join The Marigold Project, along with our partner organizations and activists on Saturday, December 7 in Denver at INDUSTRY Brighton Boulevard! Participants will attend panels and engage in meaningful dialogue to understand the importance of building alliances across social movements. Facilitation and training will be led by Stasha Rhodes of The Hub Project, with a keynote address by Jahmal Cole of My Block, My Hood, My City. In the afternoon, we will dig deeper on how we hold ourselves accountable to this work. Featuring session leaders from across the country and right here in Colorado, our goal is to build community and capacity as we seek a vision of a world that values people and our planet.

Where: Industry Denver, 3001 Brighton Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, December 7 at 9:00am

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Bakesale For Planned Parenthood

Join the team at Safta along with some of your favorites around town as we support Planned Parenthood. Located in The Source Hotel and Market Hall from 10am-1pm. The perfect chance to get some holiday treats while supporting a cause you love! All proceeds from this event will benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

Where: Safta Restaurant, 3330 Brighton Blvd Suite 201, Denver
When: Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! This Saturday, we will be writing holiday postcards for detainees in Aurora Immigration Detention Center. Let’s send some holiday cheers to detained immigrants and show them that 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, December 7 at 12:00pm

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Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate

All questions will be asked by the youth (<23) but we encourage anyone of any age to attend! Food will be provided. We plan to have candidates and organizations table. As of October, we have 8 candidates confirming attendance.

Where: Richard F. Celeste Theatre, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm

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Dinner for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies. Join us for a dinner benefiting this amazing organization.

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court #105, Denver
When: Sunday, December 8 at 6:30pm

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Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you next week!

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What you can do to fight back this Thanksgiving

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We’re down to the last six weeks of 2019, but from Denver to D.C. there’s little sign of a slowdown for the holidays. Locally, progressive lawmakers are hard at work getting ready to keep promises in the next legislative session to pass a paid family leave program and introduce a public option for health coverage to keep bringing down the cost of care after major reforms last year.

In Washington, Colorado’s progressive leaders in Congress are preparing to hold President Donald Trump accountable by filing articles of impeachment. It’s an historic time to be involved in politics to be sure.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s junior U.S. Senator Cory Gardner has been doing everything he can to stay in hiding. Gardner’s steadfast support for Trump puts him at odds with the overwhelming majority of Coloradans. A majority of Coloradans support impeachment, but Gardner doesn’t represent our values anymore. And rather than face the accountability that awaits Cory Gardner every time he appears publicly in an unscripted forum, Gardner has ducked the voters he has a duty to represent for almost two years.

Action item #1 this week: join our friends at Indivisible Front Range Resistance and Indivisible Denver this Wednesday to mark two years since Sen. Cory Gardner’s last town hall. After meeting up outside Cory Gardner’s downtown Denver audience, range out across downtown in search of the real (Cardboard) Cory! It’s a great chance to help educate voters about Gardner’s record.

Where: 1961 Stout Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 12:30pm

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Once that’s done, check out some more great ways to get involved for the next two weeks–and we’ll be back after December 1st with our next regular update.


DACA Case Debrief

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the DACA case on November 12th. CU Law professor Violeta Chapín will be answering questions about what happened in the Supreme Court, what’s next for DACA recipients and what it all means. Join us at Wolf Law, room 204 (CU Boulder).

Where: CU Boulder
When: Monday, November 18 at 4:30pm

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RACE TALK UNIVERSITY: A Collective Conversation on Eradicating Racism

A night of conversation and strategizing about eradicating white supremacy with the 2nd cohort to graduate from Race Talk University.

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

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They Belong Here Rally: Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & Grace

Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & her daughter Grace Guiterrez are in danger of deportation. They fled Honduras 5 months ago to escape domestic violence and abuse. At this particularly vulnerable time, they are in great need of support and love frothier community. Please join us in an act of care and solidarity by being with us tomorrow before they enter court proceedings. We will be accompanying them with signs, banners, and have a short program before they go in. Thank you!

Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 12:15pm

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Alianza NORCO: Thank You City Council / Gracias Al Ayuntamiento

Our Fort Collins City Council passed a resolution in October to stand against inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border and in detention centers. The resolution won’t change policy, but is a symbolic show of support for our immigrant community and the greater struggle for immigrant rights. It is a way for them to speak their values and push for reforms to our national immigration policy, and an acknowledgment that cruelty anywhere affects all of us. Join us as we thank them for their show of empathy and courage, especially as hate-filled voices have risen against them!

