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As delegates from 49 states continue to debate, vote on resolutions to document violations of our Constitution and make recommendations to representatives in Washington, the drama of  Constitutional rights plays out in cities, towns and neighborhoods across our country.  It is well established that the maintenance and restoration of our Republic and its myriad communities must derive from our 10th Amendment enumerated powers, which states that all powers not specifically designated to the Federal government reside with the States and the People.  Thus the crucial importance of Community.  One such poignant example is La Alma Rec Center in Westside Denver near Lincoln Park.  

According to Blogspot’s La Bloga,

 The Alma Rec Center, located in Lincoln Park, not far across from Speer Boulevard from Downtown Denver, sits on the sight of the oldest Chicano neighborhood predating Denver as a city. The neighborhood had much of its vitality cut out when the state chose it as the site for construction of the Auraria Higher Education Center. But the Westside did not die.

Now, Denver’s Mayor John W. Hickenlooper has submitted his 2010 budget with all manner of budget cuts and reorganization, but his plans for La Alma Rec Center amount to shutting it down, and possibly privatizing it to the Boys Club, or some other entity with political ties to Denver’s good-old-boy club.

Rather than finding sufficient money to keep La Alma open, Hickenlooper is attempting “to transition four recreation centers that serve few residents (including Globeville and La Alma recreation centers) to organizations who can offer more valued services to the community.” Once that step is taken, it’s unlikely it will ever be reversed. The community rec center will become a business where the bottom line, not community service, will prevail.

The entire rec center: Gym, Meeting Room, Pool (Outdoor), Showers, Weight Room, Playground, Amphitheater, Outdoor Pool, Horseshoe Pits, Multi-purpose Field (Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer), Tennis Court, Volleyball Court; all the programs offered: Senior Art Class, Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon, Su Teatro Live Theatre Program and Performance, Bridge Project Art Class, Art Museum Tour and Lunch, Mural Art Class, Denver Zoo Educational trip, Botanic Gardens Visit Day, Frontline Nutrition Program, Fitness, Health and Wellness Programs, like the Adult Yoga/Aerobics (6 weeks), Senior Low Impact Aerobics, Summit Cancer Solutions, Senior Coffee & Card Games, After School Snack Program, Idaho Springs Cave Pool Day Trip, Community Meeting for La Alma, Halloween Community Party, Pre-Season Basketball Clinic–all of this and more could become things of the past. They are excluded from the Mayor’s “core services that are most critical to our citizens.”

This is more than a Chicano issue, as it will detrimentally affect all age groups, nationalities, income levels, though of course, those least able to afford a privatized service, will be denied the most. Please forward this to anyone you know who has their roots, hearts or at least minds in helping to prevent the loss of a center that has served to make life more livable and meaningful since before the founding of Denver.

Since that time,  Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez, USMC, who was raised in the community and for whom the Center has played an important part, spent fourcombat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan working toward building up communities in those countries only to learn upon his homecoming in September that due to the economy and poor governance, he is losing HIS community.

We have learned that Denver is currently building two new rec centers even though they are closing four others in poor neighborhoods, claiming  budget deficits. 

Yesterday’s  CC09 presentation by Michael Shaw  on Property discussed some of the issues inherent as non governmental organizations’ partnering with government is on the rise, allowing government  to abandon its responsibility to community and taxpayer and to limit constitutional rights to property.

Destroying these community centers, the lifeblood of our neighborhoods, can only serve to eliminate the vital aspect of closeness and familiarity that create them.   The people who live there are quick to voice their dismay at this latest series of events as reported by the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels:

More than 100 passionate west-siders begged Denver city officials tonight not to mess with a recreation center that’s considered the heart of the community.

Young and old, some angry and some fighting back tears, showed up for a meeting to discuss ways to try to preserve the La Alma Recreation Center just southwest of downtown at 1325 W. 11th Ave.

Faced with a $120 million deficit, the city is considering privatizing part of La Alma, while having the parks department oversee and improve the pool.

“Privatizing La Alma is like blowing out a candle,” said neighborhood resident Chris Medina . “It is more than a neighborhood rec center. It is my home.”

