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Enviro-Mich message from "Mary La France" <mlafrance@sbcglobal.net>
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> Yes because of the absense of information about Nestle/Perrier/Ice
Mountain
> depleting Michigan's water, people continue to buy Ice Mountain from  all
> the "big box" stores such as Meijer, Farmer Jack, Sams Club, Gorton Food
> Service.
>
> All of us have the obligation to talk to people, at work. . . standing in
> lines at the grocery stores. . . we also need to mention it to the
cashiers.
> They have no idea.
>
> Kids in school prefer to buy bottled water from a vending machine even if
> the drinking fountain is right next to it. We're bringing up a generation
of
> kids that don't "Drink Tap."
>
> If you need some ammunition about the Ice Mountain case, the Sweet Water
> Alliance has a website dedicated to it: www.waterissweet.org. They are
> waging a boycot.
>
> Bigger than this is the growing body of evidence that water privatization
is
> being driven by the power industry. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is
> dependent on being able to harness huge amounts of water, hydroelectric
> dams, etc.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barbara Jean Madsen" <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
> To: "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
> Cc: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
> Sent: Friday, September 26, 2003 11:56 AM
> Subject: Re: E-M:/ Condemning violations of laws
>
>
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> > Enviro-Mich message from Barbara Jean Madsen <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
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> >
> > Like you, Anne, I had not seen or heard anything about this incident
until
> > receiving Mr.  Groenleer's posting.  It is, of course, ridiculous to
think
> > that any of the local people fighting this project in the courts would
be
> > a party to such terrorism; after all, many of the people who work at
that
> > plant are their neighbors and even friends and relatives.
> >
> > What has really been "deafening" is the silence of the media in
reporting
> > almost anything about this whole case; in southeast Michigan, at least
95%
> > of the people I talk to have no idea that Nestle/Ice Mountain is pumping
> > water anywhere in Michigan, or that there is any opposition to their
doing
> > so.
> >
> > --B.J. Madsen
> >
> >
> > On Fri, 26 Sep 2003, Anne M. Woiwode wrote:
> >
> >
>
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> > > Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode"
<anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
> >
>
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> > >
> > > Response to Marc Groenleer:
> > >
> > > Apparently you know a heck of a lot more about this issue than I do --
> > > until seeing the articles you posted, I had yet to see anything in
print
> > > on the matter.  Your attempt to lump legitimate environmental
activists
> > > with vandals and those who evidently believe violence is acceptable is
> > > outrageous, and ill-informed.  Sierra Club has for years spoken out
> > > against actions by ELF -- below is our statement in August on an
> > > incident in San Diego which points out our long history of condemning
> > > acts of violence.  After that is a letter we sent in 2001 to Congress
on
> > > our condemnation of violence.  I am not clear why you didn't
> > > specifically reference in your posting Terry Swier's quotes in the
> > > articles you cited, which eloquently state that this kind of action is
> > > crazy --
> > >
> > > "Who in their right mind would do something like this?" she said. "Our
> > > fight is in the courts, not on the ground. This is not what I want in
> > > our community."
> > >
> > > Illegal acts, particularly those that threaten the health and
well-being
> > > of anyone, whether through acts of vandalism or failure to abide by
> > > environmental laws, are never acceptable.
> > >
> > > Anne Woiwode
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> > >
> > >     August 25 , 2003
> > >
> > >
> > > CONTACT:
> > >                                                    Eric Antebi
> > > 415-977-5747
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >      STATEMENT ON RECENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF THE
ENVIRONMENT
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >                       FROM CARL POPE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    "The Sierra Club strongly condemns all acts of violence in the name
> > > of
> > >    the environment, and we specifically denounce the Earth Liberation
> > >
> > >    Front's recent acts of arson and vandalism at a construction site
in
> > > San
> > >    Diego and at car dealerships in Southern California.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    "While nonviolent civil disobedience has a distinguished place in
> > >
> > >    American history, the Sierra Club uses only lawful means to protect
> > > the
> > >    environment. We can respect the decision of those who, by
undertaking
> > >
> > >    acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, put themselves at risk, but
> > >
> > >    peaceful disobedience and violence are vastly different acts. No
> > > matter
> > >    what the motivation, the Sierra Club does not condone any acts of
> > >
> > >    violence.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    "For the Sierra Club and other environmental groups, this is not a
> > > new
> > >    position. In fact, when a Forest Service facility in the Willamette
> > >
> > >    National Forest was torched in 1996, the Sierra Club offered a
reward
> > > to
> > >    anyone who could help identify the perpetrators.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    "Moreover, the Earth Liberation Front itself studs its literature
> > > with
> > >    Sierra Club statements denouncing ELF; they know where we stand --
> > >
> > >    against their violence."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >                                   *********
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >    The Earth Liberation Front's magazine, Resistance, cites the
> > > following
> > >    Sierra Club statements denouncing acts of violence in the name of
the
> > >
> > >    environment.
