Delegates attending the April 13 Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) State Convention will get the opportunity to vote on proposed changes to the state party bylaws. Greg Stempfle was named chair of the 2019 LPM Bylaws Committee by the LEC at their January meeting and is assembling a committee consisting of a representative of each affiliate. Stempfle previously chaired the special bylaws committee in 2016 that was formed when the LPM became a primary qualified party for the 2017-2018 election cycle and needed to bring the bylaws up to date with Michigan election law.
"This will be a unique year for us as we transition from being a primary qualified party back to a minor party. Additionally, I feel that if Trump runs for re-election in 2020, there is a good possibility that our Presidential candidate will earn enough votes for us to re-qualify for the 2022 primary," Stempfle said.
Our current state party bylaws address both years in which we are either a primary qualified party or a minor party, so no changes are required despite losing our primary party status. However, some of the changes that were made two years ago may be worth revisiting as are other issues that have arisen over the course of the last election cycle.
Members of the committee will discuss proposed changes to the bylaws over email throughout March and hold a zoom video conference meeting before the state convention to vote on our recommendations. The date, time, and log in information to the zoom video conference will be made available upon request. A bylaws committee report will be made available to delegates and members at least five days in advance of the convention.
Any member of the LPM may submit proposed changes to the bylaws. The current state party bylaws can be found here:
To submit a proposal or request zoom videoconference login information, please email Greg Stempfle at email@example.com.
Detroit, MI - Forty countries have banned a video ( https://youtu.be/q-8E1d9GofI) of a Jewish gun activist within hours of it being uploaded to YouTube. The message doesn't display any explicit or graphic content. The half-hour video is of a speech by the late gun-rights activist Aaron Zelman who spoke at a 1997 event at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield Township. The event was sponsored and organized by the Michigan-based conceal-carry advocacy group, "Brass Roots" The group's founder; 1994 Libertarian US Senate candidate Jon Coon introduced Zelman at the beginning of the program. Zelman was the founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).
In 1994 Aaron Zelman spoke at the Libertarian Party of Michigan's Sunday morning brunch which was on the last day of the State Convention.
The video was initially restricted in the United States, but YouTube removed that restriction in response to an appeal. The domestic block included a warning that the viewer had to click on to in order to view the video.
"I was shocked that so many of these countries have such strict censorship laws." Said Brass Roots spokesperson Scotty Boman, "The list is almost exclusively countries that most Americans would consider part of the so-called free world, but they are banning a video of a person talking. He isn't even swearing. Apparently these countries are even less tolerant of political expression then those many of us think of as authoritarian."
The complete text of YouTube's notification to the administrator of the posting channel read:
Aaron Zelman, JPFO "Why the Holocaust? " has been blocked from view on the following YouTube country site(s):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Martinique, Malta, New Caledonia, Netherlands, French Polynesia, Poland, Portugal, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Reunion, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, French Southern Territories, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte
YouTube blocks content where necessary to comply with local laws. Please review our help center article on legal complaints //support.google.com/youtube/answer/3001497?hl=en.
"If nothing else this should remind people in the United States how fragile liberty is, and that eternal vigilance is the price we pay for it." Said Boman.
Brass Roots lead the conceal-carry movement in Michigan that lead to the passage of "Shall-Issue" CPL legislation. The organization is currently working to have a 4'x6' plaque made from brass casings put on permanent display in Lansing, MI.
Want to get involved in the Libertarian Party locally? With the lead up to the 2020 Presidential campaign, we need dedicated activists to help organize our local affiliate so we can make an impact on the upcoming election season. If you live in Oakland County, please attend the Libertarian Party of Oakland County 2019 Convention on March 20 at 7:30 PM at the Rusty Bucket in Bingham Farms. Convention business will include:
Oakland is allocated 22 delegates and 22 alternates. Please note that you must be a dues paying member of the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) by March 14 to be eligible.
Officers include the chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, membership director, development director, and communications director. Here is a link to the Libertarian Party of Oakland County (LPOC) bylaws which includes officer descriptions.LPOC Bylaws: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BEpj3c9D7i1bsIa4oHzJWYMku8WdNoRs
Any member of the LPOC may offer proposals and vote.
If you would like to be a delegate to the state convention (or be a county party officer) but cannot attend the county convention, please email LPOC chair Greg Stempfle, firstname.lastname@example.org, to have your name placed into nomination.