From ALEC Exposed. May 4:
We the radical community of Salt Lake City invite all those opposed to the tyranny of the rich to join us on July 25-28, 2012 in “welcoming” the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to our hometown. This annual meeting by ALEC is paid for and attended by corporate sponsors so they can sit behind closed doors with state representatives to create model legislation that benefits the rich.
Ninety-eight percent of ALEC’s income comes from 300 major corporate sources — companies like ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, and Bayer. Around 1/3 of U.S. legislators from all 50 states — 2000 in all — belong to ALEC. As a “non-profit,” ALEC introduces its pro-corporate legislation across the country through politicians who are members of ALEC. They are responsible for the recent anti-migrant legislation in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, and Utah, as well as legislation aimed at destroying workers’ rights, strangling free speech, and driving the privatization of our agriculture, education, health care, prison system, and environment.
ALEC also wrote the Stand Your Ground gun law enacted in Florida and other states that allowed George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon Martin “in self-defense” and not face arrest even though Martin was unarmed.
ALEC is the most blatant example of capitalism and the state in action. We will not allow this plutocratic process to continue. We call for a convergence of all those oppressed by state-capitalism to confront ALEC in Salt Lake City from July 25th-28th. We will be creating an open and inclusive space for resistance, rebellion, and a diversity of tactics.
The ALEC Welcoming Committee
For info on ALEC check alecexposed.org