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Cookinham on Monopoly and Free Enterprise on February 8

Note: New Decade, More Liberty! QL moves to its new meeting location in February. Details:

Join us at our February 8 Meeting: Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the Irish Cottage Pub in Forest Hills, 108-07 72nd Ave (corner of Austin St, 2-3 blocks from the E/F train station, LIRR, and Q60 bus)

Frederick Cookinham, author of THE AGE OF RAND: IMAGINING AN OBJECTIVIST FUTURE WORLD, and MAN IN THE PLACE OF THE GODS: WHAT CITIES MEAN, will speak to the Queens Libertarians on February 8 on “Monopoly and Free Enterprise in Early New York.”

According to Cookinham, “The Dutch government and the Dutch West India Company tried both monopoly and monopsony before they allowed settlers to practice free enterprise. I will show what worked and didn’t work, and show how New York City and State began and how New York City became the greatest boomtown in the world. I will include the economics of the Revolution and the building of the Erie Canal, and show how this history has been twisted into socialist propaganda.”

For our meetings, while we will pass the hat, there is no mandatory donation. However, all attendees should purchase $10.00 in food and drink over the two hour period. There is some parking available, and nearby subway and bus transportation along Queens Blvd at this more central location. Join us on our continuing journey towards liberty in the new decade!

 

Libertarian Views On “Which 2020 Candidate Is Truly Anti-War?”

Join us on our January 11 Meeting:  Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm,  at the Takara Sushi located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone (Q15a, Q76 to 150th St and 14th Ave)  Note: this is to be our last meeting at Takara. Please spend $10 in food or drink to support the venue.

John Clifton, Chair of Queens Libertarians and past LPNY Chair, leads a ‘Junto“ style open discussion about the 2020 Presidential primary race, and candidates for President, especially regarding to foreign policy issues, entitled, “Which 2020 Candidate is Truly Anti-War?” The situation with Iran, Iraq and Syria are among the items to be explored.

PS: In addition, a lucrative petitioning opportunity is available for those inclined to help a certain Presidential candidate, who has been critical of US interventionism, get on the ballot in the upcoming NY Democratic primary. Those interested in participating are encouraged to attend, or contact Mr. Clifton at mrjclifton@yahoo.com.

 

QL Annual Holiday Party Saturday, December 21

Join us for a Holiday Party this Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Century Super Buffet located at 220-18 Hillside Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11427 (at the corner of Hillside Avenue & Braddock Avenue, near Springfield Blvd). If you are coming by car, there is a free parking lot. By public transit, take the F subway to Jamaica at 179th St, and then a bus going east on Hillside Avenue to Braddock (Q1, Q43, or Q27 to Hillside Ave. and Springfield Blvd).
This is a Chinese Buffet with many food options to accommodate all dietary needs. $20.00 cash should cover your portion of the meal. Members from America First – NYC/Long Island, Queens Libertarians, Stonewall Libertarians, and Beaux Arts Society are invited.
You do not need to RSVP but you must arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Otherwise, you may be sitting alone. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Clifton on meetup.com.

Queens Libertarians Donate Over 140 Toys to Autistic Children

Michelle with NYFAC staff Jim, Bill, Maria and Frank

QL Toy Drive Coordinator Michelle Yaskel and QL Chair John Clifton donated over 140 toys to New York Families of Autistic Children at their annual Christmas event in Howard Beach on December 15. These toys were collected over the course of the fall season by the Queens Libertarians, who have conducted the annual drive since 2001. Yaskel distributed many of the dolls, puzzles, action figures and other items to kids attending the affair, with the remainder to go to more children over the holiday period.

Toys will also go to some programs affiliated with NYFAC such as the Wounded Warrior Project. Yaskel is very appreciative of foundation Chair Frank Scafo, who readily agreed for the group to be a recipient. Yaskel advises she may not be able to continue to lead the drive due to several logistical complications, so other Queens members are invited to offer to participate as a coordinator in 2020 and onward. Step up and exercise individual responsibility via promoting charity by example, and Merry Christmas, everyone!

