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Week of May 20, 2019


David Barsamian to Speak at UCCS TONIGHT (May 20)

PPJPC Sponsors Lecture by Colorado Activist and Radio Host

PPJPC will sponsor Colorado radio host David Barsamian for a special talk, “Rise Up and Resist,” which examines resistance in the face of new repression. Barsamian will speak TONIGHT (Monday, May 20) at 6 p.m. at University Center 302 on the UCCS campus. He will be preceded by Bill Sulzman of Citizens for Peace in Space, who will talk on local use of military drones. Barsamian describes his topic:  “When is enough enough? In the face of evil what does it take for people to move from passivity to active resistance? Throughout history there have been instances of people defying tyranny. Fighting back no matter what the odds. An example comes from Nazi Germany, often considered the benchmark of evil. Opposition to the regime was highly dangerous. Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister, and others at the University of Munich said, Genug. Enough. They formed the White Rose movement and called on Germans to recognize their moral duty and overthrow the government. They disseminated critical information through flyers and graffiti. One such graffiti said, “Whatever comes out of Hitler’s mouth is a lie.” In 1943, Hans and Sophie Scholl were arrested and beheaded. Their resistance and courage are honored today. They took risks. Can we?”

AfJ Podcasts

The Active for Justice PPJPC Podcast, like all Studio 809 podcasts, has debuted on iTunes and on Google Podcasts, with an imminent Spotify appearance anticipated. The second PPJPC Active for Justice podcast went live last weekend, to coincide with the recent RAWtools book tour hitting the city on March 23. In the podcast, PPJPC Executive Director Victoria Stone interviewed RAWtools founder Michael Martin and its arts coordinator, Mary Sprunger-Froese, who joined with Josh Rumpel, the gun violence activist featured in the first AfJ podcast.

The title of the second podcast is “Eat, Pray Peace: How Can We Make This Podcast About Gun Violence Unnecessary?” The speakers discuss a recent shooting in which a mother killed her three children. It’s not a mass shooting, but it is gun violence. Part of the challenge: a belief that guns are a problem-solver, something that gun laws alone won’t solve. Also discussed: the myth of “redemptive violence,” the notion that we need guns to protect us from people with guns. American society tends to think there is some good violence (by police, military, etc.), but of course it is still violence. Also on the agenda: the “wild west” persona. We’re obsessed with having power OVER people instead of power under people and lifting them up.

The non-profit Martin founded, RAWtools, turns guns into garden tools, “changing the story from death into life” (with a team of volunteers being taught how to blacksmith). He is also co-author (with Shane Claiborne) of the new book, Beating Guns. The book explores how we got into the place we’re in today with so many shootings. Ten percent of the gun owners are holding this conversation hostage. The hope of the book is that we stop killing each other.

As artist-in-residence at RAWtools, Mary Sprunger-Froese hosts workshops at RAWtools. Justice activist Josh Rumpel has spent a year studying gun violence.

Visit to volunteer, donate, or learn about workshops. Visit to learn more about the book or see if there is a book tour stop in your area.
You’ll find the first two AfJ podcasts at new podcast at

Peak Environment Podcast 25 Covers Bikesharing in Colorado Springs

Did you know there are over 200 bikes in a 12 square mile area of central Colorado Springs available for you to borrow? Over a million calories have been burned by riders on PikeRide bicycles since bikesharing began in Colorado Springs ten months ago. Jolie Nesmith, Executive Director of PikeRide Bike Share, fills host Ellen Johnson-Fay in on how bikesharing works, the genesis of the bike share system in Colorado Springs, and the benefits of bikesharing.
You can find the newest podcast at

Get the full story and try PikeRide out on Thursday, May 23, when Green Drinks convenes at PikeRide and then pedals over to Local Relic. Nesmith and Johnson-Fay discuss the details of that event in this episode:
Green Drinks at PikeRide
May 23, 2019, 5:30 pm
PikeRide -739 E. Pikes Peak Avenue

we’ll ride from Pike Ride to
Local Relic
320 South Weber

Our last podcast, Episode 24, looks at a new scrap store in town. Who Gives a Scrap is a donation-based scrap store in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins that carries an impressive mix of arts, craft and hobby supplies in addition to unique vintage finds. At the April, 2019 Green Drinks, co-founders Jayne Blewitt and Lorrie Myers shared their story and how the store works. It’s an excellent resource for teachers, and it’s a beautiful alternative to tossing scraps and supplies you no longer need.

