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November 12, 2017



Hour 1: "Worker's Voting Rights" WE THE PEOPLE RADIO
with Chuck Floyd
Hour 2: "It's Time to Take on Islamist Supremacists"
with Raheel Raza WE THE PEOPLE RADIO


"It's Time to Take on Islamist Supremacists"

Robert Alt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Buckeye Institute, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees.

Alt’s leadership has been the catalyst for The Buckeye Institute’s exponential growth since he took the organization’s helm in 2012. He has since founded The Buckeye Institute’s esteemed Economic Research Center and Legal Center, from which the Buckeye team not only imagines public policy victories but compels them with sound data, objective research, and strategic litigation.

Alt is a nationally recognized scholar with expertise in legal policy including criminal justice, national security, and constitutional law. Prior to heading The Buckeye Institute, Alt was a Director in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies serving under former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III at The Heritage Foundation, where he regularly advised Members of Congress and Supreme Court litigants on complex legal arguments and strategy.

Alt is a frequent speaker at dozens of universities and law schools across the country, and his writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and SCOTUSblog. Alt is a longtime contributor to National Review Online, where he has published more than 100 articles and blogs. He has provided commentary on CNN, Fox News Channel, PBS and its affiliates, and numerous syndicated radio programs.

In 2004, Alt spent five months in Iraq as a war correspondent.

Alt has testified before Congress multiple times—including at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan—before the Federal Election Commission regarding matters of constitutional and administrative law, and before numerous state legislatures and committees.

Alt serves on the Board of Trustees for The Philadelphia Society, the Board of Governors for the Council for National Policy, the Boards of Directors for the Free Speech in Science Project and Center, the Federalist Society’s Columbus Lawyers Chapter board, and the Board of Advisors for the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University where he has taught classes in constitutional law and political parties and interest groups. Alt also previously taught national security law, criminal law, and legislation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Alt is an attorney admitted to the bars of Ohio and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and D.C. Circuits, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, and a former Fellow in the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Claremont Institute where he was also a Publius Fellow in 1998.

Alt earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was Symposium Editor and the winner of the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy as well as Research Assistant to renowned law professor Richard Epstein. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Alt graduated with his B.A. in political science and philosophy magna cum laude from Azusa Pacific University where he won the Outstanding Senior Award in Political Science.

Public Sector Unions Give Workers No Voice, No Choice
By Robert Alt

Every morning, hardworking men and women across this country pour their morning coffee and diligently go to work on our behalf—working in our neighborhoods as public school teachers, home care workers, engineers, and in agencies protecting the environment. Unfortunately, while these civic-minded professionals go to work for us, the labor unions that they must join in order to teach our children or serve our communities do not always work for them.

Once a public-sector union is certified, it remains the workers’ representative—potentially forever. In Ohio, for example, the Columbus Education Association has represented Columbus public school teachers since 1968—back when the Beatles were still together and before many of today’s teachers were even born.

Heirloom unions inherited from the Nixon-era are depriving today’s public workers and civil servants of any meaningful voice or choice in the workplace. Many public employees did not vote for their union if only because they could not vote for their union. They were never given the chance or the choice.

Fair and open elections promote accountability. To borrow a popular advertising jingle, “everyone knows this.” Less known, however, is that these inherited public unions are currently denying their own employees the ability to vote.

Even with overwhelming majorities of workers dissatisfied with certain aspects of their representation or the accountability of their union leaders, there is little to nothing union members can do to improve or change their situation—they are simply left with no voice and no choice.


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Americans rightly expect and demand choice and accountability in our elected officials and politicians, but we are unfairly denying these same voting rights to our civic workers who are members of public-sector labor unions. When a public-sector union fails to address employee complaints or misspends union dues, there is no ballot for the teachers or public servants to cast to change their union. Instead, public employees remain stuck with the hand-me-down union that workers who wore bell-bottoms chose for them. There has to be a better way. And there is.

With Worker Voting Rights, public employees can have a voice and a choice about their union through regular union elections that make those unions more responsive and accountable to their members’ interests. Worker Voting Rights would give union workers an opportunity to be heard, to voice their concerns to their union leaders, to better understand how their union dues are spent, and to choose for themselves whether to keep the union they have, vote their union out, or vote in a better union. Worker Voting Rights would incentivize union leaders to cultivate broader support among the workforce they represent and to be accountable to their rank-and-file members. Not surprisingly, 82% of unionized Americans favor holding periodic votes on their union representation.

