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Ballot Access: An Urgent Message from the LPNY Chair

As you are no doubt aware, Governor Cuomo and the legislature added a rider to the FY2021 NYS State Budget to increase our ballot access requirements from 50,000 votes on the Libertarian gubernatorial line every four years, to the greater of 130,000 votes or 2% of total votes cast on the Libertarian presidential or gubernatorial line every TWO years. Further, if we lose ballot access, a minimum of 45,000 verified signatures will be required to earn a line on the ballot – triple the current independent petitioning threshold. WE MUST NOT LOSE BALLOT ACCESS.

We are fighting in Federal court against this latest attempt to silence the voices of minor political parties in New York. We believe our case is strong, but as with all litigation, the outcome is not certain. Our best chance to keep ballot access is to whip 160,000 votes on the Libertarian POTUS line. The LPNY Executive Committee met immediately following the state committee organizing meeting and allocated resources to fund a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign for our Presidential candidate and other Libertarian candidates across the state.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY. We are looking for volunteers to help make automated GOTV phone calls. All you need a computer, a phone, and a little bit of free time to help the LPNY keep ballot access! We have scheduled a series of Zoom training sessions to get volunteers familiar with the phone bank platform and mechanics. Once you sign up, you will be sent a link to a Zoom meeting to train for the phone banking effort.

Any amount of time you can commit to helping us phone bank will be of enormous help. Our ballot access hangs in the balance. Please click the button below to volunteer for this urgent effort.

Click here to volunteer to GET OUT THE VOTE!

Our legal battle surrounding ballot access will continue. Please consider donating as generously as you are able to support both our GOTV effort and our ballot access lawsuit by clicking below.

Click here to donate in support of LPNY ballot access!

I personally thank you in advance for donating your time, money and talent to our survival.

In Liberty, W. Cody Anderson
Chair, Libertarian Party of New York

Forest Hills Naturopathic Doctor Speaks on Mask Mandates

Queens Libertarians will host popular Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Saul Marcus (ND), at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, October 10 at 11:30 am. He will speak on the topic of “Lockdown Lunacy and the Mask Mandates of 2020” and the best way to promote health freedom and options for natural immune wellness in the wake of the constantly evolving “COVID guidance” state and city mandates of 2020. What happened to just “15 days to slow the spread?” Are we to stay socially conformed into wearing “face diapers” indefinitely?

According to Dr. Marcus, “Masks trap viral particles, creating possibility for infection. The damp environment of the mask creates opportunely for bacteria to grow, with may cause infection for the use. Impairs breathing. Masks decrease how much oxygen we can breath in. They also increase our levels of carbon dioxide.”

Face mask recommendations from Dr. Marcus, based on commentary recently expressed in his blog at: https://saulmarcusnd.com/ : “There are many situations where people are forced by government, private business, or social pressure to wear face masks. I am not telling anyone to disobey the law. This is simply what would be done in a more rationale and ideal world…” More details and directions

Remember John Perry

On 9/11, remembering the late John W. Perry, NYPD officer and Libertarian activist, among the heroes who died that day in 2001 while saving others. Yes, blue lives do matter.

One Day From Retirement

Officer John W. Perry was preparing to retire from the NYPD on the morning of September 11. He was in the middle of filling out his exit paperwork when news of the attacks arrived, and rather than carry on with his retirement, Perry put his paperwork down and ran the few blocks from 1 Police Plaza to the Towers. He was last seen helping a woman out of one of the towers as it collapsed. Perry’s friend, Arnold Wachtel, told New York Newsday:

Apparently, John was too slow carrying this woman. But knowing John, he would never leave that lady unattended. That was just like him to help people.

Should Public Sector Unions Endorse Candidates?

OAN takes a quick look at the controversy resulting from the NYPD union endorsing Donald Trump for President. Local Queens pols like AOC, who has been endorsed by several public unions, only seem to have objected to this when a non-Democrat got the endorsement. Libertarians might ask, should public sector unions even exist?:

Queens Libertarians Update On Officers, Bylaws and Bank Progress

QL has recently re-affirmed officers on its Executive Committee, the Bylaws amended from December 2016, and has re-acquired access to its bank account as of August 2020. The 2020 Officers of Queens Libertarians are as follows:

President, Speaker Coordinator— John Clifton
Vice President— Philip Schoenberg
Membership Secretary— Daniel Adler
Treasurer— Samuel Sloan
Secretary— Philip Schoenberg
Toy Drive, Special Events Coordinator— Michelle Yaskel

This independent organization will now be able to resume its mission to continue to be the authentic voice of libertarian views, activism, education and advocacy in Queens since 1994. QL expects its ongoing and upcoming positive achievements and fully active organization will result in a re-merging or restoration of its status and/or members with LPNY, through a future state convention or committee. The Queens Libertarians otherwise plan to complete a conversion into a Political Action Committee going forward in the next year.

QL Discusses Police and Criminal Justice Reform After Floyd

Queens Libertarians will host recent candidates Nic Leobold and Sam Sloan, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, August at 11:30 am. They will speak on the topic of “Police and Criminal Justice Reform After Floyd” and the best civil libertarian approach to law enforcement and police brutality issues in the wake of the early summer protests. What new reforms are needed, and what is the most constructive path to obtaining change?

