NEXT LAD MEETING THIS WED., FEB. 5th!

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd!

(mail in ballots arrive mid February)

CAUCUS, SATURDAY, MARCH 7th!
 
TODAY & EVERY SATURDAY: Longmont Leads with Love (not silent) Vigil, 1–2pm, 6th and Main.

Volunteer for Jonathan Singer, candidate for Boulder County Commissioner District 2, Saturday, February 1, 1-4pm, Longmont. RSVP to SingerforBoulderCounty@gmail.com for the address. Or come to a candidate event and sign Jonathan's petition to get onto the ballot. Consider a donation here. For more info go here. 

STAND UP AGAINST THE COVERUP: Saturday, February 1, Noon, West steps at the Colorado State Capitol 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Organized by Indivisible Denver, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, Indivisible CO7, The Resistance 5280, and ProgressNow Colorado. 

Campaign Kickoff for HD12 Candidate Tracey Bernett, Saturday, February 1, 5pm., Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. at 297 US-287 #100, Lafayette. All are welcome to attend. Donations are appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation, here. For more info, go to traceybernett.com

Celebration of Pardon of Ingrid Escalada LaTorre, Saturday, February 1, 6:30–10pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder. Two days before Christmas, Governor Polis pardoned Ingrid Escalada LaTorre, who had lived in sanctuary at the UU Church of Boulder since 2017, and had even given birth there last October. Please join in this celebration, where there will also be an update and a discussion about the next steps in her case. Hosted by No Mas Chuecos.

NEXT LAD MEETING — Caucus 101: Laying the Grassroots Groundwork for 2020, THIS Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm (meeting starts promptly at 6:45!), Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Bldg (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. LAD's Caucus 101 is always well attended — We'll cover why it's so important to attend caucus on March 7, and how it becomes the groundgame for sending Cory back to Yuma! 

Meet & Greet for Marta Loachamin, District 2 Community Candidate for Boulder County Commissioner, Thursday, February 13, 4:30–6pm, Boulder. RSVP required with Dee Dee 303-448-1802 If you cannot attend, please consider a donation, here. For more info go here. 

PHONE BANKS EVERY FRIDAY (except Valentines Day!), 6–8pm, Home of Stan Gelb & Beth Utton, 2226 Sherman Street, Longmont. To support Andrew Romanoff’s US Senate campaign. BRING laptop or tablet AND phone. We will be using a dialer application, hence the need for laptop or tablet. If you don’t have a computer to bring along, we can arrange paper call sheets with 48 hours advance notice.  A phone is still required. Please RSVP at 303.485.9427, THANKS!
 

The 2020 Colorado State Legislative Session (Second regular session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly) has begun. JUST LAST WEEK, 2 bad gun bills, VOTED DOWN, by our Democratic majority legislature. Track legislative bills at leg.colorado.gov To see a presentation about, and to join LADs CLEAN (Community Legislative Early Action Network), go here. CLEAN conference calls are ongoing, email us here, if you are interested in joining in.

You can find LADs revised support statements, here. LAD monthly meeting resource materials, here.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAUCUS, March 7! Start thinking about it NOW. Remember, the Presidential Primary is Tuesday, March 3 (you'll be sent a mail in ballot mid February) But CAUCUS the following SATURDAY afternoon, is when we will be electing delegates for US Senate candidates — SENDING CORY BACK TO YUMA. Gardner's seat is recognized as one of the MOST vulnerable US Senate seats. Let's make that a reality! Volunteering at Caucus is FUN, goes QUICKLY and you'll still be able to participate and vote in your precinct's caucus. LAD will have a Caucus 101 presentation (to be announced), and the Boulder County Democratic Party will have Caucus training throughout February. Look up your voter registration to find your precinct number (click the "County & District Information" tab. Your precinct number is the last three digits of the long number) at govotecolorado.com Contact us if you are interested in volunteering, here.
Become a Candidate Liaison for Universal Health Care: a rewarding way to provide 2020 candidates with solid information, informing their policy — and making universal health care a reality. To learn more, click here. Questions?
Contact Virginia Gebhart or Laurie Beckel here.


PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to Heather Cox Richardson newsletters — Professor of history at Boston College, here. (You won't regret it!) Also on facebook.

keep the faith.
DON’T DESPAIR. Don’t isolate. Seek CONNECTION. REMAIN UNIFIED.
Reject the “Democrats in Disarray” rhetoric — at least we stand for something! — and there are more like-minded folks out there than you might think.

