8/20 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!!
Donald Trump could only have come to power in a society that has consistently devalued the lives and dignity of historically marginalized groups, such as people of color, immigrants, queer people, and women. This means that resistance cannot consist just of fighting back against Trump. Rather, we have to work to overturn the patterns of injustice that helped Trump rise to power.
Call to Action - Do these things!
Upcoming City Council, County Commissioners, and School Board Meetings matter! Stay posted here for details about open seats and actions you can take in the upcoming months.
As the Congressional Summer Recess begins to draw to a close, we encourage everyone to take the time to read up, reach out, and reflect on your priorities for the fall and our upcoming 2017 elections. Use this time to get organized, energized, and plugged in!
1. Resisting White Supremacy: Many of us gathered last Saturday at Shorter Community AME Church for a training on Resisting White Supremacy. If you missed the event, here’s an article from the Denver Post:
As a follow-up action to Saturday’s workshop, here are some additional resources we can all use to continue our personal work to address the implicit bias and prejudices that we all have. Here are three things you can do this week (h/t Wall-of-Us):
B. Watch this video (part of a series on bias) from the NYT to understand how we all have bias, how it is different than racism, and how it might contribute to racism.
C. Take the Harvard Race Implicit Bias Test
2. Monday, August 21st 5:30 – 7:30, Moving Forward: Beyond Paris. Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, 1536 Wynkoop St, Denver, Colorado 80202.
Feeling discouraged by the recent federal actions on climate change? Don't let the president’s action dampen your spirit and our collective progress. Join us to learn how we can ensure the U.S. meets our reduction goals by staying informed and engaging in local action! In partnership with Alliance For Sustainable Colorado and Conservation Colorado. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423690751062133
3. Wednesday, August 23rd, 2 pm 3 pm. Senator Gardner DREAM Act Read-a-thon; Justice for All Center, 2525 W Alameda Ave, Denver, Colorado 80219.
Help us flood Senator Cory Gardner's offices with voicemails and photocopies of the 2017 #DREAMAct to #DefendDACA. Though he could bring himself to vote for a healthcare bill he hadn't yet read, the Senator has not had enough time to read the 4-page DREAM act bill that would protect over 17,300 Coloradans from deportation and losing their right to work. Cancelling DACA could cost Colorado over $850 million yearly in GDP, so how come Senator Gardner does not have time to read a 4-page bill? That is why we are going to call / fax his office as many copies of the DREAM Act as possible on Wednesday, while also flooding his social media. Join us while we demand #SenatorsReadBills.
4. Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 PM - 8 PM (RSVP) Indivisible and Activist Town Hall with Rep. Diana DeGette; 875 Elati St, Denver, CO 80204-4539
Please join us for an intimate conversation with Chief Deputy Whip and Colorado’s District 1 Representative, Diana DeGette. She has invited us to talk about our concerns, observations, and questions about what is happening on the federal level. She is also hoping to help navigate the many nuances of our federal government as we enter budget negotiations. Doors open at 5:30, the event is scheduled to start at 6:00pm. Please note this is a free event but seating is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP via this link (a FB RSVP is not enough): https://actionnetwork.org/events/indivisible-and-activists-town-hall-with-rep-degette.
5. Educate yourself about the November 2017 Elections.
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- from our National Indivisible Team
Be a strong ally against hatred and bigotry. We are working with partners to confront white supremacy in all its forms. Find an anti-racism event near you to attend, join an emergency call on organizing against white supremacy, and prioritize inclusivity in your group with our new resources.
Demand that your members of Congress (MoCs) draw a bright line between themselves and white supremacy. Did your MoC denounce white supremacy or Trump’s embrace of white nationalism? Great, they’ve done the bare minimum. Now what else are they doing about it? We have a list of congressional asks for your MoCs.
Join Indivisible for an important Facebook Live on racial justice and allyship. You can join right from our Facebook pageon Monday at 8:30pm ET.
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
5:30-7:30 - Moving Forward: Beyond Paris - Denver
8pm - Voter Registration Training - Boulder
5-7pm - CO Immigrant Rights Coalition House Party - Boulder
7-10pm - A Night against Nazis (Southern Poverty Law Center Fundraiser) - Broomfield
10am-1pm - Cardboard Cory @ The Farmer’s Market (Sponsored by Indivisible Boulder) - Boulder
4-7pm - Burnout and Sustainability Training for Activists - Online
4:30-6pm - Meet & Greet with Jared Polis - Gunbarrel