Eight days: what you can do to fight back this week (October 26)

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We’re kicking off the final week of the most important election season of our lives. Here in Colorado and across the nation, record-setting early voter turnout is building anticipation of an historic landslide victory for progressives. Despite persistent worries that the President of the United States might not accept the results, if voters continue to show up through Election Day in the numbers we’re seeing, that won’t matter. The best way we have to ensure a peaceful transfer of power is for the margin of victory to be unequivocal.

With your help, Colorado is doing our part to make Election Night an easy call.

Still got your mail ballot, or know someone who does? Don’t fly blind down the ballot! Take a few moments to learn about the candidates running in Colorado, from the presidential race to county commissioners, plus all eleven statewide ballot measures, with the Progressive Voters Guide. Even if you know how you’re voting at the top of the ticket, sorting out the less-publicized choices is extremely important. Remember, today’s state legislators and county commissioners are tomorrow’s Governors and Senators!

Don’t have a mail ballot? Today is the last day to request one by mail. If you miss that deadline, you’re not out of options–in Colorado, you can register to vote all the way through Election Day. Visit GoVoteColorado.com to register to vote, request a mail ballot, or find a voter drop box or in-person voter service center.

We’re in the home stretch of this election season, and after four long and divisive years we’re very hopeful that a better future is on the horizon. In this final week, find as many ways to make a difference as you can, and look back on November 4th knowing you did all you could:


One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Mobile Home Enforcement & Education: Retaliation & How to Respond

This third installment of our monthly educational series for mobile home residents, hosted virtually with Colorado Poverty Law Project, focuses on landlord retaliation and how to respond to it. All are welcome to attend. Spanish interpretation will be offered and the visual presentation will be translated into both English and Spanish.

When: Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!

When: Wednesday, October 28 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Community Information Session

We are working to support the Black/African American community in advancing equity in health policy and develop programs that respond to community needs. We know it is vital that members of the community guide and design this work for that to be possible. Join us for a conversation about what we can do to support the community in health advocacy.

When: Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00pm

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Ask Wendy of the Working Families Party of Colorado About State Ballot Initiatives!

When: Thursday, October 29 at 3:00pm

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Durango October 2020 Green Drinks

Please join us on Thursday, October 29th at 5:15PM for October Durango Green Drinks with hosts Conservation Colorado and La Plata Open Space Conservancy.

When: Thursday, October 29 at 5:15pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Advocacy Basics Virtual Training Series

Do you want to help make healthcare in Colorado accessible & affordable for all? Ever wonder why prescription drugs are so expensive? Hone your advocacy skills and get up to speed with Colorado health care issues at our upcoming advocacy training series! Join us for one or all of our FREE sessions to take a deep dive into advocacy basics and prescription drugs, one of the biggest affordability challenges facing Colorado consumers.

When: Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm

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Thanks again for all you do. See you next week!

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Protect the results: what you can do to fight back this week (October 19)

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We’re two weeks and a day from the most anticipated and most important election of our lifetimes. The polls say this election will not be close. Across the country and here in Colorado, voters are turning out in massive numbers to change the course of our nation for the better.

The time has come to discuss a deeply troubling possibility that we as Americans have never faced before. What happens if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results?

The best way to ensure the United States of America continues our unbroken tradition of peaceful transfers of power is to make sure this election is a landslide. The bigger the margin, the weaker any challenge to the legitimacy of the results becomes.

We’re hoping for the best. But if Trump refuses to accept the results of the elections, we’re part of a growing coalition working to mobilize on November 4th if necessary to Protect the Results.

Action item #1 this week: visit the Protect the Results campaign site and register to mobilize if Trump refuses to accept the results of the election. Here in Colorado, we know that Trump’s complaints about the mail ballot election system we’ve used for years are baseless. It’s up to us to ensure that in the likely event Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, he cannot throw our country into a constitutional crisis.

We’re on the cusp of ending one of the ugliest and most divisive periods in American history. We know that the future is far brighter than the division and ignorance we’re leaving behind, as long as we can make it through the next two weeks. Thank you very much for your help at this important moment. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of October 19:


Bodily Autonomy and Current American Policy Panel

Join the Do Better Campaign and Students Vote No on Proposition 115 for a panel on bodily autonomy and current American policy. Panelists will include scholars, community leaders, student activists, and policymakers. Topics will include gender-based violence, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, immigration, and LGBTQ+ rights.

When: Monday, October 19 at 6:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: GHG Roadmap & Climate Equity Listening Session

Please join Colorado Air Quality Control Division for a conversation about the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Roadmap on October 20, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm MT via Zoom. State leadership will give an overview of the recently released roadmap report and state climate equity work with time dedicated to listening to your questions and input. Registration is required and Spanish interpretation is available upon request.

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 22 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 12:00pm

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Webinar: What the heck is “building electrification”?

Keep hearing about “building electrification” in Colorado and don’t fully understand what it means for you and your home? We are here to help with that. Join us for an hour of Building Electrification 101! No, we aren’t going to try and convince you to swap out your gas stove tomorrow – experts will share why Colorado needs to electrify buildings and homes and what you can do to prepare. This webinar will also provide tools and ways for you to begin making small changes at home or taking action for climate action from your computer!

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00pm

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Their Voice is Ours: Indigenous Perspectives on the Wolf Nation

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been largely absent from Colorado for nearly 80 years. With recent wolf sightings in Northern Colorado and an upcoming statewide vote on Proposition 114 that would reintroduce wolves to the state, Canis lupus appear to be on the verge of return. To inform the conversation about the potential restoration of wolves to Colorado, it is important to hear from indigenous peoples about their perspectives on wolves.

When: Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00pm

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Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

After a nearly 80-year absence, grey wolves appear to be on the verge of returning to Colorado. In July 2019, a lone radio-collared wolf became the state’s first confirmed Canis lupus sighting in the wild in years. Then, in January, a separate pack appeared in Moffat County. This November, voters will go to the polls to determine the fate of Initiative 107 which, if passed, would charge the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission with formally reintroducing wolves no later than 2023.

When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm

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Phone Banking Training with COLOR

Have you been wanting to support our work, but just didn’t know how? Join COLOR’s volunteer phone bank! We need volunteers who are passionate about reproductive justice. We are calling to educate voters about a proposed abortion ban in Colorado and answer their questions.

When: Saturday, October 24 at 2:00pm

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Colorado Working Families: Virtual Volunteer Phonebank!

Join Team Colorado Working Families for our weekly volunteer phone bank where we’ll educate and mobilize Colorado voters in key districts. In the most important election of our lifetimes, we’re leaving nothing up to chance. Join us to get out the progressive vote in 2020!

When: Sunday, October 25 at 5:00pm

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It’s been a long struggle, but we’re almost there. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.

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VOTE and other ways you can fight back this week (October 12)

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Last Friday, ballots went into the mail for millions of Colorado voters. I got my ballot the day after my county clerk mailed it! By now many of you have also received your ballot, and most Colorado voters will have them this week. After four long years, six if you’re counting back to Cory Gardner’s election back in 2014 like we are, the moment has come to do our duty as voters and begin to undo the damage Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have done to our nation.

Here in Colorado, voting couldn’t be easier or more secure. Mail back your completed ballot or return to a drop box in your county by 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd. If you’re not already registered to vote, you can register right up to (and including) Election Day! Visit GoVoteColorado.com to register or get the latest information you’ll need on the status of your ballot.

We’re here to help with making an informed choice all the way down your ballot. If you haven’t already done so, check out the Colorado Progressive Voters Guide for detailed research on hundreds of candidates for office in Colorado from the presidential election to county commissioner races. We’ve got the facts on the 11 statewide ballot measures too. And for a quick one-page reference sheet on the ballot measures from the ProgressNow Colorado team, click here.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Early returns in other states are showing massive turnout for progressive voters, already Colorado is poised to set new records for participation in 2020. The best way to ensure this election goes smoothly is to make sure it’s not close.

Thanks for everything you’ve done to fight back for our shared values these past few years when it has mattered most. Victory is in sight! Here are more ways to fight back for the week of October 12:


Featured Event: Jena Griswold and Shannon Watts Live!

Shannon Watts, Gun Violence Prevention Advocate and Founder of Moms Demand Action, and Jena Griswold join Colorado grassroots activists to talk about their work and goals for the next election.

When: Monday, October 12 at 6:00pm

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Educate, Persuade, and Get Out the Vote with Together Colorado

Sign up for Civic Engagement shifts! We will be doing safe, and socially distant literature drops and text banking from home.

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: Hope and Healing

Join Mental Health professionals for an important conversation about the effects of this pandemic on our Colorado community. At this virtual event our speakers will share their expertise, provide needed resources and information, and answer pertinent questions about our mental health crisis . This will be an informative and positive experience to guide us all through this pandemic and beyond. There will be Q & A at the end for those who need additional support or answers.

When: Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: Divest From Police. Invest In Communities: Defund 101

Join us for the second of a three-part webinar series as we discuss the origins of policing and why calls for reform are not enough to eliminate discriminatory enforcement practices, how we must redirect resources from draconian police departments to services that are responsive to addressing our neighbors’ needs, and how advocates can demand revolutionary change from their local officials that promotes community safety without the dependence of law enforcement.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 12:00pm

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Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories

In this special five-part webinar series, we’ll explore wolf reintroduction through the lens of science, policy, and lived experiences. Our diverse group of panelists will discuss the current state of wolf populations, dive into the data about the species’ role in the ecosystem, talk trade-offs, and hear firsthand stories from those who’ve already been living amongst wolves in other parts of the U.S.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Denver Metro

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, October 17 at 12:00pm

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Denver Five Points | Rep Your City Tour

Be Woke.Vote presents the ‘Rep Your City’ tour. A Gen Z drive-thru Voter Registration event.

When: Saturday, October 17 at 12:00pm

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

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2020 Colorado ballot quick reference and more ways to fight back this week (October 5)

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Election season is finally upon us! County clerks will begin sending out mail ballots at the end of this week. In 2020, Colorado voters have a lot on our plates: the presidential election, Colorado’s red-hot U.S. Senate race, seven congressional seats, the Colorado General Assembly, county and local offices, and state and local ballot measures.

This year, ProgressNow Colorado has put together the most comprehensive information clearinghouse on the 2020 elections in our state available anywhere. It all happens this week!

Step one: familiarize yourself with the eleven statewide ballot measures we’ll be voting on in Colorado this year. Get the ProgressNow Colorado 2020 quick reference sheet now, a simple one-page printable guide to the statewide ballot measures:

Step two: on Friday, when ballots are set to begin delivering in Colorado, watch your inbox for ProgressNow Colorado’s comprehensive guide to races and ballot questions across the state–from the presidential election to your local community. Our all-new Progressive Voters Guide goes beyond the bullet points with in-depth research into hundreds of candidates and ballot questions at every level of government in Colorado.

