Monday, August 24, 2009

Register for people's power summit


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 intergenerational 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.

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 look forward to your presence at this gathering.