Tuesday, September 08, 2009

People Power Summit Resceduled Oct. 10-11th, 09

The Summit has been rescheduled for Saturday 10th at the Willie Velasquez Center on N. Zarzamora. This gives organizers more time for preparation to insure that everything goes as planned and we get as many voices involved with in the summit.

New Dates: October 10th, 2009

You can help us by:
Registering NOW!!
Spread the work among friends, in school and allies
Volunteer for the summit
Make Donations towards the summit

Thank You,
People Power Summit Team
210.299.2666 or dianalopez@swunion.org


Dear Friends,

The question of energy and climate justice is a critically issue nationally and here in San Antonio. Southwest Workers Union is organizing a two-day summit to foster an inter-generational leadership and forge a vision for a just energy future. The summit will happen during a crossroads of San Antonio’s energy plan, as the City Council and Public Utility Company push towards the first two new nuclear reactors in 30 years. We face a critical time to build leadership and inject people of color and working class voices into the policy decisions at the local, state and federal level.

The People’s Power Summit aim is to build a peoples platform to create a just energy policy within our schools and neighborhoods. The two day program will include understanding the concepts of climate change and sustainability, workshop on community organizing, media training, and developing a structure to continue working together locally, nationally and globally. It will also include a press conference where we will deliver our message to the Mayor of San Antonio, the Council Members and which CPS board members will make their decision the following week.

The Southwest Workers' Union (SWU) is an organization of low-income workers and families, community residents, and youth, united in one organizational struggle for worker rights, environmental justice and community empowerment. Based in San Antonio, Texas, SWU empowers and organizes its 2,500 members through education, leadership development, and direct action. The aim is to build multi-generational grassroots power to create sustainable systemic change for social, economic, and environmental justice and to build the movement for dignity and justice.

Co-organizing the event is The Youth Leadership Organization which grew out of the need to not only organize workers but specifically young people and the children of these workers and community members. The YLO has one high school club at Edison H.S. which they have successfully introduced the Think Green Ideas. Last year they recycled over 1 ton of paper and started an organic garden at Edison.

Please save these days in your calendar. I have attached the registration form and you can also register online here. If you are from out of town please make arrangements to come to San Antonio on those dates. We have set aside rooms at a hotel and solidarity housing is also available. We look forward to your presence at this gathering.

For more information contact Diana Lopez @ 210.299.2666 or by e-mail at dianalopez@swunion.org.

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