ALEC, Anti-ESG, & the Battle Against Palestinian Rights


In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Lara Friedman speaks to investigative journalist David Armiak about the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC, in drafting, promulgating, and promoting legislation in U.S. states targeting values-based protest and grassroots activism. These legislative efforts in the first instance targeted Palestine-related protest and free speech, but today have evolved into legislation targeting protest and free speech that relates to literally any industry or group that states might want to protect, all under the umbrella of fighting against “woke capitalism” and combating those who seek to hold the private sector accountable to concerns about the environment, social issues like human rights, and governance issues — aka ESG.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · ALEC, Anti-ESG, & the Battle Against Palestinian Rights

 Recorded December 15, 2022 | Watch on YouTube

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David Armiak is research director with the Center for Media and Democracy. David joined CMD in 2015, has conducted extensive investigations on dark money, corporate corruption, and right-wing networks, and is responsible for filing and analyzing hundreds of public records requests every year. David has a strong research interest in social movements and political power, and has delivered many talks on the subject. He has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and anthropology from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Follow him on Twitter at @duboo; and follow his work at &

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