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Week of October 19, 2020


Anticipated Fall Covid Surge
May Be Hitting Colorado


State Overall Rate Remains Low, But Polis Warns of November Hospital Surge

The measured optimism expressed by many that the fall “double whammy” of Covid and flu might not be as bad as feared, was tempered last week by new reports that showed Colorado setting daily and weekly infection records for Covid. Our state remains one of the lowest in the nation for infections, but the upward trend is worrisome. CDC reported Saturday evening that only two states in the nation are not showing a rise in infections. Gov. Jared Polis said if current trends continue, the state’s hospital capacity could be swamped by mid-November.

Initial reports from the Southern Hemisphere of an unusually mild flu season raised hopes in August that a similar trend might make the oncoming winter not as bad as feared. However, a respiratory flu that was not part of the flu vaccine portfolio (and not Covid-19) was spreading through the few remaining in-person learning facilities in mid-October, even as new Covid infections hit Pikes Peak Community College, area schools, the Platte Avenue Walmart, and other locations.

In an Oct. 16 press conference, Polis said that the state had submitted vaccine-distribution plans to the federal government for such a time when an effective vaccine is available. However, no one should expect general availability before the first quarter of 2020, and even limited availability for communities at risk may not happen during the current quarter. In the meantime, citizens must be serious about wearing masks and using social distancing, even when meeting with friends and neighbors in small groups. Polis said that it is unlikely lockdowns will be reimposed, though businesses relying on in-person clientele, including restaurants and bars, are likely to face a challenging winter.

The only place nationwide to reimpose some neighborhood lockdowns is the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and they have faced neighborhood protests. The northern plains states of Montana and North Dakota are facing the highest per-capita Covid rates in the nation, centered on rural communities rather than cities, yet these states are led by anti-mask conservative leaders who have made no efforts to encourage mask wearing. It’s bound to be a long winter.


Pikes Peak Interfaith Coalition Presents Todd Green TODAY (Sunday, Oct. 18) at 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Interfaith Coalition presents a special discussion with Todd Green of Luther College TODAY (Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. This is the second virtual interfaith meeting of PPIFC– to educate and inspire us all through these trying times and to become involved in interfaith activities. This will be a dynamic program consisting of speech, dialogues and Q & A session. Our moderator will be Dawood Salam. In November we will be bringing in another religious scholar, Dr. Ihsan Bagby, speaking on the same topic but with a different perspective.

 Dr. Todd Green is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia, Green served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department in 2016-2017, where he analyzed and assessed the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights. He has also given lectures on Islamophobia to other federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. He is the author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West, and Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn’t Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism
Please register now. Space is limited. Click on HERE to register. We will send you the instruction to join us via Zoom.


PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board


This month, PPJPC is distributing flyers to Colorado College, UCCS, and Pikes Peak Community College to seek student membership on our board. We also welcome board members from the general public. ntial 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 (719) 963-2979, or  


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:

NWTRCC Conference to Go Virtual

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee was originally going to hold its 2020 meeting in Colorado Springs, a venue NWTRCC has used before. But Covid restrictions have transformed the conference to an all-virtual one on “Defunding Militarism and Creating a New Normal,” slated for Nov. 7 and 8. Advance registration is required to receive the streaming link, you can find it HERE. (Registration information is at the bottom of the web page. Please note that the times listed are Eastern or Pacific.)

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech

As a means of remembering the recently-departed Sister Ardeth Platte, we'd like to remind you to check out 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. 

Plowshares Podcast here:


PPJPC to Partner with Hear Here and PPLD for November Youth Poetry Open Mic for Racial Justice

Fall 2020 joint promotion of events between PPJPC and Pikes Peak Library District will include the joint development of a Youth Poetry Open Mic, focused on racial justice and social justice themes, tentatively set for the week before Thanksgiving, around November 21. While an outdoor event would be preferred, weather permitting, we are also looking at socially-distanced indoor venues as well, likely Knights of Columbus Hall or Penrose Gardens downtown. The planning team is contacting local school districts and youth groups, with the goal of following up the open mic with a series of winter on-line journaling and poetry critique events.  Stay tuned for more information!



