Keene Activism Decentralizes: SLAP Shuts Down, Real-Life Meetups Expand

KAC Logo 2010

The former Keene Activist Center logo

About a year ago, after five years of service and many good times (and challenging times) the Keene Activist Center shut down for good. Not long after, Free Keene blogger Rich Paul launched the Church of the Invisible Hand’s Society for Love and Peace in the same historic location.

This Summer, the board of the Shire Free Church Monadnock, which owns the property at River and Leverett opted to end the activist experiment and we parted ways with Rich Paul, converting the property back into a home for rent. It quickly filled up with liberty-friendly New Hampshire natives. Plus liberty-minded folks now occupy another house on the street as the Free Streets Project has officially begun in Keene and Manchester.

While some have mourned the loss of the historic center for Keene activism, ultimately the movement in Keene is now more diverse, with even more regular real-life activist meetups than has ever happened in Keene:

  • Social Sundays – The longest running social gathering of liberty-minded folks in New Hampshire continues at 6pm each Sunday at Local Burger (they accept bitcoin!)
  • Taco Tuesdays – This super-popular gathering was created in Spring of 2016 and happens each Tuesday at Mi Jalisco at 7pm.
  • Bacon Breakfast Buffet – Early risers meet up at Keene State College’s Zorn Dining Commons at 8:30am every Wednesday when school is in session.
  • Keene Bitcoin Network

    The Keene Bitcoin Network “Floating Meetup” Visits Lindy’s Diner

  • Keene Bitcoin Network – Twice monthly real-life meetups happen on the first Sunday of every month before Social Sundays and also on the 21st of each month at 3pm at a new location each month.

For a handy calendar listing many of the public meetups we have each month, check out the Keene Activist Calendar here.

In addition to the regular meetups, Keene activists are pushing forward in the area of online organization. While many libertarians are stuck on Facebook and are suffering from it, Keene activists have been successfully using Telegram and two-way radios for years for instant communications, plus we’re now experimenting with Trello for project organization.

Let 1,000 flowers bloom from the ashes of the KAC/SLAP. More new movers are coming in and it’s exciting to see where we’re going next.

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  1. Historic? I wouldn’t go that far.  You tried to scam the city out of taxes with that house. You have been arrested at that house. You are being investigated for Child pornography and your electronic equipment was confiscated from that house by the FBI. It would appear you have a lot of attachment to that house. Now you claim to rent it to other “deadbeats” who don’t work and scam the government. I guess the tradition continues.

  2. Jumping Jacks Actually I worked with someone yesterday stacking wood who lives in that house. I thought he was a hard worker. Not a deadbeat. Some of those guys have their own successful businesses too.

  3. Well well, still got that racist fascist POS Cantwell in your crew. You guys are such a joke.

  4. I forgot rageaholic with a very disturbing negative view about women. He fits right in with you tools.

  5. DavidJurist Jumping Jacks You’ll have to excuse Jacks, David. Jacks is forced to fill in the gaps in his knowledge with false narratives and presumptions because most of his information comes second-hand through social media.

  6. DavidJurist Jumping Jacks Stacking wood is a paying job? What real job does that person have?

  7. Drac Vermell DavidJurist Jumping Jacks Peaches, again you play the freekeene troll. The only real gap is the one between your ears

  8. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell DavidJurist I think the feminists would disagree with you about gaps, Jacks. Regardless, your acerbic reply is music to my ears. For such a prolific troll you’re quite easily distressed when others point out your many faults, aren’t you Jacks? Maybe you should consider starting a support group with our dear friend Matthew?

  9. Jumping Jacks What do you do for a living besides trolling this blog?

  10. DavidJurist Jumping Jacks You have to understand, David, that credentials are of the utmost importance to Jacks.. That’s why he tends to make up his own whenever he feels the need to demonstrate knowledge on subjects that he actually knows pretty much nothing about. He’s funny that way.

  11. DoubleDoh You have no idea what you are talking about. Cantwell hardly fits in with the vast majority of people in Keene as is evidenced by his lack of participation and association. He’s one of three or four people who have essentially dropped off the map or left the state that just don’t fit in because they aren’t really libertarian minded. At least of those who consider themselves part of the migration movement or are friends thereof. Of the 200 meetups and/or protests in the past nine months this is the only one he’s attended and the picture is not at all recent at that.

  12. Jumping Jacks Your mentally ill. It’s extraordinarily misleading to say they were investigating Ian. The warrant named him because the internet connection was in his name, but as some news stories pointed out  the house is not even owned by Ian and there are a lot of people living there, hanging out there, or stopping by in relation to the activist center and/or studio. Arresting and/or raiding was nothing more than a retaliatory action by the FBI. They stole a few dozen devices from people that were not Ian and not even living in the house at the time the site was supposedly accessed. Given the circumstances and other not-public facts it’s highly doubtful anybody even accessed the site. If people knew more about the facts they’d

  13. Jumping Jacks You have no idea the facts of that case. There is no reason to think Ian access a child porn site given he was merely the subscriber of the internet connection. The house is not in his name and he is one of many people who lived/worked/and hung out and otherwise had access to the internet connection. It’s highly likely this was a retaliatory move given the facts of the case and should any evidence actually be released that suggests there was child porn on any of the systems there is good reason to believe its been planted given certain factual information about the raid.

  14. They’d what?

  15. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks DavidJurist Peaches, again you’re freekeene trolling has outed you as being a sad and lonely individual. I suggest you stop drinking the bong water every time you hear a siren.

  16. DavidJurist Jumping Jacks As I have stated a number of times, I own and operate 4 alcohol and drug rehab units.

  17. libretea Jumping Jacks No, they are investigating Ian Bernard for child porn. You appear to be mentally ill. Your responses are full of paranoia. Ian Bernard is responsible for a lot of tax on that house. I’ve read the stories in the newspaper regarding this matter. They are consistent while freekeeners like you are not. Ian Bernard advocates sexual relationships between children and adults. Ian has been kicked out of every major organisation because of the child porn investigation. You can defend your hero all you want. The facts remain the same. Not you’res.

  18. What did S.L.A.P stand for? Coming from a group that says they are peaceful and nonviolent, the acronym you were using for your “church” sure doesn’t come across as a peaceful place to be. I think that your group needs to think before doing. It looks like you guys have a tendency of not using your all of your mental faculties. It definitely shows in your dwindling support of other like-minded Libertarians.

  19. Jumping Jacks DavidJurist Now, now, Jacks, you’re not going to convince anyone of your lie just because you’ve decided to repeat it with conviction.

  20. Drac Vermell Jumping Jacks DavidJurist The last thing I need to do is convince you of my business or the education I have. After all, you collect SSDI from the government you bash.

  21. libretea DoubleDoh I have attended numerous Keeniac and FSP related events in the last couple of months. Never seen Cantwell at any of them.

  22. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell DavidJurist You’ll never be able to convince me, Jacks. The noticeable deficits in your knowledge have seen to that. It’s a bitter pill to swallow that you’re unable to erase the remarks that gave away your lie, now isn’t it Jacks?

  23. Jumping Jacks Drac Vermell DavidJurist In Jacksese is “trolling” meant to be both disparaging and complimentary? Or do you have another word set aside for what it is that you do here, Jacks?

  24. Milwaukee It’s a euphemism for masturbation.

  25. Their quite a classy bunch.

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