The coming week is full of opportunities to take action in support of our shared progressive values. Now that, with your help, the far-right’s campaign to repeal health reform has been defeated, Republicans in Washington are turning to massive tax cuts for the wealthy and other parts of their agenda that would hurt the middle class and the institutions we all depend on.

But today, we are once again overwhelmed with sympathy for the victims of yet another mass shooting—the worst among so many horrific shootings in our nation’s recent history. The senseless killing of more than 50 people and the wounding of hundreds more in Las Vegas last night has shocked the conscience of every American. The grief being experienced by the families of victims and the many injured in last night’s violence is incomprehensible.

Just as Americans came together to help any way they could after the Newtown and Aurora shootings a few years ago, the first thing to do today is to take action in support of the victims in Las Vegas. If you are medically able to donate blood, there is a critical need: contact Bonfils Blood Center in Denver or your local blood donation center to give today.

Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak has set up a rapid-response fund to assist victims of the Las Vegas shootings. This is an excellent way to direct your financial support to the people most in need right now.

Thanks for doing your part once again under terrible circumstances. It is critical that in times of tragedy, we grieve but do not let the tragedy define who we are. Let our humanity in response to this terrible event be the story that everyone remembers, and then let’s work together to end the scourge of gun violence that is tearing our nation apart.

Here are more ways to take action for the week of October 2nd:

Inside/Out Youth Services Ally Up: The Power of Being an Ally!

This is our BIG fundraising and community outreach event of the year. Over 500 people will attend and we hope you’ll be there too. It’s free to attend though we do ask for a donation. Registration for the annual Ally Up! fundraising breakfast on October 3rd is up on the website! Help us expand allies here in the Springs and invite 9 of your favorite people? Sign up today!

Where: DoubleTree Colorado Springs, 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30am

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Community Resource Center Leadership 2018 Informational Webinar

Are you an Executive Director interested in expanding your leadership capabilities, developing greater self-confidence, and mastering management techniques that will increase your effectiveness? If so, then the Colorado Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program is for you. Join us for a FREE information session to learn more about this 9 month program offered by the Community Resource Center. Learn more about the leading edge curriculum, the outdoor retreat and the scholarship opportunities that are available. Hear from past participants of the program. We will be available to answer your questions about the program, the commitment and the learning experience.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Tuesday, October 3 at 3:30pm

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Colorado Association for Recycling 2017 Annual Meeting

Learn about what’s going on in recycling around the state and the recent activities and accomplishments of CAFR.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Wednesday, October 4 at 9:00am

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Governor’s Town Hall: Let’s Improve Colorado Together!

Join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne for a town hall on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Commerce City. Come and share your thoughts on the top issues facing our state. Together we can improve Colorado!

Where: Commerce City Civic and Justice Center, 7887 E 60th Ave, Commerce City
When: Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm

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9to5 Annual Soirée!

9to5’s Annual Soirée is right around the corner! We are planning an amazing evening filled with inspiration and love as we celebrate our work to win justice for our communities. You can look forward to live music, poetry, awards, silent auction, heavy appetizers, a cash bar – and much more!

Where: Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St Suite 320, Denver
When: Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm

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Mesa County Safe Schools Coalition Grand Valley Anti-Bullying 5K

Grand Junction, Colorado- The Grand Valley Anti- Bullying 5k is set for Saturday, October 7th, 2017. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m and will start and end at Eagle Rim Park. The 5k is intended to spread awareness about both suicide and bully prevention and coincides with National Suicide Prevention Month in September, and Bully Prevention Month in October.

Where: Eagle Rim Park, Grand Junction
When: Saturday, October 7 at 9:00am

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Bridging the Gap: Kids & Cops Facilitator Training

Down for real conversations? Authentic conversations? And needed conversations between Denver youth and police officers? Well… join our team of 118 community facilitators by learning basic facilitation skills you can use for Bridging the Gap: Kids & Cops Forums!

Where: 101 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, October 7 at 9:45am

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Taking Charge of the Narrative

Using the work of brain scientists who show that emotions and values shape how people vote, writer and activist Chris Devlin will explain why conservatives have been so successful at framing every issue and winning elections. She will walk progressives through how to shift the view to a compassionate and hopeful vision of the future. If you’re an activist, a blogger, interested in running for office or helping a campaign, or if you just want to communicate more effectively with those around you, attend this interactive workshop. Learn how to change hearts in order to change minds while taking charge of our nation’s story. (A familiarity with George Lakoff’s book “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate” is advisable but not mandatory.)”

Where: Standley Lake Public Library, 8485 Kipling Street, Arvada
When: Saturday, October 7 at 3:00pm

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APA October Meeting: Climate Reality

Join us to learn about the realities and dangers of climate change, the progress we’ve made, and what we can do about it in Arvada.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada
When: Saturday, October 7 at 3:45pm

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Indivisible Colorado Leadership Summit: Winning 2017 Elections

It’s time to join forces, build coalitions and learn how to channel activist energy towards elections. Space is limited, registration (and fee) using Action Network is required! If you formally or informally take the lead within any activist group committed to responsive, responsible and civil representation and legislation, you’ll benefit from this Summit.

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Sunday, October 8 at 10:00am

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Day of Volunteering with Legislators, OBI, and Broomfield CAN

The mission of Grassroots East Boulder is to unite, act and elect. That’s why we are engaging with 2017 local elections! On October 8, we will be teaming with our sister Indivisible groups, Broomfield CAN and One Broomfield Indivisible, as well as current and former legislators to participate in a canvassing event for progressive Broomfield City Council Candidates who support limits on fracking.

Where: Broadlands West Park, Sheridan and Meadow Mountain Drive, Broomfield
When: Sunday, October 8 at 11:00am

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C2A2 – United Against White Supremacy Hate!

The event will start at the Denver Civic Center and a march. We are calling on Congress “for the removal of President Trump whether it is by Impeachment or by the 25th Amendment and all other elected officials who embolden and support white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups in this country who feel emboldened by a US President who refuses to call these groups by what they really are, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, and who insists that Black Lives Matter are the Terrorists. and the end of white supremacist public policies. We are also asking that he be removed or Impeached for rescinding DACA, Obstruction of Justice, and other offenses. President Trump has a problem with Immigrants in this country, especially those who are from Mexico. With his revenge tactics, it is making it hard for those who are from other countries living and contributing to this country while going to school here to have a better life.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Sunday, October 8 at 3:00pm

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Thanks again for your passion and hard work week after week to fight for the values that make America great, in moments of both joy and sorrow. We’ll be back in touch shortly with more ways to make a difference.