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It's Official! FSP President Carla Gericke's Speech from the Trigger the Move Press Conference

At 11AM this morning, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants. Here is her speech from this morning's press conference held at the Radisson Hotel in the Queen City.


Five years ago, when I became president of the Free State Project after having organized two Porcupine Freedom Festivals, aka PorcFest, now one of the largest liberty gatherings in the world, the signer counter stood at nearly 11,000.

I calculated that all things being equal, we would Trigger the Move in 2018, and with 5 years for signers to move, it would be 2023--and I would be in my fifties!--before I would see the full effects of our historic mass migration movement.

Free State Project ‘Triggers the Move’: 20,000 Libertarians to Move to New Hampshire in Next 5 Years

What kind of impact will 20,000 liberty-loving people make when they move to a small state, like New Hampshire? The country will soon find out.

MANCHESTER, NH (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 03, 2016: As of today, The Free State Project is the most successful intentional migration movement in American history. This is because today the organization has announced that 20,000 participants have signed the Statement of Intent to move to New Hampshire, where they will “exert their fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property.”

The 20,000 mark is significant, because it ‘triggers the move’ – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to move to New Hampshire within the next five years. So far, almost 2,000 have already relocated to the state.

We Are the 99%!!!

This is IT! 99% to our goal of 20,000 signers! Today, we have 19,858 committed activists signed up! Nearly 2,000 have already moved and made massive strides to expand liberties in New Hampshire. What are YOU waiting for? Today, show YOUR support for our efforts by donating $9.99, $99 or $999 to our ‪‎Trigger the Move‬ fundraiser. Let's DO THIS!

As of this writing, the online fundraiser has: $14,410 USD, raised by 158 people in 1 month, 36% of $40,000 goal. Bitcoin donations as of Monday were approximately $1,200. We have matched $1,500 offline. More details on other offline donations coming later this week. Please give generously TODAY. Thank you!

Looking for other ways to help? Change your profile pic to the 99% graphic on your social media channels. Like, share and comment. Tell your friends. Come to Liberty Forum. Save the date for PorcFest. Come make history with us!

11 Extremely Weird Things People From New Hampshire Do

As a Free State Project participant and early mover, I call New Hampshire home by choice. As the Super Secret Project says in their song "Granite State of Mind": "I'm the new Salinger/Cuz I could live anywhere/But I choose to live here." I know it is home, because this list of "11 Extremely Weird Things People From New Hampshire Do" totally rang true! Read why we are weird at Only In Your State.

Meet the Early Movers! Jason Sorens, FSP Founder

When we set out to create the video for our new “Trigger The Move” crowdfunding campaign, we interviewed nearly 20 liberty activists who’d relocated to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Nowhere near all of the footage we shot made it into the final cut, but we wanted to share a few more examples of what FSP Early Movers are doing in their communities! It’s incredible to see all that’s being accomplished with just under 2,000 folks already here -- imagine when we get 20,000+ to make the move to NH!

As of this writing, the fundraising campaign has raised $12,555, donated by 126 people in 1 month. We are at 31% of $40,000 goal. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your support is making this growth possible. To everyone else, we NEED YOUR SUPPORT now. Every little bit helps! Please make your most generous tax-deductible donation today!

Setting Stage for Libertarian Influx

Today's Concord Monitor, front page, above the fold:

“It’s a little bit like a Kickstarter model, right? Like, if 20,000 people say they’ll do it, then we’ll do it,” she said.

The first movers are making it easier for those who come after them. At least one Free Stater owns a real estate company, which he uses to help his fellow “porcupines,” as participants are nicknamed.

They also spring to action to help new movers unpack and get to know the area, and Gericke said there’s a buddy program that helps people find a mechanic or a doctor.

“Honestly, I’m glad it’s taken its time because people have laid a lot of groundwork. . . . Even though, yes, it’s taken over a decade, I think that it is actually going to benefit the movement as a whole,” she said.

"Keeping America Safe" Panel Discussion

Do events like this happen where you live? A panel discussion about foreign policy, moderated by John Stossel. From the Union Leader:

MANCHESTER — Are America’s actions overseas serving the country well? Have U.S. military interventions made the country more secure, at an acceptable cost — or have military actions proved too costly to American troops, the country’s principles and our financial future?

Education Choice is Foundation for Equal Opportunity

Christopher Sununu, who sits on the Executive Council, writes an op-ed about school choice in New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, we see continued evidence of illogical behavior by the state. Our governor and her attorney general are seeking an injunction against the small town of Croydon, that has chosen to pay tuition for a tiny group of elementary students to attend a private school. The Croydon School District has seen fit to pay for five students to attend the Newport Montessori School, because it and the students’ parents have determined it is in the children’s best interest. That approach also happens to be less costly to Croydon taxpayers than the public school. However, the attorney general says that Croydon is violating the law, so now the town must raise money to fight the state in court.

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