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Friday
May222015

FreeKeeneNews - Activists to Protest DUI Checkpoint in Manchester Tomorrow Night 

Activists to Copblock Manchester DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

Dozens of activists will converge in downtown Manchester starting at 10:00 p.m. Friday, May 22nd to divert traffic away from a sobriety checkpoint planned by Manchester Police Department. Activists are protesting the stopping of drivers without reasonable suspicion of having committed a crime. They are also protesting the federal government's involvement in local policing through federal grants used to fund the checkpoint. Manchester Police Department announced the checkpoint on Friday, May 8:

Feel free to get in touch with Joel if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Joël Valenzuela
(602) 510-9966

Last Ten Headlines at Free Keene:


WMUR & WBZ Cover Monadnock School Pledge Controversy
Shire Free Church Lawyers Up, Re-Files Tax Exemption Application
Shire Dude Season 1 Finale
Triumphant Return to High School Outreach
Monadnock Regional School Newspaper Takes Nationalist, Flag-Waving Stance
All Virginia Charges Dropped Against James Cleaveland
Heroic Swanzey Teen Refuses to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance
NH1 Reports on Keene Activist Pulling Gun on Downtown Crazies
Rich Paul’s Analysis of the Cantwell Incident
Keene State College Students Appreciate Hassan Confrontation
Tuesday
May122015

PorcFest 2015 

 

 

PORCUPINE FREEDOM FESTIVAL XII DRIVES THE FREE STATE PROJECT TO TRIGGER LIBERTY MOVEMENT

The 12th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival—affectionately known as “PorcFest”—is a weeklong celebration of freedom and community, organized by volunteers from the Free State Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is successfully moving 20,000 liberty-minded participants to New Hampshire to create a decentralized society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.

PorcFest returns to the privately-owned Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, NH from June 21-28, where an expected 2,000 attendees will enjoy a one-of-a-kind camping event, filled with activities for families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Campfires, panel discussions, presentations, movies, live talk shows, dancing, singing, music, food, parties, a newbie shoot for those new to firearms, and all around liberty-loving good times will be found at the most electrifying freedom event of the year.

“New Hampshire is the future of liberty,” says Carla Gericke, president of the Free State Project. “We know the liberty message is growing, and PorcFest attendees get bragging rights to say they were at ground zero. Coming to PorcFest is like being in on the early floor of something like Burning Man, which even Grover Norquist attended last year.”

Featured speakers at PorcFest XII include:
  • Lenore Skenazy, the celebrated (and oft-maligned) author/writer/activist behind FreeRangeKids.com and the book Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) who can be seen on the reality TV show “World’s Worst Mom”; and
  • Philip M. Stinson, former Dover, NH police officer-turned-associate professor of Criminal Justice with Bowling Green State University, who manages the largest-known database of police misconduct in the country; and
  • Russ Baker, American investigative journalist who founded the non-profit website WhoWhatWhy. He is the author of Family of Secrets about the Bush dynasty, which Gore Vidal called “one of the most important books of the past ten years.”
  • Other topics of discussion throughout the week will focus on a wide variety of issues, such as: homeschooling/school choice, police militarization, community support, national surveillance, Bitcoin/cryptocurrency, agorism, food freedom, nonviolent protesting and civil disobedience, political activism, medical marijuana, jury nullification, and more.
“The best part about PorcFest is that there's something for everyone, which sounds like a cliche, but it really is true,” Gericke continues. “There are aspects of learning, networking, and of course relaxing, but ultimately, PorcFest is about building a healthy community of like-minded people who are passionate about freedom, and who are actually willing to do something about it.”

PorcFest is family-friendly and open to anyone looking to celebrate freedom and individual liberties, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Free State Project. Information on tickets, lodging, etc. can be found at PorcFest.com.
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What others are saying about PorcFest:
  • “I had no idea, but now that I do, I wish I had started coming years ago.” —Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets" 
  • “It’s like Woodstock for rational people.” —Roderick T. Long, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University
PorcFest / Free State Project multimedia:
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About the Free State Project
The Free State Project is a movement to get 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire, where they will work to create a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property. The Free State Project attracts participants from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and nationalities who agree with the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people's rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else. The Free State Project is a 501(c)(3) entity; donations are tax-deductible. Find out more at http://www.freestateproject.org.
About New Hampshire
Consistently ranked among the safest and most beautiful places to live in the U.S., New Hampshire also has some of the lowest tax burdens and has a robust citizen legislature that provides the most representation per capita in the nation. For these reasons and countless others, New Hampshire was selected as the destination for the Free State Project in 2003.

