“It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” — AGNES M. PHARO
Pre-Session Town Hall, TODAY, Saturday, December 14, 10am–12pm, Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St, Longmont. Join State Senator Mike Foote (SD17), State Rep's Jonathan Singer (HD11) and Sonya Jaquez Lewis (HD12) to discuss standing up for Eastern Boulder County, laying out our legislative agendas, outlining which issues will be important at the state Capitol this session. Most importantly, we'll take your questions and listen to your concerns.

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

Walk with Sustainable Resilient Longmont (SRL) at Longmont's Parade of Lights, TODAY, Saturday, December 14, Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, line-up at 4:30pm. SRLs theme: "Give the Earth a Gift this Year: Go Green"  Wear green, add your own sparkle, battery-powered lights, or flashlight and we'll have Go Green signs for you to carry. Look for our decorated van, for line up. We ask that walkers be 16 or older.

Boulder County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidate Jonathan Singer End of the Year Celebration and House Party, December 15, 4–6pm, Home of Diane Rosenthal, 2945 Lafayette Dr, Boulder.
If you can't attend, please consider a donation here, or sign up to volunteer at singerforbouldercounty.com*
 
impeachment...

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW / IMPEACH & REMOVE EVENT, Tuesday, December 17, 5:30pm, 6th & Main. THIS IS IT. Your chance to powerfully and visually stand up against the corruption of the trump administration, the night before the House vote and preceding the Senate vote. This is a national event, promoted by MoveOn (please sign in at impeach.org so that support can be tracked and covered by the media) Bring signs, flags, and your voice! Take pictures and share on social media...show republicans what the truth looks like.

CALL KEN BUCK and tell him your views on impeachment, regardless of what your know he thinks (how about taking a cue from Rep. Neguse, here?). CALL CORY GARDNER and give him one more reason why he's going back to Yuma. CALL SENATOR BENNET and THANK HIM (watch his interview with NBC's Katy Tur, here.)
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)

 
Join in the Conversation with Boulder County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidate Marta Loachamin, Saturday, December 28, 10am–Noon, Longmont, RSVP for location, here. If you can't attend, please consider a donation here, or sign up to volunteer at marta2020.org

East County Housing Opportunity (ECHO) Coalition Kickoff Discussion, Monday, January 13, 6:30–8pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Kimbark, Longmont. A coalition of communities in Eastern Boulder County educating each other about needs of communities, project proposals, best practices— supporting each other to achieve affordable housing goals. Creating the structure of ECHO Coalition and planning out our agenda for the coming months.With elected officials from all areas of Eastern Boulder County.

THANKS to 70 people who attended our Holiday Potluck last week, and THANK YOU for your generous donations! You can find LADs revised support statements, here. And you can find meeting resource materials, here.

No January LAD meeting, but STAY TUNED for a special January 25 event that we will be happily promoting!
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.
The 2020 Colorado State Legislative Session (Second regular session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly) convenes January 8, 2020. Track legislative bills at leg.colorado.gov To see a presentation about, and to join LADs CLEAN (Community Legislative Early Action Network), go here.
...and beyond:

DON’T DESPAIR. REMAIN UNIFIED.
Reject the “Democrats in Disarray” rhetoric that our false equivalency media likes to promote (along with normalizing trump!). 

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!

When you hear a republican say "Do Nothing Dems", tell them House Democrats have passed
400 BILLS!  Here.
(They're in Moscow Mitch's court now — but he's too busy appointing activist judges.)
 
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

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

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.

— 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 sometime in April.)

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

TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT Longmont Area Democrats! We are your one-stop for getting involved locally and nationally. We can point you to the best and most effective ways to be engaged. Check out our website at longmontdems.org, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and if you know someone who'd like to sign up for this email blast, have them email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com with "sign me up" in the subject line.

To share this blast with friends, you can use the "View it in your browser" link at the top of this email. To view this and previous blasts, go to longmontdems.org

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

* Longmont Area Democrats does not officially endorse Democratic candidates during a primary (pre-nomination) period of an election, or any candidates for non-partisan races. But since voting and being politically informed is a progressive value, we will regularly post candidate events and volunteer opportunities on this list.




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