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Week of December 21, 2020


 

Colorado College Opens Eventbrite Site for
Virtual MLK Breakfast January 18

 

Donations for Tickets Will Benefit PPJPC, NAACP

Colorado College decided last summer that the annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast would be an all-virtual event. On Dec. 18, the college opened an Eventbrite site to sell tickets for this online event. Price per person is a suggested $5, but the college encourages patrons to buy tickets for others, or to make larger donations for the participating organizations, which include Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. The theme for the event, and for the coming 2021 year, is “Community Out of Chaos: Change Now!” The keynote speaker is Cornell Brooks, past President & CEO of NAACP & Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Zoom event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Cleo Parker Robinson virtual performance. The 2021 breakfast will include multiple breakout sessions and musical performances. To purchase your tickets for this event, visit Eventbrite HERE:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorado-springs-mlk-day-community-events-2021-tickets-132434145093
 

 

City Will Take Comments for Module 2 of Housing Plan Through December 30

 

The city of Colorado Springs will accept comments through Dec. 30 for Module 2 of its RetoolCOS plan. The Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership is encouraging members and friends to comment on Module 2, released Nov. 18. Note that COS-PHP made a small typo for the email in its initial call for comments, and it is corrected below. Here’s the appeal from COS-PHP:
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We wanted to let you know that the city published a first draft of Module 2 yesterday, and public comments are needed to make sure they prioritize affordable housing. Roughly 50 people sent in comments on Module 1 and it prompted the city to revisit their draft. Our goal is to get more than 50 on Module 2. These comments don’t need to be more than 2-3 sentences.
Module 2: 
Module 2 deals with development and design standards—the elements of the zoning code that restrict how property owners build on their land. It requires that they have a certain amount of land to build anything (minimum lot sizes), not build on large portions of it (maximum lot coverages, setbacks from the edges of the property, height restrictions), and dedicate a certain amount of it to parking. 
How Module 2 Impacts Affordable Housing:
When these restrictions are too onerous, they limit the amount of land that can be used for housing and make housing more expensive to build. 
How to comment: 
Email retoolcos@coloradosprings.gov and your city council members (email addresses here).
BCC cspringsphp@gmail.com so that we can keep track of how many comments the city receives. 
Emphasize that your primary concern is ensuring that everyone in the city can afford a place to live, which requires that the city do the following:
  1. Reduce minimum parking requirements more than the Module 2 draft already does
  2. Make it easier to build missing-middle housing by easing onerous development and design standards such as minimum lot sizes, setbacks, height restrictions, and lot coverages more than the Module 2 draft already does
  3. Include incentives for affordable housing in the zoning code, such as increased height allowance and lot coverages, and reduced parking requirements
If you’d like to learn more about why these things are so important, and use the information to beef up your comment, click here.



And if you're as concerned about our planet's future as we are, make sure to mention that the electric vehicle charging station incentive should be even bigger than it is.

Finally, if you didn’t comment on Module 1, include a sentence at the end saying that you want to see more permitted uses in single-family zones. If you did, reiterate your support for more types of housing in more parts of the city.
Thanks so much for your commitment to a future in which all of our neighbors can afford a place to live.

Best,
Max, Liam, and Elam


 

Remember PPJPC In Your Year-End Giving

Because of the inability to plan events at year's end, PPJPC elected not to participate in the Give! campaign this year. But that doesn't mean the need for contributions is absent! We hope you will consider making a year-end gift to the commission. If you are a sustaining member, we thank you! To make a gift or find out more, send a donation to PPJPC, PO Box 2115, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. We will soon have an online donation page at our revamped web site, www.ppjpc.com/donate-now .
 

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Nuns' March 5 Plowshares Speech

As a means of remembering the recently-departed Sister Ardeth Platte, we'd like to remind you to check out the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. 

Plowshares Podcast here:
http://studio809radio.com/active-justice-yes-humanity-mar-05-2020/
 

Moms Demand Action Sends Out Thanks to Supporters

 

We’d like to share this year-end note from our good friends at Moms Demand Action:
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, local Colorado Springs.  We extend our gratitude to each of you who worked to support Gun Sense Candidates this fall.  All the efforts including writing postcards, making phone calls, paying attention to policy positions and advocating for prioritization of safety and people over guns- it all made a difference.  Thank you. 
  

Space Force Launches "Guardians" Logo to Near-Universal Derision, But Gazette is All-In for Space

RAWtools The newly-formed U.S. Space Force launched a slogan and logo for its uniformed and civilian professionals on Dec. 18, but the “Guardians” theme came under some significant drubbing, far beyond that from usual peace groups. Actors in Guardians of the Galaxy and other sci-fi shows were blistering in their criticism, and even normally apolitical boomer-rocker Peter Frampton tweeted, “Do we need a special branch of the military for this. It’s all about TV shows for Mr. Orange.” Similar choice remarks came from GoG director James Gunn and podcast host Dan Savage.

But the Colorado Springs Gazette was not to be deterred. On Dec. 16, virtually the entire front section of the print edition was taken up with promotion of the city as location for the U.S. Space Command. While promotion by business, government, and media leaders was to be expected, Gazette cheerleader activity went way outside the op-ed pages, to include full-page ads to encourage the city and county as a center for military space.
 

