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Week of October 15, 2018


 


Active for Justice Returns for J&P 40th Anniversary

PPJPC Seeks Your Memories

Thanks to special donations and the efforts Bill Thomas, as well as our members and their memories, we plan to have a broadsheet version of Active for Justice out by the end of the year, featuring a look back at 40 years of J&P work in Colorado Springs. If the effort is successful, we’d like to move to quarterly publication of a printed AfJ in 2019.  If you have ideas, please contact Bill at w.g.thomas@comcast.net.

 

Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper THIS SATURDAY!

Plans are firming up for the annual vigil at Minuteman missile silo N-8 in Weld County, near New Raymer, CO. This year’s vigil is being held to honor the memory of Mary Casper, a Denver peace activist who helped organize annual trips to the missile site. The event will be held this coming Saturday, Oct. 20, the one-year anniversary of her death. Those interested in car-pooling should come to 420 N. Mesa on Oct. 20 by 8:45 a.m. The Colorado Springs group will meet up around noon in Fort Morgan with groups from Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. The car caravan should be back in Colorado Springs before 5. Those interested in going should contact Bill Sulzman at bill.sulzman@gmail.com so he has an accurate count.

Meanwhile, citizens gathered on Friday to vigil at the gates of Schriever AFB as part of the global Keep Space for Peace Week. Thanks to Donna Johnson for pictures below.

City to Hold Three Public Hearings on Affordable Housing

The city of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division is sponsoring three October “listening sessions” for the purpose of obtaining citizens’ views on affordable housing and community development needs in the City. Public input will be used to inform the recommendations in the 2019 Action Plan for the use of federal block grant funds received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funds include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). These funds are used to create housing, increased economic opportunity, infrastructure, facilities, programs, and services for low- to moderate-income communities.

 The Division will be sharing accomplishments to date and will solicit feedback on goals for 2019 in the priority areas of 1) affordable housing, 2) neighborhood improvement, and 3) preventing and ending homelessness. The Division encourages all residents to attend, especially neighborhood leaders, service providers, and community advocates.  Attendance is free, light refreshments will be served.

 October 17 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  
 Meadows Park Community Center
 1943 S. El Paso Avenue, 80905
                                  
October 19 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Senior Center
1514 N. Hancock Avenue, 80903

 October 22 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
City Hall – Pikes Peak Conference Room
107 N. Nevada Avenue, 80903

For more information, check out https://coloradosprings.gov/community-development/article/news/community-development-division-host
 

Help Sought for Immigrant Children in Site Inspections

The Reunify nonprofit is seeking help nationwide to inspect sites where children from separated immigrant families are being housed.  The volunteer help of lawyers, paralegals, and interpreters is particularly needed. Several thousand unaccompanied and separated immigrant minors remain detained under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy in over 60 facilities around the country. The 1997 Flores Settlement sets the national standards for the detention and release of minors. As class counsel we can appoint volunteer lawyers and paralegals to inspect detention facilities and to interview detained minors. We are recruiting volunteer lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to inspect the detention sites listed below on the dates indicated. To volunteer for one or more days at one or more of these detention site inspections, please register or sign in to reunify.org, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.


 

Homeless Veterans Coalition Presents "Stand Down" Event Oct. 16

The El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition is presenting the 20th annual “Stand Down” event to provide services for homeless vets on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Auditorium. The event will distribute clothing, backpacks, and personal care items, and will provide flu shots, housing referrals, job assistance, and VA medical care. For more information, visit the event site at http://www.epchvc.org/index.html
 

Studio 809 Podcast Examines Sustainability and Art

Last week, we misidentified a Sustainability and Art podcast as part of the Growthbusters’ series. Both podcast series come from Dave Gardner. The podcast from Sustainability In Progress covers Sustainability and Art, to honor October Arts Month. It is a recap of the September meeting of Sustainability in Progress, sponsored by Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. The hosts for this podcast are Drew Johnson of TechWears and Christopher Aaby of Catamount Institute. Speakers include Andy Vick of Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPR), Natalie Johnson of Manitou Art Center, and Aisha Ahmad-Post of Ent Center for the Arts.
Link:  http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-4-sustainability-art/

This latest podcast also is on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/studio809radio/

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit http://growthbusters.org/podcast

 

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.
 

