ALEC wc NEWS RELEASE – Critics to Confront Corporate Greed, Demand ALEC ‘Bill Mill’ Shutdown.

ALEC Welcoming Committee
Calendar Listing of Major Events Salt Lake City, Utah:

Raphael Cordray
Gary Mesker       
Justin Kramer     
Jesse Fruhwirth  
9 A.M. MDT, July 18, 2012


Critics to Confront Corporate Greed,
Demand ALEC ‘Bill Mill’ Shutdown. 
SALT LAKE CITY, UT  Local and national groups are hammering away at the corporate-dominated American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), demanding an end to legislation which they say benefits corporate interests at the expense of the public.
ALEC brings its annual conference to Salt Lake City July 23-27, 2012 but a vocal opposition will unite against them. The coalition called The ALEC Welcoming Committee is fighting back against ALEC. Members of the coalition include: Occupy Salt Lake City, Peaceful Uprising, Utah Tar Sands Resistance, the Salt Lake Dream Team, iMatter Utah, the League of Women Voters, Move to Amend Salt Lake and others. Over the course of the five days community groups plan rallies, teach-ins, workshops, news conferences, pickets and other actions.
ALEC is funded and dominated by some of the world’s largest corporations including ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Koch Industries, and Pfizer. Local ALEC members include 1-800-Contacts and Comcast. Common Cause contends that ALEC is manipulating the US tax laws. In a recent complaint to the IRS the government watchdog group said: “ALEC is a corporate lobbying group masquerading as a public charity.” Twenty-eight Utah Legislators are also members of ALEC.
The Center for Media and Democracy’s research arm PR Watch calls ALEC a “bill mill. ALEC is responsible for about 1,000 bills a year using a common language, which then are proposed and “flood” multiple state legislatures often during the same session. Bills represent conservative causes which have the effect of eroding and eliminating comprehensive health care; suppressing voter rights; and requiring police to check the immigration status of primarily non-Caucasian citizens, legal immigrants and undocumented workers.
ALEC is also backing laws to eliminate workers’ collective bargaining rights, which leads to lower wages, pensions and health care benefits. The organization was also behind many of the states’ adoption of “Stand Your Ground (Kill at Will)” laws being used in the defense of individuals like George Zimmerman, recently accused of murdering the black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Who: ALEC Welcoming Committee
Location: Washington Square (City/County Bldg)
Date/Time: For a complete and updated schedule of events see 

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