CONTINUE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN OUR DEMOCRACY — that only makes it stronger! And we have several ways to do it: Colorado will hold its PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION on SUPER Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (not caucus). In addition, there will be a CAUCUS on Saturday, March 7, 2020 (in the afternoon) to select delegates for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate candidates and other races, followed by county and state assemblies, PRIMARY ELECTION on TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2020 for all offices, and the GENERAL ELECTION on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020!
 
2020 COLORADO US SENATE CANDIDATES all in one place, here. (and speaking of that, read LADs response to the DSCCs candidate endorsement, here — if you agree, you can sign it too!

DID YOU MISS the Colorado Democratic US Senate Candidate Forum? No worries, WATCH, here. 
 
READ this Colorado Sun article about Casa de Paz, the group doing powerful work for detained immigrants at the Aurora Detention Center, here. (Casa de Paz is the organization that coordinated holiday cards to detained families, some of which we sent from the potluck last week.) Please consider supporting the work they do, here.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. See "What to do if ICE comes to your door", from the National Immigration Project, here.

This is How We Defend Immigrants from trump, here.

IMMIGRANTS & ALLIES: Please keep the Colorado Rapid Response Network (CORRN)  — Immigration hotline number: 1 (844) 864-8341 to report any ICE activity in Colorado and southern Wyoming! Please follow CORRN on facebook (Colorado Rapid Response Network - Immigration) and support the following groups affiliated with CORRN online:  American Friends Service Committee (facebook:ColoradansForImmigrantRights),
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition,
Colorado People's Alliance, Mi Familia Vota,
Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado,
United for a New Economy

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

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409)

Be on the watch for these 2020 ballot measures:
ANTI-CHOICE advocates are pushing the 22-week ABORTION BAN INITIATIVE 120 (Class 3 FELONY) and have until March 4 to collect 124,632 valid signatures from registered voters in order to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot. DO NOT be complacent since Colorado has historically and resoundingly rejected similar measures in the past. We need ALL ADVOCATES on deck to speak out and defeat these efforts! DECLINE TO SIGN! More, here. 

IT'S COMING: The National Popular Vote (NPV) Compact was drafted and passed by our legislature and signed into law by Governor Polis last spring. But outside groups (that violated Colorado law by not disclosing their financial sources) and using lies and deceptive scamming (see video proof, here), gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the NPV on your 2020 ballot — VOTE YES on the NPV Referendum! NPV Messaging: Every Vote Equal. Every Vote Matters. One Person, One Vote. Ask those against the NPV, "why are you so afraid of 'one person, one vote'?" Follow this website and click the Colorado link for updates, here.

COLORADANS FOR NPV, here.

coloradonpv.org newsletter signup, here.

Film about NPV, awarded "official selection" at 2 film festivals, Winner Take All, now on Amazon Prime, here.

TRUST US, you will LOVE this from RANDY RAINBOW (and have it on constant replay until November 3, 2020), here.
 
TELL THE LONGMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY WHAT YOUt WANT:
In order to compile as much information as possible from as many residents as possible, the Library will be hosting community meetings and using a survey to hear directly from members of the public about what they believe the Longmont Public Library should offer. This is not about whether the Library is doing a good job now, but about what you want it to be in the future. Please don't hesitate to be honest and candid.
Community Meetings: 
Monday, February 10, 6:30–8pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Emery, Longmont
Meeting will be in the Children's section, focusing on services to families. The east entrance of the Library will be closed for concrete repairs, including the public outside elevator and the parking lot. Those attending this meeting should plan to enter through the west entrance. 
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30–8pm, Casa de la Esperanza, 1520 S. Emery St., Longmont
This meeting will be held in English AND Spanish
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30–8pm, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
Thursday, February 13, 6:30–8pm, Lashley Street Station, 1200 Lashley St., Longmont
— MARK YOUR CALENDAR with these IMPORTANT DATES —
 
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, not caucus!
(SUPER TUESDAY):

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

CAUCUS: Saturday, March 7, 2020
(in the afternoon. To select delegates for the Democratic Party's US Senate candidates and other races, followed by County Assembly on March 28, and State Assembly on April18.)

PRIMARY ELECTION:
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION:
Monday, July 13–Thursday, July 16, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

GENERAL ELECTION:
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Check your voter registration at govotecolorado.com
 


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