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Week of December 16, 2019


 

Two More Weeks of Indy Give!

PPJPC Needs YOUR Support in 2020

Whether you’d like to give through the Indy Give! campaign at indygive.com, or send us a donation directly, we hope you’ll consider a healthy year-end donation to PPJPC to keep our programs alive in 2020. We’re finding new-found media interest in efforts like Excellence Academy, but we can’t sustain missions without your help. Join us in our campaign countdown!

Meanwhile, more bags of “Peaceful Joe” have been prepared in both whole bean and ground versions. Thanks to our supporters at Veteran Coffee Roasters, who have moved from S. Tejon to a new location at 2110 Busch, off 21st St. south of US 24. Each pound is $15.95, and includes a donation to PPJPC through Indy Give! You can text orders to (401) 226-8988, and reference “PPJPC Peaceful Joe” in the text. You can also call VCR at (719) 375-5529 to find out hours at the new location. Thanks to friends and members for selling out the first batch in less than 48 hours!







 

Spaulding Featured in AfJ Podcast

Colorado Springs needs to have some conversations, changes, and healing in the aftermath of the death of De’Von Bailey – shot in the back on August 3 as he ran from two police officers. Community members gathered for dialogue in this “listening session” at the Sand Creek Library on August 19, 2019.

You can hear AfJ Podcast 3 at
http://studio809radio.com/active-justice-3-gun-violence/

The podcast team has recorded Spaulding's speech at the PPJPC Peace Breakfast, as well as speakers from the Sept. 21 Urban Experience walk, and will have podcasts up soon!
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Save the Date: MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2020

PPJPC is once again co-sponsoring MLK Day on the Colorado College campus. Save the morning of Monday, Jan. 20, and information on tickets will be forthcoming.
 

Peak Environment Looks at Libraries and Sustainability in Podcast 50

Studio 809’s Peak Environment has reached its 50th-podcast milestone, and the new episode looks at the role of libraries in sustainability. Your local library may not be the first thing you think of when you consider sustainable practices in your community, but sustainability is a core value of librarianship. You might be surprised at all the ways your library contributes to sound environmental stewardship. The American Library Association Council passed a resolution in 2015 on the importance of sustainable libraries. The resolution notes that libraries play an important and unique role in wider community communications about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future. This resolution was adopted as the ALA’s 12th core value of Librarianship in January of 2019.

The latest podcast is at:
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-50/

Also check out Podcast 49 on the Westside Community Garden. A one-of-a-kind approach to community gardening pulls out the stops on community building. Richard Mee and a few fellow community garden advocates wanted to take the “my” out of community gardening and make it “ours.” They charted new territory in their effort to launch the Westside Community Garden in Colorado Springs. Building community was as important to the group as growing food, so they strived to make it truly community run. This cooperative concept builds community, educates gardeners, eases vacation absences, and provides a higher probability of success. 
Podcast 49 is at
http://studio809radio.com/peak-environment-49/
 

House Votes for Space Force at Schriever Air Force Base


Most of the media attention at the Pentagon this fall was focused on the creation of a U.S. Space Command, a Pentagon-level command that actually duplicates what already existed at Peterson AFB from 1994 to 2002. But the real activity took place last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, when the Defense Authorization Act was passed designating $322 million for the creation of the Space Force from Air Force and Army elements, converting the existing Air Force Space Command to Space Force headquarters. Nearly $150 million will go to Schriever for creation of a Space Operations Center (though such a facility has been at Schriever since it was known as Falcon Air Force Station), and more than $75 million will go to Fort Carson for space operations. The bill still must go to the Senate, but is expected to pass.

The Space Force will be a new branch of the armed services which will be under indirect Air Force control, the way the Marines exist under the Navy. While the president no doubt envisions soldiers in space, such a view is unrealistic for decades, if ever. The real impact of the Space Force is to consolidate all Pentagon ground-based personnel for warfighting and surveillance, using satellites, the space plane, and future resources. Peace activists should pay close attention because space and cyber hostilities may well replace ground-based operations in the future, and Colorado Springs will be Ground Zero for space operations.


 

RAWtools Plans RAWPOWer Workshop January 11 on "Nonviolence for Sticky Situations"

Start 2020 with keen vision! Spark your imagination, hone your soulforce skills! The RAWPOWer workshop, “Nonviolence for Sticky Situations,” will be presented at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon, on Saturday January 11, from 9-3. Everyone welcome! Admission is free, but RAWtools is asking everyone to bring their own brown-bag lunch. Questions? Mary Sprunger-Froese, artistinresidence@rawtools.org


 

Sanctuary City Coalition Plans Dec. 21 Music and Poetry Night at Bar-K


The Colorado Springs Coalition for Sanctuary City Now! is planning a Dec. 21 benefit at Bar-K, 124 E. Costilla, from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature music, poetry, dancing and drinks.
 

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.

Blanket Donations Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army

The appeal for blankets for homeless people continues on.  Our two local shelters say the need is still there. In fact, the Salvation Army has been forced to rent blankets. Additionally, donations of towels are also requested.  Both shelters offer the opportunity to shower for their guests. 
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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