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2018 Students Decide: Governor and Attorney General Forum
on May 19th

Please join us this weekend at a forum hosted by Never Again – Colorado and co-sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire and other progressive groups entitled 2018 Students Decide: Governor and Attorney General Candidate Forum. Never Again – Colorado is committed to making sure everyone’s voices are heard, regardless of your party affiliation or non-affiliation.

We know that our June 26 primary is on the horizon, and we want you to come out and ask the tough questions! The forum will focus on a wide range of topics, with a special focus on gun violence in schools and communities of color, criminal justice reform, public education, immigration, and environment/transportation.

We expect all Democratic candidates for both Governor and Attorney General to be present.

Details:
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: Manual High School, 1700 E. 28th Ave, Denver, CO  80205

Please visit our table! Hope to see you there.


Preventing and Reducing Firearm Suicides  May 22nd

This CFCU meeting will feature a panel of three professionals in mental health and suicide prevention.  Colorado was tied for 5th in the nation for its suicide rate, driven in a large part by the prevalence and lethality of firearms in the Rocky Mountain region.  Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Emmy Betz an emergency physician at the University of Colorado Emergency Department and also conducts research, with expertise on “lethal means safety” and care of suicidal patients.  She co-founded and leads the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a collaborative effort of health professionals and firearms retailers.    Click here to view her Ted, MileHigh talk on firearms suicides.
  • Emily Fine is Coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Commission of Colorado, housed within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The Commission is tasked with identifying statewide priorities for suicide prevention, promoting collaboration, expanding resources, and encouraging public/private partnerships essential for success.
  • Carolyn Swenson is trained in nursing and public health.  She has worked in many areas of healthcare in the U.S. and internationally.  She currently teaches health professionals about substance abuse prevention and motivational interviewing.

Date:  Tuesday, May 22
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m., Social Time at 6:30 p.m.
Place:  Montview Prebyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
1980 Dahlia St., Denver, Colorado  80220


Wear Orange Day – June 2nd
In January 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, 15,  was shot and killed on the streets of Chicago only one week after performing at events celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.. Her friends decided to remember her by wearing orange on her birthday.  Orange was selected as the color hunters wear to indicate “don’t shoot.”   Everytown adopted the event the next year as a National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which has now spread to groups and people across the country.
Back by popular demand, we are offering Ceasefire Wear Orange T-shirts for a donation of $15.  To obtain yours, just send a note to:  ColoradoCeasefire1@gmail.com   and indicate size.  (S, M, L, XL, XXL). and your name and address.

 

 

Send Donations to:
Colorado Ceasefire Outreach,
P.O. Box  7501,
Denver, Colorado   80207-0501

Moms Demand Action is having a Wear Orange Day  family friendly gathering
at Barnum Park, 360 Hook St., Denver  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on June 2nd


 Gubernatorial Update on Gun stance…read here


Gubernatorial Election Updates This past weekend the Democratic and Republican parties held state assemblies and significantly winnowed the field of candidates for all offices (from 23 to possibly 8).  Notable events that took place in the last week: Republicans:

  • Attorney General Cynthia Coffman fared very poorly (5%) at the assembly and will not be on the ballot.
  • Barry Farah, a Colorado Springs entrepreneur and a late entry to the race, failed to make the ballot.
  • State Treasurer Walker Stapleton amassed the most votes at the assembly (44%) and will have top-line ballot status.
  • Greg Lopez did make the primary ballot, but in a debate was questioned about his 1993 arrest for domestic violence against his then-pregnant wife.
  • Victor Mitchell and Doug Robinson have both submitted petitions, which need to be verified.

Democrats

  • Cary Kennedy cleaned up at the assembly with 62% of the delegate vote and will have top-line ballot status.
  • Congressman Jared Polis also made it onto the ballot with 33% of the delegate vote.
  • Mike Johnston withdrew from the assembly process, but is already on the ballot by verified petitions.   He revealed in debate that he no longer supports an assault weapons ban, even though it was a claim on his first television advertisement.
  • Donna Lynne, Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, has submitted petitions, but they have yet to be verified.

For an updated analysis of gun stances on Gubernatorial candidates, click here.


Vermont Enacts Stronger Gun Laws For nine years, Ceasefire has been testifying at the state legislature against Permitless Concealed Carry (defeated this year on March 21st).   Every single time, the opposition notes how Vermont has always had Permitless CCW and that its crime rate is low, ignoring that 61% of that population lives in a rural area (only second to Maine) and non-suicidal gun violence is generally an urban problem. Nevertheless, last week, Vermont’s Republican Governor signed into law a number of gun violence prevention measures:  raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21, banning bump stocks, Universal Background Checks, and a high capacity magazine limit of 10 rounds. In signing the bill, Gov. Phil Scott, a hunter and gun owner, expressed concerns about recent mass shootings and stated “I want every student and every school, every mom and dad, every victim of violence in any form to know that today we stand together as we take steps toward making our community safer for all of us.” Find your legislators contact information at https://openstates.org/ Also call Speaker Crisanta Duran and ask her the same questions. 303-866-2925 See sample scripts

 


Take Action!!

Send a note to your state senator encouraging support for banning bump stocks. Post-Sutherland Springs Fix NICS – The Denver City Council recently voted to ban the sale and possession of bump stocks in Denver.  The following morning, Ceasefire joined with Sen. Merrifield and others for a press conference to promote SB18-051.  We need to extend that ban across the state to protect all our citizens. Use the action box at the top of this message to ask your senator to support and pass the bump stock ban sponsored by Sen. Merrifield.


Denver Violence 

The Denver Post notes that violence in Denver continues at high levels. There were 56 homicides in 2017 and 2016, and already in 2018 there have been 13 homicide victims, 12 of which were by gunfire.

Check your knowledge of Gun Violence

Take this quiz from The Trace to see how well you know the issue of gun violence in our country.


We welcome your ideas, your participation, and your support! Postal Address: Colorado Ceasefire P.O. Box 7501 Denver, CO 80207

Telephone: 303-380-6711 Email: info@coloradoceasefire.org

  

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