Thanks to our Board of Directors, partner organizations, and researchers who put hundreds of hours into producing our ballot guides. Our objective is for every Colorado voter to cast their vote with the information they need to make a smart decision all the way down the ballot.

It’s finally time to vote. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for for four years. Here are more ways to fight back for the week of October 5:


9to5 Colorado: Information session on Paid Family Leave

What is paid family leave? Why does it matter? Join the Parent Ambassador Alumni and 9to5 Colorado for an informational session on paid family leave and story telling. All are welcome to join! You must register to receive the zoom link!

When: Monday, October 5 at 5:30pm

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Virtual Town Hall Discussion on Reproductive Health Care

Please join Sally Boccella and her special guest panelists for a thoughtful discussion on reproductive healthcare rights.

When: Monday, October 5 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights | Defensa de Desalojo

After countless protests, letters, and stories shared, the governor and other elected officials have taken steps forward to keep people housed. 9to5 attorney, Jason Legg, will share how the eviction process currently works, how new ordinances and policies impact the eviction timeline and what to do if your rights are violated.

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00am

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00pm

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When: Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Priorities of Black/African Americans in Colorado

Join us to hear what Black/African Americans in Colorado are saying about their health, what is most important to the community, and opportunities for you to be a health leader in Colorado.

When: Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm

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When: Saturday, October 10 at 11:00am

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Vic ‘n the Narwhals Virtual Concert

Sound waves straight from the Narwhals to you! Tune in Friday 10/9 for a live stream concert from local Denver band Vic ‘n the Narwhals, brought to you by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. Suggested donation: $5+ All proceeds go to CIRC to help us continue to support and advocate for immigrant communities, and fight for a more welcoming Colorado!

When: Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm

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Parasol Patrol Supports National Coming Out Day & Voter Rally

Parasol Patrol is honored to be supporting the Voter Rally and National Coming Out Day Rally at the Greek Theater at Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax, Denver, CO 80203. We need volunteers to help at the sign making/info booth. Please come and stand between potential Protesters and these participants as we shield against hatred.

When: Sunday, October 11 at 10:30am
Where: Civic Center Park, Denver

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We’re grateful for everything you’ve done these past few years to fight back for our shared values. We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action as the clock ticks down to Election Day!

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

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This week, the biggest October of our lives so far kicks off. In Colorado, the top objective is holding Sen. Cory Gardner accountable for his long record of opposing our state’s best interests on every issue. This past week, Cory Gardner committed his last, greatest betrayal of the voters he represents by breaking all of his promises from 2016 and announcing his support for Trump’s third Supreme Court pick.

Now is the moment. We need your help to hold Cory Gardner accountable.

We don’t ask our members directly for help often. But today, the need has never been greater.

There’s never been a more strategic moment to donate to ProgressNow Colorado, this state’s largest and strongest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, as we work in these crucial final weeks to fight back for our shared progressive values and hold the right accountable at every level of government–from Cory Gardner in Washington down to your neighborhood. Our staff of creative professionals is working overtime to support progressives and progressive policy goals at all levels. Our work, both under our brand and in support of our alles, has been central to progressive victory in this state for over 15 years.

Will you look back in November and wish you had done more? Get in this historic fight right now with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado. And thanks for your support when we need it most.

Here are some more great ways to fight back for the week of September 28:


History Colorado: Bold Women. Change History. Remembering RBG

We’re inviting the community to come together and commemorate and celebrate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a three-day activation outside the History Colorado Center. The event begins on Sunday, September 27, when Denver artist Adri Norris begins a community-centered mural project on 12th Avenue between Broadway and Lincoln Street. Participants and passers-by can also see professional chalk artists creating ephemeral tributes to Ginsburg, and are invited to chalk their own personal tributes on the museum grounds. The event culminates with a public ceremony on Tuesday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. with remarks from community leaders, bell tolling from the Denver City and County Building, and poetry recitation.

When: Sunday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 29
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

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CAMP One Colorado

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank

The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, October 1 at 6:00pm

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Palantir Exposed, Going Deeper

Dalit Baum of AFSC and Jacinta of Mijente take us into a deeper exploration of the New to Denver tech company in bed with ICE, Palantir.

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30pm

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Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders

Mariposa at the Althea Center, in partnership with NY-based Immigration Equality and American Friends Service Committee Colorado, will present “Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders,” 4-week series of programs highlighting some of the traumatizing circumstances and critical needs of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers seeking asylum in the United States.

When: Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank

Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!

When: Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00pm

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At the Heart of the Matter: A New Generation of Good Troublemakers

Register to join Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation, on Wednesday, Sept. 30 for a virtual discussion with Colorado’s youth, and a special performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a hip hop artist, environmental activist and youth director at Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization. John Lewis’ call to action to “get in good, necessary trouble” has become a rally cry for young leaders working to transform inequitable norms. Just as racism was woven into the founding of our nation, it exists at the roots of health disparities. Creating a healthier future requires a reweaving of our fabric, a retooling of our systems and the resounding vision of a new generation.

When: Wednesday, September 30 at 12:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado: 2020 Bill of Rights Event

Please save the date for our first virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Although we won’t have the opportunity to gather in person, we are excited to come together virtually to celebrate our victories, honor our leaders, and inspire one another’s work just like we do each year at our Bill of Rights Dinner.

When: Thursday, October 1 at 6:00pm

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Cobalt: YAAAS (Virtual) 2020!

YAAAS! We’re back for our second annual Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit and we’re going virtual bb! This free two-day conference is open to the public and gives emerging activists and pro-abortion supporters the opportunity to get trainings from reproductive justice, health, and rights organizations while networking with other like-minded individuals.

When: Sunday, October 3 at 10:00am

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We’ll see you in October with more ways to make a difference. Thanks again.

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

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Last weekend, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, we lost one of America’s foremost protectors of equality and civil rights. Our remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is both a celebration of the immense progress made during her term on the U.S. Supreme Court, and a moment of peril for America just a few weeks from the most consequential presidential election of our lives so far.

In 2016, Cory Gardner was unequivocal, saying “I think we’re too close to the election” to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and that “the president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”

Everything Gardner said in 2016 applies today, even more given the election is just a few short weeks away—much closer than it was when Gardner drew his line in the sand over the nomination of Merrick Garland, who never even got a hearing.

If Gardner reverses himself today and helps Trump pack the Supreme Court with another right-wing Justice in the mold of Brett Kavanaugh, it will alter the course of American democracy for a generation–and could even give Trump the ability to steal the election.

We must do everything in our power to stop this from happening. Click here to make a quick call to Sen. Cory Gardner’s Washington, D.C. office right now, and tell him there is no excuse he can make to undo the precedent he set in 2016. The Senate must wait until the next President is sworn in to vote on a new Supreme Court Justice.

Thanks for making your voice heard on this critical issue. No matter what Cory Gardner does now, accountability is coming. here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of September 21:


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Unwelcome Party for Palantir

The company, Palantir Technologies, is ICE’s technology backbone, providing the digital infrastructure to surveil, detain and deport immigrants. Palantir’s tools have been used to conduct mass workplace raids, including the biggest raid in US history in which 680 people were detained in Mississippi. Palantir moved its headquarters to Colorado this month. Let’s show them that they are not welcome in our city and state! We will not let Palantir profile our people and separate our families. Meet outside 1555 Blake Street at 4pm for a socially distant “Unwelcome Party”! MASKS REQUIRED!

Where: 1555 Blake St, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 22 at 4:00pm

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Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders

Mariposa at the Althea Center, in partnership with NY-based Immigration Equality and American Friends Service Committee Colorado, will present “Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders,” 4-week series of programs highlighting some of the traumatizing circumstances and critical needs of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers seeking asylum in the United States. With simultaneous Spanish/English interpretation provided for Zoom participants, we will hear powerful and personal migration stories from current and recent LGBTQ asylum seekers. PFLAG Las Cruces, NM, will share their “real life” model of hosting asylum seekers, for which they won an award last year from the national PFLAG organization. We will hear from national and local leaders doing the day-to-day work of assisting and supporting these asylum seekers.

When: Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30pm

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March 4 Black Women Denver 4th Annual March For Black Lives

Bring Your Pictures, Bring Your Signs Of The Faces We Refuse To Leave Behind!
*Masks Will Be Required*
*This Will Be A Covid Safety Event*

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver
When: Saturday, September 26 at 10:00am

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One Colorado: 2020 Virtual Ally Awards

This year also marks the tenth anniversary since One Colorado was founded. While it may not be the ten year celebration we had in mind, we partnering with the Open Media Foundation to provide a fantastic day of interactive programming and entertainment to celebrate while doing our part to mitigate the Covid crisis. This year, we will be creating a virtual space to honor the past decade of progress for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Folks can register for free or purchase tickets at different registration levels to receive Ally Awards “care packages” sent to their homes.

When: Saturday, September 26 at 12:00pm

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DACA Info Session (English) with Voces Unidas of Boulder County

Voces Unidas of Boulder County invites you to an Info Session on D.A.C.A. Learn about the latest updates with DACA, hear about some resources that exist for you in the community, and figure out how you can use your voice to make a difference right now. We will hear from Violeta Chapin of the CU Law School, the Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County, José Madrid-Garcia of Out Boulder County, and community activist and leader Sonia Marquez. This presentation will be held in English, but we hope to offer a Spanish recording shortly after the event.

When: Saturday, September 26 at 12:00pm

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to make a difference. Thanks again for everything you do.

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Latest Colorado polling and what you can do to fight back this week (September 14)

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We’re 50 days out from the election, and we’ve got the latest poll numbers on the biggest races and issues of 2020 in the latest edition of The Mountaineer:

In this fourth edition of ProgressNow Colorado’s collaborative poll produced with Global Strategy Group, we explore an electoral environment in Colorado that continues to strongly favor progressive candidates and policy priorities. Highlights from our latest polling include double-digit leads for both Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper in the presidential and U.S. Senate races respectively, high approval for Gov. Jared Polis’ management of the COVID-19 pandemic, and strong support for recent progressive policy wins like Colorado’s landmark police accountability law.

With Republican voter registration in decline in Colorado and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly rejecting right-wing candidates from President Donald Trump on down the ballot, Sen. Cory Gardner’s steadfast loyalty to Trump has emerged as a tremendous liability, and voters consider Gardner’s failure to defend Colorado’s successful mail ballot system from Trump’s false attacks nothing short of “cowardly” in their own words. Colorado voters understand and support the objectives of the Black Lives Matter movement, and want science not politics to guide the reopening of schools as the pandemic rages on.

