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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, July 16, 2013

An Open Letter to Jill Stein and the Green Party, Green Shadow Cabinet and the Democracy Convention

Since there is no interest from any members of the Green Party, Green Shadow Cabinet or the conveners of the Democracy Convention when it comes to the plight of casino workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry with over 350 casinos and related businesses spread out across the country who are forced to work in loud, noisy, smoke-filled places of employment at poverty wages and without any rights under state or federal labor laws in an industry where a bunch of rich white mobsters own the slot machines and table games once again leaving Native Americans mired in never-ending poverty caused by never-ending debt I don't have any interest in your Democracy Convention. 

More first-time job seekers and more women of child-bearing age are employed in the Indian Gaming Industry than in any other industry.

No other workers in the United States are more oppressed and more exploited.

No other workers of color in any other industry are more victimized by racism than in this hideous Indian Gaming Industry.

No other industry is more riddled with crime and corruption.

No other industry bribes politicians in the manner of the Indian Gaming Industry via its National Indian Gaming Association and the various state and regional gaming associations.

People like the Fertitta Family are typical of the management firms employed by the Indian Gaming Industry. If you aren't familiar with the Fertitta Family operations and the workings of their attorneys--- Brownstein/Hyatt/Farber/Schreck--- I suggest you check them out. Frank Fertitta was caught trying to bribe the Missouri Attorney General.

Part and parcel of this hideous Indian Gaming Industry is the violence spun off which goes along with the illegal gambling, prostitution, loan-sharking, theft rings and drug dealing.

Over the last twenty-five years or so many millions of workers have been forced into employment in this hideous Indian Gaming Industry which is killing workers along with creating poverty--- workers without any rights paid poverty wages are going to be poor--- and corrupting the political processes in this country from the tribal governments to township and county boards, city and state governments, the U.S. Congress and the President.

I wonder if it by intent or chance the Green Party, Green Shadow Cabinet and the Democracy Convention keeps the Indian Gaming Industry off the agenda? It certainly isn't because Jill Stein is unaware of the hazards to human health caused by forcing workers into a smoke-filled working environment day in and day out and all night long 365 days a year.

If workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry can't rely on the Green Party, Green Shadow Cabinet and the Democracy Convention to stand up for justice; what workers can?

In the past there has been no response from you to our concerns. We will be taking our concerns with you over your indifference to these multiple injustices associated with the Indian Gaming industry in a much more public way.

The National Indian Gaming Association has employed the "services" of the union-busting outfit Altegrity/USIS trying to thwart our organizing efforts which already take place in a very worker-unfriendly environment because of the racist, anti-labor terms of the "Compacts" creating this hideous Indian Gaming Industry.

As workers employed in the Indian Gaming Industry seeking to break free from the two-party trap of which the Indian Gaming Industry has become a component; we would rather work together with all those seeking to challenge Wall Street for power.

For many years the Rockefellers, Mellons, Pillsburys, the Bell family and other Wall Street families have been heavily invested in gambling so it should come as no surprise these wealthy Wall Street families together with mobsters of organized crime dominate the Indian Gaming Industry the same way they do mining, banking and the energy industries.

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