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May 2, 2000


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Libertarians of Macomb County Has New Meeting Location
  3. Ottawa County Libertarian Party Elects Officers
  4. Michigan Millennium Marijuana March
  5. BARC Could Use a Helping Hand

  1. Upcoming Events

    May 2, 2000
    Wayne County LP - Monthly Meeting. Dinner 6:30pm Program 7:45pm. Nomination of Candidates for Public Office
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant Michigan Avenue near Schaffer Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: MOMJOANN@aol.com

    May 2, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's 5650 W. Main Street Oshtemo, MI 49009
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.com

    May 4, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw County business meeting, including planning for LPM State Convention
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    May 6, 2000
    Rally at the Capitol to support PRA 2000
    Location: Lansing
    Contact: Kathy Kennedy Phone: (517) 628-3915 E-mail: mikybaby@aol.com

    May 8, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Livingston County invites you to attend our monthly meeting. Dinner at 7 p.m. and business begins at 8 p.m.
    Location: Mexican Jones Restaurante, 675 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI
    Contact: Matt Dickinson Phone: (810) 231-1254

    May 8, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    South Central LP, Hillsdale-Branch county meeting to complete candidate paper work and plan for election and other activities.
    Location: Filmore's Restaurant on US-12 on the west side of Jonesville at the railroad tracks (about 1/2 mile west of M-99).
    Contact: James Parker Phone: (517) 439-0643 E-mail: jamesp@hillsdale.epcorp.com

    May 9, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly Meeting of the Lapeer/Genesee Libertarian Party; if you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Be there! All are welcome!
    Location: Whitey's Restaurant, Davison MI, Whitey's is about 1 mile North of I-69, on M-15 in Davison. (Just N. of the railroad tracks)
    Contact: Trish Marie Phone: (810) 742-7268 E-mail: Trishmare@aol.com

    May 10, 2000 - 6:00 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:00 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM. Our speaker this month will be Gaile Rice of Beacon Education Management. Gaile was instrumental in the legislation that made charter schools possible in Michigan as well as running one of the first schools in the state.
    Location: NEW LOCATION! Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: DBarnes98@aol.com

    May 11, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    South Central Meeting, Calhoun County. Topics will include time and place for future meetings, ideas for building a strong Libertarian Party in Calhoun County, candidates, and election year activities.
    Location: Moonraker Lounge and Restaurant, 11401 17 Mile Road, Marshall (just south of Marshall, 2 mi. or so south of the traffic circle).
    Contact: Al McCallum Phone: (517) 857-2531 E-mail: admccallum@columnist.com

    May 11, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    LP of Washtenaw Co. business meeting, with planning for LPM State Convention
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    May 11, 2000 - 7:30 PM
    The monthly meeting of the Libertarian Party of West Michigan
    Location: Brann's in Grand Rapids at Leonard and 131.
    Contact: Bill Gelineau Phone: (616) 249-9735 E-mail: gelinea@iserv.net

    May 12, 2000
    Deadline for article submission for the printed May/June Michigan Libertarian newsletter.
    Location: Send articles to Keith Edwards.
    Contact: Keith Edwards Phone: (810) 777-7468 E-mail: keithmarni@aol.com

    May 16, 2000 - 7:00 PM
    Monthly Meeting of the Libertarians of Allegan County
    Location: The Blue Heron Coffeeshop -- Downtown Allegan on the riverfront - - Directions: Driveway to riverfront is at corner of Hubbard & Chestnut, drive behind Docherty’s. -
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    May 17, 2000
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
    Location: Armbrusters Sports Bar and Grill located at 1211 Griswold, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 982-2255. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend2000@advnet.net

    May 18, 2000 - 7:00 AM
    LP of Washtenaw business meeting, with Convention preparations.
    Location: Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792

    May 19, 2000
    The Libertarian Party of Michigan will hold its state nominating convention on the weekend of May 19-21, 2000. At this convention the LPM will nominate candidates for public office, elect state party officers, and select delegates to the National LP presidential nominating convention in Los Angeles. In addition, exciting activities and speakers are planned for both Libertarian activists and the general public.
    Location: Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: (734) 668-2607 E-mail: salvette@aol.com

    May 22, 2000 - 6:30 PM
    Meeting of the LPM Ballot Access Retention Committee
    Location: Home of Barb Goushaw, 19514 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield MI (between Southfield and Evergreen Roads. Call or e-mail Barb Goushaw if you need better directions.)
    Contact: Barb Goushaw Phone: (248) 355-5058 E-mail: bgoush@aol.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Libertarians of Macomb County Has New Meeting Location

    The Libertarians of Macomb County will begin meeting at a new location starting with its May 10, 2000 monthly meeting. The new location is Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500.

