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July 18, 2022


We Need YOUR Help for Food Volunteering

Please sign up for Meal Train to Support Youth Activist Training

PPJPC has set up a Meal Train account to seek help from members to provide individual meals or other food volunteering options at our Youth Activist Training sessions, coming next week, July 25-29, at Knights of Columbus Hall. You can check out the way Meal Train works by visiting our web site at Options range from Grub Hub gift cards to hands-on volunteer work on any of the five days we are holding the event.

Registration will remain open this week for the Youth Activist Training week (a teen-oriented week which will take the place of Peace Camp), scheduled for July 25-29 at Knights of Columbus Hall next to Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. More information is at

 Each day will feature a different theme, including an Urban Experience walk on Tuesday and a Policy Day on Wednesday. If you or a youth you know, ages 13-19, is interested in activism, you won’t want to miss this!



Pikes Peak Women Podcast Discusses its Own Future

In today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women, we are  discussing  who Pikes Peak Women actually is/are/will be, and how connections are made throughout the community to advance the status of women and ensure that women's voices are valued in all sectors of Colorado Springs life.
Our host, Mary Lou Makepeace, sits down with Beth Hall Roalstad, director of Homeward Pikes Peak and longtime member of Pikes Peak Women,  to discuss the history of Pikes Peak Women. This will feature PPW's  annual event, Wine, Women and Chocolate, which last month honored nine local Heroines of the Pandemic.

Here's where to hear this podcast:
Studio809 HERE
Apple HERE
Spotify HERE
Here are resources for topics/organizations discussed in the podcast:
Creations at the Edge,
   324 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs 
Homeward Pikes Peak
       2010 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs
El Paso County Health
  1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs
Rise Southeast  
Care & Share Food Bank
  2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs
CPCD .  . . giving children a Head Start
   2330 Robinson St., Colorado Springs
Hillside Community Center 
  925 S. Institute St., Colorado Springs
Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region
       506 E. Moreno, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services › parks
Leave No Trace
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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Special thanks to Studio 809 Supporter and Community Partner,

Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada


Economy and Climate: Talking Ourselves Down

Economists last week expressed concern that Americans could talk themselves into a recession by ignoring their own mildly positive economic outlook, and make fear of recession a self-fulfilling prophecy. The same thing seemed to happen with the environment at week’s end, when Sen. Joe Manchin blocked all discussion of the president’s climate bill. Yes, the result of that selfish act is as bad as the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA. But it does not mean we are doomed to suffer accelerated global warming.

The president, riding on poll numbers in the low 30s, is in a blue funk. Jill Biden told an interviewer July 17 that her husband entered office with such hope, and that hope is close to gone. The real problem may be the unrealistic expectations that drove Build Back Better and the climate act. Even in Barack Obama’s first term, hope was a rare commodity, no matter what the campaign posters said. By Biden’s swearing-in, there was little reason to hope for great things.

But we only drown in pessimism when we consider the government in isolation. Citizens, nonprofits, and even many corporations are ready to follow the Paris Accords no matter how dysfunctional the government remains. The same can be true of recession. Yes, the 2020s will be gloom times, but we do not need to listen to the Federal Reserve in isolation, nor the “just say no” Congress in isolation. Change begins with us.


Peak Environment Podcast 91 Examines Native Plants and Their Role in Providing a Healthy Watershed

Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
Fountain Creek Watershed info
Fountain Creek Watershed Map
Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
Colorado Native Plant Society

Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here

Also, be sure to check out Podcast 90 on the city’s Green Infrastructure plan. Join City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy as he discusses how a dry winter, long-term drought, and record low levels in major Colorado River reservoirs have all of us wondering what we can do to minimize our water consumption. Kate Larson of Resource Central shares how the organization is helping communities implement programs to encourage homeowners to conserve water.

City of Fountain Conservation and Sustainability Manager Katie Helm also shares the response from community members and why being able to partner with another organization to administer these services is so invaluable. (Resource Central is helping the city of Fountain with Lawn Replacement, Slow the Flow (irrigation evaluations), a smart controller program, and seminars).

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on any podcast app

You can also find Podcast 90 here

DA’s Office Settles Some of the Last of BLM Protester Cases

Last week, UCCS sophomore Charles Johnson settled with prosecutors in cases heard by Judge Marcus Henson in the 4th Judicial District. Johnson pled guilty to a misdemeanor for blocking I-25 in a Black Lives Matter case on June 30, 2020. The plea agreement avoids jail time but requires a $150 fine. He also pled guilty to a federal charge of theft regarding an attempt to seize the smartphone of someone at the protest. The unnamed victim said that they did not wish to ruin his life through jail time. In the third case, the DA’s office dropped four misdemeanor charges including third-degree assault and resisting arrest. Johnson said he would continue to fight for social justice, but realized he had to make better decisions on how to express himself.


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