FSP News - December 2005
January Recruitment Challenge - the Tennessee FSP Local
Group has stepped up with an innovative new idea to increase Participant
sign-ups and raise funds for FSP promotion. The Local Group will donate $10 to
the FSP for every new member that signs up in January - thank you Tennessee
Porcupines! Updates and additions to the Challenge will be posted on the FSP website.
Free Staters are all over the world. Staff Sergeant and
Porcupine, Art Curtis sends holiday greetings to his family at home and Free
Staters worldwide. Art has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, all the
while continuing his FSP recruiting efforts (note his hat in the picture).
Before being deployed, Art was the Oklahoma Local Group Leader. Art talks about
his wife; "My wife Lena is from Russia and grew up under tyrannical government.
That has alot to do with shaping her particular desire for a free society. We
both believe that Americans are forfeiting the principles that made America
great. Reminds me of a little story. When she was going to be sworn in as an
American citizen a few years ago, the ceremony being conducted in a federal
building, so we had to go through metal detectors and have our bags searched. I
had left my wallet out in the car all the way on the other side of the parking
lot. The security people wouldn't let anyone in the building without
government-issued ID. When everybody finally produced their documents, got
inside and then into the waiting area, I could tell she was upset about
something, but wasn't sure what, so I asked. I remember what she said: 'Just
what kind of country am I becoming a citizen of? Americans cannot come and go
as they please without papers? You know, even in soviet Russia there were not
as many "security" checkpoints as here. Land of the free? How can denying
freedom make us all safer?'" See you in NH, Art and Lena.
One of the top producers of new Participants and Friends
for the FSP is Free Talk Live, the nationally syndicated radio
program. 930 WKCT in Bowling Green, KY was added to the syndication line-up on
December 1st, and FTL continues its remarkable growth with the addition of the
26th largest U.S. market, Sacramento,
CA. Beginning January 7th, the Porcupine hosts will be addressing another 1.7
million potential listeners with the addition of the Sacramento station. The
unique FTL AMP program, where loyal listeners contribute $3 or more per month
to help promote the show, has just eclipsed $1,000 per month. Tune in or webstream the show
Monday through Saturday, 8-10pm ET.
'Twas the time before Christmas when all through the land,
Not a wallet weren't pillaged nor card yet unscanned;
The people were stuck, between imp and the sea,
How to spend on their list and on liberty?
The founders are gone now all snug in their graves,
While the house and
congress are acting like knaves;
And those in the free state, and we in the rest,
Have long ago settled where freedom is best.
When how to help best (not only to chatter),
I want to give cash to mine and the latter;
Away to the internet, we'll find a way,
A fine site called iGive, let's see what they say.
Pick out the Porc from the long list of causes,
And we'll give those statists more fits and more pauses.
When you buy for yours, or even yourself,
Some portion of spending will make you an elf.
So don't hesitate now or wait for St. Nick,
"Liberty in Our Lifetime" the phrase that you pick;
Help out today and the rest of your life,
With freedom and justice we'll be plenty rife.
[The iGive program lets you pick a cause, hint, hint: The Free State
Project, and a percentage of your purchases from hundreds of online merchants
will be donated to the FSP. I figure, if you're going to buy it anyway, why not
let the FSP get a cut? For more information go to iGive.]
- Phil Denisch, Merchandise Coordinator
Have you visited the FSP's Message Board, or Forum? It's an interactive
discussion board filled with ideas and opinions about the Free State Project,
and it's a good place to ask questions or simply browse.
The Newswire has links to FSP related
media coverage over the past month. The NH Social Security card burn (see
below) and NH election coverage stories are
linked. Check the website during the month for updates.
FSP website just added links to FSP-Friendly podcasts. Free Talk Live, the
Coalition of NH Taxpayers and Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy are the currently featured podcasts.
The FSP was included as a Sweet
Site of the Day on November 22nd.
New Hampshire Apartments and Roommates finding services
are now listed in the NH Info
section of the website.
Free State neighbor and Porcupine Hardy Machia was just
elected Chair of the Vermont Libertarian
Party. Hardy is a former Vermont gubernatorial candidate and hopes to help
guide the Party in making new strides for liberty. The Vermont Libertarian
Party endorsed the FSP in 2003.
FSP Volunteer Updates & Positions Available
Thanks again to all who have been working to keep the FSP moving forward.