He and others fear that letting a nonprofit operate La Alma would change its character and could be the first step in its closure.

Craig Peña, a Santa Fe Drive businessman, talked about the role of La Alma in people’s lives. He asked for a show of hands of how many people know “Rich from the rec center.”

Nearly everyone raised their hand. Rich, it turned out, is the janitor at La Alma.

“I appreciate … trying to balance our city budget, but I don’t appreciate it being done on the backs of the west side,” Peña said. “If privatizing were such a great idea it would be done all over the city. Don’t start with us. Start with Wash Park.”

The mention of one of Denver’s more toney rec centers brought cheers from the crowd assembled at the Denver Inner City Parish near La Alma.

The neighborhood feels pummeled by the city, not only because of the rec center issue but also a proposal to close Byers Library on Santa Fe Drive because of lack of use.

Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero, who represents the district, praised residents for banding together to fight the city.

“This is your neighborhood,” she said. “We have to keep going forward and raising our voices.”

True to the American spirit, as delegates gather in St. Chales, Illinois, West Denver neighborhood members are gathering and working to save their Community.  They are asking everyone to join with them to show political leaders that they are disgusted with the way government gives preferred treatment to big business and overseas communities, [e.g., Iraq and Afghanistan] at the sacrifice of American communities and constituents. 

For instance, Denver’s Mayor Hickenlooper brought the 2008 DNC Convention to Denver at an approximate taxpayer expense of 53 Million Dollars, resulting in a  160 million dollar budget gap in 2009 which he expects to close by shutting down community centers, libraries and forcing city employees to take unpaid furloughs to offset the loss.

Community members are asking everyone to call, fax and send snailmail to:

Department 601
201 West Colfax
Denver CO 80202

Mayor John W. Hickenlooper
1437 Bannock Street, Ste. 350
Denver, Colorado 80202

Phone: 720-913-1311

Fax: 720.865.8787

For further information on how to help and meeting times and locations,  email statesidedenver@gmail.com.

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Continental Congress 2009 is in full swing now, with all day live streaming webcast at http://www.givemeliberty.org/CC2009/default.htm.

In Joliet, Illinois, Pvt. Michael Pearson, one of the 13 killed in the November 5th terrorist attack at Ft. Hood, was laid to rest by thousands of heartbroken Americans.  Family, friends, townspeople and even complete strangers like myself turned out to pay their respects at the cortege of his return, Friday’s wake and Saturday’s funeral.


In Crystal Lake, another, happier parade took place, this time for Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez, who returned from his 4th Middle East deployment in September.

Brandon & Duke

Nino Crystal Lake Homecoming

Duke meets Brandon Nino Talking to Sam Sophie & GeorgiaNino and Kelly's

This is America and her People.  In the course of activism, I continue to meet so many wonderful Americans who love their country, care about their constitution and yes, love one another for their similarities as well as their differences.  Those dedicated to Continental Congress 2009 are hard at work again this morning, in the hope of reaching accord on resolutions to make our Union a better place, just as they did in 1774 and 1776.

Yesterday, as we walked the streets of Chicago, we crossed four bronze insets marking the former site of Ft. Dearborn, the site of another massacre in which 86 people, many women and children, were killed in 1812, built on the banks of the Chicago River in 1803.  It was evacuated and eventually burned to the ground in 1857.  The sight of those 4 bronze inlays at the corners of Wacker and Michigan reminded me that, despite the impermanance of the material world, the spirit of America lives on and will NOT be extinguished by a few hard times.

Blessings to all Americans on this day.  To those in grief and those in joy, and to all those who strive to make America a better place. The word is Resiliance, folks.  Remember it.  Keep it.  And Love your country, your Constitution and its People.

Thank you, Pvt. Pearson, Sgt. Sanchez, and all who make this country a better place.


See you tonight at The Dame Truth for live, onsite report: Continental Congress 2009!

