Advocacy

YWCA is on a MissionSocial action and advocacy are the cornerstones of YWCA. We conduct local advocacy efforts with the help of YWCA Board Members’ Advocacy Committee and other organizations to advance racial justice and women’s empowerment and we offer educational opportunities about pressing issues impacting our community.
Our goal is to ensure that Boulder County is a safer, more equitable and welcoming place for all women, families and anyone who experiences discrimination.  In partnership with YWCA USA, we advocate for policy and legislation that positively impacts racial justice and the economic advancement, health and safety of women and girls.  We work to amplify unheard and underrepresented voices and mobilize people to create meaningful and lasting change in Boulder County and beyond.

Action Alert – Gun Reform in Colorado State Legislature

May 10, 2021 — The first hearing for SB21-256 Local Regulation of Firearms, is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 11, at 2:00pm with State, Veterans & Military Affairs. This is the bill, listed below, that repeals the pre-emption that prevents Boulder and other local governments from banning assault rifles. This is being sponsored by our state representatives Senator Fenberg and Representative Hooton.

We are urging those supporting this important bill to provide a written or virtual testimony by going to: https://www2.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2021A/commsumm.nsf/signup.xsp?h=SWT

SB21-256 Local Regulation of Firearms
Sponsors: Senators Stephen Fenberg, Dominick Moreno, Representatives Edie Hooton and Lindsey Daugherty

This bill declares that the regulation of firearms is a matter of both state and local concern and removes some of the preemptive language passed in two laws enacted in 2003. It will remove those prohibitions and thereby permit:

  • A local government to enact an ordinance or regulation prohibiting the sale, transfer, or possession of a firearm, ammunition or firearm component or accessory as long as the ordinance or regulation is not less restrictive than that of the state.
  • A local government, including a special district or the governing board of a college or university to enact an ordinance, resolution, rule or other regulation that prohibits the carrying of concealed handguns in a building or area within that body’s jurisdiction.

Other legislative updates:

  • HB21-1298–Referred unamended to the House Committee as a whole
  • HB21-1299–Moved into appropriations

May 4, 2021 — Gun violence has created unsafe situations for women, especially as it relates to domestic violence. Three gun reform bills that were introduced late last week in the Colorado legislature. Below are immediate action steps you can take to support this work. NOTE: one bill will be heard in committee this Wednesday, and a second is scheduled for Friday.

HB21-1298 Expand Firearm Transfer Background Check Requirements
Sponsors: Representatives Judy Amabile and Steven Woodrow, Senators Julie Gonzales and Brittany Pettersen

This bill addresses four issues on Background Checks:

  • Violent Misdemeanor Prohibitions – a person who has had a conviction for certain violent misdemeanors will not be able to purchase a firearm for 5 years after the conviction. People who have demonstrated a tendency to violence are 5 times more prone to be arrested for further violent crimes than those without violent convictions.
  • Closing the Charleston Loophole – a transfer of a firearm can not be completed until the background check is approved. This removes the current 3-day limit for CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) to do the background check.
  • Extending the appeal period – The period for CBI to resolve an appeal to a background check denial is extended from the current 30 days to 60 days.
  • Final dispositions – Under current law, the inability of CBI to obtain the final disposition of a felony case could not constitute a reason for denial. This provision is removed.

This bill will be heard on Wednesday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. by House Judiciary Committee. Please contact members of the committee (below) and your own legislator to encourage their approval of HB1298. Find contact information for your own representative by going to: www.openstates.org.

Mike Weissman – chair (D-Aurora)  303-866-2942
mike.weissman.house@state.co.us

Kerry Tipper – vice-chair (D-Lakewood)  303-866-2939
kerry.tipper.house@state.co.us

Jennifer Bacon – (D-Denver)  303-866-2909
jennifer.bacon.house@state.co.us

Adrienne Benavidez (D-Adams County)  303-866-2964
adrienne.benavidez.house@state.co.us

Rod Bockenfeld (R-Watkins)  303-866-2912
rod.bockenfeld.house@state.co.us

Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs)  303-866-2191
terri.carver.house@state.co.us

Lindsey Daugherty (D-Arvada)  303-866-2950
lindsey.daugherty.house@state.co.us

Stephanie Luck (R-Penrose)  303-866-2905
stephanie.luck.house@state.co.us

Mike Lynch (R-Wellington)  303-866-2907
mike.lynch.house@state.co.us

Dylan Roberts (D-Steamboat Springs)  303-866-2923
dylan.roberts.house@state.co.us

Steven Woodrow (D-Denver)  303-866-2967
steven.woodrow.house@state.co.us

HB21-1299 Establish the Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Sponsors: Representatives Tom Sullivan and Jennifer Bacon, Senators Rhonda Fields and Chris Hansen

This bill establishes the Office of Gun Violence Prevention with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in order to coordinate and promote effective activities to reduce gun violence. It will conduct public awareness campaigns on state and federal laws, especially the Extreme Risk Protection Orders law. If funds are available, it will award grants for community-based gun violence initiatives aimed at interrupting the cycle of violence.

