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Don’t Miss The Arizona Freedom Fest June 14-16

May 30, 2013 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On June 14-16, liberty lovers from Arizona and surrounding states will be gathering in Show Low for Arizona’s 1st Annual Freedom Fest!

The event is being held at the 30+ acre Owens Creekside Ranch and will have some really great liberty oriented entertainment, fishing, a gun show and fun activities for the whole family.

Be sure to check out the incredible lineup of speakers (including many Arizona liberty movement leaders who have worked closely with Flagstaff Liberty Alliance):

http://arizonafreedomfest.com/Arizona_FreedomFest/Speakers/Speakers.html

Volunteer Opportunities

Arizona Freedom Fest is seeking volunteers for the festival. The first FIVE businesses who round up 12 or more volunteers will be featured as sponsors. If you’d like to help out you can contact the organizers at:

http://arizonafreedomfest.com/Arizona_FreedomFest/Contact_Us.html
928.242.5100

Tickets

Get your tickets in advance. Tickets are available here:

http://arizonafreedomfest.com/Arizona_FreedomFest/Buy_Tickets.html

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Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers will be speaking at the Arizona Freedom Fest on Saturday, June 15th.

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Flagstaff’s Second Hand Ordinance One Year Later

May 29, 2013 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

It’s been almost a year since the City of Flagstaff passed a second hand ordinance that charges just about any business that buys items from the public a $3.00 fee per transaction so police can document the sale. The ordinance was passed to expand city regulation beyond pawn shops which were already impacted prior to the second hand ordinance being implemented.

Last night the Flagstaff City Council received an update from the Flagstaff Police Department touting the success of the ordinance.

This is what Flag PD reported:

ONLY 24 cases were investigated involving secondhand stores in the past six months. 7,465 secondhand transactions were logged into the police database. Police made $22,395.00 in fees on these transactions. Police retain all information on these individuals in their database including a detailed record of what has been sold (serial numbers, book titles, movie titles etc.)

Several local businesses have told me that the $3.00 fee per transaction is excessive and hurting their business. Hastings employees told me that this ordinance was one of the main reasons they closed their Flagstaff store.

After the presentation, the majority of council seemed satisfied with the Flag PD update. A massive burden on countless local businesses seemed to be a fair tradeoff for leads in 24 investigations (keep in mind that these investigations did not always translate to a conviction).

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Flagstaff Joins March Against Monsanto Protests

May 28, 2013 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On May 25th, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance hosted a Flagstaff March Against Monsanto event in coordination with anti Monsanto protests worldwide. I was out of town so I couldn’t be there but I heard it was very well attended.

Special thanks to Flagstaff Liberty Alliance Secretary Christine Burton for making this happen! Also, thanks to everyone who sent me their pictures from the event. I’m posting some of my favorites below (click to enlarge).

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Council To Discuss Immigration Tonight

May 28, 2013 4 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Tonight the Flagstaff City Council will consider a resolution supporting the Arizona Accord, a set of five principles to guide immigration discussion modeled after the Utah Compact.

The five principles are as follows:

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government & other countries, not Arizona and other countries. We urge Arizona’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Arizona.

LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law & support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.

FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that would unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Arizona children.

ECONOMY Arizona is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Arizona’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

A FREE SOCIETY Immigrants are integrated into communities across Arizona. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history & spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Arizona should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.

I have been reading through some of the discussion about the Arizona Accord on Facebook today and I am seeing mixed reactions.

On one hand, people support the idea of local police focusing on issues more important and pressing than immigration.

On the other hand, people think it’s ironic that Flagstaff is saying the state should stay out of Federal business while at the same time the City is getting involved in State and Federal business by considering this resolution.

Here are some interesting thoughts from Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on freedom and immigration:

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano85.1.html

What are your feelings? Please post in the comments section below.

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Flagstaff To Join March Against Monsanto Protests

May 22, 2013 1 comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In coordination with protests around the world on May 25th, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance will be hosting an anti Monsanto rally in front of Flagstaff City Hall from 10:00-11:00 am.

This will be a great opportunity to let Flagstaff know that you support food choice and food freedom. Bring your signs and take a stand!

Also, be sure to check out our local food freedom efforts:

https://flagliberty.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/local-food-a-trending-topic-in-flagstaff/

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Page Rejects Property Tax

May 21, 2013 3 comments

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Coconino County Elections Office has just released the unofficial results of today’s general election for the City of Page. Over 75% of ballots cast were NO votes against Proposition 407 which would have created the first ever property tax in the 38 year history of the city.

Today’s election is the only time Page residents have had a chance to weigh in on the idea of a city property tax. Some media outlets thought Page voters would jump at the prospects of a tax if they just had an opportunity to approve it.

Tonight’s election results can be found HERE.

5-22-2013 UPDATE: Yesterday Page also elected Levi Tappan, a Libertarian to the City Council! More on that story here:

http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/libertarian-levi-tappan-wins-city-council-election-in-page-az

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IRS Protests Planned Tomorrow

May 20, 2013 Leave a comment

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On Tuesday, May 21st, citizens across the country will be holding sign waving protests at their local IRS office between noon and 1:00 pm. These protests are in response to the massive abuse of power by the IRS and the targeting of certain political groups.

From what I understand, there is a protest planned in Flagstaff at the IRS office at 1633 South Plaza Way. If you attend, please send me some pictures. Unfortunately, I have a scheduling conflict and can’t make it.

For further reading, see:

Ron Paul: Fix IRS By Shutting It ‘Once And For All’

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