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95%: Less Than 1,000 Signers to Go!

We are making history! Now with less than 5% to go to securing the final signers--less than 1,000 liberty lovers!!!--NOW is the time to show your support for the Free State Project! Due to the slow rate of donations, we are exhausting our operating resources to fund the Facebook ads, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Not only are we on track to Trigger the Move at an unprecedented rate, we are also making history by bringing you Edward Snowden--live from Russia--at Liberty Forum!

Escape to Liberty

Laissez Faire Today discovers the Free State Project, and Chris Campbell writes a compelling article about the viability of being part of the most audacious mass migration movement for more liberty in the world. Join now.

And the freedom of mobility, we believe, is one freedom you should take full advantage of if you’re serious about living free in an unfree world. (Unless, of course, you’re satisfied with your current location and are comfortable with its future. Which is great.)

The “best” place in the world is subjective. It depends on the individual. No place on Earth is perfect. And there will always be trade-offs no matter where you go.

But, no matter where it is, having a group of like-minded people with you will always enrich the experience.

And today, with billions of people only a click away, it’s more possible than ever to find a “tribe” of like-minded folks…

And even get them all to relocate to the same place.

94.3%--It's Happening Fast!

The Facebook advertising campaign is a smashing success! We gained another percentage point over the weekend, and the counter now stands at 18,865, 94.3% to our goal of 20,000 signers. While this is amazingly exciting, we can use YOUR support for our Trigger the Move fundraiser. Let's keep the momentum going!

Fundraising report as of this writing: $10,625 USD raised by 89 people in 22 days 27% of $40,000 goal.

Click here to read more about the campaign, then give your most generous donation today.

Can't contribute financially? Help us get the word out by sharing and telling your friends! Come hear Edward Snowden speak at Liberty Forum starting on February 18, 2016 in downtown Manchester. Save the date for PorcFest, June 19-26, 2016.

The Free State Project is a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 36-4668773.

School Choice: Why It Matters

Early movers Dr. Darren Tapp with Laura Bennett write about the Croydon school choice case:

Parents have found that Newport schools do not work for their children and thus wish to educate them elsewhere, including at private schools. The DoE’s injunction is not only robbing Croydon residents of their time and money, but it is — at its root— very opposed to the well-being of Croydon families since the injunction seeks to infringe on their right to make the best possible educational decisions for their children.

Read more at FreeCoast Online PLEASE NOTE: The hearing on the merits of the case has been postponed, and is no longer scheduled for January 13, 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Photo credit: Kate Baker. Group of school choice supporters at the courthouse before the injunctive hearing late last year.

An Uber Dilemma

If you missed what was happening with Uber in Portsmouth (see here, here, and here), get up to speed with this short documentary clip created by Portsmouth independent filmmaker Zach Cusson, and featuring early mover and Free Uber founder Christopher David.

As seen on a pro-Uber supporter's sign at a council meeting last year, the issue boils down to: Let the rider be the decider.

93% to Goal of 20,000 in 5 Days

Never before have we seen such growth! The counter now stands at 18,643, that's more than 93% to our 20,000 goal. At this rate, we will Trigger the Move sooner than anyone can imagine!

This acceleration is directly attributable to paid Facebook ads targeted to people who think like we do. For the first time, we are able to reach a huge new audience who might never before have heard of the Free State Project, but once they do, they love the concept. It was like that for me. I was disillusioned with national politics and disgusted with the burgeoning police state. I was seriously considering leaving the U.S. Then I discovered the Free State Project. The rest, as they say, is history.

Union Leader: Libertarian group Free State Project says it is nearing its goal to move to NH with 20,000 people

Writes the Union Leader, New Hampshire's largest newspaper:

"Free Staters at their core are libertarians who believe in individual freedom and choice and that less government serves freedom best."

The article discusses the "pay-it-forward" community, what early movers are working on, what the future might hold, and more.

Like the accelerated growth? Watch this video then PLEASE give your most generous donation today. Thanks for your support!

Libertarians Are Moving to NH

As for New Hampshire, a presidential candidate’s performance is not the only measure of the success of libertarianism, Gericke said. The Free State Project is 90 percent [92%!!! Support our efforts] of the way to its goal of moving 20,000 libertarians into New Hampshire to become a powerful voting bloc and serve as a model for other states.

“We’ve seen bumper growth in the libertarian movement here,” Gericke said. “The trend in libertarianism is moving away from national politics with more of a focus on states with low taxes and a high quality of life. The idea is to build New Hampshire as a place where personal freedom and economic freedom works. Ultimately, we’d like to transport that notion to other states.”

Read more at The Blaze. Photo credit: The Blaze/AP

92% and Growing Fast!

Another 1% growth in signers in less than a week! We are now at 18,406 signers, or 92% of the way to our goal of 20,000. These amazing results are directly attributable to the Facebook ad campaigns targeted at a broad new audience of liberty lovers. People are seeking answers to the encroaching police state and the dismal nature of national politics.

The Free State Project offers a proven solution. We know that concentrating liberty activists in the state of New Hampshire has lead to the expansion of civil and economic liberties. We know that being in a community of like-minded people makes life better. Becoming a Free Stater and moving to New Hampshire means you have chosen a purpose-driven, principled life!

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.

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