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On Saturday, the extended unemployment benefits passed by Congress to help Americans weather the COVID-19 pandemic expired. The CARES Act unemployment benefits expired because Republicans in the U.S. Senate couldn’t come to an agreement.
Sen. Cory Gardner’s failure to break the gridlock in his own party has plunged hundreds of thousands of Coloradans into renewed financial uncertainty.
And it gets worse. Today, U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal for the next coronavirus relief bill–and they propose to cut the expanded benefit by two thirds.  While Cory Gardner runs TV ads touting his “success” helping Coloradans get through this crisis, he’s setting 330,000 Coloradans up for financial failure with the job market still disrupted and the COVID-19 pandemic on the upswing again in our state.
Like any swindler at the end of his con game, Cory Gardner is out of excuses. Donald Trump has been declaring the pandemic a thing of the past since before it began, and the failure of Republicans in Washington to respond when it could have made a difference has resulted in the deaths of over 146,000 people–many of which could have been prevented. In a crisis made worse by Donald Trump and Cory Gardner’s incompetence, it will be another preventable tragedy if we cut the support keeping Americans going before it’s safe.
November can’t come soon enough. Action item #1 this week: Join Indivisible Front Range Resistance and other local progressive organizations for the premiere of the new “Cardboard Cory” mini-documentary: featuring one of the most visible symbols of the years-long campaign to hold Cory Gardner accountable. This online event is an important organizing opportunity to get ready for the most important election season of our lives so far.
When: Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30pm
And here are several more great ways to make a difference for the week of July 27:
Understanding Implicit Racial Bias and Anxiety
Justice Matters is pleased to welcome William Snowden! Please join Will as he presents: Promoting Excellence: An Understanding of Implicit Racial Bias and Racial Anxiety and How They Influence Our Daily Interactions. Will is the New Orleans Director of the Vera Institute of Justice. In this role, he continues and strengthens Vera’s existing partnerships with criminal justice actors and community leaders while identifying new collaborative relationships with government entities and community organizations. The collaborations focus on improving criminal justice systems in the South.
When: Monday, July 27 6:30pm
Camp One Colorado: Volunteer Training
Summer might be canceled but you can still go to summer camp! Join us for a virtual training for One Colorado Volunteers. Find out what we are up to and how you can help Colorado keep & EXPAND a pro-equality majority this fall! You must register for this event to get the link to attend.
When: Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30pm
Immigration in Our Community: Know the Facts & Your Rights
Please join us for this insightful Community Awareness Series on current DACA and ICE policies, presented by Josh Stalling, North Regional Organizer, with Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition (CIRC).
When: Wednesday, July 29 at 9:00am
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Rally to Celebrate Medicaid’s 55th Birthday!
Join us on zoom or Facebook live as we rally to celebrate Medicaid’s 55th birthday and talk about its vital importance for the health of our communities. Because of COVID-19, Medicaid is more important than ever, but the economic impacts of the virus threaten Medicaid with cuts unless we see federal funding increased. We need to be able to keep all Coloradans healthy through the pandemic and economic recovery, and Medicaid is the best program to do that.
When: Thursday, July 30 at 5:00pm
We’ll be back next week with more ways to fight back. Thanks again!