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Week of October 8, 2018


Shelter Forum at Library 21C

Oct. 10 Discussion Looks for Homeless Solutions

Bill Young’s Figurative Photo is hosting an event this Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, to discuss new solutions to the homeless crisis in Colorado Springs. The forum will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. All are invited to this brainstorming session, just bring your good ideas and a positive attitude.

Moms Demand Action Calendar of Events

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action remains busy this fall, and has the following events coming up in October:
Sat., Oct 13, 8 AM- 2 PM -  Moms Demand Action will have an information table at the TESSA 5K Run.  Volunteers are needed to help in shifts to be at the table and hand out info. RSVP to if you can help with this domestic violence awareness month event. 

Mon., Oct 22, 12-2 PM or 5-7 PM - Canvassing for our own Moms Demand Action member Brenda Krause (candidate for State House District 15).  Please indicate if you prefer morning or evening time.  Canvassing will be in the Powers corridor area. Specific meeting place will be provided upon RSVP. Contact Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or 

Renter Rights Program Oct. 10

Colorado Legal Services, Pikes Peak Library District and the City of Colorado Springs are jointly holding a special seminar on Renters Rights 101 on Wed., Oct. 10 at Solid Rock Event Center, 2520 Arlington Drive, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will be aimed at the 42% of Colorado Springs residents who are renters, and will give an overview on topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction.  The seminar is free, but space is limited so those wishing to attend should register on EventBrite HERE.

TESSA, Women's Resource Agency to Merge

TESSA and Women’s Resource Agency announced last week the merger of the two agencies to consolidate resources for women fleeing violence or in need of aid. The WRA offices in The Citadel Mall are slated to remain open, with services for women and teen girls remaining at the site, but WRA likely will not have its own executive director in the future. The two agencies had collaborated on many programs in the past, and the merger will allow the WRA team to take advantage of development and fundraising skills at TESSA.

Food for Thought 2019 Kickoff Meeting Oct. 18

Food for Thought is kicking off its 19th annual year of dinner and dialogue, with an initial meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The initial meeting will be held at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. The intent of the program is to define small groups of people from different political and cultural background to dine together and share experiences.  The small groups will meet five times over six months.  There is no charge for attending, but you must reserve a spot at

Latest Growthbusters Podcast Examines Sustainability and Art

J&P media pal Dave Gardner is continuing the Growthbusters podcasts with a new offering this week on Sustainability and Art, to honor October Arts Month. The podcast covers the September meeting of Sustainability in Progress, sponsored by Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. The hosts for this podcast are Drew Johnson of TechWears and Christopher Aaby of Catamount Institute. Speakers include Andy Vick of Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPR), Natalie Johnson of Manitou Art Center, and Aisha Ahmad-Post of Ent Center for the Arts.

This latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to all recent podcasts, visit

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.

Pikes Peak Permaculture Concludes Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is hosting the last of its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. The final class is scheduled for 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

ED Corner with Victoria Stone - PPJPC Executive Director

The J and P celebrated International Day Of Peace and it was a big success!  Thank you all for celebrating the message of the day, either in person at our breakfast or in spirit.  Our breakfast started off with the song stylings of Heidi Cooper, and then we were led into a beautiful opening recitation by Rev. Nori Rost.  After which we had Pallas Stafford explain how our peace was bigger than us and how we were going to bring our Peace together in a big project to celebrate Armistice Day.  Last but not least we had Lisa Villanueva speak to us about how to activate our activism.  I loved how she reminded us with her story of Rosa Parks, how some people who do the most for humanity end up with the least and that challenged me to really think about how we need to do things.  We should all band together for Peace, Non-violence, and Social Justice and that is exactly what I hope we all can do this year!  The J and P is also working on Activating our Activism by working on creating an educational program to impact the cradle to prison pipeline.  Our Board of Directors Co-Chair Debra Fortenberry spoke about that endeavor.  I feel awed and amazed at the response from the call to action.  We received about $6000 in donations to further our efforts in making the lives of others better and creating a ripple effect from what we are doing out into the greater community.  

 Out of the breakfast efforts also came an opportunity to restart the Active For Justice Newspaper!  I am so excited!  So everyone be looking for it in your mailbox in the coming weeks!  Please send in stories and story ideas so that we can catch up on our J and P history and speak boldly about how to acknowledge and write the wrongs our society is facing.  We welcome any stories of J and P history you might have as we want to create a really strong record of our last 40 years so we can continue to sustain such a great legacy for 40 more years.  But we can't know where we are headed if we don't understand where we come from!

Looking forward to hearing from you all so that we can impact as many facets of social justice as possible.

Homeless Veterans Coalition Presents "Stand Down" Event Oct. 16

The El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition is presenting the 20th annual “Stand Down” event to provide services for homeless vets on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Auditorium. The event will distribute clothing, backpacks, and personal care items, and will provide flu shots, housing referrals, job assistance, and VA medical care. For more information, visit the event site at

More Details on Oct. 20 Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper

Plans are firming up for the annual vigil at Minuteman missile silo N-8 in Weld County, near New Raymer, CO. This year’s vigil is being held 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. Those interested in car-pooling should come to 420 N. Mesa on Oct. 20 by 8:45 a.m. The Colorado Springs group will meet up around noon in Fort Morgan with groups from Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. The car caravan should be back in Colorado Springs before 5. Those interested in going should contact Bill Sulzman at so he has an accurate count. As part of Keep Space for Peace Week, there will also be a vigil this Friday, Oct. 12 at the gates of Schriever Air Force Base at 3:30 p.m. with cars leaving 420 N. Mesa at 2:45 p.m. Again, let Bill know in advance if you need a ride.

Suzann Mollner to Speak at Two Denver Dinners in October and November

The Denver nonprofit Beirut and Beyond, which works to improve conditions for Palestinian refugees, is hosting two separate dinners featuring a presentation by Suzann Mollner, who spent the summer at UNRWA refugee camps in the Middle East. The dinners are Thursday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. both evenings, and will be held at Phoenician Kebab, 5709 E. Colfax in Denver. A full meal of hummus, falafel, shawarma, fattoush, and maqloubeh will be prepared. Tickets for the event are $30, but each evening will be capped at 20 attendees to facilitate discussion.  You can reserve a spot for either date at EventBrite HERE

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
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