May 10, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Sunday, May 10 @ 5:00pm EST
Location: 53 Riddle Dr., Bedford, NH
Attending: Matt, Aaron, Carla, Jody; by phone: Seamas, Rich, Jason

Meeting called to order at 5:15
Moved PF report to the end of the agenda so Kristin could attend and give the report.

1. Carla status as employee
2. President’s Report (fundraising plan, Liberty Forum, PorcFest, Upcoming events, Friends of the FSP Outreach/Ambassador program, PR Plans/Marketing, newsletter and web site, Free Stater Magazine, social media)
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Fundraising/Donor Packet
5. New Business (Future of LF, Inactive participants) 6. PorcFest report

Early Movers Featured in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

Several FSP early movers were featured in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie. Watch the feature length documentary HERE.

“I’m fascinated with the Free State Project.” —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

“Like anything, it takes all kinds, and the Free State Project definitely has all kinds." —Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

“I would love to be able to keep all my money; I would like to be free to ingest anything I want.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

“If we claim to be a country where we have freedom but you don't have the freedom to do what you want… you don’t have freedom.” —Free State Project president Carla Gericke in Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie

Want to watch only the parts with Free Staters? Catch Silver Dave starting at 36:47; Catch FSP president Carla Gericke and Artsy Fartsy at The Quill starting at 40:57; Catch Free Keene, FTL, and the Robin Hooders starting at 46:01.

Are Libertarians Crazy Cultists Who Should be Drowned? Playboy Investigates

Playboy attended Freedom Fest in Vegas this past weekend, where the FSP garnered 24 signers, and numerous friends of the Free State Project.

Says the reporter: "I’ve printed Balko’s list of libertarian headlines, and I’m carrying it with me through the convention floor. You’re all loons, I tell every libertarian I talk to, and here’s the proof. One-hundred-and-forty articles from Salon and Alternet cannot be wrong.

I stop by the table for The Free State Project, where I meet Carla Gericke. The Free State Project is a migration movement that is trying to attract 20,000 libertarians to the state of New Hampshire, and Gericke is its president. When I read her some of the headlines, she laughs.

'We have a left-right paradigm in this country that functions in order to have just those divisions, and libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and that makes people’s heads explode,' she says."

Later in the article:

Greater Manchester Area Great for Tech Jobs

The greater Manchester area was recently rated #8 of the "10 Best Growth Cities for Tech Jobs" by The Street. What are you waiting for? Jobs abound! Join the FSP Job Alert group on Facebook for more job leads and advice from early movers.

Here are the details from the article:

Manchester-Nashua, NH

Total population: 403,895; Number of open information technology jobs: 2,700; Types of companies that operate there: Hewlett Packard, Dell, Dyn, Autodesk.

Top 5 Tech Jobs: Ui Software Engineer; Systems Architect; Java Developer; Senior IT Project Manager; and Sharepoint Administrator.

The Crowd Sourcing of Liberty

Jeffery Tucker writes a wonderful piece about PorcFest. Some choice quotes:

"Well, all these years later, the skeptics of the Free State Project — I was among them — are the ones who have turned out to be completely wrong. New Hampshire has indeed become a wonderful place for the ingathering of liberty-minded people, and they are making a difference politically. But beyond politics, what strikes me most is how the Free State Project has created a vibrant intellectual and social culture for thousands of people. And that culture is spreading outside New Hampshire to the region, the country, and the world."

"The strategy of creating an effective political pressure group has ended up forging a new path for realizing liberty in our lives. My own theory is that it has worked so well because it actually asks something from people and gives people something practical to do. When people actually pick up and move in order to experience a marginal increase in personal liberty, an ideal becomes a living part of their lives, and intensifies personal commitment more."

Activists Featured in Upcoming Documentary "Freedom! The Movie"

Sneak peek! Check out the trailer of Morgan Spurlock's upcoming documentary "Freedom! The Movie," premiering on CMT on July 11th at 9PM EST.

In this feature-length film, comedian Billy Wayne Davis is searching for freedom in America, and his path leads him to the Free State Project and New Hampshire.

Several FSP early movers and activists make an appearance in the trailer. While in town for the shoot, Billy Wayne also did a great stand-up routine at "Artsy Fartsy," a quarterly gathering in Manchester of Porcupines interested in the arts. Stay tuned for the full movie coming 7/11!

PorcFest XII Media Wrap Up

PorcFest XII has come and gone. What an amazing week celebrating community, camaraderie, and capitalism in the White Mountains. This year saw an impressive line-up of speakers, events, parties, and a vibrant marketplace in Agora Valley. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make PorcFest XII the best yet!

Here's a list of media coverage of the 12th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, which will be updated as more articles and interviews become available.

Ben Swann's Truth in Media weighs in with coverage of PorcFest XII

CNN's Chris Moody spent 3 days at PorcFest

"The Crowd Sourcing of Liberty," by Jeffery Tucker

"PorcFest Was Awesome," by Future of Freedom Foundation's Jacob Hornberger

"My First PorcFest Experience," by Julie Borowski

June 2015 Newsletter

The June 2015 edition of the FSP newsletter is out, just in time for PorcFest! Read all about what has been happening in the Free State, including our brand new "Porc Buddy" mentoring program for new movers. You can still purchase tickets to PorcFest! Day passes, good for 24 hours, are $45 online or at the gate.

Union Leader: Fantastic People at PorcFest

Buy your full week PorcFest ticket for $100, or $45 day pass (good for 24 hours) HERE or at the gate.

From The Union Leader: "Crosby Peck, who is the owner of Roger’s Campground and Motel, likes his Free State guests precisely because they do shake things up and because they’re an enjoyable bunch to host.

Peck has seen PorcFest grow from 500 visitors to its present size and on Wednesday he reported that for this year’s festival his facility — which boasts a 52-unit hotel, 305 RV sites, 125 tent sites and 48 safari sites — was 'pretty well booked.'

'The whole area' in and around Lancaster 'for the most part, welcomes them (Free Staters) for what they do for the local economy,' said Peck, adding that of the 1,500 visitors who come to PorcFest, many will go into town to buy groceries, gas and various sundries.


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