“In this climate of calculated cynicism — a cynicism designed to make us feel hopeless — we need to be fanatical in our optimism, in our belief that we can become the subjects of history again, not just the objects.” — STEVE ALMOND, wbur.org, 2/5/2020

(mail-in ballots being sent right now! If you are unaffiliated, you will receive TWO ballots — turn in ONLY ONE!)

CAUCUS, SATURDAY, MARCH 7th! Trainings going on next week, scroll down for details...
TODAY! — CAUCUS CHAIR TRAINING,  Saturday, February 15, 10:30am–12pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Kimbark, Longmont. Boulder County Democratic Party has ongoing training for Caucus Chairs, Troubleshooters, Registrars and Precinct Caucus Secretaries — but anyone is WELCOME to attend! Next training is scheduled on Tuesday, February 18, 6:30–8:30pm, Lafayette Public Library, 775 Baseline Rd, Lafayette — and — Saturday, February 29, 10:30am–12:00pm, Boulder County Democratic Party HQ, 5735 Arapahoe Ave #A1, Boulder.
CAUCUS REGISTRAR & TROUBLESHOOTER TRAINING: Saturday, February 29, 2pm – 3pm, Boulder County Democratic Party HQ, 5735 Arapahoe Ave #A1, Boulder.

TODAY & EVERY SATURDAY: Longmont Leads with Love (not silent) Vigil, 1–2pm, 6th and Main.

Jim Hightower on "Food, Fracking, and Fellowship in an Age of Uncertainty", Sunday, February 16, 5pm (doors open at 4:30), Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont. Author, commentator, activist and producer of "Hightower Lowdown", Jim Hightower's talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments and cash bar before the talk. $5 suggested donation, here,  but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Jonathan Singer Coffee with the Candidate for Boulder County Commissioner District 2, Saturday, February 15, 11am–12pm, Amante Coffee, 1035 Walnut, Boulder.
Volunteer in Longmont: Saturday, February 15, 1–4pm. RSVP to SingerforBoulderCounty@gmail.com for the address.
Boulder Petition Collecting: Saturday, February 15, 2–4pm, Ozo Coffee (West), 1015 Pearl, Boulder.
Boulder Petition Signing and Happy Hour: Saturday, February 15, 5:30–6:30pm, Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder.
Volunteer in Longmont: Sunday February 16, 11:30am–3:30pm,  RSVP
 to SingerforBoulderCounty@gmail.com for the address.
Boulder Petition Signing: Sunday, February 16, 3–5pm Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder.

Confirmation Hearing for COGCC Board Members, Tuesday, February 18, 2pm, Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol, Denver. Senate Transportation & Energy Committee (State Senators Winter, Chair, Donovan, Vice Chair, Foote, Hisey and Scott). Hearing Howard Boigon, Erin Overturf, John Messner, Mark Hopkins, Liane Jollon, Brenda Haun, Pamela Eaton Listen to hearing online at leg.colorado.gov > click "Watch & Listen" for audio (Senate Committees of Reference > Transportation & Energy)

Fundraising Reception for Marta Loachamin, candidate for Boulder County Commissioner, District 2, Thursday, February 20, 5:30–7pm, Boulder. RSVP:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/boulderfeb20#edit  If you cannot attend, please consider a donation, here.  For more info go to marta2020.org

Meet & Greet for Marta Loachamin, District 2 Community Candidate for Boulder County Commissioner, Sunday, February 23, 10:30–11:30am, Wild Sage Cohousing,1650 Zamia Ave, Boulder. RSVP or for directions, contact Ellen at: ellen.orleans@gmail.com SKIP or Bus 204 encouraged! If you cannot attend, please consider a donation, here.  For more info go to marta2020.org

Karen McCormick, Candidate for HD11 Meet & Greet, Sunday, February 23, 4–6pm, The Spruce Squad Bar & Grill, 1925 Spruce Ave, Longmont.
With Hosts Tracie Giargiari & Jim Hixson. No obligation to donate or volunteer, it is truly a meet and greet — but we'd like to know how many are attending to plan food and drink. Please RSVP: karen@karenforco.com  

PHONE BANKS EVERY FRIDAY (except Valentines Day!), 6–8pm, Home of Stan Gelb & Beth Utton, 2226 Sherman Street, Longmont. To support Andrew Romanoff’s US Senate campaign. BRING laptop or tablet AND phone. We will be using a dialer application, hence the need for laptop or tablet. If you don’t have a computer to bring along, we can arrange paper call sheets with 48 hours advance notice.  A phone is still required. Please RSVP at 303.485.9427, THANKS!

