What can you do to fight for progress this week (November 15)

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Today, Gov. Jared Polis and other progressive leaders from Colorado are in Washington, DC to sign the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $ 1.2 trillion bill that includes major new investments in roads, railways, airports, Internet access high-speed in rural areas, fire protection, vital water infrastructure and more. Colorado will receive nearly $ 4 billion to spend on the streets alone, along with $ 910 million on public transportation. Senator John Hickenlooper won a major investment by coming to Colorado to help make electric cars more affordable and easier to use than ever.

The bipartisan bill on roads and bridges is a big deal, but we’re not done yet. As part of the deal to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the leadership of Congress has pledged to vote on the broader Build Back Better plan to invest in “human infrastructure” that we know is as important as roads and bridges. Affordable health and childcare are as important to working families as good roads to work on. Investing the Build Back Better plan in the fight against man-made climate change is a historic first step towards meeting our obligations towards the future of the entire world.

This is no time to celebrate until the Build Back Better plan goes into law. Let your leaders know that you are still paying attention and that you will not settle for less. Call your congressman at 1-888-516-5820 and US Senators at 1-888-516-5820 (thanks to our friends at Communications Workers of America for connecting) and tell them to approve the Build Back Better plan without further delays.

Thank you for your help in taking this historic agenda past the finish line. Here are some other ways to make a difference for the week of November 15th:


Colorado Sierra Club: Monument Community Meeting on Tri-State Energy Plan Project

Did you know that if you pay your electricity bill through the Mountain View Electric Association, you have more say in your energy than other Coloradians? As the owner of a rural electricity cooperative, you have an important role to play in deciding how our community gets its electricity. Right now, member-owners have a tremendous opportunity to push for the clean energy transition we need through the Tri-State Electricity Resource Plan (ERP) process at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). ). Tri-State’s ERP decides how and where to get our electricity for the next 5-10 years.

When: Tuesday 16 November at 5.15pm

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How to Influence the Colorado Oil and Gas Permit Process

Please join us to learn about our state’s oil and gas operation licensing process, how it can be improved, and what impact you can have by participating in it! Our goal is to provide the public with the information they need to access, analyze, provide input and influence oil and gas permits considered by state regulators. Our keynote speaker, Brad Klafehn, is an expert on oil and gas development plans.

When: Tuesday 16 November at 6pm

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Denver Press Club: Changing the way we cover the homeless

More than 4,000 people in Denver lack adequate housing, and the city spends between $ 42,000 and $ 104,000 per person annually on homeless people, according to studies. It’s an ongoing problem for Colorado and a topic that requires thoughtful reporting from local reporters. Join moderator Cara DeGette, editor of Greater Park Hill News, and speakers Robert Davis, a Denver VOICE contributor; 9News investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola and Colorado Springs Independent staff reporter Marcus Hill discuss strategies for reporting and writing about our homeless neighbors.

When: Wednesday 17 November at 6.30pm
Where: Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver

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Panel for immigration and refugee resettlement

This quarter, our focus on social justice has been to learn about and engage with immigration and refugee resettlement. You might be interested in learning more about this topic? Our SJ Fall Team organized an evening of the Immigration and Refugees Panel! Join us on Wednesday November 17th at 6:30 am to hear from various people in these spaces, learn about their work, the immigration process and more. Join us to find out how we can work to support people experiencing resettlement. Some of our panel members are made up of representatives from Lutheran Family Services and the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau. Belong Folks and the wider community are welcome!

When: Wednesday 17 November at 6.30pm

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League of Women Voters: Winning with Women

When women run, they win just as often as men do. So why are there no more women in charge? Why don’t they run. The purpose of the event is to demystify the process of running for office and we do it in two parts. The first part is a round table of elected officials who will share how they decided to run, what was involved in the election campaign and what it is like to serve. This panel will highlight what it’s like to run as a black woman in Colorado.

When: Thursday 18 November at 6pm

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TDoR Eve march and rally

Join the Center on Colfax and One Colorado as we come together to honor and remember those we have lost from the transgender community this year. Please meet at The Center (1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218) on Friday, November 19 at 4:30 PM for local trans leader speeches, performances, and a march to the Capitol. One Colorado will also have a table set up with buttons and signs that you can bring to show your support for the trans community. At 5pm we will march down Colfax to the Capitol where we will gather on the west steps! We will hear more from our speakers and read aloud the names of those we have lost this year.

When: Friday November 19th at 4.30pm
Where: The Center, 1301 E Colfax Ave, Denver

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Denver Nuggets Pride Night with You Can Play & One Colorado

Join us in celebrating Pride Night with the Denver Nuggets at the Ball Arena! The first 500 tickets sold via this link will receive a free Denver Nuggets Pride Hat! Proceeds from the event will benefit One Colorado and You Can Play, so please share it extensively with your networks!

When: Friday 19th November at 7pm
Where: Ball Arena, Denver

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Transgender Remembrance Day

We are delighted to be able to come together IN PERSON this year to remember and honor the lives of transgender and expansive people we lost in 2021. As we gather as a community to mourn those we have lost, we will also celebrate the strength and resilience of our community. through musical and poetic performances by local transgender and expansive artists. Refreshments will be served.

When: Saturday 20 November at 1pm
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

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Thanks again! We’ll be back after the Thanksgiving break with more ways to strive for progress.

Yours sincerely,

Sara Loflin, Executive Director

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