September 22, 2020
Tonight shortly before 7:00 PM the Texas Historical Commission made their decision and they voted decisively to DENY the permit to move the Alamo Cenotaph. The vote was NO—12, YES—2, and 1 Abstained (I was getting real worried because just minutes prior to this, the Antiquities Advisory Board had voted to recommend approval with 6 voting yes, 3 voting no, and 1 abstention.)
Right before the Antiquities Board voted, the THC had released the results of the public vote and it was overwhelmingly in our favor: Yes-1,625, No-29,003 or 94.7 percent to 5.3 percent. I had hoped we could achieve that kind of margin, and I have no doubt it played a big part in the decision by the Commission.
I want to thank all of you who worked hard to achieve this great Victory.
Remember the Alamo!
P.S.—Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was first to testify this morning and he did fantastic. He told them that if they voted not to move the Cenotaph, they would not have to worry about raising the extra 200 million dollars privately. If they got the plan to appropriately represent the 1836 Battle as it should be done, he would get the State Legislature to appropriate the money to pay for the whole thing! We may end up getting the Alamo Plan we have all been fighting for YET.
To cast your vote go to THC Alamo Cenotaph Poll. There you can register to vote. All you must give them is your name and phone number. Right after the registration is Number 7 where you vote.
This has been a long and fierce battle for over three years. Now is our last opportunity to save the Alamo Cenotaph War Memorial from being removed from the Alamo Battlefield.
Over 97 percent of the people of Texas voted to oppose this removal in March 2020. That had no effect on George P. Bush and his allies who continue to force their “reimagine” plan which includes removing the Cenotaph from the Alamo grounds. The Ladybird Johnson fountain is already gone as is the German Bandstand gazebo. Now heavy equipment lies in wait to take out the Cenotaph pending a September 22 permit vote by the Texas Historical Commission (THC).
The legal avenue didn’t work. Protesting didn’t work. Letters to Texas politicians to intervene didn’t work. The Texas Legislature failed to enact a law to protect it. The Alamo Cenotaph remains unprotected legally and, in fact, has suffered vandalism in recent months.
Moreover, Bush’s Alamo Trust CEO Douglass McDonald solicited the San Antonio Business Association to pressure the THC to fast-track the permit toward approval. They did so. But because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the THC vote was postponed.
The THC is being fed half-truths and wordsmithed falsehoods by the Bush machine. If the THC buys that garbage and the permit is approved, you can rest assured that workers will be out the next day dismantling this 80-year-old monument commemorating the defenders who died there in the name of liberty.
We must convince the THC that this permit to remove the Alamo Cenotaph is not necessary; it is disrespectful; it dilutes true history; and it will denigrate the honor that came from the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.
We now have the opportunity to personally vote on this issue. The THC has put a poll up on their website. We need everybody we can possibly get to go on there, register, and cast a “NO” vote. The registration is very short and simple. To stop this move, we will need the NO vote to be massively overwhelming. Therefore, please call, email, text, post, share, and communicate by all means available to quickly spread this information as widely as possible.
To cast your vote go to THC Alamo Cenotaph Poll. There you can register to vote. All you must give them is your name and phone number. Right after the registration is Number 7 where you vote.
Remember you do not have to live in Texas to register and cast your vote on this issue. We need everybody.
The deadline for registering and casting your vote is Monday, September 21, at 8:00 PM. Please vote now and spread the word!
Please see this excellent op/ed written by former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. It lays out the situation at the Alamo just about as well as anyone has done.
Of course the San Antonio Express-News, the unabashed mouthpiece for George P. Bush, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and the rest of the San Antonio City Government cabal, did not have the guts nor the intellectual integrity to publish it. But now you can read it here.
THE ALAMO BATTLE WASN’T OVER SLAVERY, AND THE CENOTAPH SHOULD REMAIN WHERE IT IS
By Jerry Patterson
Enter “Alamo and slavery” in your web browser and you’ll find innumerable articles claiming the iconic battle of March 6, 1836 essentially had no other purpose than to preserve and protect the vile institution of slavery. Last month a San Antonio Express-News columnist, Elaine Ayala, wrote a column titled “The Alamo will be remade into a 21st-century monument to the Confederacy.” Marina Starleaf Striker of the Express-News referred to the recent Black Lives Matter protesters as marching to the Alamo because of the Confederate monument there. In fact, the Alamo Cenotaph, a monument to those defenders who died there, was their target. Other than “C” being the first letter in the words “Cenotaph” and “Confederacy,” there is no connection or similarity.
San Antonio Council Member Roberto Trevino, the go-to guy in city government for all things Alamo, appears to share with Misses Ayala and Striker the opinion the Alamo needs to be viewed through a new and different lens.
