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Week of August 3, 2020


Sarah Jackson Book Signing TONIGHT (Aug. 2)!


Casa de Paz Founder is Former Y-Core Organizer and PPJPC Peace Award Recipient

Sarah Jackson, the founder of the Casa de Paz immigrant shelter house in Aurora, and the recipient of the inaugural PPJPC Dorothy Schlaeger peacemaker award in 2018, will discuss her new book, “The House That Love Built” in an outdoor event (with social distancing) at Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon, TONIGHT, Sunday Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Copies of her book, co-written with Scott Sawyer, will be available for purchase.

Jackson has won international acclaim since opening the house in 2012. It has expanded from an original apartment to a full house that serves both the families of those recently detained by ICE, as well as detainees recently released from the nearby ICE Detention Facility in Aurora. Casa de Paz has served migrants from across Central and South America, as well as asylum seekers from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Jackson (left) with former PPJPC Board Chair Melissa Marts

Her speech is entitled, “One Woman's Questioning What It Means To Be An American--And A Christian--In Light Of A Broken Immigration System.” Advance tickets are available through EventBrite  HERE

You can see a YouTube speech of her speech to PPJPC in January 2018 HERE.    . Loring Wirbel, Chair of the PPJPC board, reviewed her book in Goodreads HERE.

Empowerment Solidarity Network Plans Monday, Aug. 3 March to Remember De'Von Bailey

Let us honor De'Von Bailey. He was murdered by CSPD officer Alan Van't Land on August 3, 2019. It's a year later and this killer still roams the streets with a badge and a gun. Justice still has NOT been served! It's time we confront this killer. Take action by joining us in protest by occupying his neighborhood.

We will gather in the Pulpit Rock Trail Parking Lot (6411 N Nevada Ave) at 4:30pm. At 5pm we will march into his neighborhood. Wear good walking shoes.  If you arrive after 5pm, please park near the the intersection of Pulpit Rock Drive and Dublin, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Park anywhere in the neighborhood on Pulpit Rock Drive or neighboring area. Avoid parking on Dublin.

Please wear purple and black to honor and commemorate the life of De'Von Bailey. Please wear a mask and be prepared to practice social distancing to the best of your ability. For safety, please note we will NOT be walking on his property, but staying on the sidewalks and/or streets (at your comfort level).


Moms Demand Action Focuses on Fall Elections with Postcard Writing

Moms Demand Action is spending the fall season prior to elections supporting candidates bearing the organization’s Gun Sense Candidate designation.  This week’s candidate is state House candidate Meg Fossinger. For the next two weeks. Moms Demand Action is encouraging writing postcards from home. We will drop the postcards (50 or 100) off to you with a sample of what to write. Write them within 2 weeks and candidates will mail them as outreach to voters. A handwritten postcard catches the voter eye and makes a difference.  RSVP HERE to write postcards.

RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here:

PPJPC/PPLD Fall Plans Begin With Library's "Ruth and the Green Book" Puppet Show, Available for Viewing Beginning Sept. 12

We’ve dropped mention of emerging plans for a series of youth events, held in conjunction with Pikes Peak Library District, to meld 2020 Peace Camp themes with All Pikes Peak Reads. We are looking for Peace Camp alumni and other teen participants to review and discuss books on racial justice, as well as to prepare online programs for younger children. Events will take place through the fall alongside PPLD’s own events. The first PPLD event will be a puppet show from an Atlanta-based group around the picture book, “Ruth and the Green Book.” This will be a virtual YouTube event beginning Sept. 12, through the month of September, that families will sign up for. Here’s PPLD’s initial information on the puppet show – registration starts Aug. 15, and only one person need register for a family.

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a live action and puppet rendition of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s children’s story, Ruth and The Green Book. Ruth and her parents travel south to visit family but encounter many people who are unfriendly to black travelers along the way. This lively production brings understanding and enlightenment about an oppressive era in US history. 

Registration begins August 15. Please register only one person for this program and we will send you a link to view the puppet show online.


Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech


 Thanks to Greg, Dave, Rick, and everyone at Studio 809 (who are currently on a virus semi-sabbatical) for editing the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. We have also listed the latest two Peak Environment podcasts of Studio 809 below, though it may be a few weeks before additional podcasts are added.

Plowshares Podcast here:


PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

While we at PPJPC identified potential board members at our Feb. 29 annual meeting, we are seeking your help as we reconstitute post-quarantine. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at or After double-checking with candidates, we will send out a slate of board candidates for member approval.

New Webinar on Hybrid Warfare

About Face: Veterans Against the War and World Without War partnered in late March to present a webinar that is now available for viewing online. “The Age of Hybrid Warfare” is available on YouTube at You can also check out the PowerPoint slides that go with the webinar at  This seminar looks at the creation of “permanent war” environments when economic warfare, “lawfare,” cyberwar, and other methods augment traditional avenues of armed conflict.

Peak Environment Podcast 59 Examines Regional Sustainability


Studio 809’s Peak Environment has released the second of two podcasts featuring Konrad Schlarbaum of Green Cities Coalition. Schlarbaum, the sustainability coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College, talks about “Updating the Regional Sustainability Plan.” How can we improve the Pikes Peak Region 2030 Plan?  Schlarbaum lays out his suggestions.

You can find Podcast 59 here:

Podcast 58 covers a presentation Schlarbaum made Feb. 8 at the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum, on local food and indigenous roots. The podcast also features keynote speaker Michael Alcazar.

You can find Podcast 58 here:

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