It’s no coincidence that the Federation of American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) national board of advisors meeting, the Social Contract Press’s Annual Writers’ Workshop, and Progressives for Immigration Reform’s (PFIR) Annual National Conference all occurred over a two-day span.
This coordinated scheduling isn’t surprising either, considering the well-documented origins of the three groups; all are part of white nationalist John Tanton’s network.
The concerted efforts of these groups were displayed in an August 28 email from KC McAlpin. McAlpin serves as the executive director of The Social Contract Press and U.S., Inc., John Tanton’s philanthropic foundation from which he has financed the movement since 1982. Until approximately a year ago, McAlpin also served in the same capacity for a group Tanton founded in 1994, ProEnglish. (White nationalist Robert Vandervoort–an associate of infamous white nationalist “intellectual” Jared Taylor of the group American Renaissance–now serves as the group’s executive director, with McAlpin and Tanton still serving on its board.)
McAlpin begins his form-email with the following:
“Leah Durant suggested we notify you as someone invited to attend Progressives for Immigration Reform’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 1, [sic] that you also might be interested in attending our one-day Writer’s Workshop in the Washington, D.C. area being held the day before on Sunday, September 30.”
Leah Durant is the executive director of PFIR. She once worked for FAIR’s legal arm Immigration Reform Law Institute, which presently employs Kris Kobach. Durant and PFIR’s leadership, some of who are connected to other Tanton groups, including FAIR, have long argued for the group’s legitimacy as a coalition of green-minded progressives primarily concerned with immigrants impacts on population growth, environmental degradation, and the job market and economy of this county.
But what is clear—and which irreparably stains PFIR’s credibility—is that PFIR has apparently shared its contacts with a group that publishes, employs, and collaborates with white nationalists. Simply put, Leah Durant and PFIR helped The Social Contract Press (TSC) promote its event.
Any shred of credibility that PFIR was clinging to is now gone.
This also weakens the argument that John Tanton wields no present influence over the constellation of groups he helped found and/or fund since 1979.
Ample evidence of this is provided in the four documents that McAlpin attached to his email: one announcement and one memo concerning the Writers’ Workshop, both typed on TSC letterhead and listing Tanton as the journal’s publisher; a registration form; and a “(Draft) Agenda” of speakers and panelists presenting at the workshop.
Though described as a “(Draft),” it is explained in the memo that “The draft agenda is enclosed and all speakers are confirmed. But the order of speakers is still subject to change.” That same memo describes “a reception to give people an opportunity to network and socialize” immediately following the conference.
Here is a list of anti-immigrant and/or white nationalist individuals that were confirmed:
The event’s keynote speaker is listed as former US Congressman Tom Tancredo, who from 1999-2007 chaired the FAIR-backed House Immigration Reform Caucus. Tancredo also formerly served as the Honorary Chairman of the white nationalist Youth for Western Civilization. He was also scheduled as the keynote speaker at the 2012 national gathering of the virulently racist Council of Conservative Citizens, which openly refers Blacks and African Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.” He backed out amidst heavy criticism.