Monday, September 26, 2016

Oppose Felony Restrictions on MI State Food & Financial Assistance

26 September 2016

A Statement by 2016 SP State House Candidate Michael Anderson (MI-70th district)


Q&A: House of Rep. candidate goes green

26 September 2016

By Rose Cyburt
The Almanian (Alma, MI)
"This election year, there has been a significant amount of talk about third parties. Running against Democrat Ken Hart and Republican Jim Lower for Michigan’s 70th District is Green Party/Socialist Michael Anderson....

Q. You are running for both the Green Party and the Socialist Party, but which do you affiliate with more?

A. I belong to the Socialist Party. I agree with the ideals of the Green Party, but joined primarily for ballot access. The Green Party is taking great measures towards anticapitalism thanks to the progressiveness of today’s youth.

Q. Are there any major differences between the parties?

A. Yes, there are differences, like the Socialist Party is about complete socialism. We want to take power from capitalists and put it in the hands of the workers. Workers include lower and middle class, students and people without jobs. The Green Party believes in working through the system to reform and make changes and agreements. The Socialist Party wants to completely smash the system.

Q. What issue is more important to you: the environment or radical democracy?

A. Those issues are one in the same. Capitalism happens when people are profit driven; the people in charge don’t care about consequences because they aren’t affected like the communities are since they are farther away. If the people in the community had control they are less likely to pollute because it is their home..."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Socialist Party is Only Party, Besides Republicans and Democrats, to File for Guam Advisory Presidential Vote

25 September 2016

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

Starting in 1980, Guam has voted for President in November, even though Guam has no electoral votes. The Guam Election Commission always prints the Democratic and Republican national tickets on its November ballot automatically. It also puts other tickets on the ballot, simply by request. This year, the only third ticket is the Socialist Party’s ticket. See the Guam ballot here. The presidential part is near the bottom. The Socialist Party presidential candidate’s name is Emidio Soltysik, but the ballot omits the “i” in his surname...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

You have other choices for president

24 September 2016

By Ken Herman
Austin American-Statesman
"These are the certified Texas write-in candidates. Please note that Travis County voting machines use spin-and-spell for entering write-in votes. You spin the wheel to pick the letters to spell the name. So these really are spin-in votes, not write-in votes....

Next, let’s meet Emidio (Mimi) Soltysik of Los Angeles, the political activist nominee of the Socialist Party USA. Soltysik’s party says it stands for “the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation or other characteristics.” If you’re for that, vote Soltysik, if you can spin it on the ballot wheel...."

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

MCC hosts “minor party presidential candidate” forum

 17 September 2016

By By Paul Rozycki
East Village Magazine

Can’t deal with Trump?

Not sure if you can trust Hillary?

Well, there are lots of other choices out there.

That was the point of the “Off the Beaten Path to the White House Presidential Candidate Forum” held at Mott Community College Sept. 15.

The event was sponsored by MCC’s political science department and broadcast as part of Tom Sumner’s radio program on WFOV 92.1 LPFM.

The forum grew out of Sumner’s “Off the Beaten Path” weekly radio interviews with independent and third party candidates over the last year. Associate producer Andrea Sutton led the effort to contact the candidates and arrange for their appearance on the program and the forum.

The event brought together a diverse field of eight independent and minor party candidates. Attending the forum were independent candidates John Fitzgerald Johnson from New York,  Dr. Lynn Kahn from Maryland and New York,  Lloyd Kelso from North Carolina, Scott Smith from Colorado and Terry Wheelock from Texas. They were joined by Robert Dionisio of the United Party USA ( from Washington, D.C., Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik of the Socialist Party USA from California, and Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party from Michigan....

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Socialist presidential candidate Soltysik hosts unusual 'rally' in Ann Arbor

15 September 2016 

By Martin Slagter

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik was candid in explaining that his presidential candidacy was less about putting himself out in front than giving his supporters a voice while building community as the Socialist Party nominee.

To back that claim up, Soltysik attempted to build community among the approximately 20 people in attendance at his public speaking session on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the University of Michigan's Mason Hall by getting to know his audience and supporters better.

"As opposed to (Vice Presidential candidate) Angela (Nicole Walker) and I being the folks always front and center, we let people throughout the country tell their stories – folks who have been involved in organizing work, folks who are doing community work," he said. "They tell their stories, they share their hopes and fears, and we share that information and put that front and center."

