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Week of September 24, 2018


A Friday for Peace

Sept. 21 Day of Food for Peace Event Brings Out 100

More than 100 members and friends of the J&P gathered at the Clarion Hotel Sept. 21 for our annual peace breakfast. Attendees heard an inspiring message from Lisa Villanueva on applying activism and peace principles to everything in your life. We heard updates from board members and and songs from Heidi Cooper. Special thanks to our awesome executive director Victoria Stone for pulling it all together, and to all who helped out on Friday.

Last Call for Mary Sprunger-Froese's Mary Magdalene Play - Sunday, Sept. 23!

We are deliberately sending this newsletter out on Saturday to give our members one last notice of Mary Sprunger-Froese's play this Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23. First Strike Theatre founder Sprunger-Froese, a long-time PPJPC member, will present “Mary Magdalene: A Blues Gospel” on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at Beth-El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive. All are welcome! Musicians Bryan Miller and Vern Rempel will join Mary for a presentation in which “Mary Magdalene moves from tormented outsider to chosen teacher  in this theatrical piece of good news blues.” A goodwill offering will be taken at the performance, which will benefit RAW Tools.

ESN Hosts "What is Anti-Blackness" Workshop Oct. 6

The Empowerment Solidarity Network will present a “What is Anti-Blackness?” workshop on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m., at PPLD’s Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray. This event is free, and will feature presentations from several local organizations, followed by a panel discussion.

Renter Rights 101 Program Oct. 2 and 10

Colorado Legal Services, Pikes Peak Library District and the City of Colorado Springs are jointly holding a special seminar on Renters Rights 101 on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. This program will be repeated on Wed., Oct. 10 at Solid Rock Event Center, 2520 Arlington Drive, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will be aimed at the 42% of Colorado Springs residents who are renters, and will give an overview on topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction.  The seminars are free, but space is limited so those wishing to attend should register on EventBrite. For the Oct. 2 event, register HERE

For the Oct. 10 event, register HERE


Homeless Veterans Coalition Presents "Stand Down" Event Oct. 16

The El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition is presenting the 20th annual “Stand Down” event to provide services for homeless vets on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Auditorium. The event will distribute clothing, backpacks, and personal care items, and will provide flu shots, housing referrals, job assistance, and VA medical care. For more information, visit the event site at

Newest Growthbusters' Podcast: "How Fast is Our Goose Being Cooked?"

J&P media pal Dave Gardner is continuing the Growthbusters podcasts with a new offering this week: How Fast is Our Goose Being Cooked? (Probably faster than you think!) Is Earth Overshoot Day meaningful? How sound is ecological footprint and biocapacity data behind it? Dave and Grace examine a critique from Robert B. Richardson,Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Michigan State University. Plus: This summer’s heat and fires are NOT “the new normal.” (It will get worse. Sorry.) More forest fire destruction comes with climate change. If you want to be a green hero, recycling is not nearly enough. How women who decide not to have children are treated. Shouldn’t men take more responsibility for contraception?

For access to all recent podcasts, visit

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! 

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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.

Urban Experience Features a Full Day of Speakers at Sept. 15 Event

JOn Saturday, 15 September, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission conducted its latest Urban Experience tour. Eighteen people, including students and teachers from Fountain Valley School, joined us for this unique, all-day journey designed to bring awareness to the general public of the barriers people experiencing homelessness face in their daily struggle to obtain shelter, employment, and medical treatment. In the morning we visited several of the larger support facilities within our community such as the Springs Rescue Mission, the R.J. Montgomery Salvation Army Shelter, the Showered With Love mobile shower facility, Catholic Charities and Marian House where we ended the morning with a hearty lunch. The afternoon was spent at the Penrose Library listening to some of best minds in our community discuss the full range of issues surrounding this very complex issue. Our sincerest thanks to all of the people who joined us for the day, both those brave souls who “toured” with us in the morning and most especially the wonderful speakers who shared their wisdom, experience and insights during the afternoon session.

Colorado College Presents Gregory Boyle at Shove Chapel Oct. 4

Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention and rehab organization in the world, will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Shove Chapel. Gregory Boyle helps people get out of gangs and hate groups and start a new life. He was a Jesuit priest from 1986 to 1992, and served at Dolores Mission Church in San Francisco. He's been on NPR, On Being, etc. and wrote two bestselling books including Tattoos on the Heart.

The event is free and open to the public. Here is the Peak Radar link:

Moms Demand Action Events in September and October

Fri., Sept. 28, 9 AM -12 PM - Moms Demand Action Canvassing for Jared Polis (Governor).  Wear your red MOMS shirt if you have one and meet at 506 W. Colorado Ave. (80905).  RSVP to Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or
 Sun., Sept 30, 7- 7:30 PM - Las Vegas 1 year Anniversary Vigil at Acacia Park (downtown).  This event is for the whole community. Spread the word with us as we remember the victims of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting.
Sat., Oct 13, 8 AM- 2 PM -  Moms Demand Action will have an information table at the TESSA 5K Run.  Volunteers are needed to help in shifts to be at the table and hand out info. RSVP to if you can help with this domestic violence awareness month event. 

Mon., Oct 22, 12-2 PM or 5-7 PM - Canvassing for our own Moms Demand Action member Brenda Krause (candidate for State House District 15).  Please indicate if you prefer morning or evening time.  Canvassing will be in the Powers corridor area. Specific meeting place will be provided upon RSVP. Contact Julie Carr 303-882-7326 or 

Wayne Au to Speak on "Rethinking Multicultural Education" Oct. 3

Colorado College’s Education Department will present Dr. Wayne Au from University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, who will speak at Packard Hall on the CC campus, 5 W. Cache Le Poudre, at 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 3. Au is the longtime editor of Rethinking Schools, and has written several books on multicultural education. This event is free and open to the public.

October Missile Silo Vigil to Honor Mary Casper

Denver and Colorado Springs peace groups are planning a missile silo vigil near New Raymer, CO to honor the memory of Mary Casper, a Denver peace activist who helped organize annual trips to the missile site. The event will be held Oct. 20, the one-year anniversary of her death, with more details to follow. In honor of the international Keep Space for Peace Week, peace activists also will gather at the gates of Schriever Air Force Base on Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for further information on both events.

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

Pikes Peak Permaculture Holds Final 2018 Weekend-Long Class

Pikes Peak Permaculture is hosting the last of its regular monthly series of weekend-long classes, the third weekend of each month. The final class is scheduled for 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
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