Right-to-Work Committee Hearing – Concord (2/8/17)

Today I attended a hearing at the New Hampshire State House in support of right-to-work legislation.

Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union or pay union dues (or agency fees) as a condition of employment. Without them, a union can force employees to join their ranks or pay an agency fee anyway, and an employer attempting to hire or keep a non-union employee who does not pay will be subject to fines and eventually shut down. Right-to-work prevents this coercion by allowing workers the free choice on whether or not to join a union. [Read more…]

Medicaid expansion accountability doorknocking – Manchester (8/7/16)

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I participated in a voter outreach operation to hold Representative Joseph LaChance accountable for his votes to expand government.

In 2016, the New Hampshire State House voted to expand Obamacare through a Medicaid expansion. This will provide taxpayer-funded healthcare free of charge to able-bodied working age adults with no preexisting medical conditions. This program will create a massive increase in the size and scope of government, and representatives who voted for it are therefore accountable for the resulting increase in taxation and regulation. [Read more…]

Medicaid expansion accountability phone bank – Dover (4/7/16)

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Today I assisted Americans for Prosperity in holding legislators accountable for voting for Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

Medicaid expansion will, among other things, extend government healthcare benefits to able-bodied working-age adults and add massive government spending. Americans for Prosperity is calling voters and knocking on doors letting them know that their state senator voted for this monstrosity, and encouraging them to contact their senator in protest. Enough pressure from angry voters can lead to unseating these legislators in the next election, and providing a warning to others.

This particular evening we were calling various state senators to hold them accountable for their Medicaid expansion vote. It was a fairly uneventful phone bank.

Rights Brigade Flexes Activism Muscle

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade pulled off a wide variety of activism operations across the state, in cooperation with three different organizations.

First, Rights Brigade activists participated in a get-out-the-vote push in Hampton, working in conjunction with the New Hampshire branch of Americans for Prosperity. In total, 5-9 (depending on if kids count) activists assisted AFP staff and volunteer a total of 5-7 times (in two of those instances two separate teams went out), for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. Activists knocked on 573 doors and made 179 calls. AFP-NH as a whole, which included 5 full-time staff and 7 part-time staff (and plenty of other volunteers recruited by staff), knocked on 3,221 doors and made 11,215 calls. Meaning, the Rights Brigade did almost 20% of the overall door knocking effort, projecting AFP’s field director who handled all RB volunteers to second place in the entire nation for the week. [Read more…]

Rights Brigade Helps AFP-NH in Hampton Special Election

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade joined the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in conducting a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation for a special election in Hampton for state representative.

One of the candidates for state representative signed AFP’s pledge to, among other things, vote against tax and spending increases, and adhere to the Constitution of both the United States and New Hampshire. Because of this, AFP agreed to conduct a GOTV operation in his district to mobilize pro-liberty voters. AFP is a nonpartisan nonprofit, so voters are only encouraged generally to vote.

Rights Brigade activists participated in AFP-organized phone banks, one in Manchester on Tuesday and one in Dover on Thursday, calling Hampton voters to encourage them to vote. Then, activists went door-to-door on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to talk with voters in person and leave literature on doors.

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In total, Rights Brigade activists conducted 5-7 operations (Saturday and Sunday each had two teams going simultaneously). 5 activists participated (9 if you count accompanying children) for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. In total, 573 doors were reached and 179 calls were made as part of this collaboration. As a whole, AFP New Hampshire and its volunteers reached 3221 doors and made 11,215 calls. That means that the Rights Brigade’s all-volunteer force of 5 activists made up about 18% of AFP-NH’s door output. Not bad when you consider they had 5 full-time and 7 part-time staff participating, all of whom were also tasked with recruiting volunteers to help.

Most political organizations need to do some major fundraising in order to acquire and pay enough professional talent to pull off an operation of this scale. The Rights Brigade made a strong showing in the New Hampshire political scene this last week despite being a volunteer-only activism organization with basically no budget.

We can always use more activists! Changing the world is a huge task, and the more that get involved, the better. If you’d like to help us out, please contact us and let us know you’re interested!

If you value our work but are unable to help out yourself, please donate some Bitcoin to the address below to help activists recoup some of their donated time and resources for the cause of liberty.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/7/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I assisted AFP field director Sarah Scott in hitting the last remaining doors before the special election tomorrow. Plenty of people were home, so we ended up talking with a lot of potential voters. Most were intent on voting.

155 doors were reached.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/6/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I was joined by Kate Noble and AFP field director Sarah Scott. The neighborhoods were considerably better than those we reached the day before, so we had more opportunities to converse with voters. Yard signs littered the neighborhood, not just for candidates but also for spending and tax increases that will be voted on this coming Tuesday. We reached 117 doors over the course of the afternoon.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/5/16)

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Myself and Joël Valenzuela participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

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We separated into two different teams. Joël teamed up with AFP field director Sarah Scott, and her field associate Bruno Parga came with me and my three kids. We canvassed Hampton getting voters out to vote and distributing literature encouraging the same. Very few people were home, as many homes in Hampton are summer rentals. Still, we managed to reach 279 homes over the course of the afternoon.

We will be hitting the last of the doors tomorrow, so if you’re available Sunday, please come join. And if you like what we’re doing, leave a Bitcoin tip!

Hampton special election GOTV – Dover (3/3/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV phone bank in Dover for a special election for state representative in Hampton.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists call registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to vote.

The phone banking crowd this time around was fairly sparse, mostly due to the office in Dover being relatively new. We made calls for about two hours, since after calling through the entire list twice we ran out of work to do. It’s a good problem to have.

Myself included, three total volunteers were present. Vince Perfetto was present at my urging.

Hampton special election GOTV – Manchester (3/1/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV phone bank in Manchester for a special election for state representative in Hampton.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists call registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to vote.

The phone banking room was packed, and we made calls for three hours. This included calling through the entire list twice.

Over a dozen total volunteers were present. Sylvain Yaakov was present at my urging.