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

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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through the 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly! As debate continues in the Colorado legislature on many important pieces of legislation, this week we’d like to focus on two especially important bills we need your help to get over the finish line:

We’re fighting to protect Colorado’s local communities and natural environment from the harmful impacts of oil and gas drilling. It’s vitally important that your lawmakers understand that this issue is why our progressive majority was elected last November. Senate Bill 19-181 will give local communities the power to protect their residents from drilling next to homes and schools, as well as reforming “forced pooling” and empowering the state government to put public health and safety first.

Click here to contact your representative and urge them to pass Senate Bill 19-181. Then stay tuned: from rallies to opportunities to testify in support of the bill, there is a lot to do to make sure we keep this promise to the voters and future generations. Thank you!

Next, join us at noon Wednesday for a rally to kick off the campaign for paid family leave in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program, will give every Colorado worker the ability to take time off to deal with medical emergencies without jeopardizing their economic stability. After years of division in Colorado’s legislature, 2019 is finally the year we make this important benefit a reality! We’ll rally at noon at the Colorado State Capitol and testimony in favor of the bill will get underway at 2PM. Click here to RSVP!

Bills at the Capitol are moving quickly this year, and that’s good. For the past four years, partisan divides in the legislature prevented a large number of pressing issues from being addressed. Right now progressive leaders are working through a backlog of pent-up solutions to problems that were allowed to go unsolved for too long. Be proud of the progress we’re making in Colorado this year, and thanks again for letting our representatives know you’ve got their back when they do the right thing.

Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of March 11th–don’t forget to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone for the latest:


$15 Final Vote – Denver City Council

City council will take a final vote on a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage for airport and other city-contracted workers to $15 an hour. Let’s turn out and help Denver workers win a living wage!

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, March 11 at 5:30pm

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One Colorado Phone Bank

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm

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Celebrate Sunshine Week: The First Draft with CFOIC, CSPJ, CPA and CMP

Celebrate Sunshine Week the evening of March 12 with the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, the Colorado Media Project, the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists and pick up a hot-off-the-presses copy of CFOIC’s updated, revised and much improved 2019 guide to Colorado’s sunshine laws. Mingle with journalists who will answer your questions about getting information from your government. And try your hand at CORA trivia!

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm

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Community Forum: Changes to Deputy Misconduct Investigations

Join the COB, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Together Colorado, Shorter AME Church, and others for a community forum on proposed changes being made by the Department of Safety and the Sheriff Department to sheriff deputy misconduct investigations. The intention of this forum is to provide you with information and get your feedback. We anticipate the following agenda.

Where: Shorter AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct., Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00pm

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Concert for Denver Right to Survive!

Come to this important concert featuring Local Legends Esmé Patterson (performing solo), Wheelchair Sports Camp, and Solo Artist Laura Goldhamer. We’ll be discussing the effects of Denver’s Urban Camping Ban! Denver Right to Survive is a community-led organization that aims to educate the public about the human rights of people experiencing homelessness.

Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30pm

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ACLU at the Capitol

Please join us on Wednesday, March 13 for ACLU at the Capitol, a day of advocacy and action. ACLU of Colorado has an ambitious legislative agenda this year, and we need your help to make it happen. Meet with your lawmakers and encourage them to improve our criminal justice system, pass comprehensive sex ed, and make Colorado a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. We’ll provide breakfast in the morning and a full training on how to talk to legislators about our priority bills. Then, we’ll team up and head over to the Capitol for lobbying meetings. Afterwards, we’ll meet back for lunch and a recap of the day.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:00am

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CIRC Movement Building Training- Pueblo

Join us to defend Colorado’s immigrant families by helping us pass Virginia’s Law, a comprehensive bill aimed at keeping Colorado families together, in 2019’s legislative session. Virginia’s Law will protect immigrant domestic violence survivors from being deported by ICE and will limit ICE enforcement in public spaces, like schools and hospitals.

Where: Protegete Pueblo, 119 E Abriendo Ave, Pueblo
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 5:30pm

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Colorado Homes For All March Legislative Meeting

We will giving updates on moving legislation including the bill to overturn the ban on rent control, the Safe & Healthy homes Act, the Fair Application Cost Bill, and Virginia’s Law. We will also be talking about our political and media strategy. We will have food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation as usual. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Where: 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm

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Colorado Education Association March 15th Day of Action

Join us for CEA’s Day of Action on March 15th! Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage unprecedented in the state’s history. Pay inequity, respect, and dwindling classroom resources are all to blame but one subject that often gets overlooked is the state’s current educator evaluation law, Senate bill 10-191 (SB10-191).

Where: Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant St, Denver
When: Friday, March 15 at 8:00am

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$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 10 weeks away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Mi Familia Vota, 4730 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am

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Padres & Jóvenes Unidos: The Peoples Wave 2019

Join us at the capitol to protect the rights and wellbeing of students, renters, and immigrants. Our lawmakers work for us, so lets make sure they are building a Colorado that puts our people first! Let’s get together Sunday, March 17th for a training on the legislative process and teach-in on priority bills affecting our communities. On Monday, March 18th we’ll head to the State Capitol to lobby our leaders to demand action on the solutions we need!

Where: 4130 Tejon St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 17 at 10:00am

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Press Conference for House Bill 19-1129

One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and the Colorado Senate Democrats are hosting a press conference on HB19-1129: Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors before the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee hearing. Join us in support at the West Foyer on the first floor of the Capitol at 12:25 PM for a 12:30 start time.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, March 18 at 12:30pm

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 3/8/19

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

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

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For years, a serious conflict has been growing between local governments trying to protect their communities from the harmful effects of oil and gas drilling near homes and schools and the energy industry’s agenda of drilling for every drop of oil and gas everywhere they possibly can. In Colorado, the law just doesn’t do enough to protect the rights of local communities and surface property owners from drilling, which actually trumps local zoning regulations unlike any other industry in our state.

It’s time to level the playing field. Last week, progressives in the Colorado legislature announced an important new bill to give local communities more power to regulate oil and gas drilling within their boundaries. The legislation will also change current law so that the state government is no longer required to “foster” the development of oil and gas over public safety, as well as give mineral rights owners protection from “forced pooling” when they don’t want to drill.

This could be the biggest legislative battle of 2019 in Colorado. Big Oil and Gas has promised millions of dollars to fight back against any attempt to improve protections for surface landowners. Last year, the industry spent over $11 million to pass Amendment 74, a measure that would have bankrupted local governments and given the industry power to drill virtually anywhere. Against their millions, all we’ve got is you.

This week’s top action item: Join us tomorrow at the Colorado Capitol for a rally and to testify in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 19-181, concerning additional public welfare protections regarding the conduct of oil and gas operations. From 11:00am tomorrow and all through the afternoon we need your help to support and testify in favor of this crucial legislation.

Where: West Foyer of the Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.

Thanks for your help with this vital piece of legislation to protect the public. Here are more great ways to take action for the week of March 4:


$15 Minimum Wage – City Council 1st Reading

City council will do a first reading and vote on an ordinance to raise the minimum wage for airport and other city-contracted workers to $15 an hour. Let’s turn out and help Denver workers win a living wage!

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

Click here to RSVP.


Medicaid Community Dinner

The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy are providing free Medicaid advocacy trainings for people enrolled in Medicaid (“Medicaid members”) and the people who care for them. The dinner event at Lakewood Library is for members, parents, and caretakers to learn how they can get involved and push for changes that improve the health care program.

Where: Jefferson County Public Library (Lakewood Library), 10200 W 20th Ave, Lakewood
When: Monday, March 4 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Phone Bank

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

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

Click here to RSVP.


The Right To Rest

THE RIGHT TO REST is a new feature length documentary about Denver’s homeless rights movement which follows the trajectories of Denver Homeless Out Loud and Colorado Village Collaborative towards the construction of Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first Tiny House Village for people coming from homelessness.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver (Sloans Lake), 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
When: Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm

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Women Powering Change 2019

Register now for the 5th presentation of this powerful event. Women Powering Change 2019, is set for Wednesday, March 6th, 4:00 – 7:30 pm at EXDO Event Center. This inspiring event brings together more than 1,000 community members, leaders, activists, volunteers and philanthropists with more than 100 Colorado-based organizations to showcase what women are doing to catalyze social change locally and globally to create a better world. This will be an expo-style event where you can come meet community leaders and learn what is being done in Colorado, and explore how you can also be a part of it all.

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

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Colorado Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the Colorado Reproductive Freedom Coalition and advocate for proactive legislation at our annual Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day on March 7! Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and our partners will be joining forces to fight for reproductive health and rights in Colorado! Meet with your elected officials about bills important to expanding reproductive freedom for all Coloradans and receive training on how to lobby on reproductive rights legislation!

Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Thursday, March 7 at 8:00am

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Student Voice, Student Vote LOBBY DAY

Are you a student in Colorado? Do you want to change REAL change in your school? Do you think 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in school board elections? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us at the Colorado State Capitol to lobby your legislators on why they should support lowering the voting at to 16-years-old for school board elections across the state.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 8:00am

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Defend Our Constitution Happy Hour with Prof. Super

Wealthy special interest groups are just a few states away from calling a new constitutional convention. With no rules to protect us, all of our constitutional rights and liberties could be up for grabs. Join Colorado Common Cause and Professor David Super from Georgetown Law to discuss how we can protect the civil and human rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Together we can stop this attempt by special interests to use a risky untested system to rig the rules against the American people.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:00pm

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Volunteer Orientation w/ ONE Colorado

Want to spend time giving back to the LGBTQ community? Come volunteer at The Center! Last year, more than 550 dedicated people from all walks of life helped The Center fulfill our mission by donating over 18,000 hours of their time. From greeting visitors at the front desk to facilitating support groups to helping us grow Denver PrideFest into the third largest pride celebration in the country, The Center’s volunteers make a real difference in our community.

Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:30pm

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Moms Demand Action Colorado Advocacy Day

Join us as we engage with our state elected officials to talk about Gun Sense legislation and laws! We will gather at the First Baptist Church to review the goals for the morning, then at 10:00 we will go across the street to the Capitol to meet with our elected official. We can Moms Demand shirts in most parts of the capitol, but be prepared to cover up if you go to a committee hearing room or the House or Senates floors & galleries.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When:Friday, March 8 at 9:00am

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Film Around Town: The Quiet Force presented by Mountain Dreamers

The Mountain Dreamers are bringing ‘The Quiet Force’ — a film about the immigrant workforce in Colorado’s ski communities — to Summit County for two screening events in March. The Mountain Dreamers, a Summit County group dedicated to educating and empowering everyone to stand up for immigrants’ rights, is working in partnership with the Breck Film Fest, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), and the I Stand With Immigrants Initiative powered by FWD.us for these events.

Where: Silverthorne Town Pavilion, 400 Blue River Dr, Silverthorne
When: Thursday, March 7 at 5:30pm

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Where: Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge & Dillon
When: Friday, March 8 at 5:30pm

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Protégete Latino Advocacy Day Prep Day

Prepare for Latino Advocacy Day. Protégete will offer two sessions with three workshops including: Story of self, Environmental Justice 101, and Government 101 followed by sign creation for the rally occurring on LAD.

Where: Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 10 at 10:00am

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Thanks again for your help making all of these events successful. See you next week!

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

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In Washington, D.C. this week, we’re awaiting the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the role of the Russian government in manipulating public opinion during the 2016 elections. As I’m sure you know, this report will be a pivotal moment for Trump’s presidency, and it’s absolutely critical that the public receives the full details of the investigation’s findings.

Priority #1 this week: visit ProtectTheInvestigation.org (also on Facebook) and speak out to demand the full disclosure of the Mueller investigation in a public report.

At the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, it’s another busy week debating important bills that directly impact the lives of everyone in our state. Here are a few timely opportunities you have to make your voice heard in legislative testimony this week:

On Tuesday morning in the House Transportation & Local Government committee, help SUPPORT House Bill 19-1096, the Colorado Right to Rest Act. This critical piece of legislation acknowledges that the years-log campaign to criminalize homelessness in America has failed, grants homeless people basic rights to exist in public spaces, and prohibits discrimination based on housing status.

On Wednesday at 1:30pm in the House Health & Insurance Committee SUPPORT two bills to reduce the cost of health care in Colorado: the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019, which will analyze both private and public insurance systems to identify the best path forward for Colorado, and the State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program, which would let Colorado apply for federal funding for a reinsurance program to help cover high-cost insurance claims.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up last week to testify on legislation, or made a phone call or sent an email to your legislators. It makes a difference! Here are more great events coming up for the week of February 25:


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Testifying 101

Passionate about an issue? Want to be heard and have an impact on the legislative process? Learn how to testify before a committee! Testifying on legislation is one of the most powerful ways to be heard at the Capitol. Gena Ozols, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado’s Political Director will be teaching us to how to navigate this process and give best practices for a successful testimony.

Where: In person and Facebook Live
When: Monday, February 25 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


30th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast

Come join us to celebrate 30 years! This year, we will be highlighting three decades of women who’ve worked hard to make Colorado a better place. Our keynote speaker this year is former Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran. Our panel will be moderated by Lauren Casteel, President & CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Where: Denver Scottish Rite Consistory, 1370 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00am

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Gardner’s Colorado Campaign Kickoff/Kickout

Please join your friends and neighbors for Cory Gardner’s *real* (and last) campaign kickoff in Colorado, on Tuesday at the corner of 19th & Stout, very close to where his Denver office is located. We will have cake, a giant card to sign, and of course Cardboard Cory will be there to take your questions. Stop by anytime between 2-4PM! Free FOOD from Stoke’s Poke!

Where: 19th and Stout, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00pm

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Chinook Fund’s Grantee Panel

At Chinook Fund, we strive to fund grassroots social justice and community organizing, and want you to hear directly from the community organizers and social justice advocates who are leading the way towards progress and systemic change. We are holding the Grantee Panel in the Posner Center Commons on February 26th to provide an opportunity for the general public to engage with our grantees and hear about the movement building they are doing to advance equality and progress throughout the state of Colorado. What are challenges that come in organizing? What are their strategies in creating system change? What does movement building and organizing look like in the different communities they serve? How do different organizations build power in the communities they work in? These topics and more will be covered during the panel.

Where: Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30pm

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Zero Weeks: Screening and Panel

87% of Colorado workers don’t have access to paid time off to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from a personal illness. Join 9to5 Colorado and the MSU Feminist Alliance for a screening of Zero Weeks- a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. We’ll hear from Colorado advocates about how lack of paid leave disproportionately impacts low-income and working-class women and how they are working to establish a paid family and medical leave program in our state.

Where: 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30pm

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All Are Welcome Rally for CO Immigrant Rights

Colorado should be safe for all Colorado residents, including our immigrant community. Our community members should not fear being in public spaces such as schools, hospitals or universities could lead to their information being handed over to ICE and being ripped away from their families. Virginia’s Law is also designed to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and other victims of crime should feel safe calling the police. In moments of crisis, no one should fear law enforcement for fear of being turned over to ICE. When people aren’t afraid to report crimes to their local law enforcement, it makes all of our communities safer.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 12:00pm

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Health Advocacy Training

Frustrated about barriers to health facing our state, but unsure of how you can make a difference? Learn how YOU can influence the policy-making process through the power of your own story, and how to be a key player in the 2019 Legislative session at our Health Advocacy Training. This event is FREE, and dinner is included. Returning activists incredibly welcome! New content will be covered from previous trainings, so you can expect to learn something new! We will also have a breakout group just for our returning activists with even more exciting ways to get involved in your community!

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00pm

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Colorado People’s Alliance: House Party How-To!

Come join us and learn how to effectively throw a house party for the purpose of fundraising. It’ll be a fun time–you’ll be able to learn important tips and begin to brainstorm! Unsure if you want to host a party by yourself? Come connect with others to plan together!

Where: Colorado People’s Alliance, 700 Kalamath St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30pm

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White Anti-Racist Allyship: Beyond the Basics

So, you are a white person who considers themselves an ally to black and brown folks. But what does that really mean, and how do you know you are an ally? Are you someone looking to deepen your understanding of oppression, privilege, and your role in combating racism as a white ally beyond your initial introduction into this subject? Then this training is for you.

Where: Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, February 28 at 6:00pm

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Hello? Denver? Ep 12: Right to Survive – Ballot Initiative 300

Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? is back with our first episode of 2019! Join me, your host Bree Coco Davies, at Mutiny Information Cafe for our 12th episode, a night devoted to live conversations about the Mile High City that matter. This month, I’m honored to be joined by Terese Howard of Denver Homeless Out Loud & Nathan Davis Hunt from Interfaith Alliance of Colorado!

Where: Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver
When: Thursday, February 28 at 8:00pm

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Stand Indivisible on Environment and Climate

Discuss upcoming environmental bills with representatives from Colorado legislature and environmental advocacy groups. Get organized to support the bills.

Where: Boulder Elks Lodge & Pool, 3975 28th St, Boulder
When: Sunday, March 3 at 4:00pm

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International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day has been celebrated in some capacity since 1917, and was officially adopted by the United Nations in 1975. This is a day to celebrate the achievements of ALL women worldwide. We will celebrate in Denver on March 3, 2019 by bringing together women from all backgrounds to showcase their talents, knowledge, and accomplishments. We are planning an afternoon of food, dancing, music, laughter, and a lot of good conversation.

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Sunday, March 3 at 1:00pm

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

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It’s a short but busy week in Colorado politics! Let’s get right to a few important bills up for debate this week in the Colorado legislature that you can help pass:

On Wednesday, help SUPPORT equal pay for women in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-085, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, makes important changes to Colorado law to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on sex, giving women power to protect their own rights in court. It’s up for debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30pm.

Also on Wednesday morning, the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee will hear testimony on a bill to help prevent youth suicides. SUPPORT House Bill 19-1120, which allows children 12 and over to obtain psychological counseling on their own terms–and requires educators to make mental health information available to students.

On Thursday, help SUPPORT one of this year’s most important public safety bills. House Bill 19-1177, up for debate in the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30pm establishes a system for extreme risk protection orders to give law enforcement the ability to temporarily collect firearms from persons judged to be a danger to themselves or others. This bill protects the public while providing due process protections for persons subject to the protective order.

Also on Thursday in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-004–legislation to establish a pilot program to bring relief to residents of Colorado mountain communities suffering from extremely high health insurance premiums. This bill authorizes a pilot program in hard-hit areas of the state allowing residents to buy into state employee health plans.

Thanks for your help with these important pieces of legislation. To everyone who takes time out of your busy day to come to the state capitol and speak out, we’re grateful for your assistance. Here are a few more great ways to take action in Colorado for the week of February 19:


GoodCinema Activations: Zero Weeks

What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? They’re the only countries in the world without paid family leave. With 78% of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a loved one or continuing to work in order to keep their jobs and health care benefits. While Zero Weeks aligns with GoodCinema’s value of humanity over greed, the film also explores how paid family leave benefits businesses as well as individuals. Join GoodCinema for a screening of Zero Weeks followed by an interactive panel discussion on how the family leave crisis affects local Coloradans and what you can do to help.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake, 4255 West Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, Febnruary 19 at 6:00pm

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Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol

Local officials affect our lives and our communities most directly. There is nothing more powerful than a citizen-led lobby, and that’s what this is. You don’t need to have ever been to the capitol before to join us. We want to let our elected officials know that we are here, we care, and we are watching!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Ste 136, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 8:15am

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Housing Justice Lobby Day/Dia de abogacia sobre vivienda

Come learn how to lobby your legislators for housing justice issues! This year we are focused on two major bills. The first is the bill to strengthen the current warranty of habitability through the Safe & Healthy Homes Act HB19-1170. The second bill we will be prioritizing is a bill to repeal the statewide prohibition on rent control and give local control back to municipalities to address the housing crisis as they see fit. We hope by this point there will be a bill to support mobile home owners as well that we can lobby on as well.

Where: 1500 Grant St. Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 8:30am

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Legislative Committee Meetings

Join us for our legislative committee meetings for the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members vote).

Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00pm

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ACLU of Colorado and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC: Phone Bank for Virginia’s Law

We need volunteers who can call voters in Boulder and encourage people to reach out to our champions to support Virginia’s law, which would protect undocumented domestic violence survivors from being turned over to ICE when contacting local police for help.

Where: 2525 W. Alameda Ave. Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00pm

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The Cost of Being a Woman: Gender and Homelessness

From lack of access to reproductive health, to pay inequity, to domestic violence and everyday safety, the cost of being a woman while experiencing homelessness adds up quickly. This month’s panel will discuss the different hurdles women experiencing homelessness must overcome and what we can do to help ease the burden.

Where: Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street Community Room, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00pm

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UndocuMonologues at DU

The mission of Motus Theater is to create original theater to facilitate dialogue on critical issues of our time. In 2019 Motus is launching the UndocuAmerica project that aims to interrupt dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants, and instead encourage thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets they bring to our country.

Where: 2000 East Asbury Ave. Denver, Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall 281
When: Thursday, February 21 at 5:30pm

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350 BoCo Monthly Mtg: Fracking & Air Quality in Boulder County

Concerned about air quality in Boulder County? An air quality monitoring study at the Boulder Reservoir has concluded that oil & gas drilling in Weld County has worrisome effects on air quality in Boulder County. At this meeting, the leader of that project, Dr. Detlev Helmig of CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), will present the results of that study, including how certain indicators allow air pollution to be traced to the oil and gas industry.

Where: Unity of Boulder Church, 2855 Folsom St, Boulder
When: Thursday, February 21 at 6:00pm

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I Am Denver Storytelling Lab – Northeast Park Hill

Everyone has a story, but ours is incomplete without YOU. What was it like growing up in your neighborhood? How is it now? Or tell us about your family, your culture, your hero. Whatever it is, we want your voice in Denver’s history. Let us help you find it. Please join I Am Denver and 303 ArtWay for a morning of instruction and inspiration that leads to you recording your story.

Where: 3333 Holly St, Denver
When: Saturday, February 23 at 9:30am

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$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 10 weeks away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Mi Familia Vota, 4730 Oakland St, Denver
When: Sunday, February 24 at 10:

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We’ll be back next Monday with more ways to fight back! See you then.

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Colorado Week in Review: 2/15/19

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

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

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As Cory Gardner gets ready to run for re-election in 2020, we’ve been trying to come up with a list of accomplishments he can offer Colorado voters as a reason to vote for him again.

As you can read in Ian’s column in Sunday’s Denver Post, it won’t be easy:

Cory Gardner said he ran to “shake up the Senate.” Instead, it was a shakedown. Gardner knows he can’t win without his Republican base, so despite a temporary headline-grab pretending that he wasn’t with Trump on the wall for 10 minutes, he has now fallen in line behind the president — sealing his fate, and leaving him caught between a wall and (I’m very sorry for this one) a hairpiece.

Cory Gardner knows he is in serious trouble, running is a state that rejected Trump in historic fashion last November. Gardner’s endorsement of Trump’s re-election proves once and for all which side Gardner is on, and it’s not Colorado’s side. Gardner’s time is almost up.

Another big week at the Colorado Capitol is underway. Thanks to everyone who showed up last week to testify on important bills being heard in legislative committees! Testimony on legislation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get involved in the political process. Don’t miss your chance to be heard on bills coming up for debate this week:

On Tuesday at 1:30pm in the Old State Library, the House State Affairs Committee will hear three important pieces of legislation: two to oppose, and one that needs to pass.

OPPOSE House Bill 19-1156: an unnecessary bill to require additional documentation in order to register to vote. Colorado already has the most secure elections in the nation, and there’s no reason to make it harder to vote.

OPPOSE House Bill 19-1140: The deceptively-named “Live & Let Live” bill to carve out an exception in the law to allow discrimination against LGBT Coloradans.

SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-042: A key legislative priority for 2019, the National Popular Vote compact will align Colorado’s Electoral College votes with the winner of the nationwide popular vote–only taking effect if enough states join.

On Wednesday, two dueling pieces of legislation in separate House committees could result in marathon hearings: show up and SUPPORT House Bill 19-1129 in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, the bill to ban controversial anti-LGBT “conversion therapy” on minors. At the same time in the House Health and Insurance Committee, turn out to OPPOSE House Bill 19-1103, which would make abortion a class 1 felony in Colorado.

Thanks for all your help with these important pieces of legislation. Here are more ways to fight back for the week of February 11:


One Colorado: Western Slope Voyage to the Capitol

Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families, and allies at the State Capitol for our annual LGBTQ Lobby Day on February 13, 2019!

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1425 N 5th St, Grand Junction
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

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

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Homes for All: Rent Control: Join the Fight/ Control De Renta: Unete a la Lucha

We will be having a training on the rent control campaign for 2019. If you want to learn more about what this campaign entails and how you can join the fight. We will have updates on our legislative priority bills including warranty of habitability. There will be childcare, Spanish interpretation, and food as usual.

Where: 3738 Morrison Rd, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado: 2019 LGBTQ Lobby Day

The only way we can shape the future of equality in Colorado is by making sure our elected representatives hear from us, so make sure you mark your calendar and sign up to join us! And, don’t worry if it’s your first time at lobby day, we’ll train you AND feed you. This year, we will be asking legislators to support banning conversion therapy for minors in Colorado and support a bill to make it less burdensome for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate.

Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00am

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Period Kits Launch Party

We believe that anyone who has a period should have dependable, consistent access to the products they need when they need them. Period Kits collects and distributes period products to individuals, groups, and agencies in the Denver Metro area. Come kick off this venture with friends and fun! We will drink wine, build some period kits, and chat about the future. Feel free to bring product to help us with our first wave of kits.

Where: Copper Door Coffee Roasters, 900 W. 1st. Ave. #180, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado #COleg Advocacy Training

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Colorado legislature and how it works? We have the training for you! Join us to learn how the legislature works (we mean how it really works) and how to advocate for policies you care about. We will also share what legislation we expect to see during session!

Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Ceasefire: Parkland Memorial Evening of Action

Colorado Ceasefire invites you to an evening of action to mark the one year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Help us honor the victims of gun violence by writing postcards to legislators, asking they pass the common sense gun laws we need for a more peaceful future.

Where: Park Hill Congregational Church, 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

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National M4A Week Barnstorm Launch

Join Denver DSA, Working Families Party, National Nurses United, and Our Revolution for our Medicare for All kickoff event. Activists from all over the country are coming together in February to launch our campaign to win Medicare for All during a National Week of Action. Come and find out how to get involved. See you there!

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


CO Paid Family & Medical Leave Listening Tour – Boulder

The Boulder community is coming together to talk about one of the most important issues facing working families right now: paid family and medical leave. And we need YOUR input — we want to hear what you think about access to paid family and medical leave! Join MomsRising and Good Business Colorado for a very special conversation in Boulder between community members, local business owners, elected leaders, and families to talk about paid family and medical leave. Enjoy free snacks and beverages while we all share some big thinking and strategizing about ways to lift up our families, businesses, and economy!

Where: Alfalfa’s Market Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Day of Action 2019

This Valentine’s Day, Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for consumers and advocates from all over Colorado to discuss the health policy issues close to your heart and engage with legislators on current health policy in our state. At this event, you will learn about the legislative process and current health care legislation, hear from health care experts, and we’ll help you connect with your legislators and communicate with them in the thick of the legislative session.

Where: First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant Street, Denver
When: Thursday, February 14 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP.


In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: DU Civil Rights Summit

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Constitution Society, Public Interest Law Group, and International Law Society student groups invite you to join us for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law’s inaugural Civil Rights Summit. Lawyers, advocates and organizers, scholars, and law students will be coming together for a day of discussion, debate, and community in DU’s Ricketson Law Building. There will be a number of events throughout the day ranging from debates on the 1st Amendment to the role of advocacy in the law.

Where: D.U. Civil Rights Summit, 2255 E. Evans Ave., Denver
When: Friday, February 15 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


March for Our Lives 2019 Official Organizer’s Meeting

Join us for a meet and greet with our lovely community and initiate the first steps in planning the 2019 MFOL! This event is for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2018, our goals of 2019, and to tell victims and survivors that we still have their backs. Your time is so valuable to the organization and we hope to see you all there.

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Lakewood Area Progress Monthly Meeting

Monthly meeting to discuss the recruiting, training, and campaigning for City Council candidates. We will also discuss the endorsement process.

Where: Winston’s Pub & Grill Belmar, 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood
When: Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own This City: The Streets. A Dance Party

This is the debut of our year-long, monthly series using collectively owned aspects of the community as inspiration for programs that wrestle with questions about who owns what? why? and what can we do to extend the ownership? Schools, Jails, Water, Public Transportation, Parks, etc are the themes. Each program is created by multiple artists, residents, and organizations.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 16 at 8:00pm

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Mile High JACL’s Day of Remembrance

The Mile High Chapter of the JACL, the oldest Asian American national civil rights organization, every year sponsors a Day of Remembrance event so that we won’t forget the injustice that happened 77 years ago. As a result of EO 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II in 10 concentration camps hastily built inland, from remote parts of California to the swamps of Arkansas. One concentration camp, Amache, was built in southeast Colorado and housed almost 10,000 people during the war. This year’s Day of Remembrance will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 pm at History Colorado Center, 12th and Broadway. Admission to the event is free. There is a fee to access the museum.

Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver
When: Sunday, February 17 at 1:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Remember to check the RiseUp app for the latest information on these and other upcoming events. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

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Colorado Week in Review: 2/8/19

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

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Here we go–another incredibly busy week in Colorado politics! We’ve got a huge list of action alerts and event opportunities for you to be aware of this week, so let’s not waste any time. Remember as always to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone to stay current on all of the opportunities to engage at the Capitol from anywhere.

Make your voice heard at the Colorado State Capitol. Speaking of getting involved in the Capitol, here are a few important bills pending before the Colorado General Assembly that you have the chance to testify on in legislative hearings this week! Email jumoke@progressnowcolorado.org for more information, or just head down ready to speak for 2-3 minutes.

