Apr 21

Defend Immigrant Workers!

Join the Socialist Party of Michigan at the May Day parade on Saturday May 1st starting at the Diag in Ann Arbor at 12:00PM. To get to the Diag, go through the archway at the corner of East University Ave. and South University Ave and walk straight about two blocks Click here for a map and driving directions

On May 1st walkouts at schools and workplaces across the US will take place in solidarity with immigrant communities under attack by Congressional legislation. These walkouts invoke the powerful tradition of May Day – the socialist celebration of international working class solidarity. Once again US immigrants are taking a leadership role in the struggle for social and economic justice, just as they did at the birth of May Day in Chicago a hundred and twenty years ago. The Socialist Party USA joins in the celebration of May Day and condemns the Democratic and Republican Parties for militarizing our borders and failing to protect the rights of all workers. Callous and ineffectual immigration policies are exacerbating racism in the US and creating an underclass of super-exploited workers, all in the service of corporate profits. The Socialist Party furthermore rejects assimilationist policies and attitudes which marginalize and criminalize the diverse heritages of immigrants and people of color.

Experience teaches us that only militant industry-wide labor action can challenge corporate power and win better wages, hours and working conditions. Nevertheless, the global inequalities that compel migrants to seek risky, back-breaking, low wage labor in the US cannot be resolved within the constraints of modern capitalism. In the tradition of May Day we call for the abolition of capitalist systems of ownership and trade, and the creation of a truly democratic society where production fulfills human need, not profit. In a world riddled with war and underdevelopment, we also add racism, militarism and imperialism to the list of global cancers which must be uprooted as prerequisites to peace and justice.

Join the Socialist Party at May Day actions across the country.
América: Ningún ser Humano es Ilegal * America: No Human being is Illegal

Standing With Our Companer@s
by Raul Cano Co-Chair, Socialist Party USA

Deep in South Texas, in the lower Rio Grande Valley, the “border” is nothing more than a river that once roared with fury but now only manages a whimpering flow. For those of us who live in this nether land known as the Frontera, it’s a speed bump in the constant traffic of people, culture and goods. Realistically the geographical “border”no longer really defines where one country begins and another ends. In a wider scope, the same can be said of the concept of nations. Politicians know this, but are not beyond using the issue for their own benefit.

Throughout the history of the United States, the immigrant issue has been a convenient political ploy. Fueled by overt and covert racism, fear mongering and scapegoating, immigrants once again come to the forefront as a wedge issue to distract the American people from the real problems. HR 4437 proposes to criminalize those that are undocumented, to build a fence along the border and to impose heavy fines for employers who hire undocumented workers. In the typical “good cop bad cop” game meant to reflect a democratic process, this act panders to the extreme right. The senate plays the voice of reason and returns with the more sensible guest worker program and the further militarization of the border. The Democrats will grumble, as usual, and then will accept the guest worker program and a cumbersome legalization process as the “best we could do” option. The ruling class will get points for compassion and continue to have a reserve pool of exploitable labor. The working class will get a sub class of workers at the mercy of both state and capitalist.

It would have been business as usual, if it wasn’t for millions of workers finally rising from the shadows of exploitation and taking to the streets to protest the proposed legislation. The secret army that has for decades propped up the illusion of a prosperous capitalist economy can no longer be ignored. Posturing and pseudo solutions will no longer work and the “immigrant problem” is there for all to see.

As a political Party, the SP USA has been active in this issue, with many of our locals and at large membership working with and leading the immigrant rights struggle. We fight for an amnesty program for all who are currently in this country. We stand against a guest worker program and instead propose an immigration policy that is reflective
of a mobile work force. All who work in this country should have full protection under our laws and are entitled to the full benefits of citizenship.

We understand that that the unity of workers throughout the world is essential in fighting transnational capitalism. While we fight for grassroots roots democracy at the national level, we also understand that the fight against capitalism requires a struggle without borders. As such the immigrant issue here in the United States is the national expression of a worldwide rebellion by a mobile working class. The objective of the Party should be to stand with our companer@s as workers, as an oppressed minority with a right to self determination and as participants in a worldwide anti-capitalist movement.

Todo El Poder al Pueblo!

The Socialist Party Platform Calls for:

• The rights of all immigrants to education, health care, and full civil and legal rights and call for an unconditional amnesty program for all undocumented people. We further call for full citizenship rights upon demonstrating residency for six months.
• An end to the militarization of the United States/Mexican border, and an increase in the service budget instead of the “military” budget of the INS.
• An end to police raids in areas where immigrants congregate.
• An end to the use of “secret evidence” in deportation hearings, a ban on all immigration detentions and military tribunals, and full due process and habeas corpus rights in U.S. courts for all non-citizens on U.S. territory or in U.S. custody

Apr 05

Ant-Fascist Demonstration April 22nd

Members of the neo-nazi National Socialist Movement will be rallying on the steps of the State Capitol building in Lansing on Saturday April 22nd from 2:00-4:00PM and members of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be participating in the anti-fascist counter demonstration. While open adherents to fascism remain a marginal movement in the United States, their capacity engage in crimes and attacks against minorities and working people remains a potentially escalating and all too frequently occurring danger. Fascist gangs additionally have the potential to be utilized by the ruling class when economic and political conditions require it to retain their rule. This threat is particularly perilous today, considering current foreign and domestic policy. According to the Lansing Coalition Against Fascists, the demonstration will begin at 12:30PM at Riverview Park.

Mar 02

March 18th Demonstration and Teach-In in Grand Rapids

The Socialist Party of Michigan has endorsed the March 18th demonstration and teach-in in Grand Rapids and SPMI members will be participating at the event.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Veteran’s Park in Grand Rapids on the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. Join community leaders, workers, religious leaders, activist groups, and people just fed up with our current state of affairs.

