Whoa…a tense day watching Pueblo House get new front posts. Wilbur (SW Post) showed up early with two freshly made posts that he’s donated to us. He had some time and asked if we wanted them put in and the rest is history. I called around to try and get some help for Cory, who I think was hyperventilating at this point, thinking about the enormous task ahead. Jack (setting is own work aside) came to our rescue all the way from CO Springs. For a while it was just the four of us and I guarantee that I was not much help but rather having anxiety attacks of my own by now, envisioning our porch on the sidewalk. Taking the posts out was a daunting task, but Wilbur, Cory & Jack came through doing an amazing job! Mike next door lent us his hydraulic lift and I managed to get another from a very nice man at a gas station on the corner of Grand & 4th. Without knowing who I was, and having me approach him at random looking desperate, a perfect stranger lent me (yes, just (more…)
Had a knock on the “V” around 9:30 and opened the door to two officers asking about “activity” going on in the alley. I told them the only activity I see is me taking Kayla for a doggie walk before bed. It’s been relatively quiet, or I’m a very heavy sleeper. Lots of questions were asked and normally I wouldn’t feel a need to answer them, but I liked these two guys and I want to think they get what we’re doing. They mentioned having a meeting with Luis Velez (Chief of Police) about doing some work together, especially with the kids. The more we support one another the better off we’ll be. We should try to figure out what the needs of the community are, or what needs to be done and work on it together. There’s no doubt we’re in an area that needs something. But we think it’s something different, something around music, art and things that make everyone feel they’re a part of the community. We also think it should be engaging and inclusive of the (more…)
Yesterday Jack helped with filling cracked walls and Cory put up framework in the kitchen. We’re getting ready to finalize this room and get our utilities signed off. Pueblo Electrics are working on a quote to finish the electric.
Today was a busy one. Jack Sample (SW Pride Inc.)is going to take Aria under his mentorship so she can learn the ins and outs of providing education and counseling to young teens in the area. Pueblo has a very high rate of teen pregnancy and we want to be part of the solution.
Then we had Affordable Services (Plumbing) out this morning to run the test and they’re back on Thursday to do some final things before getting the sign off. Around noon we got some great news about a project we’ve been interested in for some time. Things might be starting to come together and that means… we may have a “Music and Art House, along with a “New School”, in addition to Pueblo House. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
While we all differ on our opinions of what’s needed there’s no denying that we need healthcare for all. Knowing that 45,000 people die each year for lack of healthcare is sad. Sad that 1) nothing is done to fix the problem and 2) sad that in this day & age, we have people dying in this Country because they don’t have access to healthcare. (more…)
We gathered at the Rawlings Library on Monday evening where a few gathered to honor the passing of Dorothy who was well known in the Community:
From the Cheiftan newspaper http://www.chieftain.com/search/?q=Dorothy+Gale&t=&l=10&d=&d1=&d2=&s=&sd=desc&f=html
Dorothy June Speed Gale departed this life on Oct. 7, 2012. She was born March 17, 1928, in Pueblo, the daughter of Benjamin Milton Speed and Dorothy Thomas Speed, a third-generation Colorado pioneer family. Dorothy was a kind and gentle soul, loving mother, caring friend, devoted wife and partner. Throughout her life, she enjoyed teaching, sewing, gardening and being in nature. She and her husband, Doug, were longtime active members of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Wheat Ridge and Pueblo. Their activities promoting peace and justice included walking to close Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility and co-creating the Annual Peace Flotilla at the Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center that just completed its 18th year. (more…)
We’re announcing that Tino Fuentes is heading back to New York to take care of business there. He has been involved with OTR for a year (on and off the road). He was taking care of Pueblo House while I was on the roads touring, educating and documenting. We thank him for all he’s done and wish him well in his endeavors while in New York, where his heart has always been and where his contributions to social and economic justice will continue. Adios Tino Fuentes. Please keep us updated as your journey!
Pueblo House is just about fully plumbed, wired and drywalled. We’re made some extraordinary advances since arriving just over 2 weeks ago. I’m happy to report that Joseph de Leon and Denise Valdez have accepted our offer to reside in the house and run all the community programs. With all that they have been doing in Austin, TX it is a fantastic fit for Pueblo. Here’s a little more about them: (more…)
Tonight we got to see Denise’s long time idol Angela Davis (member of Black Panthers in the 60’s and a long time Activist) speak live at Colorado State University. Her stories about social and economic justice along with talks about the prison industrial complex were very captivating. She understands the problems in this Country and from where they stem. We, at Occupy the Roads, appreciate her stories about fighting back and using what we have (our numbers and our civil disobedience) to do this. Back in the 60’s she was put on the top 10 most wanted list by the FBI, which she laughs about today. (more…)