May 2021

Volume 50:05

In This Issue:

Convention Updates

Please note that the LEC has extended the deadline to nominate people for Defender of Liberty Awards to June 1st and a the Editor added a tentative speaker list to the article, "State Convention June 26-27 at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant."

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Marvin "Marvin" Surowitz August 10th, 1941 - April 16th, 2021

By Scotty Boman, Editor

Marvin Surowitz at the 2010 Detroit Liberation Day. May 1. Photo by Scotty Boman.
Marvin Surowitz at the 2010 Detroit Liberation Day. May 1. Photo by Scotty Boman.

On Friday April 16th Michigan freedom activists lost a friend: Marvin Surowitz (AKA Marvin-Marvin). In 2000 he was the Libertarian Candidate for the University of Michigan Board of Regents, and before getting involved with the Libertarian Party he was a Democratic candidate for State Representative (District 26 in 1984). While he only ran for office under the Libertarian Party banner once, he was supportive of the Libertarian Party and many of its candidates.

Marvin was outspoken on a number of issues, dear to Libertarians, but the most obvious one was cannabis legalization. He probably attended every single Hash Bash and spoke at most of them. He was also an organizer for NORML. Even though he was only balloted as a Democrat and then as a Libertarian, the party he most identified with was the PARTIE Party. He never got it on the ballot but, like many of his projects, it took on a life of its own and it was core to his love for recreational politics.

His political science classes would feature guest speakers from a variety of different movements and affiliations. I had the honor of being a guest speaker in a couple of his classes.


His daughter, Molly, posted this about him...

Professor Marvin Marvin of the Partie Party (People's Alliance To Reform Transform and Improve Everything) whose projects included the Earth Community-You're Already a Part of It, The Earth Center, The Forrer House, and Temples of the Holy Smoke, just to name a few, left us for a big old party in the sky yesterday. He impacted so many lives with his vision, love and playfulness. May his memory be a blessing to us all. We will be holding a celebration of his life and legacy in August in Detroit, with concerts and speakers, on what would have been his 80th birthday. He always wanted it to be a global holiday...he thought big. He will be buried on 4.20, in a fitting Green Jewish burial. We loved you madly Mad Marvin.

In addition to having a daughter, he was husband to Edith Winter, grandfather of Jeremiah and Joshua Horton, and brother of Arnold (Rebecca) Surowitz. But his family was much larger than this; he treated everyone like family. While many people seem to put on different faces at different places, Marvin ignored those boundaries. He was always the same fun-loving, and out-spoken person wherever he went.

Personal Reflections on Marvin Surowitz

I believe I first met Marvin in the late 1980's at a Community Concert Series, in Detroit. These were open mic events where anyone with a song to play, poem to read, or skit to perform could take the stage. The crowd was an interesting mix of hippies, punks, and anyone else who didn't seem to fall into the mainstream... and Marvin fit right in. My first impression was that he was a a flamboyant hippie with no hair. Of course these are simplistic categories that don't really tell the whole story, and Marvin was better at defining himself than being defined.

He was well known in Detroit's Cass Corridor (That's what they called it before it was called "Midtown"). The Community Concert Series was frequently held in a music school that used to be a funeral home (The one where Harry Houdini was embalmed). While he frequently attended the Concert Series, he had a project of his own called "Earth Community." The Earth Community House looked more like a castle and was also in the Wayne State area. While he was deeply concerned about social causes, he always made sure everyone was having fun. It wasn't until reading his obituary that I learned that he once studied with R. Buckminster Fuller, author of "Spaceship Earth." In hindsight, I believe Fuller may have inspired the slogan he adopted for Earth Community, "You're already a part of it." Just as we are all passengers on Spaceship Earth.

He organized some of the first Erotic Poetry Festivals. These events become an annual Detroit tradition, and this was the first year we didn't have one (Due to COVID-19). I have read at these events since first taking the stage around 1990.

A Moment in History

Perhaps one of my fondest memories of Marvin was when we took a road trip to an event called the "Roach Roast" at Rainbow Farms. If it wasn't for Marvin's invitation I would never have experienced it. It was like a scaled down version of Woodstock in Michigan. Naturally Marvin was one of the speakers. We ran into plenty of common friends and made some new friends there. Two of them were Rainbow Farms Founders Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm. A year later Crosslin posthumously received the 2001 Promoter of Liberty Award after an FBI sniper assassinated he and Rohm that Labor Day, during a siege of the property, after they refused to capitulate to asset forfeiture laws. Fortunately, Marvin and I left the 2000 event safely with no idea that tragedy would strike a year later.

