As we head into the holidays and the end of a very long year, I wanted to take a moment to say something once again that I’ve said each week as we’ve helped organize the resistance to Trump and the far right here in Colorado.

Thank you.

We say thanks so often it loses its meaning. Sometimes we even say it sarcastically. But the truth is, after Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 elections, so many of us who work full-time in progressive politics were questioning our professional lives and choices on a basic level. Did we do everything we could? Can we learn from the mistakes that brought us here? Does what we do matter?

And then the people responded. Hundreds of thousands of you in Colorado alone, from the Women’s March to this past weekend’s demonstrations in support of net neutrality. You stopped the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, fought back against the Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress at every step, and set the stage for historic accountability at the polls next year.

It’s because of you that there is hope going into 2018 despite everything that’s happened in the last year. The fight goes on as you can see below across the broad range of critical issues confronting our state and nation, but every day my confidence is growing that we will take this country back—and soon. And you’re the one I have to thank.

Here are ways to take action for the week of December 11th:

Open to All: Discussing Discrimination at the Supreme Court

One week after the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CO Civil Rights Com’n, join us for a discussion with Colorado community leaders and those involved in the case. Refreshments will be served. No ticket required to attend, but RSVPs appreciated for space and food/drink planning.

Where: 303 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm

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Change The Name Stapleton: Voice Your Opinion at Community Name Listening Sessions

If you were promised in the 1990s that the Stapleton name wouldn’t be used at the site of the old airport, or in the early 2000s that it would only be used as a locator and in small font… that the name would be phased out, if you were part of the activist group in 2002, or #ChangeTheNameStapleton in 2015, or if you’re just getting involved. You deserve to have your voice heard and they say they are going to listen! Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler will facilitate two community meetings on December 11th about our community name. Please attend one or both to voice your opinion.

Where: The Cube Stapleton, 8371 Northfield Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, December 11 at 5:30pm

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Rally for Universal Health Care

Rally across Colorado with the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care and 120 countries worldwide on Dec. 12 for a health care system that covers everyone on Universal Health Coverage Day — an international day of action celebrated around the globe.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 12:00pm

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Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 12:00pm

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Tell Mike Coffman: Fix the GOP #taxscam

Come join us as we encourage Congressman Mike Coffman to vote NO on the Republican tax bill currently in the House. Co-hosted by Indivisible Colorado District 6, Indivisible Front Range Resistance,, Indivisible Denver, OFA – Colorado, and ProgressNow Colorado. Aurora City Council member Crystal Murillo will be with us.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, December 12 at 3:00pm

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Affordable Housing 101: Can We Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis?

It’s time for a real investment in accessible, affordable housing in your community. Join your elected officials in Housing 101 – learn about the need for affordable housing, possible approaches to increasing the supply of housing, and addressing the housing needs of rural, urban, and suburban areas. This event is free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Where: Aurora Municipal Center Aurora Room, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora
When: Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30pm

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Sierra Club – Denver Metro Network 2017 Year End Summit: A Celebration With Food And Drinks

Join us for the second annual year-end summit of the Colorado Sierra Club! This fun-filled and reflective reception will celebrate our successes in 2017 in our first year responding to the Trump Administration and highlight what engagement opportunities we have in store for 2018 to explore, enjoy and protect Colorado.

Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00pm

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Congress: Time’s Up #DREAMActNOW

Thousands have already lost their DACA protections while Congress plays with their lives by sidelyning a vote on the DREAM Act. We can’t and WON’T WAIT any longer. TIme’s up Congress – we won’t sit idly by if you’ve stood in the way of passing a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year. Join us for a rally and press conference at St. Cajetans on Auraria campus on Thursday Dec. 14th @ 11:30am to hold our Colorado members of Congress accountable.

Where: St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus, 1200 Ninth St., Denver
When: Thursday, December 14 at 11:30am

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Colorado Consumer Protection Coalition: Holiday Shopping: Buyers Beware Rally

Fine print clauses that take away your legal, constitutional rights can be found everywhere – including in the credit cards you use to purchase holiday gifts, on the websites for major stores, and even on the products themselves. It’s time we bring awareness to Wall Street’s overreach into Colorado’s main streets. Join us in front of the Lakewood Best Buy on 384 S Wadsworth Blvd at 2 p.m. on December 14th and let your concerns be heard!

Where: 384 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood
When: Thursday, December 14 at 2:00pm

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Beers and the Budget: How the national budget affects us

Even though 2017 is drawing to a close, things are far from cooling down in Washington D.C.One major priority for Congress over the next few weeks is finalizing a national budget – if they don’t the government will shut down in early to mid December. However, the budget that the Trump administration and US House have put forward are full of cuts that will have grave impacts for Coloradans, especially to our healthcare and environment. Please join us for a beer and to talk about the budget, and bring a friend! We’ll supply some appetizers.

Where: Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine St, Denver
When: Thursday, December 14 at 6:30pm

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Mi Familia Vota and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Phone Bank for Clean DREAM Act

3 months have passed since #DACA has been terminated and Congress has a real opportunity to act and pass a #CleanDreamAct now. It is urgent that we organize and that we get our community including students, parents, teachers, etc to phone bank our representatives so they hear from us, their constituents, a clear message that we are#HereToStay and that we need a Clean DREAM Act to pass. Join us at the ACLU offices at 303 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203t Suite 350 to phone bank with us. There will be food!

Where: 303 E 17th Ave, Denver
When: Friday, December 15 at 12:00pm

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Sunday School For Atheists: Safety

What makes a safe community? Is safety the same as being comfortable or happy? Does a gun make you safe? Do the police? More money = safer? Does access to education? Healthy food? Fresh air? Come decorate holiday cookies and hear some interesting takes on what makes a safe community, and what we can do about it.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, December 17 at 11:00am

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Craftivism and Craft Beers

Join us Monday, December 18th from 6pm-8pm at Crazy Mountain’s Taproom in Lakewood! Get your holiday craft on with other choice activists as we make feminist themed crafts while drinking delicious beer! Feel free to bring your own craft supplies from the list provided. We will have some on hand and are asking a $5 donation if you use ours! Looking forward to crafting and craft beer-ing!

Where: 7260 W Alaska Dr, Lakewood
When: Monday, December 18 at 6:00pm

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From all of us at ProgressNow Colorado, have a happy holiday season and New Year. We look forward to seeing all of you in 2018. It’s going to be a big year…