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To: Mayor Nirenberg and San Antonio City Council members
Contra Border Expo SATX
Dear Mayor Nirenberg and San Antonio Council members,
We write to you as your constituents urging you to deny access to San Antonio public facilities for the upcoming Border Security Expo scheduled for March 11-13, 2019 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Why is this important?
San Antonio must make a very clear stance that “security” is not enhanced by ramping up the lethality of forces lined up along the border or aggressively targeting immigrants. These are methods of terror. San Antonio should redefine “security” to mean access to food, housing, health care, education and work. These are the things that lead to meaningful, secure lives, not assassinations at borders or deportation of beloved community members. San Antonio has the important responsibility to behave like a compassionate city as articulated by our own city Charter for Compassion: “Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.” We are charged with the responsibility to actively demand better for ourselves, for each other, and as a city. Because of this, we demand a compassionate San Antonio that envisions, fosters, and creates a welcome home for immigrants, not an enabler of those who terrorize them. Again, rise to the challenge, and say no to the expo.