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Week of January 20, 2020


January 20: A Full Day of MLK Activism

Many Events to Follow Sold-Out Breakfast

Are you lamenting at waiting too long to purchase tickets for Monday morning's MLK Breakfast at Reid Arena on the CC campus? Fear not! You may not get a burrito, but you'll be able to grab bleacher seats to see speeches and performances at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Reid Arena, 44 W. Cache La Poudre, You can also catch the event streaming live at  And that is only the beginning of a busy day.

The breakfast is followed by a community rally and march from 10 a.m.-noon; meet in the Worner Campus Center lobby (902 N. Cascade Ave.) to warm up and learn about community partners before marching in unity to Acacia Park for a brief rally, featuring the William J. Palmer High School Drumline, Minister Earl Schaffer, Jr., True Spirit Baptist Church Choir, Nicholas Crutcher of the Cornerstone Group, and Dr. Nathaniel Granger. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

The First Mondays presentation - "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Visionary, the Truth Teller, and Most Hated Person in America” - will also be delivered by Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq., at 11 a.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). One of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, Haygood is the executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. An advocate for equity, he works to empower urban communities; Haygood also speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy.

The day wraps up with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performing at 7 p.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Auditorium (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). The ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies, performing dynamic bodies of work inspired by the African-American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. The program will also feature special guests from the Gospel Music Workshop of America-Colorado Springs Chapter. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Reception to follo

Moms Demand Action Promotes Womxn's March, Legislative Letter-Writing

Welcome Back Legislators - Postcard Writing
Monday, January 6, 6:30-8 PM
Principal’s Office at Ivywild school 1604 S. Cascade

State legislators are returning to work at the state capitol.  Join in writing postcards to encourage their support of gun sense legislation.  RSVP optional but helpful, HERE

Welcome Back Legislators - Visit legislators at the Capitol in Denver 
Friday, January 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM            
Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203   

RSVP to receive info about carpooling and logistics, HERE

COS Womxn’s March
Saturday, January 25, 2 - 4 PM
City Auditorium:  221 East Kiowa St., COS 80903

Join Moms Demand Action group in marching to Acacia park and back to City Auditorium (4 blocks) to raise awareness of domestic violence involving guns.

RSVP for the march HERE:

Peak Environment Podcast 53 Examines Smokebrush's Latest Project, the Smokebrush Farm

Long-time residents of Colorado Springs are familiar with the history of Smokebrush Theatre and Smokebrush Foundation. The newest podcast from Studio 809 looks at the latest Smokebrush project, Smokebrush Farm. Learn all about a very unique community asset. Smokebrush Farm is a small, biodynamic farm in Manitou Springs that serves as an educational model as well as a retreat center. Yoga classes, an art club, Indian dance class and artist residency programs are part of the program, which is part of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Chris Collinge, the farm manager, explains everything happening here, including a local herd share for raw goat’s milk, plans to launch an internship program in 2020. Chris also provides a brief overview of biodynamic agriculture.

The latest podcast is at:

Also check out Podcast 52 on recycling and practical means of reducing waste. Did you know that less than 15% of donated clothing in the U.S. ends up in our second-hand market? Or that each cycle of a washing machine can release more than 700,00 plastic fibers into the environment? Paper and paperboard account for 29% of our municipall waste stream, and yard trimmings and food scraps account for another 27%. The November Sustainability in Progress meeting featured two very interesting presentations featured in this podcast. Alicia Archibald of A2 Solutions provides an overview of the state of recycling in Colorado, with updated information on issues and progress in our state. Liz Kettle, director of Textiles West, weaves tales of good and bad practices in sustainability related to our clothing and textiles.

Podcast 52 is at:



RAWtools Celebrates Seven Years on Feb. 8 

Our friends at RAWtools will celebrate seven years of forging guns into garden tools on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1501 E. Fountain. Cake and ice cream will be served, and there will be performances by First Strike Theatre at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Annual Meeting Set for Mid-February

PPJPC is checking on dates and venues for the weekend of Feb. 15 or Feb. 22 for our annual meeting. Stay tuned..


PPJPC Offers Sound System for Community Group Rental

PPJPC has partnered with Studio 809 to purchase a portable sound system appropriate for indoor or outdoor use. If you are interested in arranging the use of this sound system, contact Victoria at (719) 632-6189.

Blanket Donations Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army

The appeal for blankets for homeless people continues on.  Our two local shelters say the need is still there. In fact, the Salvation Army has been forced to rent blankets. Additionally, donations of towels are also requested.  Both shelters offer the opportunity to shower for their guests. 
Gently used blankets, comforters, quilts, or throws – along with towels- can be dropped off as follows.  The Salvation Army accepts donations Mon- Fri, 9 am thru noon at their R. J. Montgomery Center, 709 S. Sierra, near Cimarron.  The Rescue Mission donation warehouse, west of their main campus, is located at 111 W. Las Vegas St. with drop off times Mon- Fri 9:30am-4:30pm and Sat 9-11am. 
If you have a heart to help a homeless person, please consider donating new or used items.

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