On Tuesday morning upon adjournment of the House in LSB-A across from the Capitol, help SUPPORT legislation to make rental housing in Colorado more affordable. House Bill 19-1106 will prohibit landlords from profiteering off application fees charged to prospective renters.

On Wednesday at 1:30pm in HCR 0107, SUPPORT common-sense legislation to help transgender Coloradans keep their identity documents up to date with dignity. House Bill 19-1039 updates procedures for birth certificates and name changes.

On Thursday in the House Education Committee at 1:30pm, SUPPORT legislation to increase the number of social workers available to children in Colorado public schools between kindergarten and fifth grade. House Bill 19-1017 sets up a pilot program to study having school social worker support for each of these six primary grade levels.

On Thursday in the Senate Education Committee at 1:30pm, SUPPORT a bill to tighten regulations on student lenders. Senate Bill 19-002 requires student lenders to be licensed via the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and a new position to help student borrowers.

Have you signed the petition to support Mesa Verde National Park? Click here to help the Mesa Verde Foundation introduce a bill to create a Mesa Verde Colorado license plate to raise funds and awareness for Colorado’s greatest archaeological treasure. If you’ve already signed, thank you! Please tell your friends and encourage them to sign right away.

Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of February 4:


Love Knows No Borders, No Walls, No Ban Vigil 2019

For the 10th year in a row, AFSC will deliver handmade valentines to detention center detainees and day laborers. People who could use extra love right now. We consider this a meditation. Make something beautiful for someone separated from loved ones, separated by borders and distance or by walls. We assert that our Love knows No Borders, No Walls.

Where: ICE Detention Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, February 4 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP. 


Denver’s Road Home Givers Summit

Community connections are vital to creating a better future for every Denver resident. Be a giver by investing in a supported and connected future for every person in need.We want your stories, experiences, challenges and passion for in-kind giving in Denver. Join us as Denver’s Road Home hosts a summit for community-based organizations, individuals, neighborhoods, city agencies, and other stakeholders to improve coordination and collaboration to better serve our community. We’ll have a day of presentations and discussions, and lunch will be served.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00am

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I Love My Undocu-Queer People

Join us in celebrating poet & educator, Yosimar Reyes a voice that shines light on the issues affecting queer immigrants in the U.S. and throughout the world. The event will feature art displays, performances, a keynote address by Yosimar, and in the afternoon a screening of the film “Five Dreamers”.

Where: St. Cajetan’s Church, 101 Lawrence Way, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 10:30am

Click here to RSVP.


Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol

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

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Legislative Committee Meetings

Join us for our legislative committee meetings for the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members vote).

Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 6 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Classroom Teachers Association: Press Conference and Letter Delivery to Polis’ Office

Grab some friends and write a letter to Governor Polis (physical letters, not email) telling him to do the right thing and deny jurisdiction over the negotiations between DCTA and DPS. Drop them off to DCTA or scan and email to ahowe@coloradoea.org by Tuesday, Feb 5th at 5pm. We will deliver to the Capitol on Wednesday at 4:30pm, holding a brief press conference on the west steps. This action will be canceled if Governor Polis does the right thing and supports educators’ right to strike.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Common Cause: An Evening with Secretary of State Jena Griswold

The Secretary of State plays an extremely important role in Colorado government. From overseeing elections, to maintaining the statewide voter registration file, to administering campaign finance laws, this elected official is tasked with protecting and preserving democracy. Our newly-elected Secretary of State Jena Griswold ran on a platform of ending dark money spending in political campaigns, expanding access to the ballot, and ensuring accessible and secure elections.

Where: Bonacquisti Wine, 4640 Pecos St, Unit I, Denver
When: Thursday, February 7 at 5:00pm

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One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, February 7 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Colorado Jobs with Justice: Welcome and Appreciation Happy Hour

We are very excited to announce that on January 28th, Colorado Jobs With Justice will be bringing on a new Executive Director, Pamela Reséndiz! We cannot wait for Pamela to join our staff and to watch their leadership shine in the community. We hope you will join us in giving them a very warm welcome!

Where: Stoney’s Uptown Joint, 1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver
When: Friday, February 8 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Social Media for Journalists: Use it, or Lose it?

Hear 9News morning anchor Gary Shapiro explain why he said goodbye to Twitter because of the vitriol he suffered; but also listen as CBS Denver reporter Matt Kroschel explains why he believes social media is necessary for news people to stay informed and connect with the community. Sports reporter Nicki Jhabvala, a woman who covers the Denver Broncos with a Twitter following of 33k, will bring her unique perspective to the group. And Sara Grant, the creator and editor of The Denver Post’s Entertainment Site, the Know, will talk about how social media informs newsroom strategy in the digital age. Metro State Sociology Professor Samuel Jay will chime in too, as to the psychology of these platforms.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Friday, February 8 at 5:30pm

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March for Our Lives 2019 Official Organizer’s Meeting & Pot Luck

Join us for a meet and greet with our lovely community and initiate the first steps in planning the 2019 MFOL! This event is for all of us to reflect on our accomplishments of 2018, our goals of 2019, and to tell victims and survivors that we still have their backs. If you can, please bring a dish or snack to share. Your time is so valuable to the organization and we hope to see you all there.

Where: TBD Denver
When: Saturday, February 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Organizing School Communities Workshop – DCTA / CO-IAF

Last December, DCTA and the Colorado IAF brought together 400 teachers, parents and students at the Montbello Campus to seek fair pay for teachers, to stop school experimentation, to support students’ social and emotional needs, and to provide resources for English-language learners. Five elected officials and the district superintendent were present. Today, the community braces for a strike after district officials failed to properly invest in educators. It is clear that community leaders must build a much broader, more diverse and more powerful constituency that supports their schools so their voices are no longer ignored. Come learn essential organizing skills and strategies to build capacity for the long run.

Where: True Light Baptist Church, 14333 Bolling Dr, Denver
When: Saturday, February 9 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


$15 for DIA Canvass Kickoff!

We are less than 90 days away from the first votes being cast in the May 7 Denver municipal election. Join us as we start going door to door asking voters to support our ballot measure and make a $15 minimum wage a reality for thousands of Denver airport workers.

Where: Unite Here Local 23, 5303 E Evans Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP. 


ICD-6 General Meeting: Mass Shooters, An Exploration

In this meeting we will examine ourselves and our culture and ask, how do we produce a mass shooter? Why are they, more often than not, white males? What can we do? How can we protect our communities? Please join for this critical conversation, in this moment, where the nation is not enduring mourning and reactive politics. We are honored to have our new Sherriff, Tyler Brown as speaker along with speakers from Aurora Mental Health, Aurora Police, and Moms Demand Action.

Where: Aurora Central Library, Aurora Community Room, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Sunday, February 10 at 11:00am

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Indivisible Denver Community Meeting

Meet up with your Indivisible comrades to learn about what is going on in the state legislature, online privacy, how to help get the Right to Survive legislation passed, updates on citizen oversight of law enforcement, and how you can get involved in all of these issues!

Where: Whittier Community Center, 2900 Downing St, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 2:00pm

Click here to RSVP. 


Walk for TPS and DACA Justice/Caminata por la justicia TPSiana

Araceli Velasquez, the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and TPS Alliance / Alianza TPS invite you to walk in solidarity and let decision makers know we want justice and permanent residency for our families! Our lives, and those of government workers, are not for sale. Join families, workers, allies, DACA recipients and TPS holders of all 13 nationalities, in a local action in support to the mobilization in Washington D.C. and demand congress pass paths to status as well as reject any additional funding for a border wall, border militarization or ICE.

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Sunday, February 10 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again! We’ll see you next week. 

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Colorado Week in Review: 2/1/19

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

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Let’s start with an update on happenings at the Colorado Capitol! As you can see, there’s a lot going on.

This week, the Colorado legislature is getting down to business. We’ve got several important pieces of legislation up for debate in committees in the House and Senate, and this is your chance to make your voice heard on policy issues directly relevant to our daily lives. There are good bills that need to be passed and terrible, backward pieces of legislation that need to not just be killed, but the story told so Colorado voters understand what’s at stake in every election.

Here are a few important pieces of legislation up for debate this week at the state capitol in Denver. For more information on testifying for or against any of these bills, contact Jumoke Emery, ProgressNow Colorado Director of Campaigns at jumoke@progressnowcolorado.org.

Tuesday, January 29

STOP a terrible tax giveaway bill in the Senate Finance Committee at 2:00PM in SCR 357. Senate Bill 19-055 would cut the state’s income tax and force painful cuts in already strapped programs to make up the difference.

SUPPORT legislation to “ban the box” in the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30PM in HCR-0112. It’s time to give those who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society a fair shot at a productive future, and that’s what House Bill 19-1025 will do.

Thursday, January 31

SUPPORT a bill to protect medical patients from garnishment of their pay over medical debts in the House Finance Committee in LSB-A upon adjournment (late morning). House Bill 19-1089 was written to provide relief to patients laden with massive debts over health procedures–often debts insured patients had no idea they would incur. Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in America today, and it shouldn’t be that way.

In the same hearing, help us STOP a bad bill on family leave. House Bill 19-1058 would do almost nothing to help workers who need paid leave to address critical responsibilities at home. Workers need a plan they can count on, not a gimmick that their employers can already provide if they want to. Coloradans need a comprehensive paid family leave program that doesn’t leave anyone behind–and it’s coming later this year. Don’t be fooled in the meantime.

Thanks for your help! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of January 28:


Stand Up, Speak Out for $15

Thousands of Denver workers make only $11.10/hr, the CO state minimum. They’re struggling to pay their rent and support their kids. Denver can do better. Show to Denver’s elected leaders the broad & enthusiastic support for $15. Opportunity to provide public comment to Denver City Council.

Where: City and County of Denver, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, January 28 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


WET: A DACAmented Journey

The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work hosts actor and activist Alex Alpharaoh in his solo performance of WET: A DACAmented Journey, as the second event in the 2018-2019 Catalyst Series for Social Justice.

Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, January 28 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


City Council Meeting on Strengthening Police Oversight

Join Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Denver, Indivisible Denver, Together Colorado, NAACP Denver Branch, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, Colorado Working Families, and many more in the coalition of organizations calling on Denver City Council members to pass legislation that would update the 14-year-old ordinance that established the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Oversight Board, thereby strengthening police oversight mechanisms to ensure that law enforcement officers that harm our community members are held accountable.

Where: City and County of Denver, 1437 Bannock St, Room 391, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Classroom Teachers Association: Strong Rally and March

We will meet on the west steps of the Capitol to demand fair pay for educators! March to central administration begins at 5. Wear your red for ed and your signs! It’s a great idea to carpool or take public transport, if possible. See you there!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


The Right to Rest Film Screening

“The Right to Rest,” a new Denver-focused documentary, is a tribute to the people experiencing homelessness and their supporters who together built a community of tiny homes as an alternative to shelters and a step toward permanent housing. Free event! Come enjoy a meal and community together.

Where: Metro Caring, 1100 E 18th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 5:30pm

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DJPC Forum: The Long Honduran Night.

This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part through first-person experiences, extensively researched to reveal the underlying dynamics of repression and resistance in this beleaguered country.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm

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Red for Ed Signmaking Party

Feeling #RedforEd? Want to support Denver teachers who are ready to strike? Then join other friends of labor this Thursday! We’ll be making signs and buttons to bring to rallies and the picket line. Please bring your own materials.

Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


A Town Hall Conversation with Rep. DeGette and Indivisible

Join us for a community conversation about the issues that matter most.

Where: 875 Elati St, Denver
When: Thursday, January 31 at 7:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


2019 Southern Colorado GSA Leadership Summit

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

Where: UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, February 2 at 9:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Right to Housing Summit – Remain, Reclaim, Resist

Because everyone should have a right to housing and survival. Because we, the people of Denver, need to fight for this together. The purpose of this event is to educate, ignite, and organize the people of Denver around the fight for the right to housing and survival. It is to present active 2019 initiatives and work for attainable housing and human rights lead by communities in Denver metro to current and future elected officials, and to Denver voters to effect real change.

Where: RedLine Denver, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver
When: Saturday, February 2 at 1:00pm

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One Colorado: The Southern Colorado Ally Awards

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd for One Colorado’s 3rd Annual Southern Colorado Ally Awards! We’ll be honoring two incredible allies in the community and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Where: The Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, February 2 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Thanks again for everything you do week after week. We’ll see you next Monday with more ways to fight back!

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Colorado Week in Review:1/25/19

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

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

The shutdown crisis raging in Washington. The Colorado legislature getting down to business in Denver. A huge backlog of progressive priority legislation to pass after years of divided government in Colorado, and accountability for Republicans in Washington like Cory Gardner as they continue to enable President Trump’s destructive agenda.

This isn’t just an opportunity to make a difference. Our country needs every conscientious American to seize this moment, to continue building on the momentum of 2018 locally and nationally: as we reclaim our public institutions, and develop solutions to the solvable problems that partisan gridlock has prevented us from addressing for years.

We’re grateful to you for your continued support and help making the resistance in Colorado a massive success story. In addition to these weekly newsletters, remember to check the RiseUp app on your smartphone for updated information and alerts! Here are a whole bunch of great ways to take action for the week of January 22:


House of Pod: Open House/Free Podcast Consult for Furloughed Govt. Workers

With the federal government shutdown and no compromise in sight, we are proud to open our studio to offer free podcast support services to any furloughed federal employees looking for a side hustle or an engaging way to pass the time. Kicking off this special offer, we are hosting an open house for all pod-curious furloughed federal employees on Tuesday, January 22, from 4-6 pm. Every person who attends will receive an orientation on how to use the recording studio, a Podcasting 101 workshop, and a free month of membership at House of Pod, which includes unlimited first-come, first-served access to the recording studio.

Where: House of Pod, 2565 Curtis Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 22 at 4:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: January Spotlight on!

We will be holding our January Spotlight On on January 22nd at 5PM. Welcome to the 2019 Legislative Session. There is some great pro-immigrant legislation that will move forward in Colorado in the upcoming legislative session.

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

Click here to RSVP.


Trans Prisoner Day of Action & Solidarity

Join Black & Pink Denver and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee for the 3rd annual Trans Prisoner Day of Action & Solidarity. This grassroots project was initiated by Support Marius Mason, a trans prisoner in Texas, US. This annual event is being led by trans prisoners and their supporters from around the world. It is a chance for those on the outside to remember those behind bars, give real solidarity and support and raise awareness about issues facing trans prisoners. It is a chance for those on the inside to have a voice and organize together.

Where: Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Rockin’ For Roe with ORYX, Rotten Reputation and Church Fire

Girls Rock Denver and Keep Abortion Safe Present: Rockin’ For Roe with ORYX, Rotten Reputation, church fire! Come rock out with us on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Proceeds will benefit Keep Abortion Safe and the Women’s Freedom Fund.

Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 22 at 8:00pm

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Changing the Narrative about Aging Workshop January 2019

Do you work with, advocate for or communicate about older adults, aging and ageism? Are you a policy-maker who cares about older adults and wants to advance age-friendly communities? Are you someone who simply cares about addressing ageism? If so, this workshop is for you.

Where: 600 South Cherry Street Suite 1200, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 23 at 9:00am

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Can We Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis?

In response to the housing crisis impacting nearly every part of Colorado, this panel will address the widening gap between affordable and available housing options in our state. This first panel discussion of 2019 will look at who is struggling to afford housing, who remains unhoused, and bright ideas to remedy the most critical need of our time.

Where: Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street Community Room, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado #COleg Advocacy Training

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Colorado legislature and how it works? We have the training for you! Join us to learn how the legislature works (we mean how it really works) and how to advocate for policies you care about. We will also preview what legislation we expect to see during session! Our location will be at the Ford-Warren Branch Library. There is a parking lot and plenty of free street parking.

Where: Ford-Warren Branch Library, 2825 High St, Denver
When: Thursday, January 24 at 5:30pm

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The (Complicated) Future of Cannabis Media

Join the Grasslands team for this compelling conversation on the future of #cannabis journalism, spanning the influential microcosm of Instagram influencers to the important role of the mainstream media. Featuring The Denver Post Editor-in-Chief Lee Ann Colacioppo, Marijuana Business Daily Founding Editor Chris Walsh, Denver Business Journal Associate Editor Jonathan Rose, Associated Press cannabis reporter Katie Foody and other leading journalists and influencers. Moderated by Grasslands Founder and CEO Ricardo Baca, himself a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience at daily newspapers.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, January 24 at 5:30pm

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Denver Women’s Chorus: Nevertheless, We Persist: Singing Our Stories for 35 Years

The Denver Women’s Chorus celebrates 35 years of building community through music with this special concert celebrating strong women throughout herstory including Malala, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harriet Tubman, and more!

Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St, Denver
When: Friday, January 25 at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 26 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

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Emerge Colorado: 2019 Class Kickoff Happy Hour

Join Emerge Colorado in welcoming our 2019 Class to the community on the first day of their training! We would love to see our alumnae, friends, partners, and allies there to meet the 25 new cohort members, say hello, and have a drink!

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 26 at 6:00pm

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March for Housing Justice – Renters’ Rights Now!

Colorado has skyrocketing rents and some of the worst renter protections in the country. Many of us live in unsafe and unhealthy rental units because Colorado law favors landlords over renters. 1 in 4 Colorado renters spend more than 50% of their income on housing. As rents get higher and higher, more people are forced to leave their homes and neighborhoods. For those still fighting to stay, laws favoring landlords make it hard for renters to make complaints or organize without fear of retaliation or eviction.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Ste 136, Denver
When: Saturday, January 26 at 12:00pm

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Black Lives Matter 5280 January 2019 Community Meeting

For our first Community Meeting of 2019, BLM5280 is inviting our community to join us on Saturday, January 26 from 3-5pm. We look forward to sharing what we’ve been up to and preparing for the upcoming #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool week of action! We will also be talking about the the work of our economic justice and community response squads!

Where: Park Hill UCC, 2600 Leyden St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 26 at 3:00pm

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Meet and Greet to Unseat Cory Gardner

Colorado deserves a senator who will represent the people, not special interests, or the party of Trump and the culture of greed and corruption. We’ll have conversation, light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and then the three candidates will have time to address the group about the issues most important to them.

Where: Roxborough Park, Littleton
When: Sunday, January 27 at 6:00pm

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

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Colorado Week in Review: 1/18/19

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

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Call Gardner and Bennet right now: put the brakes on William Barr

Today in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General.

With new revelations being uncovered by the special counsel practically every day, the prospect of Trump successfully hand-picking the next man to preside over the investigations into Trump’s campaign is deeply troubling. It doesn’t matter what Barr tells the Senators and media, what matters is his record—and what he’s told Donald Trump, who is currently under investigation.

Call our Colorado Senators, Cory Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and Michael Bennet at (202) 224-5852, and urge them to vote against William Barr.

“RussiaGate” is just the beginning of the problems with William Barr. Barr called the backwards former Attorney General Jeff Sessions “outstanding.” Serving under former President George H.W. Bush, Barr was a major proponent of mass incarceration policies that resulted in the United States having one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the world–disproportionately impacting communities of color. Barr’s documented views on abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights show his just how backwards his views are.

Call Sens. Cory Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and Michael Bennet at (202) 224-5852, and tell them to vote against William Barr. He’s the wrong man at the worst possible time.

Thanks for your timely help. However this fight ends, speaking truth to power is always the right thing to do.

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

The 2019 session of the Colorado legislature is underway, and the calendar is rapidly filling up with important upcoming events and opportunities for you to have an immediate impact. After last year’s historic victory for progressives in Colorado, now comes the work to make the vision articulated by our new legislative majority and Gov. Polis a reality.

And it’s a big job: from education and affordable health care to civil rights and criminal justice reform, there’s a backlog of priorities that need to be addressed between now and when the legislature adjourns in May. This is our chance to set aside the dysfunction in Washington, and solve problems right here at home that Trump and Republicans can’t–or won’t–address.

