March began with a flurry of activities for the Pikes Peak Breastfeeding Coalition. As the President, I hosted our monthly meeting at a new location ~ Beginnings Birth Center ~ which is Colorado Springs’ first free-standing birth center!
The Coalition also hosted a screening of ‘Milk’, a documentary about the politics of motherhood and infant feeding, on March 9 at the 21c Library. I have been dedicated to helping mothers and children thrive in environments where corporate greed is prioritized over public health, and hosting this documentary was a great way to bring more community members into a place of awareness and empowerment.
I planned to attend the Sierra Club’s monthly “Beyond Coal” meeting for the first time, but it had been moved and I wasn’t in-the-know; I’ll check back in for a future meeting!
Now that the campaign is registered and official with the state, I took the next obvious step and opened a campaign bank account. This was no easy task, and took over 3.5 hours across two days, but the conversations I had with bank staff about local politics and the importance of having representatives that are more “like us”, were invaluable.
Already meeting such great people 🙂
I attended, for the third time, the Air Quality Technical Committee (AQTC) meeting at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and spoke as a representative of our community. This group is tasked with providing recommendations and technical plans to the Community Advisory Board, which reports to the City Council.
The AQTC disbanded a couple years ago because, and I quote, “they thought they had the issue of air quality covered here when they were meeting the federal standards.” When the person in charge of the committee resigned their position, the group just ceased to exist. Fast forward only one year later, and we are registering poor air quality readings that may lead to violating federal EPA standards and incurring a huge fine … not to mention the subsequent public health effects from increasingly more dangerous pollutants in our air.
It may go without saying that the lack of focus on public health around here is distressing.
If you’d like to read a version of my statement from the AQTC meeting, it can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/RandiforCO/photos/a.2237296733195640/2253464111578902/?type=3&theater
At the end of the month, I was moved to tears by the powerful and inspiring indigenous activist and performer, Radmilla Cody. Her words moved the ancient memories held within my ancestral genes – we must protect our mother, and all mothers. Water is life.
As for our family, we rented a large van, picked up my brother’s family of four, and road-tripped to Kansas to visit our extended family. It was a long drive, but well worth the bonding time and chance to cultivate our own family traditions.
It was also a birthday month around here, Happy 1st Birthday to our littlest one!