Debate organizers have also solicited questions from Americans; this is my question...
First of all, please allow me to object to your excluding Dennis Kucinich from the debate on January 15 the way African-American school children were denied and excluded from attaining a public education in Parma, Ohio for so long while their parents were denied the right to purchase homes in Parma, Ohio because of the color of their skin for over 100 years after the North won the Civil War.
With that said, please allow Dennis Kucinich to participate in this debate on January 15, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada so all of America can hear his answer, along with the other candidates’ answers, to my question:
What do you intend to do to end the injustice of some two-million casino workers being forced to work in some four-hundred smoke-filled casinos strung out across our country all of whom are employed at poverty wages without any rights under state or federal labor laws in the Indian Gaming Industry created under the terms of “Compacts” negotiated with so-called “sovereign” Indian Nations who need the approval of the Federal and state governments to operate casinos?
I think Las Vegas would be a great and appropriate venue to have this question asked from since many of these Indian casinos are managed very profitably by Station Casinos and the infamous and illustrious Fertitta family and their equally illustrious business “associates.”
As you know, second-hand smoke in the workplace has become a very important health concern. The majority of casino workers employed in these smoke-filled casinos are women of child-bearing age who the American Cancer Society and the Heart and Lung Association say are placed at greatest risk in such a working environment.
Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
Elected Member, Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (Democratic Party) State Central Committee
Alan L. Maki
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Warroad, Minnesota 56763
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