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This week, we need your help to fight back against hate at the Colorado Capitol.
On Thursday, Colorado Republicans will attempt to pass one of the most openly discriminatory slates of anti-LGBT legislation we’ve seen in Colorado in years. The House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is expected to hear hours of testimony on bills that would roll back marriage equality in Colorado, vilify transgender folks, legitimize prejudice and discrimination based on religious belief, and even break up loving families.
“This is the most aggressive slate of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in the past decade,” says Daniel Ramos of One Colorado, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy group. “In the first few weeks of this legislative session, we have seen attacks on transgender Coloradans, same-sex parents, LGBTQ youth, and the list goes on. These bills do not represent who we are as Coloradans, and One Colorado will fight these bills every step of the way.”
Action item #1 this week: join our friends at One Colorado for a press conference at noon Thursday inside the West Foyer of the Colorado Capitol to speak out against this attack on our LGBT friends and neighbors. Then, after the press conference you’ll have the opportunity if you wish to testify against these terrible bills in a House committee hearing.
Where: West Foyer, Colorado State Capitol
When: Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm
Thanks for helping our friends at One Colorado fight this awful throwback legislation. Decades ago, Colorado passed an unconstitutional anti-LGBT law, Amendment 2, for which we became known as the “hate state.” We’ve worked for years to make that shameful mistake right, and this latest round of hateful legislation from Colorado Republicans is a reminder that we can’t ever be complacent about protecting the rights of every single person. The worst is never more than one election away.
Here are more great ways to take action for the week of February 10:
Rescheduled: The 2020 Triple Threat
The Trump Administration has continued to attack LGBTQ Coloradans, our environment, and women’s reproductive justice rights. This joint Small Donor Committee Fundraiser for One Colorado, Sierra Club Colorado, and Cobalt (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado) will allow donors to support all three organizations for the 2020 election cycle.
Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30pm
Rescheduled: Love Knows No Borders, No Walls February Vigil 2020
We gather each quarter to stand together for our neighbors and our families and against detention and deportation. Don’t miss the Love Knows No Borders, No Walls Vigil on Monday, February 4th, 6:00-7:00 pm at the ICE Detention Center at 3130 Oakland Street, in Aurora, CO. Bring a friend, signs and noisemakers (drums, horns, pot and pans). We’ll sing some love songs and chant together and there is an open mic for people directly impacted by the detention center to share.
Where: 3130 Oakland St, Aurora
When: Monday, February 10 at 6:00pm
Counting Coloradans is a free educational event regarding the 2020 census hosted by Jewish Family Service and DRCOG. Presenters will speak about census safety and security concerns, details around the administration of the census, the importance of reaching “difficult-to-reach” populations, and how to assist people with completing the census.
Where: Jewish Family Service of Colorado, 3201 S Tamarac Dr, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 8:45pm
Denver Repro Health Happy Hour!
Please join us for a monthly networking event for folks working in or supportive of reproductive health, rights, and justice.
Where: Coffee at The Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Volunteers training – Help Coloradans become US Citizens
2020 will be a critical year and we want to ensure as many Coloradans as possible can earn their citizenship and register to vote for the general election! In preparation of CIRC’s campaign to naturalize Colorado green card holders in time for them to vote in the 2020 General Elections, we are starting a series of webinars aimed at increasing the capacity of community members and volunteers to understand the citizenship process and help CIRC pull off several of the mega-workshops we will be hosting through 2020.
Where: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00pm
Advocating to End Homelessness
Tonight, we will address the ways you can become an advocate, how advocacy impacts political change, and the importance of becoming an advocate no matter what your housing status might be. In 2020, let’s BUILD POWER IN COMMUNITY through thoughtful conversations with leaders in the field of housing, homelessness, and poverty.
Where: Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street Community Room, Denver
When: Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00pm
Cervezas for Causes: DREAMer Network
The Dreamer Network is a group of MSU Denver Denver staff, faculty, and students. They collaborate on projects, raise scholarship and programming funds, hold workshops, and advise university leadership in order to improve college access, retention, and graduation of undocumented college students.
Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 13 at 6:00pm
Denver Beyond Coal Monthly Meeting
Are you passionate about the environment and looking for more ways to get involved with Sierra Club Colorado? Join us for our Denver Beyond Coal team monthly meeting. All are welcome!
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver
When: Thursday, February 13 at 6:30pm
League of Women Voters of Colorado: 2020 Legislative Conference
Learn about the 2020 priorities of the Colorado Legislature and the League of Women Voters of Colorado!
Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy., Denver
When: Friday, February 14 at 11:00am
We’ll see you next week with more ways to get involved. Thanks again.