Last week, Trump announced that our nation will abandon the historic 195-country Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Trump’s speech justifying this decision has been ridiculed worldwide for having no basis in reality.
Then in Colorado, the truth struck back. Gov. John Hickenlooper condemned the decision to abandon the Paris Agreement, declaring that “Colorado’s commitment to clean air and clean energy will continue.” Mayors from across the state announced their intentions to disregard the Trump administration’s decision and press ahead with doing their part to meet emission reduction targets.
Saturday, thousands of Coloradans gathered in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and other cities for the March for Truth. After Trump’s fact-free excuses for turning his back on the rest of the world, the resistance in Colorado stood shoulder to shoulder with progressive leaders in solidarity to stand up for truth and reason against the greatest threat the industrialized world has ever faced.
History will condemn Trump’s abandonment of the rest of the world on climate change, and history will also remember your resistance. Standing up for what’s right every time, even in the face of short-term frustration, is how we will outlast Trump’s ignorance and undo his decisions once he is gone. Everything you are doing to fight back right now is critical for our nation’s—and planet’s—future.
I’m proud to stand with you. Thanks again. Here are some more ways to take action for the week of June 5th:
Featured Event: Resist Forward Summit
Sensing a growing hunger for unity, organization and finding common goals within Denver’s progressive community, Dr. Timothy Tyler, Pastor at Denver’s iconic Shorter Community AME Church, has stepped forward to organize “Resist Forward Summit,” a first-of-its-kind event, all day Saturday, June 10, at Shorter AME. Indivisible Denver has joined Dr. Tyler in spearheading the Summit, which will bring together more than 25 diverse organizations working for social and economic justice and progressive causes. We’ll learn from each other, share tools, empower new activists, build consensus and send a strong, unified message to our community, state and national leaders.
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, June 10 at 9:00am
Pints for a Cause – EnviroHub
June 5th also happens to be world environmental day, and in celebration EnviroHub has invited Solar City to come and talk about solar energy, and also local band Emma Mayes & the HIP to play some funky tunes. This is going to be an all around fantatsic world environmental day event with BEER, LIVE MUSIC, and a chance to learn more about RECYCLING and CLEAN ENERGY!
Where: The Brew on Broadway, 3445 S Broadway, Englewood
When: Monday, June 5 at 5:00pm
Queer Conversation – Denver
Queer Conversations is a drop-in discussion group where queer folks meet to share ideas, thoughts, struggles, concepts, theory, lived experiences, and everything under the rainbow of queer.
Where: 1607 E 23rd Ave, Denver
When: Monday, June 5 at 6:00pm
First Tuesday Rally at Sen. Gardner’s Office
The outrages continue. The Resistance builds. With the start of The Resistance Summer, we’re asking our fellow activists to share with us their plans for actions coming up in the coming months. Rallies, marches, phone-ins and more will be discussed. We’ll be meeting around the now flowing waterfalls in sight of Cory’s office. See you there!
Where: Skyline Park, 1125 17th Street, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 12:00pm
Vigil Commemorating the MS St. Louis
Join communities across the country participating in vigils to commemorate the tragedy of the St. Louis’ Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, to demonstrate the tragic consequences of denying safe haven to refugees, and to stand together to call on our elected officials and citizens of the world not to repeat the mistakes of our past.
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30pm
Join us for an open and honest conversation about Islam with a focus on dispelling myths and stereotypes associated with the religion. We will have a panel of local area Muslims who are generously sharing their time and energy in order to help promote peace in our country.
Where: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00pm
Women’s Equality in Trail Running Panel Discussion & Podcast
Women’s equality in MUT (mountain-ultra-trail) running has been discussed for years, but over the past few months it seems like the discussion has expanded as more light is shed on the topic. We believe this is a discussion worth continuing. After giving it some thought it was decided that one of the best ways to do this was to actually get people sitting down together to talk about the issues surrounding the topic. The panel includes elite runners Cat Bradley, Clare Gallagher, Gina Lucrezi, Silke Koester, Ryan Smith, and Sage Canaday. For those of you in Boulder or the surrounding area we’d love for you to come join us for the live discussion which will start at 6:45pm.
Where: Skirt Sports, 2795 Pearl Street (on Spruce & 28th), Boulder
When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm
June 7th Lunch Program: Protecting civil rights in Colorado
DWBC will host programs throughout the summer, rather than taking our traditional break! In June, we will focus on protecting civil rights in Colorado. We will welcome Denise Maes, public policy director of the ACLU of Colorado. Maes is a policy and litigation strategist, who has served as General Counsel in the Office of Administration for President Barack Obama and directed budget and finance efforts for the Office of Vice President Joseph Biden. The event will also feature state legislators Steve Fenberg, Edie Hooton, and Jonathan Singer, who will explore the topics of civil rights and criminal justice.
Where: Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 11:00am
Saving Medicaid: What We All Have to Lose
West Metro Resistance invites you to a special presentation on Saving Medicaid by Julie Reiskin, Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Julie is a fierce advocate and respected authority on Medicaid and its life-and-death importance to children and adults with disabiltiies. You’ll come away with new ideas and talking points that will help YOU save Medicaid.
Where: Four Seasons Farmers & Artisans Market, 7043 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 6:00pm
Creating Thriving Companies through Employee Ownership
If you’re looking to attract and engage great employees, if innovation is important to your company’s relevancy, if you believe that employees should enjoy the fruits of their labor, then you need to hear more about Employee Ownership. The Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center will make the case for employee ownership as a competitive advantage and a practical succession option.
Where: Impact Hub Boulder, 1877 Broadway #100, Boulder
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30pm
Raising Little Heroes
Join us to assemble “Kits for Kids” with Project C.U.R.E. These personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” backpacks will be sent to areas around the developing world where these items are scarce. Children will learn about the Kits for Kids program, see where these kits will go, and learn why they are so valuable.
Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, June 8 at 11:00am
Know Your Health, Know Your Rights Workshop Colorado Springs
We know lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families face unique physical and mental health barriers. One Colorado is hosting an event in Colorado Springs to dig deeper into the landscape of LGBTQ health in the state, provide tools for self-advocacy in health care settings, and engage with community members to learn more about local issues in accessing care.
Where: Pikes Peak MCC, 1102 S 21st St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, June 8 at 5:00pm
Puppy Mill Free Colorado
Come join a passionate group of animal lovers and animal welfare advocates educate people about pet stores that sell dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, and their connection to the puppy mill industry. The group will meet at the Briargate entrance to the mall, near Steak ‘N Shake and Jimmy John’s. We’ll have extra signs, so just come and join us!
Where: Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, June 10 at 11:00am
Equality March for Unity and Pride – Denver
Please join us in Denver in worldwide unity with the LGBTQ+ community on June 11th at 9am at Cheesman Park. We will begin marching at 10am and return to Cheesman Park for a good old-fashioned community picnic until around 2pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet new folks and make connections all the while proclaiming that we demand Equal Rights and Social Justice for ALL PEOPLE!
Where: Cheesman Park, Denver
When: Sunday, June 11 at 9:00am
As always, please keep an eye on your email inbox throughout the week, as urgent events in response to breaking news are happening all the time. Almost six months into this campaign of resistance against Trump and the far-right agenda in Washington, I continue to be amazed at the creativity, passion, and persistence of the people of Colorado.
You make me proud to be an American.