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December 26, 2012 1

New “Environmentalist” Book, Life on the Brink, Features Anti-Immigrant Writers

Phil Cafaro

Life on the Brink: Envi­ron­men­tal­ists Con­front Over­pop­u­la­tion, a book released in Decem­ber 2012, fea­tures essay­ists that have strong ties to the anti-immigrant move­ment, a detail that is miss­ing from the authors’ bios.

Phil Cafaro, pres­i­dent of the DC-based anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR), and Eileen Crist, an envi­ron­men­tal sci­ences pro­fes­sor at Vir­ginia Tech, co-edited the book. It con­tains many essays that argue for reduc­ing immi­gra­tion for envi­ron­men­tal rea­sons. This argu­ment is one of the key themes pro­moted by the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States.

Essay­ists in the book include:

Phil Cafaro – co-editor of the book and pres­i­dent of PFIR. Cafaro is a for­mer fel­low for the DC-based anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). In 2010, Cafaro wrote two blogs for the Vir­ginia based anti-immigrant group Num­ber­sUSA.

Al Bartlett – a Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor and friend of John Tan­ton, the racist founder of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment. To date, Bartlett has pub­lished ten arti­cles, dat­ing back to 1995, in Tanton’s quar­terly jour­nal, The Social Con­tract (TSC). TSC has pub­lished the writ­ings of known white suprema­cists such as Sam Fran­cis and Jared Tay­lor.

Don Wee­den –head of the Wee­den Foun­da­tion, a group that has donated hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups through­out the years. Wee­den is also an “inde­pen­dent advi­sor” for Num­ber­sUSA. CIS has invited Wee­den to speak on many panel dis­cus­sions orga­nized by the group over the years.

Leon Kolankiewicz – a senior writ­ing fel­low for the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS). Over a half dozen arti­cles by Kolankiewicz appear in issues of TSC, dat­ing back to 2001. He has pub­lished numer­ous reports for both CIS and Num­ber­sUSA in the past. Kolankiewicz sits on the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR and is also the for­mer vice-president of the anti-immigrant group Car­ry­ing Capac­ity Net­work, based in San Francisco.

Richard Lamm– the for­mer gov­er­nor of Col­orado and a for­mer mem­ber of Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion (FAIR)’s board. He cur­rently sits on   FAIR’s advi­sory board as well as the advi­sory boards of CAPS and PFIR. Lamm also co-edited a report for CIS in 2001 and is pub­lished in two issues of TSC. He is also a close friend of Tanton’s.

William Ryer­son – for­mer pres­i­dent of PFIR and for­mer advi­sory board mem­ber of CAPS. He cur­rently heads two pop­u­la­tion aware­ness groups, the Vermont-based Pop­u­la­tion Media Cen­ter and the DC-based Pop­u­la­tion Insti­tute. Ryer­son is also a con­trib­u­tor to TSC.

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