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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to questions you may have.
Proposition A, also known as the San Antonio Justice Charter, is a citizen-led ballot measure for the May 6th election aimed at creating a safer San Antonio by protecting individual rights and promoting public safety. It seeks to advance the cause of justice by protecting individual rights and reducing the use of dangerous tactics that threaten the lives of both citizens and law enforcement officials. Vote YES on Proposition A on May 6th to help create a more just and equitable San Antonio.
Proposition A decriminalizes abortion and marijuana, bans no-knock warrants and chokeholds, creates a Justice Director position, and makes permanent the use of tickets instead of arrests for certain non-violent minor offenses through the cite and release program.
Proposition A is on the ballot because over 20,000 San Antonio voters signed the petition. This demonstrates the strong support for the measures proposed by Prop A among the city’s residents and shows a desire for change toward a more just and equitable San Antonio.
Proposition A will make San Antonio safer by protecting individual rights, reducing the use of dangerous tactics that threaten lives, and redirecting resources toward real public safety solutions. By decriminalizing abortion and marijuana, promoting reproductive autonomy and justice, and banning no-knock warrants and chokeholds, Proposition A will reduce harm and trauma caused by over-policing and systemic injustice, promote transparency and accountability in policing, and make our communities safe and secure for everyone. Vote FOR Proposition A on May 6th to create a more just and equitable San Antonio.
No, this claim is false and baseless. The San Antonio Police Department already uses the Cite and Release program for certain non-violent offenses, which has been successful in promoting fairness and proportionality in law enforcement. Proposition A seeks to codify this program into law, ensuring its continued availability to SAPD officials. As such, Proposition A will not lead to an increase in petty theft and crime, but rather help promote equitable and just practices in our community.
Proposition A decriminalizes abortion and marijuana by banning the use of city resources to investigate and criminalize reproductive health decisions. It also directs the San Antonio police to stop issuing citations or making arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Proposition A is a vital measure that will promote and protect individual rights in San Antonio.
This initiative aims to safeguard reproductive autonomy and justice by decriminalizing abortion, ensuring that no healthcare providers are investigated for providing life-saving care, and that no one is investigated for helping someone seek an abortion. This is a fundamental human right that should not be infringed upon, and Proposition A will help safeguard the reproductive rights of San Antonians.
Moreover, Proposition A will protect against racial inequality and injustice by decriminalizing marijuana, which has disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic community members. By reducing the disproportionate targeting of these groups, Proposition A will promote equity and justice in San Antonio.
The cite and release program is a powerful tool for promoting public safety while reducing the burden on the justice system in San Antonio. It replaces the traditional approach of arresting individuals for minor offenses with issuing tickets and placing folks in diversion programs that allow them to stay with their families and continue with their daily lives.
Since its implementation, the program has saved taxpayers over $4 million, which can be redirected towards real public safety solutions like addressing violent crime, promoting mental health and addiction treatment, creating resources for our most impoverished neighbors, and ensuring that our communities are safe and secure for everyone.
In addition to the significant cost savings, the cite and release program has also saved officers an additional 4,000 hours in 2022. This means that police can focus their efforts on addressing more pressing public safety issues instead of wasting valuable time and resources on low-level offenses.
Overall, the cite and release program is a proven and effective tool for promoting public safety while reducing the burden on taxpayers and law enforcement in San Antonio. It has already made a significant impact on our community, and Proposition A will ensure that this valuable program continues to be a part of our city’s practices.
No-knock warrants and chokeholds are dangerous tactics that threaten the lives of officers and citizens. A ban on these tactics promotes transparency and accountability in policing, reduces the use of excessive force by law enforcement, and prevents unnecessary harm to individuals and families
Decriminalizing marijuana in San Antonio will promote racial equity and justice by reducing the disproportionate targeting of Black and Hispanic community members. Being in possession of just one joint can bring a fine of up to $2,000 and jail time of up to 6 months. By decriminalizing marijuana, Proposition A will redirect resources towards real public safety solutions, such as addressing violent crime and promoting mental health and addiction treatment, and ensure that tax dollars are being used wisely.