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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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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The "Good Start" crap from the Democratic Party front groups... all over again... an e-mail exchange.

From: Alan Maki 

Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Subject: Re: FOR INFO: [NJFAC] Building the Movement for Full Employment - Wed. July 9 @ 10 am.

To: "Goldberg, Trudy"

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Here we go again with this "good start" crap.

Wall Street gets what it wants when it wants it from these politicians... including the ones participating in your conference but working people are supposed to endure the poverty being imposed on them through unemployment and poverty wages.

I am very familiar with this H.R. 1000. It is one more scheme and a scam that will leave millions of workers unemployed and in poverty wage jobs.

A "good start" would be legislation making it mandatory that the president and Congress be legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment with real living wage jobs.

We have heard this "good start" crap before from these Wall Street bribed politicians and foundation-funded outfits posing as liberal, progressive and leftist think-tanks (they provided Obama a cover for his Wall Street agenda) when it comes to raising the Minimum Wage to a real living wage. During the political campaigns to get these politicians elected to office their campaign rhetoric is perfectly fine-tuned and properly framed to present progressive sounding policy directives in line with the thinking of George Lakoff but they are careful, as advised by George Lakoff, not to bring forward any specific progressive solutions to our problems which include massive unemployment and millions forced to work for poverty wages.

Then after getting elected things change from this nice sounding rhetoric to passing legislation in a "bi-partisan" manner without any regard for the rhetoric used during the campaign... hence we get these "good starts" where instead of real living wages which are wages in line with the real and actual cost-of-living we get more poverty wages of $9.50 and $10.10--- not now (just like Jobs Now!) but over time on the installment plan. 

Just like "$15 Now!"... but, again, what is meant is years later.

Everything is pushed as wanting it "Now!" during the press conferences passed off as "struggle."

But some how "Now!" turns into not now but a "good start."

We had "Single-payer Now!," too. And what did these "coalitions" cobbled together by millionaire labor leaders, preachers paid $250,000.00 a year and the directors of these foundation-funded outfits do to that? They accepted a "good start" with Obamacare which justifiably should be called the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010."

"Good start."

How much longer do you think the U.S. working class which is being pushed further and further into poverty by wars, monopoly price-fixing and Wall Street seeking super-profits through poverty wages is going to fall for the Democrats' agenda of "good starts?"

There is a reason so many people are not happy being stuck in Wall Street's two-party trap. 

You may be some kind of "students of history" but instead of merely consulting text books written by others working off foundation grants who understand that if they tell the truth about history from a working class, class struggle perspective they won't be receiving any more foundation grants as these foundations rely on the great Wall Street "philanthropists"--- the Wall Street warmongers, exploiters and robber barons--- for their funding.

You may be "aware" of the "Full Employment Act of 1945" as "historians" but you certainly have done nothing to promote it and the idea that the president and Congress must be made legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment with full employment being a state where anyone who wants a job has a job at real living wages in line with actual cost-of-living factors.

Never mind "historians;" any school child can tell you that in a capitalist society which lacks respect for working people, any worker without a job and any worker paid poverty wages is going to be poor.

I imagine your solution to ending poverty is more campaign rhetoric like, "End Poverty Now!" as you bring forward H.R. 1000 which has few teeth and by the time these Democrats get done preparing it for "bi-partisan support" it will be completely toothless.

To get your conference on the road to a really "good start" I would suggest that you distribute this article by former Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party Governor Elmer Benson. It might help place things in a better historical perspective:


I really think you should distribute both the Benson article and the entire Congressional Hearing transcript for the "Full Employment Act of 1945" to those attending and participating in your "Jobs For All!" Conference so you get a really "good start" with everyone thoroughly understanding the treachery and betrayal of the Democratic Party.

Thanks for your response--- the dialog and discussion is another "good start." But clearly what is being offered is a meatless bone. How much longer will you encourage working people to accept the campaign rhetoric with "properly framed progressive policy directives" in place of real progressive solutions?

How much longer will you try to pass off conferences and press conferences as "struggle" instead of as actions required to mobilize millions of people to take to the streets and take action at their places of employment until we get full employment with real living wages?

The legislation you are promoting will leave millions of people unemployed and millions more working for poverty wages... I suggest you ask those workers who will be living in poverty if they think this is a "good start."

Alan L. Maki

On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM, Goldberg, Trudy <trudygoldberg@njfac.org> wrote:
Dear Alan Maki,

Thank you for your message and for your recommendation that we consult your blog.

Be assured that we are students of history, well-acquainted with the 1945  full employment bill that passed the Senate and was later defeated in the House. We have also pondered  the reasons for its defeat. We believe that the current H.R. 1000, The Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act that we have had a hand in drafting is a good start and that it is closer to jobs for all than the Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978 (Humphrey Hawkins Act).

We are also students of the Great Depression, the job creation programs of the New Deal, their strengths and weaknesses and of FDR's Economic Bill of Rights that began with "the right to a useful and remunerative job" which he considered "the most fundamental [right], and one on which the fulfillment of the others in large degree depends" (1945, Annual Message to Congress).
We invite you to visit our website, njfac.org
Trudy Goldberg 

Trudy Goldberg

On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM, Alan Maki <alan.maki1951mn@gmail.com> wrote:
I regret I am unable to attend your "Jobs For All" conference.

