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FSP Mission: Possible 20,000 Members
New "Activist Center" debuts
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to become a key operative
in helping the Free State Project grow to 20,000 members and achieve Liberty in
Our Lifetime. The risks are few, and the rewards many. The home office cannot
be everywhere at once, and so we are depending on you to carry out this
Instructions for Mission: Possible are located at the new
Activist Center section of the forum. (Please note, only FSP Members
have clearance to post to the Activist Center).
If you are an FSP Member and have trouble posting to the Activist
Center section of the forum,
login here to get clearance (by setting "Identify your forum profile as an
'FSP Member' ").
If you are an existing member but haven't yet set up your account, you
may do so
If you are not an FSP Member, but wish to join, please
join us now.
Key operatives can choose from a variety of activities, each of which will
play a critical part in the success of the Free State Project:
- Activist Roll Call
- Community Liaisons
- Local Groups
- Media Tree
- Shadow Ads
- Sign Someone Up!
- Speakers Bureau
Field operatives accepting these missions will gain experience in activism
and can become leaders within the organization. The cumulative efforts of the
Activists will achieve the ultimate success of Mission: Possible
uniting 20,000 liberty-lovers in New Hampshire.
To accept this mission, visit the Activist Center on the
forum. The mission will continue until the objective has been accomplished. If
discovered the secretary will admit all knowledge of the mission. This message
will self-destruct in five seconds.
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President, Free State Project
FSP Members: Please verify your membership info!!!
In a few days the Free State Project will roll out our Activist
Center, a new program on the FSP Forum to facilitate and encourage grass
roots activism in support of the Free State Project. Activists will have one
place to go to get involved, share ideas, and find out what we can do to help
the FSP and further the cause of liberty.
But before we roll that out, we want to make sure that we have the most
current contact information for all of our Members. I'd like to ask everyone to
please visit our BRAND NEW online
Members Section and make
sure that your membership information is current and up to date. We
would also like to verify that everyone who signed up is actually listed as a
Member in our database. It only takes a few minutes, and it will help us a
If you're an FSP Member and you haven't yet registered to get your FSP
Member username and password, click here.
(NOTE : If you run into problems registering, it may be because we do not
have your correct info in our system. Send an email to
email@example.com and we will correct the problem.)
If you're not a Member of the Free State Project and are ready to commit to
achieving Liberty in Our Lifetime, click here to join us.
We are at 5,483 and growing. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements
from us. We have a lot of interesting things coming your way.
President, Free State Project
The Great FSP Recruiting Push of 2005
As 2004 drew to a close, the FSP leadership took stock of how far we've
come, and how far we've left to go. That assessment is still going on, but
here are the outlines of the challenge we face and the way we're going to
Among our strategic goals for 2004, two significant ones remained
unsatisfied: the hiring of an executive director and the attainment of 7,000
signed-up FSP Participants. We never raised enough money to hire an executive
director; but, on the bright side, our donors have funded many specific
publicity projects, such as the NH Flag Preservation Fund, the New London
"shadow ad," the Killington, Vermont "shadow ads," and the Baltimore radio ads.
Also, many of our donors are now contributing to New Hampshire organizations,
such as the New Hampshire Liberty
Alliance, Libertarian Party of New
Hampshire, Liberty Scholarship Fund,
Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire,
and many others.
Regarding recruitment, we are now at 6,300+ participants. This number
doesn't tell the whole story, though; we have to look at signup rates over
time. For a year now, we've been going on the impression that signup rates had
fallen significantly, from 6.10 a day before February 2004 to 2.78 a day since.
However, the decline has been not nearly that dramatic. In this there is both
bad news and a little good news.
First, the bad news, which many have known for a while: many
participants who signed up before the state vote began in August 2003 never
voted in that election, casting doubt on their commitment to the Project. Since then,
several hundred of these participants have confirmed that they would like to remain in the FSP.
However, almost two thousand have remained out of contact. We will continue trying to contact these
unconfirmed members, while still recognizing that we won't be able to reach all of them.
