Apr 26

NO SURRENDER TO THE BANKS-BACKED COUP FOR CITYWIDE FORECLOSURE!

detriseup1Socialist Party USA Metro Detroit Local Statement on the “Emergency Manager” Takeover of Detroit.

The Socialist Party of Metro Detroit expresses its staunchest opposition to the state-imposed suspension of elected governance of the city of Detroit, and likewise reaffirms its demand for the immediate restoration of elective home rule to each of the numerous other cities and school districts within and beyond Metro Detroit now operating under the unilaterally-held control of state-installed “Emergency Manager” fiefdoms.
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Mar 17

Kilpatrick Conviction: A Reminder Of Neoliberal Corruption

On March 11, 20kwamecuffed13, Detroit offered a not so subtle peek into a future that should be avoided at all costs. Former Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on multiple charges of fraud and racketeering for doling out no-bid contracts in exchange for kickbacks. This is not just a moral failing of Kilpatrick nor just business as usual in Detroit, a city that has been circling the drain for decades nor is it a powerful message that will curtail future corruption. Shakedowns, racketeering and extortion are standard practice in a neoliberal state.
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Nov 15

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

A statement from the Socialist Party USA

Image from Jewish Voice for Peace http://www.jvpchicago.org/resources/brief-history

(passed by the SP-USA National Convention 2011)

The SP-USA supports the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) on Israel. The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.

In view of this continued failure, Palestinian civil society called for a global citizens’ response. On July 9 2005, a year after the International Court of Justice’s historic advisory opinion on the illegality of Israel’s Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), a clear majority of Palestinian civil society called upon their counterparts and people of conscience all over the world to launch broad boycotts, implement divestment initiatives, and to demand sanctions against Israel, until Palestinian rights are recognized in full compliance with international law.

The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:

Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall; Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. The BDS call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organizations, trade unions and movements. The signatories represent the refugees, Palestinians in the OPT, and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Oct 20

VOTE SOCIALIST IN 2012!

2012 Socialist Party of Michigan Candidates

Stewart Alexander for President –
Alex Mendoza for Vice President
(website) (facebook)

(Qualified for Statewide Presidential Write-In Status*)

Dwain Reynolds, III for State Board of Education
(website) (facebook)

(Ballot qualified through the Green ballot label**)

John Daniel Longhurst for State Representative
(106th dist. – northeastern L.P)
(website) (facebook)

(Ballot qualified through the Green ballot label**)

Sean Haggard for State Representative
(54th dist. – Ypsilanti & Ypsi./Superior Twps.)

(Qualified for Write-in Candidate Status)

SPMI 2012 State Platform

Socialist Party Campaign Clearinghouse

* In accordance with the ticket’s certified write-in status in Michigan’s 2012 General Election, all presidential write-in votes cast for “Stewart Alexander” will be officially counted as votes for the Alexander/Mendoza ticket. Therefore it is only necessary to write-in Stewart Alexander’s name on the Michigan ballot in order to cast a vote for the ticket and its certified slate of Michigan presidential electors.

** Due to the Michigan Secretary of State’s refusal to recognize the ballot status applicability of the Socialist Party of Michigan’s nomination certificates, the candidacies of Dwain Reynolds and John Longhurst will be listed on the Michigan ballot under the partisan label of the Green Party of Michigan whose dual party nomination they each additionally received.

SPMI Statewide Ballot Proposal Voting Recommendations:

Repeal the “Emergency Manager” Dictatorship Law: Vote NO on Proposal One (12-1) (SPMI Statement).

Defend Collective Bargaining Rights: Vote YES on Proposals Two and Four (12-2 & 12-4).

Support Renewable Energy: Vote YES on Proposal Three (12-3).

Oppose the Billionaire Fortune Preservation Scheme Amendments: Vote NO on Proposals Five and Six (12-5 & 12-6).