The kids are not alright. They are, however, right on.
Last Wednesday, thousands of high school students across Colorado—and across America—walked out of class to protest the lack of action to stop mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida last month. Despite the ever-growing toll from mass shootings in the United States, once again even the most basic fixes to gun laws like strengthening background checks to ensure all criminal records are included are stalled in Washington.
The next generation won’t stand for today’s inaction. Cory Gardner placed a secret hold on legislation to improve background checks, but it’s not secret anymore. The NRA continues to spread fear and misinformation, but Americans are standing up to them and demanding concrete action to reduce gun violence. The tide is changing on gun violence in America, and what you are doing to fight back against the far right and the gun lobby is having an impact.
Item #1 this week: call members of the Colorado Senate State Affairs Committee right now and respectfully urge them to vote YES on Senate Bill 51 and NO on Senate Bill 52. Urge your Colorado Senators to vote YES on Senate Bill 51 to ban bump stocks. Every year the far right tries to repeal Colorado’s common-sense limit on magazine capacity (15 rounds), and every year we stop them. Tell your Senators to vote NO on Senate Bill 52.
Sen. Vicki Marble: 303-866-4876
Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg: 303-866-6360
Sen. Owen Hill: 303-866-2737
Sen. Stephen Fenberg: 303-866-4872
Sen. Lois Court: 303-866-4861
Working together, we’re going to reduce the death toll from gun violence in America. It’s not impossible. It can be done. And thanks to everyone who refuses to give up.
Here are more great ways to take action for the week of March 19:
Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Relaunch
With your help, we can change our criminal justice system for the better. We’re focused on talking with candidates and elected officials over the next few months, building our grassroots supporter network, educating the public, and raising the funds needed to sustain the organization.
Where: Washington Park Grille, 1096 S Gaylord St, Denver
When: Monday, March 19 at 6:00pm
Tuesday Meetups at Mike Coffman’s Office
Representative Coffman might not show up, but we sure do! Stop by to deliver letters, postcards, and meet with your fellow District 6 members.
Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, March 20 at 11:55am
Denver NORML Lobby Day Part III
Lobby Day for March 20th – Predictive Safety will be demonstrating impairment tests once again at the capitol! Come try out this fun interaction on the 3rd floor by guest services.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 20 at 8:00am
2018 World Down Syndrome Day
Join Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at the Colorado State Capitol for a celebration with Governor John Hickenlooper! The Global team, self-advocates, and other organizations serving the differently-abled will enjoy a fun photo op on the Rotunda Steps followed by announcements and light refreshments inside the Capitol.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 21 at 3:30pm
Community Workshop: How Healthy is Health Care in Colorado?
Come and join a one-hour community workshop for information and discussion focusing on the current landscape of health care in Colorado. Who gets insured and who’s still uninsured in Colorado? How do the recent changes in the Affordable Care Act impact Coloradans? What are the current issues in health care that might affect you? What are your own experiences, both positive and negative, of navigating a complex system of health care providers and insurers?
Where: Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez Library, 1498 Irving Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00pm
Conservation Colorado: Growth: North Metro’s Most Pressing Environmental Issue
Come listen and talk with Representative Faith Winter and City Councilor Emma Pinter about North Metro’s most pressing environmental issue – growth. Concerned about our transportation needs? Oil and gas development in your neighborhood? Our future water needs? Open space for our children to recreate in? Then join us on the 21st to learn more about these issues and how you can make a positive impact at the local and state level.
Where: Twenty Brew TapHouse, 11187 Sheridan Blvd, # 10, Westminster
When: Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00pm
RCV for Colorado: Beer Election
Join us to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting with a beer election. We’ll demonstrate in real time how simple Ranked Choice Voting is and talk about our upcoming campaigns. Featuring local non-partisan election reform groups including Ranked Choice Voting for Colorado.
Where: Dry Dock Brewing Company, 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora
When: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30pm
Insulin Price Transparency Act Committee Hearing (HB1009)
Are you fed up with the astronomical price increases of insulin (1200% over the last 20 years) with no answers? Come to the Capitol to share your story with legislators and demand transparency in insulin pricing.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 22 at 1:00pm
So All May Eat Gala
Come join this gathering of local chefs and people who are passionate about the belief that everyone deserves access to healthy food, regardless of ability to pay. SAME Café exists to create community through healthy, locally-sourced, mostly organic meals that are provided to every person who walks through the door. We have no prices on our meals and people contribute to our community in exchange for a meal: either through paying what they can or donating time. We create community, with dignity, through healthy food.
Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, March 22 at 5:30pm
Citizen Oversight Board: Public Forum on Denver Jails
Join the Citizen Oversight Board (COB) for a special discussion about incarceration in Denver. The COB conducts civilian oversight of the Denver Police Department and the Denver Sheriff Department. Civilian oversight is an ever-evolving field designed to provide communities with a voice in how law enforcement is conducted.
Where: Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 22 at 6:00pm
Mental Health Colorado: State of Mental Health Forum
Who will our next governor be? And what will that mean for mental health and substance use policy? Join Mental Health Colorado and the gubernatorial candidates to learn more about their views on mental health and substance use issues.
Where: PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St, Denver
When: Friday, March 23 at 11:30am
Curious Theatre Company: Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide Teen Night
Calling all artsy, theatre-loving, or simply curious teens! We have crafted the perfect night out for you and your friends. Join us for food, fun, live theatre, and the opportunity to engage with the Curious Artistic Company. Admission is just $5! Includes dinner, a ticket to The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and a seat at the post-show talkback.
Where: Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St, Denver
When: Friday, March 23 at 5:30pm
A Conversation with Janet Mock
Janet Mock is regarded as one of America’s most visible and influential trans women of color. She is a writer, TV host, media professional, cultural critic and advocate. She will share the stage with Dr. Roger Teel in conversation about her personal, political and professional experiences.
Where: Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood
When: Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm
March for Our Lives – Colorado
March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm
March for Our Lives – Colorado Springs
A march to make our voices heard. We are fighting for our children.
Where: Acacia Park, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, March 24 at 12:00pm
Longmont Leads with Love March for Our Lives
Please join us as we support the March for Our Lives national day of action. The weekly Longmont Leads with Love honk and wave vigil starts at 1:00 at 6th and Main and then the March begins at 2:00 down Main St. to the City and County Building at 3rd and Kimbark.
Where: 6th and Main, Longmont
When: Saturday, March 24 at 1:00pm
March for Our Lives – Fort Collins
Can’t make it down to Denver? Still want to show your support for our Students? You’re in luck! We’ve reserved Old Town Square in Fort Collins, CO for March 24th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to parallel the March in Denver for everyone who can’t make it down there! Speakers will be announced as they’re secured!
Where: Old Town Square, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, March 24 at 3:00pm
One Colorado: Pride Night: Mammoth vs. Stealth
One Colorado’s Pride Night with the Colorado Mammoth! Pride Night Package Includes:
– Colorado Mammoth vs Vancouver Stealth Game
– Colorado Mammoth Pride Night t-shirt
– $5 Donation to One Colorado
Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver
When: Saturday, March 24 at 6:00pm
45s Against 45: Anti-Trump + March For Our Lives 80s Dance Party
45s AGAINST 45, Denver’s anti-Trump dance party, returns — and this time it’s also a March For Our Lives afterparty. Join DJ Jason Heller (of FUNK CLUB, Mile High Soul Club, Whip It!) as he spins vinyl 45s from the ’80s to raise money for the March For Our Lives organization, the force behind the March For Our Lives rallies in Denver and across the country on March 24.
Where: Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, March 24 at 9:00pm
Legislative Action Workshop w/ Peg Perl & a panel of experts
FREE to the public. Donations accepted online, although not at the event. Please take a moment to consider making a donation to DemEnterCO so we can continue to bring you more events like this. Presentations and Q&A by Peg: what is the process for bills to become law, who are the power players in the Colorado General Assembly, how to look up information about pending legislation and opportunities to testify, and creative ways to contact and advocate to legislators. Also included are tips on finding information through the campaign finance database, lobbyist records, and open records requests to more fully inform your advocacy strategy.
Where: Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver
When: Sunday, March 25 at 10:30am
Change The Name Stapleton: Educational Forum: Symbolic Violence, Cultural Racism, & Our Community
What is symbolic violence? What is cultural racism? Why do these issues matter to the residents of Denver and our surrounding communities? Join us for a panel discussion that will allow us to reflect on the roles we play in either helping or hindering racial justice, on why community names matter, and on why names are only the beginning. We have work to do!
Where: The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora
When: Monday, March 26 at 5:00pm
As you can see, it’s a busy week in the fight for our shared values! Keep an eye on your inbox for breaking news alerts and events. And thanks again for everything you do week after week.