As ALEC Celebrates its 40th Birthday in Chicago, Protesters Prepare to Blow Out the Candles
ALEC’s 40th, like their previous meetings, will consist of closed-door meetings where corporate lobbyists and state legislators sit together on task forces and pass “model” bills, which the legislators then bring back and introduce in their home states with no disclosure. The state legislators in attendance will also be wined and dined at corporate-sponsored events and taken to fancy dinners with special interest lobbyists.
Protests and Educational Activities Planned to Counter ALEC’s Agenda
The special guests at ALEC’s 40th annual meeting include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, sweetheart of the school privatization movement.
The Chicago Federation of Labor has put together a Facebook event, and explains why Chicagoans and others are raising their voices against ALEC: “ALEC is bringing state politicians to Chicago to push a dangerous agenda that rewards greedy CEOs at the expense of middle class families and our public schools and puts our safety at risk. Forty years of ALEC is nothing to celebrate,” the site says.
MOVIE SCREENING: On Wednesday, August 7, Common Cause, the Center for Media and Democracy, and others will host a screening of the Bill Moyers documentary the “United States of ALEC” followed by a panel discussion. The screening will be held at the University Center, 525 South State Street in Chicago at a time to be announced.
RALLY: At noon on Thursday, August 8, a coalition of groups, spearheaded by the Chicago Federation of Labor, is calling on people to gather outside the ALEC conference at the Palmer House Hotel, located at 17 East Monroe Street for a march and rally. You can tell them you are coming here.
ALEC’s Influence Highlighted in CMD’s Special Reports
In the weeks leading up to ALEC’s 40th Annual Meeting, the Center for Media and Democracy is releasing a series of reports identifying hundreds of ALEC bills that have been introduced around the country in 2013 that privatize public education, make it harder to hold corporations accountable for harm they cause, and block attempts to raise the minimum wage or give workers basic benefits like paid sick days.
Read our Special Reports below and stay tuned for more to come at PRWatch.org:
See the growing list of ALEC bills offered in 2013 here.