<p>This week marks a very important anniversary. The 25th, in fact. In 1993, then-President Bill Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act into law. Since then, American workers have used the protections in the FMLA some 200 million times to take time off from work to care for themselves and their family without worrying about losing their jobs.</p>
<p>25 years later, it&rsquo;s clear there&rsquo;s still a lot more work to be done.</p>
<p><strong>Everyone agrees that American workers need more than just time off work to survive a medical emergency</strong>. Without paid medical leave, most Americans are never more than one serious illness away from bankruptcy, poverty, and even homelessness. In Washington, Trump and the far right are considering a terrible plan to simultaneously deplete Social Security funds and force workers to stay on the job later in life if they get sick, have a baby, or need to care for a loved one. It&rsquo;s atrocious.</p>
<p><strong>In Colorado, we&rsquo;ve come up with a better plan.</strong> Action item #1 this week: join ProgressNow Colorado, Colorado 9to5, other progressive advocacy groups, and other folks like you on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol building as we rally and then testify in favor of the Colorado Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI). Hear from experts on this important issue as well as real Colorado families who would benefit--and then stick around to testify in favor of paid family medical leave for every working Coloradan.</p>
<p><strong>What: FAMLI Day of Action</strong><br /><strong>Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Tuesday, February 6 at 12:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/545125692523484/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
<p><strong>And here are many more great ways to fight back on behalf of our shared values this week:</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Love Knows No Borders, No Walls, No Bans Vigil 2018</strong></p>
<p>For the 9th year in a row, AFSC will deliver handmade valentines to detention center detainees and day laborers. People who could use extra love right now. We consider this a meditation. Make something beautiful for someone separated from loved ones, separated by borders and distance or by walls. We assert that our Love knows No Borders, No Walls.</p>
<p><em>Por el noveno a&ntilde;o seguido AFSC entregar&aacute; cartas de San Valent&iacute;n, hechos a mano y con amor, a los hermanxs que est&aacute;n detenidos y a los jornaleros, a los que se necesita un poco m&aacute;s de amor. Consideramos que haciendo las cartas es como un estilo de meditaci&oacute;n, una manera de hacer algo bello para alguien quien est&aacute; separado de los quien le aman, por fronteras y distancia o por muros. En esta manera, podemos declarar que nuestro amor no tiene fronteras ni reconoce muros. Afirmamos que nuestro Amor no reconoce fronteras, ni muros.</em></p>
<p><strong>Where: GEO Aurora Ice Processing Center, Aurora</strong><br /><strong>When: Monday, February 5 at 6:00pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/136201863760333/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>9to5 Colorado: Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!</strong></p>
<p>Welcome to the celebration of revolution in public transit. we will be highlighting the birthday of Rosa Parks and her work within the Civil Rights Movement for Transit Equities Day!Join The Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union for the next step actions in the fight for a more Equitable Public Transit system from RTD.</p>
<p><strong>Where: One Civic Center Plaza, 19th Floor Conference Room, 1560 Broadway, Denver </strong><br /><strong>When: Tuesday, February 6 at 1:00pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1087610724714659/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>One Colorado: Birth Certificate Modernization Act Call Night</strong></p>
<p>Join us at the One Colorado office for a couple hours to ask our representatives to support the Birth Certificate Modernization Act, which will make it easier for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate!</p>
<p><strong>Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Tuesday, February 6 at 5:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/348193152361593/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>2018 State of Biking in Denver</strong></p>
<p>BikeDenver is proud to host our annual State of Biking event again for 2018. Come and hear first hand what's happening in biking in Denver.</p>
<p><strong>Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00am</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/150668678922653/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Women's Lobby of Colorado - Women and Families Wednesday</strong></p>
<p>Join Women's Lobby of Colorado on our Lobby Day as part of the Women and Families cohort! We will be taking our citizen lobbyists to talk to their legislators about the issues that are important to women and families. Note there will be a lobby training in the morning - where we answer all your questions. Please meet us in the Capitol basement cafeteria!</p>
<p><strong>Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00am</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/164423367530556/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Tell Sen. Bennet #CleanDreamActNow</strong></p>
<p>It's time to march to Senator Bennet's office to send a message loud and clear, "We need a champion in Washington! Don't let us down again Senator Bennet! Stand with us and lead the push for a #DreamActNow! Meet us at Civic Center Park at the corner of Colfax and Broadway at 3:30 p.m., and march with us to Sen. Bennet's office. Co-hosts are Colorado People's Alliance, Padres &amp; J&oacute;venes Unidos, AFSC &amp; Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Together Colorado, OFA &ndash; Colorado, 9to5 Colorado, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, United For A New Economy.</p>
<p><strong>Where: Denver's Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/140628353412378/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Citizens Project: Legislative Priorities Forum</strong></p>
<p>Join Citizens Project, Colorado Common Cause, One Colorado, and the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region to learn about the legislative actions that we will be involved in and how you can stay up to date and get involved.</p>
<p><strong>Where: Pikes Peak Library District - Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs</strong><br /><strong>When: Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/829308013918779/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Colorado Homes For All Legislative Gathering</strong></p>
<p>Hello everyone! Our bills will be heard in committee in the month of February so we need everyone who is planning on participating in any capacity to come to this meeting. Food childcare and Spanish translation will be provided as usual.</p>
<p><em>Hola a todxs, nuestros proyectos de leyes van a ser escuchados en el mes de febrero entonces es muy importante que todos que quieren participar esten en la junta. Como siempre, habra comida, cuidado de nino y traduccion.</em></p>
<p><strong>Where: 1515 W 47th Ave, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Thursday, February 8 at 6:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1561115643983964/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>One Colorado: Hedwig and the Angry Inch &amp; Transgender Issues in CO pre-show</strong></p>
<p>Join One Colorado for an installment of the Aurora Fox Arts Center's "Go Beyond the Show" series on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:30PM, prior to a performance of the Tony Award-winning show, &ldquo;Hedwig and the Angry Inch&rdquo;. Before the 7:30PM showing, One Colorado will host a 45-minute discussion titled "Transgender Issues in Colorado," where we will discuss issues facing transgender Coloradans, and how you can get involved to make Colorado a more free and welcoming state for all!</p>
<p><strong>Where: Aurora Fox, 9900 E Colfax Ave, Aurora</strong><br /><strong>When: Friday, February 9 at 6:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1624171027669087/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Home bigger than houses: Solutions to the crisis</strong></p>
<p>Share your experiences and hear about Solutions. What kind of a community are we right now? What are our HOPES, FEARS, and NEEDS for housing? Come enjoy the rich and diverse culture and tasty foods from Federal Blvd while exploring creative solutions to our housing crisis.</p>
<p><strong>Where: St Rose Of Lima School, 1345 W Dakota Ave, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Saturday, February 10 at 11:00am</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1969117130014540/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>NAACP Denver Branch: Black History Celebration</strong></p>
<p>Join us at our next community meeting for a celebration of Black History with special guest speaker Reverend Dr. Eugene Downing!</p>
<p><strong>Where: New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Saturday, February 10 at 11:00am</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/160565281258049/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p><strong>Woke Educators of Color Gathering</strong></p>
<p>As educators of color in Denver, we have felt isolation, anxiety, and angst... so we want build a space to come together to support each other.</p>
<p><strong>Where: Cafe Cultura, 910 Galapago St, Denver</strong><br /><strong>When: Sunday, February 11 at 12:30pm</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/974848025996429/">Click here to RSVP</a>.</strong></p>
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<p>Thanks again for all you do every day to fight back against Trump and the far right. We&rsquo;ll be back next week with more ways to take action.</p>