While voting and elections are still important tools, they are not the end-all-be-all answer to dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our country and threatens Black lives every day. We invite everyone who believes in racial equity and putting an end to acts of police brutality, like the murder of George Floyd, to take action and fight for justice. Below are some steps you can take to support the movement and further your own anti-racist work.
- Sign this petition and contact Gov. Polis and your state Senator directly to voice your support for the Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act (SB20-217) (Eagle County – Sen. Kerry Donovan 303-866-4871; Gov. Polis 303-866-2471, Governorpolis@state.co.us) Share information about the bill with your friends and family and ask them to voice their support as well.
- Donate to organizations fighting for racial equity and against police brutality
- Donate to the Colorado Freedom Fund, which pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom
- Be engaged. Meetings of our elected officials at every level of government are open to the public, and in the age of COVID, most are being broadcast online. Research our state, county, and town budgets to learn about how our tax dollars are being spent (i.e., are we spending more on policing than community development, education, and social services?). Ask questions and hold our elected officials accountable.
- Attend protests. There are peaceful rallies and marches happening in the valley almost every day, including today, Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. at Nottingham Park in Avon, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. beginning at 2nd & Broadway in Eagle, and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Lion’s Park in Basalt. You may think the kind of racially motivated attacks on Black people can’t happen here, but they can; or that protests of support in a small communities don’t matter, but they do. Please attend if you are able to let Black people everywhere know you hear and support them.
- Educate yourself about race and how to be an anti-racist by reading books and listening to black voices in podcasts and on social media.
And voting does still matter. The Colorado Primary is coming up on June 30. Ballots will be mailed June 8th. The Eagle County Democratic Party is hosting two forums with the candidates in two of our contested Primaries.On June 8th we invite you to hear from our candidates for the U.S. House representing Congressional District 3, James Iacino and Diane Mitsch Bush, and from District Attorney candidates for Judicial District 5, Braden Angel and Heidi McCollum, on June 11th. We hope you will use these opportunities to make educated decisions on the best candidates to lead us to a better for equitable future.