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I did a search for diaries about ALEC and most seem to go by the wayside. I joined DK to expose groups like this who have a stranglehold over our legislature as I believe groups like this endanger democracy and our republic.

I am mature enough to understand that this diary too may go by the wayside, but after considering the pros and cons of writing this diary, I concluded if I don't speak out, I only become another too afraid to put my thoughts out there for fear the DK gallery will shoot me down, run back under my rock, lick my wounds and keep to myself. You guys are a force to be reckoned with and while the community does a lot of good, it can be a scary lot the first time out the box.

I am a new member after lurking for 5 years and I simply can't hold my tongue any longer. I and my fellow Americans are like fish in a barrel to these folks, so if you have the appetite to follow me over that orange squiggly thing that follows this intro, let's do this.

For those of you who have never heard of Sabrina Joy Stevens, she is a woman worth getting to know.

Sabrina is an educator and activist who has the guts to take ALEC on and did so. We need to have her back and more of us need to do what this courageous woman did.

She became aware of an ALEC meeting with their Education Task Force and attended. She didn't hold back. She wasn't afraid of confrontation, she spoke out.

For more background on her story, please check out her post:

Inside ALEC's Education Task Force: Private Players Manipulating Public Education

I’m done tolerating this. I refuse to continue living in a society where some people are essentially allowed to lie to the public with impunity, and buy the ability to disempower other people. I know I’m far from the only person who feels this way. But if we want our power back, those of us who share the same interests (which does not necessarily mean the same ideas) must unite and show the tiny group who doesn’t that they can’t trick, divide or hide from us anymore. As I believe I demonstrated, this doesn’t always have to be an ugly process—but yes, it will require some disruption to the powers-that-be.
Sabrina speaks for me and I know I need to have the courage to speak for myself too. This is my first baby step.

ALEC is teamed up with the NRA and after last Friday, which hit me in the most prophetic way, I am determined to see both taken out of the equation on how our laws are made to the detriment of all Americans.

As NRA Hides from Public After Newtown, ALEC Ties Reveal Extensive Lobbying Behind U.S. Gun Laws

I'm done being afraid to speak out. I want to encourage others to speak out. To harness a growing movement of like minded Americans who want to put the government back into the hands of those it was intended, We The People.

Originally posted to 2014 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  I agree (4+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, CroneWit, 2014, lyvwyr101

    BTW, you can embed youtube videos, like this:

    by ManfromMiddletown on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:40:05 AM PST

  •  I've republished this to our anti-ALEC group, (2+ / 0-)
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    2014, lyvwyr101

    the American Legislative Transparency Project. Most everything ALEC ends up there. Just click the link there at the bottom of your diary to read it.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 12:52:02 PM PST

  •  Welcome! You are among friends. ALEC is evil. (2+ / 0-)
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    MNDem999, 2014

    I fully understand your reluctance to jump into the fray after lurking for a long time. As I'm sure you know, there are some nasty pie fights on DKos, especially when emotionally charged events and issues are at the forefront.

    Please know that your first baby step into the ALEC fight is an important one. This particular subject has almost no controversy among DKos members. Once in a while there's a poorly worded comment or an ignorant remark, but overall, there's no venom anywhere.

    At minimum, you should "follow" the American Legislative Transparency Project. Click this link and then "follow". All diaries published under this group id can be located from this link AND they will show up when you click the "MY PAGE" item on any DKos page if you follow this group. MY PAGE lists diaries published by all groups and individual user that you choose to follow. The most recent is listed first.

    You might consider joining this group as a contributor or editor. This lets you publish or queue up diaries under the group name. Your diary was republished by a member of this group who has editor authority.

    I was pleased to see another diary published in this group today. Bob Sloan is a genuinely fearless anti-ALEC activist and a relentless researcher for this cause. To join the group, sent a private message to the group or Bob Sloan or (the 'send message' button to the right of the 'follow' button from the above link).

    Thank you for reminding me that I haven't been nearly as active at DKos as I should be about this subject. The ALEC subject must not be allowed to fade into the background at DKos. I have been doing research and contributing to other ALEC transparency organizations in the background. There is a lot more activity going on than reflected in DKos.

    ALEC is a monster that affects just about every legislative topic imaginable. So it's difficult even to keep a list of their activities let alone research the players and organizations that are involved.

    Kudos to Sabrina and her brave stand to speak truth to power. This action, done in a public forum and published, is extraordinarily powerful. This rarely causes action, rather the ALEC stooges usually just go underground and become more secretive. So it's a challenge to keep the pressure on these things. But that's the solution. Sunshine. Exposure. Relentless pressure. Facts. And following the money, of course.

    You are most welcome to contribute to the fight against ALEC.

    Nobody wants these laws that are written in secret in order to benefit corporate interests and are enacted into state law by bribed right wing legislators.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:54:23 PM PST

    •  I really appreciate your comment (1+ / 0-)
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      I am passionate about many issues facing us today, but I truly think that ALEC in tandem with the NRA are destroying the fabric of American life under a ruse of ideology when it's only about the money.

      I will follow the group and hope that this issue gains greater attention from DK, but I won't hold my breath. There are many avenues and am brain storming ways to get the information into the populace at large.

      There is a lot of good done here, but I fear going down the same rabbit hole of 2009 and don't want to see another 2010.

      I appreciate your reaching out to me. For me the issues that tend to get the most attention here, would be virtually nonexistent if groups like ALEC and the NRA were dismantled, yet it is hard to get that point across when everyone is too busy arguing.

      I'm going to keep writing, it is cathartic and a much needed release.

      Have a great holiday season and I hope we stay in touch.

      Year of the Weakest Tea

      by 2014 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:28:38 AM PST

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