October 17, 2007
New Pro-Immigrant Campaign
National faith, civil rights and labor leaders today unveiled a campaign to counter the growing anti-immigrant movement in the U.S. by uplifting the voices of everyday Americans who have grown weary of the division created by anti-immigrant politics. The campaign presents one of the few organized alternatives for those Americans who may find themselves conflicted on immigration and immigration reform, but are thoroughly at odds with the tenor and ideological background of the anti-immigrant movement. “Communities throughout the U.S. were left divided in the wake of the battles initiated by the anti-immigrant movement,” said Rev. David Ostendorf, Executive Director of the Center for New Community. “The Campaign for a United America will offer a platform for Americans across the land to stand up for the country they believe in, and to stand against the forces of intolerance.” Some of the components of the campaign include: · A new web site that will bring people across the nation together as part of the campaign. The site will feature profiles of everyday people decided to take a stand against intolerance and in favor of our nation’s historic commitment to unity, equality and opportunity. The web site will also a feature a Voices of Intolerance section that will profile some of the members of the anti-immigrant movement and their supporters in the media, who are sowing division throughout our nation. The web site can be found on: www.campaignforaunitedamerica.org
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'National faith, civil rights and labor leaders today unveiled a campaign...'
Wow, that sounds really grass roots. Then I read their little site and it sounded suspiciously like Mark Potok propaganda. Turns out it's actually Devin Burghart (same difference--they're even appearing together 10-18). A common tactic of Potok and Burghart is accuse their opposition of engaging in 'anti-immigrant front groups'. Potok even accused the group NumbersUSA of being 'astroturf', i.e., not grass roots, and a front for one wicked man. Yes, that same NumbersUSA with the swelling membership which was given much credit (even by the NYT) for killing the latest 'comprehensive immigration reform' bill!
Truth is, there are thinly supported spin off groups on the anti-mass immigration side but Campaign for a United America is their equivalent. They are a spin off of 'Center For New Community' where Ostendorf and Berghart are directors. That group also has the spin off 'Building Democracy Initiative' which appears to be Berghart's primary vehicle. You get the idea. I wonder how many actual members there are of 'Campaign for a United America'? I mean members who don't actually work for one of their groups. How ridiculous is it for this bunch to accuse the other side of precisely what they do?
They repeatedly refer to a 'growing anti-immigrant movement'. How honest and original! You mean anti-mass immigraTION, anti-ILLEGAL immigraTION? Whatever the SPLC is against, they always claim it's growing like wildfire (even when it's not) but they aren't above fanning flames to raise some cash. It's their business model.
Posted by: Jack | Oct 17, 2007 3:12:54 PM