Visit for locations and information about what they accept and what you’ll find.

You’ll find this podcast at


First Congregational Church Presents "Requiem for the Streets" May 31

The Music and Arts Ministry at First Congregational Church invites you to Walk With Me: A Requiem for the Streets, a concert in memory of the 59 (+) individuals who lost their lives while living on the streets of El Paso County in 2018. The concert will feature John Rutter’s Requiem. A Requiem Mass is traditionally offered at a funeral service. In addition to the Requiem, we will share songs of both lament and celebration for our community; we will hear the stories of those who have experienced homelessness in El Paso County; and we will listen for God’s call on our lives to help house the homeless among us. An offering will be collected with all proceeds going to alleviate homelessness in Colorado Springs. You are invited to join with us for this concert on May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain, as audience and as performer. We are creating a Community Choir and we want YOU to join us. Come to our rehearsal on May 28, share in some food and fellowship, learn a couple of songs (including John Rutter's fantastic arrangement of "When the Saints Go Marching In"), and join us as we celebrate the lives of folks who might otherwise be forgotten.

Hillside Internship Program at Concrete Couch

Concrete Couch is launching an internship program for Hillside Community Center.  The organization is looking for volunteers who are 15 years of age and older, able to work every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, from May 28 to Aug. 7. Those interested are required to attend a training dinner on Tues. May 21, and an evaluation dinner Wed. Aug. 7, at the Concrete Couch headquarters, 215 E. Vermijo. (Work sessions will be at Hillside Center, 925 S. Institute.)

The cost of the internship program is $300. Those interested should send a resume (including construction skills), and/or a letter of intent, to, ASAP but before May 21.

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 Still Needed at Springs Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Shelter

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.

Plans Firmed Up for Protest Against Trump Policies at AFA Graduation May 30

President Trump unexpectedly pulled rank over Vice President Mike Pence, who was expected to give the keynote address for the Air Force Academy graduation May 30. Members of Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission and other local groups, are planning a legal, peaceful, non-violent presence outside the South Gate from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. the morning of Thursday, May 30. All are invited to join us. We will be gathering at 420 Mesa Road, and we will be leaving for the Air Force Academy at 6:30 a.m. Please consider carpooling as parking may be tight. Don’t have a sign? No worries. Join us anyway! Some banners will be provided. It will be helpful to have a feel for how many people are coming.
So, if you are planning to join us, or if you would like additional information, please email us at


Excellence Academy Can Use School Materials, Wednesday-Friday Lunch Donations

PPJPC’s LEAD Excellence Academy has expanded its program to Wednesday through Friday. We can use school supplies such as scissors, mouse pads, and if possible a laptop or Chromebook. We also can use donations of simple lunches, such as pizza and sandwiches, particularly on our new day of Wednesday, but also on the Thursdays and Fridays our classes are in session. The academy is offering classes at 315 S. Hancock, and 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. If you are interested in helping out with food, contact Victoria Stone at (719) 632-6189.

Moms Demand Action Plan May 23 Meeting and June 8 #WearOrange Day

Join Moms Demand Action this coming Thursday, May 23, 4:30-6 PM @ Poor Richard’s (back room), 324 N. Tejon St.,COS 80903. Support and Conversation: Informal get together with others who share fears and frustrations about school shootings and gun violence.  Information about school safety recommendations from Everytown for Gun Safety will be available as well as opportunity to sign up for MOMS summer activities/actions.  Kid friendly, anyone interested in gun violence prevention welcome.

