Protests Continue with Actions Planned to Expose & Shutdown ALEC Conference

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Protests Continue with Actions Planned to Expose & Shutdown ALEC Conference

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A diverse range of people and organizations are converging for a second day of planned protests against the secretive, nationwide organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Through ALEC, some of the most powerful corporations and thousands of state legislators meet to create laws to continue their drive for profits, and to control and destroy our communities and the earth.

Yesterday, hundreds marched and converged on the Kierland Westin Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, where ALEC is attempting to hold its annual “States and Nation Summit”.

Dozens of protesters were attacked by police with pepper spray and eight people were arrested in actions to shutdown the ALEC meeting. Continue reading


Breaking: Protesters Attacked by Police with Pepper Spray, Seven Arrested During Shutdown ALEC Action in Phoenix, AZ

 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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: Protesters Attacked by Police with Pepper Spray, Seven Arrested During Shutdown ALEC Action in Phoenix, AZ

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Dozens of protesters were attacked by police with pepper spray and seven people have been arrested so far in a day of action against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
On November 30, starting at 8 am hundreds marched and converged on the Kierland Westin Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, where ALEC is attempting to hold its annual “States and Nation Summit”.

This is breaking news, the protest is planned to continue and grow through the day. More updates to follow.

“We will continue to use diversity of tactics to send the message to ALEC members that the we are watching and we will not stand for the further destruction of our communities and environment that ALEC members push into law in order to fill their own pockets.” Stated Alex Soto of O’odham Solidarity Across Borders. “The amount of force that police are using to protect ALEC’s corporate interests reveals how corrupt this system is.” Stated Soto.

An O’odham elder was transported to the hospital for breathing difficulties due to the police’s pepper spray attack. Continue reading


Arrests have been made march continues!

Arrests have been made march continues!

It has been confirmed that at least 3 arrests have been made. Protestors have repeatedly approached the south gate in an attempt to move past the police line that is blocking them from advancing. Cops are putting on full masks. Some people are still people at main gate. Mostly people injured at main gate from pepper spray. At least one persyn had been pushed down and body checked by a cop. An O’odham elder was being refused treatment by police. He was experiencing shortness of breath. Cops are moving forward with riot gear. Cops are dividing the protesters to let ALEC cars are coming through at greenway and clubgate.


N-30 ACTION HAS BEGUN!

UPDATES:
11/30/11 – 10:30AM – Protesters Attacked by Police with Pepper Spray, Three Arrested

 

We have news that the march has made it to the conference site. Protestors are in the street bringing the message to ALEC! The numbers are growing to nearly 200. Have now meet a line of cops. We’ll keep you updated as more happens on the ground. Remember that if you are posting photos or video include the following hash tags: #occupyALEC, #shutdownALEC and/or #ALECexposed


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Occupy Phoenix to Protest at ALEC Summit on November 30We will no longer remain passive while our country is sold to the highest bidder.Phoenix, AZ 11/22/11 — On November 30, Occupy Phoenix will lead a protest at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States & Nations Policy Summit at Scottsdale’s Westin Kierland Hotel. The 99% will be joined by members of other local groups and Occupiers from other cities as they answer a national call for action against this heinous organization.

The protests shine a light on the corporate takeover of state legislatures. Via ALEC, corporations hand legislators changes to laws that directly benefit their bottom line, such as Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. Currently 35 AZ State Representatives and 15 AZ Senators have ties to the organization. Recently recalled Senate President Russell Pearce is a member of ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force Executive Committees.

ALEC is at the core of what is wrong with our political system today. This organization promotes and enacts the sale of local and national legislation. We will no longer remain passive while our country is sold to the highest bidder.

For more information about Occupy Phoenix visit www.occupyphx.org

To learn more about ALEC’s takeover of our democracy visit:
azresistsalec.wordpress.com. Follow Twitter hashtags #ALECexposed or #occupyALEC

We are the 99%

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/244457188948081/


Call for Indigenous Convergence to Resist ALEC!

Call for Indigenous Convergence to Resist ALEC! – November 29-December 3 – Onk Akimel O’odham Lands (Scottsdale, AZ)

Un-occupy Our Lands!
Indigenous Peoples Gathering in Resistance to Corporate & State Terrorism

Tues. Nov. 29, 6PM – 9:30PM

At Serena Padilla Residence

Onk Akimel O’odham Nation (Salt River)

9312 E. Thomas Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256

 

This is an opportunity to share, connect, and build solidarity.

Dinner will be provided. Please bring your own chairs.

Camping for Indigenous participants available.

Please RSVP with oodhamjeved@gmail.com.

Allies and supporters welcome.

 

Greetings.

 

My name is Serena Padilla. I live in Occupied Onk Akimel Jeved, now known as the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

I am in support of an Indigenous convergence before and during the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference, scheduled for November 30-December 2, in hopes to share, connect and build solidarity amongst all the Indigenous Nations that are affected by ALEC.  

At this time, I am opening my grounds to accommodate all Indigenous participants coming to our territory due to the ALEC Conference. I am opening my grounds for camping and access to my outside kitchen. 

I hope this gathering will strengthen our connections as Indigenous Peoples, now and for the future generations to come.

 

More information: www.azresistsalec.wordpress.com

Energy/Mining Companies & ALEC: https://azresistsalec.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/energymining-companies-and-alec/


Anti-ALEC National Day of Action November 30. Occupy ALEC

please spread this to your contacts across the country, including Occupy events…

 

From November 30 to December 3rd, 2011,some of the most powerful corporations and thousands of state legislators will be bringing Wall Street politics and greed to Scottsdale, AZ.  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), will be having their States and Nations Policy Summit where they can continue their drive for profits, and to control and destroy our communities and the earth.

Most of us learned about ALEC, a secretive nation-wide organization, when they were exposed for their relationship with private prisons and their role in SB1070 and its copy cat laws, although they’ve been involved in various efforts to criminalize people through such things as the mandatory minimum sentencing and three strikes laws.  They were also involved in the creation of the animal enterprise terrorism act (AETA), they support companies (including BP) involved with energy extraction across the world (including Tar Sands), as well big pharmaceutical companies.
We are calling for a national day of action on November 30 to demonstrate against ALEC during their conference.
Join us in Scottsdale, AZ on occupied Onk Akimel O’odham lands, to expose, confront, and resist ALEC and what they represent.
ALEC is everywhere. If you can’t make it, find one or more representatives of ALEC (corporate, government, or non-profit org) in your area to expose, confront, and resist!
Please spread the word!