To learn more, read this blog post and/or participate in WISR’s September 22nd Seminar (6:30 pm to 8:15 pm at WISR), or contact me [email@example.com] for access to a conference call phone line if you want to participate in the seminar from afar.
Those of us who are interested in promoting social justice, in working for constructive, progressive social change must be curious. We must continually ask questions, but oftentimes it is hard to know all of the important questions to ask and for which answers are needed to lead to new, relevant questions, and possible strategies for social change. For example, until the past several months I had never heard of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Why not? For one thing, this powerful group’s operations and huge impact are not well reported on by the mainstream media. I’ve begun to learn about places to look for news and insightful commentaries outside the mainstream media (see my blog page: http://johnbilorusky.wisrville.org/links/ ).
Rather than trying to give the information in this post, I’m suggesting a few links so everyone can begin to do their own research and learn more. Once you start reading, I’m confident you will soon see how very, very important it is for us to educate ourselves and others. Here are some links. . . .
First, a few links growing out of the story published in the July 2011 issue of the progressive journal on democracy and economic justice, In These Times:
and for more detailed information . . .
In addition, here are a few other stories about ALEC found from recent news and commentaries in the “alternative” media:
And, if one wants to know more about ALEC, it is important to know more about the Koch brothers, who, by the way, supply a lot of funding to the non-profit (!!) ALEC. Here are several recent articles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mbJhjCbwo8&feature=youtube [On why do the Koch brothers want to end public education?]
http://www.nationofchange.org/koch-responds-buffet-my-business-and-non-profit-investments-are-much-more-beneficial-society-13139[Koch Responds to Buffet: My Business and Non-Profit Investments are much more beneficial to society.]
http://www.nationofchange.org/strategy-seminar-koch-refers-obama-saddam-hussein-be-defeated-mother-all-wars-1315324303[Koch declares war on Obama.]
Certainly there are many other noteworthy recent articles not so easily found in the mainstream media. To illustrate this, I am citing a few here, so that the inquisitive-minded can see some examples, and learn about some sources of a lot more news and commentaries like this:
http://www.nationofchange.org/first-federal-reserve-audit-reveals-trillions-secret-bailouts-1314633089[First Federal Reserve audit reveals trillions in secret bailouts!]
http://www.nationofchange.org/do-liberals-have-be-losers-1314715963[Do Liberals have to be losers? --this article is a very interesting, seldom-heard economic analysis of why economic inequities result from much more than unfair tax laws.]
http://www.nationofchange.org/putting-corporate-tax-dodging-table-1315151420[Putting Corporate Tax Dodging on the table.]
http://www.nationofchange.org/what-does-student-centered-learning-really-mean-1315233966[What does student-centered learning really mean?]
http://www.truth-out.org/live-stream-protesters-occupy-wall-street/1316354502[Protestors occupy Wall Street, ignored by mainstream media.]
http://www.truth-out.org/corporate-media-still-censoring-stories/1315505645 [An article about “Project Censored,” based at Sonoma State—about stories censored by corporate media—and how the top 25 such stories are selected each year. . . . Indeed, we might ask whether or not students and faculty at WISR could be involved with them in this process of inquiring into important stories censored by corporate media.]
I encourage others to add their comments to this post–both about the content of these, and related articles, but also about other noteworthy stories, commentaries and important sources of hard-to-find information!