By Greg Stempfle
The Libertarian Party of Oakland County has started the summer with a series of outreach efforts across the county. Members of the LPOC participated in the Sylvan Lake Memorial Day Parade on May 26. The LPOC is in possession of a giant aluminum Statue of Liberty which was mounted atop Paul Vainer’s truck, complete with Libertarian Party banner’s on both sides of the vehicle. LPOC Chair Connor Nepomuceno, Jeff Pittel, and Greg Stempfle walked along the parade route passing out information about the party and our position on foreign policy. The next plan for the statue is to take Lady Liberty out for a drive during Woodward Dream Cruise in August, one of the most well attended events in the state.
The LPOC next held an outreach booth at Ferndale Pride on June 1. Festival goers were encouraged to take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and discuss political philosophy with members of the party. Despite a rain shortened event, many people came up to the table and expressed an interest in Libertarianism. Special thanks to Ben Carr, Drew Frydrych, Nepomuceno, and Stempfle for helping to set up and participate. The next planned event will be another outreach table, this time at the Waterford Peace Fest June 8-9. Please visit the LPOC Facebook page or email Nepomuceno, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested in volunteering for this event.
By Jamie Lewis, LPWM News
March 29, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI – West Michigan celebrates the life of former candidate and party activist William “Bill” Wenzel Jr. Bill was the 2014 Libertarian candidate for Michigan Senate District 26, receiving over 2,900 votes. He also actively involved in leading outreach activities such as the party’s participation in the West Michigan Gun and Knife show. “Bill was a great spokesperson for liberty. He was outgoing and engaging. We will miss him” said Libertarian Party of West Michigan Chair, Jamie Lewis.
By Mary Buzuma
Holland, MI – The Libertarian Party of West Michigan presents “Cheers for Liberty” on Saturday, June 15th at 2pm at the New Holland Brewing Pub, 66 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423. Come on out and join us for a drink or two, discuss the issues of the day, or just say “Hi!” All are welcome. This is our only meeting in July.
By Rep. Lorence Wenke
Gull Lake United Methodist Church in Richland, Michigan, voted 82% yes and 13% no to the following statement. “We welcome all to serve in any aspect of our church’s life. We welcome all, including same sex couples to be united in marriage in our sanctuary in a service officiated by our pastors.”
At our state-wide Methodist Church Conference next week, we will vote on a similar statement. At our world-wide conference in 2020, an official church policy on LGBTQ issues will be voted on.
Amazing progress has been made in recent years against discrimination and in support of LGBTQ family members.
By Ron Acton, Jackson Hillsdale Libertarian Party
Jackson, MI – At 6:30 PM on Wednesday, June 19th Retired University of Michigan Security Director Perry Spencer will speak to the Jackson Hillsdale Libertarian Party at Steve’s Ranch Family Restaurant, 311 West Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson MI 49201. The topic will be Experience running as a Third Party Candidate with the Ross Perot Reform Party.
Perry Spencer enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1975 and after serving 20 years in the Security Police retired in 1995 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He retired to Brooklyn, Michigan where he and his wife Phyllis began working her family’s 180 acre farm. In 1997 Perry started a second career working security for Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. He retired from there in 2018 after spending the last three years as the Director of Security.
He was politically active shortly after retiring from the Air Force. Perry ran for Michigan’s Secretary of State on the Reform Party ticket in 1998 and served as the Reform Party’s State Chairman in 1999-2000. He was also the Reform Party’s candidate for the United States Congress from Michigan’s Seventh District in 2000.
We encourage Teachers, Politicians and Public Officials to attend this meeting. IT’S YOUR TAX MONEY! Guests should be respectful to others. Do Not interrupt speaker. Please keep comments concise without personal attacks or profanity. Disruptions will not be tolerated.
By Scotty Boman, Libertarian Party of Wayne County Chair
Livonia, MI – Regular business meetings will continue but will be moved to the second Wednesday of the month at a new venue. However the Libertarian Party of Wayne County will now have a general meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Livonia Elks, 31117 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150. South side of Plymouth, just a short distance east of Merriman. This upcoming meeting will feature guest speaker Rev. Neil Patrick Carrick. He will be speaking on the Separation of Family and State.
To find our reserved meeting space, park in the back; enter through rear entrance. – Walk straight ahead through the vestibule, lobby area, and then turn down the hallway to the right. Walk down about 50 feet or so, and turn left into the short hallway; pass the couple of restrooms – and there we are!
Tentatively the new venue for the second Wednesday business meetings will be Leon’s Family Dining. 23830 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124. Phone: (313) 563-3713
For more information, contact Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 or email mailto:ScottyBoman@hotmail.com