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« on: March 10, 2004, 02:14:42 am »

Group Leader: Kate Rick

Email: katemrick AT yahoo.com

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2004, 10:44:27 am »

Current and prospective members of the Free State Project, including
family and friends, are cordially invited to attend a fundraiser dinner
on the evening of Saturday, 17 April, at 8 pm.  The event will be held
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in the Commons
Skylight Room, on the third floor of the Commons Building.  For a map
of the campus, go to:

http://www.umbc.edu/aboutumbc/campusmap/

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Dennis McGrath, Professor
of Constitutional Studies at the University of Baltimore.  Dr. McGrath
will address the attendees on the subject of the importance of
federalism and local autonomy as our nation's founders intended, and
the role the FSP can play in restoring that crucial element of our
government structure.  On a personal note, it is wholly due to Dr.
McGrath that I, formally a confused socialist-leaning college student,
am the friend of liberty many of you know today.  If you have family
and friends that simply do not understand why you are moving to New
Hampshire, what you will gain from it, bring them to this event.  There
is no more eloquent advocate for the Constitution than Dr. McGrath, and
after hearing him speak your friends will not question your decision
any longer.

Tickets cost thirty dollars, and all proceeds will be used to fund
future Mid-Atlantic FSP outreach activities.  Space is limited to the
first 55 respondents; to reserve your space, please make your check
payable to "Rich Goldman, Mid-Atlantic FSP Treasurer" and send it to:

Rich Goldman
364B Erickson Hall
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore MD 21250

Hurry -- seats are going fast!  I just bought five tickets for myself,
a prospective member, and some family members that think I'm just a bit
insane.

For any questions, or to alert Rich that your check is in the mail,
please contact him at rich1 AT umbc.edu
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2004, 10:55:53 pm »

On Thursday, April 15th, Baltimore area FSP members are invited to gather at the Cold Spring Lane/I-83 overpass.  Large banners will be hung over the overpass facing both the
northbound and southbound lanes.  These banners will read:

"HONK IF YOU HATE TAXES!
NO INCOME OR SALES TAX IN NH!
WWW.FREESTATEPROJECT.ORG

In addition, volunteers are encouraged to bring signs protesting our high tax burden.  
Plenty of literature will be on hand for distribution to passing motorists stopping at one of
the many lights along that stretch of Cold Spring Lane.  In addition, the media will be
invited to witness the event.

Volunteers are needed to cover the bridge from 7 am to 6 pm, both the morning and
evening rush hour.  I will be there personally from 7 am to 3 pm.  Please join me!  We need
people to show up for this one!  Take off from work, and take the kids out of school.  Let's
show some numbers!  Plenty of parking is available in the side streets off Falls Road, just
east of I-83.   If you are coming, please give me a headsup with your hours of availability
by emailing me at keithrmurphy@comcast.net

If anyone in the DC area would like to hold a similar protest, let me know.  The ideal
location is a heavily-traveled bridge over a high-volume expressway (i.e. beltway).  In
addition, other local groups across the country are encouraged to hold events of their
own.  Let's make this a big day for the Free State Project.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2004, 10:59:05 pm »

The Mid-Atlantic FSP group will be hosting a table at the upcoming LPVA convention in Richmond this Saturday, and a table at the MDLP convention the following Saturday (4/3) in Edgewater.  Contact me for details.

Also, current and prospective members are invited to meet in the steakhouse located at the Richmond Marriott from noon to 1:30.  Attendees from the convention will join in for a racous discussion of the FSP.  Feel free to join us!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004, 01:57:57 am »

FSP President Amanda Phillips and drug legalization liason Paul Tripp will be in Washington DC this weekend for the NORML conference.  If you would like to meet them over drinks and a light meal, come to the 94th Aero Squadron in College Park this Thursday evening 4/22 at 6:30 pm.

For directions and more information on the venue, go to:

http://www.angelfire.com/md2/CGS94th/

Hope you can make it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2004, 07:39:08 am »

Baltimore Plans 24-Hour Surveillance

.c The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities in the Baltimore region are trying to build a network of around-the-clock surveillance cameras to target crimes from terrorism to drug dealing, the state's homeland security chief said.

``We're at war,'' said Dennis R. Schrader, director of homeland security for Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

Dozens of surveillance cameras are already in place to deter crime throughout downtown Baltimore, but those images are generally taped and reviewed only occasionally.

The new images will be monitored by about a dozen retired police officers or criminal justice college students, said Elliot Schlanger, Baltimore's chief information officer.

Cameras ``will only observe and record that which a police officer or private citizen could legally see,'' according to the request for proposals.

The closed-circuit video surveillance of public areas will begin in the Inner Harbor by summer's end.

