Event May 21st – Fight Against Red Light Cameras with Campaign For Liberty

Dear Texas TAG Activist,

You’ve heard about it, and now the time has come…

Campaign For Liberty is leading the fight against red light cameras both in Texas and in other states.  Now we bring the fight to central Texas.

The kickoff meeting to organize this fight will be held on Wednesday, May 21st, at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll meet @ Denny’s in Round Rock.  The address is 2700 IH 35 North, Round Rock, TX  78681.  Here is a map: http://tinyurl.com/lpaa4yr.

In this meeting, two main items are on the agenda; first, learn about a tool that helps determine which political fights are most likely to win, and second, Byron Schirmbeck (Campaign For Liberty’s Texas state coordinator) will lay out how and why to fight against red light cameras in Round Rock and across Texas.  Byron is a seasoned political operative who has successfully fought against red light cameras elsewhere in the Lone Star State.  His presentation will be a rare opportunity to learn how other cities turned back this threat to liberty.

If grass roots activists like you don’t take action, the well-connected and powerful will win by default.  Now is the time to do something positive and organized.

Come to the meeting on May 21st and find out how you can get involved in making a significant impact in central Texas politics.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please feel free to contact me at Texas@CampaignForLiberty.com or my personal email listed below.

I look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP by replying to this message, and remember to bring a friend.

See you there!

In Liberty,



Allen Logue

Williamson County Coordinator

Campaign for Liberty



P.S. If you find red light cameras a threat to liberty as I do, come join us May 21st and learn how we can get rid of them.

TAG Action Alert – Voter’s Rights Debate January 23rd

Whether you personally choose to vote, or don’t, virtually everyone can agree that the guaranteed right to vote without the threat of force, fraud or coercion is and must be the bedrock of any functional democracy. This right is guaranteed in the United States Constitution, further clarified in the 15th and 19th amendments (which guarantee the right to anyone regardless of race or sex, respectively) and again more strongly and explicitly protected by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recall that the Voting Rights Act was enacted as a response to the rampant and blatant use of intimidation, poll tests and poll taxes, and other forms of discrimination to deny blacks and other minorities the vote during the heyday of segregation in the south (and elsewhere).

A recent Supreme Court Ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder (June 25, 2013) struck down what is essentially the heart of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately following the decision, Texas announced that a pending Voter ID law would go into effect without further delay and that redistricting maps would no longer be subject to federal oversight or approval. The federal government, in turn, sued the state of Texas and several other states challenging these new rules. Once again, the country is embroiled in a heated debate and legal battle over state’s rights versus federal power, protection of minorities and other groups that could be denied reasonable access to the ballot box or to the electoral process, and the future of American democracy.

Given the importance of this issue to upcoming elections, including and especially the 2014 midterms and perhaps even the 2016 presidential election, The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute (University of Texas of the Permian Basin) has chosen to showcase this topic in the opening event of their upcoming 2014 Texas Leadership Forum in Austin later this week. A multi-partisan panel including four members of the Texas House of Representatives and one Libertarian county Chair will face off over the question of “Voting Process and Progress, What’s Right for Texas?”

Hays County Libertarian Party Chairman Kurt Hildebrand was invited by the JBS Institute to represent a seldom heard, and uniquely libertarian, position on the issue of voting rights. While the Democrat and Republic positions on topics such as voter ID laws and redistricting have been debated at great lengths in the media and legislatures through the years, the JBS Institute has taken a bold step in creating the environment for a true multi-partisan debate including ideas from the third major political party as well. Liberty lovers would be encouraged to attend the event and show their support for this type of inclusion in the public political discourse.

The event is Thursday, January 23rd, 7:00pm at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX, Amphitheater 204. Tickets are available for $25 and can be found at http://votingrightstexas.eventbrite.com.

TAG’s 5th Anniversary Party!


>> RSVP via Facebook Event Page

Cake, Drinks, Food! Raffles, Auctions, and LIVE Bands!

We will be giving out awards to our People’s Champion and Activist of the Year! Also thanking our awesome volunteers and donors.

The election for the 2013-2014 Steering Committee.

Come out and celebrate a BIG FIVE YEARS of TAG!

This party is our largest fundraising event! Please come out!

If you would like to donate an item for silent auction please contact Katie at 318-617-8292 cell/text ok. or at contact@tagtexas.org


CALL TO ACTION! Mental Health Veto Editorial

Mental Health Veto Editorial
Texas Legislature Parties Like It’s 1938
Inadvertently Passes Modern Nuremberg Laws

VETO SB 460 and HB 3793!!!

In the final days of the 83rd Texas Legislature, mental health advocates used a last minute amendment process to amend SB 460 and HB 3793 with a set of mental health requirements that will potentially circumvent parental rights, drastically increase labeling and drugging of children, and lead to new gun control measures in Texas.

In a nutshell, the 1938 Nuremberg laws of Nazi Germany redefined a specific group of people, then outlined the legal way to systematically take their rights away. Most legislators don’t realize what they have done and their ignorance of history and arrogance has led them to pass prolific mental health legislation that will be used to take certain rights away from EVERY citizen!

Under Nuremberg laws, Jews were officially defined and identified. Much like people today being labeled with mental disorders (defined and identified through “early mental health intervention and prevention” schemes), Jews could be legally segregated socially, politically, and economically from other German citizens and then subjected to a separate set of laws that only applied to them. Mental health advocates have been working overtime to create a separate set of laws that apply to citizens deemed “mentally ill.” The Nuremberg laws eventually led to Jews being subjected to further humiliation and “easy detection” by forcing them to sew a yellow star onto their clothing as well as the “J” mark on their documentation papers.

Mental Health labeling could be the next “yellow star” applied to any citizen if they are labeled “mentally ill,” regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Unlike the yellow star during the Holocaust, this yellow star knows no boundaries. With modern technology, the government no longer needs people to sew stars on their clothing – mental health registries and electronic medical “passports” as they are sometimes called – will suffice. In the future, laws could be passed to denote which disorder a person is labeled with on their driver’s license, for instance. A police officer or mental health deputy (yes these already exist) could easily see what “yellow star” a person has by looking at their license or passport – “D” for depression, “S” for schizophrenia, “B” for bipolar “P” for post-traumatic stress disorder and so on – so that the officer can quickly assess the “risk of harm” a person might pose to themselves or others and then apply the separate mental health law to them.

In the wake of several school shootings, there is already national talk of mental health registries in order to limit the supposedly mentally ill from purchasing guns. Mental health commitment procedures already exist and are being expanded. With the passing of this new set of mental health laws in Texas, the door to mental health screening, citizen tracking, and constitutional abuses was thrown wide open – all under the guise of protecting and helping the innocent.

Specifically, SB 460 requires mental health training for ALL teachers and school personnel and expands the power of local school health advisory boards (SHACs) to include mental health curriculum in regular health classes without permission from parents. The boards will also recommend mental health policies, procedures, and strategies to school districts. Besides being an unfunded mandate to schools and parents being left out of the process while their children are indoctrinated with mental health information provided and funded by pharmaceutical companies, there is also a provision in SB 460 that allows a huge conflict of interest to be added to the boards.

