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Accountability 2.0: Innovations Against ALEC
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Accountability 2.0: Innovations Against ALEC

When Florida's "Shoot First" law shielded Trayvon Martin's killer, organizers focused a spotlight on the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) role in pushing a radical right-wing agenda. The national attention brought new opportunity for a campaign that started last December after a wave of ALEC's voter suppression bills swept across the country. Join us to hear from the organizers leading this campaign, and to draw lessons for the ongoing fight.

5/10/2012
When: 5/10/2012
12:00 PM
Where: AFL-CIO
815 16th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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When Florida's "Shoot First" law shielded Trayvon Martin's killer, organizers focused a spotlight on the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) role in pushing a radical right-wing agenda. The national attention brought new opportunity for a campaign that started last December after a wave of ALEC's voter suppression bills swept across the country.

Next Thursday, May 10, we're convening a lunch panel at the AFL-CIO (815 16th St NW, 20005). Join us to hear from the organizers leading this campaign, and to draw lessons for the ongoing fight.

With a combination of off-the-record negotiation and online mobilization, this campaign has pushed over a dozen major corporations to drop their funding of ALEC. We finally have ALEC on the ropes for the first time, but could we have put them on their heels sooner? And will we stop their next move before it's signed into law?

For 30 years, ALEC has quietly pushed a corporate-sponsored agenda in local government, state legislatures, and Congress. Racist voter suppression laws may disenfranchise up to 5 million voters in 2012. "Justifiable" homicide is up dramatically in 26 "Shoot First" states. Racial profiling is encoded into law in Arizona, and pending in 14 more states. That's just the beginning of ALEC's portfolio.

In the era of Citizens United, the threat of corporate influence in government is higher than ever. But we're also seeing a wave of action that's holding corporations directly accountable for their role in weakening our democracy, and pushing them for transparency and greater social responsibility.

Join us May 10 from 12-1 PM to examine the lessons learned from this campaign.

We're seeing encouraging progress, but the fight to keep corporate-sponsored laws out of our government is far from over.

Light lunch will be provided. I hope you can join us!

 

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