A Roar for the Wild: The Cats Aren’t Trophies Interview on “Civics and Action”

This week on “Civics and Action,” we dive into a topic that is as controversial as it is crucial: Initiative 91. Spearheaded by the passionate team at Cats Aren’t Trophies, this groundbreaking initiative seeks to ban trophy hunting of mountain lions, bobcats, and lynx across Colorado.

Initiative 91 isn’t just a piece of legislation; it’s a statement that the lives of these magnificent creatures are not trophies to be hung on a wall. They are vital components of our ecosystem, deserving of respect and protection. To shed light on this compelling subject, we’ve invited dedicated petition circulators from Cats Aren’t Trophies to share their experiences, challenges, and the overwhelming support they’ve encountered throughout their journey.

Don’t miss this important conversation. It’s time to stand up, speak out, and protect our wildlife. Let’s ensure that our actions today lead to a brighter, greener, and more compassionate tomorrow.

Listen to the episode here.

Civics and Action: Karen Middleton Talks Initiative 89

In an era where reproductive rights are at the forefront of political and social discourse, the need for informed, passionate advocacy has never been more urgent. It’s with this urgency that KWSI-LP 100.3’s “Civics and Action” continues to bring forward voices that not only speak of change but are also making it happen. This week, we had the privilege of hosting an influential figure in the realm of reproductive freedom, Karen Middleton, President of COBALT, on our show.

COBALT, a pivotal organization in the fight for reproductive rights, is leading the drive to secure these rights firmly within our state constitution through Initiative 89. This ballot initiative represents a bulwark against the increasing threats to reproductive autonomy. Karen sheds light on the importance of this initiative and how it can shape the future of reproductive rights in our community.

Initiative 89 is a reflection of our collective values and the importance of the ongoing fight for reproductive justice. As part of the Coloradans for Protecting Reproductive Freedom coalition, COBALT’s efforts to rally support for the cause of abortion rights are both inspiring and necessary. The coalition’s work, and the broad community support it seeks, is a testament to the power of unity in the face of challenges.

Our discussion ventured beyond the specifics of the initiative, touching upon the broader implications for reproductive rights across the nation. Karen navigated the discussion through the complexities of the political landscape, emphasizing the role each of us plays in protecting and advancing these rights. From grassroots activism to informed voting, she underscored the myriad ways individuals can contribute to this cause.

Listeners were encouraged to visit the Coloradans for Protecting Reproductive Freedom website to learn more about Initiative 89 and find out how to get involved. It’s a resource rich in information and a gateway for action—a call to stand together in defense of reproductive freedom.

The conversation was enriched by questions inspired by the National Network of Abortion Funds’ “Heart to Heart Abortion Conversations” card deck. This unique tool brought to light the personal and communal aspects of reproductive rights, making for a deeply engaging and thought-provoking discussion.

In these challenging times, the importance of staying informed and active cannot be overstated. We’re at a crossroads for reproductive rights, and the direction we take from here will define our legacy of freedom and autonomy.

For those who missed the live broadcast, we invite you to tune into the replay here on our website. The fight for reproductive freedom is ongoing, and every voice, every action counts. Join us in this critical conversation and be a part of shaping a just and equitable future for all.

Colorado Gives Day

Dear Friends,
KWSI 100.3 Radio, your community’s progressive radio station, is moving the conversation forward in the Grand Valley with over twenty programs about environmental, scientific, political, and social issues. Plus, KWSI provides public service announcements for local events and resources, and the station sponsors events like Western Colorado Alliance’s Mountainfilm on Tour (November 16), Restoration for the Future hosted by RiversEdge West, and Colorado West Pride Festival. All of this, plus the Grand Valley’s most progressive music is available 24/7 at 100.3 on your radio dial or at kwsiradio.org. A well-informed and engaged community is essential, and the 2024 elections shall dramatically impact future generations. KWSI’s talk programs challenge listeners to think more critically about what’s going on locally and around the world. While other radio stations broadcast just what corporations and lobbyists want us to know, KWSI is moving the conversation forward with independent, progressive news and information.

KWSI needs the support of our community  to continue being the informative, challenging voice that Mesa County deserves. KWSI is a nonprofit radio station operated by Community Resources for Action, Volunteerism & Education (CRAVE). Since the business is operated by volunteers, contributions directly support operating costs like licensing fees and utilities and maintain KWSI’s production studio and meeting place for progressive organizations.

As part of Giving Tuesday this December 5 and the season where people give to the people and things they love, we request your financial support. From now until December 5,  Colorado Gives will be accepting donations statewide for nonprofits like ours. Donations made to KWSI/CRAVE between now and December 5 will be boosted by the Colorado Gives Foundation which will make an additional contribution to us based on the total amount of contributions we receive. We appreciate everyone who supports Mesa County’s progressive community radio station by listening, telling your friends about the station, volunteering, and making charitable donations. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and ask that you include CRAVE/KWSI Radio in your giving plans. Let’s keep moving the conversation forward!

In grateful solidarity,

Board of Directors