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Colorado has a Nazi problem.

Hate crimes in Colorado are on the rise. [1] Just a few weeks ago, a white supremacist was arrested in Pueblo while plotting to blow up a local synagogue. [2] One of the leaders of the modern neo-Nazi movement was recently discovered to be living in subsidized housing in Denver while spreading his ideology of violent hatred. [3]

And then last week we learned that Kirk Widlund, a producer at Denver conservative talk radio station 710 KNUS, allegedly maintains an online double life as a devout neo-Nazi who idolizes Hitler and says America fought on the wrong side in the Second World War. [4] [5] The realization that our local right wing talk radio harbors unapologetic neo-Nazis is deeply troubling, but unfortunately not surprising. We can’t deny anymore that fascism is alive in our political culture once again, and we cannot let avowed Nazis and racist hatred in Colorado go unanswered.

Since Widlund’s exposure last week, the hosts and management at 710 KNUS have been completely silent. It’s time for you to get involved. Call 710 KNUS right now at (303) 750-5687, or if you prefer their on-air line at (303) 696-1971, and tell them their employee Kirk Widlund’s neo-Nazi ideology is an affront to Colorado’s values. American politics may be a marketplace of competing ideas, but there is no room in our politics for actual Nazis.

Thanks for standing up to hate and demanding better from our local media. Here are more ways to make a difference for the week of December 9:


Featured Event: Netroots Nation In Denver!

Our good friends at Netroots Nation asked us if they could throw a party at our house and we said, “Absolutely!” Come join ProgressNow Colorado the Netroots team and learn about how to get involved in the upcoming Denver Netroots Nation convention in August of 2020.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


Conservation Colorado: Climate Action and Faith Roundtable

Conservation Colorado would like to invite residents of the Front Range to our first Climate Action Faith Roundtable. Community Organizer Rebekah Hernandez will moderate a panel of faith leaders in discussing the intersection of faith and conservation. We’ll discuss what’s being done and what more we can do. People of all faiths are welcome at this community event!

Where: Pipefitters Local 208, 6350 Broadway, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00pm

Click here to RSVP.


One Colorado Thank You & Appreciation Party

2019 has been a wild year for the One Colorado family, and we owe so many of our victories over the last 12 months to you – our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. Please join us on Wednesday, December 11th, for our Thank You & Appreciation Party at Ten Barrel Brewing.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company, 2620 Walnut St, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30pm

Click here to RSVP.


San Juan Citizens Alliance: AQCC Methane Public Hearing

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) is holding a Durango hearing on strengthening methane regulations from the oil and gas industry. Strong new rules are vital in order to reduce emissions, protect our health, and curb climate impacts. Five years ago, Colorado became the first state to directly regulate methane pollution – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from the oil and natural gas industry. Since the rules were adopted, Colorado’s economic growth has exceeded projections, proving that smart environmental policy can go hand-in-hand with economic prosperity. But the old rules aren’t enough- Colorado needs new protections that reduce emissions to safeguard our health and our environment.

Where: 1101 E 2nd Ave Room E103, Durango
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm

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Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights Year-End Celebration

We’re celebrating our successes and ramping up for a monumental year: 2020! We invite you to join us for small bites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, stories from our activists and participants, and live music from Túlips, a band colectivo of feminista, genre-nonconforming, BIQTPOC in Denver full of queer glory. Raise your glass to the end of 2019, and a year of policy and programmatic wins with us! This is a free event, but donations are accepted. Museo de las Americas is wheel-chair accessible, and some seating will be provided. Free parking available in the back of the venue, and metered parking is free after 6 p.m.

Where: Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
When: Thursday, December 12 at 5:30pm

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Drag Show benefit for Citizens Project

Citizens Project is having a Drag Show Fundraiser! Mark your calendars for December 12 at Carter Payne, downstairs in The Cellar. Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm! Pre-sale tickets are $15, and tickets are $20 at the door.

Where: The Carter Payne, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs
When: Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm

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Health Care Open Mic Night

Join Rocky Mountain Values, ProgressNow Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado and COLOR with special guest Representative Leslie Herod for a Health Care Open Mic Night on Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 pm at Coffee at the Point. Are you a slam poet, spoken artist, singer, comedian? Whatever your style is, come share your health care story or hear from others about their story.

Where: Coffee at the Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm

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Cardboard Cory’s End of Year Celebration

Another year has passed and Cardboard Cory and friends want to celebrate the times we’ve all spent together demanding that our voices be heard. The Sierra Club, ProgressNow, and Rocky Mountain Values would like to invite Coloradans to a fun night of games, food, drinks, and good times as we reflect on how we can continue to advocate for Colorado’s air, water, and preservation of public lands, particularly the passage of full funding to the Land Water and Conservation Fund.

Where: Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm

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Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.

Sincerely,

Alan Franklin