What you can do to fight back this week (September 18)

“Zombie Trumpcare” is back.

After trying and failing miserably to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t do more harm than good, Republicans in the U.S. Senate are back with what’s being described as a “last ditch effort” to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan that would insure millions fewer Americans just to give tax breaks to the rich.

We’ve been through this before. We know how it’s likely to end. But we have to take every attempt by the far right to take away health coverage from millions of people with the deadly seriousness it deserves. In Colorado, there was a time when we thought we could trust the promises of Sen. Cory Gardner to protect Medicaid patients, and to defend Colorado’s successful insurance marketplace that has helped cut the uninsured population in our state by half. Now we know, based on his votes, that Gardner will vote for any health care repeal bill Republican leaders order him to.

Priority #1 this week: stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, yet again. The targets haven’t changed: here in Colorado, you need to call Call Rep. Mike Coffman at 202-225-7882, Rep. Scott Tipton at 202-225-4761, and Sen. Cory Gardner at 202-224-5941, and let them know that this latest repeal proposal is still a non-starter.

Then, join Colorado elected officials and health care policy experts TOMORROW for an important press conference to discuss why this latest repeal effort is wrong:

What: Press Conference to Rally for Healthcare
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 11:00 am
Where: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 915 E. 9th Ave., Denver

Thanks for your quick response once again. Here are more ways to fight back against the far right for the week of September 18th:


Public Hearing: Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Settlement

A few years ago, Volkswagen (VW) was found guilty of falsifying their emissions detection instruments and selling cars that emitted more pollutants than we were led to believe. As part of the settlement, Colorado will receive $68.7 million to reduce emissions that will offset the excess air pollution from these vehicles. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) just released their draft plan for how they propose to spend the funds from the settlement. They are holding a public hearing on September 18th and want our input about their plan!

Where: CDOT HQ Auditorium, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. Denver
When: Monday, September 18 at 2:00pm

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SRL Film Night “Before the Flood”

Join the Sierra Club “Ready for 100” campaign and Sustainable Resilient Longmont at Still Cellars, a distillery and arthouse. (1115 Colorado Ave. Longmont, CO) on Monday, September 18th for a FREE showing of critically acclaimed climate change documentary “Before the Flood,” which features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.

Where: Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave, Ste C, Longmont
When: Monday, September 18 at 6:00pm

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Energy and Environmental Initiative Organizational Meeting

Let’s Organize!! This meeting will be to elect our officers and adopt the Iniative’s by-laws as required by the Colorado Democratic Party. There’s alot going on in Colorado with Energy and Environmental relations. Let’s take some time to outline a positive step forward in how this initiative can share information, take effective actons to help in areas of concern, including talking with our candidates and elected to find out where they stand with respects to that relationship.

Where: 8485 S Valley Hwy Rd, Englewood
When: Monday, September 18 at 6:00pm

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Boulder CAN and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Immigration 101: Part 2 (each session is free standing)

This second Immigration 101 workshop (2 of 3 – though each session is free standing, no need to have come to the previous one!), will feature a discussion with immigration lawyers, Nicole and Yvan Murad. The workshop is designed to help us understand more about the current immigration system, be clear on the challenges and struggles the immigrant community faces, be tuned into and understand what new Executive Orders/legistlation mean, and become ready to respond with compassion. There will be discussion around the concept of “Sanctuary” as well.

Where: First Congregational Church UCC Boulder, 1128 Pine St, Boulder
When: Monday, September 18 at 7:00pm

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Project Homeless Connect 2017

Project Homeless Connect is a free resource fair for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk of becoming homeless. During this one-day event, clients are able to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check and healthcare to veterans services, childcare, petcare and much more. We expect to see 1,000 clients at this year’s event and need nearly as many volunteers to make the day a success. Please join us on September 19 as we help our most vulnerable population access the resources they need to become self-sufficient for themselves and their families.

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver
When: Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00am

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Free DACA Renewal Clinic – Boulder

The Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your DACA within the next thirty days. We cannot emphasize enough how much time is of the essence here. These renewals will be free and completely confidential. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does require that each DACA applicant pay $495 to renew their DACA; if you can bring a check or money order with you for that amount, please do so. If you do NOT have the $495 for the renewal fee, there is a possibility that we will have some funds available to cover the amount, but it is not guaranteed.

