Act4SA, a local 501c3 nonprofit is asking for your help to get the following on the ballot.
The San Antonio Justice Charter will amend the City Charter of San Antonio to adopt a justice policy that will reduce unnecessary arrests, mitigate racial bias, and save scarce public resources through a comprehensive set of popular reforms.
“A petition to amend the City Charter of San Antonio to adopt a justice policy that will reduce unnecessary arrests and save scarce public resources through a comprehensive set of reforms, including: ending enforcement of low-level marijuana possession; ending enforcement of abortion crimes; banning chokeholds; banning no-knock warrants; and encouraging citations instead of arrests for low-level nonviolent crimes.”
Download the Petition HERE
What’s on the Ballot?
DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Eliminate the enforcement of low level marijuana offenses
Ban chokeholds by SAPD in ANY instance forever
BAN NO KNOCK WARRANTS
Ban the use of dangerous no knock warrants except in extreme dangerous cases (such as hostage situation or exigent life circumstances)- where extensive procedure is laid out for accountability and transparency
CITE AND RELEASE
Make the use of citations and the diversion program for low level misdemeanors permanent
DECRIMINALIZATION OF ABORTION
SAPD officers shall not be responsible for enforcing the statewide law
CREATION OF A JUSTICE DIRECTOR
Oversee the implementation of this policy and make sure future city policy follows with the purpose of this section to reduce unnecessary arrests, promote police accountability, and save scarce city resources- especially those related to public safety
Full policy language HERE.
We understand that there are elements of this Charter Amendment that are NOT libertarian. Each person can decide for themselves whether they will support this Charter Amendment and if the marginal increase in liberty around marijuana decriminalization is worth the creation of a “Woke Czar” government position.
Once all the signatures are tallied in January, there is a possibility that the committee will make the determination that this is NOT one single Issue (currently proposed as The Justice Amendment), and instead break this omnibus into 6 separate votes on your ballot.
For this reason, LPBexar will NOT be advocating an official position on this Charter Amendment, but we know our volunteers may want to, not only support it and vote for it, but assist in getting the necessary number of signatures.
HOW TO HELP GET SIGNATURES
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Populate this Petition Form with registered City of San Antonio Voters
Copies of the push card in English and Spanish
A one pager that can go on tables and has more detailed information
One quick note: At the bottom of each petition page is a “Statement of Circulator” affidavit. Whoever collects the signatures needs to make sure to sign and date that or else the page will be invalidated by the city clerk!
Signed petitions can be mailed to:
ACT 4 SA, 7970 Fredericksburg Rd Suite 101-326, San Antonio TX 78229
Signed petitions can also be dropped off in person at these locations:
ACT 4 SA Office- 702 Donaldson Ave Suite #204,
San Antonio TX 78201
San Antonio Alliance- 120 Adams St,
San Antonio TX 78210
Once complete, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many signatures you turned in!