10:30am: Arrests have been made as victims of Bank of America foreclosures attempt to enter the meeting.
“OccupyPhoenix has moved to Scottsdale, Az for the next four days, and will join with Salt River Pima (Akimel O’odham) Tohono O’odham (formerly Papago, of the sublime basket-making) First Americans to protest against the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) “States and Nation Policy Summit” in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale November 29 – December 3.
You all know of ALEC, but here’s a review for minds that have too many Bad Guys to remember in these days that cause constant head-swiveling to keep up with their dastardly plans and deeds. From the website alecexposed.com:”
“ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.”
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