By Marlys Hersey, Editor
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution, introduced by Board President London Breed, in response to the election of Donald Trump. I have taken the liberty of adapting San Francisco’s resolution which I propose be adapted by Alpine—and Marfa, Fort Davis, etc.—because as seemingly different as Alpine is from large, urban, coastal San Francisco, I sense some similar strong currents in both places: the celebration of individual freedoms, a distinct live and let live attitude, and a devotion to community.
As I have often told my friends and family elsewhere who live in bastions of like-minded thinkers: to live in small-town West Texas, we are frequently in contact/ in casual (or deep) conversation/doing business with others who do not necessarily share the same political or sociocultural or religious views, and yet still, we are usually kind, respectful, and often genuinely helpful to one another. Now more than ever we will be called upon to preserve and enhance that high quality of respectful interactions with each other. Civility is the word that comes to mind.
I am not so naïve nor idealistic as to think that all of you reading this voted the same way as I did. I am, however, calling on each and every one of you to rise to your highest moral standing to accept, respect, and even embrace your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, your friends, and yourself, and to uphold the highest standards for our community, as proposed here:
WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, Alpine will become a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this town great, and who represent a substantial part of our population. This is the gateway to La Frontera—we build bridges, not walls, we boat, walk, drive across the Rio Grande to visit our family, friends, neighbors in Mexico; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls continue to grow up with role models of exemplary strong West Texas women and men who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in Alpine. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and we will never stop fighting for you; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black (and Brown) Lives Matter in West Texas, even if they may not in the future White House. And guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue to work towards building trust between police and sheriffs and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese. In this region, surrounded by desert and mountains, with precious little water, and with remarkable wilderness and dark skies, science matters. And we will continue our work on recycling, and sustainable building and gardening, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we have been slowly working to improve health care in this region, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, West Texans will still be cared for; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are largely dependent on tourism, a region made stronger by the thousands of visitors we welcome from all over Texas, the U.S. and the world every year. We will remain committed to our friends and allies around the world—whether the administration in Washington is or not; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That West Texas is a place dominated by entrepreneurial spirit and small businesses. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake. That although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in West Texas, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values. We argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within West Texas, but on these points we are 100 percent united. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one region. And we will move forward together.