April 1, 2008
The 2008 Libertarian Party National Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado over Memorial Day weekend, from May 22 to May 26, 2008. During the convention, nearly 1,000 delegates from around the nation will gather to select the Libertarian Party's Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees. Recently, Libertarian activist and author Mary Ruwart announced her candidacy for the Presidential nomination, as did former US Senator Mike Gravel from Alaska, and the speculation is that former Congressman Bob Barr may also join the crowed field of 16 announced candidates. In addition, delegates will elect new national LP officers and debate possible changes to the national Platform and Bylaws. If you haven't attended a National Convention in the past, be prepared for an incredibly exciting event, packed into a convention hall with a thousand exuberant Libertarians meeting to chart the Libertarian Party's future course and launch its 2008 political campaign. Outside the Convention hall you'll have the opportunity to schmooze and party with delegates and others from all across the country, and meet our prospective Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and national LP leaders personally. Whether or not you want to serve as a voting delegate at the Convention, this is a great opportunity to have some fun. For more information or to register, go to http://www.lpconvention.org/ For more information on becoming a delegate, contact your local affiliate chair or LPM Secretary Emily Salvette, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Actor David Arquette at the 2007 Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Michigan.
The first Saturday of April is upon us, and so is the annual right of spring and celebration of Liberty that has come to be called the “Hash Bash.” The event has had very little to do with “Hash” and a lot to do with Cannabis and individual rights, but the name rhymes and has followed the event for 37 years.
While many things have changed. Some have remained constant, not the least of which is the University of Michigan Establishment’s wish that the rally just go away. In keeping with this tradition, they have scheduled another event at the Diag. An event sponsored by a secret organization other than U of M NORML (which had been planning on sponsoring the event).
There is a catch though, and it is a big one. The Diag is a public place and remains open to the public. Since people migrate to this event every year (without checking for any sanction), the Diag will be flooded with hemp legalization advocates who will proceed to celebrate as they have every other year. Furthermore, John Sinclair may make an appearance. Sinclair can be viewed as the founder of the event. Apparently, the poet was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of two joints. The Rally served as a protest of sorts for his incarceration, and he was released after a rally “Ten for Two” that included John Lennon and the MC5.
Rumor has it that the “undisclosed” group is actually a band. So this years Hash Bash may feature a live band.
In any case, Libertarians should show up with lots of literature for one simple reason: There will be thousands of people who agree with us on one of our more controversial issues, and we are the only party that recognizes their right to be left alone. It’s an election year so let’s get busy! If you have duplicated literature for me to distribute email me at: Scottyeducation@yahoo.com.
For more information visit:
U of M NORML
Media Awareness Project
After driving through a thick snow blizzard, I arrived at the 11th hour for Peace / Iraq Moratorium Event, “HOW SHOULD CONGRESS END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ? What should we the people do to force them to act? —Panel Discussion” which was held in Royal Oak on Friday, March 21st. In spite of the bad weather the event was packed with over 100 people.
It was a fabulouse outreach opportunity for Libertarians as well as an opportunity to share ideas on how to get out of this tragic war. I encourage all Libertarian candidates to get involved in forums of this kind. Many people expressed feelings of betrayal by the Democratic party, and were open to alternatives.
As you can see (at the link), yours truly was on the panel.
If you weren’t there, you can still watch it on video:
11th Hour 4 Peace Web Page:
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