Where: Fort Collins City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave Bldg A, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00pm

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Whistleblower Wednesday

As Congress begins public impeachment hearings, Denver residents will rally outside the Capitol demanding congress support the Impeachment and Removal of Trump!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00pm

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Every year since 1999 the transgender community around the world has come together on November 20th to honor those that have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence by celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). So far this year, 21 transgender individuals have been murdered due to their perceived gender identity and pervasive transphobia. TDoR acts as an event for the transgender community to come together to mourn and honor the lives lost over the past year and to put a spotlight on the plight faced by the trans community.

Where: 190 W 6th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm

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More TDoR locations across Colorado, click here.


Zero Weeks Screening: America’s Family Leave Crisis

87% of Colorado workers don’t have access to paid time off to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from a personal illness. Join the Colorado FAMLI Coalition for a screening of Zero Weeks- a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn how you can take action to fight for paid leave in Colorado. Because no one should have to choose between their job, their health, and their family.

Where: Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S Williams St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm

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Affordable Housing Advocacy with Senator Julie Gonzales

For the November YIMBY meetup we will be back at The Goods and will have Senator Julie Gonzales of Denver talk about her work to overturn the Telluride decision, which bans most mandatory affordability strategies by even calling land use planning rent control. Being able to incorporate mandatory affordability was a crucial component of Minneapolis’ bill to end single unit only zoned lots city wide. We hope you will join us to learn about this important bill!

Where: 2550 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Advocacy Day Training

This event is designed for Conservation Colorado and COBA members to build skills and community and become stronger advocates for our land, air, water, and people.

Where: 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, November 23 at 10:00am

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! This Saturday, we will be writing holiday postcards for detainees in Aurora Immigration Detention Center. Let’s send some holiday cheers to detained immigrants and show them that 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 23 at 12:00pm

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Not In My Backyard Town Hall

Join subject matter experts to ask questions about the current state of immigration on the southern border and the detention centers where migrants are being held, like the one here in Aurora. We will be tackling issues of human rights, due process, and privately owned detention centers. We are here as a community concerned about the conditions our friends in the GEO Center are enduring. We hope to learn about some practical things we can do to ensure that human rights abuses are not occurring in our backyard.

Where: Aurora Public Libraries, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00pm

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Wishing you a great Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see you in December with more ways to take action!

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

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As a progressive lucky enough to work full time fighting for the values I believe in—freedom for every person, equality, and equal opportunity for everybody—I’m proud to call our progressive values American values. As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, I know that America’s moral leadership can never be taken for granted.

If every American doesn’t do our part to ensure our elected leaders live up to the ideals we proclaim to the rest of the world, we lose our moral authority at home and abroad. That’s why every action you take, from the smallest act of kindness to a stranger to the protest marches where we speak truth to power by the hundreds of thousands are so important.

The freedom to fight back is as important as every other American freedom our veterans have fought for over the years. America isn’t perfect, and we’ve made many mistakes as a country. But because we have the freedom to do better as a nation, and learn from our mistakes, Americans have hope that millions across the world today do not.

So on this Veterans Day, I say thanks to all of you—who take action in ways big and small to make America better every day. Happy Veterans Day, and here are some more ways to fight back for the week of November 11.


Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!

Join us for our November repro health happy hour where folks who support or work in the repro movement can network and meet each other!

Where: Bear Creek Distillery, 1879 S Acoma St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00pm

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Home Is Here: DACA at the Supreme Court Rally

As the US Supreme court hears a brief from the US Department of Justice defending it’s actions on September 5th 2017 to rescind the Obama Era Executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), our communities are coming together to discuss the importance at this time to stand in solidarity for those most impacted by these court proceedings. Colorado DACA recipients will make their case to the community why we need to continue to fight for a permanent solution for DACA, TPS and DED recipients.

Where: Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E 14th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00pm

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Click here for more locations across Colorado.


Battle Against Wage Theft

We will be holding a rally and press conference in an effort to speak out against wage theft. Stand with us and others that have been impacted by wage theft! The Rally will begin at 11:30 AM with the Press Conference to follow at 12:00 PM.

