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19 Apr
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The Party of We the People: A Democratic Manifesto

This is the speech by Deb Ossi that Tim Howard read at our meeting yesterday. We had requests to share it with the group, so we are posting it below:

 

WE ARE THE PARTY OF “WE THE PEOPLE.”

WE BELIEVE AMERICA isn’t a piece of paper. It can’t be printed on dollar bills — no matter how much the lobbyists and CEOs pay. It can’t be treated like a hotel chain or a game show.

WE BELIEVE AMERICA is its people. And when the Republicans forgot that, they betrayed us.

We are the party of mothers and fathers who will FIGHT for our children.

We are the party of farmers, veterans, autoworkers.

We are the party of ministers, rabbis, imams, scientists, students, grandparents.

WE ARE THE PARTY OF CONSCIENCE. WE ARE THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES.

WE STAND UP for our children. And for our neighbor’s children.

WE STAND UP for education. WE STAND UP for teachers.

WE STAND UP for a living wage and for feeding our children and elderly.

WE STAND UP for the health of families. And for those who are all alone.

WE STAND UP for our daughters, sisters, and mothers. We will FIGHT until they get equal pay. Until their bodies are their own. Until they no longer have to say “ME TOO.”

When our Republican president dances at a lavish party while parents in Parkland bury their dead, the Republicans show their lack of values. Their disgusting ignorance of THE PEOPLE’S pain.

When the Republicans spread lies about the children who survive mass shootings, they show their lack of humanity.

When the Republicans shrug at women being beaten and harassed, they show their brutality.

When the Republicans use DREAMERS as a bargaining chip to get money for their wall, they show that our DEMOCRACY is a game to them.

When they forgot that we are the LAND OF THE FREE and the HOME OF THE BRAVE and acted like we are the land and the people who can be bought and sold, tricked and deceived, they betrayed us.

We will NEVER FORGET, and we will STAND UP FOR AMERICA.

We are the party of of WE THE PEOPLE. We are the party of FAMILY VALUES.

We are the party of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. We believe THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AND THIS LAND IS MY LAND. We don’t believe it’s the Koch Brothers’ land. Or Scott Pruitt’s land. To be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

It belongs to our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.

WE STAND UP to those who seek to ruin and destroy it.

WE ARE THE PARTY OF WE THE PEOPLE. WE ARE THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES.

WE BELIEVE that the president’s office should be one of dignity and humility. We do not believe in sending photos of teenagers who have been shot to raise money for our campaign bank accounts. We do not believe in threatening the death of millions through nuclear war because of vain responses to personal insults.

WE BELIEVE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION should proclaim who we are. Not crass twitter rants in the middle of the night. We believe in the dignity and humility, the power and responsibility of holding office in AMERICA.

WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. And we are PROUD of our country. And of who we are.

WE BELIEVE in the example of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln and Emma Gonzales.

So we will STAND UP for ourselves and for our neighbors.

Because WE ARE THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES. And we know that all families don’t look alike. That’s not what humanity is. Some of our families have two moms. Some of them have two dads. Many of them have single moms. Our families struggle to put food on the table. Our families say a prayer when they send their kids to school each day. Our families accept and support our children regardless of how they identify as human beings or who they love.

Our families are of every race and color. Every religion. Our families are Mexican, Syrian, Black, White, Asian, Native American. And we STAND UP for our families when Republicans try to hurt them.

WE BELIEVE that America is exceptional because of WE THE PEOPLE, and WE THE PEOPLE are diverse. Out of the many, WE ARE ONE. That is why we are strong, and innovative, and tear down the walls that are put in front of us.

WE ARE THE PARTY OF WE THE PEOPLE. WE ARE THE PARTY OF FAMILY VALUES.

WE STAND UP for our veterans and our military. WE BELIEVE in caring for the minds and bodies of our soldiers. WE STAND UP for those with PTSD, those who have lost their limbs and their former lives to STAND UP for our FREEDOM. We are PROUD of our military.

WE BELIEVE in AMERICA’S strength on the world stage, and WE STAND UP FOR FREEDOM. We will not be brought down by dictators through powerful instruments of war or petty online insults. We are too STRONG for that.

We are angry about interference in our elections and outraged that the Republicans have ignored the sanctity and value of our votes.

We BELIEVE in diplomacy. Because we are not wealthy enough to buy deferments for our children in times of war. And we think that those who have and who dare to use our soldiers as pawns in a battle of egos have committed the worst betrayal against our military.

The Republicans say “Give us your hard-earned money to build a wall.” “Give us schools and gathering places that are war zones.” “Give us your campaign contributions in exchange for the blood of our children.”

We say, “GIVE US YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE.”

