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November 7, 2018 SPECIAL MIDWEEK ISSUE


 


Armistice Night Coming Up THIS SATURDAY!

Live Music, Worldwide Live Streams at PPJPC Event at Cottonwood

PPJPC is participating again this year in the Indy Give fundraising program. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, we will ask that donations to PPJPC be made through Give! In order to maximize matching funds. Our first big event happens this Saturday, Nov. 10 when we will celebrate the centennial of Armistice Day and the 40th anniversary of the commission. A special opening event will be held downtown at 3 p.m., with a party to follow at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado, from 6 to 10 p.m. Executive Director Victoria Stone will MC an evening of entertainment and messages of support from friends around the globe. Performers include Kevin Mitchell, My Name is Harriet, and Band Idiot. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will be ringing bells at 11:00 A.M. till 11:11 in Antlers Park, and then we will do a Peace Parade and end up at the top parking lot of the Library where we will enjoy lunch with Food not Bombs, and be able to see a forging demonstration by RAW tools. Until 3 pm, as well as work on Peace Flags.

All of this weekend’s events are in support of the Give! campaign. On a nationwide basis, check out this article from The Atlantic HERE:
 


We Need Your Memories for Active for Justice, J&P Timeline

PPJPC will be constructing a timeline of 40 years of activism, before, during and after our Nov. 10 Armistice party. If you can help with dates or special memories, please contact our offices. We also need your reminiscence for our upcoming Active for Justice revival. Thanks to special donations and the efforts Bill Thomas, as well as our members and their memories, we plan to have a broadsheet version of Active for Justice out by the end of the year, featuring a look back at 40 years of J&P work in Colorado Springs. If the effort is successful, we’d like to move to quarterly publication of a printed AfJ in 2019.  If you have ideas, please contact Bill at w.g.thomas@comcast.net.
 

PPJPC, RAWtools Co-Host Nonviolent Night at Penrose Library Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pine and Aspen rooms at Penrose Library, 30 N. Cascade, PPJPC and RAWtools will hold a joint Indy Give! Event.  Hear what both organizations are up to as well as a performance by First Strike Theatre.  Activate Your Activism, Forge Peace, Disarm Hearts, and support these great organizations!  Family friendly, cocoa and cookies warm-up to the Festival of Lights downtown afterwards!
 

Moms Demand Action Nov. 11 Meetup

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action plans a meet-up in November.

Talking Turkey: How to respond to myths about gun violence during those holiday gatherings and conversations.  
November 11, 2018 @ Wild Goose Meeting House (401 S. Tejon Street)
3:30-5 PM

Anyone interested in gun violence prevention is welcome to attend.
For more info email Kristen: actnow232@gmail.com
 

Suzann Mollner to Speak at November Dinner in Denver

The Denver nonprofit Beirut and Beyond, which works to improve conditions for Palestinian refugees, will host one additional dinner featuring a presentation by Suzann Mollner, who spent the summer at UNRWA refugee camps in the Middle East. Following an October dinner, a second dinner will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Phoenician Kebab, 5709 E. Colfax in Denver. A full meal of hummus, falafel, shawarma, fattoush, and maqloubeh will be prepared. Tickets for the event are $30, but the event will be capped at 20 attendees to facilitate discussion.  You can reserve a spot for either date at EventBrite HERE
 

Help Sought for Immigrant Children in Site Inspection

The Reunify nonprofit is seeking help nationwide to inspect sites where children from separated immigrant families are being housed.  The volunteer help of lawyers, paralegals, and interpreters is particularly needed. Several thousand unaccompanied and separated immigrant minors remain detained under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy in over 60 facilities around the country. The 1997 Flores Settlement sets the national standards for the detention and release of minors. As class counsel we can appoint volunteer lawyers and paralegals to inspect detention facilities and to interview detained minors. We are recruiting volunteer lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to inspect the detention sites listed below on the dates indicated. To volunteer for one or more days at one or more of these detention site inspections, please register or sign in to reunify.org, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.
 