Be the best informed voter in your social circle: read the latest Mountaineer research from PNC and GSG here, and then forward the report to everyone you know who would benefit from hard data about Colorado’s political climate. Then take a look at these other ways you can make a difference for the week of September 14:


CAMP One Colorado

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Rural Colorado Climate Action Town Hall w/ Rep. Barbara McLachlan

Join us at 6pm on Tuesday, September 15th for a Q&A session w/ HD59 Rep. Barbara McLachlan to learn more about the great work going on at the state level and the role YOU can play to help protect our environment and act on climate. The Rural West Slope is a special place that demands its own unique solutions and Barbara wants to hear what you think is the next big step. Come one and all with your questions, thoughts, and concerns!

When: Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00pm

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Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders

Mariposa at the Althea Center, in partnership with NY-based Immigration Equality and American Friends Service Committee Colorado, will present “Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders,” 4-week series of programs highlighting some of the traumatizing circumstances and critical needs of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers seeking asylum in the United States. With simultaneous Spanish/English interpretation provided for Zoom participants, we will hear powerful and personal migration stories from current and recent LGBTQ asylum seekers. PFLAG Las Cruces, NM, will share their “real life” model of hosting asylum seekers, for which they won an award last year from the national PFLAG organization. We will hear from national and local leaders doing the day-to-day work of assisting and supporting these asylum seekers.

When: Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: 2020 Judicial Elections Town Hall

Do you vote your entire ballot? Or, like some voters, do you skip over the judges when they appear on the ballot? Do you know why judges’ names appear on the ballot every two years, why it’s important to vote this section of your ballot, and how you can learn about those judges? One Colorado and Our Courts, an award-winning nonpartisan civic education organization, are joining forces to provide information about how judges are selected, evaluated, and retained in Colorado.

When: Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Ally Awardee Town Hall

Join One Colorado for a town hall with the 2020 Ally Awards Recipients: the Colorado Lawyers Committee, Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, and Katherine Archuleta!

When: Thursday, September 17 at 4:30pm

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

The Equality Act would would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.

When: Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm

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Learn to be a protector with Protégete Action

Right now, many Black, brown, and Indigenous people are forced to live without clean air, clean drinking water, or safe places to work, and our communities have been hit hardest by COVID-19. These unequal conditions are due to generations of oppressive policy choices made by a powerful few. To make matters worse, many people have historically been left out of the political process, especially when it comes to voting. Now we must come together to protect our communities by getting involved in the 2020 election. We need to elect leaders who are guided by facts and science who will protect public health, fight against climate change, and set our economy on a path toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Southwest Colorado

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, September 19th at 12:00pm

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

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This morning a cold front blew the smoke away, but the last few weeks of air quality in our beautiful state have been awful. It took a combination of factors to produce air quality as poor as it has been recently, but here’s what we know: human-caused climate change is creating ideal conditions for monstrous wildfires, and human-caused pollution from oil and gas production and consumption is making the air even harder to breathe.

It’s a daunting problem. There aren’t easy answers. But in Colorado in 2019, we passed a law that prioritizes public health over “fostering” more oil and gas drilling. On September 17th, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission will meet to work on new rules to cut harmful emissions from oil and gas drilling sites. This is about protecting the public from toxic chemicals like benzene produced during oil and gas drilling, and about protecting the planet from greenhouse gas pollutants like methane vented into the atmosphere by drilling operations.

Action item #1 this week: click here submit a comment to the Air Quality Control Commission on the importance of protecting Colorado’s clean air from oil and gas production by-products.

We all have a stake in clean air, so thanks very much for your help doing everything we can to protect air quality in Colorado. Here are some more great ways to get involved for the week of September 8:


One Colorado: Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders

Mariposa at the Althea Center, in partnership with NY-based Immigration Equality and American Friends Service Committee Colorado, will present “Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue: Love Across Borders,” 4-week series of programs highlighting some of the traumatizing circumstances and critical needs of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers seeking asylum in the United States.

When: Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Black Communities Connect: Building a Better Future

What does building a better future mean to you? To your community? Come join in one of our new “Colorado Communities Connect” virtual series and be part of the discussion!

When: Thursday, September 10 at 12:00pm

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Extreme Community Makeover Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) is designed to invite volunteers into a partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects. These projects include graffiti removal, landscaping, painting, yard work, or other projects identified by the residents. Groups such as churches, companies, families, organizations, and schools may participate, and individuals can get involved. Equally important as fences that are built are the relationships being built-between the volunteers and community members, among the neighbors on a block, and between the community and resources in their neighborhood.

When: Saturday, September 12 at 9:00am
Where: 2501 E 48th Ave, Denver

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Pikes Peak

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, September 12 at 12:00pm

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Cobalt: Annual Gala & Silent Auction

Join us Saturday, September 12, 2020 for the largest abortion rights fundraising event of the year! Tickets and sponsorships are now on sale now! But hurry – registration closes September 8th! This year’s Gala is a virtual event.

When: Saturday, September 12 a 6:00pm

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What you can do to fight back this week (August 31)

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Of all the crazy misinformation that’s come out since Donald Trump became President, the “QAnon” conspiracy theory is one of the wildest pieces of fiction you’ll ever hear.

These are Trump supporters who believe a secret struggle is raging behind the scenes of reality, and that only Trump, former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, and—I am not making this up—JFK, Jr. (who tragically perished in a plane crash in 1999) can save the children of American from having their blood harvested to keep Hollywood celebrities forever young.

Colorado would rightly laugh this madness off if Republicans in our state, including a candidate for Congress, weren’t supporters of this insane conspiracy theory. In Colorado’s Third Congressional District, which spans from Pueblo to Grand Junction, Lauren Boebert says “QAnon is a lot of things to different people” [1] and “I hope that this is real.” [2] At the Capitol in Denver, the very real issue of human trafficking has been shamelessly co-opted into a weekly QAnon conspiracy theory rally. [3]

While some Republicans have tried to disavow QAnon, Boebert and even Trump himself continue to court support from QAnon believers for the votes and donations they provide. It’s hard to believe that this kind of baseless fiction is being embraced by a major party congressional candidate in Colorado, but that’s how bizarre 2020 has gotten.

But Lauren Boebert doesn’t speak for Colorado. What you do to fight back every week speaks louder than all the voices of the fringe. With your help, Colorado has a chance in just over two months to help reset this nation on a path of decency and sanity. Here are some great ways to take action for the week of August 31:


Denver Area Labor Federation and SEIU 105: Don’t Starve, Fight! Unemployed Workers National Day of Action

We worked in restaurants, airports, entertainment, hotels, and more. Now, to keep our neighbors safe, we are unemployed through no fault of our own. Congress let the $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits expire. President Trump’s executive orders are a failure. If we are forced to not work during this crisis, then we deserve enough support to survive. All unemployed people in this country need the full $600!

Where: 633 17th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 1 at 12:00pm

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Where: 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00am

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Conservation Colorado: Community Conversation with Colorado’s Climate Champions

Conservation Colorado would like to invite you to participate in a community discussion about pro-climate legislation with a Q&A to follow. Panelists to include SD19 Senator Rachel Zenzinger and HD27 Representative Brianna Titone regarding climate legislation from the 2020 Colorado General Assembly session.

When: Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado’s Virtual Annual Scorecard Event

Please join us for our Annual event. Our Scorecard is our annual publication where we provide the story on bills that impact women at the Colorado legislature each year, including how your representatives voted. At this event we release the scorecard as well as recognize a Legislator Advocate for women and feature a keynote speaker. This year we will be recognizing Representative Monica Pema Duran for her strength, leadership and resolve for all women’s rights this past session.

When: Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado Academy: Why Local Elections Matter

Though the electoral races at the top of the ticket get the most media attention, state, municipal and county elections affect you and your community every day, in vital and significant ways. And your local elected officials are accessible to you in ways that federal electeds just aren’t. Learn why down ballot elections affect you and how YOU can affect them. Join us on Thursday, September 3, for our workshop on the power of local elections!

When: Thursday, September 3 at 6:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Conservation from the Capitol

Join Conservation Colorado and your elected officials to discuss the amazing conservation work they led through the State Legislature this year and how it will benefit Coloradans across the state. Featuring Senator Kerry Donovan (Senate District 5), Representative Dylan Roberts (District 26), and Representative Julie McCluskie (District 61).

When: Thursday, September 3 at 6:00pm

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Learn to be a protector with Protégete Action

Right now, many Black, brown, and Indigenous people are forced to live without clean air, clean drinking water, or safe places to work, and our communities have been hit hardest by COVID-19. These unequal conditions are due to generations of oppressive policy choices made by a powerful few. To make matters worse, many people have historically been left out of the political process, especially when it comes to voting. Now we must come together to protect our communities by getting involved in the 2020 election. We need to elect leaders who are guided by facts and science who will protect public health, fight against climate change, and set our economy on a path toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When: Thursday, September 3 at 6:00pm

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

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Last week and this week, Americans are seeing two opposite visions of the future of this country. And in November, we’ll have a choice: of another four years of incompetence, division, and chaos, or to come together in defense of our most essential shared values.

This is a conflict Sen. Cory Gardner wants to hide from. Gardner doesn’t have the guts to show up at the Republican National Convention this week. And it’s easy to understand why: ever since Gardner’s election in 2014, Colorado has steadily moved away from backward conservative politics. In 2016 Coloradans rejected Donald Trump, and in 2018 Colorado voters punished Trump’s allies on the ballot at every level in Colorado.

In October of 2016, Cory Gardner did one good deed–maybe his best moment in all his years in politics–when he called for Donald Trump to pull out of the race for president, saying “I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women.” Today, Gardner has abandoned whatever principles he once possessed. He’s one of Trump’s closest allies, and he says he wants the “American people to get to like the President” too. [1]

November can’t come quickly enough. Thank you for your work week after week to hold Cory Gardner and the far right in Washington and here in Colorado accountable. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of August 24:


Featured Event: History Colorado: The Lost Book of Astrid Lee

A Month-Long, City-Wide, Physically-Distanced, Mystery-Quest-Adventure About Getting A Say (And Getting A Say In What You Get A Say In, aka “Democracy”)

Featuring All-Original Art From Roxann Blue, Emily Hope Dobkin, Lonnie Allen, Don Austin, Denver-Digirati-Commissioned Artist Chandler Dolan, Cassandra Elaine, Picture Me Here

With Creative Contributions By Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Kerrie Joy, Mary Grace Legg, Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling, Mile Hive Bee Club, African Community Center, Food Bridge Denver, David Moke & Denver Digirati, Molina Speaks

…and a few surprisingly relevant historical special guest stars.

