This past weekend, a strange political convention came to town. Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), an anti-choice organization claiming to be the “pro-life voice and wing” of the Democratic Party, hosted its inaugural conference in Denver ahead of the 2018 elections.
Representative Jovan Melton, Representative Leslie Herod, and Senator Rhonda Fields joined ProgressNow Colorado, NARAL, and Compassion & Choices to call them out.
Progressive values are not up for debate. Progressives support abortion rights. The national and Colorado state Democratic platform both stand strongly in defense of “reproductive health, rights, and justice.” Democratic lawmakers must stand up for abortion rights, not support policies that punish, stigmatize and hurt their constituents.
Action item #1 this week: sign our petition affirming that defending abortion rights is a non-negotiable progressive value. We’ll make sure every Democratic lawmaker in Colorado gets the message.
Thanks for taking action to protect abortion rights and Democratic values! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of July 23:
Not Apologizing LIVE
“NOT APOLOGIZING LIVE” – A fundraiser concert for Colorado Immigrant Rights and CenterStage Theatre student scholarships. FEATURING: Marcos Ospina, Vidushi Goyal, Chloe Vuillermoz. WITH: Asha Romeo, Anastasia Hanson.
Where: 901 Front St, Louisville
When: Monday, July 23 at 7:30pm
AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights: Spotlight On! Bird Dogging
Please join us on Tuesday, July 24th at 5:00 pm at the AFSC office for our Spotlight On: Bird Dogging! A Bird Dog is “someone who monitors and seeks out candidates as they campaign, to get their answers on important questions and influence their position on the issues.” Bird Dogging allows us to educate candidates about our position on immigration legislation, or other pressing matters. It’s our chance to guide candidates in a positive direction and stand up for the rights of EVERYONE in our community. With congress on recess in August it’s the perfect time to put our Bird Dogging skills into practice. In this workshop we will shared tried and true methods for making your voice heard!
Where: 1420 N Ogden St, Denver
When: Tuesday, July 24 at 5:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Family Defender Phone Bank – Denver
Join CIRC Wednesday to call through a list of voters and begin to identify pro-immigrant allies for the 2018 election. Now more than ever we have to encourage people of color to get out to the polls and vote! Food, snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring you cell phone.
Where: Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 25 at 5:00pm
Denver for DACA w/ Threads Worldwide
Denver for DACA is back for round three! Join Cervecería Colorado, SameSide, and Threads Worldwide for cerveza and dinner with a side of advocacy. In between courses, we’ll show our support for Dreamers and immigrants by taking a stand for the passage of a clean DREAM Act and comprehensive, humane immigration reform. Every ticket includes dinner, two cervezas, advocacy materials, a donation to the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and tax & tip.
Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00pm
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Case Studies: Punishment and Justice
What do case studies from history show us about justice and what might we dream up as alternatives? Check out a series of odd performances and smarty-pants presentations about punishment and justice, their impacts in our community, and what we can do about it.
Where: McNichols Building, Civic Center Park, Denver
When: Thursday, July 26 at 6:00pm
Colorado Black Women for Political Action: Courageous Conversations Around Race – Visioning Session
SAVE THE DATE – This is a visioning session for folks who identify as being from the African Diaspora-FOLLOWED BY a keynote by George Frazier. CBWPA is partnering with other community organizations. If you know of an organization you don’t believe is on our radar list them in the comments of this event.
Where: Saint Joseph Hospital, 1375 19th Avenue Rainer Auditorium, Denver
When: Saturday, July 28 at 8:30am
Northern Colorado Dreamers United: Scholarship Fundraiser & Ceremony 2018
Northern Colorado Dreamers United (NCDU) is youth-led organization that works towards enhancing immigrant rights through education, civic engagement, and grassroots organizing. We work with the people to achieve immigration reform and empower underrepresented communities. Northern Colorado Dreamers United presents the Bob Norris Youth with Experience Scholarship Fundraiser. Join us on Saturday, July 28th 2018 for our second ceremony presentation of new grantees of the Bob Norris Youth with Experience Scholarship and fifth fundraiser.
Where: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 805 3rd Ave, Longmont
When: Saturday, July 28 at 6:30pm
Thanks again for your help fighting for our shared progressive values. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.