In a press conference the day after the Cenotaph was defaced with spray paint, Mr. Trevino seemed more focused on expressing his belief that the future of the Alamo lies in promoting “unity,” “healing,” and “inclusion,” than he was focused on the heinous act of defacing what is in effect a grave marker to the Alamo’s heroic defenders.
No Mr. Trevino, “unity,” “healing,” and “inclusion” should not be the objectives of the massive Alamo project currently underway. A complete and factually accurate telling of history, with emphasis on the events of 1836, should be the only objective. Politicians trying to make us “feel good” instead of promoting history is not what San Antonians or Texans want for their Alamo.
If Texas’ rebellion from Mexico was all about slavery, the March 2, 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence, which is not without specificity, should tell us that. Listed therein are approximately twelve major grievances against the Mexican government and General Santa Anna. The Mexican prohibition of slavery is not mentioned anywhere. The primary grievance was Santa Anna’s abrogation of the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and his centralization of power in the national capital, Mexico City.
If Ms. Ayala’s belief that the Alamo was all about slavery had merit, how do we explain the non-slave holding Mexican states of Zacatecas, Yucatan, Tabasco, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas also seeking independence at essentially the same time? The answer is simple. Texas, and the other Mexican states, shared the same list of grievances, especially Santa Anna’s rejection of the Constitution of 1824 and replacing it with His Excellency himself. While the grievances were shared, the results were not. Texas became independent; the others didn’t.
It was rebellion against tyranny by a half a dozen Mexican states. The Mexican prohibition of slavery was not even being enforced in Texas. Texans didn’t die at Goliad and the Alamo defending slavery.
This historical stupidity by many politicians and much of the press is in large part responsible for the defacement and destruction of monuments happening today. The Alamo Cenotaph has been the target of several mob assaults over the past week. There will be more, both now and in the distant future. Inexplicably, the Texas General Land Office and the City of San Antonio are hell-bent on making the Cenotaph even more vulnerable to another anarchist, or anarchist mob, armed with cans of spray paint or sledgehammers.
They now intend to move the Cenotaph south and outside of the Alamo’s original footprint into what will be designated as a “Free Speech Area.” What can possibly go wrong? Forcing all the future protesters, a.k.a. unruly mobs, to assemble aside the Cenotaph is akin to providing a blank palette to those who think they have something to say using an aerosol can. As a retired Marine, I know that increasing the size of an area to be defended, and therefore increasing the perimeter to defend, makes defense more difficult and requires more resources. This is a really dumb idea.
There are other reasons the Cenotaph should remain where it is. Perhaps the most obvious is there’s simply no reason to move it. If we could recreate the Alamo as it was in 1836 moving might make sense, but we can’t. Moving the 80-year-old structure risks destroying some of the marble panels. Moving will disturb and desecrate the graves that lie in Alamo Plaza. And the Cenotaph was placed by the sculptor Coppini, the Governor of Texas, and the City Government of San Antonio specifically where it is because that is the very area where the largest number of defenders were killed.
The defacing and destruction of monuments in Austin and San Antonio and across the U.S., even the Lincoln monument at our nation’s capital, prove these thugs have no knowledge of or appreciation for our history. We should do more to protect our heritage and monuments instead of placing them in more vulnerable locations and inviting the mob to enjoy free speech with cans of spray paint.
It’s time to end the retroactive revision and destruction of our history.
The Alamo Cenotaph should remain where it is.
Jerry Patterson is a former Texas State Senator, former Texas Land Commissioner and retired Marine Vietnam veteran. He is most known for his passage of the Texas concealed handgun law in 1995. He was chosen as “Texan of The Year” by the nonprofit Texas history preservation organization “Celebrate Texas” for his efforts to preserve and promote the histories of all Texans with special attention to the Tejanos of 1836. He passed legislation establishing the Juneteenth Commission for the purpose of placing a monument on the Texas Capitol grounds to that unique Texas holiday. He is retired and lives in Austin, Texas.
This piece by Jerry Patterson clearly rebuts the twisted spin enunciated by Roberto Treviño and shared by George P. Bush in the San Antonio Express-News June 10, 2020 column that was published in our Facebook post at https://www.facebook.com/savethealamotogether/posts/782238392312084?__tn__=K-R .
We will keep you apprised about the crucial upcoming vote by the Texas Historical Commission that will decide the ultimate fate of the Alamo Cenotaph.
Remember the Alamo!
P.S.—Please send your friends this enlightening exposé. We MUST get the word out on this issue as widely as possible before that critical vote by the Texas Historical Commission.
In this article are Bush’s latest outrageous falsehoods to justify moving the Alamo Cenotaph. Following the article is the TRUTH rebutting his claims.
Bush to GOP: Alamo Cenotaph Needs to Be Moved to Keep It From ‘Falling Apart’
by Brendan Gibbons -The Rivard Report May 14, 2020
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Thursday defended moving the Alamo Cenotaph in an hour-long call with state Republican party members and activists.
