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Sierra Club honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In NEWSPRINT on May 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm

In honor of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Sierra Club’s Scrapbook blog highlights some of the Club’s recent collaborations with Asian Americans and Asians.

Below are excerpts from the Club’s blog entry.  Read the entire post here.

[This spring, Sierra Club President Allison] Chin will address the EPA in San Francisco and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C., relating her own story as an Asian American environmentalist and stressing the importance of the Blue Green Alliance. She will also speak at two events in Southern California…
The Sierra Club has long been partnering with Asian Americans. In New Orleans, Delta Chapter activists helped parishioners at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church form the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, dedicated to sustainably rebuilding New Orleans’ Viet Village neighborhood…

Viet Village protest

Viet Village residents gather in the fall of 2007 to celebrate the closing of the landfill and demand state action to clean up toxic debris remaining there. Image and caption source: http://sierraclub.typepad.com/scrapbook/2009/05/club-marks-asianpacific-american-heritage-month.html

Minnesota Inner City Outings leaders run monthly outings for participating youth from the Hmong American Partnership, among other local youth groups…

SC inner city outings

Minnesota Inner City Outings leaders run monthly outings for participating youth from the Hmong American Partnership, among other local youth groups. Image and caption from http://sierraclub.typepad.com/scrapbook/2009/05/club-marks-asianpacific-american-heritage-month.html.

Club Executive Director Carl Pope met in 2007 with Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, in Washington, D.C., to discuss solutions  to environmental challenges in both countries, and how the U.S. and China can learn from one another.

I greatly appreciate the work of the Sierra Club, Sustainable South Bronx, and numerous other environmental and community-based organizations that incorporate and celebrate racial and ethnic diversity in their programs.

— posted by Debbie Chong

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