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The Blast ~ December 3, 2019


Environmental Initiative Monthly Meeting

Hosted by El Paso County Democratic Party Wednesday, 6 - 8PM Downtown Penrose Library, Columbine Room

EpcoDems Environmental Initiative This initiative is to support the message of all groups and bring those messages into the Democratic Party Platform and to voters and concerned citizens of El Paso County. The Goal of this initiative is to make a difference legislatively, through outreach, education, and activism. We will send out newsletters, do calls to action, sponsor marches, host an environmental summit, help bring together legislation and platform issues, host film series, and reach out an any way possible to mobilize the action necessary to make a difference in the urgent and pressing issue of climate change. We are inviting anyone who would be interested in helping support and strengthen local environmental action. We are in the building, outreach and organizing phase of our initiative, you'd be welcome to join us!

Call to Action!!! from Liz Rosenbaum

Based on news reports out of Washington DC and the connections I have with our elected officials it is imperative they hear from us this week. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has had its deadline for voting moved several times, usually it is passed in September. Some of the hold up is wording about PFAS chemicals between the House and the Senate. “ The impact of making PFAS hazardous substances would be immediate and dramatic: a CERCLA listing would expose DOD and other public and private entities to Superfund cleanup liability, including private cost recovery litigation.” You can read more about the differing language in this article by the National Law Review:   https://www.natlawreview.com/arti…/pfas-solution-or-out-ndaa Why are the chemical companies only agreeing with PFOA (teflon) and PFOS (scotch guard)? Because they have stopped making it and moved onto other hazardous PFAS chemicals that we don’t know about the health effects yet!  PFAS = approximately 5,000 different chemicals PFOA = teflon PFOS = scotchard PFHxS = toxic fire fighting foam PFHxS contains trace amounts of PFOA and / or PFOS depending on the manufacturer's recipe. PFHxS levels exist even when PFOA and PFOS are at a non-detect in drinking water systems.

Please call our elected officials in Washington DC and tell them we need to declare all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances in the NDAA. Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852 Senator Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941 Congressman Doug Lamborn: (202) 225- 4422

Thank you all for your advocacy as we fight to protect our right to clean and safe drinking water. Our water districts have accomplished groundbreaking technologies to keep our levels all at a non-detect, we need to hold contaminators responsible for the costs of remediation. Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition

📷DEC 5 & 6

Open house set for RetoolCOS: a zoning and ordinance update

Hosted by City of Colorado Springs Government

Thursday, Dec 5 @ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. City Administration Building, Suite 102 30 S. Nevada Avenue, 80903

Friday, Dec 6 @ 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Senior Center 1514 N. Hancock Avenue, 80903

Our community came together in a two-year process to develop PlanCOS that outlines the city will develop over the next 20 years. With this process complete, the City is launching a new initiative to update our zoning and subdivision code to provide the technical support to carry out the goals outlined in PlanCOS.  The public is invited to learn about RetoolCOS, the plan to update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, Chapter 7 of City Code. When complete, the update to this section of City Code, which has not been comprehensively updated since the late 1990s, will result in establishing a new, modern and more user-friendly Unified Development Code (UDC). The zoning and subdivision ordinance governs how property owners can use their land—and includes regulations such as building height, setbacks between properties and rights-of-ways, what uses are permitted, and how many parking spaces must be provided for various development types. City staff and the project team will share the overall goals of the project, basic land use and zoning issues and processes, types of changes that may be made to the zoning and subdivision ordinance and provide input on successes and shortcomings of the City’s current ordinance as it pertains to the implementation of PlanCOS. The public will have the opportunity at key points in the process to learn about the proposed technical updates and how they support PlanCOS, as well as provide input, prior to final adoption by City Council. For more information about RetoolCOS visit: www.ColoradoSprings.gov/RetoolCOS📷DEC 6

Colorado Springs Climate Strike

Hosted by 350 Colorado Springs and 3 others Friday, December 6, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Colorado Springs City Hall 107 N Nevada Ave # 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The Colorado Springs Youth Climate coalition will be joining national strikes on December 6th 2019 The climate crisis is all around us: intensifying storms, hurricanes, heatwaves and wildfires, slow-burning disasters like drought and famine, and so much more. And the costs are paid for in the lives and livelihoods of those least responsible for causing the problem. We are at a pivotal moment to show a roaring public upswell for real climate solutions. With the Trump administration propping up fossil fuel billionaires at our expense, we need bold action to move us towards a just transition at all levels. Please join us at City Hall and strike with the youth!  RSVP here.📷DEC 6