When: August 28th – September 30, 2020

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CAMP One Colorado

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30pm

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Fierce, Fearless Women Leading Social Change

Women of color live at the intersection of racism and sexism, facing unnecessary hurdles simply because of who they are. These circumstances lead to health disparities that erode the well-being of entire families. And still, they rise – dismantling unjust systems and leading in today’s racial justice movement – all while carrying the brunt of the fallout from the pandemic.

When: Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00pm

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Climate Champions: Conversation with Senator Ginal and Rep. Kipp

Join us for a conversation with Senator Joann Ginal and Representative Cathy Kipp, we will be talking about their work on environmental issues. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with legislators!

When: Thursday, August 26 at 6:00pm

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Denver Solidarity March (March On Washington)

We may not all be able to make it to the March on Washington, an event taking place on the 57th anniversary of the first historic March on Washington in 1963 led by Martin Luther King Jr. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. It’s time we remind our leaders that the fight is not over! We will march here, in solidarity in our beautiful hometown! Share this event! Invite your friends and family! See you there!

When: Friday, August 27 at 10:00am

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Southeast Colorado

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, August 29 at 12:00pm

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

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Seven years ago, Colorado passed a landmark new law to send mail ballots to every active registered voter in the state. Part of a package of major reforms to Colorado election law, The Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act of 2013 made Colorado a leader in voter participation.

Something else happened, too: we helped prove that mail ballots work.

In 2020, the mail ballot system that Colorado pioneered is the envy of the nation. We’ve conducted three federal elections with some of the highest voter turnout in America, and we’ve proven that voting by mail is safe and secure. Voting by mail made sense before COVID, and in 2020 voting by mail could literally save lives.

Sen. Cory Gardner knows all of this. Gardner won his US Senate Seat by less than 2% in the first federal election conducted in Colorado using mail ballots. Cory Gardner knows that Donald Trump is lying when he says mail ballots don’t work. And when Trump attacks the U.S. Postal service to undermine Colorado’s mail ballot system, Cory Gardner knows it’s wrong.

But once again, Cory Gardner is choosing to serve Donald Trump over Colorado. So, our first order of business today is for you to click here: tell Cory Gardner right now to demand full funding for the U.S. Postal Service, and to stop lying for Donald Trump about mail ballots he knows work.

Thanks again for your timely help demanding better from Cory Gardner. It won’t be the last time you’ll need to hold Gardner accountable between now and November. Here are some more ways to get involved for the week of August 17:


Colorado Black Women for Political Action – CBWPA, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: August General Meeting: Abortion & Reproductive Justice!

Panel discussion: Abortion & Reproductive Justice, November 2020 Ballot Measure – Colorado Abortion Ban Initiative #120.

When: Monday, August 17 at 6:00pm

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RACISMo Zero Series 5 Movimiento por la Justicia

Raíces Brewing Co, Denver Councilwoman Jamie Torres District 3, and panelists join forces to provide information, bring consciousness, and reform on topics about racism.
We have divided the series into 5 sections. We understand the need of discussing topics to different audiences and elevate the dialogue, narratives, and identities. Within the discussions we examine racism and its historic and present-day impact, we provide information on effective protest and activism, on how to be anti-racist, nuances of racism, human rights, and policy.

When: Tuesday, August 18 at 5:30pm

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Chinook Fund: Grant Application Workshop

Thinking of applying for a Chinook Fund grant? Are you a new grant seeker or a past grantee that needs a refresher on the grant application process? Chinook Fund invites you to attend our online Grant Application Workshop where we will give an introduction to Chinook Fund, our funding criteria, and an overview of the grant application process.

When: Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00pm

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One Colorado: How to Write an Effective Letter to the Editor

A well written letter to the editor can both move public perception of an issue and influence policy makers. Sign up at the link below to take a short, simple workshop on writing effective Letters to the Editor so you can advocate for issues that matter to you!

When: Thursday, August 20 at 6:00pm

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Say Their Names… #1000MilesforRacialJustice Caravan from Louisville, KY to Denver

The Caravan for Racial Justice is currently hard at work preparing for the “1000 Miles for Racial Justice” ~ Call to Action Town Hall. This event will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at “The Mile High Steps”, Colorado State Capitol, 5 PM -8 PM. Scars of racism from America’s past have reopened wombs that were never healed. The soul of America is broken and your support is needed to help facilitate the real conversations that educate and empower every community and citizen. The Caravan for Racial Justice is on a mission to raise awareness, educate, and empower citizens to become civically involved and eliminate systemic racism. We will hear from state and community representatives on initiatives to improve race relations and community policing. Additionally, we will host a voters registration drive during this event.

When: Saturday, August 22 at 5:00pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Indivisible Vote Tripling Day of Action

What’s the single most effective way to get people to vote? Vote Tripling. What’s the single most important thing to do to stop Trump from staying in office? Win in a landslide. You see where we’re going here. Saturday, August 22, take ONE HOUR and change the world. This is our Colorado Convention Follow-Up Day of Action, which is part of WINdivisible’s national drive to reach 20 million voters.

When: Saturday, August 22 at 12:00pm

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

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It’s very simple. One side wants to help.

The other side thinks you’re getting “too much help.”

Americans have been waiting for months now for Senate Republicans to take action on another badly needed economic stimulus bill to keep the country going as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are hurting right now after extended unemployment benefits expired at the end of last month. Donald Trump’s executive order this past weekend restored only a fraction of those benefits, and even that might have been illegal because it’s Congress’ job to appropriate money.

Coloradans are suffering. The time for political games is over. The U.S. Senate must end this charade and pass the HEROES Act, which passed the U.S. House back in May, before Coloradans lose everything. Keep the pressure on Cory Gardner: contact his office right now at 855-945-2679 and demand he stop stalling for Mitch McConnell and pass the HEROES Act.

Make no mistake, this standoff is happening because Trump and Republicans like Cory Gardner think Americans are getting “too much help.” Gardner tells the press he supports extending the unemployment benefit, but Gardner also told a local radio host that he believes it creates “unfair competition between the government and the private sector.” [1] The House passed comprehensive economic relief legislation months ago that could give Americans certainty. The reason another check is not in the mail to Americans who need it, the reason unemployment benefits are being slashed, and local governments are rapidly running out of money for vital services, is because Cory Gardner and Republicans in Washington want it to be this way.

Thanks for your help at this critical moment to get every Coloradan, working and unemployed, through these difficult times. Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of August 10:


Featured Event: Netroots Nation at Home

For more than a decade, Netroots Nation has hosted the largest annual conference for progressives, drawing 3,000+ attendees from around the country and beyond. Netroots Nation 2020—our 15th annual conference—is set for August 13-15 and will be held virtually. Our attendees are online organizers, grassroots activists and independent media makers. Some are professionals who work at advocacy organizations, progressive companies or labor unions, while others do activism in their spare time. Attendees can choose from engaging panels, practical training sessions, inspiring keynotes and lots of networking and social events. Our virtual event platform allows us to host about 150 hours of live interactive content, which you can watch live or recorded after the event is over.

When: August 13-15

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CAMP One Colorado

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30pm

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1000 Black Men Lead On

On Aug 15th 2020 we are calling on All black men who are working on, or are connected to solutions that are hindering our Black community, we are also calling all Black Males who want to be a part of the solutions, to come together and start to build and expand ideals and action plans for a sustainable future.

When: Saturday, August 15 at 8:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Eastern Plains

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, August 15 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Black Women for Political Action – CBWPA, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights: August General Meeting: Abortion & Reproductive Justice!

Panel discussion: Abortion & Reproductive Justice, November 2020 Ballot Measure – Colorado Abortion Ban Initiative #120.

When: Monday, August 17 at 6:00pm

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

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After Cory Gardner promised that unemployment benefits would be extended, today hundreds of thousands of Coloradans still don’t know how they’re going to make ends meet.

In Washington, Sen. Cory Gardner and Republicans in Washington can’t even agree among themselves on what to offer Democrats, let alone make a deal extending unemployment benefits that 330,000 in Colorado and millions nationwide are relying on.

Coloradans who need help are running out of time. According to a new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, [1] 336,000 Coloradans have reported that they don’t have enough to eat. 251,000 Coloradans say children in their household don’t have enough to eat. And an estimated 135,000 Coloradans did not pay last month’s rent on time or deferred payment.

We have to get the message to Cory Gardner that Coloradans are going to suffer while he and Mitch McConnell play politics. Take another minute today, whether it’s your first call or your hundredth, and call Cory Gardner’s office right now at 855-945-2679 and urge him to support full extension of the enhanced unemployment benefit through the end of the year.

To everyone who is suffering economically as the war against the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, we hear you and support you in this difficult time. We all want to get through this safely, and with security for our families and communities. The only way that will happen is if we continue to support Americans economically for as long as it takes to beat the coronavirus. No one should have to choose between putting themselves at risk and putting food on the table.

Thanks for everything that you do week after week to hold leaders like Cory Gardner accountable and demand better. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of August 3:


AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: Car Caravan & Facebook Live to #FreeThemAll

We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. On Monday, August 3, 2020, from *8:00 to 9:00*pm we will call on ICE and GEO to #FreeThemAll, release every person from detention and save lives. This vigil will be a car caravan with a FB live and internet radio audio feed so you can safely caravan or stay home and share the #FreeThemAll message with others. Tune in as Not One More Deportation Table and Colorado People’s Alliance members share about loved ones in detention. Hear from several poets and artists who are calling for action.

When: Monday, August 3 at 8:00pm

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Colorado Protest Medics: Protesting and Mental Health & Education/Training

Free public training on the impact of protesting on mental health. Training will include skill building on verbal de-escalation, mental health first aid, and more! If you are from privilege we ask that you bring food to donate to those among us less fortunate. Thank you and see you there!

When: Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00pm
Where: Governors Park, Denver

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The Current & Future State of Affairs: How to Better Position Our Allies

Womxn’s March Denver is presenting a virtual event panel discussion with leading members of Denver’s Black Community to discuss the Current and Future State of Affairs and How to Better Position Our Allies.

When: Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30pm

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Champions of Choice

Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado for our LIVE event, Champions of Choice, on Thursday, August 6. This year, we are excited to announce we will be joined by Representative Deb Haaland! 2020 is an extremely critical year for our country. Join us as we honor local champions for reproductive rights, and celebrate the important work being done to protect and expand access to reproductive and sexual health care in our state!

