Jan 22

State of the Union: SPUSA Response

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by SPUSA Co-Chair Stephanie Cholensky

The political theater of a State of the Union Address, while certainly absurd in its disconnect with the struggle of the people,  does serve as a reminder of our commitment to democratic socialism. While we are not insensitive to the impact, undoubtedly temporary in a two-party capitalist system, that incremental reform may have for the working class, the Socialist Party USA continues its fight for a revolutionary change impervious to market fluctuations and two-party politics.  A question frequently asked is: “What would the United States look if the Socialist Party USA Platform was adopted?”  Here is a small sample highlighting what the people could expect:

  • A minimum wage of $15 per hour, indexed to the cost of living.
  • A full employment policy and the provision of a livable guaranteed annual income.
  • Comparable worth laws and affirmative action for women.
  • A steeply graduated income tax and a steeply graduated estate tax, and a maximum income of no more than ten times the minimum as well as an end to regressive taxes such as payroll tax, sales tax, and property taxes.
  • The restoration of the capital gains tax and luxury tax on a progressive, graduated scale.
  •  The closing of all U.S. military facilities at home and abroad that train foreign military and paramilitary personnel.
  • An end to the U.S. occupation of the province of Guantanamo, Cuba.
  • An end to all U.S. aid to Israel, as a precondition for peace.
  • Reparations from the federal government for its role in the slave trade and the genocide of Native American nations, with the reparations programs administered by the oppressed communities themselves.
  • The end of all anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBTQ) restrictions in law and the work place, the repeal of all sodomy laws, and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
  • The forgiveness of all outstanding federal student loans.
  • Full and equal funding of public education;  the restoration of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including art, music, world languages, and physical education; an end to all public funding of private schools; and free tuition and full-time teachers with full benefits (not “adjuncts”) at the post-secondary level.
  • Public child care starting from infancy, and public education starting at age three, with caregivers and teachers of young children receiving training, wages, and benefits comparable to that of teachers at every other level of the educational system.
  • A socialized health care system based on universal coverage, salaried doctors and health care workers, and revenues derived from a steeply graduated income tax.
  • The prosecution of the criminal activities of politicians, corporate managers, and other privileged individuals, rather than the over-emphasis on minor infractions by working class people and for a sliding scale of fines based on income.
  • The decriminalization of drug use and the regulation of narcotics by doctors through the use of prescriptions rather than by the criminal justice system.
  • The development of alternative energy sources including solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomass to end dependence on fossil fuels.

President Obama is eloquent and articulate. He is well aware that a masterful spin job is vital to maintaining the capitalist status quo. Truth is the enemy of our elected officials, an enemy that is becoming increasingly apparent in the day of information-sharing.  We stand to highlight that truth, and to use that truth to defeat the oppressive and brutal capitalist system and implement a humane system, a just system, a peaceful system, a democratic socialist system.

Dec 11

Socialist Sunday in Ypsilanti

whittaker_locationThe next state membership meeting of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held in Ypsilanti at the Whittaker Library at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.

The library is located at at 5577 Whittaker Road.

SPMI members have full voting, motioning, and proposal-making rights at all SPMI state membership meetings.

The meeting is open to interested public observers, and members are encouraged to bring along guests.

Join us at the Tap Room after the meeting.  Meet other socialists and radical leftists over a drink and a bite to eat.

The Tap Room is located just a few minutes away from the library at 201 West Michigan Avenue.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Oct 11

Socialist Party Billboard on I-75

billboardphoto2Throughout the month of October drivers heading along northbound I-75 into Detroit will see the the Socialist Party of Michigan billboard pictured to the left. The billboard is located on the east side of the freeway between the Outer Dr. and M-39/Southfield Rd. exit points (42°15’38.1″N 83°10’41.2″W) . Many thanks to all those who contributed to putting this billboard on display!

Sep 29

Vote Adam Adrianson for Michigan State University Trustee!

The adamheadshotSocialist Party of Michigan has nominated SPMI State Chairperson Adam Adrianson for Michigan State University Board of Trustees in the November 6, 2014 General Election.

Due to the Michigan Secretary of State’s continuing exclusion of the Socialist Party from being listed on the Michigan ballot, Adam will be listed on the November ballot with the Green Party of Michigan ballot label, while running and campaigning on behalf of both dually nominating parties.

Apr 21

New Marquette County Party Local Chartered

Following a five-year periodmarquette since a Socialist Party Local was last organized in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Party has officially rechartered the Socialist Party of Marquette. The Local is now holding regular meetings in the Marquette County area and looks forward to recruiting an expanding base of new local members to become involved. Contact information for the newly chartered Local can be found here.