Daniel Riek

  • End Government Oppression - Join the Peaceful Protest

    Black Lives Matter and government oppression must end.

    While there are many forms of oppression and disenfranchisement against many groups and individuals, the cycle of violence and abuse experienced by the black community in America stands out. The wanton murder of George Floyd has become another symbol of that. It is time for change. And while there will be many different opinions on what a solution may look like, we can all agree that this kind of government brutality can no longer be tolerated. It is time for accountability.

    Libertarians need to join in and help to identify the root causes while acknowledging the pain experienced by a group of people that has for too long been the preferred target for government abuse. Today is a day where we should all unite and stand with the black community and say "no more!"

    As a Libertarian, I encourage all members of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts and all liberty-loving residents of New England to show their support: If you can, join the peaceful protests today in Boston and show our flags in support of the victims of government oppression.


    If you are considering going, please assess your personal risk from participating in a large protest in a major city, and take appropriate precautions.



  • Protect Freedom in the COVID Crisis

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a global and national crisis that is threatening lives, especially of those with a weakened immune response and of the elderly.

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts sees indications that social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations for those who have that option, as well as cancellations of mass-events have likely contributed to slowing the further spread of COVID-19, although the actual infection rate of the general population is unknown.

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts holds that government regulation in general and the government reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic specifically has contributed in multiple ways to worsening the crisis and has created an additional economic threat with significant long-term consequences, especially for the working population, family owned and small businesses, and the communities they are part of.

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts holds that the expansion of government reach with forced detentions, mandatory lockdowns and government officials making arbitrary decisions on ‘essential’ vs ‘non-essential’ businesses, etc. has gone beyond the boundaries of what constitutes a free society or in some cases beyond what is permitted by the US Constitution.

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts holds that the response to the crisis needs to protect the vulnerable while respecting the civil liberties of all, and that it needs to be based on scientific evidence not speculation.

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts sees arrests for violation of social distancing rules and curfews as a clear violation of constitutional rights and as risking the lives of innocent people by violating the recommended social distancing in the enforcement of these very rules..

    Whereas the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts sees insufficient evidence that the extreme measure and government mandates have a significant impact beyond voluntary compliance to justify the significant rights violations and human cost of the human and economic crisis it has created.

    It be resolved that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls for an end to the government mandated shutdown of the economy and the curtailing of civil liberties, as well as an end to the discriminatory treatment of businesses that might not be politically in favor; that any and all measures of extended government authority if they stay in place must be strictly time limited.

    It be further resolved that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls for a more efficient and just approach against the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on voluntary collaboration: voluntary identification of the immune, voluntary social distancing, voluntary avoidance of large gatherings and mass events, targeted isolation of the infected, as well as on enabling the vulnerable to self-protect; that measures be adjusted to the concrete local circumstances rather than driven by centralized planning.

    Adopted by the LAMA State Committee on May 04, 2020


  • LP Mass to GOP Governor: Respect the 2nd Amendment

    The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls on the Baker Administration to respect civil liberties in the Commonwealth, particularly the rights enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, and to acknowledge firearms retailers and shooting ranges as essential businesses. 

    The Republican Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, continues to use the COVID-19 crisis  to advance an anti-2nd-Amendment agenda: After initially adopting the updated Federal guidelines on essential businesses, which includes firearm retailers and shooting ranges as essential, on March 31 the guidelines on the state website were changed to exclude these firearm businesses. 

    “The Democrat-dominated Massachusetts political establishment has for a long time been hostile towards the constitutional rights of lawful firearms owners in the Commonwealth.” said Don Graham, Chair of the Libertarian Party in Massachusetts. “Singling out firearms businesses that serve the law-abiding civilian firearm owners and selectively shutting them down is just another example of that bias. That it is a Republican Governor pushing an anti-2nd-amendment agenda, demonstrates that the GOP only pays lip service to our individual rights. The Libertarian Party is the only major political party to unwaveringly support the 2nd Amendment along with the whole Bill of Rights. Voters who support the 2nd amendment should remember that in November."

