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Week of July 15, 2019


Peace Camp Two Weeks Away - Registration Open

Volunteers Sought July 29 to August 2 at Hillside Community Center

Peace Camp is two weeks away!! (July 29-Aug. 2 at Hillside Center), We are still looking for registrants, and are asking members if they would consider sponsoring a camper. For those wishing to volunteer, we are particularly in need of volunteers who can be on hand each day of the camp to help with check-in and other duties. If you can help or would like your child to participate, please contact us ASAP at the online link below!

For more information and registration forms, visit

AfJ Podcasts

The Active for Justice PPJPC Podcast, like all Studio 809 podcasts, has debuted on iTunes and on Google Podcasts, with an imminent Spotify appearance anticipated. The second PPJPC Active for Justice podcast went live last weekend, to coincide with the recent RAWtools book tour hitting the city on March 23. In the podcast, PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone interviewed RAWtools founder Michael Martin and its arts coordinator, Mary Sprunger-Froese, who joined with Josh Rumpel, the gun violence activist featured in the first AfJ podcast.

The title of the second podcast is “Eat, Pray Peace: How Can We Make This Podcast About Gun Violence Unnecessary?” The speakers discuss a recent shooting in which a mother killed her three children. It’s not a mass shooting, but it is gun violence. Part of the challenge: a belief that guns are a problem-solver, something that gun laws alone won’t solve. Also discussed: the myth of “redemptive violence,” the notion that we need guns to protect us from people with guns. American society tends to think there is some good violence (by police, military, etc.), but of course it is still violence. Also on the agenda: the “wild west” persona. We’re obsessed with having power OVER people instead of power under people and lifting them up.

The non-profit Martin founded, RAWtools, turns guns into garden tools, “changing the story from death into life” (with a team of volunteers being taught how to blacksmith). He is also co-author (with Shane Claiborne) of the new book, Beating Guns. The book explores how we got into the place we’re in today with so many shootings. Ten percent of the gun owners are holding this conversation hostage. The hope of the book is that we stop killing each other.

As artist-in-residence at RAWtools, Mary Sprunger-Froese hosts workshops at RAWtools. Justice activist Josh Rumpel has spent a year studying gun violence.

Visit to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit to learn more about the book or see if there is a book tour stop in your area.
You’ll find the first two AfJ podcasts at new podcast at

Blanket Donations Still Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Shelter

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.

Nelson Mandela Day Set for July 18

The Pikes Peak InterFaith Coalition is celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day this coming Thursday, July 18, at The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The event begins with registration at 6:30, and includes a speech by Dr. Stephanie Rose Spaulding at 7 p.m., followed by small-group dialogue and group presentations. You may pre-register for the event HERE.

Art UnSheltered Gains Space with Concrete Couch's Help

We've told members about the work of Art UnSheltered and the organization's need for a venue to display work. At press time, we received word that Concrete Couch has stepped forward with an offer for help. Community advocates and artists are working with Springs Echo to honor the creative art of some of our COS unsheltered neighbors. The project, called Art UnSheltered, has been in the works for a while.We will carry more information on the details of the pact in future issues, but in the meantime, our thanks go out to everyone at Concrete Couch for the helping hand.

Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program

The city’s community development division is repeating its popular “Renter Rights” program in association with Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Legal Aid.  Two remaining workshops will be held in the summer and the fall to discuss the rights and responsibilities of renters. Admission is free, but space is limited, and those interested should check with the web site for more information. A summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 7 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The last fall workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For information on registering, go to

Peak Environment Podcast 30 Summarizes State of Pikes Peak Region's Sustainability

How are Pikes Peak Region sustainability efforts doing? What are the challenges, achievements, strengths, weaknesses, progress and setbacks? This episode provides a valuable history of efforts to promote sustainable policy and practice in Colorado Springs, and a snapshot of where we are today. It’s all explored in this community dialogue recorded at the June 17 Sustainability in Progress meeting of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.

You’ll find the latest podcast at

The previous podcast, 29 in the series, looks at forest gardening. Forest gardening is a way of landscaping that saves time, money, water…and the planet.  Learn all about this ethical style of Earth care, and how you can practice it in your own garden, from permaculturist Becky Elder. This episode is a recording of her Forest Gardening class at the 2018 People’s Tiny House Festival. This episode of Peak Environment comes to us courtesy of Pikes Peak Permaculture, celebrating 15 years of Permaculture education, inspiration, and support throughout Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. 
You’ll find Podcast 29 at

ECOC to Present One More Summer "Diversity University" Session


Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in a July session at Pikes Peak Community College. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.
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