The Free State Project was well represented at today's Revolution March on the front lawn of the United States Capitol Building. Thousands of people attended and many of them heard about the Free State Project for the first time.
I arrived mid-morning with Rich, organizer of the 2007 and 2008 Porcupine Freedom Festivals and we set up a table for the Free State Project. There were really no tables for that purpose but we managed to talk the event organizers into letting us set up on a vacant one. We were luck to get there when we did as they took down the remaining few tables shortly thereafter.
The rest of the people who came down from New Hampshire to represent the Free State Project arrived with the march around 11:00 a.m. or so. They had already canvassed the crowd with FSP fliers. During the speakers, several of us worked the crowd handing out even more fliers. I worked both at the table and passing out fliers and ran into many people who had never heard about the FSP before. They were generally immediately impressed, especially as I relayed stories about some of the successes we've already had in New Hampshire.
Prior to the event, a couple of the lead event organizers and I exchanged emails about having a presence there (I was on their radio show a few months ago, too). I also connected them with Chris, and he wound up working on them to get us a couple of minutes to speak to the crowd.
Around 2:00, he told me he had to go do a radio show and that I should check in with the event organizers. I wound up doing the speaking, which was very brief (they were running behind, so I told them I'd just take a couple minutes). The message was well received by the crowd.
During my brief speech, I mentioned that over 40 Ron Paul supporters were running for State Representative in New Hampshire, which I believe to be more than any other state. Unbeknownst to me, Chris was talking with Dr. Paul around that same time telling him the same thing. When Dr. Paul got up to speak, he mentioned that New Hampshire had over 40 of his supporters running for State Rep. The 'also ran' was Montana with something like 20. It sure is nice to be in the #1 state for freedom lovers!
After he spoke there were several bands who played. The crowd thinned and we passed out yet more fliers to people as they left. We got most or all of our several thousand fliers into the hands of attendees. During the course of the day, we also got 8 new FSP participants who signed up on the spot (!!), as well as a couple hundred new subscribers to our email list.
After the festivities at the Capitol, there was a book/CD signing for some of the authors and bands who spoke and performed at the rally. We handed out bookmarks, sold T-shirts and so on. Chris persuaded a couple of them to come speak at the (dates yet to be determined) 2009 New Hampshire Liberty Forum.
All in all, it was an extremely productive event. Now the planning begins for our presences at the Rally for the Republic. ;)
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- FSP at the Revolution March