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Week of February 11, 2019


PPJPC Gains $6,868 in Give! Campaign

Organization on Sound Footing for 2019

PPJPC picked up its check from the Indy Give! Campaign at a nonprofit members’ reception Feb. 7 at El Pomar Carriage House. Treasurer Marguerite Terze and Co-Chair Loring Wirbel picked up the check for PPJPC (picture above). The 2018 campaign helped to put PPJPC on sound footing for 2019, as we launch new programs and continue existing ones.


Urban Experience Walk Set for Feb. 16

Urban Experience is off to a rapid start this year, with a private walk for a Buddhist group scheduled for  Saturday, Feb. 16. The Urban Experience also is offering special workshops for Pikes Peak Library District, tentatively Feb. 23 and March 23. We will be offering open Urban Experience walks later this spring, contact our offices for more information.5:30

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.

Help Sought for Immigrant Children in Site Inspections

The Reunify nonprofit is seeking help nationwide to inspect sites where children from separated immigrant families are being housed.  The volunteer help of lawyers, paralegals, and interpreters is particularly needed. Several thousand unaccompanied and separated immigrant minors remain detained under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy in over 60 facilities around the country. The 1997 Flores Settlement sets the national standards for the detention and release of minors. As class counsel we can appoint volunteer lawyers and paralegals to inspect detention facilities and to interview detained minors. We are recruiting volunteer lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to inspect the detention sites listed below on the dates indicated. To volunteer for one or more days at one or more of these detention site inspections, please register or sign in to, where you can select the detention site you wish to inspect.

Blankets Needed at Homeless Shelters

Our Colorado Springs City Council recently voted $500,000 for additional beds at the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army RJM Center!  This latest taste of cold and snowy weather lends urgency to helping those in our community without shelter from the coming winter. 
Besides needing beds, there is always a need for blankets.  If you would like to donate a blanket, quilt, comforter or throw, it would be much appreciated at the shelters. Besides individual people donating, a sewing or needlework group could also help.   Sometimes the shelter sends along a blanket when a homeless person leaves, and they are also given out to those turned away due to lack of bed space.  If you have a heart to help a person be warm please consider donating a new or gently used blanket.
The Rescue Mission has a donation warehouse one block west of their campus at 111 W. Las Vegas St.  Look for a DONATION DROP OFF sign with white letters on black. Suggested times are Mon- Fr 9:30a to 4:30p, and Sat 9 to 11a.  The Salvation Army accepts donations at their R.J. Montgomery Center, 709 S. Sierra Madre, near Cimarron, behind the power plant.  Best time is between 9 am and noon Mon - Fri.

Enrollment Still Open for LEAD Excellence Academy

Classes have begun for the LEAD Excellence Academy, in a new location at 315 S. Hancock, but that doesn’t mean you’re too late to enroll a child in the program. The academy 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 Friday-Saturday sessions. More information is available by contacting Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.


Moms Demand Action February-March Events

One year ago this week, February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others.
Honor the victims, survivors, and community of Parkland, FL with action!  
Moms Demand Action Events to help pass important Extreme Risk Protection Order Law in Colorado.

This coming Tuesday, 6:30-8 PM @  5125 Centennial Blvd., Ste. 200, Colo Spgs. 80919
Your help is needed to call other friendly MOMS supporters and ask them to contact lawmakers.  Bring your phone or set up Google voice on your phone. We will head to Trinity Brewing Company afterwards for food and drinks for those interested.  
RSVP here -

2/20 - Wine & Postcards
7-9 PM @ Principal’s Office at IvyWild, 1604 S. Cascade Ave, Colo Spgs. 80905
We will write a pile of postcards to legislators urging support for gun safety laws.
RSVP here-

 MOMS Postcard Event, Oct. 2018

More is on tap for March! On Sun., March 3, we’ll have our next Meet-Up at Sand Creek Library, time TBD. Updates on Extreme Risk legislation and advocacy day tips and prep. This will prepare participants for Advocacy Day on Friday, March 9 at the CO State Capitol. 9 AM-12 Noon. Comradery and carpooling provided.
Questions? Call Julie Carr 303-882-7326

Next Food for Thought Series Begins February 28

Spaces for the spring Food for Thought are filling up fast! Many PPJPC members have participated in Food for Thought, a program to bring together people from different political and cultural backgrounds to share meals and ideas. The next series of meals begins on Feb. 28, with a kickoff meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at UC Health Memorial Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave. To register, or for information, visit


Democratic Party Veterans' Initiative to Hold First Meeting February 16

A new Veterans’ Initiative formed by the El Paso Democratic Party will hold a meeting this coming Saturday, Feb. 16, from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. Jacqueline Armendariz, Military & Veterans Constituent Advocate from U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet's office, will speak briefly and then take questions. Senator Bennet has an excellent Veterans help line, too. To learn more about our Veterans group, please go to or call 303-618-6131.  

Studio 809 Presents 13th Peak Environment Podcast on Palm Oil Problems and Sustainability

Our friend and partner Dave Gardner presents the thirteenth in the “Peak Environment” series from Studio 809, this one courtesy of Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. This one addresses the horrible truth about palm oil, and whether a sustainable palm oil business is possible. You’ve probably heard palm oil production is causing deforestation and biodiversity loss on a massive scale. You might be surprised, however, how many products contain palm oil. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Tracey Gazibara shares how the zoo protects species and habitat by supporting efforts to produce Sustainable Palm Oil. Tracy explains why we shouldn’t boycott palm oil, but should instead support certified sustainable palm oil. Also learn about an app to help you do this.
You’ll find this newest episode at:

The latest podcast also is on Facebook,

For access to recent Growthbusters podcasts, visit

Also, keep watch for a new PPJPC podcast to be produced in association with Studio 809!
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