RSVP here:

We wear orange to fight for a future free from gun violence

*** WEAR ORANGE*** Moms Demand Action BIG Summer Event- We need you!!
Saturday, June 8, 12-4PM @ Park just north of Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 E Pikes Peak Ave, COS 80909. Moms Demand Action is partnering with Ebenezer Baptist Church Community Resource Day: non profit and city resources available and pizza, bounce houses, entertainment, activities. Wear Orange is in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. LOTS of VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to set up, supervise bounce houses, give out info at MOMS and Be SMART booths, help with promotion, photography, and clean up.

Sign up HERE

 ATTEND - bring family and friends.  RSVP here to give us an idea of how many to expect:

Be a part of Wear Orange weekend June 7-9 by wearing orange literally, decorating your car, talking about and recognizing Gun Violence Awareness weekend at your workplace or place of worship.


Call for Interns for 2019 Peace Camp July 29 - August 2

Yes, the spring is half over despite current near-winter weather, and that means it’s time to call for interns for this summer’s Peace Camp at Hillside Community Center! If you enjoy working with kids from elementary through high school, this is a good opportunity to use your talents. Contact our offices at (719) 632-6189 for more information,

All Souls Film Series Covers Restorative Justice May 23

The Fourth Thursday Film Series at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church will host a special May 23 program on restorative justice, sponsored by All Souls and the El Paso County Democratic Party. The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 at All Souls, 730 N. Tejon. Film showing begins at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. The program will feature three short films and a panel discussion about the potential of restorative justice to transform our community’s criminal justice system from one of retribution to one of restoration and rehabilitation.

We are honored to have restorative justice advocates Senator Pete Lee and Lynn Lee as our forum members. Senator Lee has sponsored successful legislation to create pilot programs for youth across the state and served as a spokesperson at conferences throughout the country. Ms. Lee has completed more than 400 Restorative Justice conferences and currently sits on the State Restorative Justice Council. Together, they have worked for decades to introduce this kinder and more effective system into our community which has been shown to reduce recidivism by as much 50% while it offers healing for both perpetrator and victim.


The Springs Echo Returns to the Streets!

Colorado Springs’ newspaper for the homeless, The Springs Echo, will return later this spring with the assistance of PPJPC. We are looking for writers and for distributors of the paper, please contact if you would like to help.


Colorado Springs Repeats Popular Renter Rights Program

The city’s community development division is repeating its popular “Renter Rights” program in association with Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado Legal Aid.  Two remaining workshops will be held in the summer and the fall to discuss the rights and responsibilities of renters. Admission is free, but space is limited, and those interested should check with the web site for more information. A summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 7 at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The last fall workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For information on registering, go to

ECOC's Two-Day June Seminar for State CLDE Guidelines

A two-day seminar from Educating Children of Color will provide differentiating instruction for the state’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) standards. Co-facilitators for this course are Dr. Barbara Dray, with more than 20 years’ experience in bilingual special education, and Meghan McCracken, a language development specialist at Boulder Valley School District. This program takes place June 27 and 28, with hours on Thursday (June 27) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Masonic Lodge at 1150 Panorama Drive, near Coronado High School. The cost is $249, or $199 if you register before May 15. To register, visit If you have questions, contact, or call 719-640-6633.

ECOC to Present Two Summer "Diversity University" Sessions

Educating Children of Color will repeat its popular Diversity University in two June and July sessions at Pikes Peak Community College. They will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily from June 10 to June 14, and again from July 22 to July 26. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Regina Lewis and Judge Regina Walter. The cost is $50, and attendees will receive 40 contact hours for CDE licensure and 20 hours for CLE attorney credit. For an additional $137.50, attendees can receive 2.5 hours of graduate credit from Adams State University. For information on registration, contact Regina Walter at, or 719-640-6633.
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