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Week of October 1, 2018


Hillside Community Forum TONIGHT! (Monday)

CS Food Rescue to Outline Food Hub Plans

Colorado Springs Food Rescue will hold a community forum TONIGHT (Monday, Oct. 1) at Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center, 1040 S. Institute, from 5:30 to 7:30. The town hall is being held to provide information on the planned Hillside Hub Food Center. At Food Rescue’s Harvest Celebration in early September, the organization announced that Legacy Institute had donated 3.47 acres of land at 1090 S. Institute, for use in developing a food hub to address concerns about a food desert in the Hillside area. PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone, a Hillside resident, has been instrumental in helping Food Rescue design a multi-phase program. The first structure to be built will be a four-season greenhouse to provide fresh low-cost and free vegetables for area residents. The town hall meeting will address later plans to build a learning center, administrative offices, and an outdoor learning garden. All are welcome to tonight’s meeting, with a particular welcome being extended to Hillside residents.


Colorado College Presents Gregory Boyle at Shove Chapel Oct. 4

Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention and rehab organization in the world, will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Shove Chapel. Gregory Boyle helps people get out of gangs and hate groups and start a new life. He was a Jesuit priest from 1986 to 1992, and served at Dolores Mission Church in San Francisco. He's been on NPR, On Being, etc. and wrote two bestselling books including Tattoos on the Heart.

The event is free and open to the public. Here is the Peak Radar link:

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.

Stephany Rose Spalding Gains Media Attention for Speech with Moms Demand Action

District 5 Congressional candidate Stephanie Rose Spalding appeared with Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts at Colorado College’s Celeste Theatre Sept. 25 to call for background checks for all gun purchasers. The event received a rash of media attention, including a front-page article in the Sept. 26 Gazette, and a blog item with color pictures in the Colorado Springs Independent.

Meanwhile, the local chapter of Moms Demand Action remains busy this fall, and has the following events coming up in October:
Sat., Oct 13, 8 AM- 2 PM -  
Moms Demand Action will have an information table at the TESSA 5K Run.  Volunteers are needed to help in shifts to be at the table and hand out info. RSVP to if you can help with this domestic violence awareness month event. 

Mon., Oct 22, 12-2 PM or 5-7 PM - Canvassing for our own Moms Demand Action member Brenda Krause (candidate for State House District 15).  Please indicate if you prefer morning or evening time.  Canvassing will be in the Powers corridor area. Specific meeting place will be provided upon RSVP. Contact Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or 

Homeless Veteran 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 Environment

J&P media pal Dave Gardner is continuing the Growthbusters podcasts with a new offering this week: How Fast is Our Goose Being Cooked? (Probably faster than you think!) Is Earth Overshoot Day meaningful? How sound is ecological footprint and biocapacity data behind it? Dave and Grace examine a critique from Robert B. Richardson,Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Michigan State University. Plus: This summer’s heat and fires are NOT “the new normal.” (It will get worse. Sorry.) More forest fire destruction comes with climate change. If you want to be a green hero, recycling is not nearly enough. How women who decide not to have children are treated. Shouldn’t men take more responsibility for contraception?

For access to all recent podcasts, visit

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.

Pikes Peak Permaculture Concludes 2018 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

Ruthie Markwardt Joins Concrete Couch Jam Band Members in Providing Labor Organizing Songs for Author

PPJPC board member and Peace Camp Director Ruthie Markwardt brought members of the Concrete Couch Jam Band, including Shane Lory, Valentina Kai, Jennifer West, and Forrest Alvarez,  to Cornerstone Arts Center Sept. 27 to provide union organizing music for Robbin Henderson, an author and graphic designer who published an expanded version of an autobiography of her grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz. “Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman” features woodcut drawings designed by Henderson, and covers Rabinowitz’s years of organizing in steel mills and clothing mills for the Wobblies (International Workers of the World). Lory taught the audience new versions of Wobbly songs, and Markwardt and Kai led the group in the Italian anarchist anthem “Bella Ciao.” You can see a video of that song at

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.


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


October Missile Silo Event 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 This Weekend, 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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