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This is What Real Charity Looks Like

Now for the 4th year running, Shire Sharing and the greater Porcupine community came together the weekend before Thanksgiving to help distribute food packages to New Hampshire's needy. All the actions were voluntary, from the financial contributions to the folks who helped film this short clip. Enjoy the video, but be warned, you might want to grab a tissue first. Real charity is moving!

Sharing is Caring: All Things Voluntary!

“We made a grown man cry!” ~ Angela H.

Tears of joy, for receiving a food basket through voluntary charity from Shire Sharing, a volunteer-based organization started by Amanda Bouldin four years ago as a tribute to and in loving memory of her father who had passed away from cancer. Hear the backstory of Shire Sharing in Amanda’s own words.

Shire Sharing has grown from its modest beginnings in 2011, when we fed 52 households, to a goal of 500 deliveries this year. In the end, 332 households received packages, while funds were raised to feed 500. The remaining meals will be distributed to Liberty House, a homeless veteran shelter in Manchester--all the turkeys!

The annual Shire Sharing Thanksgiving tradition now brings together a huge crew of Free Staters who celebrate the idea of voluntary giving. These dedicated activists spent the weekend spreading goodwill and goodies to those in need. It filled our hearts!

Freedom's Last Hope Is In NH

From Freedom Outpost: "In Obama's America, it can seem like freedom and limited government are a thing of the past. With a ballooning federal deficit, religious freedom under fire, and the Constitution treated as a joke, it's hard to find good news for our great country. Hard, but not impossible. Thankfully, there's hope, in the form of a determined group of conservative activists that's growing by the day: the Free State Project." Read more...

FSP President Chats to Tom Woods

FSP president, Carla Gericke, recently chatted to Tom Woods about her court victory over the police, growing up in South Africa, and the incredible community of liberty activists in New Hampshire.

Subscribe to the Tom Woods Show here.

October 12 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting
October 12, 2014
Venue: Aaron Day's house

Present: Aaron, Matt, Carla, Séamas, Jody, Sharon
Skype: Rich, Jason
Absent: Varrin

Meeting called to order at 3:43pm

Agenda
1. President’s report
2. LF budget
3. Financial policy/Q3 financial report
4. Marketing contract
5. Fundraising strategy
6. Letters of appreciation
7. Events survey
8. Strategic plan
9. Other business

  1. President’s report
    • Liberty Forum: going well. A good number of confirmed speakers, some speaker requests still outstanding. Web site to launch this week.
    • Need to focus on sponsor recruitment. $1600 to bring a speaker out.
    • PorcFest 2015: no organizer identified yet.
    • Ambassador program moving along.
    • Fundraising. Need to do more. About to launch another round of support for Chris Lopez. She is willing (and there is work for her to do) to increase her number of hours.

  2. LF Budget: Rich proposed approving it as is, Séamas seconded. 7 ayes, 1 abstention. Budget approved.

Free Staters Inspire Activism in Krakow

Polish liberty activist Marek Zemsta visited New Hampshire early in 2014, spending time with the Free State activist community. He was so inspired by the activities in New Hampshire, he started his own "Robin Hooding Krakow." Says Zemsta: "I would like to share my small success with you. At the end of July, we made our first official Robin Hooding event in Kraków. 6 people were saved from a parking ticket. Two weeks ago, I was finally able to prepare this video and post it on YouTube. Since then it has gained 50,000 views, which is my personal record. Moreover, our activism was described in two Polish news websites, and on Friday we will be doing another event with one of the biggest mainstream TV stations and their cameras. So once more thank you for tons of inspiration during my visit. (I made English subs for you.)"

"Get Out of Doge!" Marketing Campaign

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Free State Project, in partnership with Blockchain, is pleased to announce our advertising campaign: “Get Out of Doge: Escape to the Final Frontier.” A banner ad on Blockchain.info directs Bitcoin and alternate currency enthusiast to a special FSP landing page where you can read about the rich connections between Bitcoiners and Free Staters. Take a look, and help spread the word! Giddyup!

Freecoast Festival Schedule Filling Out

PORTSMOUTH - The Freecoast.org, which fosters the growing liberty movement in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, has released new details about the upcoming first annual Freecoast Festival.

The event takes place Sept. 19-20, 2014 in the towns of Portsmouth, Newmarket and Lee, New Hampshire.

The weekend's festivities kick off with a private screening of Hori Smoku: The Life of Norman K. Collins at the Hotel Portsmouth. This feature-length documentary explores the life of iconoclast Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins. Collins is the father of modern-day tattooing, whose uncompromising lifestyle and larger-than-life persona made him an American legend. Through rare interviews, photographs, and archival footage, Hori Smoku tells the story of this radical entrepreneur who built an underground movement that eventually went mainstream. Complementary rum-soaked Holy Donuts will be served. Coffee, beer & wine will be available at a cash bar.

