"Teachers want to teach, not die, and we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are. For without them, where would we be?" — DAVE GROHL
TODAY: SEND your questions NOW & ATTEND: Reading, Writing and Reopening?, Tuesday, July 28, 4pm, via Crowdcast. Superintendent of St. Vrain Valley School District (Longmont), Don Haddad, will join Longmont Leader Editor Macie May for a live, virtual conversation about what parents, students, and staff can expect when school starts again in Longmont. SEND QUESTIONS to info@longmontleader.com REGISTER for event, here.

TONIGHT: Sustainable Resilient Longmont (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!

TONIGHT: Indivisible Front Range Resistance: Cardboard Cory Documentary World Premiere and Electoral Kickoff, Work & Win Party (zoom), Tuesday, July 28, 6:30pm. 98 days out from Nov. 3, 2020 and to kickoff the election cycle of our lives! REGISTER, here. The Cardboard Cory Documentary Premiere will also be a facebook live event. For more info on Indivisible's General Election program, go here. 

We Are Indivisible July 2020 Kickoff, Indivisible Textbanking Training, Thursday, Jul 30, 3pm. Indivisible launched a General Election program yesterdayJuly 27 — it is now 98 days until the general election. This action hopes to reach 20 million voters! During this training, learn how to start texting with the IndivisiText program on the Indivisible platform, TextOut! For more info on Indivisible's General Election program, and more text and phone bank training dates, go here. REGISTER for the Thursday, July 30 training, here.

Diagonal (Hwy 119) First and Final Mile Study Virtual Town Hall, Thursday, Jul 30, 5–6pm. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a regional bikeway are planned for the corridor. The SH 119 First and Final Mile Study will provide phased recommendations for safe and comfortable multimodal connections to existing and future transit stops/stations, as well as to a more direct bikeway along SH 119. REGISTER, here. For more info and other Town Hall dates, here.

This SATURDAY & 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!

Marta Loachamin for Boulder County Commissioner, District 2 Fundraiser, Tuesday, August 4, 5:30–6:30pm. Join initial HOSTS: Lynn Ciocca McCaleb, Sue Anderson, Tom Windham, Ann Cooper, Ann Noonan, Ellen Burnes, Kirsten Wilson, & Carmen Ramirez and SUPPORTERS: Janet Heimer & Elvira Ramos AND special guest Michael Dougherty. (Become a zoomhost yourself by sponsoring the gathering. Please email by EOB 7/22/20 at Info@MARTA2020.orgTickets at any amount, here. For more info or to make a donation, go to marta2020.org

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 

ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS
and demand they pass the HEROES ACT IMMEDIATELY! 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!
SENATE CONTACTS:
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
303-455-7600 (Denver).
Senator Cory Gardner
(R): 202-224-5941 (DC)
303-391-5777(Denver).

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409)
WATCH: House Financial Services Committee hearing for the HEROES Act, from Thursday, July 23, Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters, with testimony from former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, at 28:00:00, here.


URGENT DETENTION CENTER ACTION: Advocate for the return of 10 immigrant detainees from Teller County Jail BACK to ICE-GEO detention facility (Aurora), who are now in imminent danger: "At 7am on Saturday July 11 in the middle of this pandemic, over 100 men and women were chained around their wrists, ankles and waists and moved from GEO Aurora ICE Processing Center. Ten were transferred to Teller County Jail. These ten are now housed with those convicted through the criminal justice system including as cell mates rather than being kept among themselves. In this new facility, there are no protections against COVID—no masks, no social distancing." As we know, conditions were bad enough at the GEO facility, including toxic chemical sprays used against the virus but when in contact with detainees caused bleeding from the nose and more. Protestors have camped out adjacent to the detention center for more than 50 days. More, here. CONTACT Reps & Senators, urging safety and the return of these immigrant detainees:
Senator Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852 (DC) 
303-455-7600 (Denver).

Senator Cory Gardner: 202-224-5941 (DC)
303-391-5777(Denver).

Governor Jared Polis, governorpolis@state.co.us 303-866-2885
Congresswoman Diana DeGette's office — Nermina: nermina.mujkanovic@mail.house.gov

Congressman Jason Crow's office — Kevin Vargas: kevin.vargas@mail.house.gov

Congressman Joe Neguse’s office — Erika Blum: Erika.Blum@mail.house.gov

Congressman Ed Perlmutter: 303 274 7944

Congressman Doug Lamborn (Teller County is in his district): 
719 520 0055

Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell: 719 687 9652


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!

ACTION: PROTECT OUR VOTE Post by Saturday, August 1 — #DemocracyOpenMic is a social media campaign that lets you use your creativity (perform a song? compose a poem? lots of options!) to make your voice heard on the urgent need to protect our vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more info, go to #DemocracyOpenMic, 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.

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.

WATCH: Proceedings and remarks as Representative John Lewis lies in state at the US Capitol Rotunda, here.
READ: The Essential and Enduring Strength of John Lewis, 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: Georgia Democrats Choose Nikema Williams to Fill John Lewis’s Seat in Congress, here.


 BLACK LIVES MATTER 

WATCH: From MoveOn and other partners, "Anti-Racism & Allyship" A livestream event series focusing on educating and organizing to be stronger allies and fully embrace a stance of anti-racism. WATCH: the Thursday and all previous trainings, here. (You can also text ANTIRACISM to 668366 to receive updates on future trainings) 

DID YOU KNOW...?: In the early 20th century, formerly enslaved people and their descendants owned 14 million acres of land. Since then, more than 90 percent of Black farmers have lost their land...READ: Black Farmers Look to Regain Their Land, here.

SIGN: Petition to Congress — Black Americans deserve reparations. Formally begin the process of studying and developing reparations proposals for Black Americans. Sign, 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.
US HOUSE & SENATE CONTACTS:

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)
303-391-5777(Denver).

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409) 

WORTH READING AGAIN: My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest, here.

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.



WATCH: REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS? The Colorado Board of Education had a special meeting last Wednesday, here.
 

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.

WATCH: A chilling ad from the Lincoln Project, "Wall", 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.
WATCH: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's response to Rep. Ted Yoho, here.
WATCH: John Oliver, China & Uighurs — "the largest imprisonment of people on the basis of religion since the Holocaust", here.
WATCH: Sarah Cooper, How to person woman man camera tv, 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.
WATCH: THE LATEST AD FROM JOE BIDEN, here.
READ: BIDEN's 110-page POLICY DOCUMENT, 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.

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION NOW: Go to govotecolorado.com Make sure your info is correct (Colorado is one of only 5 states that has actual mail-in ballots). THEN, for your out of state friends, send them to Vote Save America, here — use the handy tool, and find out how they can request an absentee ballot in their state!

NEW: SIGN this petition — DEMAND CONGRESS SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE, 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. BUY STAMPS at store.usps.com
"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.
US SENATE CONTACTS:
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
303-455-7600 (Denver).
Senator Cory Gardner
(R): 202-224-5941 (DC)
303-391-5777(Denver).

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 Colorado, EVERYWHERE!
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 71.3% (ONLY .3% 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! CENSUS TAKERS START HOME VISITS NEXT WEEK IN LONGMONT! Don't put them at unnecessary risk, so be sure to ask everyone you know whether they've responded yet.
IT'S EASY:
ONLINE at 2020Census.gov (click the "respond" button)
BY PHONE
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!
longmontkathy@gmail.com


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