Soltysik, a longtime political activist who is the first Socialist Party presidential candidate named on Michigan's ballot since 2004, made a concerted effort to listen to his audience, opening the evening by asking everyone in attendance to name a book that changed their life. Later in the evening he asked each audience member to explain what community meant to them and to provide their definition of revolutionary activity...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Socialist presidential candidate's main message isn't "vote for me."

14 September 2016

By Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio
"Emidio 'Mimi' Soltysik says his run for president under the banner of the Socialist Party USA banner is more of an organizing project than a traditional campaign.

Soltysik described that project to a group of about 20 people at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Wednesday night. With his calm and gentle demeanor, the former musician comes across more as a guru of socialism than a fiery revolutionary.

The purpose of his campaign is to get people "plugged in" to their communities, he says, not get the most votes possible...."

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Quiz: See which third-party presidential candidate agrees with you

14 September 2016

By Emily Lawler

"Think legalizing marijuana is the way to go? Then maybe Gary Johnson is your candidate. Are you anti-capitalist and ready for a revolution? Perhaps your vote is for Mimi Soltysik.
But how do you know for sure which third party candidate is right for you? We've got you covered, take our (non-scientific) quiz below to see which candidate aligns most with your beliefs..."

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Socialist Party presidential candidate Mimi Soltysik to appear in Ann Arbor, Flint

13 September 2016

By Lauren Gibbons

"Socialist Party presidential candidate Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik will make two public appearances in Michigan this week, stopping in Ann Arbor and Flint to discuss his platform and take questions.

Soltysik will first stop in Ann Arbor Sept. 14 for a 6 p.m. public speaking session at the University of Michigan's Mason Hall in Room 3356, where he is expected to speak and take questions, according to an announcement from his campaign.

He will also attend a Sept. 15 candidate forum for independent and third party candidates at the Mott Community College Event Center in Flint, which will run from 3 to 6 p.m. with doors open at 2 p.m.
Both events are open to the public.

Soltysik, a longtime political activist and Socialist Party leader, will be the first Socialist Party presidential candidate named on Michigan's ballot since 2004. Socialist Party candidates in 2008 and 2012 ran write-in campaigns in Michigan.

He and running mate Angela Nicole Walker were nominated to the Socialist Party presidential ticket at the party convention in October 2015, and Soltysik will appear on the Michigan ballot as the Natural Law Party presidential candidate.

With his stops in Ann Arbor and Flint, Soltysik will be the latest of three third party candidates to schedule public appearances in Michigan...."

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Your vote will count, no matter the candidate for whom you vote

 9 September 2016

By John Schlembach
Victoria Advocate (TX)

"The good news is that there are more than two candidates. Beyond Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump are many others. Texas has a covey of write-in candidates that will be available to all citizens who choose to vote. Even if they do not win, your vote will be counted. I personally led the drive to have Emidio Soltysik, the candidate for Socialist Party USA, placed there. I've also convinced a few people to vote for the socialist party's presidential ticket.

This cycle can be seen as a referendum not just on the toxic status quo, but the parties and people complicit in bringing us to this point, to soaring inequality, poverty, unemployment, hunger and diminishing educational returns. A break must be made from a system that is built upon the fundamental contradiction between labor and capital, between the social nature of production and the private nature of profits...."

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lo strano candidato Soltysik

4 September 2016 

By Riccardo Ferraris  
RSI News

"Emidio "Mimi" Soltysik, dopo le elezioni primarie del partito, รจ stato nominato lo scorso anno il candidato ufficiale del Partito Socialista Americano, un movimento che mette insieme gruppi di volontari da tutto il Paese. I punti chiave della sua campagna sono l'aumento del salario minimo garantito e la fine dello sforzo bellico americano. Niente consulenti d'immagine, agenti della sicurezza o social media manager: Soltysik porta avanti la campagna dal suo appartamento di Los Angeles, la moglie lo aiuta a cercare nuovi contatti sul web, mentre Mimi accoglie personalmente i giornalisti preparando il caffe' e offrendo ciambelle . Anche questo e' uno dei tanti volti dell'America che si prepara alle elezioni del prossimo Novembre."  

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Video Interview with SP Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik on RSI News

4 September 2016
RSI News

Friday, September 2, 2016

Environment and Capitalism

2 September 2016

A Statement by 2016 SP State House Candidate Michael Anderson (MI-70th District)