The Manchester Free Press

Wednesday • September 22 • 2021

Vol.XIII • No.XXXVIII

Manchester, N.H.

Volunteers Needed Now

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Mon, 2021-09-20 18:25 +0000

Immediate Openings Available

Please visit this page for more information:  http://www.ccjrnh.org/volunteer_positions

Major YouTuber Tim Pool Covers NH Independence News, Predicts US Breakup

NHexit.US - Fri, 2021-09-17 22:07 +0000

Tim Pool is a self-described centrist who favors freedom. He also has over 1.2 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Earlier today, he posted this video where he discusses the inevitable breakup of the United States and specifically brings up the proposed constitutional amendment to allow New Hampshire to peacefully exit the US. He also covers leftist and NH-native Sarah Silverman’s recent statement supporting a divorce between the various states:

#NHexit

Historic Constitutional Amendment Filed for NH to Exit United States

Free Keene - Wed, 2021-09-15 03:39 +0000

State Reps Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso

Thanks to two heroic state representatives, New Hampshire has now taken the lead nationally in the independence movement. Yesterday, five-term state rep Mike Sylvia filed the text of a constitutional amendment that would, if passed, declare independence from the United States:

“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the New Hampshire Constitution by inserting, after article 7, a new article to read as follows:

 

[Art.] 7-a. [Independent Nation.] New Hampshire declares itself as independent from the United States and peaceably, immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this constitution and state statutes and regulations are nullified.”

To pass, it must first receive over 60% of the vote in both the state house and senate. If it does, it will then be placed on the 2022 ballot and then must receive over 2/3rds of the vote to be enacted. If so, it goes into effect immediately. There would be no political games like with United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union, which took several years to hammer out after the vote. New Hampshire will instantly declare our independence and nullify all standing agreements with the federal government gang. Compare this to the thus-far unsuccessful attempts in other US states.

In recent years, secession movements around the country have sprung up and made headlines in California and Texas, but with very little legislative support. In Texas, a state rep filed a bill this year that if passed, would merely have placed a non-binding referendum on the ballot for Texas voters to register their opinion on whether the Texas legislature should begin an arduous process of figuring out how to leave the United States. This bill’s filing resulted in plenty of media coverage and discussion, however, it died before even receiving a committee hearing. A key reason that New Hampshire was chosen as the destination for the Free State Project is that EVERY bill gets a public committee hearing, no matter how much support it has from the state reps. Most states are like Texas, where it’s a political game whether a bill even gets a hearing.

New Hampshire Independence

In California, a left-leaning group called “Yes California” has been trying for years to get an independence question on the ballot by gathering the hundreds-of-thousands of required signatures. If passed, the measure would require the legislature to declare independence from the US and become its own republic. So far, they have been unsuccessful despite garnering significant media coverage. Currently their website is offline, though their Twitter is still active. Even if they do get the question on the ballot and it passes, they may not survive the inevitable court challenge given the CA state constitution provides that California, “is an inseparable part of the United States of America.”

While I want to see both Texas and California exit the United States, it’s clear that with the filing of this constitutional amendment bill – called in NH a “CACR” or, “Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution” – that New Hampshire has taken the clear lead in the race to see who will leave the union first. Plus, unlike California, the NH constitution clearly protects the “Right of Revolution” in Article 10 and “State Sovereignty” in Article 7 of the NH Bill of Rights.

Representative Sylvia, in an exclusive interview with Free Keene, had this to say on why he filed the proposed amendment, “The people of America have forgotten their history, if we take the time to look at our roots we can see that our constitutions have received ‘lip service’ for far too long. While I can not change the direction of the federal government, I can hold up the New Hampshire constitution and demand that we honor its clear directives. Article 10 reads in part, ‘whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government.'”

The 2018 liberty “Legislator of the Year” representative Sylvia is joined by freshman state rep from the Keene area, Matt Santonastaso as the co-sponsor of the amendment. Other state reps have been approached and have expressed support and a full list will be released when the amendment is assigned a CACR number and moves onto a committee.

NH Independence NOW!

The process is just beginning, with Sylvia submitting the proposed text to NH Legislative Services on Monday. It may take several weeks for them to officially draft the CACR and send it back to Sylvia for final approval. It then is assigned to a committee which will then hold a public hearing sometime in early 2022. What happens from there is up to the committee and will largely depend on how much public support the amendment receives at its hearing.

Even if it doesn’t pass this time, it will get many conversations started about the evil federal government and why peacefully declaring independence is the best solution. Minds will be persuaded and changed. Many media and political attacks will be brought against us, as the power-seekers will be desperate to keep the status quo. Potential migrants to New Hampshire will be energized and make-the-move.

