OTR Foundation is working around the clock to bring a creative space to the Eastside of Pueblo where gangs and drugs run rampant. It’s been some time renovating these abandoned homes that were donated over the course of 3 years. With very limited funds we’ve managed to finish one for art and makerspace and almost completed the second for music and radio station. After launching our 98.5 FM LP station we’re finding a voice for the community to raise its concerns and talk about the issues facing the Eastside. Our third house will be a while before we can find funding for that, but eventually that will become a media, virtual reality space. Fun on Fifth St. is where it will be soon! In the meantime we’re enjoying the (more…)
We have our radio station studio set up and are now live on 98.5 FM LP-Pueblo. What an exciting day it was to hear our own airwaves being broadcast that first day. This is going to give us, and the community, a voice in Pueblo. We’ll be interviewing musicians, artists, politicians and just your everyday citizens to see what they feel about their city. Our youth will have a voice too and DJ’ing will be taught to those interested. We officially occupying the airwaves. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay posted for a date and time for the party.
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…)
We are in awe with the progress that’s taking place on the infamous ‘V’. It was a lot of work removing the mountains of tape which secured the posters on one side of the ‘V’. No matter how hard we tried, keeping it in tact and looking nice was difficult. The weather had played its toll on it for the past months as it mainly sat (other than a couple day or weekend adventures & the odd protest) in the backyard of Pueblo House. No longer will the pieces of posters being flying off as we occupy the roads! All the stickers ad posters have been removed. The artists Alais Clay (from Denver) and Brett Jones (from Utah) have painstakingly removed all traces of stickers, cleaned, scraped and sanded this beautiful beast and have now transformed it into a work of art for all to see. Everyone around the Country will be able to enjoy for years to come. We don’t know how to thank these artists enough. (more…)
This Black Friday we need to send the Waltons a message. We can’t sit back while their workers go hungry any longer. And Walmart and the Waltons must stop taking illegal actions against Walmart workers who want to work hard and be able to provide for our families
To take action, join us at the north end Pueblo Walmart with a sign saying that you support the workers fighting for fair pay and respect, we’ll be taking picture of ourselves, to let the manager we support the workers’ cause. Walmart tracks all of these actions and they have a huge impact. There’s an example picture right below! (more…)
recordar 05 de noviembre
Pueblo has its first Nov 5th march. The RV rolled through the streets of downtown tonight picking up friends along the way. We expect this to be the start of many future Nov. 5th marches. It’s exciting to see so many young people standing up against corruption!