Last week, we sounded the alarm on three important events: a town hall with NRA favorite Rep. Mike Coffman, and action in the Colorado legislature on gun safety laws and protecting women’s abortion rights.
Each time, you showed up. And you made a huge difference.
Mike Coffman was once again besieged by constituents at his town hall demanding to know what he was going to do to protect Aurora from gun violence—and how Aurora’s representative in Congress could be Colorado’s #1 recipient of funding from the National Rifle Association.  Coffman had no good answers and endured yet another round of terrible press. Coffman’s Team did everything they could to make it as hard as possible for regular folks to attend his town hall, but once again you showed him that there is no silencing the resistance.
In the Colorado legislature, hundreds of people swarmed the state capitol last week to testify against foolish attempts to weaken Colorado’s common-sense gun laws, barely a week after the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkville, FL. Over six hours of testimony overwhelmingly against a bill to let people carry guns in schools put an end to that terrible idea—for now. Later in the week, women lined up to testify against a yet another attempt by the ultra right wing to make abortion a felony in Colorado.
As Trump as taught us all too well, we are only one election away from the worst case scenario, even in a great state like Colorado. Bad bills don’t die on their own. Politicians aren’t held accountable unless we step forward together and make it happen. Last week, once again, you did. And I’m grateful to live in a state full of people like you who fight back week after week whether the news cameras are rolling or not.
Here are more great ways to make a difference for the week of February 26:
Colorado Black Women for Political Action February General Meeting
Join us for CAUCUS TRAINING at our February General Meeting. All are welcome!
Where: Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd, Denver
When: Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm
29th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast
The 2018 Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast will host a panel of bipartisan legislators and a keynote speaker who will speak to the issues affecting Colorado women and families. The 2018 theme is Disrupting Power Dynamics. Individual tickets sold out, sponsorships still available.
Where: Denver Scottish Rite Consistory, 1370 Grant St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00am
Bicycle Colorado: Safe Streets Day at the Capitol
This is your chance to share with legislators how important better bicycling and safer streets are to you. Together, we’ll advocate for better bicycling across the state. Bills to improve safety for all road users are moving through the state legislature and your voice is needed more than ever. The legislative session only runs through May, so now is a critical time to show up and speak up. Do it for yourself, your kids, your riding buddies and individuals who can’t be there.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 27 at 8:00am
Blueprint Denver Workshop
Denver is growing rapidly. The City is developing the Blueprint Denver Plan to address the growth for the next 20 years. Help make sure that the West side voice is heard!
Where: 1498 Irving St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30pm
Indivisible Lobby Day
Join Indivisibles from across Colorado in our first Citizen Lobby Day. We will start our day at the Capitol in the cafe located in the basement. That is where we will learn about a few of the upcoming pressing bills and be guided in best lobbying practices. From there, you will go and engage with your elected officials. We’ll have an experienced lobbyist to help guide you through the process.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 28 at 8:15am
Climate Leadership Conference
The Clean Coalition is a partner organization for the Climate Leadership Conference, which will take place on February 28-March 2, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver in Denver, CO. Outreach Director John Bernhardt will lead a breakout session entitled, “Resilience through renewables on corporate campuses.”
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 1111 14th St, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 28 – Friday, March 2
2018 FLTI Community Event – A Leadership Evolution
This event is an opportunity to hear from Family and Youth Leaders who are leading in our community today and hear how FLTI helped them do so. We will also have an opportunity for you to to help support FLTI of Denver Five Points to propel us into a new furure of impacts!
Where: Denver Ram Network – CSU Alumni Association, 475 17th St, Ste 100, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30pm
Women of Denver: 5 Keys to Effective Leadership
Times have changed. Now more than ever, the world is looking for leaders to guide us through these challenging times. And women are just the leaders to lead the change in 2018! Studies show that women are best equipped to step up as natural, effective leaders in the workplace, as business owners and in our communities. Yet there are specific ways that we, as women, continue to undermine our success. Learn the most common mistakes women make as leaders then discover the five essential keys that must be aligned and work together so you can create the impact and become the leader that you want to be.
Where: Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 1 at 12:00pm
Colorado Common Cause: Democracy on the Line: Why Courts Matter
Federal courts have a huge influence on public policy–and a direct impact on Coloradans. But out of the three branches of government, our court system is the furthest removed from the public eye. Join us for drinks and conversation about the important role that courts play in Colorado on Thursday, March 1 from 5-7 PM at the Irish Snug in Denver. Our conversation will be led by Peg Perl, an open government lawyer and advocate with Courts Matter Colorado.
Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 1 at 5:00pm
Healthier Colorado: Advocacy at the State Capitol: Training/Workshop
Come join Healthier Colorado for our Advocacy at the State Capitol Training. Learn about the legislative process and how to hold our elected officials accountable through the power of your own story. The main topics we will focus are the affordability of prescription drug and the cost, quality, and access, of healthcare. After this training, you’ll be ready to use your voice to inspire change! Dinner will be provided!
Where: Healthier Colorado, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 1 at 5:30pm
Our Revolution Boulder: The Great Big Gay Fabulous Caucus Training
Come join us as we give a training and a refresh on how the caucus is going to work on March 6th! Let’s make it fabulous and fun! No one likes a boring caucus training!
Where: Alfalfa’s Market, 1651 Broadway, Boulder
When: Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm
Repro Rights Roadshow—Fort Collins
JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. We’ll talk about what’s going on at the Capitol and how you can help. We also want to hear from you! Tell us what’s happening in your schools and community and how we can help make your community and the state of Colorado a leader in Reproductive Rights.
Where: Old Town Library, 201 Peterson Street, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, March 3 at 2:00pm
Northern Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Do you know who you’re supporting for governor yet? If not–and even if you do–join us at the Northern Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Forum where you can see the candidates live! This will likely be your last chance to hear from the candidates before you cast your vote in the state-wide party caucuses on March 6 at 7pm.
Where: Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, March 3 at 3:00pm
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