Cuomo Moves the Goalposts, Increases Ballot Access Requirements for Third Parties

Note: In a blatant attempt to nullify the ballot access achievement of the LPNY and other third parties in the state, Governor Cuomo (through his flunky Jay Jacobs) has had a Campaign Finance Reform Committee approve rule changes that will make it over 300% harder for a third party to obtain or retain “permanent ballot status” in New York. The changes raise the required statewide vote threshold from from 50,000 to 130,000 votes, and would require parties to qualify every two years. The rules become law if the Legislature does not object by Christmas, as summarized by the NY Daily News:

the Public Finance Commission released a report laying out an unprecedented overhaul of the state’s campaign and election laws and creating a $100 million taxpayer-backed matching funds program for state races. 

Among the changes is a measure that raises the vote threshold third parties need to maintain a spot on the ballot.

The new rule requires political parties to garner a minimum of 130,000 votes every two years to remain on the ballot — a significant jump from the current threshold of 50,000 every four years.

The move, championed by Democratic party chairman Jay Jacobs, Cuomo’s appointee to the panel, will essentially spell the end for minor parties such as the Green and Libertarian parties. Last year, only the state Conservative Party, which garnered 253,624 votes, would have met the new threshold.

Both Cuomo and Jacobs defended the requirement, suggesting it is needed to keeps costs down and to ensure only credible candidates receive public matching funds.

“Achieving a higher threshold will require minor parties seeking “permanent party status” to actually campaign and ask voters to vote for their party’s nominee on their minor party line,” Jacobs wrote in the final report released Sunday…

More here.   And use this form on the LP Queens site to complain to the state Legislature while there’s still time. Protect our ballot access!

Nic Leobold Discusses His 2020 Run for President on December 14

Note: Meeting announcement for December will be done through the website notice and by direct email, as QL re-organizes its meetup.com and social media accounts.  Join us on December 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150th and 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear Nic Leobold discuss his write-in candidacy for President (see bio and video announcement below). In addition, John Clifton will provide further update on the plans for QL starting in 2020, and Michelle Yaskel will be collecting toys for the annual Christmas toy drive—please attend, and bring yours!

While we will pass the hat, there is no mandatory donation. However, all attendees must purchase $10.00 in food and drink over the two hour period. There is street parking and a reasonably priced parking lot across the street. You can travel there by taking the Q15A bus out of Main Street, Flushing (7 Subway Line) (which will let you off on the corner of 150th Street & 14th Avenue) or by taking the Q76 bus from either the 165th Street Bus Terminal or from the subway station at Jamaica Avenue & 179th Street (you should get off at the corner of Cross Island Parkway & 150th Street & walk to 14th Avenue).

Background note and Biographical excerpt: Nicolas ‘Nic’ Leobold is a Businessman/Artist/Athlete/Consultant/Coach and longtime libertarian Voluntaryist Anarcap Activist. Nic studied at numerous prestigious institutions including The Toyota Language Center of The Japan Society, The City College-CUNY, Harvard University and PersonalMBA.com. A native of East Village, Manhattan, New York, Nic has also lived overseas including in Japan and Thailand, Italy, New Zealand, Belgium, and his father’s country, France.

A prolific columnist, and outspoken advocate for Liberty, Individual Rights, Self-Defense Gun Rights as well as the Film and Performing Arts world and Sports world, Leobold has made important contributions in a wide and deep assortment of industries and disciplines. His innovations include the original concept for Verizon Fios to Verizon’s Ivan Seidenberg, creating The Ron Paul Dollar for NORFED Liberty Dollar, the originator of the NFL’s new Extra-Point and Field Goal Defensive Returns For Scores Opportunity rules, and many other leading edge contributions.

His campaign website is NL4PREZ.COM and his personal Contacts Web Portal is www.nleobold.com. Contributions of Cash/Charge/Gift Cert’s/Checks/Money Orders/Goods in any amount can be made by phone, email, in person, or mailed: +1-917-698-3507, Nicolas Leobold 210 East 9th St #2 New York NY 10003-7531.

 

Cynthia McKinney Endorses Adam Kokesh for 2020 LP Candidate for President

Originally published by the Ron Paul Institute:

After completing six terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney was the 2008 Green Party nominee for president of the United States. In a Friday letter, McKinney announced her endorsement of Adam Kokesh for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

McKinney concludes her letter with a call to action for people who do not consider themselves Libertarian Party supporters. McKinney writes: “Therefore, I endorse Adam’s quest to become the 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential nominee and encourage supporters of other parties to take a good look at Adam Kokesh for President!!”

