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The 3rd of February will now forever be known in liberty circles as "Porcupine Day"--the day after Groundhog Day--and the day the Free State Project officially announced the move has been triggered. Join us in the Free State! Watch the video to see today's press conference. More videos to come!
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.
This is IT! 99% to our goal of 20,000 signers! Today, we have 19,858 committed activists signed up! Nearly 2,000 have already moved and made massive strides to expand liberties in New Hampshire. What are YOU waiting for? Today, show YOUR support for our efforts by donating $9.99, $99 or $999 to our Trigger the Move fundraiser. Let's DO THIS!
As of this writing, the online fundraiser has: $14,410 USD, raised by 158 people in 1 month, 36% of $40,000 goal. Bitcoin donations as of Monday were approximately $1,200. We have matched $1,500 offline. More details on other offline donations coming later this week. Please give generously TODAY. Thank you!
Looking for other ways to help? Change your profile pic to the 99% graphic on your social media channels. Like, share and comment. Tell your friends. Come to Liberty Forum. Save the date for PorcFest. Come make history with us!
As a Free State Project participant and early mover, I call New Hampshire home by choice. As the Super Secret Project says in their song "Granite State of Mind": "I'm the new Salinger/Cuz I could live anywhere/But I choose to live here." I know it is home, because this list of "11 Extremely Weird Things People From New Hampshire Do" totally rang true! Read why we are weird at Only In Your State.
The first month of the new year brings exciting news about the Free State Project's number one goal: Triggering the Move! Read all about it, and what early movers in New Hampshire are accomplishing and experiencing. Share with all your friends and help us finalize our goal! Please donate today! Let's Trigger the Move!
The Granite State has many great things to offer, but when it comes to crime, residents love to celebrate what the state lacks. New Hampshire is the 10th safest state in the nation, and the violent crime rate is half the national average. Still, some towns are especially idyllic and safe. Here are the ten safest cities in the state...
Photo credit: Gail Fredrick/Flickr
When we set out to create the video for our new “Trigger The Move” crowdfunding campaign, we interviewed nearly 20 liberty activists who’d relocated to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Nowhere near all of the footage we shot made it into the final cut, but we wanted to share a few more examples of what FSP Early Movers are doing in their communities! It’s incredible to see all that’s being accomplished with just under 2,000 folks already here -- imagine when we get 20,000+ to make the move to NH!
As of this writing, the fundraising campaign has raised $12,555, donated by 126 people in 1 month. We are at 31% of $40,000 goal. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your support is making this growth possible. To everyone else, we NEED YOUR SUPPORT now. Every little bit helps! Please make your most generous tax-deductible donation today!
FSP Board Meeting
Time/Date: Sunday, Jan 17, 2016
Attending: Aaron, Carla, Séamas (via phone), Jason (via phone), Jody, Matt
Excused: Rich (mazel tov!)
Meeting called to order at: 2:02pm
- Treasurer’s Report
- President’s Report
- Liberty Forum
- Board Member Search
- New Business
- Presidential succession vote
- 2016 budget vote
Today's Concord Monitor, front page, above the fold:
“It’s a little bit like a Kickstarter model, right? Like, if 20,000 people say they’ll do it, then we’ll do it,” she said.
The first movers are making it easier for those who come after them. At least one Free Stater owns a real estate company, which he uses to help his fellow “porcupines,” as participants are nicknamed.
They also spring to action to help new movers unpack and get to know the area, and Gericke said there’s a buddy program that helps people find a mechanic or a doctor.
“Honestly, I’m glad it’s taken its time because people have laid a lot of groundwork. . . . Even though, yes, it’s taken over a decade, I think that it is actually going to benefit the movement as a whole,” she said.
Do events like this happen where you live? A panel discussion about foreign policy, moderated by John Stossel. From the Union Leader:
MANCHESTER — Are America’s actions overseas serving the country well? Have U.S. military interventions made the country more secure, at an acceptable cost — or have military actions proved too costly to American troops, the country’s principles and our financial future?
Christopher Sununu, who sits on the Executive Council, writes an op-ed about school choice in New Hampshire.
In New Hampshire, we see continued evidence of illogical behavior by the state. Our governor and her attorney general are seeking an injunction against the small town of Croydon, that has chosen to pay tuition for a tiny group of elementary students to attend a private school. The Croydon School District has seen fit to pay for five students to attend the Newport Montessori School, because it and the students’ parents have determined it is in the children’s best interest. That approach also happens to be less costly to Croydon taxpayers than the public school. However, the attorney general says that Croydon is violating the law, so now the town must raise money to fight the state in court.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.