Resources…

Below we’ll post resource materials from LAD events and meetings, as well as “Good to Know” reference information for political action. Thanks for attending LAD events, and for all that you do for democracy!


— October 2021 —

Presentation materials from our October 2021 meeting, “LAD presents the Longmont City Council Candidate Forum” with moderator, Mary Ann Grim, Front Range Community College History and Women & Gender Studies faculty member. All ten candidates participated in our forum.

Recording of Forum:


— September 2021 —

Presentation materials from our September 2021 meeting, The Dirt On Soil Regeneration and What We Can Do Locally —

Recording of Presentation:

With Kena and Mark Guttridge from Ollin* Farms, Longmont, Colorado. About their tireless efforts toward soil regeneration projects, including Project 95, as well as interning local students to work on the farm, and educating kids on the importance of nutrient-dense, homegrown vegetables. (*Ollin, meaning ‘movement’, is the day of the Aztec calendar associated with Xolotl. Xolotl is the god of shifting shapes, twins and Venus, the Evening Star.)

LAD SLIDES — One minute for each slide, or use menu at bottom of screen to click pause, advance, or full screen buttons:

OLLIN SLIDES — One minute for each slide, or use menu at bottom of screen to click pause, advance, or full screen buttons:

Please consider buying produce at Ollin Farms, located at 8627 North 95th St in Longmont.

Also, visit Ollin’s virtual farmstand, check out their amazing farm dinners, or consider a donation to Project 95, here.

Also highly recommended is viewing “Kiss the Ground” on Netflix, here.

Kiss the Ground Trailer:

 

Other clips and links within, or referenced for this presentation —

Ollin Farms | Adaptation:


Five Ways to Make Your Garden Regenerative:

Green America Regenerative Climate Victory Gardens website, here.

A Regenerative Secret (8:06):


Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life


— August 2021 —

ALL RESOURCES from our August 4 meeting (links, info, a recording of redistricting overview), as well as ongoing redistricting action items, can be found by clicking the Take Action Now widget:


— July 2021 —

Presentation slides from our July 2021 meeting, “Threats to Democracy & How We Can Protect It”. This presentation was very well received — and it is a topic that is important and timeless — so we’ve decided to Continue the Conversation. Stay tuned, as we add the script from the presentation, below, and also eventually post a video of it in the coming days.

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REFERENCED SOURCES, here.

 


— June 2021 —

Presentation slides from our June 2021 meeting, “Our Climate Emergency & What to Do About It”, with a presentation from Karen Dike & Mitzi Nicoletti (Climate Reality), Byron Kominek (Jack’s Solar Garden), and legislative updates from State Reps Tracey Bernett (HD12) and Karen McCormick (HD11). Slides, action and resource links, announcement details, below.

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INTRO FOR KAREN DIKE & MITZI NICOLETTI:
Karen and Mitzi are both involved with several environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Climate Reality, 350, SRL (Sustainable Resilient Longmont) and the new organization, Longmont Climate Community.  Both are engaged in working for solutions to rapidly address climate change.  Educating the community on ways to address climate change is part of this commitment.

INTRO FOR BYRON KOMINEK, Jack’s Solar Garden:
Jack’s Solar Garden is named for Byron’s grandfather, Jack Stingerie, who purchased the family’s 24-acre farm in Boulder County in 1972. He retired here and farmed hay and alfalfa until he passed away in 1980. Since then, the farm has passed to Jack’s daughter and Byron’s mother, Eloise Kominek. In 2018, Byron’s Dad Kurt Kominek, and Byron founded Jack’s Solar Garden in memory of and thanks to Jack for the opportunity to do more with this land for our community.

jackssolargarden.com

www.coagrivoltaic.org

Legislative Update from State Representative Tracey Bernett (HD12) and State Representative Karen McCormick (HD11). See Rep. Bernett’s newsletter, with links, covering the bills she discussed at our meeting, here. To see the bills Rep. McCormick has sponsored (be sure to toggle down for “House” or “Senate” under “Chamber of Origin” — click “apply”), here.

