IN THE STREETS
”Don’t shoot me, I’m a congresswoman” and “Don’t shoot me, I’m a pastor” are among the protest mottos to be seen at high noon Thursday when reactions to the shooting of Trayvon Martin get more vigorous, and more political. A coalition of advocacy organizations, activists and national leaders protest the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and what they deem the council’s “paid promotion of deadly ‘Kill at Will’ legislation written by the National Rifle Association.”
The rally will be held at ALEC headquarters a few blocks from the White House. Sponsors include the National Urban League, NAACP, Colorofchange, Moveon.org, AFL-CIO, SEIU, Progressnow, Common Cause, Center for Media and Democracy, People for the American Way, Faith in Public Life, National Council of Churches and more.
While scores of activist groups have targeted ALEC with letter-writing campaigns and much blogging, New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman also has taken up the cause, recently noting in a Tuesday column, “If there is any silver lining to Trayvon Martin’s killing, it is that it might finally place a spotlight on what ALEC is doing to our society — and our democracy. What is ALEC? Despite claims that it’s nonpartisan, it’s very much a movement-conservative organization, funded by the usual suspects: the Kochs, Exxon Mobil and so on.” new designation for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The committee’s question: “What does Medvedev know that has him campaigning for President Obama in 2012, and the Democratic National Committee doing his press work?) an online marketing specialist and CEO of Pangea Media/snapapp to Inside the Beltway.
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