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We’ve been working hard on the radio station to bring programs for youth and part of that entailed interviews of kids on the Eastside.  It’s pretty sad when 50% of the 10 kids interviewed openly admit they’ve thought of suicide because life is too tough.  We’re doing our best to reach out to kids and let them know they have support and options.

Two of our donated houses are now up and running.  We host MakerSpace @ 816 E 5th on Fridays from 4-6 pm.  On Saturdays we have open mic and yard fun @ 824 E 5th.   There are more programs coming, we just need funding to make it happen.   Our gardens have been planted thanks to Baker Seed Co (Rare seeds) who donated $250 worth of non-gmo seeds. (more…)

Our Li'l Red House/ Pueblo House

Thank you to Loretta Sword for covering our story and helping make our next journey a success.   We’re in the process of taking an 100 year old house and turning it into a Music & Art Center for the kids, big and small!

It’s been 18 months of hard work, dedication, perseverance and stretching dollars.   The original Li’l Red House is now 95% completed and ready to greet the kids and show them life can be about fun and creativity too.  We’re always looking for volunteers, music, art, clerical and labor.  Be part of a team who believes the programs schools are cutting are perhaps the most important.   Thank you to everyone and every company who helped make this first house possible.

Please come visit us and have a tour!

Check out the Chieftain articles here:

Article #1 :  Pueblo House & Occupy the Roads

Article #2 : Li’l Stone House and Music/Art Center

The houses will not only have creative venues but will encourage healthy eating and cooking classes.  Our garden will be used to help educated the neighbors and anyone who wishes to learn about food, enjoy fresh produce and educate kids on the benefit of eating healthy.  We have chefs willing to teach once we’re ready.

Mentors Jerry, Jim, Melissa and Billy G join in the fun.

While waiting for the electrical inspection on Wed.  we made a frame for our sign and around the map.  Pictures from various camps and events over the past two years were used, so you might see yourself!   In the end, the final inspection for Pueblo House was not a success. Apparently every plug needs to be “tamper proof” and many more GFI’s are needed and there’s the breakers which need something because the smoke detector is on that circuit, and then there’s this and that and something over here and something over there. OMG….how did we, as kids, survive in the day I wonder? Looks like it’s going to take another $300 in order to get signed off on another inspection. The good news that Ken is coming back out, so we get to have another visit.   In the meantime Joe is going to switch out and replace the plugs.

On Monday the League of Women Voters luncheon had guest speaker, Detention Chief Darlene Alcala, who discussed what jail personnel are doing about inmates who have mental health and substance abuse issues.  It was quite educational.  If at all possible we’d like to work with the juveniles where we can for community service and mentoring.  We’re hoping the music and art house (which we’re working on next) will keep kids busy. (more…)

Pueblo House is Occupied!

October 1st, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Education | Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Pueblo House is Occupied!)
the kids with Alais Clay (musician and artist)

Pueblo House is coming together and today our newest addition gave an outstanding performance to a tiny audience and made them smile with art & music. Alais Clay has started the “dream school” which consists of after school and weekend programs for kids on the east side of Pueblo. The house is now equipped with hot water, running toilets and many other upgrades (renovating since June last year) to make it a home and cozy meeting place. The OTR “V” will be heading to Pueblo right after the “Toronto tour” and plans are to start strategic meetings where all organizations can come together in (more…)

After reading this I sat weeping with both sadness & joy in my heart.  Sad because of the recent Trayvon Martin ruling by the Florida Courts and Joy knowing it’s people like Aaron and Stephanie among others, who will make this small community thrive.   Aaron, you have no idea how much I enjoyed reading your words, which were eloquent and inspiring.  I am honored to have you guys as part of the dream school in Pueblo. Thank you Alais Clay & Wandering Monks for all you have done, all you did last night and all you’ll continue to do so we can help save a few children on the Eastside of Pueblo. I love you guys. …Janet
This was written by Alais Clay:
 “It was a beautiful night =) Not the turn out I had expected but we got some seeds, soil, stuffed animals, paint, a bunch of wood, $450, a violin >.< !, and one awesome guy offered to come volunteer and teach drum classes. Several people said they’d keep the “dream school” in mind and have gardening supplies and soil and stuff they would like to donate in the future. I am utterly exhausted and don’t know why I’m on here.. but sending Love from Boulder and know that a seed has been planted here! The prayer circle was very powerful =) Now on with the Revolution!”
And Aaron of Wandering Monks wrote this, the day after the Boulder event……..
Last night, I wasn’t rioting, in fact I never even saw a second of television. I wouldn’t even know the sad scenario and outcome of the Trevon verdict if I wasn’t connected through Facebook. And although it’s related, this post isn’t really about all that. You see last night I was sitting in a circle of amazing people who make up my community, some I knew very well, and some were new acquaintances. As we sat together, we prayed, and we each personally exchanged our vision of intent for ourselves, and our wishes for our community (more…)

Occupying the East Side

April 7th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Education | Pueblo - (0 Comments)
Potential NEW school

Back from Denver and kick’n back with Kayla who’s conked out beside me.  We had great weather and networked with lots of cool people at the “National Media Reform Conference”.

Now, I’m back in Pueblo where we’re working on a concert with artists who are performing for us for free on May 3rd.  Then a few of us are going to take Cory up on the challenge of making some tree hugging hippies (heading to Goodwill for some serious bellbottoms & flowered shirts) to put on trees down the street.  Then, we’re going to make signs…one to hang on the fence of the empty lot (2 lots over) to say “Future home of new doggie park”.  Then, another to hang on the fence of the beautiful old stone house (2 lots the other way) to say “Future home of Art & Music”.  Then we’re going to check out a building a couple blocks over, for our new school thanks to a very generous couple.  Ah, the joys of being in a depressed area….you get to do fun stuff and no one complains!  Next…Polka dots on the street?  Art in the park?  MayDay Parade through town?  All of the above…check! (more…)

Alais Clay & Wondering Monks will be in the house!

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Education | Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Alais Clay & Wondering Monks will be in the house!)
Alais Clay (Steph), Janet, Matrina, Denise and Denise

We have Alais Clay and Wondering Monks willing to do a concert here in Pueblo for Cinco de Mayo to raise funds for the “Pueblo House”. We’ll be hosting them in our little house if it’s ready. We’re planning an event in the park (either Erie or Sticker) after the street parade from Safeway and down 8th St. on the east side. We’d love to have two shows, a concert on Friday night and then again on Saturday.  The message of “occupy for social & economic justice” is the theme?   Both musicians bring political messages through their music and both are very good. We could use some help organizing this event too so please offer if you can.  OTR, Pueblo House, Occupy Pueblo, and “Idle No More” will be taking part in the event. We NEED this to help educate the masses about our world today and doing it with music in the park just seems perfect. (more…)

Why our education & schools gets a failing grade!

March 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Denver | Education | Education Interviews | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Why our education & schools gets a failing grade!)
Kim & Alex

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.