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

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

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

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

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


Elevate Conservation: Outdoors for All Summer Event 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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World Refugee Day Colorado 2019 – Celebration Rally

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

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

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Solar CitiSuns: Summer Solstice Party

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

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

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LAD Impact 2019

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

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

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Chinook Fund: Cultivating Community

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

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

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2019 Emerge Graduation!

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

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

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: The People Vs: Media

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

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

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Durango

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Disrupting Privilege Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Census 2020 and Boba

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

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

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Of Creeks and Canyons: Presentation & Comment-Writing Workshop

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

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

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New Era Colorado: Toast to Democracy 2019

We’re thrilled to invite you to New Era Colorado’s annual event, Toast to Democracy. Join us for a fresh and memorable cocktail reception on Wednesday June 12th to celebrate and expand the power of youth-driven democracy across the state. We can’t do this work without you, so we hope you’ll join us!

Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00pm

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Day of Action: Strengthening Workers’ Rights in Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Denver

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

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

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2nd Annual Food Justice Symposium

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

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

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Colorado Rising Hoedown with 300 Days at McCauley Family Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer with NARAL – Juneteenth Celebration

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

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

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Volunteer with One Colorado at Denver Pride

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

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, June 15 at 10:30am

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Stay Strong with Tom Sullivan – Weekly SoBo Postcard Parties!

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

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

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Volunteer with NARAL, Denver Pride Festival

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

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

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One Colorado’s 14th Annual Pink Party

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

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

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March with One Colorado at Denver Pride!

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

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March with PPVC at PrideFest 2019!

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

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Denver Pride Equality Rally

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

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 16 at 12:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Closing the Gap: The Turning Point for LGBTQ Health launch

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

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

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Post-Runoff Happy Hour – Drinking Liberally Denver

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

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

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Shannon Watts at The Tattered Cover

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

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

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Stay Human Party in the Park

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

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

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Pride Reception with Governor Jared Polis

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

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

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Museo De Las Americas: Cultural First Friday – Pride

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

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

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

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

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

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9to5 Colorado: Legislative Debrief & Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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When: Saturday, June 8 at 2:00pm

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When: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm

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One Colorado Pride Prep Party

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

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

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Denver Wear Orange

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

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

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Sunday Canvass with AG Phil Weiser for Tom Sullivan

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

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

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League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans Legislative Reception

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Spotlight On Court Accompaniment

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

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

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado 2019 Scorecard Release Party

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

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

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Repro Day of Action for Tom Sullivan

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

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

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour

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

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

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

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Building Justice: Harnessing the Power of Faith Communities

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

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

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

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

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

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Conservation Colorado: Rebel with a Cause

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

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

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Youth Activists for Abortion Access Summit (YAAAS)

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

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

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Rally for Gun Violence Research in Denver

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

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

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 5/17/19

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

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

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

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

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

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


ACLU Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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Vision Zero Ride & Walk of Silence

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

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

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Paris to Pittsburgh Free Film Screening

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

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

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One Colorado Call Night!

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St. Suite 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm

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Stories Without Borders: Beyond the (Funding) Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Garden Launch – Apertura del Jardin Comunitario

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

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

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Conservation Colorado: Hike Spraddle Creek – Celebrate Public Lands

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

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

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Colorado Public Lands Day Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer for NARAL at Denver Jazz Festival

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

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

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Chinook Fund: Creating Sustainable Local Economies

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

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

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 5/10/19

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

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After 120 days and hundreds of bills, the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature adjourned last Friday.

Last November, the voters of Colorado elected a progressive majority in a landslide to tackle the the big problems facing our state: health care, education, criminal justice, transportation, and everything else we depend on to make life in Colorado work.

It was a huge job, it wasn’t easy, and frankly it’s not finished yet. But in 2019 the progressive majority in the Colorado General Assembly delivered lasting change we’ll be celebrating for years to come. If you haven’t already, check out ProgressNow Colorado’s recap of the Winners and Losers of the 2019 legislative session here:

To everyone who came to the Capitol to testify for and against legislation, all of you who wrote letters and made phone calls to legislators or turned out for rallies and press events, we owe you a debt of gratitude. While most of the news is about the craziness in Washington, it’s the state capitol in Denver where we pass the legislation that matters most in our daily lives. It’s thanks to your efforts that we made historic progress this year to protect the environment, improve public safety, level the playing field for women in the workforce, and so many other issues on which Colorado made progress in 2019.

The legislative session is over, but the fight for our shared values goes on all summer! Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of May 6:


May Detention Center Vigil The Power of Compassionate Justice

American Friends Service Committee, Colorado People’s Alliance and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition come together to offer a vigil seeking Compassionate Justice for those snared by our immigration system! Join us Monday, May 6th from 6:00-7:00 pm at the ICE Detention Center at 3130 Oakland St. in Aurora, CO.

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

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Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: Faith & Freedom 2019

Please Join the CORCRC and Friends for the 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal for her contributions to CORCRC and Women’s Reproductive Rights. Also with grateful acknowledgement to Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project. Heavy hor d’oeurves served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.

Where: Temple Emanuel Denver, 51 Grape St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm

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Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Denver Quarterly Community Meeting

Join us on May 7th for our Quarterly Community Meeting. We will continue to deepen our community-building and neighborhood organizing work while providing attendees with actionable items they can do once they leave. Everyone is welcome even if this is your first meeting or you haven’t attended in a while — there’s a place for you in this work! Everyone is needed.

Where: Wash Park UCC, 400 S Williams St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club End of Session Happy Hour

It seems like just yesterday when we gathered at the Alliance Center for our citizen lobbyist training day. But, believe it or not, we’re nearing the end of the 2019 legislative session-and it has been one for the books! Thanks to the help of citizen lobbyists like yourself, we’ve successfully advocated for a number of bills this year designed to protect Colorado’s environment and hasten our transition to clean renewable energy. To celebrate a productive session, and to say thank you to all the volunteers and legislators who made it happen, we’d like to invite you to a happy hour on May 8th from 5pm-7pm at the Capitol Hill Tavern. Light snacks will be provided.

