We are in awe with the progress that’s taking place on the infamous ‘V’. It was a lot of work removing the mountains of tape which secured the posters on one side of the ‘V’. No matter how hard we tried, keeping it in tact and looking nice was difficult. The weather had played its toll on it for the past months as it mainly sat (other than a couple day or weekend adventures & the odd protest) in the backyard of Pueblo House. No longer will the pieces of posters being flying off as we occupy the roads! All the stickers ad posters have been removed. The artists Alais Clay (from Denver) and Brett Jones (from Utah) have painstakingly removed all traces of stickers, cleaned, scraped and sanded this beautiful beast and have now transformed it into a work of art for all to see. Everyone around the Country will be able to enjoy for years to come. We don’t know how to thank these artists enough. (more…)
It was a fantastic day to spread the news about Monsanto and let shoppers know what’s really up with their food. Some of course have no interest…even though they have no idea what your talking about, protesting and don’t care to know. But, those that honked, listened and cared were plentiful. Every year we reach more people to help the cause and this was no exception. (more…)
How fitting that the Cinco de Mayo Parade has become such a controversial topic in Pueblo. Fitting that it ended in a protest & revolt against the “establishment”. The E.A.S.T. group feel they were targeted by unrealistic, arbitrary demands, regarding barriers. Who would possibly need 40 -6 ft high and 8ft wide barricades for a simple half hour parade extending 13 blocks. Even the barricade companies stated that “we must have misunderstood the request” and that it was “overkill”. But this was exactly what was being asked of us before the city of Pueblo would issue our permit (requested on March 17th). The day before the parade the Chieftain newspaper made comment that no permit had been issued and that Janet said “I’m prepared to get arrested but the parade will go on”. At last minute a barricade company offered to supply the barricades, but sadly they bailed last minute (no one knows why except that) Chief Velez stated the barricades “were not sufficient”. So the parade went ahead without a permit and therefore schools, marching bands and city officials were all unable to participate in our ILLEGAL parade, where we did have a large amount of cars and we DID occupy the streets! Overall the parade was a huge success and everyone had a good time. The traffic was very accommodating and just before it started 4 men from Eastside who are well known came to help organize the cars/floats then lead the parade through the streets in good old fashion style.
It’s been extremely stressful for the group E.A.S.T. who are trying to pull together a Cinco de Mayo Parade for East Pueblo this year. Back in March the City Council woman Eva Montoya (her alone) decided the parade would be cancelled because of construction at El Centro (the park where the ended last year). The newly formed E.A.S.T. group with 31 members present decided the parade should forge ahead and a new route be used this year to accommodate this. So, an organizing committee was formed and the work began, to set in motion a “Legendary Cinco de Mayo Parade -Car, Truck & Bike Show & Shine” event. They wanted the parade to go east on 4th St. (a state hwy that runs through town) where we could easily make a right turn into a huge (very unused) park equipped with a lap road for the car show. However, after obtaining an ok from CDOT to use the road, Chief Velez of Pueblo PD decided we were NOT going to use 4th St. He was adamant that he stand firm on record saying NO. (more…)
Today I presented for the League of Women Voters luncheon on the topic of “Occupy the Roads (how it all started) and the Pueblo House (and our 3 houses in the works) under “Occupy the Roads Foundation”. (Janet)
Welcome to Pueblo Colorado Crystal Zevon and Paki Weiland who stopped in on their way back from the protest against drones last week. Plenty were occupying Vegas to protest Remax who sell Palestine land to Israel and then “Shut Down Creech Civil Resistance” a drone protest which took place March 6. It had been just about a year since Crystal was here last and she saw what Pueblo House looked like then and now. We’ve come along way since then. Our conversations lead us to plan a new (more…)
This young man shares his song with the world. There’s nothing good about war. It sends brave young men and women into harms way and it’s usually for some resource needed by the rich. In this day and age we should be bringing peace and love not violence. (more…)
A wonderful time was had roaming the streets of Truth or Consequences, Hatch and Deming, New Mexico and then into Arizona through Casa Grande. Beautiful weather and some new friends met. Felt real good to be back out in the streets. (more…)
What a pleasure it was to meet Rebecca, her husband Jay and their son who came to visit us on the RV and share stories. They’re from Ft. Collins and also visiting TorC where they spotted the ‘V’ sitting at Artesian Hot Springs. Thank you for the cake, tea and chocolate.
Met some other great people like Elizabeth at the Riverbend Hot Springs. (more…)
How exciting to be back occupying the roads! Since just Dec. 21st we’ve been roaming the streets of southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona to soak up some sun and meet new people.
First we met James who dropped a box of food and drinks at our doorstep and then stopped by to give us some information. Next we ran into a Cold War protestor named Mikey who shared a few of her stories. (more…)