Economic & Social Justice

The Healthcare Movie @ Rawlings Library

February 26th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on The Healthcare Movie @ Rawlings Library)

While we all differ on our opinions of what’s needed there’s no denying that we need healthcare for all.   Knowing that 45,000 people die each year for lack of healthcare is sad.  Sad that 1) nothing is done to fix the problem and 2) sad that in this day & age, we have people dying in this Country because they don’t have access to healthcare.   (more…)

Veteran’s for Peace hold gathering

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Veteran’s for Peace hold gathering)

We gathered at the Rawlings Library on Monday evening where a few gathered to honor the passing of Dorothy who was well known in the Community:

From the Cheiftan newspaper

Dorothy June Speed Gale departed this life on Oct. 7, 2012. She was born March 17, 1928, in Pueblo, the daughter of Benjamin Milton Speed and Dorothy Thomas Speed, a third-generation Colorado pioneer family. Dorothy was a kind and gentle soul, loving mother, caring friend, devoted wife and partner. Throughout her life, she enjoyed teaching, sewing, gardening and being in nature. She and her husband, Doug, were longtime active members of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Wheat Ridge and Pueblo. Their activities promoting peace and justice included walking to close Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility and co-creating the Annual Peace Flotilla at the Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center that just completed its 18th year. (more…)

Some announcements…..

February 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Some announcements…..)

We’re announcing that Tino Fuentes is heading back to New York to take care of business there. He has been involved with OTR for a year (on and off the road).  He was taking care of Pueblo House while I was on the roads touring, educating and documenting.   We thank him for all he’s done and wish him well in his endeavors while in New York, where his heart has always been and where his contributions to social and economic justice will continue. Adios Tino Fuentes. Please keep us updated as your journey!

Pueblo House is just about fully plumbed, wired and drywalled.  We’re made some extraordinary advances since arriving just over 2 weeks ago.   I’m happy to report that Joseph de Leon and Denise Valdez have accepted our offer to reside in the house and run all the community programs.   With all that they have been doing in Austin, TX it is a fantastic fit for Pueblo.   Here’s a little more about them: (more…)

Angela Davis talks @ CSU

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Angela Davis talks @ CSU)

Tonight we got to see Denise’s long time idol Angela Davis (member of Black Panthers in the 60’s and a long time Activist) speak live at Colorado State University.  Her stories about social and economic justice along with talks about the prison industrial complex were very captivating.  She understands the problems in this Country and from where they stem.   We, at Occupy the Roads, appreciate her stories about fighting back and using what we have (our numbers and our civil disobedience) to do this.   Back in the 60’s she was put on the top 10 most wanted list by the FBI, which she laughs about today.   (more…)

Occupy the dog house, help?

February 18th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Occupy the dog house, help?)

Today Kimbo and I got to catch up on a little administration in between “in and out” guests on the “V”.   We did our best to knuckle down to some serious FB updating, picture uploading, grant writing, accounting and follow up phone calls.  Kimbo wasn’t quite as productive as he lead me to believe he would be.  I constantly felt the need to oversee his work or lack thereof.  Each time I’d catch a glimpse of him slacking off, taking too many breaks and just dog on taking advantage of production time.  Finally I had to draw a line in the sand where he decided to lay down.  He had too many bone of contentions (of the rawhide form) so finally we just decided to head to the yard and fetch for a while.   Tomorrow I’m going to be more strict about those constant breaks he takes.   Right now he’s snoring and I’m still working.


Our little Valentine….”the lil red house”

February 14th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Our little Valentine….”the lil red house”)

Happy Valentines Day to all!   Our little Red gem (816 E. 5th St.) is getting quite a makeover these days.  Trades people file through assessing, measuring and fixing things.  We had Duke visit today and found out that Pueblo has quite a bike community.  He is excited to meet Joseph (also an enthusiast).  We’re holding a meet & greet at Pueblo House on Sat. around 3 pm so everyone can see how far along we are and get to know the crew arriving from Austin. (more…)

In Denver with “Idle No More” for Alais Clay support

February 10th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Alias Clay Day | Denver - (Comments Off on In Denver with “Idle No More” for Alais Clay support)

Today we packed up the “V” and headed to Denver so we could support Alais Clay who was filming her music video on the Capitol steps. Denise, Cory, myself from OTR and then Matrina, Denise, Luca, Matao and Rudy filled the RV and we rolled out of Pueblo around 9:30. With hot coffee and lots to talk about during the trip we arrived in Denver around 11:30. While we were waiting for Alais to arrive I interviewed Matrina to find out more about “Idle No More” in Pueblo. She & Rudy have been instrumental in bring INM here. A native of Pueblo she and her friends know the city and all its issues. They understand what’s needed to keep the kids out of trouble. (more…)

Going full speed ahead on Pueblo House!

February 8th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Going full speed ahead on Pueblo House!)

Busy, busy day again! So much for a day off for Denise & Janet (maybe tomorrow we can cruise the Riverwalk?).

We started the day meeting with Tom to finalize 501c3 status. Ran to suppliers with Glen to get materials for Tino, Bill & Cory to finish the drywalling (ceiling in LR), also picked up the flooring (laminate) for the whole first floor. Cory filled in the holes in the Master Bedroom walls, so it’s just about ready to sand & paint. We made lunch for the guys, then held a meeting with the directors to discuss plumbing requirements and review the contractor bids. (more…)

Opportunity for a central HQ

February 7th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Parkersburg - (Comments Off on Opportunity for a central HQ)

Hey all you activists? Those serious “get it done” activists who want to be part of something big! We have an opportunity to occupy a very huge heritage building, in the middle of downtown in a town near the southern Ohio border. We’re going to occupy, retail space, loft apartments and offices, totaling 12,000 sq ft. But the stipulation is that EVERYONE is a worker. No loafers or transients! Free accommodations if you’re prepared to give 40+ hrs a week of admin, media, tech support, web design, organizing, outreach, or something that will benefit the group as a whole. There will be a screening process to ensure it doesn’t become a hostel. Seriously! We must ensure we have the brightest, techie savvy, media smart people who can help us create change via think tank, collaboration, consensus and vision. We’re being given an opportunity to make a difference…together. Please email with a brief description of what you can offer. The first meeting will be in March with Janet and the owner of the building. Make the leap! Be the change you believe is possible!

OTR is in full gear on our activist house

February 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on OTR is in full gear on our activist house)

Pueblo House

Today the house was filled with 7 of the 10 activists who will be working on the house. We are doers. We exchanged ideas, drew up plans and organized our team capable of tackling the biggest problems, with nare a flinch. We’re making huge strides with our plan to have this little red house up and running in record time.

Denise has been very instrumental in organizing, promoting, and finding stuff. Denise’s husband Joseph will be joining us in a couple weeks and bringing in Ronnie & Randy with him from Austin. Woo Hoo! Ronnie’s a carpenter and desperately needed. I met Ronnie in D.C. on Nov. 5th. Super nice guy and we love his “can do” attitude. We’ll be really rock’n the Pueblo House. (more…)