May 2022

Volume 51:05

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Gregory Krikor Dirasian (March 7, 1959 - April 14, 2022)

By Greg Stempfle, former LPM Chair and Newsletter Editor

Greg Dirasian.
Greg Dirasian
Longtime Libertarian Party activist Greg Dirasian passed away April 14th at the age of 63.

Greg moved to Michigan in the late 1990s and immediately became a driving force in the party both at the state level and in the Oakland County affiliate.

Greg Dirasian Upgrading the LPM

After the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) lost ballot access in 2000, Greg Dirasian played a major role in the Ballot Access Restoration Committee, which restored ballot access in 2001. That same year, he became editor of the Michigan Libertarian newsletter and made each issue available electronically for the first time.

Greg Dirasian, Stacy VanOast & Bob Van Oast at the 2000 Libertarian National Convention.
Greg Dirasian, Stacy VanOast & Bob Van Oast at the 2000 Libertarian National Convention

He served on the LPM Executive Committee from 2001-2002 and again from 2005-2006 and was an officer of the Oakland County affiliate from 1999-2005.

Managing Professional Campaigns

He along with Fred Collins and Barb Goushaw-Collins formed the LPM Troika, which managed several successful city council elections: Fred Collins in Berkley, Martin Howrylak and David Eisenbacher in Troy, Erin Stahl in St. Clair Shores, and Andy LeCureaux in Hazel Park.

Greg Dirasian would later help establish the Small Government Alliance PAC with former LPM Executive Director Tim O'Brien.

I reached out to several members of the party who worked with Greg and Tim O'Brien replied with the following thoughts:

Greg had a rare combination of philosophical idealism and political pragmatism that inspired not only his tireless efforts on behalf of the state party but an equal, if not even greater, dedication to electing Libertarian candidates to local office. Although nonpartisan positions, he appreciated the practical advancements that can only come from actually holding office - not to mention the morale boost for volunteers that comes from actually winning elections.

I got to know Greg in 2002, when I succeeded him as newsletter editor. Greg taught me how to use desktop publishing software and how to better utilize technology and the internet to further the cause of liberty. While I have not been as successful at working on local campaigns, the lessons Greg taught me helped professionalize how I approach running for office.

Rest in Peace Greg. You've earned it.

Thank you to Leonard Schwartz and Tim O'Brien for contributing to this article.

Greg Stempfle - former LPM Chair and Newsletter Editor


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Patrick Lyoya Death Prompts LPWM Reaction

Patrick Lyoya's death prompted a ceremony and protest march starting at the Spirit of Detroit. Photo by Scotty Boman.
Patrick Lyoya's death prompted a ceremony and protest march starting at the Spirit of Detroit. Photo by Scotty Boman.
Grand Rapids, MI - Members of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM) took action following the killing of Patrick Lyoya. This action included a formal statement and an open letter to the Grand Rapids City Manager.

LPWM Statement GRPD Shooting of Patrick Lyoya

In light of recent events regarding the tragic shooting and death of Patrick Lyoya at the hands of a GRPD officer; the Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM) believes in and advocates for the following in order to reduce the amount of encounters civilians have with police officers that can, and far too often do, go from nonviolent to violent where deadly force is used and someone is killed.

Be it resolved that the LPWM believes in and advocates for the following:

While accepting the current reality of policing and that police exist, we believe that so-called "violations", such as improper vehicle registration along with other laws and revenue-generating methods should be set to the lowest level of priority for enforcement. This would allow for officers to pursue egregious offenses, which in turn directly helps and protects the communities that they are patrolling; reducing unnecessary encounters with police that at best are for revenue-generating purposes, and at worst, become the scene of a tragic death. This is not the first time the City of Grand Rapids has done this either. Various decriminalization efforts over the past decade have shifted a focus in policing away from things like marijuana; or more recently, the decriminalization of naturally-occurring psychedelic substances. During 2020 and into 2021, prioritization of missing plates or expired tags was far lower than in previous years, this rang true throughout the state. There were no visible negative changes because of these decisions, and as a result police resources were better prioritized, keeping more people safe by limiting encounters.

Prevention of these situations is the ultimate goal. Be it that they do occur, we advocate that officers are held accountable and to the same standards that their civilian counterparts would be. None of us are better than our neighbors, and the same should apply in legal trials. The Libertarian Party of Michigan advocates for the abolishing of Qualified Immunity and similar protection laws for the legal and classist protections that they create. However, abolishing QI does nothing in the way of prevention of these awful situations. Another situation in which an officer wasn't held accountable in the city due to laws like these was during 2020; when Officer Phillip Reinink shot Sean Hart in the face at close range with a tear gas canister.

