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Aug 7-9: Three Days of Action to Shut Down ALEC in Chicago #noALEC

Posted 10 years ago on Aug. 7, 2013, 1:50 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Chicago, ALEC, #noALEC

Shut Down ALEC!

via ALEC Welcoming Committee:

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will be meeting in Chicago on August 7-9 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. ALEC connects corporate lobbyists with legislators behind closed doors to write "model legislation". This Legislation is then put on the floor of state legislatures across the country, without indication that it is an ALEC model bill. Put simply, corporations are writing state laws. That type of concerted effort in favor of profit between business interests and the state is NOT acceptable. ALEC's model bills include Right to Work (for less) laws, "Ag-gag" bills which brand environmental and animal rights activists "terrorists", Arizona's racial profiling law (SB1070), Wisconsin legislature's attack on public-sector collective bargaining, and so many others.

For those three days, we invite people from the city of Chicago and all across the Country to Participate in three days of action against ALEC's member corporations, their summit and the institutions they represent.

On August 8, we will have a noise demo outside of their meeting at the Palmer house Hilton. Details for that action here: https://www.facebook.com/events/381320208639722/

More actions will be forthcoming. See you in Haymarket City.

(Sign up on our mutual aid sheet! http://tinyurl.com/FuckALEC)

more info via http://www.alecwc.org/:

ALEC is Anti-union:

-ALEC was involved in the passage of a Wisconsin bill effectively ending collective bargaining for public sector unions.
-ALEC has pushed right to work (“for less”) legislation which eliminates protections that prevent employers from discriminating against prospective employees who are unionized.

ALEC promotes incarceration:

-ALEC corporations include private prison companies such as CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), which create a demand for prisoners.
-ALEC has pushed 3-strikes laws which compel courts to incarcerate third-time felons for life even if they have never committed a violent crime.

ALEC is a detriment to public education:

-ALEC Has introduced “voucher programs” in states which divert funding from
public to private schools. -ALEC Has diverted funding from public schools to charter schools.

ALEC promotes the criminalization of immigrants:

-Arizona state law SB1070 (“show me your papers” law) (an ALEC model bill) makes it a crime for an immigrant to be in Arizona without carrying documentation.
-SB1070 also allows officers to detain people if they “look like an immigrant”.

ALEC pollutes the earth:

-ALEC inserted a provision into the Illinois State Legislature’s “Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act” which allows fracking firms to withhold information about chemicals used in fracking by claiming them as “trade secrets”.

ALEC exploits Indigenous land:

-ALEC member corporation “Salt River Project” (SRP), was authorized under AZ state law to pump groundwater from native O’odham land into Phoenix, AZ. Literally draining native wells.

ALEC is where our struggles merge

Full Schedule

Wednesday, August 7th

March on the Palmer House against ALEC
10am - Michigan & Congress
We will march from Grant Park to various ALEC related businesses and eventually to the Palmer House.

"United States of ALEC" FREE Film Screening and Panel
6pm - University Center Chicago, 525 S. State Street
Please RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7650311287/efblike

Thursday, August 8th

ALEC Exposed in Chicago Rally - via Chicago Federation of Labor
12pm - Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe

Protest ALEC with Overpass Light Brigade Chicago and the Northern Illinois Light Brigade
8:30pm - Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe

For updates and more info, see:

3 days of action to shut down ALEC in Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/201838206636608

Occupy ALEC 2013: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyALEC

Activist Toolkit for Taking on ALEC in Chicago: http://www.pfaw.org/ALEC2013

noALEC #ALECgtfo

Video of Chicago #MoralMonday Action against ALEC, 8.5.14



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[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 9 years ago

Fabulous !!! wish I was there

[-] -3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Good to see Google step up and denounce ALEC - Hey?

[-] -2 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Still workin on Dominion I believe


Sierra club a great partner on this effprt

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Every Environmental group - every Health group - every return government to the people group should be in on shutting down ALEC and CATO and Heritage and so much more.

[-] -2 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago
[+] -4 points by timeforabigchange (-43) from Winnipeg, MB 9 years ago

You should start a campaign for that. You, shooz, and 99nproud. Don't just talk about being anti-ALEC, do some concrete actions. Start a group, make some posters, write articles, do a march.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Ignore Button = engaged

[+] -4 points by timeforabigchange (-43) from Winnipeg, MB 9 years ago

You are still young Dan. There's so much you could do. We need people like you to start groups, movements, protests, etc... If you spend your days doing clicktivism in front of your computer, you are not giving everything you could to the community.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

Don't speak - just look -> http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2014/09/peoples-climate-march-draws-more-400000

Thought you might like to see a clicktivist group ( as you put it ) on the march - there were plenty of groups there ( which you refer to as clicktivism groups ) - funny - Huh?

Ignore Button re-engaged.

[-] -3 points by timeforabigchange (-43) from Winnipeg, MB 9 years ago

Yes, that march was awesome, and it's really cool that you finally got out of bed to go outside. I congratulated you on that yesterday. Keep it up! Keep going outside!

What I'm saying is you could start a movement for ALEC that does that. There is one for Global Warming, great, how about organizing one for ALEC?

I think you have enough experience with OWS now to start organizing things no?

[-] -3 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago


[-] 2 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 10 years ago
  • BRAVO!

  • ALEC has not represented the public interests.

  • ALEC must be countered. Big time.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

ALEC: The final quotes.

Love of the John Birch Society and a love of corporate funding.


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

ALEC protests, a slight return.



Nothing to see here either.

ALEC is a done to death non-issue.

Never mind.

-----Koch Industries----

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

The final word.

"CHICAGO - Thousands of union and non-union workers and their allies shut down the streets around the posh Palmer House Hilton here yesterday, protesting the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council meeting at the hotel."


[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago


Make sure the list is longer this time..........:)

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago


Hard to imagine.

They've been destroying Democracy since the 70s.

No wonder there's so little left.





[-] -1 points by juliuscezar (-6) 10 years ago

I'll leave the God praising to you, choir boy! Damned evangelist nut.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago


Try them someday.

It's good for the soul.

if you have one, somewhere behind all those 100% all natural lies of yours.


[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

Tweet :

DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Aug 7-9: 3 Days of Action to Shut Down ALEC in Chicago | http://OccupyWallSt.org : http://occupywallst.org/article/aug-7-9-three-days-action-shut-down-alec-chicago/#.UfnKLNMwOno.twitter

Just Say No 2 ALEC

4 a better world.

[+] -5 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Tell EBAY dvest ALEC!


"Now the pressure is on large tech companies that remain ALEC members. A coalition of 80 organizations — including advocacy groups, investors, unions and religious councils — wrote to eBay founder Pierre Omidyar today asking him to break the company’s ties to ALEC. A similar letter last month preceded Google’s announcement that it would divest.

The letter’s authors write: “The public knows that the ALEC operation — which brings state legislators and corporate lobbyists behind closed doors to discuss proposed legislation and share lavish dinners — threatens our democracy. The public is asking eBay to stop participating in this scheme.”

Threatens our democracy!!!

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

ALEC it's membership and it's activities should be a number 1 talking point for candidates running against the corp(se)oRatists and 1% lackeys.

As well as pointing out who is denying health care to the needy - and the jobs that expanded health care would create.

And so much more.

[+] -5 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Definitely need to remind everyone about ALECs agenda and who supports them.

Know the enemy

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 9 years ago

And in that regard = tweet

DKAtoday @DKAtoday · 7m 7 minutes ago

Running for office on real issues https://occupywallst.org/article/aug-7-9-three-days-action-shut-down-alec-chicago/#comment-1050153

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