The Civil Disobedience panel at Keenevention 2013 was presented by the star of “Victimless Crime Spree” and the host of Peace News Now, Derrick J Freeman. The panel’s focus was perhaps the most controversial form of activism – civil disobedience and noncooperation. Keenevention is certainly not the first time a civil disobedience panel has been presented at a liberty gathering, but it is the first time in many years that Russell Kanning, one of the original movers to Keene, returns to the stage! Russell was instrumental in making Keene the destination for future waves of activists who would emulate his peaceful disobedience. Russell was joined by another original Free State Project mover and liberty civil disobedience pioneer, Lauren Canario as well as yours truly, Ian Freeman.
Presented by State Representative, Free State Project early mover, and Porcupine Real Estate agent Mark Warden. This panel covered being an entrepreneur in NH, including business and housing. Panelists included Chris Suprock and William Kostric. Here’s the video:
Join Cecelia Freechild as she presents her panel of Ladies in Media, featuring YouTube vlogger Amanda Billyrock, “Sex, Lies & Anarchy‘s Antigone Darling, and Free State Project President Carla Gericke as they discuss different types of media and how to produce quality content, with a liberty-oriented message:
Over the next several weeks you’ll be able to watch all the panels and speakers from Keenevention 2013. They will be released in chronological order. Stay tuned to the Keenevention blog, the Keenevention facebook page, the Free Keene youtube, or FreeKeene.com for the videos. Here’s the first one:
Friday morning’s Legislative Panel at Keenevention 2013 focused on the tools of activism at the NH State House. Starting with learning how a idea can become a law, discussion included the mechanics of working with political parties, understanding NH demographics, how to win and lose elections, the technique of measuring legislators in a variety of ways, as well as how to successfully lobby (and how not to!) to stop new proposed bad laws and help remove existing bad laws (and [rarely] passing good ones.) Led by former State Representative and Free Keene blogger Seth Cohn, panelists included current State Rep. Tim O’Flaherty (D), former State Rep. Spec Bowers (R), and NH Liberty Alliance Chair Eileen Landies.
I must say, the first-ever Keenevention worked out splendidly, thanks to over 100 great attendees, speakers, volunteers, and VIPs! As promised, the conference focused on activism and our speakers consisted of Free State Project early movers and of course liberty-loving NH natives. As FSP early mover and superactivist Carla Mora expressed on the Keenevention 2013 facebook event,
“This was one hell of an inspirational liberty event. It was very different from ones I have attended in the past…we are doing something right if we are surrounded by these people.”
“First liberty convention I’ve ever been to where I’ve actually wanted to go to more speakers/panels because they were consistently interesting enough to hold my attention!”
In addition, Keenevention was intimate, but yet still large enough to be diverse with people attending from as far away as Wisconsin, Canada, Ohio, and Virgina. The over 100 Keeneventioneers not only watched great speeches and panels, but also conversed, dined together on-the-town, and participated in various activism and social activities. Kristin Alpert said on the FB event,
“Keenevention was one of my all time favorite Liberty/Freedom events – It was well organized and the panels were all so well spoken and professional-there was a perfect balance of ACTIVISM, EDUCATION, and FUN“.
Local activist photographers Eric Freerock and Johnson Rice took so many amazing pictures of people that many facebook profile pics have been changed to ones taken at Keenevention! Their pictures from the event are here (Eric’s) and here (Johnson’s).
Videos are coming! Thanks to Yury and David Crawford’s camerawork, we have video from every single speaker and panel of the entire weekend! Please subscribe this blog to your favorite RSS reader or visit the Keenevention facebook page and click “Like”, then, hover over “Liked”, and click “Get Notifications” to get the latest from Keenevention. That way, you’ll know about the videos as they get posted. Alternately, you can subscribe to the Free Keene youtube channel and of course follow the blog at Free Keene, as they will also be posted there.
Even the early morning panels were well-attended, with 22 people at the initial 9am Friday Legislative Panel. I really didn’t know what to expect. (more…)
Thanks to our great sponsors, Darryl W. Perry will be selling raffle tickets at Keenevention to win some great prizes: Stone Farm on Liberty Acres has donated a FREE one-night stay at the B&B, Cop Block has donated a goodie pack, and Free Press Publications has donated a copy of The Anarcho Teachings of Yeshua, Duopoly: How the Republicrats Control the Electoral Process and a 1 year subscription to FPPNews. Suns of Liberty Mint has also stepped up with $100 in SOLM silver!
One prize will be awarded before dinner on Friday, one prize will be awarded before dinner on Saturday, and the grand prize will be awarded before lunch on Sunday!
Also, special thanks to Mark Warden, your Porcupine Real Estate agent. When you’re ready to look into buying (or selling) real estate in the Shire, Mark Warden and his partner Amy Lowe can help. Meet them this weekend at Keenevention!
UNLESS you arrive early. Anyone showing up before 9am on any day (in time for the first panel) will only need to pay $20 for the day pass or you can get the $50 price point for the whole weekend with “earlybird” pricing!
Have you been following the Robin Hood saga and found yourself wanting to join in and save people from getting parking tickets? Keenevention is your chance! Meet Robin Hood himself, James Cleaveland as he shows you the ropes on the streets of Keene. James will meet prospective Robin Hooders at the hotel at 10:30am and 1:30pm on Friday.
You may be asking, “Why isn’t Robin Hooding available as an activity on Saturday?” Good question! Even though Keene’s parking meters say there is enforcement on Saturdays, that is no longer true – thanks to the efforts of the heroic members of Robin Hood of Keene! One of the three parking enforcers quit his job earlier this year, another one doesn’t work Saturdays, and the third is now refusing to work Saturdays due to heavy Robin Hooder presence. They just can’t find anyone willing to work that day and it has gone unenforced for weeks! Robin Hooding is proof that concentrating activists in one geographic area works! (more…)
On Saturday night you are invited to join us at Yankee Lanes at 477 Park Avenue in West Keene for one of Keene activists’ favorite events! Karaoke will be held in the Lanes’ City Sports Grille, so you must be 21 or with a parent, and starts at 9pm and ends at Midnight.
Galactic Bowling is for all ages and starts at 9:30pm and goes till Midnight. Cost is $16 per person with includes UNLIMITED BOWLING until midnight and shoe rental. Keenevention has secured $5 off Galactic coupons, so this drops the price to just $11 per person!
Come out for a night of fun and laughs! Sing, bowl, or do both! There will be a sign-up sheet at the registration table at Keenevention so we can let Yankee Lanes know our group size. Here’s a facebook event for this activity.
Here are several other things you can do outside-the-hotel while in Keene for Keenevention – no Keenevention ticket necessary. Though, if you’d like to attend Keenevention, tickets for the whole weekend are just $50 until 10/31 and $60 at the door (or you can buy a day pass for $25).
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- Video of the Ladies in Media Panel @ Keenevention 2013
- First Panel Video from Keenevention 2013: The Legislative Panel
- Reflecting on Keenevention 2013, One Week Later
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