"Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.” — CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS 
TODAY & TOMORROW: Fair Tax Colorado POP UP Petition Location, Saturday, July 18, 10am-1pm, Sunday, July 19, 1–3pm, 1126 4th Ave. SO IMPORTANT to sign, so that this initiative will be on your November ballot! Petition will be on porch. Please wear a mask, and bring your own pen! Sign petition to put Fair Tax Colorado onto the 2020 ballot! WHY?: 1. Give a tax cut to 95% of Coloradans. All Coloradans earning less than $250,000 a year will pay a lower income tax rate. 2. Guarantee funding for schools & teachers. Half of the $2 billion raised by creating a fair tax code will go toward increasing pay for our teachers & student support staff. 3. Ensure every Coloradan pays their fair share. It's unfair Colorado's middle class pays a larger share of their income in taxes than the top 5%. Asking the wealthiest Coloradans to pay a little more can make our tax code fair. Go to fairtaxcolorado.org for more information. LAD's May presentation on Fair Tax Colorado, here. OTHER LOCATIONS?: The Tracey Bernett for HD12 campaign also has Fair Tax Colorado petitions, go to info@traceybernett.com SIGNATURES ARE DUE July 25! Tell friends and family members in other cities to SIGN by finding other petition carriers close to them, here. 

ANOTHER PETITION OPPORTUNITY (DUE JULY 25!): DID YOU KNOW, that your RTD Board Director, Judy Lubow is term limited? Judy worked very hard at making Northwest Rail (also known as the B-Line) a reality, and made great progress. But the fight continues. Judy is supporting a possible new candidate, Austin Ward, 24, recent graduate of CU (B.A. in Economics, Business minor), as well as an RTD Bus Driver. Here's what Austin said, "I understand the important role RTD plays in transporting the people of District I to areas across the Denver Metro Area for work, recreation, and pleasure, but I also recognize the limited accessibility many people have to RTD's services. As your representative to the RTD Board of Directors, I will work to accelerate completion of the B Line to Broomfield and Longmont, expand local and intercity bus service, lower fares, and make RTD work for you..." He needs signatures to get on to the 2020 ballot and the deadline is JULY 25! If you'd like the petition to be brought to you to sign, email Judy Lubow here, to set up a time and place to safely meet, ask questions about Austin and sign his petition to get onto the November ballot. 

TODAY & ANY DAY: Longmont Leads with Love Weekly Vigil, Saturdays, 1–2pm, 6th and Main. When vigiling, to protect everyone’s health, please remember to wear a mask, maintain 6-foot social distancing, and be sure that no group is larger than 10 people. During Covid-19, the Longmont Leads with Love events have become a “rolling vigil”. No need to wait until Saturday at 1pm. Just go to 6th & Main whenever you can, for as long as you like. Carry your own message to the community in this hour of our nation’s desperate need and tremendous opportunity. You can still vigil at home too: stand in front of your home with the sign you would have brought to Main Street—or put the sign on your lawn or in your window — then take a picture and share it on social media!

TWO COMMUNITY CHALLENGES from Sustainable Resilient Longmont (SRL) for the month of July! 1. Plastic Free EcoChallenge: reducing plastic consumption, especially single use plastics. Join the Sustainable Resilient Longmont team and take action to live plastic-free today! More info, here. 2. SRL Summer Cleanup: Help beautify our community while enjoying the outdoors! Download the Litterati app for Apple or Android and enter the code 158536 when you create your account, or simply search nearby challenges for SRL Summer Cleanup. Help us reach our goal of 2020 pieces of litter picked up for Summer 2020!
ALSO FROM SRL: Living A Zero Waste Lifestyle in the Time of COVID 
Free Webinar, Tuesday, July 28, 6–7:30pm.
 With an ongoing public health crisis, people are home more than ever. How has this affected our consumption habits? Learn how to shop sustainably, upcycle what you have, and live zero waste amidst a pandemic. More info, here. REGISTER here. In conjunction with this webinar, SRL is hosting a free at-home screening of The Story of Plastic. You may view the film anytime between now and August 2nd using this link. The filmmakers also request you fill out this brief post-screening audience survey after watching the film. Thank you!

