Community Conversations

Community Conversations

Community Conversations at Pikes Peak Library District is a new series of monthly events that invites the public to discuss current events and issues impacting the Pikes Peak region. We want to promote civil dialogue and greater understanding of different perspectives.

Building Police and Community Relations Series

Part 1: Community Discussion

Recent events have our community, like others around the nation, hurting. Biased policing has become a point of discussion as violence crossing racial lines has provoked racial tensions and led to large scale protests. Where do we go from here? How do we begin to build stronger and safer police and community relationships? There is a shared desire for safer communities, fair and unbiased law enforcement, and the ability for law enforcement to safely do their jobs throughout our community. How do we get there?

Part 2: Panel Discussion

Panelists included:

  • Stephany Rose Spaulding, Associate Professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies UCCS, Senior Pastor - Ebenezer Baptist Church,
  • Yolanda Avila, Colorado Springs City Council Member District 4
  • Leslie Herod, Colorado State Representative, District 8
  • Chief Vince Niski, Colorado Springs Chief of Police

Click here to watch.

Part 3: A Virtual Evening with Patrisse Cullors

Join PPLD for a virtual moderated Q&A Community Conversation on police and community relations featuring Patrisse Cullors, an author, activist, educator, and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Ms. Cullors is the author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.

Click here for Parisse Cullors' biography.

Click here to read about the event.

Click here for resources.