FSP News - October 2005
The Free State Turns Two
The announcement of New Hampshire as the Free State took place on October 1,
2003. The Wire, out of Portsmouth, NH, ran a cover story in its October 5th
edition. From the article, "They're here, they're politically engaged and, like
it or not, they've given New Hampshire another moniker it will never shake.
The Granite State and the Live Free or Die state will also be known forevermore
as the Free State." Notice the Royalty.
The Board of Directors has reached a decision on the FSP restructuring.
The Board voted to strike the informal 2006 goal for obtaining 20,000
signatures and to allow Participants who thought this goal was a deadline to
opt out at the end of 2006. The Board also decided to promote early moving, in
part by deepening and expanding the New Hampshire information department. These
changes will be discussed in detail in a forthcoming paper to be published on
the FSP website.
Porcupines were seen on the historic Boston Common doing an FSP outreach
booth at Mass Cann's 16th Annual Boston Freedom Rally on September 17th. Other
Porcupine appearances on behalf of the FSP over the last month included three
outreach tables; at the Wisconsin Hempfest in Madison, the Gandhian Conference
on Nonviolence in Memphis, TN, and at the Vermont Freedom Fest 2005 at Vermont
Technical College, Randolph Center, VT. Trevor Snyder spoke on The Future
of America Politics at Revolution, a Science Fiction and Fantasy
convention in Asheville, NC. These successful events produced lots of new
contacts, Friends and Participants.
1 : Another "embarrassed" marijuana smoker. / Evolution and Traits /
Are we heading towards a police state? / Habeas Corpus Suspended
Hour 2 : More about the Police State / Police are
infallible! / Mass fining its citizens for buying cigarettes online. / Sedition
and Dissenters / Torture is evil and sick. This is a sampling of topics on a
recent Free Talk Live - Listen Now!
Media making reference to the FSP and its Participants
comes in all the time, from the press, on the web and in blogs. Newswire is a new part of the FSP website and it is
where secondary media mentions are listed. The latest news and media about the
FSP is always listed on the home page, front and center.
Libertarian TV offers programs of interest to libertarians
and other freedom lovers, including both political and non-political shows. A
selection of FSP audio and video is now included in the Libertarian TV lineup.
Fall harvest brings an endorsement by Keith Stroup, the
Founder and Executive Director of NORML, the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws. Keith said, "This is lovely. I really admire you
guys. I hope it works." Have you read all the FSP endorsements?
FSP POSITIONS OPEN: The FSP is currently seeking
enthusiastic and creative individuals to fill the following volunteer
positions. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities
and the time commitment needed, please
Coordinators Nik Ludwig or Tim Bauman. We will be posting more open
positions for your consideration, or perhaps you have an idea of how you can
apply your skills to help the FSP achieve Liberty in our Lifetime. Contact Nik
COLLEGE GROUPS COORDINATOR
This person will be responsible for coordinating FSP college groups and
organizing campus recruiting efforts.
COLLEGE GROUP LEADER
If you are currently enrolled or work at a college, please consider
hosting a FSP group on your campus.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
We are looking for someone experienced with fundraising to lead and
direct the FSP fundraising activities.
NEW HAMPSHIRE EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION COORDINATOR
This person will research and keep their finger on the pulse of things
related to employment in the Free State. Useful tasks include researching and
becoming familiar with job hunting resources in the state and on the internet,
being able to provide monthly summaries on job availability, helping people
interested in relocating to New Hampshire learn about job search resources and
NEW HAMPSHIRE REAL ESTATE AND HOUSING INFORMATION COORDINATOR
This individual will research and keep their finger on the pulse of
things related to real estate and housing in the Free State. Useful tasks
include becoming familiar with real estate and housing resources in the state,
being informed on housing trends within the state and being able to direct
folks interested in moving to New Hampshire to resources to help them find
places to call home.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RESEARCHER/WRITER
We'd like to find someone who can research New Hampshire's history,
climate, and/or recreation opportunities and more and do custom write ups on
them for our website and New Hampshire Information brochures. If you like
research and writing, this is the job for you. Being in state is not necessary
for this task.
FSP NEWS REPORTER
A reporter to cover Porcupine activism and liberty news in New Hampshire.
This helps to answer the question asked by people in the other 49 states,
"what's going on in New Hampshire?"
Joe McQuaid, Editor of the Manchester Union Leader, spoke
about the FSP while appearing on
FSP PorcFest merchandise is all 10% off now at the Store. There is also a new magnet selection, FSP
Buck Knives, and all kinds of merchandise to chose from to show your enthusiasm
"Yet in the face of the FSP opportunity, the great majority of libertarians
remain immobilized, or worse." Porcupine Tim Condon lets
libertarians who have not yet joined the FSP have it in his new essay, LISTEN, Libertarian!
Buffalo, Niagra Falls and Erie area residents are invited to SUNY Fredonia
for a talk to be given by Dr. Jason Sorens on October 18th at 7:30pm. For more
information please contact Aaron Stadler.
In New Hampshire
New Hampshire Liberty Alliance (NHLA) Civic Action held a fundraiser
Sunday, September 18th at Loudon International Speedway. It was the NASCAR
"Sylvania 300" - the biggest race day in NH this year. Thanks to the effort of
24 folks arriving at the track at 5:30am to be race event ushers and working
until almost 6:30pm, they were able to raise nearly $2,000 for Civic Action The
goal of the NHLA Civic Action department is to bolster the culture of liberty
within the hearts and minds of the people of New Hampshire. Further, to open a
wide, robust dialogue on the benefits of liberty among the people, political
candidates, and the office holders in New Hampshire.
Don Gorman coordinated an NHLA outreach event
held at the Deerfield Fair. The NHLA volunteers signed up 23 new members
and passed along hundreds of copies of our legislative report card. People
were impressed and very happy to see that someone is playing the role of
watchdog up at the State House.
Porcupines are running for local office in New Hampshire
again! The NHLA has offered financial support to candidates. There are news
stories covering some of the candidates in the FSP
Newswire, and links to New Hampshire online newspapers, magazines, TV and
radio can be found at NH Info.
The heavy rain across the Northeast has been especially
severe in southwestern New Hampshire. The Keene area, where many Porcupines now
call home, has been hardest hit by the rain and flooding. So far, all of our
friends seem to be doing all right. There is discussion and coverage on the NH
Underground forum and in the NH media, links mentioned above.
NH Liberty Calendar lists the upcoming events of 30 liberty-minded
Past issues of the FSP News are available.
FSP News content submissions are
due by the 10th of each month.
Participants in NH: 384
as of October 15, 2005