08 Nov

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

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

Photos from Our October Luncheon