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The Justice & Peace eWeekly is a weekly survey of upcoming events, local news and activism opportunities. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.

 


Week of January 27, 2020


 

Crowds Turn Out for Womxn's March, MLK Day

Numbers Lift Spirits in Grim Times

Activists rejected the claims of pundits that everyone is suffering “protest fatigue.” Close to 1000 marched in downtown Colorado Springs Jan. 25 for the fourth annual Womxn’s March, while more than 400 participated in a civil rights march Jan. 20 following a sold-out breakfast for Martin Luther King Day.  Both days were marked by unusually warm January weather, and marchers were in high spirits.



The Womxn’s March was led by a group protesting the killing of Native American women, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women collective. Before the march, protesters heard from candidates Stephany Rose Spaulding and Lorena Garcia.


On Monday, Ryan Haygood, a CC alumnus and a leading national civil rights attorney, gave a rousing speech on how white privilege predominates even in liberal institutions like Colorado College. Haygood sent out the marchers, led by the Palmer High School drum line, where they paraded down Tejon and assembled at Acacia Park for more speeches.
 

Moms Demand Action Announces February and March Events

Colorado Springs Craft That Makes A Difference – Soul Box Project  
Saturday, February 8, 10 AM – 12 PM
Library 21C CreateSpace, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, 80920
Make and decorate simple origami Soul Boxes to honor victims of gun violence. Thousands of boxes will be displayed in public spaces around the country—one box is one life, one real person, taken by a gun. Children and families welcome. This is a soft way to introduce children to advocating for gun violence prevention. Come ready for a meaningful, creative experience. Optional RSVP HERE
 
Colorado Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol           
Friday, March 6, 9 AM – 1 PM
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 80203  (Email ACTNOW232@gmail.com to carpool)
Join 100's from across Colorado at the State Capitol to meet with our elected officials and support gun safety legislation. RSVP HERE

 
 

Peak Environment Podcast 54 Looks at Sustainable Cities

Does the City of Colorado Springs have a plan in case of a Zombie Apocalypse? Find out on this episode of Peak Environment. Learn about the myriad projects and initiatives managed or assisted by the City of Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability. Ryan Trujillo, the city’s Director of Support Services, fills us in. 

The latest podcast is at:
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-54-smart-cities-sustainable-future/

Also check out Podcast 53 on the Smokebrush Farm. Long-time residents of Colorado Springs are familiar with the history of Smokebrush Theatre and Smokebrush Foundation. The newest podcast from Studio 809 looks at the latest Smokebrush project, Smokebrush Farm. Learn all about a very unique community asset. Smokebrush Farm is a small, biodynamic farm in Manitou Springs that serves as an educational model as well as a retreat center. Yoga classes, an art club, Indian dance class and artist residency programs are part of the program, which is part of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Chris Collinge, the farm manager, explains everything happening here, including a local herd share for raw goat’s milk, plans to launch an internship program in 2020. Chris also provides a brief overview of biodynamic agriculture.

Ppodcast 53 is at:
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-53-smokebrush-farm-feeds-mind-spirit/

 

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RAWtools Celebrates Seven Years on Feb. 8 


Our friends at RAWtools will celebrate seven years of forging guns into garden tools on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1501 E. Fountain. Cake and ice cream will be served, and there will be performances by First Strike Theatre at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
 

Beyond Coal Coalition at EIRP Meeting This Wednesday, January 29

Join the Moving Beyond Coal Coalition this Wednesday, Jan. 29, as it attends the latest EIRP Energy Planning Workshop at 6 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. Citizen participation will help spur community leaders to move more quickly to a future without the Drake Power Plant.
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Annual Meeting Tentatively Set for February 22

PPJPC is exploring downtown locations for an annual meeting to be held Saturday, Feb. 22 in the late afternoon. Check back for more details..

 

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.

Jim Hightower to Speak at Film on Molly Ivins February 15

Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Independent are jointly sponsoring a presentation on Saturday, Feb. 15 featuring Texas progressive columnist Jim Hightower, who will introduce the new film on the progressive writer Molly Ivins called “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.” Hightower will follow the film with a speech on “Investigative Journalism in the Age of Trump.” The program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Richard Celeste Theatre at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade. This event is free and open to the public, though attendees are encouraged to arrive early (post-6:15) for a good seat.
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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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