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Week of August 10, 2020


County, School Districts Show Confusing Covid Trends


D11 Opts for Online Learning, D20 for a Mixed Hybrid Model

Even as Gov. Jared Polis commended the state in general and El Paso County in particular for flattening the curve in new Covid-19 cases, county school districts sent out mixed messages in early August. District 11 in the center of the city shifted to an all-remote class plan for the fall trimester, while District 20 on the north side opted for a confusing hybrid model where middle school and high school students could only choose full-remote or partial attendance options, with only elementary students given a choice of full class attendance. Colorado Springs school teachers carried out a second protest in front of Centennial Hall last week where they filled out
“wills” to represent the dangers of returning to the classroom (see photo above).

Meanwhile, the organization that sets standards for high school sports on a statewide basis, Colorado High School Activities Association, said that only boys' tennis, boys' golf, softball, and track and field can carry out fall sports seasons – football, soccer, and other team sports will be postponed until 2021. School districts in Colorado are keeping a wary on Georgia, where some school districts opened August 3, only to quarantine 260 students and eight teachers by August 7.

Locally, culture wars over mask-wearing seemed to dwindle in intensity, but citizens were confronted late last week with new Covid-19 hotspots in the area. Jibil, a medical device manufacturer in Monument formerly owned by Johnson & Johnson/Synthes, reported six confirmed cases and 37 suspected cases of the virus among employees, though company officials claimed that contact tracing showed the workers were not exposed to the virus at the manufacturing facility. In Colorado Springs, 65 residents associated with the Community Alternatives of El Paso halfway house have been isolated in a separate facility due to a Covid outbreak.

CoPIRG, the Colorado branch of Ralph Nader-affiliated Public Interest Research Group, called for a second lockdown statewide, but the group’s call did not seem to find many supporters. The city and state can expect a plateau of cases through mid- to late September, when cooler weather is expected to bring a new outbreak. But for a time when the pandemic is supposed to have slowed, there are disturbing signs, both at schools and within the community, that the pandemic has not yet been tamed.

75 Years Since Hiroshima Bombing Commemorated at Peterson Air Force Base

As the world reached the milestone of 75 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, only a small number of hibakusha (atomic-bomb survivors) in Japan are left to tell the tale. Many survivors gathered at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, though their numbers were kept down by the continued pandemic lockdowns in Japan. Here in Colorado Springs, peace activists bannered at Peterson Air Force Base on Thursday, Aug. 6 to demand “No more Hiroshimas.”


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:

New Webinar on Hybrid Warfare

About Face: Veterans Against the War and World Without War partnered in late March to present a webinar that is now available for viewing online. “The Age of Hybrid Warfare” is available on YouTube at You can also check out the PowerPoint slides that go with the webinar at  This seminar looks at the creation of “permanent war” environments when economic warfare, “lawfare,” cyberwar, and other methods augment traditional avenues of armed conflict.

PPJPC/PPLD Fall Plans Begin With Library's "Ruth and the Green Book" Puppet Show, Available for Viewing Beginning Sept. 12

We’ve dropped mention of emerging plans for a series of youth events, held in conjunction with Pikes Peak Library District, to meld 2020 Peace Camp themes with All Pikes Peak Reads. We are looking for Peace Camp alumni and other teen participants to review and discuss books on racial justice, as well as to prepare online programs for younger children. Events will take place through the fall alongside PPLD’s own events. The first PPLD event will be a puppet show from an Atlanta-based group around the picture book, “Ruth and the Green Book.” This will be a virtual YouTube event beginning Sept. 12, through the month of September, that families will sign up for. Here’s PPLD’s initial information on the puppet show – registration starts Aug. 15, and only one person need register for a family.

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a live action and puppet rendition of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s children’s story, Ruth and The Green Book. Ruth and her parents travel south to visit family but encounter many people who are unfriendly to black travelers along the way. This lively production brings understanding and enlightenment about an oppressive era in US history. 

Registration begins August 15. Please register only one person for this program and we will send you a link to view the puppet show online.


Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech


 Thanks to Greg, Dave, Rick, and everyone at Studio 809 (who are currently on a virus semi-sabbatical) for editing the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. We have also listed the latest two Peak Environment podcasts of Studio 809 below, though it may be a few weeks before additional podcasts are added.

Plowshares Podcast here:


PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

While we at PPJPC identified potential board members at our Feb. 29 annual meeting, we are seeking your help as we reconstitute post-quarantine. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at or After double-checking with candidates, we will send out a slate of board candidates for member approval.

Peak Environment Podcast 59 Examines Regional Sustainability


Studio 809’s Peak Environment has released the second of two podcasts featuring Konrad Schlarbaum of Green Cities Coalition. Schlarbaum, the sustainability coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College, talks about “Updating the Regional Sustainability Plan.” How can we improve the Pikes Peak Region 2030 Plan?  Schlarbaum lays out his suggestions.

You can find Podcast 59 here:

Podcast 58 covers a presentation Schlarbaum made Feb. 8 at the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum, on local food and indigenous roots. The podcast also features keynote speaker Michael Alcazar.

You can find Podcast 58 here:

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