Cancel White Supremacist Conference!

 

Hampshire students and organizers with Center for New Community in Chicago are asking those who think white nationalist and anti-immigration activists have no place in the National Press Club to TAKE ACTION.

Progressives for Immigration Reform (a spin-off group of FAIR, which co-drafted Arizona’s draconian S.B. 1070) is holding a conference tomorrow, attempting to linking environmental degradation to immigration. The conference highlights at least five speakers from anti-immigrant groups:

  • Roy Beck, (President of NumbersUSA)
  • Philip Cafaro, (Board Member PFIR, Blogs for Center for Immigration Studies)
  • Steven Camarota, (Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies)
  • William Ryerson, (President of Progressives for Immigration Reform), and
  • Don Weeden, (Executive Director of the Weeden Foundation)

Please take a few minutes to call the National Press Club and ask why they’re lending legitimacy to this conference. We offer the script below for your use.

Event: “The 1st National Conference on Immigration, Conservation and the Environment”

Date: Tuesday, October 5th from 8:30AM until 4:30PM.

Who: Event Sponsored by Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR)

Where: National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Please call 202-662-7534 (Bill McCarren, General Manager)
“Hello, my name is ___________ and I’d like to speak to Bill McCarren about the Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) conference on Tuesday, October 5th. I am concerned that the National Press Club would host Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), which is an anti-immigrant group and spinoff for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Both of these groups are part of a network of organizations founded by white nationalist John Tanton and have ties to white supremacist publications like The Social Contract Press. FAIR was also one of the co-drafters of Arizona’s racist SB 1070 law. It is a shame and an insult that the National Press Club would host these groups and legitimize their xenophobic message by giving them space to push their agenda. I urgently request that the Press Club seriously reconsider hosting this event on the 5th. Canceling this conference would send a message that the Press Club does not tolerate racist politics and that it will not stand by while another group tries to scapegoat immigrants in this country for all of this country’s problems. Thank you.”

 

Further information about PFIR’s leadership:

  • John Tanton’s colleague Roy Beck (and former consultant and editor of Tanton’s quarterly journal, The Social Contract Press) helped staff PFIR by circulating an employment letter for PFIR’s executive director in June 2008.
  • Leah Durant, PFIR executive director, was a legal analyst for John Tanton’s anti- immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and helped revamp FAIR’s legal arm, Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) in 2005.
  • Frank Morris, PFIR’s vice president, is also a board member of John Tanton’s white nationalist think-tank Center for Immigration Studies and is a member of the national board of advisors for Tanton’s Federation for American Reform (FAIR).
  • Vernon Briggs is the author of PFIR’s first policy paper and a close colleague of John Tanton since 1984. In 1995 Tanton solicited $25,000 from eugenicist Garrett Hardin “to enable Vernon Briggs to update his book…” according to a John Tanton letter. Briggs is currently a board member of Tanton’s think-tank, Center for Immigration Studies, and was a board member of Tanton’s quarterly journal, The Social Contract Press.
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