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Our Fundraiser is this Saturday from 4 – 8pm at the Pueblo House 816 E 5th St. (Between Glendale & Hudson).

The Radio Station 98.5 FM KOYC (k-occupy your community) will be raising money to purchase a transmitter and antennae so we can start broadcasting by Feb. 15th.  Stay tuned..lol

We’re gearing up and getting the houses ready to view for anyone who would like a tour to see what we’re doing over here on 5th St. (more…)

Music House #2

We’ve been busy working on our music house.  The OTR Foundation has 3 houses that were donated on the Eastside (812, 816 & 824 E 5th St.) of Pueblo.  We’re using these spaces to ensure youth have a stress free – safe place to go where they enjoy a few things that schools may not offer.   Our aim is to give kids something fun to do and at the same time expose them to things that they might find their passion.   Rather than work at minimum wage jobs it would be nice to see them build a career doing what they love.  We’ll expose kids to more music, art and media.  We’re creating a space where young people can learn, play and mentor each other.  The original Pueblo House is finished, but we have so much stuff (and a whole lot of musical instruments) inside, we’ve run out of room.  Renovations are finalizing on the music house and with all the construction, we’ve not had the time (or space) to run programs.  The music house will be our main focus until spring when we will open the space for music jams & lessons.  The original Pueblo House (816 E 5th) will be turned into a games room, library and be our art space with lessons by local artists. (more…)

Pueblo House flyer

Coming up 5 years of occupying for OTR

Click here to See:  Alternet News Article

Members of the Occupy the Roads Foundation gathered with Occupy Pueblo and decided to transform the vacant brick building into a community center. A large team of community activists and residents cleared out the trash, cleaned up the interior, and with the help of a grant, fixed the roof and the electrical system, and painted and decorated the interior. The process is captured in the following video:

Pueblo House

James Raymond Smith

This song was written by Janet a while ago.  Jimi Smith has put it to music recently and we wanted to share it with all of you.  Thank you JRS for making this happen!

OTR Song by James R Smith

Cinco de Mayo

So three weeks ago the organizers of Cinco de Mayo parade in Pueblo, CO were told they could have their parade if it was held on 8th St.  So they put in an application for a permit and 3 weeks later…nothing!   Do you think poor sides of town get treated equally?  Nope they don’t.   Chief Velez signed off the 2014 (previous to us helping to organize it) in 3 days!   Veterans Day Parade 9 days!  State Fair 11 days!  So why is the poorest part of town taking almost a month?  Why are we being treated differently?  Because Chief Velez has way too much power in this town and he hates anyone who questions him.

Calling all bikers!   I think we should fill the streets with cars and bikes on May 7th to make a statement.  We are just as good and equal to the rest of town and Velez doesn’t start treating us as such his life is going to become quite stressful!  After all, we are activists!

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Sal w guitar on FF

Our dear friend and musician Salvatore Pace has lost his battle with cancer and left us today (Mar. 13th).  We know he’s in a better place and finally free of his pain.

Please send me any pictures you might have of special moments with Salvator so that we can add them to the “celebration of life” movie being produced.

Sal jamming with Mike Stapleton

This is from his son Tory….

My father, Salvatore Pace, passed away at 1:11 AM last night taking away the pain that consumed his body. Dad was an amazing person who left a mark on everyone he met. If you knew him, you know what I’m talking about. He was one of a kind, and the absolutely kindest person I’ve ever met.

His friend Janet Wilson has offered to put together a video and slideshow of his life for his memorial party. She needs photos from all parts of his life. If you have any, please send her a direct message or email her pictures to janetwilson79@gmail.com. Stay posted for a date and time for the party.

RIP Dad

Salvatores resume`

Sal's resume`

Sal’s resume`

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You can't evict an idea whose time has come.

Perhaps a good start to raise our voices in a city that is not listening to its people, would be to hold the “Occupy National Gathering – NATGAT” here in Pueblo and fill downtown with tents, tarps and plenty of houseless people holding signs on every corner, especially along that beautiful (old people’s walk called “The Riverwalk”),    We could fill the grassy slopes (that Pueblo is trying to sell off in exchange for more concrete) with our messages of “occupy”.   Let’s disrupt the downtown core for a month or so and let them know exactly how we feel about them ignoring the poor in this city, which is about 1/2 the population. A new survey released shows 84% of Pueblo is moderate to low income, yet there’s no bus service after 6 pm and the bus terminal (used for Greyhound stops to Denver) locks all their doors, so bus loads of people, who are stopping over in Pueblo have no access to a bathroom or vending machine. The city is run by those with money, so why do they care if people can get home from their min. wage job at midnight?   Apparently this city doesn’t care if people are walking home in unsafe neighborhoods, late at night.   I’m calling out to all my occupy friends across the Nation to see about hosting the National Gathering here in Pueblo.  We have houses and empty lots ..and perhaps we can get churches and other buildings willing to help put people up. If anyone thinks this is a good idea let me know. I think it would be absolutely beautiful myself. Let’s disrupt some very comfortable lives in Pueblo! How do you think they’d like being made uncomfortable?

This might be the start of a yearly thing where we pick cities that have lots of poverty and hold our National Gatherings there to elevate their voices and demand change!   Get in touch if you think you might like to host or help host this years in Pueblo, Colorado.

Centennial High

Today we participated in the MLK march with Pueblo Veterans for Peace and other groups who joined in to make this 30th year special. Since the RV is adorned with MLK and Rosa Parks it was fitting to have it part of the march. I enjoyed meeting many new people and seeing some of the old familiar faces. Thanks to Catherine Calderon & Michael Stapleton who helped make the “other side” of the RV a little nicer this morining in our rush to get going (we still had the paint from election times on there…oops).

We’re planning some additions to the WIKI side this year for our remaining revolutionairies…like Caesar Chavez, Malcolm X and more. Anyone want to help paint lol? (more…)

Whose parade? Our parade!

November 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (0 Comments)

Regarding the Cinco de Mayo parade & charges recently dropped. There is a saying/poem that I remembered went around during the height of occupy, which came to light recently which seemed fitting to share once again, since Matt Martin, who took on this highly controversial case, is fighting for the underdog…me! Thank goodness for those who do the right thing because (more…)

John and Chris helped with the campaign mobile!

Running for City council in District 2 made things quite busy over the past month or so.   Although I didn’t win (sigh of relief) I was quite content that, with all on my plate, I was going to have time to finish all the projects in the works.  With 3 houses (2 to renovate), a book being written and all the involvement with Eastside Action Support Team it’s been enough to keep me and others plenty busy.   People were surprised that with very little campaigning and being an “outsider” I still managed to get within 200 votes of winning.    The voter turnout was lacking and that’s indicative of the Nation.  I think people have all but given up thinking things can change.  I would like to thank the Builders Association for sponsoring me and believing in my vision!

It was disappointing that more new blood didn’t’ get in this election.   This election could have brought an injection of excitement and change but it was the same old, same old.   Let’s hope something sparks this group because it’s going to be a real uphill battle to ensure Pueblo has the vision to make it better.   The city is known for its musicians & artists.  The people are friendly and, like every city, it has pockets and neighborhoods seriously neglected.  If we can work on reviving neighborhoods and save a few children from drugs and crime we will have done our work here.   Myself, I think the city missed the mark when it (more…)