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Last week and this week, Americans are seeing two opposite visions of the future of this country. And in November, we’ll have a choice: of another four years of incompetence, division, and chaos, or to come together in defense of our most essential shared values.

This is a conflict Sen. Cory Gardner wants to hide from.Gardner doesn’t have the guts to show up at the Republican National Convention this week. And it’s easy to understand why: ever since Gardner’s election in 2014, Colorado has steadily moved away from backward conservative politics. In 2016 Coloradans rejected Donald Trump, and in 2018 Colorado voters punished Trump’s allies on the ballot at every level in Colorado.

In October of 2016, Cory Gardner did one good deed–maybe his best moment in all his years in politics–when he called for Donald Trump to pull out of the race for president, saying “I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women.” Today, Gardner has abandoned whatever principles he once possessed. He’s one of Trump’s closest allies, and he says he wants the “American people to get to like the President” too. [1]

November can’t come quickly enough. Thank you for your work week after week to hold Cory Gardner and the far right in Washington and here in Colorado accountable. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of August 24:

Featured Event: History Colorado: The Lost Book of Astrid Lee

A Month-Long, City-Wide, Physically-Distanced, Mystery-Quest-Adventure About Getting A Say (And Getting A Say In What You Get A Say In, aka “Democracy”)

Featuring All-Original Art From Roxann Blue, Emily Hope Dobkin, Lonnie Allen, Don Austin, Denver-Digirati-Commissioned Artist Chandler Dolan, Cassandra Elaine, Picture Me Here

With Creative Contributions By Denver Classroom Teachers Association, Kerrie Joy, Mary Grace Legg, Rocky Mountain Pro Wrestling, Mile Hive Bee Club, African Community Center, Food Bridge Denver, David Moke & Denver Digirati, Molina Speaks

…and a few surprisingly relevant historical special guest stars.

When: August 28th – September 30, 2020

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CAMP One Colorado

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, August 25 at 5:30pm

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Fierce, Fearless Women Leading Social Change

Women of color live at the intersection of racism and sexism, facing unnecessary hurdles simply because of who they are. These circumstances lead to health disparities that erode the well-being of entire families. And still, they rise – dismantling unjust systems and leading in today’s racial justice movement – all while carrying the brunt of the fallout from the pandemic.

When: Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00pm

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Climate Champions: Conversation with Senator Ginal and Rep. Kipp

Join us for a conversation with Senator Joann Ginal and Representative Cathy Kipp, we will be talking about their work on environmental issues. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with legislators!

When: Thursday, August 26 at 6:00pm

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Denver Solidarity March (March On Washington)

We may not all be able to make it to the March on Washington, an event taking place on the 57th anniversary of the first historic March on Washington in 1963 led by Martin Luther King Jr. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. It’s time we remind our leaders that the fight is not over! We will march here, in solidarity in our beautiful hometown! Share this event! Invite your friends and family! See you there!

When: Friday, August 27 at 10:00am

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One Colorado: What the LGBTQ Health?- Southeast Colorado

One Colorado will share our 2018 Closing the Gap report, important information on your health care rights and how to advocate for them, and host a panel of participants from the region to discuss how each region is uniquely impacted with regards to health and accessing care. We want to hear directly from you about what is both amazing and challenging in your regions, and how One Colorado can close the gap between legal and lived equality in every corner of Colorado. Please join us for one or all of our “What the LGBTQ Health?” regional tour stops.

When: Saturday, August 29 at 12:00pm

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We’ll see you next week. Thanks again.