"...there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear."  — LAUREN OLIVER
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SPECIAL LAD MEETING — Speak Out at City Council: The Ins and Outs of Being Heard, THIS Wednesday, May 17, 7–8:30pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Kimbark. Want to advocate for the issues you care about with Longmont City Council? We'll walk you through the steps and inside tips.

CALL NOW: We need an INDEPENDENT COMMISSION (Deputy AG Rosenstein is not exactly impartial). Thank Bennet for his words on the Senate floor, & urge Gardner and Buck to call for an independent investigation into trump's ties to Russia. Senator Cory Gardner (R): 202-224-5941 (DC) / 303-391-5777(Denver). Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC) / 303-455-7600 (Denver). Representative Ken Buck (R–CD4): 202-225-4676 (DC) / 970-702-2136 (Greeley).

Want to do something about the Firestone tragedy? Please consider signing this letter to Governor Hickenlooper, asking him NOT to exercise the appeal of the Martinez v. COGCC ruling, BEFORE May 18th, here.

Canto Comunitario Community | Evening of Singing: Songs for Peace and Protest, Friday, May 19, 7–8:30pm, Isaak Walton Clubhouse, 18 Sunset St., Longmont. Bring songs to share, family friendly, $0–5 donation, TODOS BIENVENIDOS!

WE NEED MORE PROGRESSIVE VOICES showing up at Coffee with (Longmont City) Council. Next one is Saturday, May 20, 9–10am, OUR Center, 220 Collyer St, Longmont. More info here. 

STRATEGY: "How I Always Win the Abortion Argument", here.

TRY RESISTBOT: Text "Resist" to 50409. Check it out, it will automatically send — and keep trying to send until send is confirmed — your message to your members.

EVERYONE'S VULNERABLE NOW: Employers will drop 7 million employees from health coverage under AHCA, here. 

Wear Orange on June 2nd for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

HERE'S HOPING!: "According to a close associate of Mr. Comey, he is willing to testify, but wants it to be in public", here.

Is this your trumper relative?: "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." Watch this.

March for Truth, Saturday, June 3.

Gun Violence Awareness Day Community Picnic, Saturday, June 3, 11–1pm, Thompson Park, 5th and Bross, Longmont. Wear Orange, bring your own picnic food and supplies,  build community and have fun! Please make this a zero waste event, THANK YOU. Organized by Longmont Everytown for Gun Safety & Moms Demand Action. 

JUNE LAD MEETING at Library (not at FRCC)! Wednesday, June 7, 6:30pm: LAD Screening of “Healthcare for Everyone”. Longmont Public Library, 4th and Kimbark. We'll screen the short version of the film (the full version will be available for download), then follow with discussion, Q& A, strategies, with healthcare experts. Join us! 

The National Equality March is June 11!

EVERY SATURDAY: Longmont Leads with Love Weekly (not silent) Vigil, 1–2pm, 6th and Main. Stand up for kindness toward all people and the planet, rally for policies you care about, send a progressive message to our city and our nation, building Longmont’s progressive community, stand in solidarity with friends, old and new. Bring signs, banners, flags, songs, art, etc. expressing your vision of a better city, a better America, a better world for all! Child friendly. Park at the public lot on east side of Coffman between 6th and 5th. Everyone is welcome!

Longmont PRIDE, Saturday, June 24, 2–6pm, 4th Ave between Main & Emery, Longmont. LAD will have a booth again this year...please stop by! outboulder.org

2017 Colorado Latino Festival, Sunday, June 25, Noon–7pm, Main Street, Longmont. This year's theme is UNITY! LAD will have a booth this year...please stop by! website.

What is a "Die-In"?: a form of protest in which participants simulate being dead. 

Track the Protecting Our Democracy Act (HR356) here.

Director of U.S. Census Resigns! — Lack of funding to reach urban/young/moving/poor will fix 2020 count for GOP gerrymander of Congress, here.

Do You Know Who I Am?, video is now available on Motus Theater's facebook page. The raw and heart-wrenching, award-winning autobiographical monologue about the daily experience of our undocumented residents — performed by Boulder County Law Enforcement Leaders last Sunday afternoon. 

REMEMBER, the Democrats needed to take 31 seats to attain a majority in 2006. This time we only need 24 (and less if Ossoff, Frank, Murphy, Parnell or Quist win!). 23 republicans represent districts that Clinton carried in 2016 (3 won by vary narrow margins — Coffman in Colorado's 6th CD is one of them.). Another 10 republicans BARELY won (by less than 4%). WE CAN DO THIS. More here.

BETO O'ROURKE is running against TED CRUZ in Texas. Check it out.

CONTINUE TRACKING these other important Democratic races (as a result of seats open because of trump appointments) in other states:
Archie Parnell (South Carolina's 5th District) who WON the primary on May 2. (Election SC Elections Commission website here.)
Rob Quist (Montana At-Large — Election MAY 25! more on the election here.).

STUDENTS AND YOUNG PERSONS IN BOULDER COUNTY: interested in getting involved in Democratic Politics — ensuring millennial voices are heard on education, environmental, and equality issues? "Like" Boulder County Young Democrats for updates, events, and to connect to other young Democrats in Boulder County!

GO HERE to comment on rollback of EPA regulations.

Senator Cory Gardner (R):
202-224-5941 (DC) / 303-391-5777(Denver). Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC) / 303-455-7600 (Denver). Representative Ken Buck (R–CD4): 202-225-4676 (DC) / 970-702-2136 (Greeley). 

CHECK OUT our Resources and CLEAN widgets at longmontdems.org — if you've missed meetings, we'll try to post presentation materials in a timely manner. Also check out The Daily Lowdown widget, chronicling trump debacles and How to Track a Bill, with tips on how to follow state and federal legislature bills. Missed a blast or introducing a friend to them? We'll always post the current blast at longmontdems.org

DON'T FORGET to sign up for Daily ACTION ALERTS! Even though DC voicemail boxes become full, these alerts can be your signal to contact district offices. 

"He promised a wall. He will be stopped by a wall of us.": Sign up for weekly action updates at wall-of-us.org 

Here is the new Indivisible website. 

Not on facebook?: Maybe now's the time — if only for political action and alerts. We've found for many impromptu events and protests, facebook is the only place to find them. You'll need to sign up for a facebook account to access very good and informative facebook pages, like Pantsuit Nation, Longmont Area Democrats or CLEAN. Even if you are a "refusnik" like many of us were at first, Facebook is an easy and friendly way to stay politically active. (and you don't have to post to personal friends, in fact, you don't have to post at all, just follow your news feed.)

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT Longmont Area Democrats! We are your one-stop for getting involved locally and nationally. We can point you to the best and most effective ways to be engaged. Check out our website at longmontdems.org, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and if you know someone who'd like to sign up for this email blast, have them email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com with "sign me up" in the subject line.