Ready, Set, Action: Political Education and Advocacy in Denver, February 20-26

Protesters rally in solidarity with Standing Rock on February 17.
Protesters rally in solidarity with Standing Rock on February 17. Brandon Marshall
The Presidents' Day holiday inspired a number of political rallies at the State Capitol and Civic Center Park, and that was  just the start of the action this week. Congress is in recess, and constituents frustrated with their inability to meet with Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Mike Coffman are scheduling town hall meetings that will go on with or without the politicians. In North Dakota, demonstrators are facing a February 22 deadline to vacate their encampment set by the Army Corps of Engineers, and that issue could spill over again in Denver. Here's what left on this week's political calendar.

click to enlarge Protests are becoming a common sight outside Senator Cory Gardner's Denver office. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Protests are becoming a common sight outside Senator Cory Gardner's Denver office.
Brandon Marshall
Friday, February 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting With(out) Senator Cory Gardner
Byers Middle School, 105 South Pearl Street
In response to Senator Cory Gardner's refusal to meet face-to-face with his constituents at a town hall, Colorado’s largest resistance organizations will be holding an "in absentia" meeting. “It’s his job to plan a town hall, but since he has not, we will. The fact is, we don’t see any other way to connect with him, given how elusive he has become,” says Katie Farnan, a lead organizer with Indivisible Front Range Resistance. “We have invited the Senator and sincerely hope he will come, but will hold the town hall with or without him.”

Saturday, February 25, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Know Your Rights: Training for Trainers
As part of its 100 Days of Action, the Colorado People's Alliance is hosting a workshop on how to deal with policing tactics. Intersted in signing up? E-mail

Saturday, February 25, 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
OurRevolution's Healthcare Day of Action 
Representative Mike Coffman's District Office, 3300 South Parker Road, Aurora

Voice your support of affordable healthcare to Congressman Mike Coffman as he finishes off the first phase of his ACA listening tour. Find out more here.

Saturday, February 25, 4 to 6 p.m.
Protest ICE Mass Deportations
3130 Oakland Street, Aurora
The protest is outside the main ICE detention center for metro Denver. "Bring signs, megaphones, U.S. flags, origin country flags, anything you can think of that will be a show of peaceful force at those choosing to subject one of the most marginalized and vibrant parts of our society," say organizers.  "This will be a peaceful protest, so we ask that everyone come prepared to stand or sit in solidarity with our immigrant population."

Watch for updates this week.

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