People in San Antonio have been dancing around the edges of The Charter for Compassion since it was first released in 2009. The official Compassionate San Antonio grassroots campaign began in January, 2013. We collected THOUSANDS of signatures on four huge vinyl “Charter for Compassion banners that we introduced at close to 100 events. It’s time to buckle down now, though, and present our proposal the Mayor and City Council.
Earlier in the month, Ann Helmke met with Ruben Lizalde, Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives in Mayor Taylor’s office. What was expected to be short meeting stretched to a very productive hour and a half!
We’ve written a solid outline of the city resolution and will buff it up over the next couple of weeks. We hope to present to City Council on December 1, 2016.
We learned from the Compassion Action Network that The Mexican State of Nuevo Leon has adopted the Charter for Compassion, and at the Encuentro Mundial de Valores (Worldwide Meeting on Human Values) in October, seven cities — including San Antonio’s sister city of Monterrey — will become compassionate Cities. Ron Nirenberg, City Councilman for District 8, is also the vice chair of Sister Cities International. He kindly produced a short video congratulating them. It will be shown at the conference on October 22.
The next step in having San Antonio recognized as a Compassionate City is to draft the resolution; getting one passed is part of the official process. We’re also creating information packets that we’ll leave behind when we visit city council to explain our goals to them. The packet will include a short list of iconic San Antonio actions that demonstrate why we think San Antonio is already a Compassionate City.
Every week (or so) we’ll post here to keep everyone updated about our progress in having San Antonio recognized as a Compassionate City. The complete list of actions is archived HERE.