Representing casino workers engaged in union organizing campaigns in the Indian Gaming Industry, I pay close attention to elections on Indian Reservations as I do with politics in general in the three states I work in--- Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Many Indian Reservations just held their Primary Elections.
Each and every Indian Reservation engaged in gaming is now thoroughly corrupt and crooked; just like the state and federal governments they work with, hand-in-hand. Like with politics generally, seldom is found an honest tribal politician.
We have a crisis in this country confronting working class families - one that politicians and the media refuse to acknowledge.
It's the "cost-of-living crisis."
The following letter to the editor published in the Broward County Sun Sentinel. More letters like this are needed across the country:
March 31, 2014
Every time an increase in the minimum wage is requested, there's an outcry that the sky will fall.
However, it's really not an increase — it is an adjustment to keep up with rising prices. The ones hurt the most when prices go up are the poor and the middle class, whose salaries haven't increased.
The New York Times ran this article, but omitted any mention of the role the Military-Industrial Complex plays in climate change; something the U.N. has also omitted.
Click "read more" for my perspective, as originally published at Canadian Dimension.
We hear a lot about how people are "free" because they have the right to vote.
When you think about this "right" to vote though, do you ever think about what we have the right to vote on and vote for?
Do you ever think about how what we vote for is just ignored?
The evolution of mainstream politics in the United States during the past 30 years has made the political climate favorable for the success of a third political Party as well as for the success of Independent Congressional candidates during this mid-term election year. Congressional approval ratings for both of the major Parties reached an all time low during the past year. However, third Parties and Independent candidates have failed to focus on a strategy to take advantage of this and there has been no significant increase in the number of Independent or Third Party candidates for Congress this year.
Occupy was the first real opposition to the direction our country is heading since the early 1970s. It had significant successes, made significant mistakes, and was ultimately done in by an ever-growing police state. Several of our founders started their work at Occupy. It is worth looking at where we have been before moving on.
Here are 4 videos on the Progressive Power Forum held in Minneapolis, MN in February 2014.