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Earlier today, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Colorado to host a fundraiser for Sen. Cory Gardner’s re-election in Windsor.

Guess who didn’t show up? That would be Sen. Cory Gardner.

Back in 2014, Gardner falsely accused his opponent of running away from then-President Barack Obama when former Sen. Mark Udall had business in Washington and couldn’t attend a local fundraiser. Today, former President Obama is more popular than Mike Pence and Donald Trump will ever be. Running in Colorado, a state Pence and Trump lost in 2016, Cory Gardner has plenty of reason to avoid Mike Pence like the plague—and that’s before you look at Gardner’s own dismal poll numbers (or, for that matter, his voting record).

Meanwhile, concerned citizens and editorial boards across the state are fighting back against recall petitions against Gov. Jared Polis and state lawmakers. The Denver Post’s editorial board this weekend said it best: “⁠Recalls are not meant to be do-over elections…[t]his summer, if enough people decline to sign these petitions, we can send the message that recalls should be rare and reserved for extreme circumstances, not political disagreements.”

If you haven’t already, take a moment right now to connect with Our Colorado Way of Life and learn how you can help stop these misguided recall attempts cold. We can’t let recent reports that recall organizers are faltering in their efforts make us complacent. The only way to stop these foolish recalls is to take them seriously every time, and fight back like our progressive majority is at stake. Because it is.

Thanks as always for everything you do week after week to help progressive values win in Colorado. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of July 22:

Join the “Green Wave” Action at Denver City Hall

Be a part of our “Green Wave”! –Let the new City Council know you want Denver to be a leader and not a laggard at recycling and composting! July 22nd is the first day all new city council members will be listening to public comment. Everyone should come and show their support, even if you don’t plan on speaking. We need to fill the room with folks like you dedicated to Zero Waste. Come and wear GREEN to show your support!

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, July 22 at 4:30pm

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CFIR Spotlight On! Not One More Defund Hate and GEO Detention

Please join us to learn about the Defund Hate Campaign. Members of the Not1More Table traveled to DC last month to get trained up on how the budget process works, meet with members of the Colorado delegation and engage in a powerful action in a Senate rotunda. These members will share how the budget process works, and how we can influence it. Members of Colorado’s People’s Alliance will share how work to close the GEO detention facility in Aurora connects to Defund Hate.

Where: 1420 N Ogden St., Denver
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 5:00pm

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Broomfield City Council: First Reading to Protect Open Space!

Come show your support for a Council ordinance for a ballot measure that would protect Broomfield’s open space from development by striking an exception for the extraction of mineral rights from the city charter.

Where: 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00pm

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The Promise of a Dream!

Join us for a comprehensive immigration panel featuring a DACA and/or TPS recipient, community members, and one lawyer as speakers. We’ll discuss the importance of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019; this bill, which was recently passed in the House, would give more than 2 million people who are currently protected under DACA, TPS, and DED a path to citizenship and a stable future free of the fear of deportation.

Where: Tivoli Ballroom, Auraria Campus, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00pm

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Fat Tire Presents Finding Common Ground

This film series explores the power of understanding another’s perspective and setting aside differences to protect public lands. By sharing these videos, you can join Fat Tire’s mission to donate up to $250,000 to organizations dedicated to protecting shared outdoor spaces. Come watch the series of short films and hear commentary from director, Alexandra Fuller, from Camp4Collective.

Where: Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St, Denver
When: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00pm

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF) C4 Launch Celebration

We want to take our collective, organized power to have a say in our elections. Join us as we launch Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (PJUAF)! July 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. At Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Padres & Jovenes Unidos Action Fund (The Action Fund) is a member-driven 501c4 non-profit organization that is dedicated to working for basic human rights for communities of color and working class. The Action Fund works towards educational equity, racial justice, health justice, economic justice and immigrant rights. The Action Fund builds political power throughout Colorado by developing young people, working class individuals, and people of color (specifically women of color) from our communities as leaders and candidates to advance a racial justice platform.

Where: Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
When: Thursday, July 25 at 6:00pm

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Stay Strong with Our Senators – Saturday Postcard Events in SoBo

An extremist group is trying to recall Colorado State Senators Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee. They are collecting signatures for the recall petitions right now in Lakewood and Colorado Springs. Please join us in SoBo to write postcards and inform the voters on what’s going on and urge them to decline to sign the petitions. It’s the most cost effective way to stop the recalls in the bud and save tax payers tens of thousands of dollars down the road in recall elections.

Where: Southern Sun Pub & Brewery, 627 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, July 27 at 12:00pm

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I Drive Colorado Celebration

You’re invited to a celebration for the I-Drive Colorado Campaign. We will have dinner, a DJ and a night of dancing to celebrate the monumental wins in Colorado’s expansion on driver’s licenses for all. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver
When: Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm

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Thanks again! See you next week with more ways to make a difference.