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Remember the feeling of power from participating in the Denver Women’s March?
LET’S DO IT AGAIN…SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018!!
PRELIMINARY 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.

A page for Colorado state-specific issues has its own tab. Other resources can be found through the tabs on this web page.

DON’T STOP RESISTING!!  SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU!!


ANOTHER month of UP & DOWNS!!

    • Keep fighting on the tax bill
    • 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

DECEMBER 2017

In this season of hope, look for ways to help those who are not as fortunate as we are…

  • Indivisible Boulder is partnering with I Have A Dream Boulder to sponsor a family for the 2017 Holiday Season. We are asking our members to please sign up to help the many families in need over this holiday season.  You can sign up to get a child a gift here: http://bit.ly/IB_2017IHAD
  • Boulder County Housing & Human Services offers the Family-to-Family Holiday Program which is in its 43rd year and serves low-income families and individuals who are clients of the Child Protection, Foster Care, Adolescent, Adult Protection (elderly and disabled adults) programs and our basic needs families. Contact info: 303-441-1430     Email: dramirez@bouldercounty.org
  • Share-A-Gift – Helping children of low-income families with holiday gifts in the area of Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District since 1972.

Tell anyone you know who needs health insurance to be sure
and enroll BY DECEMBER 15!!     –> –>
The sleazy 45 administration has cut the time to enroll, help desk assistance about enrolling & funding to advertise!!!

Word is that there will be a Women’s March 2.0 on January 20, 2018. Some details HERE.

Support Doug Jones, who is running for the Senate in Alabama, in any way that you can. Roy Moore is NOT FIT to serve!!!  and having one more democratic seat will make it MUCH harder for the GOP to push their horrible legislative agenda!!

SUPPORT REAL TAX REFORM!! CALL YOUR MOCs (use the Stance app to call 24/7)!! Both the House & Senate have passed bills and now they have to reconcile to create the law…but they have not created tax reform that works for the middle and lower classes…just for the billionaire friends of this administration! Congress has passed a (non-binding) budget so they can force a tax ‘reform’ bill through using reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes!! EVERYTHING the GOP is proposing (no bipartisan effort AT ALL!!) is HORRIBLE for everyone except the billionaires.

How the tax overhaul could affect your bottom line – type in your income HERE and see the impact of the current proposal.

CALL Senator GARDNER and DEMAND that he VOTE NO on:

  • Kathleen Hartnett-White for head of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).  As the Texas CEQ (under Rick Perry!), she amassed a record of supporting polluting industries and shows willful ignorance about well-established climate change science.  More info here:  www.desmogblog.com/kathleen-hartnett-whiteOf the MANY absurd claims she has made here are ONLY 3 recent ones: “Now the plentiful, reliable and affordable energy source that is coal can be regarded as clean.”; “Renewables are a false hope that simply won’t work.”; “We’re not a democracy if science dictates what are rules are.”
  • President’s Pick for Global Women’s Issues Ambassador Has Anti-Women, Anti-LGBT Background.  In a move that solidifies concerns that President Trump is intent on undermining women’s and LGBT rights around the globe, Trump has selected Penny Nance to be his Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. This is a State Department job meant to ensure that U.S. foreign policy incorporates and promotes women’s rights, but Nance has a long record of vocally promoting anti-woman and anti-LGBT policies — a record that senators must assess and scrutinize when considering her nomination.
  • President’s Pick to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary – Alex Azar isa 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!!
  • On the REPEAL of the JOHNSON AMENDMENT…This amendment separates church and state by not allowing churches to endorse political candidates from the pulpit. If the GOP repeals this – it SHOULD be declared unconstitutional, BUT it will take years to get to the supreme court. The current law allows churches to talk about issues like immigration & climate change & inclusivity, but NOT CANDIDATES!!
  • TALLEY – Nomination as a federal judge – UNQUALIFIED for the judicial wing of our government!!
    • 36 y/o, never tried a case
    • Conservative blogger
    • Vocal NRA supporter
    • Bar Assn:”NOT QUALIFIED”
    • LIED by omission-married to senior lawyer in WH

Friday, December 8, 2017 – MAKE NO MISTAKE…2018 is coming. Indivisible is taking the fight to every congressional district. They have launched Indivisible435, a plan to build electoral power at a scale that no other organization has ever achieved. Check it out and contribute if you can!!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – CALL YOUR MOCs (use the Stance app to call 24/7)!!
JUST ANNOUNCED: Syria will join the Paris climate agreement, so that leaves ONLY ONE COUNTRY that has not signed on to it — the United States. Climate Change is Already Hurting Our Health & Economy – killing people, hurting their health, worsening air pollution and helping the spread of infectious diseases…from the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.

