Palmer House Hotel

Palmer House Hotel is site of ALEC’s 40th anniversary gathering and protests against the Council this week.

Today I attend another protest in downtown Chicago against the American Legislative Exchange Council.

This secretive thinktank of corporations and one-percenters writes model legislation for their pet state senators and representatives throughout the country. These bills are then introduced, often literally unchanged, and all too often become law. Attacks on women’s rights, immigration, public health care and education, the right of workers’ to organize, stand your ground laws, and more can be traced back to the work of ALEC and its supporters.

For the next three days, ALEC is meeting in Chicago to celebrate its 40th anniversary and hundreds of protestors are expected to gather to let them know there should not be a 41st year. Today is expected to be a smaller gathering than tomorrow’s larger, labor-led rally. Protestors plan to march on various ALEC-supporting businesses in the downtown area, and then onto the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, where ALEC is meeting. This hotel was the site of Chicago’s first Moral Monday event earlier this week. On arrival, a speak-out is scheduled and more actions may occur based on group consensus.

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Photo by @PhillipCantor, used with permission.