This is our final weekly action alert for 2019. Let’s take a moment to reflect on this amazing year.
After an historic landslide victory for progressives in Colorado in 2018, in January the new majority and governor set to work solving problems that had been piling up for over four years in a divided legislature. The new progressive majority had a powerful mandate from voters to take action on health care, education, civil rights, and upholding the dignity of the working people who make everything we value in our state happen day after day.
The progressive majority’s results in the 2019 session of the Colorado legislature speak for themselves. We’re on the way to making a public option for health coverage and paid family leave a reality next year. The legislature gave local communities the power to set a living wage. Big strides on common-sense reform of our criminal justice system and renter’s rights. Big investments in affordable housing, and new resources to ensure Coloradans have access to mental health treatment. And we passed another crucial piece of legislation to protect the public from gun violence.
After an historic legislative session keeping campaign promises, the far right retaliated against the progressive majority, threatening recalls against numerous elected lawmakers (full disclosure: including my brilliant, beautiful and extremely talented wife Sen. Brittany Pettersen) and Gov. Polis. But unlike in previous years, the voters of Colorado said no to every attempt. Today, the chairman of the Republican Party Rep. Ken Buck, who promised to “teach Democrats how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L” refuses to take responsibility for wasting all of 2019 on a fool’s errand, while progressives in Colorado are united and organized for the coming election.
None of this success would have been possible without you. By turning out to events that set the agenda and hold our leaders accountable, making phone calls, writing letters, knocking on doors to help candidates targeted by the far right, you helped ensure that the victories at the polls in 2018 translated into progressive policy wins at the state capitol in 2019. In 2020, everything we’ve worked toward since the national tragedy of the 2016 election to take back our state and nation comes to fruition. Thanks for everything you do and will do to help.
Here are a few more ways to make a difference as 2019 comes to a close:
Featured Event: Impeachment Rally
No one is above the law: Trump must be impeached and removed from office. We gather in support of the U.S. House of Representatives as they prepare to vote on impeachment.
Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30pm
Speak Out For Clean Air-Loveland, Colorado
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is considering adopting new rules to rein in the fracking industry’s toxic air pollution. Tonight, they’ll be hearing public comment in Loveland, Colorado on plans to step up clean air and public health safeguards. If you live along Colorado’s Front Range, please attend this meeting and speak out both in support of new rules, but also for STRONGER RULES.
Where: Larimer County Loveland Campus, 200 Peridot St, Loveland
When: Monday, December 16 at 4:30pm
Health Care Open Mic Night
Come share your health care story with Rep. Leslie Herod at a Health Care Open Mic Night. Put on your creative hat while sharing 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. This event is in partnership with Rocky Mountain Values, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, Progress Now Colorado and Protect Our Care.
Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 5:30pm
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: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm
9to5 December Community Meeting
Join 9to5 for it’s second monthly meeting! At our last meeting, we discussed 9to5 history, our campaigns, attendees’ experiences, and answered questions. As we continue to grow this space, we invite input on what is useful to the community. During this meeting we’ll talk about community members’ rights in the legislative process, upcoming bills, and what we can do now to advocate for our goals. Childcare and interpretation available.
Where: The Village Exchange Center, 1609 Havana St, Aurora
When: Tuesday, Decedmber 17 at 6:30pm
It’s a Woman’s World: The New Face of Colorado Leadership
Senator Brittany Petterson will moderate our panel of powerful female changemakers and leaders. As you probably know, Senator Petterson has fought hard for better legislation on the opioid epidemic and education. She has become a powerful voice on these issues and many others–and she successfully defeated a Republican attempt to retake her district in a do-over recall bid earlier this year. Our panel of elected officials are trailblazers in bringing change to Colorado in the age of Trump–and they are all graduates of Emerge Colorado!
Where: Boulder Elks Lodge, 3528 28th St, Boulder
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 11:00am
Greeley Está con Inmigrantes | Greeley Stands with Immigrants
Join us for a discussion about the needs we are seeing in Greeley, and what we can do together to create change. We welcome all immigrants, organizations, and other community members to join us. Please bring a dish to share with others, so that we can connect over food! This conversation will take place bilingually with interpretation in English & Spanish.
Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00pm
Working Families & Drinking Liberally Holiday Party
Ain’t no party like a Working Families/ Drinking Liberally party! Please join us for our annual end-of-year celebration, in which we cheer what we accomplished in 2019, talk about what’s coming up in 2020, and generally have a merry ‘ol time with one another. Light refreshments will be provided, and friends/ family are welcome.
Where: Irish Snug, 1201 E Colfax Ave, Denver
When: Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30pm
Art and Climate Change in Pueblo County with Matte Refic
Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Pueblo County to our community event. This event is free, and open to everyone. Matte Refic will create 2-3 large paintings with sculptural elements that highlight the ways in which art, creativity, recycling, and re-using can be used to create conversations about the topics of health and well-being in our community. Along with the creation of the artwork, Matte Refic will prepare a short video that will speak on these topics.
Where: Pueblo Protègete Office, 119 East Abriendo, Pueblo
When: Thursday, December 19 at 5:30pm
Saturday Postcard Event in SoBo Lucky’s Market Cafe
We’re going to make holiday cards for youths served by Attention Homes in Boulder. Attention Homes provides shelter and services to homeless youths and help them get back on their feet. Let’s share some holiday joys with the teenage youths and write some encouraging words for them. Quality beats quantity – if you have personal stories to share, please feel free to include them if you want. Otherwise we’ll offer some inspirational quotes for you to use.
Where: Lucky’s Market South Boulder, 695 S Broadway St, Boulder
When: Saturday, December 21 at 12:00pm
We Will Remember: 30th Annual Homeless Persons Vigil
For the 30th year, community members are invited to gather on the steps of the Denver City and County Building to honor our neighbors who lost their lives in 2019 while experiencing homelessness. Hosted by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the candlelight vigil and ceremony pays tribute to those who lived on the streets of the Denver metropolitan area and died during 2019. This will be the only memorial service that will be conducted for most of these individuals.
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver
When: Saturday, December 21 at 5:30pm
Fighting Climate Change in Northern Colorado: A Community Event
Conservation Colorado and Protègete would like to invite residents of Northern Colorado to our community event. We will be discussing the impact of climate change in our community and also a representative (Leo Escalante) of the city of Fort Collins will join us to talk about the city to plan to fight climate change.
Where: Walnut Creek Boutique in the Stone Room, 222 Walnut St, Fort Collins
When: Sunday, December 22 at 12:00pm
Bands Against the Ban: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood Votes CO
Bands Against the Ban is a loose confederation of like-minded musicians, music lovers, and supporters of a woman’s right to choose. Our first event is a benefit concert at the Oriental Theater on January 4th, 2020. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado.
Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
When: Saturday, January 4 at 6:30pm
Thanks again for all your help. We’ll see you in 2020!