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Week of June 3, 2019


Protest at AFA Brings Out Long Line of Signs

Response Unexpectedly Positive from Many Graduation Attendees

A line of sings challenging the president’s foreign policy stretched longer than a football field May 30 at the South Gate to Air Force Academy. Peace protesters held a vigil between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on a beautiful spring morning. While a few oncoming cars waved MAGA hats, the demonstrators received many thumbs-up and positive shouts from those attending the graduation ceremony. Trump’s late arrival pushed the final hat-tossing and Thunderbirds ceremony to 2:15 in the afternoon. While the president’s speech contained a few boastful moments, media pundits declared it to be “unusually restrained” given the way most presidential speeches turn into campaign plugs. Debbie Vitulli and Bill Thomas of PPJPC played critical roles in bringing out people, while Mary and Peter Sprunger-Froese and Fred Martin were instrumental in bringing signs and arranging logistics.


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

Peak Environment Podcast 27 Shows PikeRide's Contributions to Sustainability

We bring a deeper dive into bikesharing on this new episode. Everything you want to know about the PikeRide bikeshare program in Colorado Springs. How does bikesharing help us achieve the objectives of our sustainability plan (Looking to Our Future – Pikes Peak Region 2030)? What are the various ways it serves the needs of, and provides joy to, city residents and tourists?
The latest episode is at

The previous episode of Peak Environment covers issues surrounding vaping. The “Health and Sustainability” topic also provides a preview of the new Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs. Our health and the health of those in our community is an essential part of sustainability.
Episode 26 is at


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.

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.

Moms Demand Action Plan June 8 #WearOrange Day

We wear orange to fight for a future free from gun violence
*** WEAR ORANGE*** Moms Demand Action BIG Summer Event- We need you!!
Saturday, June 8, 12-4PM @ Park just north of Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 E Pikes Peak Ave, COS 80909. Moms Demand Action is partnering with Ebenezer Baptist Church Community Resource Day: non profit and city resources available and pizza, bounce houses, entertainment, activities. Wear Orange is in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. LOTS of VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to set up, supervise bounce houses, give out info at MOMS and Be SMART booths, help with promotion, photography, and clean up.
Sign up HERE 
 ATTEND - bring family and friends.  RSVP here to give us an idea of how many to expect:
Be a part of Wear Orange weekend June 7-9 by wearing orange literally, decorating your car, talking about and recognizing Gun Violence Awareness weekend at your workplace or place of worship.

Call for Interns for 2019 Peace Camp July 29 - August 2

Yes, the spring is half over despite current near-winter weather, and that means it’s time to call for interns for this summer’s Peace Camp at Hillside Community Center! If you enjoy working with kids from elementary through high school, this is a good opportunity to use your talents. Contact our offices at (719) 632-6189 for more information, The deadline for applying to help is June 30.

The Springs Echo Returns; J&P Web Site Gets Facelift

Our communication team led by Bill Thomas has been busy. The Colorado Springs’ newspaper for the homeless, The Springs Echo, will return later this spring with the assistance of PPJPC. We are looking for writers and for distributors of the paper, please contact if you would like to help. We also have a facelift on our web site, please visit us at http://www, Many thanks to Bill and all who have helped!


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

ECOC's Two-Day June Seminar for State CLDE Guidelines

A two-day seminar from Educating Children of Color will provide differentiating instruction for the state’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) standards. Co-facilitators for this course are Dr. Barbara Dray, with more than 20 years’ experience in bilingual special education, and Meghan McCracken, a language development specialist at Boulder Valley School District. This program takes place June 27 and 28, with hours on Thursday (June 27) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Masonic Lodge at 1150 Panorama Drive, near Coronado High School. The cost is $249, or $199 if you register before May 15. To register, visit If you have questions, contact, or call 719-640-6633.

ECOC to Present Two Summer "Diversity University" Sessions

Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in two June and July sessions at Pikes Peak Community College. They will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from June 10 to June 14, and again from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.
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