POWER TO THE POLLS 2020!!!
We are entering one of the most critical times in our nation’s history – INSIST, RESIST, PERSIST.
SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU!!
APRIL 2020 – LIVING IN A CHANGED WORLD!!
If you are like me, you are probably tired of hearing nothing but COVID-19 news, but information / facts are important if we want to flatten the curve and save lives. There is a LOT of information below…and it changes frequently, so use to links to get to the latest info. I hope you find some of it useful in this crazy time!!
For me, this says it all: https://twitter.com/i/status/1242193904553865216
And some thoughts for the future: The Chinese word 机会危机 has two meanings: (1) crisis, and (2) opportunity. The current global pandemic embodies both meanings – it presents an international health crisis threatening the welfare of billions of humans, of all ages, but also a truly historic opportunity for us all.
We should embrace that opportunity – to improve the future for all inhabitants of the planet Earth.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRUS IN COLORADO
- Official Government information site – https://covid19.colorado.gov/ –
- Map of Colorado virus outbreaks – https://coloradosun.com/2020/03/08/colorado-coronavirus-cases-map/?mc_cid=7ac89cb614&mc_eid=b6b68bdd7f
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
- Charts showing the expected curves for cases, hospitalizations, resources needed, etc. Choose Colorado from the drop down menu: https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections
- Boulder County Health Department at https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/public-health/
For general questions about COVID19, call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK
- If you think you need to be tested for COVID-19 – but do not have life-threatening issues – you should contact your personal physician and they can authorize testing and tell you the best way to go about doing that.
- As always, if you have an emergency situation, you should call 9-1-1.
- If you are suffering from symptoms that might indicate COVID-19 and call 9-1-1, the 9-1-1 operator will ask you about your symptoms (because this will make a difference in the personal protective gear that firefighter and medical responders will wear when they arrive)
AND IT IS WORTH MENTIONING OVER AND OVER…The World Health Organization is advising people to follow five simple steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands
- Cough/sneeze into your elbow
- Don’t touch your face
- Stay more than 3ft (1m) away from others
- Stay home if you feel sick
Topics included on this page are listed below.
- HOW TO HELP
- THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF
- COLORADO RESOURCES TO FIND HELP
- OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES
- GENERAL RESOURCES TO FIND HELP
- GENERAL RESOURCES TO OFFER HELP
- FOR ACCURATE AND CURRENT NATIONAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19:
- HAVE A COVID-19 QUESTION
- AND DON’T FORGET!!! Census Day is April 1, 2020 – FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS ONLINE
HOW TO HELP
COVID-19 Boulder County Fund – http://bit.ly/COVID19BoCoFund – This fund will ensure essential services for community members who find themselves at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization — and they are working tirelessly with their network of food banks to provide food to those impacted by this outbreak, especially our elderly and those who are economically vulnerable right now. https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/colorado
Front Range Community College is seeking donations for students who need immediate help with food, housing or utility costs, particularly in light of a wave of layoffs caused by business closures and slow-downs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The college’s High Needs Fund supports students “who may be experiencing an unexpected and critical financial hardship” and also stocks food pantries at three campuses. Donations can be made at frontrange.edu.
DONATE BLOOD – It is needed for non-virus hospitalizations
Bonfils Vitalant Blood Donations – Tebo Plaza
3113 28th St. (1/2 block north of Valmont on the west side of 28th Street)
Boulder, CO 80304
Errand Runners – Provide help to people at risk (and also a place to ask for help) – https://www.errandrunnersboulder.org/
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF
Create a Preparation Checklist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/checklist-household-ready.html
Beyond the CDC’s guidance, other ways you can help Boulder County First Responders help you if you become seriously ill, whether with the coronavirus or another medical issue, include:
- Make sure your address is clearly visible from both directions, especially at night, so we can find you during an emergency
- Create a list of health information for each person in your household, and keep printed copies handy. Include names, birth dates, allergies, current medications/supplements with dosages, and medical histories
- Include emergency contacts on the list
- Ensure important documents are accessible, including health insurance cards, advanced care planning/proxy documents, and the like
- Have a pet care plan, especially if you live alone
Stay Safe at Home – Accidents in the home send millions of people to the hospital each year. And with area hospitals likely to be overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients soon, and everyone under stay-at-home orders, now is a good time to be especially mindful to avoid accidents and possible trips to the hospital. Potential home safety hazards are too numerous to list here, so suffice it to say, use good judgment to prevent accidents. Now is not the time to learn to ride a unicycle!
Mental Health Matters – Crisis looks and feels different for everyone. If you find yourself struggling with any mental health, substance use, or emotional challenge, Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential, professional support all day, every day. Learn more at https://coloradocrisisservices.org or, to speak to a trained professional, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.
Review Additional Resources
Our continued priority is ensuring your safety and that of our responders. To do that, we all need to adhere to Colorado’s Stay-at-Home Order as well as recommended guidelines provided by local, state, and federal health agencies. Please be safe and pay attention to any and all updates.
COLORADO RESOURCES TO FIND HELP:
- Help for businesses in Boulder – https://www.boulderdowntown.com/business/covid-19-resources
- Errand Runners – Ask for help if you are at risk – https://www.errandrunnersboulder.org/
OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES
Because the situation is changing rapidly, it is worth periodically revisiting the following websites for the most current information:
- Boulder Community Health (Hospital) https://www.bch.org/Our-Services/Infectious-Diseases/Coronavirus-Updates.aspx
- Boulder County Health Department https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/
- Boulder Office of Emergency Management https://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/
- Colorado Department of Public Health https://covid19.colorado.gov/
GENERAL RESOURCES TO FIND HELP:
- Mental health for frontline workers: Low-cost, online services for frontline communities, including health care workers, first responders, and other essential service providers without the option of staying home.
