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Tuesday
Oct212014

FreeKeeneNews - Cops Attack Hungry Students Long After Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots 

VIDEO: NH Cops Arrest Students for Walking

The police state did not end after the Pumpkin Fest rioters left.  After I got off-the-air from my live Saturday radio program (on which we discussed the initial Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots), I headed back down to the college. At the time, there was a helicopter broadcasting a message to disperse or be arrested. I arrived at the gateway to Keene State College – Winchester St. to witness a huge throng of police marching down the street. I quickly pulled out my camera and began to record (click for video).

After walking around the nearest building on campus, in full view of the line of police, activists walked onto campus and right back over to Winchester St.  We continued walking west on Winchester and no cops said anything to us there.  However, we again went on campus and came back out on Madison St., on the west end of the college.  Here there were several police standing around the intersection and one of them told me we couldn’t pass, despite college students walking down Winchester St. immediately behind them.
 

The solution was simply to walk 30 feet south and cut through the parking lot, back to Winchester St., wherein we were easily able to walk right past the same officers moments later.

What the hell was the point of these chokepoints anyway?  The riots had been over for a while by now.  It seemed the police were just enforcing arbitrary lines, and not very effectively or consistently.  After checking out the police staging area, which the BEARCAT never actually left (thankfully), we came back to Winchester and Madison, where a very large group of armored and other police had gathered despite nothing at all happening there.  It appeared they were preparing for transport elsewhere, however, before they could take off, three guys walked up from the dorms in search of late-night eats at the Campus Convenience store on the southeast corner.

Despite them being in the exact same place I was just minutes earlier, these young men were told to “GO HOME!” over and over with the demand being shouted by multiple officers.  Within moments, the officers swarmed and attacked the guys (jump right to that part of the video), who had stated they were hungry.  Did the officers behave differently toward them than they did me because there were more of the police present when the guys walked up?

This action by the police, like the arrest of the guy walking down the sidewalk earlier in the day, was completely unnecessary and outrageous.  These guys wanted some munchies, not to eat pavement.  They had not hurt anyone and had not threatened anyone.  This is pure escalation.  Not long after, city boss John MacLean and police chief Ken Meola are seen laughing it up across the street, ironically in front of “Alpha Dogs” eatery.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Oct202014

FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman 

Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman (VIDEO)

Jared Goodell is a Keene native and local independent journalist. Yesterday he was the host for EIGHT hours during Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Cheshire TV, the local public access channel. Jared also put thousands of dollars of his own money into producing the all-day event coverage. For this amazing effort to cover the yearly festival (it would not have been covered on CTV without him), he is rewarded with an evening visit by Pumpkin Fest organizer Ruth Sterling who behaves in a ridiculous manner.  Watch the video here.

Sterling attempts to grab his microphone multiple times, as well as block the camera’s view of Jared, accuses him of frightening the guests of the festival and demands he stop talking about the riots happening just a few blocks away in the college neighborhood.

Since Jared is a newsman at heart, he feels obligated to report on what is happening in-town, and tangentially related to Pumpkin Fest. He defends his right to be the media and she responds by telling him she’ll “pull the plug” (which she has no control over) and that he should behave because she gave him the physical location for the CTV remote studio. As though she somehow was doing him a favor – he’s the one who spent over $5,000 of his own money to make the coverage of her event happen!

At one point in the beginning of the video, Sterling accuses Jared of being a “Free Stater”, this is the new pejorative to describe anyone who stands up for their rights. It’s not Jared’s first time causing controversy for reporting the news. Earlier this year he stirred it up for reporting from the scene of this Summer’s suicide and on the resignation of a despised school principal. Jared is not afraid to break the official city narrative of Keene being a perfect, blemish-free New England town, and is willing to take the heat. Keep up the good work, Jared – we’re all Free Staters now!



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

Sunday
Oct192014

FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Riot VIDEO: Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight 

Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight

Violence, Property Destruction, Littering as Police Do Nothing. I'd heard there were police with riot gear breaking up a party so I headed down to the college neighborhood yesterday around 6pm. Blake Street was packed with people when I arrived, but police were at about a block away in each direction. I asked one house if I could get up on their porch to get a better shot of the crowd and he was gracious enough to invite me up into his room to get a shot from the second story. In the few moments it took to get up there, the large crowd had split and bottles were being thrown. While I don't think the police should be arresting people for victimless crimes, this was actual criminality. People were getting hurt, property was destroyed and littered upon. Of course, because they have no obligation to protect you, Keene Police decided to stay safely down the street. Here's video from the middle of the bottle war.

