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Not satisfied with Big Gay Dance Party and UNCE this year? Well, we’ve also added the Big Goth Dance Party. Pull out your Dr. Martens, put an unhealthy amount of hairspray in your hair and dance the night away to the best EBM & Industrial tracks.

Not satisfied with Big Gay Dance Party and UNCE this year? Well, we’ve also added the Big Goth Dance Party. Pull out your Dr. Martens, put an unhealthy amount of hairspray in your hair and dance the night away to the best EBM & Industrial tracks.

Learn to pick locks at Porcfest with your own pick set and practice lock! Get your tickets for Porcfest and for this event.

Learn to pick locks at Porcfest with your own pick set and practice lock! Get your tickets for Porcfest and for this event.

Thing #9 You Should Do To Get To Know The Real New Hampshire

Stand at the rail of the ox pulling ring at Cornish or North Haverhill Fair and listen to the accents.

(Source: unhmagazine.unh.edu)

With two beekeeping classes and two beekeeping movies, you can learn all about keeping our honey producing friends in your back yard while at Porcfest.

With two beekeeping classes and two beekeeping movies, you can learn all about keeping our honey producing friends in your back yard while at Porcfest.

Never a dull moment in the Free State! In the past 24 hours, Free Staters have: 
taken to the NH State House steps for a pro-cannabis 420 Rally
done some shooting at “Snake Hound Machine’s 2nd Annual Shoot Heard Round The World” 
handed out jury nullification flyers in Manchester
hosted meals for family and friends.
The Free State Project community offers something for every stripe of liberty activist.

Never a dull moment in the Free State! In the past 24 hours, Free Staters have:

  • taken to the NH State House steps for a pro-cannabis 420 Rally
  • done some shooting at “Snake Hound Machine’s 2nd Annual Shoot Heard Round The World”
  • handed out jury nullification flyers in Manchester
  • hosted meals for family and friends.

The Free State Project community offers something for every stripe of liberty activist.

New Hampshire Magazine's 2014 Remarkable Women

The Free State Project is a game changer, and so is its president, Carla Gericke, says New Hampshire Magazine, in its May edition. 

Carla is recognized as one of 10 “Remarkable Women” of New Hampshire. Carla, in true Free Stater spirit says, “I’ve never accepted geography as fate.” Congratulate her by joining us in New Hampshire.

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Street portraits taken in Concord, New Hampshire. 

All images © Greta Rybus

Flash sale! Today only! $50 for a full week of fun at Porcfest XI!

Get your tickets now @ http://www.porcfest.com/register

Flash sale! Today only! $50 for a full week of fun at Porcfest XI!

Get your tickets now @ http://www.porcfest.com/register


Clouds settling into Franconia Notch, White Mountains, NH 1957
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Clouds settling into Franconia Notch, White Mountains, NH 1957

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April 2014 Newsletter

From the President’s Desk

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Stand Out. Photo credit: Paweł Marciniak

It might be Spring Fever, but today I am struck by how much being part of the Free State Project fills me with hope. Living in New Hampshire, surrounded by peaceful people working for more Liberty in Our Lifetime, fills me with optimism. Seeing the movement grow, seeing more and more new movers arrive and integrate into the community, fills me with joy. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit of yellow-daffodilled Spring Fever, but still…

Things are getting worse in other parts of the country—whether it is gun registrations and confiscations, stand-offs with out-of-control bureaucrats, or the erosion of civil liberties in the name of “security”—but here in New Hampshire, I feel safe knowing I am surrounded by like-minded, principled liberty lovers who care about building a better future.

Want to learn more? Come to the Porcupine Freedom Festival, and see our burgeoning community for yourself. PorcFest, now in its eleventh year, epitomizes the balance between personal freedom and personal responsibility. Join thousands of compatriots for a week of camping in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. With panel discussions, DIY workshops, movies, live talk shows, dancing, singing, newbie shoots, music, food, parties, bonfires, and an all-round liberty-loving good time, the “PorcFest Experience” will change you forever.

I attended my first PorcFest in 2006. Back then, there were maybe 100-150 people, and very few women. It is gratifying to see how much the event has grown and taken shape, becoming theliberty event of the year. This year, we are highlighting DIY classes, inviting attendees to learn from each other. Have a class you’d like to teach? Let us know. We have already sold more than 600 tickets, including almost 100 children’s tickets (kids under 18 are free!). We purposely scheduled PorcFest XI for a week later than usual to attract more families. Come join the fun. Let’s make this year’s PorcFest the biggest, happiest, best-est one yet!

Buy your tickets to PorcFest XI today.

On the outreach front, almost 4,000 gun-rights-specific FSP flyers have been distributed across New England in the past month. We have seen a bump in signers from New York and New Jersey. Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping to spread the message that New Hampshire is the best destination in the region for those who care about their natural rights.