Where: Capitol Hill Tavern, 1225 Logan St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00pm

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Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking: Colorado Project 2.0 Release Event!

What would it take to end human trafficking in Colorado? We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, May 8th at a special release event for Colorado Project 2.0! Be the first to hear about our unique research report, and how it will empower communities and professionals involved in addressing this human rights abuse. We’ll be joined by our research team as they highlight changes in the statewide movement, name promising practices, and discuss recommendation in our new action plan. You’ll also learn about how we’re going to take our findings around the state in the months ahead.

Where: 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30pm

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May Colorado Homes for All Meeting & Celebration!

Come celebrate the victories from the legislative session and the Renter Power we have gained in Colorado! Food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation will be provided as usual. Thank you!

Where: 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30pm

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Harm Reduction Action Center: Celebrating Lisa’s 10 Year Anniversary

Help us celebrate Lisa Raville’s 10 years of leadership and advocacy with the Harm Reduction Action Center! This is your opportunity to bring friends, roommates, coworkers, and colleagues to learn more about our agency and wave their Harm Reduction Freak Flags!

Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, May 9 at 5:30pm

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Community Garden Launch – Apertura del Jardin Comunitario

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

Where: 3489 W 72nd Ave #110, Denver
When: Saturday, May 11 at 8:00am

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One Colorado: Brunch Out Loud

Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, our movement has come further than we ever could have known. Following the election of the nation’s first openly gay governor, pro-equality majorities in both chambers, and the 2nd largest delegation of LGBT elected officials in the country, we are closer than ever to passing our two priority bills that will change the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans — it’s time to take a moment to celebrate. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for a legislative brunch celebration as we commemorate this movement, this community, and this great state that we call home.

Where: Tamayo, 1400 Larimer St, Denver
When: Saturday, May 11 at 11:00am

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Mother’s Day Rally To End Family Separation And Detention

On Mother’s Day, show immigrant mothers and families that you have their backs by joining a local Mother’s Day Rally to End Family Separation and Detention. All families belong together and free. Which is why on Mother’s Day, we’re honoring motherhood by taking a stand to show the Trump administration that we are watching, we will never forget and that we won’t stop fighting until the government reunites and frees every family it has torn apart.

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

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

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Winners and Losers of the 2019 Colorado Legislative Session

(Let the recaps begin – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

THE WINNERS

Regular people

The Colorado State Capitol is the place where more law is made that directly impacts our daily lives than anywhere else. In 2019, the progressive majority went to work protecting college students from drowning in debt, helping Coloradans save for retirement, and tackling the problem of addiction with compassion. These are changes you’ll see and feel.


Local communities

For decades, one industry had the power to run roughshod over the local land use authority that everyone takes for granted to keep their homes, schools, and businesses safe. Thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 181, locals have more power to control where oil and gas drilling happens, and the state’s focus is on public safety over profit.


Kindergarteners (and their parents)

Gov. Jared Polis took office in January with a promise to make full-day kindergarten a reality for every public school student in our state. It took some time personally lobbying lawmakers, but in the end a bipartisan vote, helmed by education champions Rep. Barbara McLachlan and Jim Wilson, kept Polis’ top promise to the families of Colorado.


People who need healthcare

The progressive majority in the Colorado legislature took action on health care in a big way in 2019. Legislation to reduce insurance premiums by up to 20%, import pharmaceutical products from Canada at big savings, ensuring access to mental health care–the list goes on and on.


LGBTQ youth

After years of unsuccessfully trying, in 2019 the Colorado legislature finally passed a bill to outlaw the hateful practice of so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ children. Legislation also passed to make the process of gender transition more dignified. Colorado is a hate state no more.


Gov. Jared Polis

Gov. Jared Polis’ first legislative session proved he’s a new kind of leader for Colorado. In addition to delivering on his promise for full-day kindergarten, Gov. Polis helped steer the landmark oil and gas drilling reform bill through the process, and played a big role in the passage of health care bills that will reduce the cost of care for everyone.


Don Coram

Sen. Don Coram of Montrose once again proved a partner across the aisle for passing important legislation that will make his constituents’ lives better. From water conservation to wildfire prevention and rural education, Sen. Coram commendably put the interests of the state above party and was part of the solution instead of the problem.


Spurlock & Sullivan

Two men with first-person experience with the tragedy of gun violence, Sheriff Tony Spurlock of Douglas County and Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son was killed in the Aurora shooting, worked together to pass legislation to prevent gun violence by people suffering from mental illness in crisis–the most important gun law passed in Colorado since 2013.


The Earth

Colorado isn’t waiting for politicians in Washington to stop playing games. This year, the Colorado Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 was passed into law, making Colorado a leader not just in America but the entire world in doing our part to clean up the damage we’ve done to Mother Earth.


Jon Caldara

He might not be able to win elections, but longtime political stuntman Jon Caldara of the right-wing Independence Institute has finally figured out a way to cash in on duping his angry followers: a fundraising platform where he takes a 6% cut plus fees of every transaction! That’s nice work if you can get it.


Actual Legislating

After four years of divided government, in which good policy ideas would go to die in a Senate kill committee, the session was a productive breakthrough. While in the past as much time was spent positioning each party for the next election as writing bills with a chance to see the governor’s signature, 2019 was the year where lawmakers could actually make laws again. While some partisans were complaining about too much, too fast, their real beef might have been with working harder.


THE LOSERS

Polluters

Look, it sucks that the state’s #1 job is not to “foster oil and gas development” instead of looking out for public health and safety. Actually, no that doesn’t suck. That’s great news for everyone except polluters! The truth is that the industry isn’t going out of business in Colorado–but regular people just might breathe easier.


