Jul 04

Picket Wendy’s in Support of Farmworkers’ Human Rights, July 23, 2017 in East Lansing

When: Sunday, July, 23 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Wendy’s – 1000 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)

In conjunction with the Socialist Party USA’s Labor & Living Wage Campaign, the Socialist Party of Michigan will be cwendysonducting an hour-length informational picket in front of the East Lansing Wendy’s restaurant to demand that Wendy’s join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers‘ (CIW) Fair Food Program, which provides worker-led oversight of wages and working conditions for the thousands of tomato pickers supplying the fast food industry. All supporters of farmworkers’ human rights are welcome and encouraged to come out and join us for this action!

From boycott-wendys.org:

Wendy’s has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy’s took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. …. Wendy’s stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country to refuse to join the FFP.

Following the Wendy’s demonstration, the Socialist Party of Michigan will be holding its quarterly state meeting at 2:30 pm at the Michigan Avenue Biggby Coffee – 500 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 (map). As with the demonstration, we welcome all interested members of the public to attend.

Mar 30

Socialist Party of Michigan 2017 State Convention


When:  Saturdaeverybodyreadsy April 15, 2017, 11 am – 6 pm

At:  Everybody Reads bookstore (Community Rm.),
2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912

–And Online via Zoom Video Conference at this link 

The 2017 State Convention of the Socialist Party of Michigan will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 11 am to 6 pm, in the Community Room of the Everybody Reads bookstore in Lansing. Additionally, we will be connecting the Convention with an online Zoom video conference so as to enable members who cannot physically make it to Lansing to attend and participate remotely.

In order to facilitate cohesion with the video conference; members attending in
person are encouraged to bring a laptop or web-connectable mobile device if conveniently available. However, having such an individually connected device is by no means essential. Free Wi-Fi network access will be available at the Convention, as well as mobile hotspots if needed.

The Zoom video conference for the convention can be accessed from any Web-accessible computer or Android/Apple mobile device simply by entering the above-listed Zoom conference URL in your Web browser, or entering the following Meeting ID into the Zoom client or app 698-212-794. In the event that you do not have a functioning microphone or speakers on your computer/device, you can supplement your video connection with audio from any phone by dialing (408) 638-0968 and entering the above-noted Meeting ID when prompted.

The State Convention is the highest ranking meeting body of the Socialist Party of Michigan and is empowered to amend the SPMI State Bylaws and State Platform, adopt, amend, and rescind State Convention resolutions, elect the SPMI’s State Executive Committee officers, and elect the SPMI’s delegates to the Socialist Party USA National Convention.

SPMI State Conventions are generally held only once every two years – with the aim of full state party membership participation. All SPMI members from around the state are therefore strongly urged and expected to attend. There is no fee for participating in the Convention, and voting credentials are automatically accorded to all Michigan SPUSA members in good standing. Non-member observers are also welcome to attend.

Sep 30

Socialist Party Vice Presidential Candidate to Speak in Kalamazoo

We have been lied to for decades. we have been manipulated. There really is enough for everyone on this planet. We really don’t have to compete with one another or step on one another to get ahead. What happens to the system when we don’t play the game? We can make space for those who need it, and fight for the end of capitalism and imperialism.” 
– Angela Walker

FOR IMMEDIATE angelakzoopicRELEASE
September 29, 2016

Contact: Jacquis Robertson
Socialist Party of Michigan
269.569.9337
jacquis.o.robertson@gmail.com
www.spmichigan.org

KALAMAZOO – Socialist Party USA Vice Presidential Candidate Angela Nicole Walker will be speaking at Kalamazoo’s beloved Fire Historical and Collective Arts Collaborative on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  ​(1249 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001). Walker will discuss the intersectionality of class, racism, and sexism and the solutions Socialism provides to those issues.

Walker and presidential running mate Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik were nominated at the Socialist Party’s national convention in October 2015. Since then they have been having conversations with voters across the country. With interest in socialism growing nationwide, Soltysik and Walker have been able to harness that energy and manifest a powerful collective using social media and events such as the one upcoming on October 1.  The ticket will be listed on Michigan’s November presidential election ballot through the qualified ballot line of Michigan’s Natural Law Party.

Walker is also well known for running for the office of Sheriff in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin on a socialist platform in 2014. As an independent socialist candidate, she was able to receive 21% of the vote against incumbent Democrat David A. Clarke, Jr.

More information on Soltysik/Walker presidential campaign can be found at www.rev16.us and www.facebook.com/rev2016

About the Socialist Party USA: The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places peoples’ lives under their own control – a non-racist, non-heterosexist, classless, feminist, socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution, through democratically controlled committees and assemblies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future – to a real radical democracy from below.

The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We advocate militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist-controlled two party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic social revolutions — radical and fundamental changes in the structure of economic, political and social relations — to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control the economy and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members.

Sep 13

Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Visiting Ann Arbor & Flint Sept. 14th & 15th

“Honesty, integrity, love, compassion, and a revolutionary spirit will carry us through the struggle. We’re going to stand in solidarity with each other as we face capitalism, prepared to destroy its incredible oppression and destruction. We learn and grow from each setback. Our determination in the face of incredible odds is fierce. Together, we cannot be defeated.” –Mimi Soltysik

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016

Socialist Party of Michigan
Phone: (313) 437-2865
Email:  spmi@spmichigan.org
Web: www.spmichigan.org

mimispeech1ANN ARBOR/FLINT – Socialist Party USA Presidential candidate Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik will be conducting a public speaking session at the University of Michigan’s Mason Hall (Rm. 3356) on September 14, 2016 at 6:00PM. Soltysik will be speaking and taking questions on his presidential campaign and vision for revolutionary democratic socialist alternatives.

On the following date of September 15, Soltysik will be taking part in the Independent and Third Party Presidential Candidates Forum being held at the Mott Community College Event Center in Flint. The debate-style forum will be held from 3:00PM to 6:00PM, with doors open at 2:00. Both the Ann Arbor and Flint events are free to attend for all interested members of the public.

Soltysik and running mate Angela Nicole Walker have been running for President and VP since October 2015 when they were nominated at Socialist Party USA’s National Convention. They will be listed on Michigan’s November ballot through the qualified ballot line of Michigan’s Natural Law Party.

With interest in socialism steadily rising amid declining faith in the two-party system, Soltysik and Walker have been able to harness that energy. Through the use of social-media they have been able to manifest a powerful collective. Soltysik has been featured in the likes of VICE, Univision, CNBC and the Los Angeles Times.

More information on the presidential campaign of Mimi Soltysik and Angela Walker can be found at: www.rev16.us and at facebook.com/rev2016.

About the Socialist Party USA: The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places peoples’ lives under their own control – a non-racist, non-heterosexist, classless, feminist, socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution, through democratically controlled committees and assemblies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future – to a real radical democracy from below.

The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We advocate militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist-controlled two party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic social revolutions — radical and fundamental changes in the structure of economic, political and social relations — to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control the economy and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members.