Don’t let them take away your rights
May 2, 2015

Petitioning the Government is one of your fundamental First Amendment rights. Yet some in the state Legislature want to take away this right.

We strongly encourage you to contact your state Rep today and insist that they do everything in their power to defeat House Bill 2595. This bill makes illegal citizen petitions that “restrict” the “economic gain” of property owners. This includes, but isn't limited to, land developers, frackers, cement plants, landfills, waste dumps and petrochemical plants.

Had this law been in effect in 2004, the massive petition to vote on the lucrative PGA Village deal would have been struck down. The voices of 107,000 citizens would have been ignored.

Just last week, citizens’ rights to contest permits for nuclear waste dumps, landfills and power plants were strangled by SB 709. Don’t let them do it again this week.

 

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Date: May 13, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Tripoint, 3233 N. St. Mary's St.

The next mayor of San Antonio will face multiple challenges in improving air quality and maintaining sufficient water quantity and quality for our community’s needs.

The winner of this election will be the first mayor to act on the recommendations of and implement the City of San Antonio’s soon to be released sustainability plan.  And our next mayor will be tasked with leading in the development of a state implementation plan to bring San Antonio back into compliance with EPA’s minimum federal air quality standard.

This forum will give the mayoral runoff candidates an opportunity to address clean air and clean water issues facing the city of San Antonio.  For more details contact Mario Bravo at mbravo@edf.org.

 

Legislature poised to strike down environmental protections
April 17, 2015

It is important for Sierrans to stand up and take action against the Texas Legislature’s dramatic and far-reaching assault on our environment. Yesterday, the Senate passed SB 709, designed to make it exceedingly difficult for citizens to contest TCEQ permits. Since this bill passed in the Senate it is headed for the House, where your Representative will vote yea or nay. It is urgent that you e-mail or call your Representative ASAP. You can read more about this legislation here.

Today, the House passed a different bill (HB 40), which overturns rules governing drilling and fracking operations inside cities. This bill is headed for the Senate.

This may be only the beginning of the Legislature’s attack on cities’ environmental protections and local control. What happens in the next few weeks could make it virtually impossible to take local action to protect the environment.

San Antonio’s aquifer protection and tree preservation ordinances would be nullified by proposed bills. Plastic bag bans would be overturned. Your rights to petition the city to put an issue on the ballot could be taken away. Your ability to contest permits for power plants, nuclear waste dumps and landfills could be severely limited.

We encourage you to refer to:

Then, contact your State Rep and Senator today to voice your strong opposition to these bills. Finally, make sure you are subscribed to our Action Alerts email list by sending a message to Loyd Cortez.

 

Sierrans gather for a group shot before the 2014 King William parade

Welcome to the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club

We invite you to join our 2,000 members as we explore, enjoy and protect San Antonio and its surrounding areas. Come to one our monthly general meetings featuring prominent speakers on a vast array of subjects. Enjoy one of our monthly Lion’s Field events which will entertain and edify you with films and speakers on a variety of issues. Come walk, hike, camp or backpack on one of our frequent outings. Get involved in advocacy on local, state or national conservation issues. Help introduce local youngsters to the wonders of the outdoors with the Sierra Club Youth Outdoors program.

 

Take Action!

The Sierra Club is all about citizen action on critical issues. Quick citizen input often spells the difference between victory and defeat for important measures at the local and state levels.

Sign up now to receive our local email Action Alerts and let your voice be heard. Send us a message and we'll add your name to our growing list of environmental activists.

Events Calendar

This events and activities calendar contains listings for our monthly general meetings and Lion’s Field events, committee meetings, special events and important opportunities for environmental activism.

Outings are not listed here but are found on the Alamo Sierra Club Outings page on Meetup.

Date Event More Information
Tue, 05/19/2015 Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM

At Trinity University, in Northrup Hall 040 (on the bottom floor of the administration building); nearest parking lots are Alamo Stadium and Trinity Lot E (beside Parker Chapel, off Oakmont).
Wed, 05/27/2015 FILM: AN AMERICAN NILE, the second in the Cadillac Desert series.
6:30 AM

Lion's Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway @ Mulberry. BUS ROUTES: #9, 10, AND 14.
Tue, 06/16/2015 Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting---Teaming with Wildlife
6:30 PM

Our new location is EcoCentro, located at San Antonio College, 1802 North Main Avenue at the northeast corner with Locust Street
Wed, 06/24/2015 Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert
6:30 AM

Lion's Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway @ Mulberry
Tue, 07/21/2015 Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting (Annual Potluck)
6:30 PM

Our new location is EcoCentro, located at San Antonio College, 1802 North Main Avenue at the northeast corner with Locust Street
Wed, 07/22/2015 Lion's Field Events: No Event in July
6:30 AM

Lion's Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway @ Mulberry

General Meeting

Lion's Field Event----Images of the West

AT CAPACITY Big Bend National Park, camping and day hikes

The Human Scale

'Fresh Air Friday'

'Viva Botanica!'

A Sustainability Plan for San Antonio

General Meeting Presenatiion: A Sustainability Plan for San Antonio

Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert

NW Vista College Earth Day

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting

FILM: AN AMERICAN NILE, the second in the Cadillac Desert series.

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting---Teaming with Wildlife

Lion's Field Events: Cadillac Desert

Alamo Sierra Club General Monthly Meeting (Annual Potluck)

Lion's Field Events: No Event in July