MEMORIAL DAY, 2021:
Memorial Day was different this year with much connection and context. My Dad was a POW in the Phillipines in WWII, then went on to serve in Korea right after he married our Mom — his birthday was Friday, so I thought about him a lot, as I’m sure so many of you did, having relatives who served. But on the 25th, as we all know, a few days before, was the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, so I believe when President Biden visited Floyd’s family once again, it was a memorializing of Floyd and also with the verdict in April, an acknowledgement of the beginning, just the beginning, of justice. This reminds us to not only say George Floyd’s name, but to continue to say the names of others as well, recognize the unfathomable injustice set upon them, that their families still feel, and what that means to all of us, to our democracy. For instance, Elijah McClain was remembered as his name was intoned by CLEAN members all through the weeks that State Rep’s Caraveo, Herod and State Senators Fields and Gonzales put forth HB21-1251 Appropriate Use Of Chemical Restraints On A Person — a bill that passed third reading in the Senate yesterday (status here). Because as we know, Elijah McClain was killed by a lethal injection of Ketamine.

The context continues: we recognized Memorial Day on Monday with Biden’s powerful speech, centering mostly on what Democracy means, and again, context: not only was Memorial Day created by African American recently emancipated men and women all those years ago — it was called Decoration Day back then:
“When Charleston fell and Confederate troops evacuated the badly damaged city, those freed from enslavement remained. One of the first things those emancipated men and women did was to give the fallen Union prisoners a proper burial. They exhumed the mass grave and reinterred the bodies in a new cemetery with a tall whitewashed fence inscribed with the words: ‘Martyrs of the Race Course.’
“And then on May 1, 1865, something even more extraordinary happened. According to two reports…a crowd of 10,000 people, mostly freed slaves with some white missionaries, staged a parade around the race track. Three thousand Black schoolchildren carried bouquets of flowers and sang ‘John Brown’s Body.’ Members of the famed 54th Massachusetts and other Black Union regiments were in attendance and performed double-time marches. Black ministers recited verses from the Bible…
And the article goes on: “the memory of this event was suppressed by white Charlestonians in favor of their own version of the day…” [Source: Good Black News, 5/31/21, here]

So let’s draw the line of context further: May 31 (Monday) also marked the beginning of the Tulsa Massacre 100 years ago. And 100 years ago today marks the day that the thriving Greenwood 35 block district of Tulsa was reduced to ashes and rubble with 1100 homes and businesses destroyed, robbing Black families of generational wealth, and tragically 300 or likely many more dead. Remains of whom are still being sought today, for some modicum of closure for descendants. Contrary to white newspapers at the time. and for decades later, deleting coverage of the event…

But did you notice that around this Memorial Day, finally, there were more reports on the Tulsa genocide in the news, more social media posts, documentaries, than ever before?

Yet — this then tragically connects us to all the other massacres in our nation’s history: the Sandcreek Massacre, the Ludlow Massacre, right here in Colorado, just to name two — and all of such genocide rooted in white supremacy. Biden visited Tulsa yesterday and he said this: “We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened or doesn’t impact us today, because it does…terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today. Not Isis. Not al-Qaeda. White supremacists.”

So I think I will never look at Memorial Day, or perhaps Memorial Week, the same way again. Yes, it will always honor the sacrifice of heroes in the name of our country. But it is also acknowledging the need for reckoning, educating ourselves to a deeper and more honest understanding of America’s history, and knowing in our hearts that silencing an injustice is the greatest injustice of all.

Biden’s Memorial Day Speech transcript, here.
Video: Biden’s Remarks Commemorating the 100th Anniversary Of Tulsa Race Massacre, here.
Breathtaking, remarkable 3D interactive site of Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, 1921, here.
PBS Documentary — Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, here.


— May 2021 —

Presentation slides from our May 2021 meeting, “Gun Safety in Colorado: Bold Transformational Change”, with a presentation from Tom Mauser, Colorado Ceasefire, and State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis (SD17). Slides, action and resource links, announcement details, below.

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Colorado Ceasefire 4-page handout, Responding to Gun Activists, here.

SIGN PETITION: Demand the Senate Pass Expanded Background Checks NOW!, here.

New York Times The Daily Podcast: Joe Biden’s 30-Year Quest for Gun Control, here.

Joe Salazar, Opinion, Colorado Sun, 5/4/21: Through his veto threat, Polis is failing to deliver on campaign promises on renewables and climate change, here.


Presentation slides from our April 2021 meeting, with State Rep. Leslie Herod, and Jessica Howard, ACLU Colorado.