Internet trolls

Democrats are coming to take your guns! Democrats want you to freeze in the dark! Insane allegations about legislation flew wildly on social media, but the reality doesn’t live up to the rumors. The new gun law is supported by over 80% of the public and even Big Oil says they’re going to survive after all. Don’t believe the hype!


Clan Neville

Much like Jon Caldara, the Neville political dynasty can’t win elections and they proved it again in 2018–but hope springs eternal as the possibility of recalls gives the Nevilles a chance to raise more money for their family political consultant business. Unfortunately, the Neville’s loser reputation precedes them–and many locals give them the side-eye.


Gun lobby

The usual suspects at the NRA and the local Rocky Mountain Gun Owners tried once again to frighten both ordinary gun owners and politicians on both sides by threatening them over the new “red flag” law to temporarily remove guns from people who are a threat to themselves or others. But it didn’t work, and now this law supported by 80% of Coloradans will save lives.


Owen Hill

Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs didn’t take his party’s defeat in the 2018 elections well, and used 2019 as basically one long temper tantrum. Besides leading the charge on misusing Senate rules to grind the process to a halt and defending the handling of the GOP’s sexual harassment fiasco, Hill actually said that Americans should be able to “buy and own a rocket launcher.” Yikes!


Anti-Gay Activists

A mostly positive legislative session turned ugly with the introduction of a bill updating Colorado’s comprehensive sex-ed laws. Opponents organized activists out of the Centennial Institute under the banner of parental rights, but were discovered within minutes of committee testimony to simply harbor prejudice against LGBTQ people. While this sort of thing is good for ginning email lists and fundraising, it further marginalized conservative groups from the mainstream.


Lori Saine

Colorado’s most embarrassing member of the House now that Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt is history struck again this year with fictional civil rights history, a fact-challenged defense of Christopher Columbus, and leading the charge to repeal Colorado gun laws after being caught with a loaded gun in a DIA security line.


“ICEholes”

If you own an electric vehicle, there are few things more irritating than finding an old-school internal combustion engine vehicle parked in an EV charging space. Thanks to House Bill 1298, “ICEholes” will face a $150 fine–literally clearing a path to making electric vehicles a viable option for more people.


Secession (again)

Every time progressives win a majority in Colorado elections, which happens most of the time these days, disaffected conservatives get much more serious than they should about a few rural counties in northeast Colorado either seceding or joining another state. It’s a fool’s errand and only makes its proponents look silly, which happened again this year.


Vicki Marble

Lori Saine’s counterpart in crazy in the Colorado Senate, GOP Sen. Vicki Marble, kept her unbroken string of dim-bulb lowlights going with threats against reporters, baseless speculation about nonexistent illegal voters, and asking of climate change, “is anything a settled science?”


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Colorado Week in Review: 5/3/19

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

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

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After five years of tyranny at the hands of Cory Gardner and the Dark Side of the Republican Party, a New Hope is rising for 2020.

And there’s beer, on us! This Saturday, May the Fourth, we’re celebrating the end of the legislative session and kicking off the campaign to unseat Cory Gardner in 2020. It’s going to be a long journey with adventures and pitfalls along the way—and you’re the volunteers we’re looking for. Join us Saturday for a beer and the details!

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver
When: Saturday, May 4 at 12:00pm

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On Friday, the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature comes to an end. It’s already been a massive success with new laws to protect the public from oil and gas drilling and gun violence, increase funding for education and transportation, protect workers from discrimination and unequal pay, and much more! If you haven’t already, please contact your Colorado Senator and ask them to SUPPORT House Bill 19-1261, the critical Climate Action Plan bill. And watch your inbox for alerts that could come in these final few hectic days.

Thanks again for all your help so far this year! Here are a few more great ways to make an impact for the week of April 29:


Community Hearing to Protect the Gray Wolf!

Join us at the Alliance Center on April 29th at 6:30 PM for your opportunity to provide informed, thoughtful, and powerful verbal comments in support of the full recovery of gray wolves in the US, including Colorado. US Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) has proposed to delist gray wolves in the lower-48 states. Our scientists know that today wolves are only found in about 10% of their historic range. At one time, wolves inhabited every state in the continental US and their populations numbered in the millions. Now, they only occur in about 10 states with numbers less than 6,000. Wolves are not recovered.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm

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Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: May Day Rally: Aurora City Hall

Many of the residents of Denver Meadows and Colorado are working more than 40 hours for wages that aren’t enough to cover the skyrocketing rent prices, many immigrants who are the backbone and large part of the work force aren’t able to afford to live where they work and continue to be pushed out of their communities. On this May Day and first of the month -when the rent is due- a community who has advocated and organized for more than 3 year will rally at the aurora city council steps and declare that this May Day Denver Meadows residents who are renters, workers, and part of this community will continue to fight for housing justice in Aurora and in Colorado.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Wednesday May 1 at 12:00pm

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Indivisible Colorado: Street Corner Support for Rochelle

The GOP is trying to destroy our democracy by attacking our elected representatives. We won’t stand for it and we will stand with Rochelle Galindo. Join the street corner actions Thursday May 2–we’ll meet on the corner and spread out to other areas. Bring handmade positive signs about the GOOD Rep. Galindo has done for Colorado!

Where: 9th St. & 9th Ave. Corner by Statue of Liberty/Courthouse
When: Thursday, May 2 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, May 2 at 5:30pm

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The Denver Press Club: Guest Bartender: DA Beth McCann

Join us as Denver District Attorney Beth McCann – Denver’s first female district attorney – jumps behind the DPC bar to raise funds for The Empowerment Program, which provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, May 2 at 5:30pm

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Mueller Investigation: Listen, Learn, Discuss

The release of a redacted version of the report into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 elections is not enough. Mueller’s investigation resulted in 199 criminal charges against 37 defendants, and laid out a compelling case that the President committed obstruction of justice. Join us for a discussion of this ongoing constitutional crisis and to develop next steps to hold Donald Trump and every member of his campaign who committed a crime accountable.

