On August 22, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) issued an open letter to the funders of the Center for New Community (CNC), trying to undermine its stature among donors by accusing CNC of “McCarthyesque attacks of the worst kind.”
The letter, written by CAPS board chair Marilyn DeYoung, takes great pains to represent CAPS as a “legitimate environment/population group.” On the contrary, as CNC and the Southern Poverty Law Center have exposed, CAPS is part of the right-wing, nativist John Tanton network. As late as 2002, it received funding from white supremacist eugenics foundation, the Pioneer Fund.
Rather than seriously tackling environmental problems, CAPS instead blames immigrants for just about everything wrong with California. Its website states: “From impossible traffic jams and miles of bad roads to air pollution and environmental degradation, as well as overburdened health care and school systems, many of the most serious problems facing California today have one root cause: too many people. An endless supply of newcomers places an ever-increasing demand on our state—and nation’s—finite resources.”
CAPS is currently engaged in attacking the 14th amendment and birthright citizenship, and its blog uses dehumanizing terms like “anchor babies” to refer to children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants.
It is ironic and disturbing that CAPS uses the term “McCarthyesque” to describe CNC, when CAPS itself is the real vehicle for a right-wing, exclusionary agenda. PopDev stands with our colleagues at the Center for New Community in their efforts to expose and challenge nativism in U.S. politics.