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Date: 11/2/2023
Subject: LWVBC Voter Newsletter November 2023
From: Jennifer L Bales




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November 2023
Editor Jennifer Bales
jbales@me.com
 
 

Meet Your Legislators
By Holly Monkman
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Come join us for a moderated panel discussion with our elected officials about state legislative priorities for the upcoming 2024 session.  There is no charge & the event is open to the public.

 

Janice Marchman, Colorado State Senate District 15

Sonya Jaquez Lewis, Colorado State Senate District 17

Stephen Fenberg, Colorado State Senate District 18

Junie Joseph, Colorado State Representative HD-10

Kyle Brown, Colorado State Representative HD-12

Judy Amabile, Colorado State Representative HD-49

 

After the panel discussion ends at 11am, stay for the membership meeting. We'll wrap-up our busy election season, catch-up on our Issue Team projects, and celebrate our members with Longevity awards.



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Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to EFAA and Sister Carmen!

We want to thank them for collaborating with us on candidate forums.


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From Membership
 
By Susan Curtis
 
scurtis3@me.com 
 
Membership count: 197
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Welcome to these new members who joined in August:  Sharon Gabel, Cassandra Barnhart, Bob Braudes, and Nancy Clairmont. Clara Pressey is a new student member.

Website Quiz (answers below):
 
How well do you know our website, lwvbc.org?  Take the matching quiz below to see if you know where/how to find the following: 
Website Quiz Nov 2023
League Events in November:
 
Fall Kick Off and Legislative Review, Saturday, November 18, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Rule 4, 3002 Bluff Street, Suite 100, Boulder.  Social time from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.; Meet Your State Legislators from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and, Membership meeting from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  The public is invited.  Refreshments will be served.   Please check our calendar for more information and future events.
 
Membership News:
 
Membership hosted an information table at most of our LWVBC election events and added many non-member attendees to our non-member mailing list for future notice of our community events.

If you need to renew your annual membership, you will be asked to renew by logging into  lwvbc.org as a member.  You may contact MembershipDirector@lwvbc.org if you have any questions about renewing your membership.  Your membership expires a year after your join date or on September 30th, (for members who joined before we went to renewal based on join date.)

A printable membership list dated 10/15/23 is available to members only after logging in to lwvbc.org>Member Info>Member Contact List.
 
Quiz Answers:  1-D; 2-C; 3-F; 4-E; 5-A; 6-B


Gun Violence Prevention
By Tara Menza 
Several members attended the gun violence prevention forum event on Sunday, October 22 at the Longmont Museum.  This forum was a panel discussion that included HD11 Representative Karen McCormick, Boulder County Commissioner Marta Loachamin, Longmont Public Safety Police Chief Jeff Satur, and local Longmont artist Gamma Acosta and was moderated by Boulder County District Attorney, Michael Dougherty.  The DA wanted to separate mental health and gun violence.  Rep. McCormick talked about last session's gun safety legislation.  Gun safes and gun locks were given away by the DA's office which is due to grants from the state.   

The LWVBC is also part of the State's Office of Gun Violence Prevention.  Here is a new campaign they have launched to help reduce firearm injuries and deaths in Colorado.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
CDPHE'S New Campaign
Colorado's Office of Gun Violence Prevention has launched “Let’s Talk Guns, Colorado,” a campaign to reduce firearm injuries and deaths in our state. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about state and federal laws, as well as existing resources related to reducing gun violence in our communities. It also challenges everyone – whether they own a gun or not – to have constructive conversations with friends, family, and neighbors about firearm safety. The campaign is based on the premise that we all have a role to play to prevent gun violence and can take everyday actions to hold ourselves and each other accountable for making Colorado a safer and healthier place to live. Visit LetsTalkGunsColorado.com to learn about:

— Best practices for safe storage of firearms
— How to report a lost or stolen firearm
—Mental health and substance misuse treatment (including suicide prevention)
—Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and more

You can also join the conversation about ways to prevent gun violence in Colorado on social media. Use hashtags #EndGunViolence and #GunViolencePrevention on your social media platforms and share LetsTalkGunsColorado.com with friends and family. Together, we can normalize conversation around firearm safety and encourage each other to contribute to keeping our loved ones and communities safe.


LWVCO Seeking Concurrence on a Local News Position
By Holly Monkman, Co-Director of Advocacy  
Be prepared to participate in a vote on whether or not to concur with a position from the LWV of Washington.  The LWVCO News Access & Literacy Task Force is asking all local Leagues in Colorado to review a Local News Position and to adopt it via concurrence.

Look for an email on how to cast your vote the week of November 13th. 

In the meantime, review the concurrence proposal and register for one of the informational meetings hosted by the News Access & Literacy Task Force.

November 13th, 10 - 11:30am
November 14th, 7 - 8:30pm

If you have questions about the proposal, please email them to newsaccess@lwvcolorado.org

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