"We felt so lonely in the crowd. And now we feel so connected in isolation.” — HRISHIKESH AGNIHOTRI
STREAM THIS MORNING, Wednesday, May 13, 9am MST — for the first time ever — the Supreme Court proceedings for Colorado Department of State v. Baca. Stream via NPR (Scroll down to May 13), here.

TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 13, 6:30pm,
Colorado League of Women Voters presents Winner Take All, the award-winning documentary about the National Popular Vote (NPV). Followed by a short presentation by Colorado State Senator Mike Foote (SD17), who will then take your questions. VOTE YES on NPV on your BALLOT this fall! ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE! REGISTER for Webinar, here. Sign up for Colorado NPV newsletter, here.

Boulder County Commissioner Candidate Environmental Forum, Thursday, May 14, 6–8pm. Presented by The Lookout Alliance, 350 Boulder County, and the Sierra Club Indian Peaks Group. Learn more about the  candidates’ views on oil and gas development, climate change, air quality, and their plans and visions for protecting the environment and climate in Boulder County. REGISTER (Pre-registration required) here.

SEND CORY BACK TO YUMA — IndivisibleNOCO presents Democratic Senate Candidate Forum Thursday, May 14, 7-8pm
(join a few minutes early, forum will begin promptly at 7). Watch John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff debate to help you make YOUR (NOT the DSCCs) ballot choice for June 30 Primary! REGISTER (required) here. 

Virtual Town Hall: Moving from Our Houses to the Peoples' House,
Friday, May 15 from 12-1pm. With State Rep Jonathan Singer (HD11), State Senator Mike Foote (SD17) and State Rep Sonya Jaquez Lewis. REGISTER here.

Virtual event in support of Andrew Romanoff for US Senate, Monday, May 18, 5–6pm. With Ivan J. Miller, Wendell Potter, T. R. Reid, Steve Winters, Michael Sawaya, Steve Cramer, Kathy Cramer and Virginia Gebhart. REGISTER here. More info at andrewromanoff.com

Sustainable Resilient Longmont presents: Planning That Works — Using Modern Planning Tools and Techniques to Achieve 100% Carbon-Free Electricity, Wednesday, May 20, 7–9pm, Virtual Webinar (Pre-registration required) with leading renewable energy expert, Karl Rábago, discussing how advanced planning techniques can be applied to Platte River Power Authority’s (PRPA) current and ongoing Integrated Resource Planning process to provide a more optimal and accelerated path towards 100% carbon free electricity. PRPA recently adopted a goal of 100% non-carbon electricity by 2030. PRPA is the wholesale electricity supplier for the cities of Fort Collins, Longmont, Estes Park, and Loveland in Northern Colorado. REGISTER here. More info, here.


NEXT LAD Virtual Meeting, Wednesday, June 3, 6:30pm. "Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart." Affordable housing in Boulder County, elected leaders weighing in, and a presentation hosted by ECHO (East County Housing Opportunity Coalition). Stay tuned...meeting link to come!

The Boulder County Democratic Party(BCDP)'s Volunteer Team will be holding two
Virtual Open House sessions on Saturday, June 13, 10am–Noon and 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.

PRECINCT LEADERS: If you missed last Saturday's Spring Fling you can listen to most of the zoomcast recording, here. 
ACT NOW to Prevent Cuts to Essential Substance Use and Mental Health Services in Colorado! Our 2020 Colorado legislative session was suspended due to COVID19, but legislators will be back at work on May 26, where they will face some dire budgetary considerations, including nearly $33 million dollars in funding for substance abuse prevention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and alternative law enforcement responses — services that have been attained over the last two legislative sessions. The COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating our existing opioid and other substance use crisis, leading to increased drug use, relapse, drug-related suicide, and overdoses. Social isolation, unemployment, and despair have all been shown to increase problematic substance use in the general public and lead to an increased risk in relapse for those in recovery. The well-being of numerous residents and families of Colorado is at stake and these ongoing essential services must be preserved.
Join State Senator Brittany Pettersen (SD22) in contacting key members of the Joint Budget Committee, urging them NOT to make these cuts:
Representative Daneya Esgar: daneya.esgar@gmail.com
Senator Dominick Moreno: moreno.dominick@gmail.com
Senator Rachel Zenzinger: SenatorRachelZ@gmail.com
Representative Julie McCluskie: Julie.mccluskie.house@state.co.us 
Senator Bob Rankin: bob.rankin.senate@state.co.us
Representative Kim Ransom: kim.ransom.house@state.co.us
Also Contact your reps here in Longmont: 
State Rep Jonathan Singer (HD11): 
jonathan.singer.house@state.co.us
State Rep Sonya Jacquez Lewis (HD12): sonya.jaquez.lewis.house@state.co.us
State Senator Mike Foote (SD17): mike.foote.senate@state.co.us

For more info, read this link from Recovery Café, here.
READ: Here's your REAL Election Fraud (Buck, Buck, Buck...), by Mike Litwin, Colorado Independent, here.
WHAT IF TRUMP REFUSES TO LEAVE? 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.

"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
FOUR 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)
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)


"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. 

URGE THE MAIL IN BALLOT you enjoy in
Colorado,
EVERYWHERE!
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 mail in 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 67.5% — 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! 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


FAIR TAX COLORADO: Initiative 271. Asking the wealthiest Coloradans (250K+) to pay a little more can make our tax code fair. fairtaxcolorado.org LAD's May presentation, here. 
THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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