Take Action! Citizens fighting urban DOUBLE TAX toll roads!
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A new and powerful documentary exposes the truth behind the "Keep Texas Moving" advertising campaign. This special edition chronicles the events and shocking developments leading to a landmark lawsuit. In a David and Goliath battle, Terri and her attorney Charlie Riley, fight against all odds to halt the Texas Department of Transportation from spending taxpayer funds to promote the TTC and toll roads. The plan is not only to convert existing Texas roadways into toll ways without a public vote, but to seize over half a million acres of Texas soil and replace it with a 4,000 mile road, rail and utility network. The Trans-Texas Corridor, the first leg of the proposed NAFTA superhighway, will not only rip the heart out of Texas- it will kill a way of life that has been in the Lone Star State forever.
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Take Action Now! Join one of these citizens groups to have your voice heard.
Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF)
San Antonio Toll Party
(http://www.satollparty.com) (San Antonio)
281 Overpasses Now!
(http://281overpassesnow.com/) (San Antonio - 281 focus)
(along with the above organizations)
Trans Texas Corridor blog & news archive
Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) just introduced Ron Paul's Audit the Fed Bill in the new Congress as H.R. 24 - vowing to pick up exactly where Dr. Paul left off.
Now it's up to YOU, me, and millions of other freedom-loving Americans to force Congress to take up and pass Audit the Fed.
So please take a moment to read Congressman Paul's email below about Campaign for Liberty's plan to mobilize up to 12 million Americans to turn up the heat on Congress to pass Audit the Fed.
And if you haven't yet done so, be sure to sign your Audit the Fed petition to C4L IMMEDIATELY.
As Dr. Paul's former Legislative Director - and longest-serving Washington staff member - I can tell you from firsthand experience that your action can make all the difference.
So please help C4L expose the corruption and cronyism at the Federal Reserve by signing your Audit the Fed Petition IMMEDIATELY.
Join the Mass Stop Keystone XL Pipeline
Texas Grassroots Groups React to President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement
HOUSTON, TX, JUNE 25, 2012 4:30PM— Today, President Obama announced a package of executive initiatives to address the escalating threat of climate change in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. In an unexpected Keystone XL announcement, the President stated that the “net effects of pipeline’s impacts on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project will go forward.” The nations leading climate scientists and the President’s own EPA have repeatedly documented how Keystone XL would open the floodgates to the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and a dramatic increase in climate pollution.
In March 2012, President Obama fast-tracked the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline in a speech in Cushing, Oklahoma. Over the last year, grassroots organizations like Tar Sands Blockade have launched sustained nonviolent direct action campaigns to halt its construction. After a series of direct actions resulting in dozens of arrests, Tar Sands Blockade has successfully delayed construction of the southern segment for weeks. Despite the construction delays, the tar sands pipeline is nearing completion later this year.
In addition to its climate pollution, Keystone XL will bring toxic tar sands refining to communities living in Houston’s East End and Port Arthur along Texas’ Gulf Coast, which are already among the most polluted in North America. Tar sands refining will only further increase the environmental burden on these low-income, communities of color making it a clear case of environmental racism. For years, organizations like T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) have worked closely with these communities most impacted.
These two Texas-based grassroots organizations had the following statements in response to President Obama’s speech:
Bryan Parras, grew up in Houston’s East End and is the Youth and Media Coordinator for T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services), said:
“I applaud the President’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon emissions, reinvest in alternative energies and efforts to lead international action on responsible climate change policies, but all that falls flat without complete divestment from the destructive extraction of the tar sands and rejection of any pipeline(s), trucks or rail that purport to deliver the toxic sludge to refineries in the U.S. The time for action is long overdue and only honest and comprehensive action can ensure that future generations will live in a cleaner more stable environment.”
Kim Huynh, a spokesperson for Tar Sands Blockade, said:
“While it’s encouraging to hear the President voice his intentions to address climate change and Keystone XL’s climate impacts, we’re not holding our breath. After all, this is the same President that fast-tracked the southern segment of this pipeline to pump toxic tar sands through our homes. The construction of Keystone XL is opening the floodgates to the largest pool of carbon pollution in North America.
We’ll continue to organize and work together to connect our struggles against the root causes of the climate crisis. That’s why this week, thousands of people across the country are working as Fearless Summer to embody the courage to address the most urgent forms of extreme energy that are causing the wholesale destruction of our communities; like tar sands exploitation, natural gas fracking, and mountaintop removal coal mining. If the President doesn’t halt all forms of industrial extraction, we will.”
T.E.J.A.S (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service) is a non-profit environmental justice organization that is committed to the promotion of environmental rights in communities of color and low-income populations within the state of Texas
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of affected Texas and Oklahoma residents and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Call your State Representative and State Senator. Ask them to hold a town hall meeting where you live to help reform eminent domain in Texas. They can't have it both ways. They can't say they support property rights but give pipeline operators a blank check, as is the common practice by the Texas Railroad Commission and most of our state officials.
Call on the United States President Barack Obama to address the detentions at Guantánamo Bay.
More than ten years have passed since the first prisoner arrived in Guantánamo Bay, making it the longest-standing war prison in U.S. history.
Guantánamo was not a problem of President Obama’s making, but it is now one of his choosing. Although he pledged to close the prison within a year on his second day in office, he has since failed to show the political commitment necessary to close the prison camp. To be sure, Congress has imposed unnecessary restrictions on transfer and release of prisoners from Guantánamo, but President Obama should use all the legal powers at his disposal to transfer detainees already cleared for release.
Let the President know that you’re counting on him to make good on his original promise to close Guantánamo and to shut down the un-American and illegal policies that it embodies.
Texas Lawmakers Seek To Block NDAA Indefinite Detentions
The Huffington Post | By Nick Wing Posted: 11/14/2012 12:45 pm EST
Republican state lawmakers in Texas submitted two bills this week seeking to counteract the federal government's controversial powers of indefinite detention and overzealous searches by the Transportation Security Administration.
GOP state Rep. Lyle Larson filed a measure that would nullify controversial aspects of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which has been criticized for establishing vague criteria that gives the federal government broad authority to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists without charges or a trial.
HB 149 specifically calls out Section 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, which were recently subjects of a federal lawsuit filed by plaintiffs concerned that the language within the passages could be used to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens.
The bill calls the sections "inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the citizens of the State of Texas," and accuses them of violating numerous protections established by both the U.S. and state constitutions.
The legislation states that it will reject "material support" of the measures' implementation, and goes on to claim that any person found to be exercising powers established in Sections 1021 or 1022 would risk criminal penalties.