The Boulder County Democratic Party(BCDP)'s Volunteer Team Virtual Open House session Saturday, August 15, 10am–Noon. The BCDP is responsible for record breaking turnout every election — and they will meet the unprecedented challenge of 2020 with more energy and innovation than ever. You will hear from senior members of the Volunteer, Field (precinct leaders), Outreach and Inclusion, Office, and Fundraising Teams  — about their needs and plans for 2020 and how you can get involved. REGISTER here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: To phonebank for CD4 candidate Ike McCorkle! The current project is very easy, just contacting donors and checking in, not asking for money. PLEASE CONTACT Sally Nogg at sally@ike4co.com 

Have you heard of the Gallagher amendment? If not, you will. Its repeal will be on the ballot this November. We’ll bring you more info about it at future meetings. READ: "Coloradans will vote on Gallagher Amendment repeal in November”, Denver Post, 6/12/2020, here.

Colorado Poor People’s Campaign has a statewide zoom call every Monday at 7pm REGISTER, here. A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting people across Colorado to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality of religious nationalism. For more info, here.

The great civil rights warrior and 'Conscience of the Congress" Congressman John Lewis has passed: 
"...a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80." READ: "John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80", here. WATCH: From 2017, an impromptu healthcare discussion on the steps with Senator Booker in DC, here. WATCH: the new documentary, "John Lewis: Good Trouble" streamed on Amazon Prime, Youtube, or Google Play ($6.99)


READ: Jamaal Bowman ousts the 16-term Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, here. 

READ HOW D.C. statehood is a racial justice and democracy issue — it would be the only state in the nation to have a plurality of Black residents, here.
ACTION: Demand Your Members of Congress Pass H.R. 51 and Support D.C. Statehood.

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

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409) 

WATCH: From MoveOn and other partners, a livestream event series focusing on educating and organizing to be stronger allies and fully embrace a stance of anti-racism. To view the June 11 event (very, very good!), and to sign up for future anti-racism trainings, go here. (You can also text ANTIRACISM to 668366)

WATCH: What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo, here

READ: ‘White Fragility’ Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work?, here.

READ: Asheville, North Carolina Approves Reparations for Black Residents, here.

READ: White Supremacy Was Her World. And Then She Left, here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is officially recognizing that the fight for the right for women to vote (100 years ago this year) did not guarantee that right to ALL women. And as we know, the white and elite women’s suffrage movement even banned African American women from participation — even though many still valiantly fought in other, important ways. In this NOW series, they are profiling individual women of color pioneers on social media, one a day until August 26. Go to www.now.org/100 for more info. More Sisters in Suffrage, here.

ACTION: Tell Companies to Pause Ads on Facebook During July
"Facebook’s failure of leadership has actively stoked the racial hatred we see in our country and even profits off its proliferation. A key way for major corporations to demand racial justice is to withhold their dollars until Facebook becomes more repsonsible and accountable to Black communities on the platform". — Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change SIGN PETITION, here. (They’ve gotten 100 companies to sign on…including Verizon and Unilever.)

WATCH: Jim Crow of the North documentary, about racial covenants, here.

READ: The full text of MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", here.

