What you can do to fight for progress this week (July 12)
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It is All-Star Week in Colorado, and as you may know, there is a story behind the great game being played in our state.
Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, and it wasn’t particularly close, but one state where the margin of victory was close was Georgia. However, count after count showed that the choice was legitimate. In retaliation for Biden’s narrow victory, conservative politicians in Georgia passed a controversial vote suppression law to make it difficult for people of color and disadvantaged communities to vote that helped influence the state in last year’s election.
It wasn’t just Major League Baseball that spoke out against Georgia’s vote suppression law. Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and other major Georgia corporations condemned this spiteful attack on voting rights and the “big lie” behind them that the election was somehow stolen from Donald Trump. Big corporations don’t always do the right thing, of course, but they always have the freedom to do it.
And that’s what happened. Thanks to the swift work of Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock,  Colorado’s better electoral system (and love of baseball, no matter how bad the Rockies season is) resulted in one of the sport’s biggest events moving from Georgia to Colorado. This is a victory that everyone in Colorado should be proud of, and it’s a shame that conservatives loyal to Trump can’t celebrate with the majority of Coloradans.
Now is the time to bring Colorado’s electoral model to the national level. Despite some disappointments, the fight is not over to protect and expand voting rights in Washington. It is more important than ever than you notify our senators Voting rights are important to you as a Colorado voter. Take a moment right now to sign up for action alerts from the Statement from the Coalition for American Democracy as we continue to fight to protect voting rights using all available options.
Colorado’s Redistricting Outreach Campaign is Moving Forward! The independent redistricting commissions that will draw the new congressional and legislative district maps for Colorado are touring the state during July and August. In Colorado, citizens have more power over the redistricting process than many other states, but that’s good if we use it. This week, Arvada and Denver residents in particular can testify about keeping their communities intact and skillfully represented. No matter where you live in the state, commissioners want to hear from you. Click here to register and receive notifications about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.
Thank you as always for all that you do, and here are a few more ways to fight for progress during the week of July 12:
Stop the Sweeps Rally
The 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟯𝗽𝗺, join us at 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗼-𝗖𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸 for a rally at 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 & 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 of our 𝘂𝗻𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗯𝗼𝗿𝘀, whose 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 are 𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘿𝙚𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧 every week. With continued orders from the mayor, our 𝘵𝘢𝘹 𝘥𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 are being spent on ‘cleansing’ efforts that dehumanize, abuse and displace 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. In just 13 brief weeks, Denver was able to find a home for the 𝗠𝗟𝗕 “𝗔𝗹𝗹-—”, but the city officials in charge of housing still 𝙘𝙖𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙫𝙪𝙡𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙣𝙨. With the announcement of the All-Star Game, the city has only beefed up its 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 in the 𝙒𝙖𝙧 𝘼𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙤𝙤𝙧 here in Denver.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00 pm
Where: Mestizo-Curtis Park, 900 32md Street, Denver
CCHI with CIRC and UTST: Medical Care for Immigrants During COVID
Join the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and United Today Stronger Tomorrow to discuss the impact of the COVID pandemic on Colorado immigrant communities, as well as available resources.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm
Colorado History: Virtual Class: Colorado National Parks and Monuments with Dr. Holly Norton
In our online course on the history of public lands in Colorado, we will discuss how federal, state, and local public lands were created in the context of the political events that drove the need to preserve open spaces. We will also put people back into the landscape, discussing how wildlife concepts erased people from the lands and what the future of crowded public lands may mean for Colorado.
When: Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm
Colorado People’s Action: Elect Champions for the People Fundraiser at Raices Brewing CO ~ Choose Champions for the People
Join us on July 14 at 5:30 pm for an in-person fundraiser to support our work in choosing Champions for the People. With so much at stake, we must ensure that we get local victories in Aurora City Council races. Come learn about the careers and issues at stake and the opportunities for you to get involved this election season.
When: Wednesday, July 14 at 5:30 pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver
PFLAG in Denver: LGBTQ + Virtual Family Summit
This upcoming LGBTQ + Virtual Family Summit brings together local experts from our community to share with you their personal experiences, historical and cultural nuances, and professional advice. Covering a variety of topics, the LGBTQ + Family Summit offers a space to explore identity, values, and best practices to ensure your LGBTQ + youth receives the support they need to feel empowered and live their life with PRIDE.
When: Saturday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. M.
Latino Caucus Happy Hour and Fundraiser
Come celebrate the members of the Latino Caucus, the great legislative victories in this session, and get a snapshot of the work that lies ahead. Join us at Raices Brewery Co to support and strengthen the efforts of our 13-member Latino legislative caucus in Colorado!
When: Saturday, July 17 at 5:00 pm
Where: Raices Brewery, 2060 W Colfax Ave, Denver
Reservation: Colorado Women’s Lobby: 2021 Legislative Scorecard Annual Event
Join the Colorado Women’s Lobby for our Annual Legislative Report Card Event! You can join us in person at the Alliance Center or virtually through Zoom. We will celebrate great achievements, including the passage of our flagship bill in this session, which provides essential needs for families. Our speakers include Senator Brittany Pettersen, Jan Touslee of the Nappie Project, and more to come!
When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30 pm
Where: The Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop St., Denver
We will be back next week with more ways to act. Thanks again.