In the last week, we’ve witnessed horrible acts of political violence and intimidation across the nation. Bombs mailed to former Presidents and other critics of Donald Trump, a racially-motivated random shooting in Kentucky, and then the unthinkable killing of 11 people attending services at a Pittsburgh synagogue this past weekend. My grandparents survived the holocaust. They told me it wasn’t a matter of “if” anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in America once again, but when. They were unfortunately right.

In each of these terrible acts, the division and hatred that has been empowered in American politics over the last two years is sickeningly apparent. The vilification of journalism and critical thinking that resulted in pipe bombs mailed to CNN. Age-old racism fueled by the American right’s vicious character assassination of Barack Obama and resulting in the senseless murder of two black men in a grocery store. And the toxic mixture of immigrant xenophobia and anti-Semitism that resulted in Saturday’s tragic mass shooting. These are the bitter fruits of the right’s quest for power, and their unwillingness to confront the ugliness that has festered in the hard right wing of their political movement.

You resistance to Trump is about stopping all of this. We know that these terrible actions do not represent the views of the vast majority of Americans, or Coloradans, Democrats, Republicans, third-party or Unaffiliated voters. In just over a week, we will have the first opportunity for Americans to render a verdict on the deplorable state of our politics since Donald Trump became President. As long as you do your civic duty–and make sure everyone you know does theirs–we will begin the process of unwinding Trump’s and the Republican Party’s chokehold on power a week from tomorrow.

Get your ballot returned! The recommended deadline to mail in your ballot is today, October 29. If you haven’t voted by tomorrow please take your ballot to a drop off box in your county or visit a Voter Service & Polling Center. Today is also the deadline to request a ballot by mail, though you’ll need to return it to your county clerk or a 24-hour drop box to ensure it’s received in time. If you’re not registered yet but eligible to vote, you can register all the way up to Election Day in Colorado. You can thank our super progressive pro-voter election law for that! Visit JustVoteColorado.org for all the details on how and where to vote in Colorado.

Once you’ve voted, check out these additional ways to make a difference for the week of October 29. Also check the RiseUp app for more alerts:


A Community Response to Hate

Join District Attorney Michael Dougherty, community leaders, law enforcement, and school representatives on Monday, October 29th for an important discussion on combating bias and hate.

Where: Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
When: Monday, October 29 at 5:00pm

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Abolish ICE Vigil at Aurora Immigrant Detention Center

We will gather at the Aurora immigrant detention center for a vigil and ceremony in honor of Dia de los Muertos and all immigrant families detained and impacted by ICE. Speakers from the local immigrant community will be present. The vigil will begin at 10am and transition into music, dancing and performances. Bring signs and musical instruments and wear costumes if desired.

Where: 3130 North Oakland Street, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00am

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Weekly Coffman protest

Constituents of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district unite to support democracy. Colorado’s 6th Congressional district is “represented’ by Representative Mike Coffman. Let’s change that in November 2018.

Where: 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 11:55am

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Action Committee Banners Over I-25

The Action Committee’s “Banners Over the Highway/Take That Soon-to-Be Ex-Congressman Coffman” project continues every week! We’ll be on that bridge every Tuesday until Coffman loses his job. Join us and our CD6 team members. We’ve got enough banners for both sides of the highway now. We need more banner holders, flag wavers and middle finger counters!

Where: Union Ave. Bridge and I-25
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 4:30pm

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One Colorado Call Night!

Join us at the One Colorado office to call supporters of LGBTQ equality.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm

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When: Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30pm

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When: Thursday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Chat 4 Choice GOTV Phone Banks

Join us to Chat 4 Choice and make calls to get our pro-choice candidates across the finish line and elected into office! We’ll be making phone calls and writing pledge to vote cards to make sure folks know who our pro-choice candidates are and remind them to return their ballots.

Where: NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, 1905 Sherman St, Denver
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 4:00pm

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When: Thursday, November 1 at 4:00pm

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Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Trick or Vote Colorado Springs- Family Friendly Democracy

Come in costume and help us get out the vote in Colorado Springs! Families & children are welcome! Participate in our family-friendly democracy! Never to early to start teaching your kids how to be civically engaged! We will meet at Sand Creek Elementary School and will walk the neighborhood nearby!

Where: Sand Creek Elementary School, 550 Sand Creek Dr, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:30pm

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Trick or Vote Aurora – Family Friendly Democracy

Come in costume and help us get out the vote! Families & children are welcome! We will have food, candy & refreshments available! Participate in our family-friendly democracy! Never to early to start teaching your kids how to be civically engaged!

Where: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:30pm

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Exploring Participatory Budgeting in Denver

The Participatory Budgeting Project is hosting an interactive training on participatory budgeting – a process for empowering everyday people for cities, schools, and organizations to spend money democratically – from 12-4pm in conjunction with the NCDD 2018 Conference and Denver’s own participatory budgeting pilot processes in the neighborhood of Cole and on the Auraria campus!

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Pl, Denver
When: Thursday, November 1 at 12:00pm

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One Colorado Volunteer Welcome Training!

Join us to learn more about One Colorado’s mission and ways you can support LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.

Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Thursday, November 1 at 5:30pm

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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation 2018 Conference

It’s time to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! We’re excited to announce that our next national conference will take place in downtown Denver from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th (with a full pre-conference session line-up on Thursday, November 1st!).

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Pl, Denver
When: Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4

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Unidos Con El Centro- Tamale Lunch

Join us Friday, November 2nd to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with El Centro’s community. Hear from workers about how they find inspiration and strength in the memories of those who affected their lives.

Where: Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores, 2260 California St, Denver
When: Friday, November 2 at 11:30am

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Casa de Paz: Volunteer Training

Join us for a training that will prepare you to engage in companioning (or walking beside) immigrants and their families who are torn apart by detention centers.

Where: Mt View United Church, 10700 E Evans Ave, Aurora
When: Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

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ACLU People Power Beer Release

Let’s celebrate and support our civic voting rights and duties! We’ve signed on to the ACLU’S People Power Beer Pledge and will be tapping a Red IPA on November 4 to help champion voting rights. 10% of all sales from the beer will be donated to the ACLU.

Where: Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St, Denver
When: Sunday, November 4 at 12:30pm

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ICD-6 Monthly Meeting: GOTV Phonebank

Join Indivisible CD-6 for our final event in this election season. The name of the game is Get Out The Vote! In these last few days, the best use of our time is contacting voters. So let’s come together, get our dialing fingers ready, and make sure CD6 voters can find their way to a polling place or drop box. Your voice matters, even more so when you use it to speak to other members of your community, one on one.

Where: Aurora Central Library, Aurora Community Room 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
When: Sunday, November 4 at 1:00pm

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Pizza, Beer & Phone Banking: 2018 Final Countdown

TWO Days until the election! We will be phone banking on our two key ballot initiatives: 2E Democracy for the People and Prop. 111 to STOP Predatory Payday Lending.

Where: 2560 S Jackson St, Denver
When: Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

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Thanks again for all your work these past two years fighting back for our shared values. It matters. And I’m personally grateful.