From Pueblo to Taos and then on to Santa Fe. The scenery is spectacular. It’s been 5 years since I came through here originally. Hope to meet up with some occupiers if they’re still around.
The weather held out as we put a new roof on the ‘V’ She was in pretty bad shape with all the wear and tear throughout the years. Not to mention all those trees scraped while trying to park in cities around the country.
The roofing supplies went on sale at almost 1/2 price so the timing was perfect. Now we’re good for another 10 years with two layers of rubber compound to stop any leaks. (more…)
People attack you for standing up to the status quo and for equality. It’s hard to be different and be your own person with your own thoughts, in a world that wants a nation of clones. Ah, but now in the news… all this talk about football players kneeling during the anthem! In this country we have “rights” protected by the law? Freedom of Speech is one? If those who think everyone should just follow and not do, or say anything to disrupt the apple cart then perhaps they should go live in a country where you’ll be told what to think and say. As long as you follow the ‘rules’ no problem, right? (more…)
The ‘V’ spent a few days on the sunshine coast traveling all the way to Squamish, BC Canada where it surely was a big hit with all our revolutionaries on the side of it.
The day before leaving I noticed a lady riding her bike in front of the house. She had her dog on a leash and as I came out of the house to put some stuff in the RV, I saw that she had stopped and was now taking pictures of the RV, so I put the stuff down in the inside, closed the door and went to say hi. She said, “that’s quite a vehicle you have there”, to which I replied yes indeed. Then she stated how each person whose picture adorned the ‘V’ were so inspirational and made the world a different and better place. She remarked about people and serious struggles that were prevalent today. She said the world had changed and mentioned it was tough to deal with all the issues we faced without getting depressed (I remind myself this was Canada), then she mentioned that she cries almost every night about the things that are happening around us. (more…)
The ‘V’ is back occupying a few roads as we make our way west across the US and then up to Canada where it will be parked for a week or so while we enjoy some ocean time.
The trip through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and then across the border into B.C. Canada was beautiful.
We met a couple interesting men while getting tires checked in Utah and surprisingly enough found some of the same issues there as were plaguing Pueblo. Crime and drugs do not have defined borders. The interview will be posted shortly. (more…)
We’ve been working hard on the radio station to bring programs for youth and part of that entailed interviews of kids on the Eastside. It’s pretty sad when 50% of the 10 kids interviewed openly admit they’ve thought of suicide because life is too tough. We’re doing our best to reach out to kids and let them know they have support and options.
Two of our donated houses are now up and running. We host MakerSpace @ 816 E 5th on Fridays from 4-6 pm. On Saturdays we have open mic and yard fun @ 824 E 5th. There are more programs coming, we just need funding to make it happen. Our gardens have been planted thanks to Baker Seed Co (Rare seeds) who donated $250 worth of non-gmo seeds. (more…)
Obama’s flood of last-minute commutations marks the second day this week that he has reduced sentences for federal inmates. On Tuesday, he commuted the sentence of soldier Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for leaking US diplomatic secrets. Manning will walk free on 17 May. (more…)
Just received a new shipment of my book I wrote about my journey through Occupy (with more pictures) “MoVement”or “Who Put the ‘V’ in Occupy? (same content is in both, but you can order the cover depending on your preference) if anyone would like to purchase a copy. This is the one I’ve been trying to reformat forever. I’m sending those who ordered their copy this weekend. The one I sent in the meantime is a freebie for your patience. Purchases can be made here and all proceeds go to help KYOC radio station and Pueblo House. Just scroll down the page a bit and on the right hand side you’ll see where you can order either cover. Thank you everyone. (Janet)
A few of us weathered the weather on Saturday to show our support for the National Climate March 2017.
With the snow coming down the speakers persevered to lend their voices. Across the country people marched to stand up to the administration who think it’s not real. Well, the people spoke up and this is what it looked like:
OTR Foundation is working around the clock to bring a creative space to the Eastside of Pueblo where gangs and drugs run rampant. It’s been some time renovating these abandoned homes that were donated over the course of 3 years. With very limited funds we’ve managed to finish one for art and makerspace and almost completed the second for music and radio station. After launching our 98.5 FM LP station we’re finding a voice for the community to raise its concerns and talk about the issues facing the Eastside. Our third house will be a while before we can find funding for that, but eventually that will become a media, virtual reality space. Fun on Fifth St. is where it will be soon! In the meantime we’re enjoying the (more…)