CAUSA issues statement on selection
of interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 18, 2014
CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) issued a statement
on Friday, July 18 regarding the selection of the interim mayor. Below
is the text of that statement.
CAUSA statement on appointment of
First and foremost, the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA)
would like to thank Mayor Julian Castro for his service to San Antonio.
Castro’s passion, dedication, and vision has positioned our city
for positive growth, prosperity, and advancement in the movement towards
full inclusion and equality. We wish Mayor Castro and his family joy and
success in their move to D. C. and wish him well in his endeavor as our
nation’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Now San Antonio’s City Council must choose one of their own to step
into the position of Interim Mayor. As the Council deliberates who will
lead San Antonio, we request that they discern what it means to continue
Mayor Castro’s vision and statement that “there are no second-class
citizens in San Antonio.” We firmly believe that San Antonio’s
mayor must be someone who fully embraces the core principle that ALL people,
including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)
community, should be treated fairly and equally.
Furthermore, CAUSA has come to the consensus that the next mayor needs
to be someone who voted in favor of including LGBT protections in the
Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) last year. The work of the NDO is not
yet complete and we need a mayor who will move swiftly to strengthen it.
While it is fully inclusive, it is far from being comprehensive. We still
have work to do and need an ally to lead the city in implementing the
current NDO and expanding further protections to include employment citywide,
not just for city employees.
As a city, we should embrace everyone and find strength in our diversity.
All of us wish to be treated with dignity and respect. Therefore, we call
on our city’s leadership to appoint an Interim Mayor who has demonstrated
a commitment to fair and equal treatment of all residents of San Antonio.
CAUSA is a nonpartisan coalition of groups and individuals whose aim
is to promote nondiscrimination laws and policies within the City of San
Antonio and Bexar County.
to weigh in on interim mayor selection
QSanAntonio, June 25, 2014
Members of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) met
on June 24 to discuss, among other things, the selection of the interim
mayor and who might best fill the position.
to Ivy Taylor persists as interim mayor selection nears
QSanAntonio, July 11, 2014
In just a few days, the City Council will begin the process of selecting
the interim mayor. Within the LGBT community, there appears to be a consensus
as to who should get the post: Anyone but Ivy Taylor.
deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’
By Frederick Williams, San Antonio Current, July 2, 2014
Some residents from the LBGT community have publicly made it known that
they oppose Ivy Taylor’s consideration by the council to serve as
mayor in the interim before May’s general election.
defense of Ivy Taylor
By Charles Kuffner, OffTheKuff.com, July 6, 2014
Ivy Taylor is a San Antonio City Council member. She’s currently
considered a frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor Julian Castro once
he leaves to become Housing Secretary. Her elevation to Mayor would be
historic, as she would be the first African-American Mayor of San Antonio,
but it has also generated some controversy because in 2013 she voted against
expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.
Look To The Future, Not the Past
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 17, 2014
It seems that some within our city’s LGBT community don’t
seem to be able to move past a vote taken almost a year ago with regards
to the non-discrimination ordinance. One of the potential candidates for
interim mayor, Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, is being rejected, not because
of her work on council, but because of her vote on the ordinance, as if
that one vote completely defined her council career.
balk at idea of Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 16, 2014
Political activists in the LGBT community say they are concerned by the
news that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor may be the frontrunner for the
post of interim mayor after Mayor Julian Castro leaves San Antonio to
take a position in President Obama's cabinet.
The next mayor of San Antonio must support equality for all
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, June 17, 2014
I was recently quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as opposing the
appointment of District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
after Mayor Castro is confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development. I just wanted to issue a statement that elaborates
on why I think she does not deserve to be the mayor of this great city,
not even for one minute.