It doesn't take long in Texas to know that the oil and gas industry rules the roost, even when drilling activity threatens the drinking water of a half million people.
A local grassroots organization, Liveable Arlington, is working to do something about it!
In January, Bluestone Natural Resources filed a permit request to build a wastewater injection well near one of the largest water resources in the Tarrant County region, Lake Arlington. The lake provides drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents, including Arlington, Fort Worth, and suburbs both north and south.
The wastewater consists of excess gas and salt water from fracking operations in the city. It is toxic, undrinkable, and unfit for agricultural or recreational activities. The City of Arlington is also concerned about the well undermining and doing permanent damage to the dam, about 9000 feet away from the proposed location. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says this is too close.Read more
A political party's values are never more important than in a time of crisis. This week, President Trump's order to strike a Syrian air base with Tomahawk missiles is one such event.
The mask of empathy
On the face of it, the rationale offered by the administration, that it was punishment for Bashar al-Assad's recent use of chemical weapons, seems, at first, to be reasonable. It can be framed, as the president did in his speech to Americans, as an empathetic duty. No doubt, as witnessed in the corporate media, the message of empathy is one that resonates. It makes converts of many of the loudest Trump-haters.Read more
THE MOST IMPORTANT DATE TO PUT GREENS BACK ON THE BALLOT
Preparations are also under way for the 2017 GPTX Annual State Meeting, scheduled for June 10th & 11th.
Where would you like the Annual State Meeting to be held? Please make your suggestion here!
...and what better way to kick it off than use our bodies to protecting the Muslims on the day they go to the Capitol to learn how to lobby their representatives, and a opposing a bill being heard on an upfront racist bill seeking to ban Sanctuary Cities (so much for small government and local control these same people preach...)
Welcome to the 85th Legislative Session!
We have our usual agenda to support legislation that supports our platform, and fight those that promote corruption, oppression, neglect and abuse of the people's rights to justice in every area of life, and more.
But, as you may be aware, so much happens in so little time, a bill or amendment can sneak by and cause you to lose something important, but the news doesn't even tell you.
To help us prevent that from happening, we welcome anyone able to lend their time and talents (everyone has at least one) to the goal of keeping the Legislature from making things worse than they already are, and hopefully usher in some much needed populist and environmental protection, as well as some election integrity.
It is possible, we have helped stop horrible bills in the past, and there are many who are ready for action.
Stay tuned for updates and alerts.
"Activism is [our] rent for living on the planet" - Alice Walker
What comes next in Texas, you may ask?
We need everyone to stick together. Pledge to put Texas Greens back on the ballot in 2018!
Grow GP by continuing to nurture Green groups & local parties. Throw a holiday party! Make sure you stay tuned in to GPTX through our social media & txgreens.org. We have already been working on our organizational infrastructure; we will continue to build that out & get locals to fully utilize it. Then in 2018 when we will have to run petition drives, we will have our volunteers cued up and at the ready.
Petition Drive, you say?
Yes, it's true that unfortunately GPTX did not retain ballot access. We had to exceed 5% in a statewide race. Our highest result was 16.86% for Hugo Noyola Jr. for State Board of Education District 1 and several others broke 5%, but they were in district races rather than statewide races.
Additional stand out results include 16.37% for Diana Kendall in her race for Bexar County JP Pct. 2, Place 3; 16.03% for William R. Barr in Dallas County Criminal Court 4; 12.78% for katia gruene in State House District 51; 11.28% for Hal Ridley Jr. in US House TX-36; and 9.94% for Gary Stuard in US House TX-32. Also GPTX would like to congratulate the #SteinBaraka ticket for nearly tripling our 2012 election result! These are fine results to build on!
Long time Green & former Senate candidate David Collins breaks it down for all our candidates here.
Losing ballot access means that GPTX will have to collect petition signatures from non-primary voters for the 2018 election. This is possible, but will require significant organizational resources, so we need you now more than ever. We need you to take initiative & ownership of the party if you want it to thrive. This can not be an off the shelf solution; no one is going to sell us our freedom; we will have to do this ourselves.