Even in the midst of political turmoil, external events sometimes force us to turn our focus to helping fellow Americans in need. This weekend, Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas, causing massive damage and flooding affecting millions of people.
No matter what our political or cultural differences may be, we are all Americans, and we come together to help each other when disaster strikes. Colorado learned this lesson just a few years ago when devastating floods struck our state. Even though some in Colorado had previously voted against disaster relief for hurricane victims on the East Coast, aid from across the nation flowed into our state to help us recover.
The top action item this week is to make a donation to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donating to help with hurricane relief couldn’t be easier: visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or simply text HARVEY to 90999 to make an instant $10 donation.
Once that’s done, the fight to hold Trump and the far right accountable continues with numerous important action alerts and great events! Here are more ways to take action for the week of August 28th:
FINAL VOTE: Denver Immigrant Protection Policy
Join immigrant rights groups at the final hearing and vote for the Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act. Please WEAR WHITE in solidarity with the immigrant community. There’s a need for a policy that draws a bright line in the sand between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement and that protects immigrants and we need to show city leaders that Denver stands in support of this effort to disentangle ICE from our city.
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, August 28 at 5:00pm
The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump (Two Events)
Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, and Michael Huttner, founder of ProgressNow, have written a timely new book “The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump.” This is a must-have playbook for those who want to fight back against Trump and protect our culture and communities while building the infrastructure the progressive movement needs. Join ProgressNow Colorado and author Michael Huttner to talk about what we can do to fight back in the face of a four-year assault on racial justice, income equality, the environment, women’s rights, education, and worker’s rights.
Where: Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St, Boulder
When: Tuesday, August 29 at 7:30pm
Where: Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00pm
Town Hall With Senator Cory Gardner (Invited)
Western Colorado residents are inviting Senator Gardner to participate in a meaningful and respectful exchange surrounding policies as they pertain to the rural communities and small towns. More information to come as the event date approaches!
Where: Mesa County Libraries, 443 N 6th St, Grand Junction
When: Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00pm
Voter Registration Training
Learn how to register folks to vote. Then join some voter registration drives we’ll be setting up. Tyler McDermott will be doing the training. Limit 30. Refreshments. The room is on the lower floor of Bemis Library.
Where: Bemis Public Library, 6014 S Datura St, Littleton
When: Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30pm
Harm Reduction Action Center Overdose Awareness Day Die-In
The Harm Reduction Action Center will be celebrating Overdose Awareness Day with an action-packed event. We will meet at HRAC (231 E. Colfax Ave) at 4:30 on Thursday, August 31. Once assembled, we will march to a local park to participate in a die-in, to provide a visual impact of those we lost, and continue to lose, to overdoses in our community. We will be all done by 6:00. Folks should bring their own signs. If folks haven’t already, they are welcome to bring a 5×7 picture of their loved one that passed away due to overdose and we will add them to our overdose memorial wall in our agency.
Where: 231 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, August 31 at 4:30pm
Indivisible and Activist Town Hall with Rep. Diana DeGette
Please join us for an intimate conversation with Chief Deputy Whip and Colorado’s District 1 Representative, Diana DeGette. She has invited us to talk about our concerns, observations, and questions about what is happening on the federal level. She is also hoping to help navigate the many nuances of our federal government as we enter budget negotiations.
Where: 875 Elati St, Denver
When: Thursday, August 31 at 5:00pm
Network Literacy for Femmes
As a decentralized, global network of interlinked computing devices, the Internet has revolutionized the way we communicate, teach, learn, entertain, organize, conduct research, publish, transact, and promote. Citizenship in the Internet era, as well as full participation in 21st-century economic, social, and political life, demands new forms of literacy. Often the spaces and institutions which teach technical skills and concepts are dripping with toxic masculinity. Our goal is to give an overview of how the internet works in a safe, femme-exclusive environment where we can learn to the best of our abilities, without feeling like we are invading a culture hostile to us. The internet belongs to everyone!
Where: Ford-Warren Branch Library, 2825 High St, Denver
When: Thursday, August 31 at 6:00pm
Getting Real: A Raw Conversation About Race
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler of the Equity Project and Dr. Timothy Tyler, Pastor of Shorter will lead the community in a thoughtful conversation about Race.
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver
When: Thursday, August 31 ar 7:00pm
Thanks as always for everything you’re doing to stand up for our neighbors and our shared values. Remember to watch your inbox for breaking news and action alerts, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.