It starts by showing up. This week’s top action item: on Wednesday, join Indivisible activists and Coloradans just like you for the Indivisible Lobby Day. Colorado Senators Faith Winter and Tammy Story, two progressive champions fighting for our shared values every day, will present on the goals of this year’s legislative session–and then you’ll get to learn the ins and outs of directly working with lawmakers to pass bills. Don’t miss this great chance to get involved and stay involved.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver,
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 8:30am

Click here to RSVP.

And here are many more great ways to fight back for the week of January 14th:


Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training

Colorado’s legislative session will bring a lot of opportunities to advance health care policy. Join us to learn advocacy basics and different ways you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.

Where: Blair Caldwell Library, 2401 Welton St., Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Opening Reception: The History of the Stonewall Uprising

What happened that night? Why was this uprising different from those that had come before? How would the riots at a small gay bar in New York go on to inspire generations of activists, building to today’s contemporary movement for LGBTQ equality?

Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 5:30pm

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Womxn’s March Denver Fundraiser

Come meet our fantastic Speakers and Artists for the 2019 Womxn’s March on Denver and mingle with the Leadership Team, volunteers and supporters!

Where: Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St #320, Denver
When: Monday, January 14 at 6:30pm

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2019 Climate Lobby Day

Join 350 Colorado for our 3rd annual Climate Lobby Day! Whether you’ve never lobbied before or you have your legislator’s phone number on speed dial, our 2019 Legislative Lobby Day is an important event that will put you in direct contact with your elected officials and make your voice heard!

Where: 1373 N Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00am

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Census 2020: Will Your Community Count

The 2020 Census is just over a year away and it’s important that Colorado have a complete count. Please join The League of Women Voters, Colorado Common Cause, Together We Count, and Mi Familia Vota to learn about how the census impacts you and what you can do to ensure your community is counted.

Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00am

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Disability Integration Act Re-Introduction Watch Party

Come join us watch the re-introduction of the Disability Integration Act – DIA in the 116th Congress! We are starting this Congress with almost every legislator from Colorado as co-sponsors, we are still working on getting our freshman members Joe Neguse and Jason Crow signed on. A lot of Atlantis ADAPT members will be in DC but we can show our support from Denver.

Where: 420 W Cedar Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 15 at 12:00pm

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Denver Justice Project: City Council Meeting on Strengthening Police Oversight

Join the coalition of organizations calling on Denver City Council members to pass legislation that would update the 14-year-old ordinance that established the Office of the Independent Monitor and the Citizen Oversight Board, thereby strengthening police oversight mechanisms to ensure that law enforcement officers that harm our community members are held accountable.

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 10:30am

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado Legislative Committee Meeting

Join us for our first legislative committee meeting of the Colorado 2019 Legislative Session. Members and representatives of organizational members are invited. At these meetings we learn about legislation introduced and coming, as well as vote on our positions on them (members).

Where: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, 789 N Sherman St Ste 300, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm

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Live with Bolder Advocacy: Advocating Boldly in 2019

Are you interested in going to a march or a protest but aren’t sure of the rules for non-profits and their employees? Join us for our next Bolder Advocacy Facebook Live event, “Marches, Protests, and Lobby Days: Advocating Boldly in 2019,” on January 17, at 4pm ET. As marches, protests and lobby days approach, you may be wondering if you can participate as a 501(c)(3) – or even as a non-profit employee. We will discuss how you can get involved and be an advocate for your issues – while staying in compliance with the rules that govern tax-exempt nonprofits.

Where: Facebook Live event
When: Thursday, January 17 at 4:00pm

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One Colorado Legislative Session Kickoff Happy Hour

Join One Colorado and Colorado’s LGBT caucus for our Legislative Session Happy Hour at Hudson Hill!

Where: Hudson Hill, 619 E 13th Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 17 at 5:00pm

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Four Directions Indigenous Peoples March

On January 18, 2019 we are uniting Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. Currently, many Indigenous people are victims of voter suppression, divided families by walls and borders, an environmental holocaust, sex and human trafficking and police and military brutality with little or no resources and awareness of this injustice. We Must Unite and Help!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Friday, January 18 at 11:00am

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Queer Contingent at the 2019 Womxn’s March

One Colorado, The GLBT Center, Out Boulder, The Gender Identity Center, Northern Colorado Equality, and Eclectic of Northern Colorado are organizing a queer contingent for the 2nd Anniversary of the Women’s March happening on January 19th in Denver.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 8:30am

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March with Planned Parenthood at the 2019 Womxn’s March

Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado (PPVC) as we march together in this year’s Womxn’s March. #Togetherwefightforall The first 30 individuals to sign up will receive a free PP Womxn’s March shirt or beanie!

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 9:00am

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Meet Up at Women’s March to March with Indivisibles & Jason Crow

For ANYONE who would like to march with Indivisible, we’re meeting at the big head in front of 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202 at 10:00 am.

Where: Denver Public Works, 201 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, February 19 at 10:00am

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Après Womxn’s March (beer tapping fundraiser)

Lady Justice Brewing is tapping their Makin’ Noise Beer Vol. 8 collaboration beer after the Womxn’s March Denver. Proceeds from sales (10%) will be donated to The Gathering Place. Please join us to wind down after the march, enjoy this Red Ale, raise money for TGP, and celebrate womxn!

Where: Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 1:00pm

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AFSC’s Annual Public Gathering

Please join us for AFSC’s Annual Public Gathering & Jack Gore Awards Ceremony! ¡Por favor acompáñanos a la Reunión Anual de AFSC y ceremonia de premiación de Jack Gore!

Where: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 4:00pm

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Punk Against Trump 2019

KTCL Channel 933 Punk Tacos Presents: Punk Against Trump 2019 with Allout Helter, Cheap Perfume, Over Time, Sorry Sweetheart, No Takers, w/ DJ Maladjusted spinning between sets. All proceeds to benefit The Gathering Place.

Where: Summit Denver, 1902 Blake St, Denver
When: Saturday, January 19 at 7:00pm

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March with One Colorado at the Annual MLK Marade in Denver

Please join us to honor Dr. King’s memory, and the justice he stood for, at the country’s largest MLK rally — honoring a man and a movement that helped pave the way for civil rights as we know them today. As proponents of civil and racial justice in Colorado and everywhere, we are walking in this year’s MLK Marade.

Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, January 21 at 8:30am

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Thanks again for your participation and support. Every action you take makes a difference. We’ll see you next week with more ways to help!

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Colorado Week in Review: 1/11/19

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

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

I hope your holiday season was was wonderful and you enjoyed some quality time with your friends and family. The week, the new progressive Colorado legislature gets to work with a huge backlog of important legislation to consider. Tomorrow, the state’s new Governor Jared Polis will be sworn in, and then the fight is on to start making life better for Coloradans in immediate, tangible ways.

There has perhaps never been a more exciting time to be a progressive in Colorado. In the coming weeks, we’ll be in touch with opportunities to get directly involved with passing priority legislation at the state level. Many of the laws that most directly impact our daily lives come from the state capitol in Denver, not from Washington, and time after time it has been the testimony and support of regular people that makes the difference. Stay tuned!

Help support a living wage for every Denver employee. Workers at Denver International Airport have been fighting for $15 an hour, and the traction their effort is getting has prompted Denver’s mayor to propose extending that wage to everyone who works for the city—including contractors and vendors. Studies have shown conclusively that better wages for working people help everyone prosper and boost the economy. Click here to sign a petition in support of $15 an hour for every Denver city employee.

Once that’s done, make sure you’ve downloaded the RiseUp activism app to your smartphone! We’ll continue to produce these weekly email alerts, but the best source for up-to-the-minute information about action alerts and events is via RiseUp’s real-time notification system.

Thanks as always for everything you do to fight back for our shared progressive values. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of January 7:


Featured Event: The Resistance 5280: Need to Impeach Rally

With a majority of seats in the House of Representatives next year, Democrats can initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. It’s important we continue to show up in large numbers to keep the pressure on Democrats not to back down. We don’t want to wait another 2 years to vote him out when he is systematically destroying our country!

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Ste 136, Denver
When: Sunday, January 13 at 3:00pm

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Fracking Colorado: Aurora’s being Fracked! Speak Out at City Council meeting!

We are very concerned for Foxridge Farm mobile homes. They are already surrounded by existing fracking sites, and are hit by plumes from black smoke from the Wattenburg plant every few months. And now Aurora has administratively approved yet another large industrial facility just 1000 feet away from their homes.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Monday, January 7 at 7:00pm

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Womxn’s March Denver Community Forum

Join us on January 8, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm for a community forum dedicated to intersectionalty, allyship, and connection. This is an opportunity to meet with the organizers, ask questions and engage with Womxn’s March Denver’s new direction. See you there!

Where: Whittier Cafe, 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 8 at 5:30pm

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The Election’s Over – Now What?: Strategies for Bipartisanship

Building Bipartisan Bonds is back after a long slumber! Whether you liked the outcome of November’s election or not, join us on Tuesday, January 8 at Improper City at 6pm for our next round of conversation with Coloradans of different political persuasions. Our special guests will be Republican State Representative Hugh McKean, former Republican State Representative Polly Lawrence, and Democratic State Senator Jeff Bridges. They’ll share their thoughts on how we can move away from the political partisanship that characterized much of the recent election, as well as some of their experiences working across the aisle on bipartisan initiatives.

Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00pm

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Denver Streets Congress

The Streets Partnership hosts the Denver Streets Congress to build and engage dialogue with the public about how to support people-friendly streets in Denver.

Where: Parr-Widener Room (389) 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 9 at 11:30am

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Latin America’s Democratic Decline+Possibilities for Resistance

The Sié Center for International Security and Diplomacy and the Latin American Center at Korbel are pleased to present a lunchtime talk featuring around these main questions – Why is democracy in crisis in Latin America? Is Brazil likely to return to dictatorship under Bolsonaro? And what are the prospects for civil resistance in increasingly authoritarian regimes? This event is free and lunch is provided, please RSVP.

