Deceleration is an online journal responding to our shared ecological, political, and cultural crises. Moving beyond resistance to a just and sustainable peace.
20: Darby Riley and CPS Energy Lawsuit
Several incoming San Antonio Council members want to freeze utility disconnections, reform CPS Energy rates, and close the Spruce coal plant early. They'd do well to listen to the attorney fighting CPS Energy's lawsuit to preserve the people's right to reform the utility by petition.
Deceleration Open House
Deceleration's co-editors and community advisors host a public meeting to discuss our community media and research initiative, our aspirations and history, and how the effort may serve the needs of the residents of the greater San Antonio bioregion as we attack popular assumptions about progress and wellbeing. Here is the start of a public conversation to explore together how we can support collective efforts to create buen vivir para todxs--a good life for all.
19: Karla Aguilar, the Alamo, and How to Recover from White Supremacy
Deceleration caught up with Karla Aguilar, development director of American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions about a number of pressing political issues, including potential state recognition for the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, now pending at the Texas Legislature. We speak at some length about the Settler/Colonial mindset at an outgrowth of white supremacy and how such ways of thinking manifest in the struggles around the redvelopment of San Antonio de Valero, aka The Alamo.
18: Words for Birds, Day One (2021)
Day One of the 13th Annual "Words for Birds": A Poetic Celebration and a Cry for Protection! Featuring Masauki & Guadalupe Lagunes Jimenez, Dyhanara Rios, RitaMaria Contreras, Eddie Vega, Erika Maria Garza Johnson, Javier Fuentes Vargas, Alesia Garlock, the puppeteering of Mobi Warren, Kamala Platt, Laura Schultz, Megha Sood, Norma Jean Moore, and Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Author.
17: San Antonio's 'War on Birds' Keeps Expanding
Two years ago, the City of San Antonio launched a war on the bird of Elmendorf Lake. The target was the hundreds of cattle egrets who have been roosting at this Westside ecological gem for decades. By razing the island to the ground, and dismantling possibly hundreds of nests, the assault destroyed the nesting ground for many related migratory birds. Many young were killed. The action was justified as protective of military flights at Kelly Air Field on the Southeast side. Data points to one bird strike per year linked to cattle egrets, while literally thousands of strikes per year at all city airfields are logged to other species. Yet the harassment with pyrotechnics and lasers has followed the birds across City park system and even along the river in artsy Southtown. Yesterday, Deceleration caught up with local bird photographer, friend, and defender Alesia Garlock about the newest warning signs: "Bird Mitigation Plan" signage promising dawn-and-dusk bird harassment at Woodlawn Lake. We spoke as dozens of Yellow-Crown Night Herons nuzzled and roosted above us. At least one mother to be was obviously splayed over her eggs. Can San Antonio's War on the Birds end here?
16: Ralph Garcia, the Polar Vortex, & San Antonio's Disabled Community
With much of Texas icing over due to Arctic weather's dangerous slide across the Plains over normally not 10-degree San Antonio, Ralph Garcia has had access to power for no longer than 45 minutes at a time for the last 48 hours. In this sustained cold-weather assault, millions have lost power because of the failure of state energy planners and reduced energy flowing from all power networks, but most conspicuously gas power plants. The climate crisis is no game. But the disabled community is an overlooked, incredibly vulnerable, demographic that often goes overlooked. Now 24, Ralph was born with Muscular Dystrophy and requires a range of treatments every day that require access to electric power. Without power, as hundreds of thousands of San Antonio residents, Ralph and his mom have closed themselves off in his bedroom, packed the window with sheets and blankets to try to stay work. His mother, struggling with the impact of radiation treatment for cervical cancer, was sleeping on the floor beside him during this interview.
Essential listening in San Anto
Thoughtful, insightful analysis of issues affecting our community.