April 2023

Volume 52:04

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Michigan Libertarians March to Defend Lives

Libertarians March to Defend Lives.
Libertarians March to Defend Lives.

Lansing, MI – On March 23rd dozens of defense-rights activists rallied near the Michigan Capitol under the title. Organizers called for the abolition of “gun free” zones, and the hiring of actual armed security for schools. The event went from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and started in Wentworth Park.

MSM Spin Puts Defense-Rights Deniers in Its Sights

The event coincided with a related gathering on the steps of the Michigan Capitol where a group claiming to support “common-sense (sic)” gun-control rallied.  Most mainstream media coverage focused on this event and its speaker, Michigan State University shooting victim Troy Forbush. Forbush described how he was unable to deter the shooter with his words while unarmed. However, a few journalists included minimal coverage of the “March to defend Lives,” referring to defense-activists as “counter protesters.”

Defense Advocates Receive Some Coverage

Organizer Ryan Brennan was quoted in the Detroit News saying,

"Predators don't want to go where there's resistance. They want to attack people that cannot defend themselves," Brennan said. "If they know that the only people on campus ... with guns are going to be the criminal and the police officer that is probably 20-30 minutes away, they're more than likely to attack those people."

The event was also covered on Lansing area Channel 6 station WLNS which broadcasted Brennan saying,

I don’t feel like these laws (measures) are common sense, whatsoever. I feel like it’s going to put more people in harm’s way. It’s going to reduce the people’s capacity to defend themselves, and I’m here to say, ‘no’ to all of it.

Ryan Brennan also appeared as a guest on the 910 AM Superstation program “The Robert Ficano Show” on Sunday March 26th to discuss the protest.

The Lansing State Journal featured a photo (by Matthew Dae Smith) of 2006 Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Gregory Creswell holding up a sign that read, “Criminals prefer unarmed victims.” The photo caption reads,

Gun rights activist Gregory Creswell of the Libertarian Party of Michigan was one of about a dozen Second Amendment counterprotestors wielding signage Thursday, March 23, 2023, during the March for Our Lives rally at the state Capitol. The event was organized by the MSU chapter, in wake of the recent campus shooting rampage that killed three and critically injured five.

Self-Reporting March to Defend Lives

Activists documented the event with their own recordings. They posted Ryan Brennan’s speech here. Another video featured other protesters and their comments: https://twitter.com/i/status/1639069375993921536

The organizer and most of the defense-rights activists are also members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Joe Brungardt (Resigned). contact
First Vice Chair: Mike Saliba (Serving as Chair). vcaffiliates@michiganlp.net
Second Vice Chair: Mary Buzuma. Contact
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba (Greg Stempfle serving in his absense). Contact
Treasurer: Norm Peterson (Resigned-Duties assumed by Angela Thornton Canny). Contact
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. Contact
District 2 Rep: Andrew Hall. Contact
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. Contact
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. Contact
District 5 Rep: David Canny. Contact
District 6 Rep: Rafael Wolf. Contact
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. Contact
District 8 Rep: Jon Elgas. Contact
District 9 Rep: Greg Stempfle. Contact
District 10 Rep: Kyle McCauley. Contact
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. Contact
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. Contact
District 13 Rep: Jami Van Alstine. Contact
District 14 Rep: Scotty Boman. Contact

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno.
Robert Roddis.
Joshua Smith.


Webmaster: Mark King. Webmaster@michiganlp.net
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.net
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
Genesee County: Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Huron-Raisin:Chair Mark King, mark.king@markzz.com. Vice Chair Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, MichLibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Isabella County (Affiliate Applicant): Stephanie Dunn, 989-572-4450, stephaniedunn111969@gmail.com
Lapeer County: Kyle McCauley, (248) 974-5085.
Livingston County: Chair Trevor Step, trevorstep@protonmail.com
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, MacombLP@mail.com
Northern Michigan: Chair Stephanie Dean (231) 620-5280
Political director Corey Dean phone (231) 590-8290 or email cory0269@yahoo.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, cjnepo1@gmail.com or call (508) 579-7878
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Chair Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com
West Michigan: Chair Mary Buzuma, mary.buzuma@att.net or call (757) 748-5606.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice.

April 1, 2023 - Regular Convention, 9:00 AM.
Hilton Garden Inn at 633 North Canal Road in Lansing, Michigan.

April 2, 2023 - Lapeer County Bi-monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

April 6, 2023 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting (Convention), 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brewery Becker. 500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116.
The March agenda will include finalizing our delegate list for the convention on April 1.
We will be discussing When Will We Learn? by Harry Browne from September 12, 2001.
The war in Ukraine started 1 year ago. As U.S. involvement in the conflict continues to expand it may be wise to heed the warnings of past generations. You can read it here: When Will We Learn
For more information, contact Trevor Step, trevorstep@protonmail.com

March 4, 2023 - West Michigan Affiliate CMeetingn, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Abacus Title and Escrow, 985 Parchment Drive, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
For more information contact Mary Buzuma at (757) 748-5606, or email her at mary.buzuma@att.net.

April 4, 2023 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe' and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

April 12, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Monthly Meeting (Convention), 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Habib's Cuisine, 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

April 12, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Macomb County Monthly Meeting, Dinner 7:00 PM Business 8:00 PM
b.d.'s Mongolian grill. 1350 Hall Rd. Sterling Heights, MI. 48313.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Macomb County's website:
https://macomblp.org for updates.
Annual Convention in the "Warrior Room" at the same location 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at MacombLP@mail.com

April 13, 2023 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wurst Bar, 705 West Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

April 13, 2023 - Northern Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM
Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams. For login information contact Stephanie Dean at (231) 620-5280
For more information, contact Corey Dean at (231) 590-8290 or email him atcory0269@yahoo.com.

April 13, 2023 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery 4906 W Mount Hope Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917-9588
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

April 14, 2023 - FLINT’S SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK: Libertarian Party of Genesee County All Affiliate Event, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
Meetup at Churchill's Food & Spirits. 340 S Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502. Organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council Public Relations Committee, this program is a collaboration between over 20 businesses and cultural organizations in downtown Flint. We coordinate open house receptions, free to the public to promote the diversity of gallery offerings in our downtown. Locations vary seasonally. ARTWALK takes place on the second Friday of every month, 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Maps are available at Greater Flint Arts Council. Parking is available throughout the downtown area.
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

April 19, 2023 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net Guest Speaker: Ms. Kathy Schmaltz, Michigan House, District 46.
Topic – Energy and Health.

April 19, 2023 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
B1 Tavern. 1967 Cass Lake Rd. Keego Harbor, MI 48320.
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com or call at (508) 579-7878

April 16, 2023 - Lapeer County Bi-monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

April 18, 2023 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81149694895
The Meeting ID is 811 4969 4895 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join.
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com. Affiliate email address: president@uplp.org

April 30, 2023 - Genesee County Affiliate Business Meeting, 5:00 PM.
The Golden Leaf1522 Harrison St, Flint, MI .
Plan on a one hour meeting with a full agenda.
To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

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