Where: 3899 N Jackson St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 2 at 6:00pm

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ADL 2019 Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program

ADL’s Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program is one of the largest in the United States and allows Coloradans of all faiths to come together to honor Holocaust survivors, remember those who perished, educate the community about this horrible crime against humanity and translate those lessons into contemporary action. The 2019 program will feature a conversation with Holocaust Survivor Gene Klein and his daughter, Dr. Jill Klein. The program includes a memorial ceremony and has traditionally featured a special Message to Colorado from the Governor. Winners of ADL’s “A Tribute to Moral Courage” student essay contest will also be recognized. For more information about the speaker or the program, please visit the event website.

Where: Temple Emanuel Denver, 51 Grape St, Denver
When: Thursday, May 2 at 6:00pm

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Community Town Hall with Governor Jared Polis

The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, Southeast Express and Pikes Peak Bulletin will host a free town hall with Gov. Jared Polis, 5:15-7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs. While the event is free and open to the public, we expect a large crowd. Seating will be first come, first served.

Where: Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, May 4 at 5:15pm

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13th Screening & Discussion

Indivisible North Denver Presents “13th” the movie documentary and educational forum on the history of mass incarceration of African Americans beginning with the passage of the 13th amendment to the constitution outlawing slavery.

Where: Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St, Denver
When:Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 4/26/19

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

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

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Happy Earth Week! Here in Colorado, this week’s observance of a week devoted to caring for our natural environment takes on added significance as the Colorado General Assembly passes legislation to protect the public from the health effects of oil and gas drilling, and to fight global climate change by doing our part to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The crisis is real, and it’s way past time to take bold action to protect the planet from our own short-sightedness.

Fortunately in Colorado, we elected lawmakers last November who get it. Instead of throwing up our hands and blaming others, we’re taking responsibility and focusing on what we can do.

Action item #1 this week: contact your state senator–click here to get started–and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 19-1261, to create a Climate Action Plan for Colorado to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

With just two weeks left in the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature, here are a couple more ways you can help pass great bills that will make a difference in your daily life–either by coming to the Capitol to testify or contacting your lawmakers:

On Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee, SUPPORT legislation to give consumers more information about surprise “out of network” medical charges. House Bill 19-1174 increases disclosure requirements for out-of-network health care providers to help consumers avoid massive, sometimes devastating additional charges for care.

On Wednesday in the House Health and Insurance Committee, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-005, a bill to allow the wholesale importation of Canadian pharmaceutical products to sell in Colorado. This bill has one purpose: to save Coloradans money on prescription drugs.

Also this week, contact your Colorado House representative and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 19-1278, an “omnibus” bill including a number of small changes to the election system designed to improve efficiency and increase access. There’s a reason Colorado has the best election system in the nation, and this bill keeps the system running smoothly.

Thanks for your help! Here are some more opportunities to fight back for the week of April 22:


The Denver Press Club: Ethical Journalism is NOT an oxymoron

Reporters, editors and the people behind the cameras do not operate in a moral vacuum. No, really. A discussion, with multiple examples, of the principles that responsible journalists have agreed on as the standards they should try to achieve in practicing the profession. They range from broad, aspirational (and totally voluntarily) codes of ethics drafted by organizations comprising hundreds and thousands of journalists, to detailed and specific guidelines enforced by their employers. Two members of the Colorado pro chapter of the Society of Professional members — Kara Mason, former state president, and Fred Brown, former national president — will lead the discussion.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Monday, April 22 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women In Power: A Night With Denver’s Leading Ladies in Politics

Gather your girlfriends and join us next Monday, April 22nd, as we sit down with female candidates running for office in the upcoming election and female candidates who already hold positions in the government as we discuss with them their ideas, experiences, how they feel government can start to benefit the people, what they plan to do to create lasting and effective change while in office and what their vision is for the city’s future.

Where: ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer Street, Denver
When: Monday, April 22 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CFIR Spotlight On Social Media!

Have you ever read an article and felt what it was saying was completely wrong? Have you ever read an article that was a great explanation of a topic you are passionate about? After reading these articles, were you lost on what you could do to correct misperceptions or incorrect facts? Or had difficulty finding out a way to compliment the author of an article you truly loved? If you had ever felt any of this, join AFSC in finding out what to do!

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

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Colorado Denim Day 2019

On Colorado Denim Day, April 24, 2019, state agencies, businesses, and other groups in Colorado are asked to allow their employees to pay $5 in exchange for wearing jeans on Denim Day. Employees wearing jeans will also receive stickers that they can wear to let everyone know why they are wearing jeans on Denim Day. Wearing jeans is a conversation-starter and visual sign of your support of survivors. Colorado Denim Day demonstrates the power of communities coming together to support survivors and take a stand against sexual violence.

Where: Numerous events
When: Wednesday, April 24

Click here to RSVP.


Green New Deal Town Hall

Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community discuss how a Green New Deal could be the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to organize for the future we need, and what that looks like for us. A focus is on decentering whiteness/specifically uplifting stories of how climate change is affecting communities of color in Colorado.

Where: The Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable for Climate Harms in CO

In April 2018, the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil and Suncor for knowingly promoting and selling products that they knew to be dangerous. The lawsuit asks that these companies pay their fair share of the costs of recovering from current impacts as well as the costs of protecting local residents and property from future impacts. This case is one of several in which affected communities are seeking compensation for costs associated with recovery and adaptation measures that would otherwise be borne solely by taxpayers. The panelists will focus on the costs associated with local climate impacts, the legal and scientific bases for bringing the case, lessons learned from similar lawsuits, and community perspectives as to why this lawsuit is necessary to shift some of the burden from taxpayers to polluters.

