After last year’s landslide victories for Colorado progressives and this year’s historic legislative session that started to address the backlog of important issues facing our state, conservatives tried in the summer of 2019 to intimidate progressive Colorado leaders by initiating recall elections against numerous elected officials they considered opportune targets.
Last Friday, the last of these misguided recalls failed. Far-right Republicans in Pueblo who had threatened to recall Senate President Leroy Garcia only turned in four signatures–four–instead of the 13,500 required.  After the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Rep. Ken Buck promised to teach progressives “how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L,” and local political operatives fleeced the Republican base for thousands of dollars, all of their threats have come to nothing.
And now, progressives are mobilized for 2020. Thanks to everyone who turned out for events to defend lawmakers targeted by recall campaigns, a great deal of the work in these districts to ensure progressives get out the vote in the 2020 elections has already been done. Where conservatives are demoralized and weakened, progressives are stronger than ever–and ready to take this momentum into the next landslide election.
To everyone who helped make this victory possible, we’re grateful. And the fight goes on: here are more great ways to take action for the week of October 21:
100th Day Action for Rights, Dignity and Housing
It has now been almost 100 days into the new city council 2019 session and city council as a whole has not taken action on any of the policy changes proposed in the 100 day plan put out by people who are homeless and advocacy organizations. The full plan laid out 13 pages of actions which need to be taken by the council and the Mayor to end the criminalization of homelessness, provide basic sanitation services like port-a-lets and trash cans, address serious issues in shelters, and ultimately make housing attainable for poor people in Denver.
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver
When: Monday, October 21 at 3:30pm
Spotlight On the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
On October 22, 2019 Megan Hope, RMIAN’s Social Service Project Director, and Laura Lunn, RMIAN’s Detention Program Managing Attorney, will provide an overview of RMIAN’s work at the privately owned detention center in Aurora. They will be available to answer questions about the services they provide and hope to pierce the veil of mystery around their work, given that it largely takes place behind the fortified doors of the ICE prison.
Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, October 22 at 5:00pm
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour (Salida)
These last few months have been tough for #reprorights. We’ve seen dangerous abortion bans being introduced across the country – and Colorado is no exception. Opponents of abortion access have begun gathering signatures to put an abortion ban on the 2020 ballot in Colorado and we need your help to fight back. Join Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado as we travel across Colorado for the Bans Off My Body Tour! Learn more about the proposed abortion ban & what you can do to help defeat it. Together, we can protect access to safe & legal abortion care in Colorado!
Where: Salida (location on RSVP)
When: Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00pm
Great Education Colorado: Join us for Ballots and Beers!
Join us this Thursday, October 24th, and help us organize for Prop CC! Drop by, grab a beer, and help us text and email the people we need to win for our kids on November 5th. There will be special guests, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow education voters!
Where: Comrade Brewing Company, 7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm
2019 9to5 Colorado Soiree
This October we will host our annual Soiree, an evening of musical and artistic performances, food, drinks, community building, and a silent auction. We are proud of the hard work we’ve accomplished and progress we’ve made to advance economic justice for working women and their families throughout Colorado and invite you to celebrate with us!
Where: Live at Jack’s, 500 16th St #320, Denver
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm
October 2019 Durango Green Drinks
Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. They have forty volunteer chapters, or “Broadbands,” located in 17 states that are focused on education, advocacy, outreach, and collaborative stewardship projects. All nine national staff are based in our Durango office, now located in Rivergate. They also have a vibrant Broadband chapter–the South San Juan Broads–based in Durango, which is currently working on Bighorn Sheep and Pika monitoring, cross cut saw trainings, stewardship, Animas River education, and more. As a women led organization, they bring knowledge, leadership, and humor to the conservation movement to protect our last wild places on earth.
Where: Carver Brewing Company, 1022 Main Ave, Durango
When: Thursday, October 24 at 5:00pm
Candlelight Vigil for Ingrid Encalada
This is a vigil to commemorate Ingrid’s 2nd year living in sanctuary. We will mourn the challenges of fighting against an unjust immigration system, and will rededicate ourselves to continue fighting for Ingrid and all those effected by the lack of justice of our immigration system. Join us for a short service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight walk through the neighborhood, and finishing back at UUCB with light refreshments.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder
When: Friday, October 25 at 6:30pm
Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe
Every Saturday, we invite activists as well as political, municipal and school board candidates to come mingle and do something meaningful together: writing postcards! Right now we are writing GOTV postcards for the upcoming Virginia election. With 2020 elections coming up, we will likely be writing different postcards depending on what the most urgent needs are.
Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, October 26 at 12:00pm
One Colorado: 2019 Denver Metro GSA Leadership Summit
At the 2019 Denver Metro Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Leadership Summit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their allies, will come together to learn actionable skills to be a force for change in their community. Attendees will have the chance to gain know-how on how to take the work of their GSAs and other support organizations to the next level. Change starts with you: are you ready to create it?
When: Saturday, October 26 at 10:00am
Where: Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center, 2650 Eliot St, Denver
One Year Later – Remembering the Victims of Anti-Semitism
Join the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region along with BMH-BJ Congregation, JEWISHcolorado and other community partners for a program memorializing those that lost their lives in Pittsburgh and Poway and examining the state of anti-Semitism in the US and around the world. Free and open to all. Registration required.
Where: BMH BJ, 560 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver
When: Sunday, October 27 at 7:00pm
Chinook Fund: Giving Project Info Sessions
Are you passionate about social change and interested in building your skills in fundraising, grantmaking, and community building? Do you want to thoughtfully deepen how your volunteering, activism, and giving can better serve our community? Then come learn about our community leadership program in social justice philanthropy, The Giving Project. Meet our staff and learn how you can support definite, statewide impact for social justice.
Where: Chinook Fund (location on RSVP)
When: Monday, October 28 at 5:30pm
We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back. Thanks again!