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…)
The art students from Colorado State University here in Pueblo gave us some fresh ideas for their renditions of logo’s for our new radio station and the choices were tough with so many great designs. We have decided on this one with a few minor changes. We thank CSU graphic art students for giving us some great samples and making our little community low powered radio station so very cool! (more…)
Calling all musicians to come join us for a flash mob in Pueblo CO. This is a civil disobedience action to support all the musicians/artists who are banned from playing on the RiverWalk in Pueblo. The RiverWalk was paid for with tax payer dollars. But we found out only a dozen musicians are allowed to play on this long expanse of beautiful man made river walkway. Not only that, they MUST audition before playing and then, if lucky enough to be approved (not sure what the criteria is or who decides) then the musician must remain in the same spot for only 90 minutes and not go anywhere else along 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…)
What a great way to end the day, seeing this pardon. Having attended Mannings trial and seeing how fragile Chelsea was..this brought tears to my eyes. This is a great thing Obama is doing. The American taxpayers should be grateful to Manning for exposing the criminal behavior of some military through the released movie “Collateral Damage” that went viral on the Internet. Chelsea risked her life giving documents to WikiLeaks in order that we would know what was going on behind the scenes. The message, when our government sent Manning to prison, was that it’s ok to be a whistleblower on a company… but not the government.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a fantastic success. Catherine Calderon for getting all the food and making sauce for the spaghetti along with a cake. And Maggie for making a vegetarian spaghetti sauce. Doug for bringing buns and Anne Courtright who brought a tray of cookies. Nita Bakes for another wonderful tray of goodies and for handling all the guests at the door and also for the gifts she brought, James Raymond Smith and Patrick Pulis for all the moving and organizing throughout the day and making sure the music room was set up for us, We thank all the people who brought items for the silent auction (Nita, Catherine, Kate, Marsha & Steve) and especially Bella Chacon’s mom who made a special trip to bring a gift basket to help us raise money and to all the guests and musicians who played for our first gig in the music house (Dave David Gouge, Maggie May Johnny Watson, Traemon McCabe Amberdawn M McCabe, Cat Connor, Michael Comora, Fred & Bernie, Phil Holland, Steve Lujan and George Samaras who joined us later. We loved that Angelina Perez and Chacee Martinez sang a special song for us.
We raised $520 for the radio station which will launch at the end of this month. We’re working with an engineer who is bringing everything we need to get up and running by the end of this month. My dream has been fulfilled when we finished the night at the music house and all the musicians came together to create a vibe like no other! (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…)
The OTR book is available. It’s been a few long, grueling days over the past couple weeks getting the book to print, and making an electronic format available on Kindle. After 3 years in the making it’s finally done. Thanks to thank Jones (who airbrushed the ‘V’) for designing the cover and helping me quite a bit over the past few days. I would also like to thank all my friends who helped edit the content (Catherine Calderon, Nita Backes with some parts done by Cate Mugasis & Randy Kalish). I have copies of “MoVement” coming next week and “Who Put the ‘V’ in Occupy the original edition (arriving the following week). I decided to have two titles to encourage everyone to read it regardless of what they think of Occupy. Sometimes people are quick to judge from the title. We all know the media did a good job portraying the movement in a negative light. With book can be ordered now (link on the right). I’d welcome any feedback from the readers. Safe journey into 2017 everyone! Much Love…Janet (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…)
The face painting for Peace & Love Fest was held on the courthouse steps today and the kids were enjoying the awesome weather as they played and had faces painted.
After we took the ‘V’ through town and on our way back heard honks and saw peace signs being waved. We pulled over and met Catlin, Trevour and Chelsey from Oklahoma. They belong to the Lakota and Choctaw nations are heading to Standing Rock, ND to support the water protesters. (more…)