“Separate Corporation and State!” Fighting ALEC's control of state governments is a fight against racism too

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

First we'll explore the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) capture of state governments to weaponize the law against communities of color by bringing corporate reps and politicians together to secretly draft laws, then lobby to pass them into law. ALEC-targeted activists will then lead debate on strategies for reversing corporate capture of government using community power.

Laws ALEC has been behind include Stand Your Ground, voter ID, self-deportation, anti-BDS, 'Right-to-Work', 'Critical Infrastructure' and 'preemption' laws meaning ALEC has inadvertantly generated a ready-made cross-movement group of Black, Brown, Palestinian, Migrant, LGBTI, environmental and animal rights activists. This session is about joining forces!
  • Submitted by: Dominic Renfrey
  • Moderator: Dominic Renfrey
  • Panelists: Tara T., Brandi Collins, Cherri Foytlin, Meera Shah

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Key take-aways:
1. Hear from activists across the U.S. that are directly targeted by ALEC about how ALEC operates - weaponizing statehouses to pass laws that criminalize anyone that threatens profit and/or white-supremacy, particularly communities of color.
2. Sharing of proven strategies of success against ALEC that progressives can take into their activism.

Movement value:
1. Deep race analysis to how ALEC affects our communities
2. Sharp practical focus for how we can fight back

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

Visionary leadership, coming out of struggles involving youth and communities of color, has lead to Progressives now clearly planning to take decisive action against the years-long corporate, right-wing take over of government. In this effort there is no better focus than ALEC. This session will equip participants with a deep understanding of the racist dimensions of ALEC's legacy, and leave participants with practical ideas for how to leave Netroots with a plan to join the fight against ALEC.

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