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Week of July 29, 2019


Peace Camp Begins TODAY (Monday)

Volunteers Still Can Help July 29 to August 2 at Hillside Community Center

Peace Camp begins today, July 29!. We are asking members if they would consider sponsoring a camper. For those wishing to volunteer, we are particularly in need of volunteers who can be on hand each day of the camp to help with check-in and other duties. If you can help or would like your child to participate, please contact us ASAP at the online link or phone number above!

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

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.

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.

RAWtools Members and Friends Plan Hiroshima-Nagasaki Observance

Peace activists will observe the 74th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with three days of vigils. On Friday, Aug. 2, bannering will be held at the north gate of Peterson AFB from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 6 will be the main event, where displays and banners on nuclear weapons will be on display outside Pioneers Museum from noon to 1:15 p.m. Finally, on Friday, Aug. 9, afternoon bannering will be held at the west gate of


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, or call Michelle Cattapan with Wellspring Colorado Springs at (719) 533-6817.

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 31 Covers July 27 Sustain-a-Fest

Join the crowd and get your sustainability game on at Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday, July 27, 2019. In this episode, Peak Environment co-producers Ellen Johnson-Fay and Dave Gardner are joined by Ryan Trujillo, Innovation & Sustainability Manager for the City of Colorado Springs. Ryan fills us in on the upcoming Sustain-a-Fest event, and also answers questions about the interesting activities of his office and staff. Innovation can play a key role in slimming the ecological and carbon footprint of our city.

Be sure to check out the last podcast on sustainability. How are Pikes Peak Region sustainability efforts doing? What are the challenges, achievements, strengths, weaknesses, progress and setbacks? This episode provides a valuable history of efforts to promote sustainable policy and practice in Colorado Springs, and a snapshot of where we are today. It’s all explored in this community dialogue recorded at the June 17 Sustainability in Progress meeting of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future.

You’ll find Podcast 30 at


Colorado Climate Strike Called for Sept. 20 to 29 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.
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