For Immediate Release
May 24, 2004
SUBJECT: Kentucky Man Walks to New Hampshire for Freedom
Contact: Amanda Phillips, National Media Representative
On May 23, 2004, Free State Project (FSP) Participant Randall Wolfe set out
on a month long, 1,000 mile walk from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Wolfe, a
manager at Taco Bell, is one of over 5,700 Participants who have pledged to
move to NH as part of the FSP.
The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented
people will move to NH, where they may work within the political system to
reduce the size and scope of government. Participants pledge to work toward a
society where the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life,
liberty, and property. The FSP recently chose the "Live Free or Die" state as
its destination, and the migration has begun.
Just before embarking on his journey, Wolfe, a 20-year-old FSP activist,
said, "Whether I make it or not... you can stop the rebel, but not the
rebellion." Wolfe left Corbin, KY, on May 23, 2004. His journey will take him
through Charleston, WV, and on to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and
Boston. He expects to arrive in NH just in time for the FSP's annual festival
in Lancaster, NH, from June 24th through June 27th.
FSP President Amanda Phillips, enthusiastic about Wolfe's walk to NH, said,
"Randall is literally voting with his feet. When we have 20,000 activists with
Randall's energy and enthusiasm, we will achieve liberty in our lifetime."
Phillips plans to walk with Wolfe on the last leg of his journey, and looks
forward to crossing the NH border with him.
FSP Founder and Yale political science lecturer Dr. Jason Sorens admires
Wolfe's dedication to his ideals. "Randall is an inspiration to all of us. He
is helping to make this idea become a reality. We will succeed because our
Participants are people of both ideas and action."
The Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, currently
has 5,700 participants, and is recruiting a total of at least 20,000 to move to
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| Original article:
|| KY man walking to NH to join the 'free state'
|| Kate McCann (AP)
|| Providence Journal
Kentucky man walking to New Hampshire to join the 'free state'
by Kate McCann Associated Press Writer 5/19/04
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The movement to bring thousands of people to New
Hampshire to change it into a "free state" with fewer laws and smaller
government is attracting all sorts, including a 20-year-old Kentucky man who is
walking here in search of a life free from marijuana prosecution.
Randall Wolfe of Corbin, Ky., calls himself a dedicated member of the Free
State Project. He drives to his job as a manager trainee at a local Taco Bell
with the project's Web site spray-painted on the hood of his 1997 Dodge Neon.
The New Hampshire state motto, "Live Free or Die," is along the side. He spends
his spare time as a Kentucky recruiter for the project.
Wolfe figures New Hampshire, where project members hope they can grow in
numbers enough to influence legislation and policy, is his best shot for
marijuana reform. Wolfe began experimenting with the drug at the age of 10 and
smoking regularly at 14. He has been arrested twice for possession.
The project, the brainchild of a Yale graduate student, chose New Hampshire
as its laboratory in nationwide balloting in October. Critics in the chosen
state have accused the group of wanting to turn it into a haven for drug abuse,
lax gambling laws, legal prostitution and gun supermarkets.
Project members dispute that depiction, though they don't deny they want to
eliminate "victimless crimes" such as prostitution and personal drug use.
Members have diverse motives and goals, ranging from promoting
home-schooling and school vouchers to fighting gun laws. The common thread is
that all value independent thinking, project spokesman James Maynard said.
"We've struggled long and hard for freedom where we were, with mixed
results. Then suddenly we found there were others thinking and acting for the
same goals we were," Maynard said. "Like any wise group, we have a wide
umbrella and allow people of different viewpoints to be heard and work with
Marijuana advocates seem to have an affinity for free-staters, however. The
project was featured in the May-June edition of "High Times" magazine and
supports NORML, a group working to decriminalize marijuana.
All of which is Wolfe's motivation for walking more than 1,000 miles to
what could be his new home.
To prepare for his journey, he walks about an hour a day and has tried to
cut back on cigarettes.
He plans to leave Corbin on Friday with the $300 he saved up, a week's
worth of clothes and a new pair of Nikes. Project members are sending him
donations for expenses, he said, and have offered him a place to stay when he
In New Hampshire, possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up
to one year in jail. Wolfe said he accepts that he might never live to see
"If it takes the rest of my life, it takes the rest of my life," he said.
"If it doesn't help me out, it might help the next generation."
His exact plan to lobby for marijuana legalization is vague, but he said he
intends to use his time in New Hampshire "voting for the right people" and
looking for guidance from Free State leaders in New Hampshire.
Around 30 families have moved to New Hampshire since October, joining the
230 project members already living here. Maynard said he expects 300 families
to move in this summer.
Wolfe is timing his walk to arrive for next month's Porcupine Festival in
Lancaster. Organizers hope the June 21-27 gathering will be the project's
Wolfe has taken a month's leave from Taco Bell.
"I pretty much told them, if they didn't hear from me in 30 days, I was
either dead or not coming back," he said.
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