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January 9, 2011


Contact: Maggie Kao, 919-360-0308


Sierra Club Statement on Deadly Shooting in Tucson


Tucson, AZ -- The Sierra Club wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of the victims who were wounded or killed in the deadly shooting at a public meeting in Tucson yesterday.  In this somber time, the Club offers its support to Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, a longtime ally of the environmental movement and recipient of the Sierra Club’s 2005“Most Valuable Player” award from the Grand Canyon Chapter, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to environmental protection.


Statement of Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Director Sandy Bahr:  


“Gabby is a strong environmental champion who cares deeply about Arizona. She has demonstrated these values consistently throughout her public service, including her support for protection of public lands, her promotion of renewable energy, and her brave stand in voting to address one ofthe biggest challenges we face as a nation – climate disruption.  Her speedy return to Congress is important for Arizona and the country.”


Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:


“Congresswoman Giffords has long been a hero to Sierra Club members and supporters in Arizona for her courageous defense of thestate’s beautiful landscapes and her tireless efforts to ensure our nation’s energy independence, clean air and water.   


Yesterday’s unspeakable act of violence is a reminder of the foundational importance of civil discourse to American democracy, and what can happen when that principle is upended.


We wish Rep. Giffords a full and speedy recovery, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of all the victims of this tragedy.”   



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