- Multilingual information on coronavirus: Information is available in 79 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, American Sign Language, and more.
- Health care workers needing masks: Use MaskMatch.com to request that folks with spare N95 or surgical masks send them to you.
- Resources for domestic violence survivors and people experiencing homelessness: National hotlines and community tips for especially vulnerable communities, with resources for both at-risk individuals and the organizations that provide direct services to these communities. People experiencing homelessness should also refer to this website to find a shelter and other resources.
- Undocumented and seeking health care: A guide to the health care options of undocumented community members. The National Immigration Law Center also created their guide on the rights of undocumented persons seeking health care and navigating private insurance and Medicaid.
- Artists and members of the gig economy: Find resources, including emergency funding and community care opportunities, on this website.
- General anxiety support: Get smart tips on managing the financial, emotional, and mental anxiety of this pandemic.
- Tipped and service industry workers: Ask for financial support from a mutual aid fund set up by One Fair Wage.
GENERAL RESOURCES TO OFFER HELP:
- Send equipment to health care workers: Use MaskMatch.com to send spare N95 masks and surgical masks to individual health care workers, or use GetUsPPE.org to see what health care centers in your community need and how to donate.
- Guide on taking care of disabled and immuno-compromised friends: Notes on equitable care from a chronically ill human in the Seattle area.
- Learn to disrupt racism: This is a skill we all need to have all the time, and developing it now will help address the rising rate of hate crimes against Asian communities we’re seeing in response to the coronavirus.
- How to make masks, hand sanitizer: Several clear, step-by-step, practical guides.
- Donate to relief funds: Millions have been hit with joblessness, with vulnerable communities often receiving the hardest hit or being excluded from stimulus efforts. There are countless ways to contribute—like the linked fund to provide rent relief to undocumented communities in Seattle, this Twitter thread of queer/trans artists in the gig economy, or the One Fair Wage relief fund for tipped and service industry workers, a fund to which MoveOn members have already donated more than $100,000.
- Protect healthcare workers – Frontline healthcare workers are particularly at risk, and a shortage of protective equipment is impacting their response and safety.
- The World Health Organization, UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation jointly have created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Donations to this fund will go toward financing diagnostic tests, supplies for health workers and support for research and development.
- International Medical Corps is working with the World Health Organization, ministries of health and global and local organizations to provide training, supplies and emergency medical response planning in high-risk locations.
- The CDC Foundation has set up a fund to support deploying emergency staffing to US public health agencies, supplying medical equipment and increasing lab capacity. UNICEF USA is delivering medical supplies to health workers around the world. In addition, the charity is providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics.
- Doctors Without Borders is actively replenishing supplies and other specialized protective equipment to Wuhan Jinyintan hospital in the capital city of China’s Hubei province. The group has a health education project in Hong Kong to provide information to vulnerable communities and service workers about how to identify symptoms and protect themselves from the disease.
- Direct Relief is providing protective equipment to health authorities, nonprofits and businesses in the US and China in response to the pandemic.
- Global Empowerment Mission is ordering masks and gowns to be sent to US hospitals and assembling hygiene kits for medical professionals and the public. MedShare is also delivering essential medical supplies to hospitals, clinics and healthcare professionals battling against the coronavirus.
- Support service workers – Service sectors, including travel and hospitality, are suddenly choked by financial hardship.
- The Salvation Army is expecting increased emergency financial aid requests from low-wage workers or laid-off employees struggling to make ends meet.
- The United Way has established the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support communities affected by the virus. The fund is set to help keep families in their homes who are currently in a financial crisis and to stock food banks with essential staples to help feed children who rely on schools for meals.
- The James Beard Foundation started a fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. And the Giving Kitchen is supporting food service workers in the state of Georgia. The nonprofit helps those in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury, death or disaster.
FOR ACCURATE AND CURRENT NATIONAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
HAVE A COVID-19 QUESTION
Ask a scientist. The Federation of American Scientists has an online portal of frequently asked questions and an opportunity to submit your questions to scientists for an answer. We’ve all seen bad information on coronavirus floating around on the internet. When in doubt, don’t reference a meme. Ask a scientist!
Small Victories – https://mailchi.mp/peaceisloud/sending-hope-from-a-distance?e=d825cb58ff
AND DON’T FORGET!!!
Census Day is April 1, 2020 – FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS ONLINE
The 2020 Census is April 1, 2020, and the State of Colorado is working on efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count. This critical process ensures that Colorado receives fair representation in Congress and its fair share of federal funding. The data collected is then used by states for redistricting.
There are so many concerning things going on that it can seem exhausting to stay engaged, but do stay engaged – PLEASE!!
VOTE this month. Stay safe – wash your hands!! Do something for self-care – take a news break, get a massage, hike, meditate, whatever works for you…and then get back to it:
THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS MONTH!!
Contact your state representative: FOUR Zero Waste bills in the Colorado Legislature need your support now!
There has NEVER been more legislative action on Zero Waste on the state level! In this Legislative session, which runs from January – May 2020, lawmakers have introduced four Zero Waste bills that would support a cleaner, more vibrant future for Colorado. Two of these bills would reduce or ban single-use plastics statewide and will undergo their first vote this month. Two other bills — one to develop recycling end markets; one to create a statewide composting plan– will not only reduce greenhouse gases and conserve resources but will also create jobs and support a thriving circular economy in Colorado!
