Congressman Ron Paul to Speak at NH Liberty Forum
December 11, 2007
Nashua, NH -- The Free State Project is pleased to announce that
Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul will be the keynote
speaker at the closing ceremonies of the upcoming New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Nashua, NH.
Congressman Paul will cap a full weekend of noteworthy speakers
including Senator John Sununu and Liberty Dollar founder Bernard von
NotHaus. Ron Paul will speak on Sunday afternoon, January 6th.
The recent surge in membership and movers and the ability to attract first rate speakers shows the continuing impact of the Free State Project. Irena Goddard, FSP president noted that "the presidential primary is the main reason for the surge in interest in the FSP. We are very pleased to have a pro-liberty candidate with rapidly increasing popularity as one of our featured speakers. We think it shows how serious our members are about politics and making better communities, a better state and a better country."
Other presidential campaigns have expressed interest in appearing at the forum, though no speaking times have been confirmed as yet.
The Liberty Forum is a 3-day convention focusing on successful political and social action in New Hampshire. Members and friends of the Free State Project will socialize and get a firsthand New Hampshire experience. Locals will learn about the FSP, meet its participants, and get to understand their goals and how they can work together.
There will be multiple program "tracks" covering many interests. Panel Discussions include Media, Jobs, Education choice, 2nd Amendment, Drug Policy, Making the Move, Working with Political Parties and Taxpayer Activism.
The Liberty Forum runs January 3-6, 2008 at The Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH
More at http://www.freestateproject.org/libertyforum
2013 Porcupine Freedom Festival
June 17 - June 23, 2013
2007 Porcupine Freedom Festival
"Discover New Freedoms, New Communities, and New Beginnings!"
Registration • Lodging • Vending • Schedule • We'll Be There List • Porcs Helping Porcs
When was the last time you were together with hundreds of fun, motivated, optimistic, pro-liberty individuals? Well, if you are like many, it was last year at PorcFest 2006.
PorcFest is about bringing together people that are, in any shape or form, connected to the Free State Project. Whether you are simply curious, whether you are a friend of the FSP, whether you are a signer of the Statement of Intent, whether you are originally from New Hampshire, or whether you are have already moved, PorcFest is the place to meet, talk, plan, and enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Live Free or Die state.
Attendees will be able to choose from events in several categories:
- Bus Tours: organized trips to various parts of NH
- Birds-of-a-Feather Meetups: meet with other attendees with similar interests
- Training: learn the basic skills needed to be an effective organizer and/or activist
- Speakers: hear and question early movers, the FSP leadership, in-state activists, and others
- Sports: from volleyball, to ultimate frisbee, to shooting tournaments
- Outdoors: planned hikes and events exploring the environment of NH
- Activism: engage in pro-liberty activism in NH
- Entertainment: bands, open mike, movies, and dancing
- Social: eat, drink, and be merry together
If this sounds like a good time to you, then we hope you’ll attend PorcFest 2007.
Registration Form - If you are coming to PorcFest, please register so we can plan accordingly.
Schedule - A listing of all the currently scheduled events for PorcFest 2007. Additional events, e.g. birds of a feather meetings, will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.
Lodging - Information about camping at Gunstock and nearby hotels.
Porcs Helping Porcs - Want to attend PorcFest, but are short on funds or resources? Have a room, campsite, money, or ride to share? If so, please inform us of what you need or can supply either privately by email or publicly on our Porcs Helping Porcs Forum.
Vending Information - PorcFest is a great venue to target pro-liberty individuals. If you'd like to purchase a table, do so here.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together - Have a special interest and want to arrange a meetup for that interest at PorcFest? Please post your interest on the Birds of a Feather Forum.
General Purpose FSP PorcFest Forum - A public message board for discussion of general PorcFest related topics, e.g. posting where your tent will be, asking who is going to what events, sharing stories, etc.
Business & Volunteers Yahoo Group - This is message board for those interested in helping to plan PorcFest, volunteer, and/or contribute input on business related aspects, e.g. speakers, scheduling, advertising, etc.
Pictures - Photos from last year's PorcFest.
Liberty in Our Lifetime
We don’t want to wait decades for most American citizens to realize that the nanny state is an insult to their dignity.
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PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL RON PAUL TO APPEAR AT “NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBERTY FORUM”
Concord, NH (Jan. 23) – U. S. Congressman and likely Presidential contender Ron Paul (R-TX) has announced he will speak at the Free State Project's New Hampshire Liberty Forum, which will run from Feb 23-25, 2007 in Concord, NH.
"We are very pleased to have Dr. Paul at the Forum", said Irena Goddard, Liberty Forum director. “He has represented libertarian values throughout his political career. We are sure he will feel very welcome here.” She added, "New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary status, its 'Live Free or Die' motto, and its liberty-minded residents are the reasons why this state was chosen as the Free State. It's a great location for the Liberty Forum, and this is reflected in the caliber of the speakers who have agreed to participate."
