We all knew the day would come when President Trump’s destructive agenda for our country began to hurt real people. That is unfortunately starting to happen, as families who have called America home for decades–families with children who know no other home but America–are put in jeopardy across the nation.
Real people like Jeanette Vizguerra, who has been forced to seek sanctuary in a downtown Denver church rather than face separation from her children and the community she has been a part of for years. This holiday weekend, one of several large demonstrations in Denver featured a march from Civic Center Park to the First Unitarian Church where Vizguerra has taken sanctuary. Even in these terrible times, it is the compassion, unity, and dignity afforded to the victims of Trump’s hateful agenda that shines brighter.
You are making a difference. Every protest march, and every letter and phone call is an act not just of resistance but reclamation: of what it means to be an American, and a Coloradan. We are better than Donald Trump and we are proving it before the eyes of the world every day.
Here are opportunities to fight back for the week of February 21st, 2017:
FEATURED EVENT: With or Without You: Town Hall for Senator Gardner
Thousands of Coloradans having been trying for weeks to get the attention of Senator Gardner in a good-faith effort to encourage him to set up a face-to-face town hall, especially during February recess week. The senator has declined so far, and so we’re going to make it as easy as possible for him, we’re organizing the town hall. We will ask our questions in a civil forum among our community neighbors with or without the senator’s presence. He has, however, been invited in good faith and encouraged to attend.
When: Friday, February 24 at 5:30 pm
Where: Byers Middle School, 150 S Pearl St, Denver
Broomfield Oil and Gas Public Forum
The city and county of Broomfield is considering a proposal to allow dozens of new oil wells within the city boundaries. Show up to stand up for our neighborhoods and keep heavy industry away from schools and homes.
When: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield
Aurora Lawmakers Town Hall
Join Senator Daniel Kagan (Senate District 26), Senator Nancy Todd (Senate District 28), and Rep. Jovan Melton (House District 41) for a town hall next Tuesday, February 21st, at 6:30 PM at the Heather Gardens Clubhouse. They will be joined by speakers from the AARP and Law Enforcement to discuss access to Medicare and avoiding Identity theft and common fraud schemes.
When: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30 pm
Where: Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora
“Safety for All” Rally
Denver Deputy Sheriffs, faith leaders, and criminal justice reform advocates are joining together in a unification rally calling for immediate action by Mayor Michael Hancock, Public Safety Director Stephanie O’Malley and Sheriff Patrick Firman to resolve Denver’s jail overcrowding and safety crisis. Organizers call on the Mayor to immediately convene a working group comprised of community advocates, deputy sheriffs, public officials and faith leaders to address escalating jail overcrowding and assault issues.
When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:30 pm
Where: Denver Detention Center, 490 W Colfax Ave, Denver
We Don’t Want SB90 Back in Colorado Press Conference/ No Queremos SB90 Otra Vez En Colorado Conferencia de Prensa
Next week we face one of the most anti-immigrant bills of the past decade, and we need your voice to kill this legislation. It is not enough for us to simply win enough votes, we must use this as an opportunity to condemn bigotry and xenophobia across our state. This is our moment to control the narrative, lifting up the voices of the immigrant community.
When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
No Alt-Right at The Hyatt
Turning Point USA is the neo-fascist group that brought Milo Yiannopoulos to CU Boulder last month and they plan to host the western mountain regional summit at the Hyatt in March. They are now aiming at spreading their recruiting efforts through colleges in our region and we will not sit idly by while these groups mainstream themselves in Colorado and beyond.
When: Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, 1750 Welton Street, Denver
2017 Health Care Day of Action
Health Care Day of Action is an opportunity for consumers and advocates from all over Colorado to discuss important health policy issues and engage with legislators on current health policy. There’s a lot going on in Colorado and in Congress affecting health care. Come join us and make your voice heard on health care issues important to you! We are charging a small fee this year to help cover the costs of this event and better ensure this day is as effective as it can be. However, we do not want funds to prevent you from attending this advocacy day. Scholarships may be available. If you need one please email Adam Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday, February 23rd at 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant St (across from the state capitol)
Protect Our Healthcare Rally – Denver
Alright Colorado, it’s time to rally once again for ourselves and each other. You’re saving your future Saturday’s, right? Our consistent, successfully peaceful protesting is getting under the Administration’s skin. We are sparking change and making our voices heard across the state, nation and world. Let’s once again display our voices and opinions loud and clear. Our health matters. Our happiness matters. Our safety matters.
When: Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
Protect Our Healthcare Rally – Colorado Springs
In response to the call from Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, the Colorado Springs community is mobilizing to demonstrate our fervent opposition to attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We also rally to show our support for expanding Medicaid so that all can have access to the healthcare they need at the lowest cost possible.
When: Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Acacia Park, 15 E. Platte Ave. (Tejon & Bijou Sts), Colorado Springs
Protest ICE Mass Deportations
hundreds of people have been removed from their homes and jobs and placed in ICE detention centers across the nation. This protest will be outside the main ICE detention center for the Denver Metro area. Bring signs, megaphones, US flags, origin country flags, anything you can think of that will be a show of peaceful force at those choosing to subject one of the most marginalized and vibrant parts of our society.
When: Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: ICE Detention Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
Being Black in #Boulder: A Community Conversation
A FREE community conversation about the experiences of people of color in our “fair” city, in particular, the experiences of black people.
When: Saturday, February 25 at 9:10 pm
Where: square product theatre, 2500 47th St., Unit 10, Boulder