Colorado Springs Theatre Groups to Promote Their Own Survival in Virtual Performances

Local groups are planning multiple virtual performances during October as part of Arts Month 2020. The local groups have joined forces as Theatre Response Team to encourage support of the arts.

Among performances through the month are the Fine Arts Center’s presentation of a segment of Jessica Kakoshka’s “Of Spacious Skies”; Dragon Theatre Production’s presentation of Angie Parr’s “Wizard of Zoom”; Craft Production Resource’s production of Phil Ginsburg’s “Remembering Mary”; Springs Ensemble Theatre’s presentation of a selection from James Ijames’s “White”; Theatreworks’ debut of Anna Deavere Smith’s “House Arrest: A Search for Character In and Around the White House, Past and Present”; Millibo Art Theatre’s double bill of “Babette’s Kitchen” and “The Girl Sprouts”; Theatre d’Art’s production of a segment from Manitou Springs Ghost-Story Walking Tours, written by Jonathan Andujar, Laura Andujar’ and Jenny Maloney; Theatre Across Borders production of Barbara Summerville’s “Mary Grace”; as well as many special events. For more information, go HERE,

Moms Demand Action Looks for Volunteers to Promote Gun Safety Candidates for Election

Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to voters to encourage them to vote and to introduce them to local and state candidates they are not familiar with.

Phone voters for State Senate Candidate Randi McCallian
Thursdays, 6-8 PM and Sundays 5-7 PM
Options for either day will be emailed to you when you've RSVP'd HERE:  

Contact for info about volunteering for other candidates and in other ways.

Stephen Brackett of Flobots Named Colorado Music Ambassador


Denver’s experimental rap-rock band Flobots has been a constant source of support for PPJPC, and the band has participated in Peace Camp activities in the past. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis named Flobots co-founder Stephen Brackett (Brer Rabbit) as the state’s musical ambassador. It’s hard to think of a more fitting nomination.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Seeking Volunteers During Election Season

CIRC is seeking volunteers to raise immigrant rights issues during the election season. Here’s a message we’ve received from CIRC:

We’re building a grassroots movement of our family members, community members, and allies to make sure we turn out to support immigrants this November, and we’re counting on people like you to join our movement. 

Most campaigns focus only on high-propensity voters and leave immigrants and people of color behind, but our strategy is to engage with immigrant communities directly. We will be hosting virtual events and phonebanks to do community outreach today through election day. Everything we are doing this 2020 election cycle is digital.

Will you sign up to get involved? We have countless volunteer opportunities, and we need your sWe’re building a grassroots movement of our family members, community members, and allies to make sure we turn out to support immigrants this November, and we’re counting on people like you to join our movement. 

We have countless volunteer opportunities, and we need your support. You can apply HERE.

Peak Environment Podcast 62 Explores Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative Kick-Off


Podcast 62 of Peak Environment covers the kickoff of Manitou Springs' new Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds – natural communities of tree/plant relationships. Indigenous permaculturalist, designer, builder and educator Michael Alcazar led this ceremony on September 18, 2020 at Flying Pig Farm. This ceremony kicked off the Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds (natural communities of tree/plant relationships) that will act as natural education sites for the community for learning how to grow food, provide pollinator and bird support, and help mitigate climatic changes. The initiative began with three planting sites. Volunteers met the next morning to begin planting. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced at this ceremony.

To volunteer, please call or email Becky Elder (719-685-0290. The ceremony, and this episode, were presented by Pikes Peak Permaculture. Michael Alcazar also spoke about his 1 Million Trees project for Colorado.

You can hear the latest podcast here:

And don't forget to check out Podcast 61,which covers the recent Creek West Cleanup, which took place Sept. 26 to Oct. 4. Peak Environment host and co-producer Ellen Johnson-Fay interviews Alli Schuch, who coordinates outreach for the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District.
You can hear Podcast 61 here:

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