Hundreds of journalists around the world pored over the 11.5 million files leaked last year by an anonymous source that reveal how the rich and powerful in numerous countries use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive offshore companies, Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama. They were obtained from an anonymous source by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. We hear the story of the collaboration, which did not include The New York Times, from Frederik Obermaier, an investigative reporter at Süddeutsche Zeitung, which helped publish the Panama Papers, and Michael Hudson, senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
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!
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.
Perhaps a good start to raise our voices in a city that is not listening to its people, would be to hold the “Occupy National Gathering – NATGAT” here in Pueblo and fill downtown with tents, tarps and plenty of houseless people holding signs on every corner, especially along that beautiful (old people’s walk called “The Riverwalk”), We could fill the grassy slopes (that Pueblo is trying to sell off in exchange for more concrete) with our messages of “occupy”. Let’s disrupt the downtown core for a month or so and let them know exactly how we feel about them ignoring the poor in this city, which is about 1/2 the population. A new survey released shows 84% of Pueblo is moderate to low income, yet there’s no bus service after 6 pm and the bus terminal (used for Greyhound stops to Denver) locks all their doors, so bus loads of people, who are stopping over in Pueblo have no access to a bathroom or vending machine. The city is run by those with money, so why do they care if people can get home from their min. wage job at midnight? Apparently this city doesn’t care if people are walking home in unsafe neighborhoods, late at night. I’m calling out to all my occupy friends across the Nation to see about hosting the National Gathering here in Pueblo. We have houses and empty lots ..and perhaps we can get churches and other buildings willing to help put people up. If anyone thinks this is a good idea let me know. I think it would be absolutely beautiful myself. Let’s disrupt some very comfortable lives in Pueblo! How do you think they’d like being made uncomfortable?
This might be the start of a yearly thing where we pick cities that have lots of poverty and hold our National Gatherings there to elevate their voices and demand change! Get in touch if you think you might like to host or help host this years in Pueblo, Colorado.
Today we participated in the MLK march with Pueblo Veterans for Peace and other groups who joined in to make this 30th year special. Since the RV is adorned with MLK and Rosa Parks it was fitting to have it part of the march. I enjoyed meeting many new people and seeing some of the old familiar faces. Thanks to Catherine Calderon & Michael Stapleton who helped make the “other side” of the RV a little nicer this morining in our rush to get going (we still had the paint from election times on there…oops).
We’re planning some additions to the WIKI side this year for our remaining revolutionairies…like Caesar Chavez, Malcolm X and more. Anyone want to help paint lol? (more…)
We, at OTR, hope everyone will enjoy good health, family and friends for 2016! Let your dreams be big and the roadblocks small. Find your passion and attack it with wild abandon! Don’t let fear stop you from achieving whatever you put your heart into.
Martin Luther King, jr said it best when he wrote a letter from Birmingham jail (which was perfect timing to have received recently and which will be put up soon for all to see):
“We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of those willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.”
Little by little the whistleblowers are coming forward to let the public know that what we hear and what is actually happening are two different stories. Thanks to the brave men (and some women) for letting us know the truth about what’s going on. America needs to know that war and the unjust behavior, guised as protecting us, is wrong.
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…)
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…)
Over the past year OTR has been renovating 3 homes in East Pueblo to get them ready for creative space for kids and adults to enjoy music, art, gardening and media. The 3 house was donated making 812, 816 & 824 all designated to finding kids passion. Once completed the 3 houses will be open for everyone to enjoy music, hang out, learn, educate and create. Our media house will have a radio station, and hopefully one day, a recording studio. East Pueblo is changing and plenty of homes are having the boards removed and are now alive with activity and new homeowners. A world class skatepark is going in only a couple blocks away. Bike trails and parks are numerous on the Eastside and we’re working with our Foundation & the E.A.S.T. group (more…)