READ — GOOD NEWS!: Boulder County commissioners extend oil and gas moratorium, here.
REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS? The Colorado Board of Education meets again on Wednesday, June 22. From Don Haddad,
Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley School District:
"...we will email a detailed community letter to all families, teachers, and staff at the end of next week regarding various schedules and models related to in-person learning, hybrid learning, and fully online/remote learning options for our families. I also want to thank many of you for providing feedback and submitting questions through our coronavirus contact page on our reopening plan website. We continue to monitor and review this information with our leadership team. If you would like to observe next week’s Board of Education meeting with Boulder County Public Health, I invite you to tune in to the meeting, which will be live-streamed through Longmont Public Media at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22."
En Español:"...enviaremos una carta comunitaria detallada a todas las familias, maestros y personal al final de la próxima semana con respecto a varios horarios y modelos relacionados con el aprendizaje en persona, el aprendizaje híbrido y las opciones de aprendizaje completamente en línea/remoto para nuestras familias.  También quiero agradecer a muchos de ustedes por proporcionar comentarios y enviar preguntas a través de nuestra página de contacto de coronavirus en nuestro sitio web del plan de reapertura. Continuamos monitoreando y revisando esta información con nuestro equipo de liderazgo. Si desea observar la reunión de la próxima semana con la Junta de Educación y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Boulder, lo invito a sintonizar la reunión, que se transmitirá en vivo a través de los medios públicos de Longmont el miércoles 22 de julio a las 6:00 p.m."
READ: Israeli Data Show School Openings Were a Disaster That Wiped Out Lockdown Gains, here.
READ: A long, but worthwhile post from a teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, here.

SIGN THIS MOVEON PETITION: Ensure the integrity of the data being released on the Covid-19 virus by hospitals, which have now been ordered to bypass the CDC and report the data to HHS, effectively allowing the Trump administration to skew, alter, withhold, and lie about the cases and deaths, and provide false guidelines regarding the pandemic! Here.
US Senate is in recess until July 20 (MONDAY). In the meantime,
ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS and demand they pass the HEROES ACT IMMEDIATELY, without watering it down! Here's what it does, for the ENTIRE COUNTRY:
  • $4 billion in election funding to expand vote by mail and maintain safe in-person voting locations,
  • Any eligible voter in any state can request mail-in ballot for any reason, and can request it online
  • Bans states from throwing out ballots without giving the voter the opportunity to fix discrepancies
  • Requires mail-in ballots to include pre-paid postage
  • Same-day and online voter registration
  • Extended early voting days
  • Safety measures for in-person voting, including protective gear for poll workers
  • $25 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service!
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
303-455-7600 (Denver).
Senator Cory Gardner
(R): 202-224-5941 (DC)

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409) 

TAKE A LOOK at this CANDIDATE SURVEY REPORT on healthcare finance policy, conducted by the Colorado Foundation on Universal Healthcare. Candidates are designated as Champions and Supporters (in boldface) based on their answers. The survey is not intended as an endorsement, but simply information voters might find useful before they vote on June 30 and November 3. See the survey, here.

protect the 2020 results.

WHAT IF TRUMP REFUSES TO LEAVE? We MUST consider this possibility! 

READ: THE GOP’s PLAN TO SUPPRESS THE VOTE AND SABOTAGE THE ELECTION, here. Did you know...the crazily conservative Heritage Foundation found that in the past TWENTY YEARS, vote by mail only garnered a 0.00006 chance of fraud? (Besides, the only people who are committing voter fraud seem to be republicans, here.)
STRATEGY: 1. EXPOSE their plan. SHARE WIDELY any and all reliable resources detailing their plan (check back here. We'll post resources regularly!). 2. EXPOSE, BOYCOTT & SHAME corporations that have packed their warchest (Ameritrade, Johnson & Johnson among others — read the article). 3. JOIN & STAY CONNECTED TO GROUPS who also seek to expose this plan and actively seek to PROTECT THE RESULTS — Indivisible has a Protect the Results Action Plan here, Stand Up America, here. Protect The Results, here. Check out Fair Fight (Stacey Abrams’ group, to see if they have specific actions targeting this), here. 

READ: this powerful opinion piece from Newsweek, here.
WATCH: this interview with Glenn Kirschner, MSNBC Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor, "I'd take President Bartlett Pear"here.

From Thom Hartmann
"Get it into the media and repeat it over and over again: “The GOP plans to claim ‘Democratic voter fraud’ in this election to steal the election for themselves, and they’re already getting people primed for it! Then, when the GOP starts screaming that some states where Trump lost “are in doubt” because of “voter fraud,” it’ll be seen as the scam that it is.” START NOW. SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA — republican corruption doesn't like the sun! Some history and how republicans will try to justify voter suppression and election theft, here.

