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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...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A "few bad apples" or a massive network of brutal police repression?

These police are becoming even more brutal as they attempt to cover up their crimes now being publicly exposed from one end of the country to the other. Their declared hatred of people protesting their crimes is proof these cops fear being publicly exposed for the brutal bullies they are.

People like to say all the cops are not bad but all the cops are involved because they help cover up the brutal crimes being carried out by the "few bad apples."

In addition, the more people one talks to the more we find out just how widespread this police brutality is.

So far, the focus has been mostly on the police killings of people of color; these police murders now surpass in number those hanged during the dark period of Jim Crow. But how many people have been subjected to police beatings and how many more people have been subjected to racist name-calling by the police.

And the discussion hasn't even begun about the nature of these politically repressive "Red Squads," special units organized by the FBI consisting of the FBI, state, county and local police and a bunch of citizen vigilantes, intended to silence anyone and everyone who participates in these demonstrations against police brutality and any other progressive cause from protesting these dirty wars to demanding raising the Minimum Wage.

The United States is hailed, by those in power who hire the police to do these dirty deeds, as the world's greatest bastion of democracy. A bunch of hypocrites all.

While traveling through the Midwest these past few weeks, I was told by a group of people in Oklahoma that when they were putting up signs alongside garage sale signs they were threatened with arrest by police when they refused to take the signs down... if this isn't a clear attempt to restrict the First Amendment I don't know what is.

I was also told that in order to hold a march for justice for the victims of police killings in San Antonio, Texas the organizers were forced to pay for a permit... once, again, it is "pay to play" in what Wall Street holds as its exclusive right to determine public policy.

Here in Minneapolis, people are being arrested for standing up and protesting organized police violence against the people.

How many people in Ferguson, Missouri have been arrested simply for demanding justice as a racist killer cop goes free?

We are living in an era where those wealthy people in power and their loyal servants and protectors only consider their own lives as having any worth or value... this is not what democracy is supposed to be about.