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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.

Antiwar.com Writer at Queens Libertarians, Speaks on Non-Intervention

QL honors the recent passing of Justin Raimondo, the late great antiwar author and journalist, and his non stop championing of the libertarian philosophy of non-aggression and non-interventionism as the basis for foreign policy. More on his importance here.

Join us on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear anti-war activist and writer, Dave DeCamp, speak on the latest in U.S. War news and the non-interventionist approach that should be taken to end these conflicts and bring our troops home.

More Details and directions.

NY State Ends Religious Exemption for Vaccinations

Note: This. Is. Not. Freedom. The issue is not supporting or opposing vaccination (although there are over one hundred peer-reviewed studies documenting adverse health outcomes resulting from the current schedule or make up of vaccines). The issue is one of forced mass vaccination, with no (or fewer) allowances for families to choose a natural immune health approach to maintain wellness. Being forcibly drugged is not health freedom.

On Thursday, the New York state legislature passed and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law legislation (S2994A) eliminating the religious exemption parents in the state have been able to exercise to refuse state-mandated vaccinations for their children as a condition for their children attending school. This legal change leaves parents with only a narrow medical exemption given that New York had already barred use of a philosophical exemption.

The legislation will even affect many children attending private schools.

In 2015, California similarly eliminated the ability of parents to claim any exemption to vaccinations other than a medical exemption. I wrote about that legal change in articles here and here. Now there is a move in the California legislature to drastically curtail the ability of parents to obtain medical exemptions for their children.

Courtesy of the Ron Paul Institute

 

Libertarian Views On Leadership Lessons from Trump

Join us on June 8, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi in Whitestone, New York to hear Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg speak on the topic of “Leadership Lessons President Donald Trump Can Teach Us.”

Donald Trump is one of the most controversial presidents of all time. He is the most mysterious of political leaders. How did his background prepare him to become president? Others have dreamed of becoming president. He did it despite the opposition of the mainstream media and the political establishment from left to right. What lessons can the supporters of Trump learn to keep him in office? What lessons can the opponents of Trump learn how to kick him out of office? Learn how to apply and not apply the lessons of Donald Trump to your life and career.

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.

 

NYC Eliminates Jail Phone Call Fees

Even de Blasio, like a broken clock, is right twice a day. Reposted from the Ron Paul Institute:

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had eliminated charges for phone calls made by inmates in city jails. Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reported that New York City, with this elimination of fees that had been 50 cents for the first minute and five cents for each additional minute, is the first major American city to eliminate inmates’ phone call fees.

This is a welcome move against what I described in an October of 2013 Ron Paul Institute article as “phone system monopolies that charge inmates’ families and friends exorbitant rates to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.”

New York City is not alone in rolling back or eliminating the phone call fees. In August, for example, the Texas prison system voted to implement an over 75 percent reduction in phone call fees for Texas inmates.

De Blasio, quoted in Matthew’s Associated Press article, succinctly describes some of the benefit of eliminating the fees, stating that making the phone calls free will ensure “people in custody have the opportunity to remain connected to their lawyers, families and support networks that are so crucial to re-entry into one’s community.”

 

 

QL Hosts Libertarian Candidate Training Focus Group

Join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York for a Free Focus Group on Recruiting and Training Libertarian Candidates hosted by renowned Political Consultant and University of Oxford trained researcher Ebonique Boyd. She will investigate what the Libertarian Party of New York wants in new candidates and how to lower barriers to help more Libertarian candidates run in local elections in 2021.

Preliminary Topics:

· How would you want to be recruited to run for local office?

· What barriers keep you from running?

· What would you like to see in a training program?

Ebonique Boyd has worked in congressional and gubernatorial campaigns since 2009. Her survey research skills were developed at the University of Oxford and Market Research Foundation. She has led a political training program with Higher Heights for America. She has also taught business courses with Good Management and Investments.

More Details and directions here.

 

Should All Lawyers Be Killed? ALR On the Legal System

Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear Carl Lanzisera & Gary Jacobs speak about their organization, Americans For Legal Reform. Should all lawyers be killed? Are there any ethical lawyers out there? What can you do to reform the legal system? They will speak for 45 minutes followed by 45 minutes of interactive conversation. Many educated and experienced people are being invited to participate in the discussion. Individuals from the Queens Libertarians, America First, Stonewall Libertarians and other groups are being invited to this educational presentation.

