As a progressive lucky enough to work full time fighting for the values I believe in—freedom for every person, equality, and equal opportunity for everybody—I’m proud to call our progressive values American values. As a Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, I know that America’s moral leadership can never be taken for granted.
If every American doesn’t do our part to ensure our elected leaders live up to the ideals we proclaim to the rest of the world, we lose our moral authority at home and abroad. That’s why every action you take, from the smallest act of kindness to a stranger to the protest marches where we speak truth to power by the hundreds of thousands are so important.
The freedom to fight back is as important as every other American freedom our veterans have fought for over the years. America isn’t perfect, and we’ve made many mistakes as a country. But because we have the freedom to do better as a nation, and learn from our mistakes, Americans have hope that millions across the world today do not.
So on this Veterans Day, I say thanks to all of you—who take action in ways big and small to make America better every day. Happy Veterans Day, and here are some more ways to fight back for the week of November 11.
Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!
Join us for our November repro health happy hour where folks who support or work in the repro movement can network and meet each other!
Where: Bear Creek Distillery, 1879 S Acoma St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00pm
Home Is Here: DACA at the Supreme Court Rally
As the US Supreme court hears a brief from the US Department of Justice defending it’s actions on September 5th 2017 to rescind the Obama Era Executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), our communities are coming together to discuss the importance at this time to stand in solidarity for those most impacted by these court proceedings. Colorado DACA recipients will make their case to the community why we need to continue to fight for a permanent solution for DACA, TPS and DED recipients.
Where: Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, 2 E 14th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00pm
Battle Against Wage Theft
We will be holding a rally and press conference in an effort to speak out against wage theft. Stand with us and others that have been impacted by wage theft! The Rally will begin at 11:30 AM with the Press Conference to follow at 12:00 PM.
Where: 1498 Irving St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 11:30am
Plastics Pollution Prevention Event at the Capitol
While bringing your own grocery bag and reusing a water bottle is important to reduce plastic pollution, we need systematic changes to protect Colorado’s waterways, people, and wildlife. Join us on the west Capitol steps on November 14th, the day before America Recycles Day, to highlight the need to reduce plastic pollution statewide, especially those plastics which can’t be recycled. We will be joined by coalition partners and state and local officials who want to be a part of this fight to end plastic pollution. Join us to make your voice heard on this issue!
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, November 14 at 1:00pm
CMU Sustainability Council: Trivia Night
Battle it out with friends for prizes and bragging rights, featuring categories such as Public Lands, Climate Change, and more! Bring your E-Game (Earth Game)
Where: Copeka Coffee, 1012 N 5th Street, Grand Junction
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm
Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado: Bans Off My Body Tour
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: Denver (location upon RSVP)
When: Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm
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! 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, November 16 at 12:00pm
Refugee Welcome 2019
Play a small role in showing a warm welcome to local people who have fled war-torn countries and persecution to be resettled in Colorado by the United Nations refugee program. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend! We will show our gratitude and welcome wishes by making cards, writing notes, collecting grocery gift cards, and other supplies that will be given directly to families in need on November 21st.
Where: 150 E 10th Ave, Denver
When: Sunday, November 17 at 2:00pm
Health Care Open Mic Night
Rocky Mountain Values is hosting its first Health Care Open Mic night with special guest, Representative Leslie Herod. Come share your health care stories in any way you want. Performers can share their experience with the health care system, high cost of prescription drugs, access to health care, and more.
Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm
Thanks again! We’ll be back next week with more ways to fight back.