To learn more about why NH should divorce DC, check out the Foundation for NH Independence’s Frequently Asked Questions and Liberty Block’s “70+ Reasons to Divorce DC” and “Twelve Benefits of NH Independence“.

To help the movement, you can contact your local state reps in support of the amendment, connect with other supporters online, and more. Visit the “How You Can Help” page on NHexit.us for a full list of ideas.

Stay tuned to Free Keene and the Liberty Block for the latest on this historic process.

NH State Reps to File Constitutional Amendment to Declare Independence from U.S.

NHexit.US - Fri, 2021-09-10 01:32 +0000

State Reps Mike Sylvia & Matt Santonastaso

New Hampshire state representatives Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso are teaming up to file a bill which, if passed, would put the following proposed constitutional amendment on the 2022 ballot:

“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the New Hampshire Constitution by inserting, after article 7, a new article to read as follows:

 

[Art.] 7-a. [Independent Nation.] New Hampshire declares itself as independent from the United States and peaceably, immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this constitution and state statutes and regulations are nullified.”

In order to get on the ballot, it must pass both the NH house and senate by over 60%. If it makes it to the ballot, then to pass it must receive over 2/3rds of the vote. If enough people vote for it, it will go into effect immediately and New Hampshire will be free again.

If you’d like to show your support, you can sign an online petition here and help in a variety of different ways.

NH Exit – Fifth Meeting on Declaring Independence from the United States

NHexit.US - Wed, 2021-09-08 18:24 +0000

Liberty activists met yesterday to discuss how to proceed with a constitutional amendment for New Hampshire to peacefully leave the United States. This is the fifth meeting, held 2021-09-07:

Nobody Released on $20K Bail, Not Allowed to Speak Publicly

Free Keene - Wed, 2021-09-01 20:34 +0000

Nobody is out on bail!

Nearly six months after his arrest in an insanely destructive 6am raid back in March, longtime Free Keene blogger Nobody has finally been granted bail. The judge in his case suggested that Nobody, who changed his name from Rich Paul to run for Mayor in 2019 then Governor in 2020, was being held illegally.

As was the case with my bail conditions, the federal “magistrate judge” denied Nobody’s bail initially and the defense had to appeal that “de novo” to the actual judge in the case, Joseph Normand Laplante. Laplante also happens to be the chief judge for the entire Federal District Church Court. Thus far Laplante has been much more reasonable than the magistrates, though the bail restrictions on the Crypto Six have varied wildly.

For instance, Aria DiMezzo is highly restricted on what websites she can visit and must ask permission from her probation officer to go to any sites that are outside her limited “whitelist”. However she has no restrictions on drug use. In contrast, I am able to go to any website except for sites for buying, selling, and trading cryptocurrency, am on home confinement, and am subject to random drug testing. I am allowed to use alcohol, though I prefer not to.

No co-defendants are allowed to speak with each other, though after filing motions with the court to remove the contact restriction between us, Aria and I were granted an exception by Laplante for the purposes of being able to perform and run our nationally syndicated radio show, “Free Talk Live“. I have a long list of people in addition to my co-defendants with whom I am prohibited from speaking. This includes my longtime co-host and co-minister in the Shire Free Church, Mark Edgington. As part of his bail, Nobody is also prohibited from speaking with the same list of people. Aria has no such restriction.

The BEARCAT bashed in Nobody’s front door.

At the de novo bail hearing, unlike the magistrate, Laplante didn’t seem concerned with Nobody’s statements on the recorded jail phone that seemed to be in favor of shooting police. He agreed with the defense that Nobody’s comments were just blowing off steam as Nobody was frustrated by the outrageous arrest and subsequent caging. Despite Laplante’s voiced opinion about Nobody’s lack of dangerousness, in a frustrating concession to the prosecution, he has restricted Nobody’s freedom of speech and prohibited him from making any public statements on media or at protest events. Here’s the relevant portion from page six of Nobody’s bail conditions:

  • Defendant shall refrain from the use of any social media platform to make any publicly viewable posts…
  • Defendant shall refrain from public speaking engagements on radio, television, or podcasts, and shall also refrain from “taking the mic” at public rallies or public events.

Federal District Church Court

It was stated during the bail hearing that the concern was not that Nobody himself would commit violence but that he might influence listeners or followers to do so. So now he has no freedom of speech. This despite an accused person supposedly being allowed to be “at liberty” prior to trial. Does the first amendment not apply to people on bail? Strangely, he had more free speech inside the cage at the Merrimack County Spiritual Retreat where he was held the last several months. Nobody could, and did, call in to Free Talk Live on more than one occasion – so long as Aria or I were not on the show. Now he is specifically prohibited from any audio or tv appearances. He had also, while in jail, begun a newsletter for his church. Will he even be able to continue it?

