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Meet Michael Moore
The true life story of Michael Moore is simultaneously average and uniquely complicated. Michael Moore was born in Oct. 1969, the single son of an unmarried white woman. To truly understand the life and history of the son, one must first understand the only parent he has ever had.
Kathleen Moore graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Detroit in 1964 and immediately enrolled in the U.S. Peace Corps. She served 3 years in Ethiopia, Africa, developing language schools and teaching English in a small village. When she returned to America, as one might imagine, she struggled to find the same rewarding types of career choices and social structures.
Never married, and unwilling to compromise her strict principles, Kathleen was solely dedicated to her ideals. Obtaining her Master’s degree and working for the War on Poverty programs, she fulfilled her obligation to society by working for city and county govt. here in the 5th district, but her lifelong non-profit work and civil disobedience was her true trademark. Whether it was W.A.M.M., the Gray Panthers, the candidacy of people like Shirley Chisholm or Jesse Jackson. In many ways, Michael John Moore is the living representation of his mother’s belief in true equality, active political participation and the sanctity of life.
Now, before we continue, we should make it clear that no one calls Michael Moore, "Michael". Almost everyone who knows him, knows him only as "Mickey". In his kindergarten class, out of just 12 boys, there were 4 other Michaels and when the teacher asked if any one of the “Michaels” had a nickname, that’s the moment that Michael Moore became Mickey Moore, and it’s never, ever changed. Mickey attended many Minneapolis public schools. Bryn Mawr, Harrison, Jefferson, Anwatin, until in 6th grade he was accepted into The Blake Schools and finally, transferred as a senior to graduate from De La Salle. Because he had hopes of obtaining a sports scholarship, he made the difficult choice of moving from a premier college preparatory academy like Blake, to a more sports oriented environment of De La Salle. It paid off in a full ride scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he ran track and trained for the 1988 Olympics.
Although a sports injury forced him to rethink his athletic dreams, he immediately refocused on his lifelong love of business. (It might be more accurate and honest to think of it as making money...) He quickly latched on to a rising multi-level marketing company as it branched out from Minnesota to Kansas City, and eventually worked his way up to becoming a franchise owner with that company. From 1989 -1991, he owned and operated Moore Enterprises, a simple, door-to-door, multi-level sales company, which was just the first of what would become many successful and profitable companies.
The Braid Factory opened in 1995 and proved to be the most challenging and successful company. The State of Minnesota decided to persecute Mickey for his concept of providing exclusive natural hair care and his mostly black clientele. The long list of agencies of the state and federal govt. tried everything. They sued him. They issued multiple cease and desist orders. They brought in the local police, the state police, the agents from the Dept. of Immigration and Naturalization, The Dept. of Economic Security, The Dept. of Justice, the Dept. of Revenue, the Dept. of Commerce, even the Dept. of Cosmetology and the Dept. of Motor Vehicles got involved. It was literally, an all-hands-on-deck operation of violating someone's civil rights. Eventually, they resorted to putting him in jail for his refusal to accept the state’s biased and unfair rulings and prejudiced decisions against the idea of hair braiding. Ultimately, after battling with the state for over 15 years, the Institute of Justice, a national civil rights organization, took over the case and ushered in new state legislation and policies that not only legalized hair braiding in Minnesota, but actually promoted the very concepts that Mickey had fought for from the beginning.
The combination of the relentless govt. persecution, and the complications of owning, and operating multiple, popular locations of the largest luxury hair braiding salon in the country, encouraged Mickey to retire early. Moving in 2007 to Thailand where he planned to live out his days in peace and comfort. After getting married and having a child in 2009, the family decided to also be able to live in America, which meant traveling back and forth so that his wife could become a U.S. citizen. Now, the family has homes in, and spends time in both countries. It's important for people to recognize that Mickey is not wealthy, but lives off of a small income set-up from one of his more successful businesses, Movie Revolution. His wife also works part-time as a successful and popular massage therapist. His only daughter attends a charter school in Blaine.
Mickey has always been interested in politics. As an 8th grader, he was chosen to represent The Blake Schools in Washington D.C. as a participant in the close-up program, which gives young students an inside perspective into how politics works. In 1978, when Kathleen briefly worked in Washington D.C. at a national senior citizens jobs program, Mickey attended Thaddeus Stevens elementary school. A historically all-black school, with the exception of Amy Carter, daughter of then President Carter. A notable point because the 2 shared several Accelerated Learning Classes during their brief interaction.
So, rather than try to detail in writing all of Mickey’s long and interesting history, we invite and encourage anyone and everyone to personally ask any questions you may have of the candidate. We have a lot of options on this website where people can contact us anytime with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions. You can call Mickey direct anytime. You can leave a voicemail message, a video comment, or e-mail us with any ideas. Additionally, we have lots of great opportunities to meet Mickey, and even have him come out to meet you. He is as interested in finding out about who you are and what you think as you might be about him. Although he’ll be personally canvassing vast areas of the district, one way to guarantee he meets up with you is to set up an appointment through our contact page.
We appreciate you taking the time to read this information, and hope that you’ve been motivated to find out more. We have a LOT of information posted on this website and we’re adding more content all the time. This is NOT just a catch phrase site of nonsensical platitudes and meaningless political rhetoric you'll see on the sites of other candidates. Please see our platform positions, polls, and personal replies. We really hope that you’ll use all of this input to make an intelligent decision about your vote, and not simply resort to voting by party. Partisan politics has been eroding our ability to properly govern and advance the causes of justice and democracy for some time now, and the whole point behind the "Moore for Congress" effort is for the people of the 5th district to regain the power they’ve lost by offering a new brand of accurate, personal and professional representation that comes not from partisan politics, but rather from a true one-on-one understanding of the people and their individual stories.
We really want to get to know you as much as you want to get to know us. Please contact us to set up a convenient meeting time and place.