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After everything we’ve been through in the past six weeks, the greater tragedy would be if the sacrifices we’ve made together to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic are undone by a tiny fringe who refuse to accept science and consider the law to be their “personal choice.”
On Sunday, a restaurant in Castle Rock made a foolish political statement by throwing their doors open to a crowd who intentionally disregarded not just the law, but every bit of good advice from health experts from social distancing to wearing face masks to protect others.
At the head of this crowd cheering them on was, you guessed it, GOP House Minority Leader Patrick Neville. The same Pat Neville who accused Colorado’s first Jewish governor and local health officials of having a “Gestapo-like mentality” and condemned stay-at-home orders as “tyranny.” Today Gov. Jared Polis ordered the restaurant shut down, and it’s unfortunately very possible that some of the people who ate there yesterday will contract COVID-19 as a result.
House Minority Leader Pat Neville is one of Colorado’s highest ranking Republicans, and he just put the safety of both his constituents in Castle Rock and his colleagues in the Colorado General Assembly in danger. If you haven’t already, take a moment now to join the thousands of your fellow Coloradans and sign our petition hosted by our friends at MoveOn calling on Neville to step down as House Minority Leader immediately.
Once you’ve taken a stand for common sense and public safety, here are more ways to take action for the week of May 11:
Conservation Colorado: Beyond a Land Acknowledgement: Indigenous People and Public Lands
Join Conservation Colorado for our keynote Colorado Public Lands Day event, featuring a panel discussion on the problematic histories of Indigenous Peoples and Public Lands and a commentary on a more hopeful future for the co-management of ancestry territory and tribal consultation.
When: Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm
Colorado Sierra Club: Outdoor Leadership Workshop Series
You now have an opportunity to help engage people in your community to connect outdoors by joining the Colorado Sierra Club this November through December through our web-based Outdoor Leadership 101 Workshop. You will begin the adventure to be certified to lead your own Sierra Club trips to help engage more people to explore and enjoy the special places Colorado has to offer.
When: Monday, May 11 at 6:30pm
One Colorado: LGBTQ Mental Health Town Hall
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and One Colorado invites you to join us for our LGBTQ Mental Health Awareness Month Virtual Town Hall on May 12th. We’ll discuss the unique mental health care needs of LGBTQ Coloradans, provide statewide and local resources, share tips on accessing behavioral and mental health care through insurance plans, and more!
When: Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30pm
Conservation Colorado: Air Toxics Town Hall
Join us for a Zoom town hall highlighting air quality and health including the first look at a report released by the Colorado Fiscal Institute on the cost of the health impacts of air pollution. Hear from health experts with the American Lung Association, Rayna Hetlage of CFI, state leaders and community members to discuss air quality in Colorado and a new report demonstrating the devastating fiscal impacts of air pollution. This program will also include legislators championing these issues, and the people directly impacted by this pollution. This is an opportunity to learn more about air pollution impacts and how to act on the problem.
When: Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Policy Committee Meetings 2020 Legislative Session
We meet the second and fourth Wednesdays over lunch to discuss and take positions on legislation. This meeting is for members and representatives of member organizations. To join Women’s Lobby of Colorado check out our website www.womenslobbyofcolorado.org.
When: Wednesday, May 13 at 12:00pm
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: Latino Community Conversations: State Budget & Covid-19
The Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus, COLOR and Latino-serving organizations are hosting a bilingual virtual town hall to discuss the state budget, COVID-19, and the impacts on Latino communities.
When: Wednedsay, May 13 at 4:00pm
Rocky Mountain Values: Mental Health Town Hall
Rocky Mountain Values, Mental Health Colorado, One Colorado and Protect Our Care have come together to put on a mental health town hall. Featuring a Q&A session, discussion about mental health resources and self care during this crisis and speakers like mental health advocate Rep. Lisa Cutter, Mental Health Colorado’s Vincent Atchity and One Colorado’s Marv Allen.
When: Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00pm
Drinking Liberally Denver (Virtual Edition)
We’ve been doing virtual Drinking Liberally via Zoom and it’s been a great success. We decided to do these every week until we are able to meet in the bar again. You will be able join by video or phone for an hour of lively commentary, political trivia and conversation.
When: Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Our Second Virtual Social Hour with PPRM
Join us for this social hour to learn about the impacts of COVID-19 on reproductive health care, as well as other issues. We are excited to have Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and long-time advocate and protector of our state’s reproductive care.
When: Thursday, May 14 at 5:30pm
Sierra Club Colorado: Colorado Public Lands Trivia
Come play some virtual wild and wacky Colorado public lands trivia with the Sierra Club. You will get inspiration for taking action for our lands, waters and wildlife while having a blast. You can create teams and the top three teams will get Sierra Club swag along with the winning team a gift card to a local outdoor retailer.
When: Thursday, May 14 at 6:00pm
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: Friday, May 15 at 5:30pm
Thanks again for your support in good times and bad, and we’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.