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April 24, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. District 2 Libertarians Protest High Taxes
  3. Important Mailing
  4. Action Needed to Beat Gov't Back, yet again
  5. Free Affiliate Packets At The Convention
  6. Just 10 Days til Convention

  1. Upcoming Events

    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. This month we welcome Andy Lecureaux, candidate for a seat on the Hazel Park City Council. Please join us to learn how you can help make this campaign a success. 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

    April 26, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee meets the second and fourth Thursday every month -- until we submit petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections to be certified to once again be able to run Libertarian candidates in partisan races. All LPM members are welcome to attend and help with both the planning and execution of our petition drive.
    Location: LPMHQ, 619 E. 9 Mile, Hazel Park (just east of I-75)
    Contact: Nancy O'Brien Phone: (313) 562-5778 E-mail: nobrien321@home.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 1, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party General Meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main St., Oshtemo MI.
    Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: thmiley@yahoo.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 5, 2001 - 9:00 AM
    LPM 2001 Annual Convention Speakers include Lawrence Reed (Mackinaw Center), RW Bradford (Liberty Magazine), and Cameron Knowles (Radio talk-show host). Seminars, classes, elections, business, banquets, speakers, parties, petitons, great town, great friends, great times........don't miss out!
    Location: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth MI bavarianinn.com or www.mi.lp.org
    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

    May 10, 2001
    Deadline for submitting information for the next issue of the LPM's print newsletter, the Michigan Libertarian.
    Location: Send articles to Keith Edwards, 28960 Jane, St. Clair Shores MI 48081
    Contact: Keith Edwards Phone: (810) 777-7468 E-mail: newsletter@michiganlp.org

    May 14, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Clare-Gladwin Libertarian Party Meeting. Refreshments provided. Ballot Access Petitioning Kickoff.
    Location: Mid-Michigan Community College, Room 167.
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (989) 386-2699 E-mail: ghazey@alecklawfirm.com

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. District 2 Libertarians Protest High Taxes by Jason C. Miller

    HOLLAND - On April 16 Libertarians from Kent, Kalamazoo, Allegan, and Ottawa County assembled to protest high taxes and big government. Libertarians rallied outside of the Holland post office from 4-6 while last minute filers turned in their forms. At 6:00 the group assembled for a rally in support of lower government. The protest generated one protest-specific print article and one protest-specific TV news story. An additional print story and an additional TV news story mentioned the event when discussing tax day in general.

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  3. Important Mailing by Nancy O'Brien

    The Ballot Access Restoration Committee is planning its first major mailing. We will be sending petitions (along with other accompanying material) to our full list of members and subscribers.

    The mailing will be prepared at the LPMHQ (619 E. 9 Mile just east of I-75 in Hazel Park) on Saturday, April 28th, beginning at 1pm.

    This is quite a difficult and complex mailing that includes many elements. We can use all the help we can get. Even if you can only spare an hour or two, please try to help out. If you cannot make it until late in the day, call 248-591-3733 to see where we're at in the process.

    Thank You.

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  4. Action Needed to Beat Gov't Back, yet again by Stacy Van Oast

    On March 27, 2001, state Representative Michael Switalski and eight other cosponsors introduced a bill that would burden home school families with a heavy and unfair testing requirement. House Bill 4521 would require each Michigan home school child to take the Michigan Educational Assessment test known as MEAP.

    Homeschoolers are understandably concerned, and outraged!, as should all parents, citizens, and libertarians be. We must not allow them to force homeschooling parents into "teaching to the test"; after all, look how miserably such standards are failing children already. How will this law be enforced? What will happen to children not scoring a certain level on the MEAP? Will they be forced to attend a state-certified school? Homeschoolers are doing very well on the whole (winning national spelling bees, getting accepted to major universities, etc), why does the government insist on interfering, yet again?

    The bill has presently been referred to the Education Committee. Representative Alan Sanborn (32nd Dist, R), does not believe that the bill will go anywhere. He suggested though, that we could help it meet it's demise by contacting members of the Education Committee and telling them that we do not support it.

    Please take a few minutes and contact at least several of these Committee Members, letting them know that they must not pass this bill, especially if any of these legislators are your own local representatives. The Education Committee Chair and other committee members are listed below.

    Chair, Education Committee Representative Wayne Kuipers, District 090 (R) P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 wkuipers@house.state.mi.us

    Vice Chair Representative Tom Meyer, Dist 84 (R) P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 tommeyer@house.state.mi.us

    Committee Minority Vice-Chair Representative John P. Hansen, Dist 52, (D) P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 jphansen@house.state.mi.us

    Committee Members: Representative Lauren Hager Representative Bill McConico Representative Irma Clark Representative Paul R. Gieleghem, Jr. Representative Ruth A. Johnson Representative Rose Bogardus Representative Paula Zelenko Representative Doug Spade Representative Paul N. DeWeese Representative Doug Hart Representative Joanne Voorhees Representative Gerald Van Woerkom Representative Jason Allen Representative Kenneth L. Bradstreet

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  5. Free Affiliate Packets At The Convention by Ghazey Aleck

    The Liberty Leadership Council will be distributing free affiliate packets at the Convention in Frankenmuth starting on May 4th. Useful party building materials will be included in the packet. Those materials will be described in detail right here in this newsletter next week just before the Convention. Please have a representative ready to stop by and pick up your affiliate packet, it's free! If some affiliate cannot have a person pick up the materials, we will arrange delivery after the Convention.

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  6. Just 10 Days til Convention by Jim Fitzpatrick

    Don't miss out.....its not too late! This years convention is being held in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan on May 4th, 5th, and 6th.

    Speakers include Lawrence Reed (President of the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy), RW Bradford (Editor of Liberty Magazine), and libertarian talk-show host Cameron Knowles.

    Our all-important petition kick-off drive will take place Saturday, in addition to elections, business, and several interactive classes and discussions.

    Please contact me to rsvp (jfitzpatrick@webtv.net or 989-781-7767) so we can all have a great time in Frankenmuth! I can't wait to see you there!

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