Governor Jared Polis provided Ingrid Encalada Latorre with a much deserved pardon.  Among the other work she has done on behalf of all immigrants was to create the No Mas Cheucos program that educates people about the damaging outcomes of the use of a false ID. The pardon means a barrier to reopening her case has been removed, but she is still not free until her case can be reopened. In addition she can not work. Your help at this time is very important. Please consider a donation. More info here.

Longmont Food Rescue Executive Direction Job Posting: Applications in by March 1. Job description and application,  here. Any questions can be directed to Kelly Mahoney kelly@longmontfoodrescue.org

Applications are open now through March 6th for Emerge Colorado's first ever 2020 Campaign Staff Boot Camp, Saturday & Sunday, April 4–5, Denver. In partnership with Working Families Party and Colorado Black Women for Political Action. Training up to 80 of the best Democratic campaign staffers and progressive activists Colorado has to offer and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to guide their candidates to victory. Applications here.

The 2020 Colorado State Legislative Session (Second regular session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly) is in its first month and already, several important bills have made it through committees. Track legislative bills at leg.colorado.gov To see a presentation about, and to join LADs CLEAN (Community Legislative Early Action Network), go here. CLEAN conference calls are ongoing, email us here, if you are interested in joining in.

You can find LADs revised support statements, here. LAD monthly meeting resource materials, here.

Caucus, Saturday, March 7
THANK YOU to the 90 people who showed up for LAD’s Caucus 101 presentation! We were happy to bring you a fun, informative overview of what is Caucus (with a bit of history), why we Caucus, what is different about Caucus 2020 (including some good natured ribbing about how ours is different from Iowa’s) and how to Caucus — for the last, and still the best way for face-to-face engagement with your Democratic neighbors! Electing members of the BCDP’s premier Field Team — its Precinct Leaders, and starting the election of delegates based on US Senate candidate preference (buh, BYE, CORY!). All presentation materials, with helpful links throughout are available, here. QUESTIONS ABOUT CAUCUS? Email us here.

The Boulder County Democratic Party has ongoing training
for Caucus Chairs, Troubleshooters, Registrars and Precinct Caucus Secretaries — but anyone is WELCOME to attend! TODAY:  Saturday, February 15, 10:30am–12pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Kimbark, Longmont. Next training is scheduled on Tuesday, February 18, 6:30–8:30pm, Lafayette Public Library, 775 Baseline Rd, Lafayette — and — Saturday, February 29, 10:30am–12:00pm, Boulder County Democratic Party HQ, 5735 Arapahoe Ave #A1, Boulder.
CAUCUS REGISTRAR & TROUBLESHOOTER TRAINING: Saturday, February 29, 2pm – 3pm, Boulder County Democratic Party HQ, 5735 Arapahoe Ave #A1, Boulder.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAUCUS, March 7! Start thinking about it NOW. Remember, the Presidential Primary is Tuesday, March 3 (you'll be sent a mail in ballot mid February) But CAUCUS the following SATURDAY afternoon, is when we will be electing delegates for US Senate candidates — SENDING CORY BACK TO YUMA. Gardner's seat is recognized as one of the MOST vulnerable US Senate seats. Let's make that a reality! Volunteering at Caucus is FUN, goes QUICKLY and you'll still be able to participate and vote in your precinct's caucus. LAD will have a Caucus 101 presentation (to be announced), and the Boulder County Democratic Party will have Caucus training throughout February. Look up your voter registration to find your precinct number (click the "County & District Information" tab. Your precinct number is the last three digits of the long number) at govotecolorado.com Contact us if you are interested in volunteering, here.
Become a Candidate Liaison for Universal Health Care: a rewarding way to provide 2020 candidates with solid information, informing their policy — and making universal health care a reality. To learn more, click here. Questions?
Contact Virginia Gebhart or Laurie Beckel here.

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to Heather Cox Richardson newsletters — Professor of history at Boston College, here. (You won't regret it!) Also on facebook.

keep the faith.

READ: Don’t Lose Hope. Be a Fanatical Optimist Instead, here.

Reject the “Democrats in Disarray” rhetoric — at least we stand for something! — and there are more like-minded folks out there than you might think.

CONTINUE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN OUR DEMOCRACY — that only makes it stronger! And we have several ways to do it: Colorado will hold its PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION on SUPER Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (not caucus). In addition, there will be a CAUCUS on Saturday, March 7, 2020 (in the afternoon) to select delegates for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate candidates and other races, followed by county and state assemblies, PRIMARY ELECTION on TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2020 for all offices, and the GENERAL ELECTION on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020!
2020 COLORADO US SENATE CANDIDATES all in one place, here. (and speaking of that, read LADs response to the DSCCs candidate endorsement, here — if you agree, you can sign it too!

