Remember the feeling of power from participating in the Denver Women’s March?
LET’S DO IT AGAIN…
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018 in DENVER
The original Women’s March organizers are holding the anniversary march in
Las Vegas. Info HERE .
Renew you commitment to the fight against the administration’s agenda for the LONG HAUL!! Given republican control of the Executive and Legislative branches, resistance must be an on-going activity.
This site is provided as a tool for staying engaged related to resisting actions of the administration that do not support a progressive agenda for our nation. A calendar of local ACTIONS with a NATIONAL focus is shown below.
DON’T STOP RESISTING!! SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU!!
KEEP AMERICA GREAT – 2018!!
- POWER TO THE POLLS – VOTE THE BUMS OUT!!
- Stay informed about all the sleazy stuff that is going on while 45 is distracting us with his insanity:
- For something more upbeat: SMALL VICTORIES
We are entering one of the most critical years in our nation’s history – INSIST, RESIST, PERSIST…and remember: Preserve Yourself to Preserve The Country …this is a marathon, not a sprint.
The election process in 2018 will determine the fate of our country for years to come. Participate where you can, encourage your family/friends/colleagues to participate AND ALWAYS VOTE!!
CALL Senator GARDNER and DEMAND that he VOTE NO on:
- President’s Pick to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary – Alex Azar is a former pharmaceutical industry executive and anti-ACA proponent
- Jim Bridenstein to head NASA – He is a climate denier and a partisan appointment who only promises to be apolitical ‘to the best of his ability’. He is not a scientist; his only qualifications are that he is a pilot and he served as director for the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium!!
WEEK OF JANUARY 15
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Sign up to attend events sponsored by Organizing for Action (OFA). With more than 250 local chapters around the country, OFA volunteers are building this organization from the ground up, community by community, one conversation at a time—whether that’s on a front porch or on Facebook. We’re committed to finding and training the next generation of great progressive organizers, because at the end of the day, we aren’t the first to fight for progressive change, and we won’t be the last.
From Barack Obama: “You’re doing the hard work of citizenship. You’ve inspired me all over again. You remind me of the energy that fueled our campaigns in 2008 and 2012. And I know that once again, we can turn that grassroots energy into real, lasting change. That’s why I’m writing you today.
Soon, our states will be redrawing their Congressional and state legislative district lines. It’s called redistricting, and it will take place in 2021, after the next Census takes place. That may seem far off, but the time to get started on this issue is now.
This is our best chance to eliminate the partisan gerrymandering that has blocked progress on so many of the issues we all care about. Simply put, redistricting has the potential to be a major turning point for our democracy. But we need to be prepared.
That’s where the National Democratic Redistricting Committee comes in. Led by Eric Holder, my former Attorney General, they’re the strategic hub for Democratic activity leading up to redistricting. In partnership with groups like OFA, the NDRC is building the infrastructure Democrats need to ensure a fair outcome. But they need your help.
The NDRC is providing a comprehensive strategy for the path forward. They’re challenging unconstitutional maps in court, and doing the necessary state-by-state electoral work to make sure Democrats have a seat at the table for redistricting.
To support them, OFA volunteers and supporters will provide the grassroots organizing capacity and mobilization that we’ll need to win state-level elections and move other initiatives forward ahead of the 2021 redistricting process — making sure that states are in the best position possible to draw fair maps.
Systemic gerrymandering has favored one side over the other in literally hundreds of congressional and state legislative districts around the country.
If we’re ever going to truly achieve our vision of an America that works for everyone, we have to draw our districts so that politicians are encouraged to cater to common sense, not rigid extremes.
Getting that done will require participation. It will require each of us continuing to accept our responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
This fight matters, and OFA and the NDRC need you to be a part of it. Say that you will be: https://my.ofa.us/Fair-Democracy
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Support the Background Check Expansion Act sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy and supported by Senator Michael Bennet! Amid all the other issues, DON’T LET GUN CONTROL GET LOST!! Enough is enough. Here’s what the bill does:
- Requires a background check for the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers – just like licensed dealers have to perform.
