Fall Program Highlights

November 22, 2016

In September, three visitors from INDONESIA examined our sustainable and livable city as part of their program on “Economic Development, Tourism, & Environmental Protection in the US”. The program focused on tourism development, historic landmark preservation, repurposing land, maintaining green spaces, and developing a vibrant & sustainable urban downtown through meetings with:


- City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation

- The Pearl Brewery

- Hemisfair Park Area Development Corporation (HPARC)

- San Antonio River Authority (SARA)

- Paseo del Rio Association

-City of San Antonio’s Center City Development & Operations Department 


Visitors also had the opportunity to explore downtown & the Riverwalk, take part in the “World Heritage Festival” events such as the “San Pedro Creek Groundbreaking Ceremony & Opera” & the “Restored by Light” celebration at Mission San Jose, and share dinner with SACIV members during home hospitality.




In October, eight participants from MOZAMBIQUE studied “Civil Society Activism” in San Antonio. The program focused on youth-led organizations & service learning, grassroots coalitions, defending minority & civil rights, and lobbying local & state government through meetings with:


- MOVE San Antonio

- COPS/Metro Alliance

- San Antonio Police Department

- Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

- Haven for Hope

- International School of the Americas (ISA)

- Esperanza Peace & Justice Center


Visitors also had the opportunity to volunteer with a community service activity, observe Halloween & Dia de los Muertos celebrations around the city, explore downtown & the Riverwalk, take a day trip to Austin, attend weekend mass, meet SACIV members through home hospitality dinners, and participate in a tour of the San Antonio Missions guided by the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM).





In November, a delegation of six visitors from INDONESIA learned about the November elections though their program on “Political Activism, Community Organizing, Lobbying, & Campaigns”. The program focused on Election Day management, voter rights & education, women as political leaders, and local campaign observations through meetings with:



- Bexar County Elections Department

- MOVE San Antonio

- Sheriff Susan Pamerleau’s Re-Election Campaign

- Mayor Mike Shultz & Elected Officials of the City of Boerne

- COPS/Metro Alliance

- Bexar County Democratic Women

- Councilman Alan Warrick (District 2)



Visitors also had the opportunity to observe early voting at a local polling site, speak with volunteers at the Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters, explore downtown & the Riverwalk, go to Friday prayers at a local mosque, watch a high school football game & a Spurs game, and take part as the guests of honor at SACIV’s “Annual Dinner” event.



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