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September 2014 Newsletter

From the President’s Desk

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Sunset at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, NH. Photo by Vanessa Vine

Smile! AmazonSmile! You can now support the Free State Project every time you make a purchase online via Amazon. Please take a moment to click and bookmark the link for the fastest, easiest, market-based way to help us Trigger the Move.

Two independent liberty-oriented events, hosted and organized by early movers, are coming up. This weekend, I will speak about my personal vision for a “Yankee Hong Kong” at the First Annual Freecoast Festival, where Zachary Caceres, Executive Director of Startup Cities Institute, is keynoting. Saturday’s sunset cruise is sold out, but tickets are still available for $35 to the main event which includes a film screening, pub crawl, talks, souvenirs, live music, and entrance to The Praxeum party. Late October is the 2nd Annual Keenevention conference, which highlights in-state liberty activism and activists.

This “can-do, will-do” attitude of early movers is exactly what sets us apart. As we charge forward to Trigger the Move, more opportunities are opening up. Imagine when New Hampshire is the liberty tourism destination of the world, the place to come if you are passionate about individuals’ rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Imagine the business potential, like these porcupines have: the B&B Stone Farm on Liberty Acres, Able Ebenezer Brewing Company, PAX Instruments, and the world’s first Bitcoin ATM, Lamassu.

We have started Liberty Forum planning in earnest, and will have exciting news to share soon. In the meanwhile, save the date: March 5-8, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. PorcFest XII will take place June 21-28, 2015. A final thanks to this year’s organizers, David and Christine Butler, for donating the majority of their “profit-share” back to the FSP. Said Christine: “We are so grateful to have had so much help from our team. Without their many hands, PorcFest could not have happened. And a huge thanks to the attendees for their kind words of encouragement and for being part of a great event.”

This month, we launched our first issue-specific landing page, starting with Bitcoin. Thanks to a generous anonymous BTC donation, Blockchain is running a tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-themed “Get Out of Doge” banner ad that redirects to an FSP/BTC landing page which extolls the rich connections between Free Staters and the alt-currency community. In the first two weeks, we received 713 click-throughs, and the sign-up rate accelerated. Next, we will be doing a gun rights page, and targeting potential signers in the Northeast. In the meanwhile, super-activists are out attending LPAC, Bitcoin conferences, and SFL events to recruit, recruit, recruit.

We have surpassed 16,000 signers (as of now, 16,045)! We’re more than 80% of the way to 20,000, and more than 10% of signers have moved. Now that we have 501c3 status—a two-and-a-half year uphill battle we finally won—we are stepping up our fundraising efforts in order to increase our recruitment. We know the FSP is a winning, proven strategy. Whether your contribution is large or small, every donation makes a difference, and helps us reach more signers. Please support our efforts today. Thank you!

Yours in peace and liberty, 
Carla Gericke 
President, Free State Project

Take the Survey!

If you haven’t done so already, please take our five minute FSP Events Survey. We are gathering opinions to ensure our events best serve our friends and participants. The survey will remain open until October 5th.

Promote the FSP! A Fun Opportunity

SFL Regional Conferences

The regional conferences held by Students for Liberty are a great place to promote the FSP, since college students who are planning their futures have more mobility than people with settled careers and families. There is no charge to attend and no charge to put up a table for the FSP. The first volunteer to sign up for each location gets a box full of FSP swag in the mail!

Locations in italics already have volunteers to head up the tables, but the more, the merrier!

October 18 
Atlanta 
Kansas 
Michigan 
Dallas

October 25 
Florida 
Arizona 
Calgary 
Boston 
Northern California 
New Orleans 
Tennessee

November 1 
Austin 
Carolina

November 8 
Colorado 
Philadelphia 
Southern California 
Chicago

November 15 
Northwest 
Pittsburgh 
Toronto 
New York

Finally, if you live near Arlington, VA, please consider promoting the FSP at the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy conference September 26-29.

Notable Signers: Lyn Ulbricht

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Lyn signing the Statement of Intent at PorcFest XI

"I am honored to be among the liberty loving people who are participating in the Free State Project. My fight for my son, Ross Ulbricht (accused of creating and running the Silk Road website) has led me to see, up close, how the federal government is abusing the Constitution and the rights of us all. What they are doing is far more dangerous than any website could ever be. Every day it becomes more apparent that the movement to preserve and regain our right to life, liberty and property is more important than ever.

"My husband Kirk and I can’t move to NH yet, as we need to stay near Ross. However, we hope it is in our future to join the great people there who are working for freedom. Meanwhile, we are staunch supporters." - Lyn Ulbricht

Overheard in the Free State

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"It was hard to get this many liberty folks together once a year in Las Vegas, and you guys do it every day of every week in New Hampshire." - Mark Warden. Photo by Joël Valenzuela.

"It’s been one year to the day since I moved to New Hampshire. Last year, the only person I knew up here was Amanda and she immediately took me to a Bitcoin meetup. Today, I’m proud to say I’ve got hundreds of friends, business contacts, acquaintances, fellow enthusiasts, love interests, and brothers-in-arms. The support network up here is mind-blowing. I have changed more being in this picturesque New England climate for one year than I did in all four years of college. This place absolutely changes people - it’s the radicalism, it’s the community, it’s the weather.

