Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner failed Colorado again.
Sen. Gardner sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, the entire U.S. Senate voted to rebuke President Donald Trump over his handling of relations with Saudi Arabia during the controversial war in Yemen and the killing of a Washington Post journalist—all subjects Gardner has paid lip service to caring about.
Last Thursday, Republicans and Democrats joined together to tell President Trump enough is enough.  Cory Gardner wasn’t among them. Once again, Gardner stood with Trump over fundamental American values. Over Colorado values. We know Trump doesn’t value freedom of the press, or even care about civilians dying in Yemen, but Cory Gardner promised Colorado he would be “a different kind of Republican.”
First order of business this week: call Sen. Gardner at (202) 224-5941 and let him know his vote to protect Saudi Arabia was a big mistake that matters to Colorado. It’s another reminder that 2020 is coming fast, and Sen. Gardner has much to be held accountable for.
Once that’s done, don’t miss these great opportunities to advance our shared progressive values for the week of June 24:
Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration
America’s criminal justice system reflects irrational fears stoked by politicians seeking to win election. Pointing to specific policies that are morally problematic and have failed to end the cycle of recidivism, Rachel Barkow argues that reform guided by evidence, not politics and emotions, will reduce crime and reverse mass incarceration. Rachel Elise Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and the Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University. She served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Where is our Senator on the Dream and Promise Act?
As the DREAM act passes through congress, we are asking Cory Gardner to meet and talk with his constituents about his support for the DREAM and Promise act. We will be asking that Senator Cory Gardner end his silence on the DREAM and Promise act.
Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30pm
One Colorado: Denver: Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care Focus Groups
Join One Colorado and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work for a focus group. The focus group will take no longer than 90 minutes and will be audiotaped. The purpose of this research study is to better understand the experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals in Colorado as they seek to engage with the healthcare system. Results from the study will inform One Colorado’s efforts to improve service delivery and policy across the state. Participation in this study is voluntary and focus group participants will be compensated for their time.
Where: Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:45pm
Democratic Debate Watch Parties!
Come join New Leaders Council Denver, ONE Colorado, CO Obama Alumni, and Drinking Liberally on Wednesday AND Thursday night for the first Democratic Presidential debate!
Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm
When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm
Click here to RSVP.
Presidential Watch Party!
We are *so* ready for 2020 – and we have a feeling you are too. Jump in on the excitement, and join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Denver Area Labor Federation, and Colorado AFL-CIO to watch the presidential primary debates!
Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St, Denver, Colorado 80202
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm
Rocky Flats Right to Know Event: Report from Washington DC
Rocky Flats Right to Know hosts monthly events. The June Event will be a panel discussion featuring Pat Mellen, Chris Allred, and Brittany Gutermuth. Panelists will discuss the work of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability; go over current issues and legislation on nuclear weapons and waste; and share insights from recent meetings with Colorado Congresspeople and Department of Energy Legacy Management from the 2019 DC Days Conference and Lobbying Event.
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Dr, Arvada
When: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00pm
One Colorado Happy Hour Fundraiser
Come join Diebolt and representatives from One Colorado on June 27 as we close out Pride Month with an extended Happy Hour in the tasting room. This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy the June weather, and enjoy a Rainbow Lightning – our newest fruited ale brewed in collaboration with One Colorado! One Colorado is Colorado’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. We are pleased to be working with such an amazing group throughout the month of June.
Where: Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St, Denver
When: Thursday, June 27 at 5:00pm
Community Protest of BI Inc, a GEO Subsidiary in Boulder
Join community members of Boulder County this Thursday at 6PM on the public sidewalk outside BI INC (6265 Gunbarrel Ave) to raise awareness about how this local company is directly profiting from the ICE raids and the administration’s accelerated immigrant detainments, while also being complicit with subhuman detention conditions.
Where: 6265 Gunbarrel Ave, Boulder
When: Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm
4th Annual Universal Health Care Conference
Join universal health care activists from across Colorado to plan for 2020 and grow the movement. Our keynote speaker is Wendell Potter, a former insurance PR exec! Live music! Awards! Food, friends, and fun! Colorado Sen. Mike Foote and Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis will be there.
Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, June 29 at 10:00am
Fight the Recall, Canvass with Ed Perlmutter and Phil Weiser!
The extremist-led recalls of our recently elected legislators are coming to Jeffco. Join us as we kick off the campaign to fight against the misguided recall of Senator Brittany Pettersen with Attorney General Phil Weiser and Congressman Ed Perlmutter on Sunday, 6/30 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Where: 7510 W Mississippi Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, June 30 at 10:00am
Thanks again! We’ll see you next week with more ways to get involved.