ALEC Meeting In Indy Draws Lawmakers, Protestors

27 Jul ALEC Meeting In Indy Draws Lawmakers, Protestors

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the 2016 ALEC meeting in Indianapolis.

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Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the 2016 ALEC meeting in Indianapolis.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, has drawn hundreds of lawmakers and officials to Indiana, while also drawing protests.

ALEC, the controversial conservative organization, has been developing and spreading model legislation and ideas to statehouses throughout the country for more than 40 years. More than a dozen Indiana lawmakers are involved in the organization.

“When we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all.”

—Gov. Rick Perry

But people such as Dominic Dorsey decry that influence. Dorsey, an Indianapolis activist who’s helped lead movements such as Black Lives Matter, says ALEC systematically targets communities of color.

“When we’re talking about things like three strike policies, mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses, making theft from any type of establishment a federal offense,” Dorsey says.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed ALEC’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. He says Republicans ignored the black vote and need to earn it back.

“Keep non-violent offenders out of prison, lift barriers to urban jobs, incentivize work, reform our schools and reduce the cost of living,” Perry says. “We Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found that we didn’t need them to win elections. But when we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln, as the party of equal opportunity for all.”

Governor Mike Pence will speak to ALEC Friday.

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