- This requirement includes all unlicensed sellers, regardless of whether they do business out of their homes, at gun shows, or on the internet.
Almost one-fourth of gun sales happen without a background check. That’s dangerous. That’s how guns fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. The Background Check Expansion Act will close many of the loopholes in our gun laws. Follow this bill and add your name to become a Citizen Co-Sponsor:
If we are vocal, our democracy will not allow its elected officials to be this out of step with the communities they serve for very long. If we can organize effectively (like we did on healthcare!) to take on the gun lobby in this fight, we will win.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – DENVER WOMEN’S MARCH 2.0 9:30 AM – 4 PM, Civic Center Park. Best bets for getting to the Denver March: RTD to Union Station then 16th Street Trolley to the Park or make a reservation for a parking space in downtown Denver (HERE; HERE or HERE) – arrive early to beat the crowds close to the park or stay overnight in Denver & walk to the park.
The organizers of the Women’s March 2017 are planning their 2018 march in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 21…see below for details.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 – WOMEN’S MARCH 2.0
The organizers of the Women’s March 2017 are planning the 2018 march in Las Vegas.
Monday, January 22, 2018 – Call your MOCs and DEMAND Subsidies for ACA policy holders!!! MOCs MUST support negotiations, which are being led by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). They are proposing a deal that aligns with the principles of keeping Medicaid cuts off the table, protecting coverage and benefit standards and improving market stability & affordability for consumers.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Make sure your DC representative see THIS – the SCIENTIFIC National Climate Assessment Report…Since NCA3, stronger evidence has emerged for continuing, rapid, human-caused warming of the global atmosphere and ocean. This report concludes that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Legislative Session Kickoff Capitol Visit and Tour 8:45am at the Colorado State Capitol.
Why: The 2018 legislative session starts on January 10. Always but especially in the age of Trump, state level work is our chance to push back for a progressive agenda and protect immigrants, people of color, women, LGBTQ youth, and so many more. Visit the Capitol with us to learn more about how our legislature works, take ownership over our government, and get pumped for midterms!
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – HELP STOP THE HATE!! Call the Homeland Security comment line. Urge them to keep their focus on white supremacists, KKK and neo-nazi/alt-right groups . Ask them to follow the recruitment practices and blogs of these groups. They represent the biggest source of domestic terrorism in our country today. Homeland security comment line: 202-282-8495
Friday, January 26, 2018 – Download the Stance app – Calling congress is the most effective way to make your voice heard. Congressional phone lines are often busy. Voicemail is often full. You might spend ages on hold, or keep calling back until overwhelmed congressional staffers clear clogged inboxes. A new app called Stance helps overcome these democracy-hindering headaches. It lets you record messages for your elected representatives, then delivers them at night when phone lines aren’t so busy. Stance sends your message directly to your representative’s phone and twitter handle, and also posts them on takeastance.us for others to be inspired. You can record your message anytime, anywhere.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – DON’T FORGET ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE!! CALL YOUR MOCs (use the Stance app to call 24/7)!! There has been no movement – even with the continuing killing!!! NO ASSAULT WEAPONS, NO BUMP STOCKS, NO HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE, THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS – that is a MINIMUM!!
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Contact MOCs & tell them to oppose H.R. 4239 when it comes to the floor! The House Committee on Natural Resources passed one of the most egregious dirty energy bills Congress has attempted yet. H.R. 4239, the so-called “SECURE Act,” prioritizes fracking above all other energy sources, decimates rules that regulate drilling, guts public involvement and input on development through the National Environmental Policy Act, and worst of all, gives the states permitting and oversight authority over energy development on federal lands!
The damage being done to the environment is UNBELIEVABLE!! Read more HERE!