    Our speaker at this meeting will be Gaile Rice of Beacon Education Management. Gaile was instrumental in the legislation that made charter schools possible in Michigan as well as running one of the first schools in the state.

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  3. Ottawa County Libertarian Party Elects Officers by Jason C. Miller

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan's newest affiliate elected a slate of officers on April 25th. The officers of the OCLP are:

    Jason C. Miller

    Vice Chair
    Tim Campbell

    Secretary and Treasurer
    Mark Logsdon

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  4. Michigan Millennium Marijuana March

    For Immediate Release
    Release date: Monday May 1, 2000
    Contact: Gregory Carl Schmid Phone (517) 799-4641 Fax (517)799-6850 www.ballot2000.net

    Re: Michigan Millennium Marijuana Marchers Walk to Capitol Steps in Lansing May 6, 2000

    Thousands of people from all walks of life will join together for a march to the state capitol next Saturday, where there will be a demonstration for the acceptance of medical marijuana at the steps of the capitol building in Lansing on May 6, 2000. The sponsoring organization is Cures Not Wars, which organizes simultaneous marches in over a hundred locations all over the world for the first Saturday in May.

    "As the War On Drugs has escalated, many truly innocent people have been affected in tragic ways; these tragedies have served increase support for the movement to end the current substance abuse policy. We would like to see a move toward a policy that helps people and diminishes drug abuse instead of exacerbating it. The Millenium Marijuana March gives the public an opportunity to become better informed on these issues.", said the MMMarch Organizer and Michigan Cures not Wars spokesperson Kathy Kennedy. (517) 628-3915

    The march in Lansing will begin at 11 AM at Olds Park, proceed to the Capitol Building to hear speakers on the Capitol steps at noon, and disperse at 2 PM for a block party on Washington Square, ending at 5 PM. The march is intended as a show of solidarity for by people who know about the life-saving benefits of medical marijuana. Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame, will be in town performing that night, and is invited to participate in the parade.

    City and State officials, with the cooperation of local businesses, have granted parade and rally permits to the group, and will close off Michigan Avenue for the duration of the march. "Despite the controversial nature of medical marijuana, or maybe because of it, the government is duty bound to give these peaceful demonstrators their day in the sun. That's the law in America, and that's why reformers in our great country can work within our system without resorting more desperate measures. Our system can work if we have the political will to make it work. It's our government-it's not our master! Besides, there are darn few people in government, business, or the media these days who can honestly swear they have never smoked pot. The time has come to stop pretending.", said Saginaw Attorney Gregory Carl Schmid, a keynote speaker at the event and the Author and Director of the Michigan Personal Responsibility Amendment Initiative. "PRA will bring peace with honor in the war on drugs by repealing 60 year old prohibition laws against compassionate medical and adult responsible use of marijuana away from kids, cars, and the public. PRA will end the asset forfeiture nightmare by earmarking drug, alcohol, and gambling related forfeitures for voluntary education and treatment programs. Forfeiture money should be used on education, which is the key to preventing drug abuse. Police can get all the money they need from the government appropriations process, and should not have access to forfeiture funds as an unaccountable "collars for dollars" incentive program." said Schmid.

    Also speaking at the March will be George Griffith and Renee Emory Wolfe, the M.S. sufferer who once received medical marijuana legally as part of a pilot study in Michigan in the eighties, when Senator (now Governor) Engler was spearheading a popular legislative initiative to get the federal government to legalize marijuana for all its medical benefits. She gained the national spotlight last year when she smoked marijuana in a congressman's office in Washington D.C. She was convicted in a week long trial on a possession charge this winter, and received a token $50 fine from the trial judge who said, "If the purpose of this trial was to educate, then consider me educated". "This kind of enlightened thinking is why Marijuana prohibition is about to be thrown on the ash heap of history, where it will be remembered as the 'McCarthyism of the 90's'!", said Schmid.

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  5. BARC Could Use a Helping Hand

    The Ballot Access Retention Committee will be preparing the mailing to promote their June "Slash the Pork" fund raising event this Wednesday, May 3, at Brab Goushaw's house.

    You know the old saying: "Many hands make light work." Please try and come by and help out -- even if you can only spare an hour or two.

    They plan to start at 6:30 and will have pizza, beer and soft drinks available (although B Y'ing your Own B is always appreciated).

    Barb's address is:
    19514 W. 9 Mile
    (west of Greenfield, east of Telegraph)

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