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December 17, 2018


Vigil for Homeless Without Shelter This Friday! 

"Longest Night" at Bijou Columbarium

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, 411 W. Bijou, beginning at 5:30 p.m.. Ester Kisamore is looking for people to help her the day of the event. If you are interested, call her at (719) 644-1337.

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

Slow Food Pikes Peak Needs Housing for Grain School Attendees, Jan. 18-20

This request is from Judith Rice-Jones of Slow Food Pikes Peak:
We are seeking sites  for home stays for the presenters at Grain School, January 18-20, 2019.  These will be bakers, growers, millers, faculty, brewers.  Some only come for the day of their presentation, others stay anywhere from 1 to 4 days.
Home stay hosts are welcome to attend the Saturday evening open event AND some additional sessions SUBJECT to space availability. Some presenters drive and thus have their own transportation.  Others arrive by plane.  We have volunteers to pick them up etc.
IF you would be willing to host, please let me know if you could do all four nights or only specific ones (Nights would be January 17, 18, 19, 20). This is the fourth year of this growing event that has attracted national attention.  There are now over 70 farmers and gardeners trialing heritage grains in Colorado and northern New Mexico so we can evaluate which will grow well in our area.
You can view the list of speakers and schedule of presentations here
Many thanks for considering this opportunity to offer hospitality in support of heritage grains.


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, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.



Democratic Party Launches New Veterans Group

The El Paso Dems have asked Democrat Kent Jarnig to start an El Paso County Democratic Veterans group.  Without going into too much detail, Colorado State Democratic rules require that he get the names of 20 interested veterans.  He sees this group as both endorsing Democratic candidates (after vetting) and as a civic endeavor to support Veterans (suicide prevention team, food bank, help getting into VA Healthcare and VA Disability, Christmas gifts for Veteran's children in need, etcetera).  This would be open all active duty Military and Veterans that live in El Paso County.  Kent sees this as a force to help all Veterans.

Kent is asking any active duty Military or Veterans to contact him at and provide him with name, address, email address, and phone (information will be kept private). There would be no dues or requirements to attend meetings.  The group would be its own 501C-3 (non-profit) and although it would be supported by the El Paso Dems and the Colorado Democratic Party, it would remain totally independent.  Once we have Party approval, monthly meetings will begin.

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.  

Solidarity Dinner, Lumberjack Games FIll Busy PPJPC Indy Give! Weekend

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday evening, Dec. 14 for our Solidarity Dinner at All Souls, and boundless thanks to Chef Lyn Harwell for a meal few will forget. Also thanks to Jax for hosting our Saturday Lumberjack Games. Remember that through the end of December, you can make year-end contributions to PPJPC through Indy Give! for our matching grants. Please visit

Thanks to Debbie Vitulli for photos.

Moms Demand Action January Meetup

Moms Demand Action COS January Meet-Up
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3-4:30 PM
Location TBA

Get informed about the state legislative session, state legislators, and steps to advocate for gun violence prevention.  
Contact Julie Carr for more information.


Blankets Needed at Homeless Shelters

Our Colorado Springs City Council recently voted $500,000 for additional beds at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army RJM Center!  This latest taste of cold and snowy weather lends urgency to helping those in our community without shelter from the coming winter. 

Besides needing beds, there is always a need for blankets.  If you would like to donate a blanket, quilt, comforter or throw, it would be much appreciated at the shelters. Besides individual people donating, a sewing or needlework group could also help.   Sometimes the shelter sends along a blanket when a homeless person leaves, and they are also given out to those turned away due to lack of bed space.  If you have a heart to help a person be warm please consider donating a new or gently used blanket.

The Rescue Mission has a donation warehouse one block west of their campus at 111 W. Las Vegas St.  Look for a DONATION DROP OFF sign with white letters on black. Suggested times are Mon- Fr 9:30a to 4:30p, and Sat 9 to 11a.  The Salvation Army accepts donations at their R.J. Montgomery Center, 709 S. Sierra Madre, near Cimarron, behind the power plant.  Best time is between 9 am and noon Mon - Fri.


ED Victoria Stone to Present at January Educating Children of Color Conference at CC

PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone will present “What Foster Parents Can Learn from Black Lives Matter” along with Hope Forti  of Foster Together, at the Educating Children of Color Conference at Colorado College on January 19, 2019. Their presentation will be at Session 5 in Armstrong 230. The conference is free to parents and students (8th grade and above), and $35 for professionals. For more information, visit

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.

Studio  809 Presents Ninth Peak Environment Podcast with Becky Elder of Pikes Peak Permaculture

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the ninth in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809. Now that Coloradoans are able to collect rainwater, with some limitations, you’ll want to pick an expert’s brain about smart rainwater harvesting. In this episode of Peak Environment, we’re sharing permaculturist Becky Elder’s “Rainwater Harvesting” class from the 2018 People’s Tiny House Festival. This episode of Peak Environment comes to us courtesy of Pikes Peak Permaculture, celebrating 15 years of Permaculture education, inspiration, and support throughout Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region. You’ll find the newest episode at

The latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

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