Thank you!

Big thank you to everyone who came out to our precinct convention! It was a huge success and a great turnout. Everyone showed their solidarity and unity despite the false divisions that the two party system engenders. We are stronger together and we work daily to support each other and our communities. We nominated two local candidates: Mr. Antonio Padrón for Texas House District 119 and Dr. Julián Villarreal for Texas Senate District 26. Thanks to our friends at PicaPica Plaza event center for hosting and to all the supporters who attended! We got to hear son jarocho music for El Tallercito de Son SATX, and also a number of speeches from allies working on multiple fronts: from climate action Greg Harman and Medicare for all Sofia Sepulveda to the League of Independent Voters of Texas Ellen Berky. We even had a special appearance by Roy Aguillon of the The Carpenters Apprentice ¡Gracias! Stay tuned for more events and ways to get involved with our 2020 candidates for office.

Climate Strike and Youth Rally

The Bexar County Green Party in conjunction with our environmental justice allies of San Antonio and surrounding areas will participate in the Global Climate Strike on September 20 and September 27. In addition, we will be on hand for the Youth Climate Rally at Municipal Plaza in downtown San Antonio on Saturday September 21. We demand an immediate drawdown of global warming pollution caused by fossil fuels and the rapid transition to clean renewable energy in order to prevent the worst consequences of climate change, which has the potential to make our planet unlivable for human society. As a mark of our determination in this fight for the survival of our species, we will strike from all work and all commerce on September 20 and 27. We stand in solidarity with young people across the world who will inherit a severely damaged world. Their future wellbeing and prosperity is at risk. Indeed, if we do nothing to stop the reckless, destructive path that governments and industry continue to follow, the continued existence of our species and countless others is at risk. We are in a climate emergency. Join us and raise your voice in solidarity with the millions of other strikers across the world.

  • What: Youth Climate Rally
  • When: Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Where: Municipal Plaza (114 W Commerce St.)

Climate coalition urges timely vote on City climate action plan

Climate Action SA coalition and member organizations rally in front of City Council chambers to demand a vote on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Photo Credit: Sofia Sepulveda

Member organizations and citizens representing a broad coalition gathered Wednesday before City Hall in support of the City of San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, which seeks to remedy the city’s greenhouse gas pollution and propose actions to mitigate climate change effects. The rally included speakers from various community groups as well as a Climate “Flash Choir”. Members of the coalition addressed the city council after the rally during the council’s weekly “Citizens to be heard” session.

In response to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords in 2017, the mayor and current city council pledged to implement a climate action plan for the city that would be in keeping with the principles and goals of the Paris Accords, namely halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5ºF. A city council vote on the plan, which gathered broad community input and took over a year to formulate, has been twice postponed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. A grassroots coalition of community groups from across the city have urged the mayor and council for months to vote immediately to approve the plan, rather than delay until the fall, as the mayor has suggested. The Bexar County Green Party, which is a founding member of the Climate Action SA coalition, urges city council and the mayor to act now to address the climate crisis. Specifically, we are calling for the council to require CPS Energy to eliminate the use of coal for electricity generation by 2025 or sooner, and to eliminate the use of all fossil fuels by 2030. We also demand that the plan focus on equity and prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable segments of our community, including historically neglected communities of color on the west, south, and east sides of the city. The plan must also seek to achieve net-negative emissions (i.e. removal and sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide) by 2050.