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Tuesday
Mar032015

Localism Blossoms at Free State Project’s Liberty Forum 

The Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum features local small businesses, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, independent media, and more    

 

March 2, 2015 – Manchester, NH – In addition to a stellar line-up of renowned speakers, including Sheriff Mack, Jeffrey Tucker, Lyn Ulbricht, and Scott Horton, the Free State Project’s 8th annual Liberty Forum showcases local small businesses, farms, entrepreneurs, think tanks, non-profits, Bitcoin enthusiasts, activists, politicians, New Hampshire’s independent media, and more. This four-day conference will be held March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester.

 

On Friday, Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine, will share some of the essential, enlightening and enjoyable things to do and see in New Hampshire. Jody Underwood, FSP board member and co-owner of Bardo Farm in Croydon, where she serves as chair of the school board, will talk about “Rethinking Public Education.” Lee Webster will speak about “Dying Free,” discussing the wide range of choices available to NH citizens, including family- and community-led home funerals and burials, and how to make after-death care affordable, environmentally responsible, and meaningful. Kate Baker, Executive Director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, an education resource and networking organization and the first organization to implement the NH Education Tax Credit Scholarships, discusses “Moving to the Free State with Children: A Discussion of Education Options in NH.” Union Leader columnist Charlie Arlinghaus, who serves as president of New Hampshire’s premier free market think tank, The Josiah Bartlett Center, will speak about “New Hampshire’s Complicated Relationship with Liberty Through the Years.” Executive entrepreneur and ziftrCOIN CEO Bob Wilkins will address “Cryptocurrency Continues to Gain Traction, But What Will It Take to Bring It Into the Mainstream?” Following an Entrepreneur Roundtable discussion, a reception will take place at 6 p.m. celebrating entrepreneurs of the Granite State. This will be followed by dinner and Friday night’s keynote speaker, Emmy award-winning journalist, Ben Swann. The mayor of Manchester, Ted Gatsas, will also be in attendance.  

 

On Saturday, Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will discuss “The Future of Legalization Efforts in New Hampshire.” Members of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance will share more information about this non-profit organization, explain how to get involved, and how to support pro-liberty charitable causes in New Hampshire. Meir G. Kohn, professor of economics at Dartmouth College, will share his personal journey of “How I Became a Libertarian.” Former gubernatorial candidate, millennial Andrew Hemingway, will talk about “Technology Disrupting Government.” FSP founder and lecturer at Dartmouth College, Jason Sorens, will delve into what the future holds in a talk entitled “NH in 2035.” A panel discussion will highlight FSP participants’ community centers located across the state. At 6 p.m., a reception for New Hampshire legislators and executive councilors will provide an opportunity to meet liberty-friendly legislators and other elected officials who are fighting to preserve New Hampshire’s tradition of freedom. This reception is followed by dinner and keynote speaker, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.

 

During Liberty Forum, local independent media will be broadcasting, including the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, Granite Grok, IPM Nation, and several local podcast such as Flaming Freedom, The Rebel Love Show, and Off the Air Live. The “Activist and Entrepreneur Exhibits” features 34 local businesses, non-profit organizations, gun manufacturers, and more. An art workshop, and a flash mob are also planned. A screening of the independently-made documentary “101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire” will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.  

 

A full list of speakers and the schedule can be viewed at the Liberty Forum’s website, where tickets are on sale. Basic Tickets are $150 for Friday and Saturday’s programming. One Day Passes are available for $80. Basic Ticket and One Day Pass holders may attended the Friday and Saturday keynote speakers; doors open after the scheduled dinners.  

 

Monday
Feb092015

FreeKeeneNews - NH State Rep Commits Cannabis Civil Disobedience in Front of Committee

State Rep Commits Cannabis Civil Disobedience in Front of Committee

At a recent, well-attended and lengthy hearing held by the criminal justice committee at the state house regarding studying cannabis legalization, a state representative from Rockingham, Kyle Tasker, put his freedom on the line.

During his testimony in front of the committee, and in front of a state police officer, Tasker pulled out a bag of cookies, a vaporizer, and what appeared to be a bottle of cannabis tincture, which he claimed came from his "personal stash".

Here is video of Tasker's civil disobedience.

The cop behind him didn't seem to know what to do. After all, he likely wouldn't hesitate to arrest Tasker for possessing cannabis in the streets. However, arresting him in front of the committee would only prove the point of the cannabis freedom activists - that people are arrested all the time for cannabis - something about which the police frequently mislead the legislators.

They like to claim that no one goes to jail for simple cannabis possession in New Hampshire, which is a lie. Even if it were true, people still get arrested and processed all the time, then forced into court and paying fines. It's tyranny, over a plant, and everyone knows it.

While Tasker did admit that the cookies were actually purchased from the kitchen in the state house basement, and it appeared the vaporizer was for nicotine, he wasn't so clear on what was in the tincture bottle, despite questions from the committee. Everyone, except the cop, seemed to be enjoying Tasker's testimony, and multiple committee members took the opportunity to laugh and crack jokes.

Nearly everyone, including the multiple elderly members of the committee seem to be aware of the absurdity of cannabis prohibition, as well as its imminent demise.