Training for officers including de escalation techniques, meeting civilians 'where they're at' rather than immediately demanding conformity from a peaceful person, or even removing themselves from the situation as they await a partner to arrive; are all methods that can and should be implemented so as to reduce the chances and number of these violent encounters occuring. By doing such, both the community and officers are safer and as a result officers would hopefully not feel the need arise nearly as often to use deadly force leading to the killing of someone.

In Liberty,

Libertarian Party of West Michigan (LPWM)

Open Letter To Grand Rapids City Manager

January 24, 2022

Mark Washington
Grand Rapids City Manager
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dear Mr. Washington,

Libertarians seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility. The most desirable method of realizing such a society is to follow the natural order that arises when the inalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.

As you make your decision in the selection of the new police chief, we hope that the respect for the rights of the individual is of top priority to the selected candidate. We ask that you ensure the candidate opposes any form of discrimination by the police based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other group or individual identification. Each person has the same inalienable rights that the city has a duty to protect. Every citizen that violates the rights of another should be subject to criminal prosecution and held personally liable for any injuries caused by their actions regardless of their position in society, be they government official, police officer or common citizen.

For the city police to have a good relationship with the people they serve, we believe that government transparency is essential to public accountability. Complaints of police misconduct should be open to public scrutiny. The people must be able to expect that those under the supervision of the Police Chief will be held to a high standard.

Having the above as an important part of your decision process will go a long way toward ensuring lasting peace and liberty in our community.


Steve Fox


Libertarian Party of West Michigan

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Officers & Staff

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

Chair: Tim Yow. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Ben Boren. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Andrew Chadderdon vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Steven Fox. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Dave Canny dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Brandon Warzbyok. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Joe Hartman. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Joe. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Jami VanAlstine. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Paul Vainer. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Robert Roddis. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Joshua Smith. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: Vacant. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Ciculation Directors: Jeff Pittel & 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: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, 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: Philip Lindsay. philiplindsay25@gmail.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, cjnepo1@gmail.com at (508) 579-7878
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, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.com
West Michigan: Steve Fox . (616) 406-7784, Email Steve Fox at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

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.

May 3, 2022 - 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 11, 2022 - Libertarians of Macomb County Affiliate Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BD's Mongolian Grill. 13150 Hall Road, Sterling Heights, MI, 48313.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at macomblp@gmail.com

May 11, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Spring Convention, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Habib's Cuisine, 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA.
Call to convention. Elect affiliate officers and delegates to LPM Summer Convention happening July 8-10 in Holland.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Jami Van Alstine, jamiracquel2004@yahoo.com

May 12, 2022 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Aubree's Pizzeria and Grill 2122 Whittaker Rd.
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

May 18, 2022 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net

May 15, 2022 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reno's North (16460 Old U.S. 27) Lansing, MI
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

May 15, 2022 - Straits Area Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 2:00 PM
Please RVSP to the SALP event page, or by contacting Andy Evans.
Bluffs Restaurant on Black Lake. 10905 High Bluffs Dr, Cheboygan, MI 49721
Our guest speaker will be Dana Carver, who has been a notable advocate for Liberty in our area, has run for State House and County Board - and has polled as much as 30% when running as a Libertarian.
Dana will be speaking on the history of efforts to make Cannabis and similar substances legal / decrim here in Michigan - along with ways to help those accused of victimless crimes.
Our business meeting will follow. Anyone interested in running for office as a Libertarian in 2022 should attend this one to seek nomination. We will keep nominations for office open through July 10th - and our filing for office day will be July 11th, 2022. You would bypass the primary election and appear on the November ballot - let's fill that one with Libertarians regardless of the results !!
We can nominate for any local office in Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego, or Presque Isle counties. Those interested in running for State Senate or State House should attend our State Convention in Holland (weekend of July 9th and 10th)

For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

May 17, 2022 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89324982981
The Meeting ID is 893 2498 2981 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join.
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts [ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com.

May 18, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
Perfect Game Bowling Alley. 35000 Grand River Ave, Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com or call at (508) 579-7878

May 22, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County Affiliate Meeting, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
White Horse Tavern. 621 W Court St, Flint, MI, 48503.
Business is from Noon to 2:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LPGCMI

May 22, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County Affiliate Meeting, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
White Horse Tavern. 621 W Court St, Flint, MI, 48503.
Business is from Noon to 2:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LPGCMI

May 26-29, 2022 - Libertarian National Convention.
Nugget Casino Resort. 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431
For moe information link here.

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