Other details and directions are here. Visit this website to learn more:

http://americans4legalreform.com/

Thomas Robert Stevens On the United States Nationalist Initiative

Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi restarantlocated in, Whitestone, New York to hear Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens speak about the United States Nationalist Initiative, a patriotic, nationwide organization founded by Cade Martin, a United States Marine. On March 6, 2019, Cade appointed Dr. Stevens to serve on the National Committee of the United States Nationalist Initiative. Learn all about how this organization hopes to take action to educate American and save this country. He will speak for 45 minutes followed by 45 minutes of interactive conversation. Many educated and experienced people are being invited to participate in the discussion. Individuals from the Queens Libertarians, America First, Stonewall Libertarians and other groups are being invited to this inspirational talk on the future of America.

Visit this website and join if you are interested:

https://www.officialusni.org/

More details and directions.

 

Bob Schulz on Fighting the Queens Amazon Deal

Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara
Sushi located at 150-11 14th Avenue, Whitestone, New York to hear
Bob Schulz speak on the topic of “The Republican Clause & The
Amazon Deal.”

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution reads,“The United
States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican
form of government.” A state government republican in form is a
government based upon the consent of the People and the Rule of
Law. New York State is experiencing the peaceful demise of
republicanism.The Amazon Deal is but one current example. It violates Article VII, Sections 8 and 11 of the New York State Constitution…

Bob Schulz, 79 years young, resides in Queensbury, NY – near Lake
George in the foothills of the Adirondacks, where he and his wife
of 56 years raised four children, thoroughbred horses and sheep.

Bob’s second career, spanning four decades, has been devoted to
educating people in NY and around the country about the Cause of
Liberty; teaching them about their natural Rights and the
importance of protecting and defending our state and federal
Constitutions which are meant to secure those Rights.

More Details and Directions

 

Litchman on “New York Libertarian Party At A Crossroads”

Join us on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Takara Sushi Restaurant in Whitestone to hear Ron Litchman speak on the topic of “New York Libertarian Party At A Crossroads: Will Obtaining ‘Ballot Access’ Make It A Real Political Party.”

The NYLP, last November, obtained the 50,000 votes for governor required to become a “recognized party,” entitling it to put its candidates on New York State ballots for the next four years, without collecting thousands of signatures to qualify for ballot access.

What will the Party become, with its new status? It stands at a crossroads —

Down one road, the party can leverage its newly minted”recognized party” status to broaden its appeal, secularize its message, and engage in the give-and-take that is the nature of electoral politics. That means accepting compromise to achieve intermediate goals, joining forces with like-minded fellow citizens on common ground, demonstrating an ability to govern by addressing real issues with practical, non-dogmatic solutions.

But down the other road, where the party’s Old Guard seems set to go — is a party increasingly sectarian, more rigidly dogmatic. It’s mission is to defend ideological “principles,” not promote practical governmental solutions to voters’ problems. Emblematic of its self-imposed isolation, the party is adopting a rule that only registered Libertarians may be nominated or endorsed.

Standing at the crossroads, the NYLP is presented these existential questions: What is the function of a real political party? Which path leads to actually winning elections?

More Details and directions here.

 

Yaskel Toy Drive Note and New Singing Video

Toy Drive Coordinator provides the following update excerpt on the Queens Libertarians’ outreach to private sector organizations in the borough, which distributed about 300 toys by Christmas:

“Today, Wednesday, December 19, John and I went to OLCA (Our Lady Catholic Academy) located in South Ozone Park right after breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Having taken a large car from my home from a local car service to arrive at the school, where we were met by the principal, Mr. Coyne, we set up our toys on three tables in the large basement for the pre-K section. We gave out toys from pre-K to part of 2nd grade. Children formed a line from each class to approach the tables in choosing the toys. We finished at 11:30 a.m.

“All the children from the three places mentioned above were well behaved. Everything but a dispute with the car service’s driver over the fare ran smoothly. And all our toys were appreciated.”

Yaskel also recently performed another beautiful song at the Singing Experience, “A Cockeyed Optimist,” which sums up her character:

 

Should Libertarians Organize to Stop New Proposed NY Gun Control Bill?

On top of the odious NY SAFE act, gun control freaks in New York are now proposing additional regulations that would require access to a gun buyer’s social media comments before a permit could be approved. If you are defined as having expressed “wrongthink” on Facebook, Twitter et al, no guns for you! Popular libertarian YouTube pundit Styx comments (note, some bad language):