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Week of July 1, 2019


Peace Camp Needs Your Help!

Volunteers Sought July 29 to August 2 at Hillside Community Center

Peace Camp is seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks for each day of the camp, July 29 to August 2, as well as for associated tasks prior to and during the camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily at Hillside Community Center, 915 S. Institute. Peace Camp Director Ruthie Markwardt has identified the following needs:

Volunteer Needs
- 1 person to do camper check-in each morning (8:30am-9:15am M-F)
- 1 person to do camper check-out each afternoon (2:00pm-2:45pm M-F)
- 2 high school counselors-in-training (these CITs could potentially do or assist with the two tasks above)
- 1-5 "floaters"  (each day of the week we need someone who is available to meet various needs that might arise, to serve snack, and to bring out lunches for kids who don't have them)
- 1-2 people to call former campers next week to encourage they register
- any folks you know who might be interested in teaching Yoga, Tai Chi, or a similar mind-body practice

Staff Needs
2 Counselors (stipends offered - applications attached)
Registration Needs
So far we have 8 campers committed and 10 from Hillside Community Center. I just sent out emails to former campers today so more should roll in soon. It's pretty normal for most registrations to occur the month before camp but it would be great if you all could lend a hand by sending the registration form (attached) to 1-5 families you think would be a good fit and any relevant platforms you are connected to. 

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

Art UnSheltered Seeks Venue

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. Our challenge has been in securing a space to be used as the studio/gallery venue. Without the space, the vision cannot take off. Our hope is to get this up and running before weather turns cold as well as in time to get some participant art onto the cover of the next copy of Springs Echo!
PLEASE HELP! We are hoping that there might be someone in the friends or members of Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission with an appropriate property for housing the project. If you have concrete ideas/contacts and/or own such a venue, please contact Laura, Debbie and Bill asap at : or 

Below is the mission of Art UnSheltered, and a description of the type of venue sought:
Art UnSheltered Mission: Strengthening our community and empowering our vulnerable unsheltered population through art.
Art UnSheltered Vision: Art Unsheltered strengthens our community by championing a space to create, explore, display and sell art by our local unsheltered neighbors (homeless population). When we honor and empower all our neighbors, we build a strong stakeholder base of invested citizens. By committing a space where unsheltered individuals can produce and sell their art, we foster social and personal growth while building a strong invested society. 
Art UnSheltered Venue Description: 
- accessible to target population
- safe
- simple and basic
- running water & electricity
- free
- located where "artists" are comfortable creating, & displaying
- located where "visitors" are comfortable viewing and purchasing


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.

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.


PrideFest to Take Place Following 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

June 29 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, seen by many as the launch of the gay pride movement. To commemorate, we are sharing this post from ONE Colorado:

Today marks 50 years since a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City ignited a violent, multi-day rebellion after patrons of the bar resisted the discriminatory conditions they long endured from the New York City Police Department. Black and brown transgender women, queer women, and drag queens led this resistance and gave birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement. 

With the Supreme Court’s historic legalization of same sex marriage in 2015, Congress’s recent approval of the Equality Act, and the increased acceptance and representation of LGBTQ people in popular culture, we have undeniably come a long way from the time when cops routinely raided gay bars and being outed nearly guaranteed a person would be  blacklisted or ostracized by friends and family and legally barred from employment in most occupations. 

We are eternally grateful to those brave women - including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie. These women’s legacies did not begin or end with Stonewall. But today we take a moment to remember them and their contributions to the movement.

Can you honor the legacies of these women with a gift of $50, $25, or $5? Please contact our site HERE.

They paved the way for Colorado to have elected the country's first openly gay governor, Jared Polis, and our state's first transgender lawmaker, Brianna Titone. This tuning point in our collective history was the keystone for all the rights and protections the LGBTQ community has today, including our state's nondiscrimination protections, our conversion therapy ban, and making it easier for transgender and nonbinary Coloradans having identity documents that reflect their authentic selves. 

And, we still have work to do. Transgender Americans are denied the honor of serving their country in the armed forces. HIV prevention medication is neither affordable nor accessible to high-risk populations. Transgender women of color are being murdered in alarming numbers across the country.

In solidarity, 
Team One Colorado
Daniel, Sheena, Cara, Garrett, Sarah, Jordan, Heidi

Inside Out Youth Services, Moms Demand Action Invite YOU to PrideFest!

Two of our favorite groups, Inside Out and Moms Demand Action, will have informational booths at the upcoming PrideFest, to be held July 13 and 14 at America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive under the Colorado Avenue bridge. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday the 13th, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday the 14th (also the day of the Pride Parade). Inside Out is asking for volunteers to help staff its booth, sign up to help HERE

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - COS local group will be sharing info about our group and gun violence prevention at Colorado Springs Pridefest on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.  If you would like to volunteer please email Julie Carr at or sign up HERE.

Also, a local student is starting a chapter of March for Our Lives in Colorado Springs.  If you are a middle, high school or university student and are interested in learning more please email Julie Carr at  


PPJPC Co-Chair Debbie Vitulli Speaks to City Council on The Springs Echo

On Tuesday, June 25, Debbie Vitulli addressed City Council on the return of The Springs Echo. Her address was very well received by City Council. President Richard Skorman was especially thankful to PPJPC for taking on this very worthwhile endeavor.  Debbie, representing PPJPC, also accepted City Council’s Juneteenth proclamation on behalf of the NAACP.

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 29 Addresses 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 the latest podcast at
And be sure to catch our last podcast on the solidary economy. Can cooperation and collaboration trump competition and profit maximization in generating community wealth? Matt Noyes, son of Chinook Bookstore founders Dick and Judy Noyes, shares his vision for the variety of ways Colorado Springs can benefit from models of cooperative organization and solidarity economy. There are several cooperatives today in the city of Colorado Springs. The state of Colorado has some of the best cooperative law; it’s a great place to form a cooperative. Listen and learn a lot!
You’ll find this podcast at



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