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Rachel Goldsmith Appointed as Executive Director of the Free State Project

MANCHESTER, NH (January 3, 2018): The Free State Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Goldsmith as Interim Executive Director, effective immediately. Rachel takes over managerial responsibilities from Matt Philips.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel to this role,” said FSP founder and Chairman of the Board, Jason Sorens. “She has excellent operational skills and has expressed a commitment to continue to build and strengthen our growing community.”

Rachel has spent the last two years learning the ins and outs of the FSP, first as an event volunteer, and then as the Director of Operations. During this time, she was lead coordinator for sponsorships, developed recurring content to promote the FSP, and spearheaded outreach efforts. In addition to an MBA, Rachel’s professional background and business experience include fundraising, marketing, and event production.

Only 100 Tickets Left for Free State Project’s Liberty Forum

MANCHESTER, NH: The 10th annual Liberty Forum will be held February 2-4, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester and features an exciting lineup. Due to renovations at the hotel, seats are limited and there are only approximately 100 tickets left. Register today to avoid disappointment.

Headliner Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party and political evangelist for freedom of speech and expression will speak via videoconference on Saturday, February 4. Falkvinge was shortlisted as one of TIME Magazine’s 2012 “Most Influential People” and The Guardian listed him as one of the world's Top 20 Internet Freedom Fighters.

“This year’s theme is ‘Leading Liberty’,” said Matt Philips, president of the Free State Project, “because that’s what free staters do. Attendees will hear from our early movers, talks on topics like legislative advances being made by elected participants, and the lawsuit brought by the Department of Education against the small town of Croydon regarding school choice.”

Rick Falkvinge to Headline Free State Project’s Liberty Forum

Rick Falkvinge (photo: Carl Johan Rehbinder)

The Free State Project’s 10th Annual Liberty Forum features Pirate Party Founder and Top 100 Global Thinker Rick Falkvinge

MANCHESTER, NH: Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, a political evangelist for freedom of speech and expression, and author of Swarmwise: The Tactical Manual to Changing the World is coming to New Hampshire–live from Sweden–during the Free State Project’s 10th Annual Liberty Forum.

In 2012, TIME Magazine shortlisted Falkvinge as one of the world's most influential people, and The Guardian listed him as one of the world's Top 20 Internet Freedom Fighters. During the 2009 European Elections, the Pirate Party became the largest party for voters under the age of 30, prompting Falkvinge to call this success a “reignition for the civil liberties fight in Europe and the world.” Falkvinge will address Liberty Forum attendees remotely at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

New Hampshire Reclaims #1 on Freedom in the 50 States Index

Color-coded map of the Freedom in the 50 States rankings | Cato Institute

Manchester, NH: According to the 2016 "Freedom in the 50 States" report released by the Cato Institute, New Hampshire is once again the freest state in the U.S. This report ranks American states by looking at more than 230 public policy variables affecting individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres.

New Hampshire’s economic freedom ranking has improved continuously since 2008, and its personal freedom ranking has increased significantly since 2006. Factors influencing New Hampshire's improved ranking include: tax cuts after the 2010 elections; the repeal of the certificate of need requirement for new hospital construction; telecom deregulation; liberalization of same-sex partnerships well before federal court decisions required it; enactment of a new tax credit program for school choice; and a new medical marijuana law.

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.

90% and Accelerating: The Free State Project Gets Ready to “Trigger The Move”

Over 18,000 Activists Have Pledged to Move to New Hampshire as Free State Project Approaches its Goal

The Free State Project is an unprecedented movement -- once 20,000 libertarians pledge to participate, it will “Trigger the Move,” and they will make their way to New Hampshire within five years. The organization has now exceeded 90% of its goal with more than 18,000 pledged participants, and almost 2,000 “early movers” have already made New Hampshire their new home with fresh faces coming in every week.

“This is the culmination of a decade of work and we’re just months away from reaching our 20,000 participant goal,” says Carla Gericke, President of the Free State Project. “Early movers have purchased about $40 million in New Hampshire real estate, and many have brought businesses and jobs with them.”

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden to Headline Free State Project’s Liberty Forum

MANCHESTER, NH: Edward Snowden, the former CIA intelligence officer and NSA contractor who leaked information about illegal government surveillance in 2013, is coming to New Hampshire–live from Russia–during the Free State Project’s 9th Annual Liberty Forum.

Snowden’s disclosures about the NSA illegally seizing the private records of billions of individuals who were not suspected of any wrongdoing launched a historic debate about national surveillance practices. Largely as a result of his efforts, the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata was ended just last week.

LIVE Q&A Tonight with FSP Prez and Early Movers at Liberty.me

Nov 16, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY: Free State Project President Discusses Making History via LIVE Online Q&A

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- “We are the future of liberty,” says Carla Gericke, president of the Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is successfully moving 20,000 liberty-minded people to New Hampshire. “We’re working to create a decentralized society in which the maximum role of government is to protect people from force and fraud… and we’re getting closer to our goal each day!”

FSP Hits 85% of Its 20,000 Goal: On Target to Trigger the Move to New Hampshire

The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in New Hampshire is advancing to the finish line with more than 17,000 participants now signed up. Thousands of activists have and are moving ahead of schedule.

July 24, 2015 (Manchester, NH) – Today, the Free State Project announced that more than 17,000 participants have pledged to move to New Hampshire for more liberty. This mass migration movement aims to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in the Live Free or Die state.

