News Release: Organizing a Political Movement Around I-69

Former Hoosier Environmental Council Executive Director Jeff Stant will deliver a speech on the subject "Organizing a Political Movement Around I-69" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. This nonpartisan discussion on political strategies to stop new-terrain I-69 will be free and open to the public.

Stant is an Indianapolis native whose activist roots trace back to his days as an IU student in the late 1970s and early 80s. His relentless advocacy for wilderness in the Hoosier National Forest as a student volunteer for the Uplands Group Sierra Club established Stant as an environmental leader of statewide stature. After a stint with the National Taxpayers Union in Washington, he returned to Indiana in 1985 to become the first executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Stant left HEC in 2000 to spend more time with his family. He lives in Indianapolis and works as a consultant to a variety of citizen groups.

Through his 15 years at HEC's helm, Stant led the group from a longstanding dream of state environmental leaders into the largest citizen-led environmental group in Indiana. During his tenure, HEC identified new-terrain I-69 as the single greatest threat to Southern Indiana's forests, farms, wetlands, and culture since the 1985 Hoosier National Forest clearcutting plan. Under the leadership of Tim Maloney and Andy Knott, HEC continues to be a leader in a coalition of citizen groups and nongovernmental organizations working to prevent further ruination of Southwest Indiana' globally unique and critically important environmental and cultural heritage.

This public-education event is being organized by The Bloomington Alternative and co-sponsored by a host of southern Indiana citizen groups and concerned individuals, including:

Hoosier Environmental Council Action Fund
Association of Monroe County Taxpayers
Monroe County Green Party
Brown County Green Party
L.B. Stant & Associates
Lucille Bertuccio
Tom Tokarski
Kathy Klawitter
Joshua Martin
John Maier
David Coyte
Peggy Sue Howard
Jeanne Melchior
Jim Kennington
Anne Tangeman

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