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Speaking Truth to ALEC: A teacher infiltrates an ALEC meeting

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From Teacher Sabrina:

On November 30, 2012, I had the rare and deeply disturbing experience of witnessing part of the American Legislative Exchange Councilís Education Task Force meeting: a closed-door policy-shaping session open only to the state legislators who help to pass them, the corporate lobbyists who pay big money to shape and sponsor themĖ and scrappy activists like me, who are no longer willing to cede our policy-making processes to unaccountable, undemocratic organizations who hide from the people their decisions ultimately affect. Hereís me speaking from my heart as a teacher driven from the classroom into activism by destructive policies like theirs. Iíll have more words and information soon.

@TeacherSabrina

seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/teacher-sabrina-gives-alec-a-reality-check/

https://twitter.com/TeacherSabrina

http://www.sabrinastevensshupe.com/

http://www.alternet.org/comments/news-amp-politics/watch-teacher-infiltrates-alec-education-meeting-confronts-members



American Legislative Exchange Council

1101 Vermont Ave. N.W., 11th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20005

Phone: 202-466-3800 | Fax: 202-466-3801

For news and commentary on ALEC issues or to speak with any of ALECís policy experts, please contact:

Kaitlyn Buss

Phone: 202.742.8526
kbuss@alec.org

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Reply Speaking Truth to ALEC: A teacher infiltrates an ALEC meeting (Original post)
HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
Skidmore Dec 2012 #1
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #2
ReRe Dec 2012 #3
Tigress DEM Dec 2012 #6
Rockyj Dec 2012 #4
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #5
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #7
brush Dec 2012 #8
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #9
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #17
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #18
sarchasm Dec 2012 #10
MrMickeysMom Dec 2012 #11
Zorra Dec 2012 #12
callous taoboy Dec 2012 #13
ellenfl Dec 2012 #14
MissMarple Dec 2012 #15
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #16
Javaman Dec 2012 #19

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:52 AM

1. Excellent.

Shared it on my FB page, as others should too.

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:53 AM

2. It's one of the most emailed at Alternet right now, I hope it will go viral.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:18 AM

3. K&R

Merry Christmas, (smart)ALEC!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:26 AM

6. LOL

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:20 AM

4. Wow, she's amazing!

Thank for calling ALEC members out & spreading the truth!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:21 AM

5. Now THAT is a community leader.

ALEC people were dressed in black. The women on the board were funeralistic-looking. And the way they got up and ran around like an ant hill that was disturbed, well that was priceless.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:32 AM

7. "like an anthill that was disturbed" lol

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:44 AM

8. Woohoo!

I'm so glad to see ALEC is getting exposed. That group is behind writing SB 1070, the anti-immigrant, show-your-papers law, in Arizona. They also have their hand in CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), that envisioned SB 1070 filling their for-profit jails and thus, their coffers. They write many of the regressive, anti-people bills that are getting passed in statehouses nowadays, as wittnessed by this video. They then let some willingly complicit, right wing legislator put their name on it and take credit for writing it, a la Russell Pearce in AZ and SB 1070. I'm guessing they even had a huge hand in writing Lyin' Paul Ryan's budget who was exposed as a lightweight by election campaign, and specifically by VP Joe Biden who wiped the floor with him in the VP debate. After his poor performance in the debate and during the campaign where couldn't even explain any specifics about his alleged plan, how are we expected to believe he wrote this much-ballyhooed budget plan? I say, "Go activists", keep exposing these behind-the-scenes, unelected right wingers who are trying to usurp the power of representative system of government.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:48 AM

9. Wow a teacher! They must be slipping! That's what I'm talking about!

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:43 PM

17. i think this particular meeting was state-level rather than national level. there are tons

 

of alec legislators at the state level. it seems to me that the action is moving toward states, in order to wring as many concessions out of states while they are struggling to finance government.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:49 PM

18. kicking this again, because *you* too could do this -- or you & a bunch of your friends.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:55 AM

10. Yes, Yes, Yes!

Thank you Teacher Sabrina for having the guts to confront these bastards!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:00 AM

11. Thank you, TEACHERS!

After all, education, like the gas and oil industry, should address the educator's goals, which are anything but ALEC'S.

Corporate State? Hell, no!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:29 PM

12. K&R nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:28 PM

13. kick

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:46 PM

14. kick for later. eom

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:10 PM

15. Here's a link to corporations supporting ALEC and ones who have backed away from it.

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Response to MissMarple (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:38 PM

16. some time ago alec got a bit of publicity & a lot of legislators (said they) backed away

 

from it. for some reason i got the impression then that alec was disbanding... i was so mistaken...

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:47 AM

19. Her parting statement hit them between the eyes. nt

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