WE ARE THE PARTY OF WE THE PEOPLE. INDIVISIBLE. WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

18 Apr
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Urgent Call to Action: Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education Bill

ASK YOUR STATE SENATOR TO SUPPORT HD18-1391 TO REQUIRE COLLEGES TO ADOPT POLICIES ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Bill HD18-1391 has been approved by the Colorado House. The Senate has 3 days to assign the bill to a committee of reference. We will know between 4/18-4/23 which committee the bill has been assigned to. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR TO VOICE YOUR SUPPORT AND URGE A YES VOTE. Here are some key points:

– Sexual violence affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men on college campuses. Only 12% of victims report the assault. Sexual violence has a profound effect on our communities with 34% of college student survivors experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 33% experiencing depression, and 40% abusing drug and alcohol as means to self-medicate.

– HB18-1391 helps by:
– Establishing new transparency standards by making policies easily accessible to current and prospective students, families, and friends.
– Utilizing an equitable standard of proof which assumes no wrongdoing of either party for investigating cases of sexual misconduct;
– Prohibiting the use of unrelated sexual history of either party to be considered as facts of the case;
-Streamlining procedures by allowing both the complainant and respondent to submit questions for one another to the individual or individuals participating in investigative process to allow both party’s equal right to be heard and prohibit the harmful practice of direct cross-examination of either party
– Eliminating a barrier to reporting by establishing policies that prevent survivors from being found in violation of the campus code of conduct for behaviors such as underage drinking if/when reporting sexual misconduct to the institution

Link to Bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb18-1391

Tip from DWBC’s own Susan Boucher:

Colorado General Assembly then click on “Find a Bill”  and type in HD18-1391.  The bill will come up – then click on its title.  Then scroll down to “Bill History.”  Click on bill history.  Once the bill drops in the Senate it will be assigned to a committee.  So keep looking – it may take a couple of days.

Once you know the committee, you can click on Committees across the top and find it.  Its members will come up along with their contact info.  INDIVIDUAL emails – not blasts – are most effective.

10 Jan
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How Your Membership Helps: The House Majority Project

 

 

 

 

 

As the director of the House Majority Project, I have always truly appreciated the support we receive from the Democratic Women of Boulder County. Their partnership has allowed us to help fund Democratic candidates from Durango to Greeley, and we appreciate their help in our efforts to keep and expand the majority. We rely on organizations such as the DWBC to win statewide and I hope you will join them to further strengthen our progressive values at the State House.

Matthew McGovern
Executive Director
House Majority Project
 

 

 
 
 
 

10 Jan
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How Your Membership Helps: A Letter from NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado is grateful for the opportunities that the DWBC has provided us to connect with women in Boulder County, enabling us to expand our organizational reach in protecting and advancing reproductive freedom through access to birth control and safe & legal abortion care. Engaging Colorado women in conversations about the challenges and successes surrounding these issues are integral to the work of our organization. 
 
In November, we were able to bring four of the leaders of The Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Coalition together with DWBC members at the Elks in Boulder to present a panel discussion on our advocacy and education work to support a full spectrum of reproductive health, rights, and justice issues in Colorado. Being able to meet DWBC members where they live and dialogue about reproductive freedom issues and their concerns in the current political climate is invaluable to our organization and the success of the coalition in creating measurable impact in our community.
 
We were delighted by the diverse group of women and men that came out to support the mission of the coalition. We were able to meet with members from all generations with unique histories of activism. Our relationship with DWBC members is something we hope to continually develop as we fight for progress here in our state. 
 
Thank you again! 
NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10 Jan
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How Your Membership Helps: State Senate Candidate Tammy Story’s Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am running for Colorado State Senate District 16.  Winning this seat is a key to securing the majority in the state senate for the Democrats.  As I talk with people from all corners of my district, they share their concerns, issues and thoughts for our district and state.  I’m grateful for the support of the Democratic Women of Boulder County who have so graciously contributed to my candidacy.  Their investment in my campaign will allow me to reach more voters, to hear from them and share about my campaign.  I will continue to work tirelessly to earn the opportunity to represent the people of this district.  I am deeply appreciative for the support of the Democratic Women of Boulder County who are helping me be successful!

story4co.com

 

 
 

08 Nov
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A Preview of Our December and January Events

We are excited to share details for our December and January events! These programs will help us get ready for 2018 elections and prepare to fight the Republican tax plan.

December Lunch Event

Two candidates for governor (Jared Polis and Donna Lynne) will deliver short pitches to open the program!

The event will feature Carol Hedges, Executive Director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute. She served as policy director for Governor Roy Romer in the late 1990s focusing on human service, education and budget policy.  As program officer at the Piton Foundation in Denver, Carol directed the Denver Workforce Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Jobs Initiative.  While serving as a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center, Carol authored Ten Years of TABOR, a comprehensive study of the effects of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Most recently as the Director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a project of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Carol’s work focused on creating an adequate, sustainable and equitable revenue system in Colorado. As a recognized expert on the effects of Colorado’s TABOR amendment, Carol has been involved in education efforts on TABOR-like proposals across the country.

