There were about 10,000 people in FDR Park tonight, spread out over a huge area. They marched from city hall once again and with a mix of heat and angst tensions were high but still the crowd remained peaceful. Some inside bickering about candidates, corruption and feelings of giving up and taking back the “arena”. After seeing some of the speeches tonight (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.
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…)
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…)
Had a knock on the “V” around 9:30 and opened the door to two officers asking about “activity” going on in the alley. I told them the only activity I see is me taking Kayla for a doggie walk before bed. It’s been relatively quiet, or I’m a very heavy sleeper. Lots of questions were asked and normally I wouldn’t feel a need to answer them, but I liked these two guys and I want to think they get what we’re doing. They mentioned having a meeting with Luis Velez (Chief of Police) about doing some work together, especially with the kids. The more we support one another the better off we’ll be. We should try to figure out what the needs of the community are, or what needs to be done and work on it together. There’s no doubt we’re in an area that needs something. But we think it’s something different, something around music, art and things that make everyone feel they’re a part of the community. We also think it should be engaging and inclusive of the (more…)
Nov. 2nd, 2012
We marched with the Veterans 4 Peace activists from the Veteran Affairs building to the White House where a few speeches were given about the neglect of the Veterans once they return home from war. Also mentioned was the very high suicide rate that should be alarming to anyone hearing the statistics. One veteran per day is committing suicide and that rate is growing. It’s time we put an end to all wars and bring these young men and women home out of harms way. We continue to work in solidarity with our friends from the armed forces with “Tour of Duty” mission to bring awareness to America! (more…)
Had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Counts who has lead an amazing life. Our stay here in Rices Landing was exceptional. She made us feel right at home with offering her place, food and laundry services. We truly respect this wonderful lady who has helped many along the way. We look forward to sharing her story soon. (more…)
We arrived in Harrisburg this afternoon and gathered under the canopy that adorns the front of the Capital building. It rained and a bit of the heat subsided briefly. We talked to Nelson (who was our contact) about what was happening in Harrisburg and was immediately filled in on all the fracking that is being planned and how the Mayor pushed through a bill that will allow copious amounts of water to be removed from the river to aid fracking. (more…)
We arrive around 2pm Friday to find a scattered few vehicles in a field dubbed parking area. A nice guy in a pick up was running people to the camp which was a very short walk down the dirt road. Upon arriving we were greeted by Stephen (who owns the property and was busy organizing) along with Karrie and Sarah who were manning the welcome tent, giving out maps and selling t-shirts. We wandered about the camp stolling down quaint pathways adorned with handmade wooden signs that specified names of tented areas. A small solar panel was set in the woods to allow some electricity and miniature lights were strung here and there. Stephens house was 2 floors built on cement stilts in the center of the wooded land. Bamboo was everywhere adorning the entrance to the camp itself. (more…)