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Week of April 1, 2019


Active for Justice Podcasts on iTunes, Google

Spotify Soon, and That's No April Fool's!

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

Moms Demand Action Celebrates HB1177 Passage; Plans April Events

Extreme Risk Protection Order HB1177 passed the CO Senate on Thurs., March 28 by one vote!  On to the Governor for signing. Thank you to everyone who diligently contacted their state representatives, visited the Capitol, attended town halls, and worked to pass this life saving legislation.  Unfortunately, El Paso County will likely join other counties to ask the courts to overturn its constitutionality. MOMS/Everytown feels it will hold up to court scrutiny!
Please thank Democratic Legislators, especially our Colorado Springs legislators, who supported this bill:
Senator Pete Lee   303-866-6364
Rep. Marc   303-866-2932
Rep. Tony Exum  303-866-3069

Celebrate with Moms Demand Action!  Bring your partner/spouse, the kids, friends to a Moms Demand Action potluck, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4-6 PM.  All who are interested in gun violence prevention are welcome.  Celebrate the passage of new gun safety legislation.  For more info please email Julie Carr
Volunteer with Be SMART.  Tabling events throughout the spring and summer to share info. about safe gun storage, preventing unintentional child deaths and teen suicide.  No expertise required, just a friendly smile. Email Julie Carr if you know of an event we should be at or to volunteer with us!

Penny Poll Planned for April 12 Tax Day Action

Peace activists plan a repeat of last year’s successful Penny Poll for Friday, April 12, prior to the April 15 Tax Day. Participants can designate where to put pennies in support of different federal programs, thereby making a critique of current budget priorities. The poll will be held 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon.

Free Electronics Recycling Through Earth Day (April 22)

E-Tech Recyclers is offering free recycling of electronics products daily through Earth Day, April 22. Obsolete computers, printers, fax machines, cabling and wiring can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2854 N. Prospect. No appointments are necessary.

Help Sought for Immigrant Children in Site Inspection

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.

Excellence Academy Can Use Thursday-Friday Food Donations

PPJPC’s LEAD Excellence Academy can use donations of simple lunches, such as pizza and sandwiches, on the Thursdays and Fridays our classes are in session. The academy is offering classes at 315 S. Hancock, and is designed to help challenge the cradle-to-prison pipeline, a key mission for PPJPC in 2019. Our first students signed up in mid-January, but we are still accepting admissions for the Friday-Saturday sessions. If you are interested in helping out with food, contact Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.


Peak Environment Podcast Covers Green Drinks "Open Mic"

Open mics may be all the rage in poetry and amateur music communities, but Studio 809 Director Dave Gardner has experimented in Episode 19 of Peak Environment by covering an open mic of the monthly Green Drinks meetups. At the February 2019 Green Drinks, local food and farmers, composting, permaculture, renewable energy and recycling were among the topics of conversation and announcements. At every Green Drinks attendees get the chance to introduce themselves and make announcements about important local environmental issues and events. Peak Environment usually excludes these from the podcasts, but Dave decided to experiment and make those announcements the featured content of this episode. Let him know if you find this informative or inspirational, as Studio 809 may do an open mic episode a few times a year.
You’ll find the open mic episode at

Studio 809 also produced episodes 16, 17, and 18 of Peak Environment in rapid succession. Episode 16, “Sustainability in Progress: Water Quantity” features Mark Gephart of El Paso County’s Office of Planning and Community Development, and Ed Roberson, planning director of the Palmer Land Trust. Episode 17, “What You Wear Matters,” features Judith Rice-Jones discussing sustainable clothing and the concepts of the “fibershed.” Episode 18 is special coverage of the March 5 Environmental Action Summit at Colorado College, featuring a keynote by Kevin Mitchell and presentations by, Sierra Club, and other local groups. You’ll find all these podcasts at

Latino Community Luncheon April 10 Features Kristiana Huitron

The Latino Community Luncheon will be held Wed., April 10 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Kristiana Huitron, executive director of Voces Unidas for Justice, who will speak on “The Power of Words to Help Victims Recover from Traumatic Events and Start Healing.” The cost is $22 if you register by noon, April 3, or $27 thereafter. You may register online at, but any cancellations must be made by April 5 to receive credit.

Howard Thurman Film at Ent Center April 14

The Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at UCCS, along with ten other co-sponsors, is hosting a special event next month. “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” a documentary film showing about Dr. Howard Thurman: a major influence on MLK Jr./Civil Rights movement and the author of Jesus and the Disinherited. The filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier will be in attendance and a panel will discuss film afterwards with Q&A. The film will be shown Sunday, April 14th, 4:00 pm at The ENT Center for the Arts, UCCS. 5225 N. Nevada Ave. The event is FREE and parking is free in the ENT Center parking lot BUT you must have a ticket for admission.

For tickets, go to Seating is limited, so please limit your ticket number to 4. You may also visit the ENT Center to acquire tickets or call 719-255-3232.

Here is a trailer for the film:
And here is an interview with Howard Thurman:

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.

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