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Colorado Progressives remember Ludlow Massacre 100 yr anniversary.

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in CPC meetings | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Colorado Progressives remember Ludlow Massacre 100 yr anniversary.)
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Attended a great meeting tonight with CPC (Colorado Progressives). The topic was based on the 100 year anniversary of the Ludlow massacre.

Ludlow Massacre details – click here

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…)

OTR gives birth to OTR Foundation

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo - (Comments Off on OTR gives birth to OTR Foundation)
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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…)

Come to 5th St. for Music & Art on Sunday!

April 9th, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Pueblo | Stone House - (Comments Off on Come to 5th St. for Music & Art on Sunday!)

 

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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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Weekly Update

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Lil Stone House | Pueblo | Pueblo House | Stone House - (Comments Off on Weekly Update)
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Ken Shore will be coming back (from Denver) on Sat. to finish the final electrical needs. Can’t wait to see him, as we always have a few laughs. After this weekend we’ll be in a position to have the final inspection redone. Then we’re off to restore the Stone House next, for evaluation (so far a quote for the water main break is going to cost $2280) and material gathering, costs.  We now have a prospect of another house and that’s being considered for outstanding taxes approx. $2600.

Glen, one of our directors (who recently had a stroke) is doing well on the road to recovery. He’s getting physical therapy now and plans are that he’s going to be released on Feb. 7th if all goes well.  He’s in Parkview Hospital in room 309 (B) where he has a phone. His sense of humor is still alive and well. Some days he’s a bit more tired than others but considering what he’s been through he’s doing great.


Joe is finalizing some trim on the kitchen walls and been getting lots of little things done around PH. I put all the files into our new filing cabinet, where we’re now organized. With files in one place it sure helps to be able to find things.  Been extremely busy around the house….no shortage of things to do. (more…)

Our Li'l Red House/ Pueblo House

Thank you to Loretta Sword for covering our story and helping make our next journey a success.   We’re in the process of taking an 100 year old house and turning it into a Music & Art Center for the kids, big and small!

It’s been 18 months of hard work, dedication, perseverance and stretching dollars.   The original Li’l Red House is now 95% completed and ready to greet the kids and show them life can be about fun and creativity too.  We’re always looking for volunteers, music, art, clerical and labor.  Be part of a team who believes the programs schools are cutting are perhaps the most important.   Thank you to everyone and every company who helped make this first house possible.

Please come visit us and have a tour!

Check out the Chieftain articles here:

Article #1 :  Pueblo House & Occupy the Roads

Article #2 : Li’l Stone House and Music/Art Center

The houses will not only have creative venues but will encourage healthy eating and cooking classes.  Our garden will be used to help educated the neighbors and anyone who wishes to learn about food, enjoy fresh produce and educate kids on the benefit of eating healthy.  We have chefs willing to teach once we’re ready.

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…)
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So today, thanks to our favorite guy (Ken Shore) we were finally able to see all the lights & switches in the house working properly. It was electric! Ken Shore was the original electrician who volunteered to wire the house with some interns from PCC after a little prompting and encouragement (ok begging) from Don Pfost. In the end Ken did most of the work himself spending countless hours. Albert Herrera picked up the ball and did some wiring for our kitchen after that. Then, being the great guy he is, came out today from Denver and made our lives so much better. (more…)
Randy & Janet

Yesterday Cheryl Moore took us for a tour of the State Park and Reservoir in Pueblo West. Today Randy and I met for breakfast where Anne Courtright joined us for a final visit. It’s been so much fun having Randy (my husband) here with us for a week. Tomorrow he heads back home and I will continue my work here in Pueblo as we get closer to finishing Pueblo House. We’re excited to start working on the Stone House before too long.

Both houses may end up on the Historic registry. We have the Historic Society (from Denver) coming out Jan. 30th to do a structural walk through. It’s important the stone house be brought back to it’s full potential since it will be open to the public as a Music & Art house. (more…)