Monday, January 29, 2018 – DO SOMETHING ABOUT EXECUTIVE ORDERS!! There is a little known 1996 CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT “that allows lawmakers to repeal executive-branch regulations within 60 days after they are finalized.” Tell your MOCs to USE THIS!!! We need to start pressing the GOP members of congress on the outlandish executive orders that are destroying our systems of oversight. Don’t become resigned that executive orders are set in stone. Bring up objections and reinforce the responsibility that the GOP has for this destructive assault on rights.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – SUPPORT WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE!! Here are the numbers:
- Emerge America has reported an 87% increase in interest from women candidates.
- Emily’s List reported in April that 16,000 women have expressed interest in running for office, compared to 920 during the entire 2016 election cycle.
- She Should Run reported that 15,000 women are running for office in 2018, a massive increase since 2016
You can count on the number of women candidates running for office at the local, state, and federal level to rise. Want to get fired up about the women power that has been generated? Here’s how: Watch the first episode of She’s the Ticket. (9 minutes, 5 inspiring women).
Wednesday, February 1, 2018 – Call GARDNER and demand that he OPPOSE
H.R.10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill approved by the House in June 2017. This bill would reverse MANY Dodd-Frank regulations, including curbing the consumer agency’s oversight powers and allowing the president to fire its director more easily.
Thursday, February 2, 2018 – REPEAL CITIZENS UNITED – On November 6, 2012, more than 2.4 million Coloradans voted on the referendum calling for a U.S. constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
In all, 1,762,515 Coloradans voted for reform – a whopping 74% majority! The proposal carried every single county in Colorado, red counties, blue counties, purple counties. In Colorado’s Congressional delegation, the sweeping referendum victory moved the state’s two sitting U.S. Senators, Democrats Michael Bennett and Mark Udall, to vote in favor of bringing a Constitutional amendment on campaign reform to the Senate floor. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat representing Denver’s suburbs, co-sponsored a similar measure in the House. But Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn from central Colorado is strongly opposed to constitutional reform. Even after the 74% “yes” vote, five other Colorado representatives hedged where they stand. This OVERWHELMING VOTE in Colorado went no where. PERSIST!! Call your congressional representatives and remind them of this MANDATE FROM THE CITIZENS OF COLORADO!!
Friday, February 3, 2018 – I’ve mentioned it many times, but the app STANCE is a great tool. It allows you to call and leave a message for your MOCs 24/7. Find out more general info HERE along with how to download the app to your phone.
Saturday, February 4, 2018 – Support the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population but 30% of the world’s incarcerated women. The Dignity Act was introduced on July 11th by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Richard Durbin (D-IL). The goal of the act is “to improve the treatment of Federal prisoners who are primary caretaker parents.” The Dignity Act includes provisions such as more visitation rights for incarcerated mothers and preventing shackling pregnant women (which we do, even during birth). Prisons will also be required to provide women with feminine products and basic gynecological care (which we don’t currently provide).
The Dignity Act is effectively being ignored, with no hearings or votes scheduled. Alicia Keys is attempting to change that through the We Are Here Movement. All-of-us must raise our voices in support of incarcerated women too. Here’s how:
- Watch this video and join the We Are Here Movement.
- Share the video on Facebook and Twitter.
- Sign this petition calling on Senator Grassley to hold a hearing on the issue of incarcerated women!
Sunday, February 5, 2018 – NEW YEAR’s RESOLUTIONS – Find out how to fight back to gain control of state legislatures. Colorado is a target flip state for 2018!! State legislators, in conjunction with governors, have awesome power to shape the norms of our democracy. We need to put this power in the hands of trusted progressive leaders. Republican governors and Republican state legislatures use the following tools to influence the outcomes of elections:
- Redistricting – the practice of redrawing the lines of electoral districts, which takes place every 10 years. When district lines are redrawn in ways intended to benefit one political party, we call it gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is a corrupt practice that skews election results and removes agency from the voters.
