Today, I attended the Free State Project’s annual festival called PorcFest, or the Porcupine freedom festival in Lancaster NH. I was invited there to speak about Occupy New Hampshire and how people can get involved. I didn’t have anything prepared, and I probably rambled on a bit, but I think I delivered my bit pretty well. I probably would have done a much better job had it been a Q&A session, but with essentially an open forum about activism, I found myself kind of trailing on searching for more information to offer. The most important thing I wanted the Audience to remember was our involvement in the New Hampshire Primary. I am so proud of the way we came together as a state to give the political candidates a run for their money. Not only was Occupy NH a huge part of that, but the Ron Paul supporters and the Free State activists were involved as well. It was a great time to be in the State, and I think we showed the candidates that New Hampshire isn’t just going to roll on our backs and let them have their way with us. No, we were going to make them have to answer tough questions, and deal with the public shaming that other states were not able to pull off in a meaningful way. We chased candidates from their events. We made them get a taste of what real public scrutiny is like. We hunted them down relentlessly, and never got tired of it. Just writing about the primary makes me wish for those days to be back, and makes me almost unable to wait for the next general election after this one, where we will have both Democrats and Republicans to ridicule and harass and make their lives a living hell by filling it with questions that they don’t get asked by the media, and don’t want to be asked. We will make them WORK for the Presidency, rather than just spend the most money.
The next thing I brought up is my own involvement in setting up a NH Pride Festival this summer. People seemed to be really excited for that, and even more excited for the PUPPY DRAG SHOW we are planning. Then I brought up, later in the panel, the NH right to revolution clause in the NH constitution and how OccupyNH was challenging their court cases with that right. This is a very unique thing that NH has in it’s state constitution. We take our liberty And our freedoms very seriously here. And finally, I mentioned the Obama Mic Check, and how we served Obama his papers. The crowd seemed more excited about the right to revolution clause than our dealing with the President, but they were still excited for that as well.
I’m really glad to be connecting with the free state project. I used to be a hater, back before I knew many of them. Now, I’m opening up to the bunch, and while I may not fully agree with all of their desires and ideas, I trust them more and more every day that I spend with them. They are hard working people from all over the country, who came to New Hampshire seeking a better life, and saw this state as an incubator for their ideals, and ideas. I cannot fault them for wanting to escape to this state and be amongst other like minded people. And I can no longer sit aside, and ignore this movement. I want to work with them amongst many other groups in New Hampshire, against Authoritarianism, Tyranny, and an unaccountable, unelected corporatocracy. If the whole rest of the world goes completely bonkers and all the economies collapse, I’d like to see New Hampshire at least well insulated from that, and I feel like occupy and the free state project are good vehicles in achieving that goal. And I’m excited to continue working with them and many more groups across the state.
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I know this movement is Overwhelmingly peaceful, especially with the increase in violent Police crackdowns and evictions, we have remained nonviolent through it all, and I am proud of each and every encampment that has stayed peaceful through provocateurs, interrogations, destruction and theft or private property, and many other problems that you have had to face. Thank you all who have remained peaceful. There are so many of us, and for so many of us to remain peaceful, it really does prove that this is a peaceful movement. The better part of the human spirit is awakening in us all, and we have the power to be a million points of light to guide those towards what is right, just, and true. Congratulations on waking up and realizing that this power exists in all of us, but most importantly realizing that this power exists within you. But there is something that I need to address, and that is the concerns of those that may agree with our message, but are hesitant to give us their support.
I know the clip below doesn’t convey what the movement is actually like. The people attacking those buildings were so called “Anarchists” who were damaging and defacing that market, but why don’t we take a moment to address people’s concerns? We Need to Not Only Speak Out, but To Act, and Act Swiftly, and Furiously against those that would do this movement harm from the inside. I know for a fact, as well as many people who use common sense, that these acts cannot all be provocateurs. So be honest with yourself. There is a problem in our community.
People in black attack Whole Foods at #OccupyOakland 's #GeneralStrike . Protestors clearly upset.
The People in this film were Allowed to attach a bad image to a good message. DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN. This is peaceful movement. So make sure it stays that way. By Stopping People that would commit Violence and Vandalism against Others. These people did the wrong thing by not trying to stop these violent thugs. The most they could have done was tackled them as a crowd, and handed them over to the police. The least they could have done was to rip off their hoods and bandanas covering their face so they could be identified and brought to justice. The people comitting violence in this film are NOT part of the Occupy Movement. The Occupy Movement was trying to stop them from doing this. But these thugs were attacking members of the movement, while shouting, “You do not speak for us!” We do not want, and cannot afford these people to be around. So if you see someone doing anything like this, get some help from other occupiers, and remove their masks, and tackle them to the ground. These people are a cancer on our message. Eating away our public support, so that they can take out their own agenda of violence and agression. We do not have the power or authority to tackle police officers who are assaulting us, but we can and should tackle these people and restrain them until they can be removed from causing any more harm.
