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There are hopeful signs that the hard six weeks we’ve been through are indeed slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks in large part to our in-state leadership, with no thanks to Trump and his political allies in Washington. With that said, it’s up to us now to stay safe and help prevent a second wave of infection by continuing to stay home except when absolutely necessary until an effective treatment or prevention strategy is in place.
Elected officials are under difficult and often competing pressures, but you have control over your own health.Despite the change of policy announced at the statewide level, public health officials in the Denver area are keeping stay-at-home orders in place until at least May 8th. We can bounce back economically from this pandemic, but lives lost are not replaceable.
Be part of the solution, not the problem. To the degree which you are able, keep social distancing, stay home, wash your hands, and don’t change the new routines you’ve developed over the last month until it’s safe.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a difference! Here are a few great ways to take action from home for the week of April 27:
ACLU of Colorado: 22-Week Abortion Ban Webinar
Join the ACLU of Colorado on April 28th at 6:30 pm to learn more about the 22-week abortion ban underway in Colorado. You’ll learn why this initiative is an attack on reproductive freedom, how the abortion ban has been impacted by COVID-19 and ways to take action to stop this campaign.
When: Tuesday April 28 at 6:30pm
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) Colorado Denim Day
Since 2013, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) has hosted Colorado Denim Day in order to raise awareness about sexual assault, show support for survivors, and unite communities across Colorado in taking a stand against sexual violence. Colorado Denim Day is our statewide event aligning with Denim Day events across the world on a Wednesday in April.
When: Wednesday, April 29
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health and Personal Finances in the Time of the Coronavirus
The coronavirus has impacted our health and personal finances in so many ways. Please join us in this informative webinar about steps you can take in these unusual times. mpowered will review strategies and resources to cope with loss of income, and the Colorado Community Health Initiative (CCHI) will share what you need to know about health care with respect to COVID-19.
When: Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00pm
Latinx Virtual Resource Fair: Food and Financial Aid
This is a difficult time. That’s why Rocky Mountain Values is hosting a series of town halls with Servicios de la Raza to share resources and information to help you and your family. On Wednesday, April 29th, we are focusing on food and economic security. We will discuss different resources to tap into and various services around the state. We will be joined by State Senator Julie Gonzales, Councilwoman Jamie Torres, Juanita Montoya from Servicios de la Raza, as well as other experts.
When: Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00pm
Cobalt and Keep Abortion Safe: An Online Conversation with Renee Bracey Sherman
We’re partnering with our friends at Keep Abortion Safe and Renee Bracey Sherman of We Testify for an online conversation about “Abortion stigma, the power of abortion storytelling, and confronting anti-Blackness in anti-abortion rhetoric.” Renee and co-host Dani Newsum will examine the roots of abortion shame and stigma, and the power of shared personal abortion stories and other tools we can use to overcome and transcend that stigma. Ms. Bracey Sherman will also explore the ways in which anti-abortion shamers utilize racism and misogyny against black people and other peoples of color who have had an abortion or are seeking an abortion.
When: Thursday, April 30 at 12:00pm
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: The Census and Me
Filling out the census is important! The census guides critical funds for local health programs, and shapes political power for the next DECADE. But even more than that, filling out the 2020 Census is the way to make sure that your voice is heard. Join us for a four-part series on how the census will affect you and your community, and what you can do to help make sure everyone is counted.
When: Thursday, April 30 at 6:30pm
Thanks again. Stay safe and healthy.