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Week of September 17, 2018


Last Days for Peace Breakfast Registration!

Sept. 21 Day of Food for Peace Event Features Lisa Villanueva

Our “Day of Peace Through Food” is coming up THIS FRIDAY, Sept. 21! We urge all J&P members and friends to sign up for the breakfast below. Lisa Villanueva, former director of the local NAACP and a co-founder of LaTegro, a nonprofit empowering marginalized youth, will be keynote speaker at the breakfast. Lisa has been a teacher with District 11 and City Center for the Arts, and currently serves as a board member for Empowerment Solidarity Network. Breakfast seating begins at 7 a.m.

This year’s breakfast will be part of a Day of Peace to be held at the downtown Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. A special luncheon is being held for international students. We would like everyone to register through the EventBrite link, even if you have talked with a table captain.


ESN Hosts "What is Anti-Blackness" Workshop Oct. 6

The Empowerment Solidarity Network will present a “What is Anti-Blackness?” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., at PPLD’s Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray. This event is free, and will feature presentations from several local organizations, followed by a panel discussion.

Wayne Au to Speak on "Rethinking Multicultural Education" Oct. 3

Colorado College’s Education Department will present Dr. Wayne Au from University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, who will speak at Packard Hall on the CC campus, 5 W. Cache Le Poudre, at 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 3. Au is the longtime editor of Rethinking Schools, and has written several books on multicultural education. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Check Out Growthbusters' Podcasts on Economy and the Environment

Our longtime media pal Dave Gardner remains busy following the release of the Growthbusters movie. Grace and Dave are exploring several aspects of sustainable living in their new podcast series, which is focused on ending our culture’s love affair with “more,” which is not making us happier and is killing our planet. The most recent episode is “Trump Can’t Keep It Up (Economic Growth),” accessible at  This episode covers how we should NOT be celebrating (or pursuing) 4.1% economic growth, according to co-host Dave Gardner. Listen to this podcast to find out why pursuing GDP growth today is suicidal. Also on tap, listener comments about Earth Overshoot Day (the subject of our last podcast), and more single-use plastics we want to avoid. Dave stumps us with this question: What single-use disposable item do we want to see used more widely? Try to guess before Dave gives you the answer halfway into this episode.

For access to all recent podcasts, visit

CS Food Rescue Needs Your Help for Fresh Food Connect

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with?? (Come on, even your neighbors grow tired of zucchini by the end of the season..) Would you ever consider growing an extra row in your garden for a good cause?

CS Food Rescue would like to invite everyone to join in their efforts to ensure everyone in local zip codes eats well this summer (the need is especially great in 80909/80910 regions). Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a local non-profit, is running a new program called Fresh Food Connect. Getting involved is so simple! Take 30 seconds to register your garden on FreshFoodConnect.Org . During the summer you will be asked weekly if you have anything to donate. In the event you do, one of CS Food Rescue’s youth employees will bike by your house at a scheduled time to collect your excess and bring it back to our of community-led grocery distribution programs. If we all grow a little extra this season, we can make sure all of our neighbors are healthy and happy! 

Sign up now at

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.

Mary Sprunger-Froese of First Strike Theatre Presents "Mary Magdalene's Journey: A Blues Gospel"

First Strike Theatre founder Mary Sprunger-Froese, a long-time PPJPC member, will present “Mary Magdalene: A Blues Gospel” on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive. All are welcome! Musicians Bryan Miller and Vern Rempel will join Mary for a presentation in which “Mary Magdalene moves from tormented outsider to chosen teacher  in this theatrical piece of good news blues.” A goodwill offering will be taken at the performance, which will benefit RAW Tools.

Renter Rights 101 Program Oct. 2 and 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 Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. This program will be repeated 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 seminars are free, but space is limited so those wishing to attend should register on EventBrite. For the Oct. 2 event, register HERE

For the Oct. 10 event, register HERE


Moms Demand Action September Calendar

Sat., Sept 22, 10 AM-12:30 PM - Moms Demand Action Canvassing for Stephany Rose Spaulding (US Congress CO District 5). Wear your red MOMS shirt if you have one and meet at 24 E. Rio Grande Street (80903).  We will drive to a neighborhood, walk in teams, and knock on doors of Democratic and unaffiliated voters to give them flyers and tell them briefly about Stephany. RSVP to Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or
Fri., Sept. 28, 9 AM -12 PM - Moms Demand Action Canvassing for Jared Polis (Governor).  Wear your red MOMS shirt if you have one and meet at 506 W. Colorado Ave. (80905).  RSVP to Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or
Sun., Sept 30, 7- 7:30 PM - Las Vegas 1 year Anniversary Vigil at Acacia Park (downtown).  This event is for the whole community. Spread the word with us as we remember the victims of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting.


October Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper

Denver and Colorado Springs peace groups are planning a missile silo vigil near New Raymer, CO 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, with more details to follow. In honor of the international Keep Space for Peace Week, peace activists also will gather at the gates of Schriever Air Force Base on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for further information on both events.

Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo in Colorado Springs, Oct. 6 & 7

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held Oct. 6-7 in the Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. at Academy, in Hall B, adjacent to the Fall Home Expo in Hall A. The expo will include a farmer’s market, livestock sale, and food truck tasting competition. Homesteaders and hemp-art designers will be displaying work. There are special booth rates for homestead and handmade small vendors. Contact Tiphani at, or visit for more information.

But Wait, There's More! - 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

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
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