Jul 06

Visit the Socialist Party Booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 17-20, 2013

UpoAAAF_Stacked_CMYKn having been sorely missed at the last two annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs, as the first held without a Socialist Party booth since 2007, the Socialist Party booth will once again be returning to the Nonprofits Section of this year’s 2013 Ann Arbor Art Fair on Wed.-Fri., July 17th-19th from 10am-9pm and Sat., July 20th from 10am-6pm.
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Apr 25

ALL OUT ON MAY 1ST!

The Socialist Party of Michigan has endorsed the international call for a mass general strike on International Workers Day (a.k,a, May Day) – Tuesday May 1st, 2012, and accordingly calls upon all Michigan workers and students to join us in taking to the streets.

Detroit May Day March and Rally Schedule
-12:00 p.m. Assemble at Clark Park (Clark St. near I-75/Fisher Fwy)
-1:00 p.m. Rally at Maybury Elementary School (4410 Porter Street)
-1:30 p.m. Leave Maybury Elementary, marching northeast on W. Vernor
-2:00 p.m. Rally at Roosevelt Park (W. Vernor and Michigan Ave. – directly in front of the abandoned train station bldg.)
-2:30 p.m. Leave Roosevelt Park, marching east down Michigan Avenue.
-3:15 p.m. Rally at the Detroit Federal Building (corner of Michigan Ave. and Cass Ave.)
-3:45 p.m. Leave the Federal Building, marching one block north on Cass Ave.
-4:00 p.m. Rally at the Rosa Parks Transit Center
-4:30 p.m. Leave the Rosa Parks Transit Center
-4:30 p.m. Start assembling at Grand Circus Park (Woodward Ave. and Adams St.)
-6:30 p.m. General Assembly at Grand Circus Park (near the Hazen S. Pingree monument)

Kalamazoo May Day Rally & Sleepover in Front of Bank of America
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Camp set-up and picketing (sidewalk in front of BOA at W. Michigan Ave. and Rose St.)
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Potlock dinner
7:00 p.m. Music and speakers.

Detroit May Day General Strike Information Site
Detroit May Day General Strike Tumbler Site
Occupy Detroit May Day Page
Occupy Kalamazoo May Day Page
Kalamazoo May Day Action Facebook Page
SPMI statement on the history of May Day

Feb 15

Socialist Party of Michigan 2011 State Convention – Sat. March 12th in Detroit

SOCIALIST PARTY OF MICHIGAN 2011 STATE CONVENTION
SATURDAY MARCH 12TH, 10AM – 6PM
AT THE SPMI STATE OFFICE IN DETROIT

The Socialist Party of Michigan will be holding its 2011 State Convention on Saturday March 12th, from 10AM to 6PM at the SPMI State Office, located within the nine-story Northend Studios building in Detroit. Attendance at this year’s State Convention is free and all members of the public are welcome to attend as observers.

 

The State Convention is the highest ranking body of the Socialist Party of Michigan, and is empowered to amend the SPMI State By-Laws and State Platform, adopt, amend, or repeal State Convention resolutions, and elect the SPMI State Executive Committee. Since this year is also a Socialist Party National Convention year, the upcoming SPMI State Convention will additionally elect delegates to, and adopt state party proposals for, the 2011 Socialist Party USA National Convention being subsequently held this fall…

The Socialist Party of Michigan State Office is located on the first floor of the Northend Studios building at: 2937 E. Grand Boulevard., Detroit, MI 48202 (map). The nine-story building stands directly on the southwest corner of E. Grand Boulevard and Beaubien St. – three blocks east of Woodward Ave. In addition to being the tallest building within its vicinity, the building is made particularly easy to spot by the 100ft x 125ft rainbow-streamer mural spanning across the building’s western wall, facing Woodward Ave. Free parking is available in the building lot directly in front of the mural wall.

