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Sutherland throws Sierra Club out of REI

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At a Department of Natural Resources event today in Seattle, volunteers for the Sierra Club were kicked out of REI by DNR Commissioner Doug Sutherland.

Today (10/9) Commissioner of Public Lands, Doug Sutherland, was recognizing the DNR's Forest Stewardship Council's certification at the Seattle REI.

On hand were a couple of Sierra Club volunteers, including myself, passing out a one page letter from the Sierra Club.  The letter starts with "We Congratulate DNR and FSC on this accomplishment", and goes on to say that more can be done for even better certifications.

This was apparently too much for Sutherland's staffers.  They told us our papers weren't welcome, and had us removed from REI.

Let me say that again:  The Sierra Club was thrown out of REI by the Commissioner of Public Lands, at a ceremony recognizing good stewardship!

To state what should be obvious:  This was an event of the DNR, a public agency.  We were NOT being disruptive, but passively handing papers to people entering the event at the doorway.  Our papers were NOT attack pieces, but simply a policy-letter, both recognizing progress made so far, and suggesting ways to do better.

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Were you there officially as Sierra Club volunteers? Were the hand-outs on Sierra Club stationery?  And was this state or national Sierra Club?  Just curious.

by noemie maxwell on Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 02:04:57 PM PST

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  • Answers by abelenky, 10/10/2008 01:45:27 AM PST (none / 0)
This is nonsense. You've already changed your story, admitting that REI store staff were the people who asked you to leave, which seems perfectly within their rights considering you were in their store. When you have to make things up it shows how little you really have to offer.

by MattC on Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 12:25:41 PM PST

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He needs to run some ads to counter the baloney ads for other that guy who has screwed up our natural resources.

by ktkeller on Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 08:51:53 PM PST

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