BCGP July Meeting

Please join the Bexar County Green Party for our monthly meeting.

Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 2 pm

Mission Branch Library 3134 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214

Agenda items include:

Organizing locally in support of immigration rights and human rights, fundraising to pay for digital outreach including our website, update on Climate Action SA, call for additional agenda items

Clean Energy for All Summit

Join Climate Action SA, BCGP, and friends on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30 to 8pm at Brick at the Blue Star for a summit focused on clean energy for San Antonio. We will discuss and share ideas on how to transition our community from its dependence on dirty and toxic fossil fuels to a future powered by clean, cheap, renewable energy. This event will be interactive and focused on solutions for middle and lower-income residents. Come ready to expand your knowledge in a welcoming, all-ages environment!

Agenda:
5:30 – 6:00: Press Conference
6:00 – 6:30: Happy Hour Networking
6:30 – 7:00: Presentation
7:00 – 8:00: Breakout Groups

For information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/154568152058371/

Remember to like Bexar County Green Party’s Facebook page and the Climate Action SA Facebook Page.

Earth Day 2018

Join BCGP at EARTH DAY 2018

The Bexar County Greens will be at San Antonio’s Earth Day celebration at Woodlawn Lake, Saturday 21 April from 10 am to 3 pm. If you would like to help us circulate the ballot access petition, let us know!

BEXAR COUNTY GREEN PARTY JAN MTG

WHEN: Sunday,January 7, 2018

Where: Mission Branch Public Library 3134 Roosevelt Ave behing the old Mission Drive-In

Time:  2:00-4:00pm

Agenda:  Discussion of election of officers C0-Chair and Secretary to fill unexpired term.

Ballot Access drive and education of voters regarding parties with conventions scheduled for March 13, 2018.

Formation of Ballot Access committee and fundraiser for Party.

Announcements and other items for presentation..

GPTX endorses Medicare For All march and rally

MEDICARE FOR ALL MARCH AND RALLY 2 UPDATED

MEDICARE FOR ALL MARCH AND RALLY!
July 29, 2017
Where: From The Hemisfair Pavilion, we will walk around the block and end @ 757 Cesar Chavez
Starting at 10:00 AM
The time to act is NOW!
We can’t sit and watch from the sidelines as special interests buy our elections and overcharge us for healthcare.
Let’s all stand together and demand MEDICARE FOR ALL!
Facebook: Medicare4allSaTx / San Antonio Healthcare Now – Coalition / March4Medicare
Speakers @ Rally: We will hear from people and their experiences going through the horrors of our current healthcare system in Texas. Key Note Speakers:
Rick Treviño Steven Kling Judy Lerma John Courage Derrick Crowe Rixi Melton Chris Perri Mary Street Wilson (Community Organizer) (Candidate for State Senate) (National Nurses United) (City Council D-9) (Candidate for Congress D21 – Candidate for Congress D21 – Candidate for Congress D21)
Sema Hernandez  (Candidate For Senate)

Green Party of Texas Annual State Convention in Corpus Christi on June 10 and 11

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!

http://www.txgreens.org/annual_state_meeting?splash=1

The Keystone Fight Was “Won”?

Brief video from 350.org:

https://www.facebook.com/350.org/videos/vb.12185972707/10153695447417708/?type=2&theater

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.)

Oct. 31, 2012, Dr. Stein was arrested in Texas while opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline
Now, it’s politically critical to the energy corps for their political lackeys to neutralize Indigenous-based resistance from Alberta down to Steele City, Nebraska. But much of the Indigenous community have clearly signaled they will not be sucked in.
Expressions made during the People’s Climate Strike actions November 26 – December 12 may be of critical importance.
March at Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sun Nov 29, 1:00pm

Action Alert: GPTx and “Third” Parties Under Attack

What follows is a combined message from Texans for Accountable Government (TAG), and the two-political parties that are part of the TAG coalition.

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]:

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“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 bexarkat@gmail.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.
Sincerely,

Kurt Hildebrand
(512) 279-7860

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For Liberty,

Justin Arman
Texans for Accountable Government

And Justice,

kat swift
CoChair
Green Party of Texas
*See public Elections committee hearing closing statement on this bill.

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http://gptx.nationbuilder.com/
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