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Kalamazoo & Omaha visited!

August 10th, 2016 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Lincoln | Omaha - (0 Comments)
Goodbye Detroit!

Spent a few hours hanging out in Kalamazoo before Tammy Hibner arrived . Didn’t get to see old friend Chris maybe next time through. It was peaceful where I was  able (with Tammy’s help -massage therapist) get comfortable again and drove west of Chicago before stopping for the night. Then it was off to Des Moines.

Passed…..Iowa & Nebraska and saw corn…lots of corn. Passed a wicked innovation center. (more…)

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This is an interview done by Janet while in FDR Park during the DNC waiting for Jill Stein to speak.  While speaking to Salvatore another lady (Martha Rollins) spoke up and gave her rendition of what happened.   Martha was there with Code Pink at the time of Berta’s murder. Interesting and somewhat disturbing!

In her final days, Berta Cáceres was bombarded with texts and calls warning her to give up the fight against the Agua Zarca dam, or else.

Berta Caceres death

Salvatore on Berta’s death

Martha (Code Pink) on Berta’s death

 

POST DNC….now what?

July 30th, 2016 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in DNC | Philadelphia - (0 Comments)
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There’s so much going on that people are not being made aware of and it pains me to see how folks are prepared to follow blindly ….based on limited information.

After leaving Philly I can say there are thousands of disgruntled people trying to have a voice, but the media are not covering the story. At the DNC….50k in the streets and over 10k in the park the night the delegates walked out. We no longer have to vote for the lesser of two evils. I’m concerned that those who just want to see a woman in office will make poor decisions. Yes, we need a woman, but not Hilary! We have plenty of great women in this country who would make a great president. But our choices are always limited to those who are the chosen ones! I’m not buying it and others are NOT buying it either. I’ve spent 5 years staying connected to people in the know. I feel I’ve earned the right to state my convictions and back them with plenty of facts. I’ve toured the country for over 3 years listening to ordinary people and then toured with Iraq Vets Against War…. soldiers who came home broken,beaten and struggling to understand this crazy country that continues to use them as canon fodder. (more…)

DNC and Code Pink

July 27th, 2016 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in DNC | Philadelphia - (0 Comments)
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The “Code Pink” women managed another protest  at the DNC, where signs were unfurled and a message was told.  That message:  Free the Whistle Blowers! & Stop the Drones!

All was good until they found Crystal (who blocked a few views) then escorted her into the lobby area where they then circled her with 8 or more security goons.

Crystal was nervous since they were detaining her without charging.  Immediate I asked why she was being detained when there were others who had been holding signs up in the convention (more…)

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Today Rebecca picked up Crystal and I then drove out to the start of the BLM rally where we ran into Bill PerryKevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers among others who showed their support today.

There were about 10,000 people in FDR Park tonight, spread out over a huge area. They marched from city hall once again and with a mix of heat and angst tensions were high but still the crowd remained peaceful. Some inside bickering about candidates, corruption and feelings of giving up and taking back the “arena”.  After seeing some of the speeches tonight (more…)

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Delegates arriving….lots of chanting “no HILLARY!”  It was clear the people have had enough.  The crowds continued to grow in numbers and in volume as they sent a message to the delegate. (more…)

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We gathered again at City Hall where plenty of marchers wanted to be heard.  Their voices came through loud and clear…..Bernie or bust!  After the march to FDR park we gathered in huge numbers to hear Jill Stein deliver her speech and it was great.  There’s no doubt the people are confused as to where to go during this campaign.  What was very clear is that they are NOT voting for Hilary!  The evening was cut short when torrential rains starting giving us all a nice bath after a very hot day.  As everyone ran toward the subway protecting their equipment it was noticed that the huge stage and image projectors had been covered in plastic.  There was going to be some great music, (more…)

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Today more than 10,000 people lined the streets of Philly to protest for clean energy and responsible ways to take care of mother earth.  It was a spectacle of great proportions as protestors took to the streets with their message.   It was an honor to be part of this and then to take part in the Bernie Sanders march (with the ‘V’) rolling through the streets of Philly to chants and cheers as we headed to FDR park to meet those braves souls who walked the 3;5 miles to get there.

Certainly this stuff would not have been covered by the regular media, who continue to minimize the importance of our movements for change.  The day ended with (more…)

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The streets were filled with people who care about global warming as they carried their signs and marched from City Hall to Independence Mall.  There were plenty to march….our guess about 15,000 to 50,000 in the streets.   We’re betting the media didn’t cover it! (more…)

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The people came together today in a couple different locations and began the conversation about why, what and how to fix a broken system. Plenty of folks joined together to plan and network. The room eventually filled and every room was occupied with strong willed, “we need change” people hoping for a better democracy. Lots of Bernie fans wondering why he isn’t running on the green ticket. Over all it was a good show. I hope it goes further and not just another talk session. We need action and a plan if we’re going to make (more…)