The house is busy with volunteers as we inch our way closer to finalizing the “lil red house”. Our walls are being painted, kitchen cabinets, some furnishings and windows being put in place of nasty old boards that have hidden this little treasure for some time. Between James & Darla, Ed, Tom, Jack, Cory, Rob & I we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We’ll have more professional help this coming week to finish drywall, plaster and shower so we can get this little gem “occupied”. Been a long stretch and it will be a great anniversary present to be done by June 12th with glorious gardens in the back. (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…)
Yesterday Jack helped with filling cracked walls and Cory put up framework in the kitchen. We’re getting ready to finalize this room and get our utilities signed off. Pueblo Electrics are working on a quote to finish the electric.
Today was a busy one. Jack Sample (SW Pride Inc.)is going to take Aria under his mentorship so she can learn the ins and outs of providing education and counseling to young teens in the area. Pueblo has a very high rate of teen pregnancy and we want to be part of the solution.
Then we had Affordable Services (Plumbing) out this morning to run the test and they’re back on Thursday to do some final things before getting the sign off. Around noon we got some great news about a project we’ve been interested in for some time. Things might be starting to come together and that means… we may have a “Music and Art House, along with a “New School”, in addition to Pueblo House. (more…)
Back from Denver and kick’n back with Kayla who’s conked out beside me. We had great weather and networked with lots of cool people at the “National Media Reform Conference”.
Now, I’m back in Pueblo where we’re working on a concert with artists who are performing for us for free on May 3rd. Then a few of us are going to take Cory up on the challenge of making some tree hugging hippies (heading to Goodwill for some serious bellbottoms & flowered shirts) to put on trees down the street. Then, we’re going to make signs…one to hang on the fence of the empty lot (2 lots over) to say “Future home of new doggie park”. Then, another to hang on the fence of the beautiful old stone house (2 lots the other way) to say “Future home of Art & Music”. Then we’re going to check out a building a couple blocks over, for our new school thanks to a very generous couple. Ah, the joys of being in a depressed area….you get to do fun stuff and no one complains! Next…Polka dots on the street? Art in the park? MayDay Parade through town? All of the above…check! (more…)
It was a great day for the “V” as she rolled through the streets of Pueblo adorned with it’s own sombrero and sunglasses. The spectators were plentiful and the weather gorgeous. We could have used 1000 more pamphlets and absolutely more candy for the kids. The pamphlets gave information about OTR, Pueblo House & Occupy Pueblo. The postcards we gave out talked about Bradley Manning and why he’s being held. We felt a good education was done on behalf of “Occupy”. (more…)
Loretta, who writes for the Pueblo Chieftan newspaper, came out yesterday to interview both Tino and I about the “little red house” known as “Pueblo House”. This little gem was recently donated to us. Much work is still to be done and funds are sparse. We hope this will bring us much needed donations so we can continue to improve this gem. (more…)
After arriving on Monday it’s been a whirlwind of excitement and a pouring out of offers to help renovate this little red house which was donated recently. We would like to thank Mark Carlos for giving us this house and an opportunity to show the community what we’re about. Pueblo, CO will be South Colorado Hub (SOCO) for Occupy. Since posting the information we’re happy to report that the community has come together in a great way to ensure we have the necessary tools to get the job done. (more…)
We rolled into Pueblo and found ourselves a busy corner with a large parking lot. And since it was Sat. evening we decided it was safe to be parked at this, now closed, money/check place and do a little advertising :).
Word was sent out that we were in town looking for the occupiers. Shortly we received word from someone that the occupy in Pueblo was winding down and had very few members left. No meetings were being held, but we reached out on twitter in hope that someone would find us. (more…)