Where: Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, 2201 South Gaylord Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 9 at 12:00pm

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PPVC Legislative Kick-Off Happy Hour

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado is excited to get to work during this 2019 legislative session. Come learn about our legislative priorities and mingle with activists, partners, and elected officials. We’re excited to kick off this session and hope you’ll join us as we work towards expanding access to reproductive health care across our state.

Where: Near Colorado State Capitol, Denver (location on RSVP)
When: Wednesday, January 9 at 5:00pm

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Women Who Wine: The Notorious RBG

You may have heard of the Notorious RBG, but you’ve never seen her like this. Come and check out an exclusive screening of RBG, the renowned documentary detailing the life and work of SCOTUS legend Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We’ll taste and sip wines made by Wild Women Wine while we watch the film. After, we’ll take action for equal pay.

Where: Wild Women Wine, 1660 Champa St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30pm

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The Purple Ball: from the Hate State to the Great State

Join One Colorado for an unforgettable evening honoring our state’s LGBTQ history with special guests Jared Polis, our first gay Governor, and Marlon Reis, our First Gentleman. The day after Jared Polis is sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd Governor, we invite you to celebrate this history-making moment: America’s first openly gay governor.

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training

Colorado’s legislative session will bring a lot of opportunities to advance health care policy. Join us to learn advocacy basics and different ways you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.

Where: Benefits in Action, 8725 W 14th Ave, Suite 102, Lakewood
When: Thursday, January 10 at 3:00pm

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Colorado Common Cause: 2019 Legislative Preview

Colorado Common Cause works to win concrete, pro-democracy reforms that break down barriers to participation, ensure each of us has an equal voice and vote, and rebuilds trust in our government. And we do that right here in Colorado. Join us in January to learn how we can ALL strengthen our democracy in Colorado. Learn how bills are introduced, debated and passed – as well as how Colorado Common Cause participates in this process.

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, January 10 at 5:00pm

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Craftivism and Craft Beers

Join NARAL at Wood’s Boss with other choice activists as we make feminist themed crafts while drinking delicious beer! Feel free to bring your own craft supplies from the list provided. We will have some on hand and are asking a $5 donation if you use ours. Looking forward to crafting and craft beer-ing!

Where: Woods Boss Brewing, 2210 California St, Denver
When: Thursday, January 10 at 6:00pm

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Denver Women’s Commission January Meeting

The Denver Women’s Commission meets once a month to discuss policy suggestions for Denver Mayor, Michael B. Hancock, concerning the well being of Denver’s women and girls. All are welcome to join!

Where: Rose Andom Center, 1330 Fox Street, Denver
When: Thursday, January 10 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Friday, January 11 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


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

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2018 Colorado Year in Review

(‘Tis the season for recaps – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

  1. Colorado governor: Polis is first openly gay man elected governor
  2. Colorado State House: Clean Sweep As Democrats Take Full Control
  3. Colorado’s first transgender legislator: How Brianna Titone flipped a Republican district
  4. Gov. John Hickenlooper Signs Amendment Abolishing Slavery In Colorado
  5. Joe Neguse Made History Amidst Colorado’s Blue Wave. Here’s What He Plans To Do In Office
  6. Lebsock Expelled From Colorado House Following Marathon Harassment Debate
  7. Colorado teachers begin two days of protest, chanting “Stand up and fight!”
  8. Colorado oil and gas activists are ready to go back to battle in 2020 if lawmakers don’t act
  9. Colorado cracks a billion in annual marijuana sales in record time, generating $200M in tax revenue
  10. Responsible Coloradans Cheer As Amendment 74 Goes Down In Defeat
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What you can do to fight back this week (December 17)

With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to tell you all how grateful we are to work together to better the lives of Coloradans. We can’t wait to see you in 2019 and to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. Consider a gift of any size to keep fueling our resistance efforts as we set our sights on 2019 and 2020.

Thanks again for everything you’ve done in 2018 to fight back. It’s been a great year. Here are a few more ways to make a difference in the last two weeks of 2018:


No Walls Between Us: Vigil for Human Rights on #IntlMigrantsDay

This vigil is part of Love Knows No Borders, a week of action standing in solidarity with the migrant caravan and all who seek refuge in the U.S. Araceli Velasquez, a leader in sanctuary fighting for her life and her family, invites the community to stand with her as an asylum seeker and call on the US to offer peace and safety to those seeking refuge. Clergy from Temple Micah and Park Hill United Methodist Church will lead the vigil alongside Araceli.

Where: 5209 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, December 17 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Petition Delivery and Rally! Protect Mueller!

Join us for a rally and Petition Delivery to Senator Gardner. We need him to step up and support legislation to protect the Mueller Invastigation. In addition we willl have the opportunity to come together and share some holiday melody Resistance songs.

Where: Senator Cory Gardner’s Denver Office, 721 19th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 18 at 11:00am

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Conservation Colorado: 2019 Legislative Preview Party

Join organizers and special guests to celebrate our victories and learn what Conservation Colorado and Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha are planning for the upcoming legislative session. We will cover our goals for carbon, water, and oil & gas policy- and tell YOU how to make them happen! Your voices are essential. We can’t achieve anything without grassroots support.

Where: Arvada Library, 7525 W 57th Ave, Arvada
When: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00pm

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End of Year Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Party

2018 was an incredibly successful first full year for your Colorado Working Families Party and for progressives across the State of Colorado! But none of it would have been possible without you and all of our other incredible volunteers and supporters. So, we are joining with Drinking Liberally to celebrate this incredible year with you all!

Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Choice Comebacks – How to Discuss Reproductive Rights

December Volunteer & New Member Event-Choice Comebacks: An evening of wine, storytelling, and tips from the NARAL frontlines. We can’t do the work we do without our wonderful volunteers! We hope you will join us for a celebration of our hard work and to learn how we can continue our work through the legislative session. We also want to welcome our new volunteers and members!

Where: Bonacquisti Wine, 4640 Pecos St, Unit I, Denver
When: Thursday, December 20 at 5:30pm

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Poor People’s Hearing – Las Posadas at Casa Mayan

The Colorado Poor People’s Campaign will be hosting a series of Poor People’s Hearings to lift up the voices of the poor, directly impacted, and faith leaders to demand that our nation’s elected officials take action to fight systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism.

Where: Casa Mayan at Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Sunday, December 23 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


See you in 2019! With your help, we’ve got another great year ahead.

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New Poll: Cory Gardner Would Lose The Election Today

Following an historic victory for Colorado progressives in the 2018 midterm elections, a new poll of Colorado voters from Change Research indicates that Sen. Cory Gardner is in serious jeopardy as a candidate for re-election in 2020. The poll was conducted between December 2nd and 4th online, had 540 responses, and has a margin of error of +/-4.2 points.

A majority of voters polled disapprove of Gardner’s job performance, reject Gardner’s excuses on a wide range of policy issues, and support a Democratic challenger over Gardner by a 47-41% margin. Colorado voters also strongly support reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Gardner claims to support. Voters are are prepared to punish Gardner if his fellow Republicans aren’t persuaded.

“After the 2018 landslide election for Democrats in Colorado, Cory Gardner is in politically toxic territory,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Colorado didn’t vote for Donald Trump in 2016, and in 2018 Colorado voters punished Republicans at every level of government as a rebuke to Trump. The damage done to Cory Gardner’s own career in politics after publicly aligning himself with Trump to save the U.S. Senate is clearly indicated in this new polling, which shows that if the election were held today Gardner would lose handily to virtually any Democratic opponent.”

“Coloradans have had four years of experience with Cory Gardner as their Senator, and they don’t like what they see,” said Silverii. “Fully 50% of Colorado voters have an unfavorable opinion of Senator Gardner, with 29% viewing him as very unfavorable. Only Donald Trump himself has such negative numbers among Colorado voters. In a match-up between Gardner and a generic Democratic candidate, Gardner loses 47-41%. Only 12% of voters have never heard of Gardner, which means these unfavorable ratings are based on specific factors that will be very hard if not impossible for Gardner to overcome before 2020.”

“The one bright spot in this very bleak outlook for Sen. Gardner is the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Silverii. “LWCF has the public support of both of Colorado’s U.S. Senators, but the onus is on Gardner to persuade fellow Republicans to continue this vital investment in our public lands and recreation. 65% of Colorado voters support full mandatory funding for LWCF, and 38% say they would be much more likely to oppose Gardner if he doesn’t keep this promise. That’s support Gardner cannot afford to lose, and Gardner’s next steps to protect Colorado’s natural environment and outdoor economy are critical to his future.”

“Contrary to popular belief, Cory Gardner barely won his seat in 2014 by less than two percentage points, and since that time Colorado has only moved farther away from Gardner’s brand of deceptive politics,” said Silverii. “The results of the 2018 elections and this new poll send a clear message that Cory Gardner’s time is running out.”

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

The far right doesn’t like to lose. But they’re getting so good at it!

In the wake of the 2018 elections, “conservative” losers are desperate to salvage anything they can before power changes hands in January. In Wisconsin, Republicans in the legislature passed laws to strip power from the incoming governor in a brazen attempt to undo the will of Wisconsin’s voters. In Washington, President Trump is desperately weighing his options as the investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia gets closer to the end, and Robert Mueller files charges against more and more of his inner circle.

Here in Colorado, where the blue wave was stronger than perhaps anywhere in America, we’re getting ready for an historic 2019. After years of gridlock and division, we’re on the cusp of making the big changes we’ve been talking about for years. Priorities like paid family leave for every working Coloradan, an end to backward discriminatory practices like so-called “conversion therapy,” and completing Colorado’s transition to the new energy economy are finally within reach. Over the next two years, our job as Colorado progressives is to put these bold ideas into practice, and show the nation that common-sense progressive policies work.

Don’t miss another action alert! The response to our new partnership with RiseUp, using their innovative mobile app to instantly stay up to date on political events and activist opportunities, has been an enormous success. We’ll continue to deliver this weekly email alert on upcoming events, but make sure you download the RiseUp app to your iPhone or Android smartphone so you never miss an update or breaking alert midweek. We’ll be using RiseUp every day during the legislative session to let you all know how to get involved in making these policy goals a reality, and how you can make sure we hold the newly elected progressive majorities accountable to their campaign promises.