“Reaching 85% of our goal is a major milestone,” said FSP president, Carla Gericke. “As more people become aware of the problems facing this nation, from things like police militarization and misconduct, to the growing national debt and unfunded liabilities, to the perpetual wars, folks are seeking alternatives and safe havens. The Free State Project offers a working solution for like-minded, well-informed people who are passionate about stopping the erosion of our liberties.”

Localism Blossoms at FSP's Liberty Forum

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum features local small businesses, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, independent media, and more

March 2, 2015 – Manchester, NH – In addition to a stellar line-up of renowned speakers, including Sheriff Mack, Jeffrey Tucker, Lyn Ulbricht, and Scott Horton, the Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum showcases local small businesses, farms, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, Bitcoin enthusiasts, activists, politicians, New Hampshire’s independent media, and more. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

Scott Horton of AntiWar at NH Liberty Forum

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum’s theme is "Moved by Liberty," and includes speeches by activist Sheriff Mack and CEO of Overstock, Patrick Byrne.

February 17, 2015 – Manchester, NH – Today, the Free State Project announced Scott Horton, radio show host and editor of Antiwar.com, will be speaking at Liberty Forum, New Hampshire’s premiere liberty conference. Liberty Forum’s cutting edge topics run the gamut from “Non-Violent Communications” to crypto-currencies like ziftyrCOIN and Bitcoin. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

Thursday, March 5th kicks off with a dinner reception followed by entertainment provided by Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." Also on Thursday is a tour of the State House in Concord, and a late night improv session. Several independent media outlets, including nationally syndicated Free Talk Live, will be broadcasting throughout the conference, starting on Thursday night.

Cryptocurrency Featured at Liberty Forum

The Free State Project (FSP) announced recently an exclusive partnership with Milford-based cryptocurrency startup ziftrCOIN for FSP’s annual Liberty Forum event that takes place March 5-8 in Manchester.

ziftrCOIN is an innovative new altcoin designed to bring on board the next 10 million cryptocurrency users. Ziftr, the company behind ziftrCOIN, has designed a suite of tools to make cryptocurrency highly accessible and easily adoptable for both consumers and merchants. These tools include ziftrPAY, a secure API that enables merchants to accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, ziftrCOIN and other popular altcoins in addition to credit cards; ziftrWALLET, a multicoin digital wallet, and ziftrSHOP, an online marketplace where consumers can shop their favorite online merchants and pay using cryptocurrency or credit cards. Each ziftrCOIN will have a $1 minimum redemption value when spent within Ziftr’s retailer network.

Love Liberty? New Film Gives 101 Reasons You Belong in New Hampshire

The Free State Project (FSP) started with an idea: if 20,000 libertarian activists could all move to one small state with a friendly culture, that would be enough to create true “Liberty In Our Lifetime.” In 2003, New Hampshire was chosen. Since then, more than 16,000 people have signed the Statement of Intent to move when the target is hit – and over 1,600 participants have already made the move.

Today, two of these early movers have released an original documentary on the project, entitled 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, now available for free on Youtube.

The film is a love letter from these 21st century pioneers to their newfound home. It is told through the personal stories of fellow FSP participants and interviews with liberty’s leading lights, including investor Peter Schiff, Food Inc.’s Joel Salatin, Patrick Byrne of Overstock.com, Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine, and several more.

Free Day and Extra Tickets on Sale for Liberty Forum 2014

February 12, 2014 – Nashua, NH – Today the Free State Project announced additional tickets have been made available for its seventh annual Liberty Forum, New Hampshire’s premiere liberty conference. While Liberty Forum’s main focus is on the national surveillance state and whistleblowers, topics run the gamut from permaculture to crypto-currencies like bitcoin. This four-day conference will be held February 20-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.

Thursday, February 20th events are free and open to the public. The scheduled talks, panels, and even a State House tour, include a welcome by FSP founder Jason Sorens, a talk by Redditor Bruce Fenton on Bitcoin, a talk on “How Money Walks,” a panel discussion on the death penalty, a class on “counterveillance,” and a social media Tweetup. The evening ends with Ignite Nashua, where 19 speakers will give 5-minutes talks to “Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick.”

Liberty Forum 2014: Buy Your Tickets Now

The Free State Project’s 7th annual conference’s theme is Watching the Watchers, and includes speeches by political activist Naomi Wolf, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and his attorney Jesselyn Radack, open-source 3D-printing gun activist Cody Wilson, and co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Trevor Timm, among others. Today the Free State Project announced the speakers at its seventh annual Liberty Forum, which will highlight political activism, whistleblowers, and solutions to the national security state. This year’s theme: Watching the Watchers. Regarded as one of the most prestigious liberty conferences worldwide, Liberty Forum will be held February 20-23, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, and attracts speakers and attendees from across the globe. Buy your tickets now.

Free State Project Hits 75% of Its 20,000 Goal: On Target for Mass Migration to NH in 2015

The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in New Hampshire is advancing to the finish line with more than 15,000 participants now signed up, with thousands moving ahead of schedule.

October 25, 2013 – Manchester, NH – Today, the Free State Project announced that 15,000 participants have now signed up to move to New Hampshire for more liberty. This mass migration movement aims to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in the Live Free or Die state. At the current rate of sign-ups, the organization anticipates it will “Trigger the Move” in 2015, three years ahead of schedule.

“Reaching 75% of our goal is a major milestone,” said FSP president, Carla Gericke. “I attribute the acceleration in sign ups to things like the NSA surveillance scandal, the TSA, the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, Obamacare, unconstitutional gun control legislation, and the unwarranted wars under both Bush and Obama. As America devolves into a police state, well-informed people are seeking safe havens. The FSP offers a proven strategy for individuals who are looking for more liberty within a community of like-minded people.”

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