Economic & Social Justice

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.

League of Women Voters Presentation for OTR & OTR F

April 13th, 2015 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in LWV | Pueblo - (Comments Off on League of Women Voters Presentation for OTR & OTR F)

Today I presented for the League of Women Voters luncheon on the topic of “Occupy the Roads (how it all started) and the Pueblo House (and our 3 houses in the works) under “Occupy the Roads Foundation”. (Janet)

How it started …The ‘V’ & Occupying roads!

Pueblo House and what we’ve been doing in Colorado! (more…)

Will the “Pet Coke” hazard waste remain in Detroit?

July 31st, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Petco & EMT - (Comments Off on Will the “Pet Coke” hazard waste remain in Detroit?)

A few us gathered at a very important meeting in Detroit today.  It was the “Land Use Hearing” for Detroit Bulk Storage, a company who decided to allow Pet coke (nasty-hazardous by-product of Petroleum)” to be stored on their land along the waterfront (Detroit River) without a permit. This case is being closely followed by those who live in the area and all the activists who are paying attention. This black dust, greasy film is landing peoples cars, homes, furniture and then travels across the Detroit river (going into the fresh waterways) to Windsor residents who have also been complaining about this soot that lands in their apartments & homes on the riverfront.   (more…)

Some announcements…..

February 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on Some announcements…..)

We’re announcing that Tino Fuentes is heading back to New York to take care of business there. He has been involved with OTR for a year (on and off the road).  He was taking care of Pueblo House while I was on the roads touring, educating and documenting.   We thank him for all he’s done and wish him well in his endeavors while in New York, where his heart has always been and where his contributions to social and economic justice will continue. Adios Tino Fuentes. Please keep us updated as your journey!

Pueblo House is just about fully plumbed, wired and drywalled.  We’re made some extraordinary advances since arriving just over 2 weeks ago.   I’m happy to report that Joseph de Leon and Denise Valdez have accepted our offer to reside in the house and run all the community programs.   With all that they have been doing in Austin, TX it is a fantastic fit for Pueblo.   Here’s a little more about them: (more…)

In Denver with “Idle No More” for Alais Clay support

February 10th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Alias Clay Day | Denver - (Comments Off on In Denver with “Idle No More” for Alais Clay support)

Today we packed up the “V” and headed to Denver so we could support Alais Clay who was filming her music video on the Capitol steps. Denise, Cory, myself from OTR and then Matrina, Denise, Luca, Matao and Rudy filled the RV and we rolled out of Pueblo around 9:30. With hot coffee and lots to talk about during the trip we arrived in Denver around 11:30. While we were waiting for Alais to arrive I interviewed Matrina to find out more about “Idle No More” in Pueblo. She & Rudy have been instrumental in bring INM here. A native of Pueblo she and her friends know the city and all its issues. They understand what’s needed to keep the kids out of trouble. (more…)

Heading west to Colorado!

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in 2nd visit (Dec) | Austin - (Comments Off on Heading west to Colorado!)

There’s been a change in plans. We’ll be leaving Austin heading for Dallas, and then on to Pueblo. Ty Campbell has decided to continue his previous mission and head to Tucson. Raya Irene Rose is staying in Austin with her friends and plans to be involved with local activist efforts. We wish them both well and thank them for their contribution to OTR during the past few weeks, since NOLA. You are true activists and we hope to see you at Pueblo House some time.

Panama Blaek, Denise Valdez and I will be heading to Pueblo House, where we have plans to help organize the final touches, in preparing for occupancy. Denise’s husband Joe will be joining us there mid Feb. As you know, we have big plans for Pueblo House which was donated to OTR last June. This will be a hub for activism and community outreach in Colorado and around the Nation. (more…)

Occupy the Youth

January 4th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Occupy the Youth - (Comments Off on Occupy the Youth)

We’re excited about our newest addition! It was our feeling that many young people we spoke to at colleges and universities we visited didn’t have much information on Occupy. So Ty, Jose & Raya are undertaking a new project called “occupy the Youth”. It will be a website for the young to learn about why we Occupy and more importantly give as much factual information as we can.

Check it out and feel free to send us your comments and/or ideas.

Interviewing -University of New Orleans

December 4th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in University of Nola Orleans - (Comments Off on Interviewing -University of New Orleans)

” Today we drove out to the UNO where we interviewed at random. Immediately upon arriving we found two med. students India & Yasmin who talked with us for some time. When we were leaving we noticed Jose sitting on a bench and decided to ask if he’d talk to us. At first he was hesitant, but then he started to open up and with Ty on camera we rolled until the camera was overheating and we’d exhausted both our batteries.   (more…)

Where we are going & where we have been….

November 30th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Occupy Camps - (Comments Off on Where we are going & where we have been….)

Cap. Ray Lewis joined OTR from Nov. 11 until Nov. 28th.  During which time we visited Raleigh (for the 2nd time) where Jeremy Gilchrist gave us an “On the V” music session.   Afterward, we visit Columbia, SC where I interviewed Vennie Deas Moore (historian) and got caught up on what was happening there.  We then attended the “School of Americas” in Fort Benning, GA, participating in the protest against torture technique (enhanced interrogation) training.   There, we met and interviewed an ex-CIA official (Jeff) and Louis Wolf founder of “Covert Action Quarterly” magazine.   Our final stop was Mobile, Al where Ray had his RV repaired (after hitting a deer on the way to Frederick) and while having some down time we had some wonderful in depth talks and educated ourselves with documentaries.   One night we decided to watch the old 1950’s movie “Grapes of Wrath” which made me realize…. things are the same many, many years later, sadly! (more…)

Montgomery sings for OTR

November 20th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Montgomery - (Comments Off on Montgomery sings for OTR)

Just convinced a choir group of young men to sing in McDonald’s and it was fab!  Thank you to Richard E. Lee Highschool, in Montgomery.  There are now 6 young people who know of occupy and Bradley Manning.

Posted tonight by message to us:  We are grateful to have meet you and Ray…I believe in the same thing your organization believes in…right now I’m trying to install a program for us seniors at my school to reach out to our freshmans and lower classmates and let them know how important they are and how much they impact our lives…we will be fascinated and honored to help you and assist you to help build….and stop this crazy economy from tearing us down! (more…)