There will also be an update on the ballot status lawsuit of LPNY in light of the recent change in the NY State election laws. UPDATE– Nic indicates he may not appear for personal reasons, in which case host John Clifton will fill in with thoughts on the topic, based on commentary recently expressed in his blog. More details and directions here.

Green Party and Libertarian Party File Joint Lawsuit Fighting Ballot Access Restrictions

Governor Cuomo’s unilateral reversal of the ballot access gains of the LP is now law. From a LPNY press release:

Albany, New York, July 28, 2020 – The Green Party of New York (GPNY) and the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) filed a Federal lawsuit today in the Southern District of New York to invalidate restrictive ballot access provisions passed as a rider to the FY2021 State Budget.

Since 1936, minor political parties in New York have been required to obtain 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidate every four years in order to achieve and maintain ballot status. The GPNY achieved ballot status in 2010, and has since maintained it, while the LPNY achieved ballot status in 2018.

In an act of blatant political retribution against the Working Families Party (WFP), Governor Cuomo’s hand-picked “Public Campaign Finance Commission,” led by state Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs, recommended in December 2019 that not only should the requirement to achieve and maintain ballot access be increased from 50,000 votes to the greater of 130,000 votes or two percent of votes cast, but also that the qualifications should occur every two years, at the gubernatorial and presidential elections. At the same time, signature requirements for independent nominating petitions were recommended to be increased threefold. After the legislature declined to modify the recommendations, they automatically became law twenty days later.

Ultimately, the legislature’s abdication of its law-making powers to this executive commission caused a NYS Supreme Court judge in Western New York to declare the commission and all its actions unconstitutional. Bent on settling political scores, and under the cover of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo and the legislature subsequently re-enacted the ballot access provisions in Part ZZZ of the FY2021 State Budget, leaving minor political parties in NYS facing an uncertain future…More

Jorgensen Responds to the Guardian, Defends the LP Non-Aggression Principle

Libertarian presidential candidate affirms principle of non-aggression. From Jo’s press release:

GREENVILLE, S.C.—July 7, 2020. An article in the Guardian, a British newspaper, featuring a picture of Dr. Jo Jorgensen, attempts to smear the Libertarian Party presidential candidate by associating her with a movement known as boogaloo, because of her appearance on a podcast hosted by some members of the movement. The Guardian describes boogaloo by detailing its most radical elements.

The boogaloo movement has no organization and no leadership. Participants within vary widely, from white supremacists, at one extreme, to those who vehemently condemn both racism and white supremacy. Their unifying characteristic is the belief that citizens have the right to rise up against an oppressive government, and in particular, one that denies their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, or their right to self-defense.

This view is enshrined in America’s Declaration of Independence from, coincidentally, Great Britain. It states that whenever a government becomes destructive of human rights, “it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”

The Guardian article fails to distinguish between anti-government and anti-authoritarian government sentiment, the latter of which better describes the views of boogaloo members.

As both the Libertarian Party and the Jorgensen campaign have made consistently and abundantly clear, and as the Guardian‘s journalist surely knows, libertarians vehemently oppose the initiation of force, whether by government or civilian forces.

As Dr. Jorgensen explained to the reporter, the Libertarian Party has a membership requirement unlike that of any other U.S. political party. To be eligible to join, each individual must sign a pledge attesting that they oppose the initiation of force for the purpose of achieving social or political goals.

“I reject violence and bigotry, and I advocate non-aggression, peaceful persuasion, and voluntary cooperation,” Jorgensen said. “At the same time, I and my fellow libertarians reject so-called cancel culture, which denies people their right to free speech.”

The Word Freedom Gets Cancelled by a University

A university has joined the “cancel culture” movement, by removing the word “freedom” from its staff and student ID cards. Some students had complained the word was racially problematic:

…Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania will change its student, faculty, and staff ID cards from “Freedom Cards” to “RMU ID Cards,” Campus Reform has learned.

“Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste.”
The decision follows the circulation of an online petition initiated by student Melanie Hall, who asked the university to rename its ID cards, arguing that the choice of “Freedom Cards” for minority students (who make up 24 percent of students at RMU, according to the petition) was a “poorly named form of identification.”

It “has made minority students (black students in particular) feel like we are being dehumanized. Gifting us with IDs that grant us our ‘freedom’ is of extremely poor taste. Especially coming from a University that is named after a slave owner,” Hall wrote…More

Pandemics & Protests: Dr. Phil Discusses President Donald Trump on Leadership

QL will host Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, retired college professor of American government, at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, on Saturday, July 11 at 11:30 am. He will speak 45 minutes followed by discussion.

Dr. Schoenberg will speak on “President Donald Trump on Leadership.” The attendees should be prepared to spend at least $10 for food and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. For further information, you can contact drphil@nycwalks.com Dr. Schoenberg (718) 704-3105.

Queens Libertarians Return to Takara Restaurant in Whitestone on June 13

Queens Libertarians will resume holding its monthly meetings in Whitestone at the Takara Sushi restaurant located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York on Saturday, June 13 at 11:30 am. Scheduled speaker will be LP congressional candidate Jay Sanchez, as previously announced. The venue staff confirmed it will be open as of the week of June 8. The previous location (the Irish Cottage in Forest Hills) has closed as a business due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Attendees should to be prepared to expend at least $10 for food, and to practice social distancing as per the arrangements advised by the facility. Queens Libertarians will continue to meet on the second Saturday of each month, for now at Takara, and welcomes new suggestions for centrally located meeting venues in Queens.