LAD Meeting: THIS Wednesday, May 4!

We’ve put together a vibrant program showcasing the creativity, history, business contributions and legislative action of, by and for Longmont area Latinos. This makes Longmont a great place to live. You don’t want to miss this event!

INCLUDING: Latinos of Boulder County, Colorado 1900–1980: Vol’s I & II: CU’s esteemed history professor Marjorie McIntosh, will share the lives, legacies, history and contributions of the Latinos and Latinas that have deeply enriched Boulder County. The books are available at Barbed Wire Books, The Longmont Museum, or amazon., and Marjorie will sign copies at our meeting.

ALSO: Legislative updates on the “No Slavery No Exceptions” Bill which recently passed our state senate committee — and other bills important to all of us within our inclusive community.

PLUS, TAMALES!: Delicious, fresh, homemade Red or Green Chili (pork), and Veggie TAMALES! $7.50 for a 6-pack, $15 for a 12-pack (tamales available at 6:15pm). We’d like to know how many to have on hand, so please email us to reserve yours!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend! THIS Wednesday, May 4, Barrio E’ Centro, 471 Main Street, Longmont

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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Upcoming Events!

LOTS OF GREAT PROGRAMS, DINNERS, AND FESTIVALS going on in Longmont…Check Them Out! (Some events details have changed, please read below!):

Longmont Area Democrats monthly meeting, “A Celebration of our Latino Community”, Wednesday May 4, Barrio E’ Centro, 471 Main Street, 6:30–8:30pm. We’ve put together a vibrant program showcasing the creativity, history, business contributions and legislative action of, by and for Longmont area Latinos. This makes Longmont a great place to live. You don’t want to miss this event! 

28th Anniversary of the Hispanic Scholarship Awards Banquet, Thursday May 5th, Skyline High School, 600 E. Mtn. View Avenue, 5:30pm. A wonderful cause shaping futures in our community! More info here.

Longmont Area Democrats table at Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, May 14th (newly rescheduled date), Roosevelt Park, 11–6pm. Come by our table, register to vote, learn what LAD is up to this spring and summer, how to get involved, & get info on democratic candidates. PLUS, try your hand at fun, political word games!

Karen Benker, from Citizens for Finishing Fastracks had an interview on CPR that you can listen to here. If you haven’t already, please consider signing this petition to bring light rail to Longmont…We voted for it, we should have it! Citizens for Finishing Fastracks is a local group, organized behind this effort. Check out their website for updates, or join their facebook group.

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 the rest of our website (click the widgets on the left and right), 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.

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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LAD Meeting: Local Issues, Local Control

Wednesday, April 6 • 6:30pm (meeting will start promptly at 6:45!) • Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave.

Longmont has owned its utility since 1912 — this is vital to the foundation of local controland through citizen-powered municipalization efforts, we now how have Nextlight (Longmont’s fiber optic network).

Local control is better for Longmont’s economy and job growth, our environment, and our people.

We’ll have a panel discussion with city and local issue experts, Scott Rochat, Sara Loflin, and Steve Szabo, to discuss the history of Longmont’s local issues, what’s working, what’s on Longmont’s local control horizon, and how you can get involved.

Please join us…and please, bring a friend!
 Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm, Longmont Public Library

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Upcoming Events!

THANKS TO ALL who attended our meeting Wednesday night. Special thanks to State Representatives Jonathan Singer (HD11), Mike Foote (HD12) and State Senator Matt Jones (SD17), who gave us an informative mid-session legislative update.

If you are a delegate, don’t forget to attend County Convention & Assembly, Saturday, March 19th, (sign-in starts at 7:30am) Skyline High School, Longmont. You must have registered at caucus. Bring your Official Call with you. Contact the Boulder County Democratic Party with questions.

Latinos of Boulder County 1900–1980, Vol’s I & II, by Professor Marjorie McIntosh, are available here. 

Let’s do all we can to TAKE BACK our State Senate majority! Here’s one way: Support Democratic Candidate Tom Sullivan, running for SD27! Take a look at his campaign launch video and be inspired.

CD4 has a Democratic candidate for Congress — Bob Seay! Stay tuned for an upcoming event featuring Bob in Longmont on March 30th! Check out his website here.

NEXT Longmont Area Democrats Meeting Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm, THIS TIME at the Longmont Public Library, stay tuned for details!

DON’T FORGET: Amendment 69 will be on your ballot in the fall. Universal health care for Colorado is possible! (details)

If you haven’t already, please consider signing this petition to bring light rail to Longmont…We voted for it, we should have it! Citizens for Finishing Fastracks is a local group, organized behind this effort. Check out their website for updates, or join their facebook group.

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.

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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Next LAD Meeting: Legislative Update, Wed. March 9!

