Colorado Week in Review for June 20, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 14)

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Last week, the Colorado legislature adjourned after an historic 2021 session. Although politics in Washington so often dominates the headlines, some of the most important new laws that directly affect our lives passed in the Colorado General Assembly.

And with your help, this year was the most productive and impactful session of the Colorado legislature in nearly a decade. Legislation to reduce the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, to begin to restore deep cuts to public education funding, billions for road and infrastructure projects across the state, substantial new gun safety legislation, criminal justice reform and police accountability, tackling the climate crisis—the list of achievements from this year’s legislative session goes on and on.

If you haven’t already, check out PNC’s 2021 Winners and Losers of the 2021 Colorado legislative session for more on the highs and lows of these historic past few months. And thank you again for everything you did to help with this historic achievement, whether it was making a phone call, writing an email, or providing testimony on legislation.

It’s summer vacation season after a year—in truth four years—that tested the resolve of all of us. The position we find ourselves today, with a progressive administration and Congress in Washington leading us out of one of the most challenging periods of American history, and a progressive governor and legislative majority here in Colorado working tirelessly to solve instead of ignore the issues we face together, is more hopeful than anything we could have predicted last June.

We’re proud to fight with you, and here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of June 14:


Denver Justice for Janitors Day 2021

Join over two thousand of our Denver Janitors for a celebration, rally and march on international Justice for Janitors Day! Denver’s janitors, a majority of whom are Latina immigrant women, have been risking their lives and the health and safety of their families to keep us all safe during the pandemic. For many of our city’s janitors, they faced these risks without the proper PPE and protective materials needed to do their jobs. We depend on our local janitors to clean and sanitize the largest buildings in our city, so that we can feel safe to come back to work as we reopen.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00am
Where: 18th and Arapahoe St., Denver

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One Colorado: Q&A with Representative Leslie Herod

Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, while receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate running in a contested election. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Legal Services. Rep. Herod also chairs the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Arts Caucus. One Colorado Executive Director, Nadine Bridges, will sit down with Rep. Herod to discuss her accomplishments and challenges during the 2021 legislative session, as well as the broader racial justice and LGBTQ equality movements.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Fiscal Institute: Racist Roots of Tax Policy Webinar

The Colorado Fiscal Institute invites you to join us for a zoom webinar to understand the history and reasons behind why racism is at the root of tax policy, and how we can change the tax code to create a system that builds a more equitable future. Join our policy manager, Esther Turcios, and our economist, Chris Stiffer during this one hour event and discussion about our tax code.

When: Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30pm

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Free to Serve: Transgender Representation in the Military Panel (In cooperation w/ SPART*A)

Members will be sharing their personal stories and experiences.

When: Wednesday, June 16 at 9:00am

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2021 Juneteenth Summit

From June 16-18th, the TCC will host its first virtual summit to gather anti-racism practitioners, grassroots organizers, and like-minded movement builders across the nation. This inaugural summit seeks to lay a foundation for a national narrative shift towards conciliation in the United States. Additionally, it will provide attendees with tools for truth telling, unlearning, and accountability for building an anti-racist society.

When: June 16-18

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LOGIC Oil and Gas Financial Assurance Webinar Part 1

Join LOGIC and our co-Sponsors Earthworks, Colorado Sierra Club, and Western Colorado Alliance on Wednesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m. for Part 1: Oil and Gas Revenue of a three-part webinar on oil and gas and financial assurances. SB19-181 directed the COGCC to undertake a rulemaking to address this issue. Currently, the State has grossly inadequate financial assurance requirements, and research shows that there could be as much as $8 Billion in outstanding, unprotected liability just in Colorado! Part one of the webinar series is designed to give impacted Coloradans the tools we need to pick apart these industry claims and better understand how operates do and do not actually generate revenue for local governments and fracked communities.

When: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00pm

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Meet and Greet with One Colorado (Virtual)

Join us for a lunch meet and greet with One Colorado and their new Executive Director, Nadine Bridges! On Thursday, June 17th from noon-1, we’ll be meeting up virtually to chat, catch up, and hang out with our friends at One Colorado.

When: Thursday, June 17 at 12:00pm

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2021 Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Legislative Wrap Up

CCHI has worked hard to advance a number of important bills that will improve health care affordability and equity for Coloradans this legislative session. Join us as we wrap up and celebrate the achievements from the session. This year we are hosting the program portion of our legislative wrap up on zoom at 12:15pm for broader accessibility (link will be provided with registration), and for those comfortable gathering in person, we hope you will join us for a celebratory happy hour at Raices Brewing 4:30-6:30pm.

When: Thursday, June 17 at 12:15pm

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One Colorado: LGBTQ Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic

Getting vaccinated is the key to beating the pandemic. At the same time, we understand that not all healthcare environments are comfortable spaces for the LGBTQ community. That’s why we are partnering with Denver Public Health and The Center on Colfax to offer a safe space for LGBTQ Coloradans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We’ll have goodie bags, snacks, and drag queens to make your vaccine experience as enjoyable as possible!

Friday, June 18 at 9:00am

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Generations of Drag in Colorado

Reproductive rights don’t exist in a vacuum — they are inextricably linked to collective liberation for all people. Queer rights are reproductive rights. Ther rights of Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color are reproductive rights. Youth rights are reproductive rights. This is why Cobalt is excited to partner with Fortaleza Familiar, Tracks Denver, and Anthony Aragon (Miss Gay Pride Colorado) for a multi-generational drag show celebrating the colorful history of drag in Denver.

When: Friday, June 18 at 6:00pm
Where: 3500 Walnut St., Denver

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Planned Parenthood Denver Healthy Neighborhood Lit Drop

Support your local Planned Parenthood health center and the surrounding community by dropping off literature at doors about PP’s health center services. This will be a fun, socially-distanced event in order to continue to be cautious of the COVID 19 pandemic. Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for anyone who needs them.

When: Saturday, June 19th at 10:00am
Where: Location upon RSVP

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Liberation Day (Presented by Pride Liberation Movement – Denver)

The Pride Liberation Movement is excited to return with our second annual event! This year we are hosting Liberation Day, a day celebrating intersectionality within our community.

When: Sunday, June 20 at 10:00am
Where: Cheesman Park Pavilion, Denver

Click here to RSVP.


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

Colorado Week in Review for June 13, 2021

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PNC Winners and Losers of the 2021 Colorado legislative session

THE WINNERS

People who want to save money on health care

In 2021, Colorado lawmakers made progress on two key fronts in the fight to make health care more affordable. The first is legislation spearheaded by mountain lawmakers Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Dylan Roberts designed to reduce the cost of insurance premiums on the individual and small group market by 15% within three years. The second is reducing the cost of medication Coloradans depend on: creating a prescription drug affordability board, putting ceilings on the rate of increase of medication costs, and capping the price of insulin for patients with diabetes.


Rep. Tom Sullivan

Rep. Tom Sullivan by any objective measure is one of the unsung heroes of the Colorado General Assembly. After his son Alex was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Sullivan devoted himself to reducing gun violence across America in Alex’s memory. This year, Rep. Sullivan helped shepherd six new important gun safety bills into law, several introduced in direct response to another mass shooting in Boulder this March. Rep. Sullivan continues to set the standard for honesty and common decency in the Colorado General Assembly.


Sen. Faith Winter

Sen. Faith Winter is one of the most capable and hardest-working leaders in the Colorado Senate, but like many of the best public servants she doesn’t take as much credit for her accomplishments as she deserves. In 2021, Sen. Winter worked tirelessly to find a solution on legislation to meet Colorado’s aggressive climate change reduction goals. The result was a compromise that begins that process and that Gov. Jared Polis was willing to sign, instead of giving up on crucial environmental justice objectives.


Rep. Garnett and Sen. Garcia

Speaker of the House Alec Garnett and Senate President Leroy Garcia have different management styles and different challenges as leaders of the two respective chambers of the Colorado General Assembly. But in marked contrast to previous sessions in which Republican obstruction of the majority agenda became a massive problem in both chambers, in 2021 leadership kept control through better relations with the minority leadership and a mastery of the rules of debate. Speaker Garnett’s leadership was essential in forging sensible compromise on hot-button issues like marijuana regulation while pushing through the major goals of the session. Senate President Garcia kept his smaller Senate majority together through the difficult votes in the most productive session of the legislature in many years.


Public education

After too many years of short-changing Colorado’s public schools to count, in 2021 an improving economy allowed lawmakers to finally make some badly-needed investments and backfill historic budget cuts. Lawmakers increased K-12 education funding by $480 million and higher education funding by $494 million, while renewing Gov. Polis’ commitment to full-day kindergarten and preschool for all students.


Farmworkers

Historic new legislation to give farmworkers in Colorado basic rights (that most people thought every worker already enjoys) is on its way to Gov. Polis. Did you know that farmworkers are regularly not paid Colorado’s minimum wage, overtime pay, or even allowed to take breaks for meals and rest on the job? Senate Bill 87 sponsored by Sens. Jessie Danielson and Dominick Moreno solves all of these problems and more. It’s the least we can do, especially after the pandemic, for the labor force that provides the food we all depend on.


Homeowners

Home values in Colorado are skyrocketing. Ordinarily this would mean a massive increase in property taxes, which in a lot of cases homeowners can’t afford. At the same time, property tax revenue is critically important for local schools. This year, Colorado lawmakers took action to reduce Coloradans’ property tax bills by $200 million to take the pressure off homeowners while heading off more radical and harmful measures that right-wing groups are proposing at the ballot.


Gov. Polis

Some governors are hands-off in dealing with the legislature, but that’s never been Gov. Jared Polis’ style. Ever since taking office in 2019, Gov. Polis has worked closely with lawmakers to ensure his priorities are reflected in the final product. The result over three years has been landmark achievements in early preschool and full-day kindergarten, environmental protections, and transportation funding. This session, the governor’s active role encouraged Democrats to keep fighting for the Colorado Option health plan. And despite tense negotiations with lawmakers to address climate change, the final compromise added to one of the most productive legislative sessions in Colorado history.


Everyone who goes places

In Colorado, infrastructure week is a thing, and not a joke. The Colorado legislature broke through a logjam of obstruction and funded billions of dollars worth of long-delayed repairs and improvements to Colorado’s roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. This isn’t as easy a task as it sounds, since Colorado’s budget for transportation spending is complicated and heavily restricted by laws on the books that sometimes outright contradict each other. Coloradans don’t want to hear excuses about laws from 30 years ago, they just want the roads fixed, and now they finally will be.


Just Transition Already

In 2019 Colorado established the Office of Just Transition, which has a mission to help energy-producing regions of the state with job training and grants to mitigate the economic impact of the transition away from fossil fuels. At the time, conservatives howled about the “Orwellian” mission of this office, and GOP Sen. Bob Rankin said it was “insulting” that progressives would want to set up a “committee to feel their pain.” What a difference two years makes: in 2021, Sen. Rankin co-sponsored the bill to fund the Office of Just Transition with millions of dollars to help coal workers as intended. “This transition thing’s real,” says Rep. Perry Will, who in 2019 opposed even creating the office.