Local mental health providers and substance abuse treatment providers who have a financial interest in getting kids into their treatment programs will be added to the school health advisory boards. This conflict of interest allows drug companies who fund the local treatment providers to have a direct line to children in public schools! And by teaching children the “signs and symptoms” of mental health problems in their health classes, children will be taught to “self-identify” their own mental health problems – circumventing the important parental consent to screening step that exists to protect children from harm and keeps parents in control.

HB 3793 was heavily amended to include mental health legislation that was not passed out of the public health committee and allow teachers to complete a program called “mental health first aid” as part of their continuing education. This program is being touted nationally as part of President Obama’s gun control measures in the wake of the Connecticut incident. In January, Connecticut introduced its own mental health screening measure for all children, SB 374, that would require ALL school children, including home schooled children, to receive comprehensive behavioral health assessments – public school children at grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 and each home-schooled child at ages 12, 14, and 17. If this law passes, verification forms would be sent to the State Board of Education to verify that each child received the assessment! Let the tracking begin . . .

One of the goals of Texas SB 3793 is to “maximize the number of children who have direct contact with an individual who has successfully completed a mental health first aid training program” and the local mental health authority is required to keep track of the number of employees and contractors of the authority, educators, and non-educators trained in the program. Mental health first aid goes beyond the walls of intervening with people a person knows. It actually trains people to be the mental health “stasi” and intervene with total strangers concerning their mental health! An example was given in public testimony about a woman questioning the mental health of a complete stranger because she she appeared distressed and was surrounded by books about depression – thus the need in the bill to dismiss any liability for a person “who in good faith attempts to assist an individual experiencing a mental health crisis.”

Both Texas bills are filled with overbearing, overstepping, and overprotecting mental health stipulations that will change the face of the Texas mental health forever and lead to more labeling, drugging, and profits for drug companies.

Here is a sample of the kinds of limitations and separate laws people labeled “mentally ill” are currently facing:

• Forced drugging
• Forced psychiatric hospitalization
• Forced inpatient or outpatient medication monitoring and compliance
• Child Protective Services involvement if a parent disagrees with diagnosis or treatment of their child (medical neglect)
• Termination of their own parental rights when they grow up due to their own “long-term” mental illness
• Deemed in need of special education by schools
• Barred from military service

Labeled ADULTS:
• Gun control
• Mental health registries
• Forced commitment laws
• Forced outpatient medication compliance and monitoring
• Forced inpatient hospital commitment and drugging
• Termination of parental rights due to “long-term” mental illness
• Child Protective Services involvement if a parent disagrees with diagnosis or treatment of their child (medical neglect)

Ironically, the NRA is leading the charge against mentally labeled people in a very “We aren’t Jews” kind of way and pushing for more mental health laws and restrictions in an effort to avert gun control. But their misguided effort will lead to MORE people prohibited from owning guns, not less! Stick up for the currently labeled people before it’s too late and you or your children recieve the label too!

Citizens have the power NOW to stop this dangerous and expansive mental health legislation that has gotten out of hand and will effect ALL people in some way in the future, whether or not they are labeled yet. Don’t let the government force a yellow star on you, your children, your friends, your family members, or strangers . . .

Call Governor Perry’s office and DEMAND a veto of SB 460 and HB 3793. CALL his Opinion Line 512-463-1782 and tell him what you think of their yellow star!

Support Smart Meter Opt-Out in the Texas Senate

From Dr. Laura Pressley:

Grassroots help needed in sending emails to all the Texas State Senators to support a bill to be heard on the Floor this week. SB241 will provide every Texan with the right to Opt Out and not have an automated electric meter (which emits high RF and Microwave radiation) on their home.

Please consider doing a copy and paste of all the State Senators emails (below) and request them to support SB241. See sample note below….

Please include your address, too. Thanks for considering sending emails! 🙂


Dear Senator,

Please support Texas Senator Carona’s Smart Meter Opt Out Bill, SB241.

There are serious health concerns with regard to the use of advanced, automated, radiative electric meters vs the standard analog non-radiative meters. See Bioinitiative.org. The advanced meters emit high frequency RF and Microwave radiation and many children and adults who are medically sensitive experience headaches, sleeplessness, and electrical skin sensations when exposed in their homes.

Please allow Texans the choice and right to NOT be irradiated in their own homes and do not charge extra punitive fees for opting out. Additional fees would put an unfair burden on those of low income and would potentially prevent them out of opting out.

We need a bill for Texans to Opt Out of Smart Meters. Please support SB241.


Senator Emails:

Comments from Senator Carona, author of the bill:

To all:
On Thursday, May 2, the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce reconsidered the vote on SB 241. SB 241 allows consumers to opt-out of installation of advanced meters, or “smart meters,” by electric utilities. SB 241 passed the Committee with a vote of 5-2, and it will soon be eligible for consideration by the full Senate. I appreciate the grassroots effort supporting passage of this bill out of committee and want to thank all of you who spent your personal time working toward that goal. Advancing the bill further will be an uphill battle, but I look forward to continuing to move SB 241 through the legislative process.

State Senator John Carona


Since its inception in 2005, the federal Real ID Act has been unpopular in Texas and throughout the country for its privacy rights violations and overreaching assumed federal authority over the states to create a national ID.   Texas House Bill 3199 aims to bring Texas closer to compliance with the REAL ID Act, something none of us want to see happen.

HB3199 directs Texas DPS to collect personal information and biometric data of certain groups of Texans’ at the time of drivers license application, and to maintain this data in an electronic database.  The bill also directs Texas DPS to embed an “integrated circuit chip” (RFID chip) in these individuals’ drivers licenses and/or personal identification cards.  This RFID chip would be machine readable, allowing a person with an RFID reader and decryption savviness to gain access to this information.

While HB3199 mandates that these “secure drivers licenses” be applicable only to “applicants for the provision of state and federal government program benefits” and “first responders and other emergency personnel,” this bill is really one big incremental step to ultimately require that ALL Texas driver’s licenses contain an RFID chip, and that all Texans submit personal biometric data — all in order to obtain a simple drivers license.

HB3199 is a blatant violation of Texans’ privacy rights.  If passed, the state DPS would collect and store more of Texans’ private information than ever before in an electronic database, all of which would be accessible to DPS agents, and inevitably hackers and resourceful criminals.  Also, as per the federal REAL ID Act that HB3199 is taking its cues from, these state databases would be shared nationally between all the states’ DPS agencies, as well as internationally between foreign governments (in a stated effort to thwart terrorism through shared intelligence).

In addition, HB3199 directs Texas DPS to “set a fee for issuance of a secure drivers license in a reasonable amount necessary” to cover the costs of the RFID chip inclusion and maintenance of the electronic database.  This fee increase will place an additional cost to Texans in an already brutal economy, which is unacceptable.

Take action NOW!

The bill is scheduled to be heard on May 2, 2013, before the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

When:  This Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time:  8:00am
Where:  Room E2.010

(Maps Here)
FREE Parking for 2 Hours

Please show up for the hearing on Thursday!  Come to show your support.  You may sign up to speak, or simply register your opposition to the bill.

Can’t make it to the Capitol?  Call each committee member!  Let him/her know that you were not able to attend the hearing, but that you are strongly against HB1399 because it is a violation of your privacy rights.

