What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 9)

What you can do to fight for progress this week (August 9)

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At times in the past week, Colorado’s Front Range has experienced the worst air quality of any major city in the world. A combination of smoke from massive wildfires in California and ground-level ozone pollution from cars, trucks, and oil and gas drilling here in Colorado has resulted in the worst air quality in years, a reminder of the days of the “brown cloud” we have tried so hard to escape.

The consequences of man-made climate change are now impossible to avoid in Colorado. It’s time to start making the tough decisions necessary to decarbonize our economy.

Colorado’s largest utility company, Xcel Energy, is moving slowly, possibly too slowly, to close its fossil fuel plants. Tonight at 6:00 pm, our friends from Colorado Sierra Club and 350 Colorado are conducting a training session to help you effectively advocate on Xcel’s resource review process and accelerate the rapid transition from Colorado to renewable energy.

What: Xcelerate Climate Action Public Comment Begins!
When: Monday, August 9 at 6:00 pm

Click here to RSVP.

It’s not too late to make your voice heard in Colorado’s redistricting process! This week, Colorado Congressional and State Legislative Political Boundaries Re-Drawing Commissions I want to meet in Manitou Springs, Longmont and Boulder to hear public testimony. This is our opportunity to ensure that the new maps reflect the core values ​​of justice: preserving natural communities of interest, while ensuring fair representation for communities of color and victims of historical oppression. Click here to register and receive notifications about upcoming redistricting hearings in your area.

And here are a few more ways to fight for progress during the week of August 9:

Flavored Tobacco Products Town Hall

We must prioritize the health of our youth over the profits of Big Tobacco. Join us for one of our town hall talks on the dangers of flavored tobacco products.

When: Tuesday, August 10 at 6:00 pm

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League of Colorado Affected by Oil and Gas: Financial Guarantees Webinar, Part 3

In our first installment, we learned how oil and gas generates revenue for state and local governments. In the second installment, we learned about financial guarantees and how big the gap is between the bonds the state has and the cost of cleaning existing wells in the state. In this latest installment, we’ll hear from Earth Justice and Carbon Tracker on how to solve this problem. We will discuss the data Carbon Tracker has found and how we plan to present this information to the COGCC during the rulemaking hearing. We will also talk about how the public can stay involved in the process and provide their own input to the Commissioners.

When: Wednesday, August 11 at 6:00 pm

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Colorado Caregivers Unite: Time’s Up, Caregiving Can’t Wait!

After more than a year of unimaginable hardship and trauma, the crisis for healthcare workers has reached a breaking point. We come together to listen to workers and decision makers to make sure the state hears our call: WE DEMAND ACTION! In January, we filed a petition asking CDLE to investigate wages and working conditions in this industry and to convene a wage board. For months, despite our calls, emails, and visits, the state has refused to respect our rights; they have refused to act. Today we are here to tell you: Time is up. We demand that the state comply with state law and give workers like us a seat at the table and a voice in decisions that impact our lives!

When: Thursday, August 12 at 11:30 am
Where: 1825 Welton St, Denver

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Colorado History: Extended Daylight Savings – See “People Policy” with Dr. Esteban Gómez

Join us for extended summer hours at the History Colorado Center, open until 8 pm every Thursday through the end of August. Get up close and personal with our latest exhibits and installations and, this week alone, join us at 7pm for our first event in the Building Denver Speakers series: Policy Over People with Dr. Esteban Gómez.

When: Thursday, August 12 at 5:00 pm
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver

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Planned Parenthood Colorado Votes: Champions of Choice

Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado invites you to join us in celebrating the champions who support access to reproductive health care and hear from talented speaker Paola Ramos (read more about Paola below!) We will meet in person at a spacious indoor / outdoor downtown Denver for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, great company, updates from PPVC on the state of reproductive health care and to talk about protecting access to abortion in Colorado and across the country.

When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Denver (location upon RSVP)

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Colorado Council of Churches: Whites and Racial Justice

Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler will facilitate a conversation with journalist and author Helen Thorpe and former Colorado State Senator Michael “Mike” Johnston of Gary Investments about what whites can do to support racial justice. Panelists will also respond live to participants’ questions and comments online.

When: Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 pm

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Latino Politics Listening Tour

Join COLOR and the Colorado Democratic Latino Caucus as we elevate Latino state policy priorities and learn more about how our collective voices will drive future change! The Latino Policy Listening Tour 2021 will help us prepare for our Latino Advocacy Day 2022. The Latino Policy Listening Tours are intended for legislators, community members and leading organizations to listen to issues affecting our communities in Colorado.

When: Saturday, August 14 at 8:30 am

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Bakery, Beers and Bikes for Reproductive Rights – Boulder

Join Cobalt for a bike tour in support of reproductive rights in Colorado! Each trip will consist of three stops beginning with complimentary coffee and breakfast and ending at a local brewery. Detailed itineraries will be emailed prior to travel.

When: Saturday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m. M.
Where: Boulder (location upon RSVP)

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See you next Monday with more ways to make a difference. Thanks again!