About the Porcupine
The porcupine is an animal that has become synonymous with libertarians and the liberty movement as a whole. Porcupines are peaceful creatures that become defensive when subjected to aggression; its sharp quills are used in self-defense only as a last resort.
Sunday
May102015

FreeKeeneNews - Hassan Confronted Publicly For Several Minutes at Keene State Graduation

VIDEO: Hassan Confronted for Several Minutes on Cannabis Hypocrisy

This afternoon the hypocrite governor of New Hampshire spoke at Keene State College’s 2015 graduation ceremony.  Maggie Hassan, the boss of the state’s executive branch, is likely to veto the cannabis decrim bill if it makes it through the NH senate.  It already passed the NH house with a supermajority of votes.  It’s clear that decriminalization is what the people of New Hampshire want (it’s also the humane choice), but Hassan throws her loyalty into the camp of the police and cares not one bit about the lives that continue to be ruined because of her inhumane war on pot.

Oh, and to make her position even more outrageous, it turns out she herself has used cannabis in her college days.  That raging hypocrisy didn’t stop her from showing up at Keene State College and acting like she actually gives a damn about the very same students that her police regularly threaten and harass over victimless crimes like cannabis and alcohol possession.  Rich Paul and I went down to KSC today to confront her on these things and were accompanied by local education activist Ed Bryans who was upset with Hassan’s veto of the anti-common core bill. We found her at the end of the commencement and had plenty of time to give her a hard time while she was unable to leave, much to the dismay of a few of her sycophants. Here’s the video.
 

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

Friday
Apr242015

FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists To Protest DUI Checkpoint Tonight 

Manchester Activists to Protest DUI Checkpoint Tonight

Dozens of activists will converge in downtown Manchester starting at 10:00 p.m. tonight to divert traffic away from a sobriety checkpoint planned by Manchester Police Department. Activists are protesting the stopping of drivers without reasonable suspicion of having committed a crime. They are also protesting the federal government's involvement in local policing through federal grants used to fund the checkpoint.

Contact:
Joël Valenzuela
(602) 510-9966
Wednesday
Apr222015

FreeKeeneNews - State Rep & Activists Smoke Cannabis at State House Front Door 

Dozens Defy Cannabis Prohibition in Front of State House

State representative Kyle Tasker toked up with the diverse group.  For the sixth consecutive year, activists smoked cannabis out in front of the New Hampshire state house on April 20th at 4:20pm, in heroic defiance of the state’s draconian drug laws that consider cannabis possession to be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
 

Dozens of New Hampshire’s inhabitants braved constant rain and cold to come out for the epic event, which also featured state representative Kyle Tasker toking up.  Tasker later said in an interview exclusive to Free Keene, “The message sent by law enforcement and heard loud and clear by protesters was police have more important things to do than harass otherwise law abiding citizens over marijuana possession and public use even when it was clear there were amounts present at the protest that could be charged as a felony. The New Hampshire senate needs to consider how productive it is to keep an unenforced, indeed nearly unenforceable law on the books with which the public disagrees.”

No one has ever been arrested at these events despite mass civil disobedience of the cannabis possession laws taking place right outside the state house’s front doors. In fact, obvious police presence was near-zero this year, with a lone state trooper sitting across the street idling in his cruiser for a short time. In previous years, troopers have stood inside the state house windows, watching with crossed arms. This year, nothing!

Rich Paul kicked off the ceremony with his traditional invocation and a short speech. Afterwards the megaphone was open to anyone with something to say, and several attendees spoke out on various subjects. See the raw video here, courtesy Garret Ean. Here’s an edited clip of the beginning of the event.

Even mainstream media is speculating that cannabis decrim may pass in NH this year. 80% of the house voted for decrim already and now it awaits its turn in the NH senate. However, the state’s governor, Maggie Hassan has promised to veto it. This, despite the fact that she admitted to having used it when she was younger. Do you think Maggie would be better off today had she gotten a misdemeanor on her record had she been caught with her pot in her college days?

Unless Maggie finds her conscience, the senate would have to pass cannabis decrim with a veto-proof margin (as did the house – solidly) to protect the legislation from her veto. Now is a good time to contact “your” state senator and talk to them about how they feel about decriminalizing cannabis.

The next event for 2016 is already on facebook.