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Lockdown at ALEC Convention, Disrupting Business as Usual

Posted on the 01 August 2014 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal


from Earth First! News

A lockdown threw a wrench in ALEC’s annual meeting on Thursday. According to Blackland Rising Tide:

“Two protesters with Blackland Prairie Rising Tide have locked down inside of the Hilton Anatole Hotel this morning at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual national convention.

“ALEC is a conglomerate of politicians and multi-millionaire business executive that work in tandem to draft legislation that destroys protection of the environment, fills private prisons, annihilates immigrant rights just to name a few. To learn more about ALEC check out: www.alecexposed.org

According to KERA News, Jim Hightower joined the protest with a few quips:

“Interview Highlights: Jim Hightower…

…On the protest: “I’m here because this bunch over here, corrupt coziness between corporate power and our state lawmakers all over the country are stealing our democracy and so we have to stand up. The powers that be aren’t going to save us on this one because they own the powers that be. So, we the people have got to get out here and alert other people of what’s going on.”

…On legislation about genetically modified organisms that ALEC has pushed: “Nearly all corn is genetically modified now. 95 percent of soybeans are, etc. So we wanted to fight that and various communities have wanted to pass legislation, locally, saying, ‘We don’t want that stuff in our town. We don’t want it in our fields around us, we don’t want it in the food that we serve in our schools.’ So ALEC has modeled a piece of legislation to go to state legislatures and outlaw towns, the people themselves, from having the democratic power to say what they want locally.”

…On his past work in office: “What we pushed was something that now exists all over but at the time didn’t exists at all. Famer’s markets, organic production of food, diversification of our crops and family farmers uniting with workers, with environmentalists, consumers.”

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