Neguse to Serve on House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish)

Freshman Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) scored a big committee assignment when it was announced late Tuesday that he was selected to serve on the House Judiciary Committee.

The House Judiciary Committee is where any impeachment proceedings would begin. Though Democrats are not generally expected to pursue impeachment of President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee is also a prime launch point for any number of investigations into the current administration. For better or for worse (in this case, probably better), Democratic members of the committee will have a significant media platform with which to raise their national profiles.

Neguse’s office issued the following statement on Wednesday morning:

“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed to serve on the Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. The Judiciary Committee will take up incredibly important work to ensure that our immigration community is treated with respect, our voting rights are protected, our communities are protected from gun violence and that Congress remains an independent check on this President’s continued attempts to reach outside of his constitutional jurisdiction. As a lawyer, former Executive Director of Colorado’s regulatory department and a first generation American, I hope to bring my unique perspective and voice to this body. I commend Chairman Nadler and the work he has done leading this committee and I am tremendously grateful to serve alongside him.”

Colorado is well-represented on the House Judiciary Committee; Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) was already an existing member.

The Nuggets Lost. We Blame Ben Higgins

The Denver Nuggets were in first place in the Western Conference entering last night’s highly-anticipated home game against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors…and then they promptly lost by 31 points.

The Warriors set an NBA record by scoring 51 points in the first quarter, a 12-minute span during which they shot a ridiculous 76% from the field. How did things get off to such a bad start for Denver?

Is it a coincidence that the Nuggets were blown out in a game in which former “Bachelor” and brief State House candidate Ben Higgins took the ceremonial first shot?

Yes, it’s just a coincidence. Probably.

At Least She’s Not Your State Senator Anymore

Gah!

Former State Senator Laura Waters Woods was always a difficult problem for Republicans. Woods is nuttier than a bag of trail mix, but she played an important role for the GOP in the 2013 recall attempt of Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Arvada) that ultimately resulted in Hudak’s resignation. Woods used that recall organizing effort to get herself elected to SD-19 in 2014 to fill the remainder of Hudak’s term, and she spent the next two years engaged in any number of crazypants legislative strategies as a member of the GOP’s “Hateful Eight.”

The “Laura Woods Problem” was more or less solved in the 2016 election cycle when Woods lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Rachel Zenzinger in a rematch of their 2014 race. That battle in SD-19 was the single most-watched state senate race of the cycle for Democrats looking to regain a majority in the State Senate and to right a wrong that had ended Hudak’s legislative career.

Woods hasn’t left politics behind entirely; she still Tweets under the handle @SenLauraWoods because of course she does. On Tuesday evening, Woods shot off a take on the unreliability of polling data that proves, once again, that SD-19 voters were right to get rid of her:

Most polls include a disclaimer for margin of error based on sample size, demographics, etc., but perhaps they should also start including a note on whether or not they attempted to contact Laura Woods.

Indeed, philosophers have long wondered: If a tree falls in the forest and it doesn’t hit Laura Woods, does it still make a sound?

“Staple” GOP Donors Won’t Even Return Beckman’s Calls, Says Buck

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley)

Shortly after calling Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse of Boulder “another Cory Gardner,” as in a “ray of sunshine,” U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) took shots at one of his opponents in the race to be leader of the state Republican Party.

“I understand that Susan Beckman wants this job. It pays a lot of money. And I understand that she is concerned about competition for this job. Susan Beckman cannot get return calls from a lot of the donors that are friends of mine, who have donated to my campaigns in the past, and who are a staple of this party,” Buck told KNUS radio host Craig Silverman Saturday, in a meandering and entertaining interview. “Susan Beckman has never run a statewide race, or a race outside of a small jurisdiction in Arapahoe County. And I look forward to offering a contrast with her for the State chair position.”

Beckman has said the Colorado GOP should not be lead from someone who spends so much time in Washington DC. Buck

Buck had kinder words for Neguse than Beckman, who’s a Colorado state representative.

“The one Congressman who I’ve gotten to know a little bit better, a freshman Congressman, is Joe Neguse, who took Jared Polis’ position,” said Buck on air. “And I am thoroughly impressed with Joe. Joe is a – just a – he is a ‘Cory Gardner.’ He is a ray of sunshine. He just has this bubbly personality. He is really friendly and a nice person. And I think, while we disagree politically, and we disagree on policy, he’s exactly the kind of person that you want to see in politics.”

While siding firmly with Trump and other Republicanssaid said Trump had nothing to do with former U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) loss to Democrat Jason Crow in November, insisting that Trump had nothing to do with Coffman’s loss in November.

