Remember the feeling of power
from participating in the
Denver Women’s Marches, March for Life, March for Science, March for Education, March for Taxes?
DO IT ALL AGAIN…
POWER TO THE POLLS!!!
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. 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!!
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
VOTE THE BUMS OUT!! BLUE WAVE 2018 BEGINS!!
WE ARE 6 MONTHS OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
WEEK of MAY 21
Friday, May 25, 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. Check it out from the library or 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.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – PLAN AHEAD and plan your summer 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!
Sunday, May 27, 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.
WEEK of MAY 28
Monday, May 28, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! May 28 – Jun 1 State Work Period Memorial Day- May 28
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – An executive order & a GOP bill include at least a half dozen ways to make it harder for low-income families and individuals to get food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a big deal. SNAP helped 41 million Americans in January 2018 and over 80% of benefits go to households with one or more children, a senior or a person with a disability.
Call your MoCs. Let them know that you oppose the Republican SNAP proposals in the 2018 Farm Bill. Express your strong support for SNAP and your rejection of these new requirements which do nothing to make the program more efficient, but instead make it harder for people of lesser means to meet the most basic of human needs – food.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Celebrate the Senate’s Vote on Net Neutrality, Then Call Your Representative!
Thursday, May 31, 2018 – CONTACT YOUR MoCs to keep the census fair! The administration wants to censor millions of people by putting a citizenship question on Census forms, along with other changes that will hurt the project. An esteemed group of Democratic state attorneys general, members of Congress and like-minded organizations are pushing back.
The Constitution calls for a Census that counts all residents every 10 years. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets, and where funding for vital programs like school lunches, children’s health insurance, and disaster recovery goes. If the GOP gets away with manipulating the process, African American, Latino and immigrant communities will be undercounted in an obvious attempt to stop Democratic states from getting more Congressional districts. Institutions like the Census make our democracy stronger. We have to protect them.
VOTE THE BUMS OUT!! BLUE WAVE 2018 BEGINS!!
If you know people in these states, URGE THEM TO VOTE PROGRESSIVE!!
If you have a connection to these states, support the candidates with your time and money! For more information, click HERE.
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COLORADO ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, JUNE 26.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – VOTE!!
WE ARE 5 MONTHS OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
ALSO – Towards Right Relationship with Native Peoples Right Relationship Boulder is a group of Native and non-Native residents who are lifting up the history and presence of Native people in the Boulder Valley and working toward a goal of right relationship. Our first effort is to establish ties with the Southern and Northern Arapaho tribes, whose ancestors lived in the Boulder Valley and were essentially banished from Colorado after the Sand Creek Massacre. They now live in Oklahoma and Wyoming. Our 2018 project is “Welcoming the Arapaho People Home.” We have invited delegations from both tribes to come to Boulder twice this year. In June, we will arrange for tribal delegates to meet with city and county government officials, BVSD, the Museum of Boulder, faith communities, and Native American organizations in the area, and together we will plan Arapaho participation in our celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in October. In October, Arapaho dancers, artisans, story-tellers, youth and governance leaders will give public presentations and performances for Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thanks very much for considering joining us in welcoming the Arapaho people home.
If you would like to support this work with Native tribes, donations can be made to Right Relationship Boulder’s fiscal sponsor, Philanthropiece Foundation, 6105 Monarch Road, Longmont CO 80503.
JUST IN CASE:
There are active discussions at the White House about firing Mueller and/or Rosenstein. If this happens, hundreds of thousands of people will instantly rally at hundreds of Rapid Response actions organized by Nobody is Above the Law, a coalition of many groups, spearheaded by MoveOn. See below to sign up for one of these events (they are occurring in Boulder, Denver, Longmont, and other CO locations). If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with these values.
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Trump is considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. But nobody is above the law. If Trump fires Mueller, we need to be ready to assemble and express our opposition to this outrage. Sign up and be ready to assemble on short notice.
