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Students For Liberty Hold Free Wagner College Day-Long Event February 1, 2020

Join other liberty-minded people at Wagner College on Howard Avenue for a free day-long event with Students For Liberty.  Pass this along to everyone, especially the college and high school students in your life.  Free registration is found at https://www.tfaforms.com/4773557
Then join us a week later for our annual convention at the Liberty Tavern (see below).
https://studentsforliberty.org/north-america/blog/events/live-and-learn-free/

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SILP Holds 10th Annual Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEN ISLAND, NY, February 27, 2019 – The Staten Island Libertarian Party (SILP) held its tenth annual convention this past Sunday evening, February 24th, at The Liberty Tavern and Grill on Forest Avenue.

Outgoing chairman Richard Bell presided over the meeting and election of officers. Mr. Bell is stepping aside as chair but will continue on as treasurer.

The SILP membership cast voice votes for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors, electing Rocco Fama, Chairman (Graniteville); Debra Altman, Vice Chairman (Sunnyside); Charles Hargrove, Secretary (West Brighton); and Richard Bell, Treasurer (West Brighton).

In attendance were over 30 residents, including Libertarian candidate for NYC Public Advocate in November 2019 Daniel Christmann of Brooklyn.

The keynote speaker was 2018 Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe, who delivered a presentation of his campaign and the future work of the Libertarian Party in New York State since attaining official party status and a permanent place on future ballots.

In addition, the party’s newly-minted secretary, Mr. Hargrove, spoke about his 2018 write-in candidacy for Congressional District NY-11 and his upcoming campaign for Congress in 2020 as a Libertarian.

The Staten Island Libertarian Party holds their monthly meetings in the Liberty Tavern dining room every second Sunday starting at 5 PM. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Call 917-991-0356 to leave a message for more information.

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TONIGHT: Liberty Tree Town Hall Meeting / 8pm @ Karl’s Klipper

Liberty Tree Town Hall Meeting / Thursday, July 7th @ 8pm

Karl’s Klipper
40 Bay Street in St. George near the Ferry
Staten Island, New York 10301
(718) 720-4442

[get directions here]

MEETING AGENDA

A Reading: The Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused enjoys certain rights. Yes, even tyrants and traitors.

A Discussion: 2011-2012 SILP Officer Candidates & By-Law Amendments

  • Confirm officer candidates/positions so we can reconcile scope of executive committee and related by-laws for 2011-2012
  • Propose/approve any amendments to our by-laws prior to convention

A Strategy: Outreach & Recruitment

Dave Narby will outline a strategic initiative for developing working relationships with other civic and political organizations in Richmond County.

A Legal Defense Plan: The Constitution Lobby

  • A discussion of the new Constitution Lobby (We The People Foundation) and how the libertarians could (and arguably should) play a significant role
  • Update on We The People of New York, Inc.

The People Speak: Your Topics, Your Thoughts

We yield the floor to any and all NY-13 neighbors and residents, regardless of political affiliation or subject matter. Speak your mind; observe your First Amendment rights. We respect all points of view.

Pocket Constitution: Pick One Up

The SILP will once again be offering to all in attendance free pocket copies of the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence.
We look forward to seeing you.

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Happy Independence Day

On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to the principles of Liberty.
You know what to do.

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Liberty Tree Town Hall Meeting / Thursday, July 7th @ 8pm

Karl’s Klipper
(get directions here)
40 Bay Street in St. George
Staten Island, New York 10301
(718) 720-4442

MEETING AGENDA



A Reading: The Sixth Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused enjoys certain rights. Yes, even tyrants and traitors.

A Discussion: 2011-2012 SILP Officer Candidates & By-Law Amendments

  • Confirm officer candidates/positions so we can reconcile scope of executive committee and related by-laws for 2011-2012
  • Propose/approve any amendments to our by-laws prior to convention

A Strategy: Outreach & Recruitment
Dave Narby will outline a strategic initiative for developing working relationships with other civic and political organizations in Richmond County.
A Legal Defense Plan: The Constitution Lobby

  • A discussion of the new Constitution Lobby (We The People Foundation) and how the libertarians could (and arguably should) play a significant role
  • Update on We The People of New York, Inc.

