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JPIVEY

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Pay attention to paragraph 2 ( guerilla warfare ); In light of the recent vandalism brought to you by the E.L.F, I thought this was somewhat interesting.

This was forwarded to two local papers, 1 in No. Cal and one here in So. Cal.

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THIS MESSAGE IS AN INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE BEING SENT TO ALL SIERRA
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To: Volunteer Leaders and Staff
From: Carl Pope and Bruce Hamilton
RE: New leadership of our Stop Bush/Beat Bush Campaigns

We are facing environmental assaults from the Bush Administration and the Congress unlike anything we have witnessed. The Board of
Directors and the Conservation Governance Committee have resolved that our efforts to stop these attacks, and then to defeat George Bush in 2004, should be our highest organizational priorities. To accomplish these goals they have called on all branches of the Sierra Club to align their activities and resources with these objectives.

To carry these programs out we have adopted three primary strategies: raising people's sights by promoting visionary solutions to environmental problems; building community by establishing
one-on-one, personal relationships with our friends and neighbors;
and using guerilla warfare to stop attacks on the environment. We
must hold Bush and other public officials accountable by exposing the impact of their policies where they are most vulnerable to public counter pressure; we must build an informed community of
environmental citizens who understand what Bush is doing because they are talking with their friends and neighbors about this; we must inspire them to action with a vision of where America should and can go.

To stop the Bush Administration assault on the environment we have designed and are starting to implement a huge public education and public mobilization effort. We are also coordinating through the Integrated National Conservation Action Committee to plan and fund an aggressive lobbying program to head off the assault in the Congress and to hold elected officials and President Bush accountable before and after votes and administrative actions that attack environmental programs. We are also gearing up a separate huge voter education effort (the Environmental Voter Education Campaign) for 2004 and a powerful 2004 electoral program (Sierra Club Political Committee).

A cultural challenge that we face within the Sierra Club is that we
have tended to design and run separate independent conservation
programs on a wide variety of topics: Conservation Law, Environmental Partnerships, Population Stabilization, Forest Protection, Green Trade, Energy and Global Warming, Lewis and Clark. We do not believe we will be able to defend the environment from Bush's policies or ultimately beat Bush unless we do coordinate and align our various programs in a completely unprecedented way. Our resources and volunteers and staff must be intensely focused on our overarching goals and our chosen strategies. Each of our activities must be designed and coordinated to the maximum extent possible to work together to stop Bush.

For the past 9 months the two of us have been trying to coordinate
this effort from the staff side. We have also been carrying out our
other duties as Executive Director and Conservation Director. We plan to remain deeply involved. These mega-efforts must be the highest priority for the two of us for the next 14 months. We also realize these mega-campaigns need full time senior staff leadership, focused around the clock, leadership which does not get pulled off to address other critical Sierra Club business. We need to manage these efforts on a full-time and much tighter fashion.

As a result, we have approved a reorganization of our senior staff.
We are giving a special national assignment to two of our most
talented strategists and campaign managers. We are also reassigning and elevating other key staff members to achieve maximum alignment and coverage. Starting immediately Legislative Director Debbie Sease will become the National Campaign Director. Debbie will oversee and coordinate the entire Stop Bush effort. At the same time Northwest Senior Regional Staff Director Bill Arthur will become the Deputy National Campaign Director for Field Operations. Bill will continue to report to National Field Director Bob Bingaman, but he will assume a national role of planning, aligning and coordinating all of the field programs focused on stopping Bush.

All of the various major programs of the Club the legal program, the legislative program, the political program, the field program, the partnerships program etc. will feed into this overall effort. Holding them accountable for their contribution to this overall effort will be the joint responsibility of Debbie and Bill. (They will continue
to be supervised by the present staff structure for activities other
than the Stop Bush campaigns, and in a formal, administrative sense.) Volunteer leaders will continued to determine policy issues which arise in the implementation of each program. But Debbie and Bill, along with the PEAC Committee, will be charged with ensuring that the entire national organization carries out the Board mandate that stopping, as well as replacing, Bush, are the Sierra Club's highest priorities for the next fourteen months. Devoting Debbie Sease and Bill Arthur to these national campaign management tasks will leave some significant holes in our management structure, but luckily we are blessed with a deep bench of talent in the DC office and Northwest Region.

In the Northwest, Kathleen Casey will be assuming the role of Acting Northwest Regional Staff Director between now and November 2004. Other staff members will also be asked to take on additional acting duties and we will be adding some staff to make sure the essential work is accomplished in Bill's absence.