More video coming soon to Free Keene.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Oct132014

FreeKeeneNews - Keenevention is Coming Up Oct 31st - Nov 2nd

Keenevention is Coming Up Oct 31st - Nov 2nd

This year will be the 2nd annual Keenevention, an intimate yearly gathering of NH liberty activists and people from around the US and world who are considering moving to New Hampshire.  Last year's attendance was over 100 and we are on-track for the same size or larger this year.

Keenevention is organized by Keene-area activists, NOT the Free State Project.  It features all NH-based liberty activists as its speakers and panelists.  Panel discussions will span from legislative activism to direct action.  Keynote speakers will include the president of the Free State Project Carla Gericke, James "Robin Hood" Cleaveland, and jailed cannabis activist Rich Paul.  
Keenevention attendees will also be getting out of the hotel with opportunities to take part in Keene activism like Robin Hooding and Cop Block.  Last year, the city of Keene took its parking enforcers off the streets during Keenevention in response to our plans to have multiple Robin Hooders out-and-about!

Plus, since it's Halloween weekend we'll be having a costume/dance party and other social events.

Friday
Sep122014

Free Keene News - Free Staters Win Primaries Statewide Despite Attacks 

20+ Free Staters Proceed to General Election

Garcia Phony SignDespite various all-out-attacks against them, several Free State Project participants won both Democrat and Republican primaries statewide. One day prior to Tuesday's primary election, Miscellany Blue published a handy list of several FSP participants whose election contests were being "watched".

Of the seven races they were watching, four were wins for the liberty activists, including two democrat incumbents, Tim O'Flaherty and Michael Garcia. In his race for Manchester state rep for Wards 4-7, incumbent democrat Tim O'Flaherty received a solid third place out of five contenders. The first and second placed opponents only got 26% each compared to O'Flaherty's 24%. O'Flaherty says that local haters spent a fair amount of money to mail flyers to all registered dems, promoting three other candidates. However, O'Flaherty says that what happened to him was nothing compared to the all-out-attack on Michael Garcia.

Michael Garcia (no relation to US Senate candidate Marilinda Garcia) is a Keeniac-moved-to-Nashua, who, like O'Flaherty won his state rep seat originally in 2012 in Nashua's Ward 7. Local haters were caught by surprise in 2012 and this year mobilized against him with large signs calling the democrat liberty activist who moved several years ago from Florida, a "phony". Plus, they were distributing an attack flier at the polling site. Despite the desperate push against him, Garcia prevailed, beating the last place contender by 30 votes. Garcia received 16% putting him in third place out of four, with the fourth place person receiving 12%.

The other races that Miscellany Blue were watching included Elizabeth Edwards who received a solid first place finish in Manchester's Ward 4! She scored 41% of the vote compared to the second place finisher's 34%. Manchester's Amanda Bouldin (the founder of Shire Sharing) also made it through in a close race for state rep in Ward 5 where she finished second with 25% - the runner-up had 22%.

In Keene, despite valiant efforts, James "Robin Hood" Cleaveland lost his race for state rep to political newcomer William Pearson, who in a Keene Sentinel interview claimed to be a "real democrat", whatever that means. Pearson received 102 votes in Keene's Ward 1 compared to Cleaveland's 30 votes (23%). The good news out of this race is that turnout in Ward 1 was down from 9% in 2012 to 7% in 2014, meaning that either Cleaveland's opposition did nothing to try to stop him, or if they did, any efforts they made to try to turn out the vote were total failures.

Also in Keene, Conan Salada was eliminated from the race for the two at-large state rep seats. Despite not campaigning at all, Salada received 140 votes (9%) compared to elected state rep and longtime politician Kris Roberts' 906 votes (57%) and elected state rep Larry Phillips' 533 votes (34%). Finally, in Grafton, Tom Ploszaj drew 86 votes (26%) to his opponent's 246 (74%) in a state rep race.

Plus, there were even more republican Free State Project participants (at least fifteen) who also made it through the primary and will, with their democrat brothers and sisters bring the message of liberty to the general election on November 4th.

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