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Week of February 24, 2020



Members Asked to Bring Dish to Pass

Members and friends of PPJPC are invited to attend our annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, adjacent to Penrose Special Collections (the former Flux Capacitor). Although the building's address is 25 W. Kiowa, it is accessed through the main Penrose Library parking lot located at 20 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

We will break bread together with a potluck. We encourage all to bring their favorite dishes to pass. If you need particular inspiration, last names beginning with A-H can bring appetizers or desserts, those with last names I-P can bring salads or vegetables, and those with last names Q-Z can bring protein, soups, or stews. Because we do not have access to Grace Episcopal’s kitchen service at this location, we would encourage members to bring their own dishware for sustainability. Hope to see you there!

Moms Demand Action Announces March Event

Colorado Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol           
Friday, March 6, 9 AM – 1 PM
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 80203  (Email to carpool)
Join 100's from across Colorado at the State Capitol to meet with our elected officials and support gun safety legislation. RSVP HERE


Peak Environment Podcast 56 Focuses on Wolves

Podcast 56 was created in conjunction with Pikes Peak Area Sierra Club, to examine the necessity of wolves in the Colorado ecosystem. Colorado needs Wolves – not merely to restore a natural balance or the wildness that we all seek – though wolves will do that if they are present for long enough, in sufficient numbers and with wide enough distribution  – but also to ensure that we pass on a Colorado intact, with a complete suite of native wildlife, to enrich future generations.

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Also check out Podcast 55 on tiny houses. Big things are happening for tiny homes in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Principal Planner Lonna Thelan fills us in on how city planning and zoning issues affect tiny home locations, and Shelley Jensen, founder, CEO and chief community strategist of We Fortify, shares details of her first development, Working Fusion at Mill Street.

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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. 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.


Plowshares Sisters to Visit Colorado Springs; Events Include March 5 Evening Speech Sponsored by PPJPC

Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, two of the three Dominican sisters involved in the 2002 plowshares action at a Colorado missile site, will visit Colorado Springs the first week of March as part of a national campaign for nuclear disarmament. (The third sister, Jackie Hudson, died of multiple myeloma complications in 2011.) The two sisters will speak on “A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament,” reflecting their recent work with ICAN (see below). Their talk will be at the Kraemer Library on the UCCS campus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday March 4.  The sisters also will address a Colorado College class.

Reflecting their commitment to street activism, the sisters also will participate in a lunchtime bannering downtown in Acacia Park on Tuesday, March 3, from 11:30 to 12:30. Later at 4:00 p.m., they will join bannering at the north gate of Peterson AFB. On Wednesday afternoon, the sisters plan to travel to Canon City for an evening speech in that town.  .  On Thursday, March 5, PPJPC is sponsoring a talk at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon,  at 7 p.m. in the small conference room. All events are free and open to the public.

The three sisters, affiliated with the peace-oriented Jonah House in Washington, DC, entered a Minuteman missile silo restricted area on October 6, 2002, in a symbolic action to pour blood and hammer plowshares on the silo lid. Their arrest and subsequent federal trial generated significant publicity in Colorado Springs and Denver. The sisters also were involved in nonviolent actions at Peterson Air Force Base here, and at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, Tenn. During federal prison sentences, Platte’s work in prison reform formed the basis for a character in the book and TV show “Orange is the New Black.”

In recent years, the sisters have worked with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Prize in 2017. In Washington, their “Fire Drill Fridays” protests have worked with protest campaigns organized by Jane Fonda and Greta Thunberg. Their 2020 speaking campaign will encourage state and municipal governments around the nation to sign on to the UN Treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. The Loretto Peace Committee in Denver is sponsoring their visit to Colorado from March 2 to 12 to speak to city councils on the Front Range about the UN treaty. Current plans call for the sisters to be in Colorado Springs March 3 to 5.


Several Hundred Protest Trump's Feb. 20 Rally at World Arena

A crowd of several hundred gathered at Venetucci Blvd. and the entrance gate to World Arena at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 to protest the president’s rally at the arena. The action, sponsored by nearly a dozen local groups, remained peaceful, though moments of friction occurred with the thousands waiting outside for the chance to get in to the event. Eight protesters were arrested for stepping outside of police boundaries in a symbolic attempt to blockade the motorcade, though this was planned civil disobedience, and not a confrontation with police as suggested by many local media outlets.




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.

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