MARCH is Women’s History Month. So why this month when women are pretty awesome all year? The Museum of Boulder has an exhibit that covers a REALLY important step for equal rights – the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving WOMEN the right to vote. Also, Music in Our Schools Month.
Monday, March 2 – National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day
Tuesday, March 3 – COLORADO PRIMARY Super Tuesday election for the Presidential candidate! You should have received your ballot in the mail. If you have already turned in your ballot, you can check the status of your mail ballot by visiting www.GoVoteColorado.com, log in to your voter record and check status. If you didn’t receive your ballot, contact the Elections Office – 303-413-7740 or www.BoulderCountyVotes.org. THEN BE SURE YOU VOTE!!
Saturday, March 7 @ 2:00PM – COLORADO CAUCUSES…Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier!! Hold on… Didn’t we get rid of caucuses? Good question — the answer is “No”! In 2016, voters passed Proposition 107 and 108 which re-established Presidential primaries. However, Colorado (both D’s and R’s) still holds caucus to help select which non-presidential candidates will be on the primary ballot! In 2020, Coloradans will be caucusing for candidates running to be the nominees for the U.S. Senate! In Colorado, caucusing is one of two ways for candidates to make it onto the primary ballot — there is also the signature-gathering petition process (most candidates opt to go through both routes)! The Senate candidates who qualify by either caucus or petition participate in the primary election on June 30!! For more info: https://www.coloradodems.org/caucus/
Sunday, March 8 – International Women’s Day
Friday, March 13 – Turn your TAX REFUND into results. If you get a state income tax refund, you have an opportunity to donate some or all of it to support Colorado non-profits through a new program called ReFUND CO. ReFUND CO puts you in control of deciding how much of your refund to donate to a Colorado-registered charity. Last year, Colorado returned more than $1 billion in refunds to 1.9 million state taxpayers. Even a fraction of these dollars donated to a non-profit would make a HUGE difference. I’m supporting the ACLU of Colorado in their work to sustain and extend advocacy, education and communication efforts throughout Colorado. Donating your tax refund is as simple as:
- Deciding how much of your refund to donate.
- Entering the name of the non-profit of your choice in the Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund line on your state income tax return or tax software (or give this information to your tax preparer).
Sunday, March 15 – #TheIdesOfTrump Mail a postcard (or several) that expresses your opinion of Trump. The target is to mail over a million pieces in a day. So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements and see if your sincerest statements can make it clear that we are not happy with this administration especially its leadership. Spread the word! Mail your messages to this address:
Donald J. Trump
c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Friday, March 20 – Community Foundation Boulder County 2020 Education Series 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Boulder Public Library – Main Branch Boulder Creek Room
How well do we know our neighbors?
Does everyone here feel safe, seen and valued?
How is the county’s philanthropy connected to these questions?
Come to a TRENDS Report presentation and discussion focused on Civic Participation and Giving, and hear how Census 2020, race relations, and philanthropy relate to each other.
AND…get ready for the CENSUS. Begins on April 1!!
This week, I have been terribly sad and somewhat terrified at the MANY people in the administration & the senate who have abused the powers entrusted to them. Rather than serving the people of the United States, they seem only interested in serving themselves and their chances of re-election.
With avenues to the truth blocked, there is NO CHOICE now but to VOTE into office people of integrity at every level – local, state and national.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- VOTE and get EVERYONE you know to VOTE.
- Get trained and register people to VOTE in Colorado. Contact www.coloradodems.org or the League of Women Voters
- Support organizations registering people to VOTE all over the US – www.americavotes.org
AMERICA VOTES BRINGS TOGETHER MORE THAN 400 NATIONAL AND STATE ORGANIZATIONS focused on registration and GOTV.
4. Target important local races
- VOTE CORY GARDNER OUT!!!
- Support progressive Colorado House and Senate candidates. – http://www.coloradohousemajority.com/
5. Support progressive State House candidates in other states – https://act.dlcc.org/
More battleground US House elections: https://ballotpedia.org/U.S._House_battlegrounds,_2020
6. Special opportunity – Support the challenger to Devin Nunes – https://philarballo.com/
7. Support progressive US Senate candidates in other states and help vote out some of the worst senators – https://www.paybackproject.org/
|McSally, AZ||Collins, ME|
|Gardner, CO||Tillis, NC|
|Perdue, GA||Graham, SC|
|Ernst, IA||Cornyn, TX|
8. Help get out the vote in the important electoral college states – https://movement.vote/
- Support local organizations getting out the vote in the Big Five Battleground States – Arizona Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
- Support https://swingleft.org/ in their Super States target – focused on the presidential race, senate races and gerrymandering
- Extended list of battleground states for US Senate: https://ballotpedia.org/U.S._Senate_battlegrounds,_2020
8. Work to stop gerrymandering – https://allontheline.org/
9. Text Voters – campaigns all over the US
10. Write postcards to voters – To get qualified and then a list of addresses to target
- Text HELLO to (484) 275-2229
- CLICK to ask Abby the Address Bot on Facebook Messenger
- CLICK to ask Rapid Response Email Team to give addresses
- Sign up at https://votefwd.org/#target-districts
11. Look up info on ANY election of interest: https://ballotpedia.org/Elections#2020_election_coverage_by_office
I’ll end on a feel good note…the 2020 Women’s March in Denver was great. 10,000 people, great signs and a feeling that good people will make a difference for our country!!