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Mondays  8:00 PM EST

(347) 202-0569

“The Dame Truth”
Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez
Decorated 4 tour Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran
to talk about
Home & War: What’s Next
On the Ground
At Home

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Saturday, October 24, 2009


Kicking Back With The Dame
Live At Last!
“View From The Ground”
Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez, USMC
4 Tour Combat Veteran, Iraq & Afghanistan
The Dame’s Foremost Military Analyst & Consultant
Join us for a birdseye view of what’s really going on in Afghanistan &
What Afghanistan needs from the U.S.
Iraq: The Palestine, Fallujah and Beyond
Significant differences between combat deployment Then & Now

Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez, decorated four time combat veteran joins The Dame tonight for a special show dedicated to the fallen Marines of 2nd Battalion 8th Marines CO. G. serving to bring change in Hellmand province, Afghanistan 2009 May-Present.

Sgt. Sanchez has been on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan serving in four combat tours from 2003 till present. SGT. Sanchez received the Purple Heart Medal and the Navy Marine Corps Acheivment Medal for Valor, in Al Kharma, Iraq in 2004, he has seen the myriade changes in the military, the ROE’s, and the tactics through-out the entirety of the War. SGT. Dean J. Sanchez joins us tonight to talk about his personal experiences and thank the listners, for the support that they have shown through their prayers, letters, and care packages.

As media reports have become increasingly unreliable, the American public deserves to have access to first hand knowledge ofn the facts facing our troops on the ground.

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Hard at work here in New York with 4 time combat vet Sgt. Dean J. Sanchez, USMC, we’ve enjoyed several days of balmy, Fall weather as backdrop to our work, preparing for tomorrow’s exclusive Kicking Back and material to come. It hardly seems possible that over a year has passed since we met in Denver during my tenure there with PUMA.  In that year, he returned to South Asia and I learned much and changed my mind about a great many things I once believed immutable and sacred:
     Our election laws;
     Our Constitution;
     Our media Amendment rights;
     Integrity & Accountability of our congress & Government
Sgt. Sanchez returned from South Helmand and his 4th tour of combat duty  in September and kindly agreed to spend some time with me to assist in getting a firsthand report on some of the things that most concern so many Americans:
     The Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and the differences between them;  Rules of Engagement and their impact on the safety of our troops, Media coverage, What changes have occurred in the Military since 2003
Over the course of our ongoing conversations, Sgt. Sanchez continues to inspire me, sharpen my skills as a writer and as a person and remind me once again–as if I needed reminding–how many incredibly strong, bright and committed people there are in this world at a time when it can be all too easy to lose faith in ones’ fellow human beings. He brings to the table not only his years of combat duty but a keen mind, an extraordinary personal journey and a degree in Criminal Justice.
His views, in my opinion, reflect the best of what America has to offer: intellect honed with on the ground experience, fired by strong background knowledge of our Constitution and our history and tempered by the kind of resourcefulness, committment and individuality that has made our country the great model for independence and personal accomplishment that it has become.
In countless interviews with foreign press, I have time and again asked them just why the rest of the world continues to watch our every move with respect to our politics, our Constitutional issues and foreign policy. The answer is always the same, and always succinct: it is because it is our Constitution upon which every free nation’s Constitution is based; and they watch with baited breath to see how we will handle our challenges, for if America’s Republic falls, they see no way for theirs to survive.

 While there are myriad reasons for a Republic to fall–and, indeed, historically, no republic has survived for more than 250 years–there are myriad reasons for ours to continue despite the serious challenges we now face. From the Fed to constant challenges to our Constitution, the threat of serious demoralization both to our military and our People, America and Americans have something that few, if any, other republics have ever had: some call it Attitude; others tenacity, but all would agree that those who would seek to destroy us are ignorant of the singularly major factor that will determine our longevity as a Republic: WE…ARE…AMERICANS, and there are a LOT more of US than there are of THEM. And if we all remember that and work together, we shall prevail, now and always.

l_adc0a53326f24229bf4fcec755448bb6 2/8 CO. G. Infantry Assaultmen                    Camp Leatherneck                   May 2009



Until tonight ~ 

Semper Fi.

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