This is a non violent movement. For those of you who prey on impressionable youth, commit acts of violence, vandalism, rape, and spew hate speech, GTFO! You are NOT Welcome Here.
This is what people see and say, “I don’t want to join that group.”
I would like to stress, that all the activities in this film, attach a bad symbol to a good message. Do NOT Let people Rape or abuse others without reporting it. Report them to the Police. Do Not Let People Assault Any Person or Property. Report them to the Police. People that claim to be Anarchists that are destroying private and personal property are not Anarchist. They are THUGS.
THUGS and SCUMBAGS have NO PLACE in a PEACEFUL Movement. Remember, the only people who use violence, are the ones trying to enforce bad ideas that people will not volunteer for. Don’t let a few awful people ruin a message that has some pretty good ideas. You have the right to Peacefully Assemble, You do NOT have the Right to Violenceor to impede on the rights of others. Most of us know this, for those of you who do not agree, you have no right to claim you are a peaceful protest. Go start your own, and go and get yourselves killed. Those of us who are peaceful, do not share your values, and do not want to be associated with you.
There are so many of us, and the number is growing. It’s great to see our ability to peacefully protest
We continue to grow, and with our continued growth comes the potential for more problems. We can stem those problems before they are allowed to reduce the number of our supporters. This movement, if it keeps up the momentum will see the dawn of a new era of a world that makes sense for everyone instead of just the very very few. Instead of a system that victimizes, disenfranchises, penalizes, and hardly provides for so many in this world. We are seeing the awakening of a global revolution. A revolution where good ideas can shine, and bad ideas may fall. Instead of bad ideas being allowed to be kept on life support on the backs of our labor, while the bad idea continues to remain a bad idea. Instead of bad ideas being enforced upon us at the end of a gun. A world where people will not have to revolt to be heard. Where the rich and connected are held just as accountable as the rest of us instead of thinking they are above the laws that they help create and enforce upon the rest of us.
Flaming Barricades and forcefully seizing Private Property Is Inexcusable. We Can Not Afford to allow our Movement to Be Hijacked by Vandals, Violence, and those who would try to spread hate in our communities.
If You see anyone trying to commit violence against others, TACKLE AND PHYSICALLY DETAIN THEM, and HAND THEM OVER TO AUTHORITIES. If you see someone being misogynistic or abusive towards women. Be a Hero and step in to put a stop to it. If you see anyone try to vandalize private property, that is an act of violence. It may not be directed towards a person, but destroying and ruining other peoples private property is a violent act of intimidation. We don’t like it when the cops do it to our encampments, why would we tolerate any one claiming to represent us doing it to someone else’s private property. I will never tolerate this within my local chapters of the occupy movement. Luckily, this has been a non violent, peaceful protest here in the Granite State. With emphasis on educating and empowering the public. To take back our voices which have remained silent for far too long.
We need to be more Transparent. People need to see that the Occupy Movement is doing good things with the donations of others. I would like to donate to the movement, but I cannot tell where my money will go. I can’t even tell which donation pages are legitimate, and which ones could be scams. People like to be able to know what they are funding. I know that most of what you spend is agreed upon in General Assemblies, but there needs to be a separate page for where the donations are going that people can visibly see. I am hoping you have a system in place for record keeping. Many people criticize the FED for not opening it’s books, we need to take the moral high ground and make sure we keep ours open for anyone who donates. More people will join the cause, if they can make an informed decision and feel that they know what they are getting in to.
For those of you in the other occupations, I am calling on all of you to take care of your own. To Police your own, and if someone steps outside the reasonable acceptance of the law, such as an assault, a rape, a murder, or otherwise preying on another individual in any way shape or form, you should not ONLY handle it (as in Physically DETAIN that person or persons) within your camp, but report all incidents to law enforcement, as well as appropriate outreach programs for victims and addicts. If you see someone you think has a problem with drugs, bring them to get treatment. If you see someone with anger issues, council them.
Our Numbers are rising, but they could be rising even faster if we all did more to make sure this remains a peaceful, healthy, loving, exercise of our first amendment right to petition the government for grievances, and to peacefully assemble. To also protest the people who commit fraud, purgery, theft, extortion, bribery, money laundering, insider trading, violence, oppression, and other forms of abuse and think that just because they are rich and connected that they are above the law. Our movement needs to stop allowing ourselves to be perceived as children, and start taking action to be taken as a real mature movement who can act responsibly, act swiftly, and will have the control and self discipline needed to see this through to the end. These are the demands of those who agree with the overall sentiment of why you are occupying, but who will not join your movement until you address these concerns.
