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Federationists Out in Cold, Again, This Time In Kalamazoo, Demand Commission 'Bring Boone Back'
Date:2/22/2010

want; we certainly don't wish to destroy it.  No state employee should ever use his or her position to take good people's jobs away without reason, the way Cannon has," Powell said.  

The Federation says it will continue to protest and tell the public about the Commission for the Blind until it is restored to a place where blind people can work without fear of reprisals.  Along with Boone's firing, David Robinson (another Federation member working in the Lansing office) was fired, allegedly due to his NFB membership.  Mark Eagle was forced off the Commission Board of Directors after Cannon accused him of unethical behavior, though nothing was ever proven.  Eagle had been critical of Cannon's handling of public comments by blind people.  

The Commission oversees the Business Enterprise Program.  There are currently a record number of hearings and federal arbitrations against the Commission.  The Federation maintains that Cannon has fired several blind people from this program for speaking out, including both presidents of the Federation's merchant division, which advocates on behalf of blind Michigan entrepreneurs.  

The Federation contends that Cannon has undue influence over appointments of Commission
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