Where: 1498 Irving St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 11:30am

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Plastics Pollution Prevention Event at the Capitol

While bringing your own grocery bag and reusing a water bottle is important to reduce plastic pollution, we need systematic changes to protect Colorado’s waterways, people, and wildlife. Join us on the west Capitol steps on November 14th, the day before America Recycles Day, to highlight the need to reduce plastic pollution statewide, especially those plastics which can’t be recycled. We will be joined by coalition partners and state and local officials who want to be a part of this fight to end plastic pollution. Join us to make your voice heard on this issue!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 1:00pm

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CMU Sustainability Council: Trivia Night

Battle it out with friends for prizes and bragging rights, featuring categories such as Public Lands, Climate Change, and more! Bring your E-Game (Earth Game)

Where: Copeka Coffee, 1012 N 5th Street, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 16 at 12:00pm

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Refugee Welcome 2019

Play a small role in showing a warm welcome to local people who have fled war-torn countries and persecution to be resettled in Colorado by the United Nations refugee program. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will show our gratitude and welcome wishes by making cards, writing notes, collecting grocery gift cards, and other supplies that will be given directly to families in need on November 21st.

Where: 150 E 10th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, November 17 at 2:00pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Rocky Mountain Values is hosting its first Health Care Open Mic night with special guest, Representative Leslie Herod. Come share your health care stories in any way you want. Performers can share their experience with the health care system, high cost of prescription drugs, access to health care, and more.

Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm

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

Sincerely,

Alex Ferencz

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What you can do to fight back this week (November 4)

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Tomorrow is Election Day. Have you turned in your ballot?

Doing your duty in every single election, even the so-called “off years,” is still the most important way that individual citizens can affect change. It’s in lower profile school board and city hall races across Colorado that the future leaders in both parties often get their start. This year, Colorado voters have the opportunity to make a smart investment in the state’s future by passing Proposition CC.

If you’re still holding on to that ballot, it’s too late to mail it in! But you can still vote until 7pm tomorrow! Visit JustVoteColorado.org for all the information you need on ballot drop-off locations, vote centers, and even same-day voter registration if you’re not already registered. There’s no state easier and safer to vote in than Colorado. On Wednesday morning, don’t have any regrets.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of November 4:


Great Education Colorado: Ballots and Beers at Prost Brewing – Election Day Eve!

Join us this upcoming Monday, November 4th, and help get out the vote for Prop CC! Drop by, grab a beer, and help us text and email the people we need to win for our kids on November 5th.

Where: Prost Brewing Company, 2540 19th St, Denver
When: Monday, November 4 at 5:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Active Activism – Western CO

Have you ever wanted to get engaged but found it daunting? Do you want to hone your activism skills? Come join Conservation Colorado on Tuesday November 5th from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at Kiln Coffee Bar in Grand Junction for a night of activism and learning. We provide the food and drinks, you come with a passion for your communities! Also, be ready for an exciting keynote speaker! (to be announced)

Where: Kiln Coffee Bar, 326 Main St., Grand Junction
When: Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Alianza NORCO: Thank You City Council / Gracias Al Ayuntamiento

Join us! This Tuesday we plan to go to the city council at 6pm for public comment. Our Fort Collins City Council passed a resolution in October to stand against inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border and in detention centers. The resolution won’t change policy, but is a symbolic show of support for our immigrant community and the greater struggle for immigrant rights. It is a way for them to speak their values and push for reforms to our national immigration policy, and an acknowledgment that cruelty anywhere affects all of us. Join us as we thank them for their show of empathy and courage, especially as hate-filled voices have risen against them!

Where: City of Fort Collins : City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave Bldg A, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Colorado Springs (location on RSVP)
When: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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Where: Fort Collins (location on RSVP)
When: Thursday, November 7 at 6:00pm

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AFSC Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander Intervention Training gives participants the tools and confidence to intervene, safely and effectively, when they witness harassment of a vulnerable person in a public place. Bystander Intervention Training is an integral component of American Friends Service Committee’s Sanctuary Everywhere project, which equips people with skills to increase safety for communities targeted by law enforcement and by hate groups, especially those in Black, immigrant, LGBTQ and Muslim communities.

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00pm

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We the Corporations: A Conversation with Adam Winkler

Join the American Constitution Society Colorado Lawyers and Colorado Common Cause for a conversation with Professor Adam Winkler, author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Although never oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought to win equal rights under the Constitution—and today they have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people.

Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 7 at 5:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Abortion Storytelling with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

Come join us for an evening of storytelling about abortion experiences. Anyone is welcome to tell their story, and this event is free. Hosted by the wonderful Blush & Blu on Colfax.

Where: Blush & Blu Denver, 1526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 7 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Home is Here, DACA Press Conference At the City of Denver

As we approach the final leg of the law suits to protect DACA at the US Supreme Court on November 12th, November 8th we will join legislators and leaders from the City, State and Federal level to announce their plans to keep DACA recipients and their families safe. In this important moment it is also critical that we understand what a positive verse a negative judgement on this case means and what it will mean for those who have receive DACA and those who never had the chance to apply in the first place. We must stand by the immigrants in our state and find ways to combat the xenophobia and negative media that has been pushed by this administration. Come and show you support an long side the City and County of Denver and send the message that Colorado loves and supports immigrants residents.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Friday, November 8 at 11:00am

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing GOTV postcards for the upcoming Virginia election. With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 9 at 12:00pm

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Thanks again! We’ll see you next week.