Environmental disruptions are also affecting economies and costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year, mostly because of extreme weather events. The United States trails only China as the world’s worst emitter of carbon dioxide, according to the European Commission’s emissions database. Pulling the United States out of the landmark climate pact is INSANITY and is MAKE US A LAUGHING STOCK IN THE WORLD.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 11:00 am – noon, Stand Up for America, Broadway & Canyon in Boulder.  Every Saturday, a number of us stand holding signs for pedestrians and traffic.  “NO Attack on North Korea;” “Peace.”  We also leaflet those who take an interest.  {Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and Vets for Peace}

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1 pm – 2 pm, Longmont Leads with Love Vigil, Main St at 6th Ave., Longmont    This is an opportunity to stand up for kindness toward all people and the planet and rally for policies you care about and send a progressive message to the city and nation. Bring signs, banners, flags, songs, art, etc. expressing your vision of a better city, a better America, a better world for all!  We meet every Saturday, same time and place.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – If you don’t think NET NEUTRALITY is important, THINK AGAIN!! The FCC is about to announce a vote to slash net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs like Verizon to block apps, slow websites and charge fees to control what you see & do online. Once they announce the vote, it’s hard to stop. Flood them with calls now, *Congress* can stop the vote.


WEEK OF DECEMBER 11

Monday, December 11, 2017 – Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Public Forum, Chancery Bldg, 8th Floor, Denver   On October 30, citizens lined the hallway on the 8th floor of the Chancery Building in Denver. Most held speeches in their hands as a signup sheet was passed around for the public forum portion of the hearing of the COGCC, where commissioners were set to approve hundreds of new controversial wells in neighborhoods. Residents of Colorado had the opportunity to exercise their rights and speak up, to make their voices heard. Mark your calendars for December 11 & 12 when COLORADO 350 will return to the COGCC hearings.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 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!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 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!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 – 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.

Friday, December 15, 2017 – 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).

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – Call GARDNER and demand that he OPPOSE
H.R.10 – Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill approved by the House in June. 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.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 – Call your MOCs and DEMAND a clean DACA bill! 800,000 young people who have never known any home except the USA are in danger of being sent out of this country. 90+% of DACA recipients are in school or working – adding to our great country.


WEEK OF DECEMBER 18

Monday, December 18, 2017 – Keep DEMANDING face-to-face meetings with your Congressional representatives!! TOWN HALL PROJECT tracks scheduled in-person and phone-in town halls using team of grassroots researchers as well as additional events organized by Center for American Progress Action Fund and other progressive allies.  Check out the schedule and the Indivisible Recess Guide!  

Dec 18 – Dec 29 State Work Period  Holiday schedule

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – CALL YOUR MOCs and DEMAND that they fund the Childhood Health Insurance Program (CHIP)!! Together with Medicaid, CHIP provides a strong base of coverage for our nation’s children and has helped reduce the nation’s uninsured rate for children to a record low of 5% (Figure 1). CHIP provides coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot access or afford private coverage. In 2016, CHIP covered 8.9M children. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – CALL YOUR MOCs and DEMAND that they support the ACA!!!  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.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 – CALL YOUR MOCs and DEMAND that they support for the certification of the Iran Nuclear deal and stop the war-mongering talk about negotiating with North Korea until they ‘drop the first bomb’!!  Tell your MOCs you oppose any spending bill that undercuts the State Department’s budget and our ability to carry out international diplomacy. Insist on diplomacy first & an increase in economic sanctions not only against the North Korean regime, but also against Chinese companies that trade with it or handle its money.

Friday, December 22, 2017 – 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, December 23 – Join People Power – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Grassroots Volunteer Resistance Movement – For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. People Power is a grassroots member-mobilization project of the ACLU. Through People Power, the ACLU engages volunteers across the country to take action when the administration attempts to enact unconstitutional policies or trample on people’s constitutional rights. By mobilizing in defense of our civil liberties, volunteers will build local communities that affirm our American values of respect, equality, and solidarity.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 – Hurricane ravaged areas are still hurting!! URGE YOUR SENATORS to fully fund the recovery! In Texas, people are still living in motels because they can’t get disaster funding to rebuild or find a place to rent. In Florida, the Keys are still a mess and begging for tourist to come back and get their economy going again. The Caribbean is a DISASTER!! Puerto Rico is still lacking water and power. Whitefish tried to screw over PR, the Jones Act still doesn’t allow aid to be sent to PR directly and the army has pulled out & left the rest of the recovery to the people of PR – the very people who are struggling just to survive!!


WEEK OF DECEMBER 25

This will be quiet week for both RESISTERs and the people driving the terrible policies of the administration.

For RESISTERs, I suggest a quiet and reflective week. Beginning in January, we will be entering an intensive period of working to emasculate (and I mean that quite literally!) the horrific actions of the current administration. It will be critical to work for and elect progressive candidates in 2018. We need leadership who will represent Americans over the regressive right-wing groups that influence the  hypocritical, greedy and amoral MOCs who currently have the majorities in both the House and Senate.

Take a deep breath, relax and come back rejuvenated in January. THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE!!


JANUARY 2018

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!!

ALSO…Colorado’s Open Enrollment for Healthcare goes through January 12th!


