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November 9, 2012 0

ProEnglish Recruits Controversial Signatories for Letter to House and Senate Leadership

The Virginia-based anti-immigrant group Pro­Eng­lish, founded by racist John Tan­ton, recently sent a letter to the lead­er­ship of the U.S. House and Sen­ate on the issue of Puerto Rican state­hood, which  fea­tured a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial anti-immigrant activists as sig­na­to­ries. The coali­tion of 21 sig­na­to­ries included John Vin­son, of the Virginia-based anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans for Immi­gra­tion Con­trol (AIC), Rick Olt­man, for­merly of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Federa­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), and Phil Kent, a Pro­Eng­lish board mem­ber. The let­ter they signed calls on the House and Sen­ate lead­er­ship to “include spe­cific Eng­lish lan­guage require­ments in any leg­is­la­tion to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st State.” Vot­ers in Puerto Rico voted on Novem­ber 6 in favor of becom­ing a U.S. state, in a non-binding referendum.

Phil Kent is a long­time anti-immigrant activist based in Geor­gia who once sug­gested that cit­i­zens should be wary of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, stat­ing, “What will be the val­ues and ideas of a mul­ti­cul­tural Amer­ica? What will it mean to be white after ‘white­ness’ no longer defines the cul­tural main­stream?” Kent also spoke at the 2009 Social Con­tract Press Writ­ers Work­shop, a group founded by Tan­ton. The work­shop is held annu­ally and often fea­tures racist speak­ers, includ­ing Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant web­site VDARE.

Rick Olt­man, a for­mer FAIR employee, addressed the 1997 con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist group Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC). When Olt­man spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in 1998 in Cull­man, Alabama, an ad for the rally pub­lished in the Spring 1998 edi­tion of CofCC’s newslet­ter, the Coun­cil Reporter, described Olt­man as a “mem­ber” of the orga­ni­za­tion. Olt­man also has had six arti­cles pub­lished in The Social Con­tract (TSC), an anti-immigrant jour­nal, pub­lished by Tanton’s Social Con­tract Press.

John Vin­son, the pres­i­dent of AIC, also has ties to CofCC.  Like Olt­man, Vin­son spoke at a CofCC con­fer­ence (in 1999) and has had many arti­cles pub­lished in TSC. In fact, Vin­son guest edited the sum­mer 1998 edi­tion of TSC titled, “Euro­pho­bia: The Hos­til­ity Toward European-Descended Amer­i­cans.” The issue fea­tured a num­ber of arti­cles writ­ten by white suprema­cists, such as Jared Tay­lor and Sam Francis.

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February 10, 2012 0

Panelists at CPAC Attack Multiculturalism

The 2012 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC) fea­tured a panel on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism on Feb­ru­ary 9, which was hosted by Pro­Eng­lish, an orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. 

John Tan­ton, who has expressed racist views and is the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment, founded Pro­Eng­lish and is still on the organization’s board. Robert Van­der­voort, the head of Pro­Eng­lish, hosted the panel.
One of the main speak­ers on the panel was Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist Web site VDARE that fea­tures the works of white suprema­cists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant activists. Brimelow asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and bilin­gual­ism were exam­ples of “mod­ern polit­i­cal dis­eases.” He mostly focused on Canada as an exam­ple of how bilin­gual­ism has destroyed a soci­ety but claimed that Amer­ica could fol­low the same exam­ple if bilin­gual­ism was insti­tu­tion­al­ized in the United States. 
Peter Brimelow
Brimelow alleged that kids can­not get a job at MacDonald’s because they can’t speak Span­ish – a trend he described as a “fero­cious attack on liv­ing stan­dards of the Amer­i­can work­ing class…just as immi­gra­tion pol­icy in gen­eral is.” Later, in the Q&A sec­tion, Brimelow said that Democ­rats had given up on “the white work­ing class,” and that this was “treason.”
One of Brimelow’s co-panelists was John Der­byshire, a National Review con­trib­u­tor who strad­dles the line between the main­stream and the extrem­ist worlds. He has shared the stage with racist speak­ers at the H.L Mencken Club, a far-right orga­ni­za­tion. Der­byshire also agreed to speak at the 2010 white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, which was later can­celled. At CPAC, Der­byshire warned that “racism will reemerge in a new and more vir­u­lent form” because the ten­sion between what the white elite is sup­posed to think and what it actu­ally thinks about race will reach a break­ing point of “cog­ni­tive dissonance.”
A sur­prise guest at the panel was Con­gress­man Steve King (R-IA), who has made a num­ber of vir­u­lently anti-immigrant state­ments over the years. King is try­ing to pass a bill which will make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States.

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January 31, 2012 0

Racists and Bigots to Descend on CPAC Conference in Washington, DC

The Feb­ru­ary 2012 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC), an annual event that fea­tures a wide vari­ety of speak­ers from con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles, will host a ses­sion on “the fail­ure of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” that will include racist Peter Brimelow as a speaker. Brimelow runs the racist and anti-immigrant Web site VDARE and has spo­ken at racist gath­er­ings, includ­ing the Sep­tem­ber 2011 national con­fer­ence of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI), a white suprema­cist think tank, as well as the 2009 Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, con­fer­ence “Pre­serv­ing West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion.”  He is also a con­tribut­ing edi­tor of the Web site Alter­na­tive Right, which is edited by white suprema­cist Richard Spencer, who also heads NPI.

Also appear­ing at this year’s CPAC event are sev­eral anti-Muslim big­ots and activists, among them the lead­ers and founders of the anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Together with Tea Party nation, SIOA will host a ses­sion titled “Islamic Law in Amer­ica: How the Obama Jus­tice Depart­ment is Sell­ing Us Out.” In addi­tion to speeches by Geller and Spencer, the ses­sion will include appear­ances by David Yerushalmi, one of the dri­ving forces behind the anti-Shariah movement.

This is not the first time Geller has appeared at CPAC pro­mot­ing her anti-Muslim con­spir­a­cies. In 2009, Geller attended the con­fer­ence with rad­i­cal anti-Muslim Dutch par­lia­men­tar­ian Geert Wilders.

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