Where: University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr., Boulder
When: Thursday, April 25 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


UndocuMonologue With The Boulder Philharmonic

Motus Theater and the Boulder Philharmonic present an intimate performance that weaves theater and music to change the conversation about immigration. On Saturday, April 27th, at 9:30 pm after the Boulder Philharmonic’s “The Dream of America” concert, join us in the chorus room of the Macky Auditorium (Macky Room 102) to hear the powerful autobiographical monologue of Cristian Solano-Córdova, followed by the inspiring musical response from Boulder Philharmonic violinist, Sharon Park. After the performance, stay for a talkback in which the performers will discuss their experience as participants in this artistic exchange.

Where: Macky Auditorium 17th St & University Ave Boulder
When: Saturday, April 27 at 9:30pm

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Rally for Impeachment Hearings – Denver

Impeachment may seem like an extreme solution to an already extreme situation – many people are worried about what Pence as President would mean, or how impeachment might divide the country, but I ask that we focus on the problem at hand: Trump. Let us deal with Pence and the more ardent supporters of the administration once we actually come to cross that bridge. Impeachment was written into our constitution as the most viable solution to the situation we face today. It is an expected consequence to those who threaten our democracy as Trump does.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Saturday, April 27 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Emergency Truth and Poverty Bus Tour: Denver

For this event, we are stopping in Denver to lift the narratives of people experiencing homelessness. From legislation to legal battles, a resurrection village to tiny homes, there has been a sustained movement of people experiencing homelessness in Denver who have fought for transformative solutions that have prioritized the voices and experiences of the poor. We will be joined by Denver Homeless Out Loud and Free Speech TV for this tour, which will start at El Centro Humanitario and end at Jer-E-Ville. NOTE: this event will be followed by a film screening and panel discussion at El Centro focused on the issue of Right to Survive.

Where: 2260 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, April 27 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and Keep Abortion Safe: Women’s Freedom Fund Sex Trivia Fundraiser

Prizes include tickets to the 2020 NARAL Gala, free drinks, and more! Appetizers and cash bar available (2 for 1 drinks woo hoo!) Crowd raise with your trivia team from March 25-31st to see EVERY DOLLAR MATCHED! All funds raised go directly back to patients seeking abortion care.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, April 28 at 3:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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Today is April 15th, the day we’ve all been taught to dread as the day tax filings are due to the IRS. But our friends at the Colorado Fiscal Institute want everyone to remember that taxes are an investment in everything we value together: our transportation systems, health care and education, civil rights, environmental protection, public safety, and so much more.

It’s unfortunate that recent changes in Washington have resulted in a tax system that’s less fair than it used to be, and rewarded the wealthiest 1% of Americans with more in tax cuts than the entire middle class. Even so, without that investment we all make at every level of local, state and national government, we wouldn’t have a country that works at all.

So I too am #proudtopay despite it all. Thanks to CFI for this important reminder.

We’re closing in on the end of the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly! With just a few short weeks left to finish this historic session full of great legislative accomplishments, here are a few more ways you can make a difference either by testifying at the Capitol or emailing your lawmakers in support of these bills:

On Tuesday, help SUPPORT bipartisan legislation in the House Education Committee to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance at higher education. Senate Bill 19-170 prohibits colleges from inquiring about many kinds of criminal histories–with important exclusions for certain serious violent offenses, domestic violence, stalking, and sex crimes. Contact your state lawmakers now and urge them to support this important bill.

On Wednesday in the House Business Affairs Committee, SUPPORT the Equal Pay For Equal Work Act. Senate Bill 19-085 puts teeth into laws on the books for decades that say women should be paid the same rate as a man for the same work. Most importantly, women who are victims of wage discrimination can bring a civil action themselves. Contact your Colorado lawmakers and ask them to support this bill.

Also on Wednesday, two bills we’ve alerted you to in previous weeks, Senate Bill 19-002 to Regulate Student Loan Servicers and House Bill 19-1266 to Restore Voting Rights to Parolees will be up for debate in the House Education and State Affairs Committees respectively. Please turn out to testify if you’re able!

Thanks as always for everything you’re doing to fight back for our shared values week after week. Here are some more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 15th:


Denver’s Anti-Forum Mayoralpalooza

Community advocacy groups All in Denver, A+ Colorado, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Interfaith Alliance of Colorado are joining forces on a mayoral forum – or “anti-forum” as they call it. The groups are seeking to engage community members who feel left out of or dis-enfranchised by the political process by hosting a forum that is inclusive, welcoming, and fun!

Where: 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, April 15 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Tarana Burke: Creating a Movement

Tarana Burke shares the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too.’ Movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. #MeToo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors. In her upcoming book, Where the Light Enters, Tarana discusses the importance of the ‘me too.’ Movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.” Tarana’s continued work with the ‘me too.’ movement has earned her the honor of being named The Root 100’s most influential person of 2018.

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder
When: Monday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Moms Clean Air Force Lobby Day = Mom Power!

Calling all Coloradans who care about kids’ health and breathing clean air! We are bringing advocates together in support of House Bill 1261 – Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution. At Lobby Day we will learn how to advocate for clean air to protect our children’s health, meet with legislators and observe the legislative process in action.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.

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Together Colorado: Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 16 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


All hands on deck – last Indivisible Lobby Day in the Capitol!

Please join us in the last Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol. We will partner with Colorado’s Climate Future and advocate for HB-1261 (Climate Action Plan). The critical Senate vote is coming up in the week of 4/22 and will likely decide the fate of the bill. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, you can still join other groups and Colorado’s Climate Future to lobby for HB-1261 on any other day of the week (between 4/15 – 4/19).

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


350 Denver: “Funeral for the Earth”

We are in the planet’s 6th mass extinction, caused by human greed, callousness, and indifference. Climate change is destroying life on our planet, and threatens our own existence. We will have a funeral march with a coffin and other artful props. We will meet outside Dianna DeGette’s Office and lead a funeral procession to 9News.