- Voter ID laws – laws that require voters to show photo identification before voting. These laws disproportionately affect minorities and lower-income voters—groups that have historically supported the Democratic party.
- Voter registration laws – discriminatory laws that create obstacles to registration (e.g. requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship). As Republican power at the state level increases, it becomes easier for Republican lawmakers to pass ever stricter voter ID and registration laws, which in turn makes it easier for Republicans to win elections.
Monday, February 6, 2018 – The EPA is trying to gut the Clean Power Plan. Call your MOCs and demand a review of the bogus economic impact from the EPA! If you want more information on the EPA’s original findings you can get them from the Union of Concerned Scientists here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2018 – Get ready for CRITICAL 2018 elections!! Check out https://www.ballotready.org/. They provide non-partisan information on people running for election.
Wednesday, February 8, 2018 – Get online certified to register voters – IT’S IMPORTANT!!! The GOP is pushing Voter Suppression disguised as an election fraud protection!!
To be very clear: Voter ID laws target students, the elderly and minorities – traditionally Democratic and Independent strong-holds. In keeping with most studies of voter fraud — which find little to no evidence of its existence — Kansas studies have found just nine cases of alleged fraud out of 1.8 million registered voters.”
Thursday, February 9, 2018 – Participate with your local Indivisible group – Indivisible is a progressive movement in United States politics. They have created the Indivisible Guide, a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to get Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents.
Indivisible Colorado State Legislature
Groups in Boulder County:
Indivisible Front Range (IFRR)
Boulder CAN (Colorado Action Network)!
Indivisible North Boulder
Indivisible East Boulder
Indivisible Frasier Elders indivisiblefrasierelders at gmail dot com
Indivisible Northern Colorado
March 1, 2018 – Races for state legislature and governorships are the Most Important Elections You Haven’t Heard About. They are every bit as important as those for the higher profile federal offices. The upcoming slate of governors races combines an unusually favorable map for Democrats with a strong chance to influence the once-in-a-decade congressional redistricting process. That process helps determine how many seats each party holds in the House, and Republican success at controlling the process has helped the party achieve dominance in Congress. Washington politicos and grassroots activists alike often overlook governors races, and that’s especially true in the Democratic Party, which is years behind the GOP when it comes to investing in state races. The party is down to just 16 out of 50 governors, the fewest in recent decades. It lost nearly 1,000 state legislative seats during President Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House.
Flippable has a website that highlights the state level fights that are so important. Check it out. In Colorado and other states with high probability Democratic wins, groups are working on state & national candidates – Check them out!!
Monday, January 8, 2018 – IF YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ALEC (the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council), GET INFORMED. Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue…Global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.
ALEC’s Corporate Sponsors Top Nation’s Lawbreaker List!! In ALEC’s own words, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE” on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VOICE IS HEARD OVER THESE GREEDY ORGANIZATIONS!!
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 – Check out this resource for contacting and getting data on your congressional representatives: https://www.contactingcongress.org/
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Frazier Indivisibles at 7:30 pm in the Frasier Center 4th floor Assembly Room – Remember when Obama left office one year ago? We’re showing the film of Obama’s Farewell Speech.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Learn why state legislatures are so important! State legislatures are crucial to the outcome of national elections. The Republican party currently controls 30 of the nation’s 50 state legislatures. In 23 of these states with Republican legislatures (state house & senate), the governor is Republican, too – a trifecta…BUT LOOK WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER 2017!!!
Trifectas give political parties nearly unchecked power at the state level. Republican-engineered gerrymandering and voter suppression are widespread across the country, in large part because of Republican trifectas. Source: Ballotpedia
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Stay up-to-date on two VERY IMPORTANT issues – control of Congress and regaining control at the state level. Retaking these governing bodies is CRITICAL because in 2020, there will be another census and a redrawing of congressional districts. Without Democratic control, gerrymandering will continue to make political races difficult, if not impossible, to win!!