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

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

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Keeping track of politics right now is a lot like trying to drink from a fire hose. Impeachment, Cory Gardner running away from accountability, the failed Republican recalls here in Colorado–and there’s an election a week from tomorrow!

This has been the busiest “off year” anybody in politics can remember, and it’s not over yet.

Action item #1 this week: help us get out the vote to pass Proposition CC. Every active voter in Colorado has a mail ballot that needs to be returned, and Colorado needs the breathing room afforded by Proposition CC to continue provide for basic needs like roads, education, and health care. Proposition CC doesn’t raise tax rates, and it doesn’t take anyone’s income tax refunds. In 2018, Colorado elected a progressive legislature to get things done–and Proposition CC is about getting things done.

If you’ve already returned your ballot, thanks very much! Visit YesonPropCC.com to get the latest on events and ways you can help volunteer in the home stretch. If you haven’t turned your ballot back in, make a plan to do it right now! Visit JustVoteColorado.org to find out where to turn mail ballots in as well as all your other voting options.

Thanks for your help passing this important measure to make like better in Colorado. Here are some more ways to make a difference for the week of October 28:


Giveback and Grow Your Business

More than ever business owners are looking for ways to grow and scale while also making a positive impact. Whether it’s social, environmental, political or philanthropical, there are enormous opportunities to use your individual values to expand your business impact. Join some of the best and brightest thought leaders in Denver for an interactive panel discussion and networking. You can do well in your business while doing good for people and the planet. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Where: 1616 Federal Boulevard, Denver
When: Monday, October 28 at 5:30pm

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Chinook Fund: Giving Project Info Sessions

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to thoughtfully deepen how your volunteering, activism, and giving can better serve our community? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Chinook Fund (location on RSVP)
When: Monday, October 28 at 5:30pm

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Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Force For Good Awards

Join the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado at our annual Force For Good event as we honor our champions in the community! Our 3 2019 Force for Good honorees: Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, 9to5 Colorado, and Mountain View United Church have taken measurable action for radical love and justice in the past year.

Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, October 28 at 5:30pm

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Arbitration Tricks & Treats

Join the Colorado Consumer Protection Coalition and our partner organizations for a rally to let consumers know about all the tricks and treats corporations and employers are hiding in their contracts! We will be hearing from some advocates who have been impacted by harmful arbitration clauses & handing out candy with arbitration clauses attached 😉 Please join us at the intersection of 16th & Court Place at Noon on October 29th!

Where: 16th and Court Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 29 at 12:00pm

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9to5 Community Meeting: Paid Leave

9to5 is a grassroots, member-driven, non-profit that organizes for economic, gender, and racial justice for working women. We invite impacted folks and those motivated to act in solidarity to join us! This meeting will emphasize paid family and medical leave, but will also provide context for 9to5 and our housing campaign.

Where: 12600 Hoffman Blvd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour (Colorado Springs)

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Colorado Springs (Location on RSVP)
When: Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00pm

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PFLAG Greeley: Rainbow Storytime

High Plains Library District will explore diversity and inclusion through children’s literature, conversation, activities, music and movement. These storytimes will include a stay and play for social support and engagement in the downstairs play area of the church. These storytimes are designed for families with children in preschool-2nd grade. Focus on November 2 -Gender Identity and on November 16-Let’s Talk About Race.

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2101 16th St, Greeley
When: Saturday, November 2 at 10:00am

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Movie Night Fundraiser for Womxn’s March Denver

Raise a glass to raising hell at a Sunday Hellraiser Happy Hour. Come be inspired, mix & mingle with other local Hellraisers, and contribute to this Womxn’s March Denver Fundraiser. Join us for a special showing of Raise Hell: the Life and Times of Molly Ivins directed by Janice Engel.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver (Sloans Lake), 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Sunday, November 3 at 3:00pm

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Thanks as always for your help making all of these events successful. We’ll see you next week!

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

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After last year’s landslide victories for Colorado progressives and this year’s historic legislative session that started to address the backlog of important issues facing our state, conservatives tried in the summer of 2019 to intimidate progressive Colorado leaders by initiating recall elections against numerous elected officials they considered opportune targets.

