LFOD organizers have been getting many inquires and questions this year in regard to Live Free or Die Rally. Many still do not understand what it is, how it is permitted, where it is, why it was moved to the previous years locations, why there is certain guidelines with food concessions and the donated properties usage, why certain groups or organizations aren't restricted from attending, why aren't sponsors, groups or organization's allowed to host it, etc.
These are many of the question's & the answers to them, you don't have to agree with them, it is what it is:
1) WHAT IS LIVE FREE OR DIE RALLY?
LFOD is true first amendment NON COMMERCIAL non partisan non aligned gatherings demonstrations. In short; A meeting is arranged with authority's of the particular municipality in which the gatherings are to be held with giving detailed notice that falls under first amendment protection with refusing to sign permit application's which waive protected first amendment rights making one subject to fee's, police detail, bonds, vending permit's, commercial event restriction's & ordinance's, etc. If the municipality refuse's to acknowledge the written notice of the gathering, interferes with participants or the gathering, THEN, the gathering falls under protection and the municipality can be brought to court and subject to fines. Many will argue that they shouldn't even have to do this. I do. It protects the participants, enable's one to have gatherings on non commercial private or public property's and enables taking legal recourse if needed. If LFOD or someone is going to blow off cannons, have 15 bands, fireworks, battle reenactment's, run around naked or what have you I feel my neighbor as with the municipality's resident's have the right to know out of courtesy.
2) WHAT IS PROTECTED UNDER A TRUE FIRST AMENDMENT GATHERING?
*Gathering for redress, Speech, Music of redress & related amplification, Exhibiting and anything done by donation*
A) Non commercial gathering by free will IS protected. Charging or paying for table spots, charging admissions, charging for camping, vending for money, restricting who is allowed or by invitation only, paying for advertising, paying for venue use, paying for entertainment/ bands etc., paying for class's, paying for speaker's, organization's or party's paying to host or sponsor it and these type's of things are commercial ventures and is NOT protected.
B) Bands or Rock & Roll Concerts with amplification charging any type of fee's or admission is a commercial activity that is NOT protected. Music of redress by free will is the same as free speech of redress and participants listening to that message of redress has the right to hear. If there's a 1000 people and amplification is required so all participants can hear the redress, it IS protected.
C) Vending for money is a commercial activity that is NOT protected. Vending by donation, raising money for non profit cause's, benefit's are not a commercial activity and IS protected.
D) The first amendment is specific in that the gathering be peaceable. Acts of violence, racism, and these types of rancor defiles the gatherings purpose and are not welcomed at Live Free or Die Rally.
3) WHERE IS LFOD BEING HELD AND WHY WAS IT MOVED?
Each of the first three LFOD rally's were held on several donated private non commercial locations and public properties. The 4th was held in its entirety at Grand View Inn which is a commercial venue. The 2010 LFOD rally is returning to the original location's with the addition of Silver Ranch as one of several 2010 locations. To avoid confusion participant's must read carefully the schedule & locations at the web sight.
A) Many participants enjoyed Grand View Inn and we thank them for donating their facility in 2009. However many participants preferred going into town (public) to exhibit, preferred the prior rally’s location's and because of Grand View Inn's liquor licensing which is not under first amendment protection restricted participant's the ability to BYOB otherwise the State could revoke their liquor license.
4) WHY ARE GENERATORS NOT ALLOWED OR CAMPERS/EXHIBITORS NOT PROVIDED POWER?
A) The Common has a very small power box for the band's use only.
B) Old beautiful Dillon Lodge where the concerts are held has a small electric box only big enough to provide power to Transit Audio Company for the Concerts and for area lighting and to run the well pumps. Generators are not allowed at the lodge because it drowns out the music and there are not any spots for exhibitors there anyway.
C) Sawyer's Field across the road from Dillon Lodge where camping and exhibitor spots will be located was graciously donated by a cow farmer with fair request that there be no generators or open fire's and that parking be limited to the campers and exhibitor's only. That's his hay field & he needs the hay for his cow's. We have a large parking area down the road near the Lodge for general parking. Please respect his requests.
D) The fabulous Silver Ranch Livery Field downtown was donated for the battle reenactment only and re-enactors exhibits only for Saturday August 28th from 3 - 6PM only. Owner request's no alcohol or other exhibits be located there. Please respect his request.
5) WHY ARE FOOD CONCESSION'S BEING LIMITED OR RESTRICTED?
A) Being a true first amendment gathering food vending for money converts LFOD into a commercial event compromising its protection.
B) Food is donated by companies to the CAACP which is a non profit organization & it is served by donation at very reduced rates by volunteers to offset LFOD costs. Anyone wanting to donate their product and vend food by donation to go towards helping offset LFOD costs and help keep LFOD free is welcome to contact us.
C) What limited food concession spots that are available are booked months to a year in advance.
D) A Jaffrey permitted vendor who has a self contained refrigerated truck that does not require power was booked for these reasons and to provide ice, cold beverages & products.
E) Another individual who will be supplying all cooking equipment & help distributing the food that also does not require power was booked for these same reasons.
F) Many individual's bring their own food to cook at the free grilles and condiments provided at Dillon Lodge.
G) LFOD is a true first amendment gathering for the purpose of redress. I will not have LFOD compromised or convert it to a commercial event/ venture to accommodate those who want to reap a profit from it.
6) WHY IS ANY GROUP, ORGANIZATION, IDEOLOGY, PARTY, CANDIDATE AND PUBLIC ALLOWED?
A) The first amendment was written for everyone regardless of their beliefs, thoughts or otherwise and have the right to attend. No one including myself should restrict that as it also compromise's to being a true first amendment. Unlike many events, LFOD is not my or anyone's or any organization's gathering, it's everyone's equally on common ground. Many ideologies, organizations, individuals, etc. have their reasons who should or should not be allowed which can lead to divisiveness, segregation, discrimination, bigotry the media and elite prey on. I can only ask, not force, participants to share in the tolerance and their support. If someone doesn't agree with an exhibit, individual, speaker, organization or what have you, move on to one they do enjoy or maybe LFOD isn't for you.
B) LFOD has often come under fire due to this and likely always will. LFOD is not about you, or your particular beliefs, it's about your right to express those beliefs as with the individual standing next to you rights to express their belief's regardless of what they are whether you agree with them or not.
7) WHY ARE THEIR RESTRICTION'S AT LFOD LOCATION'S IF THIS IS A FREEDOM GATHERING?
A) These location's are graciously donated private properties for the cause or are on public property. Some will disagree, but I feel the property owners requests were very reasonable and by no means restricts or violates anyone's rights. I'm asking others who share in the use of these properties for LFOD to respect their wishes and these properties too.
B) Unknown to many, though participant's are protected during LFOD, the property owners are not after we vacate. If people break law's on their property's the authority's could potentially fine or prosecute the property owner whether we think its right or not. Please, let's not thank the property owner by having him prosecuted!
C) Please refer to #4 above in regard to property owner's requests.
FOR SCHEDULE, LOCATIONS,MAPS,GPS ADDRESS'S, EXHIBITOR SPOTS & TIME'S, ACTIVITY'S, RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFO:
http://www.facebook.com/jean.coutu1?ref=profile#/event.php?eid=124481678165&ref=tse refer to #4 above as to property owner's requests.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME & COOPERATION! LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!