Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pfizer Groton Occupied

Video from Occupy Shoreline

Close to one hundred people in Connecticut gathered on March 29, 2012 to protest Pfizer in front of their large facility in Groton, Connecticut.  Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, is a member of a controversial group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  ALEC aligns with government and legislators to make laws that unfairly favor corporations over working people. 

This protest at Pfizer Groton was one of many protests all over the nation against Pfizer by Occupy Wallstreet groups.  Pfizer which made more than $68 billion in business last year was recently cited for a $2.3 billion settlement  for repeat offenses of illegal off-label marketing of their drugs to make extra profits.  Under a federal law, Pfizer was supposed to be excluded from selling drugs within Medicare because of their serious repeated criminal acts of fraud.  Pfizer, however, was later classified as "too big to nail" and was not penalized allowing them to participate within Medicare without restrictions.

While Pfizer was not prosecuted to the fullest extent for crossing the line of legal and ethical standards, eight people during the protest were alleged to have crossed Pfizer-police lines and were arrested at Groton Pfizer.  They were cited for first degree criminal trespass.  These eight people, acting on behalf of the 99%, were Alex Suarez, Danielle Digirolamo, Ashley Gillece, Cassandra Johnson, James Crombie, Joshua Heltke, Gregory Walker and Erin Mitchell.  Unlike Pfizer which is "too big to nail", these citizens were apparently "too small and got nailed".

People around the nation continue to protest against corporations like Pfizer and members of ALEC.  These bad corporate actors take actions and make laws that are not on the working people's side.

Other links:

Video from Occupy Shoreline

No comments:

Post a Comment