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Common Cause was organized forty years ago and, with a national presence, works to improve the democratic process by advocating for campaign finance and election law reforms and greater government transparency.
[ALEC is] "A nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty. Their vision and initiative resulted in the creation of a voluntary membership association for people who believed that government closest to the people was fundamentally more effective, more just, and a better guarantor of freedom than the distant, bloated federal government in Washington..."
But ALEC has been working steadily to influence, effect, and pass laws crafted by ALEC and for ALEC interests in state legislatures. An infamous ALEC success is the Stand Your Ground Law, which has been passed in numerous states and has been widely-cited in the Trayvon Martin case. Click here for the text of the law.
So join us at 4:15 today on Woman-Stirred Radio for an informative and informed discussion of the American Legislative Exchange Council with Common Cause's vice president for communications, Mary Boyle and executive director, Wally Roberts of Common Cause Vermont.
Then at 5:15, we'll listen to a prerecorded interview with poet Eileen Myles, in which we talk about and she reads from her latest collection: Same Streets / Snowflake (Wave Books, 2012).
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1949, was educated in Catholic schools, graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1971, and moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She gave her first reading at CBGB's, and then gravitated to St. Mark's church where she studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley and Bill Zavatsky. She has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry and fiction including Not Me (1991), Chelsea Girls (1994), Cool for You (2000), and Skies (2001). Recent books include Sorry, Tree (2007), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009), and Inferno: a poet's novel (2010). Eileen has also written for the Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.