RPT Cenotaph Resolution Information

July 14, 2020

The Ceno­taph Res­o­lu­tion to the RPT Con­ven­tion is nec­es­sary due to the bla­tant dis­re­gard by our Repub­li­can lead­er­ship for the Repub­li­can del­e­gates who vot­ed to pro­tect the Ceno­taph and the voice of repub­li­cans voters. 

Repub­li­cans shouldn’t let Repub­li­cans move the Cenotaph. 

Timeline

June 2018-   At RPT Con­ven­tion Plank# 296 over­whelm­ing­ly passed which stated,

 “ the Ceno­taph shall not be removed from its present site”, 

Aug 30, 2018- The Alamo Cit­i­zen Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee vot­ed to approve the lat­est ver­sion of the Alamo Plaza Mas­ter Plan and vot­ed to advance it. Among the list of changes, the plan includes mov­ing the Ceno­taph 500 feet from its cur­rent spot. 

Applaud­ing the move, Texas Land Com­mis­sion­er George P. Bush released a statement:

“Today’s vote by the Cit­i­zens Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee is an encour­ag­ing step for­ward in our effort to pre­serve and restore the Alamo and its bat­tle­ground for gen­er­a­tions of Tex­ans to come. There is no greater defin­ing sym­bol of Texas than the Alamo. The Alamo plan pro­tects the sacred ground and reclaims his­to­ry lost to the ages.”

Sept 4, 2018- The Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee vot­ed in favor of the Alamo Mas­ter Plan which includes mov­ing the Ceno­taph.  The mem­bers were: 

Wm. Eugene Pow­ell, Alamo Endowment

Ramona Bass, Alamo Endowment

Bryan Pre­ston, GLO com­mu­ni­ca­tions director

Hec­tor Valle, GLO legal counsel 

Sheryl Scul­ley, SA City manager. 

Rober­to Tre­viño SA City Council 

Oct 3, 2018-   San Anto­nio May­or Ron Niren­berg and Texas Land Com­mis­sion­er George P. Bush signed a res­o­lu­tion agree­ing to changes to the Alamo grounds. Includ­ing mov­ing the Ceno­taph.  Both of them have veto power. 

Bush said, “It’s time now for all Tex­ans to come togeth­er regard­less of our back­ground. We’ve had our say. But now it’s time to move for­ward with the mas­ter plan,” 

Oct 18, 2018-  After lis­ten­ing to 44 speak­ers, 40 who were against the plan, the San Anto­nio City coun­cil vot­ed 9–2 in favor of a long list of changes includ­ing con­tro­ver­sial ele­ments, such as mov­ing the Ceno­taph 500 feet south to a loca­tion out­side the foot­print of the his­toric fort and mission. 

The coun­cil vote also includ­ed the approval of a 50-year lease that gives man­age­ment and con­trol of the plaza, though still owned by the City of SA , to the Land Office, which oper­ates the state-owned Alamo buildings.

86th Leg­isla­tive session

Feb 14, 2019- HB1836 filed. This bill not to move the ceno­taph didn’t get a vote in the Recre­ation & Tourism com­mit­tee chaired by Repub­li­can Rep John Cyrier.

March 5th, 2019- GLO asked to tes­ti­fy in front of the Land & Resource Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee which over­sees the GLO.  Com­mis­sion­er Bush and May­or Niren­berg refused to testify. 

May 2019 - Mon­u­ment bill. Sen­ate Bill 1663, the Mon­u­ment bill includ­ing pro­tec­tion of the Ceno­taph, authored by Sen­a­tor Bran­don Creighton, passed the Texas Sen­ate in a 19–12 vote.  It lat­er died in the Repub­li­can led house. https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB1663

Dec 12, 2019- Res­o­lu­tion for Pro­tec­tion of the Alamo. Post­ed by Mor­gan Lloyd. 

WHEREAS, Sen­ate Bill 1663, authored by SD4 Sen­a­tor Bran­don Creighton, passed the Texas Sen­ate in a 19–12 vote of the Texas 86th Leg­is­la­ture; and

WHEREAS, we rec­og­nize the effort of our State Repub­li­can House Cau­cus to pass the House ver­sion of Sen­ate Bill 1663; and

WHEREAS, Sen­ate Bill 1663 was killed in com­mit­tee despite the over­whelm­ing pas­sage with­in the Sen­ate; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Repub­li­can Par­ty of Texas decries efforts by those desir­ing to “Reimag­ine the Alamo”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Repub­li­can Par­ty of Texas send a strong mes­sage to our Texas lead­ers as well as the City of San Anto­nio con­cern­ing the move­ment of the Alamo Ceno­taph: our beloved Alamo Ceno­taph should “Not Be Moved, Not One Inch!”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this res­o­lu­tion be sent to the Cul­ture, Recre­ation, and Tourism Com­mit­tee and to the office of Land Com­mis­sion­er George P. Bush, Daugh­ters of the Repub­lic of Texas, and to all mem­bers of the Texas Legislature.

Dec 11th, 2019- Rep Bie­der­mann sends Let­ter to Gov to save Alamo/Cenotaph. https://kylebiedermann.com/rep-biedermann-urges-governor-abbott-and-appeals-to-texans-to-save-the-alamo/

Decem­ber 2019- Texas His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion hear­ing- The final per­mit need­ed to start dis­man­tling and relo­cat­ing the Ceno­taph is tabled by the com­mit­tee after hear­ing from over 40 citizens.

March 3 2020- Repub­li­can Par­ty pri­ma­ry elec­tion. Prop 7 passed by over 97% 

March 5, 2020- Lt Gov Dan Patrick has a press release con­demn­ing the state of the Alamo Project. 

June 4th, 2020- Rep Bie­der­mann writes anoth­er let­ter to Gov to save Alamo/Cenotaph. https://kylebiedermann.com/biedermann-writes-letter-to-abbott-on-alamo-cenotaph/

June 14–15-  Texas His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion hear­ings- final per­mit to move the Ceno­taph was tak­en off the agenda. 

June 15,2020 — Dan Patrick fur­ther crit­i­cizes George P. Bush. https://www.expressnews.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Lt-Gov-Dan-Patrick-escalates-Alamo-clash-with-15341891.php

June 20, 2020. Ceno­taph RPT con­ven­tion res­o­lu­tion pass­es unan­i­mous­ly at SD 9 con­ven­tion. Res­o­lu­tion… We con­demn any plan to move or remove the Alamo Ceno­taph from it’s cur­rent place of promi­nence on the Alamo Battlefield. 

Quotes —  From the City of San Antonio

San Anto­nio May­or Niren­berg  said “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…”

Rep Diego Bernal, when he was San Anto­nio City Coun­cil­man, he said “I think the sto­ry has been told in a very racial­ized, unso­phis­ti­cat­ed way and we are chang­ing that.”

San Anto­nio Coun­cil­man Rober­to Trevi­no whose coun­cil dis­trict con­tains the Alamo, praised the commission’s deci­sion: “I look for­ward to the next step which will result in the com­plete telling of the his­to­ry of the Alamo for the first time.

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