Two years ago this week, Colorado progressives watched in horror as a minority of American voters elected Donald Trump to be our next President.
Colorado never supported Donald Trump. Trump didn’t win the Republican caucus, and he didn’t win the general election in our state, either. In 2016, Colorado progressives grew the state house majority, and held Colorado’s senior U.S. Senate seat. Since then, voters in Colorado have watched as the worst predictions about Trump’s presidency came true. The resistance to Trump’s presidency in Colorado is a movement like nothing we’ve seen in a generation.
Tomorrow night, everything we’ve done for the last two years to stand up to Trump faces the ultimate test. And on Wednesday, if the numbers we’re seeing today are correct we’ll wake up to a whole new playing field—a blue wave in 2018 that kicks off the longer campaign to truly make America great. Today, hope for America, even after these terrible two years, is very bright.
Needless to say, the biggest thing you can do now to fight back is make sure your vote is counted in tomorrow’s elections. If you’ve already returned your ballot, thank you! If you haven’t returned your ballot, or even if you haven’t yet registered to vote in Colorado, you can register and cast your vote all the way up until 7PM on Election Night. Visit JustVoteColorado.org or call 866-OUR-VOTE to find out where to go and what you need to bring. Colorado has the nation’s best, most secure, and most accessible election system, and there’s simply no excuse to not participate.
Once you’ve voted and ensured every eligible voter you know has done their part, here are a few more great ways to fight back for the week of November 5th. Also, make sure to check the RiseUp app for updated information:
Featured event: A Celebration of the Left Wing, and the Chicken Wing
No matter how Nov. 6th goes, one thing is for sure: we could use a beer and a few chicken wings. You won’t want to miss a house party for ProgressNow on November 9th at the home of David Oppenheim and Mo Pancake. It’s going to be a lot of fun—laid back, lots of good brews, butternut squash soup, seitan wings, pumpkin cookies, and, did we mention chicken wings? Can you make it? Please RSVP yes for location and details, and so we know how much food to cook, and brews to…brew.
Where: Location upon RSVP
When: Friday, November 9 at 6:00pm
Canvass: Yes on 2E Democracy for the People & NO on 74
Join Colorado Working Families to ensure 2E Democracy for the People DOES pass and that Amendment 74 DOES NOT pass! Training will be provided.
Where: Colorado Working Families, Denver
When: Monday, November 5 at 3:00pm
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado: Chat 4 Choice GOTV Phone Bank!
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. Snacks and beverages provided!
Where: Address upon RSVP
When: Monday, November 5 at 4:00pm
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00am
Quarterly Vigil & Protest, Regis University Students Speak Out
Join us Monday, November 5th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the GEO Immigrant Detention Center at 3130 Oakland St, Aurora, CO 80010! We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. This month we partner with Regis University Students and we’ll be honoring and calling on our ancestors to guide us as we continue to cast light on and end the expanding for-profit detention. Community space and ritual in front of the building!
Where: GEO Aurora Ice Processing Center, 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, November 5 at 6:00pm
Dismantling Racism One Conversation at a Time Workshop
A workshop led by David Campt, PhD, author of “The White Ally Toolkit Workbook” Do you struggle as a white person to respond in social or work situations when someone makes a racist comment or questions the reality of racism? Participate in this vital conversation! Learn how to use empathy, active listening and relating skills in conversations with skeptics.
Where: University of Denver, Mangione Hall
When: Monday, November 5 at 6:30pm
New Era Colorado: Get out the vote!
Join New Era Colorado as we work to turn young voters in Denver out in full force for the midterm elections!
When: Through Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Aurora Party Bus to the Polls
Come party with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition as we ensure community members have a ride to the polls on Election Day Tuesday November 6th, 2018. Come get a ride, drop off your ballot, or volunteer to help!
Where: Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana Street, Aurora
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 11:30am
CIRC Action Fund: Final Stretch Canvass & Election Party
Join CIRC Action fund to knock on doors to get out the vote the last few hours of the election. Once polls close, we’ll make it to a progressive election party to celebrate our work getting out the pro-immigrant vote with community!
Where: 10339 N Federal Blvd #100, Westminster
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 2:30pm
Native American Heritage Month Keynote event: Winona LaDuke
Please join us as we welcome Winona LaDuke back to CSU! LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food, and Energy Policy. She works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice. She is known for her grassroots activism regarding sustainability efforts and preservation of tribal land.
Where: Lory Student Center, 500 University Ave, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00pm
Election Night Watch Party
Join One Colorado, New Era Colorado, COLOR Action Fund, and Planned Parenthood to celebrate Election Night! We will be streaming election results, so grab a drink and join in celebrating our victories! We will have light snacks and a cash bar.
Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Understanding Borderlands: Newspapers Mapping Geographic Borders
Join Maira Alvarez and Sylvia Fernandez for this talk in our Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series. National discourses about the border continue to generalize, stereotype and invisibilize the history of communities along the region. But many are unaware that borderland identities have emerged throughout history as a result of the loss of territory, immigrations, exile and deterritorialization.
Where: El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo
When: Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00pm
Trans Community Legal Information
An opportunity to hear from legal experts discuss topics of concern to the transgender community. Lawyers Emma Shinn and Iris Halpern will be here to talk about identity documents and employment discrimination. Daniel Ramos from One Colorado will be here to provide policy updates.
Where: GLBT Community Center of Colorado, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30pm
Dismantling Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics
Recent events have once again put discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave at the forefront of public conversation. From the #metoo movement, to the online “manosphere” of pick up artists and incels, to the blatant sexism of our President, the implications are clear: we need to do more to challenge how men are socialized to interact with each other, women, and others impacted by sexism. Even more profoundly, we need to ask how we are teaching men to think about themselves.
Where: Unity Spiritual Center, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver
When: Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm
Cervezas for Causes: Cllaro
Join us Thursday 11/8 as we celebrate Cervezas for Causes with Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO). Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit.
Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 8 at 6:00pm
Saturday Beer Bust : ONE Colorado
Every Saturday join us for a beer bust extravaganza! $10 bucks per cup with a portion of each cup going to local charities and organizations. This week join One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. They effectively advocate for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families by lobbying the General Assembly, the executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, transgender equality, relationship recognition, and LGBTQ health and human services.
Where: Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Saturday, November 10 at 3:30pm
Chinook Fund: Strategic Giving for Social Justice
Would you like to feel confident that you are saying “yes” and “no” for the right reasons? Want to feel secure that the money you donate is doing the most it can to break down systems of oppression and change the world? This is the workshop for you! Join us for a quick orientation into where national charitable dollars are actually going, talk about strategies for planning your giving, and learn more about amazing work in our state.
Where: Chinook Fund, 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Monday, November 12 at 5:30pm
As I’ve said each week since Trump’s inauguration, through good and bad: everything you’ve done to fight back for our shared progressive values has made a difference. Whatever happens tomorrow night, I’m proud and thankful to have fought this good fight with you.