Marching around the state capitol.
Here are some way to make sure 2020 is a HAPPY year!!
- Denver’s Fourth Annual Womxn’s March and Community Exhibition is Saturday, January 18th 2020, 10 AM, starting at near the corner of 14th Avenue and Bannock Streets.
To better ignite action and create lasting impact, we will forgo a rally; instead, after you march, make your way to the McNichols Building (McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave. – attached to Civic Center Park) for the Impact EXPO to connect with almost 60 local non-profits and grassroots organizations that are serving the community. Visit Womxn’s March Denver for more details!
VARIOUS VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS ARE AVAILABLE
Email Suzie@womxnsmarchdenver.org for more info!
- IN COLORADO: 2020 voter registration… needs your help for the most important election of our lifetime.
We need to mobilize 100’s of volunteers to be sure every progressive is registered to vote so we retire the president, a certain US Senator, maintain control of the CO legislature & win all other elections.
Will you please join us in registering voters?
First Event: Womxn’s March on Saturday, January 18th at Civic Center Park. We need several hundred volunteers…and you need to be trained to register voters!!
Pre-Womxn’s March Training Sessions – 2019 trainees only need a quick update:
Webinars, 6-7 pm:
Monday 1-6-2020, Tuesday 1-7-2020, Thursday 1-9-2020, Friday 1-10-2020
Monday 1-13-2020, Tuesday 1-14-2020, Thursday 1-16-2020, Friday 1-17-2020
Sign up for any date here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1917936809926228493
In-person training @ CDP, 789 Sherman St:
- Wednesday, January 8th, 11-1 pm
- Saturday, January 11th, 12-1:30 pm
- Wednesday, January 15th, 11-1 pm
Email email@example.com to sign up
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 212-662-0672.
We’re excited about working with you in 2020 and look forward to hearing from you….and THANKS!!
- IN THE NATION: There are a few states that will make a BIG difference in the November 2020 election. Join us in Boulder on Thursday, January 16th to hear from people working with local state organizers to GOTV (get out the vote!!).
If you can’t attend, consider supporting the Movement Voter Project HERE.
I truly wish you a happy, healthy and activist 2020, BUT…
if you need a break from all the anxiety producing news for a while, try these…
- SNL cold open https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/12/15/snl-explains-magic-electoral-college-wacky-wonderful-cold-open/
- Small Victories
- Women in the World
- Good Black News
- What Went Right
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2019
I didn’t write last month because the impeachment hearings were just firing up and my only advice would have been to pay attention.
This month, that still applies. We are heading into 2020 and this year will be pivotal on so many levels. Pay Attention.
- Truth Matters.
- Facts Matter.
- Accurate, in-depth Journalism Matters.
- Elected Officials who put the well-being of their constituents over money & politics Matter.
- Standing up for what is right Matters.
- Paying Attention Matters!
A few things to consider:
- The 4th Annual Women’s March – WOMEN RISING – is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020. BE THERE!! https://womensmarch.com/2020
- Work on local elections – especially, making Gardner a one-term senator!!!
- Work where it will make the biggest difference:
- Find 2020’s biggest races. Register voters. Call voters. Text voters. Knock on doors. Donate. Volunteer. Congregate. Fundraise. Help spread the word. All this and more: https://t.co/wLTCMbcQBS
- Check out Vote.org, TextOut, & Open Progress. They are joining forces to mobilize voters in six key states––and the most exciting part? The voters they are talking to are voters of color or young voters. For too long, these Americans have been overlooked with the focus on older, whiter voters. These are the voices that haven’t been engaged in our democratic process. Give a few hours to democracy – you need to be in this fight.
- Learn about Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight – https://fairfight.com/
- Educate yourself about the importance of the 2020 Census – https://www.prb.org/importance-of-us-census/
- Support the Democratic nominee – https://pledge.indivisible.org
- Get others to vote – especially in swing states
- Educate yourself about the issues:
- Climate Change
- Women’s Rights / Women’s Choice
- Voter Suppression
- Gun Laws
- Dark Money
- I could go on and on, but pick the ones that matter the most to you!
The INSANITY continues…We have now come to the point where Congress will either investigate and impeach using simple, irrefutable evidence or we will devolve into chaos stirred daily by the president and his minions. Let’s hope that, given the current evidence and daily additions, the House will conduct itself in a professional manner and present clear, concise articles of impeachment for a vote. The issue will then be whether the Senate Republicans will vote their conscience and put country over party. I hope the evidence will be so damning that senators of both parties will be compelled to convict! The soul of our democracy is at stake. Call Corey Gardner out on his obfuscation around the scathing data on the president’s behavior – (202) 224-5941.
AND…in the midst of the absurdity that has become DC, the rest of the nation’s political world goes on! There are several VERY important elections in November (bellwethers for 2020)…and a chance to make a statement about the corruption of the current administration. Help if you can – call, text, write postcards, donate, contact any friends that you have in the states listed below and encourage them to VOTE!
The 2019 state elections will impact the redistricting that will follow the 2020 United States Census, as many states task governors and state legislators with drawing new boundaries for state legislative and Congressional districts. Republicans will defend their “trifecta” (unified control of the governorship and the state legislature) in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Democrats will defend their trifecta in New Jersey. The other two states holding elections, Louisiana and Virginia, both have a divided government, meaning that each major party controls the governorship or at least one legislative chamber.
Three states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2019:
- Kentucky: One-term Republican Matt Bevinis seeking re-election. He faces Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear.
