Reflections of a New State Co-chair
Our Annual State Meeting has come and gone. Of the three meetings I’ve attended this one was, by far, the most collegial and productive. We had participation from far flung areas of the state: El Paso, Houston, DFW and central Texas. We had discussions that helped resolve long standing issues. We formed ad hoc caucuses to help resolve those differences. We agreed to disagree on the membership dues issue, but suggested local experimentation could be done. We reaffirmed our commitment to our values. We enjoyed each other’s company and made new friendships. We left as re-energized comrades in solidarity.
We still face hard struggles in this coming year. We all are wondering about ballot access and how we can organize to get it done in 2018. Some of us wonder if maybe we should sit out 2018 and wait until 2020 when straight party voting will be no more. Maybe we should use the time to concentrate on local races and use them to build the party. Some of us would renew efforts on fundraising. Many of us want to grow the party into new areas of our state. All of us want the Green Party of Texas to continue to grow so our values can be realized.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Texas Railroad Commission issued an Order of Withdrawal on behalf of Bluestone Energy. The application for an injection well to be built met with public pressure and the corporatists pulled back.
A few weeks ago, we (Tarrant County Greens) published two articles on this subject, asking for public pressure to be brought upon the RR Commission to deny Bluestone's request.
Because of the great work of Ranjana Bhandari and Liveable Arlington, success has been achieved.
Thank you, Greens, for your support as well. Because of public awareness of this intrusion upon our environment, it was turned back. Pressure made the difference!
And, this one.
Police violence against black men has struck again in North Texas. This time, Jordan Edwards, a 15 year-old freshman in high school from Balch Springs, a near suburb of Dallas’ southeast side, was shot to death by Roy Oliver, a sixteen-year veteran of the Balch Springs Police Department.
Late Saturday night, April 29, neighbors reported to police that a house party had gotten too loud, and they asked the police to come and check it out. A short time later, Jordan Edwards was shot dead with a rifle.
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