What a great way to end the day, seeing this pardon. Having attended Mannings trial and seeing how fragile Chelsea was..this brought tears to my eyes. This is a great thing Obama is doing. The American taxpayers should be grateful to Manning for exposing the criminal behavior of some military through the released movie “Collateral Damage” that went viral on the Internet. Chelsea risked her life giving documents to WikiLeaks in order that we would know what was going on behind the scenes. The message, when our government sent Manning to prison, was that it’s ok to be a whistleblower on a company… but not the government.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a fantastic success. Catherine Calderon for getting all the food and making sauce for the spaghetti along with a cake. And Maggie for making a vegetarian spaghetti sauce. Doug for bringing buns and Anne Courtright who brought a tray of cookies. Nita Bakes for another wonderful tray of goodies and for handling all the guests at the door and also for the gifts she brought, James Raymond Smith and Patrick Pulis for all the moving and organizing throughout the day and making sure the music room was set up for us, We thank all the people who brought items for the silent auction (Nita, Catherine, Kate, Marsha & Steve) and especially Bella Chacon’s mom who made a special trip to bring a gift basket to help us raise money and to all the guests and musicians who played for our first gig in the music house (Dave David Gouge, Maggie May Johnny Watson, Traemon McCabe Amberdawn M McCabe, Cat Connor, Michael Comora, Fred & Bernie, Phil Holland, Steve Lujan and George Samaras who joined us later. We loved that Angelina Perez and Chacee Martinez sang a special song for us.
We raised $520 for the radio station which will launch at the end of this month. We’re working with an engineer who is bringing everything we need to get up and running by the end of this month. My dream has been fulfilled when we finished the night at the music house and all the musicians came together to create a vibe like no other! (more…)
We’ve been busy working on our music house. The OTR Foundation has 3 houses that were donated on the Eastside (812, 816 & 824 E 5th St.) of Pueblo. We’re using these spaces to ensure youth have a stress free – safe place to go where they enjoy a few things that schools may not offer. Our aim is to give kids something fun to do and at the same time expose them to things that they might find their passion. Rather than work at minimum wage jobs it would be nice to see them build a career doing what they love. We’ll expose kids to more music, art and media. We’re creating a space where young people can learn, play and mentor each other. The original Pueblo House is finished, but we have so much stuff (and a whole lot of musical instruments) inside, we’ve run out of room. Renovations are finalizing on the music house and with all the construction, we’ve not had the time (or space) to run programs. The music house will be our main focus until spring when we will open the space for music jams & lessons. The original Pueblo House (816 E 5th) will be turned into a games room, library and be our art space with lessons by local artists. (more…)
OTR is happy and proud to stand with the hero’s on the front line protecting our waterways. If the houses weren’t taking every minute of our day (to get up and running before the snow flies) we’d be there too. But, we’re watching it and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on the front lines who put their lives on hold to ensure all of us are protected and the water free from contamination and big oil! Stand with us today in Pueblo as we embrace national stand with #NODAPL at 2 pm.
Spent a few hours hanging out in Kalamazoo before Tammy Hibner arrived . Didn’t get to see old friend Chris maybe next time through. It was peaceful where I was able (with Tammy’s help -massage therapist) get comfortable again and drove west of Chicago before stopping for the night. Then it was off to Des Moines.
Passed…..Iowa & Nebraska and saw corn…lots of corn. Passed a wicked innovation center. (more…)
Delegates arriving….lots of chanting “no HILLARY!” It was clear the people have had enough. The crowds continued to grow in numbers and in volume as they sent a message to the delegate. (more…)
We gathered again at City Hall where plenty of marchers wanted to be heard. Their voices came through loud and clear…..Bernie or bust! After the march to FDR park we gathered in huge numbers to hear Jill Stein deliver her speech and it was great. There’s no doubt the people are confused as to where to go during this campaign. What was very clear is that they are NOT voting for Hilary! The evening was cut short when torrential rains starting giving us all a nice bath after a very hot day. As everyone ran toward the subway protecting their equipment it was noticed that the huge stage and image projectors had been covered in plastic. There was going to be some great music, (more…)
Today more than 10,000 people lined the streets of Philly to protest for clean energy and responsible ways to take care of mother earth. It was a spectacle of great proportions as protestors took to the streets with their message. It was an honor to be part of this and then to take part in the Bernie Sanders march (with the ‘V’) rolling through the streets of Philly to chants and cheers as we headed to FDR park to meet those braves souls who walked the 3;5 miles to get there.
Certainly this stuff would not have been covered by the regular media, who continue to minimize the importance of our movements for change. The day ended with (more…)
The people came together today in a couple different locations and began the conversation about why, what and how to fix a broken system. Plenty of folks joined together to plan and network. The room eventually filled and every room was occupied with strong willed, “we need change” people hoping for a better democracy. Lots of Bernie fans wondering why he isn’t running on the green ticket. Over all it was a good show. I hope it goes further and not just another talk session. We need action and a plan if we’re going to make (more…)
The OTR gang left Pueblo on Tuesday and as of 8 am Thursday we are about 500 miles from Philly, making great time on our journey to the People’s Convention. Could it be any hotter? Our air conditioner is not working well. Needless to say it’s a wee bit warm in the back, so we’re all fighting over who’s going to drive! Plenty of laughs are being had as we make our way to the destination, it’s too hot to stop! There’s no generator so we’re hoping to get power at the final stop. Just gets better doesn’t it….but it doesn’t curb the laughter aboard the ‘V’.