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If Trump fires Mueller, we need to be ready to assemble and express our opposition to this outrage. The following are the red lines, which if crossed, could trigger the call for national actions, communicated by national partners to hosts: 1.) Firing Mueller 2.) Pardons of key witnesses 3.) Actions that would prevent the investigation from being conducted freely, such as replacing Mueller’s current supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or repealing the regulations establishing the office. In the case of a Mueller firing, please assume the plan has been engaged and events will be triggered nationally. In the event of key pardons, a change in Rosenstein’s relationship to the investigation, or other scenarios, a national coalition will decide as rapidly as possible whether it believes the red line has been crossed sufficient to communicate a national call to action. In such cases, local hosts are encouraged to look for notice of national decisions from MoveOn in SMS and email, but to feel empowered to proceed locally as they see fit.
June 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!!
June 2, 2018 – Check out these 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
June 3, 2018 – Colorado Association For Recycling (CAFR) Summit Westin Snowmass Resort, Colorado >> Register Today for an annual dynamic conference and exhibition focused on Zero Waste solutions and how they fit into the larger climate change conversation. This year’s exciting topic is “Who needs China’s markets? Creating solutions in Colorado.” Conference is from June 3 – 5.
June 4, 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
- Run for Something recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.
- Mina’s List seeks to realize women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments around the world. Research shows that more women in government leads to increased protection of women’s rights and higher standards of living for all people. Mina’s List provides educational tools and resources.
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).
June 5, 2018 – Get ready for CRITICAL 2018 elections!! Check out https://www.ballotready.org/. They provide non-partisan information on people running for election.
June 6, 2018 – Just when you thought the Census issue couldn’t get worse…The Constitution specifically requires a census count of “persons,” not “citizens.” A question on citizenship has not been asked of all U.S. households since 1950. The Census Bureau’s own research demonstrates that a citizenship question will lower response rates among immigrants, making the census less accurate for important groups.
Now, the administration is politicizing the census in other ways as well. Troops stationed overseas will now be counted as residing on their U.S. military base, rather than at their home addresses boosting the population count of many conservative states, and by extension, the size of their House delegations.
The New York State attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is leading a multi-state lawsuit to stop these changes and officials in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington said they would join the effort. The State of California is filling a separate lawsuit. Colorado’s AG, Cynthia Coffman, has NOT joined this lawsuit. Call her – 720-508-6000!!
June 7, 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!
June 8, 2018 – Ballots for the Colorado Primary Election mailed out.
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Counter Program NRA at the Denver Western Conservation Summit, 5 PM – 7 PM, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. Denver, Colorado 80202. Hosted by West Metro Resistance, The Resistance 5280 and Indivisible Front Range Resistance NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch will appear as a featured speaker at 6:30PM at the Denver Convention Center (where the big blue bear is) for the 2018 Western Conservative Summit. Joining her at this 2-day conference are every single GOP candidate for governor and Attorney General, Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman Ken Buck, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, Diamond and Silk, Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, Kirk Cameron, and a ghoul’s gallery of other hard-right “luminaries”. The NRA has long since morphed away from its mission of teaching marksmanship to gun owners. Their hardline, no-compromise, violent messaging is dangerous for America, and deadly for our children and especially for communities of color.
June 10, 2018 – Indivisible Boulder meets at the Boulder Public Library from 3:30-5:30pm. We hope to see you there. RSVP HERE.
Sunday, June 11, 2018 – Colorado allows online VOTER REGISTRATION!! If you or anyone you know needs to register, go to www.registerincolorado.org.
Monday, June 12, 2018 – Call your MoCs! The Tongass National Forest in Alaska is our largest national forest, home to some of the oldest trees in the United States, fragile ecosystems and protected species. Do not allow dangerous road building and old growth harvesting in the Tongass.”
Inside America’s largest national forest, the trees are older than the United States itself, dating over 1000 years, but these ancient trees of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska could be all but decimated if Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress and the logging industry get their way. For years, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski – who some have called the “#1 anti-public land lawmaker” – has been pushing to substantially increase old-growth timber harvesting in much of the Tongass’ 17 million acres, which would jeopardize natural habitats, infringe on indigenous rights and put an entire ecosystem at risk. Senate Democrats recently defeated a provision snuck into a government funding bill that would have opened up the Tongass for more logging, but Sen. Murkowski is not done fighting for short-term industry profits over the health of Alaska’s wilderness. We must act now to prevent future attacks on the Tongass and protect this important national forest.
