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Scott Nicol has been named a “Tyrant’s Foe” in the October issue of the Texas Observer magazine for his work in opposition to the border wall.  Scott is a McAllen resident and member of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club.   With fellow Sierra Club members and other border residents he founded No Border Wall in 2007 in an effort to stop damaging border walls from being built.

The No Border Wall website that Scott co-created and maintains is an invaluable online tool to educate the public and the press about the tremendous damage walls are causing in our borderlands.  In addition, Scott has written op-eds that have appeared regularly in the Rio Grande Guardian, and have been printed in the Christian Science Monitor, the Progressive Magazine, Austin American Statesman, and other papers around the country.  He also co-chairs the national Sierra Club Borderlands Team, which is hard at work keeping further environmentally-destructive border legislation from being passed.

Just this month, the House Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of HR 1505, which waives 36 laws on all federal lands within 100 miles of the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders for Customs and Border Protections activities.  National Parks from Big Bend to Glacier, along with wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and forests, will have no legal protections when CBP wants to build walls, roads, or bases.  Without loud opposition from environmental orgs and others it will likely pass the House, and quite possibly the Senate.  Scott and the Sierra Club Borderlands Team have been rallying opposition to the bill nationwide.

Visit sierraclub.org/borderlands to learn more.

Congratulations to Scott and the rest of the Borderlands Team for some well-deserved recognition!

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