A $2 million federal grant accepted by the city Wednesday will expand the cameras by November into downtown's west side, which includes rail lines, government buildings and cultural institutions.

The city system could connect with an existing state system of closed-circuit cameras that monitor highways, Schlanger said.

Surrounding counties would also eventually plug into the city's hub, and Baltimore would also work toward links with closed-circuit systems at the University of Maryland and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

An American Civil Liberties Union official said the system was the first he knew of that would use full-time surveillance.

Arthur Spitzer, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, said cameras infringe on privacy rights and are ineffective in fighting crime or terrorism.

``This is just another step toward Big Brother,'' he said. ``One of the freedoms that Americans take for granted is the freedom to walk down the street without the government looking over your shoulder all the time.''

Chicago has cameras in high-crime neighborhoods, but those are not monitored continuously. Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C., have placed cameras
during big downtown events.

On the Net:

Governor's Office of Homeland Security:    
http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/08conoff/html/09home.html

ACLU chapter: http://www.aclu-nca.org
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2004, 08:32:09 am »

How about 2,397 surveillance cameras!  New York City got a head start!  Read on:

NYCLU Surveillance Camera Project

The Philosophy Behind the Project
Video surveillance cameras have arrived on the streets of New York City. But it is up to us to decide if they are here to stay, and if they are, then under what conditions. Commonplace outside private companies, storefronts and apartment buildings, in parks and at intersections, surveillance cameras have been passively accepted as necessary for our personal safety. At this stage in their proliferation, we need to take an active, not passive, role in the decision-making process that allows for the installation of video surveillance cameras.

In certain situations, cameras do afford us an important sense of safety: when they watch the entryway of our apartment buildings or the loading dock of our businesses. But there is an equal, if not greater, number of situations in which cameras become not protective, but invasive. Placed in changing rooms and bathrooms, cameras record peoples most private moments on tape, tapes on which footage of women undressing or using the bathroom is often reviewed by men. In these examples, the deleterious nature of video surveillance is obvious. But in other situations the invasive presence of a camera is not as blatant, but it is equally as intrusive.

Read the full story and see the map at the NYCLU Surveillance Camera Project at  http://www.mediaeater.com/cameras/



The Making of the Map

Over a period of five months, a small but dedicated group of New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) volunteers walked the streets of Manhattan in search of video surveillance cameras. This group sought out every camera, public or private, which records people in public space. Mostly by foot, but occasionally by car, they covered every block in the borough. From the records they made of all camera locations, the volunteers produced a comprehensive map of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.

The map includes cameras that are readily visible from the city streets. This means that the cameras may be located in private or public spaces, but record action in the latter. However, we cannot represent that all visible cameras are continuously functioning.

Although the group saw 2,397 cameras in Manhattan, the map they created is far from exhaustive. As slowly as they walked and as carefully as they looked, cameras have escaped their search. A few because the volunteers were busily writing down the location of a camera nearby, but many more because the cameras were hidden from sight. Whether tucked surreptitiously out of the line of vision or small enough to escape detection, we believe many more cameras currentlywatch our city streets than appear on the map. And numerous others are continually being installed.

Creating a map of Manhattan is just the first stage of the project. The NYCLU plans to expand the map to include all cameras that record public spaces in all five boroughs. Then, the NYCLU will continually update the city-wide map to reflect what we predict to be a growing number of surveillance cameras in the city.

See the map and read the full story at the NYCLU Surveillance Camera Project at  http://www.mediaeater.com/cameras/

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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2004, 09:25:41 am »

New meeting information (posted on Yahoo group this morning):

Starting in July, the Mid-Atlantic Group will have an official
standing meeting time and place:

The third Saturday of every month
1:00pm to whenever, say 3(ish) pm
The Dubliner - 520 North Capitol Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.
(http://dublinerdc.com)

The Dubliner is one block away from Union Station, which is served by Metro (red line), MARC, and Amtrak. Parking is also available at Union Station.

Everyone who can conceivably get there, please join us for the next meeting on July 17th.  I'll come with some ideas to discuss, and I hope you'll all do the same.  

The Mid-Atlantic Group covers a lot of territory, and while I'd like to be at every single meeting, I'd rather have meetings go on in my absence than deprive local folks of the opportunity to meet and get to know their fellow members.

For those of you who cannot get to this meeting (at all or often enough) or would just like to have a local meeting with your local members, please feel free to do so--just let me know by emailing me at krick at freestateproject dot org. I will post it and publicize it as I would any other meeting, and will be properly thrilled with your initiative. I expect that we will also plan comparatively spontaneous local group social get-togethers, outbursts of activism, and perhaps a
fundraiser or two, and I will do my best to be sensitive to our geography.

