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No Justice for Mexican Activists

Rodolfo MontielA Mexican judge on July 17 denied the appeal of jailed environmental activists Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera - in spite of evidence the men were tortured into confessing crimes they didn't commit. The Sierra Club's Human Rights and the Environment Campaign will continue to press Mexico's President Fox to do everything in his power to secure the immediate and unconditional release of the two men. Recently, with the support of Club and Amnesty International activists, the New York City Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the verdict. To learn how to help Montiel and Cabrera, visit or contact Sam Parry at

Spend It Wisely

Not sure what to do with the tax rebate check in your mailbox? Check out some winning ideas, including how to donate your rebate money to Planned Parenthood, Trust for Public Land and several other groups working to fight Bush's environmentally unsound decisions.

Check Out the Burning Truth

Forest FireIs fire healthy for our forests? Should our forests be logged after a burn? If you are confused about the different opinions on fire ecology, look no further. The Club has released a report, "Beyond the Heat and Hype," that explains the benefits of fire and how it should be managed, not suppressed, in our nation's forests.

Read the full report.


A Cry for Clean Air

When the EPA held public hearings in four cities to ask whether it should uphold Clean Air Act pollution safeguards on old power plants and refineries, the Sierra Club spoke up. In Baton Rouge, Darryl Malek-Wiley led chants. In Sacramento, volunteers wore oil barrel costumes. In Boston, Jon Barrows testified that the Bush energy plan as a whole is flawed. "We are outraged," Glen Brand told a panel in Ohio. The agency is now reviewing its rule.

Photo of Rodolfo Montiel courtesy Goldman Environmental Prize, photo of forest fire courtesy USFS.

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