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(BCDP Chair Ramos) Letter from State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

March 18, 2011

Dan Ramos
Chair, Bexar County Democratic Party
Office-6718 Westfield
P.O. Box 27291  78227-3736
Residence- 159 Shoreview Pl.  78242
San Antonio, TX

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I thank you for your service to the Bexar County Democratic Party. However, because of our serious concerns due to recent public comments made by you, it has become clear that now is the time for you to resign your office. 

Doing so will enable you to turn your full attentions to your precarious health situation, and enable the Bexar County Democratic Party to move forward in unity, fully-focused on our objective of energizing a growing Democratic base, and electing Democratic nominees.

I do not make this request lightly - Bexar County Democrats voted for you as County Chairman, and I deeply respect those voters. 

I am equally convinced, however, that when Bexar County Democrats selected you to chair the Party, they were unaware that you would subsequently make the public outbursts you have recently made, and they could not have known the divisiveness your positions would cause. Additionally, voters could not have been aware that you would be a chairman who opts against an open Party process, and who fails to call County Executive Committee meetings in accordance with the rules of the Texas Democratic Party. Indeed, behavior such as yours has even prompted the proposed H.B. 2752.

Inclusiveness, and respect for diversity, are Democratic values which we should all take very seriously. For a County Democratic Chairman to turn his back on these principles is an embarrassment, an insult to valued members of the larger Democratic coalition, and a distraction which only serves to move us backward, not ahead. Comments such as yours have only served to anger and insult many activists and voters, making the chief duty of any county Party Chairman - growing the Party - an impossibility for you to achieve as long as you remain the Chair.

Make no mistake - the divisiveness you have caused is no simple family squabble, which we Democrats often have, and even at times relish. Rather, your behavior has caused irreparable harm, from which it is already too late for any future attempt at atonement on your part to repair.

For these reasons, and with great regret, I respectfully but firmly ask for your immediate resignation as Bexar County Democratic Chairman.

Sincerely,

Leticia Van de Putte

CC:
Bexar County Democrat Elected Officials
Bexar County Democrat Precinct Chairs
Bexar County Democrat Organizations
Boyd Richie, Chairman-Texas Democratic Party

STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF SAN ANTONIO PRESS RELEASE

STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF SAN ANTONIO PRESS RELEASE

March 18, 2011

It is a shame and painfully unfair that the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio are forced to respond to the continued discriminatory ravings and completely baseless accusations of Dan Ramos, the Chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party. Mr. Ramos unapologetically bellows bald and bigoted charges, singling out Stonewall Democrats as “termites” and as the “Nazi Party.” But he fails to provide even the most rudimentary factual support for any of his purported allegations of misconduct, because his accusations are simply false.

This is a crucial time for Texans: the Republican controlled Texas legislature is busy passing the most anti-Latino and anti-employer immigration legislation in our era; restricting voters rights through onerous voter-id requirements and biased redistricting; raising medically unsound obstacles to the long-held reproductive freedoms of women; and cutting billions of dollars to public education, further weakening the Texas economy. And yet, in the face of these pressing challenges for Democrats, Mr. Ramos has chosen to worry about whether his “fishing buddy” is gay. He has, moreover, apparently decided to hurl inflammatory bigoted remarks (such as referring to gays as a “sinister movement” and comparing homosexuals to “children stricken with polio”) to deflect attention from his own utter incompetence and misconduct as party chair.

The good thing, if we can find a silver lining in these turbulent times for Bexar County Democrats, is that Mr. Ramos is a dinosaur at the brink of extinction. He is irrelevant to our times, will be removed as party chair, and will never again be elected to public office in this county or state---not because of his age or ailments, but because of his archaic and decrepit discriminatory views that are contrary to the definitive trend of justice in the entire Western Hemisphere. True leaders do not succumb to irrelevancy even after their physical death. Even as early as the 1970s, the iconic Mexican-American civil rights lion, Cesar Chavez, strongly and vocally supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.

Following this icon’s visionary leadership is a swell of voices that will continue to increase, from all corners, condemning Mr. Ramos’ bigoted remarks and calling for his resignation. Indeed, the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio hope and demand that all fair-minded Bexar County Democrats, including our elected officials, party leaders, and voters strongly voice their opposition to Mr. Ramos’ views, demand his immediate resignation, and support his ouster.

