I am assuming the crowds would cheer much louder if the governor and his friends in business and labor sacked poverty.
Governor Dayton was the primary cheerleader for a new Vikings Stadium although he is leading no cheers to alleviate, let alone eliminate, poverty.
Governor Dayton, during his tenure as governor of Minnesota, hasn’t even attempted to articulate an explanation as to why poverty still exists in a state where a billion dollars can be found for a new Vikings Stadium let alone bring forward any legislation to alleviate poverty.
Minnesota legislators have some kind of committee they call “Ladder Out of Poverty.” It seems the ladder must be missing quite a few rungs and constructed from rotting timber because no one can use the “ladder” for its stated purpose.
What does cause poverty?
What can be done to alleviate and eliminate poverty in Minnesota?
Governor Dayton claims to be a “progressive.” The four primary goals and objectives of progressives has been to establish open and honest government responsive to the needs of the people, end dirty imperialist wars, put an end to poverty and establish racial equality.
Progressives want to see governor Dayton head up a “blitz formation” to end poverty which hurts people of all races but is concentrated among people of communities of color because of the racist injustices in our society.
An open and honest government would lead the way in questioning why poverty exists and why there are these racist aspects to poverty.
An open and honest government would pull out no stops in using all levers available in a democratic society to eliminate the scourge of poverty.
Obviously, capitalist society can not provide people with a “ladder out of poverty” while sinking billions of dollars into dirty imperialist wars.
Minnesota had to very progressive governors elected on the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party ticket; socialists Floyd Olson and Elmer Benson. Olson and Benson were of like minds. They believed it was their job to bring into play reforms to alleviate the problems of poverty as working people--- rural and urban--- continued to unite until they were powerful enough to eliminate the source of poverty: capitalism.
Governor Elmer Benson decided after he couldn’t get any help from Democrats or Republicans he needed to organize a blitz of sorts to help him push through reforms to help people cope with the problems of poverty. For this purpose Benson organized the powerful “People’s Lobby.”
Today, once again, the people of Minnesota need to form our own team by reviving the “People’s Lobby” to show Governor Dayton what a real “blitz” can accomplish when it is the people using this “blitz formation.”
For Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to be a cheerleader for a new Vikings Stadium from which billionaires will get even richer as he sits cowardly, quietly and silently on the sidelines when it comes to the struggle against poverty and its most pernicious racist aspects on Indian Reservations and in the inner cities of Minnesota is completely unacceptable to Minnesotans who cherish our progressive culture and traditions.
Any school child understands people without living wage jobs are going to be poor.
The solution to poverty is very simple: Put people to work solving the problems of the people and society instead of squandering the wealth of our nation on militarism and wars.
Build public health care and public child care centers instead of football stadiums.
Bring back the WPA, CCC and C.E.T.A.
Enforce Affirmative Action.
Tax the rich; don’t subsidize Wall Street’s wars and football stadiums for billionaires.
Government budgets and the actions of public officials are all about priorities.
Let’s have a well organized “blitz formation” against poverty: meetings around kitchen tables, in union halls, community centers and church basements; letters to the editors and letters to public officials; personal and mass lobbying; picket-lines and demonstrations; involvement in the electoral process.
Braving frigid temperatures and intense snowfall, a group of Red Lake Nation tribal members are now on their seventh day of a blockade of an Enbridge oil pipeline, which they say passes illegally through their sacred tribal land in northern Minnesota.
The occupation utilizes a pipeline safety law which states that if a person or thing remains situated above a pipeline for over 72 hours the pipeline must be shut off. The protesters hope that the demonstration will slow down the production of tar sands...
Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams 06 Mar 2013 Hits:590 Minnesota
After a week filled with budget negotiations and the swearing in of the new police chief, there wasn’t much new work left for the Minneapolis City Council to do at its regular Friday meeting.
So, they tackled a big issue: whether to ask the federal government to cut back on war spending and keep those dollars at home.
“It’s such a shame to see billions and billions of dollars going for military efforts when it could be better used here creating jobs and housing,” said Council Member...
MinnPost 10 Dec 2012 Hits:595 Minnesota
A Minnesota ruling could ignite secret campaigning. A similar ruling in Illinois went the other way, upholding disclosure.
The right of corporations to spend money in campaigns—resurrected under the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling—may have been given a boost last week when a federal appeals court ruled in an ongoing suit that Minnesota corporations could independently spend money in campaigns without submitting ongoing campaign spending reports to state officials.
In contrast, on Monday in another federal appeals court, the Seventh Circuit handling Illinois, that state’s campaign disclosure law...
Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet 11 Sep 2012 Hits:681 Minnesota
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has announced it will investigate the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for lobbying violations in Minnesota. Common Cause Minnesota had filed a complaint alleging that ALEC failed to register as a lobbyist group, even though it lobbies legislators to influence policy.