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  • LP Mass to GOP Governor: Respect the 2nd Amendment

    The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls on the Baker Administration to respect civil liberties in the Commonwealth, particularly the rights enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, and to acknowledge firearms retailers and shooting ranges as essential businesses. 

    The Republican Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, continues to use the COVID-19 crisis  to advance an anti-2nd-Amendment agenda: After initially adopting the updated Federal guidelines on essential businesses, which includes firearm retailers and shooting ranges as essential, on March 31 the guidelines on the state website were changed to exclude these firearm businesses. 

    The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts asserts that civilian access to firearms, ammunition, and training is indeed essential, particularly during times of crisis, to ensure the safety of all citizens, to enable a lawful self-defense by citizens for themselves and their families, and to put food on their tables through hunting during a time of reduced access to store-bought resources. None of these activities “...undermine the safety of our police officers, first responders and domestic violence victims,” as attorney general Maura Healey has disparagingly declared. The assertion that law abiding gun buyers are a threat to their community is wholly unsubstantiated. According to the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, licensed gun owners commit less crime than citizens who do not own guns.  Naked fear mongering by government officials is not a foundation upon which just policy can be built. The Libertarian Party also sees no evidence that firearms retailers or gun ranges pose a greater threat to the goal of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 disease than other businesses, as long as proper social distancing is observed.

    The right to bear arms, and the right to self-defense, as protected by the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, does not become less essential during a crisis. Just the opposite, in fact. During times of strained governmental resources, individuals must have the freedom to exercise their self-reliance and independence. Restricting citizens' access to the tools they feel are needed to protect and care for their loved ones handicaps their ability to do so. Citizens clearly think that firearms are essential during the COVID-19 crisis because, according to the FBI, 3.7 million civilian NICS gun purchase background checks were performed in March alone - the most transactions for a single month since the system began in 1998. Restricting such heightened-need purchases hurts families.

    “The Democrat-dominated Massachusetts political establishment has for a long time been hostile towards the constitutional rights of lawful firearms owners in the Commonwealth.” said Don Graham, Chair of the Libertarian Party in Massachusetts. “Singling out firearms businesses that serve the law-abiding civilian firearm owners and selectively shutting them down is just another example of that bias. That it is a Republican Governor pushing an anti-2nd-amendment agenda, demonstrates that the GOP only pays lip service to our individual rights. The Libertarian Party is the only major political party to unwaveringly support the 2nd Amendment along with the whole Bill of Rights. Voters who support the 2nd amendment should remember that in November."

    The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts calls on the Republican Governor of Massachusetts to disregard these knee-jerk restrictions on firearm sales and services, which are based on faulty and unsubstantiated reasoning, thereby allowing retail firearm businesses and firearm ranges to return to their standard practice of providing essential services which law-abiding citizens demand. 

     

    Further information on the positions of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts can be found at www.lpmass.org

     

    Information on the situation for firearms owners  and firearms business in Massachusetts can be found on the website of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts:
    https://goal.org/discrimination-from-baker-administration-shines-bright-during-covid-19-crisis/


  • Libertarian Party of Massachusetts 2020 Virtual Convention

    On Sunday March 22, 2020 the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (also known as the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts) held its annual convention for 2020. The convention was held as a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.We had 33 members sign up for the virtual convention as well as  25 guests.

    Elections

    A new state committee was elected with Don Graham as the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, Cris Crawford as the Treasurer, and Derek Newhall as the recording Secretary. In addition Andrew Moore, Charlie Larkin, Jonathan Drury, John Dixson, and Michael Burns were elected into the State Committee. Daniel Riek will continue to serve as Technology Director. 

    Elected state delegates for the LP National Convention are 

    1. Cris Crawford
    2. Derek Newhall
    3. Michael Burns
    4. René Ruiz
    5. Peter Everett 
    6. Michael Isenberg
    7. Charlie Larkin
    8. David Blau
    9. Irwin Jungreis
    10. Andrew Moore 
    11. Marc Mercier
    12. Susan Ruiz 
    13. Ashley Shade 
    14. Erik Sawyer
    15. Jason Brand
    16. Vermin Supreme
    17. Lucas Thayer
    18. Michael Coombes

    In addition, members of the State Committee may serve as delegates.