During the call, Bush argued that relocating the 1930s monument meant as an empty tomb for Texas revolutionaries is essential to keeping it from crumbling. Bush also said the Cenotaph’s new location 500 [feet] south will be more “historically accurate” than its current location north of [on] the Alamo grounds.
“This is the most important restoration project in the country, and, arguably, in the world,” Bush said.
Bush for the past few years has been under fire from conservative activists for his role in the $450 million Alamo redevelopment, whose first phase began late last year. The conflict involved inaccurate rumors that Bush intended to put a statue of 1830s Mexican general Antonio López de Santa Anna outside the Alamo, a charge Bush called “flat-out racist.” The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and nephew of President George W. Bush, George P. Bush has Mexican heritage on his mother’s side.
Thursday’s call came as the Texas General Land Office awaits a decision by the Texas Historical Commission on competing cemetery designations for the Alamo and Alamo Plaza. No date has yet been scheduled for that decision.
In March, 97 percent of Republican primary voters approved an Alamo resolution many saw as a vote against moving the Cenotaph.
However, Bush said in the call that the Alamo redevelopment is in no conflict with the ballot language, which states that “Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.”
Still, many of the callers pressed Bush on why the Cenotaph needs to be moved from where it has sat since its installation.
Bush told party members that when he took office in 2015, he received reports that the Alamo Church, Long Barrack, and Cenotaph are “falling apart before our very eyes.”
Later that year, the General Land Office and the City of San Antonio, which owns the Cenotaph and Alamo Plaza, began jointly developing the Alamo master plan. Part of that plan calls for the Cenotaph to be taken apart, restored, and rebuilt outside the Menger Hotel.
“I don’t claim to be an engineer or a scientist, I’m just your basic politician,” Bush said Thursday. “But the Cenotaph, the experts tell me, is basically falling apart from within … and that essentially the only way to fix it is to relocate it.”
Bush then claimed that the only ways to repair the monument would be to “ship it off to a warehouse” or to move it “to an area that’s historically more accurate.”
Bush said the Cenotaph’s new location is the one of the sites the Mexican forces that sieged the Alamo in 1836 chose to burn the bodies of Texans killed in the battle.
“So the Cenotaph would actually be relocated and moved to where that funeral pyre is, where the revolutionaries’ bodies were burned,” Bush said. “The Cenotaph would actually be fixed for the first time and reconstructed in a way in terms of its foundations so that it’s around for hundreds of years.”
Bush also pointed out that the Cenotaph is missing at least 12 names of Texan fighters discovered in the decades following the monument’s installation. Other names are misspelled.
Bush’s explanations are unlikely to end the opposition. J.T. Edwards, a Galveston-based Republican state senate committeeman, told Bush during the call that the Cenotaph issue “is near and dear to our grassroots.”
Maggie Wright, a longtime GOP activist in Burleson, said the Alamo defenders were the “first veterans of Texas, and we need to leave our headstone right where it is.”
Here is the truth regarding Bush’s latest claims.
No. 1: The statement by George P. Bush that the Alamo redevelopment is in no conflict with the ballot language of Proposition 7 is totally ludicrous. The wording of Proposition 7 that the citizens voted for reads: “Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site.” Bush’s blatant spin attempt is completely duplicitous and worthy of no further comment.
No. 2: The statement by George P. Bush that the Cenotaph is “falling apart before our very eyes” and that it is “basically falling apart from within” are made up entirely from whole cloth. Also that it is necessary to “move the Cenotaph in order to repair it.” These claims are totally unsubstantiated hyperbole and are demonstrably false.
The engineers’ report commissioned by the City of San Antonio (which they kept hidden for 4 years and then only divulged due to a Freedom of Information Act request) stated that the Cenotaph only needed re-pointing with a modern more moisture-resistant mortar and the possible repositioning and repair of a few of the marble sculptured stones. It did NOT indicate any need to move the Cenotaph in order to repair it. It did NOT indicate any deterioration of the internal metal structural support at all, and there has been no subsequent internal testing that proves otherwise. In point of fact, the actual words of the 2014 engineers’ assessment were: “As a whole the monument is in fair to good condition but it is suffering the effects of long-deferred maintenance [i.e., neglect by the City of San Antonio that allowed some deterioration of parts of the exterior mortar].” Bush’s statements to the contrary are completely groundless.
The Cenotaph can be repaired IN PLACE more simply, more cost effectively, and much more safely; the sculptural experts have testified that any attempt to move it will almost certainly result in severe and most likely irreparable damage to the Monument—damage that is totally unnecessary.
