[saymaListserv] Fwd: Save the Sierra Club from Hostile Takeover
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Thu Mar 31 21:44:32 JEST 2005
If any folks at Meeting belong to the Sierra Club, this will be of interest
>Anti-immigrant groups are trying to force the Sierra Club to oppose
>immigration, sidetracking the Club from urgent environmental fights. Help
>defend this important ally: if you're a Sierra Club member, Vote No on the
>ballot question on immigration. Read below for instructions.
>Dear MoveOn member,
>Are you a Sierra Club member? The future of the Sierra Club is at stake.
>Last year, Sierra Club members voted in record numbers to defeat a hostile
>takeover attempt by outside groups hoping to use the Club's democratic
>processes to push their own anti-immigration agenda. Now, these groups
>have forced an anti-immigrant measure onto the 2005 Sierra Club ballot
>that would require the Club to advocate for new restrictions on
>immigration into the U.S.a policy that will do nothing to protect the
>global environment but will cripple the Sierra Club at a time when all
>progressives need them to be powerfully focused on righting the
>environmental wrongs of the current administration.
>Why are we getting involved? Groundswell Sierra, a network of Sierra Club
>members and former staff, asked us to tell the hundreds of thousands of
>Club members in the MoveOn community, many of whom are in the dark because
>by-laws keep Club staff from discussing this issue. It's such a serious
>threat to the progressive movement we felt we needed to pass it on.
>If right-wing anti-immigrant groups succeed in their stealth drive to
>change the Club's agenda, it would drive a wedge between environmental
>groups and millions of Americans, including Latinos who have led the
>environmental justice movement and are an important part of the
>progressive community. It would be a serious setback for the larger
>progressive coalition, and make the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots
>environmental organization, much less effective in blocking President
>Bush's anti-environmental agenda.
>These outside groups are also running stealth candidates for the board of
>directors without declaring their true anti-immigrant agenda. But a
>decisive defeat could end their efforts to take over the Sierra Club.
>If you are a Sierra Club member, you'll receive your ballot in the mail
>any day now. Groundswell Sierra recommends:
> * Vote "No" on the ballot question on immigration.
> * Vote for only 5 of these 6 experienced Sierra Club candidates for
> the Board:
> * Jim CatlinChuck McGrady
> * Barbara FrankJennifer Ferenstein
> * Joni BoshJim Dougherty
> * Please vote for only 5 of these candidatesvoting for all 6 will
> disqualify your ballot!
> * You can vote online but must have your paper ballot in hand. For
> info on voting and a sample ballot, go to:
> * <http://www.moveon.org/r?r=677&t=1>http://www.moveon.org/r?r=677&t=1
> * Let us know you're voting, so we can track our impact. Click here:
> * Please pass this on to your Sierra Club member friends.
>Who's behind the attempt get the Sierra Club to oppose immigration? Some
>supporters are environmentalists who believe that ending immigration will
>reduce environmental damage (though world-renowned scientists Anne and
>Paul Ehrlich, who wrote the seminal book The Population Bomb, disagree and
>oppose this takeover). But much of the impetus comes from long time,
>extreme-right immigration opponents who've adopted a strategy of
>"greenwashing" their arguments to gain mainstream support for denying
>immigrants basic human rights like health care or education.
>Opponents of the anti-immigrant measure and board candidates include
>Robert Kennedy, Jr., former Environmental Protection Agency head Carol
>Browner, and every living current or former Sierra Club president.
>During last year's fight, the New York Times editorialized, "Adding such a
>toxic issue as immigration to the Sierra Club's agenda would simply divert
>the organization from its primary responsibility, which is to keep real
>environmental problems in the public consciousness."1 Robert Redford
>wrote, "Blaming immigrants will not solve any of our environmental
>problems. Refocusing the Sierra Club on stopping President Bush will...
>America needs the same Sierra Club that kept the Grand Canyon from being
>dammed and flooded, that helped create the Grand Staircase-Escalante
>National Monument, that is working tirelessly to stop the Bush
>administration from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, back
>at full strength and on the front lines in the fight against Bush and his
>administration. It's a fight we won't win without the Club."2
>The Sierra Club board has worked to educate Club members about this issue:
>you can read the organization's policy on the issue at
>and read an argument against the current ballot proposal at
>If you are a Sierra Club member, please take the time to vote on this
>–Adam, Eli, Justin, and the MoveOn.org team
> Thursday, March 31st, 2005
>1. "Rumble at the Sierra Club," New York Times, March 17, 2004
>2. "Redford's Plea for the Sierra Club," San Francisco Chronicle, April
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