Libertarian Policy Institute Secures Edward Snowden as Featured Speaker

MANCHESTER, NH, May 17, 2022 – The Libertarian Policy Institute announces today that they have secured Edward Snowden as a featured speaker for the Libertarian National Convention later this month. 
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Libertarian Candidates in the News

Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate Keven Reed joined Libertarian Representative candidate Charlie Larkin this past weekend in western Massachusetts to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

Both candidates made the Athol Daily News 

For more information on how to help Kevin Reed please contact his campaign at Liberty Cant Wait

2022 Libertarian National Convention

The Massachusetts Libertarian Party elected delegates at its annual state convention to the Libertarian National Convention. We are always looking for alternates in case any of the delegates are not able to attend. If you are a member of the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts and are interested in attending as an alternate, please email us at[email protected]

The convention will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada on May 26-29th. Please see the LNC website for more information.

LAMA 2022 State Convention

Greetings Libertarians of Massachusetts! The Libertarian Association of Massachusetts held its annual state convention this past Saturday, April 23rd at the Sheraton in Framingham. I am pleased to announce that the members elected the following people to the State Committee for the 2022-23 term:
  • Don Graham - Chair
  • Cris Crawford - Treasurer
  • Derek Newhall - Recording Secretary
  • Tara DeSisto - Political Director
  • Christopher Thrasher - Membership Director
  • Scott Cousland - Communications Director
  • David Blau - Operations Director
  • Julien Lafleur - Technology Director
  • Peter Everett - Member at Large
We would like to thank the members who attended the convention to deliberate proposed changes to the bylaws, and to elect their State Committee and their delegates for the upcoming LNC Convention in Reno next month. The members also endorsed the state office candidates that will be representing the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts this fall.
  • Kevin Reed - Governor
  • Peter Everett - Lieutenant Governor
  • Daniel Riek - Auditor
This is exciting news since the last state wide candidate we ran was for Auditor in 2018. State wide campaigns provide opportunities to share our platform with others here in the Commonwealth. I look forward to working with the State Committee and with the members to advance liberty by returning to our core activities such as political recruiting, outreach, and activism.
In Liberty,
Don Graham
LAMA Chair

Kevin Reed Takes a Stand for Liberty

Kevin Reed, Libertarian entrepreneur, has formed an exploratory committee for a possible run for Governor. He announced last week that he will be transporting delegates to the state convention as "an act of defiance against subversive attacks to state parties throughout the country." Read his statement:

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This is the Year to Run for Office!

Massachusetts - and America as a whole - needs change! The People are tired of the expansion of government control into every aspect of life. This is a unique opportunity for Libertarians to spread our message and create momentum for actual change. In addition, as this year Libertarians don’t have major party status in Massachusetts, signature collection is easier than usual.

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Bad Libertarian Takes on Putin's War

From a recent Facebook post by Tyler Harris, Executive Director of the National LP:
There is absolutely no reason that anyone — inside the Libertarian movement or outside of it — should carry water for Putin’s authoritarian regime as it wages a senseless and needless war of aggression in Ukraine. Those apologists eager to ape Putin’s propaganda, to blame Ukraine or NATO or the United States for this invasion, wittingly or unwittingly undermine not only the heroic efforts of Ukrainians to defend themselves and their homes from Russia’s aggression, but the efforts of thousands of Russian protestors and demonstrators, including Libertarians within Russia, who are risking their lives and livelihoods by demanding an end to the invasion.
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How We Got Here

Note: A version of this article was originally written for the LNC meeting scheduled Feb. 6, 2022 inquiring about the status of LAMA (the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts – the legally-recognized Massachusetts state affiliate for the Libertarian Party). Portions of it were also read at the LAMA meeting on Feb. 7, 2022. It has now been edited to remove details specific to that meeting and to add developments since then.

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Libertarian Response to the State of the Union

After the conclusion of President Biden's State of the Union Address and the subsequent GOP response, LNC Chair Whitney Bilyeu extended an official response from the Libertarian Party. She focused in on our position regarding the current conflict in Ukraine.

Whitney went on to address inflation, COVID policy, and the Federal Reserve. She also highlighted the party's recent increase in elected Libertarians and directly called for President Biden to pardon Edward Snowden. You can watch the response in full or read the full transcript.




2022 Convention Update: Additional Speakers

We have some great news about the LAMA 2022 State Convention on April 23rd at the Framingham Sheraton:

We've added two more outstanding speakers to our convention! One of our main themes this year is Getting Elected, and both Dan Fishman and Holly Ward will contribute their extensive experience and insight to this important discussion. Sign up for the convention today!

Holly Ward

Holly F. Ward is the new chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, and the Director of Operations at People for Liberty. She has spent the last 15 years dedicating her life to clear and transparent government practice. After serving on Active Duty in the Air Force for 12 years, to include 3 deployments to the Middle East, she honorably separated to pursue advancing the principles of clear and civil politics. Although she has the heart of a public servant, Holly believes she can best serve the public by working outside of the government. She has continued to author policy, lead communication for large-scale programs, and advocate for individual liberty on a local and national level. She focuses on putting people first and getting to work by taking action. Holly has organized hundreds of events aimed at improving the lives of the public.

When she’s not at work with People for Liberty, Holly shares her passion for baseball with her family and is working on her PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Dan Fishman is a genuine Massachusetts celebrity. His run for State Auditor in 2018 gained official recognition for the Massachusetts Libertarian Party. Subsequently, he served as the Executive Director of the National Libertarian Party, and now serves as the Executive Director of People for Liberty. He has run for numerous other offices including U.S. Congress and the Massachusetts State House.

Additionally, we have a great lineup of other speakers including keynote speaker Jo Jorgensen, our 2020 Presidential candidate, and Jeffrey Miron of the Cato Institute as the banquet speaker. This is an event that you must attend if you want to find out how you can help the Libertarian Party continue to gain influence in state politics.

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