Bexar Green Party as a member of Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance have been receiving communication from Anna Lisa Peace on negotiations on the 1/8 cent sales tax that has been the money used for the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. That 1/ 8 cent sales tax money has been used to buy lands around the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone to protect our water resource. That 1/ 8 sales tax is in jeopardy due to the San Antonio City government having reached limitation on taxing sales and needing money to improve our public transportation system VIA. GEAA and Council Man Trevino are working on negotiating splitting the 1/8 cent salestax in half and placing that as a proposal on this November Election Ballot. Bexar Greens is in favor of this proposal in order that the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program continue to be independant and have the money to purchase land around the Aquifer to protect our water. Join the Bexar Green Party and be a voice to protect our natural resources.
For several months, your Béxar County Green Party has been working to ensure you have a voice and are able to vote for Green Candidates this November. To that end, we successfully held our Precinct Convention on March 10 and our County Convention on March 14, in accordance with the Texas Election Code. The next steps in the process are the district conventions (on 3/21) and the state convention (on 4/18). However, as the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID19) has worsened and more severe actions are required to contain the spread of the virus, the Green Party of Texas has requested that the Texas Secretary of State (SoS) allow us to hold District Conventions and our State Convention via teleconference, rather than in person as required by the election code. As of yesterday lawyers for the SoS have DENIED our requests to hold a virtual convention despite the de-facto quarantine conditions that are in effect in many parts of the state. Even while state office buildings are closing to the public and Gov. Abbott has allowed for the postponement of the May elections, the intransigence of SoS is placing us in the position of having to take legal action against them (at great cost to us) in order to safeguard the health of our members, convention delegates, and their families and communities by holding a convention by teleconference. The state convention requirement also affects the Libertarian, Democratic, and Republican parties. If SoS is telling all parties they must hold in-person conventions, such a stance is highly irresponsible. If SoS is only treating the Green Party in this manner, it is exceedingly unjust. PLEASE contact SoS: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/contact.shtml and your local legislator if you think it will help: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home and tell them to urge the SoS to relent on this unjust and unsafe course of action!
We have been pressuring VIA over the past few days to provide specific answers regarding actions to combat the coronavirus COVID19. They have stated that buses are being cleaned and sanitized more frequently but several drivers that we talked to have stated otherwise. We have also been calling for VIA drivers to receive free testing for the virus. Today the city government announced a new drive-up testing facility where at-risk individuals can get tested, including VIA drivers. However they will only be offering 16 tests per hour. There are over 1200 VIA drivers and many more first responders and those with a doctor’s authorization for testing. https://www.sanantonio.gov/…/Pre-Approved-Testing-Site-for-…
Thanks to the precinct delegates who attended our county convention today! We certified the results of the precinct convention and are pleased to announce our two county-level nominees: Mr. Antonio Padron for Texas House District 119 and Dr. Julián Villarreal for Texas Senate District 26. Next week, we will hold a district convention to nominate Mr. Tom Wakely for US Congressional District 21. Please continue to follow our page for more information on how you can support our candidates and get involved in the local Green Movement!
Whether it’s the coronavirus or the flu or a sick relative needing care, we need a safety net that centers the needs of workers. The current crisis serves to illustrate to all that the richest most powerful country in the world has eviscerated any semblance of a safety net for the majority of working people. The system that is currently straining to respond to this crisis is the one that was designed to protect the interests of the wealthy and those in the power in the two parties. Those of us who have been working and organizing for years for social justice know what’s at stake. We are the folks who have lacked health insurance, or who have gotten sick or injured at work and then were out of a job, or who have had to figure out how to care for a loved one who has fallen ill. The struggle is real for us, and this latest crisis be a moment of reckoning for everyone regardless of social status. And yet, some will fare better than others, and that’s why we must continue to fight for equity and justice and a total transformation of our society for the betterment of all humans, beginning with the most vulnerable and those who have the least power.
Let’s remain hopeful. The coronavirus pandemic will hopefully give people a glimpse of a world in which everyone looks out for each other especially the most vulnerable. Imagine what can happen if we avoid selfishness and act with compassion towards those who have the least? Capitalism drills into us the notion that rational self-interest is the primary driver for all actions of value. But that attitude actually makes things worse for most of us. We must center the collective good. Beyond just individual acts of compassion, we can transform our system into one that is truly just and equitable! PEOPLE and the PLANET over private profits!
Join us for our County Convention tomorrow March 14 at 10am at Coffeecionado on 502 W Mitchell. Delegates elected at Tuesday’s precinct convention will nominate our candidates whose districts are within Bexar County. We will also elect delegates to the District Convention. ¡Nos vemos allá!
The Béxar County Green Party will be hosting its precinct convention at The Pica Pica Plaza Event Center. Come learn about the Green Party, and meet and vote for your Green Party candidates. We represent a new direction & new kind of leadership that centers the working class and the environment. Our local candidates are running to represent Texas House district 119 (Mr. Antonio Padrón) and Texas Senate district 26 (Dr. Julián Villarreal). The Green Party holds true to enriching and uplifting the communities we represent through grassroots democracy and social justice. We strive to bring awareness to our constituents and galvanize the electorate within San Antonio so that collectively we can make positive changes for our communities. Come out for a night of community empowerment and recognition. ***In order to cast a ballot you need to be a registered voter in Béxar County and not have participated in the primary or convention of another party.*** All are welcome!!!! Cash bar, Food and Music performances provided, starting at 7pm.
The new year brings new opportunities for Greens to get involved in their local party. A court order last month originating from a lawsuit regarding the filing fee requirement for convention-nominating parties (i.e., Green and Libertarian Parties) allowed Green candidates statewide to file their applications seeking nomination to public office without paying a filing fee as had been required by a recent state law. Two of our local Green party members decided to file to run for office. Mr. Antonio Padrón, an operator for VIA Metropolitan Transit, is running for Texas House district 119, and Dr. Julián Villarreal, a researcher and lecturer at UTSA, is running for Texas Senate district 26. Look here or on our facebook page for updates to learn how you can get involved.
In December, we participated in the Impeach and Remove Rally that drew hundreds of people to downtown calling for the impeachment and removal of the president. We believe that the articles of impeachment passed by the House are too narrow and ignore the myriad violations of human rights perpetrated by the current administration, esp. the separation of migrant families and the continued military interventions taking place across the world.
Our work with the Climate Action SA coalition continues as we initiate a campaign to persuade our city leaders and CPS to abandon coal as an energy source for our community. Please keep an eye out for events and actions related to this effort.