WEEK OF JANUARY 1

Monday, January 1, 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.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – The EPA is trying to gut the Clean Power Plan. Call your MOCs and add your comments to the EPA website!  The comment deadline is January 16, 2018. The proposal and comment procedures are posted on EPA’s website.  Please go to that site and make your comment.  Support your comment with data and facts – see below for more resources. Your personal circumstances and experience are important.  Consider including examples of how the proposed rule would impact you negatively. If you want more information on the EPA’s original findings you can get them from the Union of Concerned Scientists here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – Check out https://www.ballotready.org/They provide non-partisan information on people running for election.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 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!

Friday, January 5, 2018 – Get on-line certified to register voters – IT’S IMPORTANT!!! The administration is pushing Voter Suppression disguised as an election fraud investigation!! –> The administration is setting up an “election integrity commission” to look into voter fraud, something the president maintains, falsely, was rampant during the 2016 election. VP Pence will be the chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be the vice chair — “two men with very long histories of making it harder to vote. The commission seems designed for one purpose: to perpetuate the myth of fraud in order to lay the groundwork for enacting policies that suppress the vote.” THERE ARE NOW MORE PEOPLE ON THE FRAUD COMMISSION THAN KOBACH HAS EVER CONVICTED OF VOTER FRAUD!!

To be very clear: Voter ID laws target students, the elderly and minorities – traditionally Democratic and Independent strong-holds. Kris Kobach, who will lead the commission with Pence, has been a prominent champion for voting restrictions.  “From his perch as Kansas’ top election official, Kobach has launched a crusade against ‘illegal voting,’ winning power from state lawmakers to prosecute ‘voting crime.’ In keeping with most studies of voter fraud — which find little to no evidence of its existence — Kobach has found just nine cases of alleged fraud out of 1.8 million registered Kansas voters.”

Saturday, January 6, 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!!

Sunday, January 7, 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.”

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 – Learn why state legislatures are so important!   State legislatures are crucial to the outcome of national elections. The Republican party currently controls 32 of the nation’s 50 state legislatures. In 25 of these states with Republican legislatures (state house & senate), the governor is Republican, too – a trifecta.Trifectas

Red REPUBLICAN TRIFECTA
Blue DEMOCRATIC TRIFECTA
Gray NO TRIFECTA

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!!

    1. Flip the US Congress!! – Stay Up-to-Date at Swing Left Swing Left
      – Recently, both Kansas, Georgia & Montana (VERY red districts) came close to flipping blue.
      – In our area, Mike Coffman (R-CO06) won his seat with only 8% of the vote; so with some effort, he can be defeated in 2018! More information on how you can help HERE.
    2. 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!!
      PrintSister District Project 
      Colorado-Resistance-LogoColorado Resistance  # Check out the Colorado Resistance Manual HERE.
      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!

Sunday, January 14, 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!!

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 LaboratoriesState 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.

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.

Sign up on this page, friend, and let them know that you want in.

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

Thank you.”

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:
http://action.chrismurphy.com/page/s/background-check-expansion-act

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 – WOMEN’S MARCH 2.0

Sunday, January 21, 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:

  1. Watch this video and join the We Are Here Movement.
  2. Share the video on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Sign this petition calling on Senator Grassley to hold a hearing on the issue of incarcerated women!

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 – Participate with your localIndivisible 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.

Colorado Groups
   Indivisible Colorado
   Indivisible Colorado State Legislature
Groups in Boulder County:
   Indivisible Front Range (IFRR) Boulder Indivisible
   Boulder CAN (Colorado Action Network)!
   Indivisible Boulder
   Indivisible Longmont
   Indivisible North Boulder
   Indivisible East Boulder

   Indivisible/MoveOn Boulder
Indivisible Frasier Elders     indivisiblefrasierelders at gmail dot com
   Indivisible Denver
   Indivisible Northern Colorado

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.

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  1. Hi there, there is no town hall scheduled for tomorrow (February 23rd) with Representative KC Becker and Representative Edie Hooton. Please check kcbecker.org and click events for the most up to date town hall information.

  2. The 10:00 am April 1 rally in Boulder has been canceled in deference to the People’s Filibuster event at 10:00 am in Denver. The Tuesday noon April 4 event, usually at Skyline Park at Gardner’s office, will be a picket event at Michael Bennet’s Denver office (1127 Sherman St).

  3. Hi Cindy,

    Could you add this Protect Your Healthcare event?

    Protect Your Healthcare
    The ACA is still under attack.
    Come and learn from Colorado’s leading healthcare advocates
    Current threats to the ACA
    How this affects Coloradans
    How you can send an effective message to Congress

    Saturday May 6 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

    Meadows Branch, Boulder Public Library
    4800 Baseline Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80303

    For more details and to reserve a ticket, here’s the link to the event Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1878161229138871/

  4. This page shows the Longmont vigils continuing for quite a long time:

    #Resist: Longmont

    Longmont, CO
    137 Members

    Concerned about where the country is heading? You’re not alone. Join others who care about what’s happening to democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, sustainabilit…

    Next Meetup

    Vigil

    Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM
    1 Attending

    Check out this Meetup Group →

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