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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

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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…)

Pueblo police approach city council to make “new rules”

July 11th, 2015 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | City Council Meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Pueblo police approach city council to make “new rules”)
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Check out this video of a Pueblo City Council meeting July 7th. While it’s a bit long (I didn’t edit any of the meeting itself) I wanted everyone to see and hear exactly what happened.  There’s no doubt, for who’s benefit this was done.  Pertinent information was input to show what “actually was said at the time or copies of documents to show the actual truth”,  Clearly they were  misinformed or deliberately lying. In the case of our city council person (more…)

Cinco de Mayo – Citations issued 11 days after the fact!

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Cinco de Mayo – Citations issued 11 days after the fact!)
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How fitting that the Cinco de Mayo Parade has become such a controversial topic in Pueblo.  Fitting that it ended in a protest & revolt against the “establishment”.   The E.A.S.T. group feel they were  targeted by unrealistic, arbitrary demands, regarding barriers.  Who would possibly need 40 -6 ft high and 8ft wide barricades for a simple half hour parade extending 13 blocks.  Even the barricade companies stated that “we must have misunderstood the request” and that it was “overkill”.    But this was exactly what was being asked of us before the city of Pueblo would issue our permit (requested on March 17th).  The day before the parade the Chieftain newspaper made comment that no permit had been issued and that Janet said “I’m prepared to get arrested but the parade will go on”.   At last minute a barricade company offered to supply the barricades, but sadly they bailed last minute (no one knows why except that) Chief Velez stated the barricades “were not sufficient”.  So the parade went ahead without a permit and therefore schools, marching bands and city officials were all unable to participate in our ILLEGAL parade, where we did have a large amount of cars and we DID occupy the streets!  Overall the parade was a huge success and everyone had a good time.  The traffic was very accommodating and just before it started 4 men from Eastside who are well known came to help organize the cars/floats then lead the parade through the streets in good old fashion style.

http://www.chieftain.com/home/3562530-120/parade-permit-east-wilson?#comments

http://www.krdo.com/news/organizer-receives-citations-for-illegal-parade-in-pueblo/33095078

http://www.chieftain.com/news/3612232-120/parade-east-permit-barricades

 

Faced with adversity over Cinco de Mayo

April 30th, 2015 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Faced with adversity over Cinco de Mayo)
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It’s been extremely stressful for the group E.A.S.T. who are trying to pull together a Cinco de Mayo Parade for East Pueblo this year.  Back in March the City Council woman Eva Montoya (her alone) decided the parade would be cancelled because of construction at El Centro (the park where the ended last year).  The newly formed E.A.S.T. group with 31 members present decided the parade should forge ahead and a new route be used this year to accommodate this.  So, an organizing committee was formed and the work began, to set in motion a “Legendary Cinco de Mayo Parade -Car, Truck & Bike Show & Shine” event.   They wanted the parade to go east on 4th St. (a state hwy that runs through town) where we could easily make a right turn into a huge (very unused) park equipped with a lap road for the car show.   However, after obtaining an ok from CDOT to use the road, Chief Velez of Pueblo PD decided we were NOT going to use 4th St.  He was adamant that he stand firm on record saying NO. (more…)

Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting

May 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting)
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We rode in the Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday. It was only half the size as last year and sadly, upon reaching the park not too much happening to engage the people. Many of the participants just left. Having music outside and refreshments along with things for the kids to do, would have been really nice. Apparently something starts at 1pm but from 11 to 1 nothing, unless it was inside the El Centro building.    We sat for a bit and while parked on the street, John found us and gave us his take on what is happening (or not happening) on the east side. He shared what he’d like to see and who the main people who he felt were those who helped the east side.

We left El Centro de Sol to pick up some potato salad for the potluck at noon. Parked on 4th St. we went to visit Double J. Meats and owner Joe who came out to see the “V” and our newly painted canvas.   He knew Glen Burke and was thrilled to hear what we’re doing on and for the east side.  He said he would attend the meeting on the 6th where discussions will be held about revitalizing 4th St.
We arrived in Mineral Palace Park where we attended the Peace Picnic Sponsored by the Gandhi Peace Foundation:  Doug Gale, MaryAnn Roldan, Patrick Hurley, Steve Parke, Neema Caughran.

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Today was for the kids, for art & music and for a world we dream of….

May 4th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Today was for the kids, for art & music and for a world we dream of….)
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Best Cinco de Mayo…..
Alais Clay & Wandering Monks celebrated with us @ Pueblo House and performed live in a concert that was rock’n the neighborhood. Thank you for making this day very special. You inspire us to be the change! Your lyrics are so profound.
The kids had a great time and we thank everyone who came out.   We now have a picket fence ready to put across the front of our very special house for art & music and all the things that make us feel good in a world that has so much wrong….we are the change we want to see. (more…)

Alais Clay & Wandering Monks, here for “Cinco de Mayo”

April 20th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Alais Clay & Wandering Monks, here for “Cinco de Mayo”)
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Join us friday night May 3rd (7:00 pm) at PCC @  outdoor amphitheater for live entertainment by Alais Clay (from Boulder) brought to you by Occupy the Roads, Pueblo House.
The event is to create awareness on the importance of keeping the Arts & Music programs alive.  If you miss us at Pueblo Community College you can join us on May 4th at the corner of 5th & Hudson.  We hope everyone will join us as we honor those who have helped by volunteering or providing services or goods and to celebrate our grand opening for “Pueblo House”.   (more…)