If you thought the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, the country’s first-ever Black president was historic and unimaginable, many will vow that there’s no feeling to describe the magnitude of the recently announced presidential victory. After days of waiting for what felt like an eternity, the American people have spoken, and the long-awaited United States presidential election results are in; we have a new chief headed to the White House along with his history making vice-president. President-Elect Joe Biden WILL BE the 46th president of the United States and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, WILL BE the first woman ever, and first Black and Asian American to hold the second highest office in the land.
After these last four years of what many felt was suppression and division of a country under the presidency of #45, this election was historic on so many levels. This election sought the most votes ever cast in United States history; at 78, Joe Biden will be the oldest person to assume the presidency. In some states Biden surpassed the number of votes received by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 when they ran; and Kamala Harris is the first woman ever to fill the office of vice-president.
Images of flooded streets with droves of people dancing and celebrating immediately after the Biden win was announced gives some citizens a feeling that hope has been renewed; however, we can’t be naïve to the reality that this country is still extremely divided and hate and racism are more evident now than in the past. We are also aware that the current president and an abundance of his supporters are unwilling to accept his loss and have plans to further push false narratives about this election being stolen.
A lot needs to happen in order to repair the state of this great country, and based on the promises of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris they are ready to get down to the business of restoring our faith in democracy, fighting the Coronavirus, and healing and uniting America. May God Bless America.
2021 City Council Inauguration
San Antonio’s newly elected Council members are all sworn in and ready for the work ahead. Four new members joined the 10 district dais including District 2 Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez who made history when he won the Jun. 5 runoff election against former councilwoman, Jada Andrews-Sullivan. Mckee-Rodriguez, 26, ran his entire campaign on progressive principals and values with the goal of transforming city hall. He is also the first openly gay black man to serve on the council and in the state of Texas. The former math teacher is looking forward to serving his constituents, focusing on the budget, and bringing accountability to District 2 and the city of San Antonio.
Fight Back Against Voter Suppression
Rally at the TX Capitol this Saturday: Fight Back Against Voter Suppression
JOIN THE TEXAS POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN AND VDC OUTREACH THIS SATURDAY AT THE CAPITOL FOR A RALLY AGAINST VOTER SUPPRESSION (MASK Required). April 24, 2021, 100 W. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78201
A record number of voter suppression bills have been filed in Texas during the legislative session. These attempts to further voter suppression reflect a coordinated, nationwide effort to stifle the power of a multi-racial fusion movement to make democracy real for the 140 million poor and low-income people living in the U.S.
The bills in the TX Legislature that pose the greatest threat to Texans are House Bill 6 (HB 6) and Senate Bill 7 (SB 7). While slightly different in content, these bills aim to limit voting by restricting how and when people can vote.
In response to HB 6 and SB 7 advancing through the Legislature, we will be having a rally at the Capitol to show lawmakers that we are paying attention and that we will not let our right to vote be stolen from us.
Special guest speakers include:
- Charles O’Neal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
- Dr. Shirley McKellar, Council member District 3, Tyler, TX
- Dr. Jamal Randy Allen Rasheed, President / C.E.O Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum
- Eric Williams, Dallas filmmaker who recently released “Finding Miriam“
Collective Bargaining Negotiations Extended
City of San Antonio’s statement on collective bargaining negotiations with the San Antonio Police Officers Association
SAN ANTONIO (April 19, 2021) — Today, the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) agreed to extend collective bargaining negotiations. The parties agreed to a 15-day extension, which extends negotiations through May 12, 2021.
“We have made positive progress in these negotiations, but the arbitration process remains unresolved – that is our top disciplinary reform priority. We made our disciplinary priorities clear and known prior to beginning these negotiations,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “It is not acceptable to have arbitrators undermine the Chief’s authority and force him to rehire officers that have been fired for egregious conduct. Allowing that to continue tarnishes the City, the San Antonio Police Department and our efforts to serve the public daily.”
“Our residents have voiced their priorities and asked us to seek substantial disciplinary changes for police officers. My Council colleagues and I are committed to making that the City’s top priority in these negotiations,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
The City has negotiated in good faith and is willing to continue negotiations.
“It is critically important to the San Antonio community that the police contract no longer protect and enable bad officers. The vast majority of San Antonio Police Officers do a tremendous job protecting and serving the community, and they deserve better,” said Deputy City Manager María Villagómez.
The City of San Antonio’s negotiating team met with SAPOA 11 times since both parties agreed to negotiate in good faith. Both parties agreed at the start of the negotiations to meet and negotiate through at least April 19, 2021.
More information about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations, including recordings of past sessions can be found here: https://www.sanantonio.gov/City-Attorney/CollectiveBargaining