Ready, Set, Action: Rallies for Human Rights, Against Trump in Denver This Week
Denver police arrest a protester outside the Grand Hyatt on March 18; a Turning Point USA regional conference was being held inside the hotel.
A protest outside the Turning Point USA conference on March 18 resulted in arrests, and that demonstration was just the start of the political action this week. Keep reading for details on how you can get involved.
Wednesday, March 22, noon
Protect Water & Health, NOT Corporate Wealth!
Senator Michael Bennet's office, 1127 Sherman Street
Colorado People's Alliance and Food & Water Watch, along with 350 Colorado, Save the EPA!, What the Frack, Arapahoe?!, Communication Workers of America and Arvadans for Progressive Action, are hosting this rally outside of Senator Michael Bennet's office to protest the Trump administration's proposed gutting of the EPA. "Tell Senator Bennet it's time to defend public health and protect our right to clean air and water," organizers say. RSVP here.
Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m.
The Watcher's Silent Vigil: In Love of Liberty, Justice and Human Rights for All
Colorado State Capitol
The Watchers are a group of Denver women who are hosting a silent vigil at noon every Wednesday at the Capitol; their goal is to make elected representatives at every level of government know they are being watched to ensure the preservation of our democracy. Organizers Helen Shreves, Laura Mullins and Dana Miller say they were inspired by the March on Colorado and the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, who protested weekly in silent vigils from 1976 to 1983 against the military junta in Argentina. This week's vigil will highlight actions around Colorado's Ralph Carr bill and the proposed national health-care plan.“We will march in silent vigilance on behalf of our deep love and commitment to our country,” says Shreves. “We watch our elected officials – our public servants — to make sure they protect what America stands for: liberty, justice and human rights for all. In our silent and watchful presence we are ever hopeful and always vigilant.” Find more information on the Facebook event page.
Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Human Rights in the Age of Trump
University of Colorado Boulder, 250 Humanities
The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is hosting a panel discussion on "Human Rights in the Age of Trump." The presentations of the speakers will be followed by a Q&A; the event is free. Find out more on the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center website.
Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Killing the Black Snake
Join Denver Action Network for the premiere of Submedia's new documentary series "Trouble," and an advance showing of Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NoDAPL struggle, a documentary about the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. After the film, participants in the fight against the pipeline will discuss their experiences; there will also be a live Skype Q&A with Submedia's Frank Lopez. Find out more, including the location, via the Facebook event page.
A counter-protester in downtown Denver on March 18.
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit
Colorado Mesa University, The University Center
One Colorado is hosting the third of three GSA summits; find out more at one-colorado.org.
Saturday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Impeach Trump Now: First Amendment Assembly
Civic Center Park, Greek Amphitheatre
This rally is part of a nationwide effort to have the state executive and legislative branches hear "We the People expressing our First Amendment rights," according to organizers. Speakers start at 11 a.m., and the march to the State Capitol begins at 12:30 p.m. Find out more on the event Facebook page.
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.
#Colorado Stands With Immigrants
1125 17th Street
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will host a rally outside of Senator Cory Gardner's Denver office. Speakers will include members of Colorado's immigrant community, lawyers leading the fight for immigration rights and Colorado politicians. At the event, participants will write letters urging Gardner to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act. Find out more on the Colorado Immigrant Rights Facebook page.
Sunday, March 26, 11 a.m.
During the NCAA's March Madness, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Denver's civic health club, will host an event where you can "watch sports, drink beer and discuss issues." Find out more on the Warm Cookies Facebook page
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Giving Project
Chinook Fund,1031 33rd Street
Change, not charity: The Chinook Fund is hosting an information session about its innovative program, The Giving Project. Chinook is seeking 25 diverse members for its six-month 2017 Fall Giving Project, during which participants will learn about social-justice philanthropy while taking meaningful action. "No prior experience is necessary," organizers say, "Just a passion for change!" To RSVP or learn more, visit Chinookfund.org.
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March for Science
Civic Center Park
Advocates of science from across the state will rally in Civic Center Park on Earth Day for a march through downtown to the State Capitol. Find out more on the event Facebook page.
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