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Week of January 6, 2020


Thanks to All for Reaching $5000 Target

Indy Give! Extension to January 3 Made Critical Difference

We did it! Thanks to great responses from members and friends, PPJPC met its $5000 goal with the help of matching grants. Indy Give! provided an unexpected boost to our efforts when the campaign announced on Dec. 31 it would extend the contribution window for all nonprofits to January 3. We'll be updating members with our plans for the year later in January, but in the meantime, please accept our sincere thanks for your support.

Meanwhile, more bags of “Peaceful Joe” have been prepared in both whole bean and ground versions. Thanks to our supporters at Veteran Coffee Roasters, who have moved from S. Tejon to a new location at 2110 Busch, off 21st St. south of US 24. Each pound is $15.95, and includes a donation to PPJPC through Indy Give! You can text orders to (401) 226-8988, and reference “PPJPC Peaceful Joe” in the text. You can also call VCR at (719) 375-5529 to find out hours at the new location. Thanks to friends and members for selling out the first batch in less than 48 hours!


Moms Demand Action Promotes Womxn's March, Legislative Letter-Writing

Welcome Back Legislators - Postcard Writing
Monday, January 6, 6:30-8 PM
Principal’s Office at Ivywild school 1604 S. Cascade

State legislators are returning to work at the state capitol.  Join in writing postcards to encourage their support of gun sense legislation.  RSVP optional but helpful, HERE

Welcome Back Legislators - Visit legislators at the Capitol in Denver 
Friday, January 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM            
Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203   

RSVP to receive info about carpooling and logistics, HERE

COS Womxn’s March
Saturday, January 25, 2 - 4 PM
City Auditorium:  221 East Kiowa St., COS 80903

Join Moms Demand Action group in marching to Acacia park and back to City Auditorium (4 blocks) to raise awareness of domestic violence involving guns.

RSVP for the march HERE:

Spaulding Featured in AfJ Podcast

Colorado Springs needs to have some conversations, changes, and healing in the aftermath of the death of De’Von Bailey – shot in the back on August 3 as he ran from two police officers. Community members gathered for dialogue in this “listening session” at the Sand Creek Library on August 19, 2019.

You can hear AfJ Podcast 3 at

The podcast team has recorded Spaulding's speech at the PPJPC Peace Breakfast, as well as speakers from the Sept. 21 Urban Experience walk, and will have podcasts up soon!

Tickets for MLK Breakfast Available January 6

Community Event: "All People's Breakfast" and Martin Luther King, Jr.Day Celebrations - Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The celebrations begin with the “All People’s Breakfast,” 8-10 a.m. in Reid Arena, El Pomar Sports Center (44 W. Cache La Poudre St.), featuring keynote speaker Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq. presenting “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” The All People’s Breakfast will also include performances by: The Fellas, featuring Bailey Hinton and special guest Kevin Daniels, the William J. Palmer High School Drumline, and CC student group Ellement. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and go on sale at the Worner Campus Center Desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.) beginning Tuesday, Dec. 17 - Thursday, Dec. 19 and once the college reopens on Monday, Jan 6. All ticket proceeds benefit the youth scholarship programs administered by the NAACP and the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. This event will be streamed live at:

The breakfast is followed by a community rally and march from 10 a.m.-noon; meet in the Worner Campus Center lobby (902 N. Cascade Ave.) to warm up and learn about community partners before marching in unity to Acacia Park for a brief rally, featuring the William J. Palmer High School Drumline, Minister Earl Schaffer, Jr., True Spirit Baptist Church Choir, Nicholas Crutcher of the Cornerstone Group, and Dr. Nathaniel Granger. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.
The First Mondays presentation - "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Visionary, the Truth Teller, and Most Hated Person in America” - will also be delivered by Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq., at 11 a.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). One of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, Haygood is the executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. An advocate for equity, he works to empower urban communities; Haygood also speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy.

The day wraps up with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performing at 7 p.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Auditorium (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). The ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies, performing dynamic bodies of work inspired by the African-American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. The program will also feature special guests from the Gospel Music Workshop of America-Colorado Springs Chapter. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Reception to follow.

Protests in Denver, Boulder on Jan. 4 Join Dozens Nationwide Challenging U.S. Air Strikes on Iranian Forces in Iraq

Protests erupted nationwide on Saturday, Jan. 4, following U.S. New Year air strikes on Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces stationed in Iraq, seen as responsible for temporarily occupying the U.S. embassy at the end of 2019. While several air strikes took out a number of Iranian mid-level offices, the action that sparked the most outrage among Iranian citizens was the president's personal decision to target Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, in a drone strike. Even Pentagon officials reportedly were surprised by the president's focus on Soleimani, since military officials saw distributed attacks being more effective and less provocative. But Trump has long been known for his personalization of foreign policy against perceived "bad guys."

Response from Iran was immediate - Ayatollah Khameinei warned of immediate Iranian military responses on U.S. military sites, and the Iranian public was united in protesting U.S. actions. The U.S. State Department and Homeland Security moved the a general terrorism alert on January 5, and Trump warned that any actions from Iran would spark an assault on more than 50 Iran targets, including cultural and historical sites. More than 3,500 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne's rapid response brigade in Fort Bragg, N.C. were preparing to leave for Kuwait on Sunday afternoon.

In response, thousands protested from Boston to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. Marches in Denver and Boulder were organized by ANSWER, Code Pink, and United for Peace and Justice. It is very likely that U.S./Iran tensions will dominate events leading to the Jan. 25 Wxmsn's March and beyond, casting a dangerous pall on 2020.

RAWtools Plans RAWPOWer Workshop January 11 on "Nonviolence for Sticky Situations"

Start 2020 with keen vision!  The RAWPOWer workshop, “Nonviolence for Sticky Situations,” will be presented at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon, on Saturday January 11, from 9-3. Stoke your soulforce! Presentation, principles and practice:  self-defense without violence, bystander intervention with confidence, de-escalation with creativity.  Free to the public. Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Registration required by January 8: For registration, please call 719-471-3405 or email


Annual Meeting May Be Postponed Until Early February

Stay tuned for more information on the PPJPC Annual Meeting, which may be postponed until early February as we prepare assessments on primary programs for 2020.


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.

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.


Peak Environment Podcast 51 Examines Hidden Costs of Renewables

The future looks bright for renewable energy, according to Joe Jenkins, Principal at Environmental Compliance Systems LLC, but there is a dark side. In this lively and popular presentation, Jenkins explores the hidden environmental and social impacts of the renewable energy supply chain, but emerges with a positive outlook for a renewable future.

This program was recorded at the October 2019 luncheon meeting of the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. The Forum informs the community in Colorado Springs on issues of environmental import. Our monthly luncheon meeting topics have ranged from how earthquakes can predict weather events to sustainable energy solutions. Each month we learn something we weren’t necessarily aware we needed to know, but in broadening our knowledge, we deepen our understanding of, and our connection to, the world. Learn about future luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for meeting notifications.
The latest podcast is at:

Also, check out the milestone podcast 50. Studio 809’s Peak Environment has reached its 50th-podcast milestone, and the new episode looks at the role of libraries in sustainability. Your local library may not be the first thing you think of when you consider sustainable practices in your community, but sustainability is a core value of librarianship. You might be surprised at all the ways your library contributes to sound environmental stewardship. The American Library Association Council passed a resolution in 2015 on the importance of sustainable libraries. The resolution notes that libraries play an important and unique role in wider community communications about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future. This resolution was adopted as the ALA’s 12th core value of Librarianship in January of 2019.

Podcast 50 is at:

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