Our first day in Denver for the National Conference for Media Reform today. Janet Altman and I got here around 3 pm. It wasn’t looking good for parking in the heart of downtown for a 31ft RV. But after a very decent conversation with Michael Eber (who’s employee I found renovating a beautiful old school) and explaining what we’re doing, we got a prime spot at 12th & Bannock for all 3 days. And we’re parked just over 1/2 mile to the Sheridan. Doesn’t get any better than that! So we registered, then met Sarah from FreePress.net who informed us that Rupert Murdock was trying to buy The L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune. What a joke. No one really knew about this and I’m sure it’s being kept under wraps on purpose. My comment was…”Didn’t he get charged in the U.K. with phone tapping?” Yep! (more…)
Spent a couple days in Denver to participate in active discussion with our new young friends Alex, Kim and Roshan who openly discussed (on camera) our failing education system, too much time being spent on “memory” tests, lack of funding, cuts being made to critical & important programs and just too much emphasis being placed SAT’s instead of providing what’s best for the children. It was an eye opener to hear how we’ve failed a whole generation and then, put them so far in debt some may never be out. The good news is that we are going to implement our own education curriculum right here in Pueblo on the east side. With their help and the help of a few teachers (fed up and ready to be the change) we will start planning, organizing and being the change we want to see!
After a very passionate meeting we met up with Occupy Denver where their GA was being held, lucky for us it falls on Tuesday evenings at the Denver Art Society. There, we engaged in numerous conversations and were fortunate to meet with a couple Occupy CO Springs people. The meeting was great and it was so nice to see familiar faces not seen since Sept. last year. (more…)
We attended a meeting last night @ CSU with “Losing Ground” by Rocky Mountain PBS, who talked about the increasing drop out rate, the increased teen pregnancy and what’s happening with cutbacks in education. There are teachers around the Country, who like me, believe in better schools, less testing and programs that enhance (or at least work with) a child’s natural ability. Instead of making everyone the same, we should be embracing skills on every level. There are teachers who are very interested in helping with the process of building better schools and programs. I think we should ‘occupy’ a school and show exactly how it should and could be done. Just so happens there is a school here, not far from our Pueblo House https://www.facebook.com/PuebloHouse?ref=hl that would be perfect. You can bet I’ll be checking into this! Let’s “occupy a school!”
In the meantime we’ll be visiting Denver and talking to some high school students, who know full well what the issues are surrounding our education system today. By documenting the conversations of our young people we can shed light on the inequities, challenges, financial restraints and road blocks. The ever widening gap between whites, blacks and latino’s is causing concern about whether the status quo can be sustained and if so at what cost? Young people are dropping out of school and that’s sad. We feel the standardized testing, which only proves good memory is part of the problem. We need change and we need it now. So we intend to be quite involved in conversations and actions around education.
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…)
Oct. 2, 2012
Sitting just outside Indianapolis now calling it a night. Got to meet a few more interesting people along the way. One in St. Louis and another at a gas station (George). I had some bookkeeping to do and updating on FB & Website to get done. Happy to report I was able to catch up on most things tonight. I will try to “Occupy the Debates” tomorrow night via Livestream, if I can find free wifi somewhere. Want to see Denver in action! Some of our peeps will be there….Go Pueblo! (more…)
The story began…When we arrived we were waiting for the march to begin and therefore had to circle the park 3 times. On the third round the police had blocked a lane next to the park and stop to tell us that we were not allowed to be in the march and that they intended to arrest ANYONE who was in the streets marching. If we attempted to follow the march or go down the streets impeding traffic they (Tony Lopex DPD Commander) would IMPOUND the vehicle. These Denver police are seriously not into peoples march. (more…)
Today we met with the Occupy Denver organizing group who are working diligently on the May 1 General Strike. Last minute details…including whether the “V” was going to participate in the march. Appears the Denver police are indicative of the same brute force as New York and L.A., but all said we will be in the march bringing up the rear. We’ve participated in about half dozen marches and all were very successful. We’re big, bold, and in your face with 31 feet of protesting signage on one side and huge Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks graphics on the other! (more…)
To the gang in Denver, thank you for a great welcome. The stories and people behind them…amazing. The police and city officials… always more amazing, and not in a good way!
The city appears to be a mini NY? What’s up with the Bull, Statue of Liberty and Zuccotti like art work. It’s creeping us out! Were the police trained in NY too, because we’re told people were getting $130 tickets for stopping to drop off food to the camp. (more…)