(thanks to all who attended!)
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm
Front Range Community College

A LEGISLATIVE MID-SESSION UPDATE with State Representatives Jonathan Singer (HD11) and Mike Foote (HD12), and State Senator Matt Jones (SD17). Session started in January and our state legislators have been hard at work blocking bad bills from Oil & Gas, ALEC, and anti-choice — and sponsoring and fighting for effective bills that actually help the citizens of our district! Hear how they do it, what they’re up against and ask questions.

PLUS, TAMALES!: Delicious, fresh, homemade Red or Green Chili (pork), and Veggie TAMALES! $7.50 for a 6-pack, $15 for a 12-pack (tamales available at 6:15pm). We’d like to know how many to have on hand, so please email us to reserve yours!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend! Wednesday, March 9th, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. (go in door C4, go left, past the cafeteria, Community Room is on the right across from the bathrooms.)

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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CAUCUS IS THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST!

YOU MUST BE AFFILIATED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BY JANUARY 4, 2016, IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN CAUCUS ON MARCH 1, 2016. 

In order to attend Caucus in your present neighborhood’s Caucus location you must have had your address current by FEBRUARY 1, 2016.

(C.R.S. 1-3-101 “Party affiliation required – residence”: except that any registered elector who has attained the age of eighteen years or who has become a naturalized citizen during the two months immediately preceding the meeting may vote at any caucus, assembly, or convention even though the elector has been affiliated with the political party for less than two months.)

Find your precinct number and caucus location here. (Scroll down to bottom and enter fields)

The Colorado Caucus is our “Primary”. If you feel strongly about your choice for a presidential candidate, Caucus is your chance to make your vote count! It’s only a couple of hours of your time and a great way to get your participation jump-started, to vote, and possibly become a delegate.

Longmont Area Democrats conducted an informational meeting on February 3 about Caucus. Slides from that event are posted below. If you have any questions about caucus, you can email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com

Caucus presentation pdf here. (links on page 7 are live)

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Next LAD Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 6:30pm

UPDATE 2/3/16: Great meeting tonight! SIXTY SIX people (including State Representative Singer and baby Gwendolyn) showed up tonight to learn about Caucus, coming up on March 1. We will have Marilyn’s slides posted here (there will be a “got caucus” widget on the left side of this page) in the coming days and if you have any questions about Caucus, post them LAD’s facebook page, or email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com Many thanks to John Cooper from the Hillary campaign and Jason Sherry from the Bernie campaign, who spoke for their candidates. Very special thanks to those of you who stepped up to volunteer at Caucus or who are interested in becoming Precinct Leaders (Longmont has many “orphan precincts”). And heartfelt thanks to the Longmont Democratic Community — old friends and new ones — an inspiring group of folks! Let’s continue to grow what we’ve started.

THIS Wednesday, February 3rd • 6:30pm (meeting will start promptly at 6:45!) • Front Range Community College • Community Room

CAUCUS IS MARCH 1, 2016: YOU MUST BE AFFILIATED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY by now in order to participate in Caucus. You also must have registered to vote as residing in the precinct where you wish to attend caucus by FEBRUARY 1, 2016. SPECIAL NOTE: FIRST-TIME VOTERS must register and affiliate no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2016 in order to participate in caucus. Verify and/or update your voter information here. 

The Colorado Caucus is our “Primary”. If you feel strongly about your choice for a presidential candidate, Caucus is your chance to make your vote count! It’s only a couple of hours of your time and a great way to get your participation jump started, to vote, and possibly become a delegate.

Confused about how Caucus works and how to get involved?: Come to our NEXT Longmont Area Democrats meeting Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room — and get your questions answered! This is a great opportunity to get information BEFORE Caucus on March 1st! We’ll help you find your precinct and your Caucus location.

IN ADDITION: Representatives from each Presidential campaign will be at the meeting to talk about their candidates and answer questions.

PLUS, TAMALES! (to take home with you): Delicious, fresh, homemade Red or Green Chili, and NOW VEGGIE TAMALES! $7.50 for a 6-pack, $15 for a 12-pack (tamales available at 6:15pm). We’d like to know how many to have on hand, so please email us to reserve yours!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend! THIS Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room. (go in door C4, go left, past the cafeteria, Community Room is on the right across from the bathrooms.)

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CLEAN is ready for action in 2016!

CLEAN (Citizen Legislative Early Action Network) is the brainchild of the Longmont Area Democrats — a direct and effective link between CITIZENS and our legislators. Make your voice heard!

Please join us for a field trip to the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th! 
(The field trip replaces LAD’s regular January meeting)

We’ll meet at 9:00am at the north entrance of the Capitol and then proceed to an official hearing room — where bills are read and citizens’ testimony is taken during session — to learn about ways citizens can impact the state legislative body.

This is our second year of CLEAN, which was most successful last session. We’ll provide tips and training for every level of involvement, and you’ll be the first to know what bills might be introduced this session. Questions and announcements will follow this meeting.

Then, participants are free to tour the Dome and the Capitol museum and/or the State Supreme Court Building only a block away. If interested in visiting the Supreme Court, click here for more info.

