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Posted 10 years ago on April 30, 2014, 10:58 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: AfterPartyUSA


DETROIT, MI — A grassroots alliance of community leaders and social justice activists is launching a new nationwide political party with a weekend of celebration and service in Detroit. The new party, dubbed the After Party, is a movement to inspire people of all ages to take decisive action in their communities to tackle growing inequality, the erosion of civil liberties, and rampant corruption in the political arena by promoting a platform of six principles that includes a guaranteed, inflation-adjusted basic income for all American citizens.

Priscilla Grim, founding organizer of Occupy Wall Street and co-creator of the We Are The 99% blog, said "The After Party is an opportunity for independent candidates to hack into the political system and bring deep systemic change by offering what people need most right now: a vision and a plan for a post-capitalist future that works for all of us."

The Party will engage in a series of missions in the months leading up to the Fall election, and beyond, focused on cultivating new leadership, building local power bases and rooting out under-performing politicians.

“We’re done waiting for politicians to get a clue,” said Carl Gibson, an After Party spokesman, “We’re going to do this ourselves. Between now and November, we’re dedicated to driving out corrupt government officials who only represent those who pay them.”

The After Party plans to expand into several states in the coming months, opening up ballot access to local candidates who pledge to forgo corporate backing and further theParty Platform. After Partiers will also organize grassroots community betterment initiatives outside of the formal political system to provide alternative solutions to local problems.

“We don’t have another six to twelve months to wait for change,” said Detroit resident Demeeko Williams. “We want it now - right now. It's time to send a jolt of electricity through the political system to let it know we are here, we're not being represented and we're coming for you."

The After Party will launch on Friday, May 2nd at 7pm at historic Bert’s Marketplace in Eastern Market, 2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, with a signing of the Party Manifesto.


The After Party is a political movement for a democratic revolution in the USA.

Media Contacts

Demeeko Williams, Detroit After Party


Priscilla Grim, After Party National Steering Committee


Carl Gibson, After Party National Steering Committee




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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

Another approach to public support/superiority =

78% of Americans support kxl?


Lets see a real 100% census survey.

Let The "People" REALLY SPEAK for ourselves!!!

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 10 years ago

Excellent-----Victims of a Sacrifice Zone fight back

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Detroit, Water, battle lines are global


"Americans used to take water for granted, but the water shutoff in Detroit has taught us all-important lessons. We now know that the private sector is willing to be ruthless in denying access to the most basic needs of living beings, and we also know that even those who have the least resources can also have power - if they are organized."

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

A plank for the platform =

Cancer Patients & Survivors & Fighters Where are your campaigns to remove the causes of cancer from our market places as well as pollution causes of cancer?

The FDA isn't doing it - Why Not?

The EPA isn't doing it - Why Not?

The CDC isn't doing it - Why Not?

The Surgeon General isn't doing it - Why Not?

It is up to US the PEOPLE to make changes in our governance - so that our issues our REAL NEEDS are finally PROPERLY addressed.

Could it be that we have the wrong people ( for the most part ) elected to office? People looking after corp(se)oRAT interests and not the peoples health or anything else good for the people.

Look for More Bernie Sanders' and More Kshama Sawant's.

Look to support people who support our ( PEOPLE'S ) best interests/issues - people who support our physical Health as well as our environmental Health as well as our economic Health.

Make real issues our demands for those who would run for office.

Don't listen to lip service - for incumbents - look at their history in office - what did they do or try to do FOR YOU/US - what did they do or try to do AGAINST YOU/US?

Stop supporting Parties ( especially the old parties - the failing parties - the good ol same old same old BS parties ) and start supporting issues and the individuals who are pushing our agenda/issues/needs.

[-] 2 points by LeoYo (5909) 10 years ago


Utilization of the Free Democracy Affidavit presented above could provide a major difference between AfterPartyUSA candidates and all the rest and furthermore create social pressure for the other candidates to sign.

[-] 2 points by LeoYo (5909) 10 years ago

Crain's Detroit Business Editor Channels Slave Imagery, Says Detroit Needs 'Permanent Overseer'

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 13:27
By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet | Op-Ed


Between the rampant legalized looting, an emergency manager thrust upon them, water turn-offs, threatened pensions, and darkened streets, the people of Detroit have been to hell and back. Now they can add grotesque racial insensivity from a newspaper editor to their list.

We learn through Electablog that Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Crain's Detroit Business, displayed his remarkable lack of humanity with an op-ed meant to convey what Motor City requries to move forward: "Maybe we need a permanent overseer" (the headline has since been changed). In Crain's view, the leaders are the city are not smart enough to run it.

"This is not to cast aspersions on our current politicians. But we don't know how long they will be in office and who will replace them. Certain members of the Detroit City Council have already proved to require oversight for their personal conduct. We don't have any idea about financial conduct.

It is time to consider a permanent, independent executive who permanently oversees city finances and operations. Perhaps a federal judge, someone who would be objective and save our elected officials from their own worst enemies — themselves. [...]

It simply makes very good sense for everyone — except those being supervised."

Is the white publisher of Detroit's major business publication unaware that slave plantation imagery might be offensive to the residents of a city where nearly 83% of the people are African American, one of the largest black populations of any American metropolis? Apparently not.

As Electablog notes:

"It's an unbelievably tone-deaf piece that also continues to perpetuate the myth that Detroit's current financial crisis is entirely the fault of incompetent city leaders who mismanaged the city's finances. Anyone who knows even a small amount of the history of Detroit from the 1950s through yesterday knows that this is unfair, untrue, and entirely racist."

The truth is that a big chunk of blame for Detroit's financial trouble resides with the mostly white, besuited denizens of Wall Street, who drove a financial meltdown and who screwed the city over with financial schemes that drained its coffers. Is that where the "overseer" is meant to come from?

This isn't the first time nasty racial undercurrents have swept into public discussion of Detroit's problems. Last year, Rush Limbaugh blamed the city's woes on African Americans who had driven whites out of the city. It was all those civil rights protests in the '60s, the big-mouthed radio host claimed, that started the Detroit's downfall.

Detroit has become the "Other" of American cities — cast as deserving of its troubles. It is true, as Maya Wiley points out, that disinvestment intimately linked to racism has long plagued Detroit, but to blame this on black people fighting for fair and decent treatment is the height of hypocrisy.

Frankly, Detroit's entire bankruptcy carries undercurrents of racism, as the Economic Policy Institute has pointed out.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.

[-] 1 points by MarthaScotts (8) from Chicago, IL 10 years ago

No good. Occupy is about the idea that the system is broken, that it can't be fixed. Creating a party goes against this concept.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

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A plank for the platform https://occupywallst.org/article/afterparty-populist-party-future/#comment-1031494 Time for a new day! It is up to the people to make a difference!