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April 2014

ALLIANCE OF ACTIVISTS TO LAUNCH NEW POPULIST POLITICAL PARTY IN DETROIT

THE AFTER PARTY WILL WORK FOR A GUARANTEED BASIC INCOME FOR ALL AMERICANS, REMOVAL OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS

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.

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

Media Contacts

Demeeko Williams, Detroit After Party

demeeko@afterpartyusa.org

Priscilla Grim, After Party National Steering Committee

priscilla@afterpartyusa.org

Carl Gibson, After Party National Steering Committee

carl@afterpartyusa.org

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