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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.

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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.

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- Ben Franklin

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dayton considers Twin Cities casino to raise money

Best idea yet from any DFL candidate running for governor!

It's about time that creep Stanley Crooks has some competition with casino workers employed in a smoke-free casino at living wages with all the rights enjoyed by other workers under state and federal labor laws.

All the casinos should be taxed to pay for schools and health care; after all, these smoke-filled casinos are causing very expensive heart, lung and cancer health problems.

The Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council is looking forward to representing the workers in a new state-owned casino.

All of these casinos should have been state-owned casinos in the first place with good, strict enforcement of affirmative action policies for Native American Indians; because, like former long-time Red Lake Nation chair Roger Jourdain always said, "As long as a bunch of mobsters own the slot machines the only way Indian people are going to get anything out of these casinos is if they get paid good living wages."

Mark Dayton should now be asked by the media what he intends to do to enforce affirmative action so Native American Indians, other people of color, women and the disabled will get good paying jobs in a healthy and safe working environment in the state-owned casino in the Twin Cities.

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council 

Associated Press
Last update: January 25, 2010 - 4:24 PM
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark
says he would consider supporting a
Twin Cities casino to raise money for
Minnesota's ailing budget
, but not for a new
Vikings stadium.

Dayton talked about the idea at a wide-
ranging Capitol news conference Monday.

The former U.S. senator says a metro-area
casino would raise about $200 million a year.

He says such a facility would bring "much
needed competition" to Mystic Lake Casino,
the only tribally run casino in the Twin Cities
The Prior Lake establishment is owned by the
Shakopee Mdewakanton  Sioux Community.

Dayton says he wants to raise taxes on the
wealthy, including tribal members who have
received million-dollar casino pay-outs
. He
says the money would pay for services such
as public schools.