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Week of February 10, 2020


CSPD Chief Challenged at Community Forum

Niski Rejects Citizen Review Board

A standing-room crowd turned out in a snowstorm Feb. 6 at Relevant Word Ministries, called to address issues of police violence and accountability. Community activists including Prof. Stephany Rose Spaulding and NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Director Kevin Mitchell posed tough questions to Police Chief Vince NIski. While Niski agreed on greater transparency and accountability in police actions, he did not agree with a civilian review board, saying it never helps when police actions are reviewed by those not in the department. The forum was sponsored by Law Enforcement Accountability Project, Citizens Project, NAACP, and other groups.

A study by Colorado College students Carter Harrison, Abby Williams, Leonardo Hernandez, and Nik Chapleski, was presented for the first time Thursday evening. It showed CSPD as being well behind national averages on data availability and process transparency, and raised the possibility that racial profiling still exists. Mitchell called for increased diversity in hiring within CSPD, and better anti-discrimination training.

Rev. Promise Lee chairs forum

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 54 Looks at Sustainable Cities

Does the City of Colorado Springs have a plan in case of a Zombie Apocalypse? Find out on this episode of Peak Environment. Learn about the myriad projects and initiatives managed or assisted by the City of Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability. Ryan Trujillo, the city’s Director of Support Services, fills us in. 

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Also check out Podcast 53 on the Smokebrush Farm. Long-time residents of Colorado Springs are familiar with the history of Smokebrush Theatre and Smokebrush Foundation. The newest podcast from Studio 809 looks at the latest Smokebrush project, Smokebrush Farm. Learn all about a very unique community asset. Smokebrush Farm is a small, biodynamic farm in Manitou Springs that serves as an educational model as well as a retreat center. Yoga classes, an art club, Indian dance class and artist residency programs are part of the program, which is part of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Chris Collinge, the farm manager, explains everything happening here, including a local herd share for raw goat’s milk, plans to launch an internship program in 2020. Chris also provides a brief overview of biodynamic agriculture.

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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.


Plowshares Sisters to Visit Colorado Springs

Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, two of the three Dominican sisters involved in the 2002 plowshares action at a Colorado missile site, will visit Colorado Springs the first week of March 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). Their talk will be at the Kraemer Library on the UCCS campus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday March 4. PPJPC is working with Citizens for Peace in Space and other local groups to arrange additional downtown speaking venues on Tuesday or Thursday.

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.

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. Current plans call for the sisters to be in Colorado Springs March 3 to 5.


Jim Hightower to Speak at Film on Molly Ivins Feb. 15

Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Independent are jointly sponsoring a presentation on Saturday, Feb. 15 featuring Texas progressive columnist Jim Hightower, who will introduce the new film on the progressive writer Molly Ivins called “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.” Hightower will follow the film with a speech on “Investigative Journalism in the Age of Trump.” The program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Richard Celeste Theatre at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade. This event is free and open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to arrive early (post-6:15) for a good seat. .


Annual Meeting Set for February 29 at Knights of Columbus Hall

PPJPC will hold its annual meeting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, adjacent to Penrose Special Collections (the former Flux Capacitor). Although the building's address is 25 W. Kiowa, it is accessed through the main Penrose Library parking lot located at 20 W. Pikes Peak Ave. We are planning on a potluck and special guests, so keep watching for more details..


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.

Response Planned for Trump's Feb. 20 MAGA Rally

On Feb. 6, the same day a Feb. 20 MAGA rally for President Trump was announced for World Arena, two groups began initial planning for vigils downtown and near World Arena. These events may be combined or continue as two events. We will have more specific information following a Feb. 12 planning meeting.

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