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Week of August 12, 2019


 

Weekend Protests Demand Expanded Investigation of Bailey Murder

PPJPC Issues Statement as CSPD Claim of Gun Falls Apart

Citizens marched on Saturday, August 10, to demand city and county action following the Aug. 3 death of De’Von Bailey, shot seven times in the back by police. A new rally is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. (check our web site or Facebook page for specific location).

The rallies follow a week of turmoil, in which a peaceful march last Monday was disrupted by two bail bondsmen, Dustin and Justin Brooks, who brandished firearms and were arrested by police for disorderly conduct. Following the arrest, the police deployed a SWAT team to halt the protest. As a result, the protest scheduled for last Tuesday, Aug. 6, was cancelled. Meanwhile, the city has pledged to release officers’ bodycam video by the end of this coming week. Claims by the officers that Bailey was reaching for a weapon when he was shot appear to be collapsing into thin air. Mayor Suthers has pledged that if wrongdoing is shown, the officers will be suspended and a grand jury will be empaneled. Late last week, PPJPC issued the following statement calling for further action.

PPJPC Statement on De’Von Bailey Shooting
1. The August 3 killing of De’Vos Bailey by two active-duty CSPD officers was not an isolated incident, but indicative of the backsliding in police reform that has taken place since the partial reforms in the era of former Chief Richard Myers, 2007-2011. Recent behavior by police on the streets often shows a lack of sensitivity training, if not outright hostility toward communities of color. The city’s response to the Bailey case must be embedded in a larger environment of changed police-community relations

2. We in PPJPC join with other members of this community in demanding the release of all body cam and external videos, and the suspension of the two officers involved in the shooting. The mayor should follow through on his promise to conduct a thorough internal investigation, and to turn over evidence of wrongdoing to a properly empaneled grand jury. Sensitivity and community training should be stepped up for all beat officers as well as desk officers. Plans for a civilian review board should be resurrected and expanded, to give the community a voice in addressing all controversial cases involving police violence. Greater transparency and easier access to police, district attorney, and district court documents and archives should be instituted for citizens, and for the academic community in particular.

3. We also call for bringing significant charges against the twin brothers Justin and Dustin Brooks, who brandished firearms at the Aug. 5 rally. There is a big difference between peaceful counterprotest, and bringing weapons to a peaceful rally with an intent to disrupt. Because the Brooks brothers are bail bondsmen, the lack of formal charges will appear to be protection by law enforcement officers. More broadly, the recent appearance of Nazi and racial-epithet hate graffiti around the city indicates it is time for a broader investigation of the local white supremacy movement.
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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 rawtools.org to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit beatingguns.com 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 
http://activeforjustice.libsyn.com/
 

Clean Energy Happy Hour Features Scott Harvey of Beyond Coal

Please join us for a Clean Energy Happy Hour with our local BEYOND COAL group, and featuring Guest Speaker Scott Harvey.  This is an informal happy hour event to provide a brief overview concerning the upcoming EIRP (Electric Integrated Resource Plan) that Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) will be conducting in the coming months.  Their first public meeting is on August 28th, and we want to be ready to give our community input!

We are getting organized to advocate for retiring Martin Drake Power Plant, and urging CSU to invest in more clean energy and efficiency. Join us on Monday, Aug. 19 from 6:00 to 8 p.m., with happy hour beginning at 6, and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place upstairs at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub, 21 S. Tejon. Sierra Club/Beyond Coal will provide hors d’oeuvres, while the bar will be no-host. For more information, call or email Robin Izer at 719-205-3854 or robinizer@q.com.
 

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.
 

Peak Environment Podcast 33 Profiles Catamount Institute in "Developing Ecological Stewards"

When kids put their hands in the dirt and connect with nature, the results are awesome. Catamount Institute is dedicated to connecting kids with nature and helping them develop into ecological stewards. In this episode, recorded at the June Green Drinks event of the Green Cities Coalition, we learn about the activities of Catamount Institute and Generation Wild, a special Colorado program to provide nature experiences for youth.

For the latest Peak Environment podcast, visit
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-33/

You can also hear podcast 32 on crisis and resilience with Pikes Peak Permaculture. How do we navigate a time of ecological crisis? It’s not too late to add joy, kindness and beauty to our lives. Carolyn Baker recommends rekindling our love affair with nature and living contemplatively. She believes learning to grieve is a critical resilience skill. Pikes Peak Permaculture leaders Brian Fritz and Becky Elder sit down with Carolyn Baker for an intimate conversation about finding ways to live well as we observe and experience climate disruption, species extinction, and the many other effects of humankind living outside planetary boundaries. 

