Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Starts Petition Drive
The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, on Jan. 12, started its petition drive to reduce racial preferences by the government. Three television news crews and at least ten print journalists were at its press conference that morning.
The publicity produced an immediate outpouring of public support. Within the first three days, over 10,000 persons visited the MCRI website, over 2000 persons downloaded the petition, and many persons contributed money online.
Libertarian Party activists are playing a major role in MCRI:
Tim O'Brien, former LPM chair and executive director, is the campaign manager.
Leonard Schwartz, LPM campaign finance law guru, is the treasurer.
Jim McAbee, former LPM officer, is the petitioning coordinator for northern Macomb County.
Greg Creswell is the petitioning coordinator for Detroit.
MCRI needs to gather 320,000 valid signatures by July 6.
For more information, go to www.mcri2004.org.
Lansing To Host State Convention ---- Michigan Libertarians will be heading to the state capital for the 2004 State Convention to be held on April 17. The Convention will be taking place in the Lansing West Conference Center at the Holiday Inn, 7501 West Saginaw Highway. Libertarians will spend the day preparing not only for the upcoming November elections, but also the May National Libertarian Convention in Atlanta, and will be selecting officers to direct the party over the next year. ---- The Convention will follow the same successful one day format as last year. The full day of events will begin at 9:00AM and will feature Platform discussion, nominations of state and local candidates, selection of delegates to the national convention and election of State Executive Committee. The evening banquet will feature a forum with the major candidates for the Libertarian Presidential nomination. Even if you donít plan on being a delegate to the National Convention, you wonít want to miss this chance to hear not only the candidatesí positions on the issues, but also how they plan to bring that message to the American voters. ---- Register for the convention before April 1 and receive a welcome packet (with printed copies of all relevant documents and guides as well as niceties) and tickets to the banquet for only $45 per person. Or, for $65, you can also extend your LP membership for another year. ---- After April 1, the banquet will be $60 which will include a courtesy copy of the convention agenda. There is no charge to attend only the business session of the convention, however you must register in order to vote at the convention. A modest box lunch will be available for $10. During lunch, each of the presidential candidates will be given the opportunity to give his campaign speech. -- Send checks, payable to the Libertarian Party of Michigan along with the registration form on the back page. For the latest information, check the LPM web site: www.michiganlp.org ---- For those who wish to spend the night, rooms will be available for $67 plus tax. To do so, call Holiday Inn at 517-627-3211. Be certain to request the LPM Conference rate. --- Volunteers would be greatly appreciated! Could you help with set up Saturday morning or greet people as they arrive? Could you help with decorations or set up? What about helping with the banquet fundraiser or tallying votes during the elections? If you would like to get involved, please contact Jamie Lewis at email@example.com or 616-281-9329.
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