"I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization." — MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
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FOR THE PEOPLE OF HOUSTON: PLEASE GIVE to redcross.org Please also consider cash donations to the following: houstonfoodbank.org, galvestoncountyfoodbank.org, Corpus Cristi Food Bank, Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, Undies for Everyone (as Brené Brown says, "it's all about dignity") and texasdiaperbank.org
MORE LOCAL GROUPS via Act Blue, here.

LONGMONT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Canvass for progressive City Council candidates, Saturday & Sunday, September 2–3, 9am–1pm. RSVP here for details or questions.*

Indivisible East Boulder presents Facts Matter with Vote Smart, Saturday, September 2, 2pm, BCDP HQ, 5735 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. With Richard Kimball, President of Vote Smart, whose mission it is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans. The New York Times has said “Experts nearly all recommend Vote Smart.”
Longmont Area Democrats at the Farmer's Market: Saturdays, September 2 & 30, October 28, 8am–1pm, Boulder County Farmer's Market, Boulder County Fairgrounds, providing information, answering questions, letting you know of upcoming events, and the latest news about our upcoming Longmont City Council and area School Board elections November 7. Please stop by our booth!

THIS SATURDAY & EVERY SATURDAY — Longmont Leads with Love Weekly (not silent) Vigil, 1–2pm, 6th and Main. Stand up for kindness toward all people and the planet, stand in solidarity with friends, old and new. Bring signs, banners, flags, songs, art, etc. Park at the public lot on east side of Coffman between 6th and 5th. Everyone is welcome!

"Real Boy" film screening as part of Boulder Pride Week, Tuesday, September 5, 7–9pm, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. See trailer here.

NEXT LAD MEETING will feature Colorado's first Latina Speaker of the House, Crisanta Duran! Wednesday, September 6, 6:30pm, Longmont Public Library. 

Michael Dougherty for Attorney General Fundraiser, Wednesday, September 6, 6–8pm, Madelife, 2000 21st St., Boulder. Guest $50. RSVP here. To contribute go here. More about Michael, here.*

(Read Michael Dougherty's op-ed on the conditions of the Alamosa County Jail, here.)

2nd BCDP Chair Forum, Thursday, September 7, 6:30–8pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont, Classroom Building, Community Room.

LGBTQ Happy Hour as part of Boulder Pride Week, Thursday, September 7 at 4:30–7pm, Deviant Spirits, 2480 49th St, Unit E, Boulder.

Let's Get Physical: an 80s Dance Party as part of Boulder Pride Week, Friday, September 8, the Studio Boulder, 3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A2, Boulder.

Boulder Pridefest, Sunday, September 10, 11:30am–6:30pm, Central Park, 1739 Broadway, Boulder. VIP Tickets here.

Boulder County Young Democrats Official Launch Event, Thursday, September 21, &–8:30pm, FATE Brewing, 1600 38th St, Boulder. State Senator Steve Fenberg (SD18) and Dave Sabados from the Colorado Young Dems will speak, we'll vote to approve our charter, and will elect officers. 

Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace, Saturday, October 14, 9am–3pm, Denver. Hosted by March for Humanity, and locally organized — encouraging peace, no violence, and above all else, love for one another. We will post more details as they become available.

LONGMONT CITY COUNCIL ELECTION IS NOV. 7th. Your Mail-in Ballot will arrive mid-October. All about Longmont's City Council Election here. Attend City Council meetings and get to know your Council members! All about City Council Meetings here.  Contact current Longmont City Council members here.

ONE WAY for us to get our STATE SENATE MAJORITY BACK: 3 Fantastic Dems running for Senate District 34 (Denver). Here's one of them.

DEAR JOEL OSTEEN: Pavlovich nails it again here.

From ProgressNow Colorado: 

"Trump may terminate the program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who came to our country as children to continue to live the only life they have ever known. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has given over 17,000 kids who have only ever known Colorado to be home the chance to continue their education, follow their dreams, and live the lives they’ve built here.

These are valued members of our community who in many cases know no other life than life in America. Terminating the DACA program would put as many as 800,000 infants, teenagers, and young adults throughout the country at risk for immediate deportation, even if they have no family ties or can’t speak the language of the country to which they might be deported."

The American Dream is big enough for our Dreamers. 

GO TO: DefendDACA.com | text "DACACall" to 877-877

HOW COLORADO is trying to protect Dreamers, here.

TRY 5 CALLS, here.

We're glad he "flunked retirement" in order to block trump's transgender ban. What a Real Leader looks like, here.

DID YOU KNOW there was a DEMOCRATIC LANDSLIDE Tuesday night? Here.

WANT A LAUGH? Here's a laugh.

NET NEUTRALITY. Sign the letter here.

WATCH and be inspired by the fight for Universal Healthcare: "Now Is The Time" online ($4.99, or purchase for $20) here. 

the Colorado Foundation for Universal Healthcare for the important work they do and will continue to do in this fight, here. (Check out their King Sooper's and Safeway reward programs — BRILLIANT! — here.)

THE DAILY LOWDOWN in one place, here.

ANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE: Created by Colorado activists. Download the Colorado Resistance Manual here.

The best solution for republicans AMENDING OUR CONSTITUTION? Elect. More. Democrats. Read this here.

Republicans need more than Trump voters to hold onto the House. Democrats can still clean up in 2018 here.

WE CAN DO THIS: In November of 1974 (remember what happened earlier that year?), Democrats picked up FORTY NINE seats in the House. In 2006, Democrats picked up 31 seats to attain a majority. WE ONLY NEED 24 IN 2018.
  23 republicans represent districts that Clinton carried in 2016 (3 won by vary narrow margins — Coffman in Colorado's 6th CD is one of them.). Another 10 republicans BARELY won (by less than 4%). More here. Here's another overview.

TRACK Fundraising for Democrats in other Swing Districts here.

TRY RESISTBOT: Text "Resist" to 50409. Check it out, it will automatically send — and keep trying to send until send is confirmed — your message to your members. Fast, easy, convenient, and you acquire more functions the more you use it!

Senator Cory Gardner (R):
202-224-5941 (DC) / 303-391-5777(Denver). Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC) / 303-455-7600 (Denver). Representative Ken Buck (R–CD4): 202-225-4676 (DC) / 970-702-2136 (Greeley).

CHECK OUT our Resources and CLEAN widgets at longmontdems.org — if you've missed meetings, we'll try to post presentation materials in a timely manner. Also check out The Daily Lowdown widget, chronicling trump debacles and How to Track a Bill, with tips on how to follow state and federal legislature bills. Missed a blast or introducing a friend to them? We'll always post the current blast at longmontdems.org

DON'T FORGET to sign up for Daily ACTION ALERTS! Even though DC voicemail boxes become full, these alerts can be your signal to contact district offices. 

"He promised a wall. He will be stopped by a wall of us.": Sign up for weekly action updates at wall-of-us.org 

Not on facebook?:
 Maybe now's the time — if only for political action and alerts. We've found for many impromptu events and protests, facebook is the only place to find them. You'll need to sign up for a facebook account to access very good and informative facebook pages, like Pantsuit Nation, Longmont Area Democrats or CLEAN. Even if you are a "refusnik" like many of us were at first, Facebook is an easy and friendly way to stay politically active. (and you don't have to post to personal friends, in fact, you don't have to post at all, just follow your news feed.)

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

* 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.