THE LOSERS

House Minority Leader Hugh McKean

After two devastating elections that reduced the Colorado House GOP caucus to its smallest minority since the 1950s, House Republicans turned against their former Minority Leader Patrick Neville and elected Hugh McKean to lead them. How did it go? Moments after the session ended Tuesday, Republicans led by freshman Rep. Ron Hanks, tried unsuccessfully to remove McKean from his position (a few weeks ago Hanks also threatened McKean with violence). A bumbled vote on a gun safety bill earned McKean the wrath of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, and Neville continued to criticize McKean’s every move from the sidelines. For Republicans hoping to chart a path back from their self-imposed exile status in Colorado, 2021 was a bad year.


Reps. Hanks and Holtorf

Two Colorado freshman Republican lawmakers, Reps. Richard Holtorf and Ron Hanks, made themselves the faces of the Colorado House Republican caucus with absolutely outrageous displays of racism, insensitivity, and bone-headedness. Rep. Hanks bizarrely claimed the Three-Fifths Compromise “does not impugn anyone’s humanity” right after a tasteless joke about lynching. Holtorf made national headlines for using a racist slur against a colleague in a House floor speech, and defended himself against criticism for his racially charged rhetoric by saying he “in college had a friend who was an African American and he was a homosexual, and we were good buddies.” Colorado Republicans were hoping to turn over a new leaf in the 2020 elections, instead these two freshman lawmakers helped set them back decades once again.


Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the fringe gun rights organization based in Colorado who thinks the NRA is “too soft,” has a reputation for attacking fellow Republicans for any real or imagined deviations from their hardline gun orthodoxy. After House Minority Leader Hugh McKean mistakenly voted yes on a bill to tighten background checks on gun purchases, RMGO deceptively attacked McKean in communication with their membership and failed to note this vote was a mistake. At length, Colorado Republican Party chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown was forced to publicly defend McKean, despite having collaborated with these same radicals during the 2019 recalls, leaving rank-and-file Republicans even more confused and demoralized. Once again, RMGO is proving there will be no GOP comeback while they are calling the shots.


Rep. Stephanie Luck (this time)

Rep. Stephanie Luck, a far-right anti-abortion ideologue who defeated a Democratic incumbent in a swing Pueblo-area district last year, introduced a shocking (and very possibly unconstitutional) abortion registry bill to force providers to disclose personal information about their patients in a public report with no medical value. The personal information collected and publicly disclosed could be used to target providers and patients. The bill was defeated, but Rep. Luck, an attorney associated with the radical anti-LGBT and women’s rights group Alliance Defending Freedom, gave Colorado a preview of what’s coming in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court acts to roll back abortion rights. Abortion rights in Colorado are only one election away from jeopardy.


Rep. Matt Soper

Rep. Matt Soper of Delta, once heralded as a new generation of Republican leader on the Western Slope, suffered a social media meltdown after a slate of GOP-backed candidates lost their races in the Grand Junction City Council election in April. Soper suggested that Dominion Voting Systems machines may have been used to rig the election and called for “a scan of every ballot and do a manual recount.” After reporters called Rep. Soper to ask if he was serious, Soper deleted his comments–but the damage to his reputation was done. After all, those same machines were used in Soper’s own election last November.


Styrofoam

For years it’s been an inevitable question: when will Styrofoam, the convenient but planet-killing single-use packaging, finally go the way of the horse and buggy? Today, thanks to Colorado House Bill 1162, we have the answer: 2024, the same year new restrictions on single-use plastic bags and utensils take effect, too. With so many eco-friendly alternatives available, it’s past time to get on track to eliminate this major source of landfill waste.


Vote suppressionists

Across America, Republicans are pushing the “Big Lie” that the 2020 elections were somehow not legitimate–despite every legitimate investigation and legal challenge finding no evidence of election fraud on a scale that could change the outcome. Having lost the post-election challenges, and after a failed violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Republicans have turned to outright vote suppression legislation, in most cases totally unrelated even to the fictional claims of election fraud promoted by ex-President Donald Trump. In Colorado, a model for accessible and secure voting, all of these vote suppression attempts failed–and the state reaped a huge reward for our fair election laws when the Major League Baseball All-Star Game relocated here from Georgia after that state’s passage of a vote suppression law.


Sen. Kevin Priola, sadly

What can we say about Republican Sen. Kevin Priola of Adams County? On certain issues like clean energy and raising revenue for education and infrastructure, Sen. Priola has been an ally of the Democratic majority and deserves credit for crossing the aisle occasionally. Priola even called for ex-President Donald Trump to be removed from office. Unfortunately for Priola, much like Rep. Liz Cheney at the federal level he’s made himself a pariah among Colorado Republicans who control his fate should he ever decide to run for higher office. Priola does the right thing more often than many of his far right peers, but in the end he’s another sad example of the inability of Colorado Republicans to adapt to a changing political climate that threatens to relegate the GOP in this state to permanent minority status. Like Ronald Reagan himself, it’s doubtful Priola could win a Republican primary in 2021.


Disadvantaged Coloradans in minor legal trouble

The 2021 session included a number of important criminal justice reforms that built on the passage in 2020 of the landmark Senate Bill 217 to reform police accountability laws in Colorado and do away with “qualified immunity” for police officers who violate the rights of the public while on duty. Unfortunately, an important bill to reduce jail populations by limiting arrests and eliminating cash bail for certain low-level offenses was defeated in a House committee in the final hours of the legislative session after already passing the Senate. In a session full of promises kept, this unexpected defeat is a disappointment that hopefully can be resolved in the 2022 legislative session.


What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 7)

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Every ten years, the time comes again to redraw the lines of Colorado’s state legislative and congressional districts. In some states the redistricting process is fraught with partisan conflict with the majority party in the state legislature hoping to draw maps tilted in their favor: the age-old form of political treachery known as “gerrymandering.”

But that’s not how we do it in Colorado. In 2018, the voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment Y&Z to establish balanced commissions to draw fair maps that fairly represent the unique communities that make up our state. It’s a process designed from the ground up to involve you.

Starting this week, you have the chance to make your voice heard in the redistricting process. Click here to visit the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission website and sign up to comment and participate at upcoming hearings. This is your chance to make sure the important issues facing your community are addressed—and to ensure the districts drawn to represent us fairly reflect our communities’ shared interests and policy goals.

This week, the legislative session in Colorado comes to a close. It’s been a legislative session like no other with challenges imposed by the pandemic that no one could have predicted, but some amazing things have been accomplished that we’ll all be celebrating in just a few days. We’re grateful to everyone who took time to contact their lawmakers and testify both virtually and in person to help pass good bills and stop bad bills in 2021.

Watch this space for our post-session wrap-up, and in the meantime here are a few more ways to fight for progress for the week of June 7:


Metro Caring: Caring Voices in Action: Affordable Housing | Vivienda Asequible

Join with others to share housing experiences and work to identify policy solutions to address affordable housing in Colorado. While we address the immediate need for nutritious food at Metro Caring, we must also look at the root causes of hunger. Housing instability creates financial barriers that affect people’s access to basic needs such as healthy food. Metro Caring understands that Coloradans are not going hungry because there’s a scarcity of food in the state, they are going hungry because they spend most of their money paying rent. Coloradans need more accessible and fair housing! All are welcome to join.

When: Tuesday, June 8 at 5:30pm

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COLOR Action Fund: Latinx Health Disparities Policy Briefing

Join COLOR Action Fund and Health Policy expert Elizabeth Baskett on the current state of Latinx access to healthcare in Colorado. Learn about how many Latinx folks have access to services, where the gaps to coverage are and what we can do next!

When: Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00pm

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Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Trivia Night: LGBTQIA & Two-Spirit

There is so much to learn about the LGBTQ+ community. What are the identities that fall under the “plus?” What do the colors on the rainbow flag represent? Can you match the flag to the sexual orientation? How long has the term spirit been around? What other terms are used by indigenous communities throughout the world? Does gender identity align with gender expression? You’ll find out the answer to these questions and many more at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado’s Trivia Night. It’ll be a night of competition, education, and prizes. Use this Facebook event to invite your friends!

When: Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00pm

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Americans for Tax Fairness State Groups Poll Presentation

ATF has a new poll that shows how much the public supports Joe Biden’s tax fairness agenda, which is central to financing his bold $4 trillion jobs and investment agenda. This is what’s at stake. The more revenue we can raise the bigger the investment package will be. The webinar will also review the best messages to use to win this debate.

When: Thursday, Jun 10 at 11:00am

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Housing Justice: A State for Everyone

In Colorado, we make the way for a better and brighter future for all Coloradans, no exceptions. Join us for a Rent Control Campaign kickoff. Broaden your awareness of the housing crisis in Colorado by
– Hearing power testimonies from renters and small landlords
– Learning what the data says
– Taking action and using your voice to create change

When: Sunday, June 13 at 1:00pm

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

Colorado Week in Review for June 6, 2021

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What you can do to fight for progress this week (June 1)

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I hope you had a peaceful and productive holiday weekend. June is shaping up to be a busy month!

In Washington, the battle for voting rights is about to heat up. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last week that the U.S. Senate will take up the For The People Act, legislation already passed by the U.S. House to protect access to the vote for every American and stop the Republican Party’s nationwide vote suppression campaign in its tracks.

Action item #1 this week: if you haven’t already, connect with the Declaration for American Democracy campaign and contact our Colorado Senators urging them to do whatever is necessary to protect voting rights across the country. Colorado is a model for easy, secure voting with an election system designed from the ground up to help people vote and not hinder them. Every American deserves the access to the vote we in Colorado take for granted.

Once that’s done, help us keep the pressure on our leaders to meet Colorado’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight human-caused climate change. The debate over how to do that has become contentious, but Gov. Jared Polis and progressive lawmakers all share the same goal. Senate Bill 200 is about taking the necessary steps to actually achieving the ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction that Gov. Polis himself signed into law two years ago. Take a moment right now to contact Gov. Polis via our friends at 350 Colorado and encourage him to reach an agreement with lawmakers on Senate Bill 200.

Thanks for your assistance on these important and fast-moving issues! Here are several more great ways to make a difference for the week of June 1:


Keep Abortion Safe: SCOTUS: The Greatest Threat to Abortion

Did last week’s announcement from SCOTUS leave you panicked and confused about the future of abortion access? BIG SAME! Which is why we’re going live on Instagram @KeepAbortionSafe on Tuesday, June 1st with Jessica Mason Pieklo, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast “Boom! Lawyered.”

When: Tuesday, June 1 at 5:30pm

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Tele-townhall: Speak with Senator Hickenlooper

Conservation Colorado and Environment Colorado are hosting a tele-townhall with Senator Hickenlooper on June 2nd at 5:00 pm. Join us! Have a conversation with Senator Hickenlooper and ask him questions about climate and other important issues!