Last Friday, the last of these misguided recalls failed. Far-right Republicans in Pueblo who had threatened to recall Senate President Leroy Garcia only turned in four signatures–four–instead of the 13,500 required. [1] After the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Rep. Ken Buck promised to teach progressives “how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L,” and local political operatives fleeced the Republican base for thousands of dollars, all of their threats have come to nothing.

And now, progressives are mobilized for 2020. Thanks to everyone who turned out for events to defend lawmakers targeted by recall campaigns, a great deal of the work in these districts to ensure progressives get out the vote in the 2020 elections has already been done. Where conservatives are demoralized and weakened, progressives are stronger than ever–and ready to take this momentum into the next landslide election.

To everyone who helped make this victory possible, we’re grateful. And the fight goes on: here are more great ways to take action for the week of October 21:


100th Day Action for Rights, Dignity and Housing

It has now been almost 100 days into the new city council 2019 session and city council as a whole has not taken action on any of the policy changes proposed in the 100 day plan put out by people who are homeless and advocacy organizations. The full plan laid out 13 pages of actions which need to be taken by the council and the Mayor to end the criminalization of homelessness, provide basic sanitation services like port-a-lets and trash cans, address serious issues in shelters, and ultimately make housing attainable for poor people in Denver.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, October 21 at 3:30pm

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Spotlight On the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

On October 22, 2019 Megan Hope, RMIAN’s Social Service Project Director, and Laura Lunn, RMIAN’s Detention Program Managing Attorney, will provide an overview of RMIAN’s work at the privately owned detention center in Aurora. They will be available to answer questions about the services they provide and hope to pierce the veil of mystery around their work, given that it largely takes place behind the fortified doors of the ICE prison.

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

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour (Salida)

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Salida (location on RSVP)
When: Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00pm

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Great Education Colorado: Join us for Ballots and Beers!

Join us this Thursday, October 24th, and help us organize for Prop CC! Drop by, grab a beer, and help us text and email the people we need to win for our kids on November 5th. There will be special guests, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow education voters!

Where: Comrade Brewing Company, 7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm

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2019 9to5 Colorado Soiree

This October we will host our annual Soiree, an evening of musical and artistic performances, food, drinks, community building, and a silent auction. We are proud of the hard work we’ve accomplished and progress we’ve made to advance economic justice for working women and their families throughout Colorado and invite you to celebrate with us!

Where: Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St #320, Denver
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm

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October 2019 Durango Green Drinks

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. They have forty volunteer chapters, or “Broadbands,” located in 17 states that are focused on education, advocacy, outreach, and collaborative stewardship projects. All nine national staff are based in our Durango office, now located in Rivergate. They also have a vibrant Broadband chapter–the South San Juan Broads–based in Durango, which is currently working on Bighorn Sheep and Pika monitoring, cross cut saw trainings, stewardship, Animas River education, and more. As a women led organization, they bring knowledge, leadership, and humor to the conservation movement to protect our last wild places on earth.

Where: Carver Brewing Company, 1022 Main Ave, Durango
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm

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Candlelight Vigil for Ingrid Encalada

This is a vigil to commemorate Ingrid’s 2nd year living in sanctuary. We will mourn the challenges of fighting against an unjust immigration system, and will rededicate ourselves to continue fighting for Ingrid and all those effected by the lack of justice of our immigration system. Join us for a short service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight walk through the neighborhood, and finishing back at UUCB with light refreshments.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Friday, October 25 at 6:30pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing GOTV postcards for the upcoming Virginia election. With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 26 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado: 2019 Denver Metro GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2019 Denver Metro Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it?

When: Saturday, October 26 at 10:00am
Where: Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center, 2650 Eliot St, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


One Year Later – Remembering the Victims of Anti-Semitism

Join the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region along with BMH-BJ Congregation, JEWISHcolorado and other community partners for a program memorializing those that lost their lives in Pittsburgh and Poway and examining the state of anti-Semitism in the US and around the world. Free and open to all. Registration required.

Where: BMH BJ, 560 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver
When: Sunday, October 27 at 7:00pm

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Chinook Fund: Giving Project Info Sessions

Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to thoughtfully deepen how your volunteering, activism, and giving can better serve our community? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.

Where: Chinook Fund (location on RSVP)
When: Monday, October 28 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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

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Last week, a group of local and national reporters working together finally cornered Sen. Cory Gardner and pressed him about the fast-moving impeachment inquiry against President Trump over Trump’s blatant extortion of Ukraine for political advantage in the upcoming election.

