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Week of December 28, 2020


 

Longest Night Service Memorializes
40 Homeless Deaths

 

Bijou House Columbarium Service Honors Homeless

The challenge of living on the streets was recognized Dec. 21 in the annual Longest Night service presented by Bijou Community. In a series of songs and presentations at the Bijou House Columbarium, the names of 40 homeless citizens of the city who died during 2020 were read out loud at sunset, while the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn orbits provided a “Bethlemen Star” in the evening sky above.

A photo of Mary Sprunger-Froese playing guitar and Mary Lynn Sheetz presenting the list made the front page of the print edition of the Gazette on Dec. 22.
 

 

Last Chance to Comment on City's Housing Plan THIS WEEK!

 

The city of Colorado Springs will accept comments through Dec. 30 for Module 2 of its RetoolCOS plan. The Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership is encouraging members and friends to comment on Module 2, released Nov. 18. Note that COS-PHP made a small typo for the email in its initial call for comments, and it is corrected below. Here’s the appeal from COS-PHP:
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We wanted to let you know that the city published a first draft of Module 2 yesterday, and public comments are needed to make sure they prioritize affordable housing. Roughly 50 people sent in comments on Module 1 and it prompted the city to revisit their draft. Our goal is to get more than 50 on Module 2. These comments don’t need to be more than 2-3 sentences.
Module 2: 
Module 2 deals with development and design standards—the elements of the zoning code that restrict how property owners build on their land. It requires that they have a certain amount of land to build anything (minimum lot sizes), not build on large portions of it (maximum lot coverages, setbacks from the edges of the property, height restrictions), and dedicate a certain amount of it to parking. 
How Module 2 Impacts Affordable Housing:
When these restrictions are too onerous, they limit the amount of land that can be used for housing and make housing more expensive to build. 
How to comment: 
Email retoolcos@coloradosprings.gov and your city council members (email addresses here).
BCC cspringsphp@gmail.com so that we can keep track of how many comments the city receives. 
Emphasize that your primary concern is ensuring that everyone in the city can afford a place to live, which requires that the city do the following:
  1. Reduce minimum parking requirements more than the Module 2 draft already does
  2. Make it easier to build missing-middle housing by easing onerous development and design standards such as minimum lot sizes, setbacks, height restrictions, and lot coverages more than the Module 2 draft already does
  3. Include incentives for affordable housing in the zoning code, such as increased height allowance and lot coverages, and reduced parking requirements
If you’d like to learn more about why these things are so important, and use the information to beef up your comment, click here.



And if you're as concerned about our planet's future as we are, make sure to mention that the electric vehicle charging station incentive should be even bigger than it is.

Finally, if you didn’t comment on Module 1, include a sentence at the end saying that you want to see more permitted uses in single-family zones. If you did, reiterate your support for more types of housing in more parts of the city.
Thanks so much for your commitment to a future in which all of our neighbors can afford a place to live.

Best,
Max, Liam, and Elam


 

Remember PPJPC In Your Year-End Giving

Because of the inability to plan events at year's end, PPJPC elected not to participate in the Give! campaign this year. But that doesn't mean the need for contributions is absent! We hope you will consider making a year-end gift to the commission. If you are a sustaining member, we thank you! To make a gift or find out more, send a donation to PPJPC, PO Box 2115, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. We will soon have an online donation page at our revamped web site, www.ppjpc.com/donate-now .
 

Was Nashville Terror Blast on Christmas Day a "Rehearsal" for Jan. 6, or a Loner Event?

The deliberate explosion of an RV in Nashville’s downtown tourist district on Christmas morning had analysts wondering if this was a “rehearsal” for possible Proud Boys or Boogaloo Bois terror events on Jan. 6, or a loner action of uncertain origin. The explosion injured three people slightly, but a recorded message broadcast by the RV 15 minutes before detonation prevented any deaths. The bombing damaged several buildings, as well as an AT&T switching center. Cellular service was knocked out in Nashville for several hours, and flights were halted at the airport.

The city said that human remains had been found inside the RV, suggesting a loner act. But several fringe groups have talked of violent actions on Jan. 6, the day that several Republicans will address Congress to seek to have the electoral college results overturned.
 

Moms Demand Action Sends Out Thanks to Supporters

 

We’d like to share this year-end note from our good friends at Moms Demand Action:
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, local Colorado Springs.  We extend our gratitude to each of you who worked to support Gun Sense Candidates this fall.  All the efforts including writing postcards, making phone calls, paying attention to policy positions and advocating for prioritization of safety and people over guns- it all made a difference.  Thank you. 
  

Catch the Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial

If you missed the Nov. 14 memorial for lynching victim Preston John Porter at Denver’s Creekside Park, you can view the ceremony at the Colorado Lynching Memorial web site HERE.

Participants in the ceremony  included Rosemary Lytle, president of NAACP state conference; Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays; Episcopal Church Bishop Kym Lucas; Rev. Tawana Davis of Soul2Soul Sisters; Gov. Jared Polis; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and Denver City Council Member Candi CdeBaca.

The marker commemorates the Nov. 16, 1900 lynching in Limon of 15-year-old railroad worker Preston Porter Jr., falsely accused of killing a girl. Porter was one of four African Americans known to have been lynched in Colorado, who are being recognized by the CLM project.
   

