At our summer General Meeting the members present the NJLP voted to officially support Assembly Bill A4252. This bill decriminalizes the possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. This bi-partisan bill was sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D) and Michael Carroll (R). As of this date 15 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill.
This bill is not perfect. The limit of 15 grams (approximately 1/2 ounce) is too low and "offenders" will still face $150 fine. It is a huge improvement to the current law. Offenders today face a criminal conviction with up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Dear Friend of Liberty,
I'm sure you have heard the news about the Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating.
I'm not a finance expert, so I don't know exactly how important the downgrade itself is. I think it's one more sign of what Libertarians have known for a long time: the Democrats and Republicans have created a giant welfare-warfare state that is beginning to collapse under its own weight. And I see no sign that they are going to change their behavior.
NJLP members John Paff and Nena Carroll participate
in an anti-war protest in Highland Park, New Jersey on Saturday, July
The NJ Libertarian Party has returned to the Warped Tour Concert. We were last there in 2009. Warped Tour is a touring concert series featuring over sixty bands.
At both the Camden and the Oceanport we set up booth up alongside the Campaign For Liberty and the Ron Paul for President tables. We worked together to steer attendees to each others' booths.
Again we administered the World's Smallest Political Quiz to those who visited our booth.
I just interviewed with Sarah Morrison for her "Core of the Matter" radio program on WVPH-FM in Piscataway.
The topics of conversation were the NJLP efforts regarding loitering laws, police accountability and governmental transparency.
The program will air on tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 7 p.m. and can be heard in Central New Jersey on FM radio at 90.3 MHz or on-line at http://www.thecore.fm
As many of you are aware, the NJLP has been trying to reach out to the young people of this state, in order to convey our message to other Americans who are tired of government oppression. In an attempt to further this goal, the NJLP rented a booth at the Camden leg of this year’s Warped Tour. From roughly 11 A.M. until 7 P.M. our Chairman Jay Edgar, along with Members-at-Large Kevin Ferrizzi and myself, Bill Sihr talked to as many passersby as possible.
The New Jersey Libertarian Party will be exposing thousands of youth to the party and to the fight for liberty at the upcoming Van's Warped Tour concerts in Camden (July 21st) and Oceanport (July 24th).
The concerts will be at the Susquehenna Bank Center in Camden on the 21st and at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on the 24th. Dozens of alternative rock bands will be playing on multiple stages. We attended two years ago and had a great time while giving out literature and the World's Smallest Political Quiz to the crowd. Our NJLP booth was a real eye-catcher and got a lot more attention from the young crowd than many of the left-leaning booths around us. All activists are invited to come man (or woman!?) the booth and hang out for the day. Please contact the NJLP Chair, Jay Edgar, to volunteer for this event.
The NJLP Summer Picnic and General Membership Meeting will be on Saturday July 9th starting at 3:00 PM at Len Flynn’s home in Morganville (Marlboro Township). The general membership meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM and the picnic will follow.
Come hang out with fellow freedom lovers and meet our 2011 Candidates for Office.
Please bring: Your own meat plus one dish to share. Gas grill and tubs of ice with cold soft drinks will be provided along with snacks and picnic utensils. Extra lawn chairs would help.
For those willing to stay extra late the documentary will be followed by another libertarian themed movie. Bring a sleeping bag and a tent and stay the night!
Read on for more details, then please CALL the Mount Holly Township Council at 609-845-1100 and tell them to let the Gardens homeowners stay in their community. Their e-mails are also available here:
This Memorial Day, let us remember the soldiers of past and present and demand an end to our foreign interventions. The United States has over 369,000 soldiers stationed in over 150 countries across the world. Soldiers are sacrificing their lives without making Americans any safer. The best that can be said for our efforts is that we provide free defense to other nations. Democrats and Republicans have both pushed for endless war, at an enormous cost in both money and lives. Thousands of Americans, Iraqis, and Afghans are killed and maimed while the band plays "Waltzing Matilda."
On June 4th a silent dance in is planned for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Dancing will commence at noon. The facebook event has 673 people who have RSVP'd so far.
This began back in 2008 when Mary Obwetter was arrested for silently dancing in place in celebration of Thomas Jefferson's birthday. An appeals court upheld her conviction.
The race for the Libertarian Presidential nomination must not be about personalities, not about radicals and reformers, but rather about principles -- the basic, core principles all libertarians believe in
by Brian Irving
Saturday, April 16, 2011
HICKORY, N.C. (April 16) -- R. Lee Wrights, a longtime libertarian writer and activist, announced today at the N.C. Libertarian Party State Convention that he will be seeking the Libertarian nomination for President of the United States. Here is his statement:
'I'm returning to the place where this campaign began -- ten years ago. North Carolina is where I was born, where I grew up and where I became involved in the Libertarian Party and the libertarian movement. It's here in North Carolina that the seed for this campaign was planted and nourished.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court issued a decision today on April 7, 2011, in State v. Bradley, which can be found on-line at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/a0430-09.pdf
The decision is significant, in that it lays down a categorical rule that no pro se (i.e. a litigant proceeding without an attorney) complainant is permitted to appeal from a municipal court’s dismissal of his or her complaint for want of probable cause no matter how erroneous the probable cause determination. Further, given the text of Court Rule 3:23-9(d), even if the pro se complainant, after dismissal, were to hire an attorney to perfect the appeal, the county prosecutor could simply refuse to give “assent” to the attorney being a "prosecuting attorney" thus defeating the appeal.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2011
Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222
Libertarians say Paul Ryan is worse than Bill Clinton
WASHINGTON - In response to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's new budget proposal, Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today:
"Americans hoping to get real about our national debt just got sucker-punched by Republican Paul Ryan.
"Republicans want to spend $40 trillion over ten years. That averages a staggering $4 trillion per year. As recently as 2000, federal spending was only about $1.8 trillion.