Today: #F29 Occupy Day of Action Against Corporate Greed, ALEC

Today, Leap Day, wil mark a big return to unified action for a number of Occupy groups around the country.

Through street theater and nonviolent direct action, Occupiers will specifically target corporations that are involved in ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. From a press release: "Responding to a national call from Occupy Portland, this will be the Occupy Movement’s largest coordinated action this year and will confront ALEC corporations in the cities in which they do business throughout the nation."

Here's how the New York Times editorial board describes ALEC:

It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions. All of these efforts are being backed — in some cases, orchestrated — by a little-known conservative organization financed by millions of corporate dollars.
....ALEC has written model legislation on a host of subjects dear to corporate and conservative interests, and supporting lawmakers have introduced these bills in dozens of states. 

Today's actions:

  • Coordinated Southern California Action - (LA, Long Beach, Orange County and Riverside)Actions will target one of the largest Wal-Mart distribution centers in the country in support of non-union warehouse workers.
  • Occupy Wall Street: Pop-up Occupation at Bryant-Park starting at 9am with teach-in with Matt Taibbi; March leaving Bryant Park at noon with creative actions targeting Bank of America, Pfizer, and Koch Brothers
  • Occupy Salt Lake City Actions focusing on private prisons, racism, and anti-union aspects of ALEC including a Utah replica of Arizona’s SB 1070; Actions will include a Debutant ball in the capitol.
  • Coordinated Connecticut Action - (New Haven, Hartford, Darien, New London, Shoreline, Danbury and Willimantic): Creative actions to target Pfizer and draw attention to the way in which it serves the interests of the 1% while ignoring the health and well-being of people, animals and the earth itself.
  • Occupy Portland: Rally at SW Ankeny and Waterfront at 11:30; March leaving at 1:00 with creative direct actions targeting ALEC corporations throughout the city.
  • Occupy Phoenix: There will be a rally at State Capitol focusing on union-busting and anti-immigrant bills then a march on Freeport McMoRam and "museum" style tour of ALEC corporations.

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 29, 2012, 4:02am

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