    The Convention adopted two resolutions:

    • The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts is calling for the immediate release of all persons incarcerated for victimless crimes, as the current COVID crisis and the expected spread among prison and jail populations with inadequate access to health care puts people in immediate danger who should not be incarcerated at all.
    • The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts also calls for easier ballot access. The current COVID-19 crisis has made petitioning in person a public health risk, aggravating the challenges for third parties, ballot initiatives, and individual candidates. Rhe Libertarian Association of Massachusetts proposes that because of the COVID-19 crisis, that all candidates for elective office this year can substitute a filing fee in lieu of nomination signatures to qualify for the ballot.

    Presidential Debate

    The convention also saw a lively debate between a number of the Libertarian Presidential Candidates for 2020 moderated by Dan Fishman, the former Political Director of LAMA, candidate for State Auditor, and current Executive Director of the National Libertarian Party. Candidates in the debate included:



    A recording of the debate can be found here.

    State Primary Election Results

    Vermin Love Supreme won the non-binding LP Massachusetts primary election with 10.4% of the votes, Jacob Hornberger being second wit 9.6%. The full results can be found on the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    The primaries are not binding for the votes of the delegates at the LP National Convention.

    The minutes of the convention will be posted in the Members Only section of the LAMA website.


  • Libertarian Presidential Debate at the LAMA 2020 Convention

    Watch a recording of the Libertarian Presidential Candidates' Debate at the LAMA 2020 State Convention (virtual) on March 22nd:

    The following great candidates participated:

    Moderator: Dan Fishman (former LAMA Chair and current Executive Chairman of the Libertarian Party at the national level)

     

     


  • Release Inmates Convicted of Victimless Crimes

    As adopted by the LAMA State Convention 2020

    Resolution:

    WHEREAS the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts holds that victimless crimes - illegal acts that typically either directly involve only the perpetrator or occur between consenting adults and for which because they are consensual in nature, there are no true victims, i.e. aggrieved parties - are not actually crimes.

    WHEREAS the current COVID-19 crisis can realistically be expected to spread quickly within incarcerated populations, and medical care for the incarcerated has proven over and over to be inadequate, and exposing individuals to this risk who have not harmed any victims must be considered cruel and unusual punishment.

    BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberatarian Association of Massachusetts calls for the immediate release of all persons incarcerated for such victimless ‘crimes’ as defined above and the commutation of sentences or better full pardon for anyone convicted for such victimless ‘crimes’.


  • Ballot Access in Massachusetts

    As adopted by the LAMA State Convention 2020

    Resolution:

    WHEREAS  the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts holds that the two party system is not an appropriate representation of the political will of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that many of the existing election regulations only serve the purpose to cement this broken system and to suppress dissenting votes.

    WHEREAS  the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts holds that the freedom of association is the one of most fundamental principles of the political process as envisioned by the Constitution.

    WHEREAS most petitioning is done by paid signature collection services.

    WHEREAS the current COVID-19 crisis has made petitioning in person a public health risk, aggravating the challenges for third parties, ballot initiatives, and individual candidates.

    BE IT RESOLVED  that the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts calls for reducing the ballot access requirements, as well as reducing signature requirements for ballot initiatives.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts calls for abolishing tax-payer funded and state-regulated primaries, and instead for letting the individual political parties to determine their own process of selecting candidates and carry the cost for that.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts calls for easing ballot access by allowing online-petitioning for ballot access in the same manner that online voter registration has been adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or substitute a filing fee in lieu of nomination signatures to qualify for the ballot.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts calls for removing the state-imposed, exclusionary criteria for the recognition as a political party and instead recognize any political party that has member candidates who have gained ballot access in any election in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (including non-partisan elections).