Marvin will continue to be missed, loved and remembered. Also, there will likely be a large celebration of his life close to his 80th** Birthday in August.

* I always thought he was at least 10 years younger than that.

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Libertarian Candidates: Organizing Media and Internet Campaigns

Donna Gundle-Krieg, Mancelona Township Trustee

Libertarian Candidates should organize media and internet Campaigns.
Libertarian Candidates should organize media and internet Campaigns.

This is the fourth in a series of articles about "How to Get Elected as a Libertarian." This article focuses on how to effectively use media and social media in your campaign.

In summary, having effective and organized media campaigns is extremely important for Libertarian Candidates who are running for public office. Remember, your job as a candidate is to convince voters to know, like, and trust you. Obviously, you can't meet every voter in person, so you need to use the tools that allow you to communicate with them.

Websites, social media, and traditional media are separate but related areas. You should be active on all these media throughout your entire campaign.

Website for Libertarian Candidates

It is important to have an easy way for people to find you on the internet. Having a website is the first step. It 's also good to be able to send your website address to the media.

Your website doesn 't have to be fancy or expensive. GoDaddy is a great place to start, as you can buy your domain name there, and also create your website. You can also create a free website on websites such as Wix.

Of course, the more extensive the website, the better. However, at the very least, your main page should have contact information and information about your background, and why citizens should vote for you.

Ideally your domain name would include your name and position, so that google picks it up. The text throughout your website should include any phrases that your voters might search for on google.

Having one good webpage at an early point in the campaign is more important than taking extra time to build and launch an extensive website. You can add webpages as your campaign progresses, or even add sections such as "events" or "issues." These website pages about issues and events can then be promoted on social media.

Libertarian Candidates on Social Media

Always remember that voters are watching you on your social media, even on your personal pages. It is important to always present the image of a professional person who the voters can relate to.

You can promote your campaign by providing information and statements on your personal pages, whether Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or anywhere else you will find voters. Just don 't overdo it, and be sure you continue to have posts which are not about your campaign. Also, it is always important to show interest in others. Respond to any questions or comments, and engage them in conversations on their page. Social media is two-way. Don 't just use the media to promote yourself!

Neighborhood websites or neighborhood "pages" are also excellent places to introduce yourself to voters. Just be careful not to take over any of these pages, and post according to the rules of the administrators.

The best way I have found to reach voters is to create a separate Facebook page for your candidacy. This allows you to pay a very reasonable rate to reach people outside your circle. Again, the title of the page should include your name and the position. Include links to your website, pictures of you, and information about your candidacy. Build your audience by posting daily. Again, mix news about your stances and candidacy with human interest pictures and stories about the area, meetings, issues, etc.

Invite all your friends to like your candidate page, and tell everyone on your other social media about the new page.

Paying to Promote Content

Last but not least, not many people will see your page unless you pay to promote your posts. It is very cost effective to pay for Facebook ads, as they are a fraction of the cost of other media. You have to jump through Facebook 's hoops to be approved as an advertiser. However, once you are approved, for just a few dollars you can target people in your area and make sure that they see your messages.

Traditional Media Campaign

Even if you have a website and social media, it is important to have a traditional media campaign. Even if you don 't read a newspaper, many voters still do, particularly senior citizens who vote at a high rate. The same is true for traditional radio and television stations.

Start by making a complete list of all newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations in the area that you are targeting. Most of these media have websites with contact information, and some even have a special email address where you can send press releases. Add each of these email addresses to your list.

Announcing Libertarian Campaigns

Start out by writing an announcement about your campaign, combined with a decent professional picture. Also, include your website and social media addresses. Email the announcement and picture to each person on your media list. Take the time to write each email personally, rather than copying or blind copying each person.

Each week, think of a newsworthy event and send it to each person on the list. This could be information about events you are attending, things you are doing for the community, or statements that you make about issues in your area.

In summary, while campaigning as a Libertarian, it is vital to use the internet and traditional media to build your presence in the community.