“I think the bottom line was that Jason Crow is an outstanding candidate.” said Buck, adding that “moderate Democrats” like Crow will be “forced” to the left once they enter Congress–or watch their Democratic colleagues.

It’s unclear if Buck would count talk radio as a valid news source, given his response to Silverman’s question on where people should get news.

“I think the best place to get our news is to actually go and watch what goes on,” replied Buck. “If you’re interested what goes on in Congress, watch C-SPAN. If you’re interested in what goes on in, you know, the Denver Broncos game, go watch the Denver Broncos game. I don’t think that having people who claim to be journalists, who are actually editorial writers and write in ways that are misleading — I think — is positive.”

Listen To excerpts of Buck’s KNUS interview here:

The Little Bomber That Could

(Anthropomorphism gone rather awry – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

It’s been nearly a century since The Little Engine That Could first charmed children with its cheerful smile and can-do attitude. These days, kids love characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine and the cast of “Toy Story,” all of whom continue the tradition of entertaining young minds while teaching fundamental lessons about overcoming life’s challenges.

Author and Air Force wife Liesl Ross just published her children’s book to help kids –like her own who are growing up on military bases– cope with a challenge that’s especially familiar to families in the armed services: moving to a new home.

The Colorado native and daughter of Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), wanted to tell a story that would resonate for the kids on the base. The hero of Ross’ story is also a kid who’s faced with moving away from the only friends and neighborhood she has ever known. And like Thomas the Tank Engine, she’s also a vehicle with a cute smile.

Meet Bonnie the B-1 Bomber:

Bonnie B-One’s Supersonic Move is on a mission to show children the importance of being kind and brave no matter where life takes them! Bonnie B-One is a young United States Air Force B-1B bomber jet who must navigate the emotions that come with moving to a new home and making new friends. Readers of all ages will enjoy Bonnie’s adventure and lesson in resiliency.  —Barnes & Noble overview
B-1B bomber

The B-1B Lancer is a supersonic heavy bomber that carries the largest payload of both guided and unguided munitions in the Air Force. It has served in combat over Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently in Syria. Initially designed to carry nuclear weapons, it was converted to strictly conventional use in the 1990s.

The Air Force currently retains an active inventory of 62 aircraft assigned to squadrons at Dyess AFB, Texas and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, where Ross’ family resides.

Ross and her illustrator, airman Alexander Buchanan who is also stationed at the base, were featured in a story about their book last Friday by the Rapid City, South Dakota NBC affiliate.

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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.

Anti-LGBT Hate Group ADF Among Colorado Combined Giving Campaign Charities

(Charitable hate? – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Every year, Colorado state employees have the opportunity to make charitable donations through the Colorado Combined Campaign (CCC). Last year this workplace giving program raised $945,000 for nearly 700 different non-profit groups.

One of those nonprofits was anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, which has equated being gay with pedophilia, incest and bestiality.

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Text from ADF’s Supreme Court amicus brief arguing to uphold Texas’ law criminalizing gay people.

How did this group get approved? According to the CCC, most charities participate as part of a federation of similar groups. The CCC Advisory Committee then vets the federations.  

State employees may designate their donations to one or more charities or groups of charities known as federations. An Advisory Committee, made up of representatives of most state agencies, sets and enforces campaign guidelines, called bylaws. The advisory committee reviews the 25 federations who sponsor the more than 600 charities in the campaign to determine if they are fiscally responsible and provide the services they say they do.

As part of the vetting process that the CCC conducts, applicant groups are required to have a “non-discrimination policy protecting, at minimum, the classes listed in the CCC bylaws: “race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation applicable to persons served by the organization.”

ADF signed a document affirming it has such a policy. An email sent to ADF Vice President Jeremy Tedesco requesting a copy of the policy and some clarification as to its scope was not returned.

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Jason Crow Gets Armed Services Committee

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Aurora)

Freshman Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Aurora has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, which is typically an important committee for Colorado because we are home to Fort Carson Army Base, the Air Force Academy, NORAD, and military-industrial companies like Lockheed-Martin.. The full statement from his office is below:

“I’m honored to announce my appointment to the House Armed Services Committee. Our most solemn responsibility is the decision to send our young men and women into harm’s way. As a former Army Ranger, I have seen firsthand the horrors of war and understand force should always be a last resort. It is an experience that will guide my work on the committee and in Congress.

“I look forward to working with other committee members and fellow veterans to ensure a strong national defense, support our men and women in uniform, and work with our allies to advance diplomacy overseas.”