In the DC office Melanie Griffin will take on an acting assignment as National Programs Director in addition to her ongoing duties as
Director of Environmental Partnerships. At the same time Debbie
Boger, our Senior Representative on Energy issues, will assume a full time acting assignment as Deputy Legislative Director. Between the two of them they will take over most of the former duties of Debbie Sease, freeing her up to devote full time to the vital National Campaign Director role.

As we move forward with implementing this aggressive effort, we must prioritize our work. Some of the tasks that we have routinely done in the past may no longer be done, or may be done in a new fashion. Tasks which used to get attention as top priority may now have a lower priority. Some traditional efforts may need to be deferred or dropped. It is important that we all respect the need for that flexibility and keep our eye on the bull’s-eye -- stopping Bush.

Debbie Sease has already begun the transition and is in the process of contracting with a management consultant who can help us pull together a comprehensive set of campaign plans and help us identify key bottlenecks, choices, and opportunities. This is the most complex and difficult thing we have ever undertaken. We are going to reflect the seriousness of that challenge by reaching out in new ways to new sources of professional expertise.

Debbie and Bill will be joining a set of senior volunteers and staff
who have been charged by the Board to steer this effort. The Public Education and Alignment Committee (PEAC) is chaired by former President Jennifer Ferenstein, and also includes President Larry Fahn, VP Chuck McGrady, and Board member and former President Robbie Cox. The lead senior staff working closely with this committee are Carl Pope, Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director Maggie Fox, Debbie Sease, Field Director Bob Bingaman, Political Director Margaret Conway, Media Director Kerri Glover, and Communications Consultant Kim Haddow, and now Bill Arthur. As you can see, this has the attention, involvement and support of the highest level of the Club volunteer and staff structure. Raising funds for this effort has also been made one of the highest priorities for 2004 by the Board.

In the coming months we expect these mega campaigns will touch every part of the Sierra Club -- if we are doing our job correctly. We will be having a dialog with the Council and the Board at the annual meeting later this month to explore the opportunities -- and the challenges -- which this moment poses. This campaign, and these temporary staff assignments, will run through November 2004. In the meantime, please join with us in thanking these stellar employees for taking on this increased responsibility to help lead us to victory.
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BadgerMan

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Yada, yada, yada..........

Man, it seems like they are more concerned with beating Bush than they are with "saving" the environment. I am not aware of any adverse effects on the environment stemming from the Bush presidency. My belief is that the left is still upset about LOSING the last presidential election.

Let 'em try waging their guerilla warfare around a U.P. deer camp this fall! Hehe!
 

Jaybird

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#3
Originally posted by JPIVEY
Raising funds for this effort has also been made one of the highest priorities for 2004 by the Board.
They hate Bush and love the money that other Bush haters like to donate to the idiotic cause.

If I were a Sierra member, and really concerned with my environment, would I not look at the forest fires of recent years and say to myself:

"Hey, why in the world do I want to fight a policy that would help to keep my beloved trees from burning up?...I've seen that restricting ANY sort of brush clearing in the name of evironmental preservation causes havoc on the forests, so why do I not get on the bandwagon with those who are actually trying to do something positive in the way of forest protection? If I am truly concerned with my environment, then why don't I agree with a policy that says we can clear brush, harvest trees responsibly, and allow us to enjoy our natural resources instead of cloistering them so nobody enjoys them accept at a distance?"

It's very clear that the agenda of the Sierra Club is not the true concern for our environment, but rather the continuation of hatred for Bush and conservatives.
Because with that hatred, comes the money from other misguided haters...which is the REAL objective here.
 

jmics19067

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I have counted the word Bush 10 times with stopping, defeating, or replacing him 8 times. does that mean 80 % percent of their efforts are aimed at Bush compared to the 20% of his policies?

natural resources

they are only resources if you are allowed to use them. They have no intention of "conserving our natural resources" but of only taking away the freedoms of Americans by telling land owners what they can do with thier own property. It might be government owned land now but it will trickle down to corporate property, farm /ranch owners and home owners if they have their way.
 

JPIVEY

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If Bush is not relected, it won't be because of these bozos, but I can see them collecting a ton of money, losing their little war against Bush and then using that money to file a ton of BS lawsuits to lock up or block as much land as they can.

If the lawsuits don't work for them, then I am concerned with the guerilla warfare commit. We already find wire traps, trees blocking trails ( obviously cut ) and vandelisum of trucks and trailers and there has been injuries from some of this.

But, all that aside, the guarilla warfare commit has me thinking that they do support what the ELF does and that maybe this will be their new or renewed strategy.
 
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XRpredator

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Just once I wanna catch those bass turds dicking with the trail . . . just once . . .

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