University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio Records (CAUSA), 1998, 2011-2015 (bulk 2012-2013)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA)
Title: Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) Records
Dates: 1998, 2011-2015 (bulk 2012-2013)
Abstract: The Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) was formed in 2012 as a nonpartisan coalition of groups and individuals whose aim is to promote non-discrimination laws and policies within the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Abstract: The collection consists of electronic records, print materials, audio visual materials, and artifacts.
Identification: MS 434
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes), 748 electronic files (3.57 GB)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) was formed in 2012 as 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. It does so by engaging in strategic advocacy, community organizing, and relationship building. CAUSA strategically advocated with City Council and staff to pass a fully inclusive citywide Human Rights Ordinance, an effort that culminated in the passage of San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance on September 5, 2013.

Prior to the formation of CAUSA, the Alliance was originally called the Committee to Amend the Non-Discrimination Ordinances (CAN-DO) which was formed in July of 2011. In July 2012, in an effort to expand community participation from allied groups, CAN-DO changed its name to CAUSA.

Sources

  • CAUSA Mission and FAQs retrieved from www.gocausa.org
  • "Updated: San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance," Texas Observer, September 5, 2013 (accessed April 13, 2015)


Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the efforts of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) to advocate for an inclusive Human Rights Ordinance for the city of San Antonio. Documentation includes meeting notes, agendas, and handouts, petitions, planning materials, photographs, surveys and time lines. Also included are videos of testimonials by individuals participating in CAUSA. The bulk of the collection is in the form of electronic records. Many of the print materials are paper copies of electronic content.

The collection is organized into the following series: Electronic Records, Print Materials, Audio Visual Materials and Artifacts.

Selected material in this collection has been digitized and is available in our digital collections.


Organization of Collection

Electronic Records
Print Materials
Audio Visual Materials
Artifacts

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Persons
Belmares, DeeDee.
Bernal, Diego.
Castro, Julian.
Figueroa, Andrea.
Graney, Dan.
Greenup, Adam.
Montemayor, Aurelio.
Organizations
Community Alliance for a United San Antonio.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.
San Antonio City Council.
Subjects
Gay community--Texas--San Antonio.
Gay rights--Texas--San Antonio.
Gays--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
Gays--Texas--San Antonio--Political activity.
Lesbians--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
Lesbians--Political activity.
Lesbians--Texas--San Antonio.
Transgender people--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
Transgender people--Political activity.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/formats
Bylaws.
Correspondence.
Digital records.
Photographs.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Clubs and Organizations
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
Politics/Politicians
San Antonio History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) Records, MS 434, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

All the materials in this collection were donated by Andrea Figueroa, Dan Graney, and Aurelio Montemayor in January 2015 (Accession 2015-005).

Processing Information

Records processed and described by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, March 2015.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Electronic Records

