The revolution is looking pretty sparce so far. We’re hoping the masses are going to show up soon so we can remain hopeful there’ll be change! Otherwise Costa Rica is looking real good. The volunteers got together in the “Friends Church (Quakers) in whose parking lot we are occupying. Then it was a day of checking out the city and wow, what a great day we had touring around. Ended the day with frozen yogart and that was yummy. (more…)
The OTR gang left Pueblo on Tuesday and as of 8 am Thursday we are about 500 miles from Philly, making great time on our journey to the People’s Convention. Could it be any hotter? Our air conditioner is not working well. Needless to say it’s a wee bit warm in the back, so we’re all fighting over who’s going to drive! Plenty of laughs are being had as we make our way to the destination, it’s too hot to stop! There’s no generator so we’re hoping to get power at the final stop. Just gets better doesn’t it….but it doesn’t curb the laughter aboard the ‘V’.
This song was written by Janet a while ago. Jimi Smith has put it to music recently and we wanted to share it with all of you. Thank you JRS for making this happen!
OTR Song by James R Smith
The OTR RV will be heading out of Pueblo, CO on July 19th and heading to Philly for the People’s Revolution the DNC Convention. We are looking forward to the trip east where we hope to meet all our friends also attending these events. We encourage everyone who can to join us for this historic event.
The ‘V’ is ready!
What a beautiful trip as we drove through Pagosa Springs and visited the hot springs…wow. Came across an indigenous school and they all loved the RV. I interviewed teacher Belinda Garcia (teacher) about their school, then they interviewed me about OTR. We then drove to Durango where we occupied Walmarts parking lot until this morning before heading to Oscars for an amazing breakfast. The people are quite friendly here and the city is very clean. Later it’s off to Telluride, Montrose and Salida on our way back to Pueblo. (more…)
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…)