Canvass for Bernie

Hosted by Anthony Maro and Our Revolution Colorado Springs & CD 5 Friday, 11:30AM - 2PM Colorado Springs City Hall 107 N Nevada Ave # 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

So who is ready to change the world with me? We have just 74 days as of Dec 3 till ballots drop on Feb. 15. We need to get out and knock on doors and talk with as many as we can between now and then. Bernie has one paid staffer in Colorado. We are a Super Tuesday state. Bernie is relying on the grassroots movement to propel him to victory here in Colorado. Lets not let the man who has fought his whole life for us down. Now is our time to stand and fight. Are you in? Will you join the revolution? We can do this!!! Please have a fully charged cell phone with miniVan app downloaded. As always we will be using the Bern app also during our canvassing efforts. If you have not done so already please have the Bern app downloaded on your phone when you arrive. We will have a quick training on both the Bern app and miniVan app before heading out to canvass. Please RSVP. 📷DEC 7

Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate

Hosted by Colorado Springs Feminists and 7 others Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 5 PM Richard F. Celeste Theatre 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Please join us for the first Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate! All questions will be asked by the youth (<23) but we encourage anyone of any age to attend! Food will be provided. We plan to have candidates and organizations table. As of October, we have 8 candidates confirming attendance. Cost: $5 suggested donation-proceeds go to the Womxn’s March Please refer to this post for more updates! If you have any questions, please email Emma at lilasianfeminist@gmail.com. We hope to see you there! 📷DEC 7

Colorado Springs 2020 Kickoff Rally & Canvass

Hosted by Lorena Garcia For Senate Saturday at 12 PM – 3 PM El Paso Copunty Democratic Party Office 332 W Bijou #101, enter at Courtyard on Spruce

Come Kickoff 2020 w/ Team Lorena at a Rally & Canvass in Colorado Springs on Saturday, December 7th at 12pm!CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Randi McCallian, Candidate for Colorado SD-10 Rosemary Lytle, Community LeaderIt is time to get to work talking to Coloradans about why Lorena Garcia is our choice to beat Cory Gardner. Let's show up and show up big to prove this is the #peoplepowered campaign willing to do the hard work going door to door building support for progressive policies. Please sign up  to let us know you are coming. *Can't attend but want to support? No worries- volunteers can knock doors on their own time! Sign up here and we will send you  lists in your area so you can also hit the pavement!📷DEC 8

Annual Meeting: Policing The Police

Hosted by NAACP CO Springs Sunday at 3 PM – 5 PM Silver Key Senior Services (Colorado Springs, CO) 1625 S. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

Join the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch for Annual Meeting 2019 "Policing The Police" as we share information that might help CSprings move toward justice in regard to police actions, police brutality and police over reach. Among the invited guests will be featured speaker Nick Mitchell, the person who, as Independent Monitor, leads the office which polices the police in Denver County! Community Meal to follow the meeting. Bring food or drink to share. -- Jesse Brown Jr, President -- Claudia de la Cruz, 1st VP -- Frank Lytle, Treasurer -- Cynthia Pulham, Asst. Secretary📷DEC 9

CS Dems Club 2nd Monday December Celebration

Hosted by Colorado Springs Dems Monday, December 9, at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Johnny's Navajo Hogan 2817 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

Join us for our 2nd Monday social on Monday, Dec.9 at 5:30 pm at Johnny's Navajo Hogan. We will host pizza for everyone as we celebrate the holiday season and our Dem candidates and elected officials. Please bring warm socks or feminine products as a donation and we will donate all gifts to local non-profits. We meet in the private back room. Reserve a spot.📷DEC 10

DEMS Dec 2nd Tuesday Monthly Meeting!

Hosted by El Paso County Democratic Party Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM IBEW Local 113 2150 Naegele Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Our Dec monthly meeting features candidates vying for the seat held by Lamborn! Yes, running for CD5 is Teller Counties George English and local Jillian Freeland. Let's set some questions to them! We'll have an end of year wrap up and a preview of activities planned for 2020! As usual we'll have snacks and drinks and festive company! Bring a friend to join our community.  Bring somethng to donate to the homeless. Socks, scarves, gloves, and coats are always needed!WE thrive because of your support! This is YOUR party, we do good work and we have lots of work to do. Join us with your money or time, all support is needed and appreciated.  Bring your passion, energy and ideas and together we  advance the progressive Democratic values in El Paso County! Contributions welcome!


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