When: Thursday, August 6 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Western Slope & Mountain Towns

information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public. LGBTQ Coloradans, families, and allies welcome!

When: Saturday, August 8 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado: March 4 Trans Rights! Aug 9th – Denver

We are marching to raise awareness of transgender issues in Denver, increase our visibility and build a diverse coalition of advocates for transgender rights in our city. Event will include rally with trans speakers, many from our local BIPOC community. This is a non-violent event. We strongly encourage COVID precautions such as masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing when possible.

When: Sunday, August 9 at 12:00pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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Parasol Patrol Supports the March 4 Trans Rights

Parasol Patrol is honored to be supporting the Trans Rights March at the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203. Please come and stand between potential Protesters and these participants as we shield against hatred and to shepherd them safely through traffic.

When: Sunday, August 9 at 10:30am
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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What you can do to fight back this week (July 27)

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On Saturday, the extended unemployment benefits passed by Congress to help Americans weather the COVID-19 pandemic expired. The CARES Act unemployment benefits expired because Republicans in the U.S. Senate couldn’t come to an agreement.

Sen. Cory Gardner’s failure to break the gridlock in his own party has plunged hundreds of thousands of Coloradans into renewed financial uncertainty.

And it gets worse. Today, U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal for the next coronavirus relief bill–and they propose to cut the expanded benefit by two thirds. [1] While Cory Gardner runs TV ads touting his “success” helping Coloradans get through this crisis, he’s setting 330,000 Coloradans up for financial failure with the job market still disrupted and the COVID-19 pandemic on the upswing again in our state.

Like any swindler at the end of his con game, Cory Gardner is out of excuses. Donald Trump has been declaring the pandemic a thing of the past since before it began, and the failure of Republicans in Washington to respond when it could have made a difference has resulted in the deaths of over 146,000 people–many of which could have been prevented. In a crisis made worse by Donald Trump and Cory Gardner’s incompetence, it will be another preventable tragedy if we cut the support keeping Americans going before it’s safe.

November can’t come soon enough. Action item #1 this week: Join Indivisible Front Range Resistance and other local progressive organizations for the premiere of the new “Cardboard Cory” mini-documentary: featuring one of the most visible symbols of the years-long campaign to hold Cory Gardner accountable. This online event is an important organizing opportunity to get ready for the most important election season of our lives so far.

When: Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30pm

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And here are several more great ways to make a difference for the week of July 27:


Understanding Implicit Racial Bias and Anxiety

Justice Matters is pleased to welcome William Snowden! Please join Will as he presents: Promoting Excellence: An Understanding of Implicit Racial Bias and Racial Anxiety and How They Influence Our Daily Interactions. Will is the New Orleans Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. In this role, he continues and strengthens Vera’s existing partnerships with criminal justice actors and community leaders while identifying new collaborative relationships with government entities and community organizations. The collaborations focus on improving criminal justice systems in the South.

When: Monday, July 27 6:30pm

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Camp One Colorado: Volunteer Training

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30pm

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Immigration in Our Community: Know the Facts & Your Rights

Please join us for this insightful Community Awareness Series on current DACA and ICE policies, presented by Josh Stalling, North Regional Organizer, with Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition (CIRC).

When: Wednesday, July 29 at 9:00am

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Rally to Celebrate Medicaid’s 55th Birthday!

Join us on zoom or Facebook live as we rally to celebrate Medicaid’s 55th birthday and talk about its vital importance for the health of our communities. Because of COVID-19, Medicaid is more important than ever, but the economic impacts of the virus threaten Medicaid with cuts unless we see federal funding increased. We need to be able to keep all Coloradans healthy through the pandemic and economic recovery, and Medicaid is the best program to do that.

When: Thursday, July 30 at 5:00pm

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“Play-In” at Greenwood Village City Hall, and more ways you can fight back this week (July 20)

As you’ve probably heard by now, after the passage by the City of Greenwood Village of Resolution 40-20, an ordinance to shield Greenwood Village Police officers from civil liability for misconduct in protest of a new police accountability law in Colorado, nationally prominent artists with ties to Colorado have called on the city to overturn Resolution 40-20 and have pledged not to perform at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater.

Tonight Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Spirit of Grace, Flobots, and Colorado community leaders will protest this subversion of justice with a March and Play-In in front of Greenwood Village City Hall.

Please join us, wearing a mask—though only if you feel comfortable and safe doing so. Everyone who attends is required to wear a mask and maintain proper physical-distancing to the best of their ability.

When: Monday, July 20 7:30 PM
Where: Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St.

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Thanks as always for everything you do week after week to make a difference. Here are several more important upcoming events you can help make successful:


Featured Event: Cardboard Cory Indivisible Watch, Work & Win Party

KICK OFF TO THE ELECTION CYCLE OF OUR LIVES–we are 100 days out, activists! How do we win in 2020? We get inspired by our past and leap forward, together, into doing the work to save our our future. Join this Watch & Work & Win party featuring the World Premiere of IFRR’s Cardboard Cory mini-documentary. Celebrate our inspiring leaders and past victories. Then Get to Work on the election of our lifetimes. Video, guest speakers, and on-the-spot opportunities for virtual voter contact. Be there. All groups asked to co-host.

When: Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30pm

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Black Perspectives on Systemic Racism

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and subsequent nationwide protests, we invite you to listen to leaders from the Black community as they discuss their experiences with systemic racism and how they feel collective action to end it must be prioritized. Hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) a program of JEWISHcolorado.

When: Monday, July 20 at 6:30pm

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Chinook Fund: The Giving Project Information Session

Take meaningful action now and help fuel grassroots social change in our state! Chinook Fund is seeking new members across Colorado to join our online community leadership program, The Giving Project. As the fall election nears and the coronavirus crisis threatens the most vulnerable among us, you can support frontline communities working for justice.

When: Tuesday, July 21 at 12:00pm

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Latinas LEAD Virtual Leadership Series – Latina Rebels Founder

Join us for an authentic exchange with storyteller and feminist Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez. We will explore stories on Latina leadership, identity, self- awareness, and empowerment.“You are eternal. You are neither here nor there, but everywhere. You carry the hood in your veins and academia in your heart. You have not forgotten where you come from but have learned and earned your way into spaces not meant for you. Spaces that are uninviting to your kind. You are poderosa like that. Your vocabulary is vast, and your wit is sharp. You are unstoppable.” – Personal Essay Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez – Dear Brown Woke Girl

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 4:00pm

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Defunding the Police 101

Right now the U.S. spends about $100 billion on police forces every year. In a typical American city, policing alone can account for 20% to 45% or higher of the entire discretionary budget. Those are investments that could be shifted to things that actually make our communities safer. Things like housing, health care, mental health services, safe living wage employment, education, youth programming, and income support to stay safe during the pandemic. Join the Colorado Freedom Fund and Colorado Working Families Party for a training and discussion on defunding the police.

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 4:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: How To Write An Effective Public Comment: COGCC Mission Change

This event will be in Spanish, interpretation will be provided by request. Protégete has been working to keep Colorado’s air clean and safe to breath. We must continue to keep public health as a priority for lawmakers. Come learn about the COGCC and have a discussion how to write a comment to ask them to protect public health. We will walk through how to write an effective written comment and guide you through the process to submit written testimony. Call to Action: Tell the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to approve the new mission change.

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Lunch & Learn: Colorado Climate Action

This webinar will feature special guests (including Governor Polis!) and give you a concise summary of HB 1261 — the law that will guide Colorado to ambitious pollution reductions! Hear from state and local leaders on how YOU can get involved to bring clean air and protections for disproportionately impacted communities in Colorado.

When: Friday, July 24 at 11:30am

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Extend the $600 Unemployment Benefits! A Funeral Procession

We are restaurant workers and the unemployed. The pandemic is getting worse, not better. Our industry is unsafe and not coming back. Many of us don’t have insurance or savings because our jobs were already precarious. Now, CEOs and billionaires want to take away our only lifeline. They’re telling Congress to let our $600 federal unemployment benefits expire. They don’t care if we live or die, as long as they make a profit. So this Friday, July 24th, we are taking action with our allies in cities across the country to demand Congress extend the $600!

When: Friday, July 24 at 12:00pm
Where: 17th and California Street, Denver

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Western Slope & Mountain Towns

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, July 25 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition: Honoring 30 Years of the ADA and CCDC Virtual Event

CCDC will host this free virtual event on Sunday, July 26 at 11am; premiering our specially produced video honoring 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and CCDC’s birthday. To help us honor this milestone, we are highlighting friends and partners that have impacted the last 30 years of disablity rights in Colorado.

When: Sunday, July 26 at 11:00am

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RELEASE: Musicians and Fans to March on Greenwood Village

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DENVER: After the passage by the City of Greenwood Village of Resolution 40-20, an ordinance to shield Greenwood Village Police officers from civil liability for misconduct in response to landmark bipartisan legislation by the Colorado General Assembly to comprehensively reform the relationship between police and the communities they serve, nationally prominent artists with ties to Colorado called on the city to overturn Resolution 40-20 and have pledged not to perform at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater.

Today, artists and fans announced a March and Play-In on Greenwood Village to take place Monday, July 20th.

“We support the Black Lives Matter movement and were so proud to see Colorado lead the nation in implementing police reform last month by passing Senate Bill 217 with a huge bipartisan majority,” writes musician Nathaniel Rateliff in a letter to the Mayor and City Council of Greenwood Village, Colorado. “We were appalled last week to learn that the City of Greenwood Village, CO passed a resolution to undermine the applicability of SB20-217 within its community…[t]he new resolution shockingly predetermined all future police abuse as justified to further shield bad officers from enforce- ment mechanisms created within SB20-217. Recently we have discussed plans to play at Fiddler’s Green, we write to you today to publicly announce that we will not play music there until Greenwood Village rescinds its recent resolution permitting police to act without accountability.”

Read the full letter from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to Greenwood Village here.

“Fiddler’s Green is one the largest sales tax generating establishments in Greenwood Village. Artists and fans should not be forced to financially support a City government that has established such racist policies to perform in Colorado or see their favorite artists perform locally. In fact, no one should,” said Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of the Lumineers.

Read the full letter from Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers to Greenwood Village here.

“The passage of Senate Bill 217 in Colorado was a watershed moment for our state in the decades-long struggle for the most basic of civil rights: the right to not be murdered by our own police officers because of the color of our skin,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, one of the prime sponsors of Colorado’s landmark new police accountability law. “Greenwood Village’s terrible decision to short-circuit police accountability means that Black people, and for that matter anyone who comes into contact with their armed municipal security forces, are not safe. As long as Resolution 40-20 is the law in Greenwood Village, it would be dangerously irresponsible to hold, attend, or promote any event at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater located in their city.”