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More about divesting to invest, here.

https://blog.frontrange.edu/2021/04/02/recognizing-sexual-assault-awareness-month/

buildbackstrongerco.com

https://www.vera.org/spotlights/ending-police-violence-and-ensuring-accountability

https://indivisible.org/demand-your-representative-support-washington-dc-statehood-bill

https://act.newmode.net/action/indivisible-project/demand-your-representative-support-and-move-swiftly-hr-1-and-hr-51-0

https://indivisible.org/resource/congress-101-filibuster

https://indivisible.org/resource/why-reforming-filibuster-doesnt-go-far-enough

https://act.newmode.net/action/indivisible-project/demand-your-representative-support-and-move-swiftly-hr-1-and-hr-51-0

https://act.newmode.net/action/indivisible-project/demand-senate-eliminate-filibuster-save-our-democracy

https://www.senate.gov/about/powers-procedures/filibusters-cloture.htm


Presentation slides from our March 2021 meeting, with Sonia Marquez and Angel Sanchez, BCDP Latinx Outreach Directors, “Immigration’s Critical Moment”.

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Community Cinemas ticket link, here.

SUSTAINABLE RESILIENT LONGMONT EVENTS PAGE, here.

2021 Plastic Pollution Reduction Act Letter of Support link, here.

Sign up for ecocycle alerts about 2021 Plastic Pollution Reduction Act: randy@ecocycle.org

 

From the Padres & Jóvenes Unidos facebook page: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos was formed by parents and youth willing to organize for educational justice, equity and excellence in Colorado Schools.


Padres Unidos was born out of a struggle at Valverde Elementary School in Denver where parents removed a principal who refused to stop the practice of forcing Mexicano children to eat their lunches from the cafeteria floor as a form of punishment. In 1992, after a year of organizing and successfully replacing the administrative leadership at Valverde, parents determined that it was necessary to build off of their experience and work with other parents in dealing with similar issues within Denver Public Schools. Parents from all over the district were calling Valverde parents for guidance, advice and support. With no office, staff, or money, Padres Unidos was formed by parents willing to organize for educational justice, equity and excellence in Denver Public Schools.


Padres Unidos has evolved into a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational excellence, racial justice for youth, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all. Jóvenes Unidos, the youth initiative of Padres Unidos, emerged as young people became active in reforming their schools, ending the school to jail track and organizing for immigrant student rights. Both Padres and Jóvenes Unidos build power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.


Presentation slides from our February 2021 meeting, a presentation on CLEAN (Community Legislative Early Action Network), with presentations by State Representative Karen McCormick (HD11), State Representative Tracey Bernett (HD12), and State Senator Sonya Jacquez Lewis (SD17).

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH LINKS:
NBCs Today All Day, as part of their Changemakers series,
will focus on stories of black lives making their mark with art, education, activism and more, throughout the month of February, here. And streamed on Peacock, Xumo, Roku and YouTube.


Also from Today, Black Voices, here.
“Freedom Summer”, PBS.
10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer. More than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi — then one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states, here.

COMMUNITY CINEMAS, every Friday through February and March!
Heart of Longmont Church, 350 11th Ave.
Community Cinemas has developed a series of pop-up, drive-in movies with discussion sessions — opening us up for discourse with people who think similarly as well as differently than ourselves. Various non-profits will partner to bring to the county this covid-safer activity that has been approved by Boulder County Health. This string of fundraisers will help organizations such as the NAACP, CIRC, SURJ, County Collectives, and Girl Scouts of Colorado, etc. to achieve their goals. For $31 your entire carload and as many people in it. Princess & the Frog, Hidden Figures on February 12, Moana, 
Black Panther on February 19…AND MORE! Tickets must be purchased online. Use the 
QR code above, or go to cocinemas.org (click Longmont, date, then showtime)


Presentation slides from our January 2021 meeting, a presentation from Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty about Boulder County’s Bias & Hate Initiative, followed by updates on the trump phone call, Georgia Runoff and Congressional count of EC votes, and thoughts on the framework of The Great Rebuilding
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Don’t Call trump Crazy:
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Presentation slides from our December 2020 Holiday “Potluck” meeting
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LAD 2021 Board Member Bios:
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IN MEMORIAM: Nino Gallo —

Thank You Tribute to State Rep. Singer and State Senator Foote:
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State Representative Jonathan Singer Hamilton Rap:

Bonus slides (not presented at meeting):
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Presentation slides from our October 2020 meeting, “All About Your 2020 Ballot, Part 2”
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Presentation slides from our September 2020 meeting, “All About Your 2020 Ballot, Part 1” (slide links are below)
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Presentation slides from our August 2020 meeting, “The Power of Our Vote” (slide links are below)
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LINKS & REFERENCE MATERIAL:

Slide 15: Contribution link for House Majority Project Event, here.