No 3: The most recent claim by George P. Bush that the Cenotaph is being moved “to an area that’s historically more accurate” because it will be near one of the two Alamo funeral pyres is also totally without merit. It is well documented that there were three funeral pyres—not two—and that all three were located along East Commerce Street near where the street crosses the modern-day San Antonio River extension way back on the opposite side of Rivercenter Mall. This area is some 350 yards southeast of the Alamo Church—NOWHERE NEAR where they want to move the Cenotaph. This is not mere speculation. It is proven historical fact. The pyre locations were clearly stated in both Juan Seguin’s official report to the Republic of Texas government and the newspaper account which described in detail the memorial ceremony he conducted at those sites in 1837. There are also several other period eyewitness accounts which specifically place the funeral pyres at the East Commerce Street location.
No 4: Concerning Bush’s claim that “the Cenotaph is missing at least 12 names of Texan fighters discovered in the decades following the monument’s installation.” First of all, neither George P. Bush nor any of the uninformed nitwits advising him have nary a clue about who the missing Defenders are or how many there are. They are amazingly ignorant regarding the facts about the Alamo. See No. 3 above. (And I did not bother to go into the claim by one of Bush’s GLO advisors to a Texas State Representative that the Cenotaph is to be moved because “that is the place where the first Defender was killed.” That one is too ridiculous to even address.) None of the people who DO actually have in-depth knowledge about the Alamo are working with them—and would not be listened to anyway.
Secondly, and as anybody with any common sense would automatically realize, it is not necessary to move the Cenotaph in order to correct the listed names of the Defenders. There are some names that do need to be added and a few that need to be deleted or corrected. The corrected list can and should be placed on a new plaque next to the Cenotaph where it currently stands. The corrected list cannot be re-engraved on the Cenotaph itself regardless of where the Cenotaph is located.
As you all know, there is no good reason to move the Alamo Cenotaph, and every reason not to. For the REAL reason behind all of this, don’t ever forget George P. Bush’s original quote 3 years ago when his plan was first revealed: “The focus at the Alamo has to be taken off of the Battle in order to promote unity and not racial division in our society.” That says it all.
Remember the Alamo!
P.S.—. Just as soon as there is a date certain for the hearing and vote by the Texas Historical Commission to approve the permit to remove the Alamo Cenotaph we will be letting you know. We will ALL need to be prepared to act at that time.
Lt. Gov. Attacks George P. Bush Over Alamo Project After Rumors Surface That Bush Plans to Challenge Patrick
Remember the Alamo!" might become a divisive political slogan as Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has accused his fellow Republican, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, of leading the Alamo restoration project "badly off track." His remarks came one day before the 184th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, a military defeat that energized the Texas revolution against Mexico and helped America's second-most populous state enter the Union.
Nothing defines the independent and the courageous spirit of Texas more than our iconic Alamo and, like most Texans, I treasure it. The history of the Alamo is a personal passion of mine. I do not intend to sit quietly and see this project fail," Patrick said in a statement slamming Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of President George H. W. Bush. "The job of oversight for this project is the responsibility of the General Land Office headed by Commissioner George P. Bush. It is evident to me that both the design, planning, and execution of the project is badly off track."
Bush has long received criticism over the General Land Office and the City of San Antonio's plan to "reimagine" the site of the Alamo. Texans are incensed over the plan to relocate the Alamo Cenotaph, a monument commissioned on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo that serves as a tombstone for the men who gave their lives in the fight for Texas independence in the historic siege (February 23-March 6, 1836).
On Tuesday, Republican voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition on the GOP primary ballot stating, "Texans should protect and preserve all historical monuments, artifacts, and buildings, such as the Alamo Cenotaph and our beloved Alamo, and should oppose any reimagining of the Alamo site." Nearly 98 percent of Republican voters supported it.
Patrick slammed Bush over the Cenotaph relocation and the look and design of new buildings on the site.
"The latest [design] looks like a massive urban park with hundreds of trees—more like Central Park in New York City than Alamo Plaza," the lieutenant governor said. "We have wasted significant public dollars on designs which most Texans would immediately reject." He called on Bush to release all proposed architectural designs and threatened to move the project to another entity in the absence of significant change.
"If the General Land Office cannot handle this important job, and to date it does not appear it can, I will recommend we identify another entity to provide oversight," Patrick warned.
Late Thursday, Bush spokeswoman Karina Erickson said the land commissioner welcomes Patrick's suggestions, the Dallas Morning News reported.
"Lt. Governor Patrick brings up many great ideas -- ideas that are already incorporated in the Alamo Plan, including the intent to restore the Alamo Church and Battleground to the 1836 time period," Erickson said.
Patrick demanded that the restoration effort should include a "world-class visitor center" focused on the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, "not the 200-year history of early Spanish settlement in Texas," which is covered by San Antonio's Mission Trail. Erickson insisted that a focus on the battle will be the focal point of the restoration.
The Texas legislature approved funds for preserving the Alamo and rebuilding the plaza in 2015. Lawmakers intended for Texans and others to be able to "see the battlefield as it was" in 1836, Patrick insisted.
