Proof That America’s Criminal Justice System Discriminates Against Minorities

written by VLTP’s Bob Sloan for PolicyMicWith criminal justice legislation, statutes, and applications of both, the wording of legal documents and proposed bills have been used to basically disenfranchise minorities. The enactment of drug laws provides an easily recognized form of such disenfranchising of African Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. As with many U.S. […]

For-Profit Education Firm Kaplan is 14th Company to Dump ALEC

by Rebekah Wilce — April 27, 2012 Kaplan, a for-profit education, tutoring, and testing empire that is the largest division of the $4 billion Washington Post Company, recently told the Republic Report (RR) that Kaplan’s for-profit college division “was a member of ALEC for a one year period, which ended in August 2011.” For the […]

Gates Foundation Reveals its Dark Side After Ditching ALEC

While funding $218 million polio and measles immunization research, the foundation also invested $400 million in 69 of North America’s worst polluting companies and $423 million in companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp, and Chevron – oil firms responsible for pollution which has caused  respiratory problems in local African populations. In 2005, the foundation held […]

Walmart Scrambles Lobbyists in Response to Mexico Bribery Report

By Kate Ackley and Eliza Newlin Carney Roll Call Staff April 24, 2012 After several years of relative calm, Walmart is once again in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs. Despite Cummings and Waxman’s interest in an investigation, House Republicans have signaled that they have no interest in probing the matter. Roll Call reports that Wal-Mart enlisted […]

Wal-Mart Deploys Lobbyist Who Used To Work For Congressman Cummings To Fight Cummings’ Investigation Of Bribery Scandal

By Lee Fang | Apr 25th 2012 This morning, Oversight Committee members Congressman Elijah Cummings and Henry Waxman announced that they will begin a probe of Wal-Mart’s lobbying. In a press release, Cummings announced that he has sent letters to Tom Donohue and Greg Steinhafel, leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Retail […]

Peter Grear to speak at ALEC Teach-In on 5/12

VLTP is proud to announce that Peter Grear will be speaking at the ALEC Teach-In on 5/12. Peter, a member of Occupy Wilmington, has had his own law practice since 1976 in Wilmington, He is the co-publisher of the Greater Diversity News, which you can link to from here Peter brings his own historical and […]

Senate Passes USPS Reform Bill – Now Its Up To an ALEC Influenced House…

Senate Passes USPS Reform Bill – Now Its Up To an ALEC Influenced House…

By Bob Sloan The Senate today voted to pass a bill to salvage the USPS – for now.  Critical to avoiding a proposed shut down of hundreds of postal facilities and centers with the loss of 200,000 jobs, the news was cautiously welcomed by VLTP.  While the House has yet to vote on similar legislation, […]

Clean-Energy Requirements Targeted by ALEC, Norquist

By Jim Snyder – Apr 23, 2012 Small-government groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council, whose advocacy for Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law and other measures have drawn calls to revoke its tax-exempt status, are taking aim at state mandates requiring renewable energy use. While environmentalists view the clean-energy standards as vital to reducing the country’s reliance […]

If Corporations Were People, Wal-Mart Would Be In Jail

By: Sarah Jones | April 23, 2012 The Depart of Justice is investigating Wal-Mart for possible violations of a federal law. To put this in perspective, in 2008, Siemens AG paid a $450 million fine for violating the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). Apparently, money can buy more than elections – money can also buy […]

Don’t Let Business Lobbyists Kill the Post Office

…But politics also plays a huge part in this. In 2006, in what looks like an attempt to bust the Postal Workers’ Union, George Bush signed into law the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. This law required the Postal Service to pre-fund 100 percent of its entire future obligations for 75 years of […]