Sierra Club North Star Chapter Endorses Peter Wagenius in Senate District 59 Special Election

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2327 East Franklin Avenue, Ste. 1  Minneapolis, MN 55406
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SIERRA CLUB NORTH STAR CHAPTER ENDORSES PETER WAGENIUS IN SENATE DISTRICT 59 SPECIAL ELECTION

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter has endorsed Peter Wagenius in the upcoming special election primary on December 6 for Minnesota Senate District 59.

“We believe that Peter’s experience and dedicated advocacy on environmental issues make him uniquely qualified to handle the job of Minnesota State Senator,” said Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, “Peter Wagenius will be an outstanding representative for the people of Senate District 59, and we look forward to working with him as our newest State Senator.”

The primary election in Senate District 59 is scheduled for December 6, 2011.  The general election will be held on January 10, 2012.  Senate District 59 includes all of Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, as well as both the East Bank and West Bank campuses of the University of Minnesota and the surrounding Cedar/Riverside neighborhood.

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The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment.

 

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Sierra Club North Star Chapter to Oppose Marriage Amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2011

Sierra Club North Star Chapter to Oppose Marriage Amendment

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter has adopted a resolution opposing the November 2012 constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples. It is the first environmental organization in Minnesota to publicly stand against enshrining discrimination in the state’s constitution.

“To achieve our mission of environmental protection and a sustainable future for our planet, we must attain social justice and human rights at home and around the globe,” said Margaret Levin, the state director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. “The Sierra Club North Star Chapter has a long history of working together to protect our communities and our planet. We do not tolerate injustice, and we will not stand by and allow our state constitution to be used as a means of dividing communities and harming families.”

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The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment.

Sierra Club Responds to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Approval of Klobuchar-Bachmann Bridge Bill

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2327 East Franklin Avenue, Ste. 1  Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612-659-9124  Fax: 612-669-9129
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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, November 10, 2011

SIERRA CLUB RESPONDS TO SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF KLOBUCHAR-BACHMANN BRIDGE BILL


On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the Bachmann-Klobuchar bill out of committee, sending it to the Senate floor. The bill would exempt the currently proposed, massive St. Croix Crossing project from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

“This bill amounts to a gutting of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – to push through a massive, over-engineered and costly new bridge,” said Jim Rickard, Sierra Club St. Croix Valley group spokesperson. “The Sierra Club supports a new crossing that is less expensive and intrusive on the river, and opposes any effort to weaken the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

On Thursday the Sensible Stillwater Bridge Coalition concurrently released the results of an independent study done on the cost of their less-intrusive bridge design, which the Sierra Club supports. The analysis, prepared by independent engineers, found that the Sensible Stillwater Bridge plan will cost about $394 million — 57 percent of the price tag of the freeway-style bridge championed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

“With over 1,100 structurally deficient bridges in Minnesota alone, we call on state and federal officials to reconsider the cost and scale of the $690 million proposed design, and support a less costly and reasonable solution,” said Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

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