Directions to the SPMI State Office (in the Northend Studios Building):

-From Ann Arbor/Battle Creek/Jackson/Kalamazoo/Ypsilanti: 1. Take I-94 East to exit 215C for John R. St. toward M-1/Woodward Ave. 2. Turn right at John R. St. (108ft). 3. Turn right onto Hendrie St. (0.1mi) 4. Turn right at Woodward Ave. (0.5mi) 5. Turn right at E. Grand Blvd. 6. The Northend Studios building will be approximately three blocks down Grand Blvd. on your right.

-From Grand Rapids/Lansing: 1. Take I-96 East to I-696 East. 2. Make a slight left to merge onto I-696 East (signs for M-5/Port Huron/Grand River Ave. (8.4 mi) 3. Take Exit 8 to merge onto M-10 South toward US-24/Lodge Fwy/Telegraph Rd. (14.8mi). 4. Take exit 4C toward W. Grand Blvd. (0.2mi). 5. Merge onto John C. Lodge (413ft). 6. Turn left at W. Grand Blvd. 7. The Northend Studios building will be approximately 4/5ths of a mile down Grand Blvd. on your right.

-From Northern Michigan: 1. Take I-75 South to Exit 54 toward Clay Ave./E. Grand Blvd. 2. Merge onto the Chrysler Expressway (0.3mi). 3. Turn right at East Grand Blvd. (0.5mi). 4. The Northend Studios building will be approximately 1/2 mile down Grand Blvd. on your left.

Feb 04

Rally & March in Solidarity with the People of Egypt, Saturday Feb. 5th

Saturday February 5th, 2011
2:00PM
Dearborn City Hall
13615 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126 (map)
(Michigan Ave. & Shaefer)
(event flyer 1) (event flyer 2)

Join the Socialist Party in Dearborn for a public rally and march to show solidarity with the popular uprisings in Egypt, calling for an end to the 30 year rule of the U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak, and to demand:

U.S. out of Egypt and the Middle East!
End U.S. military aid to Egypt and Israel!
End the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan!
End FBI repression against peace and justice activists!

The Feb. 5th rally & march is jointly sponsored by the Detroit Socialist Party, Organization for a Free Society, and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI).

SOLIDARITY WITH THE REVOLUTIONS IN EGYPT AND ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST!
Joint Statement of the Detroit Socialist Party and the Organization for a Free Society

The Detroit Socialist Party and the Organization for a Free Society support the struggle in Egypt which has inspired people across the world as they fight passionately to smash the 30-year rule of the US backed dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian people have realized the limits of their government and, no longer satisfied with hollow assurances of democracy and freedom, have taken the first steps towards real democracy and actual freedom. The courage and solidarity with which they have successfully contested the Mubarak dictatorship gives us all hope that democracy and freedom can be attained by and for the power of united poor and working people…

Mubarak’s authoritarian rule over Egypt (aided at every turn in his pact with US imperialism), has created and maintained a system of economic injustice in which the majority live and work in poverty (if they are permitted to work at all). In the face of widespread social and economic injustice, Mubarak has employed a vast apparatus of secret police goons whose sole task is to maintain the security of the wealthy elite through harassment and intimidation. In addition to the creation of oppressive domestic policies, Mubarak has also assisted in crushing the right to self-determination for neighboring Middle East nations. This is especially true for the people of Palestine, who’s access through Egypt has been blocked largely as a consequence of Mubarak’s active support for the illegal and cruel Israeli military occupation. The current struggle in Egypt raises our hope that the people of Egypt will not only shake the foundations of their own oppression, but will strike a blow to the oppression of the Palestinians, the Middle East, and all oppressed and exploited people throughout the world.

US lawmakers are carefully examining the situation in the Middle East and what it holds for their empire. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have paid lip service to the “universal rights” of the Egyptians to rebel, while continuing their policy of support for the Mubarak regime and allowing him to use US teargas, tanks and weapons to try and crush the Egyptian people’s struggle. Therefore, to stand in solidarity with the Egyptian people’s fight for a democratic government we are taking to the streets ourselves to end US support of the Mubarak regime and will continue to build the struggle for real democracy in the US.

