Women's Lobby of Colorado was proud to join dozens of organizations across the state at the voting rights rally held during the MLB All Star Games in Denver!
" A coalition of rallygoers said Sunday the For the People Act is legislation that represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect the freedom to vote, hold politicians accountable, set national standards for election administration, and end the grip of big money in politics in all 50 states. "
Our Board Member, Janine Vanderburg, wrote an op-ed for Next Adventure discussing ageism against younger people:
"Last year, I joined the Women's Lobby of Colorado, an intergenerational group advocating for women's issues. Among other things, I learned about the desperate need for diapers among mothers who lost jobs during the pandemic — something that would not otherwise be on the radar of my 60-something self. When we bring generations together, we find that we have more in common than what divides us. "
Our Board Chair, Ashley Brink, was quoted in this article by the Colorado Times Recorder calling out the hypocrisy of anti-abortion politicians voting against SB21-27:
“It’s unfortunate and perplexing that the Senate Republican caucus is politicizing a very real need for so many Colorado families,” said Ashley Brink, Board Chair of Women’s Lobby of Colorado, in a statement to CTR. “This should not be political. But when many Republicans claim to value the lives of pregnant people and children as their reasons for pushing dangerous anti-abortion legislation, and refuse to help low-income parents with this bill, it clearly is political. We believe all of our legislators should be seeking to support parents and families by helping provide the resources they need to take care of their children.”
Our Board Member, Anna Ramirez Crawford, wrote a letter to the editor at the Colorado Times Recorder on why we need to pass SB176 for stronger protections of workers' rights for all Coloradans, and SB87 to include farmworkers, who are vital to our economy and recovery, in Colorado's workers' rights' protections.
“ State legislators can’t say that they “stand with women,” if they don’t stand with low-income women, working women, and women of color—they can’t say that they stand with women if they oppose these bills. [...] For our state leaders, if you call yourself a women’s rights advocate you must support these bills. These bills are about improving women’s rights and basic needs. Your actions will speak louder than your words."
Our Board Chair, Anna Ramirez Crawford, spoke with Colorado Politics to discuss our priority bill, SB21-27 for the 2021 Colorado Legislative Session.
“This pandemic has shown us just how easy it is for parents to lose their jobs and fall into a situation where they must make impossible choices,” Women’s Lobby of Colorado Board Chair Anna Ramirez Crawford said in a release. “As a society, we need systems to help them through this pandemic and to help other families in the future.”
Our Board Member, Janine Vanderburg, was featured in this article by WesternSlopeNow.com discussing the creation of age-positive birthday cards to change the narrative around anti-ageism.
“It’s time to celebrate age! Older adults are often curious, active, and engaged, yet so many of my birthday card choices mock older adults or make aging seem like a period of decline, depression, and dependence,” said Janine Vanderburg, Director of Changing the Narrative. “The fact is, we are living longer and healthier lives that give us the chance to do more and become more. Older age has its own unique benefits to celebrate and now we’ve made cards to do just that.”
All Colorado voters get a mail-in ballot, of which they can drop-off or mail. If you mail use 2 stamps & mail 10 days before. Or you can vote in person early or on election day.
For more info on registering & voting: www.govotecolorado.com
Our Board Member, Ashley Brink, wrote this piece in the Aurora Sentinel on the proposed state ballot initiative working to ban abortion care later in pregnancy. Please read, share, and vote No on Prop 115.
"With a SCOTUS hostile to abortion rights, and with Roe v. Wade on the line, we cannot afford to waver on this issue. Coloradan’s don’t want abortion bans in our state–that’s why we’ve rejected them 3 times already at the ballot box. As someone who previously lived in a state with a similar ban, I have witnessed the negative impacts this type of abortion restriction can have on women, families, and communities. That’s why I’m voting no on Proposition 115."
Our Board Chair, Anna Ramirez Crawford, wrote this piece in El Comercio de Colorado on a proposed state ballot initiative to ban abortion care later in pregnancy. Please read, share, and decline to sign petitions for this dangerous initiative.
"We cannot let this narrative of stigma and shame around abortion care hurt Colorado families. Coloradans have said this time and time again at the ballot box. We need to offer support to communities, including comprehensive sexual education, more access to birth control, and more resources for low income women — this support allows families to choose early in a pregnancy if they are ready for family, and will often reduce abortion rates. Those are policies that help families and provide opportunity to more Coloradans."
On November 17-18 Women's Lobby of Colorado joined PWN-USA and Progress for Colorado for a great two days of learning and planning for policy change in Colorado's next legislative session.We had around 35 community members join us to learn about important issues from experts including 9to5 Colorado, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Colorado People's Alliance, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and the newly-elected Senator, Julie Gonzales.
We talked about how we can support immigrant communities, the possibilities of health care reforms and passage of paid family leave, and legislation to improve access to reproductive health care and for all communities.
Thank you to all who joined us!
Election Day was historic for women candidates. They won in record numbers nationally and in Colorado.
We saw the most women ever elected to the United States Congress. This included two Native American women and two Muslim women newly-elected. The first time ever for Native American women.
In Colorado there were also some important decisions made. Colorado elected the first gay Governor in history. Colorado elected a woman state-wide, Jena Griswold, as the state's Secretary of state. Coloradans elected the most women ever to the legislature. And Coloradans elected the first transgender women in its history to the the state legislature, Brianna Titone.
Coloradans made decisions on important ballot initiatives. An Amendment to the constitution (A) to remove slavery from it passed, as well as bi-partisan election re-districting Amendments (Y and Z). We also saw Proposition 111, which limits payday lending interest pass into Colorado state law. For more election results click here.
We anticipate there will be a lot of work to do this next state legislative session. Our membership will provide a voice for women and the policies we need now, like pay equity and paid family leave. To help us in our work to advocate for all women at the Colorado Capitol, become a member of Women's Lobby of Colorado today! Your $35 membership dues helps us provide a voice for all women at the Colorado legislature each session.
Update: The US Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with Colorado Senator Micahel Bennet voting no and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner voting yes.
Thank you to Senator Michael Bennet to listening to our concerns and voting to protect women's rights and equity.
Our activism prior to the vote included this petition to Colorado's U.S. Senators urging them to vote NO on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. We need a Supreme Court nominee who will promise to protect health care access including to safe and legal abortion.
The Supreme Court is the ultimate decision-maker regarding the rights of people in our country. It has upheld many important decisions that have ensured access to education, health care, and civil rights. We need a Supreme Court majority that will protect these important public needs – for all communities.
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh would put many of these rights – and, crucially, many Coloradans' lives – at risk. We need SCOTUS justices that will treat every person equally, a premise our democracy depends upon. Alarmingly, Judge Kavanaugh has met certain requirements by the President in his vetting, including agreeing to undermine the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade. It is clear that these would go against core Colorado values.
Colorado is a proven leader in ensuring health care and advancing women's rights. Our state implemented the ACA on our own terms, creating our own exchange and expanding our Medicaid program to include all low-income adults. In addition, Colorado was the first state to legalize abortion and has continued to protect abortion access for 50 years – including Coloradans voting down three fetal personhood ballot initiatives that would have banned it. Year after year, state leaders vote to protect legal abortion. Year after year, Colorado has prioritized lives.
We deserve Senators who will do the same.