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You’ve probably seen on the local news by now that Republicans are once again talking about recalls against progressive lawmakers in targeted districts around the state–and even a recall campaign against Colorado’s recently-elected Gov. Jared Polis.

In my Sunday Denver Post column, here’s what I had to say about this effort:

There are anti-Semites working to recall the first openly gay man and first Jewish man to hold the governor’s office, an anti-gay “pastor” leading recall efforts against an LGBTQ caucus member, and two Latinx southern Colorado Democrats also face recall threats over a gun safety bill they didn’t even vote for.

Behind these recall petitions, are bigots.

These recalls aren’t about policy. They’re not about corruption, bribery, or any of the high-bar crimes the recall process exists to remedy. They are an opportunistic and cynical abuse of a constitutional power, exploited by extremely sore losers to overturn the results of an election they lost fair and square.

Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly elected a progressive governor and majority in the legislature to get things done. In 2019, our lawmakers are delivering on that promise with one of the most impactful legislative sessions in years. We’re going to make life better for millions of Coloradans, and the lies the right is telling will be proven false by results everyone will be able to see. Until then, take a moment to visit www.StandWithRochelle.com, and show your support for Rep. Rochelle Galindo of Greeley–one of the freshman progressive lawmakers targeted by the right-wing for doing her job. We’re not going to be bullied.

We’re less than a month away from the end of the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature. Here are a few important bills making their way through the process this week that you can help pass with your support:

On Wednesday in the House Health and Insurance Committee, help support a crucial bill to increase Colorado’s bottom-ranked childhood immunization rate. House Bill 19-1312 will improve the tracking of opt-outs from the requirement to immunize school-age children and standardize the process for claiming exemptions. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

On Thursday, help reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Colorado in the House Finance Committee. House Bill 19-1296 makes a number of changes to existing law to report on the cost of prescription drugs and help consumers benefit from drug rebate and cost sharing programs. Click here to email the committee chair in support of this bill.

Also Thursday, SUPPORT a bipartisan bill to increase eligibility for the sealing of criminal records. House Bill 19-1275 will make it easier for defendants who have completed all of the terms of their sentence or diversion agreement to have their record sealed so they can rejoin productive society. Send a message to the committee chair in support of this bill.

Thanks for all of your help and support. Here are some more ways you can fight back for the week of April 8:


FAMLI Rally and Lobby Day

Thank you all for your continued support for The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act! As most of you know we had to postpone our rally in March due to inclement weather. But spring is in full swing so let’s get back out there and champion for Colorado families! The Lobby Day will take place from 8AM to 11AM followed by a rally on the West Steps of the Capitol from 11:30AM to 12:30PM.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00am

Click here to RSVP. Send a message to state senators here.


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
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Barristers Without Borders: Benefit CO Immigrant Rights Coalition

Plan to join us for delicious appetizers, drinks, and lots of fun while we raise funds to benefit Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – CIRC. We are adding a fun twist by auctioning off the talents of your fellow CWBA members to raise funds. Want to find out who can teach yoga or ice skating lessons? Who can write you a song? Or which member can teach you how to make Indian food? You could also bid on the chance to spend three nights in a condo in Hawaii, relax at a spa, enjoy a wine tasting, learn about the stars, have a judge paint a room in your home, and more!

Where: Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, 2701 Lawrence Street, Suite 100, Denver
When: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado’s Welcome to Volunteering Night

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: Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver #DefundDisaster National Day of Action

Fossil fuel projects don’t just need governmental approval to advance their planet-warming plans—they also need money. Behind every new fossil fuel project lies a private bank – most often JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo – that is financing the destruction of our climate. If we can stop that flow of money, we will stop these climate disaster projects – like fracking, tar sands oil, coal and and the KXL and DAPL pipelines. So on April 10th, we will take bold, collective action to hold these big banks accountable and remind the world that corporate profits must not come at the expense of our climate, ecosystems, and human rights.

Where: Tivoli Commons – 10th and Larimer, Denver
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 11:00am

Click here to RSVP.


Press Conference & Senate Hearing for Rent Stabilization

We are so thrilled that SB 19-225 Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rents is set to be heard in the senate state affairs committee SCR 357 at the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday April 10th!. We will first meet at 12:00 for a press conference before the hearing. The committee will begin at 1:30.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


9to5 Colorado: Hearing for New Rights for Mobile Home Owners at the Capitol

9to5 has been working on issues related to mobile home owners now for about 4 years. We have worked with state legislators to pass more legislation to protect homeowners. This year we are excited that Representative Hooton is running a bill about this issue.

Where: Colorado State Capitol
When: Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Denver Streets for People Summit

The Denver Streets for People Summit, brought to you by the Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), and the Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), is a conference to engage Denverites in a dialogue about how to make our streets safer and more fun for people walking, biking, rolling, or taking transit.

Where: The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St, Denver
When:Thursday, April 11 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


Learn about LatinasGive!

Join members of LatinasGive! for a casual information session about how to get involved and have a direct impact on our community through collective philanthropy. The CTRL Collective is on the 3rd floor of the Dairy Block at 1800 Wazee Street in LoDo.

Where: CTRL Collective – Denver LoDo, 1800 Wazee St, Denver
When: Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


NARAL Annual Gala & Silent Auction

We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 13th for our 37th Annual Gala & Silent Auction: SPARK: Igniting Our Next Vision for Colorado.

Where: Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California St, Denver
When: Saturday, April 13 at 5:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action. Thanks again!