When: Wednesday, June 2 at 5:00pm

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350 Colorado: SB21-200 Rapid Response Action Hour

Join 350 Colorado and Mothers Out Front for a one-hour virtual outreach party to pressure our elected officials to pass SB21-200.
SB 200 will mandate the state begin cutting its climate warming pollution, enforcing the largely voluntary greenhouse gas reduction “Roadmap” passed two years ago. We will guide you through a series of advocacy actions that target key decision-makers. The bill has good odds in both democratic-controlled chambers but we need to be loud to ensure its passage and signing by the Governor.

When: Thursday, June 3 at 5:30pm

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Tele-townhall: Speak with Representative Crow

Conservation Colorado, Environment Colorado, and Green Latinos are hosting a tele-townhall with Representative Jason Crow on June 3 at 7:30pm, join us to have a conversation with Rep. Crow and ask him questions about climate and other important issues! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your Representative!

When: Thursday, June 3 at 7:00pm

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Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 4!

Join the millions of Americans who will #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 4) to honor victims and survivors of gun violence and show support for common-sense solutions to the gun violence crisis. On Friday, June 4, 2021 wear orange wherever you are, then share why you are wearing orange—along with a photo—on social media. Be sure to include the #WearOrange hashtag! Then, attend one of many virtual Wear Orange events taking place across the country on June 4-6, 2021!

When: Friday, June 4

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One Colorado: Pride Night with the Rockies

Rockies Pride Night is back! Join us on June 4th as the Colorado Rockies take on the Oakland Athletics at Coors Field. Tickets start at $31 and a portion of each ticket sold through our special link (www.rockies.com/PRIDE) will be donated to One Colorado and The Center on Colfax.

Where: Coors Field, Denver
When: Friday, June 4 at 6:40pm

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Town hall with Rep. Joe Neguse, CO Representative Hugh McKean, and Larimer Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally

Please join Congressman Neguse, CO Representative Hugh McKean, and Larimer Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally for a special Town Hall on June 5, 2021.

When: Saturday, June 5 at 10:00am

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2021 PRIDE Kick-Off Event with the Matthew Shepard Foundation

We are so excited to kick-off 2021 PRIDE with the Matthew Shepard foundation! We’ll release our collaboration beer in cans and on draft, Arturo Lomeli will perform a drag show, MSF will have a table set up with a chance to win some great prizes and Foodhalla and Not Yo’ Mama’s Cupcakes will be bringing the eats.

Where: Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Saturday, June 5 at 2:00pm

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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (May 24)

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We’re down to the last critical few weeks of the 2021 session of the Colorado legislature. And just like most years, many of the most important priorities we want to get passed this year are coming down to the final days and debates of the session.

These are the moments when people like you can make the biggest difference. On the defining issues of this session like health care, combating climate change, and investing in our aging transportation infrastructure, the big votes are almost here–and your lawmakers need to hear from you right now.

Action item #1 this week: help the progressive majority in the Colorado legislature bring down the cost of healthcare. House Bill 21-1232, the Colorado Option, is about one thing: saving you money on health care. This is legislation giving the insurance industry the chance to do what they say they can without “government interference,” reducing the cost of premiums to consumers by 18%. Don’t believe the hype. This isn’t a radical idea, it’s about saving Coloradans money on the healthcare we rely on every day.

Click here to urge your Colorado Senator to PASS House Bill 21-1232 and send it to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk without delay.

Action item #2: Hundreds of Coloradans per year are subjected to forced ketamine injections during police encounters. Almost 1 in 5 of these non-hospital ketamine injections result in serious complications and even death. Right now, lawmakers in Colorado have the power to end this inhumane, reckless, and lethal use of ketamine on unwilling civilians. They need to hear from you that this is critical to the safety of our communities. Click here to urge your Senators to SUPPORT House Bill 21-1251 to better regulate the use of chemical restraints.

Thanks for your timely assistance with these two important pieces of legislation. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of May 24:


Colorado Sierra Club: May Climate Happy Hour

Make a cocktail with us and join Sierra Club activists to learn about clean energy, transportation, and actions YOU can take to protect our climate and communities. During this happy hour, you’ll learn about actions you can take to support clean transportation, moving local utilities to clean energy, and more! This event will be a casual and good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced. This event is free and open to anyone interested in taking climate action.

When: Monday, May 24 at 5:30pm

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We’re Still Here: Prayer Vigil

One year after the lynching of George Floyd, the Denver Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will release 112 recommendations for change. Join the community in a prayer vigil to hold space for honoring George Floyd and other survivors of police violence, mass incarceration, and racism. All faiths and beliefs are welcome.

When: Monday, May 24 at 8:00pm
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver

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Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Abstinence & Birth Control

Join me, Sam Carwyn, Educator & Advocate with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for this educational session, where I will explain how to talk about abstinence effectively. Attendees will learn about the different birth control options. You will get an opportunity to debunk some myths.

When: Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30pm

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All On The Line Colorado’s Written Public Comment Workshop

All On The Line Colorado’s Public Written Comment Workshop intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.

When: Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00pm

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AAPI History and Proper Allyship with @intersectional.abc

Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and guest speaker Emma, activist influencer and owner of Instagram & Twitter accounts, @intersectional.abc, on Wednesday, May 26th for a special *virtual* event on what it means to be a proper ally. Emma will help us explore the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and provide insight on how to be an effective and authentic ally. This framework is invaluable to all activists who want to ensure that their work it serving all people no matter race, ethnicity, identity, and experience.

When: Wednesday, 26th at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: Foster Care in Colorado

Colorado recently passed legislation to promote LGBTQ equality in the foster care system. Learn more about what this means for prospective parents and foster youth, as well as how to get involved with fostering.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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PPRM’s CO Springs Healthy Neighborhood Lit Drop

Support your local Planned Parenthood health center and the surrounding community by dropping off literature about PP’s health center services. This will be a fun, socially distanced event! Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for anyone who needs them.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 5:30pm

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CIRC and CCHI: Immigrant Health Care

What are the health care needs of the immigrant community, what knowledge do they need to feel supported as health care consumers? Where can they find care and what type of care are they allowed to access? What resources are available? Join the conversation with CIRC and CCHI on the complexities of immigrant health care, which include not being able to purchase a plan through the market place, bring questions as we navigate this needlessly complex topic. We will touch on the basics while also talking about Data Privacy bills to protect our communities while they seek care.

When: Thursday, May 27 at 6:00pm

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Up w/Climate Justice, Down w/Greenhouse Gases! Boulder March and Rally

Join us in Boulder on May 29th as we march to persuade Governor Polis to keep his promise to be a Climate Advocate for the people and sign Climate Justice Bill SB 21-200, which he is currently threatening to veto. We will meet at the Boulder Bandshell on Canyon and Broadway at 11am and depart together around 11:30am to march through Boulder to bring attention to this issue. We will meet back at the Bandshell for a rally and will have tables with information and ways to take action!

When: Saturday, May 29 at 11:00am

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Thanks again, we’ll see you next week (and maybe sooner) with more ways to take action.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (May 3)

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Two years ago, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a comprehensive roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—a crucial step in making sure Colorado does our part with the rest of the world to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris climate agreement.

This year, Colorado’s progressive lawmakers have introduced legislation to make these goals reality. By empowering Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to manage the process of migration to a clean energy future, Colorado is taking the next necessary step.

Today, the Denver Post editorial board came out strongly in support of Senate Bill 21-200, urging Gov. Polis to sign the bill once it reaches his desk:

The goals have already been established by Polis’ roadmap and by legislation in 2019, and the bill has been amended to align perfectly with those already established benchmarks. Greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by 26% below a baseline 2005 level by 2025; 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. Note that these goals are actually less ambitious than the ones former Gov. John Hickenlooper tossed out in an executive order signed at Red Rocks in 2017, so it’s not as though this is a radical new bar. [1]

Gov. Polis was elected on a platform of getting serious about confronting climate change, and Senate Bill 200 is the tool to turn this campaign promise into a promise kept. Action item #1 this week: Call Gov. Jared Polis’ office at (303) 866-2471 and let him know you SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-200.

And if you haven’t already, contact your state lawmakers today and urge them to support the climate justice bills including Senate Bill 200 currently making their way through the process.

Thanks for your help! And here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of May 3:


Protect Our Communities: End Forced Ketamine Injections From Police

We have the power to stop the death and trauma that comes from involuntary sedation. Demand that the Colorado State Legislature do their job and protect Coloradans from forcible injections of ketamine — demand they vote YES on HB21-1251.

Click here to take action.


Colorado Sierra Club: Give public comment to ensure Suncor’s harmful air pollution is kept in check!

The Suncor oil refinery is a massive source of air pollution and an environmental injustice. Harmful air pollution must be kept in check! Help to ensure that Suncor will operate in compliance with clean air laws and regulations.

When: May 1-4

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History Colorado: From Second Banana to First Lady Feminist: A mind-blowing, heart-stopping journey with Dottie Lamm

The Curatorial Services & Collections Access team is hosting a well known Colorado woman, Dottie Lamm under their In Sights and In Person Connections Series! Join Curator of Archives Shaun Boyd and Dottie Lamm, former Colorado First Lady, columnist, psychiatric social worker, US Senate candidate, popular speaker, breast cancer survivor, mother, and author. She’s also been a flight attendant, Visiting Fellow at the University of Denver, delegate to two United Nations Conferences, and 1985 inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Dottie and her husband, former Colorado Governor, have given their papers and artifacts to History Colorado, and a table display of select items will be featured at the event.

When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone zap for citizenship4all

Join people across the country in making phone calls to members of Congress- advocating for citizenship for all and an end to inhumane practices of detention. and deportation. We will give a quick training on what you need to know—just come ready with a phone and internet access.

When: Thursday, May 6 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Fighting for Family: A Mother’s Perspective

FIGHTING FOR FAMILY is a story about the family separation caused by deportation. The film captures the love story between a young family who faces countless challenges, yet continues to be hopeful, resilient, and joyful. Join Rex and CIRC Mothers after the film for a panel discussion on the effects this has on ones family, the U.S. imperialist war machine and the intergenerational harm it inflicts, from the refugee flight to the school to prison to deportation pipeline- all from a mother’s perspective.

When: Friday, May 7 at 6:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Reproductive and Immigrant Health Care Policy

Join COLOR and CCHI as we talk about reproductive and immigrant health care policy on Zoom! What are the health care gaps that keep our immigrant communities from being able to access the reproductive care they need such as preventative, maintenance, and emergency care? What policies can help us provide affordable health care for Colorado and our immigrant communities?

When: Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm

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All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop

All On The Line Colorado’s Public Comment Workshop is intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.

When: Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm

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Watch this space next week for more ways to take action. Thanks again.

#CoClimateWeek: What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 19)

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This week, the Colorado General Assembly kicks off debate over some of the most important bills they’ll consider all year: to commit Colorado to ambitious goals for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, and to give communities most impacted by pollution and climate change power to hold powerful polluters accountable.

This is Colorado Climate Week. Action item #1: contact your state lawmakers right now and urge them to support a suite of legislation that cuts greenhouse gas emissions, regulates air pollution, and promotes environmental justice.

