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Week of June 17, 2019


Peace Camp Enrollment is Open

Program Runs July 29 to August 2 at Hillside Community Center

It’s that time again, for kids aged 7 to 18 interested in community relations and their relations with our world to join together for PPJPC Peace Camp. The camp will be held once again at Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, from July 29 through August 2. We are looking for interns for the camp this year, and if you are 14 to 18 years old, you are welcome to inquire about our counselor-in-training program. To sign up and find out more information, visit Cost is $125, and scholarships will be available. Questions? Call our offices after June 17 at (719) 63206189.

AfJ Podcasts

The Active for Justice PPJPC Podcast, like all Studio 809 podcasts, has debuted on iTunes and on Google Podcasts, with an imminent Spotify appearance anticipated. The second PPJPC Active for Justice podcast went live last weekend, to coincide with the recent RAWtools book tour hitting the city on March 23. In the podcast, PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone interviewed RAWtools founder Michael Martin and its arts coordinator, Mary Sprunger-Froese, who joined with Josh Rumpel, the gun violence activist featured in the first AfJ podcast.

The title of the second podcast is “Eat, Pray Peace: How Can We Make This Podcast About Gun Violence Unnecessary?” The speakers discuss a recent shooting in which a mother killed her three children. It’s not a mass shooting, but it is gun violence. Part of the challenge: a belief that guns are a problem-solver, something that gun laws alone won’t solve. Also discussed: the myth of “redemptive violence,” the notion that we need guns to protect us from people with guns. American society tends to think there is some good violence (by police, military, etc.), but of course it is still violence. Also on the agenda: the “wild west” persona. We’re obsessed with having power OVER people instead of power under people and lifting them up.

The non-profit Martin founded, RAWtools, turns guns into garden tools, “changing the story from death into life” (with a team of volunteers being taught how to blacksmith). He is also co-author (with Shane Claiborne) of the new book, Beating Guns. The book explores how we got into the place we’re in today with so many shootings. Ten percent of the gun owners are holding this conversation hostage. The hope of the book is that we stop killing each other.

As artist-in-residence at RAWtools, Mary Sprunger-Froese hosts workshops at RAWtools. Justice activist Josh Rumpel has spent a year studying gun violence.

Visit to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit to learn more about the book or see if there is a book tour stop in your area.
You’ll find the first two AfJ podcasts at new podcast at

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. 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.

ECOC to Present One More Summer "Diversity University" Session

Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in a July session at Pikes Peak Community College. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.


ECOC's Two-Day June Seminar for State CLDE Guidelines

A two-day seminar from Educating Children of Color will provide differentiating instruction for the state’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) standards. Co-facilitators for this course are Dr. Barbara Dray, with more than 20 years’ experience in bilingual special education, and Meghan McCracken, a language development specialist at Boulder Valley School District. This program takes place June 27 and 28, with hours on Thursday (June 27) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Masonic Lodge at 1150 Panorama Drive, near Coronado High School. The cost is $249, or $199 if you register before May 15. To register, visit If you have questions, contact, or call 719-640-6633.

Art UnSheltered Seeks Venue

Community advocates and artists are working with Springs Echo to honor the creative art of some of our COS unsheltered neighbors. The project, called Art UnSheltered, has been in the works for a while. Our challenge has been in securing a space to be used as the studio/gallery venue. Without the space, the vision cannot take off. Our hope is to get this up and running before weather turns cold as well as in time to get some participant art onto the cover of the next copy of Springs Echo!
PLEASE HELP! We are hoping that there might be someone in the friends or members of Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission with an appropriate property for housing the project. If you have concrete ideas/contacts and/or own such a venue, please contact Laura, Debbie and Bill asap at : or 
Below is the mission of Art UnSheltered, and a description of the type of venue sought:
Art UnSheltered Mission: Strengthening our community and empowering our vulnerable unsheltered population through art.
Art UnSheltered Vision: Art Unsheltered strengthens our community by championing a space to create, explore, display and sell art by our local unsheltered neighbors (homeless population). When we honor and empower all our neighbors, we build a strong stakeholder base of invested citizens. By committing a space where unsheltered individuals can produce and sell their art, we foster social and personal growth while building a strong invested society. 
Art UnSheltered Venue Description: 
- accessible to target population
- safe
- simple and basic
- running water & electricity
- free
- located where "artists" are comfortable creating, & displaying
- located where "visitors" are comfortable viewing and purchasing


Peak Environment Podcast 29 Addresses Forest Gardening

Forest gardening is a way of landscaping that saves time, money, water…and the planet.  Learn all about this ethical style of Earth care, and how you can practice it in your own garden, from permaculturist Becky Elder. This episode is a recording of her Forest Gardening class at the 2018 People’s Tiny House Festival. This episode of Peak Environment comes to us courtesy of Pikes Peak Permaculture, celebrating 15 years of Permaculture education, inspiration, and support throughout Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. 
You’ll find the latest podcast at

And be sure to catch our last podcast on the solidary economy. Can cooperation and collaboration trump competition and profit maximization in generating community wealth? Matt Noyes, son of Chinook Bookstore founders Dick and Judy Noyes, shares his vision for the variety of ways Colorado Springs can benefit from models of cooperative organization and solidarity economy. There are several cooperatives today in the city of Colorado Springs. The state of Colorado has some of the best cooperative law; it’s a great place to form a cooperative. Listen and learn a lot!
You’ll find this podcast at


The Springs Echo Returns; Active for Justice Anniversary Print Edition Expected This Week

Our communication team led by Bill Thomas has been busy. The Colorado Springs’ newspaper for the homeless, The Springs Echo, has returned to the streets with the assistance of PPJPC. We are looking for writers and for distributors of the paper, please contact if you would like to help. We also have a facelift on our web site, please visit us at http://www, Many thanks to Bill and all who have helped!

We are expecting the print edition of the Active for Justice 40th anniversary issue within a week. Stay tuned, and contact the office if you have ideas for distribution points!


Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program

The city’s community development division is repeating its popular “Renter Rights” program in association with Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Legal Aid.  Two remaining workshops will be held in the summer and the fall to discuss the rights and responsibilities of renters. Admission is free, but space is limited, and those interested should check with the web site for more information. A summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 7 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The last fall workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For information on registering, go to



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