"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...has wanted to target Soleimani for months. ...Pompeo, like Vice President Mike Pence, is an evangelical Christian who believes in the rapture after the Jews have been returned to the Holy Land."
— HEATHER COX RICHARDSON, Letter from an American, 1/5/19
THIS & EVERY SATURDAY: Longmont Leads with Love (not silent) Vigil, 1–2pm, 6th and Main.

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. CLEAN conference calls start January 20!

Longmont House Party for Boulder County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidate Jonathan Singer, Saturday January 11, 11am–1pm, 4042 Hawthorne Cir, Longmont. Join Special Guest Marta Moreno. Hosted by Richard and Darcy Juday. Map here. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation here. For more info, go to singerforbouldercounty.com

Meet & Greet for Boulder County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidate Marta Loachamin, Saturday January 11, 4–5:30pm, Join Marta for an evening of music with Lonely Road Ensemble. RSVP: 720.600.7603 If you cannot attend, please consider a donation here. For more info, go to 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.

How Can We Get Clean Air?, Thursday, January 16, 6:30–8:30pm, Sunset Middle School Cafeteria, 1300 S. Sunset Street, Longmont. Presented by  Sustainable Resilient Longmont and Longmont Sunrise Movement. Panel discussion by Colorado Rising Director, Joe Salazar, State Senator Mike Foote, and scientist Dr. Detlev Helmig to explain what is happening locally to our air quality and what we are doing to fight for clean air. For more info, go to srlongmont.org | facebook event here.

2020 Womxns March Denver, Saturday, January 18, 9am–4pm, Civic Center Park, Denver. After the march, please meet at the McNichols Building (attached to Civic Center Park) and connect with almost 60 local non-profits and grassroots organizations that are serving the community in areas of Reproductive Rights, Climate Change, Gun Safety, Immigration Rights, Domestic Violence, Voting, and Art as Activism.

2020 Campaign Kickoff for Boulder County Commissioner Dist 2 Candidate Marta Loachamin, Friday January 24, 5pm, Boulder. Celebrate with Marta, after the holidays, after kids are back in school — it's time to sign up for volunteer efforts to include community voice and Longmont representation in the county commissioner office. RSVP: 720-323-5089 If you cannot attend, please consider a donation here. For more info, go to marta2020.org

Longmont Latinx Voice presents, A Town Hall: Democratic Candidates for the US Senate, Sunday, January 26, 2pm, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. With candidates Diana Bray, Lorena Garcia, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Romanoff, Stephany Spaulding, Michelle Warren and Trish Zornio. Submit questions for candidates, here. Longmont Latinx Voice is a recently formed organization whose mission is to resolve Latinx issues in the Longmont community, such as voter registration and turnout, education, housing, immigration, policing, health & environment, employment, transportation and youth sports. For more info, go to longmontlatinxvoice.com

You can find LADs revised support statements, here. LAD monthly meeting resource materials, 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.
 
WHO IS REALITY WINNER? She is an Air Force veteran and former intelligence officer who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) and became a whistleblower, leaking a document verifying that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. She was not given her Miranda rights, denied bail twice and has been in jail for 499 days. WATCH this NBC report, about a play in production telling the story of her FBI interrogation prior to her arrest, here. Then follow her Mom on twitter: @bjwinnerdavis Consider signing a letter of support for clemency, here. More info at standwithreality.org

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

The facts, key players and timeline at: trumpandimpeachment.com
8,484,274  Americans who support impeaching trump at: needtoimpeach.com

...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

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.

— 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.

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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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