Earlier this month, anti-immigrant group, Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) named its top five winners of their statewide college competition on population awareness. Each of the winners received California Population Awareness Awards. That’s right, an award for population awareness provided by the notorious CAPS, an organization who’s senior writing fellow recently asserted in a blog that, “Haitians’ goal should be to bring their fertility down to European below-replacement rates.”
Students from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Irvine Valley College, Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Positas College in Livermore and College of the Canyons, Valencia participated in this competition.
The top winner received $9,500 and other prizes included iPad2’s and cash awards. CAPS encouraged California students to enter the competition through their blog. And who really knows how this outreach was done. What we do know is that there are multiple college professors who are associated with CAPS and that the organization runs in the California University circuit.
Vice-president of CAPS for example, Ben Zuckerman, is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. Stuart H. Hurlbert, the secretary at CAPS, is an emeritus professor of Biology at San Diego State University. Otis L. Graham, a board member CAPS, is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. And the list goes on.
CAPS is California’s banner anti-immigrant organization, and is listed on the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) website as a state contact group. CAPS, like FAIR, has received funding from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation that has a long history of promoting the genetic superiority of white, European-Americans through the study of eugenics.
About a year ago, imagine2050.net released an April Fools’ Day advertisement spoof on CAPS which appeared on Nativismwatchtv. The spoof exposes CAPS’s absurd attempts to blame immigrants for environmental problems. Now CAPS is encouraging college students to participate in promoting its anti-immigrant and population stabilization agenda.
Any real solutions to environmental challenges and problems must emerge from contexts of inclusive dialogue and discussions of inevitable patterns of global migration, not to mention domestic trends of ultra-consumption. These awards are a distraction at best from the needed work towards ending climate change.