Reverend Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49
Cynthia Hurd, 54
Susie Jackson, 87
Ethel Lance, 70
Reverend Clementa Pinckney, 41
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Reverend Daniel L. Simmons Sr., 74
Reverend Sharonda Coleman Singleton, 45
Myra Thompson, 59

“…they have something to say to each of us in their death…They have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. …They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream. …These tragic deaths may lead our nation to substitute an aristocracy of character for an aristocracy of color. …we must not despair. …we must not lose faith in our white brothers. Somehow we must believe that the most misguided among them can learn to respect the dignity and the worth of all human personality. …And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.”  — MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Eulogy for the Martyred Children, September 18, 1963

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NATIONAL FAST WITH ARTURO & ROSA

WHAT: Community members will take part in a three-day fast in Denver, Washington, D.C.—in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters—& cities across the U.S.

QUE: Miembros de la comunidad participaran en un ayuno de 3 días en Denver, Washington DC.—enfrente de la sede de Inmigración— y ciudades en todo EEUU

WHY: Since 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to implement policies, called “prosecutorial discretion”, which were designed to give Immigration agents and the Chief Counsel’s office the power to keep many people out of deportation.

PORQUE: Desde 2001, Inmigración ha fracasado en implementar políticas, que se llama “discreción fiscal”, que fueron deseados para dar agentes de Inmigración y los fiscales el poder de parar le deportación de muchas personas.

People like Arturo Hernandez Garcia in Denver who out of love for the children he’s raised in the U.S. made the sacrifice to claim sanctuary accompanied by First Unitarian Society of Denver and the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition.

Personas como Arturo Hernandez Garcia en Denver, quien tomo la decisión, por amor a sus hijas, de hacer el sacrificio de vivir en santuario acompañado por la Coalición Santuario de Denver.

Please join us! ••• Únase!
SIGN UP/RSVP:  ••• RESPONDE AQUI POR FAVOR
WHEN AND WHERE: ••• CUANDO Y DONDE:
All events hosted at First Unitarian ••• Todos los eventos estaran en First Unitarian,
1400 Lafayette St. Denver

Monday June 15th ••• Lunes 15 de Junio: 7:00pm Opening Service ••• Servicio de Apertura
Tuesday June 16th ••• Martes 16 de Junio: Fasting begins ••• el ayuno empieza
7:00pm: Candlelit prayer vigil with Ana and Arturo ••• Vigilia de oración con Arturo y Ana
Wednesday June 17th ••• Miércoles 17 de Junio, 7:00pm: Bilingual Music with Ana and Arturo ••• Música bilingüe con Arturo y Ana
Thursday June 18th ••• Jueves 18 de Junio, 7:00pm: Closing ritual, breaking of the fast, dinner ••• Cerramiento del ayuno, cena comunitaria

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Thanks to all who attended last night…

Join us on Wednesday,  as we welcome State Representatives Mike Foote (HD12), Jonathan Singer (HD11) and State Senator Matt Jones (SD17) as they give us the legislative update for the 2015 session.This is why we vote the whole ballot! — so our Democratic legislators can represent what’s best for Colorado citizens, as well as block what’s bad for us. Here’s your chance for an up-close look at the work they do!We’ll also have Ricki Hadow, from Colorado Care, to tell us about her efforts in getting universal health care on Colorado’s ballot!

PLUS, TAMALES! (Come early): Red or Green Chili. $6 for a 6-pack. We’d like to know how many to have on hand, so send us an email at longmontareadems@gmail.com to reserve yours!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend! THIS Wednesday, June 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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LAD presents Citizen Koch

From Academy Award®-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 & Bowling for Columbine):
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Wednesday, May 6 • 6:30pm

Front Range Community College • Community Room

Here’s where it hits HOME: Did you know there are ALEC (Koch funded) bills being presented by Republican Colorado legislators at OUR state capitol as you read this?

 TICKETS ARE FREE, but seating is limited!
Get your tickets via 
Eventbrite 

We are happily paying a licensing fee, but donations would be greatly appreciated at the event!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend!  Citizen Koch, Wednesday, May 6, 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.)

More about the film here.

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SIX (count ’em), SIX Bad Gun Bills Defeated!

UPDATE: THANKS TO ALL who showed up to testify AGAINST these bills on Monday. Colorado Ceasefire provided an excellent report on that day here.

