Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Exposing FAIR, NumbersUSA and CIS

From America's Voice and the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Colleagues –

We are pleased to invite you to attend a briefing tomorrow at 11:00 am on Capitol Hill hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the extremist roots of the Center for Immigration Studies, the Federation for Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA.  We hope to educate Congressional staff about the true nature of these organizations, how they operate together to stop a wide range of progressive priorities in Congress and present concrete evidence to prove that their bark is much louder than their bite.

See below for the invitation from the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7) and Lynn Woolsey (CA-6).  For those of you who aren’t able to make it, the materials will be available on the America’s Voice website following the event.



Briefing on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report on the extremist roots of leading anti-immigrant groups

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Cannon 121: 11:00 am
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided

Dear Colleague:

According to a recently released report issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center, three Washington, D.C., organizations most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform and SCHIP during the 110th Congress, and that have tried but failed to block SCHIP and the economic stimulus plan this year, are part of a network of groups created by a man who has been at the heart of the white nationalist movement for decades.

The report, entitled The Nativist Lobby: Three Faces of Intolerance, describes how the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and NumbersUSA were founded and funded by John Tanton, who operates a racist publishing company and has written that to maintain American culture, "a European-American majority" is required.  It also examines how each of these groups maintain close ties to Mr. Tanton and other extremist elements while infiltrating the mainstream and presenting themselves as legitimate and unbiased commentators and policy experts.

This briefing will be a valuable opportunity for you and your staff to learn about the extremist roots of these organizations, how they have blocked progressive priorities such as the expansion of health care and jobs, and the passage of fair and just immigration reform, and how you can dispel the myths they propagate.

Speakers include:
·         Gloria Montano, Chief of Staff to US Rep. Raul M. Grijalva
·         Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Law Center
·         Henry Fernandez, Center for American Progress
·         Adam Luna, America’s Voice

If you have further questions, please contact Greg Staff with America’s Voice at


U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, CPC Co-Chair
U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, CPC Co-Chair 


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