Gregorio Casar

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Gregorio Casar, is an Austin, Texas activist. Gregorio "Greg" Casar "is a native Texan, the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Austin City Council Member representing District 4 for his second term. Greg previously served as the Policy Director for Workers Defense Project, and introduced Austin city council's resolution requiring employers to provide Paid Sick Leave."

Health Justice Town Hall with Tim Faust + Greg Casar

Austin Democratic Socialists of America hosted a "Health Justice Town Hall with Tim Faust + Gregorio Casar" on Friday, December 8, 2017.[1] "After Tim Faust gave an impassioned lecture about the benefits of a single-payer health care system, Gregorio Casar spoke of the burgeoning local campaign to mandate paid sick leave..."

DSA Member

Austin DSA tweets about Single Payer event

"Austin's chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America party scored a significant boost this weekend when Council Member Gregorio Casar agreed to sign up as an official member."

"During the Q&A portion of the evening’s program, Casar was presented with one query from a fellow in the back of the room who wondered whether the second-term Council member would be interested in officially joining the DSA as a card-carrying member. Put on the spot, Casar wavered for almost two beats before conceding, 'I guess I should. Why not?'"[2]

From Democratic Left Summer 2018, page 3.[3]

Gregorio Casar won a city council race in Austin, Texas, and joined DSA a year later. Casar led a huge mobilization to make Austin the first Southern city to pass paid sick leave

Austin Beloved Community site launch

Thursday May 1, 2014 marked the International Worker's Day.

Many grassroots organizations and activists gathered at Resistencia Bookstore to celebrate and to recognize the official web launch for Austin Beloved Community.

Austin has a rich history of social justice organizations, artists and activists who have worked hard to fix longstanding problems in neighborhoods and communities.

Organizations participating included: ACC/AFT Local 6249, ADAPT, ALLGO, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Challenger Newspaper, Creative Action, Code Pink, Democratic Socialists of America, Education Austin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization (/OSCL), Grassroots Leadership, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, International Socialist Organization, MonkeyWrench Books, People's History in Texas, PODER, Proyecto Defensa Laboral (Workers Defense Project), Resistencia Bookstore, Rise Up Texas, Texans United for Families (TUFF), The Sierra Club, The Rag Blog, Texas Jail Project, Third Coast Activist, Treasure City Thrift, TSEU/CWA Local 6186, Women's Community Center.

Event organizers were Anne Lewis and Jacob Branson.

Music by Sonoita, Fandango Tejas, Mario Garza, Kiko Villamizar, Kiya Heartwood, and The Bronze Band![4]

Greg Casar

Attendees included Jacob Branson (MC), Sarah Rafael Garcia, Ang Garcia.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Elizabeth Kay Walker, Bella Novella, Magda Lena, Diana Claitor, Ana Sofia Perez, Sarah Cheatham Somera, Jennifer May, Andrea Black, Jen Rogue, Leslie Cunningham, Andrea Zarate, Maribel Falcon, Jamie Love, Unkle Frank, Alma Buena, Shelby Alexander, Ci Rocha, Mariann Garner-Wizard, Carrie Morales, Ginger Miles, Katherine Pace, Beverly Baker Moore, Kiya Heartwood, Lilia Rosas, Cassandra Johnson, Olimpia Nuth, Devon Malick, Claudia Zapata, Monica A. Guzman, Bernice Hecker, Raven Pena, Anne Lewis, Michelle Mejia, Emma Mutrux, Joanna Saucedo, Nicole Licea, Marielle Septien, Alice Embree, Diana Gomez, Juanita Spears, Sophia Nachalo, Rocío Villalobos, Joanna Rabiger, Stacy Guidry, Fotografia Caldosa, Kate Layton, Hallie Boas, Danielle King, Vanessa Ramos, Pamela Larson, Monica Teresa Ortiz, Michelle Ramirez, Annaliese Krumnow, Marisa Perales, Robin Lane, Dawnielle Castledine, Cristina Parker, Kathryn Baker, Lisa Hernandez, Margaret Peace, Paige Managiere, Daisy Fran Clark, Seth Hutchinson, Adrian Orozco, Michael King, Ricky Martinez, Peter Sea, Marshall Bennett, Matthew Wackerle, Gilbert Cortez Rivera, Jacob Branson, Mukund Rathi, Gregorio Casar, Carl Webb, Librado Almanza, Kam Ran, Roan Boucher, Juan Belman, Mark McKim, Crayvon Corpening, Dave Cortez, Lindsay J. Porter, Ray Reece, Alex Befort, Antonio Cadarço Marques, Joe Cooper, Richard Swafford, Mike Corwin, Zach Guerinot, Joe Rocha, Tracey Schulz, Thorne Dreyer, Braden Latham-Jones, Juan A. Izaguirre.[5]

