THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Held at City Council Chambers on Tuesday night, June 11. Local activist, Ray Rodriguez, made this statement:
“We were showing up to support an amazing Longmont Pride Proclamation and Mardi decided to make me speak in front of other people. As Ann Noonan says, “speak your mind even when your voice shakes.” My brief trembling words were:
‘This isn’t your grandparents Longmont anymore.” This is what my friend Mardi says every time our community moves forward. Speaking of which I would like to honor my late grandfather Gene Maldonado from Longmont who served on D-Day in WWII. He fought for a safer world for all of us.
Creating a safer world is part of why we are here today. Today we are sending a message from our elected officials AND the community here with us. You might say, you are saving people. As a child that struggled with feeling safe at school and in the world, I have to tell you this means so much to that 15 year old Ray Rodriguez that was ready to stop fighting all the messages that I was not worthy.
Today, we get to send a message to our little big town that our community, especially our youth, are not just worthy but that we are enough. That’s worth celebrating.”
— Photo by Bob Norris
Many thanks to the 60 or so folks who attended our meeting! Special thanks to electeds, candidates in attendance and our panel speakers. Here is the powerful testimony from Ady Barkan — at the first ever Medicare for All committee hearing in Washington (we didn’t get a chance to view this at the meeting) All meeting materials are posted under the “resources” widget to your left.:
We’ll start with a legislative roundup of important bills passed in our legislature just a few weeks ago that will transform healthcare in Colorado.
Then, All things Medicare for All:You’ll see riveting testimony, fact-based info on how exactly we’ll pay for Medicare for All, panel discussion from experts, and effective action items to debunk the propaganda, and reframe the discussion about one of the most important human rights issues of our time.
JOIN US!…and please, bring a friend!TONIGHT, Wednesday, June 5, 6:30pm, Longmont Public Library (NOT Front Range this time), 4th & Kimbark, Community Room.
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2 EVENTS in support of Reproductive Rights!:
STOP THE BANS RALLY: 6th & Main, Longmont, 5–6pm. Bring positive, proactive signs in support of reproductive rights!
MUCH APPRECIATION to the 60 people who attended our meeting last night…we packed the agenda with lots of good information people can USE. Thanks to all the speakers who presented and many thanks to attendees who also filled out postcards in support of HD50 State Rep. Rochelle Galindo! (Materials for our May 2019 meeting are posted under the Resources widget to your left, including the presentation slides and video links.) Our next meeting is June 5!
NEXT LAD MEETING: “Activism: Our Local, State & Federal Playbook” Wednesday, May 1, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, Classroom Bldg, 2121 Miller Drive (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room, Longmont. We’ll have candidates, city and county issues that will need your attention (Longmont City Council election this fall), we’ll cover the 2019 Colorado Legislative Greatest Hits…PLUS a targeted Postcard Project in support of Rep. Galindo — she stood up for her district. Her votes benefited ALL of us across the state. It’s time we showed up for her.
JOIN US…and please, bring a friend! Wednesday, May1, 6:30pm, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Classroom Building (east side of Miller Drive), Community Room.(go in door C4, go left, follow the signs — there has been some remodeling! — the Community Room is on the right across from the bathrooms.)!
Thanks so much for the great turnout last week — about 50 folks attended…we’ve gotten lots of positive feedback. (Materials for our April 2019 meeting are posted under the Resources widget to your left, including the presentation slides and video links.) Our next meeting is May 1!
A Community Conversation — Creating Inclusion & Confronting Hate
A Community Conversation. We need to stand together to confront bigotry and hate, educate ourselves about implicit bias, cultural self-awareness and cultural proficiency.
What does that mean? LAD board members Sue McCue and Susie Hidalgo-Fahring will lead this important and empowering discussion, including exercises to help all of us clearly identify our own bias and what to do about it.
And…we have a little over a month left of session — LOTS going on, so we’ll provide an overview of the latest legislative updates from the Capitol!
Join us…and please, bring a friend! Wednesday, April 3, 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.)