Since February 2004, we've had a new, more complex system of requiring new
signups to confirm their registration. Unconfirmed signups since then have not
been included in the count of participants we have on the website. Since February,
3.40 people per day have signed up, but only 2.78 per
day have signed up and confirmed their commitment, and are thus counted in the
number you see on the front page of the website. If you exclude the
previously unconfirmed members from before February 2004, the signup rates
before then were only 3.85 per day. Thus, signup rates of "confirmed"
participants have declined from 3.85 per day to 2.78 per day, a 28%
decline. This decrease, while significant, is well below the decrease reflected
by the participant count on the website, which has only accounted for unconfirmed signups within the past year.
This decline is due to a drop in general publicity in the form of newspaper
articles, radio interviews, and the like. Before the state vote, we received
media attention all over the country. Now we receive a very high level of
scrutiny in New Hampshire and sizeable coverage in the Boston market as well,
but not nearly as much in the rest of the country. This is the conundrum that
we have been facing. Our growth continues to be steady, but it will only
increase to the level where it needs to be once we regain momentum outside New
So where does the Free State Project stand today?
Since New Hampshire was chosen in October 2003, several dozen families
(between 70 and 100 individuals) have already moved to the state, even though the FSP is
not yet encouraging people to move. At
the same time, we are doing quite a bit to welcome prospective participants to
the state and show them around (more on that below).
The FSP's recruiting efforts now take several forms:
publicity stunts by our local
groups, from leafletting to sidewalk chalking to innovative protests such
as freeing Jim Perry from
advertising in libertarian
publications such as Reason, Liberty, and LP News;
press releases to the mainstream media,
usually linked to "shadow advertising" campaigns following up on government
abuses of power;
radio and TV interviews;
direct mail to targeted lists of liberty-friendly people;
our annual national event, the Porcupine
guides for people visiting New Hampshire;
providing stories on our website of people
who've made the move;
providing information on events of
interest in NH, including successful activism by people who've moved;
providing downloadable resources
for individual activists looking to recruit new Free Staters.
This year we're ramping up our efforts in almost all these areas. Direct
mail we've not used at all until now, but several mailings are going out in the
next three weeks. These mailings could increase our signup rates
significantly. The birth of the New
Hampshire Underground is providing more good news from the state every day.
The welcome teams are more organized and are now holding monthly meetings.
It's exciting that informal libertarian parties in NH towns are now drawing
more people than annual libertarian conventions in large states like Ohio. In
the pipeline we have a provocative project that could generate massive
nationwide attention. I can't let the cat out of the bag quite yet, but it
really has the potential to stir things up if enough people get involved.
If you want to stay abreast of what's happening, even if you haven't (yet!)
signed up for the FSP as a future migrator, you should still sign up to receive
FSP news and announcements or join our
discussion forum. You really don't want to miss out on the biggest
libertarian story of the decade.
If you're already an FSP participant but just want to get more involved,
then I'd encourage you to sign up for our new Active
Activist Army program. This program will give you specific instructions on
specific projects to recruit new members. The "Active Activist Army" team is
our true "activist corps," the group that will push us forward. If you've been
wondering what to do for the FSP, wonder no longer. Just click the Active
Activist Army link to sign up, and stand by for the first project.
Doug Hillman steps down
To Whom It May Concern:
I resigned as Vice President of the Free State Project because, due to
personal reasons, I can no longer effectively execute the duties of the office.
I remain a member of the FSP who very much looks forward to moving to New
Hampshire and working within the political system to bring about LIBERTY IN OUR
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
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
Matt Cheselka steps down
I have been in a leadership role with the FSP since September 2002.
There've been a few ups and downs for both me and the Project since that time.
At this point, I'm happy to see that everything is up, which is why it's a good
time for me to jump off the leadership wagon and find other ways to be useful
to the Project. I am pleased to see that Jean Alexander has been selected to
take on the role as Secretary, and I'm even more pleased to see that yet
another participant election will be held for the Board seat I'm vacating next
month. Thanks to everyone for your support and tolerance. Special thanks goes
to those of you who kept me on my toes, and kept the fire nice and hot. I'm
very optimistic and excited about the future.
