This One is Constructive
I decided to make two posts this week: one about the attempted coup, which is mostly angry but hopefully offers some perspective, and one with some constructive tasks that I'm taking on and might be interesting to some of you.
My goal this week has been to take my simmering rage at what's happening to this country and do my utmost to channel it into constructive tasks. Thankfully I'm a project kind of person, and I've irons in multiple fires, as per usual. What will you do in the coming days to channel your anger into productive action?
First up, the Colorado General Assembly convenes today! They're going to swear in new members and tackle some urgent items, and then adjourn after a few days and come back in February. I'm going to be volunteering during session for Colorado Legislation Trackers, which provides updates on bills as they move through the process, with the goal of making it easier for constituents to be more involved in the legislative process.
I'm also hosting a National Day of Service event with the Biden Inaugural Committee for MLK Jr. Day this coming Monday the 18th.
We'll be doing a virtual donation drive for TESSA of Colorado Springs, and then meeting at 6pm for a quick call and chat.
I'm also keeping a close eye on Colorado Springs municipal elections, which are April 6. My current City Council rep is term-limited, and from what I've learned so far of my options, I'll likely be supporting Nancy Henjum. Do you know who your City Council member is, and who's running this Spring? This is a good place to start. As always, do please reach out to me if I can help you get involved.
I first got into all of this when I received a flyer from now Council member Yolanda Avila and ended up knocking doors with her. It was a lot of fun, and I ended up finding a good lane for myself. This year, even though some candidates are knocking doors, I won't be joining them on account of the pandemic, but I will be making calls and sending postcards.
And finally, the El Paso County Democratic Party re-org is set for Saturday, February 6, starting at 10am. If you're interested in a position, you do not need to already be a central committee member (you just won't have a vote, but you can run). If you're in HD16, our district breakout is Monday, February 8, at 6pm. And for everything else, more details are coming out soon!