Voices of the People to Rise Beyond Elections

Location: 
Fuerza Unida
710 New Laredo Hwy
San Antonio , 78211
Date(s): 
November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Southwest Workers Union’s Nuestra Voz Our Power event series considers what it means for communities to reclaim elections and work to keep the pressure on elected officials to hold them accountable throughout their terms. It features 4 events at locations throughout our West, South and East sides with the purpose of the following: Building inter-community solidarity, increasing community efforts in raising accountability in positions of public service, and building community power in transforming systems of oppression.

The next event, La Lucha Sigue: Reclaim & Recharge will be held 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Fuerza Unida, located at 710 New Laredo Hwy. This 3rd installment of the Nuestra Voz Our Power series celebrates the people’s power to reclaim elections for our communities and offers a chance to recharge energies.

A community panel discussion and fun activities will consider our roles in post-election organizing that holds public officials accountable and builds our community power. Panelists include, Natasha Hernandez, Eastside neighborhood defender, writer & poet; Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, former City Councilwoman, author, community organizer; Diana Lopez, defender of Mother Earth, neighborhood defender. Moderator, Sofia Sepulveda is a community organizer in San Antonio.

Other events in the Nuestra Voz Our Power series have included:

Event 1: Voter Rights & People Powered Elections engaged would-be GOTV event coordinators in a mini-Know Your Rights session and a panel honoring community perspectives raising the issues that most concern people impacted by decision making they’re excluded from. A lunch of indigenous foods grounded our gathering in the ancestral roots that compel our commitment to our communities. This event has already happened. 

Event 2: Nuestra Voz Our Power Pop Up in the park was set-up in the park. It engaged participants of all ages and physical abilities in a movement session that reconnects them with their story. They worked with a community media maker to organize their story into selfie cards that can be used to engage with viewers on social media and to inform lawmakers in shaping policy.

UPCOMING! Event 4, Power Mapping in San Anto ( 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Southwest Public Workers Union located at 1416 E. Commerce St.)

Participants will consider how to build a collective analysis of the distribution of power among those in positions of decision-making authority over issues important to our community. The session will include an assessment of community power in the face of institutional oppression.

Everyone is welcome to these sessions centering the experiences and insights of eligible voters who abstain from voting and members of our communities who are denied the human right to vote, people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQIA communities, renters, youth, workers, people with low incomes, differently abled people, Spanish speakers, and indigenous people.