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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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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

More people arrested in North Carolina... will this struggle grow or be suffocated by the Democrats?

Will Democratic Party support lead to the same results as in Wisconsin, or will activists continue to expand these demonstrations until their demands are met as should have been done in Wisconsin?

Obama and the Democrats by increasing spending on militarism and wars have forced the states to cut funding for human needs but the Republicans in North Carolina were only too happy to "go the extra mile."

We have a problem in this country as working people with both the Democrats and Republicans.

And our main problem is with this insanity of militarism and imperialist war after imperialist war that is like taking the wealth of the Nation and dumping it into the deepest depths of the ocean for all the good it does.

Democrats in North Carolina very cleverly worded their "support" for these demonstrations by saying they would "try" to reverse what the Republicans are doing because they know full well without federal dollars they can't reverse what the Republicans have done.

In fact, their Democratic colleagues in the United States Senate just joined the Republicans to vote down restoring the cuts to the Food Stamp program because they need this money to fight Wall Street's dirty wars.

So, with the Democratic Party from one county in North Carolina "backing" these demonstrations are people going to go from protest mode to working to elect a bunch of mostly worthless Democrats in North Carolina the majority of whom are no better than Republicans?

Working people were tricked and deceived with similar bait set out to keep them trapped in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Perhaps the South Carolina AFL-CIO should get involved in North Carolina and bring along their suggestion that we need a labor party--- not the Democrats or Republicans--- in this country?

By the way, when will the entire contingent of the Democrats in the North Carolina State Legislature turn out to get arrested? After all, they expect people to turn out to the polls to deliver the votes--- shouldn't they be thinking of campaigning for those votes among the people going to jail?

Democrats asking people to vote for Democrats is not what I would call supporting these Moral Monday demonstrations.

And where is the National NAACP in all of this? Why aren't we seeing every single chapter of the NAACP organizing busloads of people to head to North Carolina with more protests being organized all over this country where racist Republicans and racist Democrats are sticking it to working people?

Here in Minnesota over two-billion dollars in public works jobs is being allocated--- including federal funds--- in two projects and we have a Democratic super majority where the Republicans have no say about anything and Affirmative Action is not being enforced--- thus assuring the continuing rapid growth of poverty in communities of people of color. This is criminal. The law of the land--- Affirmative Action--- is not being enforced and to add insult to injury it is intentionally being evaded by these Democrats who refused to raise the minimum wage, which is a dollar an hour higher in North Carolina!

It is through protests like these being expanded all over the country that people can put an end to all these cuts that are hurting the poorest people the most as this rotten government of both Democrats and Republicans squanders the wealth created by workers on militarism and these dirty wars.

Instead of funding community health care centers our taxes go to fund over 800 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's access to cheap resources and cheap labor.

The dots needs to be connected; the struggles intensified--- from coast to coast.

NAACP protest against North Carolina GOP policies draws 1000
More than 100 people were arrested in the largest demonstrations yet in the state chapter of the