John Wojcik, Peoples' World
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Photo: Wisconsin voter protests ALEC-inspired voter ID law passed in that state. Blake Deppe/PW
An online petition campaign-gone-viral this week has triggered an exodus by giant corporations out of ALEC, the right-wing legislative group behind hundreds of voter suppression, anti-union and "stand your ground" laws across the country.
Within hours after the launch of a petition campaign yesterday (April 5) by the progressive advocacy group Color of Change, Coca Cola and Kraft Foods announced they were pulling support from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right wing group that has pushed successful voter restriction bills in more than 26 states. After only a few hours online the petition drew close to a quarter of a million signatures.
Stop corporate-funded voter suppression, Color of Change
ALEC's voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust and part of a longstanding right wing agenda to weaken the Black vote. Major companies that rely on business from Black folks shouldn't be involved in suppressing our vote. Please join us in demanding that these companies stop funding ALEC.
Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC, Ian Millhiser, Think Progress