Where: 600 N Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00pm

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Sister Helen Prejean at Nat’l College of Capital Voir Dire

Please join us for cocktails & hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate Special Guest Sister Helen Prejean’s 80th birthday to raise money for local nonprofit, The National College of Capital Voir Dire (NCCVD). Sister Helen is the author of Dead Man Walking and a world renowned anti-death penalty activist. She will be celebrating her birthday with us in Denver to help raise money for NCCVD which trains lawyers to fight the death penalty locally and nationally.

Where: Haddon Morgan and Foreman, 150 E 10th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30pm

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The Denver Press Club: Covering Columbine: 20 Years Later

Mark your calendars for April 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. for a panel discussion on the 20-year anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton. We’ll be speaking to a group of people who helped cover the event, including Kevin Simpson, former reporter for The Denver Post and now of the Colorado Sun; Steve Davis, the former public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Jerry Bell, managing editor of KOA News Radio; and former Rocky Mountain News director of photography Janet Reeves.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm

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Ballots and Brews with Drinking Liberally Municipal Edition

Ballots are dropping on Monday in what is what is a very important election for Denver. We only get to vote for our city leaders once every four years. If you are still unsure of who to vote for or still not decided on a ballot issue, bring your ballots to Drinking Liberally on Wednesday and talk about it with your liberal friends. And please, bring a friend or a neighbor.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Brews for Conservation

Come join Conservation Colorado and your newest City Councilors at Copeka Coffee to learn about water conservation and how to get involved in protecting this resource. Water is critical to the Western Slope and we need your help and for the community to get involved to protect this important resource.

Where: Copeka Coffee, 1012 N 5th Street, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, April 18 at 5:30pm

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Guns Down in Colorado

A call to action: Building a safer future with fewer guns.

Where: 455 S Pierce St, Lakewood
When: Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm

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Climate Sustainability Roundtable

Explore the link between our global climate crisis and local sustainability efforts at this dynamic, interactive event. We will learn about the science of climate change and actions being taken at the state and local level. Find out more about what you can do to promote environmental conservation and sustainability.

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont
When: Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm

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Outdoor Nerds Unite – Changing Ecology of the Front Range

This series takes an academic look at adventure and environmental related themes. FERAL is bringing together thought leaders from a myriad of fields, and outdoor junkies for experimental conversations on varying topics. Each month we will bring in a different speaker to share their expertise with the outdoor community. April’s topic is “Adventures in the Changing Ecology of the Front Range”. The lecture will cover the combination of natural and human-induced changes in Front Range ecosystems and what that means in terms of what outdoor enthusiasts can expect to find now and in the coming years.

Where: FERAL, 3936 Tennyson St., Denver
When: Thursday, April 18 at 7:00pm

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2019 Western Slope GSA Leadership Summit

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

Where: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, April 20 at 10:00am

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

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You’ve probably seen on the local news by now that Republicans are once again talking about recalls against progressive lawmakers in targeted districts around the state–and even a recall campaign against Colorado’s recently-elected Gov. Jared Polis.

In Ian Silverii’s Sunday Denver Post column, here’s what he had to say about this effort:

There are anti-Semites working to recall the first openly gay man and first Jewish man to hold the governor’s office, an anti-gay “pastor” leading recall efforts against an LGBTQ caucus member, and two Latinx southern Colorado Democrats also face recall threats over a gun safety bill they didn’t even vote for.

Behind these recall petitions, are bigots.

These recalls aren’t about policy. They’re not about corruption, bribery, or any of the high-bar crimes the recall process exists to remedy. They are an opportunistic and cynical abuse of a constitutional power, exploited by extremely sore losers to overturn the results of an election they lost fair and square.

Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly elected a progressive governor and majority in the legislature to get things done. In 2019, our lawmakers are delivering on that promise with one of the most impactful legislative sessions in years. We’re going to make life better for millions of Coloradans, and the lies the right is telling will be proven false by results everyone will be able to see. Until then, take a moment to visit www.StandWithRochelle.com, and show your support for Rep. Rochelle Galindo of Greeley–one of the freshman progressive lawmakers targeted by the right-wing for doing her job. We’re not going to be bullied.

We’re less than a month away from the end of the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature. Here are a few important bills making their way through the process this week that you can help pass with your support:

On Wednesday in the House Health and Insurance Committee, help support a crucial bill to increase Colorado’s bottom-ranked childhood immunization rate. House Bill 19-1312 will improve the tracking of opt-outs from the requirement to immunize school-age children and standardize the process for claiming exemptions. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

On Thursday, help reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Colorado in the House Finance Committee. House Bill 19-1296 makes a number of changes to existing law to report on the cost of prescription drugs and help consumers benefit from drug rebate and cost sharing programs. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

Also Thursday, SUPPORT a bipartisan bill to increase eligibility for the sealing of criminal records. House Bill 19-1275 will make it easier for defendants who have completed all of the terms of their sentence or diversion agreement to have their record sealed so they can rejoin productive society. Send a message to the committee chair in support of this bill.

Thanks for all of your help and support. Here are some more ways you can fight back for the week of April 8:


FAMLI Rally and Lobby Day

Thank you all for your continued support for The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act! As most of you know we had to postpone our rally in March due to inclement weather. But spring is in full swing so let’s get back out there and champion for Colorado families! The Lobby Day will take place from 8AM to 11AM followed by a rally on the West Steps of the Capitol from 11:30AM to 12:30PM.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP. Send a message to state senators here.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Barristers Without Borders: Benefit CO Immigrant Rights Coalition

Plan to join us for delicious appetizers, drinks, and lots of fun while we raise funds to benefit Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC. We are adding a fun twist by auctioning off the talents of your fellow CWBA members to raise funds. Want to find out who can teach yoga or ice skating lessons? Who can write you a song? Or which member can teach you how to make Indian food? You could also bid on the chance to spend three nights in a condo in Hawaii, relax at a spa, enjoy a wine tasting, learn about the stars, have a judge paint a room in your home, and more!

