[Paleopsych] NYT: Sierra Club Revisits Issue of Immigration
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Sierra Club Revisits Issue of Immigration
April 13, 2005
By FELICITY BARRINGER
WASHINGTON, April 12 - A year after a bitter election for the board
of the Sierra Club that focused on candidates' stands on immigration,
the issue is now before the membership, this time as a ballot
Most people involved with the voting say the new campaign, which ends
on April 25, is far more low-key.
Neither side said it expected a victory for the proposal, which would
commit the club to support "lower limits on migration to the United
States to address our nation's rapid population growth and its harmful
effects on the domestic and global environment."
Five new directors are also being elected to three-year terms on the
15-member board. Some candidates oppose the established leadership and
support immigration restrictions. But unlike the opposition slate last
year, which included former Gov. Richard Lamm of Colorado, none of the
dissidents have national profiles.
Last year, the debate was tainted with allusions to racism and
character assassination, and although a taste of that vitriol was
evident in interviews with the chief combatants, the comments and the
contest this year have a pro-forma feel.
The two most visible camps are Groundswell Sierra, which opposes any
stand on immigration limits, and a group once called Sierrans United
for Population Stability, now known as Susps, which argues for them.
"We are fighting what we consider to be a hostile takeover," said J.
Robert Cox, a former club president and a professor of communication
studies at the University of North Carolina, who founded Groundswell
Sierra and echoes his group's old rallying cry against the
anti-immigration insurgents. Professor Cox supports the current board
Susps once again supports several candidates, though they are widely
considered unlikely to break into the current board lineup, which
includes a large majority in favor of the direction followed by the
club's executive director, Carl Pope.
Dick Schneider, an environmental policy consultant in Oakland, Calif.,
and a Susps member, said Tuesday that the issue was being revisited,
in part to fulfill an agreement by the two groups in 2003 to defer the
ballot question on immigration until a nonpresidential election year.
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