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« on: March 10, 2004, 02:04:34 am »

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2004, 08:27:29 am »

We've got 203 members in MA/RI and only 28 in the local group.
If you are in this area and have not been contacted about joining the MA/RI local group, please go here.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MA-RI-FSP/

Next event is the Libertarian Massachusetts convention April 3rd in Framingham.  Visit the local gruop calendar page for this date to get details.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2004, 07:51:44 pm »

Get Active in Politics
If You Can't Move Yet, You Can Still Get Involved

If you aren't yet ready to move to New Hampshire, you can still get involved in local politics in your political Party.  The political experience you gain now can serve you well in the future.  Every political party has local and state events. Smaller political parties, such as the Green (in Massachusetts, Green-Rainbow) and Libertarian, often make a point at conventions at running training sessions showing people like you how to do politics.

When you get involved in political activism in your political party, you also will have a chance to find pro-freedom political activists who would already be enthusiastic Porcupines...except that they have never heard of the Free State.  Without beating people over the head, you can educate people so that they will search us out and decide for themselves that they already support us.

Here in Massachusetts, the Libertarian State Convention will be Saturday, April 3, starting at 1PM at the Post Road Tavern, Route 9 Framingham, whose location was described to me as:Get off the Pike at the exit for the Sheraton Tara. Go west about a mile.  (Tickets are $30, mostly covering dinner.) (Attend this event and meet Amanda Phillips, too.)

The Massachusetts Libertarian Party has an especially valuable opportunity to contribute to the success of the Free State Project, because southern New Hampshire is in the Boston media market.  A successful, vibrant Massachusetts Libertarian Party will set a tone for media coverage that will reverberate across New Hampshire, helping Free Staters in every New Hampshire Party.

The State Convention will also choose delegates to the National Convention.  The Free State Project does not endorse political parties, but parties and their candidates can help the FSP.  If you are a Libertarian Porcupine, by going to National as a delegate you can help elect a Libertarian National Committee that will endorse and give good positive news coverage to the Free State Project, encouraging other Libertarians to join and support us.

Disclaimer:  I'm prejudiced.  I am a candidate for National Chair of the Libertarian Party.  I have called for moving the LP National Office from DC to New Hampshire, leaving behind a lobbying presence in Washington. As Senior Campaign Advisor to the Russo for President Campaign, I helped bring Aaron Russo's endorsement of the FSP to the FSP web site.  If you are a Libertarian Party member, your presence in Atlanta this Memorial Day as a delegate and supporter for my campaign will help put a pro-Porcupine Endorser in place as Libertarian National Chair.

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Re:Massachusetts / Rhode Island
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2004, 06:05:33 pm »

Finding the LPMA Convention.

The Post Road Tavern is also "Bickford's Grill" .

The Highway is divided, so having a map in advance may simplify finding the place.

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2004, 11:43:40 pm »

Hey porcupines,
If anyone would like to go to the lpma convention in Framingham this Saturday but can't because of financial or transportation problems, please contact me as soon as possible.  I don't mind driving out of my way to give you a ride, and I have room in my vehicle for as many as three other people.  I am also willing to contribute $45 over and above the $30 for myself.  Obviously I'd just as soon rather keep my money in my pocket, but if you're really serious about participating and really can't swing the $30, I'll help out as much as I can.
 
Also, if anyone is not planning to go but doesn't mind helping out with a few bucks towards someone who would like to but can't afford it, please contact me as soon as possible.
 
This is kind of on a different subject, but it seems relevant now -- I need someone to volunteer to open a bank account on behalf of the local group (no, I'm not asking for money).  You can read the details about this in the local groups instruction manual posted on the files page.  This will help streamline the process of collecting donations and budgeting funds, as well as making any donations legally tax-deductible.
 
Okay.  So if you've got transportation or money you're willing to place at the disposal of your fellow porcupines, or you need same, or if you're willing to volunteer to open and maintain a bank account, contact me.
 
You know what?  Contact me anyway.  Just drop me a line or two -- I always enjoy hearing from my fellow porcupines.
 
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Re:Massachusetts / Rhode Island
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2004, 09:15:02 pm »

I know a couple of the local porcupines from the convention were
planning to attend the Badnarik seminar today in Lowell. If you
were there, please post on the forum. Let us know how it went!
What did you learn? What did you think of Badnarik? I met the man
last night, and I've got to tell you the guy is awesome. Both he
and Nolan were so cool I almost wet my pants. Man, if you weren't
sure you were doing the right thing by being in the fsp, you should
seriously check out Nolan and Badnarik. These guys are walking the
walk in a big way. If you have the opportunity to see either of
these guys, DO NOT MISS IT.

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2004, 09:16:13 pm »

Today I went to the bookstore and planted pieces of notepaper
stamped with the fsp web address and motto in about 50 magazines on
the stands. It's kind of a dirty thing to do to someone's private
property -- is it wrong that it felt really good? Because I think I
just formed a new bad habit, and I love it! Try it, all the cool
kids are doing it, it'll make you feel good. If you want to try
this or money stamping (you can read in more detail about either of
these practices in my Wicked Great Strategic Manifesto
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MA-RI-FSP/files/), contact me. I just
scored a whole bunch of stamps from Amanda last night at the
Libertarian Convention, thank you thank you thank you very very much
Amanda!
I have about 8 or 9 left to give out, and I want them all gone by
the end of the week! They are yours for the taking, absolutely
free, but you must swear to whatever principalities you hold sacred
that if I so endow you, that you will use that stamp to the fullest
extent of your ability and opportunity.