CALL the Committee…  9 members … 9 minutes

Rep. Joseph Pickett, Chair — (512) 463-0596
Rep. Allen Fletcher, Vice Chair — (512) 463-0661
Rep. Philip Cortez — (512) 463-0269
Rep. Tony Dale — (512) 463-0696
Rep. Dan Flynn — (512) 463-0880
Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt — (512) 463-0682
Rep. George Lavender — (512) 463-0692
Rep. Kenneth Sheets — (512) 463-0244

Rep. Joe Simmons — (512) 463-0478

Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in your own Home?

Say No to HB2212!

HB2212 calls for Outpatient Psychiatric Commitments, Court-ordered Psychiatric Drugging, and Forced Emergency Drugging

What is House Bill 2212?

This is an outpatient commitment bill.  In other words, you could be committed to involuntary psychiatric treatment in your own home, or in a group home or other living arrangement.  Currently, involuntary commitment is reserved for people who are a danger to themselves or others to such an extent that they cannot remain at liberty.

  •  By definition, HB2212 would take people who do not meet the criteria for inpatient commitment and order them into treatment.  This is an assault on liberty.
  •  HB2212 calls for case managers to be part of the treatment team.  Does this means unwelcome visitors to one’s home?
  •  HB2212 allows court-ordered outpatient drugging.  What if you don’t want the drugs?
  •  HB2212 allows for forced emergency drugging on an outpatient basis.

While involuntary outpatient commitment intrudes on your privacy and your liberty, here’s what it doesn’t do:

  •   No reduction in violence.[1]
  •   No reduction in hospitalizations.[2]
  •  Promote compliance or good outcomes.[3]


This bill will be heard by the House Public Health Committee on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  Meeting starts at 8:00 am in room E2.012.  Show up! Speak out! Register in Opposition to this bill!

In the mean time, call the members of the House Public Health Committee.  Let them know you oppose this bill.  Their names and contact information can be found below.

Let’s get busy!  Let’s stand up for human rights!

Names and Phone Numbers

House Public Health Committee Members


Lois Kolkhorst, Chair            512-463-0600


Elliot Naisthat, Vice-chair      512-463-0668                He’s the author of the bill.


Garnet Coleman                     512-463-0524


Nicole Collier                          512-463-0716


Philip Cortez                           512-463-0269


Sarah Davis                            512-463-0389


R.D. Bobby Guerra               512-463-0578


Susan King                                      512-463-0718


Jodie Laubenberg                  512-463-0186


Bill Zedler                               512-463-0374

[1]    New York Study at Belleview Hospital, http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=M148E52X0k8%3D&tabid=324

[1]    Ibid

[1]    Rand, Does Involuntary Outpatient Treatment Work?  http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB4537/index1.html


ACTION ALERT: Protect Texas Students from RFID Tracking Devices

Representative Kolkhorst (Brenham) has introduced House Bill 101, which was heard by the Public Education Committee on March 19th. Watch public testimony offered on the bill here, starting at 2:45:30.

HB 101 will protect students from the mandatory use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Texas schools, allowing for local and parental control.

… school district may not require a student to use an

identification device that uses radio frequency identification

technology or similar technology to identify the student, transmit

information regarding the student, or track the location of the


… school district may allow the voluntary use of a

student identification device described by Subsection (b) only if

authorized by resolution adopted by the board of trustees of the

district. A district that allows the voluntary use of a student

identification device described by Subsection (b) shall provide an

alternative method of identification for a student on the timely

written request of a student ’s parent or guardian.

… school district may not penalize a student using an alternative method of identification under Subsection (c),

including restricting or prohibiting the student from participating in school or district activities.

Here is a link to House Bill 101: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB101

Take a stand for the children of Texas! Coalition partners range from Eagle Forum on the “right” and the Texas ACLU on the “left.” We all agree, children should not be tracked like animals!

Contact committee members immediately to encourage their support of HB 101.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768

Rep. Aycock, as Chairman, is the gatekeeper. Contact him first!

Representative Jimmie Aycock, Chairman
E2.708, Capitol Ext.
(254) 690-1752 AND (512) 463-0684

Rep. Alma Allen, Vice Chairman
E1.506, Capitol Ext.
(713) 776-0505 AND (512) 463-0744

Rep. John Davis
CAP 1N.10, Capitol
(281) 333-1350 AND (512) 463-0734

Rep. Joe Deshotel
GN.08, Capitol
(409) 724-0788 AND (512) 463-0662

Rep. Harold Dutton
CAP 3N.5, Capitol
(713) 692-9192 AND (512) 463-0510

Rep. Marsh Farney
E1.310, Capitol Ext.
(512) 463-0309

Rep. Dan Huberty
E2.722, Capitol Ext.
(281) 360-9410 AND (512) 463-0520

Rep. Ken King
E2.402, Capitol Ext.
(806)323-8870 AND (512) 463-0736

Rep. Bennet Ratliff
E2.404, Capitol Ext.
(512) 463-0468

Rep. Justin Rodriguez
E2.804, Capitol Ext.
(512) 463-0669

Rep. Mike Vallarreal
CAP 4S.6, Capitol
(210) 734-8937 AND (512) 463-0532


Sample letter:

Representative ____________,

Thank you for your service on the Public Education Committee!

I write today to encourage your support of House Bill 101. Authored by Representative Kolkhorst, this bill is relating to the use of RFID technology in Texas Schools.

This bill is important to me because….

Please support HB 101!



Your Name

Contact Information


Please take time to personalize your message. AGAIN, a hand written note to each committee member (in addition to a phone call and email) is a GREAT way to communicate your support of HB 101.

Thank you for TAKING ACTION!

Repeal Taxes on Precious Metal Purchases!

Rep. David Simpson’s bill (HB 78) to REPEAL all taxes on the purchase of gold/silver (and other precious metals) will be heard by the Ways & Means Committee Monday, March 11th.Hearing Notice: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/schedules/pdf/C4902013031114001.PDF


1) Plan to show up at the Texas Capitol at 2pm* on Monday afternoon!

2) Contact all Ways & Means Committee members to encourage their support! (contact info below)

3) SPREAD THE WORD! Please share this event with anyone you think might be interested!

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (Kerrville)
(512) 463-0536
(830) 257-2333

Rep. John Otto (Dayton)
EXT E2.706
(512) 463-0570
(936) 258-8135

Rep. Dwayne Bohac (Houston)
(512) 463-0727
(713) 460-2800

Rep. Angie Button (Richardson)
EXT E2.910
(512) 463-0486
(972) 234-8980

Rep. Craig Eiland (Texas City)
(512) 463-0502
(800) 345-2630

Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso)
EXT E2.814
(512) 463-0622

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (San Antonio)
CAP 4S.4
(512) 463-0616
(210) 737-7200

Rep. Allan Ritter (Nederland)
CAP 1W.3
(512) 463-0706
(409) 729-3228

Rep. Mark Strama (Austin)
EXT E1.320
(512) 463-0821
(512) 463-0821

*This hearing is scheduled for “2pm or upon adjournment.” This means that the hearing will happen as soon as the House floor adjourns. This can happen at anytime. It could be earlier than 2pm, but it could also start much later than 2pm.

