What Happened When We Found Out Yelp Joined ALEC

We found out this week that Yelp, the popular online reviewing company, has joined up with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is the organization behind bad legislation like “Stand Your Ground” laws and the anti-immigrant policies in Arizona. Yelp customers were horrified, but then responded in really creative ways. The fight isn’t over though: join us and tell Yelp to cut all ties with ALEC.

1. This week, we found out that Yelp had joined ALEC

2. Don’t know ALEC? They bring together corporations and legislators to write “model bills.”

3. The legislators can then take the bills home to their states and try to pass them into laws.

4. You’ve probably heard of some of these bills…

Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB 1070 law.

Via New York Daily News

Wisconsin’s union-busting law.

Joe Raedle / Getty Images / Via washingtonpost.com

Florida’s Shoot First aka “Stand Your Ground” law.

8. So people were kind of mad when they found out Yelp had joined up with ALEC.

12. Then Maine State Rep. Diane Russell had an idea.

13. “Why not tell Yelp how we feel about ALEC by reviewing it on Yelp?”

15. In 24 hours, over 2,400 people had reviewed the American Legislative Exchange Council on Yelp.

17. Some compared ALEC to a restaurant.

18. Others asked why Yelp hadn’t taken the route of 40+ other corporations and left ALEC.

19. Some just listed ALEC’s more infamous members.

21. But the truth is, a lot of us like Yelp. We don’t want them to support ALEC.

22. Because no matter your intent, when you give ALEC money, you are supporting their agenda.

25. So join us: Tell Yelp to cut all ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

Send a message now.

26. We want to get back to helping out friends avoid bad brunch places.

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