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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


NATO3: Cop Cell Phones Lost or Destroyed, New Motions to Dismiss Charges

Posted 11 years ago on June 14, 2013, 8:38 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: NATO, Solidarity, Chicago

Free the NATO5

via interoccupy.net:

Brent Betterly, Brian Jacob Church, and Jared Chase (known together as the NATO 3) were brought in front of Judge Thaddeus Wilson on Tuesday, June 11th for another status hearing. They were accompanied by multiple sheriffs deputies and a court full of supporters watching closely over the proceedings. The proceedings provided more information on the Chicago cops failing to preserve their cell phones and text messages from the investigation, which appear to be significant pieces of evidence in the State’s politically motivated prosecution. The defense also introduced a couple more motions to dismiss charges.

Assistant States Attorney Matthew Thrun submitted the prosecution’s response to multiple ongoing discovery issues still standing from the court’s ruling four weeks ago. This response was accompanied by hundreds of photographs stemming from the pre-NATO Summit surveillance program spying on activist groups in Chicago planning protests last spring.

Contained within the prosecution’s answer to discovery was the revelation that officers involved in field intelligence team 7150 (the unit in charge of all pre-NATO surveillance and infiltration) destroyed or disappeared personal cell phones used during the investigation. It seems that multiple officers in the unit used their personal cell phones to exchange information between themselves and different officers as well as their supervisors in the course of the operation. According to the material offered up to the court today by prosecutors, the private cell phone service providers used by the officers did not store their text message data and the officers mysteriously (and conveniently for them) no longer have those phones in their possession. Thus, these crucial pieces of evidence will not be available to the defense.

Additionally, the prosecution failed to hand over the First Amendment worksheet and subsequent re-applications for this worksheet. The court had ruled four weeks ago that these internal police department documents were to be handed over to the defense, and on this issue Judge Wilson was clearly frustrated with the clear stalling tactics. Wilson instructed the prosecution to tell high-level police officials that “this court has a schedule and I intend to stick to it,” adding that he would issue a ruling to show cause if the documents had not been handed over to the defense before the next court date. He went on to say that “the federal court would be appalled to learn that [...these files...] are not in order to be presented.”

Defense attorney Michael Deutsch also noted that the State’s discovery submissions have been coming on the dates of court hearings (rather than before a scheduled hearing to give the defense time to review the info in advance). The State agreed to submit the info on Thursday, June 20th, five days before the next hearing. The judge said that, if the State plans to submit Brian’s post-arrest statement at trial, then they are to submit a list of the police officers who will testify no later than Wednesday, June 12th.

Finally, the defense issued another round of pretrial motions to strike down the ludicrous charges targeting these three activists. Attorneys for Brian Church issued a motion to dismiss counts 7, 8, and 9, all of which are arson charges. This motion challenges statements made by Brian immediately after being arrested and seeks to make them inadmissible, thus eliminating the arson charges. Attorneys for Brent filed their own motion to declare all his charges unconstitutional due to a violation of due process from the grand jury testimony being used against him.

On June 25th, the court will reconvene for further status updates and an evidentiary hearing regarding Brian’s latest motion. That means that officers involved in the field intelligence team will be called to the stand. Let’s pack the courtroom on June 25th and stand in solidarity with the NATO 3!

You can also show your solidarity by donating to the support fund. Donations can be made online or by sending checks or money orders to: “8th Day Center/Nato 5 Defense Fund” in the memo line to:

8th Day Center for Justice
205 W. Monroe St. Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60606

To keep up-to-date, sign up for our announcements listserv by emailing nato-5-announce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net, find us on Facebook at Free the NATO 5! , and follow us on Twitter @FreeNATO5.”