Today at 1PM, tune in live for the press conference to discuss this year’s climate action and environmental justice bills. To draw attention to these nation-leading bills, we’re unveiling a two-ton ice sculpture of Planet Earth on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol created by award-winning ice sculptor Jess Parrish. Thanks to Colorado’s always unpredictable weather you may want to watch this one from home — just tune in to our livestream on ProgressNow Colorado’s Facebook page to follow along. And on Twitter, follow the #ClimateJusticeNow and #CoClimateWeek hashtags.

Whatever the weather brings, we know that weather isn’t climate. Earth’s climate is heating up, the consensus is clear that humans are responsible, and we have to stop letting the oil and gas industry stall for time we simply don’t have anymore. Thank you for your support for this critical legislation to help Colorado continue to lead in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Once that’s done, here are some more great ways to fight for progress for the week of April 19:


Sierra Club: Colorado Climate Week Actions

Join us for Colorado Climate Week — 5 Days and 5 Ways Colorado Legislators Can Protect People and our Planet! We are celebrating Earth Day all week long and providing actions for YOU to take each day to make Colorado a cleaner, healthier, and safer place to live. Stay tuned and follow Colorado Climate Action Week starting on Monday so you can make an impact each day!

When: April 19 – April 23

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Brady Colorado Kickoff and Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall

Please join us as we formally launch Brady Colorado with a Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall. We’ll discuss Colorado’s gun laws, the solutions we need, and answer your questions. Speakers include Sen. John Hickenlooper, State Sen. Rhonda Fields, State Representative Tom Sullivan, Tom Mauser of Colorado Ceasefire, Brady President Kris Brown, and Brady Vice President of Organizing Maisha Fields, and Wheat Ridge City Council Member and Brady Colorado State Lead Val Beck.

When: Monday, April 19 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Mountain Mamas: Raise the Alarm About Climate (legislative delivery)

Help us deliver smoke detectors, a (road)map to escape Colorado’s climate crisis, and a letter in support of SB21-200 to our elected officials. This bill is the best chance we have to act locally to combat the climate crisis! We must show our strong support. We’ll meet, masks on & socially distanced, at the Southern entrance to the Capitol.

When: Tuesday, April 20 at 8:30am

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CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Garrett Reppenhaggen: Democracy & War

“War is the health of the state,” said Randolph Bourne. Can the same be said for “Democracy”, too? Founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and executive director of Veterans For Peace, Reppenhaggen discusses the prospect for democracy during perpetual war.

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 1:00pm

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Earth Day Celebration: Healing with Nature

Join The Alliance Center and celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22! We’ll come together virtually to recognize our sustainability victories from the last year and explore opportunities to restore our planet and our relationship with it. You’ll hear an inspiring conversation between Nicole Jackson, Next Generation Advisory Council member at the National Parks Conservation Association, and Bianca Acosta, Community Outreach Manager at GrowHaus in Denver. They will discuss how reconnecting with nature can be cathartic and restorative to both the planet and ourselves.

When: Thursday, April 22 at 4:30pm

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Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

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Also save the date for this upcoming event:

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

The Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Find out more about this vital piece of legislation and what needs to happen to make it federal law.

When: Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00pm

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Thanks again for your help making these events successful! We’ll be back next week with more ways to take action.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 12)

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It’s been a difficult year+, and the anxiety from the compounded effects of the COVID-19 pandemic rippling across society and the damaged economy have created new challenges on top of the pre-existing struggles faced by working Americans. As a result, already-strained mental health and substance abuse treatment resources are in higher demand than ever.

When this pandemic is over, the increased need for behavioral health treatment will remain. That’s why progressive lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly have introduced the Behavioral Health Recovery Act, which will provide millions of dollars for mental health, substance abuse recovery, and harm reduction programs.

Action item #1 this week: contact your Colorado Senator and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-137, the Behavioral Health Recovery Act.

Once that’s done, take a moment to help on another crucial issue that has loomed large in the past year: Eviction reform. Although evictions for non-payment have been reduced by temporary bans, renters across Colorado desperately need a cap on late fees and a fairer relationship with landlords. Click here to write to your Colorado lawmakers, and tell them Colorado needs eviction reform.

Thanks for your help with these two timely issues! Here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 12:


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Remote Group Phonebank

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is working to pass legislation that would reduce the cost of healthcare for all Coloradans and we need your help! This remote group phone bank will help us move towards health care affordability by collecting the stories of consumers directly affected by high healthcare costs, while also helping us mobilize Coloradans for prescription drug affordability and giving out helpful resources. These consumers will have ownership over their stories and they will be connected, if they choose to be, with opportunities to become involved in the overarching campaign for policy change at the state level. All of this will be done from the comfort of your home. Collecting stories from consumers who are directly affected allows us to make sure that their voices are heard by legislators.

When: Monday, April 12 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

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AAPI Town Hall Hosted by Congressman Jason Crow

On Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm MT, Rep. Jason Crow is hosting a virtual town hall to discuss issues facing the AAPI community. Moderators: Howard Chou, Co-Founder/Chair, Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats and Susmita Saha, Vice Chair of the Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative of CO Democrats.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 4:00pm

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History Colorado: Colorado Cannabis Legalization with Susan Squibb

Marijuana legalization in Colorado has created a significant shift in drug reform and public opinion on marijuana throughout the nation and the world. Join Curator of archives Shaun Boyd as she hosts Susan Squibb, The Cannabis Maven®, who has recently donated a significant portion of her unique cannabis archive to History Colorado Center. In this fun and informative presentation, Squibb will highlight items from her archive to weave her personal experiences into the larger historical tapestry of marijuana legalization.

When: Thursday, April 15 at 6:00pm

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Tom Sullivan for Colorado and State Representative Meg Froelich: April 2020 Town Hall Meeting

Join CO State Representatives Tom Sullivan (HD-37) and Meg Froelich (HD-3) and US Congressman Jason Crow (CO-6) for a virtual town hall event!

When: Saturday, April 17 at 11:00am

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

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Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (April 5)

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Last week, President Joe Biden announced the next transformative piece of his agenda: The American Jobs Plan. Building on the economic relief passed just a few weeks ago and now making its way into the economy, the American Jobs Plan represents the next step: Investing in America’s future, and building the infrastructure to keep America competitive in the global economy.

Infrastructure is about more than just fixing the roads. The American Jobs Plan is about modernizing transportation networks, energy grids, efficient construction and renovation, clean water supplies, information technology, domestic manufacturing, and so much more. And above all, it’s about jobs: The jobs created in building out infrastructure, and the jobs that hit the ground running because of these investments.

The American Jobs Act represents the biggest peacetime public investment in the American economy in nearly a century. Action item #1 this week: contact Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and urge them to pass the American Jobs Plan without delay.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to make a difference for the week of April 5! Help us make these events a success:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talking about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

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Adams County Legislative Preview & Town Hall

Please join Representative Yadira Caraveo, Representative Kyle Mullica, Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet, and Representative Shannon Bird for a town hall on Monday, April 5th at 6:30 pm featuring representatives from across Adams County. This is a great opportunity for you to ask your questions about the 2021 legislative session and our response to the challenges facing our community. We will be holding the event over Zoom, and we will provide a Facebook live stream as well.

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:30pm

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American Rescue Plan Telephone Town Hall with Rep. Jason Crow

Last month, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. Coloradans in need are already receiving economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per qualifying individual, and more relief is on the way. This Tuesday, April 6 at 6 pm MST, I’m hosting a telephone town hall to talk about what’s in the American Rescue Plan and share how you can take full advantage of the new resources available.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00pm

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One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts will be joined by Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse for a keynote presentation titled, “One Town at a Time: Shannon Watts and Representative Neguse Discuss Ending Gun Violence” on Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. MST. Denver high school student and member of Students Demand Action, Jayla Hemphill, will moderate the discussion. The session will be livestreamed to the CWA YouTube channel. Like all events at CWA, the talk is free and open to the public. Viewers may submit questions.

When: Friday, April 9 at 2:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Socially Distanced Rally to Support Lower Rx Drug Prices

70% of Coloradans support the state creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which means Big Pharma is spending BIG on lobbyists at the Capitol. Don’t let them overpower the voice of the people! Join us on April 9th for a safe, socially-distanced rally to support lower prescription drug costs. We will have pill bottle signs available for the first 30 people who sign up, where you can write your story or the message you’d like to send about why the legislature needs to take action to lower prescription drug costs.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Friday, April 9 at 5:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:

Colorado Sierra Club: Transitioning to Healthy Homes & Buildings and Clean Jobs

As Colorado works to ensure a more sustainable and equitable future, it is essential we reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from residential and commercial buildings. In addition to achieving climate benefits, a move toward heating and powering our buildings by 100% renewable electric power can lower costs, improve indoor air quality, and develop new jobs during the transition away from methane gas and other fossil fuels. In this business-focused webinar, business leaders and experts will share how this transition benefits communities, workplaces and employment.

When: Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


CCHI & YI-Colorado: Mental Health & Health Care Affordability

Join Young Invincibles and CCHI as we talk about mental health care and health care affordability on Zoom! What’re the concerns that young adults have around health care? What policy changes do we need for our communities, and what are the basics of health care literacy? This event is free to attend. Attendees will receive a Zoom link a day before the event.

When: Monday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Winning Red & Rural Colorado: Indivisible Action Summit

Save the date! Register now! Activists in red and rural Colorado activists and supporters: join special guests Shawn Sebastian (Senior Strategist for Rural People & Planet First Campaigns at People’s United), Rural Colorado United and many more leaders from deep in the trenches of rural change-making. We’ll learn the hard truths about the Colorado Rural electorate, discover exactly how we can make a difference, and form action groups to embark on the meaningful, long-term work of organizing to ensure the real needs of rural communities are met by those elected to represent them.

When: Saturday, April 24 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 29)

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Today, Gov. Jared Polis made what could be the most important announcement since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This coming Friday, everyone in Colorado aged 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone.

As usual, Colorado is ahead of the curve in responding to this emergency, and the general public in Colorado will have access to vaccines sooner than most states. Across the nation and the globe, the race is on to outpace the pandemic with life-saving vaccines. In Colorado, we’re privileged to have competent public health and elected officials. The proof is in our lower rate of illness and death in Colorado than most other states.

Now it’s your turn to be part of the solution: if you haven’t already done so, the time has come to make your plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you’re eligible. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination portal to get started—and once you’ve gotten your appointment, take a few minutes to encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated right away as well.

With your help, we’ve come so far in just a year: through the worst of an unprecedented global health crisis, economic upheaval that required us to come together as a nation, and an election that pulled our nation back from the brink of calamity under the last president.

Through all of these struggles, your persistence and courage in the face of adversity has not just given me hope, but made the difference in tangible changes that will leave our state and nation better off. This Friday is my last day as Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado, and I couldn’t be more proud of the last five years at the helm of this amazing organization. As I hand off this important work to the next generation of leadership, I am very hopeful about where we are all headed together.

Thank you once again, and here are more ways to make a difference for the week of March 29:


Senator Hickenlooper: Support the THRIVE Act NOW! Apoya el acto de THRIVE ahora!