Arguably, the restrictions as-written don’t prohibit his newsletter or perhaps even blogging. However I wouldn’t blame him if he chose not to rather than risk a post to Free Keene being considered “social media”, violating bail and getting locked back up.  Hopefully his attorneys will be fighting to get his right to free speech respected again.  On the positive side, he’s not restricted on travel and can leave his home without permission from his federal handler.

So much for freedom of speech. That said, I’m glad Nobody’s finally out.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene and listen to Free Talk Live for the latest on Nobody and the rest of the Crypto Six.

Fourth Meeting on Declaring Independence from the United States

NHexit.US - Wed, 2021-09-01 02:58 +0000

State representatives Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso meet with other liberty activists to discuss how to proceed with a constitutional amendment for New Hampshire to leave the United States. This is the fourth meeting held 2021-08-31:

State Police are investigating the death of a resident of New Hampshire State Prison

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Fri, 2021-08-27 16:54 +0000
  • New Hampshire Department of Corrections
  • For Immediate Release
  • Un-timely Death at New Hampshire State Prison for Men
  • (Concord, NH) – August 19, 2021 –

The N.H. Department of Corrections and State Police are investigating the death of a resident of New Hampshire State Prison who suffered a fatal medical emergency on Wednesday afternoon.

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NY Magazine’s Feature on Crypto Six, FSP, and the Crypto Mecca of Keene

Free Keene - Thu, 2021-08-26 22:47 +0000

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Simon Wood at New York Magazine for an in-depth feature-length story about The Crypto Six and the migration here to New Hampshire and Keene as the Mecca for cryptocurrency users.

Don’t miss this great article.

Thanks to Simon and photographer Mark for the coverage.

Third Meeting on Declaring Independence from the United States

NHexit.US - Wed, 2021-08-25 23:24 +0000

State representatives Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso met this week with other liberty activists to discuss how to proceed with a constitutional amendment for New Hampshire to leave the United States. This is the third meeting held 2021-08-24:

2021 Liberty Rating and Liberty Dinner

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2021-08-24 21:07 +0000

The 2021 Liberty Dinner was a big success!

Thank you to all who attended. We released our 2021 Liberty rating.  74 Representatives got an A+ and in total 176 representatives and senators received a B+ or higher.

The Legislator of the Year was the Honorable Michael Yakubovich representing Hooksett – district Merrimack-24. He is a member of the Executive Departments and Administration committee.
He was first elected to office in 2018 and he has received  an NHLA Liberty rating score of A or higher for each year  he has been in office.

Our activist of the year was Kate Baker Demers. Kate has been working  tirelessly for education freedom in New Hampshire for more than 15  years across a number of  organizations.

Our keynote was done in a talk show/interview format with the topic of Solutions to Big Tech censorship.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, all those who donated and everyone that attended.

The post 2021 Liberty Rating and Liberty Dinner appeared first on NH Liberty Alliance.

24/7 Protest in Lebanon Against Vaccine Mandates for Nurses

Free Keene - Sun, 2021-08-22 23:44 +0000

If you drive to the wrong location in New Hampshire, you may still end up at a protest. Nikki, (a nurse from Massachusetts,) and I intended to drive to the vaccine protest going on in Concord, but we drove to the wrong Dartmouth-Hitchcock location, the one in Lebanon. There is a larger gathering going on certain days at the Concord location, so at first we thought, “Where is everybody?” There was a group of just three guys on the side of the road by the entrance to the hospital with signs saying things like “No forced shots”. We went up to them with our camera and found out that the organizer of this protest and his wife had only left for a bit and would be back, and that the organizer had been sleeping in his military-style truck on the side of the road every night just to keep the protest going. We had accidentally found a second protest, and it was a 24/7 protest!

The organizer and his wife, a nurse named Nicole, returned and I interviewed her about her opinions on Dartmouth-Hitchcock mandating COVID vaccines for all of their staff. Their protest is getting a lot of attention from people driving past, and even getting conversations started. A group of teenagers whose parents flipped the protesters the bird as they drove by later returned without their parents to ask questions. They have sueDHMC.com on a huge sign that is visible from the road. Keep up the great work, protesters! Here’s the video:

NH Exit – Second Meeting on Declaring Independence from the US – 2021-08-17

NHexit.US - Fri, 2021-08-20 17:05 +0000

State representatives Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso meet with several other liberty activists including Carla Gericke and Pete Eyre to discuss how to proceed with a constitutional amendment for New Hampshire to leave the United States. This is the second meeting held 2021-08-17:

Read the Latest CCJR Newsletter and Report of our Chairman

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Fri, 2021-08-20 00:53 +0000
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Newsletter from NH Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform - August 2021 Edition

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NH Exit / Independence First Meeting with State Reps

NHexit.US - Wed, 2021-08-18 17:17 +0000

Last week, NH state representatives Mike Sylvia and Matt Santonastaso met with several other activists to discuss how to proceed with a constitutional amendment for New Hampshire to leave the United States. This is the initial meeting held 2021-08-12:



Welcome to NH Exit!

