Economic & Social Justice
Header

Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting

May 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Cinco de Mayo | Pueblo - (Comments Off on Cinco de Mayo & the Gandhi Peace Picnic & Town Hall Meeting)
At Rawlings Library

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.

(more…)

War resisters – US + Canada

October 14th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in NYC-End the War | Toronto-Canada - (Comments Off on War resisters – US + Canada)
IMG_1433

Micah, Jules and Chris speak out about the war and why all soldiers should speak out and help stop the U.S. agression against other Countries. During my recent visit to Canada I met Jules and Chris along with their partners Nicole and Stephanie to talk about what it was like for them during their tours to Afghanistan. Micah, who is on board now (met in NYC) has also spoken up against the wars.  Not many know about the suicide rate of young vets, which is about 17 per day. It’s time we all got behind this cause and end the atrocities of war!

(more…)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza-Vigil in NYC

October 7th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vigil - (Comments Off on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza-Vigil in NYC)
IMG_1377

On this day we gathered in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown NYC on Waters St. The vigil started around 6 pm and when we arrived around 5 ish there were a few scattered vets mingling. As we approached and introduced ourselves (Janet, Diane & Donny) we met Watermellon Slim (William P. Homans) from Mississippi among a few others. He, as it turns out would end up spending the night with us on the “V”. Slim was a bugle trumpet player in the army. He was quick to pull out his harmonica and play us a little taps. Excellent job! As more people joined in we noticed the canopies were being erected and since the threat of rain loomed, equipment stored under for safety. Speakers were set up as well as microphones, etc. and appeared very organized with Ellen Davidson & Tarak Kauff. Just after 6 pm the ceremony started with words from Mike Ferner and lead to many more speakers including Micah Turner who was apparently turning himself in before midnight as he was and had been AWOL for 30 days. He talked about the propaganda that was being spewed in Iraq & Afghanistan and that it was the reason for his leaving the army. (more…)

East Side Community & Vets 4 Peace Meetings

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Meetings | Pueblo | Pueblo House - (Comments Off on East Side Community & Vets 4 Peace Meetings)
IMG_0090

During the day it was clean up, vacuum and get the floors ready to be sanded.   100 years worth of dirt around the baseboards, in the window sills and closets, and now it looking very good.   The floor sander will be rented for the weekend so hopefully all the upstairs will be done and ready to varnish.

David and Zack are coming from Fort Collins on Sat. evening.  They’ll be bringing Tino and Rachel back (who flew in from NY) with them.  Framing will be done this weekend and early next week.   The electrical will be assessed on Sat. to advise on supplies that will be needed.  The students (with supervision from Ken) will be doing all the electric wiring over the next 3 weeks.  We’re so happy to have their support.   Big thanks to PCC for this opportunity. (more…)