Read McKinney’s endorsement letter here.

Queens Libertarians Honor the Passing of Tom Stevens, and 25th Anniversary of LPQC in 2019

Flushing, New York, October 31— Queens Libertarians are saddened by the loss of Dr. Tom Stevens, who has led the organization from its days as the original LPQC, until his passing last week after 13 years of Libertarian activism in Queens County and beyond. His passing occurred at the end of a month where members of the Queens Libertarians (or QL) have celebrated their 25th anniversary of activism. Services for Stevens are scheduled at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage on November 1.

In honor of Stevens’ service and contributions, the organization will also hold “A Remembrance of Tom Stevens” open discussion and tribute at its November 9 monthly meeting at the Takara Sushi restaurant in Whitestone from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  The sister of Dr. Stevens, Joanne Bair, has stated “Tom loved life and people and knowledge. He was so smart. He lived a spirited and enthusiastic life and he truly cared about people. Tom had a great sense of humor and touched so very many lives in such a positive way.”

Dr. Stevens served as truly the ‘Ironman’ of the organization over the years in turns as its Chair, Membership Secretary, state rep, and main program scheduler, as part of the successful Libertarian education speaking program QL has run through its 25 year straight history of monthly meetings. Stevens also served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party, as a local GOP party leader, and as a Presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party. Stevens previously was also active in the “United We Stand” movement of Ross Perot.

After joining the LP in 2003, Stevens served two terms on the LPUS Judiciary Committee, having been elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. He has since served as the elected Chair of the LPQC (then President of the Queens Libertarians).  Stevens was crucial in fighting off a monumental effort by the Republican Party to keep the PA LP off the ballot in 2012, for which he was commended by Third Party Watch, and 2012 LP Presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

In addition to maintaining an active email and member list in the hundreds, he organized conventions, holiday dinners, and a speaker program featuring guests over the last year including Robert Schulz, Bill Schmidt, Gary Popkin, Ron Litchman and others. QL meets (as since 1994) on the second Saturday of each month.  After their November 9 Stevens meeting, the Queens Libertarians will also hold its annual toy drive for charity, and invites Libertarians in the NYC area to attend to donate new or gently used toys. Drive Coordinator Michelle Yaskel estimates they will deliver over 170 toys, as was done last year, to several church-based children’s charities. The Queens Libertarians annual Holiday Toy Drive will be held at its meeting in Whitestone on December 14.

As for the controversies related to (or inflicted upon) Stevens and the original LPQC, QL acting head John Clifton has prepared a full background history summarizing those issues from the group’s perspective, available here:

http://www.queenslibertarians.org/past-controversies/.  In addition, in July 2019, QL members agreed upon a “solidarity statement” motion passed by the currently chartered Queens LP, that re-affirms LPQC’s complaint to the LPNY state committee from 2011 was never properly resolved. The statement in part reads, “As per a 2017 petition that dozens of LPQC members signed, the LP of Queens recommends the state committee seek to resolve the complaint or dispute with Queens Libertarians with positive and constructive actions, and to respect chapter autonomy. We note that Libertarians in Queens, old and new, will continue to raise these matters until they are resolved.”

The complete solidarity statement of the Queens LP and the Queens Libertarians may be found here:

http://www.queenslibertarians.org/lp-of-queens-passes-solidarity-motion-concerning-the-queens-libertarians/

 

The Queens Libertarians (formerly the original Libertarian Party of Queens County), is the authentic voice of libertarian views, activism, education and advocacy in Queens since 1994. It is not currently chartered with the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) due to a bylaws dispute, and over its documenting wrongful expulsions, and ongoing defamations of several Queens activists led by certain factions within the state party. QL expects its positive achievements and fully active organization is resulting in a re-merging or restoration of its status and/or members with LPNY, through a future state convention or committee. The Queens Libertarians plan to complete its conversion into a Political Action Committee in 2020.