A recent records request exposed another controversy. Members of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association condemned digging in a graveyard.
Yet the political battle may trace back to Bush's decision to spread rumors that he may challenge Patrick in the 2022 lieutenant governor race. Lieutenant governor is the most powerful position in the Texas government when the legislature is in session because it controls the state Senate's agenda. While the legislature is not scheduled to meet again until January 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) may call the legislature into a special session to deal with this issue, which would humiliate Bush.
In October, Bush's senior advisor, J. R. Hernandez, insisted that the land commissioner remains focused on his job, attempting to dispel rumors of a planned run against Patrick. "Over the last few months, several activists and donors have asked Commissioner Bush to consider higher office in Texas," Hernandez admitted. "At this time he is 100% focused on doing his job as land commissioner. While he wouldn’t challenge current Governor Abbott or Lieutenant Governor Patrick, if an opening presents itself he would absolutely consider serving Texans in a higher role. When that moment arises, he’s ready."
Political fireworks may be coming to Texas, and "Remember the Alamo!" may be a political rallying cry against Bush.
On January 7th we attended the hearing in State District Court in Austin on George P. Bush and the other Defendants’ Plea to the Jurisdiction/Motion to Dismiss on the lawsuit to save the Cenotaph filed by Lee White and the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association. Oral arguments were presented by both sides. The Judge said she wanted to thoroughly read the briefs and research the case before making any ruling.
The next Court hearing is now set for February 18 on the request for an Injunction. If granted this Injunction would protect the Cenotaph against any action pending the final outcome of the court case, including any and all appeals. Right now the Cenotaph is protected by a written agreement prohibiting any action prior to the hearing on February 18.
On January 20th we filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Brief on behalf of the Save The Alamo Committee in support of the case by Lee White and the ADDA. The Judge on January 7th stated that she may or may not rule on the Motion to Dismiss before the next hearing on February 18. So right now it is a waiting game. If an unfavorable ruling should occur, it will be immediately appealed.
I encourage all of you who care to please continue to support the lawsuit with your donations. The politicians have failed us. The State Legislature has failed us. This court case is now our last and ONLY means to Save the Cenotaph and to Save the Alamo. In our Save The Alamo Committee brief to the Court we added more facts and additional case law that should increase the chances of the Judge ruling in our favor. We have by no means lost yet.
P.S.— I continue to be amazed to realize that at least 90 percent of the people of Texas have absolutely no idea that ANY of this is happening to the Alamo. That is how Bush has continued to get away with this. For that you can thank the worthless, fake news media. It is now totally up to us relatively few who know the truth if we are to Save the Alamo.
Today we had an excellent turnout at the Design and Review Commission hearing—a packed house. Thanks to all of you who were able to show up.
By my count, 41 of our people spoke against the measure and most did a very good job and presented excellent arguments. (Almost a third of those testifying in support of the Cenotaph were native Tejanos by the way.) Only 5 spoke in favor—4 of whom I personally know to be treacherous, gullible (and Anglo) turncoats.
Unfortunately, the measure to remove the Cenotaph passed by a vote of 7 to 4. We needed 2 more votes in order to prevail. Based on the favorable vote two weeks ago I thought that today we might have a decent shot, but I am not totally surprised by this outcome. As we have seen in the past with the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Texas State Legislature, it is well nigh impossible to win against any group of governmental officials and bureaucrats. With only a handful of exceptions, they really don’t care one whit about what the people want even if the citizens are well over 90 percent in opposition. Once they are set in their own minds about a specific course of action, (especially if it means lining their own pockets with taxpayer money), it is virtually impossible to turn them around.
I want to also thank all of you who made the effort to send emails. I know that we had them coming in from not only all of Texas, but all over the United States. Even that was not enough to sway a majority of these appointed rubber-stampers. The fix was already in with too many of them. We really are living in a virtual dictatorship, with only the mere trappings of a democracy.
However, I want to emphasize that all is not lost. We still have our case that is filed in State District Court in Austin based on Texas Cemetery Laws. That is where this matter was going to ultimately be decided anyway. The only real hope of getting justice today is in a Court of Law—especially if you can manage to get your case before a jury. I can assure you that the Cenotaph will be safe until the Court hearings in January because the Defendants have formally agreed to that with our attorney.
I believe our Court case to be strong. It is incontrovertible that human remains are buried at the Alamo (the discovery of three more sets of remains were announced just last week) and the Catholic Church records show that over 1,300 people were buried on the mission grounds—not to mention a number of Alamo Defenders. Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, even if one burial site is known, no construction or intrusion of any kind can take place there—including the removal of any funerary marker or monument. That would definitely include the Alamo Cenotaph.
It is now even more important that we maintain our financial support of the court case. Regardless of the outcome of the District Court case, that ruling will almost certainly be appealed to the Austin Court of Appeals, and probably all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. It is absolutely essential that we have adequate funding to see this case through to final Victory.