The People Speak: Your Topics, Your Thoughts
We yield the floor to any and all NY-13 neighbors and residents, regardless of political affiliation or subject matter. Speak your mind; observe your First Amendment rights. We respect all points of view.
Free Pocketsize Constitution!
The SILP will once again be offering to all in attendance free pocket copies of the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence.

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The Tools Our Fathers Left To Us

A Personal Reflection
Though I had to work a little last weekend, I was thankfully able to spend the bulk of Father’s Day with my wife and seven-year-old daughter. At morning church service, I shed a few tears for my own father, whom I miss very much. My perceptive little girl knew exactly why I was troubled, and offered a small hand against my back to console me.
Following service, we lit a few candles, and she asked about Dad. She never got to meet him; my father was gone far too early in his life, and, sadly, before hers had even begun.
From time to time she will ask about him, the curious man in the photo, placed in a position of honor on the shelf in my office. But old photos never quite do the story justice.
Being the day that it was, I showed my daughter some things around the house, now innocently taken for granted, that once belonged to my father, as well my grandfathers:
My pop’s old wooden desk and fountain pen; his father’s gold pocket watch, received from his father (my great-grandfather) for his 21st birthday; a comfy old 1930s reading chair; a poker-playing card table; a bright yellow step stool; and that 1964 Dodge Dart parked and covered in the driveway (that my father-in-law helped to refurbish).
I shared with her the colorful collection of delicate, old trout flies, tied by grandpa’s own hands, and my dad’s catfishing rods, too. My daughter will learn this summer, and chose the same rod with which I caught my first fish.
Then there are the tools, those well-cared-for Tools. Now the pride of my workshop, still shiny and sharp and strong and sturdy. All good as new, and all American, too. Of course, you couldn’t buy anything else back then.
And in the corner stands my grandfather’s impressive woodworking chest, finely appointed with chisels and planes and levels and picks and rasps and his initials stamped into each handle. He carried the box on his shoulders to the bus stop for 30-odd years, as he went off to build patterns for planes and trains.
All of this will one day be yours, I promised her. She smiled and seemed impressed, I suppose, as much as any little seven-year-old girl could be. Our little stroll down memory lane had done much for my spirit, and it had become a memorable day in its own right.
That evening, with my daughter safely tucked into bed, my thoughts returned to my forefathers and my own childhood. I thought about the life they had made for us, through their sweat, sacrifice, and resolve.
I thought about these Tools that had forged my family, put a roof over our heads, and fish in our bellies, these tools that had built our life, as we once knew it.
Things being what they are today, my wife and I now wonder if we can possibly deliver for our child the same life and opportunities that our parents had secured for us. It was our promise to give our children better, remember, as our fathers had done for us.
This was the real American Dream, a simple tradition of values, like self-reliance and hard work  and perseverance. And I shudder to think what our forefathers would say of the mess we have made of it. Things being what they are today.
Next week we will celebrate our other fathers, our Founding Fathers, and the 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I shudder again, to think what they might say of the America we prepare to pass on today.
Indeed they had bequeathed the most precious gift in the course of human history, when they left to us our constitutional guarantees of liberty and natural rights. The same guarantees for which generations of fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers had worked, fought, and died.
And they warned us that the people we sent to represent us in government would one day conspire to take it all away. This is why the Founders left to us something else equally treasured, outlined within our federal and state constitutions: the Tools to defend and preserve those very freedoms.
The electoral process;
The right to dissent through speech, the press, and assembly;
The right to petition for redress of grievances;
And if all else fails, God forbid, the second amendment.
Now it has fallen to us to implement these tools. We must dust them off and begin anew, to reclaim our rightful place as the leaders of our governments, whether local, state of federal. Yes, you and me.
It is our duty to act, just as surely as it is our sacred responsibility to provide and care for our sons and daughters. For if we cannot provide Liberty, we will be hard pressed to provide anything else of genuine value or consequence.
We have the Tools. All that is left is to summon the Will to wield them. And so We Shall.
This solemn promise I make to my Daughter, steeled by the indelible memory of our Fathers.
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A Letter to Congresman Grimm

