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January 28, 2019


Healthy Families Summit This Saturday! 

Forum at CC's Gaylord Hall Co-Sponsored by Adventures in Learning K-12, PPJPC

This Saturday marks the Healthy Families Summit, co-sponsored by Adventures in Learning K-12 and PPJPC. It will be held at Gaylord Hall on the Colorado College campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speakers include the Hon. Judge Regina Walter, the Hon. Pastor Jesse Brown, columnist Walter Fields, and author Susan Harvey. Please RSVP by Jan. 31 to Delia Armstrong-Busby at

PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone Emcees MLK All-People's Breakfast

Once again, Colorado College had a sellout for the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King All-People’s Breakfast, and even simulcast the speakers in Worner Center. PPJPC ED Victoria Stone hosted several arts groups, student groups, and keynote speaker Stephanie Rose Spaulding. A march followed the morning program.
In addition to extensive media coverage of the breakfast and march, the Gazette also produced a video with highlights of the day, HERE.

Keynote speaker Stephanie Rose Spaulding

LEAD Academy Enrollment Open

PPJPC is partnering with Grace Be Unto You Church to create a LEAD Excellence Academy to help challenge the cradle-to-prison pipeline, a key mission for PPJPC in 2019. Our first students signed up in mid-January, but we are still accepting admissions. Excellence Academy programs have been launched nationwide to provide a mix of physical-facility-based education, as well as resources for home-schooled and online education programs. More information is available by contacting Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.


Help Sought for Immigrant Children in Site Inspections

The Reunify nonprofit is seeking help nationwide to inspect sites where children from separated immigrant families are being housed.  The volunteer help of lawyers, paralegals, and interpreters is particularly needed. Several thousand unaccompanied and separated immigrant minors remain detained under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy in over 60 facilities around the country. The 1997 Flores Settlement sets the national standards for the detention and release of minors. As class counsel we can appoint volunteer lawyers and paralegals to inspect detention facilities and to interview detained minors. We are recruiting volunteer lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to inspect the detention sites listed below on the dates indicated. To volunteer for one or more days at one or more of these detention site inspections, please register or sign in to, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.

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.

Blankets Needed at Homeless Shelters

Our Colorado Springs City Council recently voted $500,000 for additional beds at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army RJM Center!  This latest taste of cold and snowy weather lends urgency to helping those in our community without shelter from the coming winter. 
Besides needing beds, there is always a need for blankets.  If you would like to donate a blanket, quilt, comforter or throw, it would be much appreciated at the shelters. Besides individual people donating, a sewing or needlework group could also help.   Sometimes the shelter sends along a blanket when a homeless person leaves, and they are also given out to those turned away due to lack of bed space.  If you have a heart to help a person be warm please consider donating a new or gently used blanket.
The Rescue Mission has a donation warehouse one block west of their campus at 111 W. Las Vegas St.  Look for a DONATION DROP OFF sign with white letters on black. Suggested times are Mon- Fr 9:30a to 4:30p, and Sat 9 to 11a.  The Salvation Army accepts donations at their R.J. Montgomery Center, 709 S. Sierra Madre, near Cimarron, behind the power plant.  Best time is between 9 am and noon Mon - Fri.

Goals for 2019 Laid Out at Annual Meeting

Executive Director Victoria Stone and Treasurer Marguerite Terze presented the $40,000 2019 budget for PPJPC at the annual meeting January 26. Members voted in the new board, consisting of Debbie Vitulli and Loring Wirbel as co-chairs, Marguerite Terze as treasurer, Carolyn Kelly as vice chair and secretary, and Max Kelly and Tyescha Clark as new board members at large. Steve Flynn is continuing as board member. Debra Fortenberry is continuing as a board member at large and nonviolence communication trainer. Ruthie Markwardt and Melissa Marts left the board – Melissa was term-limited after a decade on the board, and was presented with flowers and a plaque at the meeting.

Stone, Fortenberry, and Clark all spoke about plans for the LEAD Excellence Academy that PPJPC is launching with Grace Be Unto You Church. The academy will reach out to at-risk students who have been expelled from public programs, though the program plans to work in conjunction with public school districts in the future. Stone assured members there will be no ties with programs like ROTC.

Melissa Marts says goodbye

New board member Tyescha Clark

Victoria Stone talks with Peter Sprunger-Froese

Urban Experience Walk Set for Feb. 16

Urban Experience is off to a rapid start this year, with a private walk for a Buddhist group scheduled for  Saturday, Feb. 16. The Urban Experience also is offering special workshops for Pikes Peak Library District, tentatively Feb. 23 and March 23. We will be offering open Urban Experience walks later this spring, contact our offices for more information.


Broadmoor Wants New Building for Space Symposium, But Is Its Meeting Legal?

The Broadmoor has complained for years that it needs to expand building support at the end of Lake Avenue in order to keep the annual Space Symposium in April (picture above shows Rev. Jim White protesting at Space Symposium). The Broadmoor called for a meeting to explain plans for a new building, to be held January 30. However, activists from Save Cheyenne are insisting the meeting itself may violate city ordinances. If the additional building that will now comprise the “Broadmoor Event Center” were for private conference use alone, it still would have to go through city planning meetings. However, the city is an active sponsor of Space Symposium with the Broadmoor, so the initial meeting may have to meet city open-meeting guidelines. As of press time, it is supposed to be held at Cheyenne Lodge, 4199 S. Club Drive, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. But because the building can only be reached by Broadmoor shuttle services, the meeting may have to be rescheduled.

Studio 809 Presents Eleventh Peak Environment Podcast on Agriculture and Sustainability

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the eleventh in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809, a good follow-on to the last Grain School episode, since the new episode explores agriculture.  Agriculture and local food play a vital role in the Pikes Peak Regional 2030 Sustainability Plan. Three local food practitioners share how local groups are promoting agriculture and local food in the Pikes Peak region: Barbra Gibb of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Nat Stein of Colorado Food Rescue's Soil Cycle program, and Ellen Johnson-Fay of Green Cities Coalition’s Local Food Coalition.
You’ll find this newest episode at
The latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

Also, keep watch for a new PPJPC podcast to be produced in association with Studio 809!
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