Roots Of Change 2018 Garden Recap

Looking back over this year and all the work that we’ve done really is something to honor. Even through the heat of the summer and the coldness of the winter the garden pushed forward. There is no easy way to wrap our head around the kind of work and impact that is done here but we can step back and look at the physical progress of the space and admire the time and energy that everyone has put forth this year. One of the major accomplishments for 2018 has been re-igniting the Roots of Change Garden Co-Op Workgroup. This Co-Op group is comprised dedicated individuals that are interested in not only getting their hands dirty in the everyday upkeep of the garden but they also are able to par

Youth Leadership Organization 2018 Reflections

Spring 2018 We started off the year by having an art build, we created banners for the Martin Luther King march. Many of the youth that attended where first-timers. When we took the bus to the start of the march, the youth were excited, we took the moment to talk about ending the stereotypes and bridging the gap between our brown and black communities. Many mentioned that their families where a bit skeptical about black people. Often times our families have been taught to exclude others because of their race and because of assimilation. I made it clear to them that they need to be able to break those pensamientos. Our meetups included watching a documentary on ethnic studies in Arizona. Pre

A Year of Extraction: A look back at 2018 Environmental Justice Moments

2018 saw many new facets of the Environmental Justice work take shape in San Antonio and South Texas. Southwest Workers Union closed 2017 with the El Agua es del Pueblo campaign that saw another rise in SAWS bills for rate payers to support the sewage updates and the extractive Vista Ridge Pipeline. The minutes from when City Council approved the 2018-2019 rate hike are included here. CJA – Just Transition Training: In April we hosted our Climate Justice Alliance relatives in a Just Transition training that brought several members from various frontline communities across the country to Southwest Workers Union to discuss the importance of shifting from the extractive industry. The gathering

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