On Friday, Donald Trump abandoned the last pretense that his administration isn’t deliberately trying to hurt people and break our institutions. Trump’s unilateral decision to cut off billions of dollars in cost-sharing subsidies is nothing less than a deliberate attempt to destabilize the health insurance market and threaten the health coverage of millions of Americans.
It is absolutely unthinkable that an American President would intentionally take action to hurt Americans in order to force political concessions from his opponents. This is not how responsible leaders act. This is not the kind of society the current generation of Americans inherited from our parents. And it’s not a responsible legacy to leave for our children.
Already, some Republicans are asking Trump to back away from this threat. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is calling on Trump to fund the cost-sharing subsidies, and find a solution to this dispute without hurting ordinary Americans. Action item #1 this week: Call Sen. Cory Gardner at 202-224-5941 and Sen. Michael Bennet at 202-224-5852, and urge them both to fight back with her.
Introducing the Progressive Jobs Board. Since the last election, a new wave of activism in America to fight back against Donald Trump and the far right has rapidly taken shape. The crisis of Trump’s presidency has mobilized Americans to get involved in the political system like nothing this nation has seen in at least 15 years, and probably much longer.
That means there’s a lot of important work to be done.
Last week, we started listing some of the many job openings at nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and progressive political campaigns that are opening up as the 2018 election season gets closer on our website. The response to our initial request for job listings from friends and allies was tremendous. Take a look at our Progressive Jobs Board today, and forward this message to friends and family who have the passion and/or the experience to join the movement full time.
Thanks for everything you do week in and week out to fight back. Here are even more ways to take action for the week of October 16th:
East5ide Unified/Unido and Servicios de La Raza: Unity Across Struggles, or Fighting for the Top of the Bottom
The context of this event is based upon the results of the 2012 report: Assessment of African American and Latino Race Relations in Denver – which was conducted by MSW students and members of the Shades Of Brown Alliance (SOBA) – a student organization at the University Of Denver Graduate School Of Social Work at the request of the Office of the Mayor. The information gathered in this study was consistent with findings in literature exploring race relations between African Americans and Latinos in cities throughout the United States, including that the fact thatAfrican Americans and Latinos experience common adversities and have a legacy of shared struggle.
Where: Rainer Auditorium in the Russell Pavilion, Saint Joseph Hospital 1375 E. 19th Ave, Entrance 2, Denver
When: Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm
League of Women Voters of Denver: Big Money in School Board Elections
Who funds School Board Campaigns? Why should those without children in local schools pay attention? Peg Perl – recent senior for Colorado Ethics Watch, a nonpartisan group focused on gov. ethics, campaign finance, fair elections, and open records – will be speaking on the issues surrounding school board campaign finance, including outside spending, and disclosure.
Where: 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm
Reversing Global Warming – A webcast with Paul Hawken
Join 350 South Metro Denver for a 60 minute webcast with Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown. Stick around for a discussion of how we can restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. Some light, healthy snacks will be provided by Mark Gregory and Laura Ryan, organic farmers from Maui.
Where: Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly Street, Centennial
When: Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00pm
Candidate Forum for Jeffco School Board
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Together Colorado Committee. Jeffco voters will elect 3 out of 5 members of the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Please attend this Candidate Forum to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter for this important election. Ballots will be mailed to voters the week of October 16.
Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W 32nd Ave, Golden
When: Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00pm
One Colorado: Get Out the Vote Call Night!
Join us at the One Colorado office to remind our supporters to get out and vote in 2017!
Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30pm
Empty Chair Town Hall meeting
The latest executive order from our current administration has put Americans in great jeopardy. Rep. Coffman needs to stop rubber stamping this administration’s priorities. He needs to speak out against Obamacare sabotage.
Where: Firehouse #2 Community Room. 12600 Hoffman Blvd. Aurora
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30pm
Douglas County School Board Candidate Forum at Ponderosa High School
The Social Studies and Journalism Departments are hosting a School Board Candidate Forum. Questions for this student lead forum can be submitted through the form below. All questions will be asked anonymously and the students will decide which questions will be asked. This is an open event and all are invited to attend.