Hedges will speak about the failed tax experiment in Kansas. This initiative closely resembled the tax plan that has been advanced by Trump and the Republican party. Hedges’ expertise on this topic will help us prepare for the battle of opposing these tax cuts that will hurt our state and country. Here’s some background information from the Colorado Fiscal Institute blog:

“A well known example of a tax cut experiment gone wrong came out of our neighboring state, Kansas. In 2012, Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation which sharply cut income taxes across the board that leaned towards the wealthy, and that ultimately cut the state budget by 13 percent. The Brownback administration…believed that drastic cuts to state income taxes would generate thousands of jobs and encourage the growth of small businesses. However, not only did Kansas not see a growth in its economy, but its bond rating went down and they cut funding for vital services and programs including education.  Five years later, the experiment proved to be such a failure that the Republican-lead Kansas legislature voted to raise taxes overriding a Governor veto. Kansas has since served as a prime example of the negative effects of supply-side tax cuts as a method for measuring economic prosperity for the rest of the nation.”

January Evening Event

This program will educate attendees on caucus-related themes. We will feature a presentation from Boulder County Clerk, Hillary Hall, to explain the 2018 election process in Colorado. Hillary will review the plans for Caucus, County Assembly, State Assembly, Primary, and General Election. She will explain how candidates will be selected and when and how affiliated/unaffiliated voters can participate. As the process will change in 2018, this orientation will be a valuable tool.

Following this overview, we will move to the panel with the candidates for Colorado Attorney General. We are very honored to have Boulder County District Attorney, Stan Garnett, as our moderator. In addition to being the senior law enforcement officer in Boulder, Stan is a member of the Democratic Women of Boulder County.
Stay tuned for updates and for registration information! 

26 Oct
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Our November Panel: An Introduction

 

We are thrilled to introduce you to the panel of Women’s Health Champions who will speak at our November event. These local experts will inform us about ways that we can help fight for women’s reproductive rights and health. The event will take place on November 15, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Elk’s Lodge in Boulder. Click here to register!

 

Karla Gonzalez Garcia

 

Karla Gonzales Garcia is originally from Iquitos, Peru. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru. While completing her degree, she became an intern for a non-profit organization in Peru that provided crisis counseling for street-children who had been sexually assaulted. After graduating, Karla worked with kindergarten children with learning disabilities for three years. Karla then moved to the United States thirteen years ago, and she initially spent most of her time working with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, and immigrant rights advocacy in San Miguel County, Colorado. Her passion for social and racial justice motivated her to pursue her graduate degree in ethnic studies with a certification in women and gender studies at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, CO. While pursuing her graduate degree, Karla worked as an outreach and education specialist providing sexual and reproductive health education programs and access to health services for marginalized populations. She decided to expand her research skills and diligently worked as a research assistant for a partnership between Colorado State University and the Restorative Justice Institute, to address the ethnic and racial disparities on achievement and retention gap of minority students in schools. After finishing her coursework, Karla became the co-interim director for the agency she used to work for in Telluride, CO. Karla continuously works to be grounded in decolonial methodologies, methods of research, and social justice praxis in order to achieve her long-term career goals of influencing policy making and advocacy based on meeting unique community needs.

Karla’s love for nature and people inspires her to spend her free time hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors with friends, or sometimes just sitting on an outdoor patio being silly all together. She describes these things as the necessary ingredients in her life to continue the work of healing herself and the communities she works with.

 

Ashley Wheeland

 

Molly Swank is PPRM’s Director of Community Engagement, overseeing PPRM’s advocacy and engagement work in Colorado and Nevada. Prior to joining PPRM, Molly worked with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Public Affairs team for over seven years as an Organizer, Legislative & Advocacy Coordinator, and eventually becoming their Public Policy Associate. Molly holds a Masters of Social Work, with an emphasis in organizing and public policy. Her work to empower Planned Parenthood supporters and activists has ranged from organizing college aged supporters to implementing a statewide community action team program in communities across Wisconsin and Colorado as the only organizing staff. She has worked across the nation to help Planned Parenthood affiliates establish health center advocacy programming and served as the national co-chair of the Planned Parenthood Network of Volunteer Advocates as well.

 

 

 

 

Karen Middleton

 

Karen Middleton is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, an organization which has led on and advocated for reproductive rights in Colorado since its founding in 1967. Previously, Karen served as the president of Emerge America and as a Colorado State Legislator from Aurora.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Buchanan

 

Susan Buchanan brings experience as both a former RN and Health Law Attorney to her position as Executive Director of Women’s Health, a role she has held since 2001.  This background makes her uniquely qualified to face the demands and challenges of running a health care organization in today’s changing health care marketplace. Susan’s lifelong commitment to social justice and healthcare access provides her energy and vision to lead this mission-driven nonprofit.

Women’s Health works to ensure that all people, particularly those who experience barriers, can access high quality, respectful and comprehensive reproductive, gynecological, and sexual health care services.

Susan is also a leader in the nonprofit community and chairs the Human Services Alliance of Boulder County. She is a member of the Boulder Chamber’s Community Affairs Council, board chair of Bridge to Justice and is active in her faith community.  Susan lives in Boulder and has two remarkable daughters.

24 Oct
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Photos from Our October Luncheon