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We’re down to the last critical few weeks of the 2021 session of the Colorado legislature. And just like most years, many of the most important priorities we want to get passed this year are coming down to the final days and debates of the session.
These are the moments when people like you can make the biggest difference. On the defining issues of this session like health care, combating climate change, and investing in our aging transportation infrastructure, the big votes are almost here–and your lawmakers need to hear from you right now.
Action item #1 this week: help the progressive majority in the Colorado legislature bring down the cost of healthcare. House Bill 21-1232, the Colorado Option, is about one thing: saving you money on health care. This is legislation giving the insurance industry the chance to do what they say they can without “government interference,” reducing the cost of premiums to consumers by 18%. Don’t believe the hype. This isn’t a radical idea, it’s about saving Coloradans money on the healthcare we rely on every day.
Action item #2: Hundreds of Coloradans per year are subjected to forced ketamine injections during police encounters. Almost 1 in 5 of these non-hospital ketamine injections result in serious complications and even death. Right now, lawmakers in Colorado have the power to end this inhumane, reckless, and lethal use of ketamine on unwilling civilians. They need to hear from you that this is critical to the safety of our communities. Click here to urge your Senators to SUPPORT House Bill 21-1251 to better regulate the use of chemical restraints.
Thanks for your timely assistance with these two important pieces of legislation. Here are a few more ways to make a difference for the week of May 24:
Colorado Sierra Club: May Climate Happy Hour
Make a cocktail with us and join Sierra Club activists to learn about clean energy, transportation, and actions YOU can take to protect our climate and communities. During this happy hour, you’ll learn about actions you can take to support clean transportation, moving local utilities to clean energy, and more! This event will be a casual and good place for folks to ask questions and get to know each other while we’re socially distanced. This event is free and open to anyone interested in taking climate action.
When: Monday, May 24 at 5:30pm
We’re Still Here: Prayer Vigil
One year after the lynching of George Floyd, the Denver Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will release 112 recommendations for change. Join the community in a prayer vigil to hold space for honoring George Floyd and other survivors of police violence, mass incarceration, and racism. All faiths and beliefs are welcome.
When: Monday, May 24 at 8:00pm
Where: Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado: Abstinence & Birth Control
Join me, Sam Carwyn, Educator & Advocate with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for this educational session, where I will explain how to talk about abstinence effectively. Attendees will learn about the different birth control options. You will get an opportunity to debunk some myths.
When: Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30pm
All On The Line Colorado’s Written Public Comment Workshop
All On The Line Colorado’s Public Written Comment Workshop intended to share information about how you can make your voice heard in the redistricting process. We’ll provide tips and training on how to submit effective written public comments to the Independent Congressional and Legislative Commissions.
When: Tuesday, May 25 at 6:00pm
AAPI History and Proper Allyship with @intersectional.abc
Join Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and guest speaker Emma, activist influencer and owner of Instagram & Twitter accounts, @intersectional.abc, on Wednesday, May 26th for a special *virtual* event on what it means to be a proper ally. Emma will help us explore the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and provide insight on how to be an effective and authentic ally. This framework is invaluable to all activists who want to ensure that their work it serving all people no matter race, ethnicity, identity, and experience.
When: Wednesday, 26th at 5:30pm
One Colorado: Foster Care in Colorado
Colorado recently passed legislation to promote LGBTQ equality in the foster care system. Learn more about what this means for prospective parents and foster youth, as well as how to get involved with fostering.
When: Thursday, May 27 at 1:00pm
PPRM’s CO Springs Healthy Neighborhood Lit Drop
Support your local Planned Parenthood health center and the surrounding community by dropping off literature about PP’s health center services. This will be a fun, socially distanced event! Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for anyone who needs them.
When: Thursday, May 27 at 5:30pm
CIRC and CCHI: Immigrant Health Care
What are the health care needs of the immigrant community, what knowledge do they need to feel supported as health care consumers? Where can they find care and what type of care are they allowed to access? What resources are available? Join the conversation with CIRC and CCHI on the complexities of immigrant health care, which include not being able to purchase a plan through the market place, bring questions as we navigate this needlessly complex topic. We will touch on the basics while also talking about Data Privacy bills to protect our communities while they seek care.
When: Thursday, May 27 at 6:00pm
Up w/Climate Justice, Down w/Greenhouse Gases! Boulder March and Rally
Join us in Boulder on May 29th as we march to persuade Governor Polis to keep his promise to be a Climate Advocate for the people and sign Climate Justice Bill SB 21-200, which he is currently threatening to veto. We will meet at the Boulder Bandshell on Canyon and Broadway at 11am and depart together around 11:30am to march through Boulder to bring attention to this issue. We will meet back at the Bandshell for a rally and will have tables with information and ways to take action!
When: Saturday, May 29 at 11:00am
Thanks again, we’ll see you next week (and maybe sooner) with more ways to take action.