Mar 25

Drop All Charges Against SPMI State Organizer Raph Thurin and the Rest of the Lansing Thirteen!

Drop All Charges Against SPMI State Organizer Raph Thurin and the Rest of the Lansing Thirteen!

On March 16, SPMI State Organizer Raph Thurin, along with 12 other demonstrators from around the state, were arrested during a mass protest at the Michigan Capitol against the Snyder regime’s intertwined budget and receivership bills, which slash state funding to cities and schools, raise taxes for the elderly and the working poor, provide a $1.7 billion dollar tax cut to corporations, and allow the Governor to place unelected “emergency financial managers” (EFM’s) in absolute control of cities, counties, and school districts across Michigan, with full power to dissolve both union contracts and elected local governments.

All thirteen protesters were arrested during an attempt by the Capitol Post Police to clear the Capitol grounds, during the very same evening hours that Snyder chose to sign the EFM bill into law. As a consequence of their refusal to provide Snyder with the opportunity to formally and ceremoniously effectuate this sweeping assault on democratic rights amid the backdrop of surrounding protests concluding into abeyance, all thirteen arrested protesters now face trespassing charges, stiff fines, and potential jail time. Please help them by calling, faxing, and/or emailing the offices of Gov. Snyder and the prosecuting attorney to demand that all charges against protesters arrested on March 16 be immediately dropped!…

Contact:Governor Snyder:
Email: Rick.Snyder @
Phone: (517) 373-3400 or (517) 335-7858
FAX: (517) 335-6863

Contact Prosecuting Attorney Stuart Dunnings
Email: sdunnings @
Phone: (517) 483-6108

Also, please help show your support by packing the Lansing 54-A Courtroom for the Lansing Thirteen members’ arraignment at 9:30 a.m. on March 30!:

Lansing 54 A District Court
124 West Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48933 (map).

See also: SPMI statement on the 2011 Snyder-Dillon Crackdown

Feb 18

SPMI Fields Candidate in May 3rd, 2011 Grand Blanc School Board Election

The Socialist Party Party of Michigan has endorsed the campaign of SPMI member Peter Ponzetti III, who is running on the applicable planks of the SPMI Platform’s “21st-Century Educational System” section for a seat on the Grand Blanc Board of Education. Upon submitting the requisite number of voter signatures by the February 8th, 2011 deadline, Ponzetti was among three candidates, running for the non-partisan elected seat, to qualify for the upcoming May 3rd, 2011 election ballot. Ponzetti subsequently obtained the SPMI’s official endorsement of his current campaign at the Party’s most recently held state membership meeting on February 12th in Kalamazoo.

The Grand Blanc Board of Education is composed of seven members, residing in the Grand Blanc Community Schools district, who are each elected to four year terms. The district encompasses the Genesee County city and township of Grand Blanc, as well as portions of the surrounding cities and townships of Atlas, Burton, Flint, Holly and Mundy within southern Genesee and northern Oakland counties. The official website of the Peter Ponzetti for School Board campaign can be found at:

Feb 18

New SPMI Local/Regional Organizing Contacts List Now Added!

The Socialist Party has now expanded the “Locals” page of the SPMI website to additionally include a list of officially designated local/regional organizing committees and contacts for various sections of the state. While seeking to facilitate greater coordination and communication among SPMI members living in areas in which no SPMI local is presently chartered, the primary goal of this new list is to facilitate the development of new locals in each of the areas where contacts are regional organizing committees are presently listed.

In addition to the SPMI’s presently chartered Detroit Socialist Party local, whose jurisdiction encompasses the three Metro Detroit counties of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland, the SPMI’s new “Local Branches & Contacts” page presently includes contact information for local organizing committees and volunteer local coordinating contacts for the state’s, as well as the greater Ingham, Monroe, and Washtenaw County areas, as well as the state’s southwest Michigan and western upper peninsula regions. We are also currently in contact with SPMI members residing in the state’s Flint/Tri-Cities, Eastern Upper Peninsula, Northern Lower Peninsula, and Thumb regions, with the corresponding aim of establishing and listing local organizing committees and contacts for each of those regions very soon. The SPMI ‘Chartered Locals & Regional Contacts’ page can be found under the “About Us” heading within the SPMI website’s left-hand sidebar, or by clicking here

Jan 25

National Day of Action to Oppose FBI and Grand Jury Repression: Tuesday Jan. 25th

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, join members of the Socialist Party in protesting the U.S. government’s recent and ongoing crackdown on left-wing and anti-war activists around the country!

Ann Arbor – Federal Building
200 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (map)
(Liberty St. and 5th Ave.)

Detroit- McNamara Federal Building
477 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226 (map)
(Michigan Ave. and Cass Ave.)

Kalamazoo – Federal Building
410 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (map)
(W. Michigan Ave. and Park St.)

No to FBI Raids! Yes to Political Freedom!

Socialist Party USA Statement – Sept. 28th, 2010

The long tradition of US government suppression of left-wing activists was re-activated during the recent FBI raids on the homes of activists in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and North Carolina. Government agents targeted activists in groups such as the Minneapolis-based Anti-War Committee, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Students for a Democratic Society. The raids are designed to criminalize anti-war activism at a time when speaking against US military aggression is more politically necessary than ever. As socialists, we condemn these governmental actions and stand in solidarity with our fellow activists by calling for the return of the materials taken from them, an end to all raids and, eventually, the dismantling of the US security state…

A disgraceful tradition of governmental suppression of political activists is woven into US history. This history of repression begins in the early 20th century with the Palmer Raids that led to arrest and deportation of left-wing activists. This was followed, in the 1950s, by the infamous McCarthy period in which Communists and Socialists were red baited out of government and private employment. The violence was escalated in the 1960s and 70s during the COINTELPRO program that targeted left-wing groups such as the Black Panthers and led to several high-profile political assassinations.

Although the governmental repression following the attacks of September 11, 2001 did not target the left, it did serve to massively expand the security state. Today, more than 800,000 people are employed by the government to spy on, track and investigate. It is widely believed that the recent raids are the result of a “fishing expedition” by one or multiple parts of this expanded repressive apparatus. Taken together with the continued undercover governmental disruptions of large-scale protests such as the G20 demonstration in Pittsburgh, these raids
represent the increasing disruption of civil liberties.

We say in a clear voice that peace and other political activism are not crimes. Being politically active is, instead, the duty of all people interested in living in a democratic society. It is not enough to have rights on paper. We must have the ability to exercise them without repression.

The solution to the raids and the security state is the creation of a broad movement that demands not only the defense of civil rights, but also their expansion in order to guarantee political freedom for all. Socialists should be at the front of this movement because we have learned that democracy is vital to the creation and
operation of a socialist society.

We stand by the words of the founders of our organization who argued, “Nothing is more revolutionary than freedom.”

NO to the FBI Raids!
Yes to Political Freedom!
End the Wars and Occupations! Dismantle the Security State!

Jan 15

Join the Socialist Contingent at the 2011 MLK Day March for Jobs, Peace, and Justice in Detroit!

Join members of the Socialist Party of Michigan and Detroit Socialist Party in marching with the socialist contingent at this year’s annual ‘Martin Luther King Day March for Jobs, Peace, and Justice’ in Detroit.

Monday, January 17, 2011 ● 12 Noon
Central United Methodist Church
23 East Adams St. (at Woodward), Detroit ( By Comerica Park )

The SP endorsed call for a socialist contingent at this year’s march can be found here
The Socialist Party’s MLK Day leaflet can be downloaded by clicking here