NHexit.US - Wed, 2021-08-18 17:13 +0000

Once upon a time, the people of New Hampshire declared independence from a tyrant in Britain.  It’s long past time to declare independence from the tyrants in Washington DC.  Our relationship is abusive and DC is the abuser.  It’s time to break up and go our own way.  The way of freedom.  Live free or die.  Death is not the worst of evils.

This website will enable you to help us make the vision of New Hampshire as an independent nation a reality.

We’re just starting with the website, so please check back for tools you can use to spread the word and express yourself to the media, your neighbors, and NH reps and senators on this issue.

West Manchester Day

Free Keene - Tue, 2021-08-17 14:17 +0000

A key impetus for FreeKeene.com is to cover liberty activism in the Free State of New Hampshire. Content often takes the form of documenting an uninvited incident, ousting aggressors, and supporting individuals standing up for their rights. But just as relevant in this peaceful evolution are happenings that proactively seek to grow neighborly goodwill and interconnectedness.

Enter: West Manchester Day, happening Saturday, September 04, 2021.

West Manchester, Free State of New Hampshire

Like many mill towns that sprung up before the automobile was a thing, parts of Manchester, including West Manchester — the portion of Manchester on the west side of the Merrimack River — are quite dense. Despite this proximity, many residents don’t know their neighbors. Individuals are relatively atomized. West Manchester Day is an attempt to change that for the better — to provide a space where residents can meet, partake in joint activities, and share good times.

As this happens real connections form, lessening perceived division. This could mean a new best friend, someone to help with childcare, or new clients for one’s services or goods. This newfound personal rapport makes it more likely for neighbors to look out for each other, and should a conflict arise, more likely to work things out rather than involve an unknown, unaccountable stranger (police employee) prone to escalate.

West Manchester Day festivities begin with a tour of Parkside Gardens — a community garden just south of Parkside Middle School, then transitions to Rock Rimmon Park where there will be games (I’m personally looking forward to the tug of war!), contests, and an ice cream truck. In attendance will be several area entrepreneurs, folks involved with We Heart West, and hopefully you, dear reader.

Please click here for the full itinerary of West Manchester Day.

Rock Rimmon Park, West Manchester, Free State of New Hampshire

Rochelle Kelley Found Not Guilty for COVID Playground Arrest – Full Trial Video

Free Keene - Wed, 2021-08-11 20:37 +0000

Heroic mom Rochelle Kelley went to trial today and faced up to a year in jail after her arrest for daring to bring her kids to a Concord, NH playground in April of 2020 while the playground was closed due to “governor’s orders”. The courtroom was full of supporters and after the pathetic cops testified, the robed man actually found her not guilty! This is the full trial video, only available here on our Odysee channel:

Allen Aldenberg’s Addled Acumen

Free Keene - Fri, 2021-08-06 14:52 +0000

A recruitment pitch made earlier this week by the Manchester Police Outfit touted qualified immunity as a job perk. Qualified immunity being the legalese that says that some people (those with badges) are not to be held accountable for their actions unless their counterparts in legaland deem it so.

Unsurprisingly this post received a lot of attention. And, in keeping with police protocols to limit transparency, it was quickly deleted.

In a follow-up, the the top-dog of the Manchester Police outfit Allen Aldenberg voiced platitudes: “This post was not the place to mention qualified immunity.” Why not? Is it that Aldenberg is against qualified immunity, as asked by commenter Justin O’Donnell?

I don’t think so. Nowhere has Aldenberg questioned the “qualified immunity” guise. So again, if qualified immunity is indeed claimed, why does Aldenberg say that it should not be mentioned in a job pitch?

Aldenberg is motivated to mitigate any discussion around qualified immunity. He does not want us to think about it, because he knows it will only make us realize the utter lack of accountability to which he and his band of cohorts adhere. Aldenberg knows that perception is critical, that unthinking faith in their outfit is necessary to perpetuate their charade.

