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April 17, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Petition Drive Launched to Derail Local "Living Wage"...
  3. Opportunity to Help a Patriot

  1. Upcoming Events

    April 17, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting. Main order of business will be nomination and election of LAC officers. All Allegan County LP members are welcome to come and vote. Please come and meet with your fellow members. As always, we promise to keep meetings short and to the point.
    Location: The Blue Heron Coffeeshop in Downtown Allegan on the riverfront. Directions: The entrance to Riverfront parking is at the corner of Hubbard and Chestnut. Drive down and park behind Dockerty's. The Blue Heron is right next door to Docherty's, entrance on the riverfront.
    Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: rdoogie@datawise.net

    April 18, 2001
    Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
    Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: rfriend@advnet.net

    April 18, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Regular Monthly Meeting
    Location: Olympia Greek Restaurant, Red Arrow Highway at Lake Street, Bridgman MI
    Contact: Glenn Whitt, Secretary Phone: (616) 473-2764 E-mail: trombonist1@juno.com

    April 19, 2001 - 6:00 PM
    Benefit dinner for fellow Libertarian Karin Corliss, recovering cancer patient. Join us for pizza, salad, refreshments, anytime between 6 and 10 pm; comraderie, prizes, fun! (this is not an official event of the LPM)
    Location: Angelo Brothers Restaurant 33550 Ford Rd. (between Venoy and Wayne Rd.), Westland
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: MOMJOANN@aol.com

    April 19, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Van Buren County Chapter of the Libertarian Party will meet in South Haven. Everyone welcome! (food will be available at 6:30)
    Location: CT's Restaurant, South Haven (on the corner of M-140 and Blue Star Highway)
    Contact: Mike Dickson Phone: (616) 637-1788 E-mail: free@cybersol.com

    April 24, 2001
    The monthly meeting of the Ottawa County Libertarian Party. This meeting includes the annual elections.
    Location: The Yellow Jacket Inn. 12011 Lake Michigan Dr. West Olive.
    Contact: Jason C. Miller Phone: (616) 669-2851 E-mail: jcmiller@egl.net

    April 25, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30pm, business begins at 7:30pm. General Membership Meetings are now NON-SMOKING.
    Location: Sila's Restaurant, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Sila's is 2 blocks west of Greenfield on Twelve Mile Road.
    Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail: LpocChairChris@aol.com

    May 1, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Monthly Meeting - LP of Wayne County Dinner 6:30pm. Program starts at 7:45pm.
    Location: La Trattoria Restaurant - Dearborn MI
    Contact: Joann Karpinski Phone: (313) 925-6917 E-mail: Momjoann@aol.com

    May 4, 2001
    May 4 - 6, 2001. 2001 Annual Libertarian Party Convention Activities include Party officer nominations, bylaw and platform changes, petiton training, and several training sessions. Speakers include Lawrence Reed (president of the Mackinac Center for public policy), RW Bradford (editor of Liberty magazine), and Cameron Knowles (libertarian talk show host). For detailed and updated information, see our web site at: www.mi.lp.org/01conv/
    Location: Bavarian Inn Lodge, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth MI
    Contact: Jim Fitzpatrick Phone: (517) 781-7767 E-mail: jfitzpatrick@webtv.net

    May 9, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
    Location: Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500.
    Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: dbarnes98@aol.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Petition Drive Launched to Derail Local "Living Wage"... by Press Release

    Petition Drive Launched to Derail Local "Living Wage" Ordinance

    (810) 774-1625
    (810) 202-5817

    EASTPOINTE. "We will overturn this attack on Eastpointe taxpayers, businesses and working people," said resident and community activist Diane Barnes in announcing an effort to force the city council to get voter approval for its new "Living Wage" ordinance.

    Ordinance #901 was adopted unanimously by the Eastpointe city council on April 3 -- before an audience intentionally packed with union members, according to Barnes. "This is a transparent attempt to artificially inflate the wage scale for unions," she observed, "at the expense of young people and the working poor who will be forced into the unemployment lines simply because their skills cannot command the $11-per-hour mandated. The unions are basically trying to give themselves a raise by legally eliminating the competition."

    "It will devastate local businesses," added Doug Pohl owner of the Grand Riviera Restaurant and a member of the Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce, noting the already increasing number of boarded up buildings and vacant retail space in the city. "And," he added, "it will raise the cost of city services to taxpayers when contractors have to raise their rates to cover the higher labor costs. And all of this," he concluded, "with absolutely no reason to believe the people who benefit will even be residents of our city!"

    The new requirement that employers provide a "Living Wage" to all employees would apply to all city contractors as well as to any business receiving "financial assistance" in the form of "revenue bond financing, tax increment financing, tax abatement, tax credit, direct grant, or any other form of financial assistance that exceeds $ 5000.00 in any 12 month period."

    Barnes and her committee have 30 days from the date the ordinance was enacted to collect 286 signatures of registered Eastpointe voters. She is shooting to collect 450 signatures to make up for any that prove not to have come from qualified, Eastpointe electors. But having the support of the Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber and the Detroit Regional Chamber, she anticipates no problem reaching her goal.

    If the petition drive is successful, the new ordinance will be put on hold until it can be put to a vote at the next regular election.

    However, it is also possible that the entire question will be made moot in the meantime. House Bill 4328, currently in committee in the state legislature, would retroactively prohibit Michigan cities from imposing a "Living Wage" higher than the federal minimum wage.

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  3. Opportunity to Help a Patriot by Joann Karpinski

    I cordially invite you to join us at Angelo Brothers Restaurant in Westland this Thursday, April 19th, any time between 6PM and 10PM.

    The Friends of Karin Corliss, consisting of Stacy VanOast, Joann Karpinski, Diane Barnes, Heather Pauli (newly elected Wayne County chair), Ann Rowe, Betty Hodges and Pam Collins have scheduled a benefit dinner for Karin Corliss, Wayne county activist and board member, mother of three, and wife of Michael Corliss, our last US senate candidate and current candidate for state chair.

    The Corlisses have spent many, many hours working for the party and liberty. I have personally worked with Karin since the Jon Coon for State Rep camapaign in 1996.

    Now they need our help. Karin had breast cancer and went through chemo, radiation and surgery and thought it was over. Then last October a spot was found on her liver. She then went to California for 3 weeks of alternative treatment, which is not covered by insurance. Thus she incurred great expense & is still purchasing vitamins etc. for continuing treatment.

    We are having a pizza & salad dinner on Thursday to raise funds for her at

    Angelo Brothers Restaurant

    33550 Ford Rd. (between Venoy and Wayne Rd.), Westland

    6-10PM - come anytime Tickets $15 at the door

    Raffle tickets $1 or 3 for $2 Prizes include B & B in Marine City, $90 food basket, Det. Tiger Tix WITH parking,Det. Symphony tix, $40 Entertainment Book, Pizza gift cards and much more.

    For info call Joann Karpinski (313) 925-6917 or Heather Pauli (313)538-8208

    We hope to see many of Karin & Mike's friends and fellow activists there to show them we care, libertarian-style, on Patriot's Day!

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