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Week of September 3, 2018


Former PPJPC ED Lists Litany of New Threats in New Mexico

Brown, Perrotte Discuss Environment and Immigration Challenges

Joan Brown, executive director of PPJPC in the early 1990s, came to Colorado Springs last week to talk to an audience of 20 at Grace Episcopal Church about her work in New Mexico. Brown and Sister Marlene Perrotte talked about their work with New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light, as well as affiliated nonprofits, to halt water and land contamination in the state from a range of energy and weapons projects.

The newest threat is a “depleted uranium hexafluoride deconversion project” west of Hobbs, NM, not far from the WIPP nuclear waste site near Carlsbad. Hearings have been ongoing in 2018 to have nuclear fuel rods from nuclear plants throughout the country sent to Hobbs for placement in unstable “interim” metal canisters. New federal legislation, HR3053, would allow the new Holtec site in Hobbs, and a sister facility in Andrews, TX, accept waste in the absence of a long-term nuclear waste site in the nation. Brown and Perrotte have been working to alert communities in southeast New Mexico to these plans, and also have been working with indigenous pueblos in the northwest part of the state over continuing dangers of contamination from the Los Alamos National Labs. Perrotte gave a presentation about her work fighting federal ICE attempts to separate immigrant families. These efforts preceded the Trump administration, she said, and involved a substandard ICE holding facility in Artesia, NM, and a newer facility in Dilley, TX.

Brown displays environmental threats
across New Mexico

Casa de Paz in Spotlight at David Byrne's Red Rocks Appearance

Sarah Jackson, keynote speaker and award recipient at January’s PPJPC Annual Meeting, received an unexpected shout-out from solo musician and Talking Heads founder David Byrne on Aug. 27. Byrne, currently touring North American in support of his American Utopia work, chooses one local nonprofit at each concert stop to publicize and support. For Colorado, Byrne chose Aurora-based Casa de Paz, an immigrant support organization which Jackson founded. Jackson and her sister were invited backstage to meet Byrne.

October Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper

Denver and Colorado Springs peace groups are planning a missile silo vigil near New Raymer, CO to honor the memory of Mary Casper, a Denver peace activist who helped organize annual trips to the missile site. The event will be held Oct. 20, the one-year anniversary of her death, with more details to follow. In honor of the international Keep Space for Peace Week, peace activists also will gather at the gates of Schriever Air Force Base on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for further information on both events.

Check Out Growthbusters' Podcasts on Energy and the Economics and Environment

Our longtime media pal Dave Gardner remains busy following the release of the Growthbusters movie. Grace and Dave are exploring several aspects of sustainable living in their new podcast series, which is focused on ending our culture’s love affair with “more,” which is not making us happier and is killing our planet. The most recent episode is “Trump Can’t Keep It Up (Economic Growth),” accessible at  This episode covers how we should NOT be celebrating (or pursuing) 4.1% economic growth, according to co-host Dave Gardner. Listen to this podcast to find out why pursuing GDP growth today is suicidal. Also on tap, listener comments about Earth Overshoot Day (the subject of our last podcast), and more single-use plastics we want to avoid. Dave stumps us with this question: What single-use disposable item do we want to see used more widely? Try to guess before Dave gives you the answer halfway into this episode.
For access to all recent podcasts, visit

CS Food Rescue Needs Your Help for Fresh Food Connect!

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with?? (Come on, even your neighbors grow tired of zucchini by the end of the season..) Would you ever consider growing an extra row in your garden for a good cause?

CS Food Rescue would like to invite everyone to join in their efforts to ensure everyone in local zip codes eats well this summer (the need is especially great in 80909/80910 regions). Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a local non-profit, is running a new program called Fresh Food Connect. Getting involved is so simple! Take 30 seconds to register your garden on FreshFoodConnect.Org . During the summer you will be asked weekly if you have anything to donate. In the event you do, one of CS Food Rescue’s youth employees will bike by your house at a scheduled time to collect your excess and bring it back to our of community-led grocery distribution programs. If we all grow a little extra this season, we can make sure all of our neighbors are healthy and happy! 

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Adventures in Learning K-12 Plans February 2019 Healthy Families Summit

PPJPC is collaborating with Adventures in Learning K-12 on several project, and the organization is planning a Healthy Families Summit for Feb. 2, 2019, at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lisa Villanueva Keynotes for Sept. 21 Peace Breakfast

Lisa Villanueva, former director of the local NAACP and a co-founder of LaTegro, a nonprofit empowering marginalized youth, will be keynote speaker at the PPJPC annual peace breakfast on Friday, Sept. 21. Lisa has been a teacher with District 11 and City Center for the Arts, and currently serves as a board member for Empowerment Solidarity Network. This year’s breakfast will be part of a Day of Peace to be held at the downtown Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. A special luncheon is being held for international students, and we are concluding the evening with a Solidarity Dinner. We have set up two EventBrite registration links for the breakfast and dinner, and we are also working with table captains to invite attendees (contact our office if you’re interested in helping), If you’d like to register for the peace breakfast, visit this link:
Tickets for the evening event are at the link HERE.

Expanded Bannering Planned for This Week

Peter Sprunger-Froese is working with Al Zook from Denver to expand the traditional Friday peace bannering schedule to a week of bannering at two military bases to raise the issue of conscientious objection to war. On Wednesday morning Sept. 5 and Friday morning Sept. 7, they will be at the B St. gate of Fort Carson from 7:15 to 8 a.m. There will be bannering at the north gate of Peterson AFB on Thursday morning, Sept. 6 from 7:15 to 8 a.m., and on Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Those interested in joining can call Peter at (719) 357-2906 for more information.

September Urban Experience Walk 12 Days Away!

Our next Urban Experience walk with Pikes Peak Library District is less than three weeks away. The EventBrite signup page is open now for Sept. 15, and further fall walks are planned for Oct. 19. Nov. 17, and Dec. 14. Suggested donation is $25 for class materials. You can sign up for the Sept. 15 walk HERE.

Local RISE March Targets Drake

As part of nationwide protests addressing climate change, 350 Colorado Springs will hold a march against Drake Power Plant this Saturday, Sept. 8 in conjunction with Sierra Club and Empowerment Solidarity Network. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at America the Beautiful Park, followed by a march to the nearby power plant.

Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo in Colorado Springs Oct. 6 & 7

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held Oct. 6-7 in the Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. at Academy, in Hall B, adjacent to the Fall Home Expo in Hall A. The expo will include a farmer’s market, livestock sale, and food truck tasting competition. Homesteaders and hemp-art designers will be displaying work. There are special booth rates for homestead and handmade small vendors. Contact Tiphani at, or visit for more information.

But Wait, There's More! - November Sustainable Denver Conference

Energy conferences will continue this fall, as the Colorado Renewable Energy Society is planning a single-day conference November 29 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The theme will be “A City for All: Today and Tomorrow,” centered on Mayor Michael Hancock’s Sustainable Denver plans. Registration opens in September, but in the meantime, CRES is looking for nominees for a Sustainability Star, someone active in promoting sustainable practices. Contact Janna at

Pikes Peak Permaculture Continues Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is offering the last two regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. Current classes are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 and Oct. 19-21. The weekend features a Friday evening introduction, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. Becky Elder, who led the Sunrise Gardens class on Feb. 17, will head the group of instructors, who also include Marco Lam, Sara Foster-Berry, Avery Ellis, Mike Wird, and Tara Rae. The cost of $1350 includes all books, materials, and locally-sourced meals. There is a $100 discount for registered couples. For more information, contact Becky Elder at (719) 685-0290 or
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