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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, September 15, 2015

My response to a vile accusation on FaceBook

Rick Sklader 1) Sanders has repeatedly emphasized the need to get rid of a reactionary congress in favor of one in line with his thinking. 2) Certainly the Ruling Class prefers someone like Clinton, herself a center right multimillionaire or Bush or a guy like Kasich who was a big shot a Lehman Bros up until he decided he wanted to be The Gov of Ohio. I think the capitalists could live with a Sanders presidency because of his overall agreement with the agenda of US imperialism. 3) Alan I agree with the broad outlines of what you've articulated here but I feel that while you address the never satisfied needs of the working class you never raise the fundamental reason why the U.S. Working Class is so weak politically and that's because of its history and support of white supremacy. Unless and until the class addresses structural institutional racism and priorities the struggle of its most vulnerable and oppressed sister and brothers are movement for the liberation of humanity will go nowhere.
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Alan Maki Rick Sklader; What a cheap shot taken from your armchair in order to evade action on your part. Where is your responsibility in fighting to end racism?

Perhaps you would like to provide us with a broad outline filled in with specifics of what your involvement in the struggle against racism has been over the years.

I not only address the problems of racism and bring forward very specific solutions to very specific problems, I have been an active participant in the struggles against racism for over 50 years.

For your critique, I provide a youtube video of one such meeting I was a participant in:


But, before I get into the specifics which you like to avoid and evade like you do action, let me point out that the "broad outlines" I have provided include very specific solutions to the problems being experienced by working class families and I would note that when it comes to the industry with the most hideously racist exploitation and oppression of workers in this state where the most Native American Indians are employed as a pool of cheap labor enriching a bunch of racist rich white mobsters for whom crooked and corrupt tribal politicians front in which workers are forced to work in loud, noisy, smoke-filled casinos at poverty wages and without even the most basic rights and protections of state or federal labor laws or any other rules or regulations other than those created by racist and corrupt politicians which prohibit casino workers from seeking union membership to protect their rights, lives and livelihoods you have been a no show--- just like you have been in the movement to enforce Affirmative Action here in Minnesota when it comes to tax-dollars being allocated for public works projects.

But, like with all injustices, it is never too late to take a stand against racism.

I guess you haven't read much of what I have written--- or done these past 50 years.

I notice that you were absent from the meeting we invited everyone to who has demonstrated an interest in putting an end to racist hiring practices were invited to.

Since you claim to read so much of what I have written, it would have been virtually impossible for you not to have noted this series of meetings which resulted in this letter being drafted, passed around and widely circulated so that everyone could add their thoughts and opinions.

We never heard from you.

I notice that your signature has been absent from this letter I wrote that was given to Mark Dayton just like your voice has been absent in the struggle of the more than 40,000 casino workers in Minnesota seeking justice with justice including an end to racism in the Indian Gaming Industry where Native American Indians are the primary, but not the only, victims which include African-Americans, Hispanics and many undocumented workers of color. When can we expect your voice to be heard on this matter?

Perhaps you would like to add your name to this letter below and personally deliver it with your signature to the Governor's Office; a letter that I wrote at the request of Governor Dayton's Chief Legal Adviser which was signed by dozens of Minnesotans, and supported by the Leech Lake Tribal Council in a Resolution:

Proposal for a Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Enforcement of Affirmative Action

Goal and objective: A level playing field.

All the talk about a new Vikings’ Stadium, the need for infrastructure development and repair, talk of light rail and other large-scale public works and joint public-private initiatives and projects begs the question: What will be done to end racism in employment here in Minnesota that has historical roots combined with present indifference?

Fact: People without jobs are destined to be poor.

Unemployment, under-employment and poverty-wage jobs are the root of poverty.

Poverty is more than statistics. For living, breathing human beings, poverty means going without adequate food, clothing, health care, education, housing, and transportation.

When unemployment rises well beyond the “normal” levels for people of color, women and the handicapped, Affirmative Action as articulated and defined by Federal Executive Order Number 11246 must kick in unless we end up with large pools of unemployed in communities--- and on Indian Reservations--- of people of color which hurt us all, but no where near as much as it harms the victims of racism in employment.