The teach-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the downtown area and will include focus groups with tools to organize follow-up actions against the war.

The rallying points for the event are:

*Stop the War on the Working Class

*Justice for Katrina Survivors

*End Occupations and Torture

*Bring the Troops Home

Click here to download the flyer for printing and distribution
Dec 19

SPMI Public Class-Discussion Series Beginning January 7th

Beginning Saturday January 7th 2006, the Socialist Party of Michigan will be hosting a class-discussion series on the book Socialism On Trial by James P. Cannon. Classes will run from 2:00PM until approximately 5:00PM and will continue every other Saturday after the 7th for at least six weeks. All classes are open to the public and will be held at the Socialist Party of Michigan state office in Kalamazoo.

Socialism on Trial consists of Cannon’s verbatim courtroom testimony from the 1941 Minneapolis trial in which leaders of the Socialist Workers Party were charged with violating the Smith Act by allegedly “plotting the violent overthrow of the US government” by engaging in socialist political activism. On the witness stand, Cannon is asked to testify in great detail about the theory and history of socialism in both the United States and Russia. Instead of merely trying to defend his innocence of violating the dubious charges arising from the Smith Act, Cannon uses the trial as an opportunity to educate the public about what socialism really is. As a result of Cannon’s extensive testimony, Socialism on Trial has become one of the best and most well known introductions to revolutionary democratic socialism.

Copies of the book can be obtained several different ways. You can print the book directly from the Marxists Internet Archive by clicking hereYou can also purchase a new copy for $16 from Pathfinder Press by clicking here or a new or used copy starting at nine dollars from Amazon.com by clicking hereYou can also purchase an internet-printed copy in a three-ring binder directly by the SPMI for five dollars to cover printing costs. If you intend to purchase a three-ring binder copy from the SPMI, please let us know in advance by contacting us by email at LAN_EMAIL_SUBS or by phone at (269) 598-0534.

The Socialist Party of Michigan state office, where all class-discussions will be held, is located at 508 E. Frank St. #3 Kalamazoo, MI 49007. From the East take I-94 to the Westnedge exit (Exit 76) and proceed north. After several miles you will pass Bronson Park on your right and the next street will be Michigan running east-west through downtown. Turn right onto Michigan and proceed for approximately half a mile. Within approximately 200 yards after passing over the train tracks, turn right onto Walbridge (this is a little cross street that is right before Michigan stops being one- way). Take Walbridge 3 blocks to Frank Street. Turn right on Frank St. and park. The SPMI state office is the large grayish warehouse on the corner and the buzzer is #3. A map and directions directly from your starting point can be obtained by going to mapquest.com or maps.yahoo.com.

Click Here to Download Our Flyer for the SPMI Socialism On Trial Class Series for Printing and Distribution

Nov 15

SPMI Voter Outreach Mobilization Saturday November 19th

The Socialist Party of Michigan will be holding its second Voter Outreach mobilization on Saturday November 19th in which we will hand out copies of our Voter Outreach flyer to residents in one of the districts in Detroit with the highest vote totals for Socialist and Green candidates in the 2004 elections. We will be meeting at 2:00PM at the McDonalds at the Southwest Corner of E. Seven Mile Rd. and Gratiot Ave. in Detroit.

Copies of the Voter Outreach flyer will be available for all members to hand out when they arrive. If you’d like to bring your own copies, you can download the flyer for printing by clicking hereBelow are directions to the meeting place for the event from Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. For road closing information, visit the Michigan Department of Transportation website or contact them by phone at: 1-248-483-5208. Directions directly from your starting point can be obtained by going to mapquest.com and typing “Gratiot Ave. and E 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48205” as the destination.

From Flint:
1: Start out going SOUTHEAST on S SAGINAW ST toward
MI-21 E/W 5TH ST.
2: Turn LEFT onto E 5TH ST/MI-21 E.
3: Merge onto I-475 S/UAW FWY.
4: I-475 S/UAW FWY becomes I-75 S.
5: Take the M-102 exit- EXIT 59- toward 8 MILE ROAD.
6: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto S CHRYSLER DR.
7: S CHRYSLER DR becomes CHRYSLER FWY.
8: Turn LEFT onto 8 MILE RD E. 5.5 miles
9: Turn RIGHT onto SCHOENHERR ST. 0.9 miles
10: Turn LEFT onto 7 MILE RD E. 0.3 miles
11: End at Gratiot Ave & E 7 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48205, US

From Ann Arbor/Kalamazoo:

1: Take I-94 East to the M-3/GRATIOT AVE exit- EXIT
219.
2: Turn RIGHT onto GRATIOT AVE/MI-3. 3.3 miles
3: End at Gratiot Ave & E 7 Mile Rd

From Lansing:
1: Start out going SOUTH on TOWNSEND ST toward W
WASHTENAW ST.
2: Turn RIGHT onto W ST JOSEPH ST.
3: Turn LEFT onto S WALNUT ST.
4: Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST.
5: Merge onto I-496 E via the ramp on the LEFT.
6: I-496 E becomes US-127 S.
7: Merge onto I-96 E via the exit on the LEFT toward
DETROIT.
8: Merge onto I-696 E/WALTER P REUTHER FWY via EXIT
163 on the LEFT toward PORT HURON.
9: Take EXIT 27 toward M-3/GRATIOT AVE.
10: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto E 11 MILE RD.
11: Turn RIGHT onto GRATIOT AVE/MI-3 S.
12: End at Gratiot Ave & E 7 Mile Rd

All SPMI members are strongly encouraged to participate in this important event!