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Week of December 31, 2018


Indy Give! Fast Finish Incentive Ends Monday Night

Please Consider PPJPC In Your Year-End Giving!

Indy Give!, which PPJPC is participating in this year, is announcing a special incentive for the final week of the year. Three Give! nonprofits will share $1,000 in Fast Finish Funds, and we're offering special prizes to donors who enter.  Donors should pick PPJPC and at least two other nonprofits to donate to, through the Indy Give! Site, using the promo code FAST FINISH between December 26-31, 2018.
You could win a new pair of skis from Mountain Equipment Recyclers, two tickets to the Independent's inaugural Margarita Fest, and a free soak in SunWater Spa’s healing mineral waters with incredible views of Manitou Springs!
Mail-in donors can qualify by meeting the requirements and writing in the promo code on their form.

The Give! nonprofits with the greatest number of donations from donors who qualify (3+ groups, promo code, Dec 26-31) will win:
  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $250
  • 3rd Place: $250

ED Corner

with Victoria Stone, PPJPC Executive Director

Hello Dear Peace and Justice Seekers!
I am so excited to see this year come to a close!  It has been a year of triumphs, learning lessons, tears, joys, fears, and the whole lot!  That being said I am so excited to look towards 2019!  I started at the J and P as Executive Director on February 19th, 2018.  I thought I knew what I was doing and boy was I wrong!  However, I am SOOOOOO glad to have taken this step in this journey personally and professionally and I look forward to taking more steps in this journey with you all!  I can't believe what has happened with the help of several devoted people!  
PPJPC has had a theme of activating your activism this year and by George we did it!  I feel like we spend the majority of 2018 creating, working, and striving to bring to life several things to be seen in 2019.  I feel like I am almost ready to give birth to my 3rd baby! 
Starting in January we will have the All People's Breakfast again!  It is an event to see and an experience to share!  If you need tickets and have not been able to get them at CC let us know. You can purchase them from us too!  I am not sure how many people remember when this breakfast took place in a room a little larger than the current J and P office space.  Now it takes place in the biggest event space that Colorado College has to offer.  The feedback from the event last year was how can we hold more people and the answer was......this is the biggest space available, I love seeing how this event has grown and has become a place to share peace and social justice with the community!  I also think of the Sunrise Garden project that Steve Saint so diligently worked on to see come to fruition.  It has grown so much, figuratively and literally that the Hillside Community Center has taken the project over and it looks like a jungle of lush gardens out there, and the food is given freely to all who go to the Hillside Community Center with no questions asked!  
I hope you enjoyed that reminiscence and big lead up!  On, January 25th, if you haven't already heard we are opening L.E.A.D. Excellence Academy.  This is our effort to activate our activism!  The J and P started as an anti-war organization and people did things, not just talked about social justice.  Our current society has figured out numerous ways to wage war!  We have a war on poverty, crime, drugs, women, children, other countries, so many different things; all perpetrated in such violent and unjust ways, but we are going to fight the war against our children and fight peacefully and justly to work to end the Cradle to Prison Pipeline!  If you hadn't already guessed, this is my 3rd baby!  I cannot believe in less than a year of being at the J and P we have been able to take on such an endeavor, so it really does feel like giving birth to my 3rd kiddo, give or take a few weeks!  Following the launch of our school we are also Co-Hosting the Healthy Families Summit which has goals of not only providing information to students and families about how to navigate the system, but also providing networks for families to connect to things the actually need, L.E.A.D. Excellence Academy being one.  Make sure you check it out! 
There are lots more things to come and please continue to stay connected with us!  We couldn't do this work without you, we are still collecting history, items for our Social Justice Library, and ideas!  Also last, but not least the Active for Justice is coming back!  Make sure we have your mailing address so you can receive one! 
Wishing you and yours a fantastic end of 2018 and am amazing start to 2019, and I look forward to continuing to be an Active Activist with you all!

Womxn's March Seeks Partners, Donors

Moms Demand Action listed the basic details of this year’s Womxn’s March in Colorado Springs above. March organizers also are interested in affiliations and donors. Here is a message from the group’s Facebook page: 2019's COS Womxn's March serves as an opportunity for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region to come together in solidarity, to celebrate, and to keep momentum for progress alive!

If you or your organization would like to be involved, please private message us for more details. 

If you or your organization would like to donate or sponsor this event, please go to 

The funds raised from this will go to access a permit to march downtown, insure the event, provide refreshments, and ensure proper clean up. Please consider donating to help cover these costs. Any amount helps! And please, spread the word by sharing the link above via social media, email, etc.
Again, the march will be held from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 19, beginning at City Hall west steps, 107 N. Nevada.

Blankets Needed at Homeless Shelters

Our Colorado Springs City Council recently voted $500,000 for additional beds at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army RJM Center!  This latest taste of cold and snowy weather lends urgency to helping those in our community without shelter from the coming winter.  

Besides needing beds, there is always a need for blankets.  If you would like to donate a blanket, quilt, comforter or throw, it would be much appreciated at the shelters. Besides individual people donating, a sewing or needlework group could also help.   Sometimes the shelter sends along a blanket when a homeless person leaves, and they are also given out to those turned away due to lack of bed space.  If you have a heart to help a person be warm please consider donating a new or gently used blanket.
The Rescue Mission has a donation warehouse one block west of their campus at 111 W. Las Vegas St.  Look for a DONATION DROP OFF sign with white letters on black. Suggested times are Mon- Fr 9:30a to 4:30p, and Sat 9 to 11a.  The Salvation Army accepts donations at their R.J. Montgomery Center, 709 S. Sierra Madre, near Cimarron, behind the power plant.  Best time is between 9 am and noon Mon - Fri.

