Monday, April 20, 2009

End the Fed Protest - 4/25/09

Come join us for the End the Fed protest on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Victor Steinbrueck Park!

We have secured Victor Steinbrueck Park right at Pike Place Market. This is the park with the grassy knolls, at the north end of the market, right by the restaurant Turkish Delight (yum!) and Tully's.

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come for as much of it as you can.

Other info: Please bring your own signs and unleash your innate creative powers in doing this, they should be large enough to be seen from the street, dress is business casual so we don't look like anarchists, bring petitions for HR 833 and HR 1207, cameras, video cameras, and whatever else you think would be good!

This is *vital*. This is when we take our planning, emailing, social networking, meetups and then put it into action in the physical realm. We must hit the streets.

Thank you for all your efforts and your enthusiasm.

Let's join this peaceful protest and show the FED that we detest their private banking cartel!

Let's send a clear message that we support sound money and the abolishment of the Unconstitutional Federal Reserve.

Building on the success of the November 22nd Rally, Revolutionaries nationwide are meeting again to protest the Fed's establishment and support HR 1207 and HR 833. "Audit the Fed! Repeal the Fed!"

Will you join us?

Draft Minutes - Convention 2009


Libertarian Party of Washington State (LPWA)
State Annual Convention Business Meeting
Saturday, March 28, 2009; Hilton Garden Inn, Issaquah

BUSINESS MEETING CALLED TO ORDER by Scott Lindsley, Chair, at 10:03 AM.

Quorum report: 29 persons present, including 27 LPWA members, of whom 18 are credentialed.

Rules: Accepted as presented.

Agenda: On suggestion of the chair, Treasurer's report was added to the agenda and the agenda was accepted as modified.

"State of the Party" Chair's Report: We have experienced great connections and advancements, and great setbacks. Work continues on the top-two suit; we now have Orrin Grover representing us, since Richard Shepard has been unable to continue. Our website was hacked, and shut down by the provider; it's proving difficult to re-establish. We do have an on-line database accessible by members to update their own information: see The LPWA needs to put more energy and resources in supporting candidates for office.

M/S/P: Bruce Guthrie moves to accept all LPWA members present as voting delegates. Seconded and passed without dissent. (M/S/P will be used to indicate a motion was made, seconded, and passed.) We now have 29 voting delegates, as two more members have signed in since the quorum report.

Treasurer's report: Per the Treasurer, we're not in the red. We have a bank balance of $4272.38, compared to last years $4309.27. An itemized list of expenses can be made available. Note that fixed monthly expenses run about $700.

Next year's convention chair, and sub-committee chairs, will be named by the SEC at their next meeting, in late April or early May.

Election of SEC officers: Each office has a term of two years, starting in 30 days.

Chair: Rachel Hawkridge nominated, unopposed, and elected.

Vice-Chair: Dave Wordinger nominated, unopposed, and elected.

Treasurer: Ruth Bennett nominated, unopposed, and elected.

Secretary: Tamela Supchak nominated, unopposed, and elected.

Election of at-large SEC members: the following were nominated and elected:

Michael Donahue
Larry Nicholas
Gene Hawkridge
Michael Wilson
Richard Bonesteel
(Travis Wright was also nominated, but declined.)

Elect Judicial Committee Members: Need three for new three year terms, and one for a two year term to replace Ruth, who is now Treasurer.

Nominations for three year terms:

Tom Spanos
Robert Scott
Travis Wright
All elected on voice vote.

Nomination for two year term:

Jason Constantino
Elected on voice vote.

(The Judicial Committee is now:

One year remaining: Janet Anderson, Ed Pole, Brett Wilhelm.

Two years remaining: J. Mills, Richard Shepard, Jason Constantino.

Three years remaining: Tom Spanos, Robert Scott, Travis Wright)

Resolutions: Several resolutions were in hand, purportedly submitted by one 'Anton Grambihler'. No person of that name appears on our membership rolls, nor was anyone of that name present at the convention. Hence, it was M/S/P that all Anton's resolutions be referred to the SEC for appropriate action.

Candidates for Public Office: None presented themselves.

Platform revisions: Jason Constantino reports on behalf of the Platform Committee, suggesting several revisions. First, Jason moves that “Governments should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent” be added to the third paragraph of the preamble. This fails.

Jason moves that we add “making all medical expenses fully tax deductible” to the second bullet in the plank on healthcare. This fails.

Jason moves that we add a third plank, “Government Finance”, renumbering “Elections” as plank

4. Ruth moves to amend by combining first two bullets with a comma: “ . . responsibility, so governments should not . .”. After discussion, this motion fails.

(M/S/P) Pavel moves to divide the question into each bullet point (five sections).

(M/S/P) First bullet, “Fiscal responsibility”, carries.

Second bullet, “Governments should not . . .”, attracts much discussion.

(M/S/P) Bruce moves to substitute “Deep tax cuts and even deeper spending cuts to reduce the size of government and government debt.”

(M/S/P) to remove the first “Deep”.

(M/S/P) to remove “even deeper”.

Passed the substitute motion, which had become “Second bullet: Tax cuts and spending cuts to reduce the size of government and government debt.”

Third bullet: (M/S/P) to suspend the rules to consider last three bullets together.

Third, fourth, and fifth bullets Fail on voice vote.

(M/S/P) Bruce moves to add new third bullet, “Balanced budgets.”, to new third plank.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Jason presents the report of the committee, and (M/S/P) moves to accept Proposal B (adding “Paid current dues . . .” to the Delegate eligibility requirements). A motion to amend, addling life members and past officers to the eligible list, failed.

Good of the Order: Nothing presented.

At 12:29PM, a motion to adjourn was passed.

Submitted by Peter Wilkie, Secretary, LPWA.

April 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Seeking Candidates for 2009

The Washington State Libertarian Party is seeking candidates for the 2009 elections.

Serving on a local level is one of the best ways to gather experience while actually promoting libertarian ideas in your community.

Here are some links to find out what races may be happening near you,

Let us know how we can help you in this endeavor.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Tax Man Cometh!

Tax Day Protests . . .

Please read this first!

Seattle Sons and Daughters of Liberty has listings for Everett, Mt. Vernon, Olympia, Seattle Spokane

More listings
- includes Anacortes, Bellingham, Everett, Redmond, Tri-Cities, Yakima

Tax Party Links You'll Enjoy! Includes Google map.

Sign up to report - Pajamas TV, or HuffPo or just twitter, twitpic, etc. If you do reports, send details (copies, or twitter name) to I'll post them here.

Don't forget . . .
LPWA Tshirts
Literature with Contact info - eMail or call Rachel 206.769.2492 if you need some!