- Louisiana: One-term Democrat John Bel Edwardsis seeking re-election. On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone have qualified. This is a ‘jungle’ election – the candidate getting 50+% of the vote wins. If no one gets that level, the top two candidates run again.
- Mississippi: Attorney General Jim Hoodis the Democratic nominee. Lt.Gov. Tate Reeves is the Republican nominee.
Legislative elections will be held for both houses of the Louisiana Legislature, the Mississippi Legislature, and the Virginia General Assembly, as well as the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature.
This is why states are SO IMPORTANT!!
Activities in October:
- Monday, October 14– Ballots mailed to all Boulder County voters.
- Monday, October 28– Last day to register and still be mailed a ballot / last day to request a replacement ballot be mailed to you. Note: Colorado DOES NOT have a registration deadline. Eligible voters can register and vote on the same day at any Voter Service Center.
Saturday, October 19 – World Singing Day on Pearl Street Mall!!
Come and join the company of 500 singers and non-singers belting out their favorite pop tunes on a sunny day on Pearl Street Mall. You will get your own lyric book for all the songs you’ve mumbled along to on the radio. Make it a special Saturday:
- Buy great local produce at the Boulder Farmers’ Market
- Have lunch at one of the great restaurants on the Pearl Street Mall – maybe the soon to be opened Food Courts – Avanti (in the old Cheesecake Factory) and Rosetta Hall (in the old Walnut Brewery)
- 2 – 3 pm or so…singing and swaying to your favorite hits from the past and today.
The idea of bringing our divided world together by singing is a start. Scott Johnson who founded this tradition in Boulder now has 37 events in nine countries singing with us on the 19th…from Australia to Iceland. Getting everyone to vote is critical, but let’s not forget the age-old adage with personal modification: Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with me…singing.
Monday, October 28th – National Immigrant Day event sponsored by BoldeReach, Museum of Boulder and Community Foundation Boulder County. 5:30 PM at the Museum of Boulder. RSVP HERE. Also, Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sunday 9.15.19 (because seven Latin American nations celebrate independence in September/October). This event is a great way to learn more about immigrants in Boulder County and the United States’ 60 million Hispanic residents.
I struggled with where to start for writing about the CRAZY month of August. The continued insanity of this administration leaves me without words some days – crazy tariffs, lack of respect on the world stage, EPA rollbacks, immigration crisis, no movement on gun violence and so many more attacks on the foundations of our democracy. Sometimes I get so discouraged I feel like pulling a blanket over my head and sleeping until it is over…but I know that it won’t be over until I do my part to end it!!
Step up and do what you can!! Here are the things that I am doing in 2019:
- Work on big elections for November 2019 – Turn Virginia BLUE / Up the Democrats representation in the Mississippi legislature
- Learn about and support organizations getting people registered and motivated to VOTE
- Follow Stacy Abrams work at Fair Fight 2020
- Fair Vote
- New Era Colorado – We need young people to VOTE!! They will be the most impacted by the worsening climate change, economic situations and human rights violations. This amazing Colorado organization signs up college and high school students and educates them on voting rights and issues. They are holding a fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 12. Send me a reply email if you would like more info on the event.
- Learn about and support organizations working to end GERRYMANDERING
Doing this work stops the feeling of helplessness that overwhelms me sometimes.
A few comments on things that are of concerning me this month:
GUNS – Call Cory Gardner and DEMAND that he work to implement sane gun laws
- ANOTHER mass shooting just yesterday
- A big seller for school supplies this school year is bullet-proof backpacks
- A kindergartener came home this week in tears because his class had to practice a lockdown drill and hide in a closet. He wasn’t so upset about the drill, but was particularly concerned for his friend who is in a wheelchair and couldn’t fit into the closet.
ENVIRONMENT – think about your personal impact AND call Cory Gardner and tell him to support climate science
A very disturbing story on how being a consumer impacts the Amazon in ways that we don’t know – palm oil in cosmetics, leather in shoes, wood in furniture…the list goes on.
HOW TO HELP
Be a smart / minimalist consumer.
Support suppressing the fires:
- https://www.amazonteam.org/ fights climate change, protects the Amazon and empowers indigenous peoples.
- https://www.rainforesttrust.org/to help buy land in the rainforest. The organization has saved over 23 million acres and counting since 1988.
- https://www.amazonconservation.org/accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward –– whether it’s planting trees, sponsoring education, buying a solar panel, or preserving indigenous lands.
- https://www.amazonfrontlines.org/is forwarding donations to firefighters in the Amazon.
Join the YOUTH GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE is scheduled for September 20th…go to strikewithus.org for more info.
Boulder Colorado Starbucks Climate Strike Friday, September 20, 2019 • 12:00 PM
Outside patio corner of Pearl and 28th St / 2770 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80304
Colorado Climate Strike – Denver Friday, September 20, 2019 • 11:00 AM
Begin outside of Union Station. March down 16th Street Mall to the Colorado State Capitol.
