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Week of May 13, 2019


David Barsamian to Speak at UCCS NEXT MONDAY

PPJPC Sponsors Lecture by Colorado Activist and Radio Host

PPJPC will sponsor Colorado radio host David Barsamian for a special talk, “Rise Up and Resist,” which examines resistance in the face of new repression. Barsamian will speak Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at University Center 302 on the UCCS campus. He will be preceded by Bill Sulzman of Citizens for Peace in Space, who will talk on local use of military drones. Barsamian describes his topic:  “When is enough enough? In the face of evil what does it take for people to move from passivity to active resistance? Throughout history there have been instances of people defying tyranny. Fighting back no matter what the odds. An example comes from Nazi Germany, often considered the benchmark of evil. Opposition to the regime was highly dangerous. Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister, and others at the University of Munich said, Genug. Enough. They formed the White Rose movement and called on Germans to recognize their moral duty and overthrow the government. They disseminated critical information through flyers and graffiti. One such graffiti said, “Whatever comes out of Hitler’s mouth is a lie.” In 1943, Hans and Sophie Scholl were arrested and beheaded. Their resistance and courage are honored today. They took risks. Can we?”

AfJ Podcasts

The Active for Justice PPJPC Podcast, like all Studio 809 podcasts, has debuted on iTunes and on Google Podcasts, with an imminent Spotify appearance anticipated. The second PPJPC Active for Justice podcast went live last weekend, to coincide with the recent RAWtools book tour hitting the city on March 23. In the podcast, PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone interviewed RAWtools founder Michael Martin and its arts coordinator, Mary Sprunger-Froese, who joined with Josh Rumpel, the gun violence activist featured in the first AfJ podcast.

The title of the second podcast is “Eat, Pray Peace: How Can We Make This Podcast About Gun Violence Unnecessary?” The speakers discuss a recent shooting in which a mother killed her three children. It’s not a mass shooting, but it is gun violence. Part of the challenge: a belief that guns are a problem-solver, something that gun laws alone won’t solve. Also discussed: the myth of “redemptive violence,” the notion that we need guns to protect us from people with guns. American society tends to think there is some good violence (by police, military, etc.), but of course it is still violence. Also on the agenda: the “wild west” persona. We’re obsessed with having power OVER people instead of power under people and lifting them up.

The non-profit Martin founded, RAWtools, turns guns into garden tools, “changing the story from death into life” (with a team of volunteers being taught how to blacksmith). He is also co-author (with Shane Claiborne) of the new book, Beating Guns. The book explores how we got into the place we’re in today with so many shootings. Ten percent of the gun owners are holding this conversation hostage. The hope of the book is that we stop killing each other.

As artist-in-residence at RAWtools, Mary Sprunger-Froese hosts workshops at RAWtools. Justice activist Josh Rumpel has spent a year studying gun violence.

Visit to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit to learn more about the book or see if there is a book tour stop in your area.
You’ll find the first two AfJ podcasts at new podcast at

Peak Environment Podcast 24 Asks "Who Gives a Scrap?"

The newest Peak Environment podcast from Studio 809, Episode 24, looks at a new scrap store in town. Who Gives a Scrap is a donation-based scrap store in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins that carries an impressive mix of arts, craft and hobby supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. At the April, 2019 Green Drinks, co-founders Jayne Blewitt and Lorrie Myers shared their story and how the store works. It’s an excellent resource for teachers, and it’s a beautiful alternative to tossing scraps and supplies you no longer need.
Visit for locations and information about what they accept and what you’ll find.

You’ll find the newest podcast at

The last episode 23 covered ways of expanding the story of sustainability on social media. How do we get the sustainability message beyond the choir? Social media is an opportunity to tell your story, capture people’s attention, engage with supporters and build community. Skyler Leonard, digital communications specialist for the City of Colorado Springs, shares how to better engage the community about sustainability using social media.