While you are enjoying the holidays this month, think if perhaps you might be
the perfect person to fill one of the following roles - we'll help you get
FSP EVENTS COORDINATOR Keep tabs on all the events happening around
the country where the FSP might gain recruits and arrange for FSP
representation. Our current Events Coordinator, Sandy Pierre, has moved to the
Free State and is focusing on in-state activism, but she will be able to help
her successor get up to speed. See the FSP Job Description page for more info.
CAFEPRESS MANAGER and FSP MERCHANDISE DESIGNER Do you have an idea
for a cool T-shirt design? How about a Porcupine belt buckle? We've got some
cool stuff, but we need much more cool stuff; like tees, tanks, hats, caps,
jackets, flags, jewelry, posters, calendars, postcards, stickers, and more! How
about FSP matchbooks, lighters and pipes? The possibilities are endless with
you in the design seat. Try out your designs on CafePress and if they are a hit
we'll make 'em in-house. Truly the world (of FSP merchandise) will be your
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR PROJECT MANAGERS Yep, I already need help! If
you like working with people and projects, I could really use some help in
following up with our increasing number of enthusiastic volunteers, finding the
best roles to fit their visions and talents, and helping them nurture their
projects to fruition. Bonus: you get to work with a really swell guy and show
him what he's been doing wrong all this time. (Note that several people can
fill this position)
These are just some of the many volunteer opportunities available with the
Free State Project. You can view other openings on the Organizational Chart. Please contact Volunteer
Coordinator, Nik Ludwig, for more information, and thank you for helping
achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime! - Nik
In New Hampshire
The Freedom Friends Tuath has been formed in New
Hampshire. What is a Tuath, you ask? A Tuath is a means of a society
functioning without a Government. The word comes from the Irish experience of
over 1000 years of a Stateless Society. The new Freedom Friends Tuath
is based upon the Zero Aggression Principle - no human being has the right,
under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to
threaten or delegate its initiation.
"Somebody's got to say no to government", said Russell Kanning
at the Social Security card burn and protest held outside the Social Security
Administration offices in Concord, NH on November 12th. Lady Liberty, sporting
a 'black eye', made an appearance at the protest! Get the full story, including
a video and radio interview at
Porcupine blogger, Friday Jones, gives us some personal
insights into life in New Hampshire in 4342 miles for freedom. Thanks
The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
continues to gain in influence and momentum. Here are some of the events and
projects in the works:
- Two candidates are running for Membership Director - NHLA members should
vote at the website
- Legislative training sessions - learn all about the legislative process in
Concord. Learn to testify on legislation and observe the NH Legislature in
- Town meeting workshop - learn about how town meetings are run and how to
be an effective participant in the process
- Town elections session - whether running or supporting others, this
session will provide the know-how. And dinner after!
- The Civic Action department seeks to bring voluntary, non-governmental
assistance to local Granite Staters. Dave Mincin is looking for
energetic fun-loving people to help him bring liberty solutions to our
- Research and Legislative bill analysis is performed year 'round and allows
the NHLA to focus support or opposition to bills. It also provides the research
necessary to develop the annual Legislative Report Card
- The production of a new presentation specifically for children, all about
the legislative process in New Hampshire
Download New Hampshire
wallpaper for your desktop from the Visit New Hampshire
website. Travel guides, online maps, basic town information and much more
available here - see site
"To get the Live Free or Die advantage, Free Staters trickle into
Granite State" - The Salem Observer recently ran a nice
Freedom Movement. It featured some of our Porcupine movers!
The Liberty Scholarship Fund
is a nonprofit organization founded to act as a direct channel for charitable
donations to assist families in New Hampshire who choose to pursue non-public
education. An Endowment Fund was also created and is regularly
funded to create a growing asset to benefit the LSF. The LSF awarded three
$1,000 scholarships in 2005 and is currently conducting a fundraising
Eminent domain fight sparks airport rally in Manchester.
About 30 Porcupines and NH liberty-lovers gathered to protest the use of
eminent domain and to show support for the property owners. The
Concord Monitor covered the story.
The NH Liberty Calendar
lists the upcoming events of 30 liberty-minded New Hampshire organizations.
FSP News back issues are available. Got FSP
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submissions are due by the 10th of each month.
Are you ready to join the FSP and move to New Hampshire to help achieve
Liberty in Our Lifetime? Click here.
Participants in NH: 387
as of December 15, 2005