After 120 days and hundreds of bills, the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature adjourned last Friday.
Last November, the voters of Colorado elected a progressive majority in a landslide to tackle the the big problems facing our state: health care, education, criminal justice, transportation, and everything else we depend on to make life in Colorado work.
It was a huge job, it wasn’t easy, and frankly it’s not finished yet. But in 2019 the progressive majority in the Colorado General Assembly delivered lasting change we’ll be celebrating for years to come. If you haven’t already, check out ProgressNow Colorado’s recap of the Winners and Losers of the 2019 legislative session here:
To everyone who came to the Capitol to testify for and against legislation, all of you who wrote letters and made phone calls to legislators or turned out for rallies and press events, we owe you a debt of gratitude. While most of the news is about the craziness in Washington, it’s the state capitol in Denver where we pass the legislation that matters most in our daily lives. It’s thanks to your efforts that we made historic progress this year to protect the environment, improve public safety, level the playing field for women in the workforce, and so many other issues on which Colorado made progress in 2019.
The legislative session is over, but the fight for our shared values goes on all summer! Here are a few more ways to take action for the week of May 6:
May Detention Center Vigil The Power of Compassionate Justice
American Friends Service Committee, Colorado People’s Alliance and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition come together to offer a vigil seeking Compassionate Justice for those snared by our immigration system! Join us Monday, May 6th from 6:00-7:00 pm at the ICE Detention Center at 3130 Oakland St. in Aurora, CO.
Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, May 6 at 6:00pm
Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: Faith & Freedom 2019
Please Join the CORCRC and Friends for the 2019 Faith & Freedom Award Reception honoring Colorado Senator Joann Ginal for her contributions to CORCRC and Women’s Reproductive Rights. Also with grateful acknowledgement to Daisy Patton for her artistic contribution to the CORCRC card project. Heavy hor d’oeurves served. Entertainment by Josie Quick, Violinist.
Where: Temple Emanuel Denver, 51 Grape St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm
Showing Up for Racial Justice – SURJ Denver Quarterly Community Meeting
Join us on May 7th for our Quarterly Community Meeting. We will continue to deepen our community-building and neighborhood organizing work while providing attendees with actionable items they can do once they leave. Everyone is welcome even if this is your first meeting or you haven’t attended in a while — there’s a place for you in this work! Everyone is needed.
Where: Wash Park UCC, 400 S Williams St, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00pm
Colorado Sierra Club End of Session Happy Hour
It seems like just yesterday when we gathered at the Alliance Center for our citizen lobbyist training day. But, believe it or not, we’re nearing the end of the 2019 legislative session-and it has been one for the books! Thanks to the help of citizen lobbyists like yourself, we’ve successfully advocated for a number of bills this year designed to protect Colorado’s environment and hasten our transition to clean renewable energy. To celebrate a productive session, and to say thank you to all the volunteers and legislators who made it happen, we’d like to invite you to a happy hour on May 8th from 5pm-7pm at the Capitol Hill Tavern. Light snacks will be provided.
Where: Capitol Hill Tavern, 1225 Logan St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00pm
Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking: Colorado Project 2.0 Release Event!
What would it take to end human trafficking in Colorado? We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, May 8th at a special release event for Colorado Project 2.0! Be the first to hear about our unique research report, and how it will empower communities and professionals involved in addressing this human rights abuse. We’ll be joined by our research team as they highlight changes in the statewide movement, name promising practices, and discuss recommendation in our new action plan. You’ll also learn about how we’re going to take our findings around the state in the months ahead.
Where: 1031 33rd St, Denver
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30pm
May Colorado Homes for All Meeting & Celebration!
Come celebrate the victories from the legislative session and the Renter Power we have gained in Colorado! Food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation will be provided as usual. Thank you!
Where: 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30pm
Harm Reduction Action Center: Celebrating Lisa’s 10 Year Anniversary
Help us celebrate Lisa Raville’s 10 years of leadership and advocacy with the Harm Reduction Action Center! This is your opportunity to bring friends, roommates, coworkers, and colleagues to learn more about our agency and wave their Harm Reduction Freak Flags!
Where: Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, May 9 at 5:30pm
Community Garden Launch – Apertura del Jardin Comunitario
We’re hosting a free event open to the community for members that are interested in growing their own food. At the event, hosted by Protégete: Nuestro futuro vale la lucha and Growing Home, we will teach participants the steps to prepare soil, clean, and plant in the garden. We will also provide food, drinks, and music as we all work together to launch our community garden.
Where: 3489 W 72nd Ave #110, Denver
When: Saturday, May 11 at 8:00am
One Colorado: Brunch Out Loud
Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, our movement has come further than we ever could have known. Following the election of the nation’s first openly gay governor, pro-equality majorities in both chambers, and the 2nd largest delegation of LGBT elected officials in the country, we are closer than ever to passing our two priority bills that will change the lives of LGBTQ Coloradans — it’s time to take a moment to celebrate. Join us on Saturday, May 11th for a legislative brunch celebration as we commemorate this movement, this community, and this great state that we call home.
Where: Tamayo, 1400 Larimer St, Denver
When: Saturday, May 11 at 11:00am
Mother’s Day Rally To End Family Separation And Detention
On Mother’s Day, show immigrant mothers and families that you have their backs by joining a local Mother’s Day Rally to End Family Separation and Detention. All families belong together and free. Which is why on Mother’s Day, we’re honoring motherhood by taking a stand to show the Trump administration that we are watching, we will never forget and that we won’t stop fighting until the government reunites and frees every family it has torn apart.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, May 12 at 12:00pm
We’ll be back next week with more chances to make a difference. Thanks again!