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Week of March 8, 2021


 

McClain's Mother Calls for Prosecution of Aurora Cops


Says Son's Death Raised Consciousness Throughout Colorado and Worldwide

Sheneen McClain, mother of Elijah McClain, killed by police in 2019, told the Denver media March 5 that she wants to see the officers involved in his arrest prosecuted. Her son did not believe in guns, and was introverted and a person with asthma, making it preposterous that he would have talked back or attempted to assault the police. An independent investigation headed by former Tucson police chief Roberto Villasenor and civil rights attorney Jonathan Smith, concluded Feb. 23 that police had no reason to stop McClain, but Aurora still has not fired the two officers involved who remain on the force (a third officer was fired for hostile use of social media).

The authors of the report answered questions from the Aurora City Council in a Zoom session Tuesday night, March 2. Several council members seemed as concerned about the forced injection of ketamine hydrochloride into McClain as they were about the forcible acts the police performed. Ketamine, an anesthetic used in treatment of PTSD and depression, has a history of being abused in larger doses. McClain’s death sparked a nationwide and worldwide movement to demand law enforcement agencies stop using ketamine as a sedative. Sheneen McClain said she is glad her son has become an example that motivates activists, both in terms of police violence and in terms of the legal use of ketamine.
 

Moms Demand Action Plans March 10 Speech with Dr. Emmy Betz, March 21 Meetup

 

Moms Demand Action has two virtual events coming up – a speech on suicide prevention and gun safety from Dr. Emmy Betz THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT (March 10), and a monthly meetup on March 21. Here are the details:
 
Firearm Suicide Prevention with Dr. Emmy Betz
THIS Wednesday, March 10, 7-8 PM on zoom
Colorado Moms Demand Action groups host Dr. Emmy Betz, an emergency department physician and co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, a collaborative effort between public health and medical professionals and firearm retailers to reduce firearm suicide.  Also we have a very short update on legislation and virtual Advocacy Day.
RSVP here: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/40378/signup/?akid=&source=mdmo_event-search
 
COS City Council Candidate Mini Meet-Up
Sunday, March 21, 3:30- 4:15 PM
A short meeting to include:
  • More City Council candidate responses on solutions to rising gun violence
  • Update on several gun sense proposals in the CO Legislature.
  • Quick overview of what April 6-10 virtual Advocacy Week will be like and how you can make a difference with 5-50 minutes.  
RSVP here: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/40394/signup/
 

 

Peak Environment Podcast 69 Covers Feb. 19 Webinar "Drake is Closing: Now What?"

What can you do to create a sustainable, just, and carbon-free city? Hear what’s next in the closure of the fossil-fuel powered Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, and learn about three local campaigns on which you can take action. This is audio from a live webinar held on February 19, 2021 – organized by a group of Colorado College students. It was described as speed-dating for climate action.
You can hear Podcast 68 here:
http://studio809radio.com/drake-closing-now-what/
You can also check out the recent Podcast 68 on Northern Water. What are 33 Colorado cities doing to conserve water? Frank Kinder, Water Efficiency Program Manager for Northern Water, updates us on the conservation work of this regional water provider. This program was recorded at the October 23, 2020 meeting of the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. The Forum informs the community in Colorado Springs on issues of environmental import. Our monthly luncheon meeting topics have ranged from how earthquakes can predict weather events to sustainable energy solutions. Each month we learn something we weren’t necessarily aware we needed to know, but in broadening our knowledge, we deepen our understanding of, and our connection to, the world. Learn about future luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for meeting notifications.
You can hear Podcast 68 here:
http://studio809radio.com/n-water-efficiency-pgm/
LINKS for Podcast 68:
Frank Kinder’s slide presentation
The Colorado-Big Thompson Project – video shown during presentation
2020 in Review: Water Efficiency Programs – video shown at end of presentation
 

PPJPC Seeks Interest in Officers for Board

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. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at (719) 963-2979, or Gabriel.Cordova01@gmail.com.  
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Catch the Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial

If you missed the Nov. 14 memorial for lynching victim Preston John Porter at Denver’s Creekside Park, you can view the ceremony at the Colorado Lynching Memorial web site HERE.