Congressman John Lewis’ Legacy:
John Lewis died on Friday July 17 — two and a half weeks ago. It’s hard to believe it’s only been that long, when you consider how deeply and universal the grief at his passing was. It commenced 6 days of celebrating his life, in different ways.

The first stop was in Troy, his birthplace — remember how he said that Dr. King called him “the boy from Troy”? And it was the Mayor of Troy, Jason Reeves applauded Lewis’ strength at “confronting Alabama state troopers,” during his time as an activist during the Civil Rights movement.

“And now Alabama state troopers will lead his body around this state as we celebrate his life,” Reeves said.

His casket, then went on to Selma, crossed that bridge again, dubbed “The Final Crossing”, but this time by a horse drawn carriage, the street strewn with rose petals. His family walked solemnly behind. “He came from humble beginnings, always humble and respectful,” his sister Ethel Mae said.

A week ago Monday, Rep. Lewis was lying in state under the rotunda — An unbelievable rendition of Amazing Grace by Reverend Wintley Phipps was sung, as Lewis’ casket was resting on the catafalque of pine boards that was constructed for President Lincoln’s casket 155 years ago.

On to Atlanta Georgia, where he would be buried. So on last Thursday, the day of his funeral featured several notable eulogies, from three former presidents. President Clinton calling Congressman Lewis “a man I loved for a long time”. George Bush saying, ““Listen, John and I had our disagreements, of course, But in the America John Lewis fought for, and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action.”

President Obama’s eulogy was pointedly political, just as Congressman Lewis would expect, and words we’ve all been longing to hear for the past 3 and half years. Obama said, ““Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witness, with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans.” Intoning the heart of Lewis’ life work, he also said, “Even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations, and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision.” Then, calling Lewis an “American whose faith was tested again and again to produce a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance.”

More heartfelt words from Nancy Pelosi — this was a man deeply loved by his colleagues over the 33 years that he served. And so touching to hear from Jamila Thompson his deputy Chief of Staff, as she related the tender, fatherly words of encouragement he gave them over the years, She said, “He was just as you may have imagined, only better. And, that no day was ever the same…a peaceful soul…

I was wrecked that day, crying a lot, another wave after the first awful report that he was gone. I know I wasn’t alone.

But then, just like another Lewis-infused nudge toward good trouble, I read a blogpost by Amee Vanderpool. She said this:

(Amee Vanderpool’s full blogpost, here.)

The last, and most poignant, poetic stroke was orchestrated by Lewis himself. Along with visiting the Black Lives Matter protest the day before he checked into the hospital, and as he was sick and dying, he drafted a piece for the New York Times, with instructions to publish the day of his funeral. An organizer ’til the end. We found a video of Morgan Freeman reading these words from Congressman Lewis. (here)

Slide 34: Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All, by Martha S. Jones, here.

ACTION ITEMS:

Commit to Watch the  Democratic National Convention, Monday–Thursday, August 17–20. Go to demconvention.com Click “Commit to Watch”.

WATCH: Cardboard Cory – The Documentary, here. WATCH / COMMENT / SHARE WIDELY! from Indivisible Front Range Resistance.

CHECK OUT paybackproject.org

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION at govotecolorado.com
Check your registration regularly. Tell others to do the same.

FIND YOUR PRECINCT LEADER, here.

FOR YOUR OUT OF STATE FRIENDS: If they are requesting absentee ballots, the deadlines for most states are in October. Urge them to drop off their ballots early and safely.

PLAN ON RESULTS TAKING A WHILE. If we are successful in turning out the vote and more folks nationally use their absentee ballot — which will be a GOOD THING — every single vote MUST be counted! Be VIGILANT in this message. Keep Fighting. 

