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COLORADOCARE YES Rally Friday four major cities across Colorado

October 22, 2015


You did it!  Well over 100,000 supporters from all over Colorado signed the petition to get ColoradoCare on the ballot, definitively eclipsing the 98,492 necessary signatures we need to succeed.  Thanks to the incredible work of nearly 600 volunteer petition carriers, ColoradoCare will make history when we deliver an ambulance full of petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office this Friday, October 23rd.


You need to be there when we celebrate this historic moment in time.  Thanks to your support and effort, Colorado is poised to be the first state to offer all its residents a chance at universal health care, covering every Coloradan with high quality healthcare that saves some $5 billion over what we pay by putting a plandeveloped by Coloradans for Coloradans on the ballot in 2016.  


Like the territory of Wyoming leading the way in giving women the right to vote, like Massachusetts leading both the effort to set a minimum wage over 100 years ago and becoming the first state to legalize gay marriage just 11 years ago, so now Colorado is stepping up to take the lead on the effort to get universal health care at the state level, sparking a movement that will ultimately lead to a tipping point when the United States follows that lead — and the precedent of every other industrialized country on the planet — and makes universal health care available to all its residents.  It starts here — and it starts Friday!


To mark the momentous occasion, we’re hosting celebrations, rallies, and press conferences in four cities across Colorado on Friday, October 23rd, immediately following our delivery of petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office.  Wherever you are, you need to be at one of these events Friday to share in the historic launching moment of the movement that will change the face of health care in Colorado and bring our state up to the standard of our highest values and ideals.  If you’re two or three hours away from one of our celebrations, get a friend or two to carpool with you and make sure you’re there as history is made.


One of the regrets of my life is that when I was an activist in college in the ’60s, I didn’t go to Selma when I had the chance to participate in the Civil Rights marches ,”said Ivan Miller, Executive Director of ColoradoCareYES.  “I don’t know what I ended up doing at home that day while they were marching for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  I won’t make that mistake Friday.  I’ll know where I was when Coloradans put universal health care on the ballot.  Friday is a day I’ll never forget.”


Here are the events planned for Friday, October 23rd:

  • 9:00 a.m. — Denver — deliver an ambulance full of petitions  to The Secretary of State’s office, at the 17th Avenue side of 700 Broadway.
  • 9:30 a.m. — Denver — ColoradoCare rally and press conference at The Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park (1400 Bannock, by the City and County Building and across from the State Capitol) with speakers T.R. Reid (filmmaker and author of The Healing of America), Senator Irene Aguilar, Senator Jeanne Nicholson, Chip Bair (CEO of Beau Jo’s), music, and more.
  • 10:45 a.m. — Fort Collins — ColoradoCare rally and press conference at Oak Street Plaza, W. Oak St.  in Fort Collins, 80524, with speakers Senator John Kefalas, Representative Joann Ginal, Representative Jeni Arndt, music and more.
  • 2 p.m. — Colorado Springs — 1st Congregational Church, 20 E. Saint Vrain St. in Colorado Springs, 80903 with speakers Senator Irene Aguilar, Senator Jeanne Nicholson, music and more.
  • 3 p.m. — Grand Junction — ColoradoCare rally and press conference at Mesa County Public Library, 443 North 6th St. in Grand Junction, 81501, with speakers T.R. Reid, Ivan Miller (Executive Director of ColoradoCareYES), music, and more.

Your support, your time, your talent, and your treasure have made this moment possible.  Click here to RSVP for any (or all!) of Friday’s events.  In addition to wanting you to share this moment for posterity, we want an adequate reflection of the hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters who achieved what everyone told us was impossible by getting universal health care on the ballot in Colorado.  Please stand with ColoradoCare Friday and let the world see the supporters who are making universal health care possible in Colorado.


If you’re in the Denver metro area, feel free to join us tonight (Wednesday) at The Mercury Cafe (2199 California St. in Denver) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. as we collect and notarize the last of the petitions, raise a glass, and start preparing for Friday’s rallies by making signs and maybe even learning songs.  And if you know someone who still wants to sign a petition, send them to The Mercury Cafe tonight!


I hope we see you Friday.  We’ve been waiting — and working — for years for this chance to celebrate, and it won’t be the same without you!


Thanks again for all your help and support,





Owen Perkins, Political Director


(303) 881-8881 (cell)

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