 

Elena Guajardo
Co-Chair
Eduardo Juarez
Co-Chair
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio

Follow Up Statement by Co-Chairs of Stonewall Democrats of SA

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Elena Guajardo at (210) 681-6798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR

Eduardo Juarez at (210) 834-3828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

FOLLOW-UP STATEMENT BY CO-CHAIRS OF STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF SAN ANTONIO

 

Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Co-Chairs Elena Guajardo and Eduardo Juarez were both born on San Antonio ’s predominantly Latino “ West Side ”.  Their statement below is addressed to a fellow “West-Sider”, Bexar County Democratic Party Chair, Dan Ramos.

 

(Friday, March 18, 2011) It is a shame and painfully unfair that the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio are forced to respond to the continued discriminatory ravings and completely baseless accusations of Dan Ramos, the Chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party.  Mr. Ramos unapologetically bellows bald and bigoted charges, singling out Stonewall Democrats as “termites” and as the “Nazi Party.” But he fails to provide even the most rudimentary factual support for any of his purported allegations of misconduct, because his accusations are simply false.

 

This is a crucial time for Texans: the Republican controlled Texas legislature is busy passing the most anti-Latino and anti-employer immigration legislation in our era; restricting voters rights through onerous voter-id requirements and biased redistricting; raising medically unsound obstacles to the long-held reproductive freedoms of women; and cutting billions of dollars to public education, further weakening the Texas economy.  And yet, in the face of these pressing challenges for Democrats, Mr. Ramos has chosen to worry about whether his “fishing buddy” is gay.  He has, moreover, apparently decided to hurl inflammatory bigoted remarks (such as referring to gays as a “sinister movement” and comparing homosexuals to “children stricken with polio”) to deflect attention from his own utter incompetence and misconduct as party chair.

 

The good thing, if we can find a silver lining in these turbulent times for Bexar County Democrats, is that Mr. Ramos is a dinosaur at the brink of extinction.  He is irrelevant to our times, will be removed as party chair, and will never again be elected to public office in this county or state---not because of his age or ailments, but because of his archaic and decrepit discriminatory views that are contrary to the definitive trend of justice in the entire Western Hemisphere.  True leaders do not succumb to irrelevancy even after their physical death.  Even as early as the 1970s, the iconic Mexican-American civil rights lion, Cesar Chavez, strongly and vocally supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.

 

Following this icon’s visionary leadership is a swell of voices that will continue to increase, from all corners, condemning Mr. Ramos’ bigoted remarks and calling for his resignation.  Indeed, the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio hope and demand that all fair-minded Bexar County Democrats, including our elected officials, party leaders, and voters strongly voice their opposition to Mr. Ramos’ views, demand his immediate resignation, and support his ouster.

 

Elena Guajardo

Co-Chair

Eduardo Juarez

Co-Chair

Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio

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Elena Guajardo and Eduardo Juarez were elected co-chairs of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio at the club’s Annual Meeting on Monday, January 17.

Five others were elected to at-large positions on the SDSA Board of Directors: Linda Allen (re-elected to second term); Lynne Armstrong; Gilbert Casillas; Rosie Gonzalez and Minerva Mendoza. Both co-chairs and the five at-large members will serve a two-year term beginning February 1.

Read the rest of this article at QSanAntonio.com.

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SDSA Board Member Eric Alva is standing at President Obama's right shoulder.  See "Picture of the Decade: The Signing of the REPEAL of Don't Ask Don't Tell" at LezGetReal (http://networkedblogs.com/c95uf).

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OUTLaws Diversity Symposium

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[See http://qsanantonio.com/stmu.html for more information.]

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Equality Forum presents GLBT icons for each day of October, to mark GLBT History Month. And this year’s first icon is Texas’ own Eric Alva of San Antonio, who was the first casualty of the Iraq war.  [Read article on DallasVoice.com.]

SDSA Co-Chair Roberto Flores Passes

Roberto FloresWe regret to report the passing of dear friend and SDSA Co-Chair Roberto Flores.  See obituaries on QSanAntonio.com and MySA.com, and visit Roberto's CaringBridge page.  Services information follows:

VISITATION
Thursday, September 9, 2010
6:00 pm
Porter Loring Mortuary North
2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX  78232
Phone:  210-495-8221

ROSARY/VIGIL SERVICE
Thursday, September 9, 2010
7:00 pm
Porter Loring Mortuary North
2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX  78232

MASS OF RESURRECTION
Friday, September 10, 2010
10:00 am
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
1602 Thousand Oaks
San Antonio, TX  78232

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Equality Texas or the Equality Texas Foundation at www.equalitytexas.org or to Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio through our partnership with ActBlue.

  

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