Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 12, 2021

Audubon calls for Removal of Donald Trump from office

Letter from Audubon calling for the removal of Donald Trump from office and holding some members of Congress responsible for the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

National Audubon Society has a long history of leadership in public policy. From advocating for clean air and water to supporting renewable energy to protecting the places birds need, we work every day to create a brighter future for birds and people. Our very founding grew out of a grassroots organizing effort to end the slaughter of birds like the Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill for their prized feathers.

For more than a century, Audubon’s members, volunteers, donors and staff have been conservationists and community builders. Audubon members are consistent voters and advocates. Everything we stand for and all of the work we do is predicated on the rule of law, a healthy democracy and robust civic institutions.

As a proud 115-year-old member of civil society in America, Audubon has the standing and the obligation to hold officials accountable for the principles designed to bind us together. Because we share the benefits of a stable democracy and respect the rule of law, we are able to advocate for bedrock conservation laws like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in legislatures and in courts.

And, so, when democracy itself is undermined, we must speak up. That’s why we’re taking the extraordinary step of calling for the immediate removal of President Trump and making it plain that we are holding some members of Congress responsible for the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

We’ve been clear and unequivocal about urging our leaders to accept the resultsof a free and fair election that drew record turnout, and in which so many Audubon members voted.

We’re proud that Audubon and our members prioritize fairness for all people, regardless of race or who they are. We condemn both the violent worldview of the insurrectionists, and the preferential treatment shown by law enforcement to white rioters, in contrast to the violent treatment of Black and brown people peacefully protesting for equal treatment under the law last year.

Audubon brings together diverse stakeholders with common values to advance bird conservation, and with that power comes a responsibility to raise our voice in this historic moment.

Together, we stand for the protection of human lives and the foundation of our democracy—and for all the birds and special places we hold so dear.


David Yarnold 
CEO and President
National Audubon Society


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