Where: University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 2450 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder
When: Wednesday, September 20 at 10:00am

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Blue Print Denver Community Workshop (NW)

1 of 5 workshops this September for Denverights’ Blueprint Denver Plan. These workshops are focusing on mapping out the city, identifying the areas of growth and reviewing the feedback with the community that we’ve received thus far.

Where: Scheitler Recreation Center, 5031 W 46th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30pm

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9to5 Colorado Denver Renter’s Week Action

We will be in solidarity with Denver Meadows Mobile Home Park. This park is set to close in July of 2018 and residents want and have access to purchasing the park but the owner refuses to sell to them. Residents have been organizing and working hard for the past year. About 80 families will be displaced and face a serious threat to end up homeless.

Where: 2075 Potomac St, Aurora
When: Thursday, September 21 at 3:30pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution Case Studies: The Year 1939

Come enjoy locally made drinks and eat yummy food while we use specific case studies from history as a jumping off point to explore the impact on politics, fashion, economics, science, culture, etc…and how it relates to our civic life today.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, September 21 at 6:00pm

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APS School Board Town Hall

This year 4 seats on the Aurora Public Schools board of education are up for election. Come meet the candidates who are running to help shape education policy for APS and ask questions. All candidates, regardless of party, have been invited to participate.

Where: Community College of Aurora, 16000 E Centretech Pkwy, Aurora
When: Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Free DACA Renewal Clinic – Ft. Collins

The Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your DACA within the next thirty days. We cannot emphasize enough how much time is of the essence here. These renewals will be free and completely confidential. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does require that each DACA applicant pay $495 to renew their DACA; if you can bring a check or money order with you for that amount, please do so. If you do NOT have the $495 for the renewal fee, there is a possibility that we will have some funds available to cover the amount, but it is not guaranteed.

Where: Colorado State University, 900 Oval Dr, Fort Collins
When: Friday, September 22 at 10:00am and Saturday, September 23 at 10:00am

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Rally for Healthcare – NO on Graham-Cassidy

The current healthcare bill, known as “Graham-Cassidy,” was written by members of the Senate GOP and incorporates no bipartisan effort, and is planned to go to a vote in under two weeks. There are currently no scheduled hearings, and no open debate. And yet, just last week in his town hall, Senator Gardner told Coloradans: “I hope people learn that [the healthcare debate] needs to be open.” Coloradans will gather on Friday outside Senator Gardner’s Denver office to hold the senator to his word and demand he stop this bill from entering the Senate floor until normal process (hearings, debate, true bipartisan effort) are restored. We demand that Senator Gardner stand by the words he uttered just one week ago, and not allow a bill to be forced through the senate that does not meet his own stated standards of transparency.

Where: 721 19th St, Denver
When: Friday, September 22 at 11:00am

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Queer Invasion

Queer Invasion is a queer pop-up party in a non-queer space just like Gay Guerilla Group! It’s not a protest, just a fun queer takeover in a novel location. This tradition has been successful all over the country, and it’s time to bring it to Denver. Join the community and make some new friends while surprising some regulars!

Where: LoDo District, Denver
When: Friday, September 22 at 8:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Free DACA Renewal Clinic at DU – Denver

The Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you MUST apply to renew your DACA within the next thirty days. We cannot emphasize enough how much time is of the essence here. These renewals will be free and completely confidential. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does require that each DACA applicant pay $495 to renew their DACA; if you can bring a check or money order with you for that amount, please do so. If you do NOT have the $495 for the renewal fee, there is a possibility that we will have some funds available to cover the amount, but it is not guaranteed.

Where: Josef Korbel School of International Studies, 2201 S Gaylord St, Denver
When: Saturday, September 23 at 2:00pm

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Thanks as always for everything you have done and will do to fight off the far right: as many times as it takes. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to fight back on short notice to protect last week’s victory, and it won’t be the last. But with your help, we’ll be there every time. We’ll outlast them, and then we’ll win this country back.