However, I would encourage you to bring forward the idea first developed around the original "Full Employment Act of 1945" that it should be made legislatively mandatory for the president and Congress to attain and maintain full employment--- full employment being anyone who wants a jobs gets a job at real living wages; wages in line with actual cost-of-living factors not these phony figures of $9.50 or $10.10 politicians pull from their hats for political expediency and to satisfy the needs of employers looking to keep their profit margins high through cheap labor.

I would encourage you to check out my blog which has the complete transcript of the Full Employment Act of 1945 Congressional Hearing.

I think it is imperative we study the past in order to gain an understanding of where we want to go with a movement for full employment.

Here is my blog:

I am also including two other links which may be of interest to you:


I would be interested in receiving any materials coming out of your July 9 & 10 conference.

I do find it interesting that so many organizations will allow the very politicians who campaign on a platform of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" are let off the hook simply because they mouth the "correct" progressive policy directives but then when provided the opportunity once elected they do absolutely nothing to implement full employment in practice.

Specifically, I am interested in knowing if your organization is going to be bringing forward legislation similar to the Full Employment Act of 1945 fully updated to take on the new problems workers and working class families are experiencing.

I also hope your conference will be addressing the "Cost-of-Living Crisis" every single working class family in this country is experiencing.

Alan L. Maki

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From: Michael McGEE <michael.mcgee.1@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Subject: FOR INFO: [NJFAC] Building the Movement for Full Employment - Wed. July 9 @ 10 am.
To: Alan Maki <alan.maki1951mn@gmail.com>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: National Jobs for All Coalition <njfac@njfac.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM
Subject: [NJFAC] Live! Jobs for All for Goes to Washington! Wed. July 9 @ 10 am.
To: GoodJobs <goodjobsforall@googlegroups.com>

Live! Jobs for All for Goes to
Washington! Wed. July 9 @ 10 am.

Here's the link for the stream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfaqVIx6vaU

Jobs for All!
Enacting Job Creation Legislation
Building the Movement for Full Employment
National Conference July 9 & 10, 2014
Washington D.C.

Join us for a strategy discussion on job creation andbuilding a national movement for full employment.
This meeting will kick off two days of dialogue among national and grassroots jobs creation advocates for the purpose of developing a coordinated national strategy for job creation.
Featuring Members of:
 The Congressional Full Employment Caucus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building

Jobs for All Strategy Briefing
Representative John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
Representative Frederica Wilson (FL)
Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH)  
Representative Barbara Lee (CA)
Rev. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr., Ph.D.
Moral Monday
Associate Professor of Bible
Union Presbyterian Seminary

Debby Szeredy
Executive Vice President, American Postal Workers Union

Kevin Bradshaw
President, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, Workers
& Grain Millers Union 
Local 252G
Kellogg's Workers in Memphis, TN have been off the job since October 2013.

George H. Lambert, Jr.
President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League,

Philip Harvey
Professor of Law & Economics
Rutgers School of Law
Executive Committee, National Jobs for All Coalition

Josh Nassar
Legislative Director, United Auto Workers

Chris Horton
Worcester Unemployment Action Group (MA)
Voices of Unemployed Workers
Deborah Weinstein
Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg  
Chair, National Jobs for All Coalition
Professor Emerita of Social Policy, Adelphi University

Jessica Schieder
 Policy Associate, Center for Effective Government

Lunch with Witness Wednesdays, the critical effort to renew extended unemployment benefits, will be at the Triangle on the Capitol Hill lawn.

Witness Wednesdays for July 9 will be hosted by Representative Barbara Lee (CA) and will feature the stories of unemployed African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Strategy Session A, July 9,  2014
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chuck Bell , Facilitator
National Jobs for All Coalition

Robert Creamer
Democracy Partners

Miriam Pemberton
Institute for Policy Studies

Bill Barclay
Chicago Political Economy Group

Andrea Miller
Progressive Democrats of America

Local Reports

Kae Halonen
South East Michigan Jobs with Justice

Sheena Foster
Worker's Interfaith Network, Memphis, TN

Rev. Glencie Rhedrick 
Mecklenburg Ministries, NC 

Clinton Smith
Gray Panthers, Austin, TX

Joel Segal
Progressive Democrats of America, VA
Former Senior Legislative Assistant, Representative John Conyers, Jr.

Leonard Mell
National Jobs for All Coalition, VA

Larry Bresler
Organize Ohio

More, TBA

Thursday Morning  Panel, July 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building

Logan Martinez,   Facilitator
Miami Valley Full Employment Council and National Jobs for All Coalition

Frank Peterson
Unemployed Veteran

Other panelists, TBA 

Thursday afternoon we will be meeting members of the US Congress  regarding  job creation legislation

Conference Host: National Jobs for All Coalition
Gray Panthers
Social Democrats
Progressive Democrats of America
People's Empowerment Coalition of Ohio
Jobs For All Campaign 
Worcester Unemployment Action Group

If you are able to attend the meeting, please RSVP using our online form

For more information Contact:
Trudy Goldberg, National Jobs for All Coalition

Logan Martinez, Miami Valley Full Employment Council (Dayton, Ohio)    loganmartinez2u@yahoo.com   / 937-260-2591

The National Jobs for All Coalition is dedicated to the propositions that meaningful employment is a precondition for a fulfilling life and that every person capable of working should have the right to a job. The Coalition not only fights to make these propositions facts of life, but it publishes invaluable research by noted scholars to support them. 

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Alan L. Maki
58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Cell: 651-587-5541

Alan L. Maki
58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Cell: 651-587-5541