To assist in this fight, you can donate in two ways:
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Freer, Texas 78357
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We bought a temporary delay on Wednesday, December 4, when, after hearing vociferous testimony in opposition, the San Antonio Historic Design and Review Commission reversed themselves and voted 8 to 3 against granting the Building Permit for the removal of the Alamo Cenotaph. This result (largely due to our Lawsuit) was totally unprecedented and well nigh miraculous—the first time we have ever been successful in getting a State or City bureaucracy to reverse course and vote against the Bush Reimagine Plan. The first time we’ve drawn blood. There is to be another hearing by this Commission in one week. You can be certain that the members of the Commission will receive tremendous pressure from the Council Members who appointed them to support the building permit this time. More on this later.
However, during that hearing, it was revealed that not only do George P. Bush and the GLO intend on moving the Cenotaph outside the boundaries of the Alamo; they also intend to erect a statue of the dictator Santa Anna and a memorial honoring the Mexican Army! I am not making this up. We know that parts of the Bush plan were going to be horrendous, but it now looks like it will be worse than we ever dreamed.
Please redouble your efforts to assist with the lawsuit. That is the only way that this travesty will be permanently stopped. In all frankness I must tell you that up to now right at 200 people have carried the entire financial burden of this fight—almost exactly the size of the original Alamo garrison. That is outrageous. Where are the thousands of the rest of you who claim that you care and yet have not contributed one thin dime? Make no mistake, we will continue this struggle to the very end—with or without you.
We were always incredulous that the people of Texas could have let so few be the only ones to try and defend the Alamo in 1836. Well, it appears that history really does repeat itself. Just please do not have the gall to ever call yourselves Texans again if you continue to do nothing. If you continue to just stand by and watch George P. Bush desecrate the Alamo.
However if you truly do care, we need you to join the army NOW. And that means send ammunition for the Battle in whatever amount. Waging war costs money, AND THIS IS WAR.
P.S.—On December 18 the San Antonio Historic Design and Review Commission will be meeting at 1901 South Alamo Street to reconsider the granting of the Building Permit to move the Alamo Cenotaph. The last hearing was held at 3:00 P.M. They have not posted the time for this one as yet. We will alert you just as soon as the time is set. We need the largest crowd possible in attendance in order to get them to deny the permit once again. Please go if at all possible and take some other people with you. We must turn out for this hearing in even greater force than the last one. It is essential that we buy this critical time until we can get this case heard in Court in January.
December 11, 2019
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush responded to rumors that he plans to place a statue of Mexican general Santa Anna outside the Alamo, calling the statement an “outright lie” and “flat-out racist.”
Bush posted his response (Twitter/GeorgePBush) on Twitter Wednesday with a screenshot of a Facebook post by Save The Alamo, a group founded by Rick Range, a former land commissioner candidate who ran against Bush in the 2018 Republican primary. Range wrote that Bush and the Texas General Land Office intend to erect a statue of the dictator Santa Anna outside the Alamo, and a memorial honoring the Mexican Army.
“I am not making this up,” Range wrote.
Bush responded in strong terms, calling the statement “patently false” and suggesting that the accusation stems from his heritage. Bush is the son of former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
“One must ask themselves, why am I being accused of honoring the murderous dictator Santa Anna?” Bush tweeted. “Is it because my mother (now a naturalized citizen) is from Mexico? I was born in Houston, my wife is from San Angelo, and my boys were born – you guessed it – here in Texas.”
Even 143 years after the death of Antonio López de Santa Anna, the former Mexican president remains a villainous tyrant for many Texans. Santa Anna led the Mexican forces during the 13-day siege of the Alamo that preceded a decisive Texas victory over Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Social media posts about a statue of Santa Anna at the Alamo popped up as the first phase of a $450 million Alamo redevelopment gets underway. The phase includes plans to move the Cenotaph, a memorial to the Texas revolutionaries who died at the site in the historic 1836 battle. People who opposed moving the Cenotaph packed a recent meeting of the City’s Historic and Design Review Commission, which is reviewing the Cenotaph’s proposed new location 500 feet south.
On Tuesday, This Is Texas Freedom Force, another group opposed to moving the Cenotaph, also posted on Facebook that the City “will build a monument/statue to Santa Anna.” The post includes a photoshopped image of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg as Santa Anna, along with a quote from Nirenberg about the intent of the redevelopment during an interview with local radio station KTSA.
“I think everyone who shed blood in the defense of liberty and the things that they believe in, on both sides, ought to be honored, and that’s exactly what the intent of this redevelopment plan is,” Nirenberg said.
In a phone interview Wednesday, Brandon Burkhart, president of This Is Texas Freedom Force, told the Rivard Report that the Santa Anna statue or monument is “a possibility.” He pointed to the Nirenberg quote and to statements from architects and designers working on the Alamo redesign about including the stories of both sides that fought in the Texas Revolution.