Good day Congressman Grimm –
I am writing to inquire what your plans are to reign in inflation and protect the US currency. As you may be aware, the Federal Reserve is engaged in round two of Quantitative Easing. Commodity prices have sky-rocketed as a result of this unabashed money printing.
The bottom line is this: The people of the United States are having their wealth and wages robbed from them. When the Federal Reserve prints money, under the moniker of Quantitative Easing, the dollar is openly devalued in terms of goods and services, as well as in terms of other currencies.  When commodity prices are up 35%+, people are finding their cost of living up 35%+, with no wage increases. We are being robbed, plain and simple.
Article 1, Section 8, of the US Constitution clearly states among the sworn duties of Congress:
– To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
– To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
Mr. Grimm, I am urging you, as a duly elected member of Congress, to stand by your sworn duty and take action against the Federal Reserve’s Easing policies. The American People need their representatives to protect them from the crushing consequences of a significant inflation of the money supply. Even more so, we need Congress to protect us against a wholesale collapse of the US Dollar.  This possibility, far from a fantasy, has never been closer to reality in the history of America.
I await eagerly your response and action plan.
In Liberty,
Tom Vendittelli
SI Libertarian Party
P.S. Ben Bernanke’s own words from longer speech here, http://www.federalreserve.gov/BOARDDOCS/SPEECHES/2002/20021121/default.htm
“The conclusion that deflation is always reversible under a fiat money system follows from basic economic reasoning. A little parable may prove useful: Today an ounce of gold sells for $300, more or less. Now suppose that a modern alchemist solves his subject’s oldest problem by finding a way to produce unlimited amounts of new gold at essentially no cost. Moreover, his invention is widely publicized and scientifically verified, and he announces his intention to begin massive production of gold within days. What would happen to the price of gold? Presumably, the potentially unlimited supply of cheap gold would cause the market price of gold to plummet. Indeed, if the market for gold is to any degree efficient, the price of gold would collapse immediately after the announcement of the invention, before the alchemist had produced and marketed a single ounce of yellow metal.”
“What has this got to do with monetary policy? Like gold, U.S. dollars have value only to the extent that they are strictly limited in supply. But the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.”

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Liberty Tree Town Hall Meeting / Thursday, May 19th @ 8pm

Staten Island Libertarian Party presents Liberty Tree Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, May 19th @ 8pm, Mike’s Unicorn Diner

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Poll: American Majority Still Favors Third Party

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll reveals a majority of Americans continue to insist it’s time for a third party, citing poor performance on the part of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
Here it is by the numbers:

  • 52% of Americans call for an alternative to the GOP and the Democratic Party, down only slightly from last August and the run-up to the midterm elections
  • Only 40% of Americans say the two major political parties are doing an adequate job
  • 52% percent of Republicans favor a third party
  • 33% of Democrats favor a third party
  • 68% of independents, nearly 7 in 10, favor a third party
  • 60% of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters also favor a third party

QUESTION: Are the Libertarians That Party?

Here’s your chance to find out. The Staten Island Libertarian Party leadership is available to speak at your club or organization’s event. Just tell us when and where, and we’ll be there.
Concerned about unconstitutional legislation? Have a list of grievances for the government? The Staten Island Libertarian Party will also be happy to host a Liberty Tree Town Hall meeting in your neighborhood.
To make arrangements, simply call the Liberty Line at 646-543-7457 or write to Robert DeSio, Director of Media Relations at rdesio@statenislandlp.org.

The Staten Island Libertarian Party

Constitutional Principles. Commonsense Solutions.

The USA TODAY/Gallup Poll surveyed 1,013 adults April 20-23. Margin of error +/- 4 percentage points.

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