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FreeKeeneNews - Manchester Activists Burn US Flags for Flag Day 

Manchester liberty activists celebrated Flag Day yesterday by releasing a video showing them setting more than one United States flag ablaze.  Anticipating the inevitable backlash of anger, media personality Shire Dude (aka Andrew Vermiglio) made this statement via his blog post at Free Keene:

To The Offended Viewer:
Some of the folks in Manchester, New Hampshire have been burning tiny flags on holidays, but what does it mean?

Just like any icon, the flag symbolizes different things as it is interpreted by different people.  You may look at the flag and see a symbol of hope and freedom.  I do not share this view.  In my eyes, the flag is the banner of an oppressive, monolithic federal government.

This freedom to burn flags was not given to me; we are all born free. Isn’t that fantastic?

Shire Dude is available for interview.  Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview him,

Ian Freeman


FreeKeeneNews - Supreme Court Vindicates Keene's Robin Hooders 

NH Supreme Court Vindicates Keene's Robin Hooders!

Robin Hood of KeeneIn a nearly complete victory for Robin Hood of Keene, the NH supreme court has affirmed nearly all of the superior court's decisions against the people calling themselves the "City of Keene" in the city's libelous assault on the heroic activists who have rescued thousands of motorists from parking tickets in downtown Keene in the last couple of years.

The victory is nearly complete, with one exception.  The supremes ruled that the lower court needed to consider the city's request for injunction separately from the claims of "tortuous interference" and "conspiracy".  Therefore, the supremes remanded only that detail back to superior court judge John C Kissinger to decide.  If you've been reading Free Keene for a while, you may recall that the city's original suit in 2013 asked for a in injunction of a 50ft radius "buffer zone" around each parking enforcer that would preclude the named Robin Hooders from being in that zone.  Eventually, they reduced their request to 30ft, then 10-15ft.  The buffer zone concept has previously been ruled unconstitutional in other courts and likely will be again when it goes back to Cheshire superior court.

The rest of the court's twelve-page opinion backs up the lower court's dismissal of the city's outrageous case.  The claims of "tortuous interference" with the city's "business" of screwing over people shopping downtown and the claim of "conspiracy" were shut down on a free-speech basis:

However, we need not decide whether a viable tortious interference claim can exist under the circumstances present in this case because we agree with the trial court that holding the respondents liable for tortious interference based upon their alleged activities would infringe upon the respondents’ right to free speech under the First Amendment...we also conclude that the First Amendment bars the City from pursuing its claim that the respondents are liable for conspiring to commit the very same tort.

The city's lies about the behavior of Robin Hooders (they claimed, without evidence, we were "harassing, threatening, and intimidating" the parking enforcers) had no effect on the court's decision to dismiss.  The court's judges know that telling government bureaucrats how you feel their job is wrong is fully within free speech protections, even if the bureaucrats don't want to hear it.  Further, the court opinion backed up the Robin Hooders' non-verbal actions as protected free speech:

The City nonetheless asserts that specific aspects of the respondents’ conduct — “following closely, chasing, running after, approaching quickly from behind, lurking outside bathrooms, yelling loudly, and filming from close proximity” — is not protected by the First Amendment... The respondents counter that “[e]ven those activities that did not involve speech [are] expressive conduct entitled to First Amendment protection,” and, therefore, are insulated from tort liability. They assert that, “absent acts of significant violence,” the First Amendment protects their non-verbal acts from tort liability. We agree with the respondents.

Free speech attorney Jon Meyer, who took this case pro-bono says he'll be filing a motion to reconsider the remanded portion of the case and is ultimately prepared to go back to superior court and crush this frivolous, harassing case for good.  Of course the city people don't have to spend their own personal money to go to court - they get to spend taxpayer dollars on this nonsense.  So, the only thing that might stop them appealing this further up to federal courts is that the longer they drag it out, the longer taxpayers in Keene will be angry at them about it.  Time will tell.  Meanwhile, Robin Hooders continue to rescue innocent motorists in the streets of Keene. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for any developments.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman


FreeKeeneNews - Gov Hassan Signs Free Stater's Bill, Ending Prohibition of Narcan 

