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E-M:/ GroundswellSierra Endorses Michigan's Jan O'Connell

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Note to Michigan Sierra Club Members:

Please take this seriously.   The national Sierra Club is at
serious risk of being taken over by animal rights/anti-immigration
nutcases who want to completely change the character of the
organization.   Please be very careful who you vote for in the Sierra Club
board member election.    The takeover insurgents already have
3 members on the national board.   We're talking about people running who
have never attended any kind of a Sierra Club meeting or served in a
leadership position anywhere in the organization that are mounting this
hostile takeover attempt.

Note that our very own Jan O'Connell of Grand Rapids is
a nominating committee candidate for the national board!!   Please
be sure to give her your support along with the rest of the Groundswell Sierra

Please check out 
<http://www.groundswellsierra.org>http://www.groundswellsierra.org    This 
is supported by several past Sierra Club presidents.   Voting in the
next Sierra Club board election has never been more important.   Please
be sure to vote when you receive your election ballot packet.

Alex Sagady
Sierra Club volunteer

Sender: lawrencedowning@groundswellsierra.org
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Subject: Groundswell Sierra Endorses Five Candidates for the Board
From: "Lawrence Downing" <lawrencedowning@groundswellsierra.org>
To: ajs@sagady.com
Message-Id: <E1AvcnK-00037J-00@puggy.symonds.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 05:40:18 -0800

Dear Alex,

     The Sierra Club has been targeted for a hostile takeover by
anti-immigration, animal rights and other groups who are running
petition candidates with no Sierra Club experience for the Board
of Directors. Don't take our word for it: The Los Angeles Times,
Santa Fe New Mexican, Denver Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer
have all warned that the threat is serious. That's why Groundswell
Sierra - a diverse group of Sierra Club volunteers who are working
to defend the Sierra Club - is asking you to support five Nominating
Committee-recommended candidates who have over 75 years of
collective experience as Sierra Club grassroots activists and will
put their loyalty to the Sierra Club above their personal agendas:
    * NICK AUMEN, Everglades restoration scientist and former
    *         Sierra Club Treasurer and Vice President for Conservation.
    * DAVE KARPF, Recent Director of Sierra Student Coalition,
    *         and Chair of the Sierra Club's Training and national EPEC
    *         field programs.
    * JAN O'CONNELL, Sierra Club Treasurer, former Vice
    *         President for Organizational Effectiveness, fundraiser in
    *         the Sierra Club's beat-Bush effort.

    * SANJAY RANCHOD, delegate to the U.N. Kyoto global
    *         warming negotiations and Chair of the Sierra Club's
    *         Sustainable Planet Strategy Team.
    * LISA RENSTROM, leader of the Harvard project to
    *         strengthen the Sierra Club's groups and chapters, former
    *         Director, former Foundation Trustee, and former Chair of
    *         the Sierra Club's fundraising efforts.
Nick, Dave, Jan, Sanjay, and Lisa have brought experience and
dedicated leadership to the Sierra Club. They have led our
conservation priority campaigns, the Sierra Club's EPEC program,
help strengthen the Sierra Club's financial health, run the Sierra
Student Coalition, and represented the Sierra Club at UN conferences
on the Kyoto accord on global warming. (For information on these
candidates, go to our website, 
<http://www.groundswellsierra.org>http://www.groundswellsierra.org )

     At a time when the Sierra Club's own democratic process is being
used against us, when our agenda and assets are targeted for takeover
by outsiders, we are giving Nick, Dave, Jan, Sanjay, and Lisa our
unqualified support. These are trusted leaders who have shown that
they value the Club's mission and grassroots culture, and who believe
only a united and strong Sierra Club can stop George Bush's assaults
on our air, water, wild lands and wildlife.

     Finally, we would be remiss if did not acknowledge the invaluable
contributions former Board Directors Chad Hanson, Michael Dorsey
and Ed Dobson have made to the Sierra Club's conservation work,
and we wish them well in this election.

     Please share this email with as many of your friends and other
Sierra Club members as you can. Urge them to visit our website
( <http://www.groundswellsierra.org>http://www.groundswellsierra.org ),
and when their ballots arrive in early March, please VOTE!

     There's a lot at stake. The following quotes explain why.

     "We're only three directors away from controlling the board.
And, once we get three more directors elected...[We'll] change the
entire agenda of that organization."
     -- Paul Watson, Sierra Club Director and animal rights activist
        at the center of the take over effort.

     "If they succeed. Our integrity, our credibility and our
reputation will be severely damaged and we will be rendered less
effective on all the issues our members care about."
     -- Ross Vincent, long time Sierra Club activist.

     "Fighting over immigration policy nearly destroyed the Sierra
Club's effectiveness once; it cannot be allowed to happen again by
electing people to the board whose purpose is to overthrow its
established policies. We should not be battling each other when
our main task must be to end the worst administration in the history
of our nation."
     -- Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies,
        Stanford University

     "Sierra Club has an essential role and voice in the debate over
the health of our environment. It is crucial that this voice and
leadership are maintained and strengthened during these
challenging times."
     --Carol Browner, Chair of National Audubon Society, former
        EPA Administrator, 1993-2001.

     "Now more than ever we need a strong Sierra Club. With the
Bush administration's assault on the environment, we need directors
who care about its 112- year mission. Please support these five
nominated candidates."
     --Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Environmentalist and NRDC
        Board Member

Learn more: <http://www.groundswellsierra.org>http://www.groundswellsierra.org

By circulating this to your personal contacts, you can help support
the Sierra Club's democratic culture against outsider takeover.
Please don't spam; spam works against us.

If you're not interested in hearing from Groundswell Sierra about
these challenges, please drop us a line and we'll make sure we
don't send you any further messages.

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