This Black Friday, stand up for retail workers

As you know, Walmart stores across the country are holding Black Friday sales events. Around the country, including here in Colorado, Walmart workers and supporters like me are going to stand up and demand better. Can you join us this Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, as we stand up to Walmart, call for an end to retaliation against workers fighting for better conditions--and demand a living wage of $25,000 a year for full-time Walmart workers?

“Creating jobs?”

While progressives in the Colorado legislature fight to protect and create jobs, once again we’re dealing with an onslaught of ridiculous legislation that helps no one. We need your help to get these time-wasting bills out of the way, so our legislators can focus on jobs and the economy.

In Colorado, we respect the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns, and we have sensible checks in place to ensure they don’t fall in to the wrong hands. Unfortunately, right-wing extremists in the Colorado House have decided to distract from the real issues, and introduced numerous pieces of legislation that weaken our gun laws.

Click here: tell the Colorado Senate to put a stop to it.

1.    The “Guns In The Wrong Hands” Act. This foolish bill would end Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) instant background checks on gun purchases in the state. While the law requiring the more extensive CBI checks was approved by an overwhelming majority of voters in Colorado, this bill would thwart the will of voters—and rely on the much weaker federal checks that frequently miss important information, such as civil restraining orders. The Denver Post noted a case in Castle Rock in 1999 where a gun was bought by a man with a restraining order that wasn’t caught—and used the gun to commit murder. (Denver Post, 1/29/2012)<br style=”color: #500050; font-family: arial,sans-ser
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2.    “Make My Day Worse.” Colorado has laws protecting crime victims who fight back, but the devil is in the details with this year’s attempt to irresponsibly broaden our so-called “Make My Day” law.  That’s why law enforcement organizations like the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police oppose it.

3.    “Gun Confiscation Paranoia” Act. Legislation has passed the Colorado House that would restrict state authorities from regulating guns during a state of emergency. Unfortunately, this bill seems to have been written in a way that it would undo existing gun laws during a state of emergency, and it could actually do tremendous harm in the dreadful circumstances in which it might apply.

The craziest part of all? Each of these completely unnecessary (and even dangerous) gun bills, along with several others, are expected to pass the Republican-controlled Colorado House. Instead of focusing on creating jobs in our state, Speaker Frank McNulty and his caucus have made passing these bills top priority: bills that <em style=”color: #500050; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-
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Click here to send a message to your Colorado Senators, urging them to quickly defeat these unnecessary gun bills, and get back to their #1 priority this year: creating Colorado jobs. Helping Colorado citizens, not hurting them.

No brainer: support the Employment Opportunity Act

Another important piece of legislation to protect workers is up for debate in the Colorado Senate, and quick action is needed today to ensure it gets passed.

Although the economy is recovering slowly, every month since the recession began, more than a quarter of a million Coloradans face the challenge of unemployment.

The problem of finding employment is made even more difficult when employers can judge applicants based solely on their credit score. These scores can be unexpectedly impacted when income stops or is greatly reduced as someone loses a job. Unemployed Coloradans need help getting back on their feet.

Fortunately, Sen. Morgan Carroll of the Colorado Senate has introduced the Employment Opportunity Act, which restricts the use of credit information in hiring decisions when personal credit is not related to the job. Even the credit scoring agency FICO says credit scoring is not a useful predictor of an employee’s performance! The last thing we need to do is create unnecessary barrier
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Please click here: send a message instantly to your Colorado Senators, urging them to support Senate Bill 3, the Employment Opportunity Act.

Thanks for your timely help: the bill is set to come to a vote as early as Monday, so please don’t delay. This is been a tough recession for every Colorado family. Let’s do everything we can to put it behind us.

Actually creating jobs

We’re six weeks into the 2012 session of the Colorado legislature, and it’s becoming painfully obvious already who at the state Capitol is interested in job growth and prosperity—and who is obsessed with grandstands and partisan bickering.