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Week of April 8, 2019


We Want YOU to Activate Your Activism!

PPJPC Seeks Help from Members & Friends for Committees

Looking for ways to activate your activism this year? PPJPC would like to accelerate our committee work by having members and friends step up to help in any of the following committees. If you are interested, leave a message on our Facebook page, or contact us at
  • Fiscal Sustainability
  • Peace Day Breakfast
  • Board Development
  • Cradle to Prison Pipeline
  • Communications (External Marketing/PR)
  • Membership
  • Urban Experience/Echo/Homelessness
  • Editorial (Active for Justice/eWeekly)
  • Web Site
  • Active for Justice Podcast
  • MLK Breakfast
  • Community Organizing
  • City Council Watch
  • Indy Give!
  • Peace Camp
  • Immigration Reform
  • Direct Action
  • Land Search
  • Environmental Justice
  • Public Speakers

AfJ Podcasts

The Active for Justice PPJPC Podcast, like all Studio 809 podcasts, has debuted on iTunes and on Google Podcasts, with an imminent Spotify appearance anticipated. The second PPJPC Active for Justice podcast went live last weekend, to coincide with the recent RAWtools book tour hitting the city on March 23. In the podcast, PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone interviewed RAWtools founder Michael Martin and its arts coordinator, Mary Sprunger-Froese, who joined with Josh Rumpel, the gun violence activist featured in the first AfJ podcast.

The title of the second podcast is “Eat, Pray Peace: How Can We Make This Podcast About Gun Violence Unnecessary?” The speakers discuss a recent shooting in which a mother killed her three children. It’s not a mass shooting, but it is gun violence. Part of the challenge: a belief that guns are a problem-solver, something that gun laws alone won’t solve. Also discussed: the myth of “redemptive violence,” the notion that we need guns to protect us from people with guns. American society tends to think there is some good violence (by police, military, etc.), but of course it is still violence. Also on the agenda: the “wild west” persona. We’re obsessed with having power OVER people instead of power under people and lifting them up.

The non-profit Martin founded, RAWtools, turns guns into garden tools, “changing the story from death into life” (with a team of volunteers being taught how to blacksmith). He is also co-author (with Shane Claiborne) of the new book, Beating Guns. The book explores how we got into the place we’re in today with so many shootings. Ten percent of the gun owners are holding this conversation hostage. The hope of the book is that we stop killing each other.

As artist-in-residence at RAWtools, Mary Sprunger-Froese hosts workshops at RAWtools. Justice activist Josh Rumpel has spent a year studying gun violence.

Visit to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit to learn more about the book or see if there is a book tour stop in your area.
You’ll find the first two AfJ podcasts at new podcast at

Peak Environment Podcast Covers PFAS Contamination in Our Water

For those that missed last month’s presentation from Fountain Valley Water Project, Studio 809 has created a podcast. #21 in the Peak Environment series, explaining the origin of the PFAS compounds that have contaminated water sources. The chemicals used in firefighting foam, Teflon, stain-resistant carpet, outdoor sports apparel, and even the lining of your movie theater’s popcorn bags, are everywhere. Since they were first developed in the 1950s, they’ve become so widely used that traces of them have been found in the most remote regions of the globe, and in the blood of over 99% of the U.S. population. They’re correlated with several types of cancer, and are believed to disrupt hormone balance and be particularly harmful to young, developing children. Locally, they’ve been a hot topic because unhealthy levels of the chemical have been found in the groundwater of communities just south of Colorado Springs: Fountain, Widefield and Security. The foam was widely used for fire-fighting training at Air Force bases across the country, including at Peterson AFB, and the Pentagon and Congress are currently debating the level of fiscal responsibility for contamination at dozens of bases.
Learn all about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, sometimes called PFCs) in this fascinating presentation by Dr. Eli Fahrenkrug – Assistant Professor of Analytical and Materials Chemistry at Colorado College. Fahrenkrug, along with Dr. Tyler Cornelius, launched and runs the Fountain Valley Water Project, the first non-profit, non-partisan research group entirely focused on PFAS water quality in Southern Colorado.
The new episode is at