In a video now seen by millions across the nation, Sen. Gardner was asked seven times if he thinks what Trump did is appropriate–and Gardner dodged the question every single time. Cory Gardner prides himself in never letting the press see him sweat, but he couldn’t answer the most basic questions about Trump’s very clearly impeachable offenses. For a Senator who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, Gardner’s refusal to hold Trump accountable for this obvious corruption is an abdication of leadership.

Veteran political strategist James Carville said it best after watching Gardner’s disastrous performance: “I don’t think he is vulnerable, I think he’s done. He ought to just drop out of the race.” [1]

Cory Gardner promised to be a different kind of Republican. The kind that claimed “when my party’s wrong, I’ll say it.” When he was given the opportunity to prove it, seven times in a row, he failed each and every time.

It’s getting worse for Cory Gardner every day, but thanks to you and everything you do week after week to help fight back against Trump, Gardner, and the far right we’re winning the battle for hearts and minds in Colorado. From the thousands who showed up last Friday for a rally with world-famous climate activist Greta Thunberg to taking a moment to vote YES on Propositions CC and DD in this year’s statewide election, you’re proving that what’s right with our state is better and stronger than anything that’s wrong with it.

So thanks once again–and here are more great ways to take action for the week of October 14:


Chinook Fund: Meet the Change Makers

At Chinook Fund, we listen to the grassroots social justice leaders in our community and play a lead role in democratizing philanthropy. Meet the Changemakers connects community organizers and new supporters. Join us to better understand what our leaders need to advance equality and justice throughout the state.

Where: Chinook Fund (location upon RSVP)
When: Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour

These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!

Where: Carbondale (location upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, October 17 at 6:00pm

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2019 CIRC Member Assembly | Asamblea Anual de Miembros de CIRC

We are excited to host the 12th annual CIRC Member Assembly in Grand Junction for 2019. Every year, CIRC Members congregate to celebrate policy wins like SB139 (I-Drive Colorado) and HB1124 (Benavidez Bill), train each other on crucial skills and collectively decide on the policy priorities for the next year. 2020 is going to be a high stakes year for the Immigrant Rights Movement in Colorado, and we need to be united and indivisible to push through barriers in our way to liberation.

Where: Grand Junction (location upon RSVP)
When: Friday, October 18 at 6:00pm

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Colorado National Period Day Rally

On October 19, 2019, we will rally for NATIONAL PERIOD DAY — elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all and ending the #TamponTax. This is an inclusive rally! Whether you menstruate or not, EVERYONE is welcome. The Colorado rally will be held on the west steps of the capitol building from 12p-1:30p. Bring all your family and friends! Bring posters! Wear red!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Saturday, October 19 at 12:00pm

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Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing decline to sign postcards against the recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. With 2019 and 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 19 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CC Yes! Denver Canvass

Join us for a CC YES! canvassing event in Denver.

Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)
When: Saturday, October 19 at 10:00am

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 10/11/19

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What you can do to fight back this week (October 7)

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Next week, mail ballots for the 2019 elections will start arriving in the mailboxes of every Colorado voter! This year, we have two very major statewide ballot measures to vote on, and it’s important that progressives turn out to vote YES on Proposition CC and Proposition DD.

Proposition CC is a measure that makes changes to existing law in order to deliver millions of dollars per year to help:

  • Attract and keep the best teachers for our K-12 schools
  • Fix unsafe bridges, repair roads and highways and improve traffic
  • Make community colleges and trade school more affordable

With strict accountability and transparency to voters and — here’s the most important part — without new taxes. Proposition CC just lets the state keep the money it already brings in.

Get involved in the campaign to pass Proposition CC: our friends at Great Education Colorado are taking the lead in educating voters about this measure. Visit PublicEducationVoter.org right now and find out how you can help pass Prop CC.

Proposition DD implements sports betting legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. A $29 million tax on casinos’ sports-betting proceeds will fund a systematic and bipartisan effort to preserve Colorado’s water future. A small portion of the revenue from the tax will be used to regulate and enforce gaming, and the vast majority of the proceeds — 93% in all — will be used as a down payment to fund Colorado’s Water Plan.

Get the facts and get involved with the campaign to pass Proposition DD! Visit YesonDD.com to get the information you’ll need.

At progress now colorado we’re proud to support both Proposition CC and Proposition DD. Click here to download a one-page printable guide with more information.

