“Agua es vida” FRACKDOWN MARCH- 19 OCT

Global Frackdown flyer

Hello San Antonio Environmentalists and Earth lovers!!

SUSJ/Occupy UTSA is marching for our right to clean water in solidarity with the GLOBAL FRACKDOWN happening around the world on OCTOBER 19th. The theme of the march is “Agua es Vida” in honor of Pachamama/Gaia/La Madre Tierra/Mother Earth and the gift of life-giving water she has gratefully bestowed on us all.

Obviously the issue of “fracking” is no longer an issue but a blatant threat to the prolonged health and well-being of our planet. Bexar county is surrounded from the North and South by an increasing number of fracking and waste disposal wells that have proven time and time again to fail. When this happens, contamination of the surrounding air, water, and land occurs. Fracking wells have been known to cause various major health problems as they release toxic methane into the air, increase pollution of the surrounding areas, and migrate into water systems. As a follow up to the screening of “Gasland 2″ it is imperative that we who care deeply about this crisis show our solidarity in standing together and voicing our opposition to the danger this poses to our beloved aquifers.

Join us on Saturday, October 19th, armed with your bodies, voices, and hearts to say agua es vida!!!! Feel free to be creative, bring costumes, your friends, your families, signs, posters, banners, etc. to up the vibrancy of our march.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you there. SAT 2pm at SARA — 100 East Guenther Street.

Attached is the flyer for the event, feel free to share :)

- Sincerely, Nansi Singh representative of SUSJ/Occupy UTSA

  Students United for Socioeconomic Justice

 I wanted to update everybody on the AGUA ES VIDA march for our aquifers happening this coming SATURDAY in solidarity with the GLOBAL FRACKDOWN happening in cities all over the world.

I have just received confirmation from Sister Elizabeth that she will be able to speak at the event. Sister Elizabeth has been organizing in communities all over South Texas regarding fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale region and has shown an incredible effort in bringing these issues to light. Our other confirmed speaker is the beloved Antonio Diaz who has been organizing the Texas Indigenous Council March for Dignity and Human Rights for years. Both speakers have been incredibly supportive, inspiring, and active in the community around the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth, also called Environmental Justice.

Hydraulic Fracking is a new wave of capitalist exploitation that seeks to destroy life for purely material rewards. As humans, we came from the Earth, our bodies made up of Earth, our consciousness connected to it. It is crucial we come together to defend her gifts we have inherited as members of the Earthling tribe. Let us reach out to each other and the SA community to let our voices be heard that our aquifers cannot be sacrificed for monetary wealth. WATER CONNECTS US ALL AS DOES ITS NECESSITY FOR LIFE.

Last week, a deepwater injection wastewater well exploded in Karnes County. It contained fracking waste stored deep below the ground. This is just one example of the lack of safety exercised by the oil and gas industries. http://www.kens5.com/news/At-least-one-person-injured-in–226880101.html

Here are some other links that expose the EXTREME dangers of fracking and why it is imperative we stop this NOW (all these articles are from major national and global news outlets):
1. http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/04/fracking-water-its-just-so-hard-to-clean/#.UlP9X_AxDSg.twitter
2.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/how-fracking-is-bad-for-our-bodies/280384/
3.http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you there this Saturday.

More UPDATES coming……

Sincerely, Nansi Singh

Final push for the passing of the NDO.

Because equality and dignity are seldom just given. “We come from all colors, all classes, all races, all time periods. Our role is to link people with each other… [We] have always been at the forefront (although sometimes in the closet) of all liberation struggles in this country; have suffered more injustices and have survived them despite all odds.”- Gloria Anzaldúa

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE NON DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE VOTE in San Antonio!
Your presence and voice is needed at the following events!!

Civil Rights Leaders Speak Back! Press Conference
in support of NDO WED, SEPT 4 12pm NOON @ front steps of City Hall
100 Military Plaza
Rally + Final Citizens to be Heard

WED, SEPT 4
Rally – 5pm @ Main Plaza
– then–Citizens to be Heard – 6pm @ City Council Chambers
online speaker registration info– arrive by 3pm to make sure you can get inside –

City Council
“A” Session – - NDO Council Vote – - THURS, SEPT 5 @9:00am @ City Council Chambers, 114 W. Commerce

No War with Syria- San Antonio Rally

Hello Friends,

While it is unfortunate, it is also rather unsurprising. It appears we are plunging into yet another war. We all have our reason, or more likely reasons, to be against military action in Syria. We should not be silent in our opposition.
There is a “No War With Syria” rally Saturday in San Antonio @ 12 noon at the Main Plaza in solidarity with rallies in at least 70 other cities. Students United for Socioeconomic Justice will be there proclaiming why we are against military action in Syria. Please join us if you agree that perpetual war is immoral and damaging to any hope for peace (the only real security).
More information can be found at the Facebook page “No War With Syria San Antonio”

https://www.facebook.com/events/493764447383834/

Committee meeting for the amendment concerning the Texas Election Code and Bexar County party By-Laws.

A public committee meeting will be held on SEPTEMBER 3rd 2013 at 7:30 pm at Dora’s on the west-side, concerning the by-laws amendments that Paul and Kat have proposed. Mass participation is encouraged and all opinions will be considered. Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing the group as a whole on the GA email. We need to get to an agreement of some sort by the next meeting so that the vote can actually happen, and so that the party can move on to other projects.

address:
1225 S Brazos St
San Antonio, TX 78207

CAUSA needs our help! Sign and pass on!

Hi!

I just signed the petition “City Council Members of San Antonio, Texas: Support the nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio” on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/city-council-members-of-san-antonio-texas-support-the-nondiscrimination-ordinance-in-san-antonio?share_id=lANltRCODw&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thanks!

Rachell

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Mark your calendars, there will be a rally in front of City Council on the 20th of August at 6:30 pm.  More information to follow.

UNITE HERE! MI TIA Community Meeting

At the close of this year’s local election season, Mi TIA is stronger than ever! 5 dozen Mi TIA volunteers logged over 2000 volunteer hours in the District 5 city council campaigns, with amazing results: WE SUCCESSFULLY UNSEATED AN UNFRIENDLY TWO-TERM INCUMBENT – the first upset of its kind in DECADES. David Medina is out, and Mi TIA advocate Shirley Gonzales is sworn in and ready to help lead the effort to make the Tip Integrity Act the law of the land in San Antonio. With this victory, we now have FIVE SITTING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO HAVE SIGNED THE MI TIA PLEDGE. Congratulations to all of the River Walk workers and worker allies who made this victory a reality.

With this significant political victory, the will of the people to see tip money go to the workers who earned it is clearer than ever. NOW IS THE TIME FOR MI TIA. We will be having an exciting Mi TIA worker and community meeting August 1, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the Walnut Room of Granada Homes – (311 S. St. Mary’s Street). From this meeting, we will launch our final mobilization to make Mi TIA law.

Si se puede!

For more information, please call or email Rachel Melendes at 210-224-1520 or rmelendes@unitehere.org or Rachell Tucker at 210-542-9278 rachell.m.tucker@gmail.com

Information on CAUSA

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Visit www.gocausa.org for more detailed information on this vital city alliance.  Also visit their Facebook page

FYI:  Emergency meeting to be held tomorrow June 10th at 6 pm at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. ( event info on their FB page)

Topic: “The City Council vote on the ordinance updates is being pushed back and separate votes may be taken on one or more of the new protected classes. We need to meet to reassess our strategy!”