The Keystone Fight Was “Won”?

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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.


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.


Immediately contact GPTexas CoChair kat swift at (210) 471-1791 or and schedule a time with her to go lobbying at the capitol. We are scheduling lobbying in shifts Monday – Wednesday of next week.


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.


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 and use our tool to sign our petition and also go to [ 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.


1. Get the number of your Texas State Representative from:

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 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.

Kurt Hildebrand
(512) 279-7860

For Liberty,

Justin Arman
Texans for Accountable Government

And Justice,

kat swift
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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Green Party of Texas

There are two Special Elections going on NOW where there are good people running.  Given the low voter turn out, you can make a huge difference by supporting these two campaigns (one independent and one Green):TX House Dist 17:
Independent Texans founder and water rights activist Linda Curtis is running for this seat.  She is a longtime ally of Travis Greens and we strongly urge you to vote for her in this election. Find out more here!

TX House District 123:

Bexar County Green Party member, Paul Ingmundson, is actively campaigning (again!) for the District 123 seat vacated by Mike Villarreal and would appreciate your support.

A generous offer from another BCGP member will match contributions pledged beforemidnight 12/31/14 to help recover the $750 filing fee which Paul payed in order to be included on the ballot and other campaign costs. 

Contributions can be made at FundRazr and please contact Paul right away if you can help in any way.

Obviously, we will not be able to flood constituents’ mailboxes with full-page, glossy mail-outs as the anointed Democrat has done, so please ask everyone you know who lives in District 123 (central San Antonio) to vote for Paul Ingmundson!

Early voting begins 12/29/14 – please see map of locations.  Special election will be01/06/15.

Please see Paul’s bio / platform below.

Thanks for your support!

Help Paul Bring Political Change to Texas


I’m Paul Ingmundson. I came to San Antonio after I completed my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.  I am a 30-year resident of District 123, serving our community in science and health care.

Friends in our community have asked me to stand as the Green Party candidate for State Representative in District 123.

Here’s why:

• Climate change is a crisis unfolding in real time. Here in Texas, we are seeing prolonged periods of drought punctuated by more extreme rainfall events. Climate change is causing losses, to property, productivity, and life and limb, right now.


  Recent court decisions have held that the Texas system of school finance is inequitable, inefficient, and violates the State Constitution.  Texas currently ranks 46th of the 50 states in funding for education.  The next legislative session will need to change the funding formula to distribute tax dollars for education.  We need to increase investment in education and assure equal opportunity in school funding.

• Student debt is a growing burden that is crushing young people’s opportunities for social advancement and amplifying the effects of wealth and income inequality.

• We have the resources to address climate changeright here. San Antonio can take the lead in developing the new technologies that will address the problem of climate change.  San Antonio is the home of the Southwest Research Institute, one of the largest Research and Development centers for applied engineering in the United States. San Antonio’s CPS Energy is already developing the Alamo Solar Project. When it’s finished in 2016 it will be the largest municipally owned solar utility in the United States.

• We need to increase funding for education and distribute it in a fair way that maximizes opportunity for all students.

• We need to reduce student debt.  The goal is to make the first 2 years of college free.  Reducing student debt can improve access to higher education, create economic opportunity for all young people. 

p3.gif Neither Republicans nor Democrats in Texas are willing to address these issues.

• We need the political leadership to make it happen.

For more information contact Paul Ingmundson at:

Clean Energy              Public Integrity             Justice for All

In solidarity,

Green Party of Texas

Green Party of Texas · TX, United States


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. 

This is a great opportunity to join the Green Party and become involved in promoting an alternative, independent, non-corporate political party in San Antonio.  You are invited to bring your ideas, issues and strategies for building a grassroots movement in the electoral arena to advance social justice, economic democracy, sustainable development and multi-party politics in San Antonio and Texas. 

The BCGP looks forward to building a political party that will sustain a people’s created, led movement to promote political change that empowers the greater good being used as a model for human development.
Click on link below for directions to library.

 Herb Gonzales. Jr., Secretary

Dr Paul Ingmundson for the 123rd Special Election!

–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!


Paul T. Ingmundson, PhD
Green Party Candidate, District 123, Texas House of Representatives

 BCGP Letter Opposing Vista Ridge Pipeline in PDF SAWSletter

The Battle in Seattle

Green Shadow Cabinet Seattle WTO Uprising Still a Force in World Events, 15 Years Later

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.

Informative analysis. We can debate the application of NY, Chicago & Seattle models to other localities, yet certain aspects will remain relevant.
  Bylaws.BCGP_updated Addenda for 2015-16


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

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

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”

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.

1225 S Brazos St
San Antonio, TX 78207

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 or Rachell Tucker at 210-542-9278