DID YOU MISS the Colorado Democratic US Senate Candidate Forum? No worries, WATCH, here. 
READ this Colorado Sun article about Casa de Paz, the group doing powerful work for detained immigrants at the Aurora Detention Center, here. (Casa de Paz is the organization that coordinated holiday cards to detained families, some of which we sent from the potluck last week.) Please consider supporting the work they do, here.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. See "What to do if ICE comes to your door", from the National Immigration Project, here.

This is How We Defend Immigrants from trump, here.

IMMIGRANTS & ALLIES: Please keep the Colorado Rapid Response Network (CORRN)  — Immigration hotline number: 1 (844) 864-8341 to report any ICE activity in Colorado and southern Wyoming! Please follow CORRN on facebook (Colorado Rapid Response Network - Immigration) and support the following groups affiliated with CORRN online:  American Friends Service Committee (facebook:ColoradansForImmigrantRights),
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition,
Colorado People's Alliance, Mi Familia Vota,
Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Together Colorado,
United for a New Economy

Representative Ken Buck (R–CD4): 202-225-4676 (DC)
970-702-2136 (Greeley).
Senator Cory Gardner (R): 202-224-5941 (DC)
Senator Michael Bennet(D): 202-224-5852 (DC)
303-455-7600 (Denver).

OR USE RESISTBOT (text "resist" to 50409)

Be on the watch for these 2020 ballot measures:
ANTI-CHOICE advocates are pushing the 22-week ABORTION BAN INITIATIVE 120 (Class 3 FELONY) and have until March 4 to collect 124,632 valid signatures from registered voters in order to place the measure on the November 2020 ballot. DO NOT be complacent since Colorado has historically and resoundingly rejected similar measures in the past. We need ALL ADVOCATES on deck to speak out and defeat these efforts! DECLINE TO SIGN! More, here. 

IT'S COMING: The National Popular Vote (NPV) Compact was drafted and passed by our legislature and signed into law by Governor Polis last spring. But outside groups (that violated Colorado law by not disclosing their financial sources) and using lies and deceptive scamming (see video proof, here), gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the NPV on your 2020 ballot — VOTE YES on the NPV Referendum! NPV Messaging: Every Vote Equal. Every Vote Matters. One Person, One Vote. Ask those against the NPV, "why are you so afraid of 'one person, one vote'?" Follow this website and click the Colorado link for updates, here.


coloradonpv.org newsletter signup, here.

Film about NPV, awarded "official selection" at 2 film festivals, Winner Take All, now on Amazon Prime, here.

TRUST US, you will LOVE this from RANDY RAINBOW (and have it on constant replay until November 3, 2020), here.
In order to compile as much information as possible from as many residents as possible, the Library will be hosting community meetings and using a survey to hear directly from members of the public about what they believe the Longmont Public Library should offer. This is not about whether the Library is doing a good job now, but about what you want it to be in the future. Please don't hesitate to be honest and candid.
Community Meetings: 
Monday, February 10, 6:30–8pm, Longmont Public Library, 4th & Emery, Longmont
Meeting will be in the Children's section, focusing on services to families. The east entrance of the Library will be closed for concrete repairs, including the public outside elevator and the parking lot. Those attending this meeting should plan to enter through the west entrance. 
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30–8pm, Casa de la Esperanza, 1520 S. Emery St., Longmont
This meeting will be held in English AND Spanish
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30–8pm, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
Thursday, February 13, 6:30–8pm, Lashley Street Station, 1200 Lashley St.,

THE CITY OF LONGMONT is conducting a housing and human service needs assessment, an essential element of which is a resident survey. The survey findings will inform our housing, community development and human service priorities and programs for the next 3 – 5 years. You can take the survey, here.  Encuesta en español, aquí.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

CAUCUS: Saturday, March 7, 2020
(in the afternoon. To select delegates for the Democratic Party's US Senate candidates and other races, followed by County Assembly on March 28, and State Assembly on April18.)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Monday, July 13–Thursday, July 16, 2020
Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Check your voter registration at govotecolorado.com

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.

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* Longmont Area Democrats does not officially endorse Democratic candidates during a primary (pre-nomination) period of an election, or any candidates for non-partisan races. But since voting and being politically informed is a progressive value, we will regularly post candidate events and volunteer opportunities on this list.

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