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Week of January 4, 2021


 

Educating Children of Color Conference
Goes Virtual

Registration, Contributions Accepted for Jan. 16 Conference

PPJPC has worked with the Educating Children of Color conference for several years. For 2021, the conference will be virtual, on Saturday, Jan. 16. The keynoters this year are Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, educator and author of Trauma Stewardship in the Age of Overwhelm, and Tim Wise, nationally-known, anti-racist author of White Like Me, as well as 8 other books.  Other presenters include African American educators and authors Dr. Carolyn Strong, Dr. Regina Lewis, and Eric Bailey, among others.
Your $35 for registering for the Summit will go to the scholarship program which has thus far awarded more than $199,000 in scholarships and educational gifts as well as 200 laptops to students attending the ECOC summit.  This year, the Summit will be awarding $20,000 in scholarships and educational awards to students.

 Your registration of $35 will go towards supporting these scholarships to youth of color – to support them in their higher education endeavors.  Please go to https://educatingchildrenofcolor.org  to learn more about the Summit, and to register or donate to this very worthy community effort.  This is one way in the New Year we can help to promote equity and to support students in our community.  With thanks to the ECOC Board, and especially to Judge Regina Walter, who work tirelessly to make this summit happen.
 
 

Be Glad We Made It, But Keep Expectations Low

 

Sometimes, people can apply a little too much numerology when bidding goodbye to one of the more crisis-ridden years in recent history. In greeting the first days of 2021, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, but we also must keep expectations in check. 2021 will be a year of healing, small steps forward, and occasional steps back.

At least three vaccines are on tap for the coronavirus, but problems in distribution were becoming all too evident by year’s end. We can expect front-line personnel to be vaccinated by the end of January, essential service workers by mid-March, while many healthy citizens may not get a vaccine until the end of May. This means that large gatherings still may not be in the cards until late summer or fall.

We are approaching Jan. 20 with a sense that the nation’s business will return to some sort of normalcy, and we have made it into the new year with no organized populist violence. Yet more than 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives signed up to a Jan. 6 challenge of the electoral college which is clearly unconstitutional on its face. Luckily, the courts threw out a lawsuit by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas that would force Vice President Mike Pence to declare the election null and void – nut Pence said he would support formation of a "commission" to oversee election results. The Jan. 6 debate ultimately will get nowhere, but will place many Republicans in the position of challenging the Constitution.

Trump also will leave incoming President Joe Biden with several intractable problems. The deployment of B-52s to the Persian Gulf over the holidays made it appear the U.S. was goading for a war with Iran, though the later withdrawal of an aircraft carrier made the signals mixed. The New York Times claimed in a front-page article Jan. 2 that mid-level Pentagon authorities, including several populist sycophants (the same ones that continued to deny Biden security briefings), wanted all available weapons systems sent to Iran’s borders on the anniversary of Qassim Suleiman’s murder. But acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier back to the U.S. as a means of de-escalating tensions with Iran. As Trump continues his endless campaign of burning down the house, he can’t be sure of which cabinet members will be loyal.

It seems Biden will have a difficult time responding to environmental, military, and social issues outside the overwhelming pandemic response. And the status of stimulus checks to citizens changes day by day, and may be far from resolved by Inauguration Day.

So raise a toast that we made it through 2020, but be prepared for some rough months ahead before we all can turn the corner to better times.
 

Protest Planned for Jan. 22, When UN Nuclear Weapons Treaty Goes Into Effect

Two days after inauguration, on Friday, Jan. 22, the new UN treaty abolishing nuclear weapons goes into effect. While the U.S. was not a signatory, the number of nations signing on means that the treaty bears the impact of international law. Protesters will gather at City Hall on Jan. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise awareness locally, and in Washington, where the new Biden administration will need to hear from those who support nuclear arms reductions..
 

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.
   

