VLTP Press release for Charlotte May 11 & 12 Anti-ALEC Protest and Teach-In


Press Release

Save Our States (S.O.S.) Conference and Protest –

“They’re sneaking into Charlotte, meeting in secret to write new laws benefiting their corporate handlers…wanting us to remain unaware and silent.”

The Voters Legislative Transparency Project (VLTP), a national non-profit bipartisan organization and Occupy Charlotte announce a two-day schedule of events to protest activities of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and inform about ALEC’s crafting of pro-corporate model legislation.  Corporate representatives expected to attend ALEC’s “Spring Summit” include Duke Energy, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Carolina Power and Light, Reynolds American, Wells Fargo, BP, Exxon Mobil, Altria and Monsanto.

Those opposing ALEC and their agenda will be marching as ALEC members meet at their Spring Summit to determine laws corporations want passed in 2012 and beyond.

On Friday May 11th9:00 AM until 6:00 PM – anti-ALEC protestors will be marching and demonstrating peacefully at the downtown Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College Street, Charlotte, North Carolina where ALEC will be meeting.  Activists, Occupiers, and the general public are invited to attend and take part.  Mecklenburg ACTS will be pressing their Resolution Against High Stakes Testing, a by-product of ALEC legislation.

On Saturday, May 12th9:00 AM to 4:30 PM – there will be an all-day “Outsmart ALEC” Teach-In held at the Wedgewood Baptist Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive, Charlotte, 28210. Sponsors of this event are VLTP, Occupy Charlotte and the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

Speakers – Topics

Lisa Graves from the Center for Media and Democracy                 –              Tort Reform and Legislation

Monica Embrey from Greenpeace                                           –              Environment, Fracking, EPA

Bob Sloan from VLTP                                                                      –              Prison Privatization and Industries

Tom Rothrock from Mecklenburg Co. Sr. Democrats       –              ALEC Legislation and Senior Citizens

Pat McCoy from Action NC                                                          –              ALEC Legislation and Immigrants

Peter Grear, attorney and member of Occupy Wilmington          Voter Suppression and Civil Rights

Joe Brewer, Congnitive Policy Networks (via SKYPE)      –              Cognitive Approach to Current Events

Ron Rabatsky from VLTP                                                               –              ALEC and Public Education

LUNCH/Snacks provided from 12:00 to 12:30

Voter Registration form 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Roundtable Discussions – with the speakers

Voter registration drive by the NC League of Women’s Voters (bring required ID/docs to register). Round table discussions between panelists and attendees addressing ALEC, their agenda and topics important to North Carolina and beyond.

For more information, press inquiries or to reserve a spot at the Teach-In contact: Ronrabatsky@vltp.net or call Ron at 704-814-0620 Bob Sloan at 317-400-5674.