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Week of April 5, 2021


 

PPJPC to Co-Present "Law Day" May 1


Seminar with El Paso County Bar Association Features Multiple Speakers

PPJPC is working with the El Paso County Bar Association to present a Saturday morning remote seminar May 1 on issues surrounding law enforcement, the courts, and legislation surrounding issues of social justice. Current plans call for presentations from members of the state legislature, from the city’s Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Committee, and from the Bar Association’s new justice and equity committee. The Bar Association will manage the Zoom session in seminar format, so that many attendees can listen to the speaker, while each presentation will have its own Q&A session. Stay tuned for information on a full agenda and how to register!

 

Environmental Goals for 2021 Colorado Legislature

Drake Power Plant opponent Lindsay Facknitz sent out an appeal last week urging environmentalists to focus on climate issues coming up in the new legislative session. Here’s her plea:
The Colorado legislative session will be starting soon. Since climate change and clean energy is a key topic at the Colorado Capitol this year, would you please write a short email to State Senator Pete Lee, State Rep Marc Snyder, and State Rep Tony Exum (all representing the COS area) letting them know why you care about climate change this weekend? We need to make sure they have the support of their constituents to vote the right way on a number of clean energy and climate bills!
Feel free to keep your email short and sweet. As I always say, sending something is better than sending nothing! 
(Example of short and sweet email is below, if that's helpful) 
email guidance:
- Share why you care about climate change and how your community is experiencing climate change
- Ask them about what their climate plan is this session/how they plan to protect your community from climate change
- Let them know you'd like to see Colorado Springs to do its part to ensure that Colorado is meeting state climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
email addresses:
Sen Pete Lee - pete.lee.senate@state.co.us
Rep Marc Snyder - marc.snyder.house@state.co.us
Rep Tony Euxum - tony.exum.house@state.co.us
 
Feel free to forward this email to any other friends or groups who could send an email this weekend. 
 

Podcast 72 of Peak Environment Looks at Conservative Positions on the Climate Crisis

There are plenty of good reasons for political conservatives to be concerned about the climate crisis. We explore them in this conversation with three gentlemen from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, or CCL:

  • Steven Moses, a physicist
  • Don Parcher, a retired Navy pilot
  • Nate Hochman, a Colorado College senior and Conservative Outreach Fellow at CCL

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a nonpartisan group that’s focused on a carbon fee and dividend, which would put a price on carbon at the source, and the proceeds of the carbon fee would be distributed back to households in the form of a dividend.  This proposal has garnered a lot of attention recently, and was introduced in Congress as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (https://energyinnovationact.org/).

You can hear Podcast 72 here:
http://studio809radio.com/climate-crisis-conservatives/
 
Meanwhile, Podcast 71 looks at the future of the recently-relocated Bureau of Land Management under the Biden administration. What steps can the Biden administration take to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Bureau of Land Management to better address its conservation and climate change goals? This question was addressed in a lively online discussion hosted by PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). Panelists discussed the results of a recent employee survey, trends in land management planning, problems in BLM’s management culture, and questions from the webinar participants. This discussion was held on February 24, 2021.
 You can hear Podcast 71 here:
http://studio809radio.com/new-era-blm/
 
 

PPJPC Seeks Interest in Officers for Board

PPJPC is distributing flyers to Colorado College, UCCS, and Pikes Peak Community College to seek student membership on our board. We also welcome board members from the general public. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at (719) 963-2979, or Gabriel.Cordova01@gmail.com.  
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Catch the Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial

If you missed the Nov. 14 memorial for lynching victim Preston John Porter at Denver’s Creekside Park, you can view the ceremony at the Colorado Lynching Memorial web site HERE.

Participants in the ceremony  included Rosemary Lytle, president of NAACP state conference; Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays; Episcopal Church Bishop Kym Lucas; Rev. Tawana Davis of Soul2Soul Sisters; Gov. Jared Polis; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and Denver City Council Member Candi CdeBaca.

The marker commemorates the Nov. 16, 1900 lynching in Limon of 15-year-old railroad worker Preston Porter Jr., falsely accused of killing a girl. Porter was one of four African Americans known to have been lynched in Colorado, who are being recognized by the CLM project.
   

 

PPJPC, PPLD, and Hear Here Poetry Plan Dual Youth Poetry Events

Last fall, PPJPC, PPLD, and Hear Here Poetry planned a joint youth poetry event which was postponed as pandemic conditions worsened again. In response to the slow lifting of pandemic restrictions, the three organizations are now planning two events in May and October. On Saturday, May 8, a small workshop entitled “Word Warriors: From Inlking to Ink” will be held at PPLD’s Knights of Columbus Hall Gardens (or the hall itself in case of inclement weather) from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop will be led by former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer. PPLD restrictions mean that registration will be capped at a dozen, for teens age 13-19. We’ll post information on registration soon.

