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Week of August 27, 2018


PPJPC Stars on Panel for CC College Students

ED Victoria Stone Talks on Student Involvement

Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission got some worthy recognition in a Colorado College panel Aug. 19 for incoming students. The panel introduced newcomers to community engagement in the Pikes Peak region, and PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone got to speak along with Susan Edmondson, CEO of Downtown Partnership; Kristen Christy of Military Affairs Council; Patience Kabwasa of Colorado Springs Food Rescue; Joe Lavorini of Rocky Mountain Field Institute; Beth Roalstad of Homeward Pikes Peak; Sara Vaas, COO of Council of Neighborhoods and Organizations; and City Council President Richard Skorman. Stone said it was particularly gratifying hearing Skorman give many encouraging words on behalf of PPJPC.


Former PPJPC Executive Director Joan Brown Will Speak with Sister Marlene Perrotte, Wed., Aug. 29

We’re always happy to welcome back J&P long-time friend Joan Brown, who will join local activists for a potluck dinner and discussion Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, with Sister Marlene Perrotte (Perotte and Brown are on the left of this Washington photo.). The potluck will take place at 420 N. Mesa from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the discussion will follow from 7 to 9 at Grace and St. Stephen Episcopal Church, on the corner of Tejon and Monument (use Monument St. entrance). Here’s a synopsis of Brown’s and Perrotte’s work:

Sisters Joan Brown, osf and Marlene Perrotte, rsm live and work in New Mexico on concerns around climate justice, nuclear fuel chain and immigration/refugees.

Joan lived and worked in Colorado Springs from 1983-1993 and was the director of the Justice and Peace Center during part of that time. She is currently the Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light working on climate change, including policy advocacy around energy and extractivism. Marlene currently works in advocacy with those seeking political asylum and who are detained from various countries, especially Africa. In addition, both work with concerns of the nuclear fuel chain in New Mexico from uranium mining, to waste from the nuclear industry and nuclear power. They engage in solidarity work with the Communities for Clean Water and Multicultural Alliance for Safe Environment, which include indigenous and land based people, on nuclear related concerns.

They will offer reflections around their work using a map of New Mexico to lay out the interplay between issues of energy, climate, poverty, and refugees. In addition, they will share about a proposed high level nuclear waste dump being proposed for all of the spent nuclear fuel rods from nuclear power plants. The Holtec project is proposed for Southeast New Mexico and waste will be transported on rail from around the country going through populated areas.

Moms Demand Action Host Monthly Meetup TONIGHT (Aug. 27)

Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence is hosting a monthly Meet-up from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Monday August 27. If you are interested, please call Julie Carr for the location and to RSVP, 303 -882-7326

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 projects, 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 Continues Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is continuing its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. Current classes are scheduled for Sept. 14-15 and 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

Lisa Villanueva to Keynote for Sept. 21 Peace Breakfast

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 PPJPC annual peace breakfast on Friday, Sept. 21. 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. 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, and we are concluding the evening with a Solidarity Dinner. We have set up two EventBrite registration links for the breakfast and dinner, and we are also working with table captains to invite attendees (contact our office if you’re interested in helping), If you’d like to register for the peace breakfast, visit this link:
Tickets for the evening event are at the link HERE.

Indy Give Matching Grant Money Sought Through August

It may seem as though the 2017 Indy Give campaign just ended, but this summer begins the effort to secure matching grants. These contributions should be made through checks received at our offices, rather than through online contributions, and they must be received by the end of August. Indicate on your check to PPJPC that this is for the Indy Give grant campaign.

Next Urban Experience Walk Sept. 15

Our next Urban Experience walk with Pikes Peak Library District is less than three weeks away. The EventBrite signup page is open now for Sept. 15, and further fall walks are planned for Oct. 19. Nov. 17, and Dec. 14. Suggested donation is $25 for class materials. You can sign up for the Sept. 15 walk HERE.

Citizens Project Hosts Second in Media and Social-Media Manipulation Series Aug. 30

Sam Ebersole, professor of communications at CSU-Pueblo, will host the second forum in Citizens Project’s media series, “Building Resistance to Brain Bugs: Unconscious Bias and Media Literacy.” This event will take place at 5:30 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 30, at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, with check-in beginning at 5 p.m. Ebersole will help attendees re-establish critical media analysis skills. In an era where everything is labeled “fake news,” many media consumers withdraw into cynicism and tribe-like emotional behavior. Ebersole will discuss the basic principles of media literacy: how to inspect, evaluate, and take apart what we’re taking in from the media – and what we’re putting out there. Admission is free, but Joy Gascarden of Citizens Project would like those interested to RSVP at

ACLU Undeterred by Judge's Ruling in Teller County ICE Case

The American Civil Liberties Union vowed to appeal its case against Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell, after 4th Judicial District Judge Lin Billings-Vela ruled last week that Mikesell has the right to detain suspects for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. ACLU argued that Colorado law requires a suspect be freed after posting bond, and that local law enforcement cannot hold suspects for federal immigration purposes. Mikesell trumpeted the ruling for maximum political benefit, saying Teller County could “protect its citizens.” Cases in Teller and El Paso Counties now are seen as critical ones nationwide, determining how local law enforcement agencies interact with ICE and Department of Homeland Security.

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

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held 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
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