Where: Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, 2701 Lawrence Street, Suite 100, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver #DefundDisaster National Day of Action

Fossil fuel projects don’t just need governmental approval to advance their planet-warming plans—they also need money. Behind every new fossil fuel project lies a private bank – most often JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo – that is financing the destruction of our climate. If we can stop that flow of money, we will stop these climate disaster projects – like fracking, tar sands oil, coal and and the KXL and DAPL pipelines. So on April 10th, we will take bold, collective action to hold these big banks accountable and remind the world that corporate profits must not come at the expense of our climate, ecosystems, and human rights.

Where: Tivoli Commons – 10th and Larimer, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00am

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Press Conference & Senate Hearing for Rent Stabilization

We are so thrilled that SB 19-225 Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rents is set to be heard in the senate state affairs committee SCR 357 at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday April 10th!. We will first meet at 12:00 for a press conference before the hearing. The committee will begin at 1:30.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm

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9to5 Colorado: Hearing for New Rights for Mobile Home Owners at the Capitol

9to5 has been working on issues related to mobile home owners now for about 4 years. We have worked with state legislators to pass more legislation to protect homeowners. This year we are excited that Representative Hooton is running a bill about this issue.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Streets for People Summit

The Denver Streets for People Summit, brought to you by the Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), and the Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), is a conference to engage Denverites in a dialogue about how to make our streets safer and more fun for people walking, biking, rolling, or taking transit.

Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver
When:Thursday, April 11 at 5:00pm

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Learn about LatinasGive!

Join members of LatinasGive! for a casual information session about how to get involved and have a direct impact on our community through collective philanthropy. The CTRL Collective is on the 3rd floor of the Dairy Block at 1800 Wazee Street in LoDo.

Where: CTRL Collective – Denver LoDo, 1800 Wazee St, Denver
When: Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm

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NARAL Annual Gala & Silent Auction

We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 13th for our 37th Annual Gala & Silent Auction: SPARK: Igniting Our Next Vision for Colorado.

Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, April 13 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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

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This email contains no April Fool jokes. One day out of the year we have to start every serious message that way! But the first day of April means something else: the start of the home stretch of the Colorado legislative session.

Great things are happening this year in the Colorado legislature. Some of the biggest battles of the year have already ended in victory thanks to your help: legislation to better regulate the oil and gas industry and help keep us safe from gun violence are headed to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk. Both of these bills are major campaign promises for Gov. Polis and progressives in the legislature, and they’re about to be promises kept.

This week, we’ve got three more important bills we need your help to get through the process:

On Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1263: a bill to reduce the severity of personal-use drug possession convictions to misdemeanors. We’ve made great progress in Colorado ending the failed “war on drugs,” and it’s time to treat simple drug possession as the medical problem it is instead of a criminal justice issue. If you can’t make the hearing, send a message to lawmakers. Email the Chair of the Committee.

Also Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee, SUPPORT the landmark FAMLI paid medical leave insurance program, Senate Bill 19-188. A majority priority in 2019, this legislation will create a paid medical leave system for all Colorado employees. It’s time to stop forcing hardworking Coloradans to choose between caring for a sick family member or paying their bills. If you can’t make the hearing, tell lawmakers you support this bill. Email the Chair of the Committee.

On Friday in the House Energy and Environment Committee, SUPPORT another crucial piece of legislation to create a statewide Climate Action Plan, House Bill 19-1261. The federal government under President Donald Trump has shirked the nation’s responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but Colorado progressives have a plan to do our part to cut emissions by 90% by 2050. If you can’t make the hearing, send a message in support right now. Email the Chair of the Committee.

Thanks as always for everything you do week after week–it’s making a difference! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of April 1st:


Featured Event: Equal Pay Day

Join the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado, and other organizations that support policies that ensure equal pay for equal work for this important lobby day. Equal Pay Lobby Day runs from 8:15am to 10:45am, followed by a rally and press conference on the West Steps of the Capitol at 11:30am. See you there!

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 8:15am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance at Fire on the Mountain-Denver

Come down to have a drink and food, and learn about our current work in western Colorado to defend the state’s organic and farm-to-table capital from plans to expand oil and gas development across the region.

Where: Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings, 3801 W 32nd Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00am – 10:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Make Sen. Bennet Hear You on a Green New Deal!

On April 2nd, The Sunrise Movement will have a meeting with Sen. Bennet’s climate advisor. But we need YOU! Please come out for the climate rally in front of his office and show Senator Bennet that his constituents care about a Green New Deal.

Where: Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 2:00pm

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One Colorado House Party

Please join us at the home of Ann Wilson to learn more about One Colorado – the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families!

Where: 1630 N Clarkson St, Apt 216, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


ACLU at the Capitol

Please join us on Wednesday, April 3 for ACLU at the Capitol, a day of advocacy and action. ACLU of Colorado has an ambitious legislative agenda this year, and we need your help to make it happen. Meet with your lawmakers and encourage them to improve our criminal justice system, pass comprehensive sex ed, and make Colorado a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. We’ll provide breakfast in the morning and a full training on how to talk to legislators about our priority bills. Then, we’ll team up and head over to the Capitol for lobbying meetings. Afterwards, we’ll meet back for lunch and a recap of the day.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 3 at 8:00am

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Drinking Liberally Denver and Denver Right to Survive

Another Drinking Liberally is upon us this Wednesday. Come learn about the Initiative 300 “Right to Survive.” We will be joined by representatives of the Yes on 300 campaign. Bring your questions and concerns for a lively discussion over brews.