Concrete Couch Season at Concrete Coyote Park Includes "Saturday Morning Grab Bag"

Our friends at Concrete Couch have posted their winter schedule, which includes a variety of hands-on outdoor events at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. All events are free. One of the popular programs is SATURDAY MORNING GRAB BAG, which offers two sessions (10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm). These programs are tailored to participant's interests, and include trail building, sculpture building, wood construction, dry stacking stone work, environmental restoration, aquatic science, etc. Participating in each Grab Bag group is limited to 5 participants, and require mask wearing. Kids under 13 also need an adult chaperone.
The Concrete Couch team is also free offering construction training to other non-profits. This program works especially well if your group 1) wants to learn basic carpentry skills and 2) needs something built, like a shed, bench, gate or shade pavilion. CC provides all the tools and (recycled) materials. To set up a program for your team contact trainings@concretecouch.org.


On the Concrete Couch calendar, you can also check out regular virtual sessions on weekdays, including Cool Science and School of Rock. Visit HERE 


 

Catch the Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial Online

 

If you missed the Nov. 14 memorial for lynching victim Preston John Porter at Denver’s Creekside Park, you can view the ceremony at the Colorado Lynching Memorial web site HERE.

Participants in the ceremony  included Rosemary Lytle, president of NAACP state conference; Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays; Episcopal Church Bishop Kym Lucas; Rev. Tawana Davis of Soul2Soul Sisters; Gov. Jared Polis; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and Denver City Council Member Candi CdeBaca.

The marker commemorates the Nov. 16, 1900 lynching in Limon of 15-year-old railroad worker Preston Porter Jr., falsely accused of killing a girl. Porter was one of four African Americans known to have been lynched in Colorado, who are being recognized by the CLM project.
  
 

Peak Environment Podcast 66 Covers a Sustainable Holiday Season

 

Join Studio 809’s Peak Environment for its Podcast 66, which examines sustainable holiday practices. The holidays are coming and that means shopping, gifts, and food. Do you approach the holidays mindful of the environmental impact of all these activities? This episode explores sustainable options for this holiday season. Konrad Schlarbaum, sustainability coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College shares low-impact holiday gift-giving practices, and fills us in on the virtual PPCC Green Holiday Fair. Lorrie Myers, of Who Gives a SCRAP, updates us on the shop’s just completed move to larger quarters at 810 Arcturus Drive, which expands the shop’s offerings.

Who Gives a SCRAP is a donation based scrap store that carries arts, craft and hobbies supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. The store was founded on the belief that the reuse of goods and materials is the most efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable way to reduce the waste stream. In its five years of existence, Who Gives a Scrap has diverted over 213 tons of clean, reusable materials from ending up in the landfill.

You can hear the latest podcast at:
http://studio809radio.com/66-sustainable-holiday/

You can also check out Podcast 65, in which Dave Gardner, originator of Studio 809, provides a holiday-appropriate look at relative environmental impacts of flying, driving, bus, train, bicycle, on foot, even staycations - What do we need to know to make responsible decisions about the way we move about? This program is based on an Oct. 23 presentation Gardner made to the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. It includes results of a Lund University study on carbon footprints, a study of green flight bookings, and a discussion on whether physical conferences have a future in the post-pandemic world.

You can hear Podcast 66 here:
http://studio809radio.com/does-flight-make-footprint-big/
 
 

PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board

 

We’d like to share this year-end note from our good friends at Moms Demand Action:
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, local Colorado Springs.  We extend our gratitude to each of you who worked to support Gun Sense Candidates this fall.  All the efforts including writing postcards, making phone calls, paying attention to policy positions and advocating for prioritization of safety and people over guns- it all made a difference.  Thank you. 
  
 

RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/8t16wRcVHa4

Pikes Peak Women Launch "Elevating" Podcast Series

Pikes Peak Women expanded their “Elevating” Podcast series with a new series, “Women Making Change,” with the first episode featuring Stephany Rose Spaulding. Elevating Pikes Peak Women covers a wide array of diverse topics and critical issues for local women, hosted by former Mayor and community icon Mary Lou Makepeace. During each episode, local women of diverse backgrounds, ages, and political persuasions explore their experiences, values, and beliefs about local issues that affect the women in our community. Here’s an introductory clip to tell you a little about the PPW podcast.  Our October focus was on Voting Matters, covering topics like the mechanics of voting and how to negotiate your way through the long ballot of issues that are of critical importance to women. Going forward, we're planning episodes on Black Women's Lives Matter, Life in the Time of COVID (including the high rate of women's unemployment and the effect on the family), and Education in the Time of COVID.  We all know that the burdens of the pandemic are falling disproportionately on women, in their roles in the workplace and in the family, so we are looking to women who are change agents and supportive voices to bring us to higher grounds.
The new podcast with Dr. Spaulding is HERE

Thanks to our partner Studio 809, you can easily find and listen to all recent episodes here. The podcast is also available via SpotifyLibsynRadio Public, and Apple 
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Do YOU have something you'd like to add to the general conversation? Feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, and ideas at pikespeakwmn@gmail.com.

PIKES PEAK WOMEN
Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Cianna Reider, Beth Roalstad, Carrie Simison, Barb Van Hoy, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada
 
 

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