While you wait, you can visit the committee members’ offices to express your support. Room numbers are listed above.

Maps can be found here: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/FlorPlan.htm

FREE Parking (2 hours, $2/hr after that): http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/Parking.htm

Community Forum: RFID Tracking of Students in Government Schools

For the first time since being implemented in August 2012, the “RFID Student Locator Pilot Program” will finally be vetted by parents, students, and community members.

In San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (NISD), nearly 4,000 children have been issued “Smart ID” badges implanted with an active RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking device. NISD has refused to offer a public forum for parents to ask question and voice concerns, so TAG has organized one.

Presentations will be offered by a number of subject matter experts, including Dr. Katherine Albrecht- a Harvard graduate who has done extensive research on RFID, Mike Wade- (RFID manufacturer contracted with NISD), Matt Simpson with the Texas ACLU.

The second half of our event will offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of our presenters.

All NISD board members (including Dr. Wood, Superintendent) have been invited to this event in addition to the Principals of the schools which have implemented this pilot program.

Leon Valley Community Center
6421 Evers Road
Monday, February 25th

Austin TAG Meeting – This Monday, February 18th

Texans for Accountable Government meets to provide a casual, friendly environment for concerned citizens to become community activists.

Generally TAG meets on the LAST Monday of the month in Austin. Because of a scheduling conflict (our RFID forum in San Antonio), the meeting has been moved up to Monday, February 18th.

Sherlock’ Pub and Grill
9012 Research Blvd.
Monday, February 18th

The meeting starts at 7pm, but we encourage folks to come early to network and take advantage of food/drink specials.

Agenda includes:

Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition
Voice & Exit
Legislative Update and Action Alert!
More to Come…

Our meetings are open to the public and offer a great opportunity to get involved. See you there!

(Please share this event with your like-minded friends.)

Announcing: Monthly TAG Meetings Now in Austin and Houston!

After four years of monthly meetings in Austin, TAG has decided to branch out. With hopes of soon reaching San Antonio and DFW, Houston is the newest location for a monthly meeting. Recurring meetings will help build relationships, support activists, and empower concerned citizens to become the change they wish to see in the world!

TAG meetings in Houston will be held on the SECOND Monday of every month, at least until the end of the 2013 Legislative Session and on the last Monday of every month in Austin. Our goal is to create a casual, friendly environment for folks to get involved in the Liberty Movement. Join us…and spread the word!!

Please RSVP here, then share the event with your Houston area friends.

Texans for Accountable Government
Austin Meeting- Monday, February 18th
Sherlock’s Pub (9012 Research Blvd.)

Houston Meeting- Monday, March 11th
Location TBD

Because TAG is a trans-partisan organization, we welcome everyone interested in working to create a Free and Prosperous Texas where government is transparent, decentralized, and accountable.

See you there!!

Legislative Working Group Meeting- Wednesday, February 13th

Texans for Accountable Government will meet every other Wednesday throughout the 2013 Legislative Session to:

  1. Learn how the process works and how to TAKE ACTION
  2. Read over bills of interest
  3. Become familiar with Texas Legislature Online, a fantastic tool for tracking legislation
  4. Help to articulate arguments for/against specific legislation, creating fact sheets
  5. Work to build strong coalitions around single issues, outreach to partners
  6. Organize direct action at the Capitol, create calls to action

Everyone is welcome! Whether you are an experienced legislative activist, or getting involved for the first time…please Join Us!!

TAG’s Legislative Working Group
Wednesday, February 13th
Texas Capitol Legislative Library

The Legislative Library is on the second floor, directly outside the elevator doors…you can’t miss it. There is only one set of elevators and they are at the North entrance, ask any State Trooper for help.

Parking is FREE for two hours, then only $2/hour: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/Parking.htm
FREE Parking on the street (thanks to the hard work of AAMPED!).

Please bring your laptop, if available. Some computers are available for use in the Library.

Help us Spread the Word…Invite your Friends!

First Day of the Texas Legislative Session, Activist Working Group

JOIN US this Tuesday, January 8th at the Texas Capitol!

TAG will be on site and set up in the Library (second floor) from noon-9pm helping grassroots activists find their legislators’ offices and learn their way around the Capitol. From 7-9pm, we’ll host our first Legislative Working Group meeting to review the basics of the legislative process and how to read bills. Bring your laptop, if possible.

Parking: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/Parking.htm
(Free for the first 2 hours, then $2/hr and $8 for all day.)

At noon the Texas Nationalist Movement will host a rally on the North steps of the building. Many TAGsters will be joining them in the call for TEXAS INDEPENDENCE! Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/450708641655907/?fref=ts

After the rally, let us meet in the Legislative Library on the second floor of the Capitol. Elevators are on the North side of the building and will take you right to the Library. Heather Fazio and other TAGsters will be available with maps and a directory of new room numbers for our Legislators.

Capitol Map: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/pdf/CapitolComplex%20b&w.pdf

Second Floor Map (Library Location): http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/pdf/cap%20guide2.PDF

Representative Simpson for Speaker of the Texas House!

Representative David Simpson Runs for Speaker of the House

It’s About Time Texas had a True Leader

From the Statesman:

“I respect Speaker Straus as a fellow legislator; however, we differ on the way that the House should be led. And I am not alone in that opinion,” Simpson said in a statement. “The culture of ‘go along to get along’ politics, where members face intimidation and retribution should they disagree with a leadership decision, stifles representative government.

“Moreover, the rules have been considered advisory rather than mandatory and applied disparately. I believe, however, the rules should be enforced without regard to party, personality, or seniority.”

Here is a link to the Texas Tribune, including Simpson’s open letter about his decision to run.

There are a couple ways you can SUPPORT SIMPSON FOR SPEAKER:

1) Add your name to the list of hundreds of Texas grassroots activists saying, “We’re with Simpson!”

2) Call your Representative and encourage him/her to support David Simpson for Speaker of the Texas House in 2013.  

 Here’s Rep. Simpson’s incredible speech from the last day of the 2011 Session:

2013 Texas Legislative Session- Jumpstart!

Happy New Year!

It’s time to effect some policy decisions…

In 2012, we spent most of our time and energy working on elections. TAG supported great candidates like Dr. Laura Pressley, Clay Dafoe, Michael Cargill, and Shaun Ireland as well as the successful effort to bring Single Member Districts to Austin! We made great strides and learned a LOT. Now it’s time to focus on statewide policy making. The 2013 Legislative Session starts on January 8th!

Our elected Representatives and Senators have already introduced HUNDREDS of bills for consideration. Surprisingly, there are a number of GOOD BILLS:

House Bill (HB) 80: relating to official oppression; creating offenses. – Rep. Simpson
* Disallows federal agents to use the color of law to violate the rights of Texas travelers. TSA NULLIFICATION!

House Bill (HB) 78: Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for certain coins and precious metals. – Representative Simpson
* Removes taxes from your gold/silver purchases.

HB 149: Relating to the Texas Liberty Preservation Act; providing penalties. – Rep. Larson
* Repeals the offensive provisions of NDAA — NULLIFICATION!

