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Agent Orange is Monsanto’s legacy

May 7th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Agent Orange | Meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Agent Orange is Monsanto’s legacy)
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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…)

Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting

May 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting)
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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.

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Colorado Progressives remember Ludlow Massacre 100 yr anniversary.

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in CPC meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Colorado Progressives remember Ludlow Massacre 100 yr anniversary.)
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Attended a great meeting tonight with CPC (Colorado Progressives). The topic was based on the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow massacre.

Ludlow Massacre details – click here

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…)

OTR gives birth to OTR Foundation

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo - (Comments Off on OTR gives birth to OTR Foundation)
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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…)

Immigration reform rally today in Bessemer Park

April 5th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Occupy Camps - (Comments Off on Immigration reform rally today in Bessemer Park)
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We attended an immigration and deportation rally today in Bessemer Park. It was both moving and very eye opening. It was especially emotional to listen to people like Manuel Valenzuela who talked about his story to all those who came out to show their support for immigration reform. After serving in the Vietnam war (for America) Manuel then had to deal with immigration, risking deportation all while fighting to stay in the US. His speech will be uploaded shortly. Many of those present came to see the “V” afterward, where we took plenty of pictures.  (more…)

Wave of Action made a ripple in Pueblo, CO

April 4th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | WaveofAction - (Comments Off on Wave of Action made a ripple in Pueblo, CO)
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Let the WAVE…begin! We made our first ripple in the ocean of CHANGE!
The Global Wave of Action was alive and well in Pueblo, CO! We parked the “V” in a busy supermarket on a very busy street and within minutes met our first onlooker, Dustin. After that many more including Dorin, John & Rhonda, Sade & Jacqueline, Brenda & Hannah (Happy Birthday), Greg & Tom, Lois, Lacey and Monica….all people who we met, and conversed with, then educated about the issues we face. They now know about OTR and all we’re doing around the country, and also at Pueblo House. They understand our mission to regain sanity in government. All of those we met were outraged at the injustice being inflicted on the middle class, or the contaminating of our food, or the raping of our land and our bought politicians. But then the same story…what can be done?   (more…)

Can we rise up – The People’s Assembly?

March 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Church | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Can we rise up – The People’s Assembly?)
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Yesterday Joe & I met with Robert who is part owner of a beautiful historic church and towering icon consuming 5 lots.  This was our second meeting so we could find out exactly what could take place as far as securing this fabulous historic church in order to bring more good to east Pueblo. We had a perfect visit in which a dream of providing health care to those in need surfaced and I thought about how much good we could do in 18,000 Sq Ft of space.   So, I got on FB and talked with Sue from Eugene Oregon who was instrumental in starting “Occupy Medical” on the west coast. From the days of a tent in the encampment to a roaming bus converted to provide much need healthcare for those who don’t have access is just amazing. I realized last night that the OTR-Foundation will have to find a way to make this work!  We HAVE to be the change we want to see, it’s the only way forward. 

If anyone has access to medical providers, nurses, etc., not to mention anyone who could support us financially please reach out to see if they will help us.  We will need a bus load of miracles to pull this off, but then it’s a church right? Don’t miracles happen there? (Janet)

Occupy Medical in Oregon

Protest in Vancouver, BC

March 1st, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Omnibus March on Harper | Vancouver, BC -Canada - (Comments Off on Protest in Vancouver, BC)
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Today was the March 1s Omnibus march against Harper nationwide.  It was an awesome day as we marched in the streets of downtown Vancouver. Many protesters showed up  to speak out against Stephen Harper ….with his secret deals, his reneging on treaties and his strong ties with big corp’s who need “favors”.  Just like the US, Canada is struggling, with politicians being bought and sliding deals through without the “people’s” knowledge. But many groups are paying close attention and today they came together and it was awesome.
Most surprising was the low key police presence and their very decent attitude toward the marchers. Quite a pleasant surprise after the Denver march on Nov. 5th where the militia rolled out and protesters were harassed, face planted and arrested. Nothing of the kind here. The police blocked the intersections and actually had dialogue with the protesters. Lots of different ages, cultures and most of all…committed people who care about what’s happening to their land, their water and the air we breathe. There were many collecting signatures against Enbridge and Big OIL!!! (more…)

What’s happening on 5th St.?

January 27th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Meetings | Pueblo | Pueblo House | Stone House - (Comments Off on What’s happening on 5th St.?)
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We are planning a small gathering/pot luck at Pueblo House 816 E 5th…. on Feb. 8th. around 6pm.  Rick Stanton has agreed to play again and we’re trying to get a few more locals to sing/play. It’ll be open mic night. With the weather so cold we’ll be inside where it will be quite cozy & warm. We’ll introduce our plans, get your ideas and most of all include the kids who will be instrumental in running the programs.  Please come join us.

We had Renee and Bonnie visit the Pueblo House and what a great meeting of the minds!  Both had seen the article in the Chieftain. Renee (2nd visit) brought the start of a Hydroponics system and she is going to be setting us up with a grow/aquarium unit. This was Bonnie’s first time to PH and she was thrilled at what’s going on here and what we’re planning to do in future.  Her boyfriend builds chicken coops and she’s going to ask if he would supervise the building of a great coop (made from our shed).  We already have the pen and other things there.   We’re looking for some artists to work on the boat and make something out of it.  Ideas?

Weekly Update

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Lil Stone House | Pueblo | Pueblo House | Stone House - (Comments Off on Weekly Update)
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Ken Shore will be coming back (from Denver) on Sat. to finish the final electrical needs. Can’t wait to see him, as we always have a few laughs. After this weekend we’ll be in a position to have the final inspection redone. Then we’re off to restore the Stone House next, for evaluation (so far a quote for the water main break is going to cost $2280) and material gathering, costs.  We now have a prospect of another house and that’s being considered for outstanding taxes approx. $2600.

Glen, one of our directors (who recently had a stroke) is doing well on the road to recovery. He’s getting physical therapy now and plans are that he’s going to be released on Feb. 7th if all goes well.  He’s in Parkview Hospital in room 309 (B) where he has a phone. His sense of humor is still alive and well. Some days he’s a bit more tired than others but considering what he’s been through he’s doing great.


Joe is finalizing some trim on the kitchen walls and been getting lots of little things done around PH. I put all the files into our new filing cabinet, where we’re now organized. With files in one place it sure helps to be able to find things.  Been extremely busy around the house….no shortage of things to do. (more…)