THE US HOUSE PASSED THE HEROES ACT MONTHS AGO! The republicans can’t and won’t come up with a better plan, or one as comprehensive. Urge the US Senate to take the HEROES act to a VOTE! text “resist” to 50409, text “Senate” 

AND THE HEROES ACT DOES EVEN MORE:
• $4 billion in election funding to expand vote by mail and maintain safe in-person voting locations.
• Any eligible voter in any state can request mail-in ballot for any reason, and can request it online. 
• Bans states from throwing out ballots without giving the voter the opportunity to fix discrepancies
• Requires mail-in ballots to include pre-paid postage
• Same-day and online voter registration
• Extended early voting days
• Safety measures for in-person voting, including protective gear for poll workers
• $25 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service!

 


Presentation slides from our July 2020 meeting, “Actively Committing to Antiracism” (slide links are below)
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LINKS & REFERENCE MATERIAL:

Slide 36:

winningjustice.org

text “antiracism” to 668366 (where you’ll get updates on the MoveOn “Anti-Racism & Allyship” series, the first episode of which was June 11, 2020)

check out the Boulder County chapter of the NAACP — consider a membership:

naacpbouldercounty.org

 

 

 


Presentation slides from our June 2020 meeting, “Expanding Access to Affordable Housing” (slide links are below)
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LINKS & REFERENCE MATERIAL:
From slide 9: Donate to Strongmont and other funds to help communities in Longmont, here. 

Out Boulder County’s 2020 Virtual Garden Party, here.

Slide 10: The Boulder County Democratic Party’s 45th Annual Truman Virtual Celebration, June 24-26, here.

Longmont City Councilmember Susie Hidalgo-Fahring’s statement of Solidarity in response to the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed (this was read by Hidalgo-Fahring at the LAD virtual meeting. It is part of Council’s agenda and will be voted upon for adoption by members at the next meeting. Please show support for this statement by contacting Longmont City Council members, here.):

The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor by police officers launching a nationwide movement of protests and sadly, riots have weighed heavy in our hearts and minds. We condemn the brutal death of George Floyd and the killings of so many more Black Americans because of racial discrimination by the very people sworn to protect us. We reject the actions of these officers who took it upon themselves to be the judge, jury, and executioners.

We recognize the trauma communities of color historically experience due to ongoing police brutality. In effect, exacerbating continued fear and distrust of law enforcement. We are a nation in grief. Grieving over the loss of lives such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor; in just these last few weeks.

As your elected officials, it is our responsibility to address instances of injustice. We must make the commitment to lead with compassion and the resiliency needed to build a more equitable community. Longmont City Council is committed in prioritizing racial equity and dismantling systemic racism that divides and destroys communities.

We support our community members’ efforts to participate in peaceful protesting. We stand in solidarity with these protesters and encourage the community to remain focused on the purpose of these demonstrations, which is to advocate and fight for racial, social, and economical justice.

From Slide 22: Great Resource Websites — please check these out!:

blacklivesmatter.com

naacp.org

useofforceproject.org

campaignzero.org

From Slide 35: East County Housing Opportunity Coalition, echocolorado.com

From Slide 44:

Boulder County Covid19 Resources, here.

Email: HHSCallCenter@BoulderCounty.org

From Slide 59: 

CENSUS UPDATE —

NATIONAL WEBSITE: 2020Census.gov | response rates

CITY OF LONGMONT: longmontcolorado.gov/census

2020 CENSUS CALL to ACTION:

POSTCARDS urging folks to respond to the Census, via commoncause.org! 
CONTACT Kathy Partridge to pick yours up, or arrange for drop off!
longmontkathy@gmail.com

From Slide 62: US Senate Candidates Romanoff and Hickenlooper Answer Black Lives Matter Question…rest of questions, here.

Slide 65: Corrected to read Boulder County Commissioner Dist. 2 (not 3)

From Slide 72: Please consider donating to:
sistercarmen.org

philanthropiece.org

From Slide 73: WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON LADs BOARD OF DIRECTORS? Email us at longmontareadems@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES AND SOME ACTION ITEMS:

ACTION ITEMS —

USPS: Integrity First PAC — https://act.integrityfirstpac.com/page/s/save-postal-service?email=mdesignco7@gmail.com&firstname=Marisa&lastname=Dirks&zip=80504

NPV: https://www.lwvbc.org/content.aspx?page_id=722&club_id=629866&emtid=140839564486&mtid=331831068257&ht=0&sl=1551324819

Interview with DeRay McKeeson (campaignzero.org) and Pod Save America hosts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JGMB7hIO5A

