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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

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"At-will Employment" has to go.

There was a good forum yesterday bringing together candidates running for the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and District 1 Representative of the Leech Lake Business Organization (the Tribal Council--- LLBO).

One of the main issues to surface was the reactionary "At-will Employment" policy now part of the LLBO laws.

People want this anti-worker policy rescinded, and to be replaced by a "Just Employment" policy.

Based on comments from people and responses from the candidates it looks like this very reactionary employment policy may be coming to an end with very progressive employment policy put in its place.

LLBO just enacted the highest Minimum Wage in the United States--- $10.25 an hour.

Previously the LLBO voted to support the enforcement of Affirmative Action.

Progressives across Minnesota and the United States would be wise to follow these examples of REAL CHANGE. Real Change resulting from grassroots activists and working people speaking their minds.

All of this real change on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation was initiated by grassroots activists forcing tribal elected politicians, many every bit as bad and corrupt as state and federal politicians, to act. Of course these corrupt politicians are facing direct opposition from grassroots activists turned politicians, too.

There is a lesson for all of us to learn here.

It would be nice to eliminate the influence of corrupt money from politics but as can be learned from the grassroots activities of the people of the Leech Lake Indian Nation we can't wait for the influence of corruption resulting from big-money to end.

There is a reason why the mainstream media is not reporting on the political developments taking place in the Leech Lake Indian Nation--- they don't want others to learn how to educate, organize and mobilize for real change.

Pass this post around; let your friends know "people can fight city hall and win" through struggle.