I've attended a LOT of these hearings (on medical, decrim, legalization) over the years, and the committee members have become less-and-less hostile, to the point where the committee has become well-educated on the issue. In an exclusive interview with Free Keene, Tasker agreed, "Things have changed a lot since I took office in 2010. Edibles were something snickered about and jokes about brownies were the typical response, with less-enlightened reps bringing up issues like health consequences of smoking unfiltered joints...Before the legal marijuana industry was established no one had ever considered a personal vaporizer, or a drops placed under the tongue. It was not something that was taken seriously by a majority of the committee. Now that we are getting empirical data and the jokes have stopped its much easier to address the policy directly and analyze the pros and cons, the latter of which are few and far between."

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,

Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Tuesday
Oct212014

FreeKeeneNews - Cops Attack Hungry Students Long After Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots 

VIDEO: NH Cops Arrest Students for Walking

The police state did not end after the Pumpkin Fest rioters left.  After I got off-the-air from my live Saturday radio program (on which we discussed the initial Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots), I headed back down to the college. At the time, there was a helicopter broadcasting a message to disperse or be arrested. I arrived at the gateway to Keene State College – Winchester St. to witness a huge throng of police marching down the street. I quickly pulled out my camera and began to record (click for video).

After walking around the nearest building on campus, in full view of the line of police, activists walked onto campus and right back over to Winchester St.  We continued walking west on Winchester and no cops said anything to us there.  However, we again went on campus and came back out on Madison St., on the west end of the college.  Here there were several police standing around the intersection and one of them told me we couldn’t pass, despite college students walking down Winchester St. immediately behind them.
 

The solution was simply to walk 30 feet south and cut through the parking lot, back to Winchester St., wherein we were easily able to walk right past the same officers moments later.

What the hell was the point of these chokepoints anyway?  The riots had been over for a while by now.  It seemed the police were just enforcing arbitrary lines, and not very effectively or consistently.  After checking out the police staging area, which the BEARCAT never actually left (thankfully), we came back to Winchester and Madison, where a very large group of armored and other police had gathered despite nothing at all happening there.  It appeared they were preparing for transport elsewhere, however, before they could take off, three guys walked up from the dorms in search of late-night eats at the Campus Convenience store on the southeast corner.

Despite them being in the exact same place I was just minutes earlier, these young men were told to “GO HOME!” over and over with the demand being shouted by multiple officers.  Within moments, the officers swarmed and attacked the guys (jump right to that part of the video), who had stated they were hungry.  Did the officers behave differently toward them than they did me because there were more of the police present when the guys walked up?

This action by the police, like the arrest of the guy walking down the sidewalk earlier in the day, was completely unnecessary and outrageous.  These guys wanted some munchies, not to eat pavement.  They had not hurt anyone and had not threatened anyone.  This is pure escalation.  Not long after, city boss John MacLean and police chief Ken Meola are seen laughing it up across the street, ironically in front of “Alpha Dogs” eatery.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Oct132014

FreeKeeneNews - Keenevention is Coming Up Oct 31st - Nov 2nd

Keenevention is Coming Up Oct 31st - Nov 2nd

This year will be the 2nd annual Keenevention, an intimate yearly gathering of NH liberty activists and people from around the US and world who are considering moving to New Hampshire.  Last year's attendance was over 100 and we are on-track for the same size or larger this year.

Keenevention is organized by Keene-area activists, NOT the Free State Project.  It features all NH-based liberty activists as its speakers and panelists.  Panel discussions will span from legislative activism to direct action.  Keynote speakers will include the president of the Free State Project Carla Gericke, James "Robin Hood" Cleaveland, and jailed cannabis activist Rich Paul.  
Keenevention attendees will also be getting out of the hotel with opportunities to take part in Keene activism like Robin Hooding and Cop Block.  Last year, the city of Keene took its parking enforcers off the streets during Keenevention in response to our plans to have multiple Robin Hooders out-and-about!

Plus, since it's Halloween weekend we'll be having a costume/dance party and other social events.

Sunday
Jun152014

FreeKeeneNews - NH ACLU Takes Side of Keene Chalkers in Letter to City Council 

NH ACLU Head Attorney Speaks In Favor of Chalking

Proposed ban on chalk violates long-held free speech court precedent.  The head attorney of the NH ACLU, Gilles Bissonnette,  has weighed in on the proposed chalking ban for downtown Keene.  In a two-page testimony sent to the Keene city council, Bissonnette lays out how the proposed ban runs afoul of long-held free speech principals, citing multiple supreme court cases:

“fundamental to the continuing vitality of our democracy, for ‘time out of mind, [sidewalks] have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions.’”

“[a]s a general matter, we have indicated that in public debate our own citizens must tolerate insulting, and even outrageous, speech in order to provide adequate breathing space to the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.”


Bissonnette also encourages police to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violence and says that the city should be encouraging free expression rather than suppressing it.  It’s an excellent legal opinion and the city council should read it carefully before they screw up and pass an unconstitutional suppression of free speech.  Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the ridiculous-to-the-max War on Chalk.




Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
603-513-2449