Senate Bill (SB) 113: Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax – Senator Estes
*”Repeal…tax”, enough said.

HB 130: Relating to honesty in state taxation. – Rep. Raymond
* “Conservatives” get away with increasing taxes via fees, assessments, fines, etc. This bill will require that they call it what it is…TAXATION!

HB 183: Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of official oppression. – Rep. Dutton
* If it is determined that a police officer uses excessive force, he can be convicted of official oppression.  POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY!

HB 185: Relating to liability of a governmental unit for personal injury and death caused by the governmental unit’s negligence. – Rep. Dutton

SB 63: Relating to consent to the immunization of certain children. – Sen. Nelson
* Allows some children to consent to immunization without their parents knowledge.

HB 101: Relating to the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students. – Rep. Kolkhorst
* Requires a school district to allow students to opt-out of an RFID program without negative consequences.

HB 102: Relating to the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students. – Rep. Kolkhorst
* Forbids Texas schools from using RFID to track students!

HB 184: Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid. – Rep. Dutton
* Marijuana decriminalization. This is a first step to abolishing the failed “War on Drugs”.

Of course there are (and will be more) BAD BILLS:

SB 64: Relating to a policy on vaccine-preventable diseases for licensed child-care facilities. – Sen. Nelson
* Forces those caring for children to be vaccinated. I bet you can guess who’s behind this one!

HB 22: Relating to the establishment of a public service requirement for undergraduate students, known as Service to Texas, at public institutions of higher education. – Rep. Martinez Fischer
* Forces students into government service.


1) Visit Texas Legislature Online to sign up for My TLO– you’ll receive alerts about bills and issues you’re interested in. Find a tyrannical bill? Let us know! Please submit a summary of the bill and how it violates our inherent right to live freely – we’ll get the word out!2) Call and email your new legislators. They cannot represent you if they don’t know you.

  • Find your Legislators here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
  • Introduce yourself and thank them for their service. This will serve as a reminder of who they work for.
  • Encourage him/her to sign on to HB 80 (TSA Nullification) and any other bills of importance to you. AND Support SIMPSON FOR SPEAKER!
  • Remember to be polite. Also, be aware that you will likely be speaking with a staff member.This is OK.

3) JOIN US on January 8th at the Texas Capitol. TAG will be there from noon-9pm helping grassroots activists find their legislators’ offices and learn their way around the Capitol. From 7-9pm, we’ll be reviewing the basics of the legislative process and how to read bills. Bring your laptop, if possible.

4) Please Donate! TAG is an entirely volunteer organization focused on Texas issues. This means that every donation made goes MUCH FURTHER than other, nationwide Liberty groups. If you are able, please become a sustaining member with a monthly contribution of $10/month (or more!).

Thank you for your support and for doing your part to create the free and prosperous society we all deserve!

Julia Trigg Stands Against Foreign Corporation To Save Her Land

A daughter of Texas is standing up to a foreign corporation that has come to take her land by force.

Julia Trigg Crawford – to find out more or to support her Legal Defense Fund go to Stand with Julia.com – manages the farm her grandfather bought in 1948 near Direct, TX south of the Red River. Last year a Canadian pipeline company called TransCanada told Julia Trigg and her family that a portion of their land would be taken by eminent domain so that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across it.

Eminent Domain Hearing
Land & Resource Management Committee
Monday, July 23 @ 10:00 AM

State Capitol Extension Building
Room E2.012 – Austin, TX

NOTE CORRECTION TO TIME: Hearing starts at 10:00 AM, not 1:00 PM.
(No public testimony, the public however MUST attend as a show of support for property rights. If you can’t make it, watch online here)

You have the power to stand with Julia Trigg and to tell elected officials that private foreign corporations should NOT be able to take private property from its rightful owner.

Julia Trigg will face off with TransCanada in court next month. But right now the Land & Resource Management Committee of the Texas House of Representatives is getting ready to meet and discuss what steps our legislature should take to protect landowners.

While this is a positive step, the pipeline industry will be working to convince members of the committee and other legislators they should be given broad powers to take land from private citizens.

Legislators need to hear from you – let them know that pipeline companies have been abusing eminent domain for far too long and Texans aren’t going to stand for it any longer.

Did you know that until last year pipeline companies in Texas could take private property without ANY oversight whatsoever? If a pipeline company claimed it had the right to use eminent domain there was nothing a landowner could do except wait for the land to be taken and then file a lawsuit. Very few property owners have the resources to fight a legal battle with major pipeline companies, so the pipelines almost always won out-of-court settlements that allowed them to take the land.

But in 2011 the Texas Supreme Court struck down this abusive practice in the landmark Texas Rice Land Partners v. Denbury Green Pipelines decision. The court seemed appalled that this was going on, saying “Private property cannot be imperiled with such nonchalance, via an irrefutable presumption created by checking a certain box on a one-page government form. Our Constitution demands far more.”

Spy Drones in Austin? It’ll Never Happen Here, They Say

On May 16th, 2012 Fox News Austin announced that the Austin Police Department would be expanding its police state tactics towards total surveillance through the launch of unmanned aerial drones above our city.

Fox New Report:

When the Patriot Act was passed shortly after 9/11 many concerned activists warned that the legislation would soon be turned against the American people. A common response amongst the skeptics of this argument, was that “I’m not doing anything wrong, so I don’t have anything to worry about.” Well, tell that to the lady that was arrested and detained for 3 days for taking pictures at an airport recently. The examples of Patriot Act abuse, and encroachment upon the American people seems to be growing by the day as the Department of Homeland Security is expanding the TSA to grope citizens at bus-stops, railways, and at some point our highways too. The gradual expansion of the you’re guilty until proven innocent totalitarian ideology must be stopped now, for if it isn’t you’ll eventually realize that you waited too long to have any effect to stop it at all. The drones may be unarmed now, but they could never get away with announcing armed drones when people haven’t been conditioned into accepting drones being “normal” first, just like getting groped by the TSA at airports was necessary to set the stage for the expansion of the TSA/DHS onto highways, bus-stops, railways, and sporting events.

Take Action Now

We propose calling the mayor and each city council member en masse on Monday May 21st, Tuesday May 22nd, and Wednesday the 23rd.
Voice your outrage that the Mayor and City Council is allowing the city to be turned into a police state, and demand that they take steps to stop it. Tell everyone you know to call!

Office of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell
Phone: 512-974-2250

Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole
Phone: 512-974-2266

City Council Member Chris Riley
Phone: 512-974-2260

City Council Member Mike Martinez
Phone: 512-974-2264

City Council Member Kathy Tovo
Phone: 512-974-2255

City Council Member Laura Morrison
Phone: 512-974-2258

City Council Member Bill Spellman
Phone: 512-974-2256

Collect 10 signatures on the CD 10-1 petition and you could win $100!

What’s CD 10-1?

Citizens Districting (CD10-1) is an election system in which each Austin city councilmember will represent a geographic district made up of approximately 10% of Austin’s population. The 10 council districts will be defined by a truly non-partisan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Just as today, the mayor will be elected to represent all of Austin. The CD10-1 plan would replace Austin’s current “at-large” election system, under which all 7 councilmembers are elected by all of Austin, but end up representing the needs of special interest groups.

