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We’re two weeks and a day from the most anticipated and most important election of our lifetimes. The polls say this election will not be close. Across the country and here in Colorado, voters are turning out in massive numbers to change the course of our nation for the better.
The time has come to discuss a deeply troubling possibility that we as Americans have never faced before. What happens if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results?
The best way to ensure the United States of America continues our unbroken tradition of peaceful transfers of power is to make sure this election is a landslide. The bigger the margin, the weaker any challenge to the legitimacy of the results becomes.
We’re hoping for the best. But if Trump refuses to accept the results of the elections, we’re part of a growing coalition working to mobilize on November 4th if necessary to Protect the Results.
Action item #1 this week: visit the Protect the Results campaign site and register to mobilize if Trump refuses to accept the results of the election. Here in Colorado, we know that Trump’s complaints about the mail ballot election system we’ve used for years are baseless. It’s up to us to ensure that in the likely event Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, he cannot throw our country into a constitutional crisis.
We’re on the cusp of ending one of the ugliest and most divisive periods in American history. We know that the future is far brighter than the division and ignorance we’re leaving behind, as long as we can make it through the next two weeks. Thank you very much for your help at this important moment. Here are a few more great ways to take action for the week of October 19:
Bodily Autonomy and Current American Policy Panel
Join the Do Better Campaign and Students Vote No on Proposition 115 for a panel on bodily autonomy and current American policy. Panelists will include scholars, community leaders, student activists, and policymakers. Topics will include gender-based violence, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, immigration, and LGBTQ+ rights.
When: Monday, October 19 at 6:00pm
Conservation Colorado: GHG Roadmap & Climate Equity Listening Session
Please join Colorado Air Quality Control Division for a conversation about the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Roadmap on October 20, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm MT via Zoom. State leadership will give an overview of the recently released roadmap report and state climate equity work with time dedicated to listening to your questions and input. Registration is required and Spanish interpretation is available upon request.
When: Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30pm
One Colorado Get Out the Vote Phone/Text Bank
The 2020 election is upon us and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NOW is the time to get involved and help us GET OUT THE VOTE. Sign up to phone or text bank as we reach out to our supporters. These GOTV events will be virtual, but One Colorado staff will be available via Zoom throughout. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more!
When: Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm
When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm
When: Thursday, October 22 at 6:00pm
Women’s Lobby of Colorado: Power-Hour, Lunch-Hour text bank
Join Women’s Lobby of Colorado virtually as we text bank in support of paid family leave (Prop 118) and against another dangerous abortion ban (prop 115). Each Wednesday from now to the election we will rotate dedicating or lunch hour to Prop’s 118 & 115. Since we are texting we can enjoy each other’s company, talk, and each lunch!
When: Wednesday, October 21 at 12:00pm
Webinar: What the heck is “building electrification”?
Keep hearing about “building electrification” in Colorado and don’t fully understand what it means for you and your home? We are here to help with that. Join us for an hour of Building Electrification 101! No, we aren’t going to try and convince you to swap out your gas stove tomorrow – experts will share why Colorado needs to electrify buildings and homes and what you can do to prepare. This webinar will also provide tools and ways for you to begin making small changes at home or taking action for climate action from your computer!
When: Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00pm
Their Voice is Ours: Indigenous Perspectives on the Wolf Nation
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) have been largely absent from Colorado for nearly 80 years. With recent wolf sightings in Northern Colorado and an upcoming statewide vote on Proposition 114 that would reintroduce wolves to the state, Canis lupus appear to be on the verge of return. To inform the conversation about the potential restoration of wolves to Colorado, it is important to hear from indigenous peoples about their perspectives on wolves.
When: Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00pm
Wolves in Colorado: Science & Stories
After a nearly 80-year absence, grey wolves appear to be on the verge of returning to Colorado. In July 2019, a lone radio-collared wolf became the state’s first confirmed Canis lupus sighting in the wild in years. Then, in January, a separate pack appeared in Moffat County. This November, voters will go to the polls to determine the fate of Initiative 107 which, if passed, would charge the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission with formally reintroducing wolves no later than 2023.
When: Thursday, October 22 at 5:00pm
Phone Banking Training with COLOR
Have you been wanting to support our work, but just didn’t know how? Join COLOR’s volunteer phone bank! We need volunteers who are passionate about reproductive justice. We are calling to educate voters about a proposed abortion ban in Colorado and answer their questions.
When: Saturday, October 24 at 2:00pm
Colorado Working Families: Virtual Volunteer Phonebank!
Join Team Colorado Working Families for our weekly volunteer phone bank where we’ll educate and mobilize Colorado voters in key districts. In the most important election of our lifetimes, we’re leaving nothing up to chance. Join us to get out the progressive vote in 2020!
When: Sunday, October 25 at 5:00pm
It’s been a long struggle, but we’re almost there. We’ll see you next week with more ways to fight back.