The countdown is on. ⏱️ Now that Congress has passed The American Rescue Plan, an ambitious COVID-19 relief package, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fight for climate action, jobs, and economic justice. Colorado and cities across the country are organizing and taking action on this day to pass the THRIVE Act (https://www.thriveagenda.com/) to do just that. Our cities are burning, polluting corporations are making us sick, our housing crisis has no end in sight- we are calling on our elected officials to do what is best for all Coloradans. We aren’t just facing one crisis. Global pandemic, mass unemployment and eviction, systemic racism, climate crisis — they are all connected. What else needs to happen to prove we need the THRIVE Act to pass NOW?

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 12:00pm

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César Chávez’s Legacy : La Lucha Continúa

Let your voice be heard! Join us to initiate community based dialogue around the topics important to the Latina/o/x community. This event is proudly brought to you by a partnership with the César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver! The Committee has been honoring the late leader since 2002. The Committee is dedicated to keeping the Chávez spirit alive through the work of community.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Colorado César E. Chávez Day Celebration/ Celebración del Día de César E. Chávez en Colorado

Join us for a celebration of César E. Chávez Day for a discussion about social and racial justice, climate migration, farmworkers, and regenerative agriculture.

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 6:00pm

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Race Class Narrative Briefing Hosted by Rise Up Colorado

The Race Class Narrative began as a nationwide research project to help people envision a multiracial country in which everyone has economic opportunity and is now a narrative framework for us to have intentional conversations doing what many of us instinctively knew was right… talking about both race and class as a necessary package. Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them as if they were separate. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined.

When: Friday, April 2 at 1:00pm

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And save the date for these upcoming events:


Conservation Colorado: Confronting The Climate Crisis

Hear from a panel of experts and leaders across the climate action movement talk about their work and the exciting progress that Colorado is making! Panelists include urban sustainability expert Dr. Corina McKendry and San Miguel County Commissioner Hillary Cooper. If you are passionate about the environment, love the outdoors, or want to learn about one of our time’s defining policy issues, you won’t want to miss this!

When: Monday, April 5 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: Colorado New Volunteer & Activist Orientation

Learn about Colorado Sierra Club’s priorities from protecting public lands to climate action and how you can help. This is a great event for everyone looking to find fun ways to protect our communities and our planet from the comfort of your own home (for now). Volunteers play a crucial role at Sierra Club and are active at many levels. Volunteer activities include education at outreach events, advocacy, electoral work and helping to plan and execute campaigns. At the end of the event, we aim to connect you with at least one volunteer team for you to get involved with.

When: Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Watch this space next week for more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii

Criminal justice reform: the work goes on

While we mourn the victims of this week’s tragic mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, this week in the Colorado General Assembly there are important criminal justice reform issues up for debate. It’s very important that we not lose focus on taking actions that will improve our justice system and address the root causes of crime even as we respond to these terrible events.

In that spirit, take a moment right now to help us pass two bills to safely reduce jail populations and interrupt the “school-to-prison” pipeline.


SB21-062: Safely Reduce Jail Populations
Did you know that 60% of the jail population in Colorado hasn’t even been convicted of a crime? We can reduce Colorado’s jail population without compromising public safety. Senate Bill 21-062 implements smart policies learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on protecting the public while ending cash bail for many low-level offenses, and restricting arrests to serious crimes and situations where another person’s safety is actually in danger.

We need your help now: contact your state Senator and Gov. Jared Polis right now, and urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-062, Jail Population Management Tools.


SB21-182: Help Interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline”
Our schools should be safe places where students can learn, build relationships, and make mistakes. But unfortunately, “getting in trouble” at school no longer means just a trip to the principal’s office and a stern talking to. Senate Bill 21-182 encourages the use of positive approaches to school discipline, and helps school districts to appropriately address student misconduct and discipline while allowing flexibility to ensure schools still have the tools necessary when an incident may call for escalation.

We need your help now: contact your state lawmakers and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 21-182, legislation “addressing disproportionate disciplinary practices and chronic absenteeism and supporting students at risk of dropping out of school.”


Since the 1970s, the population of Colorado’s jails has grown by 800%. During the pandemic, Colorado proved that selectively reducing jail populations and focusing on incarcerating violent offenders is safe, effective, and will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. And school discipline should help students learn better behavior to avoid the costly and harmful experiences that come with falling into the school-to-prison pipeline.

Reforming over-incarceration in American society is a big goal, and we’re proud of our lawmakers taking these bold steps to solve longstanding structural problems. Thanks for your timely action.

Responding to this week’s tragedy in Boulder

Our hearts are heavy today as we process yesterday’s devastating massacre of yet another 10 Coloradans at the hands of a gunman. These were our neighbors, our friends, our family. No one deserves to have their lives cut short, in terror, with the finality of a deranged man’s bullets.

And yet, so many Americans have.
It was just last week that we were devastated to learn of the massacre of eight Georgians.
And the Americans who died from gun violence the week before, and the week before that.

As our state and our nation continue to mourn once again, we are worn down by decades of this devastation, and our seeming inability to stop this terror against our neighbors, our family, our friends, our children, and ourselves.

Just as no one deserves to die this way, no one deserves to live this way either. Journalist Norman Cousins said, “The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” What we’ve allowed to die inside us is our hope in humanity, our faith in a better future for ourselves, our children; our freedom to go about our days without the fear of being murdered while buying ingredients to feed and nourish our families.

Now, standing in place of our hope, is an all-consuming terror. This terror has cast a dulling, omnipresent pallor on all that we do and choose not to do: whether we’ll see our favorite musician at a massive amphitheatre, whether we’ll send our children to one school or the other, whether we’ll glance at the exits the next time we go to buy milk, or decide it’s safer to stay home.

It’s not for a lack of language and insight and analysis and research that we still live like this. It’s from a lack of courage, and a lack of creativity to imagine a world different from this, void of this underlying panic and fear that haunts our nightmares and tucks our children into school closets.

We must demand better.

We are done waiting.

And in Colorado, there is no reason to wait. The difference between our state and the next is we have the power to make the very changes that have been proven to save lives.

The only thing we don’t know, the questions that stand between us and a terror-free future, are whether or not Coloradans will hold our leaders accountable, and if our leaders have the courage to stand with our convictions.

It’s only our lives that hang in the balance.

Take Action:
Call your Colorado legislators.
Find your representatives information here, and call and email them.

The Colorado General Assembly must act, now, to repeal the state pre-emption law, which prohibits communities from making their own residents safer by enacting their own gun restrictions. Further, local law enforcement must do more to ensure the Colorado ban on high-capacity magazines is being enforced.

Call your Colorado Senators.

Sen. Michael Bennet 202-224-5852
Sen. John Hickenlooper 202-224-5941

Ask them to enact federal gun sense legislation. The U.S. Congress must pass laws to make us safer, including a law to require universal background checks. If Republicans in Congress are unwilling to support a modest and overwhelmingly supported law such as universal background checks, then it is clear that eliminating the filibuster is justified.

If you are currently in crisis, please call 1-844-493-8255, text TALK to 38255, or go directly to Mental Health Partners walk-in center at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder.

Vigil In Remembrance of the Victims

– Vigil for the 10 Victims: Thursday (3/25) at 6:30PM, Fairview High School, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder. (Organized by the Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action. Participants are asked to use the parking lot as a drive-in due to covid precautions.)

Additional Resources:

– Free Support services for community members: Today (3/23) 8AM – 5PM, University of Colorado Boulder Events Center, 950 Regent Drive

– Virtual Support Group: Today (3/23) 4PM, Will include multiple therapists, who will host breakout groups based on needs. Groups will be available for those directly impacted, for first responders and for those indirectly impacted. To join via Zoom, go here

– Colorado Crisis Services: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Education + Activists Groups

– Colorado Ceasefire: https://www.coloradoceasefire.org/
– Community Justice Action Fund: https://www.cjactionfund.org/
– Mom’s Demand Action: https://momsdemandaction.org/act/
– Everytown for Gun Safety: https://everytown.org/
– March For our Lives: https://marchforourlives.com/
– Giffords Gun Control: https://giffords.org/take-action/

* Thank you to the Boulder Daily Camera for the local resources information.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 15)

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Last week, a fellow member of Congress called on the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Rep. Lauren Boebert’s role in inciting the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In her letter to the chair and ranking member of the committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal says Rep. Boebert “endangered fellow Members’ lives and pursued a disinformation campaign related to the election results that resulted in an armed uprising.” [1]

It’s time for everyone in Colorado to say it loud: Lauren Boebert does not speak for us. Boebert’s incitement of her far-right supporters to violence in Washington in the weeks leading up to January 6th disqualifies her from representing our state in Congress. Over 17,000 have signed our petition calling on Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn to resign.

Action item #1 this week: call members of the House Ethics Committee and respectfully urge them to investigate Lauren Boebert.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D) 202-225-3001
Rep. Susan Wild (D) 202-225-6411
Rep. Dean Phillips (D) 202-225-2871
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D) 202-225-4831
Rep. Mondaire Jones (D) 202-225-6506
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) 202-225-3915
Rep. Michael Guest (R) 202-225-5031
Rep. David P. Joyce (R) 202-225-5731
Rep. John H. Rutherford (R) 202-225-2501
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R) 202-225-2611

In addition to Boebert’s actions surrounding the January 6th insurrection, Boebert faces questions on a variety of ethical issues including her mileage reimbursements from campaign funds, failure to file required personal financial disclosures (punishable by jail time), and proxy voting in Congress under knowingly false pretenses.Thanks for taking a few minutes to make these important phone calls to lawmakers on the Ethics Committee to hold Lauren Boebert accountable.

Once that’s done, here are a few more ways to fight for our shared progressive values this week:


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Activist Workshop Training 3

Will you virtually join us on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:00pm MT for our third Community Activist Training? We have the power to encourage our elected officials to commit to climate action in 2021. To do this, we are asking everyone who cares about this issue to join us for the Commit to Climate Action campaign. We are continuing with the Community Activist Training Series that will be a critical aspect of keeping our grassroots momentum rolling for 2021.

When: Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Keep Coloradans Housed Town Hall – Colorado Springs

This is a virtual, grassroots town hall to learn about one of our priority bills SB21-173: Rights in Residential Lease Agreements. This bill would: limit late fees on unpaid rent; give Colorado renters more time to come up with their rent and avoid eviction; prohibit tenant evictions solely for owning late fees; and establish a financial penalty for landlords who illegally lock out tenants. Coloradans need transparency and fairness when it comes to being charged late fees so they can plan accordingly. Right now, corporations are charging unreasonable late fees because there is no set limit to the amount they can charge. Even if families and individuals are up to date on rent, they can still be evicted for failing to pay late fees.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Also, save the date for these events coming up soon:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Socially Distanced Rally to Support Lower Rx Drug Prices

70% of Coloradans support the state creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which means Big Pharma is spending BIG on lobbyists at the Capitol. Don’t let them overpower the voice of the people! Join us on March 22 for a safe, socially-distanced rally to support lower prescription drug costs. We will have pill bottle signs available for the first 30 people who sign up, where you can write your story or the message you’d like to send about why the legislature needs to take action lower prescription drug costs.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Monday, March 22 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Legislative Advocacy Training: Making Sure Our Representatives Work for Us

We all came to the polls last November, but our role with our representatives can’t end there if we want to hold them accountable to stand up for issues we care about. Please join CIRC (Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition), Former Representative Joe Salazar, and the Arapahoe Young Democrats as we explore tactics and best practices to making sure our representatives make decisions on behalf of the people and not big money.