1700 Wewatta Street , Denver, CO 80202
IMMIGRATION – call Cory Gardner and tell him to support comprehensive immigration reform
- Families are still being separated / incarcerated
- Conditions in immigration ‘facilities’ are producing disease outbreaks
- Sick immigrant children are threatened with deportation
- Children of some American soldiers overseas are being denied automatic citizenship
- Many businesses are struggling because they depend on immigrant workers
- The president is defying the 14th amendment to the Constitution and threatening birthright citizenship
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The Boulder County Clerk & Recorder is hosting a series of four community presentations at various locations around Boulder County over the next month. These community presentations provide a unique opportunity to learn about what happens behind the scenes to ensure an efficient, accurate, and secure election and offer the community an intimate setting to get to know their new County Clerk & Recorder, Molly Fitzpatrick. The presentation will include information about the next four upcoming elections, ballot processing basics, voter statistics, recent legislative impacts on elections, election security, and more. What: Four Elections in 12 Months – What you need to know as a voter, plus voter statistics, election security, legislative changes, and more! Presented by Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder When & Where: Lafayette: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m. – Liquid Mechanics Brewery, 297 N. Hwy 287 Boulder: Thursday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m. – Clerk & Recorder’s office in Boulder – 1750 33rd Street CU
Who should attend: Any interested community members. RSVP Requested, but not required: https://boco.org/2019ElectionPresentations The presentation and Q&A session are expected to last about one hour. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated for an accurate headcount.
- Sign-up to Voter and Election emails(Emails sent very infrequently. Mostly during election periods. After entering email, scroll to the bottom and select just the “Voter and Election Information” option.)
I would really like to wake up just one day and have the headlines be something like, “Comprehensive Immigration Plan passes the Senate” or “Thousands of new jobs created in green industries” or “Election security measures put in place for all 50 states”… you get the idea. None of these or even other important issues will be addressed unless we elect Democrats in 2019/2020 at the local, state and national level AND take back the Senate & presidency in 2020.
Just this year, there are more than 85,000 seats up for grabs in November – including the critical state legislative elections in Virginia (which will determine who redraws the commonwealth’s district maps after the Census…plus things like health care, gun control, & more.) and Mississippi (a very red state with the possibility of inroads!). Elections will hinge on voter turnout and great candidates.
NOTHING WILL CHANGE UNLESS WE CHANGE IT!! Check out these organizations for ways you can be involved this year and next:
- The Grassroots Redistricting Project
- Spread the Vote – working to get people who have never voted to VOTE
- Project ID initiative – helping citizens obtain IDs required for voting
- Vote Forward – volunteers writing to unregistered and low propensity voters to encourage them to vote
- Postcards to Voters – volunteers writing ‘Get Out the Vote’ postcards in critical districts
- Open Progress – volunteers texting voters
- Sister District – volunteers to help in districts beyond their on to elect Democratic Candidates
- Future Now – fundraising for state races
- Unify or Die – raising funds to support whomever is the Democratic nominee for President
- SuperMajority – female activists organizing to transform this country
- Emily’s List – working to elect progressive female candidates
- She Should Run – supporting women running for office
- Get Her Elected – pro bono training for women candidates
- HigherHeights for America Pac– focused on electing women of color
- Victory Institute – supporting LGBTQ candidates
- Emerge America – recruits, trains and supports women who want to run for office
- Ignite National – working with young women to become civically engaged
- BallotReady – candidate information specific to your location
- We Vote – online help with information on all candidates on your ballot
SOME CALENDAR EVENTS:
Joe Neguse (CO-02), Town Hall August 1
- Town Hall with Sen. Michael Foote & Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis
- Thu, Aug 1 2019
- 5:30 PM, MDT
- Louisville Public Library
- 951 Spruce St, Louisville, CO 80027
A two-part series – August 14 and September 12
The Community Foundation Boulder County is committed to a vision where Boulder County is a place of just and fair inclusion where all can participate, prosper and reach their own potential. Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC will facilitate this series.
The first session will focus on how actions to increase diversity, equality, and inclusivity are tools towards creating equity and how the Foundation’s current learning focus is inclusivity. The session will break down what all these words really mean, provide broader cultural context for the work, and explore what you would like to learn in the second session. Dr. Tyler will design the second session based on your feedback so that the content is tailored to the needs of the series’ cohort.
Wednesday, August 14 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Via Mobility Services, 2855 North 63rd Street, Boulder
Thursday, September 12 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Via Mobility Services, 2855 North 63rd Street, Boulder
Register by email to Shiquita@commfound.org or by phone to Shiquita Yarbrough, 303.442.0436 x100. Please register before August 9 and specify if you wish to attend only the first session or both.
We encourage signing up for both sessions, but if you can only sign up for one session, the first is the appropriate session.
Thoughts for 2020:
No clear Democratic candidate emerged from the debates (my opinion). So happy that the women stood out – Harris & Warren. Pretty sad performances by the Colorado representatives!!
The 2020 election is going to be tough because of the influence of dark money, foreign meddling, gerrymandering at the state and congressional level, grandstanding by Trump, GOP lies, social media lies, Fox News and other nastiness.
Buckle up and do EVERYTHING you can to support progressive candidates at the local, state and national level. IT REALLY MATTERS!!! Check out the Super State Strategy at Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/p/super-state-strategy
Mueller testifies on July 17th – Mueller will testify in open session before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. I don’t think there will be any bombshells that will move the needle for the people who are sucked into the ‘no collusion, no obstruction’ vortex, but it will be interesting to see if he answers question outside just the words in the report.
If you want the real deal, Audible has a reading of the full text of the Mueller Report for free at their website.
If you want an entertaining Cliff Notes version, check out: Muellerbookclub.com
a live play based on the Mueller Report called The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in 10 Acts. https://www.facebook.com/muellerbookclub/videos/289690015147362/
Supreme Court Update:
- Good News: Census question rejected…so then, true to form, Trump asks to delay the census!!
- Bad News:
- Gerrymandering referred back to local courts with the caveat that this is not a question for the courts! This probably leaves the decision to the legislatures that did the gerrymandering in the first place.
