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!
The OTR gang left Pueblo on Tuesday and as of 8 am Thursday we are about 500 miles from Philly, making great time on our journey to the People’s Convention. Could it be any hotter? Our air conditioner is not working well. Needless to say it’s a wee bit warm in the back, so we’re all fighting over who’s going to drive! Plenty of laughs are being had as we make our way to the destination, it’s too hot to stop! There’s no generator so we’re hoping to get power at the final stop. Just gets better doesn’t it….but it doesn’t curb the laughter aboard the ‘V’.
The OTR RV will be heading out of Pueblo, CO on July 19th and heading to Philly for the People’s Revolution the DNC Convention. We are looking forward to the trip east where we hope to meet all our friends also attending these events. We encourage everyone who can to join us for this historic event.
The ‘V’ is ready!
Welcome to the rolling rebellion….Democracy is not for sale!
On Sept 16th, we attended a meeting at St. Paul-St. Andrew church in Brooklyn where a few of us gathered to hear about the new Occupy Debit Card that is going to be launched. The dinner provided was great and we were able to hang around and meet more people, including Paster Michael. It was great to have gotten parking in Brooklyn close by the church. After the meeting we decided to head back to Manhattan to Zucotti Park to see if we might score a parking spot there overnight. We drove around for over an hour, with the help of a few occupiers who had jumped on board to navigate, but there was absolutely no where to park. In fact it was a real nightmare, as any parking we did find was only good until 7am which would leave us having to occupy the streets for a couple hours before the march would start.
Finally, we decided to go back to the church (this is one that was very instrumental in feeding and clothing people during Occupy Sandy), and take them up on their offer to allow us to park in front of the church, even though it said “no parking” they thought (more…)
We arrived in NY by 9am found parking at our favorite location (39th & Broadway). Later this afternoon, we walked over to Bryant Park near Times Sq., but didn’t see anyone so we came back and picked up Matt Wilson (my nephew and our favorite closet anarchist :-)) so we could drive around like old times. Nome, Matt and I went to WA Square first, where there were lots of people, but didn’t seem to be any occupiers that we noticed. So, we drove around Zuccotti Park, where we found Jorge & Leslie and a couple others, but found absolutely no parking, very narrow, busy streets with tons of construction. What a mess down there with many streets were blocked off. Are “they” getting ready for us?
So, we came back to times square area (just about the same parking spot) and are now doing some much needed outreach. We just had a visit with three gals. They didn’t know about OWS, Monsanto, a 3rd tower falling on 9/11, fracking or Fukushima….but they did know that things are “messed up”, that they are “slaves to the system” as working class poor and then wanted to know, “How do you get a corrupt money driven gov’t to change it?”. I said we don’t ask them to fix it! We just build our own, and we build it so big they won’t be able to ignore us! That’s how we make things right in this crazy messed up world. (more…)
Micah, Jules and Chris speak out about the war and why all soldiers should speak out and help stop the U.S. agression against other Countries. During my recent visit to Canada I met Jules and Chris along with their partners Nicole and Stephanie to talk about what it was like for them during their tours to Afghanistan. Micah, who is on board now (met in NYC) has also spoken up against the wars. Not many know about the suicide rate of young vets, which is about 17 per day. It’s time we all got behind this cause and end the atrocities of war!
Buffalo might be economically depressed, but the people are warm, loving and inviting. Visiting for the second time, we were treated well and welcomed by honks of “we get it” as we rolled through. Our 31 ft of billboard surely captures the attention of passers by. We are making our mini-tour before heading to D.C. and Buffalo was a city we wanted to hit again.
Both Windsor and Toronto were on my “get to” list so while I headed to Canada the “V” stayed in Buffalo and attended a couple sites of her own. We didn’t bang any pots this time but some of the crew did attend the Radical Philosophy Conference which they tell me was very good. (more…)
Our “OTR-Tour of Duty” mission will be to educate as many people as we can, about what’s going on in America. Issues which people should be concerned and speaking out about. A good example that should outrage everyone, would be when Vets were arrested in Vietnam Memorial Park, NYC as they held a vigil for the war veterans on Oct. 7th. The police say the park closed at 10pm and would not let the calling of fallen vets continue. It was outrageous. (more…)
On this day we gathered in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown NYC on Waters St. The vigil started around 6 pm and when we arrived around 5 ish there were a few scattered vets mingling. As we approached and introduced ourselves (Janet, Diane & Donny) we met Watermellon Slim (William P. Homans) from Mississippi among a few others. He, as it turns out would end up spending the night with us on the “V”. Slim was a bugle trumpet player in the army. He was quick to pull out his harmonica and play us a little taps. Excellent job! As more people joined in we noticed the canopies were being erected and since the threat of rain loomed, equipment stored under for safety. Speakers were set up as well as microphones, etc. and appeared very organized with Ellen Davidson & Tarak Kauff. Just after 6 pm the ceremony started with words from Mike Ferner and lead to many more speakers including Micah Turner who was apparently turning himself in before midnight as he was and had been AWOL for 30 days. He talked about the propaganda that was being spewed in Iraq & Afghanistan and that it was the reason for his leaving the army. (more…)