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The Blast April 23, 2019

  The BLAST ~ April 23, 2019

4.21.19 Just a few more weeks Just a few more weeks left in the legislative session and it's a race to the finish line for a lot of bills. No new bills this week, the following bills ...............

APR 25

Fourth Thursday Film Showing: Newtown

Hosted by All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (ASUUC) and El Paso County Democratic Party Thursday at 6 PM – 8:30 PM All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (ASUUC) 730 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Join us for a viewing of the documentary Newtown. "Twenty months after a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012, the small New England town is in a complex psychological tangle in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. The film provides access into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events." Panel discussion will follow and we are happy to announce that  RawTools, a Colorado Springs based group, will be joining us  We have an amazing panel lined up including a local high school girl who recently trained with the student activists at Parkland and a Columbine first responder who has worked with schools on violence for the past 20 years. This is one you don't want to miss!!! Doors will open at 6 p.m. and showing will begin at 6:30 p.m.

APR 25

Movie Night with 350 - Paris to Pittsburgh

Hosted by 350 Colorado Springs and Colorado College Sunrise Hub Thursday at 6:30 PM – 9 PM Shove Chapel 1010 N. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs,  80903

Join 350 Colorado Springs for a movie night at Colorado College! From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. Check out the trailer here: https://www.paristopittsburgh.com/

APR 27

Great American Cleanup

Hosted by El Paso County ParksUpaDowna and  Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Colorado Springs

Saturday 9AM  - Noon El Paso County Parks 2002 Creek Crossing St, Colorado Springs,  80905

Join UpaDowna as we tackle the trash along the Greenway trail south of America the Beautiful Park in partnership with Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners! To sign up for our cleanup: 1) Go to this registration site: 2) Click on “register” 3) Scroll down to the bottom of the choices and look for the “UPADOWNA- America the Beautiful Park area” 4) Show up that day a little before 9am to help us clean up our adopted trail! 5) Earn a food/drink voucher thanks to our cleanup Sponsor Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Colorado Springs!! HUGE thanks to our ”Environment Essentials“ program sponsor, SOCO Waste for helping us out!

The Great American Cleanup / Pikes Peak Partners is a coalition consisting of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County, the City of Fountain, Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, The City of Manitou Springs, the Town of Monument, and UpaDowna. In 2018, over 400 volunteers collected refuse at local parks, trails, creeks, roads, and town centers. We are encouraging civic organizations, churches, scout groups, school groups, and individuals to participate in 2019 as we give the Pikes Peak region a “spring cleaning”! www.gacppp.com

APR 27

Making Every Vote Count - National Popular Vote, Annual Meeting

Hosted by League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region

Saturday at 9:30 AM – 12 PM Tim Gill Center for Public Media 315 E Costilla St, Colorado Springs,  80903

On March 15, 2019 Governor Polis signed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and officially added Colorado to the growing number of states committing to a National Popular Vote for the U.S. Presidency. Colorado National Popular Vote Co-Chair Sylvia Bernstein will address what this means for our state, and more, during this lively presentation from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Colorado National Popular Vote is a volunteer grassroots organization dedicated to getting Colorado to adopt National Popular Vote (NPV) for president and vice-president of the United States.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The League will hold its Annual Business Meeting immediately after the presentation.

APR 27

Bernie 2020 Organizing Kickoff

Hosted by Hindsight is Bernie Sanders Saturday at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Penrose Library,  Pine room 20 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Now is the time for us to stand and be heard, all of us together! It’s time to get to work making Bernie Sanders our next President! Anthony Maro and Tammy Carlen Jagels will be Co-hosting this Event. We will be watching Bernie speak about what we need to win the 2020 election, and discussing some ideas we could possibly institute locally to help his campaign. November 2020 will be here before we know it and we need to do everything we can to support and bolster Bernie’s campaign for the White House. Guest speaker District 11 School Board candidate Nov 2019, Joseph Shelton. The Revolution Starts and Ends with US! So join up early and let's get organized! Please follow the below link to RSVP to this event. https://act.berniesanders.com/event/Organizing_Kickoff_Main_Attend/2164

Apr 28 General Membership Meeting Hosted by NAACP CO Springs Sunday at 3 PM – 4 PM

Sand Creek Library, 1821 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Please join the NAACP CO Springs branch for our General Membership Meeting this Sunday, April 28, at the Sand Creek Library at 3:00.

APR 29

Human Trafficking Awareness

Hosted by Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado and Forestgate Presbyterian Church Monday at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Forestgate Presbyterian Church 970 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs,  80921

Forestgate Presbyterian Church is pleased to host this Awareness Event, where you will hear from the experts about Human Trafficking and learn about this present danger. 6:30 Welcome + explanation/history of HT movement since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 6:40 Local Video: Teens for Sale (produced in 2018 in Denver) 6:50 Local: Chris Stadler, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and detective with FBI Innocence Lost validating the problem 7:10 HT via Social Media: 7:15 Local/Global: Dan O’Bryant – Former AF JAG & Academy Law Professor; Harvard Fellow; on the Boards of Shared Hope International & National Center for Sexual Exploitation The link between porn & trafficking 7:45 Global: Short videos of a few organizations making a difference: International Justice Mission, The Exodus Road 7:55 Local/Global - The Exodus Road Amy Roth Sandrolini, VP of Communications at The Exodus Road, former Emmy Award-winning journalist with NBC News, traveled to roughly 50 countries covering HR issues - including human trafficking 8:15 Conclusion: Ways to Learn More/Help Please register in advance on the Event Brite link.

APR 30

Beyond Columbine: Colorado Springs - A Community Conversation with RMPBS

Hosted by Rocky Mountain PBS Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM Tim Gill Center for Public Media 315 East Costilla Street, Colorado Springs,  80903

RMPBS will host a facilitated conversation, where we seek to humanize and illuminate the ways in which our community and state have been impacted in the last 20 years. Utilizing video excerpts from our upcoming series “Beyond Columbine,” multiple locations in our state will partake in a conversation, sharing our personal stories in the time since Columbine. Conversation starts at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP. Join the online conversation by sharing your own "ripple of Columbine" story with #BeyondColumbine on Facebook or Twitter.

*Notice of Photo and Video Recording: During this event photos and filming by staff may take place. By entering, you grant RMPBS the right to use these photos and video for internal and/or promotional materials. Thank you.Northside Indivisibles next meeting will be at 7:15 PM on April 30, at the Monument Library, 1706 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, CO. Contact joehdavis@yahoo.com for group information or meeting agenda.  Hope to see you there! Thanks, Joe

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