Tuesday, June 13, 2018 – Protect the 2018 elections from “Dark Money”! Wealthy individuals and corporations continue to sway elections away from allowing voters to choose on merit and toward corporate influence on policy! You can find out who’s contributing money to candidates, even when they try to hide it. The Center for Responsive Politics, at its website “Open Secrets,” is shining a light on where the money comes from.
See “Who are the top Dark Money Donors?” at: https://www.opensecrets.org/
Wednesday, June 14, 2018 – Call your MoCs on prison reform!!
Prisoners older than 55 serving time make up the fastest-growing age group behind bars, increasing more than 500% since the 1990s. 1400 women give birth behind bars shackled to their beds. (Yes, we actually do that.) And people don’t go to prison, families do. For the hundreds of thousands of Americans that are locked up in cages in US federal prison reform is not a bipartisan issue. Join Wall of Us, Van Jones’ #Cut50, Keith Ellison, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and many others to support the FIRST STEP Act which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a 25-5 vote a few weeks ago. It would do a LOT of good for a LOT of people sitting in federal prison right now, making it easier for them to stay in touch with their families, trim the sentences of the elderly and thousands with good time credit, ban shackling of pregnant women and strengthen evidence-based recidivism reduction programs.
It’s not all that is needed to fix our broken criminal justice system – it’s not even close – but, we need to find the common ground, get this done, and continue to fight like hell for more.
Thursday, June 15, 2018 – By 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean – UNLESS WE CHANGE THE COURSE WE’RE ON. People are rallying around the world in protest of plastic waste that ends up as pollution in rivers, oceans, and soil. The negative impacts of this waste on marine life are well-documented, and human health is likely at risk as well. How can you help protect people, animals, and the planet from the scourge of plastic waste? There’s no one simple answer, but Eco-Cycle will be bringing a slew of solutions your way during our Reduce Your Plastic Use Challenge! Eco-Cycle will help you reduce or eliminate common plastic items from your life and stay motivated with simple tips and hacks to help you break free from plastic!
Take the challenge and learn:
- What happens to plastic after it is used
- The most sustainable alternatives to plastic
- Where and how to shop plastic-free
- Alternatives to products that seem to be only sold in plastic packaging
- How to take your commitment to a low-plastic lifestyle further
- Bold moves communities around the world are taking
- …and more!
Friday, June 16, 2018 –
June 18, 2018 – Voter service & polling centers open for the Colorado Primary Election early voting – through Election Day, June 26, 2018.
June 22, 2018 – Ballot drop-off locations open – through Colorado Primary Election Day, June 26.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – Colorado Primary Election Day. All ballots must be received by the county clerk by 7:00 pm MT. Ballots cast by military & overseas voters must be sent no later than 7:00 pm MT & received by close of business on the 8th day after the election.
WE ARE 4 MONTHS OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
July 1, 2018 – BLUE WAVE 2018 (and 2020) – “If we want to retake the House, the Senate, or even the Presidency by 2020, we need to take back our states.” “How Democrats Can Win” by Flippable Team
Find out how to fight back to gain control of our state legislature. 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 (see an excellent article HERE). . 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.
July 2, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! July 2 – July 6 State Work Period Independence Day- July 4
July 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.
July 4, 2018 – Celebrate our GREAT NATION!!
July 5, 2018 – Check out this resource for contacting and getting data on your congressional representatives: https://www.contactingcongress.org/
July 6, 2018 – Flip the US Congress!! – Stay Up-to-Date at Swing Left – At the federal level, there are 70 Swing Districts. These are places where the last election was won by 15% of the vote or less, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, where a high concentration of Swing Left volunteers make certain districts very winnable, or where other, specific circumstances make it a competitive district. We need to flip at least 24 seats to take back the House in 2018. Let’s get to work:
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! Jason Crow, the leading Democratic challenger, is leading in the polls!! 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. Out of 6,000+ state races this year, Flippable has picked the 100 that will flip the most important chambers. Then they get money as efficiently and as early as possible to state candidates, allowing them to invest in great teams who can power them to victory. With the fund kick-off, Flippable is featuring Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida.
