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ALEC’s Legacy of Destruction: PDA Members Join Anti-ALEC Protesters in Chicago (video)

ALEC coverInside the 40th annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Chicago, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and other right-wing big-wigs addressed ALEC members and on-the-dole politicians.

Outside, the people, who have been cut out of the legislative process by ALEC and big money donors, protested in the streets. (Photos here.)

In its 40-year history, ALEC has done more to destroy the American Dream than any other group. According to a report by the Center for Media and Democracy, 466 ALEC bills were introduced in 2013, and 84 of them became law. Every state and the District of Columbia considered ALEC bills this year. Here are the highlights from their report:

PDA  Illinois members like Bill Bianchi protested outside of ALEC's 40th annual meeting in Chicago.

PDA members like Bill Bianchi protested outside of ALEC’s 40th annual meeting in Chicago.

  • Bills restricting voting: 52 proposed, 5 passed.
  • Stand Your Ground Bills: 10 proposed, 2 passed.
  • “Right to Work” Bills limiting wages, workers’ rights, and benefits: 117 proposed, 14 passed.
  • Bills weakening public education and promoting for-profit charter schools: 139 proposed, 31 passed.
  • Pro-pollution pills promoting dirty energy: 77 proposed, 17 passed.
  • Bills limiting citizens’ access to judicial system: 71 bills proposed, 14 passed.
  • Bills limiting video-taping by citizens: 9 states were inspired by ALEC to protect corporations from citizen journalists.
  • Bills limiting or preventing paid sick leave ordinances: 11 states were inspired by ALEC’s mini-me the National Restaurant Accosiation. (Read the full report here.)

For more on the ALEC protest, check out the related links and watch street protesters– including union members and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) members– in this video below.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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