May 22

Occupy the PGA – May 26, 2018 in Benton Harbor!

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 11am
Benton Harbor City Hall
200 Wall Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (map)

The Socialist Party of Michigan has endorsed the Occupy the PGA demonstration against the Whirlpool corporation’s war on the people of Benton Harbor. We urge all members and supporters to turn out and participate in this important event!

Socialist Party of Michigan Statement for Occupy the PGA 2018
Adopted May 22, 2018

Following its own key role in the decimation of Benton Harbor’s manufacturing-base, Whirlpool has leveraged both the city’s economic desperation and its own decades of control over the wider Berrien County political machine to compel the pending transformation of the city into a wealthy ruling class resort town. As a biennial showcase of its expanding luxury developments geared to that objective, Whirlpool is now once again hosting the Senior PGA Championship in the state of Michigan’s poorest city.

For the site of its Harbor Shores Golf Club, opened in 2010, Whirlpool took over 465 acres of prime lakefront land for under a million dollars, including 22 central acres of the public lakefront park comprising the city’s crown jewel civic asset. In turn Whirlpool availed itself of $150 million in state tax incentives for the resort’s development, while predictably reneging on its promised 2000 jobs and major tax revenue boost for the surrounding populace.

With greed as persuasive as its political reach, however, Whirlpool continues to show that it won’t be content until it has the whole pie. Rather than merely expanding its private luxury housing investments to accelerate financial gentrification, Whirlpool has marshaled all resources at its helm to escalate hardship for the poor and minority population it aims to drive out. In addition to christening the 2010 opening of its resort with the four-year reign of Emergency Manager’ dictatorship, Whirlpool continues to pull the strings of all surrounding governing bodies to maintain a permanent state of austerity coupled with unbridled police repression and judicial injustice reminiscent of the Jim Crow era South.

Whirlpool’s colonial conquest of Benton Harbor provides a stark illustration of the modern day character of capitalist industrial firms as insatiably predatory institutions that traffic in the spoils of their own local economic destabilization. Having dispossessed so many community residents of their livelihoods, Whirlpool now aims to capitalize on the hardships borne from its desertion in order to dispossess such residents of their community itself.

The Socialist Party of Michigan stands in full solidarity with the struggle of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization and all Benton Harbor residents fighting to resist corporate takeover, and we likewise echo the demand that Senior PGA transfer 25% of its local profit to the cash-strapped city. Additionally, we call for the immediate placement of Whirlpool and all other major manufacturing firms under public ownership and democratic control; a democratically planned economy with guaranteed full employment for all; a 100% capital flight tax on runaway industry, overhauling and replacing the present systems of policing and legal injustice; a massive public works program to rebuild our cities and communities; and legal recognition of the right of communities of color to autonomy, community control, and self-determination, including the right to self-defense by any means necessary against reactionary violence and police harassment and brutality.

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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.

Jul 04

Picket Wendy’s in Support of Farmworkers’ Human Rights, July 23, 2017 in East Lansing

When: Sunday, July, 23 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Wendy’s – 1000 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)

In conjunction with the Socialist Party USA’s Labor & Living Wage Campaign, the Socialist Party of Michigan will be cwendysonducting an hour-length informational picket in front of the East Lansing Wendy’s restaurant to demand that Wendy’s join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers‘ (CIW) Fair Food Program, which provides worker-led oversight of wages and working conditions for the thousands of tomato pickers supplying the fast food industry. All supporters of farmworkers’ human rights are welcome and encouraged to come out and join us for this action!

From boycott-wendys.org:

Wendy’s has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy’s took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. …. Wendy’s stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country to refuse to join the FFP.

Following the Wendy’s demonstration, the Socialist Party of Michigan will be holding its quarterly state meeting at 2:30 pm at the Michigan Avenue Biggby Coffee – 500 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 (map). As with the demonstration, we welcome all interested members of the public to attend.

Sep 30

Socialist Party Vice Presidential Candidate to Speak in Kalamazoo

We have been lied to for decades. we have been manipulated. There really is enough for everyone on this planet. We really don’t have to compete with one another or step on one another to get ahead. What happens to the system when we don’t play the game? We can make space for those who need it, and fight for the end of capitalism and imperialism.” 
– Angela Walker

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September 29, 2016

Contact: Jacquis Robertson
Socialist Party of Michigan
269.569.9337
jacquis.o.robertson@gmail.com
www.spmichigan.org

KALAMAZOO – Socialist Party USA Vice Presidential Candidate Angela Nicole Walker will be speaking at Kalamazoo’s beloved Fire Historical and Collective Arts Collaborative on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  ​(1249 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001). Walker will discuss the intersectionality of class, racism, and sexism and the solutions Socialism provides to those issues.

Walker and presidential running mate Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik were nominated at the Socialist Party’s national convention in October 2015. Since then they have been having conversations with voters across the country. With interest in socialism growing nationwide, Soltysik and Walker have been able to harness that energy and manifest a powerful collective using social media and events such as the one upcoming on October 1.  The ticket will be listed on Michigan’s November presidential election ballot through the qualified ballot line of Michigan’s Natural Law Party.

Walker is also well known for running for the office of Sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin on a socialist platform in 2014. As an independent socialist candidate, she was able to receive 21% of the vote against incumbent Democrat David A. Clarke, Jr.

More information on Soltysik/Walker presidential campaign can be found at www.rev16.us and www.facebook.com/rev2016

About the Socialist Party USA: The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places peoples’ lives under their own control – a non-racist, non-heterosexist, classless, feminist, socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution, through democratically controlled committees and assemblies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future – to a real radical democracy from below.

The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We advocate militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist-controlled two party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic social revolutions — radical and fundamental changes in the structure of economic, political and social relations — to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control the economy and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members.