What a great way to end the day, seeing this pardon. Having attended Mannings trial and seeing how fragile Chelsea was..this brought tears to my eyes. This is a great thing Obama is doing. The American taxpayers should be grateful to Manning for exposing the criminal behavior of some military through the released movie “Collateral Damage” that went viral on the Internet. Chelsea risked her life giving documents to WikiLeaks in order that we would know what was going on behind the scenes. The message, when our government sent Manning to prison, was that it’s ok to be a whistleblower on a company… but not the government.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a fantastic success. Catherine Calderon for getting all the food and making sauce for the spaghetti along with a cake. And Maggie for making a vegetarian spaghetti sauce. Doug for bringing buns and Anne Courtright who brought a tray of cookies. Nita Bakes for another wonderful tray of goodies and for handling all the guests at the door and also for the gifts she brought, James Raymond Smith and Patrick Pulis for all the moving and organizing throughout the day and making sure the music room was set up for us, We thank all the people who brought items for the silent auction (Nita, Catherine, Kate, Marsha & Steve) and especially Bella Chacon’s mom who made a special trip to bring a gift basket to help us raise money and to all the guests and musicians who played for our first gig in the music house (Dave David Gouge, Maggie May Johnny Watson, Traemon McCabe Amberdawn M McCabe, Cat Connor, Michael Comora, Fred & Bernie, Phil Holland, Steve Lujan and George Samaras who joined us later. We loved that Angelina Perez and Chacee Martinez sang a special song for us.
We raised $520 for the radio station which will launch at the end of this month. We’re working with an engineer who is bringing everything we need to get up and running by the end of this month. My dream has been fulfilled when we finished the night at the music house and all the musicians came together to create a vibe like no other! (more…)
Our Fundraiser is this Saturday from 4 – 8pm at the Pueblo House 816 E 5th St. (Between Glendale & Hudson).
The Radio Station 98.5 FM KOYC (k-occupy your community) will be raising money to purchase a transmitter and antennae so we can start broadcasting by Feb. 15th. Stay tuned..lol
We’re gearing up and getting the houses ready to view for anyone who would like a tour to see what we’re doing over here on 5th St. (more…)
The OTR book is available. It’s been a few long, grueling days over the past couple weeks getting the book to print, and making an electronic format available on Kindle. After 3 years in the making it’s finally done. Thanks to thank Jones (who airbrushed the ‘V’) for designing the cover and helping me quite a bit over the past few days. I would also like to thank all my friends who helped edit the content (Catherine Calderon, Nita Backes with some parts done by Cate Mugasis & Randy Kalish). I have copies of “MoVement” coming next week and “Who Put the ‘V’ in Occupy the original edition (arriving the following week). I decided to have two titles to encourage everyone to read it regardless of what they think of Occupy. Sometimes people are quick to judge from the title. We all know the media did a good job portraying the movement in a negative light. With book can be ordered now (link on the right). I’d welcome any feedback from the readers. Safe journey into 2017 everyone! Much Love…Janet (more…)
We’ve been busy working on our music house. The OTR Foundation has 3 houses that were donated on the Eastside (812, 816 & 824 E 5th St.) of Pueblo. We’re using these spaces to ensure youth have a stress free – safe place to go where they enjoy a few things that schools may not offer. Our aim is to give kids something fun to do and at the same time expose them to things that they might find their passion. Rather than work at minimum wage jobs it would be nice to see them build a career doing what they love. We’ll expose kids to more music, art and media. We’re creating a space where young people can learn, play and mentor each other. The original Pueblo House is finished, but we have so much stuff (and a whole lot of musical instruments) inside, we’ve run out of room. Renovations are finalizing on the music house and with all the construction, we’ve not had the time (or space) to run programs. The music house will be our main focus until spring when we will open the space for music jams & lessons. The original Pueblo House (816 E 5th) will be turned into a games room, library and be our art space with lessons by local artists. (more…)
The face painting for Peace & Love Fest was held on the courthouse steps today and the kids were enjoying the awesome weather as they played and had faces painted.
After we took the ‘V’ through town and on our way back heard honks and saw peace signs being waved. We pulled over and met Catlin, Trevour and Chelsey from Oklahoma. They belong to the Lakota and Choctaw nations are heading to Standing Rock, ND to support the water protesters. (more…)
OTR is happy and proud to stand with the hero’s on the front line protecting our waterways. If the houses weren’t taking every minute of our day (to get up and running before the snow flies) we’d be there too. But, we’re watching it and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the front lines who put their lives on hold to ensure all of us are protected and the water free from contamination and big oil! Stand with us today in Pueblo as we embrace national stand with #NODAPL at 2 pm.
Just found a whole lot of pics on another hard-drive (the main one stopped working) and wanted to share all of these wonderful places and people I got to visit with, while touring. They’re in alpha order for the most part. Five years later and occupy still lives on, sort of, kind of…well a few of us are still here! This is a sample of the city’s and towns visited. Happy 5th to everyone in Occupy!
Coming up 5 years of occupying for OTR
Click here to See: Alternet News Article
Members of the Occupy the Roads Foundation gathered with Occupy Pueblo and decided to transform the vacant brick building into a community center. A large team of community activists and residents cleared out the trash, cleaned up the interior, and with the help of a grant, fixed the roof and the electrical system, and painted and decorated the interior. The process is captured in the following video:
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…)