Have you seen the counter lately? It’s click-click-clicking up at an amazing rate! With more than 12,500 signers and 1,063 movers, we continue to grow.
Today, the FSP Facebook page hit more than 10,000 “likes." We have been stepping up our efforts on Facebook, and according to our page's Insights, this is paying off and is a great way to spread the word to new potential signers and supporters.
Speaking of signers, a few months ago, I was watching a CNN interview with Jesse Thorsen, an army reservist who was endorsing Ron Paul at the Iowa Caucus. Thorsen was in uniform and when he started speaking out against the wars, he got cut off by CNN. Anyway, long story short, this blatant censorship got me riled up, so I emailed Thorsen and told him about the FSP. He had never heard of it before, but here’s what he has to say now (used with permission):
"My wife and I have made the decision to join the FSP. My intent, shortly after my combat tour in Afghanistan ends, is to move to New Hampshire, promote the cause of Liberty, and raise my two daughters in a safe and free state. Live Free or Die! Couldn't say it better myself... I have spoken very publicly about the Liberty Movement and am excited about bringing my drive and enthusiasm to the State of New Hampshire."
What’s my point? This sort of direct outreach works. If you see something, say something about the FSP. (<---See what I did there?) Next time you have that simpatico gut reaction to an article or video or comment, reach out and let that person know about his or her best chance at Liberty in Our Lifetime. If every single signer recruited one more signer, we would be done, and then some!
Or, actively promote the FSP to a wider audience, like Kari dePhillips recently did on Fox Business News. Kari, co-owner of The Content Factory, will be moving to NH in September. She also spoke to Peter Schiff about the FSP.
At the end of this month, a contingent of FSP Ambassadors will head down to Tampa to do FSP outreach at P.A.U.L Festival and the Ron Paul Rally at the Sun Dome. We hope to raise $5,000 in the next month to help defray costs. To learn more about our plans, and to meet some of the Ambassadors, see below. To donate, CLICK HERE.
The FSP newsletter editor, Dan Arbuckle, has decided to step down after more than four years of wonderful work. Dan was a remarkable volunteer: dedicated, reliable, and punctual. Dan edited his first FSP newsletter in January 2008. Since then he has worked tirelessly, and often thanklessly, to collect contributions, edit and format acceptable articles, and upload and distribute the final product. Says Dan: “It's been quite an adventure, and I'm proud to have been able to do it.” Thank you, Dan, for your hard work and meaningful contribution!
Llyod Danforth (middle)
I was saddened to learn extra-early mover Lloyd Danforth, resident of Grafton, NH, passed away yesterday of a heart attack. While I didn’t know Lloyd as well as many in the community, he was always pleasant to me, and I gave him a hug on Monday at Adam Mueller’s trial. Lloyd, you will be missed.
Yours in peace and liberty,
We need your support! FSP Ambassadors will be heading to Tampa on August 23-27, 2012 to do outreach to a target rich audience of tens of thousands of liberty lovers.
We have ordered 20,000 FSP fliers, which, according to Ron Paul's Frigging Giant, Chris Lawless, will be put into the hands of every person at the Sun Dome where Ron Paul will be speaking (that's 8,000-12,000 prospective signers!). At P.A.U.L Festival, the FSP will have a booth, a 15-minute speaking slot, and a small banner on the stage (sponsorship level: $1,000).
We would like to raise $5,000 to defray the expenses--vendor and sponsorship fees, printing, shipping, merchandising, gas & tolls, travel, entrance tickets--and any monies left over will go towards other FSP outreach opportunities. Please DONATE TODAY! Thank you for your support!
Meet Some of the FSP Ambassadors
Antigone moved to New Hampshire as part of Liberty Caravan 2010, a group of movers that documented their experiences moving from California (while picking up some movers along the way.) She currently co-hosts the podcast, Sex, Lies & Anarchy.
Bruce Chastain and his wife both grew up in Florida but now live and work in Switzerland. With the state of his home country, the only place inside the US he would want to be is NH.
Bill D, is a 30 year resident of NH. His political enlightenment began with the 2008 Ron Paul campaign and he has supported the FSP ever since. He campaigned for Ron Paul 2012 in NH and Maine, created the "Large Scale Banner Project," an effort which produced 350, 4ft x 8ft RP banners. They were placed on overpasses throughout NH during the 2011 primary season (yeah, he is that guy). Also constructed the Ron Paul Laser Projector, or "Green Beam" as it is now known--look for it in Tampa (yeah, he is that guy too!).