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.

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.

Studio 809 Presents Ninth Peak Environment Podcast with Becky Elder from Pikes Permaculture

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the ninth in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809. Now that Coloradoans are able to collect rainwater, with some limitations, you’ll want to pick an expert’s brain about smart rainwater harvesting. In this episode of Peak Environment, we’re sharing permaculturist Becky Elder’s “Rainwater Harvesting” class from the 2018 People’s Tiny House Festival. This episode of Peak Environment comes to us courtesy of Pikes Peak Permaculture, celebrating 15 years of Permaculture education, inspiration, and support throughout Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. You’ll find the newest episode at

The latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

PPJPC Annual Meeting Set for Jan. 26

Our annual meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at Grace and St. Stephens Church at 6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information on entertainment, awards nominee, and more!

LEAD Excellence Academy Launches Jan. 25

As Victoria mentioned in her ED newsletter, PPJPC is partnering with Grace Be Unto You Church to create a LEAD Excellence Academy to help challenge the cradle-to-prison pipeline, a key mission for PPJPC in 2019. Excllence Academy programs have been launched nationwide to provide a mix of physical-facility-based education, as well as resources for home-schooled and online education programs. More information is available by contacting Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.

Moms Demand Action January Meetup and Womxn's March Participation

Moms Demand Action COS January Meet-Up
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3-4:30 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Market, 315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Moms Demand Action also wants to encourage participation in the January 2019 Women’s March:

Colorado Springs Womxn's March,
Saturday, January 19, 2 pm
Women in the US are 16 times more likely to be killed by a gun than women in other high income countries.  
Bring a sign sharing that gun violence is a women's issue.
March begins on the west steps of City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Avenue, COS 80903 and continues to All Souls Unitarian Church.

Get informed about the state legislative session, state legislators, and steps to advocate for gun violence prevention.  

Contact Julie Carr for more information.

Get Your All-People's Breakfast Tickets Soon!

PPJPC has co-sponsored the Martin Luther King All-People’s Breakfast with NAACP and Colorado College for several years. Despite moving to CC’s largest facility at Reid Arena, the breakfast consistently sells out every year. For 2019, PPJPC has purchased 30 advance tickets for the event, from 7:30 am to 10:30 am January 21, at Reid Arena, 14 E. Cache La Poudre on CC campus. Tickets also are available at Worner Center for $7 each, but the center is closed for several weeks during winter break, so do not delay! Stephanie Rose Spaulding will be the keynote speaker, and event is sure to sell out again.

Slow Food Pikes Peak Needs Housing for Grain School Attendees, Jan. 18-20

This request is from Judith Rice-Jones of Slow Food Pikes Peak:
We are seeking sites  for home stays for the presenters at Grain School, January 18-20, 2019.  These will be bakers, growers, millers, faculty, brewers.  Some only come for the day of their presentation, others stay anywhere from 1 to 4 days.
Home stay hosts are welcome to attend the Saturday evening open event AND some additional sessions SUBJECT to space availability. Some presenters drive and thus have their own transportation.  Others arrive by plane.  We have volunteers to pick them up etc.
IF you would be willing to host, please let me know if you could do all four nights or only specific ones (Nights would be January 17, 18, 19, 20). This is the fourth year of this growing event that has attracted national attention.  There are now over 70 farmers and gardeners trialing heritage grains in Colorado and northern New Mexico so we can evaluate which will grow well in our area.
You can view the list of speakers and schedule of presentations here


Women's Foundation of Colorado Presents January 26 Seminar on Self-Sufficiency Standard

The income needed to meet the costs of basic needs has increased in all Colorado counties since 2001, and El Paso County is at the top of the list. According to Forbes, from 2017 to 2018, Colorado Springs ranked No. 1 among the nation’s cities with fastest rising costs of living. Women, particularly single mothers, experience higher levels of income inadequacy and are more likely to struggle.

Friday, January 25
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Join The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to explore the real costs of living in El Paso County in 2018 from the recently released Self-Sufficiency Standard of 2018. We’ll walk you through the most important findings and we’ll discuss what steps we need to take as a community to help women and their families make ends meet. The seminar will be repeated in Denver in February and Northern Colorado in March.
Learn more and RSVP today.

ED Victoria Stone to Present at Jan. 19 Educating Children of Color Conference at CC

PPJPC Executive Director will present “What Foster Parents Can Learn from Black Lives Matter” along with Hope Forti  of Foster Together, at the Educating Children of Color Conference at Colorado College on January 19, 2019. Their presentation will be at Session 5 in Armstrong 230. The conference is free to parents and students (8th grade and above), and $35 for professionals. For more information, visit

Democratic Party Launches New Veterans Group

The El Paso Dems have asked Democrat Kent Jarnig to start an El Paso County Democratic Veterans group.  Without going into too much detail, Colorado State Democratic rules require that he get the names of 20 interested veterans.  He sees this group as both endorsing Democratic candidates (after vetting) and as a civic endeavor to support Veterans (suicide prevention team, food bank, help getting into VA Healthcare and VA Disability, Christmas gifts for Veteran's children in need, etcetera).  This would be open all active duty Military and Veterans that live in El Paso County.
Kent sees this as a force to help all Veterans. Kent is asking any active duty Military or Veterans to contact him at and provide him with name, address, email address, and phone (information will be kept private). There would be no dues or requirements to attend meetings.  The group would be its own 501C-3 (non-profit) and although it would be supported by the El Paso Dems and the Colorado Democratic Party, it would remain totally independent.  Once we have Party approval, monthly meetings will begin.

StartDis Podcast Features Local Cultural and Political 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.
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