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Week of November 2, 2020


Vote As If Your Life Depended On It


Post-Election Drama May Take Weeks to Resolve

As a nonprofit entity, PPJPC does not advocate for candidates, but most citizens understand how critical to the future of democracy this election is. In fact, early and absentee voting had exceeded records in most states of the union – which is precisely what President Trump may use as an excuse to question the election’s legitimacy. In the last weekend in October, he was telling crowds at rallies that the only way he could be beaten was through massive voter fraud, something too many of his followers will believe in the absence of any facts. National polls concur that a “blue wave” in both executive and legislative branches could be likely, yet such an outcome might not be accepted by the losing side.

For the few of our readers who have not already exercised their rights, we encourage you to come out on or before Nov. 3, and make your views known. Then sit back and wait for a complex and bitter show that may take us through Inauguration Day and beyond.


Registration for Virtual NWTRCC Conference Next Weekend Closes TODAY (Sunday, Nov. 1)

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee was originally going to hold its 2020 meeting in Colorado Springs, a venue NWTRCC has used before. But Covid restrictions have transformed the conference to an all-virtual one on “Defunding Militarism and Creating a New Normal,” slated for Nov. 7 and 8. Advance registration is required by the end of Sunday, Nov. 1 to receive the streaming link. You can find the registration page HERE. (Registration information is at the bottom of the web page. Please note that the times listed are Eastern or Pacific.)


PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board


This month, 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. ntial board members at our Feb. 29 annual meeting, we are seeking your help as we reconstitute post-quarantine. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at (719) 963-2979, or  


RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here:

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech

As a means of remembering the recently-departed Sister Ardeth Platte, we'd like to remind you to check out the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. 

Plowshares Podcast here:

PPJPC/PPLD Live Events to be Postponed Until Spring

Last week, we said the live youth open mic which PPJPC and Pikes Peak Library District had planned with Hear Here for November, would likely be postponed because of the likelihood of new Covid restrictions. On Nov. 4, El Paso County will move into Level 2 Safer at Home restrictions. Although this affects primarily capacity levels at gyms and restaurants, the continued skyrocketing Covid rates across the nation and worldwide make further restrictions likely in late November or December. In the past week, France and Germany have closed nearly all restaurants and bars, and England on Saturday went into a “circuit-breaker” four-week shutdown as severe as any quarantine in March or April.

Consequently, we are postponing any live events until April. In the meantime, we are looking at some intimate livestream journaling or poetry instruction events in the winter, probably after the new year. Stay tuned for more information.


Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Seeking Volunteers During Election Season

CIRC is seeking volunteers to raise immigrant rights issues during the election season. Here’s a message we’ve received from CIRC:

We’re building a grassroots movement of our family members, community members, and allies to make sure we turn out to support immigrants this November, and we’re counting on people like you to join our movement. 

Most campaigns focus only on high-propensity voters and leave immigrants and people of color behind, but our strategy is to engage with immigrant communities directly. We will be hosting virtual events and phonebanks to do community outreach today through election day. Everything we are doing this 2020 election cycle is digital.

Will you sign up to get involved? We have countless volunteer opportunities, and we need your sWe’re building a grassroots movement of our family members, community members, and allies to make sure we turn out to support immigrants this November, and we’re counting on people like you to join our movement. 

We have countless volunteer opportunities, and we need your support. You can apply HERE.

Peak Environment Podcast 63 Addresses the New Energy Market


Podcast 63 of Peak Environment covers the new energy market. What’s happening and what can we expect in terms of how we get electricity to power our homes, business and industry? How clean can it be, and what it will cost? Over the past twenty years, the energy market has shifted dramatically. The unsubsidized cost of wind and solar energy, with battery storage, has dropped below the cost of fossil fuel generation. The US Energy Information Agency expects the trend of dropping renewable energy and storage costs, and rising cost of coal, to continue. The shift to renewable energy for electric generation brings more significant benefits than lower electric rates.

 This episode features a presentation by Jim Riggins at the September Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research engineer, pilot, operational planner, and weapon systems programmer. He also served as an operations group commander, and vice wing commander. He is a retired small business owner as a Home Energy Rater and Professional Building Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy efficient building construction and residential and commercial energy audits. Jim holds Masters degrees in electrical engineering, Military Art and Science, and National Security Strategy. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently sits on the board of Mountain View Electric Association and serves as a volunteer on the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity building committee.

This program was recorded at the September 25, 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.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum presenting sponsors are Becky Elder the Gardener and Peak Radar.

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And don’t forget to listen to Podcast 62, which covers the kickoff of Manitou Springs' new Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds – natural communities of tree/plant relationships. Indigenous permaculturalist, designer, builder and educator Michael Alcazar led this ceremony on September 18, 2020 at Flying Pig Farm. This ceremony kicked off the Manitou Springs Forest Garden Initiative, in which Manitou will be planting tree guilds (natural communities of tree/plant relationships) that will act as natural education sites for the community for learning how to grow food, provide pollinator and bird support, and help mitigate climatic changes. The initiative began with three planting sites. Volunteers met the next morning to begin planting. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced at this ceremony.

To volunteer, please call or email Becky Elder (719-685-0290. The ceremony, and this episode, were presented by Pikes Peak Permaculture. Michael Alcazar also spoke about his 1 Million Trees project for Colorado.

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