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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2004, 12:10:18 am »

Seth,

> June 26...

That's OK with me, especially if you can make plans for the Rush concert the following week.  Unfortunately Carol and I won't be there, as we'll be at PorcFest.

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2004, 10:51:49 am »

> June 26...

That's OK with me, especially if you can make plans for the Rush concert the following week.  Unfortunately Carol and I won't be there, as we'll be at PorcFest.

Argh... well that lets that date out... It'll be bad enough missing the PorcFest without trying to hold a (sad) meeting the same weekend. Truthfully, the turnout here in Eugene will be low, regardless of how much we promote it... this town is full of socialist hippies, peace and pot is fine but not liberty.
Emerald Empire Hemp Fest in Eugene, July 17,18th
is maybe the best date if we wanted to put out flyers... but I doubt we'd get many people interested in moving to NH.
They just want their medical marijuana cards locally...

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2004, 11:03:22 am »

Hi Northwest Porcupines,

We've been a little quiet this summer, which is mostly my fault for doing so much travelling.  How about having a Seattle area meeting after lunch on Sunday, July 25, at 1:30pm?  I'd like to hear about the WA LP convention and Dan Goebel, Carol & I can relate our experiences at the Porcupine Festival and in New Hampshire.  Dan actually drove cross country to be there! We'll also see what we can do to reinvigorate our local recruiting activities.  

The general word on recruiting is the same as the Nike slogan: Just Do It!  Feel free to take the initiative in whatever way you think will be the most helpful.  Let us know here what you're up to, but don't feel you need approval to get started.

Since this is the one time of year we can expect good weather, how about trying for the park again?  That's Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way W.  Take I-5 exit 167 towards Mercer St/Seattle Center.  Keep right at the fork in the ramp.  Turn right onto Fairview Ave N.  Turn left onto Valley St.  Valley becomes Broad.  Turn right onto Alaskan Way, and the park is just ahead of you.  There are some picnic tables there, but bring a lawn chair or a blanket since we'll probably sit on the grass.  Look for the FSP T-shirts. As a special treat, Carol and I have two bottles of made-in-New Hampshire wine to share.  If you get lost, my cell number is 360-909-3044.  

For those in or near Oregon, my schedule doesn't look good for a summer meeting.  Shall we try for early September in Eugene?

See you soon,
Dan
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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2004, 12:28:55 pm »

As I said on the yahoo mailing list too...

September or Early October would be good... I think we can even get some press out of it.

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2004, 12:30:44 pm »

this town is full of socialist hippies, peace and pot is fine but not liberty.
Emerald Empire Hemp Fest in Eugene, July 17,18th

FYI, this was canceled, thanks to high permit costs, and other costs the state/city/town/etc likes to throw onto events they really don't want to have happen.


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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2004, 01:30:19 pm »

Seattle Hempfest  Aug 21-22

At our Seattle meeting on Sunday, one of the things we agreed to try to accomplish was handing out literature at the Seattle Hempfest.  I have contacted them, and they do offer a very low-cost option of a half space at the north end of Myrtle Edwards Park.

What we need now is volunteers to run the show.  I can handle the paperwork, but we need a Seattle-based coordinator, two people to set up on Friday and tear down Sunday night or Monday, and people to cover the booth during the 20 hours (10am to 8pm Sat & Sun) that the show is open.  Besides our Yahoo group and the forum, I now have the complete list of WA & OR porcupines.  FYI, it has 38 Washingtonians and 26 Oregonians.  I will send out an email today and ask them to get involved.

Let's step up to the plate!

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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2004, 08:59:00 pm »

There IS such a thing as a free lunch.

On Saturday, September 11, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is giving a day-long seminar near Seattle.  The four main talks are:

- Why and How Government Grows
- Free-Market Environmentalism
- Utopia in Power: The Soviet Tragedy
- Reclaiming the Spirit of Americanism

The seminar, including a catered lunch and breaks, is free, but you do have to RSVP.  You can find details here.

If you aren't familiar with FEE, it is the country's oldest research organization promoting limited government and individual liberty.  FEE publishes a delightful magazine, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, which I devour as soon as it arrives every month.  As Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University said:

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"The most important contribution The Freeman has made is that of making the ideas of liberty readily accessible to a broad range of people who may have limited training in philosophy, political science, and economics. That is the true test of wisdom, making potentially complex ideas understandable to the ordinary person."

Carol and I hope to see you there.

Dan

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2004, 09:19:06 pm »

Hempfest Update

I received the FSP's packet from Hempfest.  We are in booth 528, about the middle of the park, between the McWilliams Memorial Stage and the El Steiner Us Bus (whatever that is).  We are at the end of a row of booths, close to both paths, next to something marked on the maps as "bars", which may be monkey bars.  Portapotties and water are very close.

Here's what they have to say about parking:

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Hempfest takes place on a weekend.  On-street parking is typically plentiful and cheap.  Sunday parking is free, on street in the area.  There are many 'pay' lots in the immediate vicinity with reasonable weekend rates.

If you are walking in from the north, they recommend the Galer St. overpass or the Prospect St. overpass from Elliott Ave.  From the south you just walk in from the corner of Alaskan Way and Broad St, or get off the trolley at Broad.

I have a pass that gets us in to set up between 4pm and 9pm on Friday, and another pass that I think gets us in before the crowd on Saturday and Sunday.  Who wants to take a shift?

