Racists, nativists, and xenophobes are seeking to cloak their vile, repellent agenda with claims of concern about population growth and the environment. There is absolutely nothing green about white nationalism. Aptly dubbed “ecofascists,” their despicable dogma is anathema to Population Connection.
Time and again we’ve proudly stood in support of treating our fellow human beings the same way we want to be treated — with dignity, compassion, and respect. In May, we joined with 400 organizations ranging from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) to the ACLU to the NAACP in petitioning Congress to support Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) as part of a pathway to citizenship.
In July, we were one of 178 organizations including LatinoJustice, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Amnesty International USA that called on U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to abandon an initiative that could undermine the rights of minorities, women, children, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized populations.
Alongside the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, SisterLove, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, we were one of 78 organizations endorsing the July 2019 Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, which calls on policymakers to defend the rights of immigrants and to ensure that those in detention have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.
Our concerns for human rights are deep and longstanding. More than 20 years ago, our then-Executive Director played a leading role in a critical Sierra Club referendum on immigration. Former U.S. Rep. Peter H. Kostmayer wrote:
To address the environmental consequences of migration, we should address the causes, not the symptoms. Restrictive immigration quotas will not end the human-rights abuses and economic inequities that drive millions around the world from their homes. They cannot help provide millions of families with access to the basic means of livelihood. They cannot end the destruction of soil, air, and water that drives so many from their place of birth.
In August 2017, we joined more than a hundred organizations led by GreenLatinos expressing our revulsion at the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and at Donald Trump’s disgraceful failure to denounce that vile mob.
The following month, we sharply criticized President Trump for openly siding with neo-Nazis and white supremacists in canceling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
In June 2018, we rallied at the Hart Senate office building with 2,500 other people outraged over family separation at the southern U.S. border.
We’ve proudly provided financial support to frontline groups including the Latino Resource and Justice Center, Farmworker Justice, and GreenLatinos.
While there is certainly room for spirited debate on migration and related issues, there is no room for hate — or for haters.
Population Connection takes a globalist view of migration. We recognize the oppressive conditions that cause decent, desperate people to undertake arduous, highly dangerous journeys. Voluntary family planning has made an enormous difference. We all need to listen to the voices of those forced to deal with hunger, poverty, and other daily threats to their very survival.
We are constantly mindful that the population issue has an ugly history. It is never enough for those of us who are concerned about population impacts merely to acknowledge the past. We must always be open, direct, and outspoken about the threats posed by racism, xenophobia, nativism, and chauvinism.
Those of us concerned about social justice and the future of our planet cannot allow the abhorrent views expressed in the past and the present to impede efforts to address the challenges of population growth, which fall most heavily on communities that remain victimized by poverty and colonialism.