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1% Growth in 9 Days! Let's Trigger the Move!

I have to stop and pinch myself! 1% signer growth in just 9 days? I'm dancing around the kitchen with my hands in the air like the Ron Paul "It's Happening!" gif.

And it IS happening! And it's about time. Thousands of early movers have been paving the way for this moment, and it's getting near. It's hard not to be excited!

How come the signer rate is accelerating now? For the past few months, we have been running targeted Facebook ad campaigns. This has resulted in 1-2% growth in signers per month, averaging up to 24 per DAY. We are now connecting directly to a new, large audience of pro-liberty people looking for answers. The Free State Project offers a proven solution.

The only thing holding us back is being able to spend more on ads to get more signers! We want to turn on the spigot!

Help us Trigger the Move! Watch this video and then please DONATE TODAY.

NH DOE Fails to Get Injunction Against Croydon re School Choice

On December 14, 2015 the presiding judge of the Strafford Superior Court, Justice Brian T. Tucker, denied the injunction brought by the NH Department of Education and Attorney General against the Croydon School Board. The NH DOE and AG claimed that the four Croydon students would be irreparably harmed if allowed to remain at the Newport Montessori School as part of the town’s school choice program. In the court’s ruling, the judge said that the NH DOE previously allowed students to remain in their private schools and had advance knowledge that the board intended to continue their program in the 2015-2016 school year, but did not take immediate action at those times. The judge cites another case that said “[A]ny delay in moving for a preliminary injunction “generally destroys the presumption of irreparable harm.” See the photos below for a full copy of the ruling.

School Choice Matters, So Drop Croydon Lawsuit Says State Reps

In today's Concord Monitor Representatives Greg Hill, JR Hoell and Michael Balboni weigh in on the ongoing saga of the lawsuit brought by the NH Department of Education against the Town of Croydon over school choice. The state is suing the town, and is seeking injunctive relief to remove the children from their new schools during the school year. A ruling on the injunction is expected this week.

Then why, Gov. Hassan, Attorney General Foster and Commissioner of Education Barry, are you interfering with the Croydon School District’s lawful practice to provide its children with educational opportunities that best meet each child’s needs? Why are you taking the Croydon School District to court and suing the good people of Croydon, who just want to exercise their legal right to provide the best educational opportunities for their children? Croydon is not a large school district with a large tax base and financial resources to mount a prolonged defense against state resources.

Long Road Home (to the 'Shire)

Pete Eyre, co-founder of Cop Block, blogs at Free Keene about why he and his life partner Amanda Billyrock are returning to the 'Shire after an extended travel adventure in search of more freedom.

Amanda and I could continue to globe-trot to see how yet another place stacks up. We could go to Cambodia or somewhere where the likelihood and severity of threats from self-proclaimed rulers may be less, but such purposeful isolation means missing much of the spontaneity, excitement, and potential that would be present were we part of a larger homegroup. Sure, we’d be existing, but would we be living? So after a stop in Mexico City this weekend for the Latin American Bitcoin Conference, we’ll return to the ‘shire. We both recognize it as the best place for us to be right now.

Nomads Help at Shire Sharing

The Barfield family, known as Living Nomad Style, have been traveling across the U.S. for the past few years. This year, they decided to drop in on the volunteer-driven private charity, Shire Sharing. Read about their experiences helping to feed thousands of needy folks this past Thanksgiving here.

Photo credit: Living Nomad Style

Drug War Belongs in Dustbin of History

"We can’t solve a problem without knowing its origin. To solve America’s drug problem, we have to know the history of the drug war.

The drug war did not start with Richard Nixon. It wasn’t a Republican idea, or a traditional idea. The drug war was launched before the First World War by utopian Progressive Democrats.

Woodrow Wilson signed the first federal drug law in 1914, the Harrison Act. It was intended as a weapon against opiate-using “Orientals.” Some doctors supported it because it granted them a prescription monopoly. At first, the Harrison Act only increased the cost of opiates to users. But soon the doctors fell victim as well, as the Harrison Act was used to imprison pain doctors and even those who ran opiate-addiction treatment clinics."

Read more from Bill Walker, FSP early mover on the history of the Drug War at The Concord Monitor.

It's Happening! Another 1% Growth in Less Than a Month

Growing faster than ever before! The FSP now stands at the cusp of securing the final 2,200 signers in order to Trigger the Move! What are you waiting for? Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world. Claim your stake in history. Start planning your move. Check out Liberty Forum, February 18-21, 2016 in Manchester to get a better sense of the community we are building. You will be astounded!

I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the State of New Hampshire within 5 years after 20,000 participants have signed up. Once there, I will exert the 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. Join us.

Drunk Lives Matter: News Wrap Up of Uber Activism This Weekend

On Friday night, after Christopher David turned himself in to the authorities and was released on $5,000 PR bail, several peaceful protesters stood outside Daniel Street Tavern in Portsmouth to let people know about the situation pertaining to Uber. For an excellent summary of the evening's activities, read early mover Tony's report here.

Fox News covered the story. As did Reason Magazine, NH1, an open letter to The Patch and Seacoastonline.

November 8, 2015 FSP Board Meeting

FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Sunday, November 8
Location: 63 Durette Court, Manchester
Attending: Aaron, Matt, Seamas, Jason, Jody, Carla, Rich (on phone)

Meeting called to order at 10:31 am

Agenda
1. President’s Report
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Fundraising/Donor Packet
4. Porcfest/Liberty Forum
5. New Business
a. 5 Year Plan
b. Board Composition
c. Board communications

Minutes

  1. President’s Report. At end of the minutes.

BREAKING NEWS: Pro-Uber Driver Has Warrant Out for Arrest, May Miss 1st Child's Birth

This just in from Christopher David, FSP early mover and civil disobedience activist who has continued to drive for Uber in the City of Portsmouth, despite the city council's ban. You can read more about the background to his story here.

