Many of you remember in 2014 when the Denver Post endorsed Cory Gardner in the U.S. Senate race, turning a blind eye to the clear evidence that if elected Gardner would fight against everything the Post’s editorial board claims to stand for: affordable health care, environmental protection, immigration reform, and abortion rights.
Last week, the Denver Post did something almost unprecedented. They took their endorsement back. 
“We no longer know what principles guide the senator and regret giving him our support in a close race against Mark Udall.”
The final straw for the Post was Gardner’s vote last week in support of Donald Trump’s fake “national emergency,” even after Gardner himself claimed he opposed it. Once Trump followed through on his threat, Gardner spent the next few weeks shamelessly backing away from his former very clear opposition. This was a moment of cowardice that could define Cory Gardner’s political career, and kudos to the Post’s editorial board for bravely admitting their previous support for Gardner was a mistake.
At the state capitol in Denver, it’s another very busy week of important hearings on bills we all care about. Here are a few great opportunities for you to make your voice heard:
On Tuesday in the House State Affairs Committee, SUPPORT legislation to protect net neutrality in Colorado. Senate Bill 19-078 withholds state funds from internet service providers who engage in throttling by source and paid prioritization of internet content.
Also Tuesday, SUPPORT paid family leave in the Senate Finance Committee. Senate Bill 19-188, the FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program, will help ensure that no working family in Colorado is forced to choose between caring for a loved one and financial stability.
On Wednesday in the House Health Care and Health Insurance Committee, SUPPORT House Bill 19-1176, the Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019. This is legislation to find solutions for ongoing high cost of care in Colorado by studying major changes to health care finance compared to the current model including a public option and universal care.
Also on Wednesday, SUPPORT Senate Bill 19-180 to create an Eviction Legal Defense Fund to provide counseling and representation for indigent Coloradans facing eviction.
Thanks for your help with these priority bills! Here are more great ways to take action for the week of March 18:
Faithful Tuesdays at the Colorado State Capitol
Faithful Tuesdays is a diverse coalition of leaders, organizations and community members who are committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policymaking process in Colorado. Our focus is to advance a faith narrative and collaborative process that supports a just economy, promotes equity, and eradicates racism in Colorado. Our work will forward a unifying narrative uplifting our common faith call to build human dignity in our state.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00pm
One Colorado Phone Bank
We would love you to join us at a phone bank to help engage our members on important events and our legislative priorities.
Where: One Colorado, 1490 Lafayette St, Ste 304, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30pm
Indivisible Lobby Day at the Capitol
Local officials affect our lives and our communities most directly. There is nothing more powerful than a citizen-led lobby, and that’s what this is. You don’t need to have ever been to the capitol before to join us. We want to let our elected officials know that we are here, we care, and we are watching!
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 8:15am
One Colorado: Soup Supper and Speaker
Join us Wednesday evening for a Lenten soup supper followed by a presentation by Extended Hands of Hope and One Colorado. Our theme for the year is “Year of the Child” so every speaker will focus on how their organization helps children and youth. Extended Hands of Hope will also report on our Advent collection from 2018.
Where: Hope United Methodist Church, 5101 S Dayton St, Greenwood Village
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 5:50pm
Accompany Arturo and Ana to ICE – Keep Families Together
Arturo Hernandez Garcia’s claimed Sanctuary in 2014 at First Unitarian Society of Denver, sacrificing his freedom for the next 9 months to keep his family together. Together with the community, he won freedom and returned home in July of 2015. After President Trump was elected, ICE targeted Arturo for deportation, reneging on a promise that he was not a priority for deportation. Once again, his family and community rallied to free him. Senator Bennet and Congressman Perlmutter advocated for his release and also introduced a private bill on his behalf. Arturo was granted a two year stay of deportation, which will soon expire. Arturo and Ana invite you to accompany him as he attends a check in at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This Colorado leader and father continues the fight to remain with his family and community.
Where: 12445 E Caley Ave, Centennial
When: Thursday, March 21 at 11:00am
Warm Cookies of the Revolution: Own this City: LEGOS, Comedy, Candidates for office, Cookies!
Regular candidate forums are boring, with pre-approved questions and a lot of blah blah. Not ours! Politicians in the audience and comedians at the mic: What could go wrong?! We’ve got millions of LEGOS, professional LEGO-builders, videos by Lockerpartners and Molina Speaks(Mo SPKX), comedians Andrew Orvedahl, Nathan Lund, and Janae Burris, we’ve invited every politician running for city-wide office in May to sit with you and share about their ideal vision for the community.
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm
Denver Mayoral Candidate Forum
Join us on Thursday, March 21, at The Alliance Center for a forum featuring the candidates for Denver’s next mayor. This forum will this forum be sustainability-focused, covering the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Confirmed participants are Michael Hancock, Lisa Calderón, Marcus Giavanni, Jamie Giellis, Ken Simpson and Penfield Tate. All candidates have been invited, so please check back, as more candidates may be added. Doors will open at 5:30, and the event will begin at 6 p.m.
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm
Conservation Colorado: Denver’s Climate Future Forum
We have the opportunity to be a leader in the nation by taking bold action to protect our natural environment. Join us on Wednesday, March 20th at Renegade Brewing Company for a discussion about climate change in Colorado and how Denver’s state representatives can defend our future from air pollution and rising temperatures.
Where: Renegade Brewing Company, 925 W 9th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00pm
Drinking Liberally Denver and Psilocybin Decriminalization
Another Drinking Liberally is upon us this Wednesday. Come learn about the Denver psilocybin decriminalization initiative with campaign director Kevin Matthews. The initiative would decriminalize the adult personal possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms – no person should face extreme penalties like incarceration, heavy fines, losing their job, and/or especially having their children taken away for using a naturally-occurring substance that is not only safe and non-addictive, but also has tremendous therapeutic potential.
Where: 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30pm
Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump
Please join us for the next in the Crimmigration Law & Policy 2019 Event Series hosted at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. On March 22, Reporting on Migration from Obama to Trump will feature five journalists who cover immigration exclusively or primarily. Encompassing various media and audiences, they will be divided into two events.
Where: University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 E Evans Ave, Denver
When: Friday, March 22 at 12:00pm
Rent Stabilization Rally! / Rally para estabilizar la renta!
Join us for a rally to support our effort with Sen. Julie Gonzales to pass a bill that would allow our cities and counties to stabilize rents and create other housing solutions.
Where: Inner City Health Center, 3800 York St., Denver
When: Saturday, March 23 at 12:00pm
Toxic Masculinity: Beyond the Basics with Regan Byrd
We love hosting brave spaces to process hard topics and learn from people who will challenge and stir us to change. Join us for this afternoon workshop centered on Toxic Masculinity with Regan Byrd, who is a Denver-based anti-oppression activist, consultant, speaker, and trainer. Discussions about masculinity and how we teach men and boys to behave continue to be 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, to the recent Gillette ad, 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.
Where: the refuge, 6900 W 117th Ave. #200, Broomfield
When: Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm
Thanks again for your help making these events a success! Remember to check your inbox or the Beacon (formerly RiseUp) app for the latest alerts. See you next week.