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Week of November 9, 2020


A Tenuous Transition Period


Trump's Effort to Remain in White House Costs Him Support

The confirmation of Joe Biden’s win Saturday morning set in motion a long transitional period that will be a challenge to the nation. President Trump was making expected legal challenges to vote counting, but he also adopted a petulant tone, mouthing outrageous claims of fraud in a Nov. 5 speech, and privately telling aides he had no intention of leaving office. In the first day of uncertainty after election day, it felt as though violence and counter-violence might emerge in nationwide protests.  But by the end of the week, a different picture was emerging.

Except for brief Saturday afternoon scuffles in Sacramento and Lansing, the only significant attempt at violence came from Philadelphia, where two armed “Boogaloo Boiz” tried to bring false ballots to a polling place. Other than that, reactions among Trump supporters and independent rightist groups appeared confused. Media outlets like Fox News and New York Post began challenging the president, and the Daily Beast reported that QAnon insiders are disoriented and disheartened, despite QAnon supporters winning races in Colorado and Georgia. A season of violence leading up to Inauguration Day looks less likely, though a good 40 percent of the population may see the Biden administration as illegitimate.

What is important for activists to remember is that people cannot be shamed from conspiratorial or pro-populist beliefs. Only a search for shared critiques of government behavior can help reach common ground. It is also a waste of time to analyze the type of campaign waged by the Democratic Party, as it is very likely that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren might have lost the race. The real problem here was not a hidden conservative subsector of Latinx or Black votes, but the fact that a huge segment of the white vote is wielded by people who are racist, xenophobic, and pro-authoritarian-populism. Our biggest challenge in 2021 will not be holding the Democrats to task, but probing why populism is winning adherents around the world, and why people seem comfortable with destroying the rule of law and democratic principles.

All of this soul-searching will need to take place in an atmosphere of continued crisis. The Covid winter of 2020-21 is bound to be a tough one. A second stimulus package is unlikely before February, if at all, and vaccines for coronavirus may not have the necessary acceptance in the population, even if their efficacy is proven. The best thing we can say about the transition period is that Donald Trump will have to leave office, whether willingly or because he is physically removed. But the political landscape will not suddenly turn copacetic. The months ahead will be grim. We at PPJPC are exploring the creation of priorities for an activist agenda for the post-Trump period. We invite your ideas!




PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of 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 . If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at (719) 963-2979, or  


RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here:

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech

As a means of remembering the recently-departed Sister Ardeth Platte, we'd like to remind you to check out the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. 

Plowshares Podcast here:

Virtual Event for Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial at Creekside Park in Denver

New Covid restrictions will make it difficult for on-site participation in a Nov. 14 ceremony for a memorial marker at Denver’s Creekside Park, but the Colorado Lynching Memorial is inviting everyone to a live stream of the dedication event THIS SATURDAY (Nov. 14) at 2 p.m. on the organization’s web site,, and on its Facebook page, CLMProject. Participants in the ceremony will include 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 will commemorate 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.


Peak Environment Podcast 63 Addresses the New Energy Market


Podcast 63 of Peak Environment covers the new energy market. What’s happening and what can we expect in terms of how we get electricity to power our homes, business and industry? How clean can it be, and what it will cost? Over the past twenty years, the energy market has shifted dramatically. The unsubsidized cost of wind and solar energy, with battery storage, has dropped below the cost of fossil fuel generation. The US Energy Information Agency expects the trend of dropping renewable energy and storage costs, and rising cost of coal, to continue. The shift to renewable energy for electric generation brings more significant benefits than lower electric rates.

 This episode features a presentation by Jim Riggins at the September Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research engineer, pilot, operational planner, and weapon systems programmer. He also served as an operations group commander, and vice wing commander. He is a retired small business owner as a Home Energy Rater and Professional Building Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy efficient building construction and residential and commercial energy audits. Jim holds Masters degrees in electrical engineering, Military Art and Science, and National Security Strategy. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently sits on the board of Mountain View Electric Association and serves as a volunteer on the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity building committee.

This program was recorded at the September 25, 2020 meeting of the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. The Forum informs the community in Colorado Springs on issues of environmental import. Our monthly luncheon meeting topics have ranged from how earthquakes can predict weather events to sustainable energy solutions. Each month we learn something we weren’t necessarily aware we needed to know, but in broadening our knowledge, we deepen our understanding of, and our connection to, the world. Learn about future luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for meeting notifications.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum presenting sponsors are Becky Elder the Gardener and Peak Radar.

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And don’t forget to listen to Podcast 62, which covers the kickoff of Manitou Springs' new Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds – natural communities of tree/plant relationships. Indigenous permaculturalist, designer, builder and educator Michael Alcazar led this ceremony on September 18, 2020 at Flying Pig Farm. This ceremony kicked off the Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds (natural communities of tree/plant relationships) that will act as natural education sites for the community for learning how to grow food, provide pollinator and bird support, and help mitigate climatic changes. The initiative began with three planting sites. Volunteers met the next morning to begin planting. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced at this ceremony.

To volunteer, please call or email Becky Elder (719-685-0290. The ceremony, and this episode, were presented by Pikes Peak Permaculture. Michael Alcazar also spoke about his 1 Million Trees project for Colorado.

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