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)

Sep 08

Visit the Socialist Party Booth at Detroit’s Dally in the Alley Street Fair, Sat. Sept. 9, 2017

The Socialist Party of Michigan will have an informational literature booth at the 40th annual Dally in the Alley street fair from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday September 9th. The Dally in the Alley is held each year in Detroit’s Cass CorridDallyposter2017or within the square block bounded by Hancock St. and Forest Ave. to the north/south and 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. to the east/west (map).

The annual free community street fair features a wide array of vendors, live music, and visual artists, and is conducted without corporate sponsors. It typically draws a crowd of 50,000 to 60,000 attendees.

We won’t know the precise spot of the Socialist booth until the point of check-in and set-up on Sat. morning. However, the booth should be easy to find from its display of a Socialist Party USA banner and SP posters.

Mar 30

Socialist Party of Michigan 2017 State Convention


When:  Saturdaeverybodyreadsy April 15, 2017, 11 am – 6 pm

At:  Everybody Reads bookstore (Community Rm.),
2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

–And Online via Zoom Video Conference at this link 

The 2017 State Convention of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 11 am to 6 pm, in the Community Room of the Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing. Additionally, we will be connecting the Convention with an online Zoom video conference so as to enable members who cannot physically make it to Lansing to attend and participate remotely.

In order to facilitate cohesion with the video conference; members attending in
person are encouraged to bring a laptop or web-connectable mobile device if conveniently available. However, having such an individually connected device is by no means essential. Free Wi-Fi network access will be available at the Convention, as well as mobile hotspots if needed.

The Zoom video conference for the convention can be accessed from any Web-accessible computer or Android/Apple mobile device simply by entering the above-listed Zoom conference URL in your Web browser, or entering the following Meeting ID into the Zoom client or app 698-212-794. In the event that you do not have a functioning microphone or speakers on your computer/device, you can supplement your video connection with audio from any phone by dialing (408) 638-0968 and entering the above-noted Meeting ID when prompted.

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 rescind State Convention resolutions, elect the SPMI’s State Executive Committee officers, and elect the SPMI’s delegates to the Socialist Party USA National Convention.

SPMI State Conventions are generally held only once every two years – with the aim of full state party membership participation. All SPMI members from around the state are therefore strongly urged and expected to attend. There is no fee for participating in the Convention, and voting credentials are automatically accorded to all Michigan SPUSA members in good standing. Non-member observers are also welcome to attend.