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Week of October 22, 2018


Indy Give! Year-End Celebration Season Begins Nov. 1

PPJPC Events Include Nov. 10 Armistice Centennial Party, Dec. 1 "Nonviolent Night"

PPJPC is participating again this year in the Indy Give fundraising program, which officially begins Nov. 1 with an event at Ivywild School. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, we will ask that donations to PPJPC be made through Give! In order to maximize matching funds. In the meantime, two events for the Give! season are in the works. On Friday, Nov. 10, we will celebrate the centennial of Armistice Day and the 40th anniversary of the commission, with a party at Cottonwood Center for the Arts,427 E. Colorado, from 6 to 10 p.m. Executive Director Victoria Stone will MC an evening of entertainment and messages of support from friends around the globe.

On Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pine and Aspen rooms at Penrose Library, 30 N. Cascade, PPJPC and RAWtools will hold a joint Indy Give! Event.  Hear what both organizations are up to as well as a performance by Mary Sprunger-Froese, Artist in Residence at RAWtools and long time J&P supporter with First Strike Theatre.  Activate Your Activism, Forge Peace, Disarm Hearts, and support these great organizations!   Head over to the Festival of Lights downtown afterward!

We Need Your Memories for Active for Justice, J&P Timeline

PPJPC will be constructing a timeline of 40 years of activism, before, during and after our Nov. 11 Armistice party. If you can help with dates or special memories, please contact our offices. We also need your reminiscence for our upcoming Active for Justice revival. 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

Final City Public Hearing on Affordable Housing TONIGHT! (Monday)

The city of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division is sponsoring the last of three October “listening sessions” for the purpose of obtaining citizens’ views on affordable housing and community development needs in the City. It is being held at City Hall THIS AFTERNOON (Monday) from 3:30 to 4:30 P.M. 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 22 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
City Hall – Pikes Peak Conference Room
107 N. Nevada Avenue, 80903
For more information, check out

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, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.

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


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.

White House Says Goodbye to INF Treaty as Protesters Gather at Missile Silo

The Oct. 20 vigil at the N-8 missile silo in northern Colorado was better timed than attendees could have anticipated. On Friday, Oct. 19, National Security Advisor John Bolton went to Moscow with the message that the U.S. was withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which covered now-abandoned shorter-range nuclear weapons on the European continent. While this does not affect treaties on strategic forces, it falls in line with White House efforts to scrap most multilateral treaties, and reminds us that the nuclear era is far from over. INF covered such 1980s-90s weapons as cruise missiles and Pershing II missiles, but the scrapping of INF could well lead to new arms races outside Europe – in fact, sources told The New York Times that the Pentagon wanted to scrap INF so that it could develop new seaborne tactical nuclear weapons to challenge China in the South China Sea.

Missile-silo memorial to Denver activist Mary Casper - thanks to Donna Johnson for pictures.

RAWPOWer Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 15 at Colorado College

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 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, preferably within the next week. Those interested can contact Brandy Lachocki,


Moms Demand Action 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 

StartDis Podcast Features Local Political and Cultural Activists

Several Colorado activists have launched StartDis, “for people of conscience who value education.” Recent episodes have featured JD Covert, Tahmina, Mike Kleba, and Monica Rivera. Check out the latest HERE.

Studio 809 Podcast Examines Sustainability and Art

Two weeks ago, 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.

This latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

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
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