“We know that there is a very real war in the heavenlies,” said Derrick Wilburn, an organizer with Advocates for D20 Kids, during a Sept. 14, 2022 presentation at Church For All Nations in Colorado Springs. “This battle takes place all the time, and the battle over all children, in Northern Colorado Springs, in specific, is getting very, very real. … We are seeing an uptick in activity that is clearly Satanic in nature, even if it isn’t necessarily Satanic, it’s just not something that we would embrace as Christian believers.”
Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance and staff writer for the Colorado Springs Independent covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements. She currently covers reproductive justice and politics for the Colorado Times Recorder.
“They’re demonic. It’s sickening, some of these books,” said Cain Young of Task Force Freedom during a Jan. 24 presentation at Message of Life Ministries in Loveland. The purpose of the meeting was to present “actions you can take to fight to remove pornographic literature from school libraries.”
In recent years Colorado has seen a marked increase in politically-charged board of education meetings. From COVID-19 mask requirements, to critical race theory, to library books and LGBTQ policies, school districts across Colorado are ground zero in the ongoing culture war. Districts are also facing a push from activists and advocates for school choice options like charter schools and voucher programs, and parents’ rights initiatives. Just as alumni from the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR), Colorado’s preeminent conservative leadership institute, have influenced the political landscape of Colorado, they have also played a role in driving education policy across the state.
Abortion advocacy groups have announced support for upcoming legislation to address deceptive marketing practices used by anti-abortion centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers or anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.
A Republican vacancy committee has appointed Stephen Varela to replace Joyce Rankin on the Colorado Board of Education, according to a spokesperson from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
During Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ (D) second inauguration, Polis and Colorado Senate President Sen. Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) and Colorado Speaker of the House Rep. Julie McCluskie (D-Dillon) discussed future plans for affordable housing, crime, water, and climate goals.
Members of the activist group Just Say NO to Extremism held a rally in Castle Rock this morning to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Since 1967, when Colorado became the first state to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, or in which pregnancy would lead to permanent physical disability of the parent, Colorado has been a national leader in protecting access to abortion. However, Colorado’s leadership on the issue has also turned it into a battleground state for abortion, with a history of failed “personhood” abortion-ban measures and most recently, following the passage of the state’s sweeping Reproductive Health Equity Act, a failed attempt from out of state anti-abortion activists to ban abortion at a municipal level. Abortion has become a central issue for both Democrats and Republicans and has shaped elections for decades.
Flyers from the Goyim Defense League were distributed to residents of Grand Junction on Christmas morning. Packets containing crayons, a flyer titled “Every Single Aspect of Mass Immigration is Jewish,” and a flyer featuring an antisemitic caricature were distributed throughout Grand Junction’s Redlands neighborhood.