Friday, February 5, 2016

Free State Project reaches goal of 20,000 pledging to move to New Hampshire

Free State Project reaches milestone - News - - Portsmouth, NH - Brian Early:

February 3, 2016 - "The Free State Project, the political migration organization that seeks liberty-minded people to relocate to New Hampshire, reached its goal Tuesday of gathering 20,000 signers who pledge to move to the state within five years of reaching the 20,000 milestone.

"Free State Project President Carla Gericke announced the 20,000th signer at a press conference at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester Wednesday morning, as many Free Staters traveled to the city to celebrate the event, which is to 'trigger the move.'

"The pledge that 20,000 people have signed states, 'I hereby state my solemn intent to move to New Hampshire within five years of the Free State Project reaching 20,000 participants. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals' rights to life, liberty and property.'

"Gericke said in an impromptu speech Tuesday evening at an FSP moving party, “We believe in peace, we believe in prosperity, we believe in making everyone’s lives better, we just don’t agree with the way it’s being done.' Moving parties are among the various support networks FSP participants have created to assist others with moving into the state. It serves as a sort of welcome wagon to new participants into a new community....

"About 10 percent of the FSP pledges have already moved into the state, according to the FSP website, and many have already made changes in the state, including a federal first-amendment case involving Gericke.

"In 2010, Gericke was arrested for illegal wiretapping after she tried to film a traffic stop in Weare that involved her friends. While the charges were dropped prior to trial, Gericke sued the town, the police and the officers involved in her arrest in U.S. District Court. In 2014, the court affirmed the public’s right to record police performing public duties.

"Last year, Free Stater Rep. Amanda Bouldin, D-Manchester, filed the bill that became law, which made it easier to obtain Narcan, the opiate antidote. Bouldin is also credited for starting the private charity Shire Sharing. Gericke said the charity started with feeding 52 families and has grown to feed 1,000 families last Thanksgiving. Other participants have worked to pass the medical cannabis law and jury nullification law that affirms the rights of juries to judge the application of the law in relationship to the facts in controversy....

"While there are those who have moved from other states to New Hampshire, there are also about 2,600 residents known as Friends of the FSP. One of those is Dover native Kelly Halldorson, who now lives in Rye.

"'I didn’t sign the pledge, because I already lived here,' she said. 'I’m thrilled to have more people come that are liberty oriented. The idea that so many more will be coming is wonderful.' Halldorson home-schooled her children and cited the work of Free State legislators who have helped to either roll back or fight legislation that would further restrict home-schoolers."

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