Green Party of Texas (GPTX) is readying an informative,vision- laden, and motivational convention for all attendees and observers in Corpus Christi, Texas. We hope to see y’all for a weekend of party-building and partying at the coast. The link below will give you all necessary info to reserve rooms,directions, and agenda for the convention. Look forward to building green movement Go Greens Go!
Brief video from 350.org:
The battle is not over but, while all are busy taking credit, it’s appropriate to recognize the years of ceaseless dedication from activists who forced the Democrat Administration to pretend they’ve abandoned the tar-sands enterprise? (Follow the hyperlinks.)
But not on all Texans. Even here in San Antonio:
Strong character and principle is about protecting the rights of the minority and the most vulnerable, and right now there is an overt attack on non-primary, aka. ‘third’ parties here in Texas. Non-primary parties, such as the Green & Libertarian Parties, could essentially be legislated out of existence from HB464, which is quickly moving through the Texas House.
We need to kill this bill, and we need you to call the Calendars Committee and visit their offices – on behalf of yourself as a concerned citizen and constituent – and succinctly express why this bill violates the integrity of the electoral process. (Talking points below).
Current Action Plan:
We’ve included the calendars committee, their office numbers, and their phone numbers below. We need to treat them as allies at this point. Make your opinion known, but be very respectful, polite, and attempt to humanize with these members. You’ll want to speak to the chief of staff or legislative director. The goal is to prevent this bill from hitting the floor, or at least delay it as much as possible.
CALENDARS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Chair: Rep Hunter GW.18 – 512-463-0672
Vice Chair: Rep. Lucio III E1.320 – 512-463-0606
Rep. Alonzo 1N.12 – 512-463-0408
Rep. Cook GN.11 – 512-463-0730
Rep. Davis E2.310 – (512) 463-0389
Rep. Geren GW.17 – 512-463-0610
Rep. Giddings GW.11 – 512-463-0953
Rep. Harless E2.408 – 512-463-0496
Rep. Huberty E2.722 – (512) 463-0520
Rep. Johnson E1.204 – (512) 463-0586
Rep. King E2.416 – (512) 463-0736
Rep. Larson E2.406 – (512) 463-0646
Rep. Price E2.610 – (512) 463-0470
Rep. Riddle 4N.7 – 512-463-0572
Rep Rodriguez E1.212 – (512) 463-0669
Below is a message directly from Kurt Hildebrand, member of Texans for Accountable Government, and Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas [tweaked by kat swift - cochair of GPTX]:
“Texas House Bill 464 (HB464) will change the rules for minor party and Independent candidates to require filing fees of hundreds or thousands of dollars per candidate.
This is a new and unconstitutional TAX on the political process itself, and it must be stopped.
I can’t say this strongly enough. If this bill becomes law it will shut down the Libertarian, Green, and all other 3rd parties in our state – and that’s exactly what the bill is designed to do.
This bill is continuing to move toward a vote on the House floor and it could be scheduled any time, even within the next week. The bill is currently with the calendars committee for scheduling so we need to immediately call those members and let them know that this bill is a bad deal for voters, for democracy, and for Texas.
In the name of liberty and fair elections, I need you to take immediate action TODAY.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE AUSTIN AREA OR CAN GET THERE:
Immediately contact GPTexas CoChair kat swift at (210) 471-1791 or email@example.com and schedule a time with her to go lobbying at the capitol. We are scheduling lobbying in shifts Monday – Wednesday of next week.
IF YOU KNOW ACTIVISTS IN THE AUSTIN AREA:
Tell them to immediately contact [kat - see above] and schedule a time with her to go lobbying at the capitol. We are scheduling lobbying in shifts Monday – Wednesday of next week.
IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE AREA OR CANNOT TRAVEL:
Call your State Reps, Call members of the House Calendars Committee, and encourage others in your network to do the same. The Calendars committee members and their contacts are listed below. See the phone call script below to help you get started.
Go to http://gptx.nationbuilder.com/hb464 and use our tool to sign our petition and also go to [action.lptexas.org and] send a respectful message to your representative expressing your opposition to this bill. This only takes a few minutes but it really works and it’s important.
BASIC PHONE CALL SCRIPT:
1. Get the number of your Texas State Representative from: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us
2. Take that number and the number of all the members of the calendars committee and make a call list.
3. Call the number.
4. When the staffer answers, say “Hi, I’m a constituent (or concerned citizen), and I want to urge Representative [name] to vote against House Bill 464.”