When: Monday, March 22 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


History Colorado: Maeve Conran & David Barsamian: Media & Democracy

What if the biggest challenges we have facing American democracy are found in the ways we communicate with one another—that is, our media? KGNU Public Radio’s Maeve Conran and audio archivist and journalist David Barsamian give their take on the state of our various media, and what we can do about making it more about people and less about profit.

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Have a great week and thanks again for everything you do.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 8)

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Help is on the way.

On Saturday morning after an all-night obstruction campaign from the right, the U.S. Senate passed the American Rescue Plan. This legislation represents not just economic relief to Americans hard hit by a year of economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a new approach to economic recovery from the bottom up instead of the usual practice in Washington of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans they hope will “trickle down,” which, of course, never happens.

Almost everyone in Colorado will see a direct benefit from this comprehensive economic relief plan. Working families will get direct payments and new child tax credits, enhanced unemployment benefits will be extended, and the massive cuts that were facing state and local governments after revenues plunged in the last year will be offset–meaning schools can begin to safely reopen, and emergency services, and other critical governmental services can continue to function.

Passage of the American Rescue Plan is an enormous achievement by the Senate’s progressive majority, and although it doesn’t contain everything we all wanted, Coloradans can be proud of both of our Senators for fighting to keep progressive priorities like a living wage in the bill. That’s the courage we’ll need both Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper to show again when raising the minimum wage to $15 comes back up for a standalone vote. And let’s make no mistake, if Cory Gardner were the 50th vote in the US Senate, none of this would have happened.

Taking a pause from Amazon Prime for the week? Amazon workers in Alabama have voted to unionize, and to support them many have chosen to not purchase from or use Amazon services for one week beginning March 7. Here’s information via our friends at Indivisible Colorado on alternative places to shop and some background on the organizing effort at Amazon.

Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of March 8:


Development Roundtable | Women in Fundraising and Philanthropy

Join Colorado Nonprofit Association and AFP SOCO as we celebrate Women’s History Month with Colleen LaFontaine, Director of Development at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as she shares her own story, insights on women in philanthropy, and women as the changing face of philanthropy. There will be time for Q & A and conversation, too.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Together We Grow: Disability Inclusion

A FREE Zoom Webinar that will investigate agriculture and food industry initiatives with Antonio Paixao from ADM and Philomena Satre from Land O’Lakes. Sarafaith Pekor will talk about engaging the next generation of talent through innovative programming and partnerships with her nonprofit, Seeds of Inclusion, and Becky Curran Kekula will share resources and perspective from Disability:IN. Dr. Marty Blair, from the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana, is our moderator.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: Q&A with trans filmmaker, Tony Zosherafatain

Join One Colorado’s Youth Leadership Council for a live Q&A with filmmaker, Tony Zosherafatain on Tuesday, March 9th at 4PM MST! Tony Zosherafatain began directing and producing films in 2012 after realizing that there weren’t many movies exclusively about trans people. His latest project, Trans in Trumpland, was released on February 25th, 2021. It investigates the impact of anti-trans policies on the lives of four transgender Americans.

When: Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Accelerating the US Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions

Join us in welcoming Dr. Chuck Kutscher for our March webinar event. Dr. Kutscher’s presentation will cover information contained in a recent Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) report, “Accelerating the US Clean Energy Transformation: Challenges and Solutions by Sector.” The burning of fossil fuels accounts for 75% of US greenhouse gas emissions, and driving these emissions to zero must be our number one priority in addressing climate change.

When: Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Indivisible Colorado: Social Media for Advocacy! INSTAGRAM & CANVA

Want to learning more about using your social media for good? Join our workshop on the free online graphic design tool called Canva, and on using Instagram for advocacy, to become a better advocate online. These webinars have been created to help any activist, group members and leaders learn to effectively engage and use these platforms for information, inoculation, recruitment, and training.

When: Thursday, March 11 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Moreno, Rep. Benavidez, & Rep. Michaelson Jenet

When: Saturday, March 13 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rep. Meg Froelich and Sen. Jeff Bridges: Green Town Hall

Join Rep. Meg Froelich and Sen. Jeff Bridges for a town hall meeting on plastic recycling and the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Roadmap.

When: Sunday, March 14 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: 2021 Latino/a Advocacy Day

This year, Latino/a Advocacy Day will be a virtual event, providing advocacy trainings and briefings on policy issues that most impact Latinxs in Colorado. Over 200 Latinxs from across Colorado come together in Denver every year. Put it on your calendars and join us for our Quince!

When: March 14-15

Click here to RSVP.

Also, save the date for these great events coming up:


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (March 1)

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With Congress moving quickly on President Biden’s agenda in Washington and the Colorado General Assembly in full swing in Denver, opportunities to help enact lasting change are everywhere! After four years of broken leadership and division, the pressure is on to accomplish as much as we possibly can and make up for lost time.

With the narrowest of majorities in the U.S. Senate, progressives need to seize the opportunity to pass meaningful reforms—and that means doing away with the legislative filibuster. Our friends at Indivisible Colorado are organizing constituents just like you to appeal to Sens. John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet to put an end to this relic of inequality, and break the legislative logjam that has stymied the hopes of generations.

Another important campaign the Indivisible Network is working on right now is winning statehood and equal representation for the District of Columbia. Sen. Michael Bennet has already signed on to this important legislation, and we’re hoping Sen. John Hickenlooper does the same soon. Click here to add your voice to Americans across the country calling for statehood for D.C.

Looking for more ways to take action with Indivisible Colorado, the state’s premiere grassroots progressive coalition? Click here to see everything they’ve got going on.

And here are many more great ways to make a difference for the week of March 1:


Metro Caring: Tell Your Legislators To Support Necessary Documents Renewal

We need our birth certificates and social security cards to demonstrate that we have married or divorced, or that we changed our name. We need drivers’ licenses to operate cars and trucks. Colorado residents who have lost their documents due to floods, fires, and other natural disasters; domestic violence victims who have had to leave documents behind when fleeing their homes; seniors who may not ever have been issued a birth certificate because they were born at home; and people who have had their documents stolen, are examples of those who need help replacing their important documents. People who are experiencing homelessness often lose their IDs or are robbed. People seeking a second chance after leaving jail or prison often do not have the necessary documents for an ID.

Click here to take action.


Together Colorado Twitter Trainings

We are holding two more training sessions on using Twitter during the 2021 Legislative Session to reach elected officials, media, and influence public opinion on our legislative priorities.

When: Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00pm, Thursday, March 4 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Metro Caring Champions of Vaccine Equity Community Meeting

Join Metro Caring, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Health Chair for the Colorado NAACP State Conference Dr. Shelia Davis, and Dr. Rep. Yadira Caraveo to get your COVID-19 vaccine questions answered. Now is the time to get the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines for yourself and for the people you love. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective! Protect your community against COVID-19. When it’s your turn to get your vaccine, you’ll know you’ve helped protect yourself and others — and that you’re doing your part to help end the pandemic, save lives, and help our community recover. We have lost over 400,000 Americans and over 4,000 Coloradans to COVID-19 and the best tool we have to end this crisis is the vaccine.

When: Tuesday, March 2 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2021

Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for you to join forces with other advocates to talk with your elected officials about the health care issues closest to your heart! This year’s event will be two virtual half-days where you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and connect with legislators for the change you want to see.

When: March 5-6

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Southern Colorado Virtual DACA Workshop

Join the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition & various community partners as we support community members apply for DACA for the first time. Apply from the comfort of your own home via phone or computer. Trained volunteers and immigration attorneys will be available to answer questions to ensure you are prepared to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

When: Saturday, March 6 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Capitol(s) Update with U.S. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Senator Julie Gonzales, and Senator Hansen

Join Congresswoman DeGette, Senator Gonzales, and Senator Hansen for a virtual town hall on March 6th at 11am MDT. We will discuss stimulus packages, COVID-19 and vaccine updates, the impeachment, the State budget, and our legislative priorities for this upcoming session.

When: Saturday, March 6 at 11:0am

Click here to RSVP.


Also, save the date for these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: 2021 Latino/a Advocacy Day

This year, Latino/a Advocacy Day will be a virtual event, providing advocacy trainings and briefings on policy issues that most impact Latinxs in Colorado. Over 200 Latinxs from across Colorado come together in Denver every year. Put it on your calendars and join us for our Quince!

When: March 14-15

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Annual LGBTQ Lobby Day

While we may be unable to physically visit the Capitol like we normally would for Lobby Day, join us and learn how to remotely access the State Legislature to listen to hearings, submit testimony, follow the status of a bill, and more!

When: Tuesday, March 16 at 9:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Sierra Club: 100% Renewable: Pathways to Our Clean Energy Future

Join Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Colorado Sierra Club for an educational event about what’s ahead for Longmont’s transition to renewable energy.

When: Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 22)

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This week in the Colorado legislature, far-right Republicans are trying to undo Colorado’s best-in-the-nation election system–a system that became a much-praised example last year for safely and securely holding an election even during a global pandemic. [1]

Why would Republicans try to break an election system that works better than basically anywhere in America? Because Donald Trump baselessly claimed the election was stolen with mail ballots like Colorado uses. Second-guessing Colorado’s election system which is subject to intense security, bi-partisan election judges, and risk-limiting audits is a cynical attempt to keep the Big Lie that Trump didn’t really lose the election last year alive. In Colorado, where we’ve been voting by mail since 2013, everyone who is willing to be honest knows Trump lied, and Trump lost fair and square.

That’s the truth Trump and his dead-ender cronies don’t want you to hear.

Because you helped elect a strong progressive majority in the Colorado General Assembly, the GOP’s bad bills to roll back voting rights won’t get far. But it’s a reminder that the fair and accessible election laws we take for granted in Colorado don’t exist everywhere, and there are politicians who don’t want Colorado to be a model for expanding voting rights.

Now help us take the spirit of Colorado’s election reforms to Washington. If you haven’t already, visit our friends at the Declaration for American Democracy and find out how you can get involved in the campaign to pass HR1, the For The People Act to strengthen voting rights, limit the influence of big money in American elections, and impose new ethical safeguards to prevent corruption. The For The People Act represents the most comprehensive federal reform of elections and ethics in government laws since the Watergate era. The time has come.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to fight for progress this week:


Town Hall with Daneya Esgar and Leroy Garcia

Join Pueblo elected officials Representative Daneya Esgar and Senator Leroy Garcia for a virtual town hall. On Monday, February 22nd, Representative Esgar and Senator Garcia will discuss the upcoming legislative session, their legislative agenda, and what it means to have two people from Pueblo on leadership in the General Assembly.

When: Monday, February 22 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Health Foundation: Belonging is an Antidote to Racism

Join an intimate conversation between our president and CEO, Karen McNeil-Miller, and john a. powell, director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, as they discuss how communities fell apart – and came together – during the challenges of 2020.

