Occupy SLC will be holding a unique theater protest at the Legislature Wednesday—a debutante ball, where corporations will be represented doing their dance with legislators to influence laws to benefit their corporate agenda.
If prom were an awkward, but fanciful, affair between major corporations and politicians looking to score, then this absurdist theaterput on by Occupy SLC at the Legislature Wednesday is what it looks like when politicians and corporations join hands and dance. The “Show Off the Corporations” Debutante Ball tomorrow specifically is part of a solidarity movement Occupy SLC is coordinating with efforts from Occupy Portland and 70 other cities to bring attention to the influence of corporations on state legislators, especially through the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that feeds business-friendly legislation to state legislators across the country.
ALEC helped create legislation attacking organized labor, as well as the controversial Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona that sought to force Latinos to carry proof of citizenship and would have forced law enforcement to commit racial profiling, as some critics have argued.
To learn more, check out the Debutante Ball, Wendesday, Feb. 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State Street, at the Capitol Rotunda.