Also, don’t forget the open mic episode! Open mics may be all the rage in poetry and amateur music communities, but Studio 809 Director Dave Gardner has experimented in Episode 19 of Peak Environment by covering an open mic of the monthly Green Drinks meetups. At the February 2019 Green Drinks, local food and farmers, composting, permaculture, renewable energy and recycling were among the topics of conversation and announcements. At every Green Drinks attendees get the chance to introduce themselves and make announcements about important local environmental issues and events. Peak Environment usually excludes these from the podcasts, but Dave decided to experiment and make those announcements the featured content of this episode. Let him know if you find this informative or inspirational, as Studio 809 may do an open mic episode a few times a year.
You’ll find the open mic episode at

Police Hunt Bike Trail Saboteur

Local artist Nard Claar broke several ribs and a collarbone March 28 when a saboteur tied a rope across a bridge on the Rock Island Trail near North Union. Zac Chapman, executive director of Colorado Springs Food Rescue, sustained less serious injuries. While police are considering either a prank or serious intent to harm bicyclists, PPJPC members and friends have reported a tall individual in the area harassing bikers and throwing objects at them.

Free Recycling Through Earth Day (April 22)

E-Tech Recyclers is offering free recycling of electronics products daily through Earth Day, April 22. Obsolete computers, printers, fax machines, cabling and wiring can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2854 N. Prospect. No appointments are necessary.

Howard Thurman Film at Ent Center April 14

The Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life at UCCS, along with ten other co-sponsors, is hosting a special event next month. “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story,” a documentary film showing about Dr. Howard Thurman: a major influence on MLK Jr./Civil Rights movement and the author of Jesus and the Disinherited. The filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier will be in attendance and a panel will discuss film afterwards with Q&A. The film will be shown Sunday, April 14th, 4:00 pm at The ENT Center for the Arts, UCCS. 5225 N. Nevada Ave. The event is FREE and parking is free in the ENT Center parking lot BUT you must have a ticket for admission. While the event is sold out, a limited number of free tickets is expected to be available at the door for those who arrive early..

Here is a trailer for the film:
And here is an interview with Howard Thurman:

Author Rebekah Shardy Presents "Natural Intelligence" at ELIC May 4

Local environmental writer Rebekah Shardy, author of 98 Things a Woman Should Do in Her Lifetime, will give a presentation on “Natural Intelligence: Connecting to the Earth” on Saturday, May 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at East Library Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Do you know how to receive earth’s information, energy and inspiration? How did we get disconnected from our rightful relationship with nature? What are natural ways to LISTEN, SPEAK, GIVE & RECEIVE?

Deep in our hearts dwells a primal knowledge of our natural connection. This unique presentation validates and reminds us of our Earth-MotherWit. Share stories and ideas for cultivating your sacred relationship with Her. Presenter Rebekah Shardy is a teacher and author of 98 Things a Woman Should Do in Her Lifetime. She has been enriched by a lifelong conscious, creative and reciprocal connection with our natural world.

To RSVP, please call (970) 308-8393 by May 1, 2019

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.

Protest at 35th Annual Space Symposium

Join Citizens for Peace in Space and local peace activists THIS MONDAY (April 8) for a vigil from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside the opening ceremony of the 35th Space Symposium, held at the International Center across from the Broadmoor Hotel (21 Lake Circle, west end of Lake Drive). Since the mid-1980s, CPIS has been raising consciousness regarding the symposium and its primary sponsor, the Space Foundation, who have emphasized civilian and commercial uses of space, even as the primary dollars for the symposium have come from the military. This trend has grown in recent years, as the symposium has added classified cyber-war sessions, and as the White House has promoted the creation of a U.S. Space Force. This peaceful protest will be legal, and we will be handing out flyers on the space budget to attendees. For more information and information on car pools, call Bill Sulzman at (719) 389-0644.

