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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

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Kieth Ellison a friend and ally of labor? Don't make me puke.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the largest free trade agreement the US has ever attempted to negotiate. So called "free trade agreements" have been nothing more than one more tool by which corporations manipulate government to deregulate themselves and consolidate their power. Fortunately, we have a very strong ally in Congress in Rep. Keith Ellison. Unfortunately, very few people are even aware that TPP negotiations are expected to come to a head THIS YEAR. Help Keith get the word out by joining us for this public forum to learn what the TPP is, what it will do, and how we can fight back! Keith will be joined by Josh Wise of the MN Fair Trade Coalition, Jim Harkness of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and Richard K Ryan of the International Association of Machinists.

I like the way Democrats said Ford Rangers would never be imported back into this country after they allowed the St. Paul Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant to be shut down after tax-payers subsidized the operation to the hilt only to learn they were subsidizing Ford building a state of the art plant in Thailand to produce the Ford Ranger and the Democrats and the UAW and the USW and Sierra Club along with the St. Paul Green Party tried to hide the fact Ford had built a new Ranger Plant in Thailand. Now along comes the Ford Motor Company as one of the major pushers to get Thailand included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Two-thousand good paying union jobs and a fully integrated workforce that took years of fighting the racist Ford management to achieve--- all flushed down the sewer into the Mississippi River because Democrats refused to support any efforts to save the plant and hydro dam as an industrial unit.

Where will two-thousand good paying union jobs ever come from in a state where the MN DFL has a super-majority and they leave the state's minimum wage at $6.25 an hour while refusing to enforce Affirmative Action on billion-dollar public works projects?

Come on Keith Ellison tell us about all those good jobs Democrats are going to bring to Minnesota.

This is obviously nothing but one more act under the big-top put on by a clown whose only intent is to continue hoodwinking people just like Obama has done--- with your unwavering support.

Now, like a circus clown, you are putting on a show to distract us from the next act which is--- war in Syria.

In case you missed the struggle to save the St. Paul Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant like Keith Ellison and these other Democrats did; check this out:

Working people don't have a "strong ally" in Kieth Ellison for anything. If we did, 44,000 Minnesotans wouldn't be working in the Indiana Gaming Industry's loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without any rights under state or federal labor laws while a bunch of rich white mobsters who own the slot machines run off with all the profits leaving Native American Indians drowning in poverty-causing debt... and two-thousand Ford workers would still have their jobs and workers would be protected from lockouts and scabbing and we would have a real living Minimum Wage and "At-Will Employment" would be a thing of the past and we wouldn't have a billion-dollar Viking Stadium and a billion-dollar bridge over the St. Croix River being built without the enforcement of Affirmative Action at a time when racist unemployment and its accompanying poverty is sky high.