Mexican-Americans / Latinos ought to consider boycotting Coors Beer if they are still donating to Heritage Foundationby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on May. 10, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform
As we approach summer, we sometimes consider the cold beverages we purchase. Mexican-Americans / Latinos ought to consider boycotting Coors Beer if the Coors family is still donating to Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation was established in 1973 by Joseph Coors (of Coors Beer) and Paul Weyrich. Interestingly enough the
founders of Coors were German immigrants Adolph Coors and Jacob Schueler who came to the United States in 1873. They
established a brewery in Golden, Colorado. Coors family members have played a prominent role in American politics and public policy, included providing a $250,000 grant to found The Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation continues to push anti-immigrant stories produced by the Republican anti-immigrant crusader via Kris Kobach. In 2004, Kobach became senior counsel to the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of FAIR. John Tanton helped start the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR.
According to the SPLC:
Tanton introduced key FAIR leaders to the president of the Pioneer Fund, a white supremacist group set up to encourage “race betterment,” at a 1997 meeting at a private club. Tanton also wrote a major far-right funder to encourage her to read the work of a radical anti-Semitic professor — to “give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life” — and suggested that the entire FAIR board discuss the professor’s theories on the Jews. He revered a principal architect of the Immigration Act of 1924, instituting a national origin quota system and barring Asian immigration — a rabid anti-Semite whose pro-Nazi American Coalition of Patriotic Societies was indicted for sedition in 1942. Tanton even arranged for his hero’s private papers to be stored in the same library as his at the University of Michigan.
Kris Kobach who writes for the Heritage Foundation has a history of introducing laws that are considered anti-Mexican American:
Four towns and one state examined in this report all saw a crisis in race relations as conflicts between Latino immigrants and mostly white natives escalated. Latinos reported being threatened, shot at, subjected to racial taunts and more. Police are having trouble getting cooperation from any in their Latino communities. … Behind all of this stands one man: Kris Kobach, a former Kansas City law professor who was just elected Kansas secretary of state. For the better part of the last six years, Kobach has been chief legal counsel to the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which is the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). He helped to write and defend in court the laws in Hazleton, Valley Park, Farmers Branch, Fremont and Arizona, and he is seeking to do even more.
Kobach’s affiliation with FAIR is important. For most of the last three decades, FAIR has been working, as its founder John Tanton once wrote, to preserve “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” Although the organization is typically less than candid about its motives, its president, Dan Stein, has sounded similar notes. In a heretofore unknown oral history housed in a university library, Stein expressed his anger at the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which sought to end a longstanding and racist system of quotas. President Lyndon B. Johnson, in signing the act, had celebrated the demise of the old racist system, saying that “it will never again shadow the gate to the American nation with … prejudice.” Stein didn’t see it that way. The act, he said, was a “key mistake” in American policy forced by people who sought “to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and create “chaos.”
We sincerely hope donors will not contribute their money to the Heritage Foundation because bigotry is reeking with their anti-immigrant rhetoric that is clearly anti-Mexican; and their associations with Kris Kobach.