Now in order to keep this a criticism sandwich, Here is a video about the Occupy Movement that is uplifting, and positive and fills me with hope. Enjoy.
Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love
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This is a review specifically about the night. Having not been to L&M Grand often enough, I’m unable to make a decision on whether or not I would want to frequent this club. That being said, it’s obvious that this night didn’t really wow me all that much. I’m definitely going to give this club another go though. I did have a pretty good time.
The First thing I noticed when pulling in, was the really uncoordinated parking. It didn’t appear that there was a lot attendant on site at first. For a club, there actually was a lot of parking available, and there are parking garages nearby and usually plenty of on street parking. After parking, an attendant actually did come out, and asked us to turn our car in a different direction to get people parking the other way. It turns out, some cars were actually parked on a street. I guess a road runs right through the parking lot of the club.
The outside of the club looks awesome. The sign for the club is a sight to see. Huge lettering, and bright colors. Also, the lighting on the exterior of the club suggests a high class club. There was a pretty decent sized line when we got there, but we were VIP’s so we got to skip the line, and 21+ get’s you in for free, 18+ you get $10 off. That’s a pretty good discount. There was a delay at the door, mostly because we had bags with glow stuff, and there was only one guy handling both the VIP and the regular line, instead of having someone there to handle each one. That wasn’t too much of a problem, but it held things up.
Inside the club, we noticed that for a glow party, there wasn’t a whole lot of black lights. We got there just in time to see Beneath The Sheets finish up their set, and then they got right into the DJ’s. We figured that because it was a glow party, they would turn down the lights for everything except for the black lights and some of the colored lights, but the lights never came down. Some people were dressed in Neon colors, but most were not. This just seemed like a normal club night to me, and didn’t have the feel a glow party should. The bartenders looke great! They definitely came ready to glow, but the patrons were not prepared for a glow party. I came with a whole bunch of light sticks, and got hit up like every minute for one. Hardly anyone brought anything that actually glows. My friend Adrien and I brought Illuminated Poi, and he knows a few tricks. I brought mine out for a bit, and actually learned a little from following his advice. Although, after a while, it was apparent that people at the club were far too drunk, and didn’t really understand what was going on. People kept walking right into the space that Adrien was spinning. We managed to get some good photos though, and security didn’t ask us to put away the Poi, so they were at least welcoming to it. No one else had any illuminated Poi, or anything that actually glows in the dark. I have a feeling that a lot of people had no idea what the theme was. They just wanted to go to a club on a Thursday night.
One of the really good things about the club, and going out in NH in general was the drink prices. It was only $3 for most single liquor drinks. I got a gin and tonic, and was saddened that it was not glowing. I didn’t end up seeing their beer selection. The bar looked pretty awesome. It was lit up blue, and had flat panel LCD screens mounted above with psychedelic patterns, (AKA Screen savers) running on them. The bar was also well stocked, and very long with plenty of bar tenders staffed. I did not wait too long for drinks, and the prices were very reasonable.
The scene at the club though left something to be desired. It’s sad to say, but the club would have been a better experience if there were more hipsters. All in all, not too bad though. Everyone seemed very respectful. Everyone was having a really good time. There were plenty of people getting dirty on the dance floor, and I didn’t see any fights! I got on the dance floor, and found everyone to be very friendly, and a lot of the girls there were really attractive and also very friendly. One thing I noticed that really surprised me was a guy going up to a girl and trying to dance with her. When she pushed away from him, he actually said, “Oh, did you not want to dance? I’m sorry.” and Walked away and left her alone. Kudos to that guy for being that respectful. That really impressed me.
Did I mention the girls here are really friendly?
All in all, it was a pretty good night. Everyone was friendly, the music was good, the drinks were cheap, and the girls there were really fun. I’d recommend this club as a good alternative to the Boston clubs, but not as a substitute. This may have been good, but it’s got a long way to go to be even close to the Boston scene. The difference between this club, and other New Hampshire club nights, is that I think this club actually has a chance to be just as awesome as the Boston clubs in time. And if it doesn’t step up to the plate, just note that the line for this club was huge. Tons of people couldn’t get in. There is definitely a large enough desire for a new club that IS willing to step up to the challenge.
So get out to L&M Grand and Participate! YOU make a place great when you and your friends all go there and are friendly and make new friends there. I will be going back, and I’ll be bringing friends with me. And hopefully having a ton of fun every time I go.