"A deep thank you to everyone who is making my growth possible.” - Mattheus Van Guttenberg

“There are many differences from heating, to education choices, to career paths but here is the point I think matters the most: when we lived in Michigan we did what most people do, we lived a normal life but in NH we have made different choices to live a live with a single purpose and that purpose is to make a positive difference in the lives of our friends, our children, our community, and people we will never even meet. Our choice was very much a leap of faith that has given much meaning to our lives. To quote one of New Hampshire’s famous sons: ‘and that has made all the difference’.” - Michelle McNeil

“This weekend marks a full eight years in this amazing place, surrounded by wonderful people. I made the move for the Free State Project on Labor Day weekend 2006 and have never looked back. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m so grateful to be part of this outstanding community of people who actually care about freedom and are willing to do something about it.

"If you aren’t in NH yet and you love liberty - set your plans in motion and get here ASAP. It just keeps getting better.” - Ian Freeman

New Hampshire News

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld the education tax credit program in a decision celebrated by school choice advocates.

The Portsmouth Herald covered the First Annual Freecoast Festival, coming up this weekend.

The Union Leader published an op-ed by Representative Dan McGuire setting a few facts straight about Free Staters in the legislature.

Porcupine activist Shem Kellogg promoted New Hampshire via the Tenth Amendment Center.

Website of the Month

NEO

The Network for Educational Opportunity provides education information and scholarships for New Hampshire students who are struggling in their current school to allow them to attend a school that is a better fit for them and their learning needs.

Facebook Page of the Month

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Nestled amid conservation forest at the base of Little Monadnock, Stone Farm at Liberty Acres provides year-round hospitality. There are activities here for every season: boating, fishing, hiking, snowmobility, hunting, sledding, skiing and just relaxing!

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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.

Stay up-to-date on social events and activism opportunities by following the New Hampshire Liberty Central Calendar.

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 9/17/2014:

▪ Participants: 16,045
▪ Participants in NH: 1,657

As of 8/20/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,954
▪ Participants in NH: 1,648

As of 07/17/2014:

▪ Participants: 15,850
▪ Participants in NH: 1,619

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.

New Hampshire. Resisting Sales Taxes Since 1791 #LFOD

New Hampshire. Resisting Sales Taxes Since 1791 #LFOD

cilleyville replied to your post: We are hot, hot, hot! More and more pe…

With what term do you refer to people that chose to move to NH for personal liberty before there was such as thing as the Free State Project? Just curious.

Free Staters are those that sign the statement of intent. Anyone in the larger liberty community is called a Porcupine :)




Last day of Early Bird pricing for The First Annual Freecoast Festival!

Raise a glass to liberty!



Enjoy a pint in one of our new, custom printed glasses. many thanks to our amazing sponsor Sailor Jerry… each #freecoastfest attendee will be getting one as a gift! Don’t miss the last day to register at the early bird price.
Last day of Early Bird pricing for The First Annual Freecoast Festival!
Raise a glass to liberty!
Enjoy a pint in one of our new, custom printed glasses. many thanks to our amazing sponsor Sailor Jerry… each #freecoastfest attendee will be getting one as a gift! Don’t miss the last day to register at the early bird price.
Did you see the Aurora Borealis last night? This was the view from the Mount Washington Observatory on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. While everyone agrees that New Hampshire is one of the prettiest places in the world, it is much more than that!

Did you see the Aurora Borealis last night? This was the view from the Mount Washington Observatory on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. While everyone agrees that New Hampshire is one of the prettiest places in the world, it is much more than that!

We are hot, hot, hot! More and more people are signing up to be part of the Free State Project, the largest, most successful mass migration movement for more liberty in the world. Thousands of liberty activists have already moved to New Hampshire. More are arriving weekly. Join the fun!

We are hot, hot, hot! More and more people are signing up to be part of the Free State Project, the largest, most successful mass migration movement for more liberty in the world. Thousands of liberty activists have already moved to New Hampshire. More are arriving weekly. Join the fun!

The sunrise this morning from the Mount Washington Observatory at the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Are you still undecided on joining the Free State Project and being the change you want to see in the world? Come check out the Live Free or Die state with your own eyes. With views like this, New Hampshire doesn’t disappoint!

The sunrise this morning from the Mount Washington Observatory at the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Are you still undecided on joining the Free State Project and being the change you want to see in the world? Come check out the Live Free or Die state with your own eyes. With views like this, New Hampshire doesn’t disappoint!

80%!!!

We have surpassed 16,000 signers! This puts us at 80% of our 20,000 goal. The Free State Project is happening! The early mover community is thriving, and growing daily. New people are liking, following, and subscribing to our updates every day. Be a part of it. Help get us to 20,000, when the real fun starts.

Sep 8

thegapyearlife:

Reason number 356 why I love small town life: the county agricultural fair.

My last one before college :’(

(Photos taken on my phone so I apologise for the quality, or lack thereof…)

Sep 8
anti-state:

Copblocking: Birthday edition

anti-state:

Copblocking: Birthday edition

Sep 7

rosaindahouse:

A day at a friend’s range, Webster, NH

Sep 7
WMUR-TV, the main TV station in New Hampshire, asked viewers to answer the following question: “YOU KNOW YOU’RE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WHEN?” Guess what one of the most common replies was?
Stop paying a general sales tax and help us bring liberty in our lifetime!

WMUR-TV, the main TV station in New Hampshire, asked viewers to answer the following question: “YOU KNOW YOU’RE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WHEN?” Guess what one of the most common replies was?

Stop paying a general sales tax and help us bring liberty in our lifetime!

Sep 6
joysoftheunderground:

Free State Project signer over coffee!x via

joysoftheunderground:

Free State Project signer over coffee!x via

Sep 5

New Hampshire: A Hotbed for Liberty

The Free State Project and Tenth Amendment Center activism fit like a hand in a glove. On many issues, New Hampshire has set an example of nullifying federal overreach. Free Stater and State Rep. candidate Shem Kellogg reviews our state’s record.