“Corporations can no longer hide behind ALEC, as they try to influence state law behind closed doors,” said Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota. “This investigation should expose how ALEC has attempted to avoid laws that...
Kristen Gwynne | Sourced from AlterNet 30 May 2012 Hits:771 Minnesota
Apparently the “blitz formation” works as well in politics as on the football field so one has to wonder why after having scored this touchdown for the billionaire owners of the Vikings, Governor Dayton together with his friends in the business community, organized labor and the foundation-funded outfits don’t use the same “blitz formation” to tackle the problem of poverty?
I am assuming the crowds would cheer much louder if the governor and his friends in business and labor sacked poverty.
Governor Dayton was the primary cheerleader for a new Vikings Stadium...
Alan Maki | Director of Organizing, Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council 22 May 2012 Hits:556 Minnesota
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has vetoedan anti-abortion bill that would have required a doctor to be present for a woman to take the abortion-inducing drug RU-486, effectively banning “tele-med” abortions and disproportionately affecting women in rural communities. Dayton wrote in his veto letter that patient safety should always be a concern, but “a veto is warranted on legislation because it is driven by a specific political ideology rather than a broad-based concern for protecting all patients.”
Indeed, during debate about the legislation, a Democratic state...
Amanda Peterson Beadle | Sourced from Think Progress 03 May 2012 Hits:1494 Minnesota
If anti-choice politicians in Minnesota really want to put onerous licensing and regulations on clinics that provide abortions by reclassifying them as "ambulatory surgical centers," they are going to have to apply the same rules to a whole lot of other health care providers, too, according to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
Vetoing the TRAP law that was passed by both the Minnesota House and Senate, Dayton said:
The legislation targets only facilities which provide abortions. If regulation of clinics were the concern, the bill should have...
Robin Marty | Sourced from RH Reality Check 28 Apr 2012 Hits:640 Minnesota
Last year, Republicans introduced legislation in thirty-four states to mandate government-issued photo IDs to cast a ballot. Nine GOP states have passed voter ID laws since the 2010 election, including Pennsylvania earlier last month. Minnesota, another important battleground state, could be next.
Last year, Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill from the GOP legislature that would have given the state the strictest voter ID law in the nation, prohibiting passports, military IDs and student IDs as valid documentation. Now the legislature is bypassing...
Ari Berman | The Nation 27 Mar 2012 Hits:563 Minnesota
ST. Paul, Minn. - March 13 - All of Minnesota’s electricity generation needs can be met by wind and solar sources combined with improvements to the state’s electric grid system and energy efficiency policies, according to a report released today. “Renewable Minnesota: A technical and economic analysis of a 100% renewable-energy based electricity system for Minnesota” was researched and written by Dr. Arjun Makhijani and Christina Mills of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) in Takoma Park, Maryland and Dr. M.V....
Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy 13 Mar 2012 Hits:588 Minnesota
The debate in Minnesota and nationally pits worries about voter rights against concern over voter fraud.
A high-stakes political struggle over requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls is erupting in Minnesota, conjuring up emotional precedents from the notorious Jim Crow poll taxes to the old Chicago admonition to "vote early and often."
The determined Republican drive to pass a photo ID constitutional amendment as a needed deterrent to fraud -- and the equally strong DFL effort to oppose it as a partisan ploy to...
Jim Ragsdale and Jennifer Brooks | Star-Tribune 29 Feb 2012 Hits:586 Minnesota
Sen. Al Franken and 16 other senators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would return the authority to regulate money in political campaigns to state and federal governments, an ability that was partly undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.
The Senate amendment, which has a recent House counterpart, would give Congress and states the authority to regulate money spent in federal and state political campaigns.
Franken formally signed on to support the Senate amendment last week. It was proposed at the start of November by Sen. Tom Udall of...
Staff | Washington Independent 17 Nov 2011 Hits:908 Minnesota
Chief Terrance Nelson: The big lies of 'Big Oil' and Free Trade.
Ojibwa First Nation Chief Terrance Nelson of Roseau River will be at Occupy Minneapolis this week, to speak out against the tarsands, urge a boycott of Walmart and to expose the truth of what America is doing in the Middle East.
“With the death of Gadhafi, Bin Ladin, and Hussein, Americans are no closer to freeing themselves from being held hostage to Big Oil,” Chief Nelson said.
“The situation in the United States is critical. Americans...
Brenda Norrell | The Narcosphere 26 Oct 2011 Hits:406 Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS - The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating how a box full of bricks and rocks labeled "riot equipment" turned up at the site of the Occupy Minnesota rally, but organizers of the nearly month-long protest say it's a set up.
"First off, it goes against everything that we're here for," said Will Knapp. "We're a non-violent movement, and when somebody does that, that puts a huge red flag up for us -- especially when it's found on the plaza we're occupying. It ...
Shelby Capacio / FOX 9 News 25 Oct 2011 Hits:385 Minnesota
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