LPM Online

September 25, 2001


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Shout Out The Names Of America's Heroes
  3. Terrorism and Ptetioning
  4. BARC Update
  5. New Capability Added to LPM Web Site

  1. Upcoming Events

    September 26, 2001 - 6:30 PM
    LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30pm, business begins at 7:30pm.
    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

    September 27, 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

    September 29, 2001 - 6:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County Sixth Annual Sam Adams Dinner (http://www.mi.lp.org/wash/sa.htm.

    Guest speaker will be Terence Pell, chief executive officer of the Center for Individual Rights. CIR is the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm that is representing individuals in their legal challenge of the admissions systems at the University of Michigan. The title of his speech is "Affirmative Inaction at the University of Michigan."

    The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person if reserved before September 10 ($50 after or at the door). Tables of 8 may be reserved.
    Location: Creekside Grill, 5827 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor
    Contact: Emily Salvette Phone: (734) 668-2607 E-mail: salvette@ameritech.net

    October 1, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    Meeting of the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council Campaign.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: DCCollver@aol.com

    October 2, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo Libertarian Party general meeting
    Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main Street, Kalamazoo Michigan
    Contact: Mickey Hall Phone: (616) 345-2455 E-mail: mickhall09@aol.com

    October 10, 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

    October 11, 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

    October 15, 2001 - 7:30 PM
    Meeting of the Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council Campaign.
    Location: LPM HQ, 619 East Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park
    Contact: Dave Collver Phone: (248) 542-9274 E-mail: DCCollver@aol.com

    October 17, 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

    October 20, 2001 - 7:00 PM
    FREEDOM BANQUET 2001, large buffet, cash bar, speakers and much more! $15.00 per person. This is the second year for this event. Last year saw a huge turn out greater than both the major parties annual dinners in Clare County drew.
    Location: Town & Country Lounge, Clare, Michigan
    Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (989) 386-2699 E-mail: aleckfamily@voyager.net

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. Shout Out The Names Of America's Heroes by LP Op-ed

    2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100
    Washington DC 20037
    World Wide Web: http://www.LP.org
    For release: September 20, 2001
    E-Mail: pressreleases@hq.LP.org

    Shout Out The Names Of America's Heroes

    By Steve Dasbach

    There is a Tibetan proverb that states: "Evil shouts. Goodness speaks in a whisper."

    On September 11, evil shouted its message of violence. Terrorists commandeered four airliners, and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Thousands died.

    But in the days that followed, goodness whispered its response, with untold thousands of acts of quiet compassion, caring, and concern.

    Now it is time to add our voice to that whisper, and shout out the names of America's heroes -- the individuals and organizations that stepped forward to respond to this nightmare of fire, death, and destruction.

    These American heroes did not answer terrorism with more violence.

    They responded with a quiet determination to help their neighbors. With a courage that no terrorist can kill. With an uncomplicated goodness that exemplifies the best of the American spirit.

    They gave their time, their money, their blood, their strength -- and, in some cases, their lives.

    Let us take a moment to murmur the names of these American heroes:

    * United Flight 93 passengers Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, and Lou Nacke.

    These four men realized that terrorists planned to crash their plane into the White House or the Capitol. If that was allowed to happen, hundreds of people would die.

    So with a quiet declaration -- "Let's roll!" -- and armed only with courage, these passengers struck back against the terrorists.

    We don't know exactly what happened in those final, frenzied moments. But the plane swerved, dipped, and then crashed into an unpopulated rural area in Pennsylvania.

    These four men didn't wait for anyone's orders. They simply took a quick vote and took matters into their own hands. They saved countless lives in the process.

    Perhaps General George Patton was thinking of these heroes when he said: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn these men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived."

    * America's corporations: When terrorists attacked, America's major corporations responded with an outpouring of generosity.

    Daimler Chrysler executives donated $10 million to aid children who lost parents. Anheuser-Busch donated 9,500 cases of bottled water to help relief efforts.

