Pittsburgh’s Colcom Foundation and other local groups who accept its funding have recently come under criticism for Colcom’s large donations to anti-immigrant groups, including two designated hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The loudest criticism has been made surrounding the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, which is sponsored by the Colcom Foundation and displays the foundation’s name prominently throughout the market.

Immigrant-rights activist Monica Ruiz of Brookline’s Casa San Jose pointed out the hypocrisy of an anti-immigrant sponsor for a Christmas market.

“Did they forget that Jesus was an immigrant? It’s Christmas,” said Ruiz. “This is not the type of message to send to the city.”

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