On Monday, July 20, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Spirit of Grace, Flobots and other recording artists will march with Rep. Leslie Herod, Rep. Meg Froelich, and Sen. Jeff Bridges and people from across Colorado to Greenwood Village City Hall.

WHAT: Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Spirit of Grace, Flobots, and others Play-In & March on Greenwood Village to overturn Resolution 40-20
WHERE: Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St.
WHEN: Monday, July 20, 2020 7:30PM
HASHTAG: #LiveMusicForBlackLives

FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

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

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Donald Trump says Cory Gardner is with him 100%—”no waver.”

Last Friday, Trump commuted the sentence of his close associate Roger Stone, who was convicted of a felony for lying to Congress in order to protect Trump. It’s a betrayal of basic American values so egregious that even Trump’s corrupt Attorney General William Barr advised against it.

Russia helped Donald Trump become President. This is not in dispute. Roger Stone knew about it, and lied to protect Donald Trump. Trump commuting Stone’s sentence is the greatest act of presidential corruption since Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, and it’s the final proof that the President of the United States has no respect for the law.

As usual, Sen. Cory Gardner couldn’t be reached for comment. Being with Trump “100% of the time, no waver” means knowing when to keep quiet. Because Gardner and the U.S. Senate failed to act when we needed them most, we have the worst President in American history at the worst possible moment in history. Gardner can run from news reporters, and since he does it so often, he’s a running joke in Washington.

But he can’t run from the voters of Colorado, and our moment is almost here. Thanks as always for everything you do to fight back and hold the right accountable–and here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of July 13:


Camp One Colorado: Volunteer Training

Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.

When: Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30pm

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Cobalt: Virtual Garden Party

Join Cobalt’s most Ardent Activists, Allies and Advocates for our Annual Summer Soiree, hosted by Hon. Anne McGihon and Jill Wildenberg, on Tuesday, July 14th from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. As attacks on abortion and reproductive rights continue across the country, we must support and elect pro-abortion rights candidates at every level. Come hear from some of our reproductive rights advocates in the legislature about what they’re doing to secure abortion rights and how you can help.

When: Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30pm

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Conservation Colorado: Conserving Our Way to Recovery

Join a panel of experts on Thursday, July 16th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for a discussion to answer the question: How can conservation funding and equitable access to the outdoors be important tools for economic recovery and stability?

When: Thursday, July 16 at 6:00pm

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The Enough is Enough March

We have had enough of our youth dying to gun violence! We have had enough vigils for our peers! We are have enough of getting our hearts broken by the killing of friends. No youth, sibling, or parent should have to bury their child. Enough is enough! Come join us youth as march to tackle youth violence and demand political action for change.

Where: Montbello High School, 5000 Crown Blvd, Denver
When: Friday, July 17 at 5:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Sign Our Petitions for Colorado Families

We are helping collect signatures for two vital ballot initiatives for Colorado voters. We need to get them on the ballot and pass them to help our Colorado families. We will have a table set up with hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and social distancing! Please come and sign.

Where: 6918 E Long Ave, Centennial
When: Saturday, July 18 at 10:00am

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2020 Virtual CIRC Member Assembly

Every year, over 250+ of Colorado’s immigrant and refugee community leaders join in one space to decide on the policy priorities for the following year at the CIRC Annual Member Assembly. Join the conversation and decision-making by joining virtually this year for the 2020 CIRC Member Assembly. The theme this year is Hope, Courage, and Persistence. This year’s theme is based off a poem our staff found at a placard when visiting The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a monument remembering the lives of the hundreds of African Americans lost to lynching.

When: July 18-19

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

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The primary election is over. In just four months, the chance we’ve waited for ever since the disaster of the 2016 presidential election to restore America’s credibility and leadership in the world will finally be here. The polls show that Donald Trump and his party are in serious trouble.

But we can’t get complacent now. Help us take the fight to the right between now and November with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado.

Today, the Washington Post reports that the Trump administration’s strategy now is to “hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll” from the COVID-19 pandemic “and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day.” [1] Trump’s failure to protect Americans from this deadly pandemic, which has now killed and sickened more Americans than any other nation on Earth, is a tragedy that simply losing an election cannot repay.

The incompetence of the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that the American conservative movement cannot be trusted with power. This is a movement dependent on ignorance and fear in order to survive. Trump and his party incite division and hatred between Americans for political gain, and if we don’t stop them in 2020 we may not recognize what America looks like when they are done.

We’re ready to stop them in Colorado. After the 2018 “blue wave” election wiped out the right in our state, they came back with attempts at recalls and an unprecedented legislative obstruction campaign. With your help, we beat back every one of their attacks and passed crucial legislation to help working families, defend the environment, and protect public health.

Get in this fight with your donation to ProgressNow Colorado. There’s no better investment you can make to fight back for our shared values, and now is the moment it counts most.

Thanks for everything you do to leave this state better than we found it. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of July 6:


Colorado AFL-CIO: SenateFAIL Day of Action – Denver

On Wednesday July 8th, between 11:00 – 11:45 am, we will Caravan around Senator Cory Gardner’s office in protest of Senator Cory Gardner’s decision to go on vacation after failing to take any meaningful action on COVID relief.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 11:00am
Where: Senator Cory Gardner’s Office, 1961 Stout Street, Denver

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White Fragility & Anti-Racism

Join us for an in-person park discussion around the book White Fragility & how White and non-black POC can be effectively do anti-racist work and stand with our black community. There are so many ways to act, donate, and be present and resourced during this magnificent upheaval. Let’s come together to be with and move through our fears, discomfort & uncertainties, and support each other in integrated anti-racist action as we learn to do better together. While reading White Fragility is highly suggested, your presence, open mind, and commitment to anti-racist allyship is what matters.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00pm
Where: City Park, Denver

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Colorado Common Cause: Strengthening Democracy: Campaign Finance Reform in Aurora

Join local advocates and Aurora City Council members Juan Marcano and Nicole Johnston for a town hall discussion on campaign finance reform efforts in Aurora. The rules that candidates play by to get elected to office shape our democracy. Oil and gas interests and large corporations have exploited loopholes in campaign finance laws to get ahead, but now advocates are reforming the law — and Aurora could lead the way. Learn about the changes happening in Aurora laws, and the ways that we can create a more representative government through reforming campaign finance.

When: Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Paid Leave Rights

Every worker deserves paid time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. Yet, the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave. COVID-19 has made it clear that ALL workers must have access to these crucial benefits and that we must pass equitable worker laws, especially along race and gender lines. Join this training to learn about the fight for paid leave in Colorado, your rights under existing family and medical leave, sick time and unemployment laws, and what to do if your rights have been violated. We’ll also talk about winning economic justice for womxn and how you can join the movement!

When: Thursday, July 9 at 6:00pm

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Virtual CORRN Legal Observer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Thursday, July 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm we will train Legal Observers. Join our training to become a LO and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Sign our Petitions for Colorado Families

We are helping collect signatures for two vital ballot initiatives for Colorado voters. We need to get them on the ballot and pass them to help our Colorado families. We will have a table set up with hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and social distancing! Please come and sign.

Where: 8030 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, July 11 at 9:00am

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Where: 6953 E Jewell Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, July 12 at 2:00pm

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

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In the last few weeks, thousands of people have contacted us demanding justice for Elijah McClain of Aurora. Elijah was murdered last August after being stopped by Aurora police with no suspicion of a crime, brutally tackled and placed in a carotid hold, then forcibly injected with sedatives by paramedics. On the way to the hospital for treatment of these injuries, he went into cardiac arrest and a few days later, Elijah was dead.

The district attorney didn’t press criminal charges. But in 2020, that’s not going to fly.

This past weekend, thousands of peaceful protesters took to the streets in Aurora to remember Elijah McClain, and call for justice for Elijah and Black men who die at the hands of police far too often in this country. Unfortunately, this peaceful protest devolved into another scene of unnecessary police violence. Former Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, now Aurora’s Mayor, bears responsibility for an attack by Aurora Police Saturday night on a peaceful musical performance in honor of Elijah.

To the thousands of people who have messaged us in the last few weeks calling for justice for Elijah McClain, we hear you. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis announced that Attorney General Phil Wieser will conduct an independent investigation into Elijah’s death. [1]

The latest news reports indicate that the officers responsible for Elijah McClain’s death have been reassigned away from patrol duty, but remain on the force. That’s not acceptable. Click here to sign our petition calling for the firing of Aurora Police Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Rodema.

Thank you for your help as we continue on the difficult road to building a more just society. Black Lives Matter. In 2020, Colorado answered the challenge of this moment with historic legislation to stop police brutality and restore trust with the community. But it’s not over with that piece of legislation. Putting an end to racism in America is a struggle that will continue for generations. And it is only by remembering that we are all responsible every day for actively fighting against racism that it can ever truly, someday, become a thing of the past.

With that always in mind, here are more ways to fight back for the week of June 29:


One Colorado: LGBTQ Virtual Town Hall with Representative Jason Crow

One Colorado is proud to host a town hall event with Congressman Jason Crow, representing Colorado’s sixth congressional district. This is your opportunity to hear directly from Representative Crow on important issues impacting LGBTQ Coloradans and their families within the district. You can also submit a question or issue that you would like to have the Representative address during the town hall.

When: Monday, June 29 at 5:00pm

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Anti-Racist Learning Community

Seeking a safe place to learn and process thoughts and feelings regarding racial injustices evident in the world today? We meet online Mondays at 6:15pm. Email Deb Meyer: dmeyer@trinityumc.org for information and the zoom link.

When: Monday, June 29 at 6:15pm

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A Discussion on Public Safety and Police in Aurora

The forum will feature a number of speakers presenting on topics including the history of policing, the school to prison pipeline, the intersection of race, class, and criminality, and abolition of the carceral state. We will have an open Q/A at the end of what should be very thought-provoking presentations, so be sure to come with questions.

When: Monday, June 29 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Prescription Drug Virtual Town Hall with AG Phil Weiser

Are you tired of the high price of prescription drugs? Do you think patients deserve better access and more accountability from pharmaceutical companies? Join us as we hear from Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser about the work his office is doing regarding prescription drug costs and accountability.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Trianing

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday June 30th at 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 5:00pm

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Protégete and Conservation Colorado: Cafecito Virtual

Please join us for a conversation about environmental justice and learn about the work that the Protégete organizers do around the state. We will be sharing stories about our work, our heritage and celebrate pride month as well.

