Citing the anti-immigration position of Austin Earth Day Festival underwriter and Dallas developer Trammell as the reason, the Austin chapter of the Sierra Club has pulled out the city's Earth Day celebration, the Austin American-Statesman reported today.
The event is scheduled to take place April 23 in the Mueller neighborhood.
According to the Statesman, members of the environmental group's board cite the inclusion in the Crow-founded Dallas festival of at least three organizations that call for tighter immigration controls: The Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, and Progressives for Immigration Reform
The daily reports that Southern Poverty Law Center, has categorized the groups as "anti-immigrant" and has traced their ties to white nationalists.
The Dallas groups in question connect their anti-immigration stances with population control, which they say is essential to environmental preservation, the paper reported.
Trammell Crow has had an Austin office since 1969, according to its website, and has been a major player in Austin development for decades. Its Austin projects have included The Arboretum, Braker Center, Research Park, Southpark and 301 Congress; it will also be the master planner for the Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment downtown.