Shem Kellogg discovered the FSP at the 2008 RNC. He was there to support Ron Paul and by chance met some dedicated early movers who had made the trek to promote the Project. Shem moved to NH in 2011. He had such fond memories of his experience with Free Staters at the last RNC, he felt obliged to be there this time to pay it forward.
William Kostric is a gun rights advocate and an outspoken liberty activist who is currently suing the Weare NH police department for the violation of his civil rights after being arrested for wiretapping for filming police officers in public. He moved to NH in 2008.
Since moving to NH from Florida in 2010, Vince Perfetto has volunteered on campaigns and assisted on FSP-related tasks. He's currently in the process of creating the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence - a non-profit designed to help educate the people of NH on the benefits of NH peacefully declaring its independence from Washington DC.
Jody Underwood moved to NH in 2007 with her husband. She is one of the owners of Bardo Farm and is Chair of her local school board. She works in technology and education and telecommutes from NH as much as she can. She also sits on the FSP Board and helps organize events like PorcFest and Bardo Farm Fest.
Ron Paul's Frigging Giant, Chris Lawless and FSP President Carla Gericke will be speaking at the Sun Dome and P.A.U.L Festival respectively.
Please DONATE now and help us achieve Liberty in Our Lifetime. Thank you!
If you are in the Tampa area and wish to volunteer, please email us at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and we'll be in touch.
At the end of April, our family of five made the move from North Carolina to Hooksett, New Hampshire. About twenty Free Staters, including three state representatives and the president of the FSP, arrived at our home to help unpack the U-haul and move us into our new home. If we had any reservations about our choice to move a thousand miles from our family, they were eased by the overwhelming sense of community here. This is Reason #1 why moving to New Hampshire has been the best decision we have ever made.
A week later, we had met all of our neighbors and sampled their delicious cookies. We had voted in a local election, and I was able to snag a write-in position on the Hooksett budget committee for the next three years. The girls are enjoying their new school, and we are having fun exploring a gorgeous state. Our biggest complaint... there is so much to do!
Soon after, we loaded up the car on our way to our first Porcfest. We “glamped”--glamorously camped--with great group of people who wear spoof t-shirts during the group photo based on the concept of “Normal By Comparison.” This caught some by surprise. But it shouldn't. The Free State Project is chock-full of cliques and this is possibly the GREATEST aspect of the movement. No matter your “pet issue,” whether it is political activism, homeschooling, running for office, or being an agorist... the FSP has it! You can be as active or inactive as you choose.
Now, after three months, I can only say great things about our new life in NH. The state is absolutely gorgeous, the weather is amazing, and there are endless things to do and places to explore. The sense of community is the best I have ever experienced.
Free Staters help others move into their new homes, offer those in transition a place to stay, help each other find employment, hold fundraising events for those running for office, and help those in need. Join the FSP Facebook group and the FSP Welcome Wagon (for new movers). Ask questions. No matter your issue, someone is willing to help.
Finally, to those contemplating making the move, the time is now! Drive, fly, hitch hike, or wander your way to New Hampshire, and don't forget to move the ticker when you get here (email: email@example.com)!
Contemplating Making the Move? Tabitha's Suggestions...
Where in NH should I live?
Decide what is most important to your lifestyle. Manchester is the state's largest city and has virtually every amenity needed. Manchester is an easy drive south to the ocean or to Boston and north to the lakes or the mountains. That being said, if you are interested in living on the beach, in the mountains, or having a lake in your backyard... those are options too. The FSP group on Facebook is a great place to ask specific questions about the area you are considering. Research the area you are considering so your move goes as smooth as possible. Visit if you can before you move to learn the area and be sure it is right for you and fits your needs. Need some help I know a couple of good realtors so message me!
Where should I stay when I visit?
There are a ton of hotels all over NH, as well as a good number of Bed and Breakfasts. FSPers have also been known to lend a couch to those visiting. Looking for a great place in Manchester to stay? Try the Ash Street Inn (local B&B) just blocks from downtown with an amazing atmosphere and fantastic daily breakfast rates are comparable to most local hotels (guests must be 12 years and up).
Looking to meet a few people on your visit or shortly after your move?
