Forum Post: NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION: Do you want to have a direct & serious impact on the ability of CORPORATIONS TO INFLUENCE POLITICS? Here's your chance. Mark your calendar for Feb 29th. SHUT DOWN THE CORPORATIONS with nonviolent direct action.
Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 7, 2012, 3:24 p.m. EST by therising
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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD: FEBRUARY 29th will be a huge day of nonviolent action for the Occupy movement.
Occupy Portland has put out a nationwide call to action.
There are some very specific corporations who have banded together to do some very shady things that have a direct affect on the lives of tens of millions of citizens.
Occupy Portland has called on people to engage in nonviolent direct action on FEBRUARY 29th to target corporations that are part of the American Legislative Exchange Council which is a prime example of the way corporations buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves the interests of corporations and not people. Here are the specifics from Occupy Portland: http://www.occupywallst.org/article/f29-occupy-portland-national-call-action-shut-down/
Corporation used ALEC to create the anti-labor legislation in Wisconsin and the racist bill SB 1070 in Arizona among so many others. They use ALEC to spread these corporate laws around the country.
Per SourceWatch: "The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) describes itself as the largest “membership association of state legislators,” but over 98% of its revenue comes from sources other than legislative dues, primarily from corporations and corporate foundations.
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line.
Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. . . Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.
It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.
ALEC’s agenda extends into almost all areas of law. Its bills undermine environmental regulations and deny climate change; support school privatization; undercut health care reform; defund unions and limit their political influence; restrain legislatures’ abilities to raise revenue through taxes; mandate strict election laws that disenfranchise voters; increase incarceration to benefit the private prison industry, among many other issues. Learn more at ALECexposed.org. (end of SourceWatch quote -- entire article at http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=American_Legislative_Exchange_Council ).
On FEBRUARY 29th there will be a nonviolent direct response to these specific corporations. Please click on the link below for details directly from Occupy Portland:
Here is wiki entry for American Legislative Exchange Council http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Legislative_Exchange_Council&mobileaction=view_normal_site
Nonviolent direct action is essential.
ALEC CORPORATE BOARD:
There are hundreds of corporations that have been or are involved with ALEC. Complete list here: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Corporations
Remain true to nonviolent principles.
Here's just a glimpse of the Corporate Board:
As of 2011 CenterPoint 360, W. Preston Baldwin - Chairman Altria Group, Daniel Smith American Bail Coalition, William Carmichael, Jerry Watson AT&T, William Leahy Bayer Corp., Sandy Oliver Coca-Cola Company, Gene Rackley Diageo, Kenneth Lane Energy Future Holdings, Sano Blocker ExxonMobil Corporation, Randall Smith GlaxoSmithKline, John Del Giorno Intuit, Inc., Bernie McKay Johnson & Johnson, Don Bohn Koch Companies Public Sector, Mike Morgan Kraft Food, Inc., Derek Crawford Peabody Energy, Kelly Mader Pfizer Inc., Michael Hubert PhRMA, Jeff Bond Reed Elsevier, Inc., Teresa Jennings Reynolds American, David Powers Salt River Project, Russell Smoldon State Farm Insurance Co., Roland Spies United Parcel Service (UPS), Richard McArdle Wal-Mart Stores, Maggie Sans