Thanks for your help! Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of October 7:


Increase Denver’s Minimum Wage Town Hall | Far Northeast Denver

Building on previous actions to ensure Denver city employees and many city service contract employees are paid a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2021, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Robin Kniech, Denver City Council At-Large intend to introduce legislation this fall to set a citywide minimum wage for all workers employed in Denver beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Where: Evie Garrett Dennis E12 Campus, 4800 Telluride St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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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: Summit County Library-South Branch, 504 Airport Rd, Breckenridge
When: Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau – 2019 Showcase

Join us for an evening full of rich, powerful, and unique stories from the newest members of the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau. The Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau is made possible by a partnership between ECDC’s African Community Center, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains: Refugee and Asylee Programs, the International Rescue Committee in Denver and the Colorado Refugee Services Program. Each year, the bureau welcomes a new group of speakers to its bureau and provides training on storytelling, creating your narratives, and public speaking. This event will showcase our newest members who are originally from countries including, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Iraq.

Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30pm

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A Forum: The Long Struggle of Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance

Dr. Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, co-founder of The Red Nation, and author of Our History Is The Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement.
Join us as Dr. Nick Estes discusses his book, the lessons from Standing Rock, as well as the implications of the continuing celebration of Columbus Day and other ongoing manifestations of invader colonialism.

Where: Fourth World Center, 1201 Larimer St, Rm 3229, Denver
When: Thursday, October 10 at 3:00pm

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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, October 10 at 5:30pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Grand Junction and Montrose

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 eightteen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.

Where: First Congregational UCC, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Friday, October 11 at 5:30pm

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Where: CASA Youth Access Center, 147 N. Townsend Ave, Montrose
When: Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm

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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, October 12 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Four Directions All Nations March

In solidarity with all nations and people of color against all forms of white supremacy. Our demands are: To repeal Columbus Day in the state of Colorado and commitment to our guiding principles.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 11:00am

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Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow 2019

Honor Indigenous Peoples by joining us for the 2nd Annual Boulder Valley Indigenous People’s Day Pow Wow and the Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Parade. This is a special opportunity to come together and embrace the beauty of indigenous culture and history while honoring the Indigenous ancestors and residents of Boulder Valley.

Where: 900 Canyon Blvd, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing decline to sign postcards against the recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. With 2019 and 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Sanctuary Benefit Concert with LET THEM ROAR

Join us for a special afternoon of music and activism! Colorado folk band LET THEM ROAR is raising $40,000 for Araceli Velazquez and four other women who’ve taken Sanctuary around Colorado – Sandra, Rosa, Ingrid and Jeanette – through a project called “I See My Light.” Join us for an afternoon of music, action, community, and support for these powerful leaders of the immigrant rights movement in Colorado.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado’s 2019 Western Slope Ally Awards

Join One Colorado Education Fund for the 2019 Western Slope Ally Awards! The event will be a cocktail reception on what is sure to be a lovely evening and will culminate with an awards ceremony accompanied by a hosted bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Where: Colorado Mesa University, University Center 1455 N 12th St, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, October 12 at 5:30pm

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Denver Justice & Peace Committee: Global Justice and Peace Awards Night

This year we are honoring congressman Jean Wyllys de Matos Santos from Brazil. Congressperson Jean Wyllys will be recognized for his leadership on human rights and gay rights struggles. In Congress, he especially confronted current president Jair Bolsonaro, and Dep. Wyllys suffered death threats and an LGBTQ city councilperson from his city and party, Marielle Franco, was assassinated with impunity. Following the 2018 election, Dep. Wyllys resigned his position and entered exile, refusing to serve during the government of Bolsonaro.

Where: Denver Justice & Peace Committee, 3131 Osceola St, PO Box 12403, Denver
When: Saturday, October 12 at 6:00pm

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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, October 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: NO on 1A Canvass Day!

Join Interfaith Alliance’s Progressive Congregation Network for a day of door-knocking to educate Arapahoe County about NO on 1A. No new tax hike! No new Jail! We should be investing in our communities, not in our prisons! We know we can do better. Training and free Lunch provided!

Where: Mountain View United Church 10700 E Evans Ave, Aurora
When: Sunday, October 13 at 12:30pm

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Colorado Week in Review: 10/4/19

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (September 30)

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The past 10 days have dramatically and permanently altered the course of American politics. After President Donald Trump and his Republican enablers stalled accountability over Russian meddling in American elections, enriched Trump’s family by steering foreign influence and American tax dollars toward his business interests, and countless other scandals that would and should have ended any other presidency, today Trump faces a scandal that could finally result in his impeachment, and quote possibly his removal from office altogether.

As usual, Sen. Cory Gardner is nowhere to be found.

