8/13 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!!
“It’s been too long,” said Cardboard Cory, a parody version of the real Senator Cory Gardner, “since I’ve held open, public discourse with the people. I’m ready to get out there and field the hundreds of questions that I know Colorado constituents have.”
Call to Action - Do these things!
Local Actions -
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.
· Potential November ballot measures related to a capital improvement tax renewal and bond
1) Ordinance 8197: The question of extending the 0.3 percent sales and use tax for a variety of capital improvements for five years.
2) Ordinance 8198: The question of authorizing the increase of city debt to fund capital improvement projects that will be repaid through the 0.3 percent sales and use tax.
· Potential November ballot measure about amending Boulder City Charter
1) Ordinance 8195: The question of amending sections of the charter to eliminate extraneous, archaic or unnecessary language, as well as clarify referendum and initiative provisions for legislative matters.
· Potential November ballot items related to the city's efforts to form a municipal electric utility
1) Ordinance 8189: The question of increasing and extending the Utility Occupation Tax approved by voters in November 2010 to continue funding that supports legal, regulatory and other planning work associated with the creation of a local electric utility. The new tax would begin in 2018 and expire Dec. 31, 2021.
2) Ordinance 8194: The question of amending the Boulder City Charter to extend the authorization for municipalization-related executive sessions from Dec. 31, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2023.
3) Ordinance 8193: The question of amending the Boulder City Charter to form the municipal electric utility and require a public vote prior to proceeding with the issuance of any debt to cover costs of separation or purchasing assets.
State Actions - from Indivisible Front Range Resistance
Hate, when exposed, is indefensible. Let our work be to expose hate and leave its enablers with no choice but to denounce it. WE WILL WIN THIS. Times are dire, but we are the beating heart of this country. DON'T FORGET what an important role we, and you, play.
a) DONATE to the Anti-Racist Legal Fund of Charlotesville: http://bit.ly/2wkuv9r
b) DEMAND that your reps ask Trump to reinstate the investigation of white hate groups as part of their counter-extremism unit http://reut.rs/2kW486Y
2) CORY GARDNER'S TOWN HALLS - This TUESDAY, Aug. 15. - We pressure Senator Gardner because he has immense power, and he is our voice in DC. We MUST do this. Please find a way to get to one of his Tuesday town halls, and SHARE with others so that we can pack the place(s):
-COLORADO SPRINGS 7AM: http://bit.ly/2vQlh7j
-GREELEY 11AM: http://bit.ly/2wTmpUL
-LAKEWOOD 2:30PM: http://bit.ly/2vtQoEL
3) SUPPORT DACA STUDENTS IN AURORA-
DACA is in imminent danger. 10 extremists attorneys general from across the country have called for the DACA program to be rescinded and to leave DREAMers without work permits, drivers licenses, and vulnerable to deportations.
On the DACA anniversary of 8/15, we need you to tell the stories of your community. We need you to mobilize your family, your friends, and your neighborhood. We cannot wait for DACA to be taken away - the time to protect it is now! Come to the Aurora office of Rep. Mike Coffman on Tuesday afternoon to urge him to defend DACA, and then join the rally outside.
Rep. Coffman's office• 3300 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014 at 12:00 noon
Host Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) RESISTANCE STARTS AT HOME - Don't forget that we win this fight when we know who represents us locally - in our cities and our school boards. Here's a bit of a guide on how to get involved. http://bit.ly/2uQXP5t
National Actions - August Recess gives us time to talk to our Reps!
1. Rally to protect the Special Counsel investigation. We’re partnering with other progressive groups to take to the streets in the event that Trump fires Mueller. Sign up to host or attend an event here.
2. Turn up the August heat on Congress. Even when your MoCs are hiding, Indivisibles are getting great headlines by “bird-dogging” their MoCs at public events. Check out our August recess toolkit pointers on “bird-dogging” your MoC at public events. Two of the most timely matters to address:
· TrumpCare Accountability. This week, the Freedom Caucus in the House filed a “discharge petition” that—if they have the vote—could force a vote in the House on repealing the Affordable Care Act. We also heard Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will unveil a new TrumpCare bill as early as next week for introduction after Labor Day. Neither of these developments are immediate threats but they underscore the need for continued accountability on health care. Let’s make sure we close off any opening that Republicans think they have to start picking up momentum again.Use our toolkit to keep TrumpCare dead.
· Tax cuts for the rich- This is the next legislative priority for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. Their plan is to give massive tax cuts to the rich, paid for by taking away Medicaid, Medicare, and funding for other basics. Tell your MoCs that you won’t accept Trump’s tax scam using our toolkit.
3. Ask questions confidently at town halls. Check out our new short video to create your own mic-drop moment at your MoC’s town hall.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Healthcare (opioid addiction)- SB 581: Jessie's Law
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
5:30pm - Indivisible Boulder Monthly Meeting - *In the spirit of engagement, please bring canned goods to be donated to the local food pantry afterward by Trish. No better way to be an activist than to help your fellow citizens!
2:30pm - National Open Mosque Day - Denver (this is the closest open Mosque to Boulder of the 4 in the metro area open that day).