DID YOU KNOW…there are SIX BAD GUN BILLS on our Colorado legislative horizon?! Last session, when Democrats had the majority in both the State House and Senate, they worked to pass SENSIBLE gun safety laws for Colorado — and they had more work to do. Democrats withstood immense pressure from the gun lobby — as well as threats!BUT NOW, Republicans in our state legislature are seeking to:
REPEAL background checks for concealed carry (HB1138)
• OMIT PERMITS for concealed weapons (HB1152)
• ALLOW CONCEALED WEAPONS IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS (HB1168)
enact NO LIMIT ON MAGAZINE SIZE (SB175)
LIFT RESTRICTIONS ON CARRYING OF FIREARMS (SB32)
• REPEAL GUN TRANSFER BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT AND FEE (SB86)
IS THIS THE COLORADO YOU WANT? Here’s your chance to step up for sensible gun safety laws in Colorado! Our Democratic legislators need your help!HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO — 
SHOW UP: These FIVE BAD GUN BILLS will be heard by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on MONDAY April 6th at 1:30pm, Room 271 at the State Capitol. Let’s carpool to the Capitol (or take the bus together!)
SPEAK UP (prepare a statement — we’ll help!) or if you’d rather not,
STAND UP in solidarity. Let’s OUTNUMBER the Gun Lobby!EMAIL OR CALL: Members of the House, State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee to voice your opposition! (You can leave a message after office hours)

OR WRITE: Letters to the Editor (Denver Post, Times-Call, Boulder Daily Camera) to voice your opinion that these bills are a BAD IDEA for Colorado — undoing good work already done — and encourage public opposition to them!

ANY QUESTIONS? Use the links above to find Committee Member contact as well as editorial submission information. Use the “how to track a bill” and “legislative contacts & committees” widgets (to the right of this post!) at longmontdems.org. GOOD TO KNOW: HB means “House Bill”, SB means “Senate Bill”, and signifies the part of the legislative body the bill originated in. The “15” after the SB and HB in the bill document indicates the year of the legislative session the bill was introduced. When voicing your opinion, include a personal story as to why the bill is important to you. CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR EACH DAY AND OFTEN meetings are known to change time and room number at a moment’s notice!

EMAIL US AT longmontareadems@gmail.com for carpooling to the Capitol, taking the bus, and other information.

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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Some people wring their hands…

…these folks roll up their sleeves!

Join us for our next LAD meeting:
THIS Wednesday • April 1 • 6:30pm • Front Range Community College …as we present a very special
WORKING WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY / LEND A HAND Event!
(with a Munch & Mingle before the meeting)
We’ve invited representatives from 7 different non-profit and local volunteer/action organizations — they’ll speak for about 10 minutes each, providing information and inspiration.
Informal Q&A on the issues you care about
Be Inspired • Sign up to Volunteer!
WITH PRESENTATIONS BY:
Jennifer McNeill — THE OUR CENTER
Lisa Searchinger — LONGMONT HOPE
Kat Bennet — SAINT VRAIN COMMUNITY ADULT EDUCATION SCHOOL
Marta Moreno — El Comité
Bob Norris — INTERCAMBIO
Sarah Clusman — THE LONGMONT HUMANE SOCIETY
Joan Peck and Karen Benker — CITIZENS FOR FINISHING FAST TRACKS
Please join us…and please, bring a friend! THIS Wednesday, April 1, 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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3/7/15: President Obama Speaks in Selma

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Next LAD Meeting…

Wednesday, March 4th • 6:30pm
Front Range Community College • Community Room

A bit of activism: Kim Gibbs, from Citizens for Quiet Skies, will be on hand to discuss the Vance Brand Airport noise issue. Kim will provide facts and history, clear up misinformation — summarizing this important neighborhood issue from a few different angles — and answer whatever questions you might have.A bit of tracking: You’ve gotten our legislative bill updates, how about some tips on lobbying legislators? We’ll walk you through the easy bill tracking process using the LAD website, developed by our very own CLEAN (Citizen Lobbyist Early Action Network). We’ll have a quick review of the bills passed or killed so far, and Bob Norris will be on hand to share how a bill becomes a law.PLUS, TAMALES! (Come early): Red or Green Chili. $6 for a 6-pack. We’d like to know how many to have on hand, so send us an email at longmontareadems@gmail.com to reserve yours!

Please join us…and please, bring a friend!  Wednesday, March 4th, 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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2015 El Comité Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, February 28th  5:30–8pm
First Lutheran Church  803 3rd Ave  Longmont

You don’t want to miss this annual event in support of one of our most important community organizations! With guest speakers Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, and Latino Chamber of Commerce President Jose Beteta, as well as a presentation from a student with the St Vrain Adult Education program. El Comité has changed lives — and our community — for the better!

Did we mention FABULOUS FOOD?

Send us an email for tickets…
Why should you support El Comité and the work it does? Watch:

THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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