FROM PBO!: https://medium.com/@BarackObama/how-to-make-this-moment-the-turning-point-for-real-change-9fa209806067

Civil Rights Toolkit: https://civilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/Toolkit.pdf

Anguish and action from Obama Foundation: https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/

Dkos post with all PBO links: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/6/1/1949397/-As-protests-flare-Obama-offers-the-presidential-response-we-re-not-getting-from-Trump?detail=emaildkre

Marshall Project: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/05/28/before-george-floyd-s-death-minneapolis-police-failed-to-adopt-reforms-remove-bad-officers?fbclid=IwAR19ceFYhERC6x11F5i4mXIl-wPLo7ReBEeU7T5Bf-JG9fF7wM78EJBV9nw#

Tay Anderson: https://www.tayanderson.org/post/youngest-in-charge-21-year-old-tay-anderson-talks-education-representation-after-winning-denver-sc

“PARKING LOT CONVERSATIONS” —

Trump with movie clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtqkPpbSJ78

Sarah Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dUUkpVpS_k

Swat going through Minneapolis neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LozQg0oX-Gw

I’m a young black man Keedron Bryant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIuSLBX74Ac

Sheriff walks with protestors:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9jaEM49cIw

Rest in Power, Beautiful: https://vimeo.com/423875851?ref=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR28X-1ElXxm8bkD-L_ay-ElcyBry1yfPLmHF_ydMT1ZAD6dxGNqh7InGE4

 

 


Presentation slides from our May 2020 meeting, “Fair Tax Colorado” (slide links are below)
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From Slide 13, Barack and Michelle Obama Virtual Commencement links —
Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, Saturday, May 16, 12pm MST
(no link provided, search for details)
Graduate Together: High School Class of 2020 Commencement, Saturday, May 16, 6pm MST: https://graduatetogether2020.com/
Live June 6, 1pm MST, Graduation Event, “Dear Class of 2020”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpTjcouaeQ
reachhigher.org

OUR FAIR TAX COLORADO PRESENTERS:

Caitlin Schneider, Colorado Fiscal Institute, Fair Tax Colorado, caitlin@fairtaxcolorado.org

Abby Vining, Fair Tax Colorado, Vision 2020, abby@fairtaxcolorado.org

fairtaxcolorado.org

CENSUS UPDATE —

NATIONAL WEBSITE: 2020Census.gov | response rates

CITY OF LONGMONT: longmontcolorado.gov/census

2020 CENSUS CALL to ACTION:

POSTCARDS urging folks to respond to the Census, via commoncause.org! 
CONTACT Kathy Partridge to pick yours up, or arrange for drop off!
longmontkathy@gmail.com

CARDBOARD CORY UPDATE FROM INDIVISIBLE —
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=QUYCGyh2d_U&feature=emb_title

NATIONAL MAIL-IN BALLOT ACTIONS —
New York Times: “We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again”
voteathome.org
866ourvote.org

4 SAVE THE USPS ACTIONS:

1. Buy stamps store.usps.com

2. Contact Reps tell them to include support of the USPS in ANY Coronavirus stimulus bill! text “resist” to 50409

3. moveon.org text MAIL to 668356 to demand full Postal Service funding!

4. votevets.org sign their petition!


Presentation slides from our April 2020 meeting, “All About the 2020 Census” (links have also been added)
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Comments or questions about our “All About the 2020 Census” presentation, go to longmontareadems@gmail.com


From Slide 16: Looking up legislation that has passed this year, even though session has been suspended due to coronavirus protocol —

leg.colorado.gov/bills

(Use the pull down menu to “Bills”, then type in “HB20 Signed” or “SB20 Signed” — and you’ll see the legislative work that has been completed and signed by Governor Polis this year.)


From Slide 46: Trailer for pbs.org documentary, “A Class Apart”, here.


CENSUS NATIONAL WEBSITE: 2020Census.gov

CITY OF LONGMONT CENSUS PAGE: longmontcolorado.gov/census


From Slide 77: Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) of 2020, here.


