Filed under: Announcement, Cool, Court, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, News, Personal Freedom, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes
Robin Hood and the Merry Men and Women are victorious over the lying, corrupt “City of Keene” in BOTH Robin Hood cases! The first civil case was filed by “the City” back in May seeking a preliminary injunction against the six named respondents, in hopes banning them from being near, speaking to, or recording video of the parking enforcers. It was heard over three full days of court “evidentiary hearings” later in the summer and afterwards, heroic free speech attorney Jon Meyer filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Attorney Meyer’s motion has now been granted in a 17-page notice of decision from Cheshire “superior” court judge John C Kissinger Jr., which also dismisses the second civil case against us that was filed by “the City” in September, seeking monetary “damages”. The second suit proved what we all knew and the city people had originally denied with their first lawsuit – that ultimately this was about their lost parking revenue.
Ultimately, the Robin Hooders have been completely vindicated. The city people were lying (as is typical of governments) when they claimed Robin Hooders were harassing, intimidating, and threatening their parking enforcement agents. Again, the proof that they were lying is that no Robin Hooder has ever been arrested for “harassment”. Even if Robin Hooders were saying nasty things (no evidence of that was presented in court, and I’ve never seen it happen), the job description of the parking enforcers makes it clear they must put up with “mental and verbal abuse” from members of the public. The city people tried to illegally oppress our right to free speech and to hold government agents accountable for their actions, and the court made the right decision and dismissed their frivolous, aggressive, unconstitutional cases against us.
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Issues, Keenevention, Living Free, Noncooperation, Personal Freedom, Police, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
The Civil Disobedience panel at Keenevention 2013 was presented by the star of “Victimless Crime Spree” and the host of Peace News Now, Derrick J Freeman. The panel’s focus was perhaps the most controversial form of activism – civil disobedience and noncooperation. Keenevention is certainly not the first time a civil disobedience panel has been presented at a liberty gathering, but it is the first time in many years that Russell Kanning, one of the original movers to Keene, returns to the stage! Russell was instrumental in making Keene the destination for future waves of activists who would emulate his peaceful disobedience. Russell was joined by another original Free State Project mover and liberty civil disobedience pioneer, Lauren Canario as well as yours truly, Ian Freeman.
Filed under: Living Free, New Hampshire, Personal Freedom, Response, Shire Free Church, Update, Video
I’m a big fan of Dave Ridley‘s work, but he’s got this one wrong. While it’s true that churches aren’t supposed to pay taxes, the Shire Free Church will be making voluntary contributions to the people calling themselves the City of Keene based on which city services the Church ministers find valuable. Nonetheless, Ridley mischaracterizes the Shire Free Church parsonages in Keene as a “tax revolt” in this series of editorial videos from Ridleyreport.com.
Anyone who bothers to read the Shire Free Church page will discover the purpose of the church is to give religious liberty lovers a home, when so many churches today worship “the state” as a god.
Here’s Ridley’s first video critique of the Shire Free Church. In it he initially expresses confusion as to what the house in question is – is it a church or a parsonage? A quick call to me or another minister would have helped clear up his questions. (It’s a parsonage.) Instead, he just editorializes without much in the way of facts or any input from Shire Free Church ministers. He claims that we don’t have the support of neighbors, but he’s never bothered to talk to any of them. I know for a fact that some of the neighbors support liberty activism and others do not.
Filed under: Hypocrisy, Issues, Jailed Activist, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Local jail superintendent Rick Van Wickler deserves a lot of credit. His jail, which many activists refer to as the Keene Spiritual Retreat, is far more humane than the atrocious Manchester “Valley St.” jail. Van Wickler himself is a public opponent of drug prohibition and a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. There have been many positive posts about Rick here at the Free Keene blog over the years.
So why, when a local judge has approved Rich Paul for work release or home confinement, is Van Wickler stonewalling the decision? It seems hypocritical. Dave Ridley of RidleyReport.com investigates by interviewing Rich’s close friend and Free Keene blogger Wendy:
Dave Ridley of RidleyReport.com confronts Manchester politicians regarding ongoing abuse of the humans caged at Valley St. jail:
As usual, many of the politicians are rude and walk by the independent journalist. Why anyone would voluntarily pay for “service” like this is beyond me.
Filed under: Copblock, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Victimless Crimes
Hundreds of these awesome new know-your-rights WARNING fliers have already been distributed to local college students during Pumpkin Fest and on other occasions. Most of those who have received the flyer thus far had been elated to receive useful information about their rights and those few who already knew their rights were appreciative that Keene Cop Block is actively distributing them.
You can download your own copy and print them out for use in your area, should you wish. Here it is in uncompressed .jpg:
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Jailed Activist, Personal Freedom
Don’t miss this excellent telling of Rich Paul’s story over at the “Stateless Statements” blog by Philly activist Nicholas Shankin.
Thanks, Nick! I’m going to repost the text of it here to ensure it stays preserved: Read more
Filed under: Corruption, Court, New Hampshire, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
In my last speeding trial update, I posted that I’d filed motions to place on file, vacate the sentence, and conduct sentencing by mail. All three motions were denied. I reported, under duress, to the Hillsborough district court again on October 17th, and again conducted more successful “Don’t Take A Plea” outreach to the court’s victims.
I was surprisingly not called last, and was able to deliver a speech in front of many in the audience. I later received a compliment on my views from one of the other court victims. The robed man ultimately sentenced me to 11 hours community service. My next hearing is December 19th at 9:30a for a “Community Service Review”.
Filed under: Announcement, Civil Disobedience, Cool, Copblock, Corruption, Issues, Jailed Activist, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, News, Personal Freedom, Police, Thuggery, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Celebrating 100,000 views on YouTube! Have you shared Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree with your friends?
Some fun facts about the movie online:
#1 on Youtube for searches “victimless crime” and even just “victimless”!
#5 on Google for “victimless crime”, #6 for “victimless”!
Thanks to John Bush and Cat Bleish for their well-produced, entertaining series about living independently and sustainably. Episode one of Sovereign Living has premiered online and features plenty of footage from Bardo Farm, a project in Croydon, NH started by Free State Project participants. As an aside, John and Cat are both FSP participants currently living in Austin, TX.