    The online company eBay announced it will raise and contribute $100 million. The major networks donated several hours of prime time television for a fundraising telethon.

    Microsoft has contributed $10 million. Coca-Cola, $6 million.

    Starbucks, $1 million. UPS, $4 million. IBM Corporation, $5 million.

    The list goes on.

    America's corporations -- sometimes caricatured as cold-hearted capitalists concerned only with the bottom line -- have stood tall in our nation's hour of need.

    * America's blood donors. As the news of the attack echoed across the networks, New Yorkers rushed to donate 5,000 units of blood within 24 hours -- some waiting in line for eight hours.

    In Washington, DC, so many blood donors stepped forward that the Red Cross had to temporarily turn them away. In other locations, the Red Cross set up waiting lists that extended into October.

    Giving blood is not an overt, public gesture like waving an American flag. But every extended arm of a blood donor is a private semaphore of determination, announcing that injured Americans will be given a fighting chance for life, and that terrorists will not win.

    William Shakespeare once wrote: "When the blast of war blows in our ears...stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood."

    When thousands of Americans stood in line, ready to "summon up the blood" for their injured neighbors, they did something more noble, more important, than waving a flag. They gave life itself.

    * America's volunteers and contributors. With the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldering, New Yorkers asked simply, "What can I do?"

    Taxicab drivers, businessmen, teachers, and people from a hundred walks of life donned hard hats and began searching for survivors among the twisted steel and shattered concrete. Nurses and doctors volunteered emergency medical services. People contributed clothes and canned goods.

    But the outpouring of generosity was not limited to New York's five boroughs. Across America, people who could not contribute their effort contributed money.

    During the first eight days, the United Way of America collected $43 million. The Salvation Army collected $20 million. And the American Red Cross collected $129 million.

    This money will be used to help the survivors and families. To pay for medical treatment. To help those who were widowed or orphaned by the destruction.

    And to show that Americans care.

    No, this is not an exhaustive list of the heroes who emerged from the wreckage of September 11. There are too many to count, or to name.

    Every parent and teacher who comforted a child. Every priest and minister who held out a promise of eternal hope. Every friend who offered a shoulder to cry on. Every neighbor who lit a candle in remembrance.

    You're all America's heroes.

    We salute you.

    Steve Dasbach is national director of the Washington, DC-based Libertarian Party.

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  3. Terrorism and Ptetioning by Leonard Schwartz

    I feared that the terrorist attack would harm Michigan's ballot access petition drive. I feared that more persons would oppose political change, which would harm all small parties, especially the Libertarians.

    I was pleasantly surprised. I found that it was just as easy to get signatures after the attack as it was before.

    I went to the Detroit Festival of the Arts on September 15 and 16. I spent six hours there each day. I got about 500 signatures.

    Many persons made comments such as, "I would never vote Libertarian. But everyone has a right to be on the ballot."

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  4. BARC Update by Nancy O'Brien

    Now we’re happening! As of Friday, September 21 we have collected 27,930 signatures. With 25 days to go till the October 20 final deadline, we still need 17,070 signatures to meet our revised goal of 45,000. But as long as we don’t let up, I know we can make it.

    Our projections are based on a certain number of volunteer signatures supplemented by signatures from paid petitioners, so now is not the time to rest on our laurels. We can all take a break and pat ourselves on the back after the petitions are submitted to the state. Till then, keep petitioning!

    Special thanks also to our top twenty signature collectors. As of today they are:

    Name                      Sigs.
    Leonard C. Schwartz       2139
    Albert J Titran           1557
    Ben Steele                1277
    Jerry E Bloom              899
    Richard E Jozwiak          557
    Violet Steele              477
    Benjamin Steele            417
    Greg Dirasian              355
    Trafton Jean               343
    Charles Goodman            306
    Constance Catalfio         300
    Stephen Townsend           296
    Fred Collins               287
    Lloyd Sherman II           267
    Jean Paul Denoyer          259
    Mickey Hall                258
    Michael Dickson            256
    Bill Gelineau              246
    David James Eisenbacher    239
    (Leonard, you madman! You broke 2,000! The rest of us want to know how far you can go.)