CENSUS PROMOTION DOWNLOADS:
8.5×11″ Flyer in Spanish and English (pdf) —

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Eng-Span-Census 2020 85×11 Flyer _Rev 12.4

JPEG files for Social Media sharing:
English: English2020Census85x11Flyer.jpg (100 downloads)
Spanish: Spanish2020Census85x11Flyer.jpg (102 downloads)  

3 Ways to Respond Postcard in Spanish and English (pdf) —
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Census Postcards – Ways to Respond

JPEG files for Social Media sharing —
English: EnglishCensusPostcard.jpg (99 downloads)
Spanish:
SpanishCensusPostcard.jpg (98 downloads)

Be in the Know and Be Safe 8.5×11″ Flyer from the Community Protection Division of the Boulder County DAs Office in English (pdf) —
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2020 census flyer English

JPEGs for Social Media sharing —
Page 1: BeSafe2020-census-flyer-English_Page_1.jpg (97 downloads)
Page 2: BeSafe2020-census-flyer-English_Page_2.jpg (96 downloads)


Esté informado y esté seguro 8.5×11″ Flyer from the Community Protection Division of the Boulder County DAs Office en Español (pdf) —
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2020 census flyer Spanish

JPEGs for Social Media sharing —
Page 1: EsteSeguro2020-census-flyer-Spanish_Page_1.jpg (96 downloads)
 
Page 2: EsteSeguro2020-census-flyer-Spanish_Page_2.jpg (106 downloads)

END OF PROGRAM VIDEOS:
Piano Guys with Sir Cliff Richard, “It’s Gonna Be Okay”

Stayin’ Inside Coronavirus Bee Gees Parody

 


Presentation slides from our March 2020 meeting, Candidate Meet & Greet (HD11, HD12, SD17 and Boulder County Commissioner, Districts 1 & 2)
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Presentation slides from our February 2020 meeting, Caucus 101: Laying the Grassroots Groundwork for 2020
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LADFEB2020Presentation

Presentation slides from our 2019 Holiday Potluck / Business meeting
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Presentation slides from our November 2019 meeting
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In October of 2019, we held a Longmont City Council Candidate Forum.


Presentation slides from our September 2019 meeting
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Presentation slides from our June 2019 meeting
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Medicare for All: How do we pay for it?:

Wendell Potter — Debunking the Propaganda:

From the C-SPAN website: “Ady Barkan, who was diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2016 and has only a short time left to live because of the ravages of the disease, delivers emotional testimony in support of the “Medicare for All” proposal, arguing that health care is a right. Mr. Barkan also works as the co-director of the Center for Popular Democracy.”:


Presentation slides from our May 2019 meeting
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Presentation slides from our April 2019 meeting
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CREATING INCLUSION & CONFRONTING HATE PRESENTATION —
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2019 LAD Presentation on Cultural Proficiency

Slide 13 (video): “What is the Opposite of Hate” here.
Slide 20 (video): “Willing to be Disturbed”, TED talk, “‪Jay Smooth — How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race”, here.‬


Presentation slides from our March 2019 meeting
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LADMAR2019Meeting

 

 


Presentation slides from our February 2019 meeting
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Presentation slides from our January 30, 2019 (Special) meeting
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Presentation slides from our January 2019 meeting
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LADJAN2019Presentation

Presentation slides from our December 2018 meeting
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LADDEC2018Presentation

Presentation slides from our October 2018 meeting
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LADOCT2018Presentation

Hate Response Pledge Cards


Presentation slides from our September 2018 meeting
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LADSEPT2018Presentation

 


Presentation slides from our June 2018 meeting
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Presentation slides from our May 2018 meeting
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Presentation slides from our April 2018 meeting
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Presentation slides from our March 2018 meeting
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Presentation slides from our February 2018 meeting
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Presentation slides from our January 2018 meeting
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LADJAN2018Presentation

Presentation slides from our December 2017 Potluck.


Presentation slides from our November 2017 meeting.


(Our October 2017 meeting was a Longmont City Council Candidate Forum. No presentation slides.)


Presentation slides from our September 2017 meeting.


Presentation slides from our June 2017 meeting.



Presentation slides from our May 2017 meeting.


Presentation slides from our April 2017 meeting.


When Buck showed up in Longmont, April 15, 2017.


Presentation slides from our March 2017 meeting.


Comments and answers from January 2017 meeting.


Presentation slides from our January 2017 meeting. (Also scroll down, this page.)


Buck Receives Money from Koch Brothers


DON’T FORGET to sign up for Daily ACTION ALERTS! Even though DC voicemail boxes become full, these alerts can be your signal to contact district offices.