Participants in the ceremony  included Rosemary Lytle, president of NAACP state conference; Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays; Episcopal Church Bishop Kym Lucas; Rev. Tawana Davis of Soul2Soul Sisters; Gov. Jared Polis; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and Denver City Council Member Candi CdeBaca.

The marker commemorates the Nov. 16, 1900 lynching in Limon of 15-year-old railroad worker Preston Porter Jr., falsely accused of killing a girl. Porter was one of four African Americans known to have been lynched in Colorado, who are being recognized by the CLM project.
   

 

Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership Weighs In On City Council Election

The Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership has made its recommendations on April’s city council elections, based on a questionnaire the group sent to candidates earlier this year. You can see the results of the questionnaire and learn the partnership’s recommendations by visiting PHP HERE  
 

Police Accountability Public Meetings Resume March 15 With Crisis Response Meeting

 

The city’s Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission (“LETAC” ) is continuing its Listen & Learn sessions with a March 15 session on crisis response. Additional sessions from March to May will cover the use of force.  LETAC was established by City Council in June of 2020 in response to citizen protests, marches and vigils after the deaths of De'Von Bailey, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others of our Black communities.  The mission of LETAC is to make recommendations to City Council which would promote improved understanding and relationships between the police department and the public. LETAC’s current work is framed as “listening and learning”, which includes discussion meetings on the topics of communication, racial bias, crisis response and use of force.

Please RSVP to LETAC@ColoradoSprings.gov or calling 719-385-5480.  RSVP to attend the March 15 Part 1 session on crisis response, slated to start at 6 p.m.  The usual schedule is for LETAC meetings to be held on the first and third Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. Due to current public health requirements, meetings are held virtually.

Topics & Dates

Crisis Response: March 15/April 5, 2021
Use of Force: April 19/May 3, 2021

Listening and Learning Sessions
The first of the two sessions in each topic area will begin with a presentation from CSPD on the specified topic, which will then be followed by citizens’ comments about the topic. These comments will allow LETAC to listen to citizens only. Citizens are encouraged to sign-up in advance by emailing
LETAC@ColoradoSprings.gov or calling 719-385-5480.

The second of the two sessions will be an opportunity for LETAC internal discussion on the topic presented and addressed at the prior meeting. This will include Commissioners’ presentations, take-aways, additional questions, and next steps. (The March 1 session will be a Part 2 session of Listen & Learn on the racial bias topic.)
 

Concrete Couch Season at Concrete Coyote Park Includes "Saturday Morning Grab Bag"

Our friends at Concrete Couch have posted their winter schedule, which includes a variety of hands-on outdoor events at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. All events are free. One of the popular programs is SATURDAY MORNING GRAB BAG, which offers two sessions (10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm). These programs are tailored to participant's interests, and include trail building, sculpture building, wood construction, dry stacking stone work, environmental restoration, aquatic science, etc. Participating in each Grab Bag group is limited to 5 participants, and require mask wearing. Kids under 13 also need an adult chaperone.

The Concrete Couch team is also free offering construction training to other non-profits. This program works especially well if your group 1) wants to learn basic carpentry skills and 2) needs something built, like a shed, bench, gate or shade pavilion. CC provides all the tools and (recycled) materials. Contact trainings@concretecouch.org to set up a program for your team.

On the Concrete Couch calendar, you can also check out regular virtual sessions on weekdays, including Cool Science and School of Rock. Visit HERE 
 

Pikes Peak Women Offers New Podcast on Covid and Education

Pikes Peak Women has a new Studio 809 podcast on Covid-19 and education. This podcast is focused on education of our children through their high school years, during the pandemonium of the COVID disruption of all our lives.. We have Christine O'Brien, Public Information Officer of Harrison School District 2, to discuss K-12 education, and Noreen Landis-Tyson from CPCD - Giving Children a HEAD START, who brings the perspective on the 0 to5-year-old group. We dive into the struggles that educators, families, and children are facing, how to prepare children, efforts made to assist families of the most vulnerable in our community,  what next year's school may look like, and so much more.
Subscribe for more episodes, and reach out to us on Facebook HERE or Email Us and let us know what you thought of today's episode. 

Here's the Studio 809 link for this podcast: http://studio809radio.com/education-during-the-time-of-covid-with-christine-obrien-and-noreen-landis-tyson/ .
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