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Week of February 17, 2020


 

Multiple Groups Challenge Trump's Feb. 20 Visit

Noon Press Conference, 3 p.m. Vigil Planned

More than a dozen local groups have plans to challenge President Trump’s visit to Colorado Springs February 20 for a rally at World Arena. A noon press conference, sponsored by Planned Parenthood and Together We Stand, will be held downtown. The press conference will focus on Sen. Cory Gardner’s full-throated support of Trump during impeachment proceedings. At 3 p.m., several groups including Indivisible, Progress Now, and Rocky Mountain Values, will hold a peaceful vigil along Venetucci Blvd. for two hours. No speakers are planned for this event. A third group is planning a direct confrontation with the president’s supporters at 6:30 p.m., though neither PPJPC nor any of the groups working on the 3 p.m. rally are lending support to this effort, because of the lack of a pledge for nonviolence.
 

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 ACTNOW232@gmail.com 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 55 Examines Tiny Homes

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.

The latest podcast is at:
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-55-tiny-homes/

Also check out Podcast 54 on sustainable futures for cities. Does the City of Colorado Springs have a plan in case of a Zombie Apocalypse? Find out on this episode of Peak Environment. Learn about the myriad projects and initiatives managed or assisted by the City of Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability. Ryan Trujillo, the city’s Director of Support Services, fills us in. 
Podcast 54 is at:
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-54-smart-cities-sustainable-future/

 

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.
 
 
 

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Plowshares Sisters to Visit Colorado Springs


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.  The schedule is mostly open on Thursday, March 5, and PPJPC is working with other groups to arrange an evening speech in a downtown venue.

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.

 

 


 

Annual Meeting Set for February 29 at Knights of Columbus Hall

PPJPC will hold its annual meeting 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 are planning on a potluck and special guests, so keep watching for more details..

 

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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