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Week of August 31, 2020


 

History Repeats with New Police Shooting, New Violence in Kenosha

 

Public Reaction to Teenager's Mercenary Murder as Unsettling as Shootings

The week of Aug. 24 felt like one more rerun in the sad series of summer events that spurred Black Lives Matter protests. On Sunday evening, police in Kenosha, Wis., responding to reports of a domestic dispute at a party, shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, permanently paralyzing him. When former presidential candidate Andrew Yang visited Blake in the hospital, he learned Blake had been handcuffed to the hospital bed despite his paralysis. This led to several nights of protest in Kenosha and other major U.S. cities.

On Tuesday night, two protesters were killed and a third injured in Kenosha when they were shot by a member of an armed militia bearing a long-barreled gun. On Wednesday, police in Illinois arrested 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch as the shooter. Video of the event showed Kenosha police thanking and collaborating with members of the militia prior to the shooting. The chief of the Kenosha police has been universally denounced in Wisconsin as an anti-reform, law-and-order official.

But as troubling as some government responses were, the responses from some sectors of the American public were scarier. Following four days of law and order rhetoric at the Republican National Convention, conservatives launched a GoFundMe page to aid in Rittenhouse’s defense. Several right-wing pundits like Tucker Carlson and Ann Coulter praised Rittenhouse as a hero. Even with a clear-cut case of police shooting a person of color in the back and a teenage mercenary killing two people in cold blood, there is no longer any rationality in the response of some U.S. citizens. There is only a polarization that looks more like a precursor to civil war with every passing day.

On Saturday night, a protester killed a right-wing activist in Portland who was taunting him with racial epithets. More than 600 cars filled with Trump supporters and white nationalists had driven in to the protest zone in Portland to confront Black Lives Matter activists. Over the weekend, filmmaker Michael Moore warned that support for President Trump was “off the charts” in many swing states, and that he could easily repeat 2016 if voters don’t treat his supporters seriously. What last week implies is that Trump supporters are “off the charts” in their desire to repudiate the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, as well. This is the national landscape two months before the elections.
 
 

Colorado Springs Activists Join Local Support Rally for DC Commemoration of 1963 March on Washington

On Friday, Aug. 28, tens of thousands of protesters gathered peacefully in Washington DC to mark the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Here in Colorado Springs, a group of more than 100 heard King’s nephew, Isaac Newton Farris, give a speech on solidarity for racial justice. A day’s worth of peaceful actions in Denver was followed by a night of fires and looting in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.
 

 


 

RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/8t16wRcVHa4
 

New Webinar on Hybrid Warfare

About Face: Veterans Against the War and World Without War partnered in late March to present a webinar that is now available for viewing online. “The Age of Hybrid Warfare” is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/gZK40p10MOA. You can also check out the PowerPoint slides that go with the webinar at tiny.cc/wij4nz.  This seminar looks at the creation of “permanent war” environments when economic warfare, “lawfare,” cyberwar, and other methods augment traditional avenues of armed conflict.
 

PPJPC/PPLD Fall Plans Begin With Library's "Ruth and the Green Book" Puppet Show, Available for Viewing Beginning Sept. 12

We’ve dropped mention of emerging plans for a series of youth events, held in conjunction with Pikes Peak Library District, to meld 2020 Peace Camp themes with All Pikes Peak Reads. We are looking for Peace Camp alumni and other teen participants to review and discuss books on racial justice, as well as to prepare online programs for younger children. Events will take place through the fall alongside PPLD’s own events. The first PPLD event will be a puppet show from an Atlanta-based group around the picture book, “Ruth and the Green Book.” This will be a virtual YouTube event beginning Sept. 12, through the month of September, that families will sign up for. Here’s PPLD’s initial information on the puppet show – registration starts Aug. 15, and only one person need register for a family.

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a live action and puppet rendition of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s children’s story, Ruth and The Green Book. Ruth and her parents travel south to visit family but encounter many people who are unfriendly to black travelers along the way. This lively production brings understanding and enlightenment about an oppressive era in US history. 

Registration begins August 15. Please register only one person for this program and we will send you a link to view the puppet show online.
 

 

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech

 

 Thanks to Greg, Dave, Rick, and everyone at Studio 809 (who are currently on a virus semi-sabbatical) for editing the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. We have also listed the latest two Peak Environment podcasts of Studio 809 below, though it may be a few weeks before additional podcasts are added.

Plowshares Podcast here:
http://studio809radio.com/active-justice-yes-humanity-mar-05-2020/

 

PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

While we at PPJPC identified potential board members at our Feb. 29 annual meeting, we are seeking your help as we reconstitute post-quarantine. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at info@ppjpc.org or media@ppjpc.org. After double-checking with candidates, we will send out a slate of board candidates for member approval.
 

Peak Environment Podcast 59 Examines Regional Sustainability

 

Studio 809’s Peak Environment has released the second of two podcasts featuring Konrad Schlarbaum of Green Cities Coalition. Schlarbaum, the sustainability coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College, talks about “Updating the Regional Sustainability Plan.” How can we improve the Pikes Peak Region 2030 Plan?  Schlarbaum lays out his suggestions.

You can find Podcast 59 here:
http://studio809radio.com/pe-ppr2030-updating/

Podcast 58 covers a presentation Schlarbaum made Feb. 8 at the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum, on local food and indigenous roots. The podcast also features keynote speaker Michael Alcazar.

You can find Podcast 58 here:
http://studio809radio.com/indigenous-land-management/

 
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