Blog: News Update – May 3, 2018

Blog: News Update - May 3, 2018

Dear Friend of CORCRC,

The phenomenon of the #MeToo movement is not as new as one might imagine.  Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006. Yes, just like the problem of sexual harassment, the phrase Me Too has been around before the likes of Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby.  Women have been standing up for themselves and each other long before social media or celebrities made headlines.

In 1997, Tarana Burke was working at a youth camp in Alabama when she was approached by a young girl who shared with her that ‘her mother’s boyfriend was ‘doing things to her”.  At the time, Burke was quiet, though she too had been assaulted as a child.  She wished that she had said ‘me too’. That lack of response motivated Burke to found Just Be Inc., in 2006.  The organization was dedicated to fostering the wellness of young female victims of sexual violence.

She created the banner “Me Too” to confirm the enormity of the problem.  The use of #MeToo emerged after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein went public in 2017 and went viral.

Thanks to Tarana Burke and all the women who have broken the silence and demanded change around the world.

To Read More: ‘It Could All Disappear’: #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke on where the campaign is going wrong.

Legislation Update

FAMLI Act Killed by Partisan Vote: The CO FAMLI Act bill was killed in committee with Senators Marble, Hill and Sonnenberg voting against and Senators Court and Fenberg in favor, as expected. Lead by 9to5, CORCRC and many other organizations will continue the push for paid leave in Colorado.

The Civil Rights Division and Commission Bill (HB 18-1256) is pending.  A Conference Committee should be appointed to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions.  Funding is secured in the 2018-2019 budget signed by the Governor.

Points of Interest

Scott Pruitt’s politics are driven by his faith.  Though his ethics are being questioned, he stands firm on making his particular beliefs policy.  He wants to turn back EPA regulations just like he turned back women’s reproductive access when in Oklahoma.


“A Christian worldview means that God has answers to our problems,” said Pruitt. “And part of our responsibility is to convey to those in society that the answers that he has, as represented in Scripture, are important and should be followed, because they lead to freedom and liberty.”

‘On Fire For God’s Work’: How Scott Pruitt’s Faith Drives His Politics

Upcoming Events

JOIN US to learn how the Colorado Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Coalition is working to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights in Colorado. We’ll talk about what’s going on at the Capitol and how you can help. We also want to hear from you! Tell us what’s happening in your schools and community and how we can help make your community and the state of Colorado a leader in Reproductive Rights.



May 3: Faith and Freedom

You are invited to the 2018 Alex Lukens
Faith and Freedom Award Reception
This year’s unprecedented political challenges have been met with vigorous public engagement and an energized public. It is a perfect time to honor two long-time inspirational activists who have been defending reproductive rights for decades.

Karen Middleton, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

The second distinguished recipient will be revealed at the event.
Please join us in honoring these heroes.

Reception Followed by Presentation

Thursday, May 3rd,
6:30-8:30 pm
Temple Emanuel
51 Grape St. Denver, Colorado 80220

Refreshments served

Musical performance by:
“Paradox Duet” Dr. Brian Ross, violin, Dr. Karlotta Davis, flute

Recommended level of donations:

$250 or over = Sponsor (your name in the program, four entries)
$150 = Patron (your name in the program, two entries)
$75 = Supporter (two entries)
$25 = Friend/Student (one entry)

I will attend____. There will be a total of _____ guests.
Guest names are:_________________________________________________.

I ___ cannot attend and here is my donation in honor of the award recipients and the work done by the CORCRC. $______

Please confirm your:
Name __________________________________
Address _________________________________

and e-mail _____________________________

For your convenience go to Eventbrite:

Send your check with reservation/donation information to;
CORCRC P.O. Box 102464
Denver, Co 80250-2464

Thank you!


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