 

Joanne Bair On the Passing of Tom Stevens

Dr. Stevens, President of the Queens Libertarians, suddenly passed away last week. Below is the statement of his sister, Joanne Bair:

Dear Family and Friends:

As you may know, Thomas Robert Stevens, beloved Brother, Uncle and Friend to many, passed away on the early noon of October 24, 2019. My dear brother and I were together the night before in the hospital and he looked very well and was happy He was talkative and optimistic. I have a beautiful snapshot in my mind of his smile as I waved goodbye unbeknownst that this would be the last time we would say we love each other on this Earth. Tom loved life and people and knowledge. He was so smart. He lived a spirited and enthusiastic life and he truly cared about people. Tom had a great sense of humor and touched so very many lives in such a positive way. I feel desperately lost without him but I know Tom has returned home to God the Father where we pray he enjoys true peace and joy and eternal life with my beautiful parents who I am sure welcomed him and embraced him with open arms. Tom had a big heart and a personable nature and he will never be forgotten. Tom ‘s beautiful memory lives on in all who knew him and all whose lives he touched.

Tom’s service will be held on Friday, November 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home located at 20 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, NY 11714 (516-731-5600) followed immediately by a Funeral Procession and placement of his coffin at Pinelawn Memorial Park & Garden Mausoleums in Pinelawn, New York. For those who have the time, the family would like to treat you to lunch at Chen’s located at 3056 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, New York 11756 (516-520-0888) immediately following the burial.

At the Chapey & Sons website, there is a tribute page to Thomas which contains directions as well as the opportunity to Light A Candle, Add a Photo with a description, Add a Condolence…if you are so inclined.

The Chapey Tribute Page with directions is here:

https://chapeyfamily.com/tribute/details/2548/Thomas-Stevens/service-information.html

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated and is all that is necessary. It means more to us than you know.

The Bair Family

 

Global Warming—Schoenberg on Doomslayers vs. Doomsayers

Join us on October 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located in Whitestone, New York to hear Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg speak on the topic of “Doomslayers vs. Doomsayers: The Real Solution to the Crisis of Global Warming.”

The presenter is Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, a college professor who has taught at various colleges in the New York area for the past twenty years. He has been a consultant to PBS on its presidential website. He is currently completing a book, entitled: “Lessons the Presidents Can Teach on Leadership,” which will be out before the end of the year.

More details and directions here.  And please remember to attend or 25th Anniversary Dinner in Little Neck on October 26!

 

18 Years of Cover-up, and Loss of Liberty Since the 9-11 False Flag

Excerpted from his web site:

The Official Story of the Collapse of WTC Building 7 Lies in Ruins

Paul Craig Roberts

A research team at the University of Alaska’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, led by Dr. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Zhili Quan, and Professor Feng Xiao, Department of Civil Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, released yesterday for public comment their findings from a four-year study of the

Image source: CBS

collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11, 2001.  This is the first scientific investigation of the collapse of the building.   Here is the conclusion:

“The principal conclusion of our study is that fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse. The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.”

Notice three things: (1) it has taken 18 years to get a real investigation of the destruction of a building blamed on Muslim terrorists, (2) the only way “near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building” can occur is through controlled demolition, and (3) this remarkable finding is not reported in the presstitute media.

In other words, the study is assigned to the Memory Hole.  This is the way The Matrix operates…

Roberts also qotes from a resolution by the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department (from Franklin Square, NY) on the false flag implications of this evidence:

…the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District recognizes the significant and compelling nature of the petition before the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York reporting un-prosecuted federal crimes at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and calling upon the United States Attorney to present that petition to a Special Grand Jury pursuant to the United States Constitution and 18 U.S.C. SS 3332(A);

Whereas, the overwhelming evidence presented in said petition demonstrates beyond any doubt that pre-planted explosives and/or incendiaries—not just airplanes and the ensuing fires—caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings, killing the vast majority of the victims who perished that day…

See the complete column here.

See also Business Insider story: Most Americans Who See Collapse of Building 7 Doubt Official Story

 

Bill Schmidt on the Future of the Libertarian Party in New York State

Join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear William K. Schmidt give a speech about The Future Of The Libertarian Party In New York State. William K. Schmidt, a libertarian Republican, came very close to being elected Mayor of Peekskill. He served as a Peekskill Councilman and on the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. He was a Claims Manager at the NY Liquidation Bureau and is a graduate of St. John’s University and Peekskill High School.

