Posted 11 months ago on Aug. 6, 2013, 3:01 a.m. EST by WSmith
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BOYCOTT ALEC MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS & PROTEST THEIR 40th Anniversary in Chicago! THIS WEEK!
Fight Back Against the 1% Class War on You!
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) crafts model bills like Stand Your Ground (SYG) and anti-abortion laws that pursue right-wing 1% agendas.
(From Wiki) The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501(c)(3) American organization composed of legislators, businesses and foundations which produces model legislation for state legislatures and promotes "free"-markets, limited government, and federalism at the state level.
ALEC currently has more than 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states, amounting to nearly one-third of all sitting legislators, as well as more than 85 members of Congress and 14 sitting or former governors who are considered "alumni". The vast majority of ALEC's legislative members belong to the Republican Party. ALEC also claims approximately 300 corporate, foundation, and other private-sector members.
ALEC mission statement language included in bills
In November 2011, Florida State Representative Rachel Burgin (R), introduced legislation to call on the federal government to reduce its corporate tax rate. The text still included the boilerplate "WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty..." The bill was quickly withdrawn, the phrase removed, and was resubmitted as HM717.
Florida 'Stand Your Ground' law
After Florida passed its Stand-your-ground law, the American Legislative Exchange Council adopted its legislative language into one of its model policies.
"The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act," a bill drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council and used as a model in some of about a dozen U.S. state legislatures that have proposed such legislation, makes it against the law to film, videotape or make photographs on livestock farms in order to "defame the facility or its owner". People found to be in violation (for example, with a cellphone) would be put on a "terrorist registry."
Contributions from the prison industry and sentencing policies
Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group, two of the largest for-profit prison companies in the US, have been contributors to the American Legislative Exchange Council. Under their Criminal Justice Task Force, ALEC has developed bills which State legislators can then consult when proposing “tough on crime” initiatives including “Truth in Sentencing” and “Three Strikes” laws. Critics argue that by funding and participating in ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Forces, private prison companies directly influence legislation for tougher, longer sentences. ALEC has also worked to pass state laws to create for-profit prisons, which served as a boon to both of the aforementioned contributors.
ALEC 40th Anniversary in Chicago August 7-9!!!
ALEC is funded by Reynolds American, Altria, and other tobacco firms. They will be blowing smoke in the Windy City August 7-9.
ALEC Exposed in Chicago Rally | Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
Chicago ALEC Protests - this week
August 7 - 9 Chicago, IL ALEC Annual Meeting ALEC 40th Anniversary
The union rally against ALEC on August 8 is getting the most press.
I just want people to be aware that there are three days of action planned. I've heard a group is planning an OLB.
Follow both - on their webpages linked above.
If you don't know why you should be in Chicago to protest ALEC - please read my reprint of an earlier diary - below.