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E-M:/ Detroit Demo Against Engler Enviro Record a Success




News From the Sierra Club - Mackinac Chapter


For immediate release                        Contact: Alison Horton
June 25, 1997                                517/484-2372

   Citizen Demonstration at Governor's Association Conference
    Demands Michigan Protect Kids' Health and Heritage and 
        Blasts Engler for Backward Environmental Agenda

     Detroit -- More than one hundred outraged citizens converged on the Detroit Athletic Club to
protest Governor Engler's harmful environmental agenda this morning as the Governor arrived to
showcase Michigan as an example of environmental progress at a National Governor's Association
conference he is hosting on brownfields strategies.  Demanding that Michigan mayors, legislators and
other leaders take charge of Michigan's environmental future, demonstrators were calling for
Michigan to protect our children's health and heritage.

     Citizens from Detroit and other metro Detroit communities were joined by others from Flint,
Livingston County, Washtenaw County and Lansing.  Groups represented included Sierra Club,
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, United for Action from north Flint, the Million Man
March organization in Michigan,  the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan, Downriver
Citizens for a Safe Environment, Clean Water Action, the coalition to Stop the Burn at the Central
Wayne Incinerator, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, League of Conservation Voters, Don't Waste
Michigan and the Environmental Information Center among others.

     The rally was a call to action for Michigan leaders, calling on mayors, state legislators, the
congressional delegation and the courts to take charge of protecting our environmental future. 
Pointing to the fact that Governor Engler has squandered countless opportunities to make Michigan's
environment healthier and cleaner, citizens asked other leaders to join in revitalizing Michigan's
commitment to a healthy, safe, fair environment.

     A blueprint, prepared by the Sierra Club, was released at the rally.  It identified six
environmental reforms as building blocks for a better environmental future: healthier air standards,
fish that are safe to eat, enforcement of environmental laws, healthier and safer communities, restoring
our right to know, and reformed waste policies.  Copies of "Protect our Kids Health and Heritage:
Revive a Healthy Environment for Michigan" are available from the Sierra Club office at 517/484-2372.    

     With placards welcoming the conference participants to Michigan but warning them "Don't
drink the water, don't eat the fish, don't breathe the air" and charging that Governor Engler's
environmental agenda is "Unhealthy, Unsafe and Unfair", demonstrators expressed their outrage that
the Engler administration continually portrays itself as pro-environment when the facts and the record
tell a very different story. 

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