Also speaking at the Forum will be author and 20/20 anchorman John Stossel, 2004 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, national chairman for the Republican Liberty Caucus Bill Westmiller, CATO institute director of research Jim Harper, and a bevy of other limited-government luminaries.
The Forum will also include discussion panels featuring native New Hampshire grassroots activists who share the goals of the incoming Free-Staters. "Thank God these people are here", said Jane Aitken, Executive Board member of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers. "The Free-Staters are invigorating all sorts of
liberty-oriented organizations. We have more people than ever before, who are motivated to roll their sleeves and get things done."
In addition, several New Hampshire State Representatives will attend the event. Among them is State Representative Steve Vaillancourt, who hosts a local television program with libertarian viewpoints. Vaillancourt will participate in a broadcast media panel discussion. He will be joined by Ian Bernard, host of the nationally-syndicated talk radio program "Free Talk Live."
Vallaincourt has co-sponsored legislation to decriminalize marijuana. He will be joined at the Forum by Rob Kampia, Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, and by former undercover narcotics officer Jack Cole, who now serves as Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization dedicated to ending America's "war on drugs."
The Liberty Forum is sponsored by the Free State Project, the national movement to recruit pro-liberty, small-government activists to move to New Hampshire to concentrate their political efforts in one place. This will be the first official gathering of Free Staters since the Project declared success this January in recruiting 1000 early movers (Currently, more than 7,500 are signed up for the Project, but these 1000 have pledged to be the first wave of movers to the state by the end of 2008.)
More details on the Liberty Forum can be found at http://freestateproject.org/libertyforum.
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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Irena Goddard, please call (603) 821-1386 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Free State Project tops major goal: 1000+ activists commit to be first wave to relocate to libertarian Free State
Significant successes by early movers motivate others to follow
Keene, NH – January 23, 2007 – The national movement to recruit pro-liberty, small government activists to move to New Hampshire to concentrate their political efforts declared success this week in recruiting its first 1000 early-moving “pioneers.”
The Free State Project (FSP) ran an almost yearlong campaign to sign up 1000 people to move early to the chosen state of New Hampshire while the Project continues to recruit for its ultimate goal of 20,000 participants. Those who sign up for the Project agree to move once all 20,000 have committed (currently, more than 7500 have signed up). But these “First 1000” have agreed to move within two years, regardless of when the others are recruited.
The purpose of the First 1000 campaign is to get more people on the ground earlier to effect early successes, to gain more attention for recruitment purposes, and to blaze the trail for the other 19,000 to follow. There are more than 170 early movers and 300 native Granite Staters already in New Hampshire. Here is just a small sample of their significant successes:
An early mover was elected in November to the New Hampshire State House. Libertarians and other Free Staters hold about 30 public offices in the state.
Free Staters chair New Hampshire’s Republican Liberty Caucus, Democratic Freedom Caucus, and Libertarian Party.
A Free Stater proposed and got legislation passed in 2006 ending the requirement for “state approval” of home schoolers’ curricula.
Free Staters were a critical force in helping to defeat a statewide smoking ban, as well as a pilot program for a national ID card.
These successes have caught the attention of the national media, with TIME magazine saying in a November article, “They [FSP participants] could finally make a difference and show the rest of America what real liberty looks like – the kind where you don’t have to wear seat belts or register your guns and nobody passes laws about what the neighbors can do in their bedroom.”
FSP participants will work within New Hampshire’s political system to reduce taxes and regulation and expand individual rights and free markets. Some will run for public office while others will use the tools of lobbying, civil disobedience, protests, or other peaceful means to affect political change. The state was chosen because of its small population and more freedomoriented culture.
“As Americans become more frustrated with expanding government at all levels – deficit spending, rising taxes, eminent domain abuse, invasions of privacy – and as both major parties seem focused on taking power away from the people and giving it to the state, we are looking for a way to reverse the trend. The Free State Project is a way like never before to focus our reforms in one place where we can have great success, and demonstrate that success to the rest of the country,” said Ian Bernard, radio talk show host and sponsor of the First 1000 campaign.
Signers from across the country will be gathering February 22-25 in Concord, NH, for the FSP’s New Hampshire Liberty Forum. The Forum is a chance for signers to learn about the state, as well as political action. Featured speakers will include likely Presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul and libertarian and co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20, John Stossel.
Free Staters are being welcomed by several groups, including the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, the Republican Liberty Caucus, the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, and several Statehouse representatives and a former governor.
Individuals available for interviews:
Ian Bernard, syndicated radio and Internet talk show host, and sponsor of the First 1000 campaign, is a Free State Project participant. Bernard is the daily host of Free Talk Live (freetalklive.com), a freedom and free market-themed talk show. FTL was named "Best Political Podcast" of 2006 and "Best Cultural/Political Podcast" of 2005 (2005, 2006 Podcast Awards). TALKERS Magazine named it one of the most important talk shows of 2006. He moved to New Hampshire in 2006.
Varrin Swearingen, president of the Free State Project, moved to New Hampshire in 2004.
You can reach Bernard and Swearingen through Brian Gottstein.