Flip the US Congress!! – Stay Up-to-Date at Swing Left
In Colorado, Mike Coffman (R-CO06) won his seat by only 8% of the vote; so with some effort, he can be defeated in 2018! More information on how you can help HERE.
Flip States BLUE!! – Info on Flippable seats at the state level HERE! Over the last 10 years, Democrats have lost majorities (over 1400 seats) in state houses, governorships and other elected position across the country. The results have been the horrific state laws that restrict a woman’s right to chose, deny LGBTQ people’s rights, limit funding for important social programs, specify gerrymandered election districts, etc.
Groups working on state candidates in flippable districts – Check them out!!
Colorado Resistance # Check out the Colorado Resistance Manual HERE. An Indivisible Guide for Colorado, by Coloradans – How to win state and local elections & resist Republican gerrymandering in Colorado
ColoradoVotes.org Information on local elections that make a BIG difference in the state legislature difference! Here are the 2018 races to watch: Turn these districts BLUE!!
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Purchase The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos, the largest progressive online community, has “written the book” on how all-of-us can fight Trump. It’s insightful, funny, and chock full of knowledge, resources, and practical advice on how to build, restore, and supercharge our democracy.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Learn about the power held in a small number of prosecutors – WATCH the film “Power of Prosecutors” to support the end of mass incarceration. Learn how to demand accountability. Vote!
April 1, 2018 – Make sure your DC MOCs see THIS – the SCIENTIFIC National Climate Assessment Report…Since NCA3, stronger evidence has emerged for continuing, rapid, human-caused warming of the global atmosphere and ocean. This report concludes that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”
PLAN AHEAD and plan next summer’s vacation to include supporting candidates in swing states – go to your 2018 calendar, find a week in September or October that you can spend canvassing in a swing district. Make your plans. Make a difference!
Monday, January 15, 2018 – SUPPORT TAMMY STORY. Democrat Tammy Story is trying to unseat ultra-right wing Senator Tim Neville in State Senate District 16 (Golden, Eldorado Springs, Superior & Elsewhere). This is one of the most important races in the state because of its statewide strategic nature. And if you want to join the fight, email Patricia dot Eggleston at gmail dot com. It is not an overstatement to say we are fighting now for the survival of our Democracy and the freedoms we hold dear. Elections are the only way forward. Please get involved, and recruit others to help. You are needed. For real.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – MORE on the importance of state races – Getting involved in state legislative races is the most valuable action we can take this year and in 2018. Here’s why:
- Redistricting. State legislatures often control redistricting. The Republicans have badly gerrymandered the states they control, keeping themselves in power and preventing proportional representation. The only way to reverse this is to win back state legislatures.
- One Thousand Seats Lost. Over the past decade, the GOP has invested heavily in state legislative seats, and unfortunately, it has paid off. Republicans now control both chambers in 33 states, and Democrats hold 1,000 fewer state legislative seats than they did in 2008.
- Trifectas. There are 25 Republican trifecta states, where Republicans control both chambers of state government and the governorship. Democrats have only 6 trifecta states. This is why we have been seeing so much awful legislation becoming law on issues of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, gun control, immigration, and more.
- States are Policy Laboratories. State level policies often serve as templates for national policy, and also for other states to adopt. We need strong Democratic state legislatures to set progressive policies that can be adopted elsewhere.
- Constitutional Convention. If Republicans gain control of one more state legislature, they would be able to call for a Constitutional Convention to amend our federal Constitution.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – “So the messy truth is this: A rebellion was justified. But the wrong rebel won.” Van Jones. Listen to the NPR interview with Van Jones on his new book and purchase Van Jones’ new book here or at your local bookstore.
While we have been building a wall of resistance to Trump, we are also focused on building bridges to our fellow Americans. Good news–Van Jones has a new book out that is focused on just that. It’s called “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together” and it’s awesome. All-of-us must read up and come together to heal the divides in our country.