Where: 7007 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker
When: Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00pm
Earthjustice: Public Hearing on Colorado Air Quality
Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is currently considering whether to strengthen air pollution standards for oil and gas operations – and they’re taking official input at a hearing on October 19 from Coloradoans like you. Stronger protections could significantly improve our air quality and our health, and combat climate change. The public is invited to this hearing to give public comments, and we need a strong showing on our side to get the strengthened standards we deserve statewide. Come join us!
Where: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 8:30am
Newsed Community Development Corporation Civil Rights Awards
The current political climate has brought to light various human and civil rights issues that leaves many of our most vulnerable communities wondering, what’s next? It is our wish to bring to light those issues and share the stories that our immigrant communities are facing. This year’s Civil Rights Awards will be a call to action to recognize our collective humanity beyond our boarders. Join us for an evening of commemoration to this movement and those working for social justice through their everyday lives, work, art and advocacy.
Where: Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 5:30pm
Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s Stupid Questions, Stupid Talents: Effectiveness of Violence?
Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s founder, Evan Weissman, has been teaching courses on the foundations of Nonviolence for many years. We wanted to do a paired-down, cliff notes version tonight and see if folks would be interested in continuing it on a monthly or quarterly basis. The course is rooted in experience and community and is taught by many people. Come prepared to listen, converse, share, and otherwise participate–and please give feedback as we consider if it’s worth it to do this as a continuing class with lots of community teachers/practitioners.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, October 19 at 6:00pm
One Colorado: Fall 2017 Denver GSA Leadership Summit
At the 2017 Denver GSA Leadership Summit, we will share best practices for creating and supporting effective GSA programs and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to be leaders in their community. Students (middle school, high school, and college-aged), educators, and parents who are passionate about creating safe, inclusive learning environments are all welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a FREE event and this year’s theme is ‘It Starts With Us’ to remind us that we all have the power to make change in our community.
Where: Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele Street, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 8:30am
Real Talk About Race: Shifting From Allyship to Leadership
This will be an interactive and face to face continuation and elaboration on the role that we all can play in eradicating racist systems. Facilitated by Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Chief Catalyst of The Equity Project & Dr. Timothy Tyler, Pastor of Shorter Community AME Church.
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 10:00am
Courageous Conversations: Refocusing on Health Disparity
Following the recent interactions in our Facebook birth community surrounding birth justice, equality and disparities; Courageous Conversations will open the floor to discuss how we move forward toward local action, education and resources. We will refocus on the history and root causes of birth disparities in the U.S. and how to shift white-centering to engage in meaningful work towards impact and progress.
Where: Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S Dahlia St, Denver
When: Saturday, October 21 at 10:00am
Conservation Colorado: Forum on oil and gas development along the Front Range
There is no question that oil and gas development has become a more contentious issue in Colorado over the last decade. As the Front Range’s population grows at an alarming rate, this creates increasing tension between population growth and the oil and gas industry. Join us for a conversation about the rules, regulations, policy, and opportunities to enact change in the face of this development.
Where: 7392 Irving St, Westminster
When: Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm
Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Training
MoveOn Front Range and Indivisible Front Range Resistance are holding two trainings on Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA). The trainings will include information and history about nonviolence, de-escalation practices, protestor roles in NVDA, affinity groups, and role plays. An ACLU representative will alsp be on hand to deliver a segment on protestor rights and legal issues and answer questions.
Where: Alfalfa’s Community Room, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 21 at 1:00pm
W. Slope Legal Observer Training – CO Rapid Response Network
Hello All! We will be holding a Legal Observer training in Montrose, Colorado as part of the Colorado Rapid Response Network! The training is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 2:00-5:00 pm and will take place at the W. Slope CIRC-HAP Office located at 300 N. Cascade Ave, Montrose, CO 81401.
Where: 300 N Cascade Ave, Montrose
When: Saturday, October 21 at 2:00pm
It’s a privilege to help spread the word about the vibrant resistance in Colorado to Trump and the far right agenda. For years Colorado has been a model for progressive organizing, but the last year has witnessed a new surge of activism and grassroots power that will make a difference long after Trump is a footnote in history.
Thanks again for everything you do, and we’ll be back in touch soon.