OTR Foundation is working around the clock to bring a creative space to the Eastside of Pueblo where gangs and drugs run rampant. It’s been some time renovating these abandoned homes that were donated over the course of 3 years. With very limited funds we’ve managed to finish one for art and makerspace and almost completed the second for music and radio station. After launching our 98.5 FM LP station we’re finding a voice for the community to raise its concerns and talk about the issues facing the Eastside. Our third house will be a while before we can find funding for that, but eventually that will become a media, virtual reality space. Fun on Fifth St. is where it will be soon! In the meantime we’re enjoying the (more…)
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…)
Our Fundraiser is this Saturday from 4 – 8pm at the Pueblo House 816 E 5th St. (Between Glendale & Hudson).
The Radio Station 98.5 FM KOYC (k-occupy your community) will be raising money to purchase a transmitter and antennae so we can start broadcasting by Feb. 15th. Stay tuned..lol
We’re gearing up and getting the houses ready to view for anyone who would like a tour to see what we’re doing over here on 5th St. (more…)
Coming up 5 years of occupying for OTR
Click here to See: Alternet News Article
Members of the Occupy the Roads Foundation gathered with Occupy Pueblo and decided to transform the vacant brick building into a community center. A large team of community activists and residents cleared out the trash, cleaned up the interior, and with the help of a grant, fixed the roof and the electrical system, and painted and decorated the interior. The process is captured in the following video:
Our dear friend and musician Salvatore Pace has lost his battle with cancer and left us today (Mar. 13th). We know he’s in a better place and finally free of his pain.
Please send me any pictures you might have of special moments with Salvator so that we can add them to the “celebration of life” movie being produced.
This is from his son Tory….
My father, Salvatore Pace, passed away at 1:11 AM last night taking away the pain that consumed his body. Dad was an amazing person who left a mark on everyone he met. If you knew him, you know what I’m talking about. He was one of a kind, and the absolutely kindest person I’ve ever met.
His friend Janet Wilson has offered to put together a video and slideshow of his life for his memorial party. She needs photos from all parts of his life. If you have any, please send her a direct message or email her pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay posted for a date and time for the party.
Over the past year OTR has been renovating 3 homes in East Pueblo to get them ready for creative space for kids and adults to enjoy music, art, gardening and media. The 3 house was donated making 812, 816 & 824 all designated to finding kids passion. Once completed the 3 houses will be open for everyone to enjoy music, hang out, learn, educate and create. Our media house will have a radio station, and hopefully one day, a recording studio. East Pueblo is changing and plenty of homes are having the boards removed and are now alive with activity and new homeowners. A world class skatepark is going in only a couple blocks away. Bike trails and parks are numerous on the Eastside and we’re working with our Foundation & the E.A.S.T. group (more…)
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)
Look who’s entered in the Pueblo Parade of Lights! We occupied some roads tonight in style!
Last night Pueblo House had a few young 20 year olds who were interested in finding out more about Monsanto and what they’re doing to our food supply. With a growing concern about foods being genetically modified they wanted information and answers. Colorado is fighting back with the “right to know” request for labeling. Petitions will be gathered and signatures submitted to get this on the ballot for November.
May 24th will be a global day of protest with large marches taking place across the globe. We will be there supporting the march against Monsanto set to take place on Northern Blvd on the south side. We’re expecting quite a crowd to show up and help educate the public on what a GMO is and how it affects those that ingest it.
We ended the night watching the movie “End of the Road” which talks about the money printing business of the Federal Reserve. (more…)
Attended a great meeting tonight with CPC (Colorado Progressives). The topic was based on the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow massacre.
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…)