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July 11, 2022


Days of Pitchforks and Torches

Are Nationwide Local Politics Falling Victim to Thugs?

Around the nation this summer, signs are everywhere that local groups of library boards, city councils, county councils, and electoral commissions are being taken over by belligerent thugs who are trying to replace board members who are Democrats, moderates, and even those Republicans who don’t seem extreme enough to them. Last week, The New York Times ran a long feature HERE on librarians in many states being chased from their jobs because they will not censor books that raise sensitive race or gender topics. Often in the media, as in the Times article, the offending bullies are named.

This raises the question, if progressives can march on the homes of Supreme Court justices, why can’t they pay attention to the extremists who are trying to take over local politics?  In the early years of the Trump administration, many progressives took solace in the thought that the U.S. was not yet at the level of the 1920s Weimar Republic in Germany, because violent mobs were not taking over the streets. The Charlotteville “Unite the Right” march removed this illusion, and now extremists seem ready to change local politics through intimidation.

We are lucky in Colorado in that Front Range cities, with the possible exception of Douglas County communities, are relatively free of this level of bullying. But rural Colorado communities in the land of Lauren Boebert and Tina Peters are on the knife edge of letting thugs determine local agendas. In Teller County, Charis Bible College in Woodland Park seems to be taking over the former role of evangelical institutions like New Life Church and Focus on the Family, in being on the forefront of sponsoring bullies. On July 8, a local pastor who graduated from Charis, Tyler Ethridge, was charged by federal prosecutors with several felonies and misdemeanors related to his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Since Jan. 6, 2021, Ethridge has shown little remorse over his actions that day.

Sure, it is important that progressives remain aware of national issues and how to respond to crises like the overturn of Roe v Wade. But we also must be vigilant to what is happening in local politics at the city and county level, particularly when extreme reactionaries try to chase people out of doing their jobs. Yes, it can be dangerous to confront a delusional bully. But failure to do so may mean that by the time of the 2022 elections, our right to vote may already be significantly compromised.


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

Thousands March in Washington a Day After Biden Executive Actions on Abortion

Thousands of women took to the streets in Franklin Square in Washington DC on July 9, a day after President Biden announced limited executive actions meant to counter the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v Wade. As clinics closed across the South and in conservative states elsewhere, women said that the president’s actions were “just a start,” and demanded more federal protection to prevent the prosecution of those seeking abortions.

Women in Colorado plan a march on July 23, with separate actions planned for Denver and Colorado Springs.


Gazette Carries Feature on Summer Youth Activist Training

Thanks to Debbie Kelley at the Gazette for her fine article July 6 on PPJPC’s summer activist training program, and thanks to training facilitator Heidi Cooper for a fine interview. You can read the article HERE.

Registration is open 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! We’ll be featuring more information on actions and guest speakers in future eWeeklies. Registration willbe kept open through mid-July, but don't delay!


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

One View on the Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Beautiful heartfelt words! In reality, though, do they actually mean what they say?
We have a local TV news channel, which has children recite the above words by rote. The children seem proud to be able to recite The Pledge of Allegiance word by word. But, do they understand what they are actually saying?

Needless to say, “justice for all” does not always apply.

If one exercises critical thinking, “justice for all…” could easily be interpreted as: justice for all of a certain skin color, gender, social status, political ranking, etc.

To start the day with such subliminal programming, by using children to play the game, does not make sense, especially when viewers have breakfast, robot-like, not caring about what is being said on TV.

As a naturalized U.S. citizen, I have respect for what the Pledge of Allegiance stands for; what does not compute in my head is to hear these words being recited within minutes of the news telling us about how top politicians get away with blatant injustice toward those who don’t approve of them.
Isn’t it time to teach children to know the meaning behind their words, not to mention the concept of how actions speak louder than words?

Marcela Gaumer
Colorado Springs


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