We’re down to the last six weeks of 2019, but from Denver to D.C. there’s little sign of a slowdown for the holidays. Locally, progressive lawmakers are hard at work getting ready to keep promises in the next legislative session to pass a paid family leave program and introduce a public option for health coverage to keep bringing down the cost of care after major reforms last year.
In Washington, Colorado’s progressive leaders in Congress are preparing to hold President Donald Trump accountable by filing articles of impeachment. It’s an historic time to be involved in politics to be sure.
Meanwhile, Colorado’s junior U.S. Senator Cory Gardner has been doing everything he can to stay in hiding. Gardner’s steadfast support for Trump puts him at odds with the overwhelming majority of Coloradans. A majority of Coloradans support impeachment, but Gardner doesn’t represent our values anymore. And rather than face the accountability that awaits Cory Gardner every time he appears publicly in an unscripted forum, Gardner has ducked the voters he has a duty to represent for almost two years.
Action item #1 this week: join our friends at Indivisible Front Range Resistance and Indivisible Denver this Wednesday to mark two years since Sen. Cory Gardner’s last town hall. After meeting up outside Cory Gardner’s downtown Denver audience, range out across downtown in search of the real (Cardboard) Cory! It’s a great chance to help educate voters about Gardner’s record.
Where: 1961 Stout Street, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 12:30pm
Once that’s done, check out some more great ways to get involved for the next two weeks–and we’ll be back after December 1st with our next regular update.
DACA Case Debrief
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the DACA case on November 12th. CU Law professor Violeta Chapín will be answering questions about what happened in the Supreme Court, what’s next for DACA recipients and what it all means. Join us at Wolf Law, room 204 (CU Boulder).
Where: CU Boulder
When: Monday, November 18 at 4:30pm
RACE TALK UNIVERSITY: A Collective Conversation on Eradicating Racism
A night of conversation and strategizing about eradicating white supremacy with the 2nd cohort to graduate from Race Talk University.
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Ct, Denver
When: Monday, November 18 at 6:00pm
They Belong Here Rally: Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & Grace
Yuri Vannessay Guiterrez & her daughter Grace Guiterrez are in danger of deportation. They fled Honduras 5 months ago to escape domestic violence and abuse. At this particularly vulnerable time, they are in great need of support and love frothier community. Please join us in an act of care and solidarity by being with us tomorrow before they enter court proceedings. We will be accompanying them with signs, banners, and have a short program before they go in. Thank you!
Where: 1961 Stout St, Denver
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 12:15pm
Alianza NORCO: Thank You City Council / Gracias Al Ayuntamiento
Our Fort Collins City Council passed a resolution in October to stand against inhumane treatment of immigrants at the border and in detention centers. The resolution won’t change policy, but is a symbolic show of support for our immigrant community and the greater struggle for immigrant rights. It is a way for them to speak their values and push for reforms to our national immigration policy, and an acknowledgment that cruelty anywhere affects all of us. Join us as we thank them for their show of empathy and courage, especially as hate-filled voices have risen against them!
Where: Fort Collins City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave Bldg A, Fort Collins
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 6:00pm
As Congress begins public impeachment hearings, Denver residents will rally outside the Capitol demanding congress support the Impeachment and Removal of Trump!
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Every year since 1999 the transgender community around the world has come together on November 20th to honor those that have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence by celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). So far this year, 21 transgender individuals have been murdered due to their perceived gender identity and pervasive transphobia. TDoR acts as an event for the transgender community to come together to mourn and honor the lives lost over the past year and to put a spotlight on the plight faced by the trans community.
Where: 190 W 6th Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm
More TDoR locations across Colorado, click here.
Zero Weeks Screening: America’s Family Leave Crisis
87% of Colorado workers don’t have access to paid time off to welcome a new child, care for a sick loved one, or recover from a personal illness. Join the Colorado FAMLI Coalition for a screening of Zero Weeks- a documentary on the challenges posed by the absence of a paid family leave policy in our nation. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn how you can take action to fight for paid leave in Colorado. Because no one should have to choose between their job, their health, and their family.
Where: Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S Williams St, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm
Affordable Housing Advocacy with Senator Julie Gonzales
For the November YIMBY meetup we will be back at The Goods and will have Senator Julie Gonzales of Denver talk about her work to overturn the Telluride decision, which bans most mandatory affordability strategies by even calling land use planning rent control. Being able to incorporate mandatory affordability was a crucial component of Minneapolis’ bill to end single unit only zoned lots city wide. We hope you will join us to learn about this important bill!
Where: 2550 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Thursday, November 21 at 6:00pm
Conservation Colorado: Advocacy Day Training
This event is designed for Conservation Colorado and COBA members to build skills and community and become stronger advocates for our land, air, water, and people.
Where: 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Saturday, November 23 at 10:00am
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! This Saturday, we will be writing holiday postcards for detainees in Aurora Immigration Detention Center. Let’s send some holiday cheers to detained immigrants and show them that 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲.
Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, November 23 at 12:00pm
Not In My Backyard Town Hall
Join subject matter experts to ask questions about the current state of immigration on the southern border and the detention centers where migrants are being held, like the one here in Aurora. We will be tackling issues of human rights, due process, and privately owned detention centers. We are here as a community concerned about the conditions our friends in the GEO Center are enduring. We hope to learn about some practical things we can do to ensure that human rights abuses are not occurring in our backyard.
Where: Aurora Public Libraries, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
When: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00pm
Wishing you a great Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see you in December with more ways to take action!