When: Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

After countless protests, letters, and stories shared, the governor and other elected officials have taken steps forward to keep people housed. 9to5 attorney, Jason Legg, will share how the eviction process currently works, how new ordinances and policies impact the eviction timeline and what to do if your rights are violated.

When: Thursday, July 2 at 6:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The Talk

“The Talk” is a fireside chat with creative performances, led by our civic artist Kerrie Joy. This conversation with Black artists, healers, and entrepreneurs explores the transfer of knowledge between generations about the importance of preserving Black bodies, not just for survival but as a strategy for liberation.

When: Saturday, July 4 at 5:00pm

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The Rise Up 4th of July Rally

On July 4th, 1776 the declarations of Independence liberated the Colonies from Great Britains. However only white wealthy men enjoyed that freedom. At the time of the signing, African American’s were slaves, Women did not have a voice, Native Americans and Mexicans were getting thrown off their land. 225 years later, African American, Women, Native Americans, LGBTX and our Latinx communities still do not enjoy the independence signed on July 4th, 2020. Join us for The Rise Up Rally as we rally against mass incarceration, detaining immigrants, the conditions on reservations and the marginalization of women.

Where: Manual High School, Denver
WhenL: Saturday, July 4 at 5:00pm

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

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This weekend, Donald Trump let the terrible truth slip out.

At a rally in Tulsa on Saturday, referring to testing more Americans for COVID-19 in order to control the pandemic, Trump said, “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people; you’re going to find more cases.”

“So I said to my people,” Trump said, “Slow the testing down please.”

And it gets worse: in an interview earlier today, Trump didn’t deny it, even after his subordinates claimed he was joking.

“If it did slow down,” Trump said, “Frankly, I think we’re way ahead of ourselves if you want to know the truth. We’ve done too good a job…”

With 120,000 Americans dead, the most positive COVID-19 cases of any nation, and no end in sight to the ongoing pandemic, President Trump just announced he doesn’t want to know how many Americans are actually suffering.

It’s an admission so horrifying it seems made up, but it’s not.

Trump’s close friend and ally Sen. Cory Gardner says he understands the importance of testing to track and isolate the spread of this pandemic. But once again Gardner is silent while Trump makes a joke out of everything Gardner claims to value.

Enough is enough: click here to call Cory Gardner right now and tell him to stand up to Trump before more Americans needlessly die. Trump’s reckless disregard for the health and safety of every American cannot be allowed to continue.

Next, take a moment to help Denver transform its police department. In my Denver Post column last weekend, I looked at the facts behind the movement to defund the police–and found there a lot of sense in moving funds into funding first responders who can deal with problems without guns where possible. In Denver, there’s a movement to do just that, and they need your help. Click here to contact Denver city government and urge them to reallocate police funding toward social services and education.

Thanks again for your help and participation on all these important issues. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of June 22:


Featured Event: Decolonizing through Art and Philosophy

What do decolonization, art, and philosophy have to do with one another? Better yet, what CAN they have to do with one another? Come to this Zoom event and spend some time creating, collaborating with others, and learning more about decolonization and philosophy! This is an interactive, hands-on workshop! Recommended materials include anything you have on hand that you’d like to use for quick, visual artistic expression: paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, canvas, pencils, play-doh, etc.

When: Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30pm

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DACA Update Webinar for Community

DACA Recipients! Have questions on what the Supreme Court #DACA decision means for you? TONIGHT join us for a conversation on how the decision will impact you, a chance to ask questions, and a way to get involved to the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

When: Monday, June 22 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Paid Leave Rights

Every worker deserves paid time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. Yet, the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid leave. COVID-19 has made it clear that ALL workers must have access to these crucial benefits and that we must pass equitable worker laws, especially along race and gender lines. Join this training to learn about the fight for paid leave in Colorado, your rights under existing family and medical leave, sick time and unemployment laws, and what to do if your rights have been violated. We’ll also talk about winning economic justice for womxn and how you can join the movement!

When: Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00am

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The Road to 30 Virtual Tour: Colorado

Join the Center for Western Priorities and Conservation Colorado for the next virtual event in our series highlighting the bold vision to protect 30 percent of America’s lands and water by 2030, featuring United States Senator Tom Udall, Colorado Representative Joe Neguse, and Conservation Colorado Executive Director Kelly Nordini.

When: Thursday, June 25 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: 2020 Virtual Legislative Wrap Up

Join us as we recap what happened in this unusual legislative session and celebrate big wins! We usually make this a festive in-person event at a brewery or something, so in lieu of being able to do that, feel free to BYOB to celebrate!

When: Thursday, June 25 at 5:00pm

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Talking about Health Equity: An Intergenerational Conversation

The pandemic has exposed systemic inequities and fault lines in our society, especially in health. On Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. on PBS12, a group of experts from across Colorado will discuss what health equity means, why inequities exist, how they play out in access to health care, nutritious food and housing, and what kinds of programs and policies we need to ensure that everyone regardless of who they are or where they come from has an opportunity to thrive.

When: Friday, June 26 at 7:00pm

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (June 15)

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It seems like an eternity ago, but it was only in mid-March that the Colorado General Assembly adjourned to keep members and the public safe from the global COVID-19 pandemic. On May 26, the legislature reconvened to conclude the business of the 2020 session as quickly and as safely as possible–and at that time nobody knew how much would be accomplished.

Faced with fundamental challenges to our healthcare system, our economy, and society itself as we finally reckon with the age-old evils of racism and police brutality, Colorado lawmakers led by the progressive majority made historic progress. Today as the extended 2020 session comes to an end, we have the answer: more was accomplished in 2020, despite deep political division, economic freefall, and a global emergency, than anyone could have ever hoped.

An historic year for justice. In 2020, Colorado joined the growing global consensus that state-sponsored killing does not service the interests of justice. In addition to ending the death penalty in our state, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police Colorado developed and passed the most comprehensive reform of police accountability in the state’s history. Chokeholds will be banned, “qualified immunity” for police who kill and maim without cause will end, the “reasonable officer” standard that has prevented too many from being brought to justice is gone, and body camera footage will be subject to strict rules for retention and disclosure. This landmark bipartisan bill permanently changes the relationship between police in Colorado and the public they serve and protect. We also banned a deplorable legal defense known as “gay panic” which has been used to attempt to justify hate crimes.

Reopening Colorado Safely. With help from federal stimulus funds, Colorado created new loans and grants to keep businesses going, funded help for Coloradans to pay rent and utilities, and passed legislation to stop price gouging in times of need. Paid sick days, additional funding for food pantries, rural economic development are all on the way to provide help where it’s needed most.

Fairness. This year, the Colorado legislature passed a bill to close tax loopholes that corporations had used to avoid paying their fair share of the burden. New legislation will finally offer better protections to mobile home residents who have been getting a raw deal from landlords for years. And the legislature cracked down on polluters with heavier fines and tougher notification requirements for spills.

This incredibly successful legislative session would not have happened without your help. Thousands of PNC members contacted their lawmakers in support of many important pieces of legislation, especially the police accountability bill before and after the pandemic forced business to a halt. Whether you testified in a live hearing, wrote a letter, made a phone call, or turned out to peacefully protest, you helped make this historic success possible.

And the work goes on. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of June 15:


One Colorado: Title VII Decision Virtual Town Hall

Now that the Court has issued their ruling, find out how it impacts the LGBTQ community in Colorado and across the nation.

When: Tuesday, June 16th at 4:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

After countless protests, letters, and stories shared, the governor and other elected officials have taken steps forward to keep people housed. 9to5 attorney, Jason Legg, will share how the eviction process currently works, how new ordinances and policies impact the eviction timeline and what to do if your rights are violated.

When: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am

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Colorado AFL-CIO: Workers First Caravan and Donation Collection

On Wednesday, June 17, working people from Colorado will join thousands of people from across the country in a Workers First Caravan, an all-out action of national solidarity. We’ll be demanding Senator Cory Gardner join our working family champions to pass meaningful measures based on compassion, science, dignity and common sense.

When: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00am

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Virtual Juneteenth Music Festival

The 2020 Juneteenth Music Festival invites all to join, online, for a positive, educational and entertaining day celebrating African American history and the mission to make Juneteenth a national holiday. The goal of the 2020 Juneteenth Music Festival is to educate the larger population about the important American milestone that is Juneteenth and generate awareness to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

When: Thursday, June 18 at 9:00am

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One Colorado: Mile High Pridecast

Friday June 19th we are bringing Pride to you! Broadcasting from seven Denver LGBTQ+ venues with 27 amazing local and national DJ’s we are proud to present Mile High Pridecast! All funds raised will support One Colorado and their important mission of fighting for LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, and a fair and just Colorado for all.

When: Friday, June 19 all day

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A Community Rally for Change

St*pleton is GETTING a new name after decades of pressure. — Now lets honor the work of those who have been in this fight for so long. Join us Saturday in Central Park to celebrate this huge milestone, but also get ready for the work ahead!

When: Saturday, June 20 at 11:00am
Where: Central Park, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80238

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Denver Pride Equality Rally

Join One Colorado, state leaders, activists, and community groups online right after the Denver Pride Virtual Parade for our rally for LGBTQ equality!

When: Sunday, June 21 at 12:30pm

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We’ll see you next week! Thanks again for everything you do.

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“No Waver”

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Donald Trump lies all the time, but we know he prizes loyalty over all else.

So when he says Cory Gardner has been with him 100%, we believe him.

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YOU DID IT: What you can do to fight back this week (June 8)

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Over the last few days, a remarkable change for the better has taken place in the streets of Denver. Police appear to have backed off of their initial aggression against protesters, and the crowds have responded with days of peaceful and powerful protest against police violence.

In Colorado, the outrage over the murder of George Floyd has become hope as new legislation to dramatically reform police departments and restore rights to victims of police violence is successfully making its way with your help through the Colorado Senate! Senate Bill 217 makes historic changes in favor of police accountability: banning chokeholds, requiring an objective justification to initiate a police stop, strict standards for the use of body cameras and disclosure of the footage–all of this and more is possible right now if we act together.

If you haven’t already, click here to contact your Colorado lawmakers and urge a YES vote on Senate Bill 217. Time is of the essence for lawmakers to pass remaining legislation for this year and adjourn. So it’s important that you take a moment right now to speak out, whether you’re represented by a Republican or a Democrat.

If you’ve already contacted your legislators to support Senate Bill 217, thanks very much! Make sure everyone you know in Colorado who supports police accountability contacts their lawmakers today. Forward this message to everyone you know and urge them to get involved.

