The fight to save the Alamo Cenotaph continues in 2020 and there is a lot to be excited about. On March 3, 2020 (and during early voting) Texans who voted on the Republican Ballot saw Proposition 7 concerning the Alamo and the Alamo Cenotaph.
Over 90% of conservative Texans voted yes on Prop 7, saying "Leave the Alamo Cenotaph and our Texas Monuments alone". Never before has the bulk of Texans had a say in the matter. Sure TITFF and others have ran petitions, asking people to sign the petitions "Don't move the cenotaph", but those petitions only produced about 10,000 signatures. Prop 7 allowed the majority of conservative Texans to have their say, over 1,282,180 voted "Yes" and only just over 37,976 conservative Texans voted "No". Some speculation has occurred that some Texans were confused by the phrasing of the question, and they would have voted "Yes" if they better understood the question.
Immediately following the vote, TITFF Directors started blowing up Lt Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott's social media feeds asking, "What are you going to do to stop the cenotaph from being moved?" Late that same night on March 3, 2020 Lt Gov Dan Patrick posted this comment on Twitter.
This was great news for Texans! For over 3 years TITFF has tried to grasp the attention of Dan Patrick concerning the Alamo Cenotaph. Now we have his attention! TITFF continued to tag Patrick in Twitter post, hounding him, asking "What are you going to do about the Alamo Cenotaph?" We never heard anything back on Twitter, but we continued sending him tweets. Finally today, March 5, 2020, Lt Gov. Dan Patrick spoke up and released this statement...
There is no disagreement that the Cenotaph needs repair, but there has been substantial disagreement on its final location. I have yet to hear a good explanation of why the Cenotaph must be moved. In the Republican Primary on Tuesday, nearly 98% of voters supported Proposition 7, which would prohibit the removal of historic monuments in Texas, including the Cenotaph. This issue now seems to be settled.
We are excited and hopeful now that Texans have gotten Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's attention, but the big question is what is he going to do about it? The City of San Antonio (under the leadership of Mayor Ron Nirenberg & D1 Councilman Roberto Trevino) wanted to start moving the Alamo Cenotaph back in December of 2019. A HDRC ruling kicked the can down the road a bit, and the Texas Historical Commission ruling kicked the can down the road even further. We all know Trevino was licking his lips and chomping at the bit to get this plan started in April, but hopefully Lt Gov Dan Patrick will put a stop to this himself or let the people of Texas vote on the issue all together in November (both Democrats & Republicans). We need to apply pressure to Patrick and let him know words are cheap, we want to see action.
One last thing to remember, we still need Texans to turn out in force for the next Texas Historical Commission Meeting in Houston, Tx on March 24, 2020. With all this new info out, we should be able to convince the THC to put a halt to the Reimagine The Alamo Project, more specifically stop the moving of the Alamo Cenotaph. Please put this date in your calendars, come prepared to speak, and lets finish what we started! #NotOneInch
March 24, 2020
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