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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...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A burlesque entertainer comes in for scathing criticism while the Indian Gaming Industry gets no comment

There is no lack of hypocrisy on the part of those who recently criticized a young burlesque entertainer who has been an activist in the Occupy Wall Street and Idle No More movements and struggles. I find it very interesting, and very hypocritical, of these critics--- many of whom are now holding Idle No More events in the casinos of the Indian Gaming Industry and even taking funding from these casino managements while overlooking the fact that so many Native Americans and workers of all races are forced to work in these loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without any rights nor voices at work in an industry where a bunch of wealthy white mobsters own ALL the slot machines, table games, hotels,motels,bars and restaurants.

Perhaps someone who has led the attacks on this young burlesque entertainer can explain the duplicity and hypocrisy in letting the Indian Gaming Industry off the hook since, other than the United States government, state governments and corrupt tribal governments, there is no greater perversion of treaty rights, sovereignty and Indian culture than in this Indian Gaming Industry where a bunch of wealthy white mobsters continue to be allowed to run off with all the profits.  

And what about all of these casinos getting away with selling in the casino Gift Shops all these "Native Crafts and Jewelry"... manufactured in China?

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