Where: Colonial Church in Prairie Village (71st and Mission Road)
Topic: American Legislative Council (ALEC) and the Koch’s, who love them!
Speaker: Steve Lopes, who has a long history of community organizing, most recently Field Organizer for the Davis/Docking campaign; Field Coordinator for ACLU of Kansas; and JO Votes Coordinator.
You will learn about ALEC, a secretive group that drafts legislation for states across the country. It brings together major U.S. corporations and right-wing legislators to craft and vote on "model" bills behind closed doors. It has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in promoting "stand your ground" gun laws, expanding concealed carry rights, voter suppression bills and other controversial legislation.
Considering the gun-friendly tilt we can now see for our country; it is imperative that we understand the dangers presented by ALEC, so don’t miss this meeting! RSVP’s are nice (firstname.lastname@example.org) but not required…hope to see you there!
Reminder: We have a few copies of Leonard Pitts’ book,Grant Park, and can offer them to our members for $12.50 (retail is $25). It is an exciting mystery and could make a good holiday gift – to yourself or someone else!
2. Sandy Hook Vigil/Demonstration
Wednesday, Dec 14, 5:00-6:30 PM
Plaza Fountain, 47th and JC Nichols Parkway
The Heartland Coalition, a program of GAGV, is joining our 38 co-sponsors to focus the community’s attention on this issue. We will be joined by many community organizations and faith groups as well. PLEASE plan to attend – we will be there with our banner and encourage our members to come and wear orange. Make any signs you want, such as “We Support Background Checks” or anything else you want to say.