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The Blast ~ November 26, 2019


Active Bystander Intervention Training

Hosted by Colorado College Wellness Resource Center Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Colorado College Wellness Resource Center 902 N. Cascade, Worner Center 226, Colorado Springs, 80903

The BADASS (Be Aware, Decide to Act, Say Something) Campaign focuses on preventing violence, responding to people in distress, and fostering inclusivity through the principles of active bystander intervention. In this two-hour training, dinner will be served and you'll gain a broad introduction to tools for building and fostering a community that is inclusive, consent-oriented and trauma informed. Rumor has it there might also be tank tops and stickers (!)


Just Talk: The People and the Police: Examining the Divide

Hosted by UCCS Kraemer Family Library and 2 others Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM UCCS Kraemer Family Library 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

Six years after the founding of Black Lives Matter and four months after the shooting of De’Von Bailey, what is the state of the relationship between the police and the Colorado Springs community? Do different communities within Colorado Springs experience the police differently? Do they have different relationships with law enforcement? Our panelists will provide context for a dialogue about how we might begin to bridge the gaps between the disparate parts of our community.


Open house set for RetoolCOS: a zoning and ordinance update

Hosted by City of Colorado Springs Government Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM City of Colorado Springs Government  30 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Our community came together in a two-year process to develop PlanCOS that outlines the city will develop over the next 20 years. With this process complete, the City is launching a new initiative to update our zoning and subdivision code to provide the technical support to carry out the goals outlined in PlanCOS.  The public is invited to learn about RetoolCOS, the plan to update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, Chapter 7 of City Code. When complete, the update to this section of City Code, which has not been comprehensively updated since the late 1990s, will result in establishing a new, modern and more user-friendly Unified Development Code (UDC). The zoning and subdivision ordinance governs how property owners can use their land—and includes regulations such as building height, setbacks between properties and rights-of-ways, what uses are permitted, and how many parking spaces must be provided for various development types. City staff and the project team will share the overall goals of the project, basic land use and zoning issues and processes, types of changes that may be made to the zoning and subdivision ordinance and provide input on successes and shortcomings of the City’s current ordinance as it pertains to the implementation of PlanCOS. The public will have the opportunity at key points in the process to learn about the proposed technical updates and how they support PlanCOS, as well as provide input, prior to final adoption by City Council. For more information about RetoolCOS visit: www.ColoradoSprings.gov/RetoolCOS

Dec 3 Sen Mike Foote on the National Popular Vote Hosted by the El Paso County Progressive Veterans Tuesday Dec 3, 7PM Hunan Springs Chinese Restaurant 24 E Kiowa, Colorado Springs, 80903

Join us for a presentation on the National Popular Vote by Co State Senator Mike Foote.  The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  National Popular Vote web site has 14 explanatory videosAnswers to 131 myths


Legislative Roundtable Discussion

Hosted by Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 4 PM – 6 PM The Broadmoor 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Join the Pikes Peak region’s state legislators to discuss the issues important to your business and our economy. This is a rare opportunity to have in-depth, face-to-face dialogue with your elected representatives in small groups, and they love hearing directly from business owners about needs and opportunities in the community. Complimentary registration to Chamber & EDC, Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS members. 


Chamber Connect with Mayor John Suthers

Hosted by Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:15 AM – 1 PM Old Chicago (Colorado Springs North) 7115 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919

Join Mayor John Suthers as he shares a recap of his 2019 State of the City address.  Tickets


Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate

Hosted by Colorado Springs Feminists and 7 others Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 5 PM Richard F. Celeste Theatre 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Please join us for the first Youth-Led US Senate Candidate Debate! All questions will be asked by the youth (<23) but we encourage anyone of any age to attend! Food will be provided. We plan to have candidates and organizations table. As of October, we have 8 candidates confirming attendance. Cost: $5 suggested donation-proceeds go to the Womxn’s March Please refer to this post for more updates! If you have any questions, please email Emma at lilasianfeminist@gmail.com. We hope to see you there! WE thrive because of your support! This is YOUR party, we do good work and we have lots of work to do. Join us with your money or time, all support is needed and appreciated.  Bring your passion, energy and ideas and together we  advance the progressive Democratic values in El Paso County! Contributions welcome!


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