|PODCAST LAUNCH TODAY, Saturday, July 4, 11am, “The Take” with an episode called “Your Independence is Not Ours.” Student members of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College's Black Student Alliance will take readers inside the experiences of Black Americans and feature youth perspectives on systemic racism and inequity in schools. SUBSCRIBE, here.
WATCH: Frederick Douglass' Descendants read, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?", here.
WATCH for the 4th of July weekend: John Lewis: Good Trouble, Amazon Prime Video ($6.99), and other on demand platforms, trailer, here. For more info, here.
INDIVISIBLE'S TOP ACTIONS for the week ahead, here.
ONLINE EVENT, Let's Talk About Race: Anti-Racism/Racial Literacy Dialogue Sessions, Sun, July 5, 1–2:30pm, here
ACTION: BLACKOUT DAY Tuesday, July 7, DO NOT SPEND MONEY. Did you know that Black people alone account for an estimated 1.2 trillion dollars or more of spending in the economy annually? Blackout Day is an economic boycott that encourages Black people, other people of color, and supporters to not spend any money for the day in hopes of bringing more attention to police brutality towards Black people.
ACTION: Contact Governor Polis, and demand that the rent mortgage moratorium be extended through December 2020. Governor Polis email, here. READ:“We have nowhere to go”: Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans at risk of eviction", here.
ONLINE MEETING from Women’s March Action: People, Politics & Drinks on Tuesday, July 7 at 5pm (Pacific Time) Continuing our in-depth discussions with experts and academics studying the social history of today’s movements for change. We’re taking the online happy hour to critical topics and diving in to understand our current moment in context, based on facts and research. Join us next week with Nancy MacLean, professor of history and public policy at Duke University! Registration is required to join the online video chat, here.
ONLINE MEETING Women’s March Connecting Community Mental Health and wellness Check-IN Thursday, July 9, 1pm PDT, with guest speaker Jennifer Carson. REGISTER, here:
Democratic Women of Boulder County, July Virtual Happy Hour Wednesday, July 15, 5pm — to talk about ballot measures that will be on your November 2020 ballot: Gallagher Repeal, NPV, citizen requirement for voting, Ban abortions at 22 weeks. REGISTER, here.
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.
TWO IMPORTANT PETITION OPPORTUNITIES (DUE JULY 25!): Sign petitions 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. WHERE?: Shari Malloy has Fair Tax Colorado petitions on her porch to sign! Wear a mask, there will be extra pens on Shari's porch, but if you are concerned, bring your own pen. Please stop by to sign this important STATEWIDE Initiative! 2113 Rangeview Lane, Longmont. The Tracey Bernett for HD12 campaign also has Fair Tax Colorado petitions, go to firstname.lastname@example.org 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! Shari Malloy ALSO has Austin Ward for RTD petitions on her porch to sign! Wear a mask, there will be extra pens on Shari's porch, but if you are concerned, bring your own pen. 2113 Rangeview Lane, Longmont. OR if you'll 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.
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.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
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
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.
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.
WHAT IF TRUMP REFUSES TO LEAVE? Indivisible has a plan for that: Pledge to Protect the Results, 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
FIVE WAYS to PROTECT THE US POSTAL SERVICE!
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 OUR REPS: Tell them to include SUPPORT of the USPS in any future coronavirus or stimulus legislation! —
US HOUSE & SENATE CONTACTS:
Representative Ken Buck (R–CD4): 202-225-4676 (DC)
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
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!
URGE THE MAIL IN BALLOT you enjoy in
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):
MORE FROM INDIVISIBLE, HERE.
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.
NATIONAL MAIL-IN BALLOT ACTIONS —
New York Times: “We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again”
CHECK OUT: voteathome.org
CHECK OUT: 866ourvote.org
ONGOING ACTION ITEMS: As of today, Longmont has a response rate of 70.7% (ONLY .2% 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! From 2020Census.gov: "July 1–September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted." — How is this handled now during Covid19?
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!
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