1/14/18 Weekly Call to Action

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!

In 2017, we accomplished so much. We resisted. We organized. We made phone calls. We rallied. We held our elected officials accountable. We won elections. We built power. And we started a movement.

There are just 296 days before the most consequential elections of our times. In 2018, we’ll replace the elected officials who don’t represent us with diverse, progressive, local leaders.  November is HURTLING toward us and we have 9 SHORT MONTHS to make a blue wave happen in Colorado.

As you take actions this year, post about it to your personal network! Post often! For example: "I just signed up at my local county democratic precinct. Excited to get to work. Join me!” Simple. Your friends and families need to see that you are EATING, SLEEPING, and DRINKING midterms in 2018. Your actions will inspire other actions. Don’t do any of this in secret.

Will you be a part of this with us?

Call to Action - Do these things!

Local Actions

  1. Attend the Boulder City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.

Public hearings:

  • Second reading of proposed changes to the rental licenses ordinance to improve and clarify the requirements for short-term rentals.
  • Second reading of the proposed annexation of an approximately 38,000 square-foot property located at 2220 Norwood Ave., with an initial zoning of residential-estate.

2. Register to vote. Every. vote. matters. We’ve partnered with TurboVote to help Indivisibles everywhere get registered to vote. You can also use our online system to help friends, family members, and your fellow Indivisibles get registered to vote (we even have a Guide to get you started on your first voter registration event in your community). The first primaries start in February and run through August, so make sure you and everyone you know has an updated voter registration!

 

State Actions

  1. MARCH WITH US. Meet up with Indivisible Boulder and Indivisible Front Range Resistance (IFRR) for the Women’s March on Saturday in Denver. We’ll be at the west steps of the Capitol around 8:30AM. https://www.facebook.com/events/406642503106592/
  2. RESISTING IN THE COLORADO LEGISLATURE. Sen. Zenzinger (D) and Rep. Winter (D) have introduced SB 18-006: Recording Fee to Obtain Attainable Housing. The bill would allow counties to increase the current $1 recording fee to $5, with the remaining $4 going into an attainable housing fund. Senate Majority Leader, Kevin Grantham, has assigned this bill to State, Veterans, and Military Affairsuma), Owen Hill (R - El Paso), Lois Court (D - Arapahoe, Denver), and Stephen Fenberg (D - Boulder). The committee will hear this bill on 1/31 at 1:30pm in room SCR 357.
  3. GET CONNECTED. Join the CO Democrats Talent Bank right now (http://www.coloradodems.org/volunteersignup). Sign up for Democratic Dispatch to get the weekly update of everything going on at your Colorado Democratic Party (http://co.coloradodems.org/page/s/join-the-cdp-newsletter). 
  4. LOCALIZE YOUR POWER. Contact your county democratic party. Most counties will be conducting their own caucus trainings, so getting in touch earlier will give you the best chance to attend those. Go here: https://www.coloradodems.org/get-local/. If you're 35 or under, find your county "Young Dems" chapter and get involved with them; they will help ease you into the party structure: http://www.coloradoyoungdems.com/ 
  5. LET THEM KNOW. Call Gardner, Bennet, and your Congressperson to ring in the New Year. Tell them this: “I fully expect your first actions in 2018 to be passing a clean DREAM Act, funding CHIP, and protecting earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security from spending cuts.” For the senators, include the following: “I fully expect Senator (Bennet/Gardner) to protect Net Neutrality when it comes up for a vote in the Senate.” Add in any other concerns you have, but MAKE THESE THREE CALLS this week. Let your members of congress know that in 2018 we are still watching. Contact info on our website.

 

National Actions - from Indivisible National

This Week on Capitol Hill 

  1. The Senate will take up surveillance reauthorization. They will likely vote on the bad surveillance bill the House passed earlier this week on Tuesday or Wednesday. If it passes, it will go to Trump’s desk for his signature. Call your Senator now and tell them to vote no.
  2. The attack on Medicaid continues. This week, we expect the Trump Administration to approve additional waiver applications that allow states to add “work requirements” as a condition of Medicaid eligibility -- part of the ongoing effort to decimate Medicaid as we know it. Check out this thread from our health care expert Chad and stay tuned this week as we learn more.
  3. Congress must fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate earlier this week that showed reauthorizing funding for CHIP for 10 years would *save* the government money. States are preparing to kick kids off their coverage as early as next month if Congress doesn’t act—it’s well past time that they do. Call your Member of Congress (MoC) now and tell them why they must reauthorize CHIP now.

Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!

Education (National) - H.R. 4699 Inclusive Campuses Act


Upcoming Events - Go to these places!

Wednesday, January 17 - 5:30 PM

Caucus Rally for Joe in Boulder!

World Famous Dark Horse Rhino Room (upstairs) 2922 Baseline Rd Boulder, CO 80303
By Joe Neguse for Congress

Wednesday, January 17 - 5:30 PM

Community Speak-Out: Share your Experience of Discrimination and Inclusivity in Boulder

Wednesday, January 17 - 6:00 PM
Democratic Women of Boulder County Candidate Forum
Boulder Elks Lodge & Pool in Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, January 20th

9:30am-4pm -- Official Women's March On Colorado: One Year Anniversary - Denver

Indivisible Boulder will be marching with other Colorado Indivisible groups. We will have a 6ft sign to march behind. Please send us an email, and we can let you know where to meet us: indivisibleboulder@gmail.com

Sunday, January 21st

ATTEND A POST-MARCH MEETUP. On Sunday the 21st, Indivisible will be hard at work co-hosting post-march meetups to recruit new members and orient existing members to our 2018 midterm strategy. Can you join us? We’ll be in Lafayette and Boulder. Here’s the full listing of all post-march meetups across the state: http://indivisiblecolorado.net/meetups

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