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The Justice & Peace eWeekly is a weekly survey of upcoming events, local news and activism opportunities. Feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.
 

Week of August 13, 2018


 

Sept. 21 to Include Peace Breakfast, Solidarity Dinner

Events to Focus on Food Justice

Yes, it’s time to be ready once again for our annual peace breakfast, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21. This year, we are adding a solidarity dinner on the same evening. Both events are at the downtown Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. We have set up two EventBrite registration links for the breakfast and dinner, and we are also working with table captains to invite attendees (contact our office if you’re interested in helping), If you’d like to register for the peace breakfast, visit this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ppjpc-annual-peace-breakfast-tickets-48981130881
 
Tickets for the evening event are at the link HERE.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solidarity-dinner-tickets-48981512021
 

CS Food Rescue Needs Your Help for Fresh Food Connect

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with?? (Come on, even your neighbors grow tired of zucchini by the end of the season..) Would you ever consider growing an extra row in your garden for a good cause?

CS Food Rescue would like to invite everyone to join in their efforts to ensure everyone in local zip codes eats well this summer (the need is especially great in 80909/80910 regions). Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a local non-profit, is running a new program called Fresh Food Connect. Getting involved is so simple! Take 30 seconds to register your garden on FreshFoodConnect.org . During the summer you will be asked weekly if you have anything to donate. In the event you do, one of CS Food Rescue’s youth employees will bike by your house at a scheduled time to collect your excess and bring it back to our of community-led grocery distribution programs. If we all grow a little extra this season, we can make sure all of our neighbors are healthy and happy! 

Sign up now at http://www.coloradospringsfoodrescue.org/fresh-food-connect/
 
 
 

Pence Call for Colorado Springs-based Space Force Carries "Back to the Future" Aspect

Vice President Mike Pence told Pentagon officials August 9 that plenty of action to create a sixth military branch, a Space Force, could take place through Pentagon action, without seeking Congressional approval. Few besides Gazette writer Tom Roeder recognized that Pence’s call for a U.S. Space Command was really a move to bring Pentagon management back to its status of 1994 to 2002, when the U.S. Space Command was based at Peterson Air Force Base. The command issued the notorious “Vision for 2020” document calling for U.S. planetary dominance through space.

Many military officials see a Space Force as an inefficient way for the U.S. military to use space assets, as most satellites and space vehicles are managed through the Air Force, Army, Navy, and special agencies like the National Reconnaissance Office. Few expect a large force of dedicated military astronauts and uniformed ground personnel to be created in the near future – which seems to be what the president has in mind. The real danger of a Space Force is that it might take over management of both strategic nuclear forces and the emerging conventional weapons intended for first-strike warfare, known as Precision Global Strike or PGS.

Keep Space for Peace Week, Oct. 6-13, has opposition to a U.S. Space Force as its primary theme. Our local group, Citizens for Peace in Space, will be announcing plans for local protests soon.
 

Benefit Concert for Save Cheyenne Aug. 22

Save Cheyenne, the group opposing the city’s Strawberry Hill land swap with The Broadmoor and seeking better use of North Cheyenne Canon, is planning a benefit concert at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade, on Aug. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Ruby Greenberg, a Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate now living in NYC, will be the featured performer. John C. Spengler will open for Ruby. For more information, check out the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/205823526749825/
 

Pikes Peak Permaculture Plans Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is continuing its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. Current classes are scheduled for Aug. 17-19, Sept. 14-16, and Oct. 19-21. The weekend features a Friday evening introduction, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. Becky Elder, who led the Sunrise Gardens class on Feb. 17, will head the group of instructors, who also include Marco Lam, Sara Foster-Berry, Avery Ellis, Mike Wird, and Tara Rae. The cost of $1350 includes all books, materials, and locally-sourced meals. There is a $100 discount for registered couples. For more information, contact Becky Elder at (719) 685-0290 or rselder@comcast.net.
 

Indy Give Matching Grant Money Sought Through August

It may seem as though the 2017 Indy Give campaign just ended, but this summer begins the effort to secure matching grants. These contributions should be made through checks received at our offices, rather than through online contributions, and they must be received by the end of August. Indicate on your check to PPJPC that this is for the Indy Give grant campaign.
 

Urban Experience Walks Continue Through Fall

Urban Experience walks with Pikes Peak Library District are in full swing! Future dates for Urban Experience walks include Sept. 15, Oct. 19. Nov. 17, and Dec. 14. Suggested donation is $25 for class materials. You can sign up for the Sept. 15 walk HERE.
 

Heidi Cooper to Present "Mic Check" Peace Cantata Aug. 19

Longtime PPJPC member and Peace Camp volunteer Heidi Cooper is planning a peace cantata, “Mic Check,” for the morning of Aug. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon, at 10:30 a.m. Here is her description:

“What are the songs that inspire your journey as an activist? Join the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Band as they perform this year’s Peace Cantata: “Mic Check - A Musical History of my Activism, a series of songs and stories about one person’s journey on her path to becoming a peace activist. Hear songs from the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear DIsarmament, by Holly Near, about teaching peace, and about the emotional journey that often accompanies the hard work of standing in the gap for our children, for our planet and for our future.”
We hope you can make it this coming Sunday!

 
 
 

Dozens Attend EPA Hearing

Some environmental watchers are surprised the Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump is promoting any new regulations of chemicals that could contaminate groundwater. But at an Aug. 7 hearing at the Hotel Elegante, speaker after speaker asked for lower levels of allowed chemicals of the class known as perfluorates, or PFOA/PFOS. These chemicals were involved in the contamination of Widefield and Security groundwater from the use of fire-fighting foam at Peterson Air Force Base. This ultimately led to the shuttering of Venetucci Farms last year. Sierra Club wants EPA to develop one set of standards for the entire class of perfluorate chemicals, rather than develop different standards in piecemeal fashion.

Bill Sulzman, Susan Gordon, Esther Kisamore
and Peter Sprunger-Froese attend EPA hearing.


The EPA hearing in Colorado Springs was one of a series of nationwide stops to address dozens of cases of groundwater contamination, caused both by military-base use of perfluorates, as well as by industrial spills. The EPA already has determined that perfluoroctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) are hazardous chemicals, though it will take the agency until 2021 to develop an action plan. In 2016, EPA set a lifelong exposure level of both chemicals of 70 parts per trillion. Several speakers said that this amount should be lowered once again to keep groundwater safe.
Mark Lewis has produced a 50-minute video of the hearing at his CS Action site. You can view it at https://youtu.be/RgYmKegZwkw

A modest proposal.
 

Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo in Colorado Springs Oct. 6-7

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held Oct. 6 & 7 in the Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. at Academy, in Hall B, adjacent to the Fall Home Expo in Hall A. The expo will include a farmer’s market, livestock sale, and food truck tasting competition. Homesteaders and hemp-art designers will be displaying work. There are special booth rates for homestead and handmade small vendors. Contact Tiphani at TiphaniR@rjpromotions.com, or visit www.SustainabilityExpo.net for more information.
 

But Wait, There's More! - November Sustainable Denver Conference

Energy conferences will continue this fall, as the Colorado Renewable Energy Society is planning a single-day conference November 29 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The theme will be “A City for All: Today and Tomorrow,” centered on Mayor Michael Hancock’s Sustainable Denver plans. Registration opens in September, but in the meantime, CRES is looking for nominees for a Sustainability Star, someone active in promoting sustainable practices. Contact Janna at Janna.West-Heiss@denvergov.org.
 
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