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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.


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- Ben Franklin

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why did the EAGLE & CONDOR SACRED WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH leave out the demand to end smoking in the Indian Gaming Industry?


The Indian Gaming Industry is now the largest single employer of Native Americans.

I find it ironic no mention is made here by the EAGLE & CONDOR SACRED WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH of the need to end smoking in these casinos since workers are now spending a good part of their lives in these loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos being paid poverty wages and forced to work without any rights under state, federal and international labor laws and in complete violation of everything the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands for.


Putting an end to smoking in these casinos of the Indian Gaming Industry so workers are employed in a healthy and safe working environment should be a very simple reform compared to putting an end to the K-XL Pipeline, fracking and sulfide and peat mining which we also join you in opposing; but remind you, that to many people it seems a bit hypocritical not to include the demand the Indian Gaming Industry be smoke-free.

Failing to insist that the Indian Gaming Industry be smoke-free thus leaves open a door to the energy and mining industries to point out this hypocrisy which severely weakens any movements for clean air and water and protection of the land and all living things.

Is there a reason making these workplaces smoke-free given the medical and scientific findings of the adverse health impact on human beings subjected to second-hand smoke is not included in the
EAGLE & CONDOR SACRED WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH?

Second-hand smoke is especially life-threatening to people who already have heart, lung and problems with diabetes, young women of child-bearing age and nursing mothers... thus, second-hand smoking in the Indian Gaming Industry not only adversely impacts the health of tens of millions of casino workers and casino patrons but the health of the unborn, babies and entire families forced to suffer when a loved one gets sick and/or terminally ill.

It seems to me it would be natural to include the demand that the Indian Gaming Industry be smoke-free.

This Sacred Walk through 6 RESERVATIONS, 5 HO-CHUNK NATION COMMUNITIES AND 3 MAJOR MIDWEST CITIES of the EAGLE & CONDOR SACRED WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH would be the appropriate time to bring the need for the Indian Gaming Industry to go smoke-free forward since it is all about the environmental quality of the workplace which is every bit as important as the air we breath, the water we drink and the land we live on and is every bit the threat as pipelines, mining and fracking. With the Indian Gaming Industry now comprising well over 350 casinos across the country the impact on the lives of people when it comes to second-hand smoke becomes just as pressing and important an environmental issue as pipelines, mining and fracking--- especially when it should be so much easier to put an end to second-hand smoke.

But, like with the pipeline, mining and fracking industries it seems that profits are once again the obstacle to ending smoking in the Indian Gaming Industry where profits come before the health and welfare of people.

The Indian Health Service and many Indian Nations have taken up the campaign to end second-hand smoke yet they fail, like
the EAGLE & CONDOR SACRED WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH to take up the need to end smoking in the Indian Gaming Industry: why?

And why have the congregations of churches and synagogues engaged in supporting movements for environmental justice which refuse to take up the need to end smoking in the Indian Gaming Industry?

And what about all of these foundation-funded environmental organizations like the Sierra Club? Again, refusing to acknowledge the health and welfare of workers in their workplaces and the right of workers to a healthy and safe working environment.

A SACRED WALK THROUGH 6 RESERVATIONS, 5 HO-CHUNK NATION COMMUNITIES AND 3 MAJOR MIDWEST CITIES

A Sacred Walk with the intent to create public awareness of the global destruction that threatens the fate of our Sacred Mother Earth. With the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline on the verge of receiving approval for completion in America, we all need to wake up the world and stop the pipeline. As the 7th Generation, it is our destiny and responsibility as caretakers of Mother Earth to unite as Indigenous Peoples of the Americas to preserve this sacred planet for future generations.

With the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, Natural Gas Fracking, Frac Sand Mining, Iron Ore Mining, Uranium Mining, contamination of our Sacred Water, Sacred Site Desecration, and the loss of species at an alarming rate...we need to intensify and direct more attention to the ill fated plight of Mother Earth and the impending doom for our youth and the unborn.
How Much longer will this hypocrisy endure?

Alan L. Maki

Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council