Sep 28

SPMI member heads out to New Orleans

Socialist Party members Sean White (SP New Jersey) and Sam Mesick (SP
Michigan) have joined the Emergency Broadcast System
(http://www.dominantfiction.com/EBS.html) and have just given us a call.

Sean says they have stopped in Algeres to help set up a free clinic and
drop off some supplies they brought from Northern NJ. The EBS is also
helping set up a radio station for the Houma (local native american tribe)
They are on their way to New Orleans.

Sep 03

Support the Striking Northwest Workers!

Members of the Socialist Party of Michigan have been on the picketline at the Northwest Terminal of Detroit Metro Airport to support the workers striking against Northwest Airlines. If you’d like to help support the strikers on the picketline, you can park for free at the UAW hall at 29841 Van Born Road, Romulus, MI 48174 where vans go to and from the airport picketline every hour. Click here to download the SPMI flyer for distribution to NWA strikersSocialist Party USA Labor Commission Statement on the NWA Mechanics StrikeThe Labor Commission of the Socialist Party USA is closely following the struggle of mechanics, custodians and cleaners at Northwest Airlines, and we support their decision to strike against NWA’s union-busting tactics and unreasonable demands for further job cuts. The airline industry has gone through a prolonged and massive assault on workers in the name of cutting costs. NWA’s insatiable hunger for profit has already led to 5,000 lost jobs in the last four years. Under the logic of capitalist globalization, 70% of airline maintenance contracts are now done outside of the US. Even smaller, mid-range airplanes are now being sent to El Salvador where workers are paid only a fraction of what their US counterparts earn. We stand in solidarity with the workers of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association and oppose the drive by Northwest, and other airlines, to smash unions by cutting jobs, pay, and pensions. We call on the pilots, flight attendants, machinists and all airline industry workers to honor the mechanics’ picket lines and stand united against the airline’s attacks on good jobs. Furthermore, we support efforts to bring together the 15 airline industry unions to better coordinate the mutual aide and protection of workers against their common employers.

As the Socialist Party Labor Commission, we are committed to building broad-based community support for the welfare of the working class, making real the slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all.”

We encourage our members and friends to:
1) send a letter of support to the AMFA fax at 603-527-9151or email LAN_EMAIL_SUBS
2) If Northwest flies to your local airport, head down to the Northwest terminal and join strikers on the picket line. Bring snacks, water, and picket signs.
3) If you’re a union member, get your local union or Jobs with Justice chapter to support the strikers. Bring other activists out to the line with you and encourage your union to pass a resolution supporting the strikers.
4) Solidarity is especially needed near NWA hubs in Detroit, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. If you live near Detroit, we encourage you to get involved with building community support by contacting Chris Kutalik of Labor Notes at LAN_EMAIL_SUBS.

Aug 11

SPMI Voter Outreach Event Saturday August 27th

The Socialist Party of Michigan will be holding our Voter Outreach mobilization on Saturday August 27th 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 12:00PM 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 hereFor road closing information, visit the Michigan
Department of Transportation website
a week before the 27th or contact them by phone at: 1-248-483-5208. Directions directly from your starting point can be obtained by going to Mapquest and typing “Gratiot Ave. and E 7 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48205” as the destination. All SPMI members are strongly encouraged to participate in this important event!

Below are directions, from Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, and Lansing.

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.
9: Turn RIGHT onto SCHOENHERR ST.
10: Turn LEFT onto 7 MILE RD E.
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: 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
Detroit, MI 48205, US

May 31

SPMI State Convention June 18th-19th

The Socialist Party of Michigan 2005 State Convention will be held on Saturday June 18th through Sunday June 19th at the headquarters of the Kalamazoo Socialist Party. The Convention will include amendments to the SPMI By-Laws, state resolutions, SPMI proposals to the 2005 Socialist Party National Convention, electing officers to the SPMI State Executive Committee, electing SPMI delegates to the 2005 National Convention, and general discussion on party tasks. The State Convention will begin at 10:00AM on Saturday and last until 8:00PM. The Convention will reconvene on Sunday at 10:00AM and last until the early evening. Convention attendees are welcome to stay overnight at the Kalamazoo Socialist Party headquarters on both Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th. Convention attendees who plan on staying overnight should bring a pillow and blanket or sleeping bag.

There is no fee to attend the Convention or stay the night, but donations are encouraged to help cover costs. Socialist Party USA national dues must be less than six months in arrears in order to vote or make motions at the Convention. If your national dues will have lapsed over six months past their expiration date by June 18th, you can renew at the Convention or beforehand by mail to the SPMI or SP-USA. The Kalamazoo Socialist Party headquarters is within a short distance from numerous local restaurants and bars, and bathrooms are available at the convention site. On Saturday evening there will be an SPMI Convention potluck and all Convention attendees are welcome to bring a dish.

The Convention is open to the public and all those interested are encouraged to attend. For directions email spmi @ spmichigan.org or call (269) 598-0534

Aug 06

Brown-Herbert on the Natural Law ballot line

Friday, August 06, 2004In a surprise move that even caught members of his own party off guard, Walt Brown, Socialist candidate for president, was nominated by the Natural Law Party of Michigan to be its candidate on the November ballot.

Brown, along with his vice-presidential candidate, Mary-Alice Herbert, were nominated by the NLP State Convention last week, and have already accepted the nomination.

Originally, the Brown-Herbert ticket was only going to appear on the ballot as official write-in candidates, but since the NLP had not nominated anyone for their top spot, the campaign contacted the party and quickly secured the ballot line.

This will be the first time Socialist presidential candidates have appeared on the Michigan ballot since 1972, when the SP-endorsed campaign of Benjamin Spock was on the ballot as the Human Rights Party.

But Brown and Herbert are not the only Socialist candidates running for election. Three members of the Socialist Party are also running as candidates of the Green Party.

— Ben Burgis, a resident of East Lansing and a graduate student at Western Michigan University, is running for Mich. State University Board of Trustees.

— Lisa Weltman, a resident of Detroit and a part-time instructor at Mott Community College, is running for U.S. Congress in the 14th District.

— Lloyd Clark, a resident of Essexville and a disabled worker, is running for Bay County Commission in the 2nd District.