Do you recall the Cynthia Chase story? The one where a sitting Democrat called Free Staters the “single biggest threat the state is facing today,” and demanding that restrictions be placed on the freedoms to be found in New Hampshire? Another State Representative, Suzanne Mercer Vail (D-Nashua), has now made similar statements. In a Facebook post on Sunday, she bashed Free Staters and said “freedom and liberty” in New Hampshire is “maxed out.” What do you think? Is New Hampshire “maxed out” on freedom and liberty, or is there still room for improvement? You can answer that question by signing the Statement of Intent, and voting with your feet!

Let’s Trigger the Move, 
Carla Gericke 
President, Free State Project

PS: The biltong I mentioned last month was YUM. Making the next batch this weekend.

Hosts of Free Talk Live Pledge $20 to St. Jude’s for New Signers

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Mark Edge and Ian Freeman, hosts of Free Talk Live

"A few years ago, I made an offer to the listeners of Free Talk Live: for a week I would donate $10 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for every person that signed up for the FSP. The response was more than triple an average week at the time!

"FTL is the largest truly pro-liberty radio program in the world and ranks 42nd out of all talk programs in the United States. The Free State Project is the show’s longest-running sponsor; FTL moved to New Hampshire in 2006.

"I want to make a similar offer now: I will contribute $10 toSt. Jude Children’s Hospital for every signer, above 15,588, between now and 11:59 pm on 4-30-2014. My co-host, Ian Freeman, is matching my pledge, which means $20 for every new signer.

"If you want to add on to this pledge and have me mention it on air, e-mail me atmark@freetalklive.com. Also, this is a great opportunity to talk to your friends and family about the Free State Project and get them to sign the Statement of Intent. Not only will they get liberty in their lifetime, but they will help a child with cancer, too.” - Mark Edge

Two more people have already joined the Edge Pledge! For each signer, Michael January will give $10 to St. Jude’s and an anonymous donor will give $10 to Heifer International.

New Hampshire News

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Lamassu’s Bitcoin ATM, born in New Hampshire

The New Yorker mentions Liberty Forum and PorcFest in its story of two Free Staters, Josh and Zach Harvey, and their Bitcoin ATM company Lamassu. “In December, 2011, they decided to move to the United States. They settled in New Hampshire, a popular destination for Bitcoin-loving advocates of small government.”

Advocates for the repeal of New Hampshire’s death penalty anticipate that the Senate will approve repealthis Thursday.

Drag Queens and Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, a calendar created by Free Stater Andre Rosa, went viral this month.

New Hampshire is a good place to be if you’re concerned about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

The New Hampshire House passed a bill written and sponsored by a Free Stater, Representative Tim O’Flaherty. The bill would repeal the law making adultery a crime.

Ben Swann covered open carry activism by Porcupines at Manchester Airport.

Overheard in the Free State

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Political junkies enjoyed AFP’s Freedom Summit in Manchester on April 12th, featuring Rand Paul

“Two days ago, a lady at the vet’s office said to me, ‘Why are we messing around in all these other countries? Why can’t we just mind our own damned business?!’ and ‘The minimum wage is the stupidest thing ever! All it does is make it harder for people to find good jobs.’ Today, a guy at the DMV said, ‘This country is falling apart and they’re going to worry about my tailpipe being two inches too short? Whatever happened to “the Land of the Free?”’

"I swear I don’t initiate these conversations! I love NH.” - Angela Harris

“One reason New Hampshire is great for me: Last night I had the opportunity to watch the first GOP Senate debate of 2014 (Scott Brown punked out and didn’t show). I submitted 5-6 questions. 3-4 were asked of the three person panel. Afterward I had a chance to go ask Sen. Bob Smith a question that had really bothered me and kept me from donating. He was very direct and humble in answering it as though I was a real person and he was not a politician. I’m sending money to his campaign later today. The biggest political donation of my life.

"In the next few days, I’m going to meet both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. For a political junkie, mainlining here is easy.” - Jess Edwards

“I’m sitting in a traffic jam getting aggravated when I look over and see a bumper sticker that says ‘Government serves Government.’ It’s going to be a good day.” - Joe Evans

“This conservative/libertarian political training event is going into overtime and I’m loving it. Out of the 34 activists here, there are state reps, future state reps and more. Heck, there is even an activist that escaped from NY this year and another that escaped from MA. New Hampshire, yeah, it’s like this too!” - Keith Michael

“I’ve been out of town for 5 days, which is the longest I’ve been away from New Hampshire since making the move.

"Though it’s been nice to have a change of scenery, I must say that I am now intensely feeling a very nice feeling: HOW MUCH I MISS YOU GUYS.