In all seriousness, I would be remiss if I did not point out that
this is a very pale shade of grey. The bookstore in question has a
no soliciting policy, and what I did today could possibly maybe sort
of I suppose be interpreted by some as a very subtle form of
soliciting. My wife made me say that. So now I've said it, and if
you have any reservations whatsoever about doing this, then simply
don't do it. I totally respect that.

Andrew
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2004, 09:21:24 pm »

Last night I had the unique experience of attending the
Massachusetts Libertarian Party Convention, along with a number of
other local porcupines. I can't speak for any of my prickly
brethren, but I speak for myself when I say I don't
think "lifechanging" is too strong a word. Michael Badnarik and
Gary Nolan, Libertarian presidential candidates and fellow
porcupines, both attended and spoke at the event. I personally was
absolutely blown away and challenged as never before to wade into
the battle for our sacred liberties. If you weren't there, I truly
pity you. Wow. It was pretty darn good.
I had the pleasure of meeting several of our members for the first
time, and I just want to say that I have been and continue to be
overwhelmed by the intelligence and character of the people we have
both in our local group and in the broader fsp.
In the coming week I will be taking suggestions for our next local
group meeting. I am looking forward now more than ever to meeting
those of you whom I have not yet met.
Folks, I encourage you to stay in touch with me, and, more
importantly, with each other. You want to meet some first class
individuals who actually have the ability to think for themselves
and construct a sentence in English, all you have to do is start
looking down the members list.
I'm just loving everybody right now, I'm a great big warm and fuzzy
porcupine and there is no one I'd be prouder to serve than the
members of the Free State Project. I'll try to restrain myself from
hugging each and every one of you the next time I see you, but I
can't make any promises.

Andrew
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2004, 11:06:22 pm »

Sounds like a great time, Andrew.

Posts like this get me itching to head there and check it out for myself Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2004, 08:56:09 am »

I could not make it to the convention due to a prior work commitment.  However I've met a couple of my local porcupines (One of which was our president) and was very impressed.  It's good to see such enthusiasm and intelligence in our fellow members.  It reassures me that we are in good company.    

When I first joined the FSP, I half expected that I had just signed up to hang will a bunch of crotchety old men who hide in their own fallout shelters complaining about government conspiracies all day long.  It was wonderful to learn just how mistaken I was.  I've learned so far that we appear to be, for the most part, a group of very intelligent, relatively young, and plenty sociable people.  

It's very refreshing to sit and talk with people who use logic and reason during a discussion rather then emotion and speculation.  I look forward to the next time I can get together with everybody from the area.

It was great to meet you Sean and Amanda!!  I'll see you at the next meeting if we can all make it.  (BTW, nice sneakers Amanda!!  Grin   Where did you find those?)
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2004, 03:39:05 pm »

The next Massachusetts opportunity is the Boston Freedom Rally, which occurs on the Boston Common on September 18 from 11 to 6 or so.  This is primarily a re-legalization of marijuana rally.  However, there will be 40-70,000 young people many open to our message there.  

Just as last year, the Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association will have a tent and OPH booth.   Look for the green and white pavilion tent. There is an indeterminate likelihood that FSP member Michael Badnarik, who is also the LP candidate for President of the United States, will give a speech.

Last year, several FSP people did show up to hand out literature and talk to the people in the audience about the FSP.  We could use an almost unlimited number of volunteers at this event, say, all FSP members in MA, and that  would not be enough to cover the entire crowd.

If you will let me know if you are likely to attend, I will try to have something more organized, Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2004, 04:46:34 pm »

I should reply to this.

I am the new moderator of the official MA-RI-FSP yahoo group, as Andrew has taken work in NYC.  Some of you may know me from the Porc Fest (I'm the DJ Wink ), for others, nice to meet you!

Our next opportunity for large-scale recruiting and media attention will be the Socialis....errr...the Democratic National Convention ( http://www.boston04.com ) which is happening July 26th through July 29th.  I have spoke with some locally (Amanda, Joe, a few others) about it, but we don't have a plan of attack as of yet.  However, feel free to join the yahoogroup ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MA-RI-FSP ) and discuss your ideas!  Or simply post them in this here thread.  Wink

After that, the Hempfest (aka Freedom Rally) will be our next big attack.

I'll be getting some more meetings together soon as well, so hop on the group if ya wanna be down!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2004, 08:50:47 am »

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the FSP will have a tent at the Mass-Cann 'Hempfest' on the Common in Boston, as a reruitment effort. 30,00-50,00 people will attend this event.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2005, 10:34:25 am »

Professor Randy Barnett will be speaking at the second annual Liberty Conference organized by the Boston University Libertarian Society.  See this post for details.  This is a great opportunity to get into a room with people we can appeal to.
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Outreach Opportunity June 11
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2005, 09:16:45 pm »

There is an outreach opportunity in Boston on June 11.  The Boston Gay Pride parade is that day, and at a location that I have not yet confirmed there will be large numbers of booths of various sorts.  In particular, Outright Libertarians, Liberty for Massachusetts http://www.libertyformassachusetts.com , and the Pioneer Valley Libertarian Association http://www.wmlp.org will have a joint booth.  Free State supporters are welcome to take advantage of the fixed location for outreach efforts. Smiley Cheesy
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