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April 13, 2004


  1. Upcoming Events
  2. MCRI Update
  3. Libertarian Candidate visit to CMU
  4. Convention Registration

  1. Upcoming Events

    April 15, 2004 - 8:00 AM
    Tax and Debt information event sponsored by the Libertarian Party of West Michigan. Members and others will carry ball-and-chains to demonstrate the burden of taxes and spending on individuals and families. Literature and ball-and-chain kits are available through the LPWM.
    Location: Throughout West Michigan public and workplace areas.
    Contact: Project Chairman Tom Quinn Phone: (616) 887-3053 E-mail: mrtomq@yahoo.com

    April 17, 2004 - 9:00 AM
    Annual Convention of the Libertarian Party of Michigan --- Come join us for this annual event..... Including -- Platform discussion, Nomination of Candidates for Public Office, Selection of Delegates to the National Convention, Election of LPM Officers. Also, hear many of our Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates speak about their campaigns...... All business sessions are FREE .... The evening will feature a banquet with townhall-style debate between several of our Presidential Candidates. Registration forms have come in the current Michigan Libertarian newsletter. For more information, contact Convention Chair Jamie Lewis at jkl620@yahoo.com
    Location: West Lansing Convention Center (Holiday Inn) 7501 W. Saginaw Lansing MI 48917
    Contact: Jamie Lewis Phone: (616) 254-2878 E-mail: jkl620@yahoo.com

    April 29, 2004 - 7:00 PM
    "Take a Liberal Shooting" a fundraising event for the Libertarian Party of Oakland County. Everybody welcome. Come out and have a good time and being your friends. $45/person, includes: range time, ammo, targets, use of various firearms, and prizes. http://www.LpocMi.org/shootout.php for more info and to pay via credit card, or, make your reservations in advance and pay at the door.
    Location: Double Action Indoor Shooting Ctr., 32411 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights. (248) 588-4488.
    Contact: Mike Netski Phone: (586) 350-5596 E-mail: michael@netski.org

    May 8, 2004 - 7:00 PM
    "Almost Banned Movie Night." A Libertarian Party of Oakland County fundraising event. Join us for a viewing of "Harry's War." "Harry's War" is the comedy/drama about a man who had finally had enough. Harry Johnson (played by Edward Herrmann) handles his tax problem like any sane patriotic American...he declares war on the Internal Revenue Service. It isn't for hate of paying taxes, but love of and defense for his "Aunt" Beverly (played by 1986 Oscar winner Geraldine Paige), who is being unjustly harassed by the IRS. Suggested donation: $10/person. This movie was released in 1981 and almost immediately withdrawn from the theaters. The stars were audited in an apparent effort to further suppress it.
    Location: LPM Headquarters in Hazel Park. 619 E. 9 Mile Rd., Hazel Park.
    Contact: LPOC Events Coordinator Phone: (248) 591-9733 E-mail: Events@LpocMi.org

    For more events, see the online calendar at:

  2. MCRI Update by Leonard Schwartz

    MCRI Temporarily Suspends Petition Drive

    I'm confident that MCRI will get on the ballot a constitutional amendment to reduce racial preferences by the government. But it probably won't be in 2004.

    To get on the ballot, MCRI needs nearly 320,000 valid signatures made during a 180 day period. The deadline for submitting petitions for 2004 is July 6.

    A circuit court judge recently ruled that the wording of the ballot proposal is improper. This decision is being appealed. I'm sure that whoever loses in the court of appeals will appeal that decision to the state supreme court. Even if the court of appeals and the supreme court handle the appeals on an expedited basis, the final decision may take months.

    After careful consideration of the situation, MCRI decided that continuing the petition drive now would be a waste of time and money. MCRI is temporarily suspending the petition drive until litigation over the petition language is over.

    Unless the supreme court decision is soon, MCRI won't restart the petition drive until 2005, probably in April or early May. By restarting the petition drive in the spring, a larger percentage of signatures can be collected by volunteers. Also, the cost per signature collected by paid petition circulators will be less than half the cost this year. By postponing the petition drive to 2005, MCRI will have more money available for advertising to convince people to vote "Yes" in 2006.

    MCRI thanks everyone who contributed time or money. We hope that you will continue supporting the petition drive when it restarts.

    Leonard Schwartz, treasurer

    Michigan Civil Rights Initiative

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  3. Libertarian Candidate visit to CMU

    Libertarian Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik is making an early stop prior to the LPM Convention at Central Michigan University on April 15. Hosted by the fraternity Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy), Mr. Badnarik will cover a wide range of issues relevant to college students and other Michigan citizens....... The event will take place at Anspach 162 on the campus of Central Michigan beginning at 7:00 pm......Libertarians throughout the central part of the state are encourage to attend and ask questions. For more information, contact cmulp@yahoo.com.

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  4. Convention Registration by Bill Gelineau

    We may only be able to add a few seats for the Convention Banquet after Thursday (room size). So, the time is now to act if you hope to get in on the Townhall Discussion including Gary Nolan, Aaron Russo, and Michael Badnarik. This will surely be the ONE CHANCE that Libertarians in Michigan will have to ask their questions about the coming campaign............ We will also be taking early registration through Thursday. Go to the LPM website at michiganlp.org and pull the Registration Form. E-mail to jkl620@yahoo.com or wgelineau@firstam.com .

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