Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Let Kucinich Debate in Las Vegas

Organizers of the January 15, 2008 Democratic Candidates for President debate in Las Vegas, Nevada have excluded Dennis Kucinich from the debate. This is my response advocating for his inclusion in this debate.

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

Contact info:

Alan L. Maki

58891 County Road 13

Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432

Cell phone: 651-587-5541

E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net

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