While the 116th Congress has the largest class of freshmen veteran members in more than a decade, less than 18 percent of members have served in the military, the lowest since World War II.

Jason Crow served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with both conventional and special operations units, receiving a Bronze Star for his actions in battle.

Why Mitch McConnell Isn’t Sweating Cory Gardner

As the longest shutdown of the federal government in American history grinds on toward a full month of dysfunction, Politico’s Burgess Everett reports on the central problem in the story of alleged dissent by a few Republican Senators, including Cory Gardner of Colorado, now paying lip service to ending the shutdown without victory for President Donald Trump on his obsessive quest to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

The problem? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has steadfastly blown Gardner off:

The Senate majority leader is standing firm in his resolve to not move a muscle on any government funding bill that would not have the president’s approval. That’s earned him scorn among Democrats given that he endorsed a funding bill that didn’t include the president’s much-sought additional border wall funding of more than $5 billion in December.

But aside from some rank-and-file Republicans like Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Cory Gardner of Colorado who say Congress should again pass spending bills that don’t provide additional wall funding, McConnell’s allies say he’s facing little pressure to change his stance as the longest shutdown in history continues.

“They’re going to do what they need to do and advocate for what they believe their constituents want,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, [Pols emphasis] who served as McConnell’s deputy for six years. “But I don’t think that should be confused with what Sen. McConnell’s calculus is, which is: not to go through this effort of passing something the president won’t sign and then going through a potential veto override and all the conflict that would cause.”

That’s a frank admission from Sen. John Cornyn that Gardner and other Republican Senators who claim to support an immediate end to the shutdown are doing so for their own political purposes–in Gardner’s case, political survival, being arguably the most vulnerable Republican Senator up for re-election in 2020.

But it doesn’t matter, because Gardner appears to have backtracked almost entirely between then and now:

Yet even the senators who have proposed reopening the government without additional border wall funding don’t fault McConnell. Gardner is up for reelection in 2020 in blue Colorado and has been talking to senators in both parties about ending the shutdown, but he said that McConnell is “trying to find a way forward, just like the rest of us are.” [Pols emphasis]

“Why isn’t there a rebellion on the Democrats’ side?” Gardner said, [Pols emphasis] highlighting the party’s lockstep opposition to giving Trump more than $1.3 billion for fencing.

This is the same Cory Gardner who just after the New Year said he would support the Democratic House’s bills to reopen the government, capitulating to the “lockstep opposition” he’s complaining about today! In truth Gardner started to back away from his new position almost as fast as he staked it out, stockpiling media praise he didn’t deserve–and now instead of placing the blame where it obviously belongs, with his own GOP Senate leadership who refuses to allow a vote on the bills Gardner claims to support, Gardner has reverted to blaming the same Democrats he allied himself with less than two weeks ago.

All told, it’s a classic example of Cory Gardner’s trademark two-faced politics. Of course, knowing this means understanding that Gardner is not going to end the shutdown, in fact if anything his insincere “dissent” is more likely to prolong it. But this long game does give Cory Gardner a chance, paraphrasing Jethro Tull, to skate away on the thin ice of a new day.

And for America’s most vulnerable Senator, that’s all anything is really about now.

Get More Smarter on Tuesday (January 15)

We’re halfway through the NBA season, and the Denver Nuggets are still the best team in the Western Conference. Get on the bandwagon, people! Now, let’s “Get More Smarter.” If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.

 

TOP OF MIND TODAY…

President Trump’s nominee to be the next Attorney General is sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Confirmation hearings for William Barr are largely focused on how the former George H.W. Bush AG would handle the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation into potential collusion between Trump and Russia. The New York Times is following Barr’s confirmation hearings with live updates.

 

► President Trump may own the ongoing federal government shutdown, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are more-than-willing partners. McConnell and pals — like Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner — are getting more attention as enablers of Trump’s disastrous policies.

As Colorado Public Radio reports, Colorado Democrats are pushing hard for an end to the shutdown:

As the country entered the fourth week of the partial government shutdown, Colorado’s Democratic delegation to Congress had a unified message for Republican leadership: End the shutdown now. Discuss border security later.

U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette, Jason Crow, Joe Neguse and Sen. Michael Bennet held a news conference Monday at Denver International Airport that overlooked airport security, where Transportation Security Administration workers served travelers without pay.

There are more than 15,000 federal employees that are furloughed or working without pay in Colorado.

The legislators emphasized that if the Democratic House majority and the Republican Senate majority work together, they can end the partial government shutdown without President Trump’s approval.

