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Week of March 2, 2020


Plowshares Nuns to Fill Up Busy Week in Colorado Springs

Three Days of Events Include March 5 Talk at All Souls Sponsored by PPJPC

Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, two of the three Dominican sisters involved in the 2002 plowshares action at a Colorado missile site, are visit Colorado Springs for three days beginning TOMORROW, March 3, as part of a national campaign for nuclear disarmament. (The third sister, Jackie Hudson, died of multiple myeloma complications in 2011.) The two sisters will speak on “A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament,” reflecting their recent work with ICAN (see below). Public talks will take place at the Kraemer Library Apse on the UCCS campus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday March 4.  The next day, Thursday, March 5, PPJPC will sponsor an evening talk at All Souls Church, 730 N. Tejon, in the small conference room. Doors will open at 6:30, and the talk will begin at 7.

Reflecting their commitment to street activism, the sisters also will participate in a lunchtime bannering downtown in Acacia Park on Tuesday, March 3, from 11:30 to 12:30. Later at 4:00 p.m., they will join bannering at the north gate of Peterson AFB. On Wednesday afternoon, the sisters plan to travel to Canon City for an evening speech in that town.  On Thursday, March 5, will visit RAWtools at 11:30, to see peace forging in action, followed by an afternoon environment class at Colorado College, and the evening discussion at All Souls.

The three sisters, affiliated with the peace-oriented Jonah House in Washington, DC, entered a Minuteman missile silo restricted area on October 6, 2002, in a symbolic action to pour blood and hammer plowshares on the silo lid. Their arrest and subsequent federal trial generated significant publicity in Colorado Springs and Denver. The sisters also were involved in nonviolent actions at Peterson Air Force Base here, and at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, Tenn. During federal prison sentences, Platte’s work in prison reform formed the basis for a character in the book and TV show “Orange is the New Black.”

In recent years, the sisters have worked with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Prize in 2017. In Washington, their “Fire Drill Fridays” protests have worked with protest campaigns organized by Jane Fonda and Greta Thunberg. Their 2020 speaking campaign will encourage state and municipal governments around the nation to sign on to the UN Treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. The Loretto Peace Committee in Denver is sponsoring their visit to Colorado from March 2 to 12 to speak to city councils on the Front Range about the UN treaty. 


Moms Demand Action Announces March Event

Colorado Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol           
Friday, March 6, 9 AM – 1 PM
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 80203  (Email to carpool)
Join 100's from across Colorado at the State Capitol to meet with our elected officials and support gun safety legislation. RSVP HERE


Peak Environment Podcast 56 Focuses on Wolves

Podcast 56 was created in conjunction with Pikes Peak Area Sierra Club, to examine the necessity of wolves in the Colorado ecosystem. Colorado needs Wolves – not merely to restore a natural balance or the wildness that we all seek – though wolves will do that if they are present for long enough, in sufficient numbers and with wide enough distribution  – but also to ensure that we pass on a Colorado intact, with a complete suite of native wildlife, to enrich future generations.

The latest podcast is at:

Also check out Podcast 55 on tiny houses. Big things are happening for tiny homes in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Principal Planner Lonna Thelan fills us in on how city planning and zoning issues affect tiny home locations, and Shelley Jensen, founder, CEO and chief community strategist of We Fortify, shares details of her first development, Working Fusion at Mill Street.

Podcast 55 is at:



Voluntarism Called "Critical" at PPJPC Annual Meeting

PPJPC former co-chair Carolyn Kelly, coordinator of this year’s Peace Camp, urged attendees at the Feb. 29 annual meeting at Knights of Columbus Hall that “activating your volunteering is critical to this organization.” Her words were echoed by new board member Gabe Cordova, who took an informal poll of the subjects (police accountability, inequality) that would motivate members to participate.

The meeting heard from outgoing member Debra Fortenberry and Treasurer Marguerite Terze, on the conclusion of PPJPC’s direct funding of LEAD Academy, of the spinning off of The Springs Echo paper for the homeless, and of Executive Director Victoria Stone reverting to a volunteer role until a budget exists for contracted services. Because PPJPC’s activist model does not fit the typical nonprofit foundation/grantee/program model, Fortenberry said the organization must of necessity be an information clearinghouse and participant in coalition efforts, all with an eye to keeping nonviolent methods central in the region’s progressive community.



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 Still Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Shelter


The appeal for blankets for homeless people continues on.  Our two local shelters say the need is still there. 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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