Late last week, a scandal erupted after the official Twitter account for the Colorado Republican Party launched a “bizarre” and vicious attack on one of the nation’s oldest and most important civil rights watchdogs.  With racism and hatred against LGBT Americans on the rise since Trump took office, the Southern Poverty Law Center has done the same thing they’ve done for almost 45 years: calling out the people and organizations responsible for spreading hatred.
The response from the far right? Shoot the messenger.
The attack on the SPLC by the Colorado Republican Party is part of a pattern. When fact-checkers scrutinized Trump’s campaign promises last year, Republicans attacked the fact-checkers. Now that civil rights groups are pointing out the undeniable connection between extremist hate groups and Trump’s rise to power, Republicans attack the civil rights groups.
We need to know how far up this goes. The chairman of the Colorado GOP is refusing to back down from these attacks on the SPLC despite outrage from local civil rights leaders including the Denver Ministerial Alliance. Every Republican in Colorado now needs to answer one simple question: does the Colorado Republican Party speak for you?
Priority #1 this week: call Reps. Mike Coffman at 202-225-7882, Scott Tipton at 202-225-4761, Doug Lamborn at 202-225-4422, and Rep. Ken Buck at 202-225-4676–and then Sen. Cory Gardner at 202-224-5941–and ask them if they support the Colorado GOP’s attacks on the Southern Poverty Law Center. Tell Coffman and Gardner that the solution for the Republican Party is not to attack the SPLC, but to take whatever action is needed to ensure hate does not dictate the Republican Party’s agenda.
Once that’s done, here are more ways to take action this week:
Take Action for Immigrant Rights – Accion Para Nuestros Derechos
Come participate in a community meeting with Together Colorado LA RED team (Together Colorado LA RED is a statewide campaign that is committed to organizing people of Faith for immigrant rights by practicing our central values of Liberation, Action, Respect, Equality, and Dignity. Part of the National LA RED PICO campaign) There is over a 1.2 million of our brothers and sisters at risk of mass deportation- including 18,700 Coloradans! Now more than ever, we must come together to defend the dignity of one another and keep our families and communities united!
Where: Annunciation Catholic Parsh, 3621 Humboldt St, Denver
When: Monday, September 11 at 6:30pm
Let’s Talk Tech: Digital Safety for Kids (Ages 8-12)
Katie L. Greer, a nationally recognized expert on internet/digital safety and technology, will empower your children to make responsible choices as they become more interested in online gaming, apps and social media. She’ll lead a kid-friendly discussion about protecting personal information, cyberbullying and much more. Note: This program is for children ages 8-12.
Where: 5430 S. Biscay Cir., Centennial
When: Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00pm
A Benefit To Stop I-70
Plaintiffs in our NEPA lawsuit along with the attorneys will be on hand to answer questions about their involvement and the lawsuit as a whole! Get the real scoop on what’s going on, where we’re at, and where this fight is going. Additionally, attendees will get the behind the scenes scoop from film maker Colin Floom, on upcoming viral videos about Ditching the Ditch! Food and drinks will be provided, along with a silent auction full of awesome big ticket items!
Where: 1601 Emerson St, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 12 at 5:30pm
What’s Up With DACA?
In support to all our DACA students and community, North High School, The Immigration Law Offices of Arturo Jimenez and Jubilee Center Present: A conversation on DACA and other issues affecting youths and families.
En apoyo a todos nuestros estudiantes y comunidad DACA, North High School, Las Oficinas Legales de Inmigración de Arturo Jimenez y el Centro Jubilee Presentan: Una conversación sobre DACA y otros asuntos que afectan a nuestros jóvenes y familias.
Where: Denver North High School, 2960 N Speer Blvd, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00pm
The Challenge of Parenting in the Digital Age
Katie L. Greer, a nationally recognized expert on internet/digital safety and technology, will help you navigate these complicated digital waters, share trends and discuss what’s next on the horizon when it comes to children and technology. She’ll empower parents with proactive strategies to keep your child’s online learning safe and enjoyable. Bring your questions! Note: This program is designed for adults, due to its mature content.
Where: 5430 S. Biscay Cir., Centennial
When: Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm
Branch Out presents: Celebration of Latinx Heritage
Join the Dennis Small Cultural Center, and UMAS y MEXA for a fun and free celebration to explore different aspects of Latinx/Hispanisx culture including food, music, and other traditions!
Where: The Dennis Small Cultural Center, 204 UCB (University Memorial Center), Boulder
When: Wednesday, September 13 at 4:00pm
Arvadans for Progressive Action Jeffco School Board Candidate Forum
Come listen, learn, and engage the Jeffco School Board candidates as an informed voter this election season! Our schools and kids need us! APA is honored to partner with Support Jeffco Kids for this important event. Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this important community event!
Where: Wheat Ridge High School Auditorium, 9505 W 32nd Ave, Wheat Ridge
When: Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30pm
2017 Southern Colorado Ally Awards
The event will be a cocktail reception on what is sure to be a lovely evening and will culminate with an awards ceremony accompanied by a hosted bar, and heavy passed/stationed hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from this event will fund One Colorado Education Fund and will be tax deductible.
Where: The Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, September 14 at 5:30pm
Constitution Day 2017: The First Amendment
This year’s event will explore the First Amendment, asking this question: how secure are those rights, anyway? Speakers will cover free speech (including hate speech), fake and real news, and freedom of religion. After a panel of presentations and lunch (provided), we will break out into small discussion groups.
Where: Turnhalle Ballroom At The Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Friday, September 15 at 10:00am
Healthier Colorado Gearing Up for Mental Health: Grand Junction
We are hosting our third of the three community-wide bike events across Colorado in Grand Junction on September 16. Don’t miss out on this free and fun filled event with activities for everyone and giveaways! At 9:30 am, there will be arts and crafts and preparing time for the bike ride. The bike ride will begin at 10:00 am. Every one is welcome and we will also have an walking alternative through Main St. There will be FREE Lunch and Community Wellness Fair featuring various local organizations and us!
Where: Lincoln Park, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, September 16 at 9:30am
Flash Mob: Singing for Our Lives
Let us unite against hate by coming together as a community, literally Singing for Our Lives! We invite you to send a strong message of peace and love to our city. On Saturday, September 16, Indivisible Denver and affiliated grassroots organizations are hosting a flashmob and sing-along. Singers from across Colorado will first gather at the Shorter Community AME church for a rehearsal. All singers (professional, amateur, or just people who want to be part of the “mob”) are welcome to join.
Where: Rehearsal: Shorter AME Community Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, September 16 at 4:00pm
Are you confused by news of deportations and a “path to citizenship”? Come learn more about what’s really going on and the challenges we face in creating commonsense immigration law that is both compassionate and meets our country’s economic needs. Separate facts from fiction by hearing from immigration policy experts, and hear stories of what it’s like to try to come to America. Join us for an educational nonpartisan presentation, and feel free to bring a friend!
Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada
When: Sunday, September 17 at 11:15am
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