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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Seriously, Facebook?

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Attacking the environment is not the way to get immigration reform done

Dear Friend,

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently started a powerful new political group to push for immigration reform, but we never could have imagined that one of their first acts would be to spend over $1 million on advertisements attacking the environment. It’s part of a cynical strategy to support issues conservative lawmakers care about in hopes that they’ll support immigration reform in return.[1]

Tell Facebook that attacking the environment is not the way to get immigration reform done

Over the past few months, major environmental groups have come out in support of immigration reform, showing the powerful connection between being pro-immigrant and being pro-environment.[2] [3] [4] Climate change, for example, could be a major factor in displacing people around the world, leading even more families to risk life and limb seeking a better life in the U.S.[5]

Facebook’s new political group crossed a line when it spent over $1 million on advertisements touting the support of conservative lawmakers for dirty fuel initiatives like building the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tell Facebook that attacking the environment is not the way to get immigration reform done

Here’s the thing: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook care a lot about their image, especially because most of the people bankrolling this new political group are pro-environment. If thousands of us blow this story up by signing and sharing this petition on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg will be forced to back off the ads or face huge funder and community backlash.

Hurting the environment disproportionately affects Latino and immigrant communities. This isn’t the way to get immigration reform done. And it’s time to let Facebook know it’s part of a cynical strategy to support issues conservative lawmakers care about in hopes that they’ll support immigration reform in returnby blasting this petition all over Facebook itself. Can you add your name and share?

Tell Facebook that attacking the environment is not the way to get immigration reform done

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Gabriela, Erick, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

Sources:

1. "Liberal, environmental groups hit Zuckerberg over pro-Keystone ads." FoxNews.com, May. 1, 2013.
2. "The Environmental Case for a Path to Citizenship." The Huffington Post, Mar. 14, 2013
3. "Solidarity with the Immigration Reform Movement." 350.org, Mar. 22, 2013
4. "A Path To The Future." Sierra Club,  Apr. 25, 2013
5. "People Displaced by Climate Change Need Our Help, But So Do Those Who Cannot Leave." Scientific American, Feb. 14, 2012