(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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachell Tucker at 210-542-9278 email@example.com
Dr. Jill Stein gives the keynote speech at this year’s Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States.
Watch Jill’s keynote address, introduced by Cheri:
(Compare Party & Movement – Mar 5 2013)
For the full meeting program, see: http://www.gp.org/meetings/Iowa2013/art/2013-ANM-agenda.pdf
Editorial apologies–there is a lot going on and we had overlooked Dr Stein’s timely condolences. But it is important those who counsel capitulation get clear where we stand in the spectrum of global concerns.
“I share great sadness with so many people around the world who are mourning President Hugo Chávez Frías’ untimely death. He died too young, and leaves this world too soon. Some have called him the first democratically elected leader of Venezuela, and it is without question that because of the role he played in history, tens of millions of the poorest and most oppressed people of his country are today participants in their own government. Hugo Chávez led a hemispheric struggle for social justice, democracy, peace, and sustainability, and his influence across the Americas will be felt for decades to come. I wish the people of Venezuela continued success in their struggles for self-determination and a more equitable society.”
Jill Stein walks & talks on F-17 (3 min vid)
The last really large Occupy action was ten months ago–the NATO protests in Chicago in May where, among other epiphanies, the Movement evoked historical memory of 1968 & definitively rejected the Democratic Party and all their works.
In August, the OccupyCampuses focus formally merged with the newSDS. Though short of the overwhelming victory won by Québécois students, SDSers were prominent in the Chicago actions. (By virtue of that merger,SUSJ, aka OccupyUTSA, technically acquired the status of an SDS chapter.)
The students, along with Stein-Honkala campaigners, PPEHRC, Workers World & other activist orgs, carried much of the weight through the fall–the convention protests, etc. Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala addressed the Movement in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at Bowling Green, the site of Occupy Wall Street’s first assembly, on S-17.
S-17 proved much more of a “national gathering” than an over-hyped event in Philly during the summer. By that one-year anniversary had the Occupy-phase of the Movement effectively concluded?
Not quite so simple, of course: in the hubs of NYC, Chicago & Oakland, the occupation remains visibly in the streets–following the “Chicago model”, in a more targeted fashion, in fusion with community-based activism. Significant actions, like “Occupy Sandy”, continue. Even some smaller occupations persist with strike support & a few, like Denver, play an important political role.
If the occupation phase is not wrapped, it has definitely clarified. Occupy was never a 1960s-70s sort of movement. Though styled after the most recent revolutionary experience, Occupy’s fundamentals were always more akin to the 1920s-30s.
Still, the next phase was already gestating in the Tar Sands Blockade–in Houston and the Gulf Coast intimately linked with the occupation. And in a cold November far to the North, at Station 20 West on the South Saskatchewan River, four women declared “We are Idle No More!”
Democrats, through their “environmentalist” camp followers, sought to avoid the failure they’d registered with Occupy and last month attempted a head start on co-optation. But Indigenous Leadership will shrug off those machinations. Ain’t so easy to pull the woolly-woolly on folks who know you remain bent on exterminating them as a people.
That ethic has propagated, as in the immediate actions versus Keystone, Enbridge, Valero et al–where those engaged recognize as secondary which opposition flag flies over a action. The point should now have been made to even the most obtuse–we have come again to an era of Movement with a capital “M“.
History is unequivocal: Movement does not conform to party–party conforms to Movement. Parties who get that may succeed; those who don’t will certainly fail.
— 20-20 hindsight by Paul Pipkin
Jill Stein with SUSJ and Greens at San Pedro Pavilion, Oct 6 (Right front, Antonio Diaz, Texas Indigenous Council–our 2013 candidate for City Council District 2.)