Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cause & Effect - Does ALEC and the NRA have Blood on it's hands with the death of Trayvon Martin?

The above video is from Cuentame's Immigrants For Sale campaign.

Immigration rights groups have spoken out for a long time now about the self-enriching process that Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) engaged in to fund, write and argue for the passage of anti-immigrant hate laws. When these laws were passed they led to a huge expansion of the for-profit detention business that CCA then made millions of dollars in tax-payer funds off of through entering into lucrative contracts to run for-profit detention centers for the United States government. This was all done through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Through being a member of ALEC, Corrections Corporation of America directly had a hand in writing and then lobbying for the passage of the recent anti-immigrant hate laws in Arizona that then spread to several other states. Without ALEC and CCA these laws would not have been written as they were. They were not developed to make the United States borders more secure. They were developed with the intention to make Corrections Corporation of America and it's investors money, which is exactly what happened.

Reports are now coming out that ALEC and another one of it's members the National Rifle Association (NRA) wrote the highly controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Law enforcement representatives from Sanford, Florida claim that this law legally protects George Zimmerman (the racist shooter of Trayvon Martin) from being prosecuted for his murder. The Talking Points Minute blog has reported that it obtained minutes from a 2005 meeting from an old ALEC website from the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause. These minutes reportedly show that Marion Hammer of the NRA pitched model legislation to ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force. The Talking Points Minute blog goes on to state... that an old NRA update also documented the meeting. “Her talk was well-received, and the task force subsequently adopted the measure unanimously,” the NRA wrote in an Aug. 12, 2005 post on the NRA website.

Update: The Orlando Sentinel newspaper has also joined in or reporting a ALEC and NRA connection to the "Stand Your Ground law." It's article from today is available here.

All opinions and allegations expressed here are just that. Please cross check anything you read before forming your own decision.