As Ben Stone wrote in SEDITION, SUBVERSION & SABOTAGE:

So long as the evidence seems to support the State’s narrative, the believers have no reason to question their faith. But when the system fails and fails again in spite of the State’s efforts and promises, faith can be shaken. This is the single largest flaw in the armor of the State; it can’t provide what it promises.

So, in some small way, I guess a “Thanks!” is due to Aldenberg for causing many thousands of individuals to be more aware of the double standard he and his accomplices claim, and thusly, further making their coercive institutions less relevant.

RELATED LINKS:

  • Project on Immunity and Accountability from Institute for Justice
  • Why EFF Supports Repeal of Qualified Immunity at Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Abolish Qualified Immunity from Cato Institute
  • The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity
  • Qualified Immunity archive from Cop Block

How Will Mother-Targeted-by-Playground-Police Play Out?

Free Keene - Wed, 2021-08-04 21:15 +0000

I took my children to the playground in April 2020 and got charged with disorderly conduct & criminal trespassing. My trial is August 11, 9am @ Concord District Court (32 Clinton St. Concord, NH). Show up (early if possible) to show your support, with or without signs. The more people the better! – Rochelle Kelley

What: Legaland trial for Rochelle Kelley
When: 9am, Wednesday, August 11th, 2021
Where: Concord District Court, 32 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03302 [map]

UPDATE August 11, 2021: Rochelle Kelley Found Not Guilty for COVID Playground Arrest – Full Trial Video

A bit of backstory and relevant links are below. What this boils down to is that Kelley and others involved questioned the aggressors and refused to cower. This of course is blasphemous to those who demand obedience.

Will justice emerge?

Text on the Concord Police outfit’s website claims that “Our department strives to develop strong relationships with our citizens…” If that were true the initial harassment of Kelley and others would not have occurred, the ongoing legaland threats against them would cease, and in the least an apology would be given. But instead, Stevens and his accomplice have yet to make right. Further, their colleague John Thomas has only dug in his heels.

In an interview with WMUR Thomas made clear the real cause for the ongoing harassment of Kelley, saying they had “No respect to the officers. It was very saddening to see how these folks carried themselves in front of their children in how they spoke to the officers that day.” Personally, I think it’s saddening to see how Thomas and his accomplice acted. What sort of world are they constructing? What sort of world are they apparently satisfied to leave the next generation?

The person who will oversee Kelley’s legaland proceedings is Edwin W. Kelly. His track record seems to indicate a person who’s not too fond of transparency. But, people can change. Let’s hope Kelly does the right thing and chooses to side with the law. (And by “law” I don’t mean legalese, but with the actual law, where a victim must exist before another is held to task.)

The court of public opinion is powerful. Your presence at this legaland hearing may help sway Kelly to do the right thing. If however, Kelly chooses to side with injustice he’ll only succeed in lessening the clout people grant to him and others responsible for these rights-violations. Either way, Kelley will have stood up for what she knows to be right.

Background:

April ??, 2020 Two Concord police employees — Steven Carter Badge #72 and an unidentified female — approached parents and children using the playground equipment at Rollins Park in Concord, NH and demanded they leave. Carter and his accomplice pointed-to dictates made by another person not on the scene — Christopher T. Sununu — as justification for their actions.

April 26, 2020 Ian Freeman posted VIDEO: Concord Police VS Parents at Playground in which he pointed-out that Concord police employees “have ignored groups of protestors at the state house but are more than happy to target a small group of parents at a local playground, when called to scene by a local cowardly snitch.”

Freeman concluded, “Kudos to these parents for calling out the police and recording video of their thuggish behavior. Thank goodness some people are standing up for freedom here in New Hampshire.”

September ??, 2020 Many have recognized the audacity and draconian nature of these police actions and have stepped-up. Friend Andrew Manuse started a fundraising campaign to help Kelley, which has raised over 4,000 Federal Reserve Notes.

September 24, 2020 Ian Freeman posted UPDATE: Parents Arrested Several Months After Bringing Kids to Concord Playground in which he shared that after video of the interaction surfaced, arrest warrants for three adults present — Rochelle Kelley, Pamela Jewell, and Tyler Workman — were issued for “Criminal Trespassing” and “Disorderly Conduct”. Freeman continues, “Just to be clear, multiple parents in the so-called ‘Live Free or Die’ state are now facing two years behind bars for bringing their kids to a playground. It’s a perfect example of how insane this Fear World is and how far the state is willing to go to ensure people’s obedience.”

November 06, 2020 Kelley posted, “So I went to court on November 2. They offered me to plead guilty to one of the charges (of my choosing) and pay a $100 fine. I declined, obviously. But that tells me they don’t really have much solid evidence that I committed either crime.”

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