As an elected Libertarian for a Township Trustee in a small rural northern Michigan town, I believe that the Libertarian Party of Michigan should recruit as many qualified, freedom loving candidates as possible to run for similar local roles across the state.

The topic next month will be about political signs. I welcome ideas and questions at any time at dokrieg@gmail.com.

Series: How and Why to Get Local Libertarians Elected:

Libertarians: Start Now to Choose a Winning Race

Creating Your Campaign Plan

Networking: Attend Community Events / Government Meetings

Media campaigns including social media (this article)

Political Signs

Organizing Door to Door Campaigns


What Happens After You Get Elected? (could possibly be a series of its own!)

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Greg Stempfle. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Jamie Lewis vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Mary Buzuma. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Dana Carver. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Andrew Hall. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jay Gillotte. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Will White. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: James Harris dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Shane Allen. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Jason Rees. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Jeff Wood. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Jim Fulner. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Dan Ziemba. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Lawrence W. Johnson. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Andrew Chadderdon. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Tim Yow. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Kerry Morgan. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Ken Proctor. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Vacancy. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: James Weeks III. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Director: Catherine Filus. catherine@catherinefilus.com
Social Media Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
Genesee County: Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Huron-Raisin: James Hudler, (734) 475-9792, james.hudler@gmail.com or contact Larry Johnson at: michlibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, chair@macomblp.org
Northern Michigan: David Holmer. Davidholmer@yahoo.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, Cjnepo1@gmail.com or Vice Chair Ben Carr at 248-919-8152
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, . ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.com
West Michigan: Bob VanNoller . (616) 406-7784, Email Bob VanNoller at bob@rollaway.biz

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Upcoming Events

For reasons that require no repetition, the regular meeting venues of some affiliates will be closed. Please contact local affiliate officers to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

Some events are also posted by their hosts at the Meetup.com site. The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice. Contact information connected to most events can be found by expanding the item on the "Agenda view" of the Events page of our website.

May 4, 2021 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

May 6, 2021 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Due to covid-19 this event may have been moved to an online platform, please contact that affiliate chair for more information. Some virtual meeting information is posted here
Live meetings are at Cleary's Pub. 117 East Grand River Ave. HOWELL, MI.
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

May 12, 2021 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Annual Convention, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Leon's Family Dining. 23830 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan, 48124.
The Affiliate will be electing officers and State Convention Delegates at this meeting.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for virtual participation option information.
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email ScottyBoman@hotmail.com

May 12, 2021 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ike's Restaurant. 38550 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

May 13, 2021 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM
Aubree's Pizzeria & Grill. 39 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

May 16, 2021 - Capital Area Affiliate Convention 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CALP will select state convention delegates at this business meeting, to be held in person at Renos North - 460 S. US Highway 27. Lansing, MI
If Renos is unable to open CALP will meet over Discord teleconfelerence app.
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

May 16, 2021 - Straits Area Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 2:00 PM
The 211 Bar and Grill family restaurant. 5 Miles North of Onaway. 3444 M-211, Onaway, MI 49765
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

May 16, 2021 - Libertarian Executive Committee (LEC) Business Meeting, 12:00 PM
Join Zoom Teleconference. Meeting ID: 823 4246 9142.
Call in at (312) 626-6799 [Then enter meeting ID and "#"] or join directly at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82342469142.

May 19, 2021 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Convention, 6:30 PM.
Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream. 29936 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3900..
Business starts at 7:30 PM. This will be their 2021 Convention, and we will be electing new officers, amending our bylaws, and appointing delegates to the June state Convention.
Anyone who can't attend, but wants to be selected as a delegate, can email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com https://lpocmi.org/

May 19, 2021 - Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM.
Steves' Ranch Family Resturant. 311 Louis Glick Hwy. Jackson, MI 49201.
Call ahead to verify that they are open and expecting a JHLP meeting (517) 787 - 4367.
For more information, contact Norman Peterson. norman.peterson@comcast.net https://www.jhlp.org

June 5, 2021 - Libertarian Party of West Michigan Affiliate Convention, 4:00 PM.
Band shell at Riverside Park [2301 - 2311] Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
Members will meet to select delegates to the state convention.
Members from the 28th State Senate District, located in Kent County, will also caucus to select the Libertarian nominee for the open 28th State Senate District seat for the November 2021 special election. For more information email LibertarianPartyofWestMichigan@gmail.com http://lpwm.org

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