Texas Fight to Stop a New "Anti-immigrant" Law

By June 2017, Austin Democratic Socialists of America had built a large membership of over 640 members by being active as allies against a number of attacks on communities of color, women and LGBTQ people over the last two years.

This work has intensified since Trump took office. Perhaps their most important campaign, which other groups can learn from, is their current fight against an anti-immigrant bill.

On May 29th, national media coverage showed footage of hundreds of people in Austin, Texas chanting and protesting in the Capitol against a new anti-illegal immigrant law known as SB4, for “Senate Bill 4.”

SB4 is a highly controversial bill that mandates local police and sheriffs to essentially become an arm of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the bill, local peace officers would be given broad authority to ask the immigration status of anyone stopped by an officer for almost any reason. Thus, the moniker: “Show Me Your Papers Law.” SB4 began as a priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott.
The authors of the bill in the Senate specifically targeted Austin Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who ran on a campaign of constitutional rights of undocumented residents and non-cooperation beyond the legal requirements with ICE. The only female in a field of six, she won handily in the Democratic primary, and five months later in the general election against a Republican. Sheriff Hernandez said in a hearing on the bill in April that SB4 will "coerce local law enforcement to divert scarce resources to enforcing federal immigration laws, at a risk to public safety.”
During hearings in the Senate and the House, hundreds of people, many of them immigrants or family of immigrants, both documented and not, testified and signed in opposition to the bill. Sheriffs and chiefs of police testified that the bill would undermine the trust between the police and the immigrant and Latino communities, leaving their cities and towns less safe. Mayors, lawyers, school administrators and school board members spoke out against the mass deportation provisions of the bill and its potentially devastating impact on families, children, businesses and the Texas economy.

Despite these large protests, the House and the Senate passed the bill. Advocates were outraged that the bill was made far more egregious in the final evening of late-night amendments to the bill in the House, where Tea Party reactionaries one-upped each other.

Austin City Council member Gregorio Casar, one of those arrested at a May 1 protest , has said that “this is the most bigoted bill that has come out of the legislature. It will create massive levels of racial profiling.”[6]

Local Progress Board Members

Local Progress Board members, As of August 10, 2018:[7]

Supporting Siegel

May 2018 Mike Siegel clinched the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District to challenge U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, in November.

Siegel won 70 percent of the vote to Tawana Walter-Cadien’s 30 percent.

Walter-Cadien is a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Siegel, is an Austin assistant city attorney. Siegel said he has a campaign organized to help unite supporters throughout the nine-county district, which stretches from Austin almost to Houston.

In the March primary, Siegel won 40 percent of the vote. Walter-Cadien finished second with 18 percent in a seven-person race.

Walter-Cadien had been endorsed by two of the March candidates, Tami Walker and Madeline Eden, who won 16 percent of support and 14 percent respectively. Siegel enjoyed support from major labor unions, Austin Democratic clubs and Austin City Council Members Gregorio Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza and Leslie Pool.

Both told the American-Statesman in May they want to protect the Affordable Care Act, increase public education funding and push for better wages for people in the district.[8]

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