The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a massive non-profit body that brings corporations and legislators together to draft â€śmodelâ€ť legislation. For example, AZ Senator Russell Pearce and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nationâ€™s largest private prison firm, have been members for years. ALEC finalized the model legislation which became, almost word for word, Arizonaâ€™s SB1070, aka â€śSupport Our Law Enforcement.â€ť Itâ€™s the latest in the historical pattern of colonization, slave codes, convict leasing, and the drug war, that CREATES crimes and therefore criminals, for profit.
ALEC should know there are a million better things to do with their time than plotting mass incarceration. But thereâ€™s nowhere weâ€™d rather be than confronting their meeting. Weâ€™re calling for four days of action here in occupied Onk Akimel Oâ€™odham lands from November 29th â€“ December 3rd, 2011, with an emphasis for action on November 30th (N30!). We encourage a creative diversity of tactics on N30, the 12th anniversary of the Seattle uprising against the WTO. No matter the acronym, ALEC is no different than all the other gangs of businessmen, politicians, and bureaucrats that weâ€™ve been resisting for over 500 years.
December 3, 2011 11:15pm
Weâ€™re a group of people in occupied Indigenous lands, now called Arizona, who demand the end of SB1070 and 287g, the criminalizationâ€”and then the incarcerationâ€”of migrants, and the militarization of the border. We oppose private prisons, detention centers, and security companies, not simply because they are private, but because we are sickened by profiteering on human misery. ALEC desires â€śfree marketsâ€ť and â€ślimited government,â€ť which means they use the state to support profit-making, the continuance of colonization, and neo-liberal policies (NAFTA, CANAMEX, etc.) that draw lines, make laws, and build freeways and prisons to exploit labor and the earth.
Whether maintained by the state or corporations, weâ€™re against all systems of control. We are for freedom of movement for all people.