This bill will be heard Friday, May 7th after adjournment by the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee. Please contact members of the committee (below) and your own legislator to encourage their approval of HB1299. Find contact information for your own representative by going to: www.openstates.org.

Dafna Michaelson Jenet – chair (D-Commerce City) 303-866-2945
dafna.michaelson.jenet.house@state.co.us

Emily Sirota – vice-chair (D-Denver) 303-866-2910
emily.sirota.house@state.co.us

Mary Bradfield (R-Colorado Springs) 303-866-2946
mary.bradfield.house@state.co.us

Lisa Cutter (D-Littleton) 303-866-2582
lisa.cutter.house@state.co.us

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (D-Denver) 303-866-2954
serena.gonzales-gutierrez.house@state.co.us

Richard Holtorf (R-Akron) 303-866-2398
richard.holtorf.house@state.co.us

Iman Jodeh (D-Aurora) 303-866-2919
iman.jodeh.house@state.co.us

Colin Larson (R-Littleton) 303-866-2927
colin.larson.house@state.co.us

David Ortiz (D-Littleton) 303-866-2953
David.Ortiz.house@state.co.us

Rod Pelton (R-Cheyenne Wells) 303-866-3706
rod.pelton.house@state.co.us

Naquetta Ricks (D-Aurora) 303-866-2944
Naquetta.Ricks.house@state.co.us

Dan Woog (R-Erie) 303-866-2906
Dan.Woog.house@state.co.us

Mary Young (D-Greeley) 303-866-2929
mary.young.house@state.co.us

Additional Resources

Prior Misdemeanor Convictions As A Risk Factor For Later Violent And Firearm Related Criminal Activity

Subsequent Criminal Activity Among Violent Misdemeanants Who Seek To Purchase Handguns

Extreme Risk Protection Order Information

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Advocacy Contacts

You can email all seven board members (and also the superintendent and the board secretary) by emailing bvs.board@bvsd.org.

Or you can email them individually at:

Tina Marquis, Board of Education President, District B, Term Expires: 2021

tina.marquis@bvsd.org

Kathy Gebhardt, Board of Education Vice-President, District C, Term Expires: 2023
kathy.gebhardt@bvsd@org

Lisa Sweeney-Miran, Board of Education Member, District A, Term Expires: 2023
lisa.sweeney-miran@bvsd.org

Stacey Zis, Board of Education Member, District D, Term Expires: 2023
stacey.zis@bvsd.org

Donna Miers, Board of Education Member, District E, Term Expires: 2021
donna.miers@bvsd.org

Kitty Sargent, Board of Education Treasurer, District F, Term Expires: 2021
kitty.sargent@bvsd.org

Richard Garcia, Board of Education Member, District G, Term Expires: 2023
BVSD Board of Education website:

Find My Legislator

State Senator Tammy Story – Senate District 16
303-866-4873
tammy.story.senate@state.co.us
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State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis – Senate District 17
303-866-5291
sonya.jaquez.lewis.senate@state.co.us
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State Senator Stephen Fenberg – Senate District 18 and Majority Leader
303-866-4872
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Representative Edie Hooton – House District 10
303-866-2915
edie.hooton.house@state.co.us
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Representative Karen McCormick – House District 11
303-866-2780
karen.mccormick.house@state.co.us
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Representative Tracey Bernett – House District 12
303-866-2920
tracey.bernett.house@state.co.us
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Representative Judy Amabile – House District 13
303-866-2578
judy.amabile.house@state.co.us
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Representative Matt Gray – House District 33
303-866-4667
matt@matthewgray.us
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Boulder County Commissioners
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Commissioner Claire Levy – District 1
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Commissioner Marta Loachamin – District 2
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Commissioner Matt Jones – District 3
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Senator John Hickenlooper
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Senator Michael Bennet
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Congressman Joe Neguse, Congressional District 2
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Congressman Ken Buck, Congressional District 4
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