Meanwhile, stories about the local impact of the shutdown continue to dominate headlines here in Colorado. The City of Denver is offering grants for federal workers to help them make mortgage payments.

 

► As the New York Times reports, a federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s attempts to put a citizenship query on the next U.S. Census questionnaire:

The ruling marks the opening round in a legal battle with potentially profound ramifications for federal policy and for politics at all levels, one that seems certain to reach the Supreme Court before the printing of census forms begins this summer.

In a lengthy and stinging ruling, Judge Jesse M. Furman of the United States District Court in Manhattan said that Wilbur L. Ross Jr., the commerce secretary, committed “a veritable smorgasbord” of violations of federal procedural law when he ordered the citizenship question added.

Mr. Ross “failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices,” Judge Furman wrote.

 

Get even more smarter after the jump…

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Steve King Spoke At Denver Conservative Gathering Last Year

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Rep. Dave Williams (R), Congressman Steve King (R-IA).

Colorado Christian University “generally” doesn’t repeat speakers at its annual conservative gathering near Denver, said the event’s director Jeff Hunt when asked whether a Republican Congressman, who advised people not to be offended by white supremacy, would be invited to the annual event again this July.

Iowa Congressman Steve King, who made the comments to the New York Times, spoke at the last year’s Western Conservative Summit, billed as the “largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington D.C.”

Other top shelf Republican speakers last year included then Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then EPA chief Scott Pruitt, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO). Gardner has spoken there multiple times.

Hunt directs the summit in his role as head of CCU’s Centennial Institute.

On a House floor speech, “King argued he was saying terms like white supremacist, white nationalist and Nazi were ‘almost always unjustly labeling otherwise innocent people,” according to the Des Moines Register.

In the wake of a controversial comment by King in 2010, then congressional candidate Cory Gardner canceled a joint fundraiser with the Iowa Congressman.

King is now facing disciplinary action from fellow U.S. House Republicans after he told the New York Times it was wrong to consider white nationalism and white supremacy offensive.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King told The New York Times Jan. 10. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN over the weekend that he would meet with King today and “action will be taken.”

Disable the Enablers

Sen. Cory Gardner is always right behind President Trump

The federal government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history. New reports over the weekend indicate an increasing (yes, ever-increasing) level of concern about the possibility that President Trump is or has been actively working to advance the interests of Russia to the detriment of the United States. At the very least, it is inarguable that Trump has taken unusual unprecedented steps to hide the details of all of his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin from even his most senior staff. As even a child understands, if you have nothing to hide, you don’t go to extreme lengths to, you know, hide things.

There is no hiding from the fact that Trump is causing great harm to this country and our political system. But as Greg Sargent of the Washington Post writes today in a column that is being widely shared, it’s time that Americans take a deeper look at the enablers that make Trump’s actions possible:

Two new blockbuster scoops about President Trump’s relations with Russia — combined with fresh signs that Trump will drag out the government shutdown indefinitely — should renew our focus on the quiet but critical role that Mitch McConnell has played in enabling the damage that Trump is doing to the country on so many fronts…

…In much discussion of all these matters, there is a terrible rhetorical habit of treating GOP conduct toward Trump as mere passive acquiescence. In fact, this is better seen as an active enabling, on one front after another. And we are likely to learn much more about just how damaging this has been soon enough. [Pols emphasis]

Republican leadership in Congress doesn’t appear to know how to deal with any of this, so they have ended up doing nothing. You might as well just change the Republican Party logo from an elephant to a “¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ” emoji.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn’t in Washington D.C. on Friday, the first day that federal employees missed a regular paycheck. Neither was Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner he was at the stock show in Denver instead.

Republicans have lost the messaging battle over the government shutdown — which is no surprise given that President Trump has repeatedly said that he would own the shutdown himself. Even Trump’s once-loyal base of white, working-class voters is starting to slip away. Yet Senate Republican leadership, which includes both McConnell and Gardner, won’t act.

Sure, Gardner will say that he wants the shutdown to end, but he won’t do anything about it. Officials from Colorado’s Congressional delegation, including Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver), were at Denver International Airport today to talk about the shutdown and proposals to get the government up and running — proposals that Republican leadership won’t even consider because Trump demands a big wall. If Gardner was at DIA on Monday, it was because he was flying somewhere else.

Responding to someone like President Trump with inaction is absolutely the same as enabling him. If and when Trump falls, his enablers will go right along with him.

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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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

Click here to RSVP.


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!