“It seemed like that was exactly what they were going to do, was erect a statue, a monument, a bust, whatever you want to call it, of Santa Anna,” Burkhart said. “They were talking about how they want to include everybody, including the Mexican Army.”
Councilman Roberto Trevino (D1), one of the tri-chairs overseeing the Alamo redesign, called the claims of a Santa Anna statue “baseless, and downright ridiculous.” No one involved with the redesign has ever proposed such a thing, he said.
“To the best of my knowledge, there is no statue of Santa Anna in Mexico, and there will surely not be one in San Antonio,” Trevino continued. “Among the information and rumors being spread about he plan for the Alamo, this might be one of the most obscene. We are honoring our history; we are honoring the truth; we are honoring freedom. Erecting a statue of Santa Anna does none of these things.”
George P. is all livid and fit to be tied now that his true intentions have been revealed by some of his minions at the December 4thhearing of the San Antonio Historic Design and Review Commission. So much so that he has now chosen to play the race card (they are saying this based on racism because my mother is a Mexican)—the last refuge of a whiny crybaby caught with his pants down.
No, I was not personally there, but over fifty other people were and they heard the remarks about Santa Anna and the Mexican Army made by one of the consultant members of Bush’s design team. I would believe the patriotic people in the crowd any day over George P. Bush. Even the words of his partner in crime, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, confirm this “rumor.” (Remember that under the Act passed by the Texas Legislature, Bush and Nirenberg are co-commanders of this plan):
“I think everyone who shed blood in the defense of liberty and the things that they believed in, on both sides, ought to be honored, and that’s exactly what the intent of this redevelopment plan is.” -Ron Nirenberg
And one more thing—while they say that removing the Alamo Cenotaph is necessary “in order to capture the footprint of the mission,” at the same time their plan reveals their intent to place a large bronze statue of an Indian chief in the middle of Houston Street just north of where the Cenotaph currently stands; this is in addition to numerous other statues that they have ALREADY erected. It appears that under this regime everybody is welcome inside the Alamo EXCEPT the Alamo Defenders.
On Veterans Day, November 11, at 11 P.M. Lee White and the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association filed the lawsuit that we have been supporting in State District Court in Austin naming George P. Bush, the Texas General Land Office, and the Texas Historical Commission as Defendants.
This lawsuit, among other things, seeks to prevent the Defendants from removing the Alamo Cenotaph Memorial Monument to the Alamo Defenders off of the Alamo grounds. It also requires that in-depth and comprehensive archaeology be performed at the Alamo (the Defendants are currently using a backhoe and other heavy equipment to dig up Alamo Main Plaza) as well as perform DNA testing on all human remains found.
The lawsuit seeks an immediate Temporary Restraining Order and Temporary Injunction preventing the Defendants from taking any more destructive action at the Alamo pending the final outcome of the litigation, including any and all appeals.
The lawsuit is titled Alamo Defenders Descendants Association and Lee White, Plaintiffs, v. Texas Historical Commission, Mark Wolfe, As Executive Director Of The Texas Historical Commission, In His Official Capacity Only, The Texas General Land Office, George P. Bush, Commissioner Of The General Land Office Of The State of Texas In His Official Capacity Only, Alamo Trust, Inc. and Douglass McDonald CEO Of The Alamo Trust In His Official Capacity Only, Defendants.
The Case Number is: 38351676. You may download the document if you would like to read the Petition in its entirety. Download Document. It's a 23.6 meg file. It will appear at the bottom of your screen.
As you will see, under the existing laws and the evidence this is a very strong case. We should have an excellent chance to ultimately prevail.
Unfortunately, freedom is not free. If you can assist in supporting this critical cause, please donate whatever you can. Any amount will help and will be greatly appreciated.
To assist in this fight, you can donate in two ways:
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2. Make checks payable to Alamo Defenders Descendants Association.
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Freer, Texas 78357
On Thursday morning, December 13, 2018 Tom Feely and his wife, Nancy, flew into Dallas for a meeting at the Hall of State in Fair Park with the Executive Director and both the retiring and current Curator of Exhibits. There Tom explained the Diorama in detail and they discussed the specifics about its transfer.
Afterwards the Hall of State folks showed them some of the Alamo artifacts that are in storage at the Hall of State. They intend to use these to create an Alamo exhibit to accompany Feely’s Diorama. These include Fannin’s watch given to him by his grandfather, a pistol recovered from Old Mexico believed to have possibly been that of Crockett at the Alamo, Santa Anna’s spurs captured at San Jacinto as well as a framed Dolores Calvary guidon (flag) captured right outside Santa Anna’s tent that would also have been at the Battle of the Alamo, among others.