Once-and-for-all unions that rarely—if ever—face re-election have little fear of being “fired” for their poor performance or disregard of members’ concerns. In states that require workers to pay fair share fees as a condition of employment, union leadership failure has next to no consequences, because whether the union negotiates better working conditions for its members or not, whether it spends union dues wisely or not, whether it meets the needs of its members or not, there is almost nothing public employees can do to replace or remove the poorly performing union. Even if these public employees have been disserved or are dissatisfied with their representation, they have to continue paying union dues or fair share fees, or their employment can be legally terminated.

Public-sector unions and their insulated union officials know and count on this questionable practice of denying their members voting rights. Complicated union rules make it exceedingly difficult for workers to call for an election to change their union, allowing unions that are not taking care of their members to remain firmly entrenched regardless. But state lawmakers can guarantee Worker Voting Rights for public employees by providing for regular elections by law.

Unions have played a significant role in America’s workforce for well over a century. But the heritage, legacy, and interests of the unions themselves should never trump the interests of the hardworking men and women these unions represent. Our civil servants and public-sector employees deserve to have their voices heard and their choices matter—they deserve Worker Voting Rights.

Robert Alt is President & CEO of The Buckeye Institute in Columbus, Ohio

Hour 2: Hour 2: "It's Time to Take on Islamist Supremacists"
Raheel Raza - Clarion Project Advisory Board Member  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO

Raheel Raza is a Clarion Project Advisory Board member, a founding member of the Muslim Reformer Movement, and international human rights activist. She will be discussing the threat posed by Islamist Supremacy.  Raheel Raza contends that it’s crucial to criticize white supremacists like the KKK as we’ve seen in the wake of Charlottesville, but as a society, Americans must also condemn Islamist Supremacists.  She argues that we cannot tolerate this double standard and hypocrisy that fails to challenge the ideology of hate and bigotry that is the basis of Islamist Supremacy. 

Raheel Raza: Any organization, group, or individual who perpetuates hate and bigotry which leads to the loss of life is to be unequivocally condemned….White supremacists are evil and should not be tolerated.…Most sane people in the world condemn them and came out in masses to lobby against this movement.

Raheel Raza: But wait a minute!  There is another group that creates mayhem in the world causing death and destruction based on hate and bigotry….These are the Islamist supremacists who recently slaughtered innocent people in Barcelona and before that in many places around the world. 

Raheel Raza: Their ideology is based on hate and bigotry…Then why the double standards?....The same people who come out to rally against white supremacy, don’t rally against Islamist supremacy.  Is this hypocrisy and how is it justified?

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Posted on November 1, 2017 by 

Once again evil has struck New York City. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and those injured.
Facts are quite straight forward:
• Its cowardly
• It will happen again
• This is part of the “war on the West” declared by the Jihadists
• There are no ‘lone wolves’
• This was done in the name of Jihad
• Politicians will deflect
• My co-religionists will go on the defensive
• The victim-hood ideology will swing into action
• Is there a solution? Yes there is but is anyone listening. No!
• There is a systemic problem which is not being addressed head on.
• What action is being taken against ISIS fighters coming home to Western countries?
• What action is being taken to go to the root of radicalization based on teaching hate?
• When there are converts involved, who is converting them?
• When there is radicalization going on, are we peeping into the pulpit?
It’s time to end the terror!


Author of THEIR JIHAD…NOT MY JIHAD (Download PDF), Raheel Raza is a public speaker, Consultant for Interfaith and Intercultural diversity, documentary film maker, freelance journalist and founder of SAMA' (Sacred Arts ad Music Alliance). She was appointed to and served three years on The Public Service Committe for Ontario College of Teachers.

Raza started writing at a young age because she grew up in a culture where women were supposed to "be seen and not heard.” Travelling extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Far East and North America, Raza brings a fresh new global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”.

Raza bridges the gap between East and West, promoting cultural and religious diversity. She has appeared in print, on television and radio to discuss diversity, harmony and interfaith. In a presentation to Members of Parliament and international diplomats at the House of Commons, Raza received a standing ovation for her speech called "Celebrating our Differences".

How Can You Possibly be an Anti-Terrorist Muslim?An outspoken advocate for gender equality and an activist for women's rights internationally, she has appeared many times in print, radio and television media to reveal and debate Canadian issues related to media, diversity, gender and immigrants. Raza has received many awards for her work to build bridges of understanding. She is a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton Award and is the first South Asian woman to narrate a CBC documentary on “Passionate Eye”. A fervent advocate for human rights, Raza is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers.

Growing up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard”, Raza turned to writing at a young age and is a freelance journalist. Travelling extensively throughout the world, Raza brings a fresh global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”. Raza has spoken at places of worship, the private sector, the Justice Department, School Boards and government institutions. She has also been invited to speak at Universities in USA and Canada, including Harvard and Columbia.