3/12 Weekly Call to Action
Gun violence prevention is still at the forefront of your minds, and ours too -- but it’s not on the Congressional agenda yet. As we prepare to mobilize for gun safety, in Congress and in state legislatures, we must focus on the ways we can create change this week. Check out how you can really make a difference in your local, state and national communities this week
* And every week... Be sure to check out our Events Calendar often, as we add events daily to it.*
Call to Action - Do these things!
- The next Boulder City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, March 20th
- 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.
- 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:
- Calculates a school district's (district's) total program funding by starting with statewide base per pupil funding and adding additional funding for student and district characteristics in the form of district factor funding as follows:
- Size factor funding;
- Poverty factor funding for students eligible for free or reduced-price meals;
- English language learner factor funding, adjusted for district size;
- Gifted child factor funding, adjusted for district size;
- Special education factor funding, adjusted for disability and district size; and
- Cost of living factor funding, limited to a percentage of statewide cost of living factor funding.
Please call members of the House Education Committee and plan to attend the first hearing on April 2 at 1:30 pm. Let them know you support this more equitable way of distributing school monies- and remind them that 171 of 178 School District Superintendents in Colorado are behind it!
Brittany Pettersen D 303-866-2939
Janet P. Buckner D 303-866-2944
Jeff Bridges R 303-866-2921
Justin Everett R 303-866-2927
Tony Exum, Sr. D 303-866-3069
Pete Lee D 303-866-2932
Timothy Leonard R 303-866-2932
Paul Lundeen R 303-866-2924
Barbara McLachlan D 303-866-2914
Judy K. Reyher R 303-866-2905
Lang Sias R 303-866-2962
James D. Wilson R 303-866-2747
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
- Support S.J. Res. 54: #SandersLeeYemen.
Trump is doubling down on an unauthorized war in Yemen. A bipartisan group of senators led by Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), is using a rare procedure to force the Senate to finally take a vote. This bill, S.J. Res. 54, would declare the war unauthorized, and end it (unless Congress chooses to authorize it). Review our resource for more information about the situation in Yemen and use our call script to call both your senators. It only needs a simple majority in the Senate -- we can win this.
- Bring the #BankLobbyistAct to a halt.
The Senate is trying to deregulate Wall Street in the form of S. 2155, and this week the Senate voted on a motion to proceed. This “Bank Lobbyist Act” will make it easier for discrimination in home lending to go unnoticed, end key consumer protections for homebuyers, and put us at risk of another financial crisis. You can use our resource and call script to call your senator and tell them to vote no on S. 2155!
- Mark Your Calendars for March 24
On March 24, we’re taking our MoCs’ thoughts and prayers in the wake of Parkland and turning them into action with March for Our Lives. It’s long past time our lawmakers make students’ lives and safety a priority and pass common-sense gun safety legislation. There will be sibling marches all over the country led by our nation’s youth, and we’re proud to join them and follow their lead.
Take to the streets on March 24! Find an event near you and demand that we end gun violence in our schools and in our communities.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
Federal (Immigration) S.B. 2464 Three Year Border and DACA Extension Act
To increase border security and to provide conditional provision residence to certain long-term residents who entered the United States as children.
Federal (Education) - H.R. 5096 Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education Act of 2018
To establish a grant program to assist States to establish or expand universal prekindergarten in public schools and public charter schools.
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.