When: Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Bell Policy Center: A Closer Look: Investing in Economic Mobility

The Bell Policy Center’s most recent report shows us how less public investment has led to fewer middle class families in Colorado, but what does this mean for future policymaking? During this community conversation, you’ll hear from Dr. Anita Alves Pena, author of the Bell’s newest report, and the Bell Policy Center research team on why it’s not just about the dollars we spend, but how we use and where we put them.

When: Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2021 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us *virtually* for the beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community to prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 5:15pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Housing Justice Lobby Day

Join us for our virtual Lobby Day to support Housing Justice! Lobby Day is one of the most important chances during the legislative session for 9to5 Colorado and our members to push for our values to be represented in policy decisions and become law. We will be speaking about the Rental Late Fee Bill that we are leading and ways to get involved with the legislative process. Together, we will discuss actions that we can all take to apply pressure to the legislature and make sure that our communities’ struggles are recognized.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Citizenship Workshop

Join CIRC and other community partners in taking the next steps to become a U.S. Citizen at our upcoming Citizenship Workshop on Saturday February 27. Apply from the comfort of your own home via phone or computer. Volunteers and immigration attorneys are available to answer questions. If you also qualify for a reduced fee waiver or a fee waiver, we can help you file that with your naturalization application.

When: Saturday, February 27 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine Update with Rep. Duran & Sen. Danielson

Come join Representative Monica Duran and Senator Jessie Danielson at a virtual town hall to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the current 2021 legislative session.

When: Saturday, February 27 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Also, take note of these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2021

Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for you to join forces with other advocates to talk with your elected officials about the health care issues closest to your heart! This year’s event will be two virtual half-days where you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and connect with legislators for the change you want to see.

When: March 5-6

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll be back next week with more opportunities to get involved. Thanks again!

What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 16)

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Today, the Colorado General Assembly got back to business after taking five weeks off to keep safe during the worst of the pandemic. Now it’s time to get to work one of the most ambitious agendas Colorado’s progressive majority has embarked on in decades:

  • A new billion-dollar coronavirus economic relief package
  • Strong new legislation to combat gun violence, including safe storage of guns and a requirement that stolen guns be reported to police
  • A “Colorado Option” for health coverage to bring down costs and improve care
  • Protecting public health workers who have faced threats for doing their jobs
  • Justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Making Colorado’s troubled unemployment insurance system work for everyone

This is the agenda that Colorado voters mandated last November, along with implementing Colorado’s groundbreaking new paid family leave system and protecting the state from painful budget cuts thanks to forthcoming emergency federal aid from the Biden administration. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said of his ambitious agenda, our progressive leadership in Colorado are ready to answer the charge: “make me do it!” [1]

That’s where you come in. For the next few months, legislators will debate bills at the Colorado state capitol in Denver that are in many ways more relevant to our daily lives than what goes on in Washington. Each week we’ll have opportunities both virtual and (hopefully) in person where you’ll have the chance to testify and otherwise support our progressive agenda.

Let’s get to work! Here are a couple of ways to fight for progress for the week of February 16:


Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Power-Mapping and Identifying Your Target

Have you ever wondered how campaigns or causes identify their target? Who are the decision-makers that hold power? What influences them? What even IS “power-mapping”? If you’ve ever asked these questions, we have a training for you! Join us for the 8th installment of the Colorado Sierra Club Advocacy Workshop Series, where Beyond Coal Organizer Sarah Snead will be giving a run-down of how to “power-map” and identify your target.

Tuesday, February 17 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Black Lives Matter 5280 Compass Awards

Join us this Friday to celebrate our first #BLM5280 Compass Awards. Recipients include: Millete Birhanemaskel, Neha Mahajan , the Denver Black Educators Caucus and Chrysalis House, Inc.

When: Friday, February 19 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Also, take note of these great events coming up in the next few weeks:

Women’s Lobby of Colorado: 2021 Legislative Session Kick-Off

Join us *virtually* for the beginning of session kick-off! We will come together as community to prepare for a session of advocating for gender equity.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 5:15pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Housing Justice Lobby Day

Join us for our virtual Lobby Day to support Housing Justice! Lobby Day is one of the most important chances during the legislative session for 9to5 Colorado and our members to push for our values to be represented in policy decisions and become law. We will be speaking about the Rental Late Fee Bill that we are leading and ways to get involved with the legislative process. Together, we will discuss actions that we can all take to apply pressure to the legislature and make sure that our communities’ struggles are recognized.

When: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


*VIRTUAL* Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Coalition as we host our first ever *VIRTUAL* lobby day at the state capitol. We will hear from story-tellers and activists in our movement followed by a lobby training. We will then join breakout rooms to meet with legislators. The event will conclude with a very special guest!

Wednesday, March 24 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for all your help. If you have an event you’d like to see promoted in our weekly action alerts, send an email to info@progressnowcolorado.org with a link to the details. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight for progress.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 8)

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After nearly five years at the helm of ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, today I announced I’ll be stepping down in the coming months pending the hire of a new executive director.

Since our founding all the way back in 2003, ProgressNow Colorado has played a central role in the evolution of this state not just from red to blue, but into an example of a cohesive and functional progressive movement that achieves tangible, long term results.

Over the last four and a half years, I’m proud to have assembled a team of some of the best digital organizing, video production, and political communications professionals to be found anywhere in the commercial or nonprofit sectors. The leadership and support this team has provided to progressive activists, partner organizations, and issue campaigns at every level of Colorado politics has changed the course of history.

As the chairwoman of the ProgressNow Colorado Board of Directors Leticia Martinez said today, the work is not over. “Whether our brand is on the work product or we’re providing logistical and creative support for partner grassroots activists behind the scenes, we’ve never been more successful at our core mission of promoting progressive solutions to community problems and holding conservatives accountable than these past few years.” Just as we have for over fifteen years, ProgressNow Colorado remains the foundation of progressive success in our state. With your continued support this organization is just getting started.

With that, here are a few great ways to take action for the week of February 8:


Colorado Legislature’s Frontline Healthcare Workers: Virtual Townhall

Join Senator Leroy Garcia, Representative Yadira Caraveo and Representative Kyle Mullica for a virtual town hall! As the only elected officials in the Colorado Legislature who are also healthcare workers working during the pandemic, they will share their perspective on COVID-19, updates on vaccine distribution, and insight into the upcoming legislative session.

When: Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm

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Xcelerate Climate Action Campaign Launch Party

Following a summer of record wildfires, it’s time to turn up the heat on Colorado’s largest utility and fossil fuel burner, Xcel Energy. Xcel is the only utility in the state with plans to burn coal in our state past 2030. With two coal plants and nine gas plants whose pollution has no end in sight, it’s clear that we need to Xcelerate Climate Action and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. We’ll cover the details of Xcel’s fossil fuel problem, its impact on Colorado communities, and the opportunities we have to push Xcel beyond fossil fuels in 2021. Join 350 Colorado and Colorado Sierra Club as we gear up for a big year of climate action on Xcel Energy in 2021!

When: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Tri-State in 2021: What’s Ahead for Rural Colorado’s Energy Transition, with Tri-State CEO Duane Highley

Please join Sierra Club, Western Colorado Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Sheep Mountain Alliance and other local environmental groups across the state in welcoming Tri-State CEO Duane Highley, who will be sharing with our members what’s ahead in 2021 and beyond for rural Colorado’s clean energy transition.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 5:o0pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Prescription Drug Town Hall

Want to hear from policymakers & share your own ideas about how prescription drug affordability impacts Colorado? Join our legislative champions Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Senator Julie Gonzales for a prescription drug town hall. Bring your questions and have an opportunity to share and hear from others why the time for action on prescription drug affordability is now!

When: Thursday, February 11 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado: 2021 Legislative Kickoff

The 2021 legislative session will soon reconvene and there will be several bills that will impact the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We’re hosting a virtual legislative kickoff to give you an opportunity to meet pro-equality legislators and learn about what we’re expecting in 2021. Thank you to Xcel Energy for generously sponsoring the event.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm

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CCG CO Legislative Priorities Assembly

Coloradans for the Common Good will convene parents, educators, faith, labor and other community leaders to talk to legislators and other elected officials about pausing standardized testing, expanding internet access, and protecting education funding.

When: Thursday, February 11 at 6:00pm

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SURJ Denver: From Conversation to Action Series: “White People, Safety, Policing, and Threat Self-Response”

The facilitators will briefly share some of their own experiences with policing, their threat/thought responses and how these impulses connect to the white supremacist history of policing, facilitate a dialogue about how we as white people can think about community and safety in ways that do not include policing, and conclude with tools for de-escalation and internal self-regulation, and policing alternatives resources.

When: Friday, February 12 at 4:00pm

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Thanks again for everything you do to leave Colorado better than we found it! We’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.

Sincerely,

Ian Silverii

What you can do to fight for progress this week (February 1)

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To the families of the victims and the survivors of mass school shootings in America, gun violence is no laughing matter.

But last week, Rep. Lauren Boebert callously mocked one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018 that killed 17 people and wounded 17 more. Boebert harassed this survivor of gun violence in defense of fellow freshman freakshow GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who accosted the same person on Capitol Hill not long after the shooting–and has suggested that the Parkland shooting and other mass shooting tragedies were staged. [1]

This is the kind of outrageous contempt for common decency we expected from Lauren Boebert, but seeing Boebert live up to the worst fears of her critics before the election still shocks the conscience. In less than a month in office, Boebert has delivered almost daily embarrassing headlines for Colorado while the issues facing her constituents are ignored. Boebert has even made her colleagues in Congress fear for their own safety by insisting on carrying a gun everywhere she goes after her aid and comfort to the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

Action item #1 this week: call Rep. Boebert’s office right now at (202) 225-4761 and demand an apology for her childish harassment of Parkland mass shooting survivor David Hogg. And if you haven’t already, make sure to sign our petition calling on Rep. Boebert and Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado to resign from Congress for helping incite violence against American democracy.

Once that’s done, here are a few more great ways to get involved for the week of February 1:


We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright featuring Dr. Bettina L. Love

Join us in early February to hear Dr. Bettina L. Love discuss the struggles and possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving. Learn about the importance of culturally responsive and sustaining teaching and learning practices in the classroom, examine the impact of America’s racism on Black children and Black families, and how to foster social justice classrooms and schools.

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00pm

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Conservation Colorado: 2021 State Legislation: A Conversation with Sen. Ginal (SD14) and Rep. Kipp (HD52) About Climate

Join us to have a conversation with Senator Ginal (SD14) And Representative Kipp (HD52) from Fort Collins, Colorado, about the 2021 legislative session. We will discuss climate and the environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk to your legislators and learn more about their amazing work! Spanish interpretation will be provided!