Tickets for MLK Virtual Breakfast Still On Sale

Colorado College decided last summer that the annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast would be an all-virtual event. On Dec. 18, the college opened an Eventbrite site to sell tickets for this online event. Price per person is a suggested $5, but the college encourages patrons to buy tickets for others, or to make larger donations for the participating organizations, which include Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. The theme for the event, and for the coming 2021 year, is “Community Out of Chaos: Change Now!” The keynote speaker is Cornell Brooks, past President & CEO of NAACP & Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Zoom event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Cleo Parker Robinson virtual performance. The 2021 breakfast will include multiple breakout sessions and musical performances. To purchase your tickets for this event, visit Eventbrite HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-springs-mlk-day-community-events-2021-tickets-132434145093


 

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. To set up a program for your team contact trainings@concretecouch.org.


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


 

Peak Environment Podcast 66 Covers a Sustainable Holiday Season

 

Join Studio 809’s Peak Environment for its Podcast 66, which examines sustainable holiday practices. The holidays are coming and that means shopping, gifts, and food. Do you approach the holidays mindful of the environmental impact of all these activities? This episode explores sustainable options for this holiday season. Konrad Schlarbaum, sustainability coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College shares low-impact holiday gift-giving practices, and fills us in on the virtual PPCC Green Holiday Fair. Lorrie Myers, of Who Gives a SCRAP, updates us on the shop’s just completed move to larger quarters at 810 Arcturus Drive, which expands the shop’s offerings.

Who Gives a SCRAP is a donation based scrap store that carries arts, craft and hobbies supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. The store was founded on the belief that the reuse of goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. In its five years of existence, Who Gives a Scrap has diverted over 213 tons of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the landfill.

You can hear the latest podcast at:
http://studio809radio.com/66-sustainable-holiday/

You can also check out Podcast 65, in which Dave Gardner, originator of Studio 809, provides a holiday-appropriate look at relative environmental impacts of flying, driving, bus, train, bicycle, on foot, even staycations - What do we need to know to make responsible decisions about the way we move about? This program is based on an Oct. 23 presentation Gardner made to the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. It includes results of a Lund University study on carbon footprints, a study of green flight bookings, and a discussion on whether physical conferences have a future in the post-pandemic world.

You can hear Podcast 66 here:
http://studio809radio.com/does-flight-make-footprint-big/
 
 

PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

 

We’d like to share this year-end note from our good friends at Moms Demand Action:
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, local Colorado Springs.  We extend our gratitude to each of you who worked to support Gun Sense Candidates this fall.  All the efforts including writing postcards, making phone calls, paying attention to policy positions and advocating for prioritization of safety and people over guns- it all made a difference.  Thank you. 
  
 

Pikes Peak Women Launch "Elevating" Podcast Series

Pikes Peak Women expanded their “Elevating” Podcast series with a new series, “Women Making Change,” with the first episode featuring Stephany Rose Spaulding. Elevating Pikes Peak Women covers a wide array of diverse topics and critical issues for local women, hosted by former Mayor and community icon Mary Lou Makepeace. During each episode, local women of diverse backgrounds, ages, and political persuasions explore their experiences, values, and beliefs about local issues that affect the women in our community. Here’s an introductory clip to tell you a little about the PPW podcast.  Our October focus was on Voting Matters, covering topics like the mechanics of voting and how to negotiate your way through the long ballot of issues that are of critical importance to women. Going forward, we're planning episodes on Black Women's Lives Matter, Life in the Time of COVID (including the high rate of women's unemployment and the effect on the family), and Education in the Time of COVID.  We all know that the burdens of the pandemic are falling disproportionately on women, in their roles in the workplace and in the family, so we are looking to women who are change agents and supportive voices to bring us to higher grounds.
The new podcast with Dr. Spaulding is HERE

Thanks to our partner Studio 809, you can easily find and listen to all recent episodes here. The podcast is also available via SpotifyLibsynRadio Public, and Apple 
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Do YOU have something you'd like to add to the general conversation? Feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, and ideas at pikespeakwmn@gmail.com.

PIKES PEAK WOMEN
Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Cianna Reider, Beth Roalstad, Carrie Simison, Barb Van Hoy, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada
 
 

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