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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Video Interview with Steve Cobb - FSP Publicity Director
at Porc Fest '04
(June 2004, Rogers Campground, Lancaster, NH)
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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004
From: Tim Condon
Subject: The First Annual Porc Fest! Two weeks away!
GREETINGS TO ALL FREE STATE PROJECT PORCUPINES AND FRIENDS
The First Annual Porcupine Freedom Fest and Night on the Barricades is two
weeks away. We've been planning for this for the past six months. It's almost
here. My wife and I will be flying into Manchester Airport on Wednesday, June
23, 2004, and will see you all at Rogers Campground in Lancaster, New Hampshire
(The Free State) by that Thursday.
We all know that the Free State Project is totally volunteer-driven. All
our money (what money we have) goes to increasing our efforts in recruiting
20,000 committed Porcupines to move to the Free State. That being the case,
snafus can and do occur, often at the last minute. The LATEST PROBLEMS are
The "communal meal" scheduled for Saturday night, June 26, 2004 from 5:00 to
7:00 p.m. (after the speeches and before the Porcupine Dance) is hanging fire.
We may need volunteers, and fast, to either take over the planning and
execution, or to help out. Now is your chance to make a difference as a
Porcupine. Everyone loves a full stomach, and they're going to love you too if
you help. So join the
list RIGHT NOW. We may need to do some quick re-planning...or everything
might be okay. Either way, make yourselves known so that we've got enough
people to make it happen!
We have the same problem with the Porcupine Lunch scheduled for Friday, June
25, 2004 at noontime. We may have lost the person who previously was going to
head it up. Which means we may need a whole new crew to make it come off. I'll
certainly be a part of it. And I'm hoping that a bunch of you will be also.
There is rumor in the air that the FSP national leadership is stepping in to
flip hamburgers and toast hot dogs for the assembled Porcupines at that time.
So if you want to make Amanda Phillips, Jason Sorens, Alan Weiss, Eddie
Bradford, Jean Alexander, and other Big Porcupine Names cook for you...be
there...and be sure to volunteer to help by joining the Yahoo planning list
The We'll Be There list has grown greatly
in the past two weeks: We now have confirmed attendance at the Porc Fest on the
We'll Be There list of 176. Is that enough freedom-lovers for you in one place
at one time? Personally I think the number attending will be more than double
that. Get ready to meet and talk with a LOT of people who think, feel, dream,
and act the same way you do!
All current information on the Web about the Porcupine Fest can be
A new happening has been scheduled at the Porc Fest for Thursday, June
24, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at FSP President Amanda Phillips' Campsite #22: Phil
Denisch will give an "FSP Speakers Workshop." Learn how to speak to groups more
clearly and effectively about the Free State Project. Polish your public
speaking skills! I'll be there, and I hope you will too.
Brian Sullivan, from Ithaca, NY, is the FSP Booth Materials and
Special Projects Coordinator. He says, anyone who has banners, bring them with
you (there are several out there that have gotten misplaced, through no fault
Everyone bring your camcorders! There will now be FOUR film crews at
the Porc Fest, including one from Netherlands TV, another from Germany, another
from Texas, and another from, umm, somewhere else. Sheesh. Bring your digital
camcorders to the Porc Fest and shoot away! The more the merrier. Footage shot
by some of us may be used in the Big Documentary about this first
coming-together of the Porcupines (if you want to donate it for such use).
For help regarding the Porc Fest, go to the FSP forum It
includes ride-sharing, who's going when, visiting the Free State for the first
time, etc. Go to it for information, as well as the Porc Fest link on the home
page of the FSP web site.
Listen, Porcupines! All of you! This is only the first coming together of
the Free State Project in the Free State. Each year in the future there will be
gatherings of the Freedom Loving Porcupines there. But this is the first. And
with it we will make history. Be there, and get your friends to attend too!
HERE'S THE NEW FIRST ANNUAL PORC FEST SCHEDULE.
From Tim Condon, Director of FSP Member Services -
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