July 7, 2018 –
July 10, 2018 – Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is providing public programs about the experiences of immigrants in the United States.
The exhibitions and related programming also address the dangers faced by immigrants traveling from Latin America to the US.
Perilous Journeys, curated by Jennifer Heath (July 10-28) is a multimedia exhibit that addresses the historic dangers faced by immigrants from Latin America and how they can be protected in these fearful times. The exhibition will include a bi-lingual “Know your Rights” mural by Carlos Fresquez.
BMoCA will also present four public programs in partnership with MOTUS Theater, the Dairy Center for the Arts, ACLU, and the Sanctuary Coalition to complement this exhibition.
July 11, 2018 – Boulder’s Tube to Work Day to return for 11th year on July 11!
July 12, 2018 –
July 15, 2018 – Indivisible Boulder Summer Social from 11am-3pm at North Boulder Park. You can RSVP by clicking HERE. We hope you can join us for some family fun in the sun!
WE ARE 3 MONTHS OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
AUGUST 2018 – Mid-term Election Day 2018 is November 6
- Block out time NOW to participate in late summer/early fall canvassing & registration and Election Day get out the vote efforts.
- Join with national groups that do this work. The organizations below can help you find local affiliates in your communities. Give them your time and/or money:
- Indivisible – They have expanded beyond support for contacting legislators to helping local affiliates get involved in elections. Indivisible played a role in helping turn the tide in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama.
- Swing Left – Their app and web site will identify the congressional district nearest to you that is held by a vulnerable Republican.
- Flippable – Their app and web site gives Swing Left type info for state legislatures
- Vote Riders – helps folks get to the polls on Election Day
- Let America Vote – fights voter suppression efforts in states
- NAACP Civic Engagement Initiative – identifies and supports community organizations working to register voters and get out the vote in African American communities.
- VotoLatino and UnidosUS – Voto Latino is focused on engaging young Latino voters and NCLR targets the broader Latino community’s engagement with elections
August 1, 2018 – THE BLUE WAVE IS COMING!! HERE ARE GREAT IDEAS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
- A great resource for learning about these districts and potential candidates in those districts is the Colorado Resistance Guide.
- BoulderCAN is helping to educate individuals in how to throw a successful house party, as well as some of their members independently hosting parties for individual candidates.
- Hey Boulder! is doing an excellent job getting folks to send postcards.
- The national Women’s March and national YWCA announced yesterday of their partnership. Boulder’s YWCA is working on efforts to eliminate racism locally.
- BoCo Dems and MoveOn Front Range – check here for positions on their Volunteer page.
- Senator Fenberg’s newsletter keep current on areas needing our attention in 2018. From CO state bills coming to the floor and going into committee, to bills Senator Neville has introduced (SD 16’s current senator who is dangerous with his bills), Senator Fenberg’s message is clear…Be engaged and help get people registered to vote.
- Colorado Votes is doing just that. They are hands down showing folks how to get others registered better than anyone else. Reach out to them if you are passionate about getting everyone who is eligible to vote, registered.
August 2, 2018 – – IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – check out Run for Something—an amazing organization supporting progressive millennial candidates. If you or someone you know should run for office, their new book is a great way to kickstart a campaign.
August 3, 2018 – – The passage of the TAX BILL is a clear lesson in the limits of trying to persuade Republicans to vote humanely on major issues. But the elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama are an even clearer lesson that we can organize to win back electoral power even in places that were unthinkable. The most important lesson of 2017 is that when we are organized we win elections. We all need to be making plans for doing our part to Take Back Congress. These recent elections prove that there is energy and hope at the state and local levels. Here’s what we need to do:
- Support passionate, sane candidates at every level of government. Our top priority is to win back Congress but we also need to win back state legislatures and governorships in order to control the Congressional redistricting that will follow the 2020 Census. It is important to contest every elected office, and not just in swing districts. We are working for the long run – towards a nationwide political realignment.
