Cross-Post: Anti-Immigrant Group Kicks Pregnant Women out of National Conference

Imagine 2050 Staff • Oct 05, 2011

Originally posted by Prerna Lal on on October 5, 2011. Uh-oh! Looks looks like PFIR is pissing off more than just immigrant rights supporters - now its got green mommies on its case.

A new brand of progressives are kicking out pregnant women from their meetings. Who are these people?

Yesterday, at Progressives for Immigration Reform’s (PFIR) 2nd National Conference on Immigration, Conservation and the Environment, four pregnant women were kicked out after they raised concerns about mothers being blamed for environmental degradation.

During a talk by Californians for Population Stabilization’s Ben Zuckerman on the “impact of our growing population on our natural environment,” one woman asked the question: “Are you saying that the life inside of me is the problem? Won’t the next generation be leading us to new solutions?” According to a bystander, shortly after, the same mother stood up and said “my child is not the problem. My child is the solution.” As the other mothers stood up to show support, security guards physically escorted them out of the room while women sang “this little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”

According to an informational flyer, the women are “mothers concerned with finding real solutions to environmental problem […] committed to raising children to be conscious of social justice AND environmental issues.”

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