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Forum Post: The Other March on Washington

Posted 4 years ago on Aug. 28, 2013, 4:05 p.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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Yes they also marched on ALEC.

That purveyor of racist legislation.

The day before the 50th anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a handful of the tens of thousands who showed up at the Lincoln Memorial converged on a less noble setting.

The headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing advocacy group commonly known as ALEC, are housed in a ten-story, colorless box. In 2013, the group moved its main operations to 2900 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, a section of Arlington, Virginia, that looks like a suburban office park transplanted onto an urban grid. There's nothing on the facade marking the presence of ALEC headquarters - only "2900." At lunchtime, no one walks in or out. It's what you'd expect a legislative factory to look like.

Amid on-and-off showers, ALEC's walls echoed, "We got next!" Youth activists from Florida, New York, California and across the Midwest came to condemn ALEC's warehouse of model bills, which feed pro-corporate, anti-worker and racially charged ideologies. In protest of Stand Your Ground, the law that allowed George Zimmerman to go free after killing 17-year old Trayvon Martin, bodies lay spattered with blood in an ACT UP–esque "die-in" outside. Security refused to open up; unable to hand-deliver a letter to the group, signed "We know who you are and will fight you until we win," activists taped it to the front door.

Good to know they now hide behind an untitled facade.




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