- Thomas hints at overturning precedence (i.e. abortion protection) despite the consensus in the country – NPR/PBS Poll: 77% of all Americans support Roe v. Wade
“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.” RBG
Also, last month I left out an important health provider in our area – Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center. The Center was established in 1973, just months after Roe. They are the only provider that has an abortion fund to assist low-income/uninsured patients.
They also provide the majority of the sex-ed in middle and high-school classrooms in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.
If you know of women who need their services, their offices are located at 2855 Valmont Road in Boulder or 82 21st Ave., Suite C in Longmont.
If you would like to support them: https://www.boulderwomenshealth.org/contents/donate
IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Migrant Children are still being held as ‘prisoners’ in detention camps where the conditions are deplorable.
Join local, state, & national Democratic leaders for ice cream in North Boulder Park (north side of the shelter). The conversation will be led by Dave Krieger, Colorado Sun journalist, with special guest U.S. Representative Joe Neguse. There will also be plenty of opportunities to share your views for progress & change!
Free & open to all – bring your kids
Monday, July 8, 2019 at 6 PM, North Boulder Park
ICE facilities here in Colorado are reported ‘deficient’!
- Colorado People’s Alliance (https://coloradopeoplesalliance.org/) is a group that is working on immigrant-related issues, including holding the for-profit management company, GEO Group, who runs the Aurora Detention Center, responsible. Several events are scheduled in July. Details on their website.
<– I remember vacationing in Montana in 1975 and seeing this on a postcard.
I thought it was really funny at the time. No more. This is no laughing matter.
Women are being treated as though they are children; incapable of making decisions about their own bodies; their own lives.
Abortion is a horrific choice for a woman to have to make, but it happens because sex education of young people is insufficient, contraceptives are often expensive and/or difficult to obtain, clinics like Planned Parenthood – who provide health coverage & contraceptive education – are sometimes hundreds of miles away, Medicaid is not available in the states with the highest rate of abortion, adoption – especially for children of color – is practically non-existent & unwanted children often lead miserable lives.
Politicians – mostly men – who focus on the act of abortion, but not on ANY of the conditions that lead women to make that choice are amoral and should be VOTED OUT!!! See ELECTING WOMEN below…
Alabama’s Biggest Newspapers Publish Essays By 200 Women On Abortion Ban
Alabama Media Group newspapers devoted their Sunday editions to the voices of women because “a majority of men in the state legislature spoke for them.” To hear their stories: https://topics.al.com/tag/Reckon%20Voices%20of%20Women/
In Boulder County:
NARAL – Women’s Freedom Fund (a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds)
ELECT WOMEN ————————————-
The disaster of state governments being controlled by anti-abortion zealots must be changed. See the difference having women in the majority can make by reading about the first female majority legislature in Nevada…
Since January, the male old guard in Carson City has been shaken up by the perspectives of female lawmakers. Bills prioritizing women’s health and safety have soared to the top of the agenda. Mounting reports of sexual harassment have led one male lawmaker to resign. And policy debates long dominated by men, including prison reform and gun safety, are yielding to female voices. Read more »
HOW YOU CAN HELP!! Here are two great organizations, Swing Left & Flippable, who have joined together to create a laser focused effort to elect progressive women (and men) at the state and national level: https://blog.flippable.org/flippable-is-joining-the-swing-left-family-394259045881
Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/
GUN VIOLENCE ———————————–
I planned to write about the STEM school shooting this month, but so many other crazy things are happening and yesterday the Virginia Beach massacre stole the headlines. Electing legislators who truly care about gun safety is critical. Help where ever you can!! The trauma never ends for the people impacted – Austin Eubanks, one of the students shot at Columbine 20 years ago, committed suicide just last week.
For more on gun violence in Colorado: Info on Colorado’s 20,669 gun deaths since 1980, explained in five charts (from the Colorado Sun – a great local journalistic resource).
The Democratic Trifecta in Colorado accomplished a LOT this session. Click HERE to see the details!! To see an article on how the new laws will impact you, click HERE.
Top activists launch Supermajority to harness women’s political power
Three of the nation’s most influential activists are launching a group called Supermajority to harness women’s political power.
Details: The group is the creation of Cecile Richards, former head of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
2020 is coming soon, but APRIL is election day in MANY states…https://ballotpedia.org/April_2,_2019,_election_results. LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER!! See more on Colorado legislation below.
But first, the national insanity continues:
- The Barr non-report on the Mueller report…still hoping to see the real deal. Subpoenas are flying!! For some clarification on what the Barr summary actually said (no conspiracy to commit – but not ‘no collusion’ – and ‘not exonerated’ on obstruction) read THIS.
- Trump is trying once AGAIN to demolish the Obama’ legacy ACA. The GOP is terrified of touching Obamacare…and they should be! The GOP healthcare plan looks like this: ‘ ’. Death by a thousand cuts on the ACA have produced this:
$88 billion – The amount Americans borrowed to pay for health care last year, according to a new study. Also, 65 million adults say they had a health issue but didn’t seek treatment due to cost. Nearly a quarter had to cut back on personal spending to pay for health care or medicine.
- Security expert whistleblowers say ‘fake’ national security clearances endanger our national security.
- Inept appointees and lobbyists are running the government…especially at the EPA!!
- More threats on the border…and now to cuts to aid for the ‘3 Mexican countries’ that actually improve conditions so that citizens can stay in their own country!! Fox ‘News’ continues to be the propaganda arm of the Administration!
