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Congress has taken a two-week break after failing to sort out their differences, but the fight to pass the landmark Build Back Better plan to rebuild America’s “human infrastructure” is far from over.
Last week, progressives in the U.S. House stayed strong against incredible pressure to make sure the Build Back Better plan stays on the negotiating table. In the U.S. Senate, two U.S. Senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are responsible for the delay and demands for cuts to this historic legislation.
Here in Colorado, poll after poll shows that the Build Back Better plan is overwhelmingly popular.  Colorado’s U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper support the Build Back Better plan, and Sen. Bennet is pushing to further fund the Child Tax Credit now providing direct cash assistance to millions of working families across America.
Coloradans understand that the big corporations are not paying their fair share. At the same time working people it’s gotten harder every year to hold on to good-paying jobs, health care, and affordable housing. Those are the investments we’re making in the Build Back Better plan, and every dollar won in negotiations goes directly to Americans who need it most.
Our friends at Colorado Working Families have made it easy to connect you directly with your U.S. Senators to let them know you’ve got their back as they fight for every dollar of the Build Back Better plan. Simply text DELIVER to 30403 with your cell phone to be immediately connected. The message is simple: no cuts, no delays.
Thanks as always for your continued support! After being delayed by yesterday’s social media outage, check out more ways to make a difference for the week of October 4, 2021:
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Health Care 101
Join CCHI for the first webinar in our Health Care 101 series! Learn how the health care system works in Colorado and how the Colorado Option will provide a new affordable option for Coloradans! This event is virtual and free to attend. All registrants will receive a zoom link the day of the event.
When: Tuesday, October 5 at 6:00pm
Vigil for Indigenous Children
Regis University – Boettcher Commons – “The Quad.” Indian Boarding Schools vigil for indigenous children. A remembrance, lament, and hope for healing.
When: Wednesday, October 6 at 4:30pm
Where: Regis University, Boettcher Commons
Ally Up 2021: Access, Equity, Power
Join us for Inside Out’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Ally Up 2021! Together, we will celebrate over 30 years of Inside Out — and it’s continued vision to empower, educate, and advocate for our LGBTQ+ youth in Southern Colorado and beyond. Let’s build a better future for our young people with greater ACCESS, EQUITY, & POWER.
When: Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00pm
#VoteAndBeHeard Voter Registration Drive
Join Urban League Young Professionals of Metro Denver in partnership with Holleran Group for a voter registration drive with food trucks!
When: Thursday, October 7 at 4:00pm
Where: Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E 35th Ave., Denver
ACLU of Colorado: 2021 Bill of Rights Event
Please save the date for our virtual Bill of Rights Event on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. MST. Although we won’t be able to gather in person, we are excited to bring together supporters across the state for an evening of community-building, celebration, and education. Hosted by Executive Director, Deborah Richardson, who joined the ACLU of Colorado in March 2021, the event will be an opportunity to hear directly from our organization’s accomplished new leader. Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Archer, a prolific civil rights lawyer, scholar, teacher, and the first Black person to lead the National ACLU board of directors.
When: Thursday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Moms Demand Action: Colorado Springs Domestic Violence Victims Remembrance Event
Join other Moms Demand Action supporters in the Community Remembrance Ceremony and awareness-raising event at City Hall (outdoors). Together we will uplift Kingdom Builders Family Life Center, a local domestic violence prevention and intervention agency, in this important effort to commemorate for lives lost to domestic violence. Wear your red Moms Demand Action shirt, a face mask, and join in to support healing and awareness.
When: Friday, October 8 at 3:00pm
Where: Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
2021 Latino Community Service Awards
The Denver Public Library will host its annual Latino Community Service Awards, an event to honor five Latino community members for their leadership and service to the community. Established in 2002, the Latino Community Service Awards recognize Latino leaders who have made a deep and lasting impact on the city and state. The awards presentations are part of the library’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and will be held at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library located at 1498 N. Irving Street.
When: Saturday, October 9 at 11:00am
Where: Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St, Denver
Environmental Canvass for Aurora City Council
Join Colorado Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado as we encourage voters to support environmental champions running for Aurora City Council.
When: Sunday, October 10 at 3:00pm
Where: Highline Park, Aurora
Save the date: New Era Colorado Youth Agenda Townhall
In 2021, New Era embarked on a Youth Agenda Listening Tour, where we heard from over 1,200 young people across the state about their hopes and dreams, their vision for the future, and their lived experiences. Join us at our virtual townhall where we’ll share what we’ve learned from the tour and hear from some of the young people that participated. We’ll dive into key findings from our data, talk about what’s next for our work, and hear directly from young people about the change they want to see.
When: Thursday, October 14 at 5:30pm
Save the date: The Bell Policy Center 2021 Ballot Guide: Live Discussion with The Colorado Sun
Join us on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m. for a live discussion between the authors of the Bell Policy Center’s 2021 Ballot Guide and reporters from The Colorado Sun. Education reporter Erica Breunlin and inequality reporter Tatiana Flowers will lead the discussion, asking the questions voters want answered as they fill out this year’s ballot. During this 45-minute conversation, we will focus on all three statewide ballot measures and dive into the analysis featured in the Bell’s 2021 Ballot Guide.
When: Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30pm
We’ll see you next week with more ways to take action.
Sara Loflin, Executive Director