Economic & Social Justice

Ready to roll on to Parkersburg

June 30th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Stone House - (Comments Off on Ready to roll on to Parkersburg)

The “V” has been taking up space in the back of our beautiful little Pueblo House.  If you look real close you can see it back there.  But now it’s time to get back on the roads and head East.   We never quite made it to the West Coast as planned and OTR apologizes to our friends there who wanted us to come out.  Unfortunately an urgent personal matter has come up, which is going to require me to be near Detroit.  So I’m starting the engine and heading out tomorrow (Monday).   I plan to arrive Thursday, where the “V” will be parked while I tend to these personal matters.    Afterward and depending how surgery goes,  it will be time to start our Organize Central -HQ in downtown Parkersburg, which hopefully we’ll have the 501c3 certificate available ,so the donation of that property can be finalized.   Larry has been quite patient as we wait on the Government to issue our certificate and allow us to forge ahead with reno’s and a city farmer’s market in the heart of Parkersburg.

The Li’l Red House and the Stone (Music & Art) House will be taken care of by Ed Sandoval, his girlfriend Mona and our newest addition to the team Ellis who has been working around the clock planting, hauling, fixing and watering.   Ellis came to us from Salt Lake City and had been following us for a while.  He came to the house when I got back and hasn’t left.  He’s going to be our maintenance guy for both properties.  We love his idea and creative solutions for our crazy layouts here, with regard to getting water and power to the MA House.   Between Ed, Mona, Ellis, Cory and my main man Glen Burke we’re in good hands.  (more…)

More on Li’l Red and the Music & Art House

June 26th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Stone House - (Comments Off on More on Li’l Red and the Music & Art House)

Well, everyone has been crazy busy here with our newest addition.  The Music & Art house has come a long way in a short period of time.  Paul has done an amazing job with the gardens.  We had a guest here (Chris from Buffalo) who worked really hard putting in plants and cleaning the house upstair and then painting.   Unfortunately he’s not able to continue and we wish him well.  Cory found an ad on Craigslist and scored a bunch of furniture an fixtures that in the end were donated.  All in all, it was a crazy couple weeks.  All the plants were salvaged.  It’s amazing what stores throw out and just a little dumpster diving got some trees and bushes that, with any luck, will survive and help to beautify the grounds.   The landscape is well underway.  Ed, Mona and Ellis helped plant roses bushes and berry bushes along the fences of both the “Lil Red House” and the “Stone House” so it’s going to look pretty awesome when done. (more…)

Back in Pueblo, Colorado

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Stone House - (Comments Off on Back in Pueblo, Colorado)

Got back in town, albeit tired after lots of driving solo, but anxious to get back into the thick of things. Ed had the shower just about all tiled. The drop ceiling in the bathroom downstairs is done and laundry room was drywalled and the windows are all framed properly (to the windows -where there was about a 8 inch gap). Thanks to Tim and a friend for the work they did.   Ed got us a stove and another rocking chair. Sweet!

Chris, Cory & Paul have worked very hard putting in trees and plants and even painted a few window ledges. The yard looks amazing. Big thanks to Paul for taking care of the watering and ducks while I was away.

And huge thanks to Elaine for taking care of Kayla at her house and giving her playmates so she wasn’t lonesome. I hope to repay the doggie sitting when you need it. I couldn’t believe how much the garden had grown already. All the raised boxes were planted and looking great. I especially love the enthusiasm in our newest addition to Pueblo House/Stone House, Chris (more…)

Now in B.C. Canada on hiatus and updates

June 9th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Occupy Camps | Parkersburg | Pueblo | Vancouver, BC -Canada - (Comments Off on Now in B.C. Canada on hiatus and updates)

Janet is spending time with her husband, kids & grandkids.  While helping out the grandkids transition to daycare she’ll be reorganizing, planning and  strategizing the next steps for OTR.

Pueblo House is 75% done and just waiting on some skilled people to finish drywalling and put hardwood floors down.  June 12th will mark the One Year Anniversary since being donated.  Most all plumbing, electrical and upstairs are finished.  Fixtures need to be placed once the walls are complete.  The house will be used for meetings, education and helping the local community find resources to the many issues facing the Eastside (teen pregnancy, drugs, etc.). (more…)