FSP News - September 2005
The Life of Freedom
Whenever I think of freedom I think it looks a lot like New Hampshire.
Because of all the freedom loving people who live here, this state becomes
freedom. With the colors of the great outdoors, the free-thinking can do
anything as long as it follows the two fundamental laws: do all that you have
agreed to do, and do not encroach on other persons or their property. The taste
of it is as sweet as a violet lollipop on a stick. Sappy and piney, the smell
has a natural scent to it. Liberty has a way of making persons want to change
the all-powerful government.
FSP Participants affected by Hurricane Katrina: FSP
Participant and Friend networks are in place all around the U.S. If you need
temporary lodging or help, or if you are ready to re-locate to NH now, please
contact us.While we are not set up to handle disaster relief, many have
expressed the desire to help. Call the FSP general number - 888 532-4604 if you
have a return phone number, or email us. We will do
our very best to put you in touch with Porcupines with the ability to offer
assistance to you and your family, whether in your area or in NH.
We have a new Volunteer Coordinator, Nik Ludwig, and
a new Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Tim Bauman. Nik and Tim
are working on setting up the structure to facilitate the involvement of many,
many new volunteers for the FSP. In the meantime, to get involved go to the FSP
Volunteer Center and watch the
FSP Home page for the posting of many new ways for you to help out.
Nik announces the first important opening for your consideration:
Position open - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Achieving Liberty in our Lifetime takes all kinds of resources, including
money of course! The FSP is currently seeking an individual to lead and direct
our fundraising efforts. As a purely volunteer organization, the FSP operates
totally via donations. Are you a persuasive communicator? Enjoy hobnobbing
with the rich (and not so rich) and famous? Have some experience in organizing
and managing fundraising events? OK with asking folks to dig in their
pocketbooks for the cause of freedom? If so, this job is made for you!
Your mission will be to lead and direct all the fundraising of the FSP. You
will work with the FSP Treasurer and VP of Operations to meet the needs of the
FSP and to initiate new fundraising events and projects. You will manage a
fundraising budget and have access to volunteers and resources to help you in
your efforts. If this sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, then
Nik Ludwig or Tim Bauman for more information, and thank you for helping bring
about Liberty in our Lifetime!
New to the FSP?
Or, maybe you've never run across this yet; The
FSP Timeline is an up to date chronology of notable events in the brief
history of the FSP, beginning with Jason Soren's original article published in
The Libertarian Enterprise on July 21, 2001 and continuing to today.
PorcFest - by Varrin Swearingen, PorcFest Czar 2005
Kate Rick is the Freedom Festival Coordinator for 2006!
Dates and location for the next PorcFest will be announced soon...
PorcFest 2005 Reports by
Bill Walker and Chris Lopez have been posted.
PorcFest 2005 merchandise
is still available.
The LIAISONS CORNER is
new on the FSP website and features interviews with our Liaison Leaders -
Participants who are members of, or associated with a particular community or
group. The first interview is with Marc Cohen, Liaison for the
Jewish community. From the interview with Marc, "We have the ability to
become a nation of upright citizens who take responsibility for their own lives
and local communities instead of waiting for our "Nanny" to take care of
Free Talk Live
(FTL), the syndicated radio show, which is run by Porcupines and partially
sponsored by Porcupines, continues to draw in new FSP Participants and Friends.
In June, 6.5% of new sign-ups were attributed to FTL. In July it rose to 10.8%
and in August it was up to 11.1%! The show was also voted the #1 Podcast for
August and September - listen in online or on the radio and then vote. This top status earned FTL
press from the Chicago Tribune and London's Financial Times. FTL announces
three new affiliate
stations; 1440 KMLB Monroe, LA , 960 KGWA Oklahoma City/Enid, OK. And, 980
KBBO Yakima, WA is scheduled to be added this month as well.
"You, dear libertarian reader, will need to open yourself up to other
possibilities. What is needed is a place where the people have a strong
cultural respect for personal freedoms and responsibilities." Morey
Straus, in his inspirational new
Lots of new photos in the FSP Photo Gallery!
The FSP is full of activists that stand up for liberty in new and innovative
ways, as evidenced by the individuals referenced throughout this newsletter!
FSP Participants, both inside and outside of NH, have recently been involved in
issues such as eminent domain and civil disobedience. There is a new section of
the website called Issues in the News that examines
these issues in more detail.
The New Pilgrim Chronicles: One man's story of the trials and rewards of
moving to the Free State by Brian Wright has just posted
week 6. Have you been keeping up with Brian's New Hampshire saga?
News In New Hampshire
Eminent Domain in NH update: From the New Hampshire Union
Leader - House Committee seeks to restrict eminent domain powers,
August 26, 2005. "The House committee voted to recommend that the
Legislature define the words 'public use' clearly and narrowly. It would then
substitute 'public use' anywhere the term 'public purpose' appears in state
law." The NH House committee is seeking to strengthen the state's language
concerning the use of eminent domain. Also see the Castle Coalition's most
overview of NH law covering the period 1998-2002.
its VNTYPL8s - 17.7% of New Hampshire's registered passenger
vehicles have vanity plates. NH vanity plate fees are among the lowest in the
country. NH culture from The
Keith Murphy made great, longstanding contributions to the
FSP while he was a part of leadership. In January of this year, Keith moved to
NH, where he's been active with the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance and is a
candidate for Selectman in Manchester's Ward 3. Keith has some insightful
thoughts about NH in a recent Union Leader
Free State Participant Karl Beisel, of the Concerned Taxpayers of
Manchester, works to get a budget limiting charter amendment on the
Manchester, NH ballot! The charter amendment would limit Manchester's spending
to the rate of inflation measured over the three previous years. Related Union
Liberty Calendar lists the upcoming events of 30 liberty-minded
New Hampshire News Reporters needed for the FSP News - contact the
Content submissions are
welcome at any time.
Participants in NH: 377
as of September 15, 2005