Libfest 2002

2002 Liberty Festival Banquette

Held at Mac & Ray’s, Harrison Township

  • Fred Collins
  • Dick and Rae Jozwiak
  • Paul Soyk

Defender of Liberty Awards

by Keith Edwards

Fred Collins, Dick and Rae Jozwiak, and Paul Soyk were honored as the winners of the Defender of Liberty Awards at the annual banquet of the Libertarian Party of Michigan on November 9, at Mac and Ray’s Restaurant in Harrison Townhip.

The Producer of Liberty Award went to the Jozwiaks of the Tri-Cities affiliate for a dedicated behind the scenes Libertarian whose quiet labors over the years exemplify the backbone of the Libertarian Party. They have helped that group in many ways. Jim Fitzpatrick nominated them.

Fred Collins of Oakland County received the Promoter of Liberty Award, which is given for doing the most to promote the LP and Libertarian Principles. He was our first successful candidate for a city council seat and is now serving his second term on Berkley’s Council.His efforts have helped inspire three more successful candidates in other cities. He was nominated by Keith Wesselmann and David Eisenbacher.

Paul Soyk was given the Spokesperson for Liberty Award as a member of the community whose patriotism and conviction have inspired contributions to the cause of Liberty. Although Paul is an active member of the LPM and Libertarians of Macomb County,he was awarded for his non-partisan attempt to prove that there is no law compelling payment of the federal income tax. Jim Miller nominated him.

The winners represent the qualities that are so important in the struggle against tyranny. The Jozwiaks represent persistence, Collins, confidence, and Soyk is an exemplar of integrity and courage.

Libertarian writer and feminist Wendy McElroy was the principal speaker. Her topic was Political Optimism.

This was the seventh annual Liberty Fest banquet and the fourth one hosted by Libertarians of Macomb County. Congratulations to Diane Barnes and her staff for organizing an enjoyable event. Erin Stahl, Wendy Morisi, Sharlene Strick, Laurel Pietrangelo and Marnie and Keith Edwards helped Diane.

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