Tickets for MLK Virtual Breakfast Still On Sale

Colorado College decided last summer that the annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast would be an all-virtual event. On Dec. 18, the college opened an Eventbrite site to sell tickets for this online event. Price per person is a suggested $5, but the college encourages patrons to buy tickets for others, or to make larger donations for the participating organizations, which include Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. The theme for the event, and for the coming 2021 year, is “Community Out of Chaos: Change Now!” The keynote speaker is Cornell Brooks, past President & CEO of NAACP & Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Zoom event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Cleo Parker Robinson virtual performance. The 2021 breakfast will include multiple breakout sessions and musical performances. To purchase your tickets for this event, visit Eventbrite HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-springs-mlk-day-community-events-2021-tickets-132434145093


 

Concrete Couch Season at Concrete Coyote Park Includes "Saturday Morning Grab Bag"

 

Our friends at Concrete Couch have posted their winter schedule, which includes a variety of hands-on outdoor events at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. All events are free. One of the popular programs is SATURDAY MORNING GRAB BAG, which offers two sessions (10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm). These programs are tailored to participant's interests, and include trail building, sculpture building, wood construction, dry stacking stone work, environmental restoration, aquatic science, etc. Participating in each Grab Bag group is limited to 5 participants, and require mask wearing. Kids under 13 also need an adult chaperone.
The Concrete Couch team is also free offering construction training to other non-profits. This program works especially well if your group 1) wants to learn basic carpentry skills and 2) needs something built, like a shed, bench, gate or shade pavilion. CC provides all the tools and (recycled) materials. To set up a program for your team contact trainings@concretecouch.org.


On the Concrete Couch calendar, you can also check out regular virtual sessions on weekdays, including Cool Science and School of Rock. Visit HERE 


 

Peak Environment Podcast 66 Covers a Sustainable Holiday Season

 

Join Studio 809’s Peak Environment for its Podcast 66, which examines sustainable holiday practices. The holidays are coming and that means shopping, gifts, and food. Do you approach the holidays mindful of the environmental impact of all these activities? This episode explores sustainable options for this holiday season. Konrad Schlarbaum, sustainability coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College shares low-impact holiday gift-giving practices, and fills us in on the virtual PPCC Green Holiday Fair. Lorrie Myers, of Who Gives a SCRAP, updates us on the shop’s just completed move to larger quarters at 810 Arcturus Drive, which expands the shop’s offerings.

Who Gives a SCRAP is a donation based scrap store that carries arts, craft and hobbies supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. The store was founded on the belief that the reuse of goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. In its five years of existence, Who Gives a Scrap has diverted over 213 tons of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the landfill.

You can hear the latest podcast at:
http://studio809radio.com/66-sustainable-holiday/

You can also check out Podcast 65, in which Dave Gardner, originator of Studio 809, provides a holiday-appropriate look at relative environmental impacts of flying, driving, bus, train, bicycle, on foot, even staycations - What do we need to know to make responsible decisions about the way we move about? This program is based on an Oct. 23 presentation Gardner made to the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. It includes results of a Lund University study on carbon footprints, a study of green flight bookings, and a discussion on whether physical conferences have a future in the post-pandemic world.

You can hear Podcast 66 here:
http://studio809radio.com/does-flight-make-footprint-big/
 
 

PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

 

We’d like to share this year-end note from our good friends at Moms Demand Action:
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, local Colorado Springs.  We extend our gratitude to each of you who worked to support Gun Sense Candidates this fall.  All the efforts including writing postcards, making phone calls, paying attention to policy positions and advocating for prioritization of safety and people over guns- it all made a difference.  Thank you. 
  
 

RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/8t16wRcVHa4

Pikes Peak Women Launch "Elevating" Podcast Series

Pikes Peak Women expanded their “Elevating” Podcast series with a new series, “Women Making Change,” with the first episode featuring Stephany Rose Spaulding. Elevating Pikes Peak Women covers a wide array of diverse topics and critical issues for local women, hosted by former Mayor and community icon Mary Lou Makepeace. During each episode, local women of diverse backgrounds, ages, and political persuasions explore their experiences, values, and beliefs about local issues that affect the women in our community. Here’s an introductory clip to tell you a little about the PPW podcast.  Our October focus was on Voting Matters, covering topics like the mechanics of voting and how to negotiate your way through the long ballot of issues that are of critical importance to women. Going forward, we're planning episodes on Black Women's Lives Matter, Life in the Time of COVID (including the high rate of women's unemployment and the effect on the family), and Education in the Time of COVID.  We all know that the burdens of the pandemic are falling disproportionately on women, in their roles in the workplace and in the family, so we are looking to women who are change agents and supportive voices to bring us to higher grounds.
The new podcast with Dr. Spaulding is HERE

Thanks to our partner Studio 809, you can easily find and listen to all recent episodes here. The podcast is also available via SpotifyLibsynRadio Public, and Apple 
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Do YOU have something you'd like to add to the general conversation? Feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, and ideas at pikespeakwmn@gmail.com.

PIKES PEAK WOMEN
Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Cianna Reider, Beth Roalstad, Carrie Simison, Barb Van Hoy, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada
 
 

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