ED Corner with Victoria Stone, PPJPC Executive Director

Activating your Activism!

Hello Fellow Peace Keepers and Seekers of Social Justice,

When I write the ED Corner I hope to write relevant, truthful, and inspiring things. So...here we go. I have written and spoken about how if we don't know where we came from we don't know where we are going.  I have done a little research, and I learned that in 2006 we had five staff working to do the hard and much needed work of social justice and non-violence and I realize we are down to one and a ton of righteousness volunteers.

I'd like us to get back to the place where we have 5 staff if not more working to fight for justice and peace.

As I am hoping and praying I am steering us in the right direction I think of the action that went into our founding principles of peace and the grant actions that went into not supporting the war. I want to bring that same action into our new endeavors.
In so many ways we are currently at war in this country, I feel we are in a war against women, stronger than I have ever felt. We are at war against people who are not affluent, we are at war against our youth by systematically taking away their educational opportunities.
This is what we are focused on now. We want to save our children through an education program. We have most of the framework in order. Our program will be comprised of a few key principles. We want the youth to not only be proficient in core academics, but emotional intelligence, non-violent communication, and restorative justice.

We would love to raise $40,000 in honor of our 40th anniversary so that we can work on doing 40 more years of non-violent social justice work and for that we need your help.

Give us a ring or send us an email if you want to know more about our programs and how you can get involved. And talk to use about incorporating the “dove of peace” design below into a flag for our Armistice Day event in November!

Together we are going to not only change  El Paso County, but we are going to change the world.


Our dove logo.
 
 

RAWPOWer Workshop Scheduled for Colorado College Nov. 15

Mary Sprunger-Froese, artist in residence at RAWtools, will be holding a nonviolence workshop called “Tools for a Third Way” on Thursday, Nov. 15, in the South Hall Commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is hosted by the Chaplain’s Office at CC, and will cover examples of the nonviolent transformation of both practitioner and opponent, while equipping participants with an understanding of the power and spirit of nonviolence principles and practice. This free workshop is open to all, but please register by October 22. Those interested can contact Brandy Lachocki,
blachocki@coloradocollege.edu.

 

Moms Demand Action October Events

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action remains busy this fall, and has the following events coming up in October:

Mon., Oct 22, 12-2 PM or 5-7 PM - Canvassing for our own Moms Demand Action member Brenda Krause (candidate for State House District 15).  Please indicate if you prefer morning or evening time.  Canvassing will be in the Powers corridor area. Specific meeting place will be provided upon RSVP. Contact Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or rjdcarr@aol.com 
 

SIP October 17 Meeting Calls for Civic Superhero

The Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future will hold its October Sustainability in Progress meeting Wednesday morning, Oct. 17 at the Wildcat Room in Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade. The guest speaker will be Jay Anderson, director of engagement for the city of Colorado Springs, who will talk on becoming a “civic superhero.” The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no need to RSVP, and coffee and pastries will be served.
 

Adventures in Learning K-12 Plans February 2019 Healthy Families Summit

PPJPC is collaborating with Adventures in Learning K-12 on several project, and the organization is planning a Healthy Families Summit for Feb. 2, 2019, at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 

Food for Though 2019 Kickoff Meeting Oct. 18

Food for Thought is kicking off its 19th annual year of dinner and dialogue, with an initial meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The initial meeting will be held at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. The intent of the program is to define small groups of people from different political and cultural background to dine together and share experiences.  The small groups will meet five times over six months.  There is no charge for attending, but you must reserve a spot at www.foodforthoughtcs.org
 

Suzann Mollner to Speak at Two Denver Dinners in October and November

The Denver nonprofit Beirut and Beyond, which works to improve conditions for Palestinian refugees, is hosting two separate dinners featuring a presentation by Suzann Mollner, who spent the summer at UNRWA refugee camps in the Middle East. The dinners are Thursday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. both evenings, and will be held at Phoenician Kebab, 5709 E. Colfax in Denver. A full meal of hummus, falafel, shawarma, fattoush, and maqloubeh will be prepared. Tickets for the event are $30, but each evening will be capped at 20 attendees to facilitate discussion.  You can reserve a spot for either date at EventBrite HERE
 

Pikes Peak Permaculture Concludes Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is hosting the last of its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. The final class is scheduled for 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.
 

 
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