Excellence Academy Can Use Thursday-Friday Lunch Donations

PPJPC’s LEAD Excellence Academy can use donations of simple lunches, such as pizza and sandwiches, on the Thursdays and Fridays our classes are in session. The academy is offering classes at 315 S. Hancock, and is designed to help challenge the cradle-to-prison pipeline, a key mission for PPJPC in 2019. Our first students signed up in mid-January, but we are still accepting admissions for the Thursday-Friday sessions. If you are interested in helping out with food, contact Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.

Moms Demand Action Celebrates HB1177 Passage, Plans April Events

Extreme Risk Protection Order HB1177 passed the CO Senate on Thurs., March 28 by one vote!  On to the Governor for signing. Thank you to everyone who diligently contacted their state representatives, visited the Capitol, attended town halls, and worked to pass this life saving legislation.  Unfortunately, El Paso County will likely join other counties to ask the courts to overturn its constitutionality. MOMS/Everytown feels it will hold up to court scrutiny!
Please thank Democratic Legislators, especially our Colorado Springs legislators, who supported this bill:
Senator Pete Lee   303-866-6364
Rep. Marc   303-866-2932
Rep. Tony Exum  303-866-3069

Celebrate with Moms Demand Action!  Bring your partner/spouse, the kids, friends to a Moms Demand Action potluck, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4-6 PM.  All who are interested in gun violence prevention are welcome.  Celebrate the passage of new gun safety legislation.  For more info please email Julie Carr
Volunteer with Be SMART.  Tabling events throughout the spring and summer to share info. about safe gun storage, preventing unintentional child deaths and teen suicide.  No expertise required, just a friendly smile. Email Julie Carr if you know of an event we should be at or to volunteer with us!


Advocates Cheer Drug Sentencing Bill, Oil and Gas Bill

The Colorado legislature has had a busy two weeks, beyond the highly-publicized passage of the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill on guns. Last week, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition praised the passage out of the Judiciary Committee of HB19-1263, which would reduce many drug charges from felony to misdemeanor. The bill still must be heard in the House Appropriations Committee, but has bipartisan support. The coalition also thanked the ACLU and Common Cause for helping move forward the Parolee Voting Bill, HB19-1266, which will restore the right to vote to those on parole.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 181 to reform oil and gas laws went to Gov. Jared Polis’s desk on April 3. The bill will provide local input to subjects formerly reserved to the state, such as the distance from wellheads to schools and businesses. The bill also instructs the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to place public health and environment ahead of industry promotion. While opponents of the bill complained that many oil and gas businesses would leave the state, many environmental groups countered that this would not be such a bad thing.

Latino Community Luncheon April 10 Features Kristiana Huitron

The Latino Community Luncheon will be held Wed., April 10 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Kristiana Huitron, executive director of Voces Unidas for Justice, who will speak on “The Power of Words to Help Victims Recover from Traumatic Events and Start Healing.” The cost is $27 for late registration, though the deadline has passed for cancellation once you register. You may register online at

Penny Poll Planned for April 12 Prior to Tax Day

Peace activists plan a repeat of last year’s successful Penny Poll for THIS FRIDAY, April 12, prior to the April 15 Tax Day. Participants can designate where to put pennies in support of different federal programs, thereby making a critique of current budget priorities. The poll will be held 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon.

Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program

The city’s community development division is repeating its popular “Renter Rights” program in association with Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Legal Aid.  Three separate workshops will be held from the spring through the fall to discuss the rights and responsibilities of renters. Admission is free, but space is limited, and those interested should check with the web site for more information. The first session will be held at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, on Monday April 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 7 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The last fall workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For information on registering, go to

Housing Storytelling April 19-22 Part of Fair Housing Month

A perfect companion to the city’s Renter Rights seminar will take place at Sand Creek Library as part of Fair Housing Month. The city’s community development division will present “Close to Home: A Fair Housing Storytelling Event” at Sand Creek’s Studio 916, 1821 S. Academy. Hours for this event will be 2 to 5 p.m. on April 19, 3 to 5 p.m. April 20, and 5 to 8 p.m. April 22. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to tell their stories of housing discrimination in their own words. For more information on Close to Home, visit

ECOC to Present Two Summer "Diversity University" Sessions

Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in two June and July sessions at Pikes Peak Community College. They will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from June 10 to June 14, and again from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.
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