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Week of January 21, 2019


PPJPC Annual Meeting This Saturday Evening

Event to Feature Hosted Discussion on Activism, Ethics

PPJPC members and friends alike are invited to our annual meeting, to be held THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace & St. Stephens’ Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon.  The potluck and member discussion will be held in the conference hall on the north side of the church. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to pass. We will present our budget for 2019, say goodbye to outgoing board members and elect new ones, and participate in a guided discussion on “activating our activism,” and using discernment on doing the right thing. This event is FREE, but we are asking people to RSVP at our EventBrite site, which you can access HERE.


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.

First Students Sign Up for LEAD Excellence Academy

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 last week. 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.

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.

Democratic Party Launches New Veterans Group

The El Paso Dems have asked Democrat Kent Jarnig to start an El Paso County Democratic Veterans group.  Without going into too much detail, Colorado State Democratic rules require that he get the names of 20 interested veterans.  He sees this group as both endorsing Democratic candidates (after vetting) and as a civic endeavor to support Veterans (suicide prevention team, food bank, help getting into VA Healthcare and VA Disability, Christmas gifts for Veteran's children in need, etcetera).  This would be open all active duty Military and Veterans that live in El Paso County.  Kent sees this as a force to help all Veterans.

Kent is asking any active duty Military or Veterans to contact him at and provide him with name, address, email address, and phone (information will be kept private). There would be no dues or requirements to attend meetings.  The group would be its own 501C-3 (non-profit) and although it would be supported by the El Paso Dems and the Colorado Democratic Party, it would remain totally independent.  Once we have Party approval, monthly meetings will begin.

Studio 809 Presents Tenth Peak Environment Podcast on Grain School 2019

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the tenth in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809, and it has a direct connection to the Grain School housing request listed above.  Eat your way to good health with local foods and grains. Locally grown grains are essential to successful and sustainable local food economies. Beyond environmental impacts, there are also social, health and economic benefits to our communities. UCCS Sustainability, Wellnss & Learning Manager, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, and mastermind behind Grain School, Nanna Meyer, joins Peak Environment Co-Producer Ellen Johnson-Fay to briefly describe her local food and nutrition activities at UCCS and to offer details about the recent Grain School at UCCS (January 18-20, 2019). You’ll find this newest episode HERE

The latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

Womxn's March Focuses on Diversity, Immigration, and Political Action

Close to 500 marchers gathered at City Hall January 19, as part of dozens of Womxn’s March actions taking place nationwide. The Denver march drew 80,000.  While these numbers were down from the last two years, this year’s marches were characterized by broader POC inclusion, specific mention of struggles at the border, and the challenges to immigrant women. At a march afterparty at All Souls Unitarian Church, womxn flexed political muscles by announcing candidacies for county commission, mayor of Colorado Springs, and the U.S. Senate. In the latter category, both Lorena Garcia and Trish Zornio announced challenges to Sen. Cory Gardner at the afterparty. The event also featured a new poem from trans activist Mackenzie Boyer, and a song from My Name is Harriet (Harriet Landrum).

Rose Lytle and Nancy Perez
Stephanie Rose Spaulding

Mary-Sprunger Froese leads chorus

Moms Demand Action January Meetup

Moms Demand Action COS January Meet-Up
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3-4:30 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Market, 315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.


Women's Foundation of Colorado Presents January 25 Seminar on Self-Sufficiency Standard

The income needed to meet the costs of basic needs has increased in all Colorado counties since 2001, and El Paso County is at the top of the list. According to Forbes, from 2017 to 2018, Colorado Springs ranked No. 1 among the nation’s cities with fastest rising costs of living. Women, particularly single mothers, experience higher levels of income inadequacy and are more likely to struggle.

Friday, January 25
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Join The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to explore the real costs of living in El Paso County in 2018 from the recently released Self-Sufficiency Standard of 2018. We’ll walk you through the most important findings and we’ll discuss what steps we need to take as a community to help women and their families make ends meet. The seminar will be repeated in Denver in February and Northern Colorado in March.
Learn more and RSVP today, HERE

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.

Adventures in Learning K-12 Plans February 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. Watch for a link to a KCME broadcast on Healthy Families Summit, coming soon!

Monday Morning Reminder

If you are reading this eWeekly Sunday evening, remember that the MLK All-People's Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at Reid Arena on the CC campus. This event is a sellout, but please join us for a march following the breakfast.
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