    Following is the current status of each affiliate in terms of meeting its "fair share" goals. Each affiliate's fair share was determined by multiplying the number of members in the affiliate by 27. That is the number each would need to collect for the LPM's original 50,000 signature target to meet the state's requirement. The first percentage is signatures collected. The second percentage is signatures collected plus monetary donations.
    Affiliate             Sigs.    Goal   % Of Goal
    Allegan                  95     560     17.0%
    Berrien                 211     560     37.7%
    Branch-Hillsdale         98     351     27.9%
    Clare-Gladwin           269     320     84.0%
    Ionia                    23     240      9.6%
    Kalamazoo               360    1013     35.5%
    Lapeer-Genesee          627    1413     44.4%
    Livingston               98    1732      5.7%
    Macomb                 2179    5784     37.7%
    Mid-Michigan            530    2852     18.6%
    Midwest Michigan        305     560     54.5%
    Oakland                5897   10688     55.2%
    Ottawa                  138     800     17.3%
    South Central Michigan   44    1652      2.7%
    Shiawassee             2559     293    873.4%
    Saint Clair              13     693      1.9%
    Traverse Bay             18     773      2.3%
    Tri-Cities             1075    1173     91.6%
    Upper Peninsula          48    1119      4.3%
    Van Buren               324     426     76.0%
    Washtenaw              1346    2799     48.0%
    Wayne                  1448    8422     17.2%
    West Michigan           489    2799     17.5%
    Affiliate	     $$ + Sigs.	 Goal	% 0f Goal
    Allegan                   195     560     34.8%
    Berrien                   419     560     74.8%
    Branch-Hillsdale          219     351     62.4%
    Clare-Gladwin             269     320     84.0%
    Ionia                      23     240      9.6%
    Kalamazoo                 405    1013     40.0%
    Lapeer-Genesee           1342    1413     95.0%
    Livingston               1000    1732     57.7%
    Macomb                   3757    5784     65.0%
    Mid-Michigan              972    2852     34.1%
    Midwest Michigan          371     560     66.3%
    Oakland                 10131   10688     94.8%
    Ottawa                    141     800     17.6%
    South Central Michigan     79    1652      4.8%
    Shiawassee               2599     293    887.0%
    Saint Clair                43     693      6.2%
    Traverse Bay               81     773     10.5%
    Tri-Cities               1603    1173    136.7%
    Upper Peninsula           381    1119     34.0%
    Van Buren                 372     426     87.3%
    Washtenaw                2266    2799     81.0%
    Wayne                    3365    8422     40.0%
    West Michigan             933    2799     33.3%
    Note: If you are planning to mail in a petition or two, put them in a stamped envelope and send them to HQ. However, if you are planning to send in a stack of petitions, please don't risk having them get lost in the mail. Send them certified mail directly to my address:
    Nancy O'’Brien
    17015 Cicotte
    Allen Park, MI 48101

    There is almost always someone here to sign for the package. I will let you know they arrived safely.
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  5. New Capability Added to LPM Web Site by Tim O'Brien

    Everyone should take a moment to go to our web site www.michiganlp.org to see the new feature added by computer wizard and ExCom member Greg Dirasian.

    A pop-up window ad now appears whenever anyone goes to our site. We can use it for any message to which we want to draw particular attention. It currently promotes this year's LibertyFest with a full color ad. But it can be easily switched over to promote any event or issue.

    An especially nice feature is that a link from the ad to our secure server (for credit card info) automatically separates out and distinguishes the purpose of the contribution so that, for example, purchase of LibertyFest banquet tickets will not be mistaken for a membership renewal, BARC donation, etc.

    Now that this capability has been added, we can use it for everything from promoting a SpeakOutMichigan e-lobbying effort to taking and processing convention registrations.

    Thank you, Greg! We are once again reminded just what an asset you are to the Michigan LP.

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