Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Please note I have a new phone number...


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...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lyle Dotzert, rank-and-file union leader passes.

I just got news that my good friend Lyle Dotzert passed away peacefully at home after a lifetime of committed working class struggle yesterday in Windsor, Ontario.

See page 14:

Lyle's service will be tomorrow from 5:30-9pm at Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home in Windsor, Ontario. The union was his church. So a few of his union brothers will say a few words at 7:30 tomorrow evening.

Solidarity sung by Pete Seeger was what Lyle's life was all about:


And this song by Nina Simone expresses everything Lyle Dotzert stood for:


Our family appreciated Lyle's support and solidarity when we really needed it when we were facing deportation from Canada after being targeted by right wing bigots including Stephen Harper.

Lyle Dotzert, a true working class hero.

Is Hamas the obstacle to justice for the Palestinian people?

Here is the crux of the problem when it comes to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

The apologists for Israel say:

"Hamas, the terrorist group, is part of the war machine. When they stop, the rest will."

This line of thinking is just not correct because Hamas could fold up and go away and the genocidal policies of the Israeli killing machine would continue just as before Hamas.

mas is not the problem; the right wing Israeli government's expansionism serving the interests of U.S. and British imperialism is the problem.

Get the United States, Britain and the Israeli right wing racists out of the picture and the Israeli and Palestinian people will work out a just solution to their problems.

If Palestinians and Jews can marry, live in the same house, sleep in the same bed and raise loving families they sure as heck can live together in peace in the same region.