As capitalism continues to spiral into crisis, a wave of free-market dogmatism is rushing into the halls of US lawmakers, who are calling for a slash-and-burn spending policy aimed at every public service which intends to help the poor, working class, youth, students, women, people of color and the environment. It seems that war, empire and corporate profits are the only things that aren’t too expensive to our US lawmakers. The present US military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the secretive bombing of Pakistan and military aid to Israel, is all based upon the lie that what is presently happening in Egypt and across the Middle East never happens! It is high time that socialists and all those who seek peace and freedom everywhere reinvigorate and rebuild the struggle against Western imperial adventures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, the Middle East and throughout the world.

Presently, activists who have been taking responsibility to lead the anti-imperialist struggle are facing government repression tactics in the form of Grand Jury subpoenas, infiltration and spurious criminal charges. These tactics are aimed at intimidating activists and undermining the ability for Americans to take responsibility for changing their governments policies toward finally reflecting the democratic, peaceful reputation that US political leaders speak of. We demand that people’s right to resist and protest be respected, and that all repressive tactics to intimidate and undermine global justice activism be brought to an end!

As revolutionary socialists in the US, we are reminded of the limitations of our own system and are inspired by the passion and determination for real justice in the struggles in Egypt and across the Middle East. We once again bear witness to the eternal truth that working people of all countries have more in common with each other than the regimes ruling over them. We all share the same aspirations to rights that would truly be universal: The right to meaningful work; to a life without poverty; to universal education; and to collectively determining the use of the resources and technology that sustain our lives and our world. In this very real sense, the Egyptians’ struggle is our struggle. Let us extend the most meaningful show of solidarity to them yet, by not simply cheering them on but in taking up their call. With the Egyptians, we too demand no less than the radical emancipation of our own oppressed, our own unemployed, our own impoverished. Working people of all counties, unite! In solidarity with this struggle, and the struggles of the people across the Middle East, we demand an immediate end to all US support to the governments of Egypt and Israel, an end to the wars against the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and an end to federal government repression of peace and justice activists.

WHERE WE STAND:

  • Solidarity with the people’s movement in Egypt. End Mubarack’s 30-year dictatorship! US out of the Middle East.
  • We want an immediate end to all US support to the governments of Egypt and Israel, and an end to the wars against the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • People’s right to resist and protest be respected, and that all repressive tactics to intimidate and undermine global justice activism be brought to an end!
  • World wide revolution to end all imperialist regimes. We want global solidarity and cooperation! International socialism for the 21st century!

See also: SP International Commission Statement on the Tunisian Uprising (leaflet version)


Nov 05

Join Us for a ‘Post-Election Reflection’ Pasta Dinner, Saturday Nov. 6th, at the Socialist Party office in Detroit!

On Saturday November 6th, the Socialist Party of Michigan and Detroit Socialist Party will be hosting a public ‘Post-Election Reflection’ pasta dinner fundraiser to salute the Socialist and Green candidates who provided an anti-corporatist political alternative in this year’s election, discuss the November election results, and help recuperate funds spent during the 2010 campaign season.

The event will be held at 4:00PM at the Socialist Party’s newly established state/local office in Detroit and will feature open discussion on the elections over vegetarian pasta, beverages, and snacks, as well as open mic speaking opportunities for all individuals and groups attending. A suggested minimum donation of $5 to $10 is requested at the door (no one turned away if unable to pay). Dinner is included with the suggested donation.

In recognition of the Green Party of MIchigan’s essential contribution to the ballot access efforts of our own dual SP candidates, and corresponding commitment to providing political alternatives to the corporate party candidates more broadly, we are additionally contributing one-third of all revenue raised at this event to the Green Party of Michigan.

The Socialist Party’s state/local office is located on the first floor of the Northend Studios building at 2937 E. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202 (approximately three blocks east of Woodward Ave.) In addition to being the tallest building in the area, the nine-story building is also made easy to spot by the 100x125ft rainbow mural spanning the building’s west-facing side toward Woodward.

We most cordially invite all red, green, and/or pasta-hungry members of the community to join us for dinner and discussion this Saturday as we look back on the most recent elections and prepare to mount continued grassroots challenges in the coming elections ahead.