Download the RiseUp app to your iPhone or Android device today.

Once that’s done, here are lots of great ways to make a difference for the week of December 10:


The Right to Rest: Film Screening

Join us for a special preview screening of the new film “The Right to Rest”, created by Denver Filmmakers Sarah Megyesy and Guillermo Roquès. All proceeds from the night will be donated to The Colorado Village Collaborative.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm

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Women’s Lobby of Colorado Pre-Session Social

Join us for our pre-session social! We invite our members and supporters to meet one another and to chat about goals we have for session, but mainly it is a time for those of us that work for women’s equity to be together.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 11 at 5:30pm

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Support Migrant Justice! Asylum Seekers Support Rally in Durango

Community members who are friends of immigrants are invited to gather during the national week of action for Migrant Justice. Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate and end the militarization of the border.

Where: 1060 E 2nd Ave, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00am

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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training

Colorado’s legislative session is just around the corner (starts January 4th), making this a perfect time to learn how you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.

Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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One Colorado Thank You and Appreciation Party

2018 has been a wild year for the One Colorado team and family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 12th for our Thank You and Appreciation Party at Diebolt Brewing.

Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Jobs with Justice: 30 Years of Worker Power: Scrooge 2018

Join Colorado Jobs With Justice supporters for our annual Scrooge of the Year celebration! This year we are celebrating 30 years of Colorado Jobs With Justice. Since 1988, we have organized to build power for working class people through labor unions, community organizations, faith congregations, and student activists. This year’s Scrooge will showcase not only the work out network in the past year, but for the last three decades. You don’t want to miss out this fun filled night of food, drink, skits, and history! Get your tickets today!

Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Suite 101, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

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Southeast Denver Public Strike Meeting

This public forum, held in the auditorium of South HS, will provide a space for parents, community, students, and educators to come together to hear about why a strike has become a possibility and about what significance our current compensation system has for both educators and students and families. We will also discuss how parents and community can support educators during this ongoing process.

Where: Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:00pm

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Legislators’ Fundraiser for CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program

Join us for the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Legislature’s Latino Caucus! Proceeds will benefit the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program. Light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Where: Chac Gallery-Denver, 222 Santa Fe Drive
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:30pm

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Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature intimate and honest conversations between Mrs. Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her upcoming memoir. Attendees will hear firsthand about Mrs. Obama’s inspirational triumphs and personal setbacks, from childhood to the White House, where she became revered around the world as a transformative voice for change and inclusivity. Before Mrs. Obama was the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America, and a powerful advocate for women and healthy lifestyles, she was a girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago. The tour will candidly recount moments spanning both her personal and professional life, as a way to share lessons learned and inspire people to become the best version of themselves.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00pm

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Downtown Democratic Forum: John Walsh: Our Proven Champion of Justice

The midterm elections brought us many great things, among them a bold guardian of civil rights in the Attorney General’s office. John Walsh, former US Attorney and long-time Democratic activist, is on AG-elect Phil Weiser’s transition team, making this victory all the better. Join us for breakfast, Friday, December 14th, to hear John Walsh tell us all about it.

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 7:00am

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Keeping the Dream Alive 7th Annual Conference #KtDA2018

Educators, counselors, advisors, mentors, and pre-collegiate coordinators are invited to attend the 7th Annual Keeping the DREAM Alive Conference to learn more about resources and promising practices for the pathway to college for undocumented and DACAmented* students.

Where: University of Denver campus
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00am

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Resistmas Holiday Celebration

Merry Resistmas! Join activists from all over the state for a festive holiday celebration that will highlight the amazing work we have done as a “Resistance Family.” The Resistance Family is made up of people from all different creeds, backgrounds, religions, etc. This is a FREE, Kid Friendly, and Family Friendly event.

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Sunday School for Atheists: Why do we follow or break laws?

Do you follow ALL laws? Do you break ALL laws? Why? How do you decide? Who made the laws? Who enforces them? Come break bread with some incredible people while we converse about breaking laws.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, December 16 at 12:00pm

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Thanks for your help making these events successful! We’re excited for 2019, and we’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.

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Colorado Week in Review: 12/7/18

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

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

After this year’s historic election victory for Colorado progressives, the next steps are coming into view. After four years of gridlock and obstruction with Republicans stonewalling progress with their one-seat majority in the State Senate, in 2019 Colorado has a chance to finally create lasting solutions to the problems that have vexed our state for a generation.

This is not a moment to talk ourselves out of doing the right thing. This overwhelming victory for Colorado progressives is a mandate to lead, not to second-guess the voters’ clear instructions. In Colorado’s booming economy, no one should struggle to afford housing or medical care. We can take the pressure off the next generation of Americans by making college more affordable. We can provide for our roads and our education system, and every other service people expect from their government, not make a false choice between them.

And from protecting our natural environment to protecting the dignity of every Coloradan regardless of their ethnicity, origin, or gender identity, we can make Colorado a national model.

Colorado has never had an opportunity like this in our lifetimes. Our state’s growing and changing population are permanently shifting Colorado’s politics toward progressive values. Fifteen years ago, when Colorado was a very different state politically, visionaries like Jared Polis saw this change coming and invested in it.

Today, Jared Polis is governor. And Colorado’s future could not be brighter.

Colorado Gives Day: tomorrow, Tuesday December 4th, is Colorado Gives Day. Although ProgressNow Colorado makes a big splash during election season, the primary purpose of our organization is to advocate every day for nonpartisan progressive solutions to community problems. We don’t go away in the off-years, and your tax-deductible gift to ProgressNow Colorado Education goes directly into the work we do to ensure the values we share are reflected in measurable policy outcomes. Take a moment right now to schedule your gift to ProgressNow Colorado Education for Colorado Gives Day.

Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action for the week of December 3:


Digital Giving Drive to Defend Immigrant & Refugee Families

Immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are again under attack.
What can YOU do to help? During the week between #GivingTuesday (11/27) and #ColoradoGivesDay (12/4), the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition is hosting a Digital Giving Drive to defend immigrant and refugee families. Now is YOUR chance to make a difference…and encourage your friends and family to join you.

Where: Online campaign
When: Now until Tuesday, December 4

Click here to RSVP.


Undesign the Redline: An Interactive Exhibit

This interactive exhibition uses powerful narratives of people and communities, maps, and other documentation to trace how government policy going back to the 30s, known as “redlining,” created racial segregation and disinvestment in communities that persist to this day. Undesign the Redline combines historical artifacts, storytelling, photographs and activities to illustrate redlining’s roots and lasting repercussions. The history in the Denver neighborhoods of Five Points, Park Hill, Montbello, Globeville and many others will be explored through stories, historical artifacts, and timelines that extend from the 1800s through the present.

Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 15

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Womxn’s March Denver Fundraiser!

Help Sustain, Nurture and Grow the Denver Womxn’s March. Enjoy good conversation, food, wine and the inspiring photography by Judy Miranda celebrating the past Denver Womxn’s Marches! Photography from past marches will be available for purchase and proceeds go to fund the Denver Womxn’s March January, 19 2019.

Where: 222 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00pm

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Cervezas for Causes: The Colorado Rapid Response Network

Colorado Rapid Response Network – Immigration is a hotline activates our more than 300 trained volunteers around the state to go to the site of an immigration raid and document what is happening. If it’s not an immigration raid, we dispel rumors and calm fears in the community. This prohibits certain kinds of unconstitutional ICE activities and promotes community trust, so that all people, regardless of immigration status, will feel safe going to school, reporting crimes, and accessing public health and human service programs, among other things. We are a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who want to shine a light on potential injustice – and create the space for change where warranted.

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, December 6 at 5:30pm

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Dismantling Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics

Recent events have once again put discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave at the forefront of public conversation. From the #metoo movement, to the online “manosphere” of pick up artists and incels, to the blatant sexism of our President, the implications are clear: we need to do more to challenge how men are socialized to interact with each other, women, and others impacted by sexism. Even more profoundly, we need to ask how we are teaching men to think about themselves.

Where: Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, December 6 at 6:00pm

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AFC+A Climate Solidarity Fiesta An Artivist Fundraiser

Celebrate Madre Tierra and her Advocates with an Artivist Fiesta! Now in our sixth year, this fundraiser will host food, music, arts, auctions, awards, and amigos.

Where: The Westin Denver Downtown
When: Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm

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You Are Welcome Here – YAWH Meet-Up!

As an effort to continue in community with one another throughout the year, we have created YAWH monthly meet-ups! We’ll be having our first meet-up at the Mutiny Information Cafe, but if folx have ideas for where to host the next meet-up go ahead and send Jazz a message. Just as we co-created the conference, let’s keep co-creating spaces of conversation, laughter, support, and some good food. Love to you all.

Where: Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver
When: Friday, December 7 at 6:00pm

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Make A Holiday Card For A Detained Immigrant

You can send a message of support to someone who is locked behind immigrant detention bars this holiday season. A card and candy bar will be given to each man and woman who is detained in the Aurora Immigrant Detention Center. This is a powerful way to remind people they matter, they are not forgotten about and we do care about them.

Where: Casa de Paz, Denver
When: Friday, December 7 at 7:00pm

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Blinded by the Fight: Social Psychology & Political Polarization

We live in polarized times. As red and blue states fracture and political discourse turns increasingly hostile, sober analysis of the left/right divide is needed more than ever. How can the President be seen by some as a savvy businessman with the courage to take on a corrupt political system, while others see a narcissist-in-chief whose buffoonery would be laughable if not so dangerous? Why is the contrast in perception so sharp on issue after issue, from climate change to immigration, MeToo to Judge Kavanaugh? In a wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Mark Horowitz will demonstrate that the left/right divide runs much deeper than political philosophy.

Where: Secular Hub, 3100 Downing St, Denver
When: Saturday, December 8 at 5:00pm

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SCFD Community Free Day

Join us for a SCFD Community Free Day, featuring programming that was co-created with six LGBTQ-serving organizations: One Colorado, The GLBT Center of Colorado, Gender Identity Center, LGBTQ Student Resource Center at the Auraria Campus, Out Boulder, and PFLAG.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Sunday, December 9 at 9:00am

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

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