The far right doesn’t like to lose. But they’re getting so good at it!
In the wake of the 2018 elections, “conservative” losers are desperate to salvage anything they can before power changes hands in January. In Wisconsin, Republicans in the legislature passed laws to strip power from the incoming governor in a brazen attempt to undo the will of Wisconsin’s voters. In Washington, President Trump is desperately weighing his options as the investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia gets closer to the end, and Robert Mueller files charges against more and more of his inner circle.
Here in Colorado, where the blue wave was stronger than perhaps anywhere in America, we’re getting ready for an historic 2019. After years of gridlock and division, we’re on the cusp of making the big changes we’ve been talking about for years. Priorities like paid family leave for every working Coloradan, an end to backward discriminatory practices like so-called “conversion therapy,” and completing Colorado’s transition to the new energy economy are finally within reach. Over the next two years, our job as Colorado progressives is to put these bold ideas into practice, and show the nation that common-sense progressive policies work.
Don’t miss another action alert! The response to our new partnership with RiseUp, using their innovative mobile app to instantly stay up to date on political events and activist opportunities, has been an enormous success. We’ll continue to deliver this weekly email alert on upcoming events, but make sure you download the RiseUp app to your iPhone or Android smartphone so you never miss an update or breaking alert midweek. We’ll be using RiseUp every day during the legislative session to let you all know how to get involved in making these policy goals a reality, and how you can make sure we hold the newly elected progressive majorities accountable to their campaign promises.
Once that’s done, here are lots of great ways to make a difference for the week of December 10:
The Right to Rest: Film Screening
Join us for a special preview screening of the new film “The Right to Rest”, created by Denver Filmmakers Sarah Megyesy and Guillermo Roquès. All proceeds from the night will be donated to The Colorado Village Collaborative.
Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado Pre-Session Social
Join us for our pre-session social! We invite our members and supporters to meet one another and to chat about goals we have for session, but mainly it is a time for those of us that work for women’s equity to be together.
Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 11 at 5:30pm
Support Migrant Justice! Asylum Seekers Support Rally in Durango
Community members who are friends of immigrants are invited to gather during the national week of action for Migrant Justice. Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate and end the militarization of the border.
Where: 1060 E 2nd Ave, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00am
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care Advocacy Training
Colorado’s legislative session is just around the corner (starts January 4th), making this a perfect time to learn how you can advocate for a better health care system. Come join us for this free training to learn how you can make your voice heard on the health care issues that are important to you. We’ll walk you through the who, what, where, when, why and how of health care advocacy, provide a quick overview of the health care landscape, answer your questions, and give you practical next steps to start your advocacy efforts.
Where: Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, 1420 N Ogden St Suite 1A, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm
One Colorado Thank You and Appreciation Party
2018 has been a wild year for the One Colorado team and family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 12th for our Thank You and Appreciation Party at Diebolt Brewing.
Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm
Colorado Jobs with Justice: 30 Years of Worker Power: Scrooge 2018
Join Colorado Jobs With Justice supporters for our annual Scrooge of the Year celebration! This year we are celebrating 30 years of Colorado Jobs With Justice. Since 1988, we have organized to build power for working class people through labor unions, community organizations, faith congregations, and student activists. This year’s Scrooge will showcase not only the work out network in the past year, but for the last three decades. You don’t want to miss out this fun filled night of food, drink, skits, and history! Get your tickets today!
Where: Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street, Suite 101, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm
Southeast Denver Public Strike Meeting
This public forum, held in the auditorium of South HS, will provide a space for parents, community, students, and educators to come together to hear about why a strike has become a possibility and about what significance our current compensation system has for both educators and students and families. We will also discuss how parents and community can support educators during this ongoing process.
Where: Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:00pm
Legislators’ Fundraiser for CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program
Join us for the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship fundraiser hosted by the Colorado Legislature’s Latino Caucus! Proceeds will benefit the CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program. Light dinner and drinks will be provided.
Where: Chac Gallery-Denver, 222 Santa Fe Drive
When: Thursday, December 13 at 5:30pm
Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama
Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature intimate and honest conversations between Mrs. Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her upcoming memoir. Attendees will hear firsthand about Mrs. Obama’s inspirational triumphs and personal setbacks, from childhood to the White House, where she became revered around the world as a transformative voice for change and inclusivity. Before Mrs. Obama was the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America, and a powerful advocate for women and healthy lifestyles, she was a girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago. The tour will candidly recount moments spanning both her personal and professional life, as a way to share lessons learned and inspire people to become the best version of themselves.
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00pm
Downtown Democratic Forum: John Walsh: Our Proven Champion of Justice
The midterm elections brought us many great things, among them a bold guardian of civil rights in the Attorney General’s office. John Walsh, former US Attorney and long-time Democratic activist, is on AG-elect Phil Weiser’s transition team, making this victory all the better. Join us for breakfast, Friday, December 14th, to hear John Walsh tell us all about it.
Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 7:00am
Keeping the Dream Alive 7th Annual Conference #KtDA2018
Educators, counselors, advisors, mentors, and pre-collegiate coordinators are invited to attend the 7th Annual Keeping the DREAM Alive Conference to learn more about resources and promising practices for the pathway to college for undocumented and DACAmented* students.
Where: University of Denver campus
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00am
Resistmas Holiday Celebration
Merry Resistmas! Join activists from all over the state for a festive holiday celebration that will highlight the amazing work we have done as a “Resistance Family.” The Resistance Family is made up of people from all different creeds, backgrounds, religions, etc. This is a FREE, Kid Friendly, and Family Friendly event.
Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver
When: Friday, December 14 at 8:00pm
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Sunday School for Atheists: Why do we follow or break laws?
Do you follow ALL laws? Do you break ALL laws? Why? How do you decide? Who made the laws? Who enforces them? Come break bread with some incredible people while we converse about breaking laws.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, December 16 at 12:00pm
Thanks for your help making these events successful! We’re excited for 2019, and we’ll be back next week with more ways to make a difference.