StartDis Podcast Features Local Cultural and Political Activists

Several Colorado activists have launched StartDis, “for people of conscience who value education.” Recent episodes have featured JD Covert, Tahmina, Mike Kleba, and Monica Rivera. Check out the latest HERE.




 

A Luta Continua - Our Task Ahead

As a nonprofit entity, PPJPC has to avoid overtly partisan campaigning, but in any event, throughout the J&P’s 40-year history we’ve been consistent in one belief: Electoral politics is but one arena for an activist, and those fighting for social justice must avoid seeing their work ebb and flow according to which party holds office. There is usually an injustice worth protesting in even the most friendly of Democratic administrations, and under some Republican administrations, we must struggle to protect even the very right to speak out. What is different in the 21st century is the number of people worldwide adopting the crass and bullying language of populism, which seems designed to make a meeting of minds impossible to achieve.

Colorado experienced an expected “blue avalanche” Nov. 6, and it is no small feat that a truly oppositional branch of federal government has been established for the first time since Trump’s election. Yet we should not expect an immediate impeachment effort in early 2019. Instead, newly-empowered committees in the House will probe wrongdoing by cabinet members for the first time, and committees in realms such as environment or science and technology will use evidence-based analysis for the first time in two years.

In the Senate, however, incoming Republicans will be even more beholden to the president than the last Senate, which means more members will follow the ugly language of people like Steve King and the president himself. There is no reason to expect divisiveness and in-group exclusionism to tone down within the nation. And it is just this language which can lead to localized violence or even unanticipated war.

We urge members and friends to turn out for our Armistice Day remembrances this weekend, and for other events in the Indy Give! season and later in 2019. Getting past the elections does not lessen our task as peace and justice advocates. In fact, it helps to remind ourselves that our task goes way beyond the president, or the borders of this nation. A vicious strain of foul-mouthed right-populism is rampant worldwide, and our task as we move into the 2020s is to make sure this malignant anomaly is replaced by peace, love, and respect for all.
 

 

RAWtools, Safe Place for Pets Present "Going to the Dogs: A Love Story"

Another Give! event will be presented jointly by RAWtools and Safe Place for Pets on  Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. First Strike Theatre and the Blues Brethren will present an encore performance of "Going to the Dogs: A Love Story," at Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. This play is family friendly and will be presented for free, though donations will be accepted. For more information, call (719) 471-3405, or check out the Peak Radar link at https://www.peakradar.com/event/going-to-the-dogs-a-love-story/
 

Volunteers Sought for Longest Night Observation

On Dec. 21, PPJPC will join with area groups working on homeless issues to remember those without shelter. The event will be held at the Columbarium behind Bijou House. Ester Kisamore is looking for people to help her organize the event. If you are interested, call her at (719) 644-1337.
 
 

Studio 809 Presents Sixth Peak Environment Podcast on "For the Love of Bluegrass"

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the sixth in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809. Nick McNamee and Becky Elder discuss “For the Love of Bluegrass (Or Maybe Not?)”, in which the two discuss whether manicured lawns deserve their bad reputation. You can find this podcast at http://studio809radio.com/peak-environ-6-love-bluegrass/

This latest podcast also is on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/studio809radio/

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit http://growthbusters.org/podcast

 

November Sustainable Denver Conference

Energy conferences will continue this fall, as the Colorado Renewable Energy Society is planning a single-day conference November 29 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The theme will be “A City for All: Today and Tomorrow,” centered on Mayor Michael Hancock’s Sustainable Denver plans. Registration opens in September, but in the meantime, CRES is looking for nominees for a Sustainability Star, someone active in promoting sustainable practices. Contact Janna at Janna.West-Heiss@denvergov.org.
 

Adventures in Learning K-12 Plans February 2019 Healthy Families Summit

PPJPC is collaborating with Adventures in Learning K-12 on several project, and the organization is planning a Healthy Families Summit for Feb. 2, 2019, at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
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