WASHINGTON - August 24 - The Sierra Club, America's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, will hold President Bush accountable for failing to protect public health in the aftermath of 9/11, and other aspects of his environmental record during the Republican National Convention in New York City.
Interviews with Sierra Club spokespeople to discuss President Bush's environmental record can be arranged by calling David Willett at 202-491-6919 (cell) or 212-791-3600x27 (NYC office).
8 Day Vigil to Support the Ground Zero Community (August 26-September 2) ---Launch Press Conference on Thursday, Aug 26, 11:00 AM Steps of Federal Hall)--- **Message: "I support the Ground Zero Community. Toxic Cleanup, Health Care, & Answers"
Sierra Club is organizing residents and workers of the Ground Zero area, and other concerned members of the public, to participate in a daily vigil marking President Bush's upcoming visit to New York. The goals of the daily, sunrise-to-sunset event are to call upon the Bush administration to meet the needs of the people affected by Ground Zero pollution, and to educate the rest of the country about the continuing risk. Participants will gather on the corner of Liberty and Broadway (one block from Ground Zero) from August 26 until the final day of the Convention (September 2). Each day will honor and advocate on behalf of a different "constituency" of the Ground Zero community. The event kicks off with a press conference on the steps of Federal Hall (across from the New York Stock Exchange) at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 26th. (corner of Wall St and Broad St, one block east of Broadway). This event is sponsored by Sierra Club, 9/11 Environmental Action, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and New York Environmental Law & Justice Project.
March to say "No to the Bush Agenda" (August 29) **Message: "It's time to conserve our energy, water and forests! SierraClub: The real compassionate conservatives."
Sierra Club is officially participating in United for Peace and Justice's impassioned, peaceful, and legal march to say "No to the Bush Agenda" past Madison Square Garden on Saturday, August 29th. Sierra Club members will wear t-shirts and hold signs that say, "It's time to conserve our energy, water and forests! Sierra Club: The real compassionate conservatives."
***On August 18th, the Sierra Club released a new, hard-hitting report titled, "Air Pollution and Deception at Ground Zero: How the Bush Administration's Reckless Disregard of 9/11 Toxic Hazards Poses Long-Term Threats for New York City and the Nation." Spokespeople are available to talk about the local and national impacts of the report's findings. The report can be found at www.sierraclub.org/groundzero