29 Jul '12, 2pm
"ALEC has been influencing... laws that affect everything from #education to the #environment since 1973" #ALEC
An organization called ALEC - the American Legislative Exchange Council-has recently gained much attention for its efforts to implement the "Stand Your Ground" law linked to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. However, ALEC has been influencing, and in many cases directly dictating, laws that affect everything from education to the environment since 1973. ALEC has just concluded formal discussions of a new wave of legislation in its 2012 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it was met by a coalition of locally based organizations called the ALEC Welcoming Committee. These organizations, which included the climate justice group Peaceful Uprising, rallied against ALEC's mission to allow corporations to strongly influence the creation and passage of laws that privilege only the wealthy few.