Update: $20,000 Fundraising Goal Surpassed
A very special thank you to all donors for your strong support. Generous
donations of all sizes brought in a total of $20,263 as of May 30, 2005, the
end of the campaign. Your financial support brings us all closer to achieving
our mission of Liberty in our Lifetime! We're running ads, speaking at
conventions and gatherings, and holding local outreach events all over the US.
Thank you for your support!
$20,263 (as of 5/30/05)
FSP Fundraising Letter
Greetings from New Hampshire,
I hope you had a happy and healthy holiday season. Our family enjoyed
our first Christmas together in our new home in the Free State of New
Hampshire. We were warmly welcomed by dozens of Free State Project participants
many of whom recently moved to NH themselves. The buzz is truly
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2005
Porcupine Freedom Festival and sharing New Hampshire and all it has to
offer with you.
But we have two financial problems right now and we need your help to
take care of them.
First, the Free State Project is behind on its financial goals for the year.
That means we're unable spend as much on advertising, publicity, and other
recruiting activities as we should be. Honestly, our last fund raising letter
brought disappointing results and it's time to catch up.
Second, we're stepping out in faith by making the Porcupine Freedom Festival
bigger and better than last year. Plus, we're keeping it free to attend!
That means we need to raise some funds to take care of Porcupine Freedom
Festival expenses up front.
We can catch up on our budget and keep Porc Fest free with your generous
contribution. The good news is, if everyone pitches in a little bit, the budget
will be back on track and the expenses for Porc Fest will be covered up
A $20 contribution from every person reading this letter would enable us to
meet our entire budget for the year and cover all of our expenses for the
Porcupine Freedom Festival!
Your contribution will buy advertising for
the FSP and Porc Fest, help us pursue
publicity opportunities, and help local
groups represent the FSP at events around the nation. It will also cover
Porc Fest expenses like lodging for speakers, renting the hall,
and making sure we have merchandise in stock.
Don't forget the superb media coverage Porc
If you'd like to contribute, we have some special gifts for you. With a new
$20 contribution, you'll receive 3 special gifts. Contribute $100 or more and
you'll receive special recognition at Porc Fest. And with contributions of $500
or more, you'll receive an invitation to the Leadership Luncheon with Free
State Project leadership at Porc Fest.
You can make your contribution online with a credit card, or by mailing a
check to the FSP. Please visit our donate page.
Please make the best contribution you can today. We're counting on your
help to fund our budget and make Porc Fest a success.
Thank you for all you do for liberty!
Swearingen Porc Fest 'Czar' & Director of Development
Report from the LP Minnesota Convention
by Amanda Phillips 4/11/05
Amanda Phillips is the
FSP President and was a featured speaker at the Libertarian Party of Minnesota
convention, held 4/9/05 in St Paul, MN.
LPMN went very well. I was flattered when a couple of the LPMN guys told me
that I gave the best speech of the convention. (Other speakers were Michael
Badnarik, James Bovard, Vin Suprynowicz, a few other big names.) I did get the
best audience reaction... they laughed a lot, and many said they were going to
seriously consider NH after hearing what I had to say. There was a lot of
excitement and goodwill toward the FSP. The LPMN is a wonderful group...
probably the best state LP that I've had the pleasure of visiting.
3/17/06 Update: See the newly available video of
Amanda's interview on The Libertarian Alternative cable show with
host Mark Selzer.
News on Mike Fisher
On May 9, 2005, Mike Fisher, an FSP participant, violated NH's licensing
laws at the State Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics in Concord.
The purpose of the event was "to call attention to the State's intrusive
and unnecessary licensing restrictions on entry-level workers and entrepreneurs
in many industries," according to Fisher, the activist heading up the effort
through the NH Underground. "In a free
country, people do not need permission to start a business. We are no longer
free to make a living without government approval."
It is a misdemeanor in New Hampshire to sell services such as manicures,
haircuts, or massages without a license. These licensing laws were expanded in
January to include all tanning businesses.
This event has received much media attention. Here are several
references to media and other coverage:
Celebrate Independence Day
with other liberty lovers
in the beautiful Finger Lakes of NY!
