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June 27, 2022


U.S. Supreme Court Upends Precedent and Law in Abortion, Handgun Rulings

Comments by Justice Thomas Indicate USSC May Review Contraception, Gay Marriage, and Anti-Sodomy Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court created a worse reality last week than had been anticipated when the original Roe v Wade decision was leaked. On Friday, the court fully rejected abortion rights, using language almost identical to the leak. A day earlier, the court threw out a century-old New York law barring concealed carry of handguns, setting the stage for eliminating all state laws on handguns. Although both houses of Congress passed a meager set of gun safety laws on Friday afternoon, the action was almost overridden by the extent of the Supreme Court ruling. (Congress's safety bill was signed into law by Pres. Biden on June 25.) When the court threw out New York's law, it left states with virtually no means of regulating handguns.

And the impact for the future could be far worse, with possible rejection of existing gender and race laws. On Friday, Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion in the abortion case asked the court to reconsider the Griswold decision on the right to contraception; the Lawrence decision that invalidated anti-sodomy laws; and the Obergefell decision that legalized gay marriage.

“At this rate, Brown v. Board of Education will be up for review by this court soon,” said one defense attorney speaking off the record. “We are far, far closer to a Poland-style theocracy than we realize.”

Protests in favor of safe abortion erupted immediately Friday evening and Saturday morning, from Seattle to Miami, and from Washington DC to Boston. Protests were held Friday evening in Colorado Springs and Denver. In Colorado Springs, marchers went from City Hall to Acacia Park, and then to the offices of Sens. Bennet and Hickenlooper. The marchers received a lot of support from the thousands downtown celebrating Fan Fest.


Pikes Peak Women Podcast Discusses its Own Future

In today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women, we are  discussing  who Pikes Peak Women actually is/are/will be, and how connections are made throughout the community to advance the status of women and ensure that women's voices are valued in all sectors of Colorado Springs life.
Our host, Mary Lou Makepeace, sits down with Beth Hall Roalstad, director of Homeward Pikes Peak and longtime member of Pikes Peak Women,  to discuss the history of Pikes Peak Women. This will feature PPW's  annual event, Wine, Women and Chocolate, which last month honored nine local Heroines of the Pandemic.

Here's where to hear this podcast:
Studio809 HERE
Apple HERE
Spotify HERE
Here are resources for topics/organizations discussed in the podcast:
Creations at the Edge,
   324 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs 
Homeward Pikes Peak
       2010 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs
El Paso County Health
  1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs
Rise Southeast  
Care & Share Food Bank
  2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs
CPCD .  . . giving children a Head Start
   2330 Robinson St., Colorado Springs
Hillside Community Center 
  925 S. Institute St., Colorado Springs
Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region
       506 E. Moreno, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services › parks
Leave No Trace
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner,

Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada


Registration Now Open for Summer Youth Activist Training

Registration is open for the Youth Activist Training week (a teen-oriented week which will take the place of Peace Camp), scheduled for July 25-29 at Knights of Columbus Hall next to Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. More information is at

 Each day will feature a different theme, including an Urban Experience walk on Tuesday and a Policy Day on Wednesday. If you or a youth you know, ages 13-19, is interested in activism, you won’t want to miss this! We’ll be featuring more information on actions and guest speakers in future eWeeklies.


Peak Enironment Podcast 90 Provides Tips on Conserving Water at Home

The new podcast from Peak Environment is a companion piece to Podcast 89 on the city’s water needs. A dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.

City of Fountain Conservation and Sustainability Manager Katie Helm also shares the response from community members and why being able to partner with another organization to administer these services is so invaluable. (Resource Central is helping the city of Fountain with Lawn Replacement, Slow the Flow (irrigation evaluations), a smart controller program, and seminars).

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on any podcast app

You can also find Podcast 90 here

Be sure to listen to the previous podcast on the county and city'
ow will Colorado Springs meet its water needs for the next 50 years? Our water system is complex and far-reaching – spanning more than 100 miles. Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Conservation Education Specialist Birgit Landin shares what it takes to acquire, treat and deliver water to our community every day. She also explains the challenges we face and Utilities’ roadmap for a cost-effective water supply for the next 50 years.

It’s a great episode. Very comprehensive!

Podcast listeners can find this by searching for Peak Environment in their podcast app
It can also be found on the web here:


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