In October of 2016, Cory Gardner called for Trump to pull out of the presidential race after the recording of Trump laughing about committing sexual assault became public. After Trump won the election, Gardner did another about face and endorsed Trump’s re-election–even after Trump made a fool of Gardner over North Korea, Russia, and now Ukraine. Even now as the damning evidence of Trump’s crime piles up, Gardner can’t bring himself to say what almost everyone in Colorado now knows. Donald Trump is not fit to serve as President another day.

Instead, Sen. Gardner is headlining a fundraiser with former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley and Trump’s in New York City to help Trump win in 2020.

Action item #1: call Sen. Cory Gardner right now at 202-224-5941 and urge him to CANCEL his scheduled appearance at this weekend’s Trump For President “annual retreat” in New York City. Sen. Gardner may soon sit in judgement over Trump in a Senate trial, and this fundraiser represents an unacceptable conflict of interest.

Thanks for taking quick action today to hold Cory Gardner accountable. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of September 30:


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Senator Gardner Accountability Phone Bank

Join us Monday September 30th to ask Colorado Voters to call on Senator Gardner to push HR 6 to the Senate floor for a vote. If you have never phone banked before we will train you. All you need is a cell phone with unlimited phone calls.

Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Monday, September 30 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Senator Gardner Accountability Phone Bank

Join us in our Southern CIRC Office (1287 Lake Plaza Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80906) on Monday, September 30th, to ask Colorado Voters to call on Senator Gardner to push the DREAM and Promise Act to the Senate floor for a vote. If you have never phone banked before we will train you. All you need is a cell phone with unlimited phone calls. We will have food and refreshments available and friends and family are welcome!

Where: 1287 Lake Plaza Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm

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Climate+ Social Movements

The opportunity to act on climate change offers unique challenges to overcome. It’s time we all unify and harness our collective power. Creating social justice frameworks will offer us the chance to challenge racism, inequality and injustice while working towards a goal we all care about – protecting our planet. Please join us at The Alliance Center for a casual and open discussion at the intersection of the environmental, social justice and civil rights movements. We will discuss the unintended consequences of privilege and its effects on work to combat climate change. As we gather from various backgrounds, let’s paint a vision for the future and produce tangible steps for our communities!

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00pm

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State of Womxn of Color- Advancing Community, Culture and Career

Join The Riveter and Future For Us for The State of Womxn of Color Roadshow, an evening to tell audacious stories of womxn of color at work, accompanied by an overview of the data, insights and solutions. This collaboration provides a platform for rising and established womxn of color professionals to share their experiences and next step strategies as they build powerful communities to create a future for where womxn of color lead at the highest levels across all sectors.

Where: The Riveter, 2734 Walnut St, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 1 at 6:00pm

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Increase Denver’s Minimum Wage Town Hall

Building on previous actions to ensure Denver city employees and many city service contract employees are paid a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2021, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Robin Kniech, Denver City Council At-Large intend to introduce legislation this fall to set a citywide minimum wage for all workers employed in Denver beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30pm

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On the Road to 100% Renewables – Denver Town Hall

The Road to 100% Renewable Energy – What lessons can be learned from the experience in Germany and how can these be applied to Colorado?

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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, October 3 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


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, October 3 at 5:30pm

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Winning With Women – Denver

When women run for office, they win just as often as men win. So why aren’t there more women in office? Because they don’t run. We are going to demystify the process of running by holding a panel discussion of elected women officials, along with a networking session. In the panel discussion, we will hear how women decided to run and what their experiences were both on the campaign trail and in office. We are honored to have Congresswoman Diana DeGette, State Representative Leslie Herod, and former State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on our panel.

Where: University of Denver, 2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver
When: Friday, October 4 at 6:00pm

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Town Hall with Prop CC

Rep. Shannon Bird will host this Town Hall with Betsy Bevis from Great Education Colorado. Betsy will join us as a spokesperson for Proposition CC, which will be on your ballot this November. She will provide an explanation of the Proposition, as well as answer your questions and concerns!

Where: Ciancio’s, 9650 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster
When: Saturday, October 5 at 10:00am

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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: Main Street Bagels Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 559 Main St, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, October 5 at 10:30am

Click here to RSVP.


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, October 5 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe

Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing decline to sign postcards against the recall of Senator Leroy Garcia. With 2019 and 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.

Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 5 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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, October 6 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Planet in Peril, The 2020 US Senate Climate Candidate Forum

This is a nonpartisan event hosted by Indivisible & Friends. Our goals are to raise awareness around climate emergency and to get to know all the candidates running for U.S. Senate.

Where: Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Sunday, October 6 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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Colorado Week in Review: 9/27/19

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