4/17 Weekly Call to Action
Each week, we'll gather the week's most relevant advocacy actions, legislation, and events so that we can target our actions to have the most impact. We'll bring in happenings at the local, state, and national level from several sources so you can have a one-stop shop for your information and advocacy actions. If you come across an item to include in an upcoming Call to Action post, please send us a link through the Contact form on this site. Thanks for your advocacy!!
For the week of 4/17, Congress is still at recess, so our main focus is on state and local level actions.
Call to Action - Do these things!
Call Cory Gardner to ask when he will be holding a public town hall this week! You can also make a Brady Bunch-style video (see the Colorado Indivisible leaders' message below).
Call your state reps and urge them to support HB17-1328 (see Upcoming Legislation below), requiring candidates to publish their tax returns in order to run for/be elected to office. There is a House Finance Committee hearing about this bill on 4/17 at 1:30pm, so be sure to call early. There's no reason that this bill shouldn't have bi-partisan support!
Call your state reps and urge them to oppose SB17-281 (see Upcoming Legislation below), which would remove protections offered by sanctuary cities and other jurisdictions. Our cities have spoken about how they want to protect their marginalized citizens, so we need to work to respect those wishes.
Lobby at the State Congress on Monday April 17th 9:30am to oppose SB17-061 (see Upcoming Legislation below), which would reduce funding to public schools. The Colorado State Indivisible group is meeting in the Capital Building 200 E Colfax in the Cafeteria that is in the basement to attend the Senate Floor meeting. If you can't show up to lobby against the bill, call you rep and tell them that charter schools don't solve the problem of underfunded public schools. Tell them "our Traditional Public Schools are significantly underfunded some are even having to close. We have a significant number of schools that have had to go to a four day school program to deal with the underfunding. Our Traditional Public Schools must accept all students and are the foundation of our Public Education System until they are properly funded we cannot afford to fiscally destabilize them any further."
From the Colorado Indivisible leaders:
We are continuing the call for 1 question videos for the second week of Recess.
APRIL RECESS WITH SENATOR GARDNER: Brady Bunch Style
What is Brady Bunch Style? That's the kind of mash up video we envision resulting from HUNDREDS of submitted videos - SO MANY videos with constituents asking questions of Senator Gardner that we have to make them into tiny little cells on the screen, showing just how many questions we have and no place to ask them (like, say, a Town Hall during recess).
Overview and Purpose:
Senator Gardner has not done a telephone town hall since MARCH 8TH. Why? Because constantly hearing from frustrated constituents is HARD. Telephone Town Halls are very one-sided, and therefore his attempts to connect with the populace he represents are feeble at best. Despite that, Coloradans have TONS of questions that they need answered. Our objective here is simple: Let's show Cory Gardner just how ineffective his constituent outreach is given the current climate by posting hundreds of 1-question videos to Twitter and social media.
How to make your selfie video:
- Turn your phone’s camera on yourself and ask Senator Gardner a single question in under 60 seconds (shorter vids will get more clicks and you can always make another - here’s a tweeted video example!)
- Tweet your vid using hashtags #WheresCory and #ReclaimRecess. Tag in @indivisiblefrr and @IndivisibleBOCO
- Send your vid to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can make a mashup video with all the questions (we can also post your vid for you if you don’t use Twitter, send your video to: email@example.com)
- Need help thinking of a question to ask? Check out Indivisible Guide’s 5 April Recess Policy Priorities
Share this campaign with your friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Let's inundate Gardner with our Town Hall questions!!
Do you want to see what folks are already asking? Check the videos out HERE.
March for Science in Denver's on Saturday 4/22 starting at 10am in Civic Center Park. Hundreds of thousands of scientists and science lovers will be standing up to protect the process of science and its role in our community in hundreds of cities across the world. Denver's event is not only a March, but a Rally with music and speakers as well as a science fair-style Teach In. Activities start at 9:30, so come early, be loud, and stay late! The march is also Denver's first Certified Green event! You can find more information on the March for Science Denver website and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
From the National Indivisible leaders:
...Make your voice heard by asking your MoC to demand Trump’s tax returns with our call script and town hall questions guide: How To Get Trump’s Tax Returns.
Learn how to connect to, find common ground with, or persuade specific groups of people who may not agree with you or be convinced of the need to take action with the guide: Organizing Is Mainly About Listening. For even more ways to make connections, join Indivisible Berkeley on Monday, April 17, at 10 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. PST for an exciting Facebook livestream: Reaching Out To Trump Voters. Authors George Lakoff (Don’t Think of an Elephant) and Arlie Hochschild (Strangers in Their Own Land) will discuss their research and implications for how to have meaningful political conversations with people with different views. RSVP here to receive an email with a link to the livestream of this event.
Get your group together and watch legendary community organizer Marshall Ganz will lead an interactive session on building capacity and locally-based leadership teams on Thursday, April 20, 7–8:30 p.m. EST on the Resistance School website and Facebook page. Find out more about this training session: How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action.
Hold Trump accountable on Syria: we have a new explainer and town hall questions for asking your MoC to exercise oversight on Trump’s actions: Trump’s Dangerous Escalation in Syria.
The Indivisible Team
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Elections (State) - HB17-1328: Require Candidates To Disclose Income Tax Returns
Immigration (State) - SB17-281: Hold Colorado Government Accountable Sanctuary Jurisdictions
Education (State) - SB17-061: Additional Funding Charter School Operating Costs
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
9:30am - Lobby Day to show our opposition of SB17-061
5pm - Stay the Course for Clean Local Power! Rally
6pm - Boulder City Council Special Hearing
6pm - More Choices for Voters
6pm - Boulder City Council Meeting
4pm - Science March on Boulder
8am - The Future is Feminist: Get Ready One Day Training with Emerge
9am - Pangea Organics Earth Day Tree Planting
10am - March for Science Denver
6pm - Standing Rock Reflections
TBD - Down Ballot Revolution Boulder Chapter Meeting
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Save The Date:
Indivisible Boulder will also be participating in a Resist-Persist Art Showing during NoBo Art District's First Friday on May 5th. We will be joined by other Boulder non-profits during this great event. We will release more information as the date draws closer.