CNY FSP and the Ithaca Libertarians Independence Day BBQ
Libertarians, Free Staters, friends and family! You are all welcome to
come and celebrate liberty and party with us in Ithaca NY on July 3rd and
| When: || Sunday, July 3rd & 4th, 2005
| Where: || 430 Enfield Center Road East, Ithaca, New York 14850
| Time: || 1 PM until . . . . . . Breakfast!
| What: ||Camping Games BBQ and meal at 6
PM - Bonfire later
There's plenty of space for tents and RVs, and there is an outdoor bar with
power, cable and TV. The Penn & Teller Bullshit series will be
played in the bar as well. The land is beautiful here. Plenty of mowed space
and trails on over 30 acres.
Bring a dish, snack, or beverage to share for the BBQ. Carl cooks
breakfast too, so bring something for the breakfast if you're staying over.
RSVP and further details: Brian Sullivan
Liberty in our
A lecture by
Daniel Helman, PhD
Pacific Northwest Coordinator of the Free State Project
you frustrated at the loss of freedom and responsibility in America, while
the growth of government and taxes continues unabated? Do you want to live in strong communities
where your rights are respected and where people are accountable for themselves
and their dealings with others?
not alone. The members of the Free State
Project have a practical plan to restore our liberties and roll back state
interference in our lives. Come hear
how. More information is also available
online at http://www.freestateproject.org/.
April 8, 7:00pm
John C. Paulus Great Hall
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter St SE,
Salem, Oregon 97301
Sponsored by the
Questions? 1-503-551-7182 or
We regret to announce the departure of Mary Lou Seymour and Amanda Maxwell
from the Board of Directors of the Free State Project. Despite our
philosophical differences about the direction this organization should take, we
valued their contributions to the organization. We wish them nothing but the
best in their future endeavors.
Mary Lou Seymour was involved with the Free State Project from the very
beginning first as an Organizer and then as a Board Member. She managed The
Quill, providing us with an invaluable tool for communication with the
membership. Mary Lou used her wide network of liberty contacts to help promote
and spread the word about the Free State Project. She has a fierce commitment
to liberty, and a strong grasp of just how grass-roots organizations work.
Amanda Maxwell worked tirelessly as an Organizer, Director of Member
Services, Member of the Research Committee, and moderator of many member
communication channels. She also handled the Quill's Events Calendar. But more
than that, she provided a calming, mature voice and presence to the Board of
Directors, soothing tempers and solving problems with humor and graciousness.
She was an Organizer from the beginning, stepping onto the Board when the
organization needed her. She was principled and a true role model for all the
Jason P Sorens
posted on the FSP Forum.
An Introduction to the Constitution
- Would it surprise you to discover that the United States is NOT a
- Have you ever wondered why people have to get a concealed carry permit to
exercise their right to "keep and bear arms"?
- Would you like to know once and for all what the "electoral
college" is, and why we have it?
You are cordially invited to attend an eight-hour class on the Constitution,
presented by Constitutional scholar, Michael Badnarik. This class is a
completely non-partisan study of the Constitution, not a promotional activity
for any political party. Everyone is welcome.
Attendees will receive a three-ring binder containing a 65-page handout for the
class, and a copy of the founding documents. We will discuss the difference
between rights and privileges, and talk about how political power is
distributed to create various forms of government (monarchy, oligarchy,
democracy, republic). Each Article and Section of the "supreme law of the land"
will be analyzed, as well as related subjects such as the United States Code
(USC) and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Seating is limited - Reservations are required
(handouts are only printed for the number of students expected)
Sunday, November 2nd |
9am to 6pm at the Highlander Inn
Manchester, New Hampshire
Adults: $50 - Students: $20
To register: call (512) 799-8200, or send an eMail to
As of 5/10/04, Rogers Campground still had 60+ available tent sites, plus
some RV and motel space. Rates are:
- Motel rooms: $76 (plus 8% state tax).
- RV sites: $35 (no tax).
- Tent sites: $23; $24 with electricity; or $25 with water and
electricity (no tax).
All prices include two people; children under three stay free. Rates for
children ages three to fourteen are $3 per child per night and for children
over fourteen are $5 per person per night.
Housekeeping units (rental cabins and RV's) are $475 plus 8% state tax per
week. Rentals run from either Saturday to Saturday or from Sunday to Sunday.
If you're not the camping type and want to stay in a room---hotel, motel,
or bed & breakfast---call the nearby lodgings below.
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Rogers Campground Rules
Quiet hours are from 11 pm to 7 am. Please respect your neighbors.
Campfires must be out by 12 am.
Emergency messages only will be delivered. All others need to be
picked up at the office. Incoming mail can be picked up at the office. Place
outgoing mail in the silver box at the end of the stonewall across from the
Check out time is 12 pm for campsites. 11 am for the Cottages, Mobile
Homes, Park Models, and the Motel Rooms.