Hear the 32 podcast at http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-32/
 

GoFundMe Effort Launched for LEAD Academy

LEAD Excellence Academy will start its fall semester soon, and we encourage any and all donations and volunteer efforts. PPJPC would like to extend its thanks to Kevin Mitchell for helping to put together a GoFundMe page. You can visit the page to make your donations HERE.


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Wellspring Community Looking for Volunteers for August and Fall Trimester

Wellspring Community was founded in Castle Rock eight years ago to offer enrichment and business opportunities to special-needs adults. In June, Wellspring opened a Colorado Springs branch at the Woodmen Valley Chapel campus on Woodmen Road. Wellspring is seeking volunteers for the month of August and the following trimester. For more information or to learn about volunteer training, contact Loring with PPJPC at lwirbel@gmail.com, or call Michelle Cattapan with Wellspring Colorado Springs at (719) 533-6817.
 

Moms Demand Action Hosts Many August/September Events

Moms Demand Action was a participant in Saturday’s march addressing local police violence, and its national convention in DC last weekend took place during the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. As a result, the organization is very busy for the next several weeks.
Below are some of the many events:

Tues. August 20 Colo. State Legislature Interim Meeting on School Safety @ State Capitol building in Denver, 9 AM Prompted by the STEM School shooting, this committee is to gather information and make recommendations for school safety measures across the state.  State Senator Dafna Michaelson Jene (D) is the Chair of the committee (Adams County) and Colorado Springs State Senators Paul Lundeen (R) and Bob Gardner (R) are on the committee.  Please attend if you are able and show we are involved and we care about school safety. 
RSVP HERE 
 
Additional meetings will also take place at 9 AM, Sept 20 and 10 AM, Oct. 31Contact Julie Carr rjdcarr@aol.com if you plan to attend or if you have questions.  
          Take action on school safety
Please submit a public comment (one per email address) to the State Legislature School Safety Committee.  Share the solutions outlined above and your concerns.
Submit your public comment on school safety HERE.
 
 Thurs. Aug 22 Senator Cory Gardner’s office visit @ 102 S. Tejon St., 10 AM
Moms Demand Action supporters will visit Senator Gardner’s office to tell him/staff to bring HR8 Criminal Background Check bill to the Senate floor. We want to see gun violence legislation pass the Senate now. His difficult senate race means he may want to back popular legislation to close background check loopholes.  Bring a sign and meet in front of the building on Tejon street.
RSVP HERE

Take action to close criminal background check loopholes from your home.
We will take your message to Senator Cory Gardner’s office with us if you cannot attend.  Please write a letter urging Senator Gardner to support Senate passage of HR8 Universal Criminal Background Checks and a federal Red Flag Law. Email ACTNOW232@gmail.com to get your letter to us. More information about the importance of updating Criminal Background Checks is HERE.
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 Sun. Sept. 8 Moms Demand Action Monthly Meet Up, 3-4:45 PM
@ Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy Blvd., COS 80916
School Safety / Parent Conversation: What's happening in our schools and how to talk to our kids about fear, violence, and school drills.  Join other parents and Moms Demand Action supporters to discuss tips from a school counselor and become informed about school drill regulations. Learn what you can do to end gun violence in our schools.  All who are interested in preventing school violence/gun violence are welcome.
RSVP HERE

Sign up to join others in sharing info cards about safe firearm storage. No experience necessary. 
 Sat. Aug 10 - Be SMART Tabling - CO Army National Guard, 12-3 PM To join the table, sign up HERE.
 
Sat. Aug 10 - Be SMART Tabling - Chapel Hills Mall, 10 AM - 4 PM To join the table, sign up HERE.
 

Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program Once More in October

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. 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 https://coloradosprings.gov/renters101
 

Hiroshima Remembered Outside Pioneers Museum

Peace activists set up informational displays at the Pioneers Museum over the lunch hour on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Colorado Climate Strike Called for Sept. 20 to 29

 

350Colorado.org is joining with groups locally and around the country to call a Colorado Climate Strike from Sept. 20 to 29. On Friday, Sept. 20, adults are invited to join youth for international Climate Strike day of action.  From Sept. 21 to 29, a week of climate action will include a focus on neighborhood fracking. We’ll be carrying more information as planning commences.
 

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.
 
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