Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cripple the conservative movement

We can weaken one of the conservative movement's most powerful entities, ALEC, by calling out AT&T for continuing to support the policy organization that works to suppress votes and weaponize racial profiling.

Here's who to call at AT&T:

Corporate PR staffer Mark Siegel
(404) 986-1803

Report Your Call

Dear MoveOn member,

The dominoes keep falling: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, McDonald' we need to reach out and knock over AT&T.

These are the corporate backers of ALEC, the right-wing policy factory that's been pushing disastrous laws for over two decades promoting gun violence, union busting, and suppressing the vote of students, seniors, and people of color.

But in the last two weeks, something amazing happened: the progressive movement dealt them a crushing blow. By shaming ALEC's corporate backers for their role in supporting ALEC's harmful policies—particularly towards communities of color—our friends at ColorOfChange have these corporations falling like dominoes.1

But not all of them. And as long as ALEC has money from corporate giants like AT&T, ALEC's conservative policy machine is still in business.

Today we need to keep doing what's working and turn up the heat on AT&T. And if there's something AT&T knows about—it's phone calls. So if we call AT&T today, demanding they cut their ties with ALEC, then we can get the next ALEC domino to fall and weaken the entire conservative movement's ability to spread policy across the country.

Here's who to call at AT&T:

Corporate PR staffer Mark Siegel
(404) 986-1803

Then report your call by clicking here.

Right now, state legislatures in Alaska, Nebraska, New York, Iowa, and Massachusetts are attempting to bring ALEC-modeled Kill at Will laws to their states.2 And, as we saw in Trayvon Martin's case, these laws can give a license to racial profiling and lead to tragedies leads for young men of color.

We cannot afford for even one more life to be lost at the hands of a killer hiding behind these Kill at Will laws. We also can't accept another vote being denied by ALEC's voter suppression schemes. By calling out the corporations, like AT&T, that financed the drafting and advocacy for these corrosive policies, we help ensure that they won't spread any further.3

ALEC's starting to try to cover their tracks, and just issued a statement that it will no longer focus on elections and public safety. But this does not change the simple truth: ALEC and its corporate backers like AT&T must be held accountable for the disastrous policies they drafted, approved, and attempted to make into law in all 50 states.

Step up now and tell AT&T: "Drop ALEC." The more of us that call quickly, the less power ALEC will have to advance its agenda.

Here's who to call:

Corporate PR staffer Mark Siegel  
(404) 986-1803

Then report your call by clicking here:

More than half a million MoveOn members called for justice for Trayvon. Now we must deepen that call and fight against not only the individual acts of racial profiling, but also institutional measures that can make prejudice deadly. The first step is making sure that corporations like AT&T stop supporting institutions like ALEC.

Thanks for all you do.

–Garlin, Anna, Laura, Marika, and the rest of the team


1. "ALEC support wanes: Kraft abandons conservative group," Politico, April 5, 2012

2. "Five States Still Debating 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Trayvon Martin's Tragic Death," ThinkProgress, March 26, 2012

3. "ALEC Backs Down," The New York Times, April 17, 2012

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