Members of Denver DSA Racial Justice Committee
As of April 28, 2017;
- Chris Diehn
- Marissa Glatter
- Drew Layton
- K.D. Hubbard
- Jeremy Flood
- Kaitlin Peterson
- Jason Legg
- Kristofer Dubbels
Five protesters were cited July 7, 2017 while attempting to hold a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office to urge a “no” vote on the Senate health care bill.
The sit-in by the Democratic Socialists of America was one of many held by the group nationwide targeting Republican senators. In Denver, 12 protesters entered the building’s lobby in the afternoon for a sit-in. Gardner’s staff invited five of them upstairs and facilitated a phone call with the senator. Afterward, the group refused to leave until Gardner vowed to vote no.
“Trumpcare, which is a de facto repeal of the Affordable Care Act, would make universal health care very difficult to implement in the near future,” DSA Denver spokesman Kristofer Dubbels said. “Cory Gardner’s refusal to hold any sort of forum where the public can interact with him and hear our comments with him have essentially forced us to engage in actions like this.”
“After speaking with Senator Gardner, his health care policy staff and his state director, several individuals from Democratic Socialists of America still refused to leave our office space after the building and our office closed,” said Alex Siciliano, a spokesman for Gardner.
“We are required to remove the individuals from our office after it closes so we had to request police to peacefully remove them,” he continued. “The top priority is always going to be to allow these individuals to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe environment. We continue to do everything we can to allow that to continue.”
Civic Matters interview
Civic Matters August 7;·
- Civic Matters had the great honor of having two courageous citizens in our studio last week. These two have been consistently fighting for a better healthcare system for all in our country.
Chris Diehn, Secretary of the Democratic Socialists of America - Denver and Alan Kennedy-Shaffer candidate for Senate for CO District 34 and Pro Bono Attorney representing five brave Denver activists, discussed with us what happened at the Healthcare protest in early July that took place at Senator Cory Gardner's Denver Office. Despite the fact that they were invited to speak with Senator Cory Gardner about this important issue, Gardner called the police to arrest five meeting attendees when they refused to leave.
Host Thomas Quay Williams talked with them about the deeper issues of our healthcare system and why the US is consistently the worst healthcare provider for its people among industrialized countries. He asks what options we have to transform this system and what we can do to make it happen.
DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group
Members of the DSA National Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group closed FB page, as of April 26, 2018 included Chris Diehn.