1/21/19 Weekly Call to Action
Today is a day that we honor and reflect on one of the most prominent Civil Rights Leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even though many of his teachings took place over 50 years ago, they couldn’t be more valuable to our country today. The tyrannical behavior coming out of or current White House administration is causing hatred to run ramped through our cities. Now, more than ever, we should take heed of many of Dr. King’s messages. One of the more prominent:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.” ~MLK
* 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!
City Council Meetings this week:
Jan. 15: City Council Public Hearing 6pm.
View 12/18 City Council Meeting - You can see the recording of the last meeting HERE.
Town Hall - Join Senator Fenberg and Representatives Becker and Hooten at the Rayback Collective on Wednesday, Jan. 16th from 6-8pm for their first Town Hall of the session.
👟JAN 21 - MLK MARADE - Walk with one of Denver’s most important community changemakers, Tay Anderson: https://www.facebook.com/events/2209025822671795/. Check out this list of other things you can do to honor MLK this week: https://bit.ly/2Ta8g0A
⌚ALL WEEK: CALL YOUR SENATORS: END THE SHUTDOWN - This is now the longest shutdown in American history. Senate Democrats must not allow DREAMers and TPS recipients to be used as pawns in this political charade. Call Michael Bennet (202-224-5852) and Cory Gardner’s offices today (202-224-5941) and tell them you want them stop any other business and OPEN THE GOVERNMENT (NO wall funding, no playing with immigrants’ lives).
👥JAN 23 - SUPPORT ELISABETH EPPS - at 7:30 AM at Aurora Municipal Court. After exhausting her appeals, Elisabeth Epps, director of the Colorado Freedom Fund, is scheduled to be remanded to custody for a 30 to 90 day sentence stemming from a 2015 charge of "Interfering with a Police Investigation." She has asked for community support during her sentencing: https://www.facebook.com/events/2205395046165659/
✔ JAN 23: HELP US PUSH THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INITIATIVE THROUGH THE STATEHOUSE - Have your voice heard in support of having Colorado join the National Popular Vote Compact (SB19-042) by showing up to the hearing room in the Senate state, veterans, and military affairs committee in SCR 357 at 1:30 p.m. on January 23rd. Facebook Event Page
⌚JAN 24: CORY GARDNER OFFICE RALLY: END THE SHUTDOWN - Gardner has publicly stated that he thinks the US Government should be fully re-opened before negotiating border security. However, he -- like other Republican Senators -- has not stood up to Mitch McConnell to insist that a vote on reopening government be held. We will hold a short rally in front of Gardner's Denver office and deliver a national petition with over 100,000 signatures calling to End the Shutdown. Sign up here: https://act.moveon.org/event/end-shutdown_attend/123733/?source=taf&aktmid=tm9228766.-1Ss63&t=1&referring_akid=.1566923.xji4g-
📞ALL WEEK: OPPOSE BARR FOR ATTY GENERAL - Call Michael Bennet (202-224-5852) and Cory Gardner’s offices (202-224-5941) and tell them to vote NO on William Barr for Attorney General. https://act.indivisible.org/call/senators-oppose-barr-ag/
💪JAN 26: ATTEND THE MOMS DEMAND ACTION 2019 CO LEGISLATIVE TRAINING at 10 AM at Ross-University Hills Branch Library in Denver this Saturday. Come learn from our state legislative lead how a bill becomes a law in Colorado and where our efforts will be focused during this legislative session. RSVP here: https://every.tw/2VclrQg FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2115732068739806/
💪JAN 26: ATTEND BLACK LIVES MATTER 5280’s JANUARY MEETING at 3PM, including preparing for the upcoming #BlackLivesMatteratSchool week of action. Park Hill UCC, Denver. https://www.facebook.com/events/371052186809230/
💪JAN 26: ATTEND DECO’S LEGISLATIVE ACTION WORKSHOP at 1PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Aurora. You can help as a citizen to shape legislation. Discover how to lobby the legislature and state government. how to testify, and where the levers of information and influence are. Learn who is on what committees. Meet and talk with legislators and citizen lobbyists with experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/271943330178893/
✔ ALL WEEK: GET TO KNOW YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR - Do you know who your state rep and senators are? Find out here: https://leg.colorado.gov/findmylegislator, and then call them (don’t wait, call today!) and voice your hopes for the 2019 legislature. Focus on things like gun violence prevention bills, climate protections, putting oil & gas in check, public school funding, etc. Call today!
Federal Actions (from Indivisible National)
28 days into the #TrumpShutdown and we’ve reached the latest casualty of this unnecessary, Trump-created shutdown: canceling January recess.
January recess next week is definitely canceled for the House, and we’re still waiting on the Senate (but they’ll likely follow suit). News concerning the shutdown seems to be changing day by day, but here’s what we know for sure:
→ The #TrumpShutdown continues, even though Republicans have the power to end the shutdown immediately. The Democratically-controlled House has passed several bills (with a liiiiitle bipartisan support) that would have brought the shutdown to an end, but Senate Leader McConnell refuses to put those bills to a vote -- making him complicit in the shutdown and causing pain to hundreds of thousands of families.
→ Senate offices are reporting an uptick in pro-wall calls from constituents (yes, you read that right). They’re urging their senators to cut a deal to end the shutdown by including funding for the border wall. After yesterday’s disturbing news that the family separation crisis was more widespread than the public knew, it is clear that we cannot allow any funding for this administration’s immoral operations at the border to continue. Including Trump’s racist wall.
Now, this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing we can do next week with recess on hold. The most important thing we can do is to keep up the pressure on our senators -- both Democrats and Republicans.
Take action to end the #TrumpShutdown
We’ve revised our shutdown resource page with the latest news (and will continue keeping it updated), but our asks remain the same. For Republicans, ask them to put pressure on McConnell to bring bills that reopen the government to the Senate floor. For Democrats, oppose any “business as usual” legislation until the government is reopened.
District office visits. Recess or not, Senate district offices will be open next week, and we need to turn out in force. And if there are town halls still scheduled, you should go! Share your event photos and videos with us on Twitter @IndivisibleTeam and use the hashtag #TrumpShutdown so we can help amplify.
Phone calls. As long as the government is shut down, calls should be happening everywhere! We are organizing a National Call-In Day on Wednesday, January 23, so plan to make some calls to your senators on Wednesday along with Indivisibles across the country. We’ll follow up with more resources soon, but feel free to get a head start now -- call 844‑236‑2373 to reach your senators.
Support federal workers. We also encourage everyone to look for ways to provide direct support to workers and families directly impacted by the shutdown in your area. Whether through food drives, lending a hand to folks in your community, or other opportunities, there are a variety of ways to support these workers during the shutdown.
Upcoming Legislation - Watch these bills!
SB19-042 - National Popular Vote - Concerning adoption of an agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote.
H.J. Res 18 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to prohibit Members of Congress from receiving compensation for any period during which a Government shutdown is in effect.
Upcoming Events - Go to these places!
Visit our Events Calendar to see upcoming events.