Jul 30

Vote Socialist in 2020

The Socialist Party is fielding candidates in three races in Michigan’s 2020 November election. Presidential candidate Howie Hawkins was nominated at the Socialist Party USA National Convention in October 2019. Hawkins’ running mate Angela Walker ran as the SPUSA’s vice presidential candidate in 2016 and was nominated for the party’s 2020 ticket by the SPUSA National Committee last May.

The presidential ticket will be joined on the ballot by Robin Laurain for Michigan State University Trustee and Rick Sauermilch for 110th district State Representative, who were unanimously nominated by the Socialist Party of Michigan’s July 2020 state membership meeting. The MSU Board of Trustees is elected on the statewide ballot, while Michigan’s 110th State House district covers the western Upper Peninsula counties of Keweenaw, Baraga, Houghton, Iron, Ontonagon, and Gogebic, as well as the Marquette County townships of Ishpeming and Powell.

All of the Socialist Party’s 2020 candidates have been dually nominated by the Green Party of Michigan and will be listed on the GPMI ballot line, while running under the banner of both parties.

Howie Hawkins for President – Angela Walker for Vice President

Robin Laurain for MSU Board of Trustees

Rick Sauermilch for 110th District State Representative

May 22

Socialist Party Nominates Andy Argo for 2019 Kalamazoo City Commission Race

The Kalamazoo Socialist Party local has nominated Andy Argo, Emily Demorest, and Tristen Jessup to run in the November 5, 2019 election for Kalamazoo City Commission. The five-member body is elected at large, with three seats elected in each odd year November election. Running on the SPMI State Platform, the campaign aims to place local political power in the hands of the city’s working class majority.

Click Here to Visit the Campaign Website

Mar 16

Socialist Party of Michigan 2019 State Convention Sun. April 7

boilingpointoutside2Sunday April 7, 2019, 2:00 PM
@ The Boiling Point Collective
902 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048

And online via Zoom Videoconference at:
https://zoom.us/j/7393430484

The 2019 State Convention of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Boiling Point collective organizing space, located at the southeast corner of Gull Rd. and Ampersee Ave.

All interested public observers are welcome to attend. Dinner will be provided on-site for all members and guests in attendance.

The State Convention is the highest-ranking meeting body of the Socialist Party of Michigan and is empowered to amend the SPMI State Bylaws and State Platform, adopt, amend, and repeal State Convention resolutions, elect the SPMI’s State Executive Committee officers, and elect the SPMI’s delegates to the Socialist Party USA National Convention.

Although we strongly encourage attending the State Convention in person, we will also be enabling remote participation via Zoom videoconference for members and observers unable to make it to Kalamazoo. To connect via Zoom, simply enter the following URL in your browser from any computer, tablet, or smart phone device: https://zoom.us/j/7393430484.

Mar 16

Kalamazoo SP Public Forum on American Socialism & Radical Labor Movements March 28, 2019

The Kakzooteachin2lamazoo Socialist Party invites the broader Kalamazoo community to a lively presentation and discussion about:

“American Socialism & Radical Labor Movements”

Many mainstream media pundits and political analysts have painted the recent return of socialism into the American lexicon as a new and novel phenomenon following the Bernie Sanders campaign and election of prominent members of the Democratic Socialists of America to the United States Congress. To the casual observer, they would be correct.

But in reality Socialism in the United States in hardly a new phenomenon, and particularly in its heyday in the early 20th century saw vast numbers of Americans embracing the core tenets and values of the party. There was a time where cities were electing Socialists in large numbers, from city council members to mayors, and Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Dens peaked at %5 of the vote in the national election.

There is also the oft forgotten role American Socialists and Communists played in labor movements of the time, often acting as the radical vanguard taking on entrenched business interests and pushing for workers rights with a militancy lost in modern labor politics. It was also many of these groups who were most outspoken and involved in organizing black and brown workers, bearing the brunt of American capitalism’s particular white supremacist character.

Members of the Kalamazoo Socialist Party will lead a teach-in and discussion about this important but buried history.

We will be providing FREE DINNER and refreshments for attendees.

Join us Thursday March 28, 2019, 6PM
Kalamazoo Public Library – Central Branch
Van Deusen Room
315 S. Rose. St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Feb 17

‘Hands Off Venezuela’ Action Feb. 19th in Kalamazoo

Feb. 19th, 2019 5pm – Columbia Plaza (U.S. Rep. Upton local office)
350 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

On Tuesday, February 19th the Kalamazoo Socialist Party and Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War will be holding a protest in front of U.S. Representative Fred Upton’s office in opposition to the U.S. government’s attempted coup in Venezuela.

The United States backs Juan Guaido, an opposition member of the Venezuelan assembly who is both unelected and virtually unknown to a majoritvenezuelahandsy of the population. As people in the Trump administration such as John Bolton beat the drums of war, and render the desire for access to Venezuela’s oil reserves explicit, we see the push for intervention made stronger with lies, fabrications, and pro-interventionist bias from the very same media that made the case for the disastrous Iraq war.

Venezuela is also the most recent on a sad history of South and Central American nations who have faced meddling, CIA backed coups, and wanton destruction from the U.S. government. As the current administration has signalled, particularly in the selection of Elliot Abrams as envoy, a convicted criminal and facilitator of War crimes implicated in the Contra scandal and others, and it’s propensity to use sanctions and the suffering of Venezuelans as a bargaining chip, they have very little interest in the actual lives of the Venezuelan people and all the interest in the world in Venezuela’s resources.

When we say hands off Venezuela, we say:

-NO to the attempted coup! The U.S. has no right to meddle in other country’s affairs and select their leaders.

-NO to the sanctions, oil embargo, and economic warfare being waged by the U.S. to undermine and weaken Venezuela

-NO to U.S. intervention and war from the U.S. military, CIA, and their proxies in the region

We will stand against this brazen act of imperialism on Tuesday at 350 E. Michigan (Columbia Plaza, located next to Sakozy’s Bakery and housing the local office of Rep. Upton)