The podcast for Episode 23 is available at

First Congregational Church Presents "Requiem for the Streets" May 31

The Music and Arts Ministry at First Congregational Church invites you to Walk With Me: A Requiem for the Streets, a concert in memory of the 59 (+) individuals who lost their lives while living on the streets of El Paso County in 2018. The concert will feature John Rutter’s Requiem. A Requiem Mass is traditionally offered at a funeral service. In addition to the Requiem, we will share songs of both lament and celebration for our community; we will hear the stories of those who have experienced homelessness in El Paso County; and we will listen for God’s call on our lives to help house the homeless among us. An offering will be collected with all proceeds going to alleviate homelessness in Colorado Springs. You are invited to join with us for this concert on May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain, as audience and as performer. We are creating a Community Choir and we want YOU to join us. Come to our rehearsal on May 28, share in some food and fellowship, learn a couple of songs (including John Rutter's fantastic arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In"), and join us as we celebrate the lives of folks who might otherwise be forgotten.

Hillside Internship Program at Concrete Couch

Concrete Couch is launching an internship program for Hillside Community Center.  The organization is looking for volunteers who are 15 years of age and older, able to work every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, from May 28 to Aug. 7. Those interested are required to attend a training dinner on Tues. May 21, and an evaluation dinner Wed. Aug. 7, at the Concrete Couch headquarters, 215 E. Vermijo. (Work sessions will be at Hillside Center, 925 S. Institute.)

The cost of the internship program is $300. Those interested should send a resume (including construction skills), and/or a letter of intent, to, ASAP but before May 21.

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.

The Springs Echo Returns to the Streets!

Colorado Springs’ newspaper for the homeless, The Springs Echo, will return later this spring with the assistance of PPJPC. We are looking for writers and for distributors of the paper, please contact if you would like to help.

Excellence Academy Can Use School Materials, Wednesday-Friday Lunch Donations

PPJPC’s LEAD Excellence Academy has expanded its program to Wednesday through Friday. We can use school supplies such as scissors, mouse pads, and if possible a laptop or Chromebook. We also can use donations of simple lunches, such as pizza and sandwiches, particularly on our new day of Wednesday, but also on the Thursdays and Fridays our classes are in session. The academy is offering classes at 315 S. Hancock, and is designed to help challenge the cradle-to-prison pipeline, a key mission for PPJPC in 2019. Our first students signed up in mid-January, but we are still accepting admissions for the Friday-Saturday sessions. If you are interested in helping out with food, contact Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.

Moms Demand Action Preparing for #WearOrange Actions June 8

Join Moms Demand Action in recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day (#Wear Orange) on Saturday, June 8 as we participate in the fifth annual Community Resource Day hosted by Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Community members will have free access to agencies and organizations committed to servicing Colorado Springs. Wear orange on June 8 and come volunteer at this event with us. Contact Julie Carr ( for information.  


Urban Experience Plans Next Walk for May 18

Our Urban Experience team is planning its next full tour of services for the homeless on Saturday, May 18, at 8:00 a.m. This walk will only be held in the morning, as the afternoon classroom speeches at Penrose Library were canceled due to scheduling conflicts. For online registration, go to For more information, call (719) 632-6189, or email

Protests Planned for AFA Graduation as Trump Cuts in Line to Speak May 30

President Trump unexpectedly pulled rank over Vice President Mike Pence, who was expected to give the keynote address for the Air Force Academy graduation May 30. Members of PPJPC and other local groups are planning a legal, peaceful protest outside the South Gate from 7:30 to 9 a.m. the morning of Thursday, May 30. Fred Martin is hosting a planning meeting for those interested THIS WEDNESDAY (May 15) at 5:30 p.m., at 1501 Fountain St.


Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program

The city’s community development division is repeating its popular “Renter Rights” program in association with Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Legal Aid.  Two remaining workshops will be held in the summer and the fall to discuss the rights and responsibilities of renters. Admission is free, but space is limited, and those interested should check with the web site for more information. A summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 7 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The last fall workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For information on registering, go to

ECOC's Two-Day June Seminar for State CLDE Guidelines

A two-day seminar from Educating Children of Color will provide differentiating instruction for the state’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) standards. Co-facilitators for this course are Dr. Barbara Dray, with more than 20 years’ experience in bilingual special education, and Meghan McCracken, a language development specialist at Boulder Valley School District. This program takes place June 27 and 28, with hours on Thursday (June 27) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Masonic Lodge at 1150 Panorama Drive, near Coronado High School. The cost is $249, or $199 if you register before May 15. To register, visit If you have questions, contact, or call 719-640-6633.

ECOC to Present Two Summer "Diversity University" Sessions

Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in two June and July sessions at Pikes Peak Community College. They will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from June 10 to June 14, and again from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.

Blanket Donations Still Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Shelter

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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