Do you feel like the folks at City Hall are representing your needs?

Join us for an evening of dancing, food and fun with citizens working to make our city council fairer – and geographically representative- for all of us!

When: Friday, April 27th 6pm-9pm
Where: in the outdoor venue next to Mexitas Mexican Food and the pink bingo parlor, 12th and E IH-35

All you need to enter the door are 10 signatures that you gathered for the Citizens Districting 10-1 petition or $10.

***Remember, we need 20,000 signatures to ensure that our plan makes it on the ballot! Take that petition to work with you or bug your friends and family. It’s easy to get 10 signatures and doesn’t even take that much time!****

We’ll have dance contests and petition contests. You could win prizes! Will you be:

– the endorsing organization that gathers the most signatures?
– the City Council Candidate?
– the elected official?

The person that brings the most signatures to this event will win $100!!!

Will it be you? Show up to find out!

Backed by the NAACP, LULAC, Texans for Accountable Government, the UT Student Government, and many more civic and community organizations, you’ll be joining a diverse group that advocates for a fair, simple, representative, legal and broadly supported plan to change the way our city council is elected. Geographic representation brings government and people together!

RSVP on Facebook here:

What are you waiting for? Download petitions to fill out here (be sure to read the instructions):


Join the party. Let’s change our city for the better!

AA4P Peace Rally April 14th @ Noon

austin alliance for peace

There is a great misconception in our society concerning what the current government, like the past administration, is doing in the Middle East. The majority of Americans have been deceived into believing that our military campaigns overseas involve combating terrorism, but once the conduct of the operations and the details of the fighting are examined, it becomes clear that the war that we are prosecuting is the real terrorism. Indeed, U.S. foreign policy actually tends to perpetuate so-called terrorism in the countries that we audaciously invade and subsequently occupy.

While the government’s imperialistic endeavors grow, the government manipulates the people at home under the guise of protecting our freedoms by encroaching on our civil liberties. More and more we are seeing the effects of these never-ending wars here at home. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is feeling us up and taking nude pictures of us, our local police forces are investing in tanks, helicopters, heavy armor, and other war-like materials while at the same time it seems that more and more people are being arrested and/or brutality attacked by the police for such peaceful, nonviolent activities as filming them in public areas. The fact that those who are supposed to be serving and protecting us seem to be increasingly arresting and attacking us is an extremely unsettling one that we are now forced to live with.

Despite all of this, there is hope. A new organization called the Austin Alliance For Peace (AA4P) has been founded. We are a trans-partisan organization that seeks to promote peaceful solutions in an era where violence and threats are too often employed. By educating the public on the violations of peace, mobilizing them to bring peace wherever it is absent, pursuing the redress of grievances in alignment with the tradition of nonviolent resistance, and building a constituency whose main priority is to practice diplomacy and to strive to solve problems without the use of violence, AA4P hopes to create a more peaceful, loving world now and for future generations.

The first event that AA4P is putting on will be Saturday, April 14 at noon at the south steps of the Texas Capitol and is the first annual AA4P Peace Rally. There will be
speakers discussing the various forms of violence in our society, including the multiple wars that our nation is engaged in and the growing militarization of our local police forces. Keynote talks will be delivered by Iraqi-American medical doctor turned full-time peace activist Dahlia Wasfi, and host of Antiwar Radio Scott Horton. Other speakers scheduled to appear include local Austin activists such as Iraq War veteran and victim of police abuse Antonio Buehler, and Texans for Accountable Government Executive Director Heather Fazio.

The rally is rapidly growing as more and more people are getting excited about attending and standing up for peace. Students from over ten universities from across the state have committed to attend, from such diverse groups as Libertarian Longhorns, the Israeli-Palestinian Alliance, and Amnesty International. In addition to the large amounts of students that are going to be in attendance, many people from throughout the state and from all different walks of life will also be there. Organizations from Code Pink to Texans for Accountable Government to Texans for Peace will also be in attendance, making this event as large as it is diverse.

Peace is a popular message that everyone can get behind. The Austin Alliance For Peace is the first truly trans-partisan peace organization in the state that is determined to build bridges and form a diverse alliance of people dedicated to bringing peace to a violent world and it begins in Austin on April 14! Please, stand in solidarity as we spread the message of peace and compassion for those who have suffered from violence.

TAG’s First Austin City Council Candidate Forum

Austin City Hall

TAG's First City Council Candidate Forum

We will host our first City Council Candidate forum at our regular meeting time, the last Monday of March!

Rather than asking the same old, unimportant questions about “what will you do for me?”, TAGsters will be asking the questions that most effect our community. For example, “Will you support APD’s cooperation with the Federal Government when they enforce the deplorable provision of NDAA which allow a person to be detained indefinitely without a charge against them?” Or “Have you done any independent research on the health risks associated with water fluoridation?”

Candidates have been asked to answer a questionnaire, which will be provided for all forum attendees. In addition to these questions, TAGsters will be asking follow up questions and, if time permits, we will be taking questions from the audience.

Please join us Monday, March 26th for what is sure to be a great event! The forum will be held at Sherlock’s Pub & Grill on Burnet Rd./ Hwy 183 (7pm) and will include candidates from all 4 places up for election in May. We are especially excited about TAGster, Dr. Laura Pressley going head to head with the incumbent in Place 2, Mike Martinez.

Come early for drink specials, to order food, and for networking with local activists and Liberty Lovers!

You can RSVP here.

Email to the Austin City Council about Free Speech Violations at City Hall

Mayor Leffingwell arbitrarily created a “rule” to limit the number of items a citizen may speak on during a city council meeting.

As they should, many in attendance rejected this usurpation of their rights. As a result, John Bush was banned from City Hall for a year. Bush and the Clay DaFoe are threatening to press criminal and civil charges against the mayor, in his official and personal capacities.

Unacceptable Convolusion of City Code

Mayor and Council:

I write today in response to the violation of rights that occurred yesterday (8/25/11) during the Council meeting.

Per the Austin Code of Ordinances, the mayor MAY NOT limit the number of items a person may speak on during a Council meeting, with one exception:

“If one or more people have registered to speak on an item that could otherwise be approved by consent of the council, *the presiding officer may ask* if reading the registration card into the record and approving the item on consent is an acceptable alternative to a presentation by the registered speakers.”

The City’s legal department has given bad advice as this exception STILL puts the decision of whether or not to speak in the hands of the speaker.

When speaking to someone from the legal department yesterday I learned that they are “interpreting” section 2-5-25-D as a restriction of the number of items a person may speak on during a meeting. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT WHAT THE PROVISION SAYS!

“D) A person, other than a council member, may not participate in removing more than three items from the consent agenda for a single council meeting.”

This statement is ONLY relating to the pulling of an item from consent, and has nothing to do with a persons ability to speak on an item which has been pulled from consent.

*Two or more people signing up for an item on the consent agenda removes it, opening it up for discussion. What the above provision does is prevent an individual from being one of the two people who are responsible for pulling the item. So that two people cannot come in and sign up for every item, pulling it from consent. This is a reasonable clause, but has NOTHING to do with a person’s ability to speak on an unlimited number of non-consent items.