"The Free State community is what gives me hope. Thank you guys. See you when I get back.” - Amanda Billyrock

"Just one more benefit of belonging to this community: being able to afford to see awesome shows via group ticket discounts and carpooling. My fiancée and I (and more than 40 other Porcupines) saw the national tour of Book of Mormon last night at the Boston Opera House!" - Elizabeth Edwards (your newsletter editor)

Success in the Agora by Joël Valenzuela

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No job. A Prius. And the will to succeed. For Riaz, the owner of Agora Cab, a Manchester, New Hampshire-based ride service, that was enough to become one of the city’s hottest new businesses.

In between jobs, Riaz began offering rides to friends for cash. Before long, word of mouth grew this side-gig into a full-fledged business. Day or night, wherever you are, you can always count on Agora Cab to give you a ride for well below market rates.

And the best part? You can pay in Bitcoin. In fact, a good chunk of Riaz’s business comes from the digital cryptocurrency.

If Agora Cab’s success teaches us anything, it’s that anyone can create opportunity. All it takes is an entrepreneurial spirit, a conducive environment like New Hampshire, and no one to stop you.

Watch the video at The Desert Lynx.

Website of the Month

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Looking for a spot of activism to round out your week, or maybe just wondering where the next Porcupine social event will take place? The New Hampshire Liberty Central Calendarknows it all, with an easy-to-remember URL: NHCalendar.org.

Facebook Page of the Month

NH Objectivists

The mission of the New Hampshire Objectivist Society is “to live, celebrate and promote the philosophy of Ayn Rand in the ‘Live Free or Die’ state.” Join their facebook page to learn about their social events every month.

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Handy FSP Links

If you’ve moved to NH or otherwise changed your info, please update your contact info or send a message to Moved@FreeStateProject.org to let us know.

Find NH job info on the website - post your resume & check the FSP forum for a job! Join the FSP Job Alert page on Facebook for up-to-date job listings.

Check out NH housing and other community & logistical information at NH Info.

Are you ready to join the FSP, move to New Hampshire and work with us towards Liberty in Our Lifetime? Join here!

And if you’re planning a visit, email visitnh@freestateproject.org, and we’ll be in touch.

We Keep Growing and Growing…

As of 04/17/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,598
▪ Participants in NH: 1,602

As of 3/19/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,533
▪ Participants in NH: 1,583

As of 2/19/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,372
▪ Participants in NH: 1,575

The Free State Project

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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.

SIGN UP TODAY!

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.

The FSP does not endorse any specific changes to government or strategies to achieve them. The FSP does not take positions on issues, candidates, legislation, places to move within New Hampshire, tactics or methods of action. The one stipulation the FSP does make is that people who promote violence, racial hatred, or bigotry are not welcome.

Reporting by the FSP on participant activity or NH events on the website, in the newsletter, or in any other place does not represent support or endorsement and may not portray the diversity of opinions and activities that exists among participants.

Reason #62 to move to New Hampshire

Highest health care quality in the nation.

(Source: pressherald.com)

New Hampshire Senate votes to repeal anti-adultery law

In the category of there oughta not be a law, the NH House and Senate voted to repeal “Adultery” as a crime. Say what you will about the merits of it being a crime in the first place, this is a step in getting the state out of the bedroom.

The bill was sponsored by Free Stater and out-of-the-closet anarchist Tim O’Flaherty, whose 2012 election race, according to Mother Jones, produced the “Weirdest Political Story of All Time.”

Do you recall the Cynthia Chase story? The one where a sitting Democrat called Free Staters the ‘single biggest threat the state is facing today,’ and demanding that restrictions be placed on the freedoms to be found in New Hampshire?

Well, another State Representative, Suzanne Mercer Vail (D-Nashua), has now made similar statements. In a Facebook post this past Sunday, she bashed Free Staters and said, “‘freedom and liberty’ in New Hampshire is ‘maxed out.’”

What do you think? Is New Hampshire ‘maxed out’ on freedom and liberty, or is there still room for improvement? You can answer that question by signing the Statement of Intent, and voting with your feet!”

New Hampshire is the 3rd Best State for Cat Lovers. “At some point in the future, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire may just secede and become their own united cat-friendly country with Manchester as its capital,” Estately said. 
Join us by voting with your paws.

New Hampshire is the 3rd Best State for Cat Lovers. “At some point in the future, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire may just secede and become their own united cat-friendly country with Manchester as its capital,” Estately said.

Join us by voting with your paws.

(Source: blog.estately.com)


New Hampshire State Tartan
the purple is for the purple finch and purple lilac (state bird and flower)
the green is for the forests
the black is for granite mountains
white is for the snow
and red is for the state heroes

New Hampshire State Tartan

the purple is for the purple finch and purple lilac (state bird and flower)

the green is for the forests

the black is for granite mountains

white is for the snow

and red is for the state heroes