A wonderful time was had roaming the streets of Truth or Consequences, Hatch and Deming, New Mexico and then into Arizona through Casa Grande. Beautiful weather and some new friends met. Felt real good to be back out in the streets. (more…)
How exciting to be back occupying the roads! Since just Dec. 21st we’ve been roaming the streets of southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona to soak up some sun and meet new people.
First we met James who dropped a box of food and drinks at our doorstep and then stopped by to give us some information. Next we ran into a Cold War protestor named Mikey who shared a few of her stories. (more…)
We’d like to welcome Marcel Kuemmet who arrived last week to lend a hand fixing the Li’l stone house, where we’re building a future music and art space for kids on the Eastside of Pueblo. We’re excited with all that’s been happening here to get us to the finish line with our music space. We can’t wait until we can use it for Friday night open mic.
The “V” was in Trinidad, CO this past week for a the Southeast Regional Philanthropy Days. Over 3 days we pitched our case for a grant so we could fund our vision of 3 functional houses all offering unique things. The media house will be the most expensive to fix and we’ll definitely need grant help to make that happen. If anyone knows of grant writers send them our way (more…)
Met a whole lot of great people today at CSU student orientation. It was packed around noon and both Joe & I gave out hundreds of cards. We hope to have student volunteers joining us soon. We met musicians, artists, creative and passionate people who loved what we’re bringing to the east side. Great things are on its way and with the music and art space complete we’ll have another area for bringing people together to better the community.
We followed the day by joining a drumming circle on the river walk under the main st. bridge where many talented drummers gathered and what a sound they made! The coordination of rhythm & beats was astounding. Drummers came from CO Springs and Denver to participate. We surely have a lot of talent locally. Many have offered to play at Pueblo House and that’s wonderful. We’re working hard to get the houses completed so we can start more programs for the kids. (more…)
Today we decided to take up the offer Noemi put forward and go to visit Bishop’s castle which is in the mountains about 40 min. s/w from Pueblo. We decided to leave the overwhelming demands and world sadness behind to go find an adventure, and that we did. With the RV stocked up, we went to meet a long time anarchist who’s father (or grandfather) built the castle over 50 yrs ago. It’s had additions over the years and become quite a tourist attraction, equipped with a very cool gift shop with handmade crafted items. My camera was acting up and wouldn’t take more than 2 frames before freezing. It started acting up Thursday night when we went to the Scott Tipton (CO R-Rep) town hall meeting (straight from the airport and that’s another story of its own). Perhaps I smoked it while in Canada taking too many pics . Well it’s retired itself today. And all of you who know me can imagine how devastated I am right now. No pictures turned out but thankfully I had back ups with my phone camera so I could share this awesome experience. Tomorrow is another day and I will tackle it with vim & vigor or….just paint the heck out of something! (Janet W) (more…)
There was a decent turnout for the march against Monsanto today. Many had their signs and stood for hours waving at the passing traffic many of whom honked to let us know they got it too. We estimate about 80 -100 might have been present.
Most of the fun was handing out pamphlets to let the consumers, who were totally oblivious to Monsanto and it’s “evil doing but, were shocked when they learned that stuff was being put in their food without their knowledge. Most were eager to get the information. Some of course, with their “no thank you” as they see you coming with paper like you’re going to attack them. Sadly, we live in this kind of world where some feel bombarded with so much stuff going on ….. it’s information overload for some. (more…)
Tonight we visited Rawlings Library where we heard stories from our vets who served in the Vietnam war. Many have been diagnosed with diseases directly caused by the affects of agent orange.
HO (Herbicide Orange) was a herbicide manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto & Dow Chemical in the USA & Canada. It was given its name from the color of the orange striped barrels in which it was shipped. It was used as part of its herbicidal warfare program “Operation Ranch Hand” during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. In mid 1961, President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam asked the US to conduct aerial herbicide spraying in his country to eliminate enemy food sources and cover. In Aug. of ’61 the South Vietnam Air Force initiated herbicide operations with American help. In Nov. 1961 President John F. Kennedy authorized the start of “Operation Ranch Hand”. (more…)
We rode in the Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday. It was only half the size as last year and sadly, upon reaching the park not too much happening to engage the people. Many of the participants just left. Having music outside and refreshments along with things for the kids to do, would have been really nice. Apparently something starts at 1pm but from 11 to 1 nothing, unless it was inside the El Centro building. We sat for a bit and while parked on the street, John found us and gave us his take on what is happening (or not happening) on the east side. He shared what he’d like to see and who the main people who he felt were those who helped the east side.
We left El Centro de Sol to pick up some potato salad for the potluck at noon. Parked on 4th St. we went to visit Double J. Meats and owner Joe who came out to see the “V” and our newly painted canvas. He knew Glen Burke and was thrilled to hear what we’re doing on and for the east side. He said he would attend the meeting on the 6th where discussions will be held about revitalizing 4th St.
We arrived in Mineral Palace Park where we attended the Peace Picnic Sponsored by the Gandhi Peace Foundation: Doug Gale, MaryAnn Roldan, Patrick Hurley, Steve Parke, Neema Caughran.
Attended a great meeting tonight with CPC (Colorado Progressives). The topic was based on the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow massacre.
The coal miners had very little in the way of protection from big corps who used them like slaves and when they fought back many died including women and children who were burned alive. It’s a sad thing to think how this kind of thing can happen but really…are we all that much more civilized today? Crazy stuff still goes on in the name of big money influence and corps who can buy whatever, including slave labor (let’s call it that when a company earns ginormous profits and pays so little to its people).
Tonight I met some very wonderful people tonight, some from Denver, who are planning to join us at our next outdoor concert @ Pueblo House. We’re thinking of May 10th as the date if Rick Stanton (PCC) and Alais Clay have the date open. We’re hoping Ed Wingfield (from Denver) will join us and come sing the blues. (more…)
The OTR team is in Pueblo CO where we’re donating our time to bring a music & art center to East Pueblo. The house was boarded up for 5 years and needs plenty of TLC. The company is now two entities OTR (the “V”) and OTR Foundation (the Properties). OTR is a 501c4 and OTRF a 501c3. This opens plenty of doors for grants and other opportunities that will help us get supplies and resources to finish the houses so that we can start our programs. We’re seeking volunteers and skilled laborers to help us get to the finish line. There are boarded up homes just waiting for new occupants. We can help anyone who wishes to take one over and restore. (more…)