> > >
> > >         "I disagree (that radicals help the movement) in a lot of
> > > ways..."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "Maybe it would be different if things were reported
> > > differently,
> > >         but we all end up being lumped together. Issues get lumped
> > > together
> > >         and environmentalists get lumped together." --- Sandy Bahr,
> > > Sierra
> > >         Club (NOW, March 22-28 2001, Vol.20, NO. 29)
> > >
> > >         "This is a very adolescent and rather terrible thing to do in
an
> > >
> > >         attempt to right what they feel is a wrong." --- Charlotte
> > >
> > >         Holzkamaper, chair of the Rogue Group, Sierra Club (Federal
Cops
> > >
> > >         Look into ELF Activities, The Associated Press, 1998)
> > >
> > >         "It sullies the reputation of everyone involved in the
> > >
> > >         environmental movement."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "We certainly don't approve of the tactic..."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "We don't think that that's the appropriate way to get things
> > >
> > >         done." ---Tom Dimitre, chairman of the Rogue Group, Sierra
Club
> > >
> > >         (Fri., 1/12/01, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.)
> > >
> > >         "These incidents of violence which endanger the lives of
> > >
> > >         firefighters, police and the public cannot be condoned or
> > > excused
> > >         at any level."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "It's too bad - everytime it happens, the environmental
movement
> > >
> > >         gets a lot of bad press."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "Our only thought about them is hoping that law enforcement
> > > brings
> > >         them to justice swiftly." ---Allen Mattison, Sierra Club
> > > spokesman
> > >         (Loose-knit Radical Group Hides in Internet's
> > > Shadow;Ecoterrorists
> > >         took credit for spate of costly arsons, The Dallas Morning
News,
> > >
> > >         4/6/01)
> > >
> > >         "To me, these actions are more about arson than about the
bigger
> > >
> > >         environmental picture."
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "They make it more of a challenge for us because,
unfortunately,
> > > we
> > >         all get lumped together in the eyes of the public." --- Sandy
> > > Bahr,
> > >         legislative liason for Arizona's Sierra Club chapter
(Christian
> > >
> > >         Science Monitor, 2/9/01)
> > >
> > >         "I walk in to a meeting of the Natural Resources Committee and
> > > they
> > >         say 'Oh, you're with those extremists!'"
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >         "So I have to take time explaining that the Sierra Club isn't
> > > part
> > >         of this and doesn't support these actions." --- Caryl Terrell,
> > >
> > >         Sierra Club legislative coordinator in Madison (Shepard
Express
> > >
> > >         Metro, 11/23/00, Milwaukee, WI)
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >                                         ###
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > November 1, 2001
> > >
> > > James V. Hansen
> > > U.S. House of Representatives
> > > Committee on Resources
> > > Washington, DC  20515
> > >
> > > Dear Chairman Hansen,
> > >
> > > I am surprised you have not seen the Sierra Club's denunciations of
> > > terrorist acts given our frequently and clearly stated position. The
> > > Sierra Club condemns all violent acts, including those in the name of
> > > the environment.  As the enclosure documents, even the Earth
Liberation
> > > Front that you mention in your letter has chronicled Sierra Club
> > > denouncements of their violent acts that appeared in various national
> > > and local news publications.
> > >
> > > While nonviolent civil disobedience has a distinguished place in
> > > American history, the Sierra Club uses only lawful means to protect
the
> > > environment. We can respect the decision of those who, by undertaking
> > > acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, put themselves at risk, but
> > > peaceful disobedience and violence are vastly different acts.  No
matter
> > > what the motivation, the Sierra Club does not condone any acts of
> > > violence.
> > >
> > > Sincerely,
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Jennifer Ferenstein
> > > President
> > >
> > > cc: Representative Scott McInnis, Representative John Peterson,
> > > Representative Bob Schaffer, Representative Greg Walden,
Representative
> > > J.D. Hayworth, Representative George Nethercutt
> > >
> > > Enc: Earth Liberation Front magazine's chronicle of Sierra Club's
> > > statements denouncing violent acts.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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