Louisiana Business Owners - Do Not Be Misled!

An excellent post by singer-songwriter Ganey Arsement that I hope everyone in Louisiana will share with their friends associated with The Chambers of Commerce and business members who own businesses for which you are a customer.

Attention Business Owners: Your Reputation Is At Stake!

     For most of my life, even as a teenager, I was able to recognize the prestige that accompanied being a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Business owners who wanted to develop a reputation for themselves, build a larger client base and increase their business showed a lot of pride in being a member of their local Chamber.
     The Chamber of Commerce is a national organization with chapters in every state and sub-chapters, under the state chapters, in most larger cities. The Chamber offered benefits to it members that they couldn't possibly secure themselves as a small business such as insurance, group memberships, discount programs, etc. In addition, the Chamber engages in lobbying to help to secure favorable legislation that helps business owners, both small and large, be more successful. Great, right?
     Up until recently, the Chamber represented its members, well, but there is something very disturbing going on, and I don't think the majority of its members are onboard with it. In recent years, the Chamber made an extreme change in direction with its agenda. There is a massive movement in place to ride the Common Core train to prosperity by big business and special interest groups, nationwide. The movement is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Money is distributed freely to any organization willing to actively support and promote education reform. The Chamber of Commerce is in that movement.
     The Chamber is currently undergoing a re-branding. I believe, for two reasons. First, the general public won't realize that it is the Chamber that is engaged in this movement, and second, its members won't be aware of their activities. The new name for the Chamber is the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry aka LABI. Many of the sub-chapters have already changed their name, as well. The Chamber SWLA is now Alliance SWLA, and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce is now Alliance CenLA.
     LABI, using its heavy cash flow from the Gates Foundation, operates a political action committee known as the Alliance for Better Classrooms, or ABC. This PAC engages in lobbying and dirty politics to promote the infiltration of our education system by Common Core and special interest groups, and it does this while boasting the full support of LABI, Alliance SWLA, Alliance CenLA, all other sub-chapters AND ALL OF THEIR MEMBERS.
     Now, I find it hard to believe that there are any business owners out there who don't know the level of attention that the Common Core issue has demanded. Never before has there been a resistance of this size from parents, teachers and their communities fighting to rid our schools of this atrocity. I know that our local business owners have children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors who have been affected by Common Core. It is time to stand up.
     Recently, in the current legislative session, ABC handed out stuffed unicorns to all of the legislators saying that "Unicorns are not real and neither is most of the things you've heard about Common Core." This is a blatant attempt to discredit all of the hard-work that we, the resistance, have put in to reveal the Common Core movement for what it is. They are saying that they, the special interest groups, know what is good for our children better than we do.


Business owners, members of the Chamber and Alliance, you have to let your voice be heard. 

1. Contact your chapter. Let them know that you do not support them. 
2. Visit the website below and ask them to remove any reference to your business. 
3. Contact the legislators below and inform them that you are a member of that organization and you do not support Common Core. 
4. Make a public statement on your website and all social media that you do not support Common Core.



  • Chairman Conrad Appel, Louisiana Senate Education
  • Ryan Aument, Pennsylvania State Representative 
  • Haley Barbour, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • Bill Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education to President Ronald Reagan
  • Terry Branstad, Iowa Governor 
  • Jan Brewer, Former Governor Arizona
  • Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida
  • Steve Carter, Louisiana House Education Chairman
  • Carlos Curbelo, Miami-Dade School Board Member
  • Mitch Daniels, Amercian Academic Administrator & Former Governor of Indiana
  • Nathan Deal, Georgia Governor
  • John Engler, Former Governor of Michigan
  • Bill Frist, Former U.S. Senator
  • Dolores Gresham, Tennessee Senate Education Committee Chairman & Tennessee State Senator
  • F. Phillip Handy, President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor 
  • Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Toni Jennings, Former Lt. Governor of Florida 
  • John Kasich, Ohio Governor 
  • John Legg, Florida Senate Education Chairman 
  • Tom Luna, Former Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction 
  • Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor 
  • Matt Mead, Wyoming Governor 
  • Butch Otter, Idaho Governor 
  • Sonny Perdue, Former Governor of Georgia
  • Kraig Powell, Utah State Representative 
  • Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State 
  • Bob Riley, Former Governor of Alabama 
  • Chas Roemer, BESE President 
  • Brian Sandoval, Nevada Governor 
  • Rick Scott, Florida Governor 
  • Rick Snyder, Michigan Governor 
  • Gerald Stebelton, Former Ohio House Education Committee Chairman 
  • Rick Snyder, Michigan Governor 
  • John White, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education


  • Albemarle
  • Alliance for Education
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Black Alliance for Educational Options
  • Blueprint Louisiana
  • Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
  • Bossier Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region
  • Cajun Industries, LLC
  • Cajun Maritime, LLC
  • Center for Development and Learning
  • CenturyLink
  • Chamber Southwest Louisiana
  • Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans
  • Committee of 100 Louisiana
  • Committee of 100 Shreveport-Bossier
  • Contech Engineered Solutions
  • Council for a Better Louisiana
  • Democrats for Education Reform
  • Dupre Logistics, LLC
  • Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools
  • Educate Now!
  • Education's Next Horizon
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fenstermaker
  • Fleur de Lis New Orleans Cuisine
  • Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
  • Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
  • ISC Constructors, LLC
  • Jefferson Business Council
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
  • LA Association of Science Leaders
  • La Coste Consulting, LLC
  • Lincoln Builders, INC
  • Louisiana Association of Business & Industry
  • Louisiana Association of Independent Schools
  • Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Louisiana Association of School Librarians
  • Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Louisiana Core Advocates Teachers
  • Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
  • Louisiana Oil & Gas Association
  • Louisiana Science Teachers Association
  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section
  • New Orleans Chamber
  • New Schools for Baton Rouge
  • New Schools for New Orleans
  • Noesis Data, LLC
  • Public Affairs Research Council
  • Red Stick Robotics
  • River Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Evans, Con-Tech International
  • Roy O. Martin
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education
  • South Louisiana Economic Council 
  • Sparkhound
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Stirling Properties
  • Teach for America
  • The Achievement Network
  • The Brylski Company
  • The Cain Center for STEM Literacy
  • The New Teacher Project
  • TTD
  • United Way of Acadiana
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana
  • Urban League of Greater New Orleans


  • Craig Barrett, Former Chairman & CEO, Intel Corporation
  • Chester E. Finn, Jr. President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Education
  • Bill Gates, Co-founder, Microsoft
  • Michael J. Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Michelle A. Rhee, Founder, StudentsFirst; Former Chancellor, District of Columbia public schools
  • Edward B. Rust, Jr., Chairman of the Board & CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies

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