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.
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
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!