These large pools of the unemployed serve to push down wages and living standards for everyone.

The enforcement of Affirmative Action will help make sure Minnesotans get the jobs funded by Minnesota tax-payers rather than workers from other states.

The enforcement of Affirmative Action will lead to encouraging and strengthening small businesses and entrepreneurship among minorities as minority contractors help recruit people of color through the enforcement of Affirmative Action.

Politicians who pander to the voices of bigotry, racism and hate often claim that advocating for the enforcement of Affirmative Action is so controversial that its enforcement creates divisions in society which tears apart our social fabric. In fact, issues like a new Vikings’ Stadium, as we have seen, are themselves very controversial.

Politics embodies controversy.

The Governor of Minnesota has the responsibility to provide leadership in the just struggle for the enforcement of Affirmative Action in a way that guides Minnesotans to creating a level playing field for everyone.

Governor Mark Dayton should establish “The Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Enforcement of Affirmative Action” and this Committee shall consist of: one member representing the Governor, one member each from the AFL-CIO & Change To Win, one member each representing the following firms: public relations, architectural, engineering, general contractors and minority contractors, with two members representing each of the following communities: Black, Native American and Hispanic with at least one member from each of these communities being among the unemployed; three women and one handicapped representative--- 18 members in total.

All members of this Advisory Committee shall participate, together, in at least one training session explaining the history, goals and objectives of Affirmative Action and must be made aware of the present problems relating to how racism in employment has led to current social and economic problems in the specific communities of people of color, women and the handicapped.

This Advisory Committee shall present concrete goals and objectives in reviewing all public funding where there is any type of state involvement in funding and financing including proposals for bonding bills and any joint public-private ventures in which more than $20,000.00 in public funding is involved and/or more than 15 employees hired.

The loop-hole preventing enforcing Affirmative Action must be closed by the Governor and State Legislature refusing to participate in any township, city, county, state, park’s commission, school district, college or university where there is not an Affirmative Action Policy in place being enforced.

Affirmative Action must kick in when any project is first publicly proposed or there is significant public-private cooperation towards project development--- whichever occurs first; long before the first shovel is sunk into the ground.

It is up to the parties involved to implement Affirmative Action in a timely manner so as to prevent project delays which might lead to additional costs incurred by tax-payers. Where this is not done, any costs relating to project delays should result in fines levied at the direction of the Advisory Committee on the parties responsible.

Affirmative Action is the law of the land. For the victims of historic racist employment practices continuing today which results in the need for the enforcement of Affirmative Action, Affirmative Action is both a Human Right and a Constitutional Right.

The Governor of Minnesota has a Constitutional responsibility to see to it that Affirmative Action is enforced. This Advisory Committee provides the Governor with the tools to achieve the enforcement of Affirmative Action.

People should not have to resort to law suits, direct action and other means of protest in order to have their right to employment protected.

Everyone has the right to seek employment from a level playing field.

A means to enforce Affirmative Action on the Vikings’ Stadium (and all other projects stated above) in line with stated goals and objectives must be found before planning for this project proceeds any further.

I am submitting this “Proposal for a Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Enforcement of Affirmative Action” for consideration to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton upon request from Micah Hines, General Counsel to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who requested I submit this proposal in writing to Governor Mark Dayton.

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

Contact information:

58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell phone: 651-587-5541

E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net

Blog: http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/alan.l.maki

Copies provided to:
Urban League
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Change To Win
Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party
Republican Party
Green Party

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Blog.......... http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/proposal-for-minnesota-governors.html

Preliminary response from Governor Dayton:

Thank you for contacting the Office of Governor Mark Dayton. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions about how we, together, can build a better Minnesota. A member of our staff will read your message promptly.

Note: Further responses will be shared. Please share your own concerns on this issue with Governor Dayton. Contact information:

To contact Governor Mark Dayton, please write, phone, fax or e-mail.

Mailing Address:
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Other ways to reach our office:

Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay 800-627-3529
Fax: 651-797-1850

Contact the Governor's Office by e-mail:

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Cell: 651-587-5541

Primary E-mail: amaki000@centurytel.net
E-mail: alan.maki1951mn@gmail.com

Blog: http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/
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