FSP News - November 2005
Welcome Free Staters - "When an organized group decides to
come here for their belief in less government and lower taxes, that sounds good
to us." Another warm welcome in a recent Editorial in New Hampshire's
The Board of Directors released a statement on the 1st of
November detailing the hiring of a public relations firm and providing further
details of the FSP changes reported last month.
The November 2005 print edition of the LP News reports in
Free State Project Political Activity about the coverage of the FSP in
a September 23rd article in the
Free Staters Among Us - "The Free Staters are coming.
Wait, make that: The Free Staters are here." The
Bow Times carried the article on November 9th. The story features four
recently moved Porcupines!
US Census Bureau
Report (PDF) released October 27th - New Hampshire #2 in % of
Households with Internet Access and #3 in % Households with a
Computer. "The report provides information about the
characteristics of households and people who have and have not adopted use of
computers and the internet."
PorcFest 2006 will be held at Roger's Campground again in
Lancaster, NH, June 23rd - July 1st. The official FSP Program will take place
during the first weekend, June 23rd - 25th, with a week of more informal
get-togethers to follow. More info about the
annual festival will continue to be announced. Mark your calendars!
New Hampshire into a 21st Century Powerhouse by Alan R. Weiss - "This paper
identifies what other leading centers for growth have achieved, grazes on how
they achieved it, and challenges the Free State to live up to its motto and
propel itself to the vanguard of this new century by adopting successful models
pioneered by others." Published at The
Libertarian Enterprise - now celebrating 10 years of bringing us
Brian Wright wraps up his 12-part New Pilgrim
Chronicles. - One man's story of the trials and rewards of moving to the
Free State. "Time to wrap it up for you, my fellow Free Staters and running-dog
liberty-lusting lackeys." Start at week 1 if you missed this series.
Jason Sorens, PH.D. FSP founder, spoke to
students and faculty at SUNY Fredonia October 18th. Read the
text of this talk at Free Market News Network (FMNN). Twelve other
articles by Jason were published this year at FMNN, where he is the Free State Strategist.
The Free State came in #2 in the new Work
Environment Index (WEI). "The index
rates working environments in terms of average pay, employment opportunities,
employee benefits, percentage of low-income workers, fair treatment between
genders and ability for employees to unionize. It is the first index to
evaluate worker climate as opposed to business climate on a state-by-state
basis, and was developed by researchers at Political Economy Research Institute
at the University of Massachusetts."
FSP Volunteer Updates & Positions Available
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to everyone who has volunteered to help with recruiting,
organizing, researching and evangelizing! We have eighteen new
volunteer helpers since last month!
Several Porcupines have stepped up to improve and strengthen our College
Groups, including Lauren Munoz, Rich Weiser and Richard Goldman. We still need
many more college groups and leaders so if you are currently enrolled, or work
at a college or university, let's talk!
The FSP is in the midst of making major improvements to our website and we have
several IT volunteers helping out, but we need more help. If you can help in
the following areas, please let us know.
MYSQL/PHP PROGRAMMERS – We need programmers familiar with using these
tools in building websites. In particular experience with Drupal or other
similar content management systems is a plus.
FSP IT DIRECTOR – Do you have both technical and managerial skills? Do
you have the ability and commitment to complete complex projects? We are
looking for a talented individual to direct and manage the FSP's IT
infrastructure and to act as project leader for our new improved website.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT - We are looking for someone experienced with
fundraising to lead and direct the FSP fundraising activities.
FSP NEWS REPORTER - A reporter to cover
Porcupine activism and liberty news in New Hampshire - "what's going on in New
Hampshire?" Keep your eyes and ears open and provide leads and links for
the FSP News.
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 coordinators Nik Ludwig or Tim
Bauman for more information, and thank you for helping us achieve Liberty
in Our Lifetime!
FSP merchandise is a terrific idea for Holiday
gift-giving! Not only do you spread the word, but it financially
supports the FSP as well. Please check the website for the selections and specials over the
next few weeks. This limited edition (100) official Buck Knife collectible
pictured above features a gold plated FSP porcupine cutout in the blade. They
are also laser engraved with the FSP logo on the handle and on the walnut
presentation box. The handle is charcoal NH Birch with nickel-silver guard and
butt cap. Leather sheath included.
Free Talk Live, the fast-growing radio talk show
and top-rated podcast is hosted by Porcupines Manwich and Ian and has added
another radio station to its affiliate
line-up, "KUSA" (KBBO) 980 AM in Yakima, WA. Free Talk Live has also joined
forces with Talk Shows USA to help promote the show. Listen live 6
days a week, from 8-10pm ET on an affiliate radio station, via webstream, or to
show archives on the website.
The newest FSP Community Liaisons are:
Earth-sheltered homes in New Hampshire - Brian Sullivan is the
Liaison. This new
group aims to learn about locating land, building earth-sheltered, solar,
zero-energy homes in NH, and promote the FSP in the sustainable housing
community. Also new is Alternative Health Care - Dr. Alva
Irish is a Homeopath and will be the Liaison for this community. There are open
Liaison positions listed at the Community Liaison link above. If you have ideas
to reach out to a group or community that you know and are a part of, please contact Dr. Chris
Harrison, Liaison Coordinator.
Jim Walters is our Liaison for the States Rights community.
Meet another Porcupine volunteer in an interview with Jim in Liaisons Corner.
On The Road - PorcFest
'05 - a video short, recorded on-location at the PorcFest in Lancaster, NH.
Jason Talley, Crasher-in-Chief at BureauCrash talks about the travels of the
MARV, or Mobile Authority Resistance Vehicle and the FSP. Poker Face provides the music.
In New Hampshire
The FSP website feature, Newswire, carries
stories featuring activism in New Hampshire. This month the
right to bear arms, Jim Maynard's new book,
The Light of Alexandria (also see
Union Leader article) and a Letter
to the Editor by Seth Cohn. Further activism in NH, such as the
RFID protest, the Social Security card-burn protest (radio
coverage) and candidates for local office, were covered by the NH
Underground and its Forum.
An online news publication, the
Keene Free Press was just launched - read all about it!
Porcupines joined in at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, NH. Keene
holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Jack-O'-Lanterns in One Place At One
Time." How many? ... 28,952!
"The forecast said New Hampshire's economy is expected to lead the
regional recovery in coming years as the state's high-tech sector
enjoys a recovery." From the Portsmouth Herald article, N.H. leads
region in economic vigor.
Jean Alexander writes
about her new Life in New Hampshire. "It's late fall - cold at night
but pleasant most days. Winter is coming and with it, I will have known New
Hampshire for a year. Almost newlyweds no longer, I continue to be thrilled to
be here and contentedly set down more roots with every passing week."
FSP News recent issues are available. Content submissions are
due by the 10th of each month.
The NH Liberty Calendar
lists the upcoming events of 30 liberty-minded organizations.
Are you ready to join the FSP and move to New Hampshire to help achieve
Liberty in Our Lifetime? Click here.
Participants in NH: 384
as of November 15, 2005