IN THE STREETS

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

”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.

“The op­por­tu­nity for po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to cap­i­tal­ize on this change is re­ally no dif­fer­ent than that of any other brand. It is an op­por­tu­nity to foster stronger re­la­tion­ships and de­velop new ones based on pro­vid­ing con­tent and ex­pe­ri­ences that users re­late to, and that they share with their net­works,” coun­sels Mr. Lieber­man, who de­vel­oped soft­ware used by Pres­i­dent Obama’s 2008 elec­tion cam­paign. “A steady stream of ef­fec­tive con­tent like opin­ion polls and sur­veys will dra­mat­i­cally in­crease” ex­po­sure. A smart cam­paign will fo­cus on qual­ity in­ter­ac­tive con­tent over quan­tity,” he

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