Author name: JR Haseloff

Help Bring Marijuana Decriminalization to San Antonio

Want to see this headline here in San Antonio? Local nonprofits and partners are looking to put this on your May ballot here in San Antonio.

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?
01.

DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

Eliminate the enforcement of low level marijuana offenses

02.

BAN CHOKEHOLDS

Ban chokeholds by SAPD in ANY instance forever

03.

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

04.

CITE AND RELEASE

Make the use of citations and the diversion program for low level misdemeanors permanent

05.

DECRIMINALIZATION OF ABORTION

SAPD officers shall not be responsible for enforcing the statewide law

06.

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
Want to join fellow activists at a preplanned event? Click here.

Populate this Petition Form with registered City of San Antonio Voters

Copies of the push card in English and Spanish

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 officers@lpbexar.org and let us know how many signatures you turned in!

LPBexar Social and Business Meeting

Business Meeting Details:

November Social and BUSINESS MEETING

7-9pm, Thursday, November 17, 2022

Where: Blanco BBQ

13259 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX

Business Meeting won’t start until 730pm. Once we gavel in, roll call, and adopt previous minutes, our only Agenda item is “Elect Austen Hoogen to fill a vacancy in LPTexas’ State Libertarian Executive Committee for District 26.”

For those that know Austen, he was previously nominated in October and we will vote to formally elect him.

The newsletter is once a month ONLY and gives details of LPBexar’s operations, candidates, and outreach. If you don’t wish to sign up for our newsletter (http://eepurl.com/ke2UD) our future LPBexar events can be found at any of our social media platforms located here (www.linktree.com/lpbexar).

There will also be a Business Meeting in December (agenda/notice will be forthcoming). In the meantime, if there are bylaws that you wish to be adjusted, please propose those to officers@lpbexar.org and we will add them to the agenda for that Event.

LPBexar Social: Local Candidates and Business Meeting

The cooler weather is here! Come join us as we relax on the patio with some of our local candidates ahead of the November election.  We’ll also hold a short Business Meeting with the following agenda item, “Meet Austen Hoogen and vote on his nomination to to fill a vacancy in LPTexas’s State Libertarian Executive Committee for District 26.” 

Chuy’s, 15639 Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX, 78249

Tue, Oct 18, 2022 7:00 PM

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lpbexar-social-local-candidates-and-business-meeting-tickets-430481841777

Press Release: Texas Supreme Court Once Again Denies GOP Attempts to Remove Libertarians from Ballot

San Antonio, TX, August, 26th – After failing to remove Libertarians from the 2020 ballot, the Texas Supreme Court delivered more bad news for the Texas GOP, who once again attempted to limit voter choice and obstruct elections in 2022.

On August 8th, Republican candidates filed a Writ of Mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court to remove 23 Libertarian candidates who would appear on ballots this Fall, claiming they did not meet eligibility requirements.  

The eligibility requirements in question are based on HB 2504, which was passed in 2019, requiring candidates nominated in convention (Libertarians and Greens) to pay filing fees.  While this law may not seem offensive on its face, it becomes quite insidious once understood that these filing fees go to offset the costs of the Primary Parties only. 

This law forces Libertarians and Greens to effectively subsidize Republicans and Democrats, while at the same time representing a financial barrier to possible political challengers.

Stephanie Berlin, Libertarian for Texas House District 122 and plaintiff in the ongoing legal battle, is one Candidate that many Bexar County Voters would have lost as a choice on their ballot. 

Stephanie notes, “This is a win for voters everywhere to ensure all politicians have to work to earn your vote.   Without competition, egregious monopolies form to the extreme detriment of the public.   Hopefully, both the Republicans and the Democrats will learn to embrace both diversity of thought and competition”.

LPTexas continues to fight the underlying unconstitutional filing fee law in Federal Court (Bilyeu v. Scott).  The Federal case is ongoing and we need your help to fund its litigation. See https://lptexas.org/2022/07/07/legal-fund-drive/ for more information.  

“The Supreme Court got it right again. Voters will now have more opportunities to vote for small-government Libertarians instead of big-government Republicans.”

Arthur DiBianca, State Senate, District 21 Candidate

“The court made the correct decision. This was nothing more than a blatant attempt to remove the only consistently pro-freedom party from the ballot. Voters are tired of milquetoast defenders of freedom and liberty. The Libertarian Party is proud to offer this choice to voters in November.” 

Edgar Coyle, Bexar County Judge Candidate

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About Us

The Libertarian Party of Bexar County is an Affiliate for the 3rd largest and fastest growing political party in the United States. LPBexar seeks to elect Libertarians and influence legislation that focuses on individual rights, self ownership, and limited government.

For more information on this matter, contact JR Haseloff at 904-962-9922 or email at JR@LPBexar.org

VIDEO: Texas Republicans Are Fighting to Keep Libertarians Off The Ballot

LIST: 23 Libertarian Candidates Threatened with Removall

2022 LPBexar Conventions

Convention season is soon upon us. Save the following dates. You view the list of people seeking nomination in LPBexar.

Precinct Convention (Event Link)
Tuesday, 8 March 2022 @ 7pm
IHG Hotel, 91 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216 (map)

County Convention (Event Link)
Saturday, 12 March 2022 @ 10am
IHG Hotel, 91 NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216 (map)

District Conventions
Saturday, 19 March 2022 at 12pm
State Senate, SD 21 and US Representative, CD 35
Brookhollow Branch Library
530 Heimer Rd
San Antonio, TX 78232

State Convention (Event Link)
8-10 April 2022
Westin Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas

Tickets on sale NOW!