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CSU Orientation + Riverwalk Drumming Circle

August 27th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in CSU | Pueblo - (Comments Off on CSU Orientation + Riverwalk Drumming Circle)
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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…)

Tipton’s Office on immigration reform

June 4th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Congressman Tipton | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Tipton’s Office on immigration reform)
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Today we accompanied Fernanda Zaragoza & Gaby Morales to U.S Congressman Scott Tipton’s office to ask the question “Where does Congressman Tipton stand on immigration reform?”   We sat with his two staff members who couldn’t answer the question.  But with clipboard and pens they took notes and certainly looked like they cared.  However,  I wondered how you could work for someone and not know their position on such an important issue?  We asked a few more questions and then talked about how families are being torn apart yet congress is doing nothing about the issue.  We also brought up the issue that veterans are being deported after serving their country.  Does this sound right?  Again no real response came regarding this issue.  The staff told us they would get back to Fernanda on Monday with Congressman Tipton’s position on the subject.  We will let you know the response.

In the meantime Elizabeth Warren is hosting a question & answer conference call on June 10th 7:30 E/T.  I’ve posed a question… (more…)

March Against Monsanto in Pueblo

May 24th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Monsanto Rally | Pueblo - (Comments Off on March Against Monsanto in Pueblo)
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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…)

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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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)

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Mentors Jerry, Jim, Melissa and Billy G join in the fun.

While waiting for the electrical inspection on Wed.  we made a frame for our sign and around the map.  Pictures from various camps and events over the past two years were used, so you might see yourself!   In the end, the final inspection for Pueblo House was not a success. Apparently every plug needs to be “tamper proof” and many more GFI’s are needed and there’s the breakers which need something because the smoke detector is on that circuit, and then there’s this and that and something over here and something over there. OMG….how did we, as kids, survive in the day I wonder? Looks like it’s going to take another $300 in order to get signed off on another inspection. The good news that Ken is coming back out, so we get to have another visit.   In the meantime Joe is going to switch out and replace the plugs.

On Monday the League of Women Voters luncheon had guest speaker, Detention Chief Darlene Alcala, who discussed what jail personnel are doing about inmates who have mental health and substance abuse issues.  It was quite educational.  If at all possible we’d like to work with the juveniles where we can for community service and mentoring.  We’re hoping the music and art house (which we’re working on next) will keep kids busy. (more…)

North wall heading into LR..done!
We got ourselves ready for the final inspection on Pueblo House and that happens tomorrow. Joe and I worked on “that crazy wall” until 10 tonight.   It was a flurry of activity to have all the little things ready, but we did it.  Fingers crossed that all goes well with Regional Building Inspections and we can start on the Li’l stone house next.
So happy to report that Pueblo Electrics is going to help us out again with getting electric to the SH. One plus, is that the wiring and some plumbing exists in the SH which we didn’t have in PH so it’s in better shape, but still very needy.
It’s been a long time coming and it was only through the many volunteers that Pueblo House is now ready for programs.
We’re working with many of the local groups like Teen Pregnancy-Health Care, My Youth LInk and many others. The City Planning (Wade & Beritt) will be coming by for a visit this week too and we’ll discuss historical status for both buildings (since both are over 100 years old) which will hopefully provide us with funding ability. (more…)