This, at best, is a misinterpretation that has resulted in the violation of at least two Austin residents’ rights!

What I believe to be happening here: Mayor Leffingwell, and possibly others on the Austin City Council, are tired of having citizens, Clay Dafoe in particular, weighing in on the extensive list of expenditures considered by Council.

This violation is UNACCEPTABLE and will not be tolerated by the people of Austin. I caution the Council in continuing the implementation of this new, unlawful rule which limits a speaker to three items that have been pulled as a result of at least two other citizens signed up to speak on it.

There are already two potential plaintiffs for a civil suit, we don’t want there to be anymore.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this very serious matter. Please use your own intellect to read and understand the code. The legal department has messed up on this one, and it is you who is responsible for the consequences.

Thank you for your service,

Heather Fazio
Texans for Accountable Government

*If between now and the next Council meeting any of you would like to meet and discuss the matter, I am happy to do so.

Students for Liberty Conference-Dallas

Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6ZZLY8

Join Students For Liberty in Dallas, TX on November 12 for the 2011 Students For Liberty Dallas Regional Conference! Over the past year, hundreds of students from every corner of Texas have risen up to defend the principles of individual liberty and free markets.

Supporting individualism on campus is once again an intellectual adventure and a deed of courage. Students of eve…ry persuasion, left, right, and middle are hungry for the ideas of social and economic freedom. The Dallas Students For Liberty Conference will be the premiere event of the year for pro-liberty students in Texas and surrounding states.

Many of the most renowned advocates of our day will descend upon the University of North Texas in Denton to speak on behalf of the ideas of liberty. Aside from hearing from great speakers, students will gain from opportunities in networking, internships and jobs, and future seminar opportunities. With three free meals, drinks and a social you and your friends will not want to miss the most prestigious pro-liberty event of the year.

What You Can Expect:
•FREE registration
•FREE food
•FREE books, pamphlets, stickers, and other freedom materials
•Connect with liberty organizations and other students for liberty
•Hear and meet some of the greatest liberty speakers in the movement
•Information on internships, jobs, programs, seminars, and conferences
•Awesome socials including FREE drinks!

For more information and confirmed speakers go here:

Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6ZZLY8

Fluoride Update: Pivotal Public Hearing at City Hall, October 18th

As Fluoride Free Austin and Texans for Accountable Government continue to pressure the Austin City Council to end their 60 year practice of fluoridation, some excellent progress has been made.  Council Member Mike Martinez, chairman of the Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Sub-Committee of the Council is holding a public hearing and will accept citizen testimony of on October 18th at 3 pm on why the Austin Utility Department should place a fluoridation health warning on Austin’s water bills.  The warning that has been demanded by Fluoride Free Austin and TAG is as follows:


“In January of 2011 the CDC lowered the maximum level of fluoride allowed in tap water from 1.2 ppm to 0.7 ppm.1 Austin currently fluoridates at 0.7 ppm.2Prolonged or repeated overexposure to fluoride compounds may cause fluorosis.3 Fluorosis is characterized by skeletal changes, consisting of osteosclerosis and osteomalacia and by mottled discoloration of the enamel of teeth if exposure occurs during enamel formation of children and infants.3
If you are concerned about fluorosis in infants in children, you can minimize exposure to fluoride by using non-fluoridated water, for children and for reconstitution of infant formula.2”
If we have a chamber full of supporters, we have a high probability of succeeding at getting the fluoridation warning on our water bills.  Please join us at the Austin City Council on Oct 18th at 2:00 pm to sign up to speak and and voice your opinion. You do not have to address the committee to make a difference…JUST SHOW UP!To get the word out about the PHHS meeting, and Dr. Griffin Cole, DDS and Dr. Laura Pressley, Ph.D. will be appearing on the Infowars Nightly news on Sept 30th at 7pm discussing the negative health effects of fluoridation and how Austin citizens can help.Most recently, College Station, Texas has just voted to end the practice of fluoridation.  We want Austin to be next.  On the legal front, there have been several lawsuits filed recently that challenge the practice of fluoridation.  Learn more at FluorideFreeAustin.com.

Upcoming Fluoride Free Austin Events
Date               Time     Event                                                  Help Needed
Thurs, 9/29     2 pm        FFA mtg. with Council Member Kathie Tovo        Calls/Emails to Tovo (974-2255)
Fri, 9/30          7pm         FFA on Infowars Nightly News                           Watch on PrisonPlanet.tv
Thurs, 10/6     noon        City Council–General Citizens Comm.                Attend and Support FFA
Fri, 10/14        11-2         FFA on Infowars Show (Pending)                      Tune in on 90.1 fm /XM 166
Sat, 10/15       7pm          FFA/Pure Rain Talk at Brave New Books           Spread the word and Attend
Tue, 10/18       3 pm         PHHS Hearing on Water Bill Warning                 Sign up to testify at City Hall

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline threatens Texans’ Property Rights

The Keystone XL Pipeline, proposed by TransCanada Pipelines of Calgary, would carry dirty, toxic and corrosive oil from the tar sands of Alberta through six states, 75 rivers and the Ogallala Aquifer to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

“A spokesman for TransCanada acknowledged Friday that the company has sent letters to Nebraska landowners along the proposed route of the Keystone XL petroleum pipeline urging them to sign easements in the next 30 days or face land condemnation proceedings.”

Click here to read more.

Jessica Ellison will join TAG this Monday, September 24th at Scholz for our monthly meeting. More details here.

TAKE ACTION: The State Department will hold public hearings on the matter at the LBJ Library, located at 2313 Red River, on Wednesday, September 28th, 12pm to 8pm.

Keep up with this issue by visiting http://www.tarsandsaction.org/ or following them on Facebook, Tar Sands Action.

Libertarian Longhorns Co-sponsor Free Speech Wall at UT Austin

Event sponsor Young Americans for Liberty was founded in 2008 to promote the ideals of liberty and adherence to the Constitution among American high school and college students.

The free speech wall will be co-sponsored by Students for Liberty, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a unified forum for students and student organizations in the liberty movement, as well as Libertarian Longhorns, a student organization that promotes libertarian ideals on the UT Austin campus.

“This past week was Constitution Week and we believed that constructing a free speech wall would serve as a reminder to the students on campus that combating free speech with more free speech is a more peaceful solution than attempting to silence controversial ideas they do not agree with,” said Taylor Metting, Libertarian Longhorn Organizer and TAG member.

19 Sept. 2011
Ramon Sandigan
(210) 744-5504


Young Americans for Liberty to Sponsor Free Speech Wall

AUSTIN, TEXAS- To promote awareness of Constitutional liberties, students representing Young Americans for Liberty will be sponsoring a free speech wall on Friday, Sept. 23rd, in West Mall from 10AM-3PM. Students and members of the Austin community are encouraged to exercise their right to free speech by writing or drawing on the wall.

Jose Alberto Nino, Young Americans for Liberty Campus Coordinator and current leader of the Libertarian Longhorns, believes that this event will make UT Austin students more aware of their civil liberties and what is being done to limit them. “The limits being placed on our freedoms almost always start small,” said Nino. “Over time, these limits add up, and for us to stop these infringements of our liberties, we must exercise our right to freedom of speech.”