- Encourage others – talented friends, colleagues, neighbors, relatives, yourself? . – to become involved in local politics: to serve on local advisory boards; volunteer to help local campaigns; or run for school board, city councils, special districts etc. Local government is powerful and it is the farm team for national politics.
- Support non-traditional candidates – people of color, naturalized citizens, women, LGBTQ folks, young adults and those with disabilities. We need our candidates to reflect everyone in our communities.
- Work in multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalitions to register all eligible voters, fight voter suppression & get out the vote on Election Day. The field work in Alabama showed us what can happen when this kind of “boots on the ground” work is done by groups that reflect the demographics of marginalized populations.
- Register voters, fight Republican voter suppression & Get Out the Vote. This is the nitty gritty work & it requires setting aside time to volunteer, campaign & win.
August 4, 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.
August 5, 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.
August 6, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! Aug 6 – Sept 3 State Work Period Labor Day- Sept 3
August 7, 2018 – HERE’S WHO GETS HURT THE MOST BY CLIMATE CHANGE!! Southern & the poorest U.S. counties will be the hardest hit by climate change, creating an ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots: study published in the journal Science conducted by a team of 25 economic, data and scientific researchers at Climate Impact Lab projects the potentially harmful economic effects of global warming at the local level.
The counties that will likely incur the most damaging effects of climate change are primarily in the South. Overall, if nothing is done to curb carbon emissions and the predicted warming of the planet to 6°C above pre-industrial levels occurs, the entire nation could suffer economic harm to the tune of 6 percent of its gross domestic product by the end of the century, the study says.
The study confirms what others have said — Atlantic coastal communities are expected to take a toll from rising seas and ever-strengthening hurricanes. Counties in the South and Midwest will also take a hit when farming is affected by rising temperatures and energy demands increase to meet the rising heat. One reason southern counties will be so affected is they are already inching closer to the brink of dangerous temperature thresholds, where crime increases and productivity decreases. Increases in deaths will cause the greatest economic damage as temperatures rise. Without taking a political stance, the researchers noted that “climate change tends to increase pre-existing inequality.”
WE ARE 2 MONTHS OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
September 1, 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 – Indivisiblenorthboulder at gmail dot com
Indivisible East Boulder
Indivisible Frasier Elders indivisiblefrasierelders at gmail dot com
Indivisible Northern Colorado
September 2, 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.”
September 3, 2018 – The priority of 2018 is for our nation to rise up and say: Enough. MoCs have abdicated their roles as true proxies of the people’s will. They were elected & we can’t control their votes. We can only control OUR votes. In November 2018, the congressional GOP faces the most anticipated political reckoning of our times. Non-trumpian America HAS the numbers, the resistance just needs to mobilize it. We can’t mobilize without you. When we show up, we win, and you simply MUST be involved.
Take a look at the ActLocal Voting Resources Guide to get an idea of what you can be doing today, tomorrow, and all of 2018 to elect progressives. Print out a copy and keep it handy, and tweet/share it. Check out the ActLocal resources page, which addresses topics ranging from how to put on a phonebank to what happened in 2016 to help you get educated and ready to support candidates.
September 4, 2018 – Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Enjoy a break in the insanity and read the SMALL VICTORIES blog. It’s upbeat & refreshing!!
September 5, 2018 – ELECT WOMEN – Support the Women’s Senate Network!! Eleven Democratic Senate women are facing re-election this year — that’s HALF the women in the Senate. There is virtually ZERO chance of taking back the Senate if any of these Democratic senators lose. Democratic Senate women are fearless fighters for working families and voices against the administration’s destructive agenda. Republican mega-donors like the Koch Brothers have pledged to spend roughly $400 million in 2018 to attack these Senator. Women like Heidi Heitkamp, Tammy Baldwin and Claire McCaskill are already facing an onslaught of GOP super PAC spending. Support them in any way you can!!
