FSP News - February 2006
Moving to New Hampshire in
the next 2 years? Already moved? Be a part of
The First 1000 people to move to the Free State. At press time, 112 had
signed The First 1000 pledge! Many of the liberty-lovers who have signed up as
FSP Participants have indicated that they will move "within the next two
years". Are you one of them? Dare to be one of The First 1000 to move to New
Hampshire before the end of 2008. How? Add your name to the Pledge Bank today!
David Bergland endorses the Free State Project.
Mr. Bergland is a former Libertarian Party National Chair, 1984 LP Presidential
candidate and author the the popular book, Libertarianism in One
"The lucky folks in New Hampshire may soon be the beneficiaries of a
libertarian 'tipping point.' It is wonderful to imagine and anticipate the
changes toward liberty we will see in New Hampshire when the Free State
Project's goal of 20,000 libertarians moving there is realized. Then, think
about the effect on neighboring New England states, then all the states, then
all of North America. And why stop there. The Free State Project just could
(and should) change the world. The sooner the better." David
Bergland, January 20, 2006
The January Recruitment Challenge totals are in! We
welcomed in 60 confirmed new Participants and raised a total
of $1,700. Thank you to Keith Carlsen and the Tennessee FSP
Local Group, Vince Silvia and John P. Cunningham for pledging their financial
support for the challenge.
Have you thought of ways to help the FSP? Skills and
talents to offer? Let us know how you'd like to contribute and we'll help you
get started. There's a place for you, no matter what your skills! You do not
need to 'take an official position' to make contributions just contact the
volunteer Coordinator, Nik Ludwig. The more people participating in the
outreach, the faster we will reach our goals. Visit the new FSP Positions Open webpage for volunteer
PorcFest 2006 planning is
in full swing. Make a trip to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire
this Summer, June 23 - July 1. Speakers, events and good times and hundreds of
Porcupines! There will also be another Silent Auction fundraiser this year
items of curiosity and value are needed contact Jean for
details. Roger's Campground is offering a special on campsites and RV sites for
PorcFest 5 nights for the price of 3. Make your reservations today!
See you this Summer.
Morey Straus was elected to the Board of Directors in
mid-January. See page 3 of the
Santa Clara Libertarian for an announcement and article about him.
"New Hampshire is already
so liberty oriented it's like night and day compared to where we've come from."
Jean Alexander is back with her next Life in New
Hampshire. While you're there, explore the brand new New Hampshire
Center - NH Jobs, Housing/Real Estate, Communities, Activism, Maps and more!
Hello College Students! Promote the Free state Project on
your campus. We'll make it easy for you to distribute literature and find
like-minded individuals. We want an FSP Coordinator at every college and
university yours! Say hello to our
FSP College Coordinators.
Free Talk Live adds its 11th
radio station affiliate, "Z-600 The Edge" KGEZ 600 AM in Kalispell, MT. This
FSP sponsored radio show continues to pull in about 10% of new Porcupine
sign-ups. You can tune into one of the affiliates on the air, podcast,
webstream or archived shows.
"Gun laws in New Hampshire were a key reason for its
selection as the Free State. Any resident without a criminal record can openly
carry firearms, and permits for concealed carrying are available to any
resident passing a background check." From
FSP Press Release, February 12th Free State Project offers safe
haven for San Fransisco gun owners.
The FSP now has an RSS newsfeed. It's a simple way to set
up a link to the FSP website to receive the latest news. Try it.
New 1950's retro style FSP desktop wallpaper design available through Bureaucrash (see pic at
right). We welcome design contributions for merchandise, advertising and
publicity. Please see the FSP
Design Center for more info.
Action of the Month - Add
the Free State Project to your email signature. Promoting the FSP with
every email you send is an easy way to spread the word. It won't cost you any
extra, and it gives the recipient an easy way to access the site for more
information. Keep it short and sweet, or include the whole first paragraph (or
page!) from the site, and let people know there is hope. All of our actions,
the large and the small, will take us closer to Liberty in Our Lifetime
feel free to make suggestions to
The Vans Warped Tour has invited
us back to promote the Free State Project at 48 cities across the United States
and Canada! The Vans Warped Tour is a traveling festival that hops around
North America every summer with over 70 rock/punk/metal bands. There is a
special non-profit tent where various groups, like the FSP, are allowed to set
up tables for free.
FSP volunteers gave out flyers, stickers, and even FSP matchboxes to
thousands of music fans in 2005. Daniel Patrick managed FSP volunteers in
Atlanta, Lloyd Danforth handled Northampton Mass, Bryan Stevenson took care of
Virginia Beach, and I helped in Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Everyone
reported having a good time!
We already know the cities
and dates for the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. Supplies are already being made
and ordered. We need just one more thing; volunteers! All volunteers will get
free entrance to the venue, tons of supplies to pass out, plenty of water, any
needed training, and the opportunity to promote the powerful idea of liberty in
our lifetime at the shows. Feel free to bring someone with you, even if they
are not a member of the FSP. Let's try to have at least two volunteers at every
venue this year!
For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, take a
look at the tour information and send an email
with the date(s) you are interested in working Keith Carlsen, FSP VWT
In New Hampshire Homeschooling Bill HB406
awaits NH Governor's signature. From Dawn Lincoln, in Free State Blogs, "In summary the
current law states that a homeschooler must submit an annual notification, an
annual curriculum plan that must be acknowledged by the party it is sent to,
and an annual evaluative process that can be satisfied through testing,
portfolio review or other methods agreed upon by the parent and the
participating agency. HB406 removes the curriculum component, leaving annual
notification and evaluation."
Free Staters arrested for disorderly conduct at protest in
Manchester! Coverage and discussion at
NH Blogger Tom Bowler endorsed the FSP on January 16th.
His popular blog is Libertarian
Leanings Ruminations of a New Hampshire Republican with
decidedly libertarian leanings. "The Free State Project favors the growth
of liberty and has a plan to achieve it that goes beyond merely presenting
facts. It makes perfect sense that New Hampshire 'Live free or die'
is where they have chosen to establish their political community. I
fully support the aims of the Free State Project." See all endorsements of the FSP.
Congratulations and best wishes to Amy and Joel on their
marriage it may be the first Porcupine marriage in the Free
State! A reported 50 Free Staters joined friends and family in their
celebration in New Hampshire on February 12th.
Gun Owners of New Hampshire (GO-NH) just published its list
of pending NH legislative bills. The GO-NH Legislative Watch List will help
keep us up with the all the Second Amendment
action in NH.
The NH Liberty Calendar lists the
upcoming events of 30 liberty-minded New Hampshire organizations.
The NH Underground Calendar also lists liberty-oriented NH events.
FSP News back issues are available. Got FSP
news? content submissions are
due by the 12th of each month. Are you ready to JOIN THE FSP, move to New
Hampshire and help achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join
Participants in NH: 390
as of February