Frequently folks ask what the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission
does. In response we whip out an impressive list of programs complete with
names of presenters, locations and times etc. But there is a world view,
a belief system that underlies those programs and which gets us involved
in coalitions, in giving support services and in "rapid response" kinds
of activities that aren't on the calendar.
Our resources -- personnel and material -- are limited and so we rejoice
when other groups form to challenge injustice or violence or the degradation
of the environment.
In some instances we increase ours and their impact by coalescing.
We work very closely with the Citizens for Peace in Space, directed by
PPJPC member, Bill Sulzman. He has worked mightily for many years both here
and abroad to raise awareness around our nation's illegal domination of
Space and it's immoral war making from space. We are part of a statewide
coalition spearheaded by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (Boulder)
working for the rights of prisoners, to stop prison building and to create
alternatives to incarceration A group of four Commission members went to
Iraq in the fall of 1999. Since their return they've worked hard to raise
awareness around the issue of our sanctions of Iraq with teach-ins, letter
writing campaigns, speakers forums, demonstrations, etc. We are a member
of the Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War. We
are a member of the Colorado Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
We often lend support to other persons and groups whose philosophy is
consonant with ours. Our theater component, First Strike Theatre,
performs in numerous venues throughout the state, and beyond, at the invitation
of various activist groups. The director of Rose and Thorn (an exploration
of nonviolent self-defense) is frequently invited to speak or do demonstration
mini-workshops. Our newspaper, Active of Justice, is able to educate and
promote many issues and events which, though lacking our direct involvement,
share our passion for justice and peace.