I look forward to seeing old and new faces.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2004, 10:38:13 pm »

DC Area Possibilities

For anyone either not going to the FSP Festival or not going up until Thursday:

The National Libertarian Party Meetup Day
Wednesday, June 23rd
Washington, DC section
Cosi, 1919 M St., Washington, DC at 8PM
(4th Wednesday of every month)

And for anyone around in July:

National Free State Project Meetup
Wednesday, July 21
Washington, DC section
No location selected yet
(3rd Wednesday of every month)

If anyone besides me is ignorant of www.meetup.com, go check it out, and keep an eye on local area lib and FSP meetings.  (I definitely saw Baltimore on the list.) Could be very interesting outreach...
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2004, 08:12:32 pm »

Next meeting:

Saturday, July 17th
1pm at the Dubliner (http://dublinerdc.com)

This Saturday, come down to the Dubliner to see old friends and (hopefully Smiley ) greet new members.  The restaurant is right by Union Station, so you can drive, metro, MARC, or Amtrak over.  

A basic agenda is available at http://www.freestateproject.org/community/localgroups/mid-atlantic/index.jsp

Hope to see you all there.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2004, 01:55:30 am »

TUESDAY JULY 27TH -- CHALK BALTIMORE!

FSP activists will spend time chalking downtown Baltimore's streets and sidewalks with pro-liberty FSP messages.  Targeted areas include Charles Center Plaza and the promenade at the Inner Harbor.  Of course, War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall and the sidewalk in front of the courthouse are also likely sites, but our ability to do these will depend upon the number of volunteers that show up.  All materials will be provided.

Meet us at the intersection of Light St. and Key Highway, adjacent to the Maryland Science Center, at 7 pm.  Parking is available along Light Street just south of this intersection.  The activity should be over by 9 pm, with drinks to follow at Cross Street's bars (yum, margaritas!).  Please email to keithrmurphy@comcast.net to indicate your attendance.  Call 443-570-3162 if you have any difficulties finding the meeting place.

SATURDAY AUGUST 7 -- CRABS AND POOL PARTY!

There will be an FSP crab feast and pool party from noon to 4 pm at 1015 Vanderwood Road in Catonsville.  Take 695 to exit 15 east  (Route 40) and make a left at the second light onto Ingleside.  Go through the light and make the next possible left onto Craigmont.  Make the third possible right onto Vanderwood (note the school on the corner).  1015 is halfway down the block on the right.  Call 410-744-5862 with any difficulties in finding the address.  RSVP to keithrmurphy@comcast.net to assure the correct quantity of food.  Beer and crabs will be provided, but donations of $10 to offset the cost are appreciated!

Bring your bathing suits (um... libertarians in bathing suits.  Oh, ok, I'll recover.  Bring your suits).  This one will be a blast!
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2004, 10:09:26 am »

Reminder to all Mid-Atlantic group members:

We have a local event calendar on the Yahoo group page!
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mid-atlantic_fsp/

Please keep an eye on it for upcoming activism opportunities, events, and parties.
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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2004, 11:07:12 am »

DC-area folks who want to see Badnarik in Columbia, MD tonight:

Contact me if you need a ride.  We'll be leaving a bit early because of the traffic, but we have two spots in the car--call 202-966-2011 if you want one of them.
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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2004, 03:16:44 am »

Due to a high probability of rain tonight, the Baltimore chalking scheduled for 7 pm is being postponed until next Tuesday night, same time, same place.  

To get to the meeting point from the south, take 95 north into Baltimore.  Exit at 395, and stay left when it splits (where the sign says "Inner Harbor."  Make a right at the first light onto Conway, then go three blocks and make a right onto Light (where Conway deadends).  Stay in the right lane.  At the next light most of the traffic will turn left onto Key Highway, but you should proceed straight on Light.  

Park where ever possible.  If you make the next left onto Montgomery, there's usually parking available there, or on an adjacent street.  Walk back to the corner of Key Highway and Light Street.  

If you are going to be late, or have difficulty finding the meeting point, please call me at 443-570-3162.  

Hope everybody can make it next Tuesday night.  Don't forget, this is exactly the kind of activism that will be required in the free state.  It's great that we get turnouts of 20+ for our social events.  It would be even better to get that sort of turnout for the activist events.  
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2004, 09:25:38 am »

The Baltimore chalking went well--FSP slogans and URLs all over the sidewalk, and the odd knowledge gained that it is illegal to hand out fliers (or chalk) in Baltimore parks.  

So, one down, two to go.  Coming up this month:

Keith's Crabs and Beer Pool Party -- August 7th in Catonsville, MD, from noon to 4.  
Contact Keith for details, and please RSVP.  

Monthly meeting -- August 21st in Baltimore, MD, from 1 to 3ish.
Yep, we're going for a change of scenery after all--details forthcoming.
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