COPS/Metro, Beacon Hill Leaders Fight for Future of School

Close to 200 parent, teacher and community leaders packed the cafeteria of Beacon Hill Dual Language Academy to challenge  elected officials to work with them to improve the school.

On stage, in response to direct questions from COPS / Metro leaders, SAISD Trustee Christina Martinez committed to securing the resources to expand Beacon Hill’s dual language program, to identifying solutions to traffic issues currently leading students to wait outside in the rain during dismissals, and to securing the funding to demolish the old school (if funding for building renovation cannot be secured).

In response to leaders’ challenge, City Councilman Roberto Treviño committed to securing funding to renovate the old school building and to ensuring that the City of San Antonio would do its part to ensure the traffic-related safety of children.  State Representative Diego Bernal pledged to expand state funding for dual language programs and to work with Trustee Martinez to address issues with a Union Pacific property.

COPS / Metro leaders committed to working with each other to expand the dual language program and train for leadership development to strengthen the constituency that supports Beacon Hill Academy.

To Demolish or Renovate: Beacon Hill’s 1915 Campus Building in Limbo, Rivard Report [pdf]

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COPS/Metro Secures Pledges In Most Competitive Congressional Race in Texas

Between San Antonio and the US Mexican border, leaders from COPS / Metro and The Border Organization in Del Rio bridged gerrymandered distances to engage Democratic challengers in US Congressional District 23 (Helotes), and Republican challengers (and Democratic incumbent) in House Districts 116 and 117.

The joint accountability session drew 175 to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes, Texas and included candidates for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2. Leaders also engaged top candidates in House District 21, currently held by Joe Strauss, in a separate assembly.

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Accountability Session, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 7pm, OLG-Helotes

Join us at an Accountability Session with candidates for US Congressional District 23, Texas State Representative Districts 116 and 117, and Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2 on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church-Helotes (13715 Riggs Road; Helotes, TX). 

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Leaders Educate Residents About Expanded $9M Home Rehab Program

Less than one year after more than 750 COPS / Metro leaders secured candidate pledges for increased municipal investments in home rehabilitation, leaders are now training hundreds of residents about the new program and how to apply.  $9 Million has been set aside for qualifying residents — $6.5 Million from federal funds and the rest through the City of San Antonio.

This effort is a key part of the “Decade of Neighborhoods” campaign launched by COPS/Metro last year.

512 people were trained in just one week.

[Photo screenshot from FOX News coverage.]

Application for San Antonio Home Rehab, FOX News [pdf]

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State-Wide Issues Assembly - Saturday, December 2, 2017

We seek leaders who are willing to work to build our institutions and our organization. Find out how our network organizations in Texas are doing at the State-Wide Issues Assembly on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  2017-12-02StatewideIssuesAssembly.jpg

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Recap of Sign Up & Take Charge Kick-Off Assembly

Here are some photos and video from the November 16, 2017 Sign Up & Take Charge Kick-Off Assembly:

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Sign Up & Take Charge Kick-Off Assembly

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The demographics and politics of Texas are changing. Do you want that change to reflect your views and your voice? Then plan to attend the COPS/Metro Sign Up & Take Charge (SUTC) Kick-Off Assembly on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7 PM at Sacred Heart Church Civic Center (2123 W. Commerce Street; San Antonio 78207). 

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Reviving the American Dream Economic Summit

You are cordially invited to attend the Reviving the American Dream Economic Summit, Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Mr. Ernesto Cortés, Jr. will be conducting The Economy training session. Please RSVP to reserve your seat. 2017-09-23EconSummit_Flyerv1.jpg

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City Council Accountability Assembly recording

NOWCastSA recorded the COPS/Metro Accountability Assembly with San Antonio City Council and Mayoral Candidates on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the St. Henry Catholic Church Parish Hall. NOWCastSA2017-04-23.jpg

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City Council & Mayoral Candidates Accountability Assembly, Sun, Apr 23, 3PM

AccountabilityAudience.jpg Leaders of COPS/Metro Alliance, a broad-based organization of churches, schools, and unions, will hold an Accountability Assembly with San Antonio City Council and Mayoral Candidates on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the St. Henry Catholic Church Parish Hall (1619 S. Flores Street; SATX 78204). The leading Mayoral and Council candidates from Districts 1-8 have been invited. Nearly 500 delegates from COPS/Metro institutions are expected to attend. Leaders will share stories about immigration, housing, workforce development and wages, and the candidates will be asked to respond to specific questions about these issues. 

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