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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...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


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...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hmmmmmmmm... what's on my mind this morning?

What's on my mind this morning... hmmmmmmm.

Like you, I am repeatedly invited to campaign fundraisers, debates and public forums, greets and meets, etc.

Like you, I seldom go because the candidates and their backers refuse to address any meaningful issues or concerns with anything other than meaningless rhetoric.

These politicians refuse to address the issues of casino workers so I just send them a "thanks for inviting me but.

The turnouts for these things keep getting smaller and smaller until now we seldom see the usual "party hacks" at these events making sure anyone who has the nerve to ask a real question get mocked, made fun of or if someone persists in demanding an answer these hacks jostle the previously invited guest out.

The small turnouts seldom make it worthwhile to waste the expense of gas to attend so I send them something like this:

I can't make your event because our resources have to be used fighting for the rights of casino workers.

However, I would like to know why these candidates who have received a tremendous amount of funding from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, have been silent on the plight of over 40,000 casino, hotel/motel, restaurant, convenience stores, bars and theme park workers comprising the Indian Gaming Industry here in Minnesota who are forced to work in loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos and places of employment at poverty wages and without any rights have remained silent on this issue, and the issues of poverty, unemployment and racism on Indian reservations and in urban centers with large concentrations of Native Americans living?

I put this same question to DFL politician Tarryl Clark at a meeting during the NetRoots Nation National Convention in Minneapolis and she ducked answering my question by claiming she is working on the problem "quietly" and then she tried to explain that this was an issue of "sovereignty" just as most MNDFL politicians try to evade this criminal injustice. The problem is the DFL is responsible for drafting these "Compacts" which intentionally excluded the workers from having any rights in the Indian Gaming Industry as a favor to the casino owners, managements and the owners of the slot machines--- none of whom are Indians, but rather very wealthy white mobsters.

Whoever heard of a "sovereign nation," any sovereign nation, being allowed to deprive working people of their most basic and fundamental human rights--- the right to organize to protect and defend their quality of life and standard of living with a voice at work?

In creating these hideously racist "Compacts" from which everyone except Native Americans benefit, the DFL schemed to make sure it would derive huge campaign contributions for its racist white politicians who then have turned around and excluded Native American Indians from the political process.

How many Native American Indians do we see sitting in the Minnesota State Legislature or among Minnesota's Congressional Delegation or on city councils or county commissions or township boards or school boards even though the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association has flooded DFL coffers with tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions?

Don't people find it strange that the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association would pump so much money into the campaigns of racist white politicians who turn then their backs in racist indifference to the massive racist poverty created by massive racist unemployment and the racist poverty caused from poverty wages which are enforced by these racist "Compacts" which intentionally deny casino workers the right to organize in order to attain a decent standard of living which the Treaties are supposed to assure forever? 

Furthermore, I would like to know the positions of these candidates running for public office on enforcing Affirmative Action in employment in line with Federal Executive Order #11246 since these large pools of unemployed among Native Americans and all people of color are causing severe problems and misery for the victims of racist discrimination while pushing all wages down?

Do any of these candidates support closing the loop-holes permitting Affirmative Action to be evaded here in Minnesota?

Quite frankly, not many Minnesotans bother attending these candidate forums because they know these worthless politicians are just sticking their hands out for campaign contributions and they will evade answering these "tough" questions concerning their lives and living conditions.

Until we are able to free ourselves from this two-party trap set for us by the wealthy, fewer and fewer people will be participating in this corrupt and rotten political process.

Politics in Minnesota has been turned into one big circus as a result of the enormous influence by the monied interests--- especially the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association whose Executive Director is a racist, anti-labor, anti-union white man, John McCarthy, who has grown enormously wealthy directly from the massive poverty of the Indian people.

John McCarthy and his group of high-paid lobbyists dish out campaign contributions to all of these racist politicians with one hand as fast as they can to purchase their loyalty to injustices and then John McCarthy--- the owner of Tony Doom Supply Company which manufactures all kinds of election paraphernalia from yard signs to business cards and pens and pencils and bumper stickers--- takes back as personal profit the campaign contributions his high-paid lobbyists hand out. All of this goes on at the expense of Native American people and by the time McCarthy and all these other greedy bastards get their hands on the revenues from Indian Gaming the only thing left for Indian people is the poverty caused by massive debt as the huge pool of unemployed people on the Indian Reservations assures casino workers will remain mired in poverty. After all, when casino workers are paid poverty wages, they and their families are going to be poor--- any school child can figure this out.

The fact is, the one and only way Native Americans are ever going to get anything of substance out of the Indian Gaming Industry is when all casino workers are paid real living wages.

Corrupt and incompetent elected officials created tribal governments in their own image and now these tribal governments try to pass off the idea that these tribal governments are a part of "sovereign" Indian Nations when in fact these tribal governments are just as thoroughly rotten and corrupt as the Minnesota State Legislature or the Bemidji City Council or the United States Congress.

One can look at any of the tribal governments in Minnesota and all you see is the same kind of creeps and sleeze you see sitting in the Minnesota State Legislature or in the United States Congress.

Check it out, Red Lake has its thoroughly corrupt Floyd Jourdain, Leech Lake has its Archie LaRose, Bois Forte has its Kevin Leecy.

Kevin Leecy is in a league all by himself. He beats the crap out of his wife,  politicians "fix" the charges so he gets off, and then he goes before state legislators telling how money is needed to help counsel for spousal abuse programs and when he gets the money he hires his creepy friends who he knows will support him to run the counseling program. If this isn't the definition of a "racket" I don't know what is.

Kevin Leecy is also the Vice-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association which is nothing but a front for organized crime.

Kevin Leecy is also the Chairman of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council which perverts and distorts--- they call it "education"--- the meaning of the Treaties and "sovereignty" to make them both jibe with enforcing the corruption and racism of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association: http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/Uploads//Why%20Treaties%20Matter,%20Chariman%20Kevin%20Leecy.pdf

Conveniently, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council never tackles the questions concerning the major employment injustices of the Indian Gaming Industry and refuses to take a stand insisting that Affirmative Action be enforced while distorting the main intent of the Treaties which was to assure a decent standard of living for Native American Indians through the right to work.

A wife-beating crooked and corrupt Kevin Leecy is protected by law enforcement and a court system and the politicians elected by campaign funds distributed by the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association.

And, oh yes; Kevin Leecy is also heads up the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association which has as its Executive Director John McCarthy.

And this entire racist and corrupt process is wrapped and packaged in "Indian traditions." Just read this article ghost written by John McCarthy passed off as having been written by the wife-beating Kevin Leecy:

http://www.casinoenterprisemanagement.com/articles/april-2012/bucking-trend-strong-year-weak-economy

Does anyone find it strange that not one single newspaper, not one single radio station nor one single television station will do a news story about the wages and working conditions of workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry forced to work in these loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without any rights under state or federal labor laws?

Well, check out how many advertisements for these casino operations you see and hear in the same newspapers, radio and television.

What a racket!

Yes, a racket. A racket that resulted from a brain fart mobster Meyer Lansky had after he was kicked out of Cuba looking for places to put his slot machines where he wouldn't have to pay taxes or be scrutinized by government officials or police agencies other than those he was able to pay-off with bribes.

It is all about "the American way" of free enterprise, eh?

Indian Gaming among the two fastest growing industries here in the United States. Indian Gaming is right up there in expansion among an otherwise suffering economy, right up there with Goodwill Industries.

The Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party promises "jobs, jobs, jobs" but did you ever think your next job was going to be working in a smoke-filled casino without any rights or for another poverty wage paying outfit like Goodwill Industries?