Campers will be responsible for their guests. All visitors must check
in at the office and pay the required fee.
All garbage to be placed in dumpster and not left on sites. Pick-up
will be at occupant's expense.
Do not walk through occupied campsites.
All pets muct be kept on leash and quiet at all times. For the
comfort of your neighbors, do not leave pets at the campsite unattended. State
Law prohibits animals in public buildings and pool area. Pick up after your
pets and dispose in dumpster.
All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent to the pool
and when taking a shower.
All children must be on their own site by 9 pm. Playground is closed
"Swim Wear Only." No cut-offs, etc. allowed in pools. No one under 18
allowed in hot tub.
No alcoholic beverages allowed in pool area or in public buildings.
No roller-skates, roler blades, skateboards, scooters, mini bikes, or
all terrain vehicles are to be used on the premises.
Bicycles are not to be ridden in front of the office building or after
No clotheslines allowed on trees.
Vehicle and RV washing is not permitted.
Use of electric heaters or air conditioners is not allowed unless an
additional fee has been paid.
To be accommodated we ask that you obey the rules of a "Good Camper,"
courtesy, cooperation, cleanliiness, care, common sense, caution, and
conservation. The rules and regulations are for your benefit and intend only
to make your stay a more enjoyable one. Rules only get published after abuse.
USE OF FACILITIES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Porc Fest Main Schedule
NOTE: Rogers Campground will charge a $3 daily guest fee to
any attendees who are on-premises but not spending the night at a Rogers
campsite, motel room, or cabin. All such off-site lodgers and day attendees should
stop at the office on their way into the facility and pay the $3 there.
|3pm || Speaker Workship (at Amanda's campsite).
|7pm || Porcupine Welcome Campfire (at campsite 28).
|7am-3pm || Porcupine hike up Mount Liberty.
Depart from parking lot 7:45 am. |
|Noon || Barbeque Lunch |
|2-5pm || Porcupine Family Discussion Gathering:
Who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going? What is the FSP all about?
How fares the Movement? How fare the Membership? What about all those rumors?
What *really* happened at such and such a place, and such and such a time? All
this and more will be discussed by all who attend. It will be moderated by FSP
member, lawyer, and gun-rights activist Evan Nappen of New Jersey. Members of
the Free State Project national leadership will be present to answer questions
and participate in the wide-ranging Porc Family discussion! There will be a
sound system and microphones for our use, courtesy of NH resident and former
LPHN chairman Tom Kershaw. |
|6-9pm || Jason Sorens and Gov. Craig Benson speak
at NHLA Dinner in
|7pm || Porcupine Welcome Campfire (at campsite 28).
|8-9 am ||Vendor Set-up|
|9-10 ||Open to Public, Vending Time|
|10-10:15 ||Amanda Phillips: Welcome and Opening
|10:15-10:45 ||Jason Sorens: We're Making
|11-11:30 ||Rep. Henry McElroy: Politics in New
|11:30-12 ||Gun Rights Panel: Sam Cohen, Evelyn Logan,
Wade Bartlett, Jeff Jordan|
|12-1:30 pm ||Lunch|
|1:30-1:45 ||Announcements (Amanda
|1:45-2:15 ||James Maynard: The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
|2:15-2:45 ||Dave & Cynthia Walthour:
Home-schooling/alternative education in New Hampshire|
|3-3:30 ||Ed Naile: Coalition of NH Taxpayers|
|| Joe Carringer: Industrial Hemp 101: A Summary of the United States'
Forgotten Billion Dollar Crop |
|4-5 ||Vending time|
|5-7 ||Porcupine barbeque (tickets may be purchased
at the Rogers Campground office for $6.50)|
|7-8 ||Porcupine Business Networking
|8-11:45 ||Porcupine Dance and Party (Maybe a band,
maybe a disc jockey)|
| 10 am
|| Service for Porcupine Christians in the hall. |
Open to all and features Pastor Garrett Lear from NH, pastor of the Well of
Living Water Christian Fellowship, a free, unincorporated, unregistered, and
unlicensed New Testament church.
| Gathering for Porcupine Atheists at Amanda's campsite.
| Alternative Sunday Gathering together with Merrimack Valley Seekers
(one of the exhibitors). |
|| Informal sight-seeing trips to various regions of NH. Make trip
arrangements with other Porcupines on Saturday. |
Also see Children/Family Recreational
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