4th Amendment Dead Ahead

By Carla Gericke*

The mission? Protect the peaceful people of New Hampshire from the Thin Blue Revenue Seeking Line. How? More than 30 liberty loving locals, Free Staters and others alike, spent Friday night, July 25, 2014, warning motorists in Manchester of a suspicionless "sobriety" checkpoint. New Hampshire boasts many quaint laws, including one that requires police departments to announce the date, time and place of DUI checkpoints.

Around 10 p.m. on this balmy summer evening, activists started lining up along Elm Street, the main thoroughfare from downtown. From our vantage point, the single-direction suspicionless checkpoint was tucked behind an incline, hidden from view to approaching motorists. A coincidence? As someone who has only been fined for speeding on a downhill, I think not.

August 2 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

August 2, 2014
Venue: Aaron Day’s house
Meeting called to order at 9:30am
Present: Aaron, Carla, Sharon, Varrin, Seamas, Jody
Varrin chaired in Rich’s absence.

Agenda
1. Board structure / Fundraising
2. Board / strategic
3. Insurance
4. 2014 Budget
5. Spending policy
6. Event proposal

Portsmouth to Get Its Own Liberty Meet-Up Space

PORTSMOUTH - On July 25th, Mike Vine, co-organizer of the Free State Project's PorcFest X, announced on Facebook that the Freecoast is getting its first liberty space this fall, expected to open Sept 1. I spoke with Vine about the new venue, dubbed the Praxeum.

SLN: Who's behind this venture?

Vine: A few partners, all in the Freecoast liberty community, put up the financing to get it rolling. We have a lot of space and hope to make it financially sustainable long term. For now, the partners view it as a combination space for us to do our projects and as a way to give back to the liberty community.

SLN: What's your vision for the venue?

Vine: My vision is to have a flexible use space for liberty-oriented people. It can serve as a co-working space for freelancers. It can be a classroom... a space for private events... a hangout for the local liberty community.

Bitcoin Embraced by New Hampshire Liberty Candidates

Bitcoin has been rapidly adopted by New Hampshire political candidates.

Bitcoin, the increasingly popular peer-to-peer, stateless cryptocurrency, has been embraced by New Hampshire political candidates. In May, the Federal Election Commission made Bitcoin a legal form of currency for campaign contributions. Since then, New Hampshire liberty candidates have wasted no time adopting its use in their fundraising.

According to a recent article on SYS-CON, about a dozen New Hampshire state senate candidates have begun to use PayStand to accept online campaign contributions. PayStand is a next generation online payment solution which accepts Bitcoin as well as traditional forms of payment. Among the New Hampshire senate candidates accepting Bitcoin are Eileen Landies, Chair of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, who is currently running for NH Senate District 20.

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Ratification in New Hampshire

Constitutional Convention 1787

In 1787, when asked about his opinion of the Philadelphia constitutional proceedings happening in secret, Patrick Henry famously replied, “I smell a rat!” Henry opposed the proposed Constitution because he feared it would centralize power in a strong national government. This put Henry at odds with the Federalists, who viewed the existing Articles of Confederation as an insufficient yoke to bind the several states into “a more perfect union.” But Henry was not alone in his opposition. Many throughout the newly independent states shared his fears. Collectively, they came to be known as Antifederalists, and New Hampshire had a strong contingent.

Economist Covers PorcFest XI

"New Hampshire is a natural stamping-ground for freedom-lovers. It has low taxes, lean bureaucracy and some of the loosest gun laws in America. Grown-ups can ride around without seat-belts or motorcycle helmets. The right to rebel when public liberty is 'manifestly endangered' is enshrined in the state constitution." Read more at The Economist... Photo credit: Vanessa Vine

June 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

FSP Board Meeting PorcFest 6/26/14 Meeting started at 10:10am

Attending: Carla, Seamas, Aaron, Sharon, Varrin, Rich (on phone), Jason Sorens (invited)

Agenda: 1. President’s report 2. Sponsor relations 3. BoD/Sharon’s proposal 4. State of PorcFest

President’s report In addition to her regular reports of what’s been done, Carla will also include gaps and things that were expected to be done but are not yet completed or need more resources. There was a request to have more structure in this report, including who is in charge of different tasks.

Sponsor relations 1. In addition to general event sponsors, a Mission Partner ("MP") category has been created to recognize long-term supporters. Mission Partners will have explicit sponsorship agreements so that terms do not have to be renegotiated for each event as is currently the case. 2. There will be levels with associated perks, going from $10,000 and down. It will be on the web site. 3. Jason Osborne proposed a plan to Carla for a FTL MP contract. Séamas will discuss the contract progress with Mark Edgington.

DIY Liberty

photo of the main field at PorcFest

LANCASTER – Today is day five of PorcFest, the Free State Project‘s premier annual event designed to showcase the liberty community in New Hampshire. This year’s event is the largest yet, featuring four tents plus the pavilion at Roger’s Campground holding a nonstop array of lectures, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, live music and after-hours parties.

Here’s just a small sampling of the over 100 scheduled events (these are ones I’ve attended myself!)...

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