In America today, no institution is more crucial to our success and at the same time vilified than our public education system. Without education, Americans can’t compete. But, here in Colorado our teachers lack the most essential resources they need to carry out their responsibilities in the classroom—and when teachers go home at night they struggle to feed their own families.
Something has to give.
For two days last week, thousands of Colorado teachers, students, and their supporters rallied at the Colorado state capitol to call for better funding for our public schools. After statewide votes and numerous attempts to increase funding for education, Colorado remains below the national average for both per-student funding and teacher salaries. As the economy in Colorado booms, ill-conceived limits on the state’s ability to raise revenue put in place over a quarter century ago prevent leaders from taking action even when they want to.
When the politicians can’t get their act together, it’s up to the people to stand up and demand better. Thanks to everyone who turned out last week to stand up for public education and the teachers who make education happen. With your help, this issue will be an important part of the debate heading into this year’s elections—and in 2019, when victory this year will enable real change.
Here are many more great ways to take action for the week of April 30:
Neurodiversity, Women and the Spirit of Courage
Temple Grandin School presents “Meeting of the Minds: Neorodiversity, Women and the Spirit of Courage” with Dr. Temple Grandin Liane Holliday Willey, EdD – Pretending to be Normal and Alix Generous with Jane Miller of Jane Knows moderating the panel. Together they will explore how neurodiversity, women and their spirit of courage are shaping a new era of equality for all types of minds.
Where: eTown, 1535 Spruce St, Boulder
When: Monday, April 30 at 5:30pm
Signature Gathering Workshop-Protect CO from fracking!
Food & Water Watch is a part of CO Rising, a state-wide coalition of grassroots volunteers and local groups who are ready to protect Colorado communities from fracking. This summer, we have the opportunity to get an important initiative on the November ballot. It would keep fracking wells a minimum of 2,500 ft away from homes, schools, hospitals, and drinking water sources-to protect our air, water, and health from the fracking industry!
Where: Food & Water Watch Colorado, 1801 North Williams St, Suite 400, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30pm
Environmental Racism And Improving Allyship (350 Metro Denver)
Please join us at 350 Metro Denver, to talk about what environmental racism is, and what being an effective ally looks like. We will have a short presentation overview and then a panel discussion about these issues and sampling of what they may look like in the metro area. Help us learn how to come together to support each other, and ways in which we must consider a hierarchy or needs in our green projects and transition movements.
Where: Highlands United Methodist Church 3131 Osceola St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 1 at 6:00pm
Denver Homeless Out Loud: Class Action Pre Trial Conference
The Class action lawsuit the homeless community has filed against the city of Denver has its pretrial conference May 2nd. Remember blankets and other personal property the city was caught confiscating from the homeless community without due process. The hearing will be procedural but lots of folks there to watch the proceedings before hand can only help hold the whole process accountable. Before hand we will have a quick rally and some statements for the press and food!
Where: Denver Homeless Out Loud, 2260 California St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 2 at 2:15pm
Repro Rights Roadshow—Longmont
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: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont
When: Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm
Out Boulder County: Queer Prom: lgbtq+ youth & allies!
It’s that time of year again for our annual LGBTQ youth dance! Our youth planning committee has chosen DECADES as the theme of this year’s event! We will be celebrating queer history through the ages, with decade-themed activities and music! Costumes encouraged! Food & drinks will be provided! This event is FREE to attend for all LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 13 – 18 (12 with guardian permission).
Where: YMCA of Boulder Valley, Corporate Headquarters: 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette
When: Friday, May 4 at 6:00pm
Mouths Against Monsanto
Mouths Against Monsanto is an open mic fundraiser to bring awareness to GMOs and express issues related to food, agriculture and the environment. Enjoy an evening of live music, spoken word and organic food with us at the Mercury Cafe!
Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, May 4 at 7:00pm
Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival
For 31 years, Denver’s Cinco De Mayo ‘Celebrate Culture’ Festival produced by Newsed has existed as an extension of the celebration of the tradition of freedom and the beauty of the Latin culture that occurs across the country each May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a heroic people and their struggle for freedom.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, Denver
When: Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6
Autism Speaks Denver Walk
The Denver Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people on the spectrum. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Where: Infinity Park at Glendale, 4599 E Tennessee Ave, Glendale
When: Sunday, May 6 at 9:00am
Media Manipulation: This Is Your Brain on Bots and Trolls
Cambridge Analytica, Facebook; Sinclair, The Denver Post; Robert Mercer, algorithms, and artificial intelligence…. What is the end game? Control of our media and our minds. When we don’t know who to trust and everything seems like fake news, we are most ripe for manipulation. Join us as we define the crisis in news media and how it impacts each of us. Learn about their strategies, our vulnerabilities, and how we can protect ourselves. This is the first of three programs in a series that will include expert speakers and facilitated dialogue.
Where: Pikes Peak Library District-Penrose Library, 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs
When: Monday, May 7 at 5:30pm
We’ll see you at these events! Please keep an eye on your inbox for breaking news alerts, which could come at any time. We’re grateful for your support and help in this critical year.