Activists Descend On Chicago Hotel To Protest ALEC Conference

Photo by Aaron Cynic

Photo by Aaron Cynic

Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:

Six demonstrators were arrested at the Hilton Palmer House hotel in the Loop for staging a sit-in Monday evening. Dozens of activists held a demonstration in the lobby to protest the upcoming American Legislative Exchange Council conference this week. Calling themselves the Chicago Moral Monday Coalition, demonstrators dropped several banners off the second floor balcony while Rev. Marilyn Pagan Banks, Senior Pastor of Namaste United Church of Christ, spoke:

“The American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, is one of the great nexi where money and politics meet in order to corrupt our democracy. ALEC brings together corporate lobbyists and state legislators in order to create legislation that promotes big business and the 1% while working to disenfranchise ordinary people.”

The Chicago Moral Monday coalition takes its name after the “Moral Monday” protests in North Carolina, a series of rallies that activists have held in the state for nearly three months to protest varying forms of legislation. More than 900 people have been arrested since those protests began. Reverend Pagan Banks said the policies the North Carolina activists have been protesting are the same ones ALEC helped to author.

Dubbed the “corporate bill mill” by its detractors, ALEC creates “model legislation,” which has included laws like the Florida Stand Your Ground law, Right to Work legislation, Voter ID bills and more. Sabrina Morey, a volunteer with Communities Against Foreclosure and Eviction, said she joined the demonstrators because of ALEC’s interest in pushing legislation that makes it easier for banks to evict people from their homes. “We can expect them (ALEC) to make more unjust laws to evict people from their homes. What I’m asking them today is to stop helping these big banks evict people from their homes,” said Morey.

Read the full post at Chicagoist.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    pretty sure ALEC will be working on legislation
    to stop protests & incarcerate the protesters
    for fun & profit

  • Anarchy Pony

    Needz moar torches and pitchforks.

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