Stand Up to ALEC

National Groups Join to ‘Stand Up to ALEC’ in Day of Action

Nearly two dozen states will participate in activities aimed at fighting ALEC’s right-wing agenda

Fighting back against the extreme right-wing, anti-working family agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a coalition of national groups led by ProgressNow will launch a day of action tomororw, Tuesday, January 21st, aimed at exposing the out-of-touch ALEC agenda.

“Across the country we have seen efforts by ALEC to take over our statehouses and put profits over people, and now it’s time that the people stood up and fought back,” said Arshad Hasan, Executive Director of ProgressNow. “These actions will not only help expose ALEC’s secret agenda, but empower Americans to reclaim their voice in state capitals nationwide.”
Tuesday’s National Day of Action comes in the wake of documents released by The Guardian last month which show ALEC has lost significant corporate and state legislative support in the last year, causing a major financial shortfall and formation of a new 501(c)(4) organization to shield itself from legal complaints to the IRS.

Actions will range from legislative hearings aimed at investigating state funding of ALEC activities to asking legislators to sign a pledge putting their constituents before the corporations that ALEC represents.

In addition to the National Day of Action, organizations will participate in a weekly program entitled, ‘Mondays with ALEC’ beginning January 27, which will highlight the damage ALEC legislation and legislators have done to working people on issues ranging from health care and education to voting rights and the environment.

More information on the National Day of Action and the Mondays with ALEC program can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/standuptoalec or on Twitter at @standuptoalec or at www.standuptoalec.org (launching Tuesday, January 21)

8 thoughts on “Stand Up to ALEC

  1. Sue Holtz

    Stand up to ALEC no more letting ALEC write our laws!

    January 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm
  2. Keith Curry

    ALEC is UN-AMERICAN & More Communist Than Anything OTHER Than Citizens United! But of course we know, GOP have sold America’s Democracy to “Everything Koch Brothers” This is DISGUSTING. I PAID Over $65,000.00 in Federal Taxes last year & I feel like America is turning into USSR

    January 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm
  3. Lilly Collette

    The people did not vote ALEC into office and legislators who only represent the interest of ALEC have committed a FRAUD upon the people.

    January 21, 2014 at 4:15 am
    1. Ron

      I’m sorry Lilly, but if voters did not vote ALECinto office, who did? Corporations and the Cabal can and will do their damndest to influence the vote, but ultimately the one thing corporations cannot do is vote.

      But yes, legislators who belong to ALEC are committing a fraud on the people. Worse yet, they are breaking their vows to “defend and protect” as soon a they pledge fealty to ALEC.

      January 21, 2014 at 11:42 am
  4. Bill Lavery

    ALEC is the first insult to this country that needs erasing.

    January 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm
  5. peter butterworth

    ALEC stands for ‘of the corporations, for the corporations and by the corporations.’ it’s unconscionable your attack on the middle-class and working-class and our democracy.

    January 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  6. peter butterworth

    What’s the difference between corporations and communism? Well, let’s see…

    1) Corporations believe in controlling the political process and the gov’t vs communism believes in controlling the political process and the gov’t.
    2) Corporations believe in controlling the economy vs communism believes in controlling the economy.
    3) Corporations believe in control (monopolies) of the market vs communism believes in controlling the market.
    4) Corporations believe in lies, distortions, disinformation and propaganda vs communism believes in lies, distortions, disinformation and propaganda.
    5) Corporations believe in destroying a strong economic middle-class; the bourgeois (i.e. the middle-class of the 60’s & 70’s in the USA) to create a large working class [more workers than jobs] vs communism believes in destroying a strong economic middle-class, the bourgeois.
    6) Corporations believe that workers should have no representation (elimination of unions) vs communism believes that workers should have little or no representation (ineffective unions).
    7) Corporations believe in education designed to help you in the work force and nothing else vs communism believes in education designed to help you in the work force and nothing else.
    8) Corporations do not trust and seeks to control creative and artistic people (artists, writers, philosophers, etc.) vs communism does not trust and seeks to control creative and artistic people (artists, writers, philosophers, etc.).
    9) Corporations believe in punishing people who question or disagrees (dissent) vs communism believes in punishing people who question or disagrees (dissent).
    10) Corporations do not believe in paying their fair share of taxes vs [I’m not sure about communist leaders].
    11) Corporations have no concern or care for the people of the country they operate in (increased pollution & levels of toxicity, environmental destruction, decrease in workers’ safety, no development of infrastructure, etc.) vs communist leaders show little regard for their people (increased pollution & levels of toxicity, environmental destruction, decrease in workers’ safety, no development of infrastructure, etc.).
    12) Corporations do not believe in the ‘Bill of Rights’ vs communist countries do not believe in the ‘Bill of Rights.’
    …hmm, maybe you can think of some differences.

    January 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm
  7. JM Villalobos

    It is too late..these jerks control the message..they will spend hundreds of millions of $ to keep the American Electorate as dumb as
    possible..just look at the congress..it is working!

    February 4, 2014 at 1:38 am

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