2/25 Weekly Call to Action
In the 19 years since the Columbine massacre, the gun lobby has paid for Congress’ gut-wrenching inaction to the tune of more than $30 million. The only way to stop the horrific gun violence in this country is to change what happens in Congress. And the only way to change what happens in Congress is change who represents us. Read and share our latest resource to find out about each state’s gun laws, what states can do to prevent violence, and how you can take action.
Every week: Be sure to check out our Events Calendar often, as we add events daily to it.
Call to Action - Do these things!
Tuesday, March 6th is Colorado's Caucus Day!
Put the date on your calendar and get familiar with the caucus process. This FAQ from Colorado's Secretary of State will help.
Chats with City Council
City Council is piloting a new engagement opportunity, called Chats with Council, in 2018. They will host nine events in different parts of the city, in different types of venues, at a variety of dates and times, inviting community members to drop in, ask questions and share what's on their mind.
Thursday, Feb. 22 @ 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (50 people max capacity)
Meadows Branch Library – Meeting Room, 4800 Baseline Road
Council Members Jill Grano and Bob Yates
State of the City video
Watch the State of the City video to see what Boulder did in 2017 and what is planned for 2018.
Upcoming Colorado State Legislation Includes:
- "FAMLI" Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. This bill would allow workers to receive 67%-95% of their pay for up to 12 weeks when they need time away from their jobs to care for loved ones. Show your support by calling members of the House Finance Committee (https://leg.colorado.gov/committees/finance/2018-regular-session-0).
- Right to Rest Act. This bill, co-sponsored by Joe Salazar, protects homeless people by establishing basic rights including, but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces, to rest in public spaces, to eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one's property. Please call key members of the House Local Government committee to vote YES on this bill, and attend the hearing on March 14th: https://www.facebook.com/events/179207309530115/
- Matt Gray (D): (303) 866-4667
- Larry Liston (R): (303) 866-2937
- Hugh McKean (R): (303) 866-2947
- Kim Ransom (R): (303) 866-2933
- Judy K. Reyher (R): (303) 866-2905
- Paul Rosenthal (D): (303) 866-2910
- Dan Thurlow (R): (303) 866-3068
- James D. Wilson (R): (303) 866-2747
- Remind your Members of Congress not to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (a bill that makes mass shootings easier). While our nation reels with the aftermath of Parkland, the Senate is actually considering a bill that is a top priority of the NRA. This bill would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states, essentially forcing them to accept lower standards than their own. That means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions like Florida’s would be able to legally carry their weapons anywhere, whether or not they travel to a state that would normally have prohibited them from carrying a gun. This bill has already passed the House and the Senate is expected to bring it up this year. Read our resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and use our call scripts to contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote!
- Commit to #VoteThemOut. The only fail-safe way to make sure Congress takes up legislation to is to kick out the MoCs who vote on behalf of the NRA instead of their constituents. MoCs have received $31,399,341 from the gun lobby since Columbine, with more than $5,900,000 coming in 2016 alone. Watch and share this video on social media and commit to #VoteThemOut in November.
- The DACA cliff is approaching. On March 5, the number of DACA recipients who lose their protections (and therefore their jobs, drivers’ licenses, and protection from deportation) will rise from 122 per day to over 1,200 per day. There will be immigrant-led actions around the country that day to send the message that there is no more time on the clock -- we need a #DreamActNow.
- Republicans (and some Democrats) will vote to repeal key parts of Dodd-Frank. The week of March 5, the Senate is expected to vote on S. 2155, a bill that would drastically reduce oversight of big banks such as Deutsche Bank and Santander and roll back key consumer protections. You can use our explainer and call script to learn more, and tell your Senator to vote no on S. 2155.
- Congress will have the chance to end Trump’s illegal war in Yemen. A bipartisan group of senators is planning to use a procedure under the War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the Senate floor to stop Trump’s war in Yemen. We will have a resource coming out soon that will explain more and provide a call script, but the bottom line is that your senator should vote for this resolution to end Trump’s illegal, inhumane war in Yemen.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Federal (Education) - S.B.2423- REAL Act of 2018
To reinstate Federal Pell Grant eligibility for individuals incarcerated in Federal and State penal institutions, and for other purposes.
Federal (Environment) - H.R. 3387- Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017
To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve public water systems and enhance compliance with such Act, and for other purposes.
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
Visit our Events Calendar to see upcoming events.