Rick Range also agreed to let them have a couple of Alamo items that he has, and he also volunteered to procure some additional ones owned by other individuals throughout Texas.
Tom had never seen the Hall of State before and he was mightily impressed both by it and the people in charge. Due to the situation at the Alamo, he fully agreed that this will be an excellent venue for the Diorama, one where it will be appreciated and people can come from all over and see it for free.
This Diorama is the largest of its kind in the world (24 feet by 14 feet), and by far the most accurate in every detail, including almost 2,000 hand-painted figures of the soldiers and animals.
So much for San Antonio—it is their loss. George P. Bush and company have already removed Tom’s earlier outdated Alamo battle diorama. They can now have their new politically correct museum (if it ever gets built) chock full of multi-heritage artifacts unrelated to the 1836 Battle. But here in Dallas we will proudly have the Alamo Battle on full glorious display for all the world to see as it has never been portrayed before.
(All of the current models and depictions of the Alamo in San Antonio are based on old research and contain major inaccuracies.)
Dallas will be the place to come if you want to see what the 1836 Alamo and the Battle actually looked like in all its realism.
The Hall of State is to shortly begin preparation of the space for the Alamo Exhibit and Diorama. Plans are to have the Hall of State people transport the Diorama to Dallas from Pennsylvania sometime after April. After twenty years’ work, this tremendous historical piece will finally be on full public display in Texas.
Originally called the State of Texas Building, the Hall of State originally debuted in 1836 as part of the Texas Centennial Exhibition.
Eventually designed by Donald Barthelme, the building is a premier example of Cret's Modernism. The design blends classicism and Art Deco – with a few Texas motifs (cacti, oil wells) tossed in for good measure.
Crafted from Texas limestone, The Hall of State was, at a cost of $1.2 million, the most expensive building per square foot built in Texas at the time.
Bush signed the proposal over the objections of several Republican lawmakers.
BY CASSANDRA POLLOCK SEPT. 13, 2018 Texas Tribune
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has signed a proposal to overhaul Alamo Plaza, he announced Thursday morning.
"Yesterday I signed the resolution advancing the Alamo plan," Bush tweeted. "I ask the mayor to join me in executing this plan to treat the Alamo with the respect and reverence it deserves. God bless the Alamo and God bless Texas."
The proposal, which has drawn backlash in recent months from some Republicans in the Texas Legislature, was unanimously approved last week by the Alamo Management Committee and then sent to Bush and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Nirenberg's office told The Texas Tribune on Thursday afternoon that there are still a number of steps to work through before the mayor can approve the plan.
Bush's announcement comes the day before a number of Republican lawmakers, including state Reps. Kyle Biedermann of Fredericksburg and Lyle Larson of San Antonio, were scheduled to hold a news conference on Alamo grounds opposing the plan. A spokesperson for the group confirmed Thursday afternoon that they still planned to hold the event.
Another state lawmaker, state Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels, penned a Sept. 6 letter to Bush highlighting her concerns over relocating the Alamo Cenotaph, a 60-foot-tall monument currently located near the center of the Alamo Plaza. The overhaul plan, according to news reports, suggests moving the Cenotaph about 500 feet south.
“Many questions about the expense and feasibility of removing and relocating such a massive and beautiful monument without damaging it have not been addressed,” she wrote. “I urge the committee and the land office to slow down, prioritize accountability to the citizens of Texas, and reconsider the delicate history that is being reimagined here at an undetermined cost.”
There's also the question of how the state's regulatory requirements would impact the project.
In a letter dated Aug. 22, Texas Historical Commission Executive Director Mark Wolfe clarified to Bush and Niremberg the role the commission plays in the decision-making process. Wolfe said "work on, or alterations to [state archaeological landmarks] requires the issuance of a permit by the THC," adding that since the Cenotaph is on Alamo grounds, it is subject to those same provisions under state statute.
Bush's office told the Tribune on Thursday afternoon that it plans to request permits for items owned by the General Land Office when appropriate. The office also said that the city of San Antonio owns the Cenotaph and would be responsible for requesting a permit to relocate it. Nirenberg's office said in a statement to the Tribune that San Antonio "will go through every regulatory agency required."
Meanwhile, another debate over the Alamo has recently dominated Texas headlines. After a working group of the State Board of Education had proposed removing “heroic” when defining Alamo defenders from the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas elected officials — including Bush — called on Texans to stop what Abbott described as “political correctness” in schools. The board changed course after the backlash and tentatively voted earlier this week to keep the language intact.
Despite outcries from historical and heritage organizations as well as loud protests from Texas citizens, it appears the plan will be implemented.
Tony E. Arterburn, Jr. is a former U.S. Army Paratrooper, a veteran of three foreign wars, radio host, published columnist, and world champion powerlifter. He lives with his wife Melissa, son Houston, and chocolate lab Layla in San Antonio, Texas.
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