Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copwatch, Jailed Activist, Thuggery, Victimless Crimes
There was a crackdown at the Smoke Down at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia yesterday, May 18th, 2013, as police presence was at an all time high, and at an all time low for their violent thuggish behavior, when they forcefully arrested at least four peaceful liberty lovers. Much footage and controversy is coming forward about these arrests of Adam Kokesh, N.A. Poe, NJ Weedman, and Don Dezarn. The latest news indicates that Don Dezarn and the NJ Weedman were released immediately on the spot, with citations. Adam Kokesh was reported by one source to have been released, but other sources say he and N.A. Poe are now detained in the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, to face arraignment and bail hearings on Monday May 20th. Here is some of the footage of the whole Smoke Down event, Don Dezarn gets released at 28:41 point in the video,
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Concord, Living Free, New Hampshire, Politics, Video, Your Evolution
This recently released short documentary really does a great job of introducing why the Free State Project‘s wide spectrum of geographically concentrated pro-liberty activism is the most viable solution to achieve liberty in our lifetime:
Please share this video. If you aren’t yet a participant in the FSP, please join now and plan your move. With your help, we can be free.
Filed under: Audio, Civil Disobedience, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Issues, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Police, Politics, Response, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
On Thursday, six individuals associated with activities related to Robin Hood of Keene were delivered a stack of legal documents from Cheshire sheriff’s deputies. While responses are being crafted, independent media begins to disseminate information regarding this escalation by the royal forces against the merry men. Derrick J reports through his daily newscast Peace News Now with excerpts from the case file.
Just as police attempted following the Chalking 8 case, by attributing negative actions not to any individual but to an amorphous group, the police and city bureaucrats shirk the task of properly placing responsibility for whatever allegation they are attempting to advance.
In other Keene happenings, the newest variety program from the Aqua Keene Parking Force premieres in under 24 hours. AKPF #1 will broadcast at Free Concord and Free Keene at midnight on the morning of May 13, and at 7:00pm on Cheshire TV.
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Jailed Activist, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Police, Thuggery, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
FBI Bomb Technician Phil Christiana spent the day following the attack at the Boston Marathon at the trial of Rich Paul in Keene. He gave the least consistent testimony of any of the state’s actors, and even altered specific facts as his cross examination evolved. At first, it is alleged that the investigation into Rich had nothing to do with the Joint Terrorism Task Force that Christiana is employed by. It ends with Christiana admitting that he wanted Rich to cooperate with a JTTF investigation in exchange for the dismissal of charges against him.
Filed under: Announcement, Civil Disobedience, Corruption, Issues, Jailed Activist, Living Free, Personal Freedom, Response, ToDo
Sundays at 4pm, join us on 101 across from the jail in Keene for a rally to support Rich Paul, jury nullification, and the release of all peaceful prisoners. Bring your own signs, or you can use ours.
Rich Paul also called in to Sunday night’s live edition of “Free Talk Live”. You can listen to that here.
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Issues, Jailed Activist, Living Free, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Personal Freedom, Photos, Police, Response, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
The New Hampshire legislature never passed a law stating that Merry Man Graham Colson was banned in the Keene Common known commonly as Central Square. Despite this, Graham was issued a ‘No Tresapassing’ order from the square, which he believes is because he was riding a skateboard there. In an order issued by KPD’s Jason Short on May 10 2012, Graham is explicitly banned from ‘the common referred to as Central Square Keene NH 03431′. Aside from this ban, Graham has been neither charged nor convicted of a crime related to the town common. Last Thursday, he was arrested on a warrant while in the downtown for allegedly having been in the common on the previous day.
On April 22, Graham and I took an adventure into legal land to accomplish two tasks. First, we travelled to the Keene police department to obtain a copy of the original order, which was refused when originally issued last year. Then we crossed town to drop off a discovery request with the district court clerk at city hall, and the prosecutor’s office at the county courthouse. Demonstrating how common violations of petty rules on the common are, during the drive we observe a youth casually longboarding through the square. Read more
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Issues, National, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Response, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Rich Paul’s story has already been covered once by Vice.com prior to the trial and now journalist Harry Cheadle has a couple more questions for Rich. I went to the Keene Spiritual Retreat aka the Cheshire “House of Corrections” to ask him the questions on video:
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Concord, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Issues, Jailed Activist, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Photos, Police, Victimless Crimes, Video
A crowd of about 100 people gathered to celebrate the 4/20 holiday at 4:20pm in front of the state house in Concord this evening. This years’ event was hosted by the NH Teapot Party, covering for the usual organizing of the 420 Foundation. Rich Paul, founder of the 420 Foundation and outspoken opponent of the war on drugs was convicted on Thursday afternoon by jury on multiple counts of cannabis distribution. He remains detained while awaiting sentencing, and today marked the first annual celebration without Rich since the rallies began in 2010.
While Rich was blasting his ideas through a bullhorn last year, the New Hampshire Drug Task Force as well as the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force were conducting an investigation into Rich’s not-so-discrete sale of cannabis. Multiple purchases totaling 81 years of prison time were made through a confidential informant who himself had been busted for heroin distribution. Despite the questionable ethics and honesty of the DTF, FBI, and the confidential informant, the jury did not find Rich’s victimless crime worthy of nullification. Unlike many involved in the drug trade, who profit from actions that they hide from public scrutiny, Rich’s openness made him an easy target, though he was incorrectly profiled as an easy mark. When told that his charges would go away if he would incriminate others for the FBI and DTF, Rich courageously stood on principle and said, ‘No’. In a way, Rich is going to jail in place of the unknown others whom he chose not to involuntarily substitute for his position. Read more
Filed under: Audio, Civil Disobedience, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Issues, Jailed Activist, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Victimless Crimes
Here is audio from day 3 of Rich’s Paul trial for distribution of cannabis. Audio from the second day is not available as the doors were locked between breaks and only unlocked while court was not in session. Audio from day 3 covers closing arguments and the jury’s delivery of the verdict.
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In yet another sad jury decision, activist Rich Paul, the creator of the historic 420 celebrations in downtown Keene, was found guilty of multiple felony counts of selling cannabis to other consenting humans and one count of selling a substance prosecutors said he claimed was LSD. (Paul never claimed the substance was LSD but that didn’t matter to the jury.)
As is so typical, the jurors left the building together for protection from the raining questions from people who love the peaceful human the jurors sent to a cage. Not one juror would take $20 for a five minute interview.
However, there was one juror willing to speak, albeit only for a moment. He admits when asked why he didn’t make history today, that “We didn’t want to break the law.” and then accuses me of threatening him. He then gets into a dark blue minivan with a Romney sticker, tinted windows, and the license plate FISHERS:
They took three hours, so presumably some of the jurors were voting not guilty, but were turned. Read more