  • Tours last 30-45 minutes and include a trip to the dome (Self-guided trips to the dome are NOT permitted).
  • There is no charge for tours.
  • All tours leave from the Visitor Services desk located on the first floor north wing.
  • Groups of 10 or less do not require a reservation.
  • For group reservations or more information, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/capitoltour or call 303 866 2604.

At 11:30am we will meet for lunch at nearby Sassafras (320 E. Colfax). Afterwards participants are on their own.

Please join us for this fun and informative way to start off 2016!
  • PLEASE RSVP for lunch and the meeting at longmontareadems@gmail.com BY SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD. We will be making the reservation at Sassafras for the group.
    NOTE: If you want to carpool please add that in your RSVP and we will work to coordinate.
  • Many people may want to ride the bus: Check the RTD Schedule here.
THANKS for ALL that you DO!

 

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Deal with current terror, but understand its causes

This opinion editorial, written by one of our board members, Bob Norris, ran in the Longmont Daily Times-Call, 12/13/15:

There are a lot of things to think about regarding Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
ISIS is a brutal organization that needs to be terminated but does not reflect any reasonable interpretation of the faith of +Muslims any more than white Christian extremists should reflect on all Christians.
The U.S.-led war in Iraq created many terrorists. The crass comments by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush (shock and awe) following the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians were barbaric at best and offended many. That war targeted a country not responsible for 9/11. Cheney misled many to believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Years of collateral damage and U.S. insensitivity to deaths of women, children and often entire families are clearly offensive to those living in countries that we are bombing. Wars create civilian deaths, but when Americans die there is outrage in this country. When citizens of Middle East countries die there is little sense of empathy and often little or no coverage in US papers.
Are these things not strong recruiting messages for terrorists? Additionally adding to the recruitment of terrorists is the xenophobic attitudes of many here in the U.S. and in other nations such as France. Bigoted comments by presidential candidates Trump, Carson and Bush (only allow Christians in) cause resentment and create fear and hatred. It is startling that the comments by some presidential candidates are not being addressed by other candidates or their party leaders. Both Trump and Carson lied about Muslims celebrating in Jersey City streets after 9/11. It has been refuted by Jersey City Police and many others.
Reminiscent of Nazi Germany: In response to a suggestion/question as to whether Muslims should register and carry special identifications, Trump said that he would not rule it out.
Trump did not rule out shutting down mosques. Maybe freedom of religion is not for everybody.
Trump and others are effective recruiters of terrorists.
Arriving in the U.S. as a refugee is a long process. The very extensive vetting process takes 18-24 months. Security screenings are conducted vigorously by the FBI, the Department of Defense, and Homeland Security. Those that enter are handpicked. If members of Congress now think that this is not sufficient where have they been?
States do not have the authority to decide who can enter their state.
There are much easier ways to enter this country, including tourist visas. Given that most or of the terrorists in Paris were/are, according to a recent Times-Call editorial, European citizens, we should be more concerned about home grown terrorists in our own country. Many young men (and a few women) have traveled to the Mideast to be trained as terrorists and then returned. Recruiting over the Internet is common.
We should also acknowledge that refugees have been accepted in large numbers in Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. These are individuals and families often fleeing for their lives. Syrian refugees have been fleeing violence for five years.
We continue to do knee-jerk reactions much to the liking of ISIS and other terrorists. Instead of thinking through the consequences of our action we rush to pass a bill through Congress. Unlike the resilience of the French who suffered greatly we appear to be cowards. The bill that was rushed through Congress may not have been read carefully by those who voted in the affirmative. Requiring the heads of three major agencies to personally vouch for each and every refugee is at best foolish and in my opinion particularly stupid. This is not how to run a government. There are reasons for chains of command. Tying up an agency head on details means that the agency head cannot correctly run that agency. This part of the bill looks more like a childish reaction and stupid.
Speeches by Trump and others should remind us of the damage caused by the Republican U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, whose witch hunt for make-believe communists damaged many careers and lives.
While we have to deal with the current situation, we need to look at and address causes to the extent that we can.
Bob Norris is a resident of Longmont since 2000.

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STAND UP!: No More Hate.

The Board of the Longmont Area Democrats is unequivocally opposed to the recent “policy” that  Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has espoused regarding Muslims.

Not only is it morally reprehensible but unconstitutional and Un-American.

PLEASE CONTACT your Congressional Representatives Ken Buck (CD4), Jared Polis (CD2) and your US Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet asking them to make a strong public statement against this kind of rhetoric.

It is abhorrent and ultimately plays into the hands of ISIS.

ALSO SPEAK OUT PERSONALLY in Letters to the Editor and on Facebook and Twitter.

Rep. Ken Buck: (202) 225-4676 DC Office
Rep. Jared Polis:  (202) 225-2161 DC Office
Sen. Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852 DC office
Sen. Cory Gardner:  (202) 224-5941 DC office

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