- I could go on, but better to talk about some good news on the home front…and proof that paying attention at the state and local level matters!! The Colorado Legislature has passed or intends to pass:
- More local control over oil & gas development / Representative appointees to the Oil & Gas Commission
- Comprehensive sex education (with parental op out)
- Full day kindergarten
- Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), also called the ‘red flag’ bill
- Enhanced registration / voting measures
- National Popular Vote – this one is controversial
- Improved Health care – transparency, drug prices, trials for public option
- Support for education – subsidies for teachers, training for principals, tax credits for teachers
- Improvements in affordable housing
- Ability to identify as an alternative gender
- And much more…HERE
Stay woke!! It takes a LOT of energy just to deal with the day to day cruelty of the GOP. Paul Krugman calls this cruelty a pre-existing condition.
There is a lot going on in the Democratic Party to find candidates who will take on the GOP to elect progressives locally, keep the US House, win back the US Senate and defeat the president and his minions. LOTS of opportunities to support candidates by volunteering, texting, writing postcards, donating. Check out candidate websites for more information.
Several interesting donation opportunities to support whomever wins the Democratic presidential nomination…like Unify or Die.
Another TOTALLY insane month featuring the DC Reality Show!!
Thank goodness for the work you did to produce this:
SOTU 2019 – Women in White steal the show!!! GOP – Men in Black
16 Democratic Women Representatives
13 Republican Women Representatives
89 Democratic Women Representatives
13 Republican Women Representatives
In the Colorado Legislature: Already moving on laws for gun safety, fair wages, comprehensive sex education, oil & gas regulation, national popular vote…and more.
A few calendar items:
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019 – STOP THE FAKE EMERGENCY
Write postcard to Sen. Gardner TO VOTE YES ON THE CASTRO RESOLUTION PASSED IN THE HOUSE. It clearly states that Trump’s emergency declaration is terminated because there is no crisis on the border.
9 AM in the Frasier Meadows Assembly Room 4th Floor. Frasier Indivisibles will provide postcards and stamps. Bring a pen.
If you can’t make the postcard party, CALL Cory Gardner (855) 971-2329 OR email him at https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 – GET DARK MONEY OUT OF POLITICS
As part of International Women’s Day activities (See March 8), Women Powering Change Wednesday, March 6th, 4:00-7:30 at EXDO in Denver.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019 – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
World Denver is holding a luncheon and seminar. Groups all over Colorado are holding events focusing on women during March 2-10. If you have an even, contact Channel 4. They will put the event on their website calendar and promote it on their news programs. More info here: https://worlddenver.org/International_Women_s_Day
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019 – NATIONAL SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE
With the support of some of the world’s biggest environmental groups, tens of thousands of kids in at least two dozen countries and nearly 30 U.S. states plan to skip school to protest.
Their demands are uncompromising: Nations must commit to cutting fossil-fuel emissions in half in the next 10 years to avoid catastrophic global warming. And their message is firm: Kids are done waiting for adults to save their world.
The protests have really taken off in parts of Europe and Australia with hundreds of thousands of students striking in the past two months alone…now it comes to the US.
YOU DID THIS!!!!
COLORADO’S BLUE LEGISLATURE
WOMEN IN THE HOUSE
- In Colorado, Democrats swept ALL the statewide races: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasure, CU regent at large..That is HUGE! In Colorado it wasn’t a blue wave it was a Blue Tsunami!
- The election of Jared Polis to the governorship, Jason Crow to Congress, Democrats to all three other constitutional offices — in addition to flipping the state Senate and holding the House — has turned Colorado bluer than it’s been since 1936.
- Jason Crowe flipped a red seat blue by beating the previously unbeatable 5 term US congressman Mike Coffman by a comfortable margin.
- While Karen McCormick, Diane Mitsch Bush and Stephany Spaulding lost their races for US Congress in traditional Republican strongholds, they out performed previous elections by tens of thousands of votes each playing a crucial role in helping the Dems sweep the other state races!
- In the Colorado State Senate the Republicans previously held a one seat majority 18-17 (continually blocking Democratic bills) then came the Fab 5 (Rep. Jessie Danielson, Rep. Faith Winter, Sen. Kerry Donovan, Rep. Brittany Pettersen, and Tammy Story), five great women running to win back the majority…they all won! Democrats now have a 19-16 majority.
- The Democrats now have a Colorado State Trifecta, controlling the Governorship, State Senate & State House (where the Dems also picked up several seats)
- Passage of Amendments Y & Z. This is a game changing accomplishment for Colorado, creating a model that states all across the U.S. can follow to increase fairness and competitiveness in elections and to help get rid of gerrymandering!
- As an added bonus – Gardner (and an unidentified CU Regent) Are Now The Lone Republicans Holding Statewide Office in Colorado
Celebrate this historic moment in Colorado politics!
AND Nationally, the average age of Congress will now be a DECADE younger, thanks to the fabulous candidates elected at the midterms!!
ALWAYS REMEMBER, there is really no such thing as “not voting.” If you do not cast a ballot, you are effectively “voting” to allow other people to make decisions for you without YOUR input.
If you don’t want the president described below, keep working to elect intelligent, inclusive, upstanding candidates!!
“I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth.” the president of the United States.
And don’t forget about healthcare, immigration, women’s rights, climate change, criminal justice, sane gun laws, dark money in campaign finance, voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. Our newly elected Congress MUST work on these critical issues.
Call, write, tweet, facebook, text, show up and let your representatives know what is important to you!!
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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Rapid Response! to protest Trump’s firing of special counsel.
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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.