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Week of August 20, 2018


David McReynolds, 1929-2018

Pioneer in Peace, Gay Rights Was Close to Colorado Springs Activists

David McReynolds, a pioneer in peace and gender issues for more than 50 years, died early Friday morning, Aug. 17, after a fall in his NYC apartment.  Throughout his decades leading War Resisters League and editing Liberation magazine, McReynolds remained close to the Colorado peace community, particularly the founders of the Bijou Community in Colorado Springs. His local ties precede the 1978 founding of PPHPC, as McReynolds visited the area during his 1972 campaign for president. McReynolds understood Coloradans from two perspectives: he was well-versed in the high-tech warfare promoted by Colorado’s military bases and commands (something many national peace activists failed to grasp), and he was an anti-authoritarian who recognized the inherent dangers of any armed state, which often put him at odds with others in the Socialist Party USA community.

McReynolds came out as openly gay in the late 1960s, and was writing ground-breaking gender pieces in national publications since 1969.  He was a member of WRL since 1960, and in November 1965, was one of the first protesters to burn his draft card to protest the Vietnam War. From the 1990s on, McReynolds spoke out against the formation of U.S. Space Command and the expansion of the technical intelligence agencies. He stayed actively involved in pacifist politics up until the time of his death last week. Presente, David McReynolds, you always spoke truth to power.

Benefit Concert for Save Cheyenne Aug. 22

Save Cheyenne, the group opposing the city’s Strawberry Hill land swap with The Broadmoor and seeking better use of North Cheyenne Canon, is planning a benefit concert at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade, on Aug. 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Ruby Greenberg, a Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate now living in NYC, will be the featured performer. John C. Spengler will open for Ruby. For more information, check out the Facebook event page at

RAWtools Launches RAWPOWer Workshops, Beginning Aug. 24

What would you do if?   RAWtools is expanding its efforts with the introduction of RAWPOWer workshops. Gain confidence and practical tools for preventing and de-escalating volatile situations—and discover inspiring resources for nonviolent transformation.   Coordinated and led by RAWtools artist-in-residence Mary Sprunger-Froese, the first workshop will be a 3-part series at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive, Friday evening August 24, 6:30-8:45, and Saturday August 25, 9-11:30am & 12:30-2:30pm.  Saturday lunch provided.

CS Food Rescue Needs Your Help for Fresh Food Connect

Ever have excess produce during the growing season that you don't know what to do with?? (Come on, even your neighbors grow tired of zucchini by the end of the season..) Would you ever consider growing an extra row in your garden for a good cause?

CS Food Rescue would like to invite everyone to join in their efforts to ensure everyone in local zip codes eats well this summer (the need is especially great in 80909/80910 regions). Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a local non-profit, is running a new program called Fresh Food Connect. Getting involved is so simple! Take 30 seconds to register your garden on FreshFoodConnect.Org . During the summer you will be asked weekly if you have anything to donate. In the event you do, one of CS Food Rescue’s youth employees will bike by your house at a scheduled time to collect your excess and bring it back to our of community-led grocery distribution programs. If we all grow a little extra this season, we can make sure all of our neighbors are healthy and happy! 

Sign up now at

Pikes Peak Permaculture Holds Weekend-Long Classes

Pikes Peak Permaculture is continuing its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. Current classes are scheduled for Sept. 14-16 and Oct. 19-21. The weekend features a Friday evening introduction, and full days on Saturday and Sunday. Becky Elder, who led the Sunrise Gardens class on Feb. 17, will head the group of instructors, who also include Marco Lam, Sara Foster-Berry, Avery Ellis, Mike Wird, and Tara Rae. The cost of $1350 includes all books, materials, and locally-sourced meals. There is a $100 discount for registered couples. For more information, contact Becky Elder at (719) 685-0290 or

Sept. 21 Events Include Peace Breakfast, Solidarity Dinner

Yes, it’s time to be ready once again for our annual peace breakfast, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21. This year, we are adding a solidarity dinner on the same evening. Both events take place at the downtown Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. We have set up two EventBrite registration links for the breakfast and dinner, and we are also working with table captains to invite attendeess (contact our office if you’re interested in helping), If you’d like to register for the peace breakfast, visit this link:
Tickets for the evening event are at the link HERE.

Indy Give Matching Grant Money Sought Through August

It may seem as though the 2017 Indy Give campaign just ended, but this summer begins the effort to secure matching grants. These contributions should be made through checks received at our offices, rather than through online contributions, and they must be received by the end of August. Indicate on your check to PPJPC that this is for the Indy Give grant campaign.

Urban Experience Walks Continue Through Fall

Urban Experience walks with Pikes Peak Library District are in full swing! Future dates for Urban Experience walks include Sept. 15, Oct. 19. Nov. 17, and Dec. 14. Suggested donation is $25 for class materials. You can sign up for the Sept. 15 walk HERE.

Heidi Cooper Debuts "Mic Check" Peace Cantata at All Souls

Local J&P member and Peace Camp volunteer Heidi Cooper debuted her new cantata “Mic Check” at All Souls Unitarian Church on Sunday, August 19. The work featured inspirational songs from Holly Near, Steve Van Zandt, and John Lennon, performed by Cooper and the All Souls Band. Cooper says she will perform the cantata with additions and changes in the future. Former J&P staffer Dennis Apuan, who recently moved to Florida, was a surprise guest, arriving at the start of a three-month project in Colorado.

PPJPC Staff, Board and Friends at
Cantata after-party with Heidi and Dennis

Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo in Colorado Springs, Oct. 6-7

A sustainability expo and farmer’s market will be held Oct. 6 & 7 in the Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. at Academy, in Hall B, adjacent to the Fall Home Expo in Hall A. The expo will include a farmer’s market, livestock sale, and food truck tasting competition. Homesteaders and hemp-art designers will be displaying work. There are special booth rates for homestead and handmade small vendors. Contact Tiphani at, or visit for more information.

But Wait, There's More! - 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
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