Thanks for your support in this fight for basic civil rights. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Mattered in the 1960s when the Freedom Riders traveled south and risked their lives for the rights of people a thousand miles away. Colorado honors the sacrifice of victims of police violence, here and across the nation, by passing legislation to help ensure that the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is not replicated in Colorado ever again.

Here are more ways to fight back for the week of June 8:


Racial Justice in Colorado: A Discussion with COWFP

Join Colorado Working Families Party and special guests for a discussion on racial justice in Colorado.

When: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00pm

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Vigil For George Floyd

We have protested, marched, cried, yelled, and posted. Now, George Floyd is to be laid to rest in his hometown of Houston, TX on June 9th. Come together at the Civic Center park June 9th at 7pm to be with the family of George Floyd in spirit and pray for a peaceful rest, for such was lacking in his death. Bring a candle to be lit while the sun is setting. Candles will be provided for those not in a position to buy/bring one, however, supplies are limited. This is an event for all so please, join in this gathering of unity and peace as we say goodbye to a beloved son, father, brother, and friend. Rest In Peace George Floyd.

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) wants to hear about your hopes for the Water Plan update! Please join for any or all of the Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions, a series of conversations on the future of water in Colorado. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will host a series of online public listening sessions to share updates about the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan), hear from water leaders across the state, and gather feedback about how the Water Plan should approach the critical issues around Agricultural, Municipal & Industrial, Environmental & Recreational, and Forest Health & Watershed Health.

When: Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11

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Colorado People’s Alliance: Conversations on Race: Anti-Blackness & Policing

Race caucus conversations allow us to go deeper in conversation with others who share a similar race identity to better identify how we personally perpetuate and benefit from anti-blackness and white supremacy, and how we can undo our own racism and hold each-other accountable. Race caucus conversations allow impacted people safe spaces to process. Race caucus conversations also allow non-black people open spaces with each-other where they can process and hold-each other accountable without forcing any of this labor onto black folks, and without causing unintended harm while processing. For example, this is the type of space where non-black folks can process white-guilt, white-passing guilt etc. and work through it into action.

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30pm

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Cobalt AF Digital Sex Trivia Fundraiser

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for an evening of sex trivia to support the Cobalt Abortion Fund. We are asking a $5 donation to participate or $30 for a team of 8 or more. If you are unable to make this donation but would still like to participate, please email amanda@cobaltadvocates.org We encourage in addition to brushing up on those sex trivia facts, that your team crowd-raise funds to support the Cobalt Abortion Fund. Every dollar given to the fund goes directly back to patients.

When: Thursday, June 11 at 4:00pm

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The Future of Work: An Intergenerational Conversation on PBS12

On the Same Page presents an intergenerational panel of ten Colorado leaders and recent college graduates to discuss what the future of work will look like in a post-COVID-19 economy. Panelists share details about Colorado’s employment before, during and after COVID-19, describe the impacts on the workplace structure, and share their thoughts on how we will rebuild Colorado’s workforce post-COVID.

When: Friday, June 12 at 7:00pm

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

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Colorado Lawmakers Must Pass Legislation to Hold Police Accountable

June 2, 2020
Denver, Colorado

We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the appalling violence and use of force perpetrated at the hands of law enforcement in Colorado. Beginning May 28th, Coloradans from across the state gathered in Denver to peacefully mourn the murder of George Floyd and to demand justice for the indiscriminate killings of Black persons, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and countless others. Instead of the respect and discourse they deserve, officers responded to these demonstrations with aggression.

Our nation has a proud history of strategic protest and civil disobedience as an effective means of challenging oppression and bringing about needed change. We recognize this history, particularly as we begin the month of June with its anniversaries of social justice milestones, protests, and civil disobedience such as Juneteenth, the LGBTQ Pride movement, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Violence and brutality at the hands of law enforcement is an unacceptable violation of the public’s trust. It is the obligation of law enforcement — whose professional duty it is to “protect and serve” the community — to de-escalate tension, especially during a protest, and to hold one another accountable.

In stark contrast to their sworn duty, some law enforcement officers were actually perpetrators of brutality against those they have vowed to protect and serve. On several occasions, these officers met nonviolent congregations of Coloradans and clearly-identified members of the press with volleys of tear gas, pepper balls, and flash bangs.

This is more than just an egregious misuse of force. It is a serious public health concern [1], especially during an ongoing pandemic. Tear gas is a chemical weapon that has a long history of being utilized to silence communities of color, and it’s known to cause a variety of serious injuries including chemical burns, respiratory distress, miscarriage, and stillbirth in pregnant persons [2]. In some cases, depending on pre-existing conditions, exposure to tear gas can even result in death. In addition to protesters, countless bystanders who live and work in the surrounding areas have been continuously exposed to this airborne weapon. There is no excuse for using tear gas on nonviolent protesters, let alone those blameless citizens who’ve found themselves in the crossfire.

This cannot stand.

Our organizations stand together in calling on our lawmakers to pass effective legislation right now to hold law enforcement accountable and to ensure the public is kept safe from police violence.

Signed,

NAACP CO-MT-WY State Conference
ProgressNow Colorado
ACLU of Colorado
Women’s Lobby of Colorado
The Marigold Project
New Era Colorado
The Bell Policy Center
Cobalt
Denver Young Democrats (DYD)
Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
One Colorado
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

1. “What Is Tear Gas, & What Does It Do To Your Body?” by Elizabeth Gulino; June 1, 2020; https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/06/9848420/what-is-tear-gas-effects

2. “Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?” by Michelle Goldberg; August 19, 2014; https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/tear-gas-abortifacient-why-wont-anti-abortion-movement-oppose-it/

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What you can do to stay healthy, fight back, and demand justice this week (June 1)

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In the few days since we last wrote, another terrible crisis has struck our nation.

This isn’t a new virus. It’s age-old inequality, horrific police violence, and an explosion of outrage from communities who feel cut off from the justice white America takes for granted. Once again, a black man has been murdered in the street by a white police officer. Once again, the cities of America have erupted in protest, and the country is being divided along old familiar lines of race and class.

As progressives we believe, as a matter of fundamental principle, in nonviolent movements to bring about solutions to the problems that beset our society. In Colorado, we’re grateful to community leaders like Rep. Leslie Herod and DPS Board member Tay Anderson, who organized massive peaceful demonstrations over the past few days demanding an end to the extrajudicial murder of black people by police. On Saturday, an amazing display of peaceful commitment to change was caught on camera by the Colorado Times Recorder [1] as thousands of demonstrators lay face down and for nine minutes repeated the words, “I can’t breathe.”

Such powerful moments of unity and strength are what America needs to remember from these days of nationwide protest. There’s only one way to bring the unrest in America to an end, and it’s the same solution as 50 years ago: black lives have got to matter. Those words must be made real with policies that end the disproportionate killing of black men in America, and that make equal opportunity more than a slogan for every American.

These are our values, and we hope you share them.

Action item #1: The Colorado General Assembly is in session right now, and needs to respond with effective legislation to ensure departments foster a culture among officers that rejects brutality. Click here to call your state lawmakers and tell them to immediately pass legislation to keep the public safe from police violence.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of June 1:


Colorado Rapid Response Network: Virtual CORRN Confirmer Training

The Colorado Rapid Response Network is a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who respond to ICE activity in our communities. Tuesday June 2nd at 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm we will train Confirmers. Join our training to become a confirmer and learn how to defend our community. You will receive Zoom meeting information upon registration.

When: Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) wants to hear about your hopes for the Water Plan update! Please join for any or all of the Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions, a series of conversations on the future of water in Colorado. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will host a series of online public listening sessions to share updates about the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan), hear from water leaders across the state, and gather feedback about how the Water Plan should approach the critical issues around Agricultural, Municipal & Industrial, Environmental & Recreational, and Forest Health & Watershed Health.

When: Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00am

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ACLU of Colorado: Lunch & Learn: Know Your Rights – Police Encounters

Recent police encounters in Colorado and nationwide have raised concerns about the level of force used on people and the impact it has on police-community relationships. It’s important that every person feels safe in their daily activities without endangering their fundamental constitutional rights. Join the ACLU of Colorado for a Lunch & Learn Thursday, June 4th at 12 pm to learn more about your rights during a law enforcement encounter and actionable steps to take if you experience or witness police misconduct.

When: Thursday, June 4 at 12:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Fifth Virtual Happy Hour with Colorado Black Women for Political Action

Join us for one or more of our virtual social hours series! We will have an expert from our organizational members join us to talk about the issues in the community, including the impacts of COVID-19. On June 4, we will be joined by the President of Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Tamra DeBrady (also a WLCO board member!). Grab a tea, a coffee, glass of wine, whatever you’d like, and join us! Note, registration required!

When: Thursday, June 4 at 5:30pm

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9to5 Colorado: Know Your Eviction Defense Rights

After countless protests, letters, and stories shared, the governor and other elected officials have taken steps forward to keep people housed. 9to5 attorney, Jason Legg, will share how the eviction process currently works, how new ordinances and policies impact the eviction timeline and what to do if your rights are violated.

When: Thursday, June 4 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Lunch & Learn on Colorado Climate Action

Come learn about the Climate Action Plan (HB1261), passed by the Colorado legislature and signed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019, and get involved to shape how Colorado meets its ambitious and urgent goals to reduce carbon pollution. This conversation is a great opportunity to hear from elected officials, Sierra Club members, and community activists about the progress we’ve already made, where we’re heading, and how YOU can make an impact on the future of Colorado.

When: Friday, June 5 at 1:15pm

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Peaceful Protest against Police Brutality

We need to come together and uplift the movement and protect our black brothers and sisters from the continued police brutality in our city, state, country and across the globe.

When: Saturday, June 6 at 12:00pm
When: Colorado State Capitol, Denver

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9to5 Colorado: Housing is a Human Right! Denver Car Protest

Now more than ever, in the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, safe and secure housing is a necessity for survival. While the government funnels billions to banks and big corporations, working people have been left to fend for themselves. In Colorado an estimated 450,000 people may be facing eviction once the coronavirus lets up. Thousands more are facing the pandemic without a safe place to live, either experiencing homelessness or trapped in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions of incarceration.

When: Saturday, June 6 at 3:00pm
Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver

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Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Rosé Resistance

Pour yourself a glass of rosé and join fellow fierce reproductive rights advocates *online* for our annual event to benefit Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado! Get the latest updates on reproductive health care access—which continues to be targeted even in a time of global crisis. Guests include: Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Colorado Attorney General, Phil Weiser; and PPRM CEO and President, Vicki Cowart.

When: Sunday, June 7 at 11:00am

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

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