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In a Huffington Post article "Four Times Federal Judges Kept the Government Honest in 2014," Evan Bernick of the Institute for Justice covers FSP president, Carla Gericke's 1st Circuit Court of Appeals win against the Town of Weare, NH. "These decisions show how judicial engagement can ensure that the government stays within constitutional bounds. If judges can engage in tough cases requiring fact-sensitive analysis, they can do it in all cases -- and they must, if the courts are to perform their constitutional function and keep the political branches in check. Our rights will remain insecure so long as judicial truth-seeking remains the exception, rather than the rule." Photo credit: Huffington Post, moodboard via Getty Images.
Father and liberty lover William Baer was vindicated this week after being arrested and charged with 3 incidents of "disorderly conduct" during a school board hearing earlier this year when he protested the content of a novel distributed by Gilford High School to his 9th grade daughter.
Says The Union Leader: "The dismissal of three disorderly conduct charges against William Baer, a parent who was arrested after unruly conduct at a school board meeting in May, is being seen by some as an important moment in the history of law enforcement and American free speech."
Baer writes of his ordeal and his decision to fight back:
"Since my arrest this past May, my life and the lives of my family have been in disarray. After 7-1/2 months of being pursued by the State of New Hampshire, through the Gilford Police Department and School Board, I am obviously pleased that all charges have been dismissed. Belknap County Judge James Carroll showed me there still is some justice in our system.
Ali Havens is all about "liberty media." In her own words "liberty media is the best way to reach people." This rings true, seeing as Ali discovered the Free State Project through Free Talk Live. "I wanted to move somewhere, where all the libertarians would be." FTL didn't convince her to move though, she was already searching for "towns that have the most libertarians." Once she found out about the Free State Project and New Hampshire's natural "live and let live" spirit, she knew she was all in. Since moving, Ali has been involved in a number of media related projects, most recently being the narrator for the new documentary "101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire."
PorcFest X Lead Organizer Mike Vine talks to Lions of Liberty about the FSP's and its participants' major victories, the new documentary 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire, what's happening on The Freecoast, his favorite book to introduce people to liberty, and more! If you're curious about the Free State Project, don't miss this interview! Like what you hear? Join the most audacious liberty movement in the world!
Free State Project President, Carla Gericke, testifies at the Concord BEARCAT hearing held in fall 2012. Carla testified because of the fraudulent, misleading, and spurious statements made about Free Staters in a federal grant application. If you missed what happened, you can read more about it here, here, here, with quotes and media coverage about the issue here.
#1: All the Woolen Underthings
When confronted with your first New Hampshire winter, everyone will tell you to invest in woolen undergarments. Everyone will tell you to, but YOU will ignore this advice for at least the first if not the second winter. You will say: “Don’t you tell me what to do,” while thinking, “What difference can a pair of woolen socks really make?” As someone who waited 4 winters to invest in all the woolen underthings, let me tell you unequivocally: A LOT. I’m talking warm tootsies 24/7. Toss in a pair of woolen leggings and a long-sleeved undershirt for when you will be outside for extended periods, and you will find yourself saying: “Wait, what? Winter is over already?” Treat your woolen items with respect--don’t toss them in the dryer!--and they will love you back, winter over winter. Toasty!
#2: Layer Up
And strip down when needed. Layers give you the flexibility to be comfortable, no matter what the temperature is, inside or out. Added bonus: New Hampshire winters come with built-in stripteases!
#3: Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
A recent mover, Joel Valenzuela, weighs in on the meaning he finds in New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project: "I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. Read more at his blog, the Desert Lynx.
A New Yorker Looks at New Hampshire by William N. Kilarjian (from August 2004):
This last Fourth of July, my wife, myself and our Jack Russell Terrier 'Mac' traveled to New Hampshire from our home in Westchester County, NY. This was only the second trip to the Granite State for my wife and the first for Mac. In my youth, our family had traveled often to New Hampshire on summer vacations, frequenting Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Lake Winnipesaukee. Those summer trips and subsequent trips thereafter always engendered a feeling of being drawn to the Old Man of the Mountain. New Hampshire's appealing qualities are manifest. In the muscular natural beauty, the open, friendly and forthrightness of the people, the dignity of her cities and towns. Admirable traits abound.
From Vice: "What could thousands of libertarians do if they moved, en masse, to one tiny state and tried their hardest to reduce taxes, regulation, and general government meddling in people's lives? That's the question that one group of die-hard liberty-lovers has been trying to answer for more than a decade.
Founded in 2001, the movement, known as the Free State Project, has persuaded nearly 17,000 people, from across the US and other countries, to sign a pledge promising to move to New Hampshire once the number of signers reaches 20,000. So far, 1,674 'early movers' have already relocated to the state." Read more...
A tongue-in-cheek look at life in the Granite State: the perfect sunrises, the best pancakes, skiing, snowmobiling, beaches, and "wicked" does not mean "evil." Read the entire article from Motovo about the 29 Things People From New Hampshire Have To Explain To Out Of Towners. Photo credit: Wikimedia user R.Goodspeed
Introducing a new blog series: "Blast from the Past," where we will be sharing stories submitted to the Free State Project over the years. The goal is to give people interested in the FSP a better sense of other people's impressions of New Hampshire, the FSP, and life in the Live Free or Die state. We hope this will inspire you to sign the Statement of Intent, join the most audacious liberty movement in the world, and move to New Hampshire as soon as possible!
The first "Blast from the Past" comes from Phil B. Phil and his wife Kristine signed up in the early days, and moved to New Hampshire in 2012. Phil works in the pharmaceutical industry, and Kristine owns a yarn dyeing business and provides administrative support to FSP president, Carla Gericke. They love their lives in New Hampshire, and enjoy riding motorcycles, cooking, hunting, gardening, and have fully immersed themselves in the local community. What follows is Phil's essay about a visit the couple made to New Hampshire in 2004. Enjoy!
On this weeks episode of #itslikethistoo, Cecelia Fairchild and Shire Dude interview the fantastical Stephanie Murphy. Stephanie describes her transition from scientist to voice actor, and the adventures she has had in between. Check out Stephanie's website. "Like" us on Facebook for new episodes EVERY MONDAY.
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Another favorable article about this past weekend's Shire Sharing activities, where voluntary charity efforts helped feed more than 300 households.
"Attached to each bag was a handwritten note that read: 'This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else someday,' set off by a small Free State Project coin with the inscription, 'Liberty in our Lifetime'.”
Read more at Manchester Ink Link.
"It's Like This Too" is a weekly video series about early movers of the Free State Project, in partnership with Voices of Liberty. In this week's episode, Cecelia Fairchild and Shire Dude interview mover #50, Chris Lopez, the administrator for the Free State Project. The Admin Fund was started a few years ago to create a win-win solution after Chris suffered a tragic accident. Chris takes care of important FSP administrative and participant related tasks. Please consider donating to help replenish the Admin Fund so Chris can continue to be independent while adding value to the FSP.
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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!
Early movers making a difference! From the Concord Monitor: "Bloom said he and McNeil are 'political hobbyists.' In recent years, they’ve both lobbied in favor of industrial hemp. McNeil is the executive director for the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. Bloom drafted the law that created nanobreweries in New Hampshire." Read more... Photo credit: Nick Reid, Monitor Staff
“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!