The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at

APRIL 17, 2012 11:47PM

Tell ALEC Companies to Stand Down

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One for Our Side

The one positive outcome of Trayvon Martin’s appalling murder, is the recent withdrawal of several well-known corporations from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Thus far the list of members that have terminated their membership includes Mars candy, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Pepsico, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and the Gates Foundation. ALEC is an ideologically conservative group consisting of business interests and conservative state legislators for the purpose of drafting research, policy papers and model legislation to assist and influence state legislatures and promote conservative initiatives. ALEC is best known for drafting model legislation that can be easily adopted by state legislators and introduced as legislation. They are responsible for writing the notorious anti-union legislation passed in Wisconsin, Indiana and other Republican controlled, as well as private prison legislation in at least a dozen states, Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law (for the benefit of Correction Corporations of America, which runs their immigration detention facilities), and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which some blame for Trayvon Martin’s tragic shooting.

Sign the Petition!

Please support the Center for Media and Democracy Campaign to pressure other corporations to rescind their ALEC membership by signing the petition at Tell ALEC Companies to Stand Down. It’s already clear that those who manufacture consumer products are extremely concerned about bad press that might discourage Americans from buying their products. Mars, which manufactures the Skittles Trayvon purchased the night Zimmerman shot him, was one of the first to distance themselves from ALEC.

Despite the best efforts of Wall Street and the corporate media, Americans aren’t helpless against the power of corporate greed. There is increasing evidence that they have starting fighting back.

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This is a start and I support the petition but they may drive their lobbying and fund raising underground. The best way to address this is to follow up with a much larger reform of the way government is run and make sure it is done in the open.

This isn't new and the latest incident is just one more example of misconduct adding to the long list of reasons to reform the system.
I would love the Martin Family and any other victims of their laws sue ALEC as a class.

Why not? It is their boilerplate that the ignorant state Republicans passed. Why is it that Acorn got shut down but ALEC is not shut down?
[r] YES! thanks, stuart. i signed. best, libby
Zachery, I fought for 20 years before I left the US trying to do exactly what you propose - to reform government so that it's run by the people, as outlined in the Constitution, instead of by people. Despite the hard work of thousands of anti-corporate activists, things seem to be getting worse rather than better.

That's a great idea, zumalicious, for all their victims to start suing ALEC - and the individual corporations that still belong. Alas, it was fairly easy to shut ACORN down (in a move the Center for Constitutional Rights still regards as unconstitutional because it violated ACORN's 1st amendment rights) because Congress simply terminated it's federal funding. Our so-called economic downturn has made the right wing corporations who belong to ALEC richer than ever.