 

Dr. Thomas Stevens Stepping Down, Announces Queens Libertarians 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Libertarian Party of Queens County (a/k/a Queens Libertarians) is celebrating its 25th Year of activism. I am resigning all my positions in the LP effective 12/31/19. On 1/1/20, our organization will transition to Queens Libertarians PAC with John Clifton as its Chair and Dr. Phil Schoenberg as its Treasurer.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Sharp at La Baraka located at 25509 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, New York 11362. The buffet features a French Style All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet with many vegetarian options. The buffet with tax (not including tip) comes to just under $20.00.

For more information, visit:

https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/la-baraka-restaurant-little-neck?start=0

I have checked out the buffet myself and I believe you will be very pleased.

We will need to call in an RSVP as soon as possible. Email me at DrTomStevens@aol.com.

In Liberty,

Dr. Tom Stevens
President
Queens Libertarians

LP of Queens Passes Solidarity Motion Concerning the Queens Libertarians

Note: The Queens LP, the county’s currently chartered Libertarian chapter of LPNY under chair Michael Arcati, approved a “solidarity” motion in late July that puts both it and the Queens Libertarians on the same page going forward concerning the controversies of the last decade. The motion (advocated for by QL members John Clifton and Sam Sloan, who attended the meeting and vote) officially expresses support and respect for the decades of work and activism of the Queens Libertarians (previously LPQC) prior to our 25th anniversary in October 2019, and revives the complaint LPQC made about disputed actions of the state committee against the previous chapter, by pointing out the issue was never properly resolved.

In turn, our organization now encourages our supporters to choose to join and support the current LP of Queens. QL hopes the positive recognition and accurate summary of our history, embodied in the statement, can allow Queens activists (disaffected by certain actions of a faction of the past LPNY state committee) to turn the page on the events of 2010-2016, that falsely disenfranchised or defamed our members and reputation. We also hope that changes made at the state level (as the party completes its evolution into an offical political party in New York state) will ensure the current motion is supported, and the past exclusion tactics, gaming of the bylaws, or violations of chapter autonomy are not repeated. 

Additional language (not included in the final motion) further clarified the particulars of the concerns of previous Queens members, which read: “Those members held, and hold that the past expulsions of two of their members from LPNY, and the de-chartering of the chapter was not justified, done without real evidence or review, and under a suspect or disputed basis.” The below is the language approved by the chapter on July 30. The Queens Libertarians will more fully discuss the implications of and background behind this matter in the coming days:

LP of Queens—Queens Libertarians Solidarity Statement

1. The LP of Queens respects and supports the past and present activism of the Queens Libertarians (previously the original LPQC) and honors its 25th Anniversary in October 2019. We look forward to their development of a Libertarian Political Action Committee, and have agreed to assist them in correcting any inaccurate Wikipedia entries that described them as an inactive chapter.

2. The LP of Queens acknowledges the view of dozens of past Queens members that the complaint or dispute the previous LPQC had with certain members of the LPNY State Committee was never properly or constructively resolved, which caused disruption of activism in Queens for much of the past decade, and currently.

3. As per a 2017 petition that dozens of LPQC members signed, the LP of Queens recommends the state committee seek to resolve the complaint or dispute with Queens Libertarians with positive and constructive actions, and to respect chapter autonomy. We note that Libertarians in Queens, old and new, will continue to raise these matters until they are resolved. The Queens Libertarians formally recognizes the LP of Queens county committee as the officially chartered affiliate of LPNY.

 

 

Queens Discussion of the LPNY Transition With Sam Sloan and Gary Popkin

Join us on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to discuss Recent LPNY Transition Developments with Guest Speakers Sam Sloan and Gary Popkin. Sam Sloan (40 minutes) will discuss his thoughts on running against AOC & his recent election as Treasurer of the Bronx Libertarian Party. Gary Popkin (40 minutes) will make a presentation on what transitional steps the LP is taking to become a regular party in each county of New York State.

More details and directions here.