Again, post the dates you will be visiting on the Meet and Greet Prospective Movers page, and you are sure to find a few other members willing to meet up and give you the skinny on the happenings in your area. In Manchester, join a group of FSPers at Milly's for drinks during one of their regular meetings in the back room. Host a move-in party and entice local members with pizza or beverages to help you unpack your belongings!
Where can I go to find a job in NH?
On the Free State Project website there is a list of some of the largest companies throughout NH that often have openings. Search Craigslist for positions in your field of work or join the FSP Job Alert page on Facebook where there are new job openings posted daily! Interested in starting your own business? NH is a great place to make that happen. Look here for more info.
Where should I grab some grub?
$ ---The Brick House Restaurant in Hooksett---an ice cream & grill that has amazing food. Try a haddock sandwich and onion rings! YUM :)
$$--The Cotton in Manchester---save some cash and go in for lunch (less crowded) EVERYTHING is delicious here & the service is great too! ((not super kid friendly))
$$$--The Dolphin Striker in Portsmouth---Try the dips appetizer and throw your diet to the wind and have a local favorite Lobster Mac & Cheese (it was delicious)
Off the beaten path---venture over to West Brattleboro, VT to the Chelsea Royale Diner for a local homegrown menu that is to die for!! Have a buffalo burger & save room for dessert all of them are homemade also... we all had a different slice of pie and shared!! (raspberry was the best)
FSP friendly---Head over to Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester where you are sure to run into other Free Staters, the place is even owned by one. Great place to hang out, have some local brews and enjoy some great food!! (Another great choice for the same atmosphere is Milly's Pub or Strangebrew –both also in Manchester!)
If I haven't given you enough reasons to move to the Live Free or Die State.... here are 101 more!
NH 1st in Child Well-Being
For the ninth time in the past 10 years, New Hampshire is ranked first in the nation for child well-being, according to the 2012 Kids Count report card from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which looked at education, health, family and community support, as well as economic statistics.
PorcFest Coverage by Reason Magazine
Garrett Quinn of Reason Magazine writes up his experience at PorcFest 2012 here.
New FSP YouTube Ad
Check out and share this FSP ad encouraging people to discover the truth about the FSP.
CNBC: New Hampshire is America’s Best State to Live in for 2012
Scoring 298/350 Quality of Life Points and moving up from last year's 2nd place, NH was evaluated as the best state to live in.
Huge Victory for Educational Freedom
According to the Cato Institue, NH's passage of the School Choice Scholarship Act is path-breaking, supporting for the first time in the nation a family’s choice to home school their child and is by far the largest margin of victory ever secured for a new private school choice program.
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to 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. freestateproject.org
I managed to get vacation time approved and went to FreedomFest in July. I took a very early flight to Vegas and FF was in full swing by the time I arrived. Seems most people were at breakout sessions. That was actually good since it made it easier to walk through the exhibitor hall to talk up the FSP and Liberty Forum to the many companies and organizations represented there.
I was surprised by how many had not heard of the FSP. Once I explained it, they were all happy to consider coming to NH for a visit or being an exhibitor at Liberty Forum or even PorcFest. Some had heard of the FSP but hadn't heard anything lately. I filled them in on the progress made by participants and the numbers we've achieved. It was all welcome news to them. They were pleased someone is having success in real measurable terms. It was nice to be the bearer of good news.
One think tank asked if we'd like a full-page ad in one of their publications. I bet we would, but that's up the board. The various precious metals dealers were pleased to hear there is a growing silver-based economy here.
I also found a share of people who were well aware of the FSP and were glad to be able to talk with someone from NH. Plenty were thinking of visiting and even considering a move.
Many of these organizations are looking to talk to people who get the issues or are hungry for new information in general. I think Porcupines are a great audience of potential supporters and customers for just about all of them. It's a shame these connections haven't been made yet.
Hearing people promoting expatriation or serious off-shore solutions, they said that New Hampshire is the last hope for America. No pressure, right?
I ran into some past Liberty Forum and PorcFest speakers like Jim Lark, Angela Keaton, Jeffrey Tucker, and Pasha Roberts. I got to meet writers I've admired for years like Sheldon Richman. I observed the book signings with Rand Paul, David Boaz, Brian Doherty and others. I hear New Hampshire and the FSP feature in Doherty's new Ron Paul book (haven't read it yet).
I talked with Gary Johnson who shared some very kind words Judge Nap said about him. Johnson will be back in NH in the fall.
