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Week of January 13, 2020


MLK Breakfast Sells Out Again!

March and Performances Featured on January 20

For at least the fifth year running, the MLK Breakfast at Colorado College, co-sponsored by PPJPC, sold out more than a week before the event. There is a small possibility tickets will be available at the door before 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Reid Arena, 44 W. Cache La Poudre, but those interested should not count on their availability. In any event, the breakfast will be streamed live at

This does not mean there aren't plenty of opportunities to activate your activism on Jan. 20! The breakfast is followed by a community rally and march from 10 a.m.-noon; meet in the Worner Campus Center lobby (902 N. Cascade Ave.) to warm up and learn about community partners before marching in unity to Acacia Park for a brief rally, featuring the William J. Palmer High School Drumline, Minister Earl Schaffer, Jr., True Spirit Baptist Church Choir, Nicholas Crutcher of the Cornerstone Group, and Dr. Nathaniel Granger. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.

The First Mondays presentation - "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Visionary, the Truth Teller, and Most Hated Person in America” - will also be delivered by Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq., at 11 a.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). One of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, Haygood is the executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. An advocate for equity, he works to empower urban communities; Haygood also speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy.

The day wraps up with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble performing at 7 p.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Auditorium (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). The ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies, performing dynamic bodies of work inspired by the African-American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. The program will also feature special guests from the Gospel Music Workshop of America-Colorado Springs Chapter. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Reception to follo

Moms Demand Action Promotes Womxn's March, Legislative Letter-Writing

Welcome Back Legislators - Postcard Writing
Monday, January 6, 6:30-8 PM
Principal’s Office at Ivywild school 1604 S. Cascade

State legislators are returning to work at the state capitol.  Join in writing postcards to encourage their support of gun sense legislation.  RSVP optional but helpful, HERE

Welcome Back Legislators - Visit legislators at the Capitol in Denver 
Friday, January 10, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM            
Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203   

RSVP to receive info about carpooling and logistics, HERE

COS Womxn’s March
Saturday, January 25, 2 - 4 PM
City Auditorium:  221 East Kiowa St., COS 80903

Join Moms Demand Action group in marching to Acacia park and back to City Auditorium (4 blocks) to raise awareness of domestic violence involving guns.

RSVP for the march HERE:

Peak Environment Podcast 52 Provides Steps on Reducing Waste

The newest podcast from Studio 809 looks at recycling and practical means of reducing waste. Did you know that less than 15% of donated clothing in the U.S. ends up in our second-hand market? Or that each cycle of a washing machine can release more than 700,00 plastic fibers into the environment? Paper and paperboard account for 29% of our municipall waste stream, and yard trimmings and food scraps account for another 27%. The November Sustainability in Progress meeting featured two very interesting presentations featured in this podcast. Alicia Archibald of A2 Solutions provides an overview of the state of recycling in Colorado, with updated information on issues and progress in our state. Liz Kettle, director of Textiles West, weaves tales of good and bad practices in sustainability related to our clothing and textiles.


This latest podcast is at

Also, check out Podcast 51 on the potential problems with renewables. The future looks bright for renewable energy, according to Joe Jenkins, Principal at Environmental Compliance Systems LLC, but there is a dark side. In this lively and popular presentation, Jenkins explores the hidden environmental and social impacts of the renewable energy supply chain, but emerges with a positive outlook for a renewable future.

This program was recorded at the October 2019 luncheon 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.

Podcast 51 is at:







Bannering in Colorado Springs Continues Jan. 9 and 10 to Call for Lessening Tensions Between U.S. and Iran

Peaceful vigils were held Thursday, Jan. 9 at the corner of Austin Bluffs and Academy, and on Friday, Jan. 10 at the north gate of Peterson Air Force Base, to call for a cooling of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Early in the week, a series of missile attacks by Iran and new troop deployments by the U.S. drove up the risk of war, but by late last week, both sides appear to have stepped back from the brink. Media sources reported Jan. 10 that the U.S. had targeted a second Quds military official in Yemen, to be struck by a drone the same day as Qassem Soleimani, but that the effort failed.

When Iran launched missiles as retaliation for Soleimani's death, analysts claim they appear to have chosen targets to minimize U.S. casualties. The government of Iran admitted responsibility Jan. 11 for the shooting down of a civilian Ukrainian passenger jet earlier in the week, another factor leading both sides to avoid further tensions.

PPJPC will be working with groups such as Move On to establish early-warning alerts in the event of new hostilities. Thankfully, events were taking a positive turn over the previous weekend companred to a week ago.

Annual Meeting May Be Postponed Until Early February

Stay tuned for more information on the PPJPC Annual Meeting, which may be postponed until early February as we prepare assessments on primary programs for 2020.


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 Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army

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.

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