5. The staffer might ask for a little more info, or the staffer may just say “Thank you, I’ll pass that along.” And you’re done.
HB 464 TALKING POINTS:
HB 464 imposes a filing fee for convention-selected political candidates to appear on the general election ballot. Though touted by Rep. Drew Springer (R-HD-68) as ["leveling the playing field,"* (since primary-selected candidates pay the same fee to appear on the Primary Election ballot), HB 464 goes far off level.]
Unlike primary political parties, non-primary parties use NO taxpayer money for their candidate-selection process. The general election filing fee for non-primary candidates thus imposes an [additional and unnecessary financial] burden on such candidates. Our opposition to HB 464 is based on the following.
* There are already significant requirements in the Texas election code for convention-selection parties to appear on the general election ballot. HB 464 would unfairly impose additional requirements not imposed on primary-selection political parties.
* The effect of HB 464 will undoubtedly be to limit voter choice and increase voter apathy and cynicism. Voter participation rates in Texas are already abysmal and this law would make the problem even worse.
* HB 464 likely violates both the equal protection clause of the US Constitution (see for example Bullock v. Carter, 1972 US Supreme Court ruling) as well as various laws and court rulings against taxes used to manage the election process. Given that the proposed fees would be paid to the Secretary of State and not the Party, and that there is no obvious use for these funds in the absence of a primary, this fee looks very much like a ballot tax on non-primary candidacies.
Though HB 464′s intent is to level the playing field among political candidates, its effect is precisely the opposite. The Texas Legislature should make sure that our political processes be fairly applied to all who seek office in the State.
Thank you for your past and continued support of liberty and of the Green and Libertarian Parties of Texas. We will keep you up to date on this bill’s progress and others that may threaten our electoral system or prevent freedom and choice in politics. We are counting on you, Liberty is counting on you, and the future of elections in Texas is counting on you.
Texans for Accountable Government
Green Party of Texas
*See public Elections committee hearing closing statement on this bill.
Green Party of Texas
Green Party of Texas · TX, United States
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Greens, allies and interested persons,
The Bexar County Green Party’s (BCGP) next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 4, 2015, beginning at 2:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. at the Mission Branch library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave, behind the old Mission Road Drive-In.
Click on link below for directions to library.
(See Dr Ingmundson @ 16 mins, 22 mins, 40 mins, 54 mins – on the Vista Ridge issue – 1:05 & 1:22 for an excellent closing.)
–Advocate for policies to address climate change. This is what got me involved in the movement in the first place.
–Support changes to increase funding for education, and assure that funds are distributed in a fair and just way, Education is the key to social and economic mobility. Increasing student debt burden, and the defunding of public schools, have been key drivers in amplifying income inequality for the past 40 years. This has to change.
–Advocate for community policing to protect and serve, instead of police state terror to silence and repress, and
–Stand up against corporate welfare that protects special interests rather than promoting the public interest. Examples of this abound. The federal budget bill includes language, written by CitiBank lobbyists, that gives the big banks a blank check to gamble with depositors money (your money!), while hedging against losses through FDIC backing.
The Vista Ridge water pipeline, here in San Antonio, manipulates local rate payers into financing a multibillion dollar infrastructure project that purports to safeguard access to water resources that will become increasing scarce as climate change continues. In reality, Vista Ridge will serve the interests of wealthy developers building projects that will continue the endanger the Edwards Aquifer. Vista Ridge drains the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer while lining the pockets of developers. Risks and costs are socialized, while rewards and profits are privatized. Second verse, same as the first .
The time to act is now.
Our future depends on it.
We have climate change.
Now we need political change!
BCGP Letter Opposing Vista Ridge Pipeline in PDF SAWSletter
Monday, December 1, 2014
We live in an era in which it is increasingly normal for individuals not only to reject the power of corporations over their lives, but for some to even occupy public space and defy police and established authorities. Ben Manski discusses how this era was inaugurated on November 30th, 1999 in the streets of Seattle.
Plus: Reds & Greens
The New York gubernatorial race has much to tell us about the future of working-class politics in the US.
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 –
“A” Session – - NDO Council Vote – - THURS, SEPT 5 @9:00am @ City Council Chambers, 114 W. Commerce
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.
1225 S Brazos St
San Antonio, TX 78207