On Saturday, August 14, a larger event centered on topics of privilege, will be held at a PPLD location, likely Knights of Columbus downtown. We are hoping improved conditions allow for a greater number of participants. Stay tuned for more information!
 

Police Accountability Public Meetings Continue With April 5 Crisis Response Meeting - TONIGHT (Monday)

 

The city’s Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission (“LETAC” ) is continuing its Listen & Learn sessions with the second of two sessions April 5 on crisis response. Additional sessions in April and May will cover the use of force.  LETAC was established by City Council in June of 2020 in response to citizen protests, marches and vigils after the deaths of De'Von Bailey, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others of our Black communities.  The mission of LETAC is to make recommendations to City Council which would promote improved understanding and relationships between the police department and the public. LETAC’s current work is framed as “listening and learning”, which includes discussion meetings on the topics of communication, racial bias, crisis response and use of force.

Please RSVP to LETAC@ColoradoSprings.gov or calling 719-385-5480.  RSVP to attend the April 5 Part 2 session on crisis response, slated to start at 6 p.m.  The usual schedule is for LETAC meetings to be held on the first and third Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. Due to current public health requirements, meetings are held virtually.

Topics & Dates

Crisis Response: April 5, 2021
Use of Force: April 19/May 3, 2021

Listening and Learning Sessions
The first of the two sessions in each topic area will begin with a presentation from CSPD on the specified topic, which will then be followed by citizens’ comments about the topic. These comments will allow LETAC to listen to citizens only. Citizens are encouraged to sign-up in advance by emailing
LETAC@ColoradoSprings.gov or calling 719-385-5480.

The second of the two sessions will be an opportunity for LETAC internal discussion on the topic presented and addressed at the prior meeting. This will include Commissioners’ presentations, take-aways, additional questions, and next steps. (The March 1 session will be a Part 2 session of Listen & Learn on the racial bias topic.)
 

Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership Weighs In On April 6 City Council Election

The Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership has made its recommendations on April’s city council elections, based on a questionnaire the group sent to candidates earlier this year. You can see the results of the questionnaire and learn the partnership’s recommendations by visiting PHP HERE  
 

Moms Demand Action Plans April 18 Seminar on Trans Allyship Training Featuring Nico Wilkinson

Hello friends,
2020 was the deadliest year for gun violence on record in the past couple decades. 50 million guns were sold in the US in 2020 (per background check data). And we see the horrors of mass shootings around the nation and here in Colorado. Take action by texting CHECKS to 644-33 to tell Congress to pass universal background checks uniformly across the nation.  This will not stop all gun violence but it is the critical foundation of prevention.

 Here in Colorado Springs we continue efforts to uplift communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence, shine a light on the epidemic of firearm suicide in our county, and work in the community to urge everyone to securely store their firearms away from children and teens. On Sunday, April 18, from 3-4 :15 PM we will learn from local organizer and trans rights advocate, Nico Wilkinson about how to be better allies to the transgender community both in our personal lives and in our work to prevent gun violence.  RSVP to https://bit.ly/310rBam for details.
  

Concrete Couch Season at Concrete Coyote Park Includes "Saturday Morning Grab Bag"

Our friends at Concrete Couch have posted their winter schedule, which includes a variety of hands-on outdoor events at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. All events are free. One of the popular programs is SATURDAY MORNING GRAB BAG, which offers two sessions (10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm). These programs are tailored to participant's interests, and include trail building, sculpture building, wood construction, dry stacking stone work, environmental restoration, aquatic science, etc. Participating in each Grab Bag group is limited to 5 participants, and require mask wearing. Kids under 13 also need an adult chaperone.

The Concrete Couch team is also free offering construction training to other non-profits. This program works especially well if your group 1) wants to learn basic carpentry skills and 2) needs something built, like a shed, bench, gate or shade pavilion. CC provides all the tools and (recycled) materials. Contact trainings@concretecouch.org to set up a program for your team.

On the Concrete Couch calendar, you can also check out regular virtual sessions on weekdays, including Cool Science and School of Rock. Visit HERE 
 

Pikes Peak Women Offers New Podcast on Covid and Education

Pikes Peak Women has a new Studio 809 podcast on Covid-19 and education. This podcast is focused on education of our children through their high school years, during the pandemonium of the COVID disruption of all our lives.. We have Christine O'Brien, Public Information Officer of Harrison School District 2, to discuss K-12 education, and Noreen Landis-Tyson from CPCD - Giving Children a HEAD START, who brings the perspective on the 0 to5-year-old group. We dive into the struggles that educators, families, and children are facing, how to prepare children, efforts made to assist families of the most vulnerable in our community,  what next year's school may look like, and so much more.
Subscribe for more episodes, and reach out to us on Facebook HERE or Email Us and let us know what you thought of today's episode. 

Here's the Studio 809 link for this podcast: http://studio809radio.com/education-during-the-time-of-covid-with-christine-obrien-and-noreen-landis-tyson/ .
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