ANOTHER IDEA: Send postcards to trump with one simple message, "You're fired!" Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 (you're welcome)

NEW: CHECK OUT highlights from the American Postal Workers Union's recent Day of Action on June 23, where 2 million signatures were delivered to Washington, here. 

"I depend on the post office for the delivery of my medicine as well as vital communications with the V.A. and other organizations." — votevets.org
1. We could not have said it better:

Gorgeous stamps to choose from, here. 

"Because it's an institution that has a long history of service to our country. We can't let a petty beef with someone stop an organization that employs thousands of veterans and others. It's not a political organization. It's needed by millions of people!" — votevets.org

2. ALSO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS and demand they pass the HEROES ACT IMMEDIATELY, without watering it down! The Heroes Act includes $25 billion for USPS funding.
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
303-455-7600 (Denver).
Senator Cory Gardner
(R): 202-224-5941 (DC)

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409)

"My brother is a 25-year postal veteran, and has dedicated himself to the age-old postal code: 'Neither rain nor sleet, hail or snow, shall stop the delivery of the US mail.' It is for him, and his brothers in arms, that we stand up for the USPS." — votevets.org

3. FROM MOVEON.ORG — text MAIL to 668356 to demand full Postal Service funding!

"As a USMC Combat Veteran, I relied on the USPS when I was in Iraq to communicate with my family. This is an American institution that must be supported — way before any corporate bailouts. Either Trump admits that he’s gaslighting Veterans into thinking he supports us, or he puts (our) money where his mouth is." — votevets.org

4. VOTEVETS.ORG — Sign their petition to stand with Postal Workers, here. 

5. SAVE THE USPS, here. 

THE NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT will be on your ballot THIS FALL! Yes, our legislature passed the NPV last year, but yes, republicans and anti-vote activists collected enough signatures last summer to place it on the ballot. Continue to generate support for VOTING YES on the NPV — ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE by going to coloradonpv.org — learning all about the NPV, signing up for their newsletters (scroll to the bottom), to volunteer, or donating!

DID YOU KNOW...Our own Secretary of State, Jena Griswold,
has been networking with Secretaries of State across the US to EXPAND ACCESS to the absentee ballot? From 35 states in March, to 45 states right now!
It's great that Colorado's mail in ballot system is SECURE, TRANSPARENT & VERIFIABLE (our ballots are the "paper trail"), BUT we are only ONE of FIVE states with actual mail in ballots (the rest will have to rely on absentee ballots). Here's how ballots are cast in the US (from Daily Kos):


Senators Klobuchar and Wyden's Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020, here.

"NUDGE" Democratic Voters in Swing States to VOTE through Daily Kos VOTE FORWARD, here.

New York Times: “We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again”
CHECK OUT: voteathome.org
CHECK OUT: 866ourvote.org

 As of today, Longmont has a response rate of 70.9% (ONLY .1% more than the last blast, and we were farther along at this time 10 years ago) — so we've got a ways to go! If just 100 residents are missed, Longmont could lose almost $1.5 million of dollars in federal funding! DO NOT PUT CENSUS TAKERS AT RISK! Covid19 dramatically affects how these vital numbers are collected, so be sure to ask everyone you know whether they've responded yet.
ONLINE at 2020Census.gov (click the "respond" button)
at 844-330-2020 (more numbers for your language at 2020Census.gov/phone)
or BY MAIL if you received a paper questionnaire in the mail (mid-April) from "U.S. Census Bureau" and "U.S. Department of Commerce" 

Click the Census widget on
longmontdems.org here.

NATIONAL CENSUS WEBSITE: 2020Census.gov | response rates

CITY OF LONGMONT: longmontcolorado.gov/census

POSTCARDS urging folks to respond to the Census, via commoncause.org
CONTACT Kathy Partridge 
to pick yours up, or arrange for drop off!


Mike Luckovich ©2020 Creators Syndicate

Mike Luckovich ©2020 Creators Syndicate