Free Stater's Bill Signed By Hassan, Ends Prohibition on Possession of Heroin Overdose-Countering Drug

Free State Project early mover Amanda Bouldin was elected in Manchester in 2014 as a state representative and one of the first things she did was file a bill, HB 271, that ends prohibition on possession of Narcan.  Narcan is a trade name for Naloxone which can be administered to counter the effects of an opioid overdose – saving lives.  Until now, Narcan could only be possessed legally by EMS and police.  Now anyone who acts with “good faith and reasonable care” may store or administer the life-saving drug to a person in overdose with no criminal or civil liability.  It’s a major change that will likely result in saving the lives of multiple heroin and other opiate addicts in New Hampshire.

Bouldin is also known for her Shire Sharing organization that feeds poor families on Thanksgiving each year across the state.

Not only is the ending of Narcan prohibition a major success for a freshman legislator, it’s a big win for the Free State Project, and more proof that the 1500 early movers continue to have a significant impact.  

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman


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FreeKeeneNews - Activists to Protest DUI Checkpoint in Manchester Tomorrow Night 

Activists to Copblock Manchester DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

Dozens of activists will converge in downtown Manchester starting at 10:00 p.m. Friday, May 22nd to divert traffic away from a sobriety checkpoint planned by Manchester Police Department. Activists are protesting the stopping of drivers without reasonable suspicion of having committed a crime. They are also protesting the federal government's involvement in local policing through federal grants used to fund the checkpoint. Manchester Police Department announced the checkpoint on Friday, May 8:

Feel free to get in touch with Joel if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Joël Valenzuela
(602) 510-9966

Last Ten Headlines at Free Keene:

WMUR & WBZ Cover Monadnock School Pledge Controversy
Shire Free Church Lawyers Up, Re-Files Tax Exemption Application
Shire Dude Season 1 Finale
Triumphant Return to High School Outreach
Monadnock Regional School Newspaper Takes Nationalist, Flag-Waving Stance
All Virginia Charges Dropped Against James Cleaveland
Heroic Swanzey Teen Refuses to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance
NH1 Reports on Keene Activist Pulling Gun on Downtown Crazies
Rich Paul’s Analysis of the Cantwell Incident
Keene State College Students Appreciate Hassan Confrontation

FreeKeeneNews - Shire Free Church Lawyers Up, Re-Files Tax Exemption Application 

For those who have been following the saga of the Shire Free Church: Monadnock, here’s the latest, much of which was well-covered by the Keene Sentinel’s Martha Shanahan last week.  After bringing on liberty attorney Brandon Ross for our tax appeal case last year, the church board decided to dismiss the 2014 case in favor of re-filing in 2015.  We’ve since filed the 2015 tax exemption with our attorney’s oversight.

Given the state’s rejection of multiple liberty churches’ tax exemptions in 2014 (including the Peaceful Assembly Church – also represented by Ross), the board wanted to make sure we were putting our best foot forward, legally.

There has been a misconception that this is all about money; it’s about religious freedom. We don’t believe that the Shire Free Church, or any other church, should owe taxes. However we have nonetheless continued to give voluntary contributions to the City of Keene’s operations we support, like road maintenance and fire protection.

Shire Free Church: Monadnock is established to promote peace and other divine virtues, and to promote the study of religion in freedom and fellowship.  We believe there are many paths to God, one for each individual. We believe God is the source of all creation; and divinity is expressed through compassion, empathy, forgiveness, freedom, generosity, honesty, humility, kindness, mercy, patience, and peace.

This is not about keeping money.  If it were, we’d not be hiring an attorney.  In fact, Shire Free Church: Monadnock’s board decided to go ahead and pay the full amount demanded by the city for 2014 in order to forestall any violent acts by the city agents and start our 2015 appeal without any liens on the property.  The state religion is a dangerous, aggressive religion and we will use their system to protect your right to choose a religion of peace instead of believing in the violent, morally-corrupt state.

Stay tuned here to the Free Keene blog or the Shire Free Church page on facebook for the latest.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman