It’s eerily quiet out there for the middle of August.
In previous years, August was a month for politicians to engage with the citizens they represent back home at public town hall events. That’s changed since Republicans took control of Congress, and last year you may recall that persuading Sen. Cory Gardner to come out of hiding and hold town halls was a huge controversy.
Cory Gardner hasn’t held a town hall since November of 2017. This August, Mike Coffman is specializing in short-notice PR stunts that leave no room for real interaction at all.
And why, you ask? It’s because November is coming and they’re afraid of accountability. Nobody wants to answer for what Trump and the far right have done in Washington, but that day is coming. It’s that simple. We’re continuing to keep an eye out for public events around the state you can participate in, because Gardner, Coffman, and their friends have to come out of hiding sometime.
In the meantime, here are plenty of great ways to take action for the week of August 20:
Featured Event: Unite for Justice | Denver #StopKavanaugh
On August 26, join us on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol as we stand in solidarity with folks all across the country to demand that the U.S. Senate stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for a lifelong appointment to the Supreme Court.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, August 26 at 12:00pm
Medicaid Town Hall hosted by CCDC, CCHI and CCLP
Are you a Colorado Medicaid member? Do you provide care for someone who’s a Medicaid member? Is your child a Medicaid member? We want to hear from you about what can be better! If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for a LISTENING SESSION and LEARN how you can BECOME YOUR OWN ADVOCATE!
Where: Belmar Library, 555 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood
When: Wednesday, August 22 at 5:30pm
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Protecting Reproductive Rights in Challenging Times
Our program will bring you the latest information on the threats to Roe v. Wade, the state policy implications, the realities facing reproductive health providers, and the legal analyses around the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Please join us for this compelling call to action about access to reproductive health and abortion care, an opportunity for stigma-busting storytelling, and a special update with Karen Middleton, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.
Where: Embassy Suites Boulder, 2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
When: Thursday, August 23 at 11:30am
CO Rapid Response Network: Confirmer and Legal Observer Training!
We are a network of concerned and committed groups and volunteers who want to shine a light on potential injustice – and create the space for change. Learn about our network and the work we do! Then turn your newfound skills into fierce community action by joining the Colorado Rapid Response Network!
Where: Address available upon Registration, Aurora
When: Saturday, August 25 at 9:00am
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Citizenship Workshop
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Filipino-American Community Center will offer a citizenship workshop for legal permanent residents to earn citizenship.
Where: Filipino-America Community of Colorado, 1900 Harlan St, Lakewood
When: Saturday, August 25 at 10:00am
2018 Poor People’s Assembly
Join the Colorado Poor People’s Campaign to mobilize and fight the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality! In alignment with a national call to action, we are convening in the Civic Center Park amphitheater to continue to organize around the call for a moral revival.
Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park
When: Saturday, August 25 at 1:00pm
One Colorado: The 2018 Ally Awards!
One Colorado Education Fund will host its signature fundraising event — The Ally Awards — on August 25, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver. The evening will culminate in an awards presentation to allies who work to advance equality and make a substantive difference in the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans. The evening will kick off with a cocktail party on the pool terrace of the Four Seasons with a hosted bar, and heavy passed/stationed hors d’oeuvres. Guests will then move to the Four Seasons ballroom and attendees will enjoy an awards ceremony with special guest speakers, delectable desserts, and champagne.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, Denver
When: Saturday, August 25 at 6:30pm
Thanks as always for all your help making these events successful and our movement an historic success. See you next week!