Says Christopher:

Portsmouth has a warrant out for my arrest.

Officer Andre Wassouf -- the police officer from THIS VIDEO -- called me two weeks ago to inform me that I may be guilty of a class B felony for posting this audio recording of the bouncer (even though I was on a public road, in my car, and he was on a public sidewalk with no expectation of privacy). Bouncer called the police about it, and Wassouf said he would check to see if the bouncer wanted to press charges; if so, he would call back when a warrant was done. Wassouf recently called again to inform me that he has completed my ARREST WARRANT. Wants me to turn myself in.

NH Open Doors & More

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Check out NH Open Doors where you can experience the best New Hampshire has to offer during this weekend-long touring and shopping event. You can: Shop (tax-free) for distinctive products made in NH; See demonstrations by artists and craftspeople in their studios; Sample fresh products from farmstands and orchards; Savor fine cuisine and wine at a local restaurant; Enjoy special events and cultural attractions; Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views.

Next week, don't miss:

Manchester hosts the 3rd Annual Distillers Showcase at the Radisson Hotel on November 12. For $60, you will get to sample premium spirits, getting you... into the spirit!

Portsmouth's upcoming Restaurant Week, November 5-14, 2015. This is a great way to try out some of the splendid noms the FreeCoast has to offer.

AG Sues Tiny NH Town Over Letting Parents Choose Best School for Their Kids

The issue for the tiny town of Croydon vs. Big Bad Brother has been heating up for some time now. Read more here, here, and here, where the Independent Institute writes:

"Children are not creatures of the state, and public school officials in Croydon should be commended for their efforts to put the best interests of children ahead of petty, parochial politics."

Yesterday, the New Hampshire AG's office mailed paperwork to the Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport filing a complaint from the N.H. Department of Education for a preliminary and permanent injunction against the Croydon School District. Read more at the Union Leader.

NH: Wealthiest State in the Developed World

Yesterday, Ryan McMaken, editor of Mises Daily and The Austrian wrote a blog at Mises Wire comparing Sweden and Germany to American states, finding that if they were to become U.S. states, these countries would be amongst the poorest.

This is interesting, but not half as mind-blowing as the fact that New Hampshire, according to his data, is the wealthiest state in the developed world, beating Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland.

Why would this be? Perhaps the NH Advantage has something to do with it? Or maybe it is a combination of the hundreds or reasons why New Hampshire has become such an attractive destination to discerning individuals?

88% to Goal of 20,000 Participants

Here in New Hampshire, excitement is in the air! Thanks to new targeted Facebook ads, a new landing page, and the dedication of a great team of social media volunteers, the Free State Project is growing at a staggering clip!

Since September 14, 2015, another 1%, or 200 signers, have joined the most audacious liberty movement in the world. Assuming this growth rate remains steady--although we hope to accelerate it even more!--the FSP will Trigger the Move in less than 12 months.

Like this? Help us get there faster by donating today.

Love the concept of concentrating liberty lovers together to achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join us.

October 2015 Newsletter

What do Liberty Forum and a Pie-Eating, Sword-Fighting Church Have in Common? This month read about Uber activism, school choice, and a pie-eating and sword-wielding church. Find out about Liberty Forum Early Bird tickets, and catch up on what Early Movers have to say about living in the Free State of New Hampshire.

The Foliage Hunt: Building Bridges

"My buddy, Representative Glen Aldrich (Meredith/Gilford), told me he was planning a day where he could drive around and nail a bunch of covered bridges that he didn’t have yet. You see, when people get old we start doing things like driving around to look at old wooden bridges that have been travelled on for hundreds of years. I’ve had a personal goal to grab a shot at all of New Hampshire’s covered bridges. I’m not really interested in the ones at the Golf Course or the one that’s 4 miles onto someone’s property and looks like it was thrown together with 2×4 construction. I’m talking the ones that served the community, the ones that halved travel commutes, the ones that joined together neighboring towns that otherwise didn’t interact." Read the rest and enjoy the fantastic fall foliage photos at Tony's site. Photo credit: Tony Jankowski, who can be reached at jankowski.tony@gmail.com for reprints and swag.

Church of the Sword Goes to NH Supreme Court

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire will hear oral arguments in a case about the Church of the Sword, a non-denominational religion started by FSP early movers.

The heart of the case revolves around whether COTS is a "real church" that can be afforded tax exemption under the IRS's "14 Points of Consideration." I would argue the "separation of church and state" means it is blindingly illogical to allow one party (the state) to determine the status of a religion (COTS), but hey, that's just me!

From Reason Magazine:

"During a written interview, Bloom defends the COTS status as a religion:

On its face, COTS qualifies as a religion as the IRS defines it via the 14 point test. More importantly, a religion should consist of three elements.

Liberty Forum 2016 Early Bird Tixs Now on Sale

Join us February 18-21, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester for the Free State Project's 9th annual liberty conference, “Living Liberty.” Meet the early movers, hear nationally acclaimed speakers, and immerse yourself in New Hampshire's thriving liberty community. Early bird pricing available for a limited time - get your $99 tickets today!. Bitcoin accepted since 2011. Visit www.NHLibertyForum.com for more details.

Uber: It's Capitalism, Man

Early mover Christopher David has vowed to keep driving in Portsmouth, despite the recent Uber ban. Listen to this clip of him interacting with a bouncer, a cop, and a grateful passenger, who makes a foul mouthed yet compelling argument for free market capitalism. You can learn more about the situation in Portsmouth, and around the world at Free Uber. WARNING: Contains bad language

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