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Week of December 9, 2019


Citizens Rally After City Removes Bailey Memorial

Marchers Picket Festival of Lights Parade After "Callous" City Act

The city added insult to injury last week when Parks officials removed a memorial to CSPD shooting victim De’Von Bailey in Adams Park east of Prospect Lake. In response, Bailey supporters re-built the memorial Dec. 6, and rallied on the evening of Dec. 7 to decry city practices. Although Bailey’s cousin was found innocent by a jury Nov. 21 of the alleged crimes leading up to the Aug. 3 shooting, supporters have seen hopes dashed again and again, as a grand jury declined to bring charges against two police officers, and Gov. Jared Polis refused to call for an independent investigation.

A group of 60 protesters met at Acacia Park bandshell at sunset Dec. 7, coinciding with the start of the Festival of Lights parade. After a candlelight vigil and speakers, several protesters brought signs into the parade. The parade was briefly stopped when two women chose to lie down on Tejon St.; they were arrested and ticketed. While some expected a hostile response from parade-watchers, many in the crowd were actually supportive of the marchers.


Spaulding Featured in AfJ Podcast

Colorado Springs needs to have some conversations, changes, and healing in the aftermath of the death of De’Von Bailey – shot in the back on August 3 as he ran from two police officers. Community members gathered for dialogue in this “listening session” at the Sand Creek Library on August 19, 2019.

You can hear AfJ Podcast 3 at

The podcast team has recorded Spaulding's speech at the PPJPC Peace Breakfast, as well as speakers from the Sept. 21 Urban Experience walk, and will have podcasts up soon!

Educating Children of Color Participates in Colorado Gives Day - TOMORROW!

ECOC, Education Children of Color, is participating in the statewide Colorado Gives campaign this year, and is encouraging those interested to donate on Dec. 10. Community First Foundation and FirstBank is participating in a $1 million Incentive Fund to aid the ECOC fundraising. To learn more, visit ECOC HERE

Save the Date: MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2020

PPJPC is once again co-sponsoring MLK Day on the Colorado College campus. Save the morning of Monday, Jan. 20, and information on tickets will be forthcoming.

Peak Environment Podcast 49 Introduces Westside Community Garden


A one-of-a-kind approach to community gardening pulls out the stops on community building. Richard Mee and a few fellow community garden advocates wanted to take the “my” out of community gardening and make it “ours.” They charted new territory in their effort to launch the Westside Community Garden in Colorado Springs. Building community was as important to the group as growing food, so they strived to make it truly community run. This cooperative concept builds community, educates gardeners, eases vacation absences, and provides a higher probability of success. 

The latest podcast is at

Also, look for Podcast 48 on air quality. Colorado Springs was recently teetering on the edge of violating ground level ozone standards, but we had a good summer. Meanwhile, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst of the climate crisis is on all our minds. In this episode, learn about progress, challenges and initiatives pertaining to environmental air quality in the Pikes Peak Region (as defined in the regional sustainability framework Looking to Our Future: Pikes Peak Region 2030.

Podcast 48 is at

Indy Give! Campaign Boosted as PPJPC Sells Holiday Blend

PPJPC members and friends received a fundraising e-mail Dec. 4, asking friends of the commission to donate, either through Indy Give! or independently, to help sustain PPJPC through rough times.  The Give! campaign continues through the end of the year. Meanwhile, more bags of “Peaceful Joe” have been prepared in both whole bean and ground versions. Thanks to our supporters at Veteran Coffee Roasters, who have moved from S. Tejon to a new location at 2110 Busch, off 21st St. south of US 24. Each pound is $15.95, and includes a donation to PPJPC through Indy Give! You can text orders to (401) 226-8988, and reference “PPJPC Peaceful Joe” in the text. You can also call VCR at (719) 375-5529 to find out hours at the new location. Thanks to friends and members for selling out the first batch in less than 48 hours!

We’d love your input for other Indy Give! events for the end of the year To provide early donations, ideas for events, or offers to volunteer your help, call our offices at (719) 632-6189, or email co-chair Loring Wirbel at


RAWtools Plans RAWPOWer Workshop for New Year, Jan. 11

Start 2020 with keen vision! Spark your imagination, hone your soulforce skills!
RAWPOWer workshop, All Souls Unitarian Church, Saturday January 11, 9-3. Everyone welcome! More info soon.  Questions? Mary Sprunger-Froese,


Sanctuary City Coalition Plans Dec. 21 Music and Poetry Night at Bar-K

The Colorado Springs Coalition for Sanctuary City Now! is planning a Dec. 21 benefit at Bar-K, 124 E. Costilla, from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature music, poetry, dancing and drinks.

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.

Blanket Donations Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army

The appeal for blankets for homeless people continues on.  Our two local shelters say the need is still there. In fact, the Salvation Army has been forced to rent blankets. Additionally, donations of towels are also requested.  Both shelters offer the opportunity to shower for their guests. 
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.

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