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Occupy Portland Organizing Mass Mobilization & Direct Actions Against ALEC

WHAT: Rally and march in downtown Portland to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conglomerate of corporations and legislators that writes and passes legislation to advance corporate interests. The march will visit some of the over 15 social justice, environmental, and anti-capitalist groups that will take non-violent direct actions at ALEC corporations with offices in Portland. Concerned citizens, students, and occupiers in over seventy cities across the nation have responded to a national call from Occupy Portland; this will be the Occupy movement's largest coordinated action in 2012 to date.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 29th, Rally at 11:30am, March at 1pm

WHERE: March begins at Waterfront Park at SW Naito and SW Ankeny

WHY: The goal of the protest is to see an end to ALEC and the role big corporations have in corrupting our democracy. The American Legislative Exchange Council is seen by protesters as the chosen tool of the 1% and the wealthiest corporations in the world to craft legislation that serves their interests. According to ALEC's figures, nearly 10% of state laws originate from their efforts, laws that protesters feel have damaged communities, workers, civil liberties, the environment and democracy. The protest represents an effort to focus on corporate power as the root cause of the deep inequalities that the Occupy movement has brought to the surface in recent months.

WHAT IS ALEC: Organizers chose to focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of its behind-the-scenes role in crafting pro-corporate legislation, partnering with state legislators to pass these laws, and then profiting directly from those laws - a cycle that exemplifies the dominate role of corporations in our democracy. ALEC is comprised of state and federal government legislators - 14 Oregon state legislators are members - and many of America's biggest corporations. ALEC is responsible for some of the most contentious legislation at the state level in the last year, including Arizona's widely criticized Racial Profiling bill (SB1070) and the anti-union Wisconsin Act 10, which stripped public employee unions of collective bargaining last year. Prison and criminal justice legislation from ALEC include mandatory minimum sentences and Three Strikes laws, giving repeat offenders 25 years to life in prison; and "truth-in-sentencing," which requires inmates to serve most or all of their time without a chance for parole.

WHO: Occupy Portland under the umbrella of the newly formed Portland Action Lab has spearheaded the protests, with participation from the Animal Defense League, Bike Swarm, Cascadia Earth First!, Friends of Peace House, Jobs with Justice, Our School, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Rising Tide, We Are Oregon, and others. Over 70 cities and occupations around the country and around the world have signed on to participate.

* This action was endorsed by the Occupy Portland General Assembly. *

More information at www.shutdownthecorporations.org and www.portlandactionlab.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org
phone: phone: 503-489-7353


Another Mass Action That Will Produce Zero Results. 27.Feb.2012 15:48

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

Union activists didn't think about building numbers. They took big risks with small numbers betting the public would support them

OWS is almost broke and public support has collapsed. It is time for OWS to Block traffic and show the public that OWS has the courage of it's convictions.

The Occupy Wall St. Movement has no leverage to force change and until OWS gets some leverage nothing will change.

If OWS blocks traffic and shuts down business as usual, OWS will have leverage to force change.

The forgotten must block traffic to remind the forgetful of the needs of the forgotten.

Don't follow the leaders. Block traffic with your friends.

Guidelines For Non-Violent Civil Disobedient Traffic Blocking.  http://occupywallst.org/forum/guidelines-for-non-violent-civil-disobedient-traff/

Unpermitted? 28.Feb.2012 09:32

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

Did i read somewhere that this action is UNpermitted? I hope so. I don't like permitted events, & the only people to blame when UNpermitted actions don't do much are those who don't join in. Exactly what would corporate government goons do if twenty thousand people, fifty thousand people, hundred thousand people, decided to take the streets. But then this isn't Europe, so that's not likely to happen. But it could.

Water is a Human Right not a Corporate Commodity 28.Feb.2012 10:56

bluegil

Alec seeks to destroy our public water system and let multi- national corporations have control. Water rates will rise by 80% and Bull Run is under corporate threat. We need to protect our public water shed and our public forests from corporate thieves that wish to steal our water leave us all drinking from the Willamette and charge us 80% more for it. Please check out the website below and get involved to keep Portland's bull public and not a corporate commodity. Alec will have us all sick and dying gasping for air and sucking on stones if these corporate thieves get the chance.


Scott Fernandez for Portlands Mayor 28.Feb.2012 11:12

concerned citizen infoscottfernandezformayor@gmail.com

We have a candidate running for Mayor in Portland that the lame stream media will not give any press time to, and that candidate is Scott Fernandez. Are we the citizens of Portland going to let multi- national big money corporatism steal our water and public commons that we have fought so hard to preserve for the last hundred years? Portland NOW is the time to take action and say, "NO to corporate takeover," of our public water and forests. Please get together with neighbors , family, friends, and unite all water drinkers of Portland to support to take action to save our water.
Please support Scott Fernandez for Mayor. Thank you for your time and action.
sincerely a concerned citizen


When Forests are Under Attack 28.Feb.2012 12:35

red vole

All air breathers stand up and fight back-- please take action to protect our public forests at the site below. thank you contact
Monica Vaughan @
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center for more information

 http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5632/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9678

http://www.kswild.org
541.488.5789
PO Box 102 Ashland OR 97520