WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, April 18, 2011 from 10am till 1pm, at least ten thousand citizens will protest against the United States Chamber of Commerce at its Washington, DC headquarters across from Lafayette Park. StopTheChamber.com, in collaboration with other organizations, including Power Shift and 350.org, will be protesting the Chamber's attacks on environmental protection, financial regulation, health care reform, fair elections and NGOs engaged in First Amendment activity.
"During the 2010 election, the Chamber of Commerce was roundly exposed for engaging in deceptive and corrupting conduct that undermines our democracy," said Kevin Zeese, attorney and spokesman for StopTheChamber.com. "And then in February of this year, the Chamber was caught red handed in a Watergate type dirty tricks campaign against our organization and other NGOs and reporters because we dared expose its activities. So while Congress and the FBI investigate that criminal conduct, thousands of ordinary citizens are going to let the Chamber know that its gravy train of corruption is over. No longer are people going to accept the Chamber's spending hundreds of millions each year to buy politicians, corrupt elections, create front groups and lobby Congress on behalf of polluters and corporate barons. Times are a changing and people have enough."
Power Shift has been training citizens all weekend on how to make an impact on our future by moving toward clean energy on a global scale. Organizers have been educating citizens about how the Chamber uses money and influence to undermine all attempts to reign in polluters. So now those citizens are responding to the Chamber with a tougher attitude and a stronger stand. Bill McKibben, the director of 350.org, laid out this new forceful campaign in a speech Saturday night to ten thousand young people who attended this year's Power Shift conference in Washington. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbfKU_lcLac&feature=youtu.be
StopTheChamber.com urges all concerned citizens in the Washington, DC area to participate in this April 18th protest against the Chamber of Commerce.