If you haven’t heard of it by now, check out the Indivisible Guide, an activism tool created by former congressional staffers. Download the guide and sign up for updates (scroll down on page), here.


ANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE: Created by Colorado activists. Download the Colorado Resistance Manual here.


On January 17, 2017, LAD had its first meeting of the year, outlining an action plan for the next 3 months and presenting on Activism, ColoradoCare (Amendment 69), and CLEAN (Citizens Legislative Early Action Network. Download the presentation pdf here. Here are the slides from that presentation:

(Scroll down to Notes on Activism for how to look up your district information.)

Download Dr. Cagan’s presentation here.

Why is this important when it comes to activism?

Does anyone here remember the Occupy movement?  Started in 2011, it was centered at Zucotti Park in NYC to speak out against Wall Street corruption and got people to talking about the 99% and income and social inequality.  There were satellite protests as well. The one here in Longmont attracted 150 people to Main Street and was covered by Denver news stations. There was great energy and excitement, it was definitely shifting the narrative.

But here’s the thing: the Occupy Movement did not produce one candidate. Not only did they distinctly not align with the Democratic Party, there was no organized effort to recruit progressive candidates. Meanwhile, the Tea Party, which had started two years earlier, gave us the Tea Party Congress that obstructed Obama and Democrats for most of his terms. It gave us Coffman and Lamborn here in Colorado (Buck is endorsed by the Tea Party), Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Joe Walsh, Mike Pence, Jim DeMint, Steve King, Rand Paul and many more.

In the Indivisible Guide, you can see tactics borrowed from the Tea Party movement. The difference is, Democrats stand for the right things. And now with the trumpocalypse, more Democrats are inspired to be on the defensive than ever before.

As bad as things are now with the impending trumpocalypse, we’ve been here before on some scale. My father was a POW with the Japanese and my mother grew up in Italy during the war. We all come from adversity turning into triumph. Drawing context from history lends a deeper perspective. Remember that any social movement for the better came about not because of elected officials, but because ordinary people organized — many times small groups merging into larger ones — to influence elected officials.

Even though the word progressive implies the positive hope one must certainly possess in order to be a progressive, you’ll be surprised at how many cynical progressives or Democrats you’ll meet. Sometimes this is simply because they’ve done their research and they’ve figured out that it’s pretty bad. And yeah, it’s pretty bad. There is not a person in this room that doesn’t understand just how bad it is. But here’s the strategy the next time you talk to the friend who starts the conversation with, “The Earth is dying…”: You listen for a bit and then you say, “So what are we going to do about it?”

Coming from a family of 6 kids, family analogies are big with me: I like to think of Democrats as this big dysfunctional family that always manages to show up at Thanksgiving dinner, arguments and all, because we still love each other and the big house we all grew up in. That house just needs repair now and then.

 


On April 14, 2016, Longmont Area Democrats participated in Front Range Community College’s Take Back the Night event. Here are resources from our pop-up booth (click below to see pdf’s):

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Stories about the real-life affects of Fracking:

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 The Story of El Comité. Watch the video below to learn about how El Comité started and read a Denver Post piece chronicling the tragic event that started it all. Please consider attending El Comité’s Annual Fundraising Dinner coming up on February 28, 2015. Great food, even greater cause!

El Comite video

Remember this when you hear the industry phrase “Fracking has been done safely for 60 years…”:

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Still. True. Today.:



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Did you ever wonder why folks vote against their best interests?: “I was poor, but a GOP diehard…”


 “In Defense of Obama”, Rolling Stone magazine, 10/8/14.



From our presentation on the Koch Brothers:

Kochtopus


 

TALKING POINTS:

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“INEQUALITY FOR ALL” SCREENING / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014:

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The film discussed elements of the Virtuous Cycle vs. the Vicious Cycle.

The Virtuous Cycle:
1. Productivity grows
2. Wages increase
3. Workers buy more
4. Companies hire more
5. Tax revenues increase
6. Government invests more
7. Workers are better educated
8. Economy expands

The Vicious Cycle:
1. Wages stagnate
2. Workers buy less
3. Companies downsize
4. Tax Revenues decrease
5. Government cuts programs
6. Workers are less educated
7. Unemployment rises
8. Economy suffers

Salon.com / “Robert Reich: Income inequality is the civil rights struggle of our time”

Salon.com / “Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap”

Download Screening Discussion Guide

Inequality for All website