Where: 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30pm

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One Colorado: 2019 LGBTQ Denver Mayoral Forum

Join us at the EXDO Event Center on Thursday, April 4th 2019 at 6:00 PM for a forum with candidates for Denver Mayor to discuss issues that impact LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is highly suggested. When you sign up below, you can also submit a question to be asked of the candidates. Please keep in mind that not all questions submitted will be able to be used at the forum.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver
When:Thursday, April 4 at 6:00pm

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2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour – Breckenridge

As the state’s largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we’ve worked hard for the legal and political advancements we’ve achieved. And there’s still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives.

Where: Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, 620 Village Rd, Breckenridge
When: Friday, April 5 at 6:00pm

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ACLU 100 Experience in Denver

A multi-city tour on your rights and freedoms. Walk through groundbreaking interactive and immersive exhibits. Meet leading civil rights activists. Learn how to reduce prison populations, protect immigrants, and ensure everyone’s constitutional right to vote. Take action. A family-friendly event for people of all ages. Free + open to all.

Where: The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora
When: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am and Sunday, April 7 at 10:00am

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Open NOH8 Photo Shoot in Denver, CO

Join the #NOH8Worldwide movement in DENVER, CO and add your face to the fight for equal human rights!

Where: The Center on Colfax, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm

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UndocuMonologues & Members of Flobots Together for ACLU 100th

Motus Theater’s UndocuMonologues with Flobots’ Jonny 5, Sarah Hubbard and Spirit of Grace responding musically to each story – FREE EVENT! Don’t miss this amazing collaboration headlining the 100th Anniversary of the ACLU.

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora
When: Saturday, April 6 at 3:00pm

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Love Beats Hate Community Walk and Lunch

Stand up to hate and walk for love! Due to recent hateful and racist acts in the Denver area, we invite you to walk with us as we support the victims and represent all people victimized daily by ignorance, hate and racism. Walk with us shoulder to shoulder, united in LOVE, as we move together by foot and celebrate the fact that we are different, and that’s beautiful. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CREATE SIGNS ROOTED IN LOVE! This walk will be co-led by community leaders, police escorts, and the recently victimized family in the Clayton neighborhood.

Where: Walk2Connect, 2590 Walnut Street, Denver
When: Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 3/29/19

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

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What you can do to fight back this week (March 25)

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After two years of investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump is now complete. Mueller gave the full report as required to Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally who then produced only a limited “summary” of findings that claims there is “evidence on both sides” of the question of obstruction of justice.

This is not acceptable. Americans need to know what is being covered up by the Trump administration. Action item #1 this week: contact your Senators and demand the release of the full Mueller report into the 2016 elections.

At the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, it’s another crazy week of really great stuff happening in the legislature despite Republicans doing everything they can to obstruct the new progressive majority. Key bills we’ve been telling you about for weeks are about to become law, from reforming the oil and gas industry to ending the terrible practice of so-called “conversion therapy” on children. Here are a few ways you can make a difference at the Capitol this week–either by showing up to testify or contacting lawmakers.

On Tuesday, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1248, the Lobbyist Transparency Act in the House State Affairs Committee. This bill requires paid lobbyists to disclose their activities and quickly update public registers when they get involved with legislation.

Also on Tuesday, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1236, the Workforce Diploma Pilot Program to incentivize student success in high school graduation and industry-specific training programs for qualified educational providers.

On Wednesday, an important health care bill is up for debate in the House Health and Insurance Committee. House Bill 19-1176, the Health Care Cost Savings Act, examines different methods of health coverage for the state including a public option.

Thanks as always for your help! Here are some more great events for the week of March 25:


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado Phone Bank

We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Women and Family Wednesday

Join COLOR at our lobby morning to make sure your representatives are supporting the CARE Act, a bill we are working on to increase reproductive health care in Colorado.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30am

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Colorado Fiscal Institute: 2019 Pies & Charts

Get your slice at CFI’s Pies and Charts! Join the team at our most filling event of 2019 on Wednesday, March 27. We’ll share with you what we’ve got baking for this year’s legislative session and take a bite of the upcoming revenue estimate and what it means for the state pie.

Where: Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave W, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00pm

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Public Health through Climate Action: Adams County Forum

Join us on Thursday, March 28th at Mother Tucker Brewery for a discussion about public health and climate change in Colorado and how Adams County’s state representatives can defend our future from air pollution and rising temperatures.

Where: Mother Tucker Brewery, 2360 E 120th Ave, Thornton
When: Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm

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Eighteenth Annual César E. Chávez Day March

The César E Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver began honoring the late leader in 2002. His memory continues through the work of the community.

Where: Cesar Chavez Park, 4131 Tennyson St, Denver
When: Saturday, March 30 at 7:30am

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Northern Colorado GSA Leadership Summit

At the 2019 Northern Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it? This FREE summit is welcome to students (middle school, high school, and college-aged), educators, and parents who are committed to creating safe, inclusive learning environments for all students.

Where: Colorado State University, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, March 30 at 10:00am

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Justice for Antwon Rose – Denver

Join community members in Denver Colorado as we hold a rally, march, and sit in for Antwon Rose! We have seen time and time again that gun violence plagues communities of color every single day. Every time a black man or woman is killed by the police NOTHING CHANGES. So it is our duty to do as we did in 2016 and shut down the city to show our solidarity for Antwon and proclaim BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Saturday, March 30 at 3:00pm

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Celebrating Trans Voices

Join us on March 31, Trans Day of Visibility, for a powerful event lifting up the trans community of Colorado. Youth Celebrate Diversity, One Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado and the University of Denver are coming together to host Celebrating Trans Voices: Narratives, Reflections and Building Alliances.

Where: University of Denver, Denver
When: Sunday, March 31 at 4:00pm

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And that’s another busy but exciting week of actions! We’ll see you next Monday with more ways to make a difference.

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Colorado Week in Review: 3/22/19

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

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