[Marxism] join the human blockade against ALEC in Cincinnati, April 29th!
markanarch at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 00:51:03 MDT 2011
The Student Labor Action Project at LSU is organizing with fellow activists
in the Cincinnati, OH area an event to bring attention to the American
Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). If you are not familiar with ALEC it is
an organization made up of corporate representatives (including Wal-Mart,
Exxon-Mobile, and PhRMA) and our state legislators. They meet in secret and
write “model legislation” that our legislators then work to pass in their
Some examples of ALEC’s handiwork are the anti-union bills in states like
Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana as well as the anti-immigrant legislation that
passed in Arizona. ALEC also has a track record of anti-environmentalism and
a history of working against a woman’s right to choose. Unfortunately much
of ALEC’s work is unknown because they do not disclose their model
legislation or much information concerning their membership. They do,
however, boast of their success purporting that in 2009 out of the 826
pieces of legislation their members introduced, 115 were enacted into law.
Our demonstration in New Orleans on August 5th, during ALEC’s annual summit,
is meant to bring attention to this often-unmentioned collusion of corporate
interests and the state. The message we hope to convey is that in order to
not only fight back against these attacks on working families but also to
strike forward a new path of progress for the working people we must begin
to form a united front of pro-worker interests that can offer a viable and
independent political movement of the working class. Union busting and
backroom dealings are not a red state phenomenon, and President Trumka of
the AFL-CIO is beginning to lead the unions in recognizing this.
We must support this push for an independent political movement of the
workers, and actively organize for it.
For more information on our event please visit our website, protestalec.org,
and for more on SLAP LSU you can visit http://sites.google.com/site/slaplsu.
On 2 April 2011 18:58, pandora akkiraz <markanarch at gmail.com> wrote:
> ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) will be meeting in Cincinnati
> on April 29th for a "Spring Task Force Summit." Please please help us get a
> huge turnout in protest -- s'about time the Queen City put itself back on
> the map for action!
> ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) will be meeting in
> Cincinnati on April 29th for a "Spring Task Force Summit."
> They are basically a right-wing think tank composed of awful corporations.
> According to their philosophy, they are: "A nonpartisan membership
> association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in
> limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty. "
> Further: "Among those who were involved with ALEC in its formative years
> were: Robert Kasten and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin; John Engler of
> Michigan; Terry Branstad of Iowa, and* John Kasich of Ohio*, all of whom
> moved on to become governors or members of Congress."
> (hint: these are the people who write the bills we're fighting!)
> More history here:
> Among the corporate board members of ALEC: Wal-Mart, Coca Cola, *KOCH
> INDUSTRIES*, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer, AT&T, Kraft.
> Please please spread the word and come to Cincinnati for the day (y’all
> -- maybe not "all" -- can stay with me): April 29th. We will meet in the
> privatized Fountain Square, and take it to the streets!
> In tyrannos
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