The Electronic Records series constitutes the bulk of the collection and contains records assembled by core individuals of CAUSA: Andrea Figueroa, Dan Graney, and Aurelio Montemayor. Files were delivered to the repository via file sharing websites and one flash drive.
Records have been assembled into a folder hierarchy to demonstrate each donor's original order. Original order, folder and file names have been maintained. For online access, each folder has been bundled into the ZIP archive file format (see links below). Each downloadable ZIP file contains its corresponding package of files and a PDF file list.
Dan Graney,2013-2014
View Electronic Records
100 files (13.7 MB)
Dan Graney, an LGBTQ political activist for many years, was the co-chair of CAUSA leading up to the passage of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance by the San Antonio City Council on September 5, 2013. He was involved in the early efforts to amend San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinances to include protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Files in this folder were assembed by Dan Graney, many of which are duplicates of files in the CAUSA Basecamp folder.
Andrea Figueroa,2013-2015
Andrea Figueroa began serving as co-chair of CAUSA in the months following the passage of San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance on September 5, 2013. Figueroa holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and a national certification in non-profit management. She has advocated for equality and empowerment for LGBTQ rights and communities of color. The following nineteen files were assembled by Andrea Figueroa.
CAUSA,2014
View Electronic Records
13 files (243 KB)
Documents related to the appointment of an interim mayor.
CAUSA Basecamp,2013-2014
View Electronic Records
246 files (89.3 MB)
Most comprehensive set of files compiled by the Alliance. Included are FAQs, meeting notes, strategic planning materials, support and opposition information, talking points for public hearings, images, and other key documents.
CAUSA meetings and handouts,2013
View Electronic Records
17 files (675 KB)
Comprised of agendas, leadership and coalition planning materials, timelines, and a plan for preservation of CAUSA records.
Chan,2014
View Electronic Records
4 files (101 KB)
Photographs of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at a San Antonio City Council meeting.
Coalition Partner Activity, undated
View Electronic Records
1 file (84.7 KB)
"San Antonio: Demand Equality" graphic image.
Creating Change Conference,2014
View Electronic Records
1 file (4.09 MB)
Powerpoint document created for the Creating Change Conference in 2014. The presentation is entitled, Case Study on How to Pass a Municipal Non-Discrimination Ordinance: San Antonio, Texas.
Media links,2014
View Electronic Records
3 files (39.9 KB)
Word documents in this folder contain links to local, regional, national, and social media sites.
Official CAUSA docs,2013
View Electronic Records
11 files (8.78 MB)
Official CAUSA docs include bylaws, coalition information, talking points, and San Antonio City Council correspondence, ordinances, and related items.
Opposition Media,2013
View Electronic Records
1 file (132 KB)
Copy of a "Statement from Dan Patrick on Proposed San Antonio 'Nondiscrimination' Ordinance." Patrick was running for Texas Lieutenant Governor when he released this statement.
Opposition Pics,2013
View Electronic Records
33 files (1.67 MB)
Images of individuals and groups opposing the passage of San Antonio's non-Discrimination Ordinance.
Photos #CityHall,2013
View Electronic Records
37 files (1.50 MB)
Images of San Antonio City Council sessions leading up to the passage of the city's Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Images tagged with #CityHall were copied from social media sites by CAUSA.
Photos #Meetings,2013
View Electronic Records
1 file (338 KB)
Word document with a CAUSA graphic.
Photos #PressConference,2013
View Electronic Records
10 files (712 KB)
Images of a press conference held outside San Antonio City Hall. Images tagged with #PressConference were copied from social media sites by CAUSA.
Photos #Rallies,2013
View Electronic Records
38 files (1.58 MB)
Images capturing rallies leading up to the passage of the San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Images tagged with #Rallies were copied from social media sites by CAUSA.
Photos #Victory,2013
View Electronic Records
17 files (954 KB)
Images and graphics depicting reaction to passage of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance on September 5, 2013. Images tagged with #Victory were copied from social media sites by CAUSA.
Recall Repeal Efforts,2013
View Electronic Records
9 files (854 KB)
Images documenting efforts to recall District #1 Councilman Diego Bernal.
Travel Advisory,2013-2015
View Electronic Records
1 file (581 KB)
Email containing Media Advisory: Travel Alert Issued for LGBT Travelers to San Antonio.
Twitter,2013
View Electronic Records
7 files (1.01 MB)
Screenshots of Twitter with the hashtag #NDO4SA.
Videos,2013-2015
View Electronic Records
16 files (3.18 GB)
Interviews of 16 individuals who participated in CAUSA as it worked to ensure passage of San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance.
Aurelio Montemayor2013-2015
View Electronic Records
183 files (177 MB)
Aurelio Montemayor serves as a planner and facilitator for CAUSA meetings, guiding input, and decision-making. He also serves as a member of the documentation team. The folder contains CAUSA key documents, agendas, photographs, project guidelines, strategic planning materials, surveys, and videos. Aurelio Montemayor assembled the files contained in this folder and many are duplicates of files found in CAUSA electronic folders.



Print Materials

Print materials are organized into the following sub-series: Bylaws, Correspondence, Legislation, and Planning. Most print materials are copies of the electronic records which constitute the bulk of the collection. The electronic records series is significantly more extensive than the print materials series.
Box
1 Bylaws proposed, undated
Correspondence, 2013
Legislation
Ft. Worth Human Rights Ordinance,2010
San Antonio Non-Discrimination Ordinance,September 5, 2013
Human Rights Ordinance unprocessed petitions, undated
Planning
San Antonio City Council information, 2013
Fiscal sponsorship article, 2010
PAC application, NDO information,2010-2012
Polling data,2012-2013
Goals and strategies,2013-2015
Strategies, meetings,2013
Campaign plan,2013
Meeting agenda,June 4, 2013
Message training, 2013
Articles,2013
Logo, undated
Mission Statement and goals, undated
Phone call strategy, undated
Gender Identity and Expression FAQs, undated
CAUSA FAQs, undated



Audio Visual

Box
1 "Uncivil Rights: selections from the Christian Coalition Siege on the San Antonio City Council," videocassette produced by the San Antonio chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans. Videocassette and DVD,January 29, 1998



Artifacts

Box
OM1 Community Leadership Award presented by Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio,2013
Vela Award given by Gay Pride San Antonio,2013