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00pm

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The Wilderness Society: 30×30 Campaign Kickoff — Colorado Front Range

On a daily basis, we see the impacts of climate change and the loss of wild nature across our state, with increasing drought and species at risk of extinction. Our goal is to increase the pace and scale of protected land and waters in Colorado to 30% by 2030. Thousands of people on Colorado’s Front Range head up into the hills to recreate in these lands and waters. It is our responsibility to protect these spaces as well. Now is the time to get involved! The Biden Administration will soon sign an executive order in support of 30×30, so we need our Colorado elected officials to lead in this effort, too. Come to our 30×30 Kickoff Meeting to learn more about the campaign and what this executive order will mean for Colorado!

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00pm

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History Colorado: Virtual Class: Indigenous Futurism with Renata Burchfield

When you think of Native Americans, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Did you think of something modern or historical? Did you imagine Natives in space? Did you imagine Natives time travelling? Indigenous Futurism places Indigenous peoples in the future and allows us to envision what culture, identity, and society look like in different, sometimes fantastic, situations. We’ll watch short films and read contemporary short stories that give us insight into our current reality and imagine ways forward out of current problems.

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: How to Engage Your Legislator

Learn from Colorado Sierra Club’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Biggerstaff on how to meet with and engage your local legislator!

When: Wednesday, February 3 at 12:00pm

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Conservation Colorado’s Climate Action Kick Off Meeting

There has never been a more urgent time for climate action, and Conservation Colorado is determined to make Colorado the country’s leader in bold climate policy. That is why we’ve launched the Climate Action campaign, to push our state elected officials to make addressing climate change their top priority, and champion bills during the upcoming legislative session that will ensure Colorado meets its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

When: Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Advocacy Training

Miss our series in 2020? Join us for our FREE training, which will explore advocacy basics and prescription drugs, one of the biggest affordability challenges facing Colorado consumers. This session will help you make your voice heard and prepare you to advocate for more equitable access to affordable, high-quality health care in your own community and throughout Colorado. Gain skills, community, and earn a gift card for your attendance! Attendance is limited to 20 participants–sign up today to ensure your spot.

When: Saturday, February 6 at 10:00am

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Thanks for your help making all of these events successful! We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 25)

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In just a few days in office, President Joe Biden has taken swift action to begin unwinding the last four years of neglect and corruption in Washington under Donald Trump. Nowhere has this been more true than taking action to combat the climate change crisis—an issue on which Colorado has already been taking the lead in the absence of leadership from the outgoing Trump administration.

And that’s just the beginning. From reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights to immigration reform and crushing the COVID-19 pandemic, in less than a week we’ve seen proof that change for the better is at hand. It’s a strange feeling to be proud of our what the occupant of the White House is doing, and to have a Congress ready to actually pass good bills into law is very exciting.

The top priority for the new progressive majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, of course, is comprehensive economic relief for Americans to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic. From there, the focus turns to H.R. 1, the For The People Act to extend landmark reforms we’ve made in Colorado on voting rights, gerrymandering reform, and ethics in government to the whole country. Click here to learn more about the For The People Act, and contact your legislators to urge their support.

Are you one of the over 17,000 who have signed our petition calling for Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn to resign? After helping incite violence at the U.S. Capitol and continuing to frighten her colleagues and Capitol security by defying metal detectors set up following the January 6th insurrection, Boebert is at it again–this time by receiving a “gift” semi-auto pistol from a known white supremacist militia member in possible violation of congressional ethics rules and Colorado law. [1] If you haven’t already, take a moment to sign the petition calling on Boebert and Lamborn to step down for everything they’ve done in 2021 to endanger American democracy.

And here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of January 25:


History Colorado: InSights & InPerson / Connections: Queer City of the Plains

Please join us for the kick-off event for the 2021 InSights & InPerson / Connections series featuring Brendan Picker-Mahoney, Public Art Program Administrator for Denver Arts & Venues. This program will reflect on the 2020 initiative – “Queer City of the Plains: An Artistic Look at Denver’s LBGTQ History” – that included five contemporary art installations focusing on storytelling, camp, resistance, and the LGBTQ+ experience in Denver from 1859 to the present.

When: Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition: Car Rally to Demand Immigration Reform NOW // Rally de carros para exigir la reforma migratoria AHORA

The time is now to demand action for immigrant rights from our elected officials. On January 27th, CIRC will join the launch of Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) national campaign for immigration reform. We will rally through downtown Denver to make our voices heard all the way to Washington DC and send a message that Coloradans want immediate executive and legislative actions that protect and bring justice to all immigrants.

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30pm
Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver

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9to5 Colorado: 2021 Legislative Kickoff | Inicio Legislativo

Join us as we gear up for the 2021 legislative session. We’ll talk about the importance of grassroots participation, how to safely engage in the legislative process during the pandemic, and we’ll review the bills 9to5 is supporting. Get involved and share your voice at the Capitol with us!

When: Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Drive-in movie and panel discussion

Join us and Community Cinema this coming Friday for a showing of award-winning film “Just Mercy,” followed by a panel discussion hosted by CIRC on the intersection of racial justice and our legal system!

When: Friday, January 29 at 5:30pm
Where: Longmont, CO

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

What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 19)

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Tomorrow morning at 10:00AM Mountain Time, America will say the two words Donald Trump has had coming for four years.

Tomorrow’s inauguration to swear in Joe Biden as President of the United States comes at a terrible price: months of division, lies, and propaganda intended to destroy Americans’ confidence in our elections, and a deadly failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month that Trump initially celebrated before turning his back on his own supporters.

The past few weeks brought our nation to the brink of disaster. But today, we are less than 24 hours from the end of what is already being remembered as the worst presidency in American history. A new narrow progressive majority in the U.S. House and Senate is getting ready to take action on a bold agenda promised by the new Biden administration: ending the COVID-19 pandemic, economic relief, racial justice, climate action, health care, immigration reform, civil rights–it’s a long list and it doesn’t stop there.

None of it would have been possible without your help. It’s not an exaggeration. By ending Cory Gardner’s six years of misadventure in the U.S. Senate, you helped get progressives to 50 Senate seats with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the ties. By backing Gov. Jared Polis and his common-sense approach to fighting the pandemic, Colorado has fared demonstrably better than most other states. And by passing important policies at the polls this year like paid family leave, you helped ensure that fewer Coloradans are left behind as we move from crisis to recovery.

The work is definitely not over. In fact, it’s just beginning. As we shift our focus in 2021 from resistance to recovery, let’s hold on to the networks and friendships that helped us meet the challenge of Donald Trump. Together we can do big things. We proved it.

Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of January 19:


Sign the petition: Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn must resign

The violent assault on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday was a direct result of Reps. Lauren Boebert’s and Doug Lamborn’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states. We can’t let Boebert and Lamborn speak for Colorado at this crucial moment in history. If you haven’t already, sign our petition demanding the immediate resignation of Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn from Congress.

Click here to sign.


Colorado Sierra Club: Advocacy Workshop Series: Telling Your Story

During this session, you’ll strengthen your movement-building skills by learning how to create power with your voice. During this series, you’ll receive tips on how to write your story of self and share it with the world.

When: Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00pm

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Launch Event: World Without Landmines

The global PeaceJam community is invited to support former BAOP winner Harsh Zala for the launching of his revolutionary landmine-detecting and destroying drone as well as the kick-off for the World Without Landmines campaign!

When: Thursday, January 21 at 5:30am

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Virtual Mobility for All – RTD LiVE and Mobile Ticketing Workshop

During this virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to sign up for LiVE and how to download and use the RTD Mobile Ticketing. RTD LiVE Program – The LiVE Program lets qualified riders get a 40% discount off regular fares. To qualify, you need to be between the ages 20 and 64, live within the RTD service area, and have a gross household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This workshop will help you learn about the process of signing up.

When: Thursday, January 21 at 5:00pm

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Celebrate Colorado’s pioneering Black doctor on the new Dr. Justina Ford Day

On Jan. 22, following a proclamation by Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado will celebrate its first Dr. Justina Ford Day. The date marks the 150th birthday of Ford, Denver’s first licensed, Black female physician. To add to the celebration, the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center — which is housed in Ford’s old residence — will live-stream a free, two-hour tribute to Ford at noon on Friday, Jan. 22.

When: Friday, January 22 at 12:00pm

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We’ll see you next week! And thanks again.

#ResignBoebert: What you can do to fight for progress this week (January 11)

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In Washington D.C. today, the recovery effort from the failed insurrection against the U.S. Capitol continues. But for Republican lawmakers who helped incite last week’s deadly violence like Colorado’s Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn, there’s no coming back from this.

Join almost 10,000 Coloradans who have signed our petition demanding Boebert and Lamborn resign from Congress immediately.

Here’s an inescapable fact: the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday was a direct result of Boebert and Lamborn’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in swing states. Boebert went even farther, telling her hundreds of thousands of followers “Today is 1776” on the morning of the insurrection–and even Tweeting information about the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the exact moment insurrectionists were storming the Capitol building.

Boebert and Lamborn’s actions are an affront not just to the voters of Colorado who elected Joe Biden president by over 13 points in November. Their willful undermining of confidence in American democracy with no factual basis has helped radicalize the Republican base, align them with terrorists and neo-Nazis, and set their party on a path toward embracing violence as a means of political gain.

We can’t let Boebert and Lamborn speak for Colorado at this crucial moment in history. If you haven’t already, sign our petition demanding the immediate resignation of Reps. Lauren Boebert and Doug Lamborn from Congress.

Thank you once again for your help demanding better from Colorado’s elected leaders. In just a matter of days, new leadership from the White House to the U.S. Senate and an historic progressive majority in Colorado will start the process of moving on from the Trump era. Without your help these past four years, we wouldn’t have made it.

Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of January 11:


Understanding Anti-Bias Education in K-8th Grade Classrooms

The Teaching Tolerance standards represent excellence in anti-bias education. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or just interested in anti-bias education, join us for an overview of the TT standards presented by expert, Sara Wicht.

When: Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00pm

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Denver Trout Unlimited: January Virtual Meeting

Our January Meetup for Board Members and the Stream Conservation Curious

When: Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00pm

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Opportunities for Refugees & Immigrants: Emily Griffith Information Session

Emily Griffith Technical College is hosting an online information session for anyone from the Refugee/Immigrant community who wants to know more about our programs. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of our programs including information about English Classes, GED Classes and Career and Technical Education (Certificate) programs. We will also discuss the application process and scholarship opportunities.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 5:00pm

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Colorado Sierra Club: Workshop: Using Social Media for Change

Join us for a workshop that focuses on using social media for advocacy. Colorado Sierra Club’s Communications Manager, Vanessa Cordova, will hone in on how to effectively utilize social media to amplify campaigns. Want to make a difference from your phone or computer? This workshop is for you.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30pm

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Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education: EdEquity Corner

Please join us for EdEquity Corner, a monthly Zoom chat with neighbors about how to address every day education challenges with anti-racist values. Drop in, meet your neighbors for some much needed perspective, hope, and practical solutions during these uncertain times.

When: Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm

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History Colorado: Anthony Grimes: The Future of Making America a True Democracy

With an activist’s background and an artist’s insight, filmmaker and founder of Denver Freedom Riders Anthony Grimes examines the historic year that was 2020, our local and broader democracy, where we might be going in the near future, and where we should be going in the 365 days to come.

When: Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm

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