A simple question at the end of Saturday turned into a 30-minute discussion of what Porcupines are doing in the political scene (and that was just the stuff I could recall off the top of my head). There was a real concern about how many Porcupines were supporting Romney. My guess is not that many, but probably more than you might expect.
There is a real sense that NH is a battleground state and all the liberty activists could play a huge role in portraying both Obama and Romney as big government politicians. I agree, they just have to get involved.
I handed out half the box of business cards I made up for Liberty Forum and placed some FSP literature on tables, all of which was gone by the close of the day.
Being at FreedomFest I got a sense of the scale an event like Liberty Forum could become. There were probably 600 people at the main dinner here, and at least five breakout sessions happening at any one time. People were selling everything from books to gold to investments to art. I probably entered 10 different raffles for silver (didn't win any though).
I hope my effort will pay dividends with new exhibitors, sponsors and speakers for future FSP events like Liberty Forum and PorcFest. I talked with one exhibitor that tried to get a spot in the Agora this year but couldn't.
At a lot of the socializing after-hours I ended up promoting NH as a place to visit/live. I got to meet a lot of liberty activists from NV, CA and around the country. The conversations usually ran on a pattern. "Where are you from?" "New Hampshire." "Tell me about the FSP/what's going on." We are the story still, and even people with no intent to move are rooting for us.
New Hampshire was used as an example for more inclusive events, and more varied and interesting events. I highlighted some of our accomplishments to a fellow activist and he was stunned. His consistent reaction: "That's awesome, how come I didn't know about it?" Which is a very good question. And he's not isolated, he works in social media. Here inside the bubble, it almost becomes old hat when we repeal a regulation or ensure another right or cut a budget. These things are hard to do elsewhere. All of us need to a better job of getting the word out beyond our fellow Porcupines or local activists and fans. Sharing a link on FB really doesn't go very far since so many of us have highly intersecting friend networks. Word of our success needs to get out to the national interest groups and wider media. Further along in our conversation he said, "This is inspiring. Libertarians need to see that the change we want is possible. It gives us hope."
On a lighter note, many people were pleased to find out that there are lots of libertarian women in NH. IMO, another sign of a successful movement. One woman wants to do a calendar of them, maybe two. I said get your camera and get on a plane. :) I'll let you know if that project materializes.
And it is not just the political and legislative accomplishments that are important. I said at Liberty Forum that we are creating the society we want. The bonds and friendships we've built are why we will be successful. I was talking with a woman who said it is so great that we have community. "That's what we need more than the other stuff, that's why I want to move." She told me how amazed and inspired she was by the story of Amanda's Shire Sharing Basket Brigade to feed the immigrant families last year. She wants to replicate that where she lives. All of our projects matter. You never know what will be that one thing that gets someone off the couch or into further action or make the move.
▪ Chris Lopez is up-and-running, and she is making a meaningful difference already. Chris is providing much needed administrative support, coordinating visitors to the Free State, sending welcome letters, updating the counter, and more. Says FSP President, Carla Gericke: "I must say, it is SO satisfying to drop a giant stack of welcome letters in the mail after my weekly meeting with Chris."
▪ Carla Gericke will be attending the invitation-only premiere of Atlas Shrugged II in Washington D.C. on October 2. This is a great outreach and cultivation opportunity!
▪ We plan to consolidate our online marketing outreach, but using HootSuite across various services like Facebook, Google + and Twitter.
▪ Got FSP news? Please submit content by the 12th of the month. Thank you to all advertisers and contributors. Are YOU interested in becoming the newsletter editor? Contact Carla Gericke at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FreeKeene a great place to check out videos of many of the speeches and band performances at Porcfest 2012 and Keene related activities. Currently, over 30 Porcfest videos are posted on the Free Keene Facebook page, with more to come in the next few weeks.
The newfangled PorcCalendar is the best place to find out about pro-liberty events happening in New Hampshire. You can also submit your own events to this calendar.
The NH Liberty Calendar tracks lots of NH events. For Keene specific events, check out the Free Keene Calendar.
Planning to visit? Be sure to let us know! Email "email@example.com" and we'll be in touch.
As of 08/15/2012:
▪ Participants: 12,542
▪ Participants in NH: 1,063
As of 06/15/2012:
▪ Participants: 11,833
▪ Participants in NH: 1,035
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to 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.
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The work of creating and sustaining such a society in New Hampshire is the job of residents, including project participants, not the Free State Project itself.
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