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

  • December 26, 2012


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.