Event sponsor Young Americans for Liberty was founded in 2008 to promote the ideals of liberty and adherence to the Constitution among American high school and college students . The free speech wall will be co-sponsored by Students for Liberty, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a unified forum for students and student organizations in the liberty movement, as well as Libertarian Longhorns, a student organization that promotes libertarian ideals on the UT Austin campus.

In addition to their weekly meetings, the Libertarian Longhorns host many events much like the free speech wall. On Oct. 22nd, they will be co-hosting the Students for Liberty Regional Conference on the UT Austin campus. This event will feature students from all across Texas, as well as many famous names in the libertarian movement, meeting to discuss topics pertaining to personal freedoms. For more information, visit yaliberty.com and libertarianlonghorns.com.

2011 Students For Liberty Austin Regional Conference

Join Students For Liberty in Austin, Texas on October 22 for the 2011 Students For Liberty Austin Regional Conference (FREE!). Since the liberty movement is still in its infancy, Texas students recognize that more innovative and trailblazing strides must be pursued. They understand that liberty does not organize itself, so they are taking up the reigns.

Register Here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6R2GDK

On October 22nd, students will be descending upon Austin for the ever popular Students For Liberty Regional Conference to network, discuss, and gain knowledge on the latest and greatest ideas for innovating liberty. With outstanding speakers, student leaders, and movement entrepreneurs at the conference, you will be sure to gain the understanding of how to get active and be more effective in the liberty movement.

At the conference, you will be provided with numerous opportunities in networking, free resources, scholarships, internships, jobs, future seminars and conferences. Moreover, you will learn how to make the ideas of liberty a reality on campus. With three free meals, drinks, and a social, you and your friends will not want to miss the most exciting, informative, and empowering event of the year.

What You Can Expect:

•FREE registration
•FREE food
•FREE books, pamphlets, stickers, and other freedom materials
•Connect with liberty organizations and other students for liberty
•Hear and meet some of the greatest liberty speakers in the movement
•Information on internships, jobs, programs, seminars, and conferences
•Awesome socials including FREE drinks!

Find more information and confirmed speakers here:

Register Here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6R2GDK

Stars of Texas Banquet Honoring 2011 Legislative Champions

On October 15th Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) will host the Starts of Texas Banquet, a special luncheon honoring champion legislators of our causes, like Rep. Lois Kolkhorst for repealing the Trans Texas Corridor and Rep. David Simpson for his work on the TSA bills, among others. TURF will also be recognizing all the grassroots groups who contributed to this long, hard-fought V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.


Stars of Texas Banquet

Saturday, October 15
1-3:30 PM

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
1900 University Ave.
Austin, Texas

The ballroom has a stunning view of the Capitol dome!

Tickets Cost: $10, or with $20 donation receive a ‘Don’t Mess with Texas TURF’ T-shirt.

RSVP using our donation page and put Stars of Texas in the memo line. Limited space available, so sign-up today!

Candle Light Vigil Mourning the Death of Free Speech at City Hall

August 25th Austinites mourn the death of free speech at City Hall after three peaceful citizens had their rights violated by Austin’s Mayor and City Council.

Mayor Leffingwell arbitrarily created a “rule” to limit the number of items a citizen may speak on during a city council meeting.

As they should, many in attendance rejected this usurpation of their rights. As a result, John Bush was banned from City Hall for a year. John Bush and Clay DaFoe are threatening to press criminal and civil charges against the mayor, in his official and personal capacities.

Additionally, City Hall regular, Ronnie Reeeeeeferseed, was banned because the Mayor didn’t care for the way he pronounces his name, even tough Ronnie has been doing this at City Hall for years!



Aug. 25, 2011

Citizens in outrage over this afternoon’s civil rights violations hold candle light vigil at City Hall to mourn the death of free speech.

What: Candle light vigil outside of city hall to protest free speech abuses by Mayor Leffingwell

Where: City Hall – corner of Caesar Chavez and Lavaca

When: Tonight – Aug. 25 at 9:30 PM

Contact: Heather Fazio 512-825-9142 Heather.Fazio@tagtexas.org

AUSTIN – Mayor Leffingwell may have bit off more than he can chew last Thursday when he decided to institute a rule barring citizens from speaking on more than three items in one given day.

During today’s City Council meeting, three Austinites were denied their right to petetition the government for a redress of grievances by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and City Staff.

Two of them were banned from City Hall for a year.

Local activist, Clay Defoe was refused the opportunity to speak on Agenda items 32 and 70 (both concerning Barton Springs Pool) due to Mayor Leffingwell and the City Attorney misconstruing Sec. 2-5-25 (D) of the City Code which states, “A person, other than a council member, may not participate in removing more than three items from the consent agenda for a single council meeting.”

The City Attorney and Mayor erroneously stated that in addition to not participating in removing an agenda item as the code states, citizens were also to be prevented from speaking on said items.  Upon reviewing the code itself, one finds this prohibition is lacking.   As this is a government of limited powers, if the city code does not grant the Mayor the ability to limit the number of items a citizen may speak on and the Mayor attempts to do so, he is usurping his authority under the code.

As if Mr. Defoe’s civil right’s violation was not enough, Ronnie Reeferseed, a City Council regular, was silenced by Mayor Leffingwell after Ronnie stated his name in his trademark manner, which involves inhaling while talking.

Ronnie was not only kicked out of the meeting, he was also issued a Criminal Trespass Warning (CTW), which effectively bans him from City Hall for a year.

Joining Ronnie in being removed from City Hall and also banned for a year was local Austin gadfly John Bush.  Mr. Bush, not being one to voluntarily waive his rights, was forced to leave after refusing to be silenced as Mayor Leffingwell attempted to prohibit him from speaking on an item which he had signed up to deliver testimony on.

Said John Bush after being banned for a year, “Mayor Leffingwell seems to be in a bad place lately.  He has grown increasingly pompous and has begun treating citizens poorly.  This latest incident is just more evidence that he is not fit to serve as the Mayor of this community, a community which supports citizen participation in the governing process.  It’s only a matter of time before he goes the way of Shady the Clown.”

Both Clay and John as well as Ronnie are considering filing charges of official oppression and filing a civil rights lawsuit in federal court. Mr. Bush also alleged that the sitting clerk at the meeting is guilty of altering the public record and identity theft for changing the public record on behalf of citizens without their knowledge or consent.

Supporters of Clay, Ronnie, and John are calling on the community to join them tonight at 9:30 PM at City Hall, as they mourn the death of free speech in Austin.

Major Water Rate Hikes: Sign the Petition Now!

Dear TAGsters,

Austin City Council members, Leffingwell, Martinez, Cole and Shade have the set the stage for major rate hikes on our monthly water bills to pay for a water treatment plant that Austin may never need! Our friends at ChangeAustin.org are circulating a petition to send a message to the Austin City Council: Don’t waste our tax dollars and don’t waste our water!

Sign the Petition Now!

You can send it to all your friends in Austin here on Facebook.We encourage you to show up at Austin City Hall on Thursday, August 26th @4 PM for the public hearing! If you’d like additional information on Water Treatment Plant #4 go HERE and HEREAnd if you’d like more information on Austin’s Cost of Growth vist CostofGrowth.com