September 6, 2018 – If you want to know the details about elected officials accused/convicted of behavior unbecoming of an MoC, check out the Congressional Misconduct Database!!
September 7, 2018 – NEVER AGAIN has happened again – CONGRESS STILL HASN’T ACTED ON GUN CONTROL, TAKE ACTION!! CALL YOUR MoCs!!
If you can: Donate to Defeat House Republicans Who Take NRA Money Keep supporting companies that are taking a stand!! Don’t patronize companies that do NOTHING!! BOYCOTT companies affiliated with the NRA!! Call them, write them, tweet at them – STOP THEM!! #BoycottNRA Also: 90 Various local businesses in Colorado are NRA affiliates! Click HERE to search the list.
September 8, 2018 – SUPPORT COLORADO TEACHERS!! Help Raise Funds for Colorado’s Public Schools by getting Initiative 93 on the Ballot in November.
INITIATIVE 93 is a statewide measure that would raise $1.6 billion to be distributed to ALL COLORADO SCHOOL DISTRICTS. 92% of Coloradans would see NO INCREASE in their income taxes. The top 8% of earners and C-Corps would see a graduated increase in their income taxes. Non-Residential property taxes would actually decrease with the measure. If you are willing to get signatures on a petition anywhere in Colorado, follow this link and someone will contact you-http://www.greatschoolsthrivingcommunities.org/volunteer.
September 10, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! Sept 10 – Sept 11 and Sept 19
September 11, 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. (See an excellent article HERE).
- 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.
September 12, 2018 – Colorado has a good chance to flip the statehouse. Volunteer to work in your district or offer to help in a flip district. Colorado Resistance has an excellent reference list and action plan to address these high probability keep or flip state positions:
- Attorney General
- Secretary of State
- State Treasurer
- Senate Districts – 3, 5, 11, 16, 20, 22, 24
- House Districts – 3, 17, 23 & 25
WE ARE 1 MONTH OUT FROM THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER. KNOW THE CANDIDATES. SUPPORT YOUR CHOICES. COMMIT TO VOTE. THEN DO IT – VOTE!!
ALSO – Towards Right Relationship with Native Peoples Right Relationship Boulder is a group of Native and non-Native residents who are lifting up the history and presence of Native people in the Boulder Valley and working toward a goal of right relationship. Our first effort is to establish ties with the Southern and Northern Arapaho tribes, whose ancestors lived in the Boulder Valley and were essentially banished from Colorado after the Sand Creek Massacre. They now live in Oklahoma and Wyoming. Our 2018 project is “Welcoming the Arapaho People Home.” We have invited delegations from both tribes to come to Boulder. In October, Arapaho dancers, artisans, story-tellers, youth and governance leaders will give public presentations and performances for Indigenous Peoples Day.
Thanks very much for considering joining us in welcoming the Arapaho people home.
If you would like to support this work with Native tribes, donations can be made to Right Relationship Boulder’s fiscal sponsor, Philanthropiece Foundation, 6105 Monarch Road, Longmont CO 80503.
October 1, 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
See an excellent article HERE.
October 2, 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!
October 3, 2018 – DON’T FORGET ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL!! 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!!
October 4, 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!!
October 8, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! Oct 8, Columbus Day and Oct 29
NOVEMBER 2018 – Election Day 2018 is November 6 – VOTE!!
- First thing – make sure your voter registration is up to date and that you have the correct type of identification. Most communities will let you check your registration online. If you move this year, make sure you update your information – Republican voter suppression efforts are focused on the details of registration and voter ID. Take a screen shot of your online registration. Phone2Action is a new app which makes it easy to do this from your mobile.
- Do your research now on which seats for which offices are open in your community and your state. Decide where you want to spend your time and energy and keep up with who is running for those seats.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 –
ELECTION DAY!! VOTE!!
November 19, 2018 – Start of Legislative recess. Demand TOWN HALLs from your MoCs!! Nov 19 – Nov 23 State Work Period Thanksgiving – Nov 22