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2004, 02:54:41 pm »

Hempfest Recap

It was a lot of work, but we handed out close to 1000 flyers at the Seattle Hempfest last weekend.  Many thanks to those porcupines who came to help: Eric Hartford, Bob Lowe, Jacqueline Passey and Emily Sandblade.  A number of LP members were also there handing out our literature (and theirs), notably Don, Ruth and Scott.  Finally, very special thanks to Ethan Pooley who put some late nights working on our signs and banner.  The banner, with its bright orange background of fall leaves, really stood out and got us noticed.

This was an interesting experience for me, as I had never worked a crowd like that before.  Especially for live-and-let-live types like us, it feels awkward to make that first step and impose on someone who didn't seek contact.  However, politics is something that can't be done in a vacuum.  We need other people, not just for our membership, but to believe in the principles of liberty and to vote and act accordingly.

Hempfest provided an opportunity to meet a LOT of people.  There were many times when the flow in front of our booth was so heavy that by the time I had handed out a flyer and separated the next one from the top of the stack, ten people had gone by.  We learned how to get flyers into people's hands.  You need eye contact, a smile and to extend the flyer towards them at right moment.  Scott and Eric had success using a leading statement, like "Are you in favor of legalization?", but I just liked a simple, "How are you?".

It's nice having a variety of literature to hand out.  Besides our own tri-fold and two-sided full page drug legalization flyer, we also had some business cards, stickers (popular with high schoolers), the smallest political quiz, a clever bright green marijuana-related handout that Jacqueline made and a variety of other LP literature.  Bright colors are good and small sizes are good.  They cost less to produce and people are more likely to accept them.

There were a few special moments.  Like the time someone refused to take a flyer, then four steps later turned around and said, "Oh are you libertarians?  I'll take one.".

As for the bottom line: did we pick up any new members?  I don't know.  Most just took a flyer and walked on by.  Some chatted for a moment.  Others came into the booth for more information.  A few stayed to talk for ten minutes or more.  We probably need to take a class in sales and learn how to close.  At the very least we got noticed and we got experience.  I'm ready to try again.  Gun shows, anyone?

P.S. There's still a few days left to sign up for the free FEE seminar, Saturday, 9/11 in Bellevue.

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2004, 10:47:48 am »

Does anyone have experience with putting signs on highway overpasses?  Do you get hassled by cops?  Have trouble keeping your sign from blowing off into traffic?  Do many people stop to talk to you?

I think that with election season heavily upon us, an overpass banner like:

"Vote with your feet!  Join the Free State Project .org (logo)"

would get some attention.  Then at the next exit we could use Jacqueline Passey's Burma Shave sign idea to have a series of lawn signs, such as:

"The FSP's the way"
"to make your take-home pay higher."
"Give us a smile"
"and we'll hand you a flyer!"

The whole thing could be done quite cheaply.  Kinkos will print B&W signs up to three foot tall by arbitrary width for 50 cents a square foot, so a 20'x3' sign is only $30.  Glue that to some large pieces of corrugated cardboard, attach rope and we're in business.

What do you think?

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2004, 10:36:52 am »

Hey guys,

Great work on the hempfest!  That's awesome!

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Re:Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2004, 05:55:46 pm »

Here's a brief report of our attendance at the Liberty Film Festival in Los Angeles a joint project of our group and the Southern California group.  This was a conservative festival, but a number of the films and filmgoers had a libertarian bent.

About 200 FSP tri-folds were picked up along with a similar number of World's Smallest Political Quizes that were stamped with our website address.  In the future I'll also stamp an email address for questions.  I do think we made a good impression and will be welcomed back to future events.

We should pick up at least a few members from this.  There were a number of people I spoke to in detail, almost none of which had ever heard of the FSP.  It surprised me how many were cops or teachers.  Apparently there is a fraction that feel out of place in the prevailing culture at work.  This pushes them to seek out external political contact in a way that someone in business might not.

One of the best films we saw is available for free online.  It is about speech codes and other forms of political harrassment at colleges and is called Brainwashing 101.  I also recommend In the Face of Evil, a film comparing Reagan's efforts to win the cold war to the current war against Islamic terrorism.  The WMD and Michael Moore Hates America movies are also worthy of mention.

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Re: Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2005, 11:32:48 pm »

I'm going to be speaking about the FSP on Tuesday Feb 22 at noon at Washington State University in Vancouver.  Send me an email if you want to attend and I'll arrange to get you a parking permit.  All the details are in this flyer.

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Re: Pacific Northwest -- OR, WA
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2005, 10:12:52 am »

Hi fellow porcupines,

Hope you're having a nice Memorial Day weekend.  Let's have a Seattle-area meeting on Sunday, June 5th at noon at Pegasus Pizza, 2806 Alki Ave SW, 98116 (in West Seattle).  As a special incentive, I'll buy lunch!

It's been quite a while since we've had a meeting and there are a number of things to talk about.  For example,

- All kinds of progress in the Free State
- Summer activities, and in particular Hempfest
- A new coordinator, as Carol and I are moving to NH in a month

Please shoot me an email if you're able to be there so I know how big a table to reserve.

See you soon,
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« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2005, 06:28:44 pm »

The Seattle Hempfest will take place 8/20 - 8/21.  Admission is free.  Would someone like to volunteer to attend and pass out some FSP fliers?  Please let me know! :)

http://www.hempfest.org/
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