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Coloradans are paying the second-highest insurance premiums in the nation.

It’s a big problem, and it’s one of Gov. Jared Polis’ top priorities. Last year, Colorado passed an innovative “reinsurance” plan to save Coloradans buying insurance as much as 20% or more on their monthly premiums. Families across the state are already seeing the difference.

In 2020, we’re taking the next important step: the “Colorado Option” to provide even more affordable health coverage.

We’ve all heard stories of friends and family members who go under-insured or uninsured because they are forced to choose between paying their mortgage or rent and paying for health insurance. The Colorado Option will fight for us–to increase consumer choice and lower individual costs across the state.

Please check out coloradoaffordablehealthcare.com for more information and to share your personal health care story. We’ll update in the next few weeks with more ways to help including events and legislative testimony.

Thanks for your help in solving the big problems our state and nation face today! Everything you do makes a difference. Here are more great ways to fight back for the week of March 2:


Spotlight On! Gun Violence Prevention and Migrant Justice

The crisis in migration is driven by a combination of anti-migrant racism and the proliferation of guns and militarism from the United States. John Lindsay-Poland documents the legal and illegal flows of guns from the United States that are bringing devastating violence to communities and migrants in Mexico and Central America. This event will explore the trajectory of trans-border U.S. guns and policies, how Mexico is responding, and what our communities can do to stop these vectors of violence and trauma.

Where: AFSC & Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, 1420 Ogden Street, Suite 201, Denver
When: Tuesday, March 3 at 5:00pm

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UPAC Meeting Public Comment

Join the Moving Beyond Coal Coalition for public comment at the March UPAC Meeting. They will be discussing the societal costs of continuing the use of coal in our community. The economic and health costs of air pollution from burning fossil fuels totaled $2.9 trillion in 2018, calculated in the form of work absences, years of life lost, and premature deaths, according to a new report by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). The cost represents 3.3 percent of global GDP, or about $8 billion per day.
We need to take into account the real cost of fossil fuels, not just for our rapidly heating planet, but also for our health. Air pollution is a threat to our health and our economies.

Where: 121 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs
When: Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00am

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One Colorado: You Can Play Night with the Avs

We are rapidly approaching the You Can Play Night with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 4th. The Avs team and staff are are making this years Pride Night the most fun yet!! Please join me in support of “Hockey Is For Everyone” with the Pregame Reception at 6pm in the Continental Divide Room on Club Level. You must purchase tickets to attend in the link below. Tickets start at $39…comes with Exclusive Avalanche Pride Night Hat & Access to take a slap shot on the Pepsi Center Ice after the game. Plus $5 from every ticket goes to You Can Play. Funds raised at this event will go towards supporting more LGBTQ+ education programming in Colorado.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00pm

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Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol: Plastic Pollution

Across the United States and Colorado, students are leading the charge in getting their state governments to take action on reducing single-use plastic. They want to see the world they live in clean from unnecessary, toxic plastics! Students (elementary-college) have the opportunity to urge their state lawmakers to support legislation that reduces plastic pollution on Thursday, March 5th at the Colorado State Capitol. Join Environment Colorado, CoPIRG, EcoCycle, Inland Ocean Coalition, and dozens of students across Colorado at the Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol: Plastic Pollution.

Where: Colorado State Capitol, Denver
When: Thursday, March 5 at 10:00am

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Wetʼsuwetʼen Solidarity at the Canada Consulate

Join us in a demonstration expressing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia as they resist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the fossil fuel industry invasion of their territories. We are responding to the call for solidarity actions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities who uphold Indigenous sovereignty and recognize the urgency of stopping resource extraction projects that threaten the lives of future generations.

Where: Consulate General of Canada in Denver, 1625 Broadway, Suite 2600, Denver
When: Thursday, March 5 at 1:00pm

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Colorado Rising: Rise Up: Broomfield

Proposition 112 created a massive upswell of support and momentum. Now it’s time to build off that foundation and achieve a major victory for our communities and the climate. In the words of Susan B. Anthony, if we refuse to give up, “failure is impossible.” Come meet our Executive Director Joe Salazar, our powerhouse team, and your fellow community members as we discuss our 2020 plans. The fundraising deadline for jumpstarting signature gathering is April 1st, so now is a critical time for protecting our communities and our climate.

Where: 14049 Park Cove Dr, Broomfield
When: Friday, March 6 at 5:00pm

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Casa de Paz: Visit A Detained Immigrant

Join us for a training that will prepare you to engage in companioning (or walking beside) immigrants and their families who are separated by detention centers.

Where: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St, Denver
When: Saturday, March 7 at 